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Consider a visit to Sagamore Hill on Independence Day

We went last year and really enjoyed it, especially the "Rough Riders" demonstration.  Not too far out for people on the Island or Queens, and, best of all, it's all FREE! Find out more at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/a-great-way-to-spend-independence-day-on-long-island


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Fireworks for the 4th begin June 30th in New York

The 4th of July is still a few days away, but there are fireworks scheduled for tonight at 2 NY locations. see http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/new-york-s-4th-of-july-events-start-thursday-night

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The I's have it; the teams do not -- unless you add women

Ayn Rand would have loved this. In "Why a Great Individual Is Better Than a Good Team" Jeffrey Stibel isChairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.and author of Wired for Thoughtdeclares, s a brain scientist, I know thatgreat individuals are not only more valuable than legions of mediocrity, they are often more valuable than groups that include great individuals." He  argues that the best work is done by individuals working independently, not in collaboration with others, as in the case of programmers, designers, and artists.  Consequently, he contends,  "when an activity can be performed sufficiently by one person with adequate skills, doing the activity as a group should be avoided."
Based on how the brain works, he says, "Our intelligence is incredibly complex and as a result, a great individual can far exceed the value of many mediocre minds." Moreover, "Mediocre minds can also destroy the value or contribution of a great mind.&…

Time will tell: kavata itim laTorah

On to the topic of the title of the post: The Midrash comments on the pasuk, “V’ha’aretz hayesa tohu va’vohu v’choshech al pnei tehom,” that “tohu” refers to Madei, “vohu” refers to Bavel, “choshech” refers to Yavan, and “tehom” is Edom. These are the four kingdoms that brought us our four periods of galus. How can a pasuk describing the pre-creation universe be referring to kingdoms that would not exist until hundreds and thousands of years later? Maharal answers that the Midrash is teaching us that galus was built into the bri'ah from day one. The material world, the universe, is inherently imperfect, and the four galiyos are a product of that imperfection. It just took time for history to unfold along its inevitable course to get there.The only problem with this Maharal is that we know it isn’t true. Read more at Divrei Chaim: kavata itim laTorah?:  and follow up with part 2

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Museum visits: real and virtual

Art is alive and well in museums and on the net, especially in the discussion generated by my post on Google's Art Project at Internet Evolution 85 comments as of this morning

I also blogged about the Museum of Natural History at www.theCMOsite.com on Brand Identity and Innovation and Technology and Customer Engagement

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This Shabbos

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You can come in to taste the cake (mocha frosting over chocolate and vanilla cake filled with chocolate mousse)  this Shabbos at the kiddush. It is to be at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov Minyan at 131Washington (between Central and Chestnut) in celebration of  my husband's 4th siyum on Shas and my son's having reached the hours of learning he bid quite a number of months ahead of schedule.  Dvar Torah may be said before Musaf, but I'm not certain of the time for that.


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Symbols versus essentials

"A diamond necklace might be a pretty symbol, but strong relationships aren’t built on trinkets. They’re built on time, communication, attention, and love." from a terrific post at http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2011/06/20/the-people-who-do-matter/
It concludes as follows:

Stop caring what other people think is a call to stop wasting your money on things mostly useful in impressing other people. It’s not a good use of energy to worry about impressing people that don’t impact your life, and it’s not your possessions that impress the people that do impact your life.
Your skills, your character, your use of time, your attention, and your love matter far more than your possessions to the people that matter most. As to the rest of the people you bump into, why worry about impressing them with your stuff?


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Orthonomics: Owning Your Problem

Orthonomics: Owning Your Problem

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Parental expectations and consequences for kids

If you have the time to read through something longer than the typical blog post, check out .theatlantic.how-to-land-your-kid-in-therapy/
Here are some highlights:


 “If you’ve got 20 minutes a day to spend with your kid,” Kindlon asked, “would you rather make your kid mad at you by arguing over cleaning up his room, or play a game of Boggle together? We don’t set limits, because we want our kids to like us at every moment, even though it’s better for them if sometimes they can’t stand us.”
Kindlon also observed that because we tend to have fewer kids than past generations of parents did, each becomes more precious. So we demand more from them—more companionship, more achievement, more happiness. Which is where the line between selflessness (making our kids happy) and selfishness (making ourselves happy) becomes especially thin. “We want our kids to be happy living the life we envision for them—the banker who’s happy, the surgeon who’s happy,” Barry Schwartz, the Swarthmore social scientis…

Celebrating the start of summer with free admission

see the pics in the slideshow taken on our visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion on chol Hamoed.

