Freedy Johnston, the Los Angeles Timeswrote, is “midwestern and spectacularly unflashy,” who “won critics’ hearts and some fame in the early 1990s with intensely crafted songs about adulthood’s curveballs: rebound romances, gambling losses, the drudgery of doing time for crimes of the heart.”
Today, he is the subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we discovered he is an easy interview, subscribes to Milwaukee Home and Fine Living and High Times, and has a life size plaster buffalo in his home.
Does your grandmother use Social Media? She’s nearly as likely to as teenagers are.
A 2009 study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found those aged 70 years or older were the fastest growing age group of internet users. At the same time, Neilsen Wire reported that “8.2% of all social network and blog visitors are over 65, just 0.1 percentage points less than the number of teenagers who frequent these sites.”
What do eating while watching TV, skipping meals, continuing to eat when full, and the results of the bottomless bowl study have in common? Susan Albers, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, and author of But I Deserve This Chocolate!, says they are signs of “mindless eating,” which presents a significant barrier to managing your weight and living a healthier life.
Dr. Albers maintains that improving your awareness of why and how you eat, as well as being conscious of what your body tells you throughout the day, will improve your relationship with food while minimizing your risk of obesity, chronic dieting and eating disorders.
The 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness and Sport will host Dr. Albers for a lecture on October 11 where she will discuss how to make the transition from mindless eating to mindful eating. You will learn how to stop your emotions from driving your food decisions, as well as heighten your awareness of the “food messages” your body sends to your brain.
Rabbi Dan Ain’s Six-Word-Memoir: “Beat Your Chest, Repeat After Me”
The Jewish holidays - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - are just around the corner. As part of our ongoing series that brings Smith Mag‘s fantastic Six-Word Memoir Project to life, 92YTribeca’s Rabbi-In-Residence Dan Ain took the stage at last week’s “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?” a Six-Word Story Show on The Jewish Life.
His six-word memoir? “Beat Your Chest, Repeat After Me.” Lucky for you, we got it on tape. Above is Rabbi Dan’s take on High Holidays past and present. Curious? Check out 92YTribeca’s services led by none other than Rabbi Dan himself. More info, and tickets, here.
The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work? Alaska.
We’ve read that 4.3% of Alaskans walk to work, compared to the national average of 1.3%.
Do you walk to work? If you live in Manhattan, you surely do a lot of walking, to work or otherwise! If you’d like to walk more, check out 92Y City Walks. Learn about historic neighborhoods and structures, while getting your walk on! And if the treadmill is more your thing, we have those, too!
And ye shall know me: Krause is known for gigs as an interviewer and guest-host about town. For “Backstage Pass: Values and Visions Behind the Scenes,” a series she founded at the 92nd Street Y, she conducted onstage interviews with Elie Wiesel, actor Leonard Nimoy and “Sex and the City” writer/producer Cindy Chupack. She said one of her favorite interviews so far was with restaurateur Danny Meyer. “Danny and I talked a lot about the mitzvah of welcoming guests,” said Krause. Krause’s probing conversations continue at the downtown coffeehouse Joe, with a series called “Oy Latte.”
Preparing to repent: Krause said she’s working with her cantor Josh Nelson, with whom she often leads services, to include a rendition of U2′s “All I Want Is You” into this year’s service. There’s also an electric guitar Jimi Hendrix version of penitential prayer Avinu Malkeinu on the playlist.
While being grateful for what’s ahead brings us hope, gratitude for what’s already in our midst proves a far more difficult, and easily forgotten, task. When I’m so fixated on what’s next that I’m overlooking what is, I rely on another gratitude model derived from a Jewish approach to—what else?—eating. And that’s where those rabbis of old continue to come to the rescue. Their instinct that we’re more able to offer heartfelt thanks after we’ve eaten than when we’re too ravenous to think straight predates a recently documented scientific phenomenon by thousands of years: “hanger.” A combination of hunger and anger, “hanger” occurs when we need to eat and our serotonin levels plummet. It’s the reason why, when I’ve skipped breakfast, worked through lunch and am waiting in line at the diner, I not only feel like I’ll die if I don’t get my grilled cheese sandwich, but that I might take a few innocent bystanders along with me! That’s why Hamotzi, the official opening blessing for any complete meal, is a one-liner, whereas Birkat Hamazon (the Grace after Meals) is several paragraphs long.
