Archive for the ‘link’ Category

Using fun to induce desirable behavior in people

October 23, 2009

An interesting social experiment captured on a 2-min youtube clip.

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What is that?

June 30, 2009

This is a 5-min Greek short film made in 2007 with English subtitle. “Father and son are sitting on a bench. Suddenly a sparrow lands across them.”

Life is like a seesaw

April 25, 2009


An Illustration of Sustainable Development

December 9, 2008

A presentation by Cultural Survival.

If you can’t read the words, go here to download the Powerpoint slide or view it in full screen. I bet you’ll find it worthwhile.

Interview with Tendzin Choegyal – the Dalai Lama’s brother

September 1, 2008

What’s it like being the Dalai Lama’s kid brother? Tendzin Choegyal talks with Lisa Katayama about his struggles with rebellion, alcoholism, and depression, and the big brother who has stood by him through it all. [short article on Buddhadharma | full length article in PDF via Boingboing]

August 11, 2008

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Perfect dance with imperfection

August 7, 2008

[Sharing from a volunteer friend about Chinese dancers Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei. They performed ‘Hand in Hand,’ choreographed by Zhao Lirnin in a modern dance competition on CCTV 9 TV channel.]

Dear all,

This is a forwarded article/ youtube video from a friend. A touching story demonstrates how to go beyond limits of ourselves, and walking out from depression to receive lights.

Loves and Lights,

When I was in  China  last month, I saw a Chinese modern dance competition on TV. One very unique couple won one of the top prizes.  The lady, in her 30’s, was a dancer who had trained since she was a little girl.  Later in life, she lost her entire left arm in an accident and fell into a state of depression for a few years. Someone then asked her to coach a children’s dancing group.  From that point on, she realized that she could not forget dancing.  She still loved to dance and wanted to dance again.  So, she started to do some of her old routines, but, having lost her arm, she had also lost her balance. It took a while before she could even make simple turns and spins without falling.

Then she heard of a man in his 20s who had lost a leg in an accident. He had also fallen into the usual denial, depression and anger type of emotional roller coaster. But, she determined to find him (seemingly he was from a different Province) and persuade him to dance with her. He had never danced, and to ‘dance with one leg…are you joking with me?  No way!’  But, she didn’t give up, and he reluctantly agreed thinking,  ‘I have nothing else to do anyway.’

She started to teach him dancing 101. The two broke up a few times because he had no concept of using muscle, how to control his body, and knew none of the basic things about dancing.  When she became frustrated and lost patience with him, he would walk out.  Eventually, they came back together and started training seriously. They hired a choreographer to design routines for them. She would fly high (held by him) with both arms (a sleeve for an arm) flying in the air. He could bend horizontally supported by one leg with her leaning on him, etc.  In the competition, as you will see, they dance beautifully and they legitimately won the competition.  Ingenious how they incorporate the crutch into the routine!

I would like to share with you the most magnificent and touching performance I have ever seen. It is living proof that strong human spirit can conquer any physical limitations!

Self-care Depression program: Antidepressant Skills Workbook

May 30, 2008

The self-care depression program (PDF file) is based on the experience of the authors and on scientific research about which strategies work best in managing depression. This book is meant to provide accurate information about depression. It is not a psychological or mental treatments and is not a replacement for treatment where this is needed.

Wisdom in a graffiti

April 26, 2008

No Glass Ceiling

March 3, 2008

If you need a “shot of inspiration” just watch this beautiful 3 minute movie that shares some of Marcy’s secrets to success. You’ll love the music, the beautiful photographs and, the ideas will speak to your heart.
Go to and enjoy!

February 12, 2008

A 15-minute clip on TED of Dr Arthur Benjamin performing lightning calculation and other mathemagic

Are Your Beauty Products Safe?

January 28, 2008

“There has been a lot in the news lately about the lack of adequate health testing and warning information on beauty products. Many chemicals used in common soaps, shampoos, perfumes, cleansers, makeup, lipsticks, and more may be hazardous to our health.” [full article]

Slideshow starring a family of Sandhill cranes

January 10, 2008

The link below – well worth a few minutes of your time – was forwarded to me by a bird-watching friend (who got it from someone, who got it from someone else, etc.), together with this explanation:

“These pictures were taken in the Suntree area of Florida south of Cocoa & Titusville. A Sandhill crane couple recently had an exciting addition to their family. When they built their nest near the water’s edge it immediately drew attention of passers- by. Soon there were two eggs sitting on top of the nest and the mother on top of them.

