INSPIRATIONAL: Want your own country?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Life and style Experience
Experience: I founded my own country

Renato Barros
Friday 14 November 2014 09.00 EST

As told to Jennifer Lucy Allan

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In 1903, the Portuguese government didn’t have enough money to build a harbour port, so the king sold the land to a wealthy British family, the Blandys, who make Madeira wine. Fourteen years ago the family decided to sell it for just €25,000 (£19,500). It was of no use to them. But nobody else wanted to buy it either. I met Blandy at a party, and he told me about Pontinha. He asked if I’d like to buy the island. Of course I said yes, but I have no money – I am just an art teacher.

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I love this. 

Why can’t we all have our “own countries”?


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INSPIRATIONAL: I think I am a Savvy Donor

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Top 10 Best Practices of Savvy Donors

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7. Review Executive CompensationSophisticated donors realize that charities need to pay their top leaders a competitive salary in order to attract and retain the kind of talent needed to run a multi-million dollar organization and produce results. But they also don’t just take the CEO’s compensation at face value; they benchmark it against similar-sized organizations engaged in similar work and located in the same region of the country. To help you make your own decision, Charity Navigator’s analysis reveals that the average CEO’s compensation of the charities we evaluate is almost $150,000. In general, salaries tend to be higher in the northeast and at arts and education charities. Sophisticated donors also put the CEO’s salary into context by examining the overall performance of the organization. They know it is better to contribute to a charity with a well-paid CEO that is meeting its goals than to support a charity with an underpaid CEO that fails to deliver on its promises. (Check out our CEO Compensation Study for more benchmarking data.)

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That’s one thing that stops me from donating — “Big Charity”.

When the CEO makes more than I do, I’m not needed. Neither is my money.

When the “Charity” spends more on “administration” than “services”, then I’m done.

When the “Charity” shifts it mission to something “eternal”, I’m “mortal”. Example, Mach of Dimes cures polio and shifts to “birth defects”.

When the “Charity” uses funds for things I morally oppose, I’m outraged. Example, Susan B. Koleman funds Planned Parenthood which in turn funds abortions. 


I like the Salvation Army. The General makes peanuts! That’s charity.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Complicated politics, irrational decisions, and legions of people

Saturday, October 18, 2014

“Healthcare is an industry involving complicated politics, irrational decisions, and legions of people looking for their next paycheck. However, the sheer volume of money in the system is making it a prime target of entrepreneurs all over the world.

But for those thinking that emerging tech will enable them to circumvent the entire healthcare system completely, it may, but only for a very tiny subset of the population.

We are on the verge of crossing over from science hype to science reality, with the prospects of creating a tremendous upside. Yes, there will be more than a few battles fought along the way between doctors and health industry executives, insurance administrators, and government officials but in the end, it doesn’t have to be a win-lose situation.” 

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Hopefully, this sanity will come sooner rather than later!

Wonder if Watson could have saved Our Girl?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Tunnel of sh*t to rescue puppies

Friday, October 17, 2014

In News by Maggie Serota
Oct 9, 2014
Hero crawls through tunnel of sh*t to rescue puppies

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A Thai man, believed to be a Thai naval officer, didn’t let 100 meters of feces-filled sewer piping get between him and a crying litter of puppies in need. According to the video uploaded to LiveLeak on Wednesday, the man waded through the poop chute with a flashlight in tow and pulled out 4 puppies who were, according to NineMSN, ”washed in after heavy rain.”

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This guy deserve a round applause and hot shower.

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INSPIRATIONAL: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunlight’s Strange Effect on Suicide Rates
September 13, 20143:00 pm

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is now responsible for more than 39,000 deaths per year, and is preventable. In fact, most people who consider suicide do not actually attempt the act.

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Of course, suicide is a much more complicated issue than a single study about sunlight can cover. If someone you know is considering suicide, take it seriously and help them seek the professional help they need. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Hopefully everyone is listening for signals that this might happen.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Changing the Game

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Changing the Game in Youth Sports

Posted In Leadership, Problems in Youth Sports, TED talks

On April 26, 2014 I had the honor of presenting a talk at TEDx Bend Oregon entitled “Changing the Game in Youth Sports.” The power of the TED platform, and its international recognition as a brand that brings “ideas worth sharing” to the forefront of conversation, was such an incredible platform to be able to present the 14 minute version of the Changing the Game Project mission.

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Suggest this should be required watching to “license” adults to watch youth sports.

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Reminds me of an Evy story.

I had thought I’d reported this one, but I can NOT find it. If you know where I did write it up, please let me know where, compare the recitations, and see if my memory is failing.

Don’t remember when. It might have been when she had her 28-1 “dream team”.

I remember her perennial instructions to Tom, the assistant coach and ex-Marine, and me, as the ball boy, “Don’t yell at the girls. Tell them what they did right. Tell them how to do it right. But unless they specifically ask you want they did wrong, don’t tell them that they did it wrong. They will then focus on not getting yelled at instead of having fun.”

Anyone, who knew Ev, knows you disregarded her instructions at your own peril. Especially about her beloved basketball.

So I recollect “we” were playing and one of our “star guards” was having a bad day. As I remember it was a close game. It might have been against Doug of Saint Matthias, who believed he could out-coach any mere woman.

So the Dad of the “star guard” was “coaching” her from the spectator’s side. Loud enough for folks in the next county to here. And, it wasn’t Ev’s style of “positive encouragement”.

So, when her Irish patience ran out, which as I recollect lasted until the THIRD quarter — never lasted that long with me, she called time out. Turned to Tom and said: “Please take the huddle and tell some jokes to loosen them up.” She walked across the court DIRECTLY to the Dad. 

(As her husband, I could see the “smoke” coming from her ears.)

She went to the Dad and whispered in his ear till the ref blew his whistle.

(It seemed like a very long time out. I think the ref was waiting for her to finish. That Dad had some non-positive comments for the ref and his ability. I know I wouldn’t have interrupted her. The refs all liked her because she rarely gave them <synonym for excrement>!)

She walked back across and said to the girls: “OK, now let’s focus, and have some fun. Saint Augustine … (the school’s name) …” to which the girls all finished “… pray for us.”.

The game went on. I remember “we” won going away.

Oh the Dad? Never heard a peep from him for the REST OF THE SEASON.

A week or so later, at a KofC meeting, one of the other Dad’s came over to me and said: “I didn’t know you married a Marine Drill Sargent?” I said: “Huh?” While he could NOT hear every word, the ones he repeated were mildly surprising.

The line that I loved was: “When she is on THAT court, she MY player; NOT YOUR daughter. Don’t you %^&*@ dare speak to my PLAYER that way EVER again.”

That was Our Girl. Very Lady-like. Until the pot boiled.

Funny, all the other Dads got the message.

No one wanted to be “called out” like that.

Like the @tswift13 song, she was “FEARLESS”!

Especially where “her girls” were concerned.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Gallantry, courtesy, and respect

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Consider this an invitation to be grateful for the close friendships in your life at this very moment.

It’s also a reminder that every dating relationship ends up one of two ways: you either break up as a couple, or you get married. There are no other options. That’s a healthy extrapolation to keep in mind while dating.

You might be tempted to gorge on your girlfriend’s goodness like a hungry man on a tin of canned pineapple, but there’s a strong chance that someday this same girl will be married to someone else. Her offspring and your offspring might even get married someday. So it will be in everybody’s best interest if you can always look each other in the eye with a clear conscience.

How can you guarantee that?


Following the example of Sid Phillips, treat every woman you date with gallantry, courtesy, and respect.

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Hope that I’ve always done that.

I think I have.

I know I do.


Great story!

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