Originals

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This Ted Talk has caught my attention this week. It’s an interesting story that focuses on the traits of “originals”.

Adam Grant is an Organizational Psychologist who has been researching  “originals: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world.”(from the TedTalks website)

Who knew the browser you use could be an indication of success and longevity in one’s job?  That there is a sweet spot for procrastination? Or, from the TedTalk website: “If you look across fields, the greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most.”

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Serial Podcast Season 2

 

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Didn’t know what to expect from Season 2 of the sensation that was Serial Season 1. It came as a surprise when the story was not about a murder, as was season 1, but about a soldier who walked away from his post while in Afghanistan.

Bowe Bergdahl has been in the news for years and when the podcast began I wondered how compelling a story it would actually be. Turns out, with Sarah Koenig at the helm, one cannot help but get drawn into the narrative.

Bowe Bergdahl left his platoon and was captured by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network and held prisoner for 5 years. After a series of twists and turns, he made it back to the US during a prisoner exchange. Major military & government players, close friends, his parents, and even his captors all contribute in helping to answer many questions surrounding this story. Why did he walk away? How did he survive? Was his captivity time served or will he get additional punishment and serve time in the US.

Compelling, informative, complex.

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https://serialpodcast.org/

https://serialpodcast.org/2015/12/season-two-welcome

Maya Angelou

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There will be no way to do justice to Maya Angelou in this post. So, this will be just a glimpse into her work.

Recently, a friend posted online a video where Maya Angelou was speaking about the topic “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud”. It’s less than 2 minutes, and yet brings the truth rushing forth.

The videos below are clips from Oprah’s Master Class series.

Maya Angelou continues to be an inspirational force. Through her various works, novels, poems, contributions, she was a visionary with an eloquence very few possess.

Below are some of her novels, as well as her poem “Still I Rise”

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And lastly, her last tweet before she passed. Even during her last moments on earth she found a way to open up the human experience in a way like no other.

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And Then There Were None

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It’s likely you have heard of Agatha Christie, the English novelist, most notably for murder mysteries. It’s also possible you have heard of Ten Little Indians, the famous novel written by Christie.

The BBC has produced a new version for television, And Then There Were None. Think Downton Abbey meets Gosford Park meets dark murder mystery.

This retelling is rather bleak , but also engrossing. The time briskly passes while watching as you try to solve the murders before it’s too late. Just as the characters hope to figure it all out before their own untimely demise.

But do they? That’s the question you’ll have to watch and find out.

From wikipedia:

In the novel, a group of people are lured into coming to an island under different pretexts, e.g. offers of employment or to enjoy a late summer holiday, or to meet old friends. All have been complicit in the death(s) of other human beings but either escaped justice or committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction. The guests and two servants who are present are “charged” with their respective “crimes” by a gramophone recording after dinner the first night and informed that they have been brought to the island to pay for their actions. They are the only people on the island, and cannot escape due to the distance from the mainland and the inclement weather, yet gradually all ten are killed in turn, in a manner that seems to parallel the ten deaths in the nursery rhyme. Nobody else seems to be left alive on the island by the time of the apparent last death. A confession, in the form of a postscript to the novel, unveils how the killings took place and who was responsible.

It is Christie’s best-selling novel with more than 100 million copies sold, also making it the world’s best-selling mystery, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Publications International lists the novel as the seventh best-selling title.

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Hello, My Name Is Doris

 

Hello_My_Name_is_DorisWe recently went to see a new film Hello, My Name Is Doris, starring Sally Field. Admittedly, we were a bit reluctant based on the obvious quirky traits of the main character we see in the trailer. However, the reviews have been strong and the user score reviews have been even stronger.

Turns out, it’s a well constructed, written, performed film which has surprising moments of depth and contemplation. Themes of loss, loneliness, attraction, friendship, longing, growing older, letting go, and moving on are explored.

It’s worth noting that Sally Field is a two-time Best Actress winner, and her skills are shining once again here. I had confidence as a viewer that her performance would be fully realized, and the character quirkiness would blend with real life pathos.

The life events Doris experiences will most likely be shared by all of us. How we choose to live through them will be up to us.

 

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