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/summer-arrives-tomorrow-along-with-free-park-admissions
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Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress: DIY Vanilla

Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress: DIY Vanilla

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If you're in Pennsylvania

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Or planning to pass through or considering it among other places to visit this season, you may want to include Longwood Gardens on your stop. The garden started out in a very ecological mission -- to save the trees there. But it includes far more than trees, as you can see from the pictures I posted in the album on the Kallah Magazine Facebook page The one below is not among them.
If you can pick up a tour, do take one; you learn more than you do by just reading the little signs around. This garden has a bit less of an educational than the botanical gardens in New York city. And even the house does not reveal everything, like the fact that the owner got married in New York rather than in his home state because he married his cousin, and such marriages were (and I suppose still are) not legal in that state, though they are in New York (see http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/license-to-wed-part-2-of-2). But you can also pick up interesting things by paying close attention.…

Orthonomics: Guest Post: Do Not Provide Your Child's Social Security Number

Orthonomics: Guest Post: Do Not Provide Your Child's Social Security Number

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For Father's Day

Kids can offer gifts from the heart without emptying out their (or your) wallets if they are willing to put in some effort.
1. They could wash dad's car, and if they are really ambitious, vacuum the inside and wax the exterior, as well.  This suggestion, I admit, comes from Walmart, though you really don't have to buy the kit they recommend.
2. They could take over a current chore that dad usually does, like mowing the lawn or taking out the garbage, either for the week of Father's Day or longer
3.For a gift that keeps on giving, they can put together a voucher book that entitles dad to press the kids into raking leaves, shoveling snow, or doing some other task that he would enjoy delegating.
4. They could bake a cake, cookies, or prepare something else he likes like chocolate covered pretzels.
5. They can make a frame with their pictures inside. For wooden frames that can be painted and decorated, check out Michael's. For very young kids, you can cut the opening on a…

A clash of pink and green

In the words of Joel Makover in http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/05/16/green-marketing-over-lets-move?page=0%2C0“No environmentally preferable car, carpet, cleaner, cosmetic, clothing, coffee, credit card or cell phone has captured more than 2 percent of its respective market. In most cases, sales of green products represent well under 1 percent of any given category.” 


It is quoted in "Barbie Hijacked by Greenpeace" in the attempt to insinuate that the Barbie attack, which is actually an attack on Mattel for using paper made from rainforest trees in Barbie's packaging, undermines the green movement by its association with extremism. A couple of leaps of logic here that the article tries to gloss over with its nod to the fact "other reasons exist for the sluggish sales of green products — quality, price, availability, etc."  I haven't heard of people going out of their way to buy products that are considered not green to register their disapproval of Greenp…

87 and going strong

Holocause survivor, Gerda Weissmann Klein speak on American citizenship. See http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Gerda-Weissmann-Klein-on-American-Citizenship.html

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Divrei Chaim: a cause for celebration

Divrei Chaim: a cause for celebration: "The very presence of the guest speaker at my son's yeshiva's annual gala siyum (held yesterday) brought warm memories to my mind. R' Ahron ..."

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It's the season for Shakespeare in the Park

At the Delacorte Theater, http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/shakespeare-the-park,  and beyond, http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/the-other-shakespeare-the-park-no-tickets-required

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Orthonomics: Like Drugs to an Addict are Loans to a Debtor

Orthonomics: Like Drugs to an Addict are Loans to a Debtor

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For a Sunday outing, think Suffolk

See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/spring-and-summer-sundays-suffolk for details about the train rides available this Sunday, as well as the nearby farm and park with row boats for rent. The first two are free, though a donation is appreciated for the train rides.


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Beyond pink

Gayle A Sulike, PhD, a medical sociologist and 2008 Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on breast cancer culture, is the author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health (Oxford University Press, 2011). Each chapter is followed by pages of footnotes for this carefully researched book that points out the dark side behind the pink ribbon. It is not a cheerful picture, nor a completely hopeful one, as very little true progress has been made in the battle against breast cancer, for all the fanfare of pink products, awareness, and the popularity of "the cause."

Certainly, every woman should read about how mammograms could actually fail women and, in some case, cause harm and should be aware of the risk/benefit ratio, the costs, and the questionable motives of some who benefit.  "Screening mammography is largely responsible for the ever-increasing diagnoses of stage 0 breast cancers, the types that are not techn…

Marketing museums and keeping pre-teens safe online

My  latest 3 blog posts on theCMOsite
Social Networking for Pre-Teens
Technology &; Customer Engagement at the Museum and Museum Brand Identity 








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