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At a Critical Time for U.S. Soccer, Abby Wambach Is on a Mission
April 15, 2019| WSJ | By Jocelyn Silver.

Wambach’s latest book, a feminist guidebook called Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game. The crisp, 112-page “rally cry” stems from a viral commencement speech that Wambach delivered at Barnard College in 2018, in which she recounted the story of how biologists reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone National Park, where they improved the park’s ecosystem. Wambach compares women to wolves, encouraging them to break out of fairytale narratives. “If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing it would be this,” she said in the address. “Abby, you were never Little Red Riding Hood. You were always the Wolf.”

At Plymouth Church, Wambach sports a shirt reading “Ain’t No Little Red.” Doyle opts for a “Wolfpack” hat and black patent leather Louboutins. She comes onstage with arms whirling, miming punches.

As a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the world’s all-time top goal scorer of any gender, Wambach retired in 2015, notching a World Cup title on her fourth try. Though she wrote a more traditional sports memoir shortly after, Wolfpack marks a shift into more clearly demarcated self-help. It traces an arc in her personal life.
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6 days ago by jerryking
Abby Wambach’s Leadership Lessons: Be the Wolf
April 9, 2019 | The New York Times | By Maya Salam.

“So many of us can relate to playing by rules that were never set up for us to win.”
— Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion.

Abby Wambach, who led the United States women’s team to a World Cup championship in 2015, is focused on a new kind of goal: motivating women to become leaders.....In her new book, “Wolfpack,” Wambach, 38, shares lessons she learned from decades of training, failure and triumph on the field. It is based on the commencement speech she gave at Barnard College in New York in 2018.

“If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing, it would be this: ‘Abby, you were never Little Red Riding Hood; you were always the wolf,’”.......In “Wolfpack,” Wambach offers eight new rules to help women succeed professionally and personally. And she hopes her ideas trigger a domino effect. “When one person stands up and demands the ball, the job, the promotion, the paycheck, the microphone, that one gives others permission to do the same,”

Here are the four of her “new rules,” and the norms she hopes they’ll upend:
(1) “Champion each other.”
Old Rule: Be against each other.
New Rule: Be FOR each other.
“Power and success and joy are not pies,” Wambach writes. “A bigger slice for one woman doesn’t mean a smaller slice for another.”
(2) “Be grateful and ambitious.”
Old Rule: Be grateful for what you have.
New Rule: Be grateful for what you have AND demand what you deserve.
“I was so grateful for a paycheck, so grateful to represent my country, so grateful to be the token woman at the table, so grateful to receive any respect at all that I was afraid to use my voice to demand more,” Wambach writes. “Our gratitude is how power uses the tokenism of a few women to keep the rest of us in line.”
(3) “Make failure your fuel.”
Old Rule: Failure means you’re out of the game.
New Rule: Failure means you’re finally IN the game.
“Imperfect men have been empowered and permitted to run the world since the beginning of time,” Wambach writes. “It’s time for imperfect women to grant themselves permission to join them.”
(4) “Lead from the bench.”
Old Rule: Wait for permission to lead.
New Rule: Lead now — from wherever you are.
“The picture of leadership is not just a man at the head of a table,” Wambach writes. “It’s also every woman who is allowing her own voice to guide her life and the lives of those she cares about.”
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11 days ago by jerryking
Women’s Issues Within Political Party Platforms
We looked at every political party platform between 1840 and 2016 to find how often women's issues appeared in the text. 45 documents. 934,068 total words. 28,854 words related to women.
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13 days ago by paulbradshaw
WINNERS & SPEECHES ft. Jace Norman, Ariana Grande, Chris Pratt, & More! | 2019 Kids' Choice Awards
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14 days ago by snapeplus
Revealed: the rise and rise of populist rhetoric | World news | The Guardian
Funded by theguardian.org, a US-based non-profit, Hawkins trained 46 paid researchers to identify populist discourse in speeches in 13 different languages. They analysed four speeches for each leader’s term in office, and an average was taken for an overall populism score.
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6 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Opinion | Luke Perry Had a Stroke and Died. I Had One and Lived.
March 5, 2019 | The New York Times | By Kara Swisher, Contributing Opinion Writer.

Kara Swisher was 49 years old, healthy and had none of the conditions--symptoms--like high blood pressure that might predict a stroke...yet she had one after arriving in Hong Kong after a long flight...not hydrating or walking around enough on the long flight to Hong Kong, created what the doctor, who immediately started the treatment of anticoagulant drugs and others, called a “hole in one.”.....The idea of death — the absolute nearness of it — has been ever-present for Kara Swisher. Since her dad died, she's lived her life as if she had no time at all or very little, making the kinds of choices of someone who knew that tomorrow might indeed be her last.

[Stanford University in 2005 by the Apple founder and tech visionary Steve Jobs:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.]

.....Sometimes {Steve Jobs'] urgency manifested itself in inspiration, sometimes in meanness, sometimes in humor, sometimes in seriousness. But it was always urgent.......[recast in my words...I have both the privilege to live more days on earth and the awareness that those days are limited.

