‘Nick’s First Pitch’ Shows How Google Fiber Made Teen’s Baseball Dream A Reality (VIDEO)

Good News – The Huffington Post
‘Nick’s First Pitch’ Shows How Google Fiber Made Teen’s Baseball Dream A Reality (VIDEO)
In June, Nick LeGrande threw the first pitch at the Oakland Athletics game — from more than 1,800 miles away.

The 14-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., is battling a rare blood disease that prevents him from being around large crowds. But thanks to his family, the baseball community, and Google Fiber, his big league dream became a reality.

Google Fiber is the company’s new, ultra-high-speed Internet service. The technology made it possible for Legrande to control a special pitching robot in Oakland all the way from a Google facility near his hometown.

On Thursday, Google released a heartwarming video about the teen’s journey.

“I like everything about [baseball]. I don’t know what I don’t like,” Legrande says in the video. “I don’t like sitting on the bench.”

Thankfully, despite his illness, he didn’t have to.

I’m Not Afraid to Say I Think I’m Beautiful

I’m much more comfortable behind a camera than in front of one. For a decade I’ve been an editor at various publications, working with top models and celebrities. So when many of my readers asked me to highlight more of my personal style, I cringed. No, my goal was simply to showcase the clothing (especially the shoes) that brought me joy, made me feel powerful, sexy, or more at peace.

Or was that really what was going on? I think something more complicated was brewing. I’m at ease with not being model-thin and appreciate my classical features and sense of style. But, in the fashion industry, wearing a size 6 is considered “fat” and being over 30 is absolutely “old.” Frankly, no chic chick wants to be labeled as either.

Call me fat, call me old (or too thin and young), but I’m not afraid to tell the world that I think I’m beautiful. Yup, I said it. And no, I’m not a self-obsessed narcissist. I am sick and tired of advertisers, corporations and beauty products telling me I need to fix myself. I like who I am and the way I look. Yes, I have a bit of a belly and wrinkles around my eyes, but I am comfortable about that. I want all people, especially my young daughter, to understand that not only is it okay to feel beautiful, but self-love is one of the most important and empowering things a person can feel (and practice). I am fit. I am healthy. I am just right, stretch marks and all. (I’ll tell you a secret: I’ve dressed a lot of models and most of them aren’t flawless, either.)

I feel beautiful; I hope you feel that you are, too.

If you don’t, I want to encourage you to take a long look in the mirror and focus on the things you like about your appearance. Then try it again, this time focusing on all of the places you despise (we all have them). Instead of hating, send each of those areas love. Practice this every morning, as you get ready. Just like working out, it may feel uncomfortable in the beginning but it gets easier the more you practice. There is scientific evidence that proves that repeating a thought (or affirmation) actually creates new neural pathways in the brain. This simple exercise has changed my entire outlook on my physique. It’s quick and free, and there is no product in the world that can give you the kind of confidence that comes from loving yourself. “I am beautiful,” is a mantra I hope every person, man or woman, chants inwardly everyday. Join me by posting a photo of yourself on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #soleprescription

Because you are beautiful, just the way you are.

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Superhero ‘Window Washers’ Swing By Children’s Of Alabama To Save The Day (PHOTOS)
Squeegee Cleaning Service employees had a job to do at Children’s of Alabama this week, but Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and Captain America came to work in their place.

According to Fox6 News, Children’s of Alabama partnered with the cleaning service as part of their “Celebrating Our Superheroes” week from September 16-20. Other hospitals have had superheroes visit them before, but Children’s particularly wanted to honor Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month — and to celebrate the heroic strength of their young patients.

The smiling heroes in bright, iconic uniforms scaled the 12-story building while waving and interacting with the excited kids along the way. The children, celebrating their own inner strength, greeted the characters at the windows also dressed in hero attire, capes and all.


The hospital posted the photos on their Facebook page, gaining many thrilled and supportive comments. The description of the event’s photo album thanked the heroic washers for swinging by to “save the day.”

But commenter Linda Wilson Haley had other heroes she wanted to recognize:

“Really sweet,” she wrote. “Of course, the real superheroes are on the inside of the window…”

We couldn’t agree more. But even an amazing staff, incredible parents and the strongest of kids could always use a friendly-neighborhood window-washing superhero to brighten up their day.

PHOTOS of the superheroes greeting the Children’s of Alabama children:

The Productivity Pantry: 50 Resources To Help You Get Things Done Right
Everyone has a collection of go-to productivity tools they just can’t live without, but with new solutions hitting the market at an unprecedented rate, it can be more than a little difficult to determine if what you’re using is what you should be using.

And so, after sifting through the quagmire of apps, software, and advice, we present to you the Productivity Pantry — a list of our 50 favorite GTD tools, tips, and tricks to help you get things done right, all the time.

There Are Only 3 Things to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do
When you whistle a happy tune until your lips hurt and you still feel afraid, what do you do?

When you wait for the sun to come out tomorrow and tomorrow it rains for the sixth straight day, what do you do?

When you think of your favorite things until you run out of favorite things and you still feel sad, what do you do?

When you go singing in the rain like Gene Kelly and all you get is a cold, what do you do?

When you dream the impossible dream and it turns out to actually be impossible, or so you believe, what do you do?

When you can’t keep it together with emotional duct tape, even the kind with pretty colors, or can’t keep it moving with emotional WD-40 what DO you do?

Do you get upset and struggle against the mighty current in the river called life or do you relax and ride the horse in the direction it is going?

Here is a little story that helped me figure out this dilemma.

