Saturday, February 23, 2013

What I Did for Valentine's Day: One Billion Rising

I thought that maybe you'd like to see how I spent V-Day 2013.  I choreographed a little bit of flamenco fusion to "Break the Chain," the official music for the One Billion Rising organization's flash mob initiative:  bringing awareness to violence and abuse against women and girls worldwide.

Probably not my greatest achievement in the art of flamenco, but we needed something very simple, with a flamenco flavor, that we could teach to a variety of students and supporters -- many of whom had no previous dance experience.

Here's how it turned out.  My favorite part is at the end where everyone joins in and freestyles.  V-Day 2013 at Union Station in downtown Chicago:

For more about One Billion Rising and why we rose up in support:

And here's a big flash mob group that took place the same day at Daley Plaza:

Taking back V-Day with beautiful women-power.  Love to all!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

That's Enough: Dorothy Love Coates

For the Valentine's Day weekend, I submit for your approval this great gospel tune by Dorothy Love Coates.  If you're not a Jesus-person and your belief is centered on a different form of the divine, substitute that name for Jesus (as I do when I listen to this song).  Or, even more radical:  "I've got myself . . . and that's enough."

Great things to do with inspiring vintage gospel songs like this:  Get your cardio in while dancing and elevating your spirit!  Don't let the dregs of winter (and V-Day) get you down.  Uplevel yourself : )

And, P.S.:  Got some haters in your life?  This should be #1 on your playlist.

Check out the links below for more about the singer/songwriter and videos with more of her music.  Find out why she influenced a generation of R&B and soul greats, including Little Richard, Sam Cooke, and The Supremes.

What word would you use to fill in the blank:  "I've got __________, and that's enough"? 

Here are Dorothy Love Coates inspiring lyrics:
There's always somebody talking 'bout me, but really I don't mind
You're trying to block and stop my progress, most of the time
The mean things you say don't make me feel bad
'Cause I can't miss a friend that I never had

(I've got) I've got Jesus and that's enough
 When I'm sick (he's there) and troubled (he's there)
When I call him he will answer my prayers
 When I'm burdened (he's there) with a load (he's there)
That's when Jesus is a comforter (to my soul)
You may scorn me turn your back on me
He's got his arms wrapped all around me
(I've got) I've got Jesus and that's enough

You know there's been so many times when I didn't have a dime
And didn't tell nobody but my Lord
He heard my plea and came to see about me 'cause he's one thing
I can afford
When you push me down Jesus picks me up
Sticks by me when the goin' gets tough
(I've got) I've got Jesus and that's enough

We're talking about a great emancipator and a heart regulator
(Jesus is) yes He is
He'll make my way brighter and my burdens lighter 
yes He will (Jesus will)
When my enemies attack me, He sends me help
Don't leave me to fight these battles by myself
Takes care of my enemies when they try to get tough
And that's enough

Want more?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Susan Cain's introverts blog

Just a quick line to turn you on to another great blog.  It's Susan Cain's companion blog to her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts.  And, the more I read the blog, the more I question how purebred an introvert I am.

But, it's a fascinating and wide-ranging blog, with interviews of introverts in a variety of fields, book reviews, videos -- a little bit of everything.

If you're someone like me, who'd rather be at home watching a film or reading a book than be bored out of her mind in a group of people with whom you have nothing in common, check out this blog to realize that you're not alone.

The author's Manifesto gives you a quick sense of her point of view.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

the power of introverts

First of all, my new favorite blog:  Single and Happy / The Party of Ones.  Second, how I found it:  Blog post on the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, about which I had heard in a Terry Gross interview on NPR.

So, rather than rehash the anecdotes I've already heard about this book, and state the obvious about what introversion may have to do with those of us who prefer hanging out at home to the average date available to the over-40 gal, I refer you to the Single and Happy blog by J. Victoria Sanders.

And, apparently, she's just published her own book, uncannily titled Single and Happy:  The Party of Ones.  She's just 35, but . . . 35, 45, not really much difference, I say.  Yeah, a little more awful as the years go by, but it's a challenging enough lifestyle even at 35 (as I recall).  You'll find a lot to ponder on the Single and Happy blog -- but I haven't run into much (so far) that fit the "happy" descriptor.

Here's an interesting one:  What is the hardest thing about being single?  Check out the responses and see if you agree.

And, if anyone is reading these posts and wonders why she hasn't seen a restaurant or entertainment review on this blog for a while, it's winter and I usually hibernate until spring.  But photos of my first-ever birthday dance party will be forthcoming.  In true introvert fashion, I brought the party to me : )