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DH, TED Talks and rabbit holes....

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I had a "normal" weight loss/fitness/motivational blog planned in rather fine detail in my head regarding the last week and all that has happened.

My DH was home this week on vacation and it has been ridiculously busy, both because of that fact, and on top of that, because two of my three daughters were in the High School Spring Musical this past Friday and Saturday.

There was much worry, work and drama leading up to the Drama, including me hosting 30+ cast members in a "opening night" breakfast on Friday.

I was going to blah, blah, blah more about all that this morning, but all of that came to a SCREECHING halt when I discovered TED Talks.

I just had to rush to my computer and share this amazing gem that I have not even begun to scratch the surface of....

First we pause for this ode of appreciation to my DH:

Stay with me...I promise this relates... emoticon

My DH is a non-stop learner/thinker/doer. Retired after 22 years in the Army, he is a physician with two board certifications (Emergency Medicine and Radiology) and enough information floating around his head on other topics that he could come close to being certified as a historian, economist, financial planner, electrician, mechanic, insurance actuary, musician or computer geek extraordinaire.


I'm not exaggerating.

Oh, yeah, I could add car salesman to that. He usually knows more about the history, safety ratings and specifications of cars than the salespeople he frequents in his never ending quest for his new car. I am the beneficiary of all of his "Car Talks" on a very frequent basis.

Note: his old car is 10 years old and he has been looking for his new one for about that long.

So....on to the point of all this....

He was watching something on his iPad that related to how humans think about beauty and how it is necessary for our well being. It was a engaging and elegantly "written" piece and as I focused in on listening to what they were saying I had to know:

"Who and what is that?"

He said without looking up (as if I should have known): "It's a TED Talk."


So, there went my morning as I was led down a rabbit hole in hot pursuit of something that I had to know more about. And of course, because I am super excited about this now I have to share.

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading".

TED's mission statement begins:

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

mmm...Spark People by any other name....

As fate would have it, the first TED talk I listened to was:

Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

This was randomly chosen and I honestly could do a whole 'nother blog on this piece, but I will say as a teaser that what he said about chocolate cake made me laugh....and think....

I'm gonna leave it to you to watch that or something else on the TED website that Sparks you.

Spread the Spark about this site if you think it worthy.

I will now put down my "pen" and jump back "down the rabbit hole" to watch one more video - chosen at random...and then I'm gonna go to the gym because my fitness has suffered this week due to the craziness of it!

46 days down and 54 days left until summer!!

Food, water and fitness - good but not perfect!!

Attitude: emoticon

Excited because of my new discovery!!

Edit: No fewer than three people have suggested this TED Talk to me. When the universe speaks, I listen. This is the link.

Thank you all!!

I have a developed deep, intuitive understanding of what Jill Bolte speaks of over the last decade of my life. The "we" that is "me" has chosen to "live" in the right hemisphere of my brain more and more and I love it here! Join me!

(Listen to the TED talk if ya want to know what I mean!!)



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LADY_MARIANA 5/23/2013 11:30PM

    Thank you! I'll have to try a TED talk.

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JENSHAINES 5/1/2013 1:03PM

    I'm going to look into those TED talks after work today. LOVE TED talks. I was listening to the "Beauty" NPR show on Saturday - that may be what your DH was listening to. It was really wonderful.

Hope you're having a FABULOUS Wednesday!

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OWL_20 4/29/2013 3:17PM

    Thank your husband for his service! Also, thanks for the links--I will be sure to check them out, they sound really good and positive!

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STEPBYSTEP_ 4/29/2013 7:03AM

    Never heard of them until now ... it sounds really interesting!!! will definitely check them out and learn more about TED talks! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 4/29/2013 12:15AM

    I, too, love TED talks! There are a number of them on Netflix...

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DAYSPRING-STAR 4/28/2013 11:56PM

    When the universe speaks!!! OK, that's the thing that keeps happening to me also. The most recent was with Ted Talks this past Thursday! The program I listened to was William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? Several sources led me there, including one of my newly joined SparkTeams.

Quote from Dr. Li: “The obvious thing is to think about what we could remove from our diet. But I took a completely opposite approach and began asking: What could we be adding to our diet that could boost the body’s defense system? In other words, can we eat to starve cancer?”

List of Anti-Angiogenic Foods:

It's late now, but I'll be coming back to your blog tomorrow to check out the programs you mention.

Spark on; streak on; and thanks for sharing your Spark! You are a beacon that keeps guiding me back onto the progress path of my journey! emoticon

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JEWELY_ROADS 4/28/2013 10:42PM

    emoticon emoticon stuff!

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GAMEON123 4/28/2013 10:24PM

    I have been addicted for a while and have to watch how much time I spend watching them emoticon

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BOBINVA 4/28/2013 8:22PM

    I love TED talks. I have only watched a few that were recommended, but they have been though provoking.

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TATTER3 4/28/2013 8:20PM

    Thanks. Don't stay in the hole too long! we like up up here too!

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DOVESEYES 4/28/2013 8:07PM


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AJDOVER1 4/28/2013 6:25PM

    I love Ted Talks! There aren't enough hours in the day to explore them! Thanks for recommending one -- I'll watch it this evening. Please share any recommendations!

There is one Ted Talk in particular that sticks in my mind so strongly, I must recommend it to you.

If you know anyone who has had a stroke, you must see this one:

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68ANNE 4/28/2013 6:23PM

    I've 'visited' once but since the only computer I have is work, I haven't been back

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/28/2013 5:47PM

    Gonna check it out! thanks

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SHAMROCKY2K 4/28/2013 2:39PM

    Thanks for reminding me about Ted Talks. They ARE awesome. I used to (maybe still do) have an ap where I could listen to them on the run. Now I can listen here too.

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STARWARSFAN2 4/28/2013 1:01PM

    I agree. TED is a helpful resource. Enjoy your subterranean, mind-expanding visits.

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MANDELOVICH 4/28/2013 1:00PM

    TED talks are awesome - want to watch this one - sounds like a great topic! Thank you Michelle!!! xxoo

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/28/2013 12:05PM

    Thank you for spreading the word, I am going to check it out!

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ALIHIKES 4/28/2013 11:59AM

    I love TED talks! Someone brought TED to my book club (Jill Bolte Taylor) -- we had read her book My Stroke of Insight. And I agree! These talks can be transforming -- and can keep us learning and growing. Watch Jill on TED if you get a chance. emoticon

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OKBACK2ME 4/28/2013 11:38AM

    I am going to check it out ty! emoticon

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