One of those paragraphs begins with the phrase, “Nodeh lecha —we thank you.” Yet, why not take this awareness beyond the table, using it to focus on what we already have, instead of waiting until things like illness, a close call, war or personal hardship bring us face-to-face with what we have and what we could have lost? Finding gratitude when we’re sated can help us feel less deprived, and sometimes even highlights that we have as much as, if not more than, we need. In this way, any time we take stock of what’s readily in our midst is a nodeh lecha moment.
Michio Kaku: The Next 100 Years: Michio Kaku presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.
Social Good Summit Behind The Scenes Video with Madam Tobeka S. Zuma
In this behind-the-scenes- video, The United Nations Foundation’s Aaron Sherinian interviews Her Excellency Madam Tobeka S. Zuma, First lady of the Republic of South Africa, at the 2011 Social Good Summit that wrapped up yesterday at 92Ynd Street Y.
Madam Zuma spoke about the her first ever tweet, sent from the stage of 92Y, and the power of technology to make connections around the world.
You know that great picture of John Lennon? Which one? Doesn’t really matter – any picture of John Lennon that’s worth seeing was probably taken by photographer Bob Gruen. The legendary rock photographer has taken some of the most iconic pictures of musicians and bands such as Blondie, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Green Day. See a few of his pictures here and here.
Bob will be at 92YTribeca on Monday, September 26 talking about his career and new book, Rock Seen, with musician, writer, record producer and member of Patti Smith’s band Lenny Kaye.
What does his media and culture diet look like? He goes to great lengths to get The New York Times when traveling, or at least an International Herald Tribune, has a Twitter account but hasn’t used it yet, and his favorite piece of art in his home is “a graffiti piece I took off the street in 1981 by Futura 2000”
The fourth and final day of the 2011 Social Good Summit was designed to focus on the Start Ups for Good Challenge, a special event where startups that are building or using technology to make a positive impact on the world competed for a chance to present at the Social Good Summit and win a $10,000 cash prize for their company. But first, there was an impressive line-up of speakers:
Barbara Bush, CEO/Co-founder of Global Health Corps and Pete Cashmore, Founder/CEO of Mashable discussed The Power of Youth: Mobilizing Communities through New Media. Bush talked about four architects who are Global Health fellows and their efforts to design the first hospital in Rwandan village of 300,000 people. They are focusing on solutions so airborne illnesses specific to the region do not spread through the hospital. Watch here.
Yossi Vardi, one of Israel’s top entrepreneurs, talked about the difference between social entrepreneurship and for-profit entrepreneurship, highlighting the importance of helping people to create happiness, the greatest return on investment. Watch here.
Shahinaz Ahmed, CEO of Education for Employment Foundation and 2010 92Y Ford Motor Company International Fellow, was Skyped in from Cairo to give an Egypt Update on Tahrir Square. She witnessed the revolution first hand and connected with people online using social media to find and connect with people offline. Watch here.
Andrea Koppel, VP of Global Engagement & Policy of Mercy Corps, Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, Ronan Farrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Salman Shaikh, Director of Brookings Doha Center had a conversation on The Arab Awakening: Apps & Aspirations. They stressed the priority of connecting youth with opportunities and the need for corporations to get involved to provide seed capital to start businesses. Watch here.
The First Lady of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez, made a surprise appearance and was awarded a Social Good Award. She has embraced social media, has close to 40,000 followers on Twitter, and made a big impression on everyone when she said, “You will always be in my heart and in my iPad.” Watch here.