The really curious passed by the site every morning and would stop their cars to get out and see if there were any new cranes yet. Many brought cameras of all shapes and sizes and would stand near the water for long periods of time hoping to catch a photo of the hatching.

Robert Grover, a dentist, didn’t actually catch the birth but, he sure did capture some fabulous shots of the Momma, Papa and baby (the second egg never hatched). Then he put together a slide show with music that is just too good not to share.”



December 10, 2007

“It’s time to embrace the ‘f’ word.”

In their search for perfection, writes  Alice Pung, may our high achievers also find a little perspective along the way.

NO TEACHER likes to hear the “f” word, particularly not during final-exam time.  That’s understandable: “failure” seems frightening when students are constantly told that they are not limited by anything, and should excel at everything. A certain paradigm of success is encouraged, and a particular type of student is hailed as the consummate model to fulfill this ideal: the High-Achiever.

The High-Achiever is the perfect student because teachers have no need to upbraid her, only to encourage. If she ever struggles, she is asked to think of her tribulations as material for a potential book about her future glory. She is labeled a perfectionist, but that is not to be considered a term of derision.

Conversely, she is taught to list it as her greatest flaw to land jobs in interviews. Yet although she may be accomplished at everything, there is one thing that the High-Achiever cannot handle: the dreaded “f” word.

As a teacher, I am taught never to tell students they’ve failed, only that they “did not pass”. Students are sensitive, we are told, and any shake to their self-esteem will shatter their desire to achieve. We are taught to teach our students how to succeed, but we never let them question why they should. Once during a school visit when I put that question up on a big overhead projector, an alarmed teacher asked whether I was telling students to fail.

But when I speak directly to high school students they are curious, because they are braver and more resourceful than our society gives them credit for. Students realise that if we don’t learn to have a good relationship with failure, but are just taught to doggedly work at success, then the terrible fear comes in. The fear of losing. The anxiety about not attaining. The conviction that your best is never good enough.

As a university pastoral care adviser, I know that often the High-Achiever is a person with severe anxiety problems. She will cry in the toilets if she gets an A instead of an A+. She will control her body in self-destructive ways, while the rampant fears in her mind are left unchecked. She may be the migrant who is studying at the library during lunchtimes because when she gets home she has to
sew for her parents. Or she may be the middle-class model from Kew who coaches the debating team and runs a marathon. But often when she comes to see me, she is not a healthy person.

When I was 17, my teachers took me to a small and secret room within the labyrinth of school corridors, so that I could re-learn how to breathe. I had also lost the ability to remember when to eat, sleep and speak.  Up until I “lost it”, society, my loved ones, and well-intentioned people continued to reward the anxiety-ridden, petty-minded and unhappy person I was because my academic achievements appeared so impressive.

But there is nothing impressive about a nervous breakdown. No one wants to know you anymore. Your friends float into the periphery. You are like a useless machine that no longer works, a computer that has run too many programs, caught a virus and crashed. Who will use you for inspiration now, when no one wants to catch your disease?  Dulled by depression, your rubber-mask of a face must not be seen, so you learn to hide yourself from the world. You are a cipher.

This is the other side of success – the risk of losing your resilience, courage and curiosity.  At 17, I lost it to such a degree that I no longer cared whether I ate, slept or survived. This doesn’t fit into a narrative of accomplishment.

This is the reason why I never focus on telling a tunnel-vision story of success to students.  Not all of us will reach such dizzying heights.  Yet all of us have experienced some degree of loneliness, loss, self-doubt and despair.  We must learn how to deal with these very real matters first and foremost. We must realise that being successful will not eliminate these natural and inevitable feelings. We must realise this before these negative feelings become insurmountable.

If you have cultivated an anxious, unhappy persona, it’s harder to be happy merely because of a change in circumstances.  In fact, any higher accomplishment will only breed more insecurities and anxieties, larger and more hideous than the last.

As our students sit their final exams, I hope they will give it their best shot and remember that what matters in the long run is not perfection, but perspective. When Sir Winston Churchill said that “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”, he had pretty good perspective. Let’s hope that this is the kind of learning that is encouraged in our students.

Alice Pung is a Melbourne lawyer and the author of Unpolished Gem.

Animals At Play

October 31, 2007

Watch this incredible 2-minute slideshow in which Stuart Brown describes German photographer Norbert Rosing‘s striking images of a wild polar bear playing with sled dogs in the wilds of Canada’s Hudson Bay (Churchill, Manitoba).

Elsewhere, there is an old tale on the same theme involving a family of dogs and a squirrel. [what snope says about this]