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Mi abuelo

Mi abuelo, Pedro Martínez. Nació un 13 de agosto de 1913 en la Habana, Cuba. Nació en tierra Cubana por accidente. Su padre y su madre embarazada salieron de Cadiz, España rumbo a Argentina pero el barco tuvo problemas y pararon en el puerto de Cuba. Ahí nació, se crió, vivió los años de la dictadura de Batista y conoció a mi abuela Norma en el Sanatorio la Esperanza (una historia para otra día). Un par de años antes de la revolución (1956) se mudaron a Puerto Rico con mi mamá Mercedes y el cuñado de su primer matrimonio, Rolando. Se ubicaron en San Juan y abrieron Habana Artistic Studio en la Ave. Ponce de León en Santurce. Mi abuela Tata añoraba su tierra y soñaba con volver y ver a su familia. Quiso regresar a Cuba después de que Fidel bajó de la Sierra Maestra pero mi abuelo le dijo: “Calma, los gobiernos de revolución traen grandes cambios, esperemos un poco a ver como van las cosas.” A cabo de unos meses, decidieron no regresar. PR se convirtió en su nuevo hogar como el de muchos Cubanos. Después de la revolución los cubanos llegaban a Puerto Rico y buscaban a mi abuelo en “la embajada” como solían llamarle a la Habana Artistic Studio. Me cuentan que ayudó a mucha gente y era muy querido. Lamentablemente, murió un 26 de febrero de 1968 en un trágico accidente de avión regresando de unas gestiones en Santa Cruz. Mami tenía doce años.

Mi abuela me contaba hoy lo mucho que Pedro hubiese querido ver a Cuba libre. Hoy es un buen día para compartir esta historia y la foto de mi abuelo.

Making space for poetry

As most things in life, making choices determines who we are, what we do and how we interact with the world and others. I have been writing poetry for quite sometime, but I consider it not to be very good. Anyway, I have to make space for: reading other poets, writing more, and sharing my work regardless of what I think of it. The process is the destination and sharing is the space to improve the process.

I leave you with this short quote by Viola De Lesseps, a character created by Shakespeare in Love screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, and is not based on an actual person.

“I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No… not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that… overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable—like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture. Love—like there has never been in a play.”

—Viola De Lesseps

The Soul by Lal Ded

I like this poem by Lal Ded. I did not know who she was, in fact this was posted by Elle Luna’s in her own blog and I am borrowing it to put it here. It is said that Lal Ded was born in 1355 in Pandrethan to a Kashmiri Pandit family. Even as a child, Lalla was wise and religious-minded. She was married at the age of 12 into a family that was reported to have regularly mistreated her. As a mystic, she wandered naked, reciting her proverbs and quatrain-based poems as a means for peace.

-“The Soul”
by Lal Ded

The soul, like the moon,
Is new, and always new again.

And I have seen the ocean
continuously creating.

Since I scoured my mind
and my body, I too, Lalla,
am new, each moment new.

My teacher told me one thing,
Live in the soul.

When that was so, I began to go naked and dance.

Reducing annual consumption of plastic bags

Did You know…?

* The average American uses between 300 and 700 plastic bags per year. If everyone in the United States tied their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain, the chain would reach around the Earth 760 times!

* The world’s largest landfill can be found floating between Hawaii and San Francisco. Wind and sea currents carry marine debris from all over the world to what is now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This “landfill” is estimated to be twice the size of Texas and thousands of pounds of our discarded trash, mostly plastics. Each year hundreds of thousands of sea birds and marine life die from digested plastics mistaken for food. –LA Times

* Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in South Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting up to 30,000 plastic bags a month to weave into hats and handbags. – BBC

via Take Action to Stop the Single-Use Bag Habit.

Bruce Lee, the Philosopher?

bruce_lee2I have always been an admirer of martial arts. As a kid, I wanted to grow up and become a ninja.  I am thrilled by the techniques, syncopated movements, quick reflexes, and unreal forms and combinations found in the martial arts.

Surfing the web, I found an interesting video from Bruce Lee.  But this time, Lee is not fighting or making his trademark face, he is speaking and sounding more like a philosopher. I found it amusing, interesting and a bit outthere. Yet, it did spark a curiosity to learn more about this cultural icon. If you want to read more about Bruce Lee, check out his page on Wikipedia.

This is the video:

Truth is that water must flow in order to be clean. This concept of “flow” makes the metaphor work for me. Water that does not flow becomes stale and contaminated. Flow is critical for the purity of water.  I wonder how much of our sicknesses, depressions, anxieties, etc., may result from lack of flow.

A significant fraction of the human body is water.