Be tough-minded going forward--Basically, I don’t have the time to be so careless in what I do and I don’t have the time to not to ask the same of you.].........You get this kind of nudge again and again from death. It is, as the Buddhist teacher Frank Ostaseski noted, “a secret teacher hiding in plain sight.” Luke Perry’s death was yet another lesson from that teacher. ....... Mr. Perry’s Dylan McKay, who was given to saying things like, “The only person you can trust in this world is yourself.”
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6 weeks ago by jerryking
Valentina Alazraki
I am a correspondent in Rome and in the Vatican for Televisa, Mexican television. I followed the end of the Pontificate of St. Pope Paul VI, the 33 days of the Pontificate of John Paul I,the entire Pontificates of St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis. I have covered 150 journeys with the latter three Popes...For a mother there are no first or second-class children; there are strongerchildren and more vulnerable ones. Nor are there first and second-class children for the Church. Her seemingly more important children, as are you, bishops and cardinals (I dare not say the Pope), are no more so than any other boy, girl or young person who has experienced the tragedy of being the victim of abuse by a priest.What is the Church’s mission? To preach the Gospel. But to do so she needs a moral guide; coherence between what one preaches and what one lives is the basis of being a credible institution, worthy of trust and respect I remember Pope Benedict XVI’s words during the flight to Lisbon, when he told us that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from external enemies but arises from sins within her.Pope Francis always reminds us that the devil enters through the pockets, and
he is absolutely right. Transparency will help you to fight economic corruption.In processing internal information, from the ground up, we have learned even from various nuncios, and I can testify to this, that there have been cases of coverup, obstacles barring access to the Pope of the time,.. I must say it, to a courageous Pope like Benedict XVI, that this scandal was made public and the tumour eradicated. 1) Put the victims in first place 2) Allow yourselves to seek advice 3) ‘Professionalize’ your communications.Pope Francis has asked the participants in this meeting to meet the victims, to listen to them and to be available to them before coming to Rome.The Pope has told us that he meets them regularly, at Santa Marta, that he considers them a of his priority. You should do the same; I do not believe you have less time than the Pope.As I take my leave I thank Pope Francis for having expressed his gratitude, before the Curia last December, for the work of journalists, who have been honest and objective in uncovering predatory priests and have made victims’ voices heard.
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8 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Celebrating Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman” and its legacy - Vox
Start Black History Month by reading one of the greatest speeches in American rhetoric.
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9 weeks ago by po
Icebreaker speach @ Toastmasters | Attracting Success
financial freedom through smart real estate investmentsIn the book Risk-Free Retirement: The Complete Canadian Planning Guide, the authors predict that at age 65, 1% of people will be wealthy, 4% of people will have an adequate income to retire on, 36% will be dead, and 59% will be dead broke.
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10 weeks ago by dula
3 Ways to Be Good at Group Discussion - wikiHow
Group discussions are a great way to get things done. You can explore a topic, come up with a plan of action, or solve an issue, just to name a few.[1] To be good at group discussions, you have to contribute, but you also must help to keep the group going in a positive direction. If you're leading the group, it's your job to facilitate discussion and make sure the group stays on topic.
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11 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
The MLK Speech We Need Today Is Not the One We Remember Most
King called the U.S. “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”..or King, standing against racial and economic inequality also demanded a recognition that those problems were inseparable from the military-industrial complex and capitalism itself. King saw “the war as an enemy of the poor,” as young black men were sent to “guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.” “If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned,” King said, “part of the autopsy must read Vietnam.”What made King truly radical was his desire to act on this empathy for people not like himself, neither black nor American. For him, there was “no meaningful solution” to the war without taking into account Vietnamese people, who were “the voiceless ones.” Recognizing their suffering from far away, King connected it with the intimate suffering of African Americans at home.King argued for an ever expanding moral solidarity that would include those we think of as the enemy: “Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view … For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”This was the dream of King’s that I prefer–the vision of a difficult and ever expanding kinship, extending not only to those whom we consider near and dear, but also to the far and the feared.
Time  icons  speeches  ideas  counter-view  America  Vietnam 
january 2019 by thomas.kochi
Trump Touts Border Wall In San Antonio, Which Has No Wall And Isn't On The Border : politics
Donald Trump has issues staying on topic. It ties into his talent as a candidate, where he's great at dodging topics and talking only about what he wants to talk about. This is almost always done defensively which leads me to believe that this was a natural defensive tactic on his behalf that has been subconsciously honed through decades of use. As this is a natural reaction of his, you'll often see him struggle with it when soliloquizing. His oral defensive posture necessitates an opponent. Without one he struggles to make sense. This is most likely why Trump uses fictional conversations so much. Talking about them as if they were in the past, as hypothetical ones or your run-of-the-mill strawmen. The infamous part of that speech shows this. He barely uses any artificial opponents at all, but takes on a defensive posture regardless. This leads him down a rabbit hole of incomprehensible tangents that I'll make sense of below.
politics  speeches 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
The Oratory Laboratory
A speaker doesn't decide if a speech is great, the audience does.
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january 2019 by eaconley
Prosesmith
I'm Jason Swadley Canon, an award-winning public speaker and speechwriter, and together—from the boardroom to the ballroom—we'll make your words radiant.
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january 2019 by eaconley
Ubi et Orbi: Pope Francis dedicates Christmas speech to fraternal love
The face of God has been revealed in a human face. It did not appear in an angel, but in one man, born in a specific time and place. By his incarnation, the Son of God tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, respect for this poor humanity of ours, which we all share in a great variety of races, languages, and cultures. Yet all of us are brothers and sisters in humanity!Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colours available, rather than just a few!The experience of families teaches us this: as brothers and sisters, we are all different from each other. We do not always agree, but there is an unbreakable bond uniting us, and the love of our parents helps us to love one another. The same is true for the larger human family, but here, God is our “parent”, the foundation and strength of our fraternity.
pope  Christmas  catholic  speeches 
december 2018 by thomas.kochi
Michael Lewis and the parable of the lucky man taking the extra cookie
Great advice to Princeton graduates (and all of us): "All of you have been faced with the extra cookie. All of you will be faced with many more of them. In time you will find it easy to assume that you deserve the extra cookie. For all I know, you may. But you’ll be happier, and the world will be better off, if you at least pretend that you don’t."
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december 2018 by warnick

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