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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Ben Anderson Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Honestly, it’s easy to feel like you’ve barely made a dent, in terms of actually helping the people you cover. If anything, I’d say I’m proudest of the fact that I’ve provided a fairly large documentary record of how badly we have left things in Afghanistan, and what a failure that intervention has been. Given the footage I’ve collected there, I think any argument against that is impossible. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I’ve recently had to face the psychological cost of all this- and I was resistant for years, comparing myself to the many others I’ve some into contact with and who have it far worse than me. But it’s been, and continues to be, a real learning experience, and it’s amazing that I was so closed off top it for so

Kevin Kelly Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I have so many things that I’m happy about in my life. My kids give me great joy.  That gives me great satisfaction. My first book that I wrote, I had no idea what I was doing I had never written a book before, I had never written very much at all.  I was going through it, it was written 25 years ago and I am tweeting the entire book, meaning for every page I am taking one tweet.  It’s a huge book, 240,000 words, so I’ve been re-reading it, and it really does stand up, it still works, there’s almost nothing that’s dated.  So I am feeling good that that is in the world and it has a huge influence, particularly in China.  I think I’m proudest of that even though it’s flawed in many ways. It’s called Out of Control, it talks about the internet before the internet came. There’s a whole chapter on crypto-currency, e-money, it’s about the

Kevin Stone Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment is being a servant to all, to live life in a way that inspires and helps those to better themselves.  I want to continue helping individuals push beyond their preconceived limits in life and helping others to achieve more than they initially thought possible.  Life is a journey and mine is not over, I think that the greatest accomplishments are still yet to come. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I have failed in almost every conceivable way.  I have lost everything, (my family, home, car, career, friends, etc.) but I learned humility and I was humbled by these failures.  It was a turning point in my career as well as my outlook on life.  Before I lost everything, I was focused on my career and what I considered to be

Theo Fennel Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My family, would be the greatest accomplishment and one sadly underrated nowadays when people seem so motivated by money and ‘success’ which is such an illusory thing and never quite achieved. My wife and daughters and their partners all have their own full lives, doing the interesting things they do brilliantly with a great deal of humour and decency. We are all very engaged in life and have, between us, a huge range of interests and passions, some serious and some extremely puerile. We still spend a lot of time together and, without that, nothing else would mean very much. I suppose having kept a workshop and studio together for forty-odd years is the other thing that gives great joy. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I think, every creative who finds themselves working

Renee Horton Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? For me, my greatest accomplishment are my children and greating a legacy for my future generations. I wanted to break the cycle of teen pregnancy, I was a mother at 18 and with my kids my first grandson was born when his father was 25.  Not becoming a parent early has allowed them to focus on finding their passion and growing into the adults they need to be to leave an impact on the world. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? My current philosophy is to not allow setbacks or obstacles to emotionally affect me for more than 18 hours.  I don’t take it to bed and I don’t allow myself to be affected by it the next day. My greatest setback was the discovery of my hearing disability, it changed the trajectory of

Kristen Ulmer Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Figuring out the causes of anxiety and other emotional health issues. It truly has been a mystery for folks, and after 33 years dissecting it through real word experience and research with tens of thousands of client, I have come to some pretty astounding conclusions. Even better: once you know what’s causing people to feel anxiety (or other emotional health issues) then you can finally sort out the solutions. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? In order to be “fearless” as an athlete, I started suffering from injuries, PTSD and Burnout from my ski career. How I dealt with it is I quit my athletic career to figure out what was happening, which was that I repressed/ignored fear in order to ski the way I wanted. The impact that information had on me is

Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails

Martini There are martinis and then there is THE MARTINI. Whether you like it dirty, shaken or stirred, with gin or vodka, olives or an onion (or lemon peel), this iconic classic is timeless for a reason. Here at Throomers, we consider ourselves purists with a preference for gin. Try the recipe below for a classic martini that’ll satisfy any martini lover. 4 ounces gin/vodka ¾ ounce vermouth (we prefer a dry vermouth) 1 lemon olives A good martini should be ice cold. Fill a mixing cup or a shaker with ice. Add liquid ingredients and shake/stir until the outside of the mixer/shaker is frosted over. Pour into the martini glass and twist a strip of lemon peel to express the oils and then rub over the rim of the glass. garnish with olives and enjoy. Mint Julep The mint julep is a classic bourbon based cocktail that is particularly enjoyed by southerners during the Kentucky Derby. 1 teaspoon simple syrup 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey 4 Mint leaves plus extra for garnish ice Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in

Bill Magee And His Family: Operation Smile

Giving Disadvantaged Children Worldwide a Reason to Smile. Healthy Self-Esteem, a Process As children, we look in the mirror and carefully inspect just who is looking back, usually with degrees of disappointment or harsh judgment, much of it unfair. Out in public, while most people are friendly and complimentary, a handful of others will be unfriendly, mean-spirited and at times bullying. Maybe we have a bad haircut, an acne breakout, braces that look like steel girders, a head the size of Charlie Brown’s, or some other perceived imperfection. Every time we hear a compliment, we feel good and are drawn to that person. When we are the target of derision, we withdraw and shrink a little. I certainly did. All of it, the good and the bad, is absorbed like a bone-dry sponge for future self-judgment. Our self-esteem, the very fuel for all our potential achievements, is formed in these moments. It can be boosted with a smile and compliment or torn to shreds by mean-spirited ridicule. Most of us learn to brush it off, put it in perspective and

FORPHEUS: The Amazing Ping-Pong Playing Robot

Omron, known for their health care technology is using ping-pong to showcase the latest in their industrial automation evolution … and we couldn’t be more excited about this fun way to introduce advanced technology. The company began with blood pressure monitors and now, they are on the cutting edge with their latest artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. If you ever thought that robots were going to take over, this could be the epicenter of the invasion. This global tech company has created a robot that plays with balls —ping-pong balls to be precise! It uses deep learning, a foundation for AI, which is enabling robots to learn much faster and effectively, performing tasks without human interaction and finding their way around unknown environments. You can watch it play ping-pong here… Omron is not intending to market the ping-pong robot, but rather, their technology for industrial uses. “We made the ping-pong robot for the purpose of demonstration, so visitors could actually see the fruits of our challenge of this technological evolution aimed at the construction of new relationships between people and machines, through

Sweet Treats: Decadent Brownies

Brownies…the ultimate baked chocolate dessert to satisfy those chocolate cravings. They can be fudgy or cakey, dotted with chocolate chunks and nuts or swirled with caramel, but there is no denying the decadence of biting into a luscious chocolatey brownie. A perfect brownie is the ultimate comfort food that soothes your soul and satisfies your tastebuds. My absolute favorite brownie recipe is outlined below. It’s bursting with chocolatey goodness from the batter to the half melted chocolate chunks baked into the batter. It’s best served warm or at room temperature with an ice-cold glass of milk. The Ultimate Brownie Recipe 1 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 12 tbsp unsalted butter 12 ounces chocolate (chunks, chips or baking chocolate) 4 eggs 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla essence 1 tsp coffee essence (or 2 tsp instant coffee powder) 2 cups of chocolate chips/chunks Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease or line a large baking dish (15″ x 10″) Use a saucepan to melt butter