Water has hundreds of uses for the sustainability of life and humanity.
Water contains oxygen, etc.

MLK on Peace and Justice

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I am a big fan of Martin Luther and recently found some fave quotes in my notes:

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
-Martin Luther King Jr.


“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
Martin Luther King Jr., “Strength to Love”

Forty-five years ago, MLK entered the public scene and transformed history. He was born in a poor home in Atlanta, Georgia. Grew up to become a preacher like his father and worked at Montgomery Baptist Church. King’s legacy goes beyond historical facts. Martin initiated a change of perspective and racial relations in the USA. He addressed the racial issues of the day with bravery and tenacity.

Following the footsteps of his leadership America is better today. The future of this country is again filled with hope and promise.

Through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that….

Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
-Martin Luther King Jr.,
“Where do we go from here?”, August 1967

Our Deepest Fear… (Lyrics and Video)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It is not just within some of us; it is in everyone.

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson, “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles,” 1992

-Used by Nelson Mandela (wrongly accredited to him online) on his 1994 inaugural speech

-Used in the movie Coach Carter, 2004

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“Happiness Is…” (trailer online)

According to Webster’s dictionary, happiness is: “An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness.”

Did you know the US ranks way low in happiness studies worldwide?

Director Andrew Shapter, curious to learn more about happiness went on a road trip across America to find answers to one of the most profound and ecstatic states of self: happiness.

“Happiness is…”

Are happiness definitions as unique as finger prints? What can we learn about ourselves when we realize that the declaration of independence didn’t give us the right to happiness but rather the right to pursue it? So come along on our journey as we talk to a colorful cast of characters about what happiness means and explore whether we can increase happiness across America…the answers may surprise you!
-From: www.happinessisthemovie.com

National Prayer Breakfast

“This is my hope. This is my prayer.” -Obama

Did you get a chance to watch the National Prayer Breakfast this past Friday, February 5. Tony Blair delivered the keynote address and Casting Crowns, a Christian rock group.  The National Prayer Breakfast, currently co-chaired by Reps. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and Heath Shuler (D-NC), is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C., on the first Thursday of February each year. The event has taken place since 1953 and every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the breakfast. Memorable words from this year’s speech:

“In this way, the particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times.”

“The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another – or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.”

“[Today] We come to break bread and give thanks and seek guidance, but also to rededicate ourselves to the mission of love and service that lies at the heart of all humanity. As St. Augustine once said, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

Read the full transcript of Barack Obama’s speech here.

Daylighting

Some call it the side hustle, others call it the side project, but it’s been coined as “daylighting” – working jobs on the side while at another one. And for young creative professionals, it’s become a way of life. “The slash/slash generation are best described as do-it-all teens and twenty-somethings that undertake multiple careers – often creating brand names for themselves.” While the notion of employees doing their “own thing” at a business can be threatening, it may also be an opportunity for those who manage it responsibly.

How can companies free people in the slash/slash generation from the rigidity of corporate policy?

Can companies accommodate multiple interests and passions to further develop the potential of their employees?

What if they actually allow, or even encourage, “daylighting”?

via Encourage Daylighting from Behance Magazine.

Trends in Higher Education

Trends in Higher Education,” is published twice annually, last published in August 2008. The special issue (compiled by Phyllis T.H. Grummon, PhD., Director of Planning and Education SCUP) looks at the state of Higher Education and: Demographics, Economics, Environment, Global Education, Learning, Politics.

For more information visit the Society for College and University Planning at: www.scup.org

“I screwed up” -A leadership lesson with Barack Obama

Yesterday, we learned a lot about our new president. For starters,  he is human. He makes mistakes just as every ordinary person. What makes him different is the fact he is willing to admit his faults. Obama understands the importance of taking responsability of your actions. That is a significant leadership lesson.

So what’s the background story? In an interview with Brian Williams, Obama admitted he “screwed up ” in two cabinet nominations he had made. Who are these two people that voluntarily withdrew?

1) Former senator Tom Daschle pulled out as Mr Obama’s pick as Health and Human Services secretary. Why?  His failure to fully pay taxes from 2005 through 2007.

2) Nancy Killefer pulled out her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government. Why? She also failed to submit payroll taxes.

Obama recognized that he was “angry and disappointed” to lose Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer before he candidly admitted:  “I think I screwed up, and I take responsibility for it, and we’re going to make sure we fix it so it doesn’t happen again.”

The President said he wanted to assure the US that under his leadership there would not be “two sets of standards, one for powerful people, and one for ordinary folks who are working everyday and paying their tax.” Regarding Daschle and Killefer, Obama did make a point, “I appointed these folks. I think they are outstanding people.”

