Who knows what will happen tomorrow? I mean, just a year ago we were doing wild things when greeting others including shaking hands and hugging. How things have changed.
I was listening to Dan Harris, author and past news anchor, on The Tim Ferriss Show. He spoke about having a panic attack on-air on Good Morning America in 2004 and how that changed his path and helped him find meditation and life balance. He grew up living with a mantra that his father taught him which was, “The price of security is insecurity.” So, he believed that you had to be stressed to climb to the top of the mountain. That was the price. Continue reading
I was listening to Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, on The Tim Ferriss Show and she mentioned the quote by Cesar A. Cruz (originally attributed to Finley Peter Dunne), “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Continue reading
I read a powerful opinion editorial in the Globe and Mail this weekend. Penned by Toronto-born Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Dan Hill. He wrote the book I Am My Father’s Son: A Memoir of Love and Forgiveness. He has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. His brother Lawrence Hill wrote the award-winning novel The Book of Negroes. Continue reading
We’ve been an Irish dance family for 12 years. Before that, I competed on an adult Irish dance team. And I also did a few classes and competitions years back when I was 7 or 8 years old. It’s woven deep into the fabric of our story.
On the Irish dance journey, we have met amazing friends, travelled around the world to leave it all on the dance floor for international judges, and learned about grit, perseverance, teamwork and winning and losing with grace.
And then, the pandemic happened. The 50th anniversary of the World Irish Dance Championships in Dublin was cancelled. The North American Championships was cancelled. Everything shut down. But our school, and others, quickly pivoted to Zoom classes and our dancers were still able to learn new steps, perfect the ones they had, and burn off some of the uncertainty through a good workout.
Then this past weekend we did something that would have been unthinkable before. We had a virtual Irish dance feis (competition) with our sister school in Britain! Judges from England and Ireland, comments and results within the hour. Breakout rooms, kids running their own music, and wonderful dancing. All highlighting that plywood is the new hardwood since 2020 and it’s not about the space you have, it’s about what you do with it.
It was music to all our ears. This resilient group offered us a new rhythm to go with the beats unveiled by COVID-19 and gave us that feeling back. The feeling of community and dreams and the idea that anything is possible.
Because it is.
We don’t know what will come next. We will follow the rules and do everything we can to work together until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel. But while we’re waiting, we will dance.
I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show and I heard Dr. Philip Zimbardo. He is a past professor from Stanford University, was president of the American Psychology Association and wrote The Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox among other books. He is well-known for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which students took on the roles of prisoners and guards for a 24-hour-a-day experiment. It only lasted six days instead of two weeks due to the psychological trauma on the participants. Most recently, he is studying heroism by asking what makes some people turn to evil things and others act like heroes and help others? Continue reading
Dr. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He lost three of his limbs in an electrocution accident as a college student. When he was a guest on The Tim Ferriss Show he shared some amazing inspirational nuggets about being in the moment and what he has learned from those who are at the end of their journey on earth. He talked about how fresh baked cookies or looking at art brings us back to the moment and helps us remember what makes us happy. Continue reading
When I drove my two sons from Canada to North Carolina in 2019 for the World Irish Dance Championships, we took a detour on the way home and stopped in Washington D.C. We toured the Capitol and all the monuments and were so impressed with the history. As Bono once said, “America is an idea. Ireland is a great country, but it’s not an idea. Great Britain is a great country, but it’s not an idea. That’s how we see you around the world, as one of the greatest ideas in human history.” Continue reading
This week I was listening to Krista Tippett, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, and New York Times best-selling author, on The Tim Ferriss Show.
Something Krista said in the past was discussed. She said, “I can disagree with your opinion, it turns out, but I can’t disagree with your experience.” Continue reading
I was listening to comedian Jerrod Carmichael on The Tim Ferriss Show this week. He grew up in North Carolina and was selling shoes when he decided he wanted to become a comedian. So, he moved to LA to try it out there. He wanted to compete against the best. He wanted to jump into the deep end and see if he could swim.
Sounds scary. But he ended up with a show on NBC, an HBO special and a strong career. Continue reading