Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back to Work and School

One the first day of school here in the city, students face what could be record breaking temperatures. Sadly most NYC school are not air-conditioned which makes things sticky added to the emotions students face on the first day. There will be crying ...

Life is programmed for stress as we hope for the best and wait for change most often not in our control.

On the job front...

  Stressed at Work? How to Beat Common Traps in the Rat Race   Epoch Times - September 8, 2015

Hunched over, hardly moving for hours on end, hitting the same buttons again and again in the hope of a future reward ... sound familiar? Repeating the same task locks our brains into autopilot and before long we are distracted and bored. Suddenly, we find we have spent several hours on Facebook, checking emails, scanning the news, all to make us feel better and more stimulated, though only for the short term. Your brain is a thinking and learning machine. When you're bored, it's screaming out for something new or challenging to think about - often the very things we choose to put off, such as tackling that 50-page report for your boss, or calling a difficult client.

3 Human Interest Stories

Talent from the streets of Mozambique...
Mario Macilau: The street child who became a top photographer   BBC - September 8, 2015
Mario Macilau was 14 and living on the streets of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, when he got his hands on a camera. He taught himself to use it - and 12 years later he was holding a solo exhibition in Lisbon. Here he explains how he snapped his way out of poverty.

You're never old...
Silicon Valley's 91-year-old designer   BBC - September 8, 2015
Imagine doing your dream job at the age of 91 - that's what Barbara Knickerbocker-Beskind, a designer in Silicon Valley, is doing. She talks about her life long passion for inventing. My father was one of the first 100 men to work for the FBI, but when I was about a year old he lost his job and had no work for seven years. We moved in with my grandmother. Can you imagine a toddler being brought into a house of an 80-year-old who didn't like kids? She never smiled. But I was very happy with my parents. My father was a keen observer of his surroundings and imparted that to me. My mother was very creative, and I followed suit.

I don't think most of us could do this but that is her programming.
I left my life as a New York fashionista to become a nun   NY Post - September 8, 2015
While brought up within the ancient Indian religion as a child, Kapashi said she never imagined the day would come. Seven years earlier, Kapashi had been living in the Big Apple fulfilling her dream of working in the fashion industry. Born in Poughkeepsie, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and then landed an internship at Kate Spade and a high-paying job at J.Crew.