The ever-soulful Janelle Monae lived out all of our childhood fantasies, appearing on the timeless Sesame Street to sing “The Power Of Yet,” a tune written by Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman. In it, Monae gleefully dances with Sesame Street’s iconic characters, urging them to learn from their mistakes to achieve their goals.The riveting performance from Monae, who is an exceptionally talented soul singer, is just one of many guest musical appearances on Sesame. The long list includes notables like Dave Matthews, Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and so many more. We highly recommend checking out this Wikipedia list of Sesame Street guest stars, as the talent seems endless.Below, check out “The Power of Yet” with Janelle Monae:
Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, California has announced their 2015 lineup. The “family friendly global music experience in the magical mojave” will be headlined by The Polish Ambassador and feature talent from 15 different countries. More info and tickets can be found here. Peep the lineup below.
Harvard is offering an early retirement incentive package to staff across the University as one of many steps toward managing the challenges of the economic downturn.Benefits estimates that 1,600 staff members are eligible for the program. While the most direct effect may be on those employees, this move is intended to reduce overall spending and minimize disruption for all of Harvard’s workforce.As Vice President for Human Resources Marilyn Hausammann’s announcement letter states, University leaders are “acutely aware of the needs of our staff,” and “sensitive to the effect of our decisions on those who have helped make Harvard great.”You can find program details in HARVie’s benefits section.
To top it off, The Rachel Ray Show is donating food supplies for the kitchen for the next year, with help from the Sara Lee company. The event, along with the makeover of the food pantry, Your Father’s Kitchen, are scheduled to be featured on “The Rachael Ray Show” on Nov. 25. (Read more at Wilmington News Journal) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore With over 15 percent of the population unemployed, the 2,000 residents in Wilmington, Ohio have faced tough economic times, many relying heavily on a local soup kitchen daily for their only hot meal. When celebrity chef, Rachel Ray, heard that the soup kitchen was about to close its doors, she decided to help out in a big way. She and her crew provided a Thanksgiving dinner along with an inspirational entertainment tribute for the whole town, serving 900 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds each of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, and 400 pounds of green beans. The Sunday dinner also included stuffing, brussels sprouts, gravy and pumpkin pie. Not only did Rachel’s crew decorate the hall with hay wagon, harvest vegetables and candle centerpieces in the colors of the season, they bought new appliances for the kitchen, redesigning the entire work space with a productivity make-over.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSWNSDespite being forced to wear a stoma bag for her Crohn’s disease, this 41-year-old woman is training to be a top MMA fighter.Kharina Kharran first became fascinated with martial arts after she was introduced to Bruce Lee’s movies at 9 years old. Unfortunately, she was later diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as a teenager.The condition caused holes to form in her bowel and rectum, and she was left needing dozens of operations. One of Kharran’s operations was so serious, it resulted in her inability to sit down for more than a year. “For a year and a half, I just had to stand up while I was working. I could not sit down,” says Kharran.RELATED: Personal Trainer With Autism Opened a New Gym That Caters Specifically to People With Special NeedsRegardless, she started training at 16 years old – and even though she has undergone 38 bowel surgeries over the years, she has picked up a variety of martial arts.She says she is now an expert in kung fu, Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and boxing – and she has trained for all of them while wearing her colostomy bag.SWNSThe bag has forced Kharran to adapt her technique and constantly assess whether her health is at risk. The pouch is positioned on the right side of her body, 2 centimeters across and 1 centimeter down from her belly button, which she tucks into her belt during bouts.“If I draw attention to it, there may be people out there who want to be aggressive so I choose not to,” says Kharran.WATCH: 86-Year-old Has Lost 120 Pounds Simply By Walking Around Her One-Bedroom Apartment“I position myself so that my weakness isn’t obvious and it takes a lot of practice. If I am on the floor in the ab crunch position, it’s a dangerous and vulnerable position for my tummy so I always move and re-position myself.