One day I was standing in a painfully slow-moving TSA line at the Denver International Airport, daydreaming about the trip I was about to take to Los Angeles. All of a sudden, it was my turn to fill several bins with my stuff: shoes, pocket contents, a bagggie full of 3-ounce bottles of beauty products, my computer, jacket, handbag and carry-on. You may know the drill.

I was fumbling with this task and saw the line backing up. That stressed me which caused me to fumble even more. I turned to the beautiful young woman behind me and said, “Oh, my God! I am turning into a goofy old lady!” She smiled at me and said, “Just go with it, have some fun.” And so I did. I relaxed and went with it. I had some fun. She had my back.

I got to my gate with plenty of time, all my stuff and confidence intact. After her sage advise I chose to believe everyone behind me did too.

That’s what we do when we don’t know what to do.

1. Listen to the young ones. They are smarter than you think.

2. Breathe. Just go with it.

3. Relax. Have some fun.

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Perfectionism Leading to Anxiety
“What’s wrong with trying your best? Or striving to be perfect?” This is what my clients with anxiety disorders ask me when I challenge them not to try so hard. Their questions are understandable, though, because their striving to be perfect has been rewarded. After all, anxiety and success often go hand in hand. Going into overdrive is also likely to be rewarded with a positive outcome. So it’s no wonder that people with an anxiety disorder often view striving as the only way to accomplish a task.

But perfectionism — the need to avoid errors, mistakes, criticism, or disappointment from others — can lead to excessive anxiety and worry, insomnia, physical ailments, inability to relax and enjoy diversions, neglect in self-care,and interpersonal relationship problems. That’s when it’s crucial to step back and recognize its unrealistic trade offs.

Many people with anxiety have difficulty gauging when tasks are completed to their satisfaction. They often say, “It’s hard for me to know when I need to stop” despite their having invested tremendous time and energy. Then what eventually happens next is fatigue and exhaustion, or a loved one pleads for them to stop. Their “internal thermometer” for when to stop is essentially not calibrated properly. Risks associated with being wrong or imperfect are often blown out of proportion, leading to maladaptive anxiety. This anxiety, in turn, serves as a signal to work frantically, and it is only when this signal is drowned out by physical or mental exhaustion that people stop. It’s no wonder that despite completed tasks and accolades, many still harbor feelings of insecurity and anxiety. Rather than celebrating having met goals, they are unable to bask in their accomplishments.

If this sounds like you, don’t try so hard. Here’s what you can do: When working to complete a task, set a timer (an “external thermometer”) rather than using your feelings as a gauge for when you have done enough. If it can be done reasonably in two hours, give yourself two hours to finish. And here’s where the difficulty begins: When the two hours are up, stop working regardless of how you feel. Resist the urge to go back and try to make it perfect. How do you know what’s reasonable? Consider asking trusted peers or colleagues. But if this feels too scary, first try it in less risky situations, then work your way to riskier ones. With enough practice and positive outcomes, you can recalibrate your internal thermometer to work better for you.

Get more information about anxiety on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) website. Learn about treatment options, as well as how to choose a therapist who specializes in anxiety disorders, and where to find a therapist in your area.

For more by Kathariya Mokrue, PhD, click here.

For more on stress, click here.

Green – The Huffington Post
Taking a Close Look at the Ethanol Market

Image credit: Sweeter Alternative/flickr

This was originally posted on EDF Voices.

Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a story about alleged manipulation of ethanol credits by Wall Street banks. Big financial traders are not very popular, and their collective track record doesn’t inspire confidence, so when prices spike — or there are other fishy signs — it’s right to ask what is going on.

The Times piece raises three distinct questions for those concerned about energy policy and renewable fuels. First, can markets be a fair and efficient way to achieve the goals we want in this program — more low carbon fuels, less imported oil and reasonable energy prices? Second, does the current system have rules that make sense? Third, is ethanol a useful part of our energy mix? I think the answers are: yes, no and it’s complicated.

On markets, it seems clear that a well-designed market almost always distributes goods more efficiently than the alternatives. It’s not popular to defend Wall Street trading these days, yet a fair and open market allows flexibility for businesses, accurate pricing and incentives for efficiently meeting public demand. But a “free market” doesn’t mean a market with no rules. Without rules — or with bad ones — you get manipulation, inflated prices and even fraud.

Current rules are clearly not strong enough to keep the market in ethanol credits operating smoothly and fairly. Markets operate best when everyone has enough information and deals are made in public. Ethanol credit markets simply don’t have the kind of openness and transparency necessary to prevent manipulation. That needs to change.

There are several examples of well-functioning markets created to support a public policy goal. The trading system established in a 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, for instance, has helped America reduce acid rain pollution faster and cheaper than anyone thought possible. The California cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas pollution is helping the eighth largest economy in the world meets its ambitious emissions reductions goals, in a well-functioning and well-governed market.

The reported problems with the ethanol credits market doesn’t mean the federal renewable fuels program is a bad thing. That should be judged on its own merits — whether what we gain in domestic energy production is worth the cost, and whether the policy generates a net environmental benefit based on its impact on natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a very complicated question over which we should have a rational national debate.

In the meantime, let’s get the rules for the market right. History has repeatedly shown that fair and well regulated markets promote prosperity, while secrecy and under-regulation leads to bad outcomes. Markets can’t solve every problem, but they be a powerful and effective tool, so policymakers have a responsibility to make changes to get this one right.

‘Green News Report’ – September 19, 2013
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