Everyone has a story to tell or something to teach the world about, but to do that means having to address the public. However, public speaking is scary. If we could, many of us would try to avoid it at all cost. TED Talks have created an art form out of public speaking despite the challenges many have faced. The videos of the speeches are watched over and over again. Speeches that have inspired and motivated others to change the world or advance more into the field. So what is the secret of the success of TED? I would suggest reading TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson to discover that answer.
September 11 is a day marked in history by the horror we witnessed of the twin towers falling in New York City, but this September 11 I wanted to focus on an unsung holiday called Patriot Day. A holiday that should be celebrated with more valor, but mass media solely focused on the terror incident of 2001. So let me start by defining what makes a patriot.
A patriot is a person supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies. Men and women give up their lives and leave behind their family for months at a time to serve . They uphold the ideals of our country and serve as the protection against those who which us harm. They live often times off the little paychecks they receive for their time served. They are not thanked or appreciated often when they pass us, the everyday citizen, by.
In a time of uncertainty and chaos, how can one get a giggle and a laugh? How about taking a few popular songs and creates parodies with today’s events? Well one man took on this challenge. He even has been nominated for an Emmy for the works he created. He has been interviewed on NPR, and other notable news source outlets. Randy Rainbow is a Youtube creator that uses parodies to poke fun of politicians and other popular figures. He is a natural comedic talent. He uses footage from interviews and rallies to create this conversation between himself and the famous figures that he is targeting where they are respond to his sarcastic comments and seething questions.
Grandparents Day is this September 8, 2019. A day dedicated to our mother’s and our father’s parents. I am thankful for having some of the most wonderful grandparents in the world. They grew up in a generation full of pull yourself up by the boot strap mentality. They survived the hard times of America like the Great Depression and Oil Crisis. They became prominent members of their communities. They raised families while conquering the world. However, these stories are slowly disappearing.
My grandmother on my mom’s side (we will just nickname her Grandma A) has been losing her memory for years now. She suffers from dementia. She struggles to remember my mother or me. She spends her day curled into a wheel chair as nurses assist her with her daily needs. If anyone knew Grandma A, they would know that this is not how she would have wanted to spend her final days. But this is not what I am sad about when I look at her. I am sad because her life story is fading.
I always love competitive cooking shows. Iron Chef? I have every episode memorized. Cake Wars? Masters in the making. Netflix came out with a new version of competitive cooking show. It is called Sugar Rush. The concept of the show is for teams of bakers teams racing against the clock to bake the best-tasting sweets. Any time the can save will compound on to the allowed time for the final challenge. Each episodes is themed around a central idea such as fashion or science. They have two regular judges and one special judge that is knowledgable in the theme. The host helps bakers keep tract of time and progress of each contesting team.
I am a big TV watcher and a big foodie. So the shows that you can typically find me watching are cooking shows or food competition shows. It is a staple of late night watching or late Sundays mornings. I have watched so many that I find myself talking to the TV about what I would have done and/or correcting the competitors. I mean it looks easy enough on my TV screen. I think anyone in my family could give those guys a run for their money especially in something we do everyday. Well, Netflix decided to test home cooks against top restaurant chefs in Australia.
Leonardo Di Vinci is probably one of the most famous artist that emerged out of the Italian Renaissance. He was fascinated by a variety of academic subjects outside of his artistic pursuit. He traveled all over Italy completing work for some of the most powerful families at the time. People can recognize his unique style on sight. Some can name and describe several of his most famous masterpieces. I personally love his unique style towards painting and pursuing several subjects of study. So when I landed in the city of Milan this summer, I was determined to see one of his most famous pieces of work. This master piece was the Last Supper in the Convent of Santa Maria.
Milan is a beautiful city. It is full of history. A history you can see and feel in every corner. If one doesn’t have time to wander every nook and cranny then might I suggest a sight that is filled to the brim with a collection of collectibles. The Sforesco Castle in Milan was built in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1891. It now is a popular sightseeing spot for tourist today. The grand size of this sight allows it to be a perfect sight to collect various artifacts from Italian Renaissance that Italy was famous for. They have a large collection of statues, ceramics, murals, and so much more.
When a restaurant is awarded a Michelin Star, it is considered one of the greatest achievements it can receive. Florence is home to a plethora of Michelin Star restaurants. In a city full of high quality restaurants, why wouldn’t you go try one out? So after searching for an opening, we were able to dine at Borgo San Jacopo.
As a college student, I can attest to loving some college courses and not loving others. However, this past semester I had one of my favorite course since the start of my college career. The course was based on the political and economic development in Latin America because this region of world despite its vast resources, the region still lacks economic and cultural prosperities.
Historically, Latin America was colonized by several European countries that sent resources and goods back to their countries without compensation to natives. This put the region in a disadvantage when it came to early economic power after revolution from their colonial masters because their resources were still in the control of the colonials via land grants or money for the goods that did receive payment vs. the native who worked the land. Those that held the power on the resources took advantage of these infant governments and made the governing to their advantage despite the cut ties to their European ancestors. This continued the viscous cycle of the average population not receiving benefits of more open trading and economic opportunities in the world. A cycle which still is in effect today.