“When you are fighting, it’s your tummy and your head that are the easiest targets so it is a matter of re-positioning myself and trying to strengthen my other moves because I cannot do the crunches.SWNS“For example, when I do anything standing up, I make sure I am in their face as quickly as possible so they are not on the attack first,” she added. “My elbows drop over my stoma so I am quite lucky that I am protected by them – I don’t have to drop my arms down because they naturally cover the bag. Then if I move my arm down to my thighs, I can protect my whole side.”Kharran now trains at a martial arts gym six times per week. Since she became strong enough to step into the ring three years ago, the woman from Brighton, England has faced three opponents – and she was delighted to emerge victorious from her third fight earlier this month after she successfully choked out her opponent.MORE: 78-Year-old Bodybuilder Opens His Home Gym to Youngsters for Free So They Won’t Get Into Trouble“My biggest achievement was stepping into the cage. I was 100 percent vulnerable,” says Kharran. “I was training six days per week but five days before the event, I couldn’t train because I was unwell.“I needed to make sure I had done everything I could – and just stepping into the cage, I felt I was a winner already. It felt pretty phenomenal.SWNS“It was just this overwhelming achievement and it made all the suffering I went through worthwhile.”Kharran says that she also competes in charity events, but she prefers not to disclose her illness to her opponents.LOOK: Role Model Dad Spurred to Lose 92 Pounds in 5 Months After One Hiking Trip With His KidsSo far, she has taken part in more than 30 full-contact bouts during training and thousands of hours in the cage – but she says she has never been hit in her stoma bag during a match.“I have never had it hit in a fight but I was hit at the side of the stoma before during a practice and it really really hurt,” recalls the fighter. “For me, safety comes first and I had to stop and recover – but me and my coach worked on strategy after that and it has never happened again since.”Be Sure And Share This Incredible Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Let’s keep our hearts open to receive, getting in the habit of freely reading and enjoying the Scriptures, seeing how to be and have eternal things that will not rot.Choose the ones that are filled with life and abundance and be “smarter and dirt.”Kathie Deasy writes about religion for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. She froze bags of corn that tasted like fresh vegetables, when cooked all year long. She knew how to prepare, work it, water and harvest.Our hearts are soil where we plant so many ideas, thoughts and, unfortunately, fears and imaginative worries, not realizing what we’re doing. Why not be good, productive, heart-soil that will produce peaceful, forgiving and healthy actions. We hear so many things, all day long, all of our lives, then we think about that in our brain, letting them travel the 12 inches down to our hearts as they sink in and begin to grow.I love the scripture in Mark 4, the parable of the sower where Jesus said in verse 24 to “Consider carefully what you hear …,” so, let’s be picky about what we let go in our ears, amen?Dirt grows whatever is put in it. A wooden fence post will eventually rot down in the dirt as it grows old and weary, or it could grow, networking below ground, traveling and multiplying magnificent trees and plants that come back every year. Do you think you’re smarter than dirt? Well, just follow me in this column and you will chuckle at how much our hearts and minds are like dirt and will flourish or rot!It’s our choice what we put in on a daily basis. If you think about it, dirt is where things are planted in a garden or a lawn, containers for your porch or deck, or anywhere you decide to plant things.There are so many different kinds of dirt or soil, depending on the region you live in. This is evident by vineyards and different types of grapes and how that affects the fruit in taste and color. It is critical for growing grapes for wine.The ground might need nutrients or food before planting. We had a friend near our farm in Washington state who grew wonderful corn. Her ears of corn were so heavy and bright yellow, some with at least 130 kernels on each ear! We asked her what she did to prepare her soil before planting, and she showed us her pigs that she corralled and watered in that area. They jumped around, rooting up unwanted rocks, probably looking for “pig treasures (roots),” all the time fertilizing, causing an amazing, rich area for her rows of corn that grew many stalks for family and friends.