So, what are some leadership points we can take away from this?

  1. Leaders of any kind often face dilemmas and make mistakes.
  2. Admitting mistakes does not make a leader weak, but makes him real; also increasing his/her credibility.
  3. Followers respect and support leaders who are not afraid to recognize and learn from their mistakes.
  4. Only the leader that knows wrong can point himself and others in the right direction.
  5. People did not vote for a perfect president, but for one who is transparent, demonstrates humility and practices self-reflection.

Name Results for ‘Jorge Fusaro’

A friend send me a funny and interesting site where you insert your name and it gives you some interestingly random and fun facts about your name. Here are mine.

Top 5 Facts for this Name (Jorge Fusaro):

1. How well envoweled is Jorge Fusaro? 45% of the letters are vowels. Of one million first and last names we looked at, 11.2% have a higher vowel make-up. This means you are very well envoweled.

2. In ASCII binary it is… 01001010 01101111 01110010 01100111 01100101 00100000 01000110 01110101 01110011 01100001 01110010 01101111

3. Backwards, it is Egroj Orasuf… nice ring to it, huh?

4. In Pig Latin, it is Orgejay Usarofay.

5. People with this first name are probably: Male. So, there’s a 98% likelihood you sweat just thinking of the price of shaver blades.

Name Origin and Meaning:

Forename:

Origin: Spanish (Root: George)

Meaning: Farmer

3 Things You Didn’t Know:

1. Your personal power animal is the Vampire Squid

2. Your ‘Numerology’ number is 9. If it wasn’t bulls**t, it would mean that you are multi-talented, compassionate, and impartial. A humanitarian, you seek opportunities to help others.

3. According to the US Census Bureau°, 0.104% of US residents have the first name ‘Jorge’ and 0.0005% have the surname ‘Fusaro’. The US has around 300 million residents, so we guesstimate there are 2 Americans who go by the name ‘Jorge Fusaro’.

Want to get yours? Go to: www.isthisyour.name

Superbowl 2009 – ADS

What was your favorite Superbowl commercial in 2009?  I think Bridgestone owned the advertising space! My top ads for 2009 are:

  1. Bridgestone – “Jump Around” and “Squirrel” and “Mr. Potato
  2. Cocacola – “Picnic
  3. Doritos – “Crystal ball” and “Power of the Crunch

I really liked Cars.com Ad:  “David Abernathy.”  The story didn’t particularly fit for a cars ad, but they made it work.

Something I noticed this year, as a common theme was violence. A little violence for the sake of laughter can work. It did for me, specially on the Doritos and Pedigree Ads. I wonder if market research departments around the nation discovered that violence and stupidity work. It works for TV show Jackass, America’s Funniest Videos, and hundreds of video games. There is a mysterious relationship between humanity and violence.

The E-trade babies and Career Builder ads continue to crack me up!

Godaddy wins the most crappy TV spot. I wonder how many people actually went online to “watch the rest…”  I would reevaluate strategy…urgently.

Needless to say it was a great game, packed with tons of energy and enthusiasm!

10 New Business Gurus You Should Know

Have you heard of Peter Drucker, Jim Collings, Patrick Lencioni, and C.K. Prahalad?  These are some of the leading thinkers and practitioners (professors, authors, CEO’s) who are impacting business management, both philosophy and practice.

This is a great article to check out. It was published late last year in Fortune Magazine.

10 New Gurus You Should Know – Fortune Magazine

I’m Watching You Dad

I stumbled upon this video today, I’m Watching You Dad.  I am not a parent, but it touched me deeply. It’s a great lesson on how our actions/behaviors are perceived and internalized by others. Whether we are parents, leaders, brothers, sisters, supervisors, husbands, etc., we all have a profound impact (positive and/or negative) in the lives of others. In this video, it’s on children.

If you are a parent, check it out!  This video reminds me that actions often speak louder than words and that my actions are a result of what/Who lives in my heart.  If my heart is filled with integrity, love, respect, honesty, and gentleness (and other important virtues as well), it is more probable, that my natural tendencies exemplify goodness.

“My Favorite Business Book” website

The folks at ChangeThis have release their latest project, the “My Favorite Business Book” website. ChangeThis is on a mission to spread important ideas and change minds. The purpose of their new project is to create a peer-generated  bibliography of the best and most useful business books.

Visit the website. You can read reviews or share a personal story of how the book helped you in business and/or life. It’s easy to get started and no sign-up info is required. It’s just as easy as posting a comment on a blog.

The best part is that you get to sign your name with a “live link” included, which links readers back to your blog or website.