Metcalf came into the match ranked No. 1 and Schlatter No. 3 in the 149-pound weight class, which is widely considered the most talent-rich class in the country.The match lived up to its billing. Schlatter led 3-2 until the final seconds, when Metcalf’s two-point takedown with 12 seconds left gave him a 4-3 win.Both wrestlers were four-time state champions in high school – Metcalf in Michigan and Schlatter in Ohio. Schlatter won his last meeting, which was in the championship of the Senior High School Nationals in 2005.The two were supposed to meet in the dual-meet between Iowa and the Gophers this season, which Iowa won, but Schlatter missed it with the same hamstring injury that kept him out of more than half the season.“He’s been waiting for it, I’ve been waiting for it and the world has been waiting for it. Let’s do it,” Metcalf said after his semifinal win.Ness upsetSophomore Jayson Ness suffered his first loss of the year in the 125-pound championship, being upset 4-2 by third-seeded Angel Escobedo of Indiana. The loss ended Ness’ 37-match winning streak, which was the second-longest active streak in Division I.Escobedo was in control for almost the entire match, finishing with 3 minutes, 38 seconds more riding time – a statistic that keeps track of which wrestler is in control throughout the match – than Ness.“I beat him at his own game,” Escobedo said.Ness was nearly pinned in his semifinal match, being caught by a quick move from fifth-seed Gabe Flores of Illinois, and was held on his back for more than a minute before escaping and winning 7-5.The total attendance for the two-day, three-session tournament was 19,891. Iowa tops Minn. for Big Ten titleThe Gophers had the lead going into Sunday but lost all four of the day’s championship matches. Trevor BornMarch 10, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota wrestlers went 0-4 in championship matches Sunday, as the Gophers took second place in the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament at Williams Arena. It was the first time since 1996 that the team didn’t have an individual champion.up next ncaa Championshipswhat: Wrestlingwhen: all day, Thu – Sunwhere: St. Louis, Mo.The Gophers finished with 112.5 points, 14.5 points behind first-place Iowa. Top-ranked Jayson Ness, Manuel Rivera, Dustin Schlatter and Gabe Dretsch all lost their championship matches. In all, Minnesota wrestlers went 1-10 on Sunday.It was the first title since 2004 for the Hawkeyes, and just the third since the Gophers broke their 25-year championship streak in 1999.Minnesota’s chances of winning a second-straight title were stunted when two of their top wrestlers suffered tournament-ending injuries – C.P. Schlatter at 157 pounds and Roger Kish at 184 pounds. Gophers head coach J Robinson said that it were the NCAA tournament, he might have allowed the two to wrestle.Because the team scores are based on how well each individual wrestler places, the Gophers lost a potential 28 points from the two forfeits.The Gophers were in first place by 12.5 points coming into the final round, but a combination of the injuries and poor performance from those who did wrestle caused that lead to disappear quickly.“It’s pretty hard when you take the two of the best guys from a team, which has happened all year,” Robinson said. “Then everybody has to pull extra weight and it makes it hard on them. That puts a lot of pressure on guys.”This season the Gophers have seen three of their top wrestlers – Kish, Dustin Schlatter and C.P. Schlatter – miss time with injuries. The tournament was the first time all season that the Gophers had their 10 best wrestlers competing at the same time, Robinson said.Because the top seven finishers in each weight class advance to the NCAA tournament, both Kish and C.P. Schlatter qualified. The only Minnesota wrestler who didn’t qualify was Tyler Safratowich.The first collegiate meeting between Dustin Schlatter and Iowa’s Brent Metcalf was the most anticipated match of the day, or of the season for that matter.“That’s what everyone in our sport has been looking forward to for years and years,” Gophers head coach J Robinson said.
Cody Kollmann, Cushman & WakefieldCody Kollmann has joined Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. as an Associate in the Office Division of the Tenant Representation Group.Kollmann, formerly an intern at Cushman & Wakefield this past summer, will be working with Senior Director Jay Hoselton and Senior Associate Chris Nord. His intern experience included market research, updating tenant information, and working with the office and industrial teams.Kollmann graduated from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He also played two years of collegiate baseball at St. Gregory’s. He is a member of NAIOP and earned his Arizona real estate license in 2013.
Wired:Watson won. That set of microchips will soon join the pantheon of machines that have defeated humans, from the steam-powered hammer that killed John Henry to the Deep Blue supercomputer that battled Kasparov. Predictably enough, the victory inspired a chorus of “computer overlord” anxieties, as people used the victory of microchips to proclaim the decline of the human mind, or at least the coming of the singularity.Read the whole story: Wired More of our Members in the Media >
The New York Times:LAST month Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor of California, issued the drought-racked state’s first-ever mandatory water reductions. “As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible,” he said.Conserving water requires large-scale cooperation, just like reducing carbon emissions or eradicating measles through vaccinations. When you water your garden less, take public transportation instead of your car or vaccinate your children, you’re taking on personal cost (an uglier garden, a slower commute, a grumpier child) for the benefit of society.The “Pigouvian” approach to encouraging cooperation, named after the economist who first suggested it nearly a century ago, is to change the price — i.e., the personal cost of cooperating: Make water more expensive, tax carbon or pay people to vaccinate their kids.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >