Your Soul Food For Friday July 31st 2015: Rookie Smarts, Street Smarts, Science Facts Learning Self Control, a Desire to be Educated and What’s More Important Than Being Smart?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“The beginner’s mind holds endless possibilities, while the expert’s mind holds only one right answer…”

Smart Baby

This week:

Rookie Smarts, Street Smarts, Science Facts Learning Self Control and What’s More Important Than Being Smart but not in that order…

First, Will the real dummy please stand up:

1.  WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP???

AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership.

He received a $26 million severance package.

Perhaps it’s not Walter who’s lacking intelligence?

2.  WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS:

Police in Oakland, CA, spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home.

After firing ten tear gas canisters into the house, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, ‘Please come out and give yourself up!’

3.  WHAT WAS PLAN B???

An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines,  wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts. What???

4.  THE GETAWAY!!!

A  man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer.

Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5.  DID I SAY THAT???

Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup.

When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: ‘Give me all your money or I’ll shoot’,  the man shouted, ‘That’s not what I said!’

6.  ARE WE COMMUNICATING???

A  man spoke frantically into the phone: ‘My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart’. ‘Is this her first child?’,  the doctor asked. ‘No! Jackass!’ the man shouted, ‘This is her husband!’

7.  NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED!!!

In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon.

King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun.

Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!

8.  THE GRAND FINALE!!!

Last  summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour  east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem.

No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22 foot boat, going.

It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied.

After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong.

A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition.

The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch.

So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath.

He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.

Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

*Now remember, these are all true stories!*

Test Your Science: Only 7% of the adult population gets all 13 questions correct.

Take this short quiz and see how much science adults  in the US know- provided by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

For you lifelong learners out there…

http://www.sbodn.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Rookie-Smarts-Overview-Sept-5.pdf

What’s More Important Than Being Smart?

Big Smart Kid

            WHAT IF…emotional intelligence is actually more valued in the workplace than intelligence and skills?

RESEARCH SAYS: Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage and use your emotions in positive and constructive ways. It includes communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcoming differences, repairing wounded feelings, and defusing tension and stress. Here are some tips to raise your emotional intelligence at work:

  1. Realize when you’re stressed and practice strategies to make you feel better.
  2. Be aware of your emotional thermostat so you can appropriately manage your own emotions.
  3. Recognize and effectively use positive facial expression and body language that communicates a calm, open mind.
  4. Meet challenges with humor.
  5. Seek to understand the sources of conflict before you try to solve them.

TRY THIS: How does your emotional intelligence measure up?  Take an emotional intelligence quiz online and apply the emotional intelligence tips above to your daily work life.
The Marshmallow Test: Can Self Control be Learned?

One now or two later?

Delayed gratification leads to better outcomes on SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index and other life measures…

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-july-8-2015-1.3142634/marshmallow-test-proves-self-control-can-be-learned-1.3142668

Take this short quiz and see how much science adults  in the US know- provided by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

 

Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

For you lifelong learners out there…

http://www.sbodn.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Rookie-Smarts-Overview-Sept-5.pdf

What’s More Important Than Being Smart?
WHAT IF…emotional intelligence is actually more valued in the workplace than intelligence and skills?

RESEARCH SAYS: Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage and use your emotions in positive and constructive ways. It includes communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcoming differences, repairing wounded feelings, and defusing tension and stress. Here are some tips to raise your emotional intelligence at work:

  1. Realize when you’re stressed and practice strategies to make you feel better.
  2. Be aware of your emotional thermostat so you can appropriately manage your own emotions.
  3. Recognize and effectively use positive facial expression and body language that communicates a calm, open mind.
  4. Meet challenges with humor.
  5. Seek to understand the sources of conflict before you try to solve them.

TRY THIS: How does your emotional intelligence measure up?  Take an emotional intelligence quiz online and apply the emotional intelligence tips above to your daily work life.

The Marshmallow Test: Can Self Control be Learned?

One now or two later?

Delayed gratification leads to better outcomes on SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index and other life measures…

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-july-8-2015-1.3142634/marshmallow-test-proves-self-control-can-be-learned-1.3142668
This 9-year-old Filipino boy got a scholarship after this photo went viral!

How a simple photo can make a HUGE difference…
http://mashable.com/2015/07/10/filipino-boy-studying-street-scholarship/

Some Clever House Hints You Won’t Learn In School:

House Hints

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Jill V, Will M, Anurag T, Maurice C and the life-long learner in YOU…

Pay it Forward!

Love,

Neville

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.“—
Confucius

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Your Soul Food for Friday July 24th 2015: Above All CONNECT!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“I am thankful for small mercies.

I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe,

and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme,

expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Howling

This week:

Unique Connections: How blindfolded kids identify the uniqueness of their mom!

Dove Choose Beautiful | Women all over the world make a choice:

Above All Connect: Parenting in the Wilderness- Pics too cute to pass up…

Unique Connections: Celebrate the woman in your heart!                                      As a small experiment of women’s uniqueness and the special bond between a mother and child, we met up with 6 wonderful women, and asked them to let us blindfold their most precious loved ones. Their children!
The children were guided towards the group of women, and using their senses and intuition asked to try to find the one they believed to be their mother. Anxiety, love and a bit of heartfelt tears filled the room as children from the age of 3-9 tried and succeed in finding the one and only they could call mum!
All women are unique in shape, personality and heart, and so is the beautiful connection and precious love we saw this day.

Dove Choose Beautiful | Women all over the world make a choice:

Would you describe yourself as beautiful? In our latest film Choose Beautiful, we travel to San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London and Sao Paulo to prove that beauty is a choice – and the power of this choice is in your hands…

Above All Connect:

These are the best of the best.

Thanks this week go to all Larry H, Chris B , and Purpose-Driven Leaders Everywhere!

Pay it Forward…

Love,

Neville

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation,

we shall harness for God the energies of love.

And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world,

we shall have discovered fire!”–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Soul Food for Friday July 17th: For Music Lovers: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Ringo the Starr and Curating the Crème de la Crème of YOUR Favs for Your Ultimate Viewing and Listening Pleasure!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

JS

Did you know that the Chinese character for “music” and “happiness” was also the character for “medicine”?

This week let your soul get musical & instill in you all the medicinal properties of happiness!

While My Guitar Gently Weeps:

A Tantalizing Version From Jake Shimabukuro Sure to Bliss You Out

The Masters Showcasing a Different Beatles Work: Ringo IS a Starr

The Most Timeless are the most Simple. What are WE after? Technical proficiency or the “royalty of feel”?

Mess with My Guitar And

See What Social Media Can Do to You…

An 8 Year Old Whiz

Rocking with Buddy Guy

 Crème de la Crème: Click On YOUR Favorite Artist and

See and Hear Almost ALL of their Famous Works All In One Spot

While My Guitar Gently Weeps:

A Tantalizing Version From Jake Shimabukuro Sure to Bliss You Out

The Masters Showcasing a Different Beatles Work: Ringo IS a Starr

The Most Timeless are the most Simple. What are WE after? Technical proficiency or the “king of feel”?

Mess with My Guitar And

See What Social Media Can Do…

A musician named Dave Carroll recently had difficulty with United Airlines.
United apparently damaged his treasured Taylor guitar ($3,500) during a flight.
Dave spent over 9 months trying to get United to pay for damages caused by baggage handlers to his custom Taylor guitar.
During his final exchange with the United Customer Relations Manager, he stated that he was left with no choice other than to create a music video for YouTube exposing their lack of cooperation.

The Manager responded: “Good luck with that one, pal.”

So he posted a retaliatory video on YouTube.
The video has since received over 6 million hits.
United Airlines contacted the musician and attempted settlement in exchange for pulling the video.

Naturally his response was: “Good luck with that one, pal.”

Taylor Guitars sent the musician 2 new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that has led to a sharp increase in orders.
Here’s the video!

An 8 Year Old Whiz Rocking with Buddy Guy

Delicious!

For Music Lovers: Curating the “Best Of” that is YOUR Favorite for Your Ultimate Viewing and Listening Pleasure!

AFTER CLICKING ON AN ARTIST, LOOK TO SEE ALMOST ALL OF THEIR FAMOUS WORKS, THEY ARE THERE FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE.  ENJOY AND PASS THIS ON: 

1)  Elvis Presley    2)  Roy Orbison    3) Beatles    4)  Abba    5)  Bee Gees    6) Michael Jackson    7)  John Lennon    8)  Celine Dion    9)  Frank Sinatra  10) Creedence Clearwater Revival  11) Julio Iglesias  12)  Queen  13) Neil Diamond  14)  Paul Mccartney  15) Rolling Stones  16)  Pink Floyd  17) Bruce Springsteen  18)  Elton John  19) U2  20)  George Harrison  21)  Cliff Richard  22)  Tina Turner  23)  Bob Marley  24)  Andrea Bocelli  25)  Dire Straits  26)  Barbra Streisand  27) Eagles  28)  Madonna  29)  Simon & Garfunkel  30)  Ac/Dc  31)  Bob Dylan  32) Dean Martin  33)  Andr? Hazes  34) Tom Jones  35)  Eric Clapton  36) John Denver  37)  Eros Ramazzotti  38)Deep Purple  39)  Led Zeppelin  40) Rod Stewart  41)  Status Quo  42) Louis Armstrong  43)  Fleetwood Mac  44) Bryan Adams  45)  Jimi Hendrix  46)  Barry White  47)  Nat King Cole  48)  Santana  49)  Michael Buble  50) Gipsy Kings  51)  David Bowie  52) Adriano Celentano  53)  Robbie Williams  54)  Charles Aznavour  55) Metallica  56) Doors  57)  Shakira  58) Beach Boys  59)  Cat Stevens  60) Bon Jovi  61)  Ub40  62)  Joe Cocker  63)  Whitney Houston  64)  Phil Collins  65)  Enrique Iglesias  66) Ricky Martin  67)  Ray Charles  68)  K3  69)  Zz Top  70)  Van Morrison  71) Ringo Starr  72)  Stevie Wonder  73) Gloria Estefan  74)  Supertramp  75) Jethro Tull  76)  Black Sabbath  77) Marco Borsato  78)  Guns N? Roses  79)  Neil Young  80)  Chuck Berry  81) Billy Joel  82)  Sting  83) Kinks  84) R.e.m.  85)  Laura Pausini  86) Genesis  87)  Who  88)  Monkees  89) Animals  90)  Simple Minds  91) Prince  92)  Aretha Franklin  93)  B.b. King  94)  Iron Maiden  95)  Pearl Jam  96) Christina Aguilera  97)  Alice Cooper  98)  Depeche Mode  99)  Nirvana100)  Gary Moore  Top 70 Songs:  1) Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley   2) Fernando – Abba   3)  Dancing Queen – Abba   4)  Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison   5)  Spanish Eyes – Elvis Presley   6)  Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley   7)  Chiquitita– Abba   8)  Massachusetts – Bee Gees   9) Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley 10)  Imagine – John Len non 11)  Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley 12)  California Blue – Roy Orbison 13) My Way – Elvis Presley 14)  Billie Jean– Michael Jackson 15)  In Dreams – Roy Orbison 16)  Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison 17)  Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison 18)  I Have A Dream – Abba 19)  Yesterday – Beatles 20) Mamma Mia – Abba 21)  Thriller – Michael Jackson 22)  Amazing Grace – Elvis Presley 23)  Unchained Melody – Roy Orbison 24)  Can?t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley 25)  Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley 26)  Ave Maria – Celine Dion 27)  And I Love You So – Elvis Presley 28)  Blue Moon – Elvis Presley 29)  Hey Jude – Beatles 30)  I Started A Joke– Bee Gees 31)  My Way– Frank Sinatra 32)  Hotel California – Eagles 33)  A Big Hunk O? Love – Elvis Presley 34) Bridge Over Troubled Water  Elvis Presley 35)  The Winner Takes It All – Abba 36)  Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival 37)  Ben – Michael Jackson 38) Waterloo – Abba 39)  Stayin? Alive – Bee Gees 40)  Words – Bee Gees 41) How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees 42)  Crying – Roy Orbison 43)  Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley 44) Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley 45)  Beat It – Michael Jackson 46)  A Day In The Life – Beatles 47)  Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen 48)  Let It Be – Beatles 49)  Only You – Roy Orbison 50)  Sweet Caroline – Roy Orbison 51) A Hard Day?s Night – Beatles 52)  Bad– Michael Jackson 53)  Earth Song – Michael Jackson 54)  Woman – John Len non 55)  Imagine (live) – John Len non 56)  Heal The World – Michael Jackson 57)  Stand By Me – John Len non 58) Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond 59)  O Sole Mio – Andrea Bocelli 60) Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel 61)  Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson 62)  Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra 63)  Black Or White – Michael Jackson 64)  Only You– John Len non 65)  My Sweet Lord – George Harrison 66)  What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 67)  24 Horas – Julio Iglesias 68) Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin 69)  I Just Can?t Stop Lovin You – Michael Jackson 70)  Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

Create, Curate, Communicate and Celebrate the Universal Language and the Language of the Universe!

Thanks this week to JJ, Jim C, Larry H, Arman S-B, and all the musicians that teach me to “play” with joy

Love,

Neville

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato

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Soul Food Friday July 10th 2015: Change the World and Keep the Change

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Post-Independence Day Posts

Remember: freedom is never free and people are struggling for their freedom all over the world!

10 Independence Movements You Should Know About:

http://magazine.good.is/slideshows/ten-lesser-known-independence-movements-fourth-of-july?utm_source=thedailygood&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailygood#0

Just A Deck of Cards:

Click here: Deck of Cards

Enjoy Your freedom–it has a Price!

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . .

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,

and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;

another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or

hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,

and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants.

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners;

men of means, well educated.

But they signed the Declaration of Independence

knowing full well that the penalty would be death if

they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia , a wealthy planter and

trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the

British Navy. He sold his home and properties to

pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British

that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.

He served in the Congress without pay, and his family

was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,

and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,

Walton , Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that

the British General Cornwallis   had taken over the Nelson

home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General

George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,

and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.

The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.

Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill

were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests

and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his

children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and

silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

World Cup and World Class:

US Soccer Star Carli Lloyd and Holocaust Survivor Rudi Klobach

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/sports/soccer/womens-world-cup-cheers-are-missing-the-voice-of-a-cherished-fan.html

World Class Dancing: Heart Warming!

Change the World with Change.org: Don’t underestimate the power of a small group of people to make a difference, it is now more than one million!

Join the Change Movement…

Neville –
The day you signed your first petition on Change.org, you became a part of something big. Today we’re celebrating 100 million people all over the world coming to Change.org to start or sign a petition. More than one million petitions have been supported by people like you, and there’s a unique story behind every signature.

ChangeWe’re so proud of the change you have been a part of, and we’re excited to share this moment with you. Join us in celebrating 100 million people using Change.org: track the impact of the growing Change.org community.

Thanks for joining us on this journey,

The Change.org team

See the impact

A Magnanimous World View: Panoramic Photo Awards

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Helene G, Bob L, Chris B, the change.org movement and YOU for “making change”

Invest that Change Forward!

Love,

Neville

Love Is

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.  

26 times, I’ve been trusted with the game winning shot and missed.

 I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  

And that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan

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Your Soul Food for Friday July 3rd and 4th of July Weekend: Is It Time for a New Model? Independence and inter-dependence, competence and character, science and art, technology and humanity -all with soul…

Happy Soul Food Friday!

Model Passion, Purpose & Positivity

Practice independence and inter-dependence, competence and character, science and art, technology and humanity -all with soul…

This week:

A New Model for Education: Where Character Matters!

A New Model of Marriage: How STRAIGHT Couples Redefined Traditional Marriage

A New Model for Music Teach Her:

A New Model for Transportation on this Crowded Planet

A New Model for Eating

And a New Model of Beauty

Mountain

A New Model for Education: Where Character and Civic Leadership Matter!

 In the past week I was honored to speak at the 19th Annual Character Matters Conference in San Diego, where I was wholly inspired but this group of educators and leaders working on whole person values especially life skills with character, leadership and service as meta-competencies for 21st century education.

https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/centers-and-research/character-development-center/summer-conference.php

Cherokee Point Elementary in City Heights is an area with only 1.5% of the geography of San Diego, but 15% of the violent crime and 25% of the total murder rate in the city, yet look what their new model of trauma informed community schools is manifesting:

I also connected with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) that is doing phenomenal work locally, and has a transformative plan for teaching students throughout school systems a new model of civic engagement and restorative justice. Learn more about their depth of services and work at:

http://www.ncrconline.com/

A New Model of Marriage: How STRAIGHT Couples Redefined Traditional Marriage

An historical perspective of marriage before and after love that is not the least bit traditional with Stephanie Coontz…

http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/marriage-isnt-what-it-used-be-and-s-good-thing/

A New Model for Music Teach Her:

These three preteens from Mexico are really rocking it!

“You really have to work hard, but in the end it’s always worth it. When you’re doing something you love, it’s always worth it.”

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-19/these-mexican-sisters-give-metallica-run-their-money

A New Model for Transportation on this Crowded Planet

How Henry Ford’s Great-Grandson Envisions the Future…

The average drives spend a week a year commuting. Gridlock is becoming a civic issue. Now what?

A leap in thinking about a viable future with smart cars, smart roads, smart parking and more…

http://www.npr.org/2014/06/06/318483035/how-does-henry-ford-s-great-grandson-envision-the-future

A New Model for Eating

Save the Bread for the End of the Meal and Lower your Peak Blood Sugar by 30%

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/06/29/417500957/curb-your-appetite-save-bread-for-the-end-of-the-meal

A New Model of Beauty:

The Un-paralleled Nordic landscape of Iceland

Iceland

Thanks this week go to Ed D & Paty M, Gary J and Steven D, Larry H and teachers of character everywhere!

Pay it forward

Love,

Neville

“If you want to be happy practice compassion; if you want others to be happy, practice compassion – The Dalai Lama

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Your Soul Food for Friday June 26th: One of a KIND

“Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.”

~Henry James~

This week:

America’s KINDest City?

Make YOUR In-Kind Contribution…

Kind Snacks:

This is great

A One of a Kind Dog:

This will give you a chuckle

A Heartwarming Interspecies Reunion:

Get out the Kleenex!

Bright Colors and Rich Thoughts:

Great Nature for your Nurture

MeWe

We brag about San Diego as America’s Finest City, but what about America’s Kindest City?

Can we really have a prospering and healthy civic society anywhere in the world, without a strong social fabric weaved together by compassion and kindness?

What could happen if we were just a little bit kinder to everyone we meet?

In the post-recession economy, the brand attribute that moved the most by far is KINDNESS, increasing 341%. This is according to those with access to the largest consumer database on earth!

In difficult times we are reminded of the power of kindness and caring, yet common sense is often uncommon practice.

Let’s change that starting right now…

It doesn’t take much to be kind

A friend of mine Shannon M, has made it her purpose to manifest America’s Kindest city, whose vision is to create a kinder and more sustainable San Diego in the non-profit and for-profit sector for the current generation, and for generations to come.

This is not just a feel good campaign…

Americas’ Kindest City is a strategic approach to corporate social responsibility as a means to ALIGN purpose-driven businesses with nonprofits doing the most measurable and sustainable good. What is corporate social responsibility and why is it so important when doing business? Simply put, CSR is a way for companies to manage how they give back. With the dramatic consumer spend shift towards companies that are KIND & empathetic or  “purpose-driven,” the emerging global economy will soon demand that companies think and do business PURPOSEFULLY.

So what is America’s Kindest City and what do we do? We consult with small, medium and large businesses who want to increase their CSR in more meaningful ways, to become branded as KIND Companies, through the partnership of businesses and nonprofits in mission and value alignment. Additionally, America’s Kindest City offers public relations and marketing services to increase visibility, cost reduction services, credit card processing and employee give back (volunteer) management.

What’s the PURPOSE? To make San Diego KINDER, to then model and mentor this strategy for the rest of America to follow.

“Business as usual” is about to take on a whole new meaning.

Let’s envision for a moment the transformative impact this orientation can make as kindness gets us out of our base selves (me) and into our larger selves (we).

If you are of similar kind,(kind-red spirit) you can join us on Facebook here and now:

https://www.facebook.com/americaskindestcity

Kind Snacks:

Speaking of Kind, if you haven’t tried them yet, KIND snacks are both healthy and not just good for you but good for society.

They sponsored a recent San Diego Non Profits event and their snacks went like hot cakes!

Here is more about them:

Since its founding in 2004, KIND has been on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time.

 All award-winning KIND snacks are made from delicious, wholesome ingredients and are gluten free and non GMO. KIND currently offers six different snack lines including: KIND® Fruit & Nut and KIND® PLUS, two lines of delicious whole nut & fruit bars; KIND® Nuts & Spices, a line of whole nut & spice bars that naturally have only 5g of sugar or less; KIND Healthy Grains® Clusters made from five super grains; KIND Healthy Grains® Bars, a line of crunchy and chewy granola bars; and STRONG & KIND®, a line of savory-flavored bars featuring 10g of protein.

 Through its social mission – known as the KIND Movement – KIND, together with its community, is committed to inspiring kindness through acts big and small. It fulfills this commitment through programming like KIND Causes, which helps individuals and organizations bring their socially-impactful ideas to life with monthly $10,000 grants.  

 To snack happy visit kindsnacks.com, and to join the community visit kindmovement.com

Now also enjoy…

A One of a Kind Dog:

A Heartwarming Interspecies Reunion:

Bright Colors and Rich Thoughts:

Kindness is in our power

Thanks this week go to Shannon M, Logan S, Larry H, Andrea M & every person who practices kindness in thoughts, words and deeds.

Pay it forward!

Love,

Neville

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” – Mother Theresa

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Your Soul Food for Friday June 19th 2015

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Love Is

Humor: Colonoscopy Journal with Pulitzer Prize Winner Dave Barry

Investing in Love and Precluding Personal Bankruptcy with Will Marre

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Humor: Colonoscopy Journal with Pulitzer Prize Winner Dave Barry

Colonoscopy Journal:

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.

A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.

Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.

I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn’t really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, ‘HE’S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!’

I left Andy’s office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called ‘MoviPrep,’ which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America’s enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.

Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn’t eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.

Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-litre plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a litre is about 32 gallons). Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes – and here I am being kind – like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, ‘a loose, watery bowel movement may result.’

This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don’t want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently.  You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another litre of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.

The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, ‘What if I spurt on Andy?’ How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.

At first I was ticked off that I hadn’t thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.

Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.

There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, ‘Dancing Queen’ had to be the least appropriate.

‘You want me to turn it up?’ said Andy, from somewhere behind me…

‘Ha ha,’ I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling ‘Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,’ and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.

Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

On the subject of Colonoscopies…

Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous. A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

  1. Take it easy Doc. You’re boldly going where no man has gone before.
  1. ‘Find Amelia Earhart yet?’
  1. ‘Can you hear me NOW?’
  1. ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’

5.  ‘You know, in Arkansas, we’re now legally married.’

  1. ‘Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?’
  1. ‘You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out…’
  1. ‘Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!’
  1. ‘If your hand doesn’t fit, you must quit!’
  1. ‘Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.’
  1. ‘You used to be an executive at Enron, didn’t you?’

And the best one of all:

  1. ‘Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?’

ABOUT THE WRITER: Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald.

Investing in Love with Will Marre:

Will Marre

Employee Ratios

Written by Anthony Demangone

We credit unions love us some ratios!

ROA. Delinquency ratios. Fixed asset ratios. Efficiency ratios. The list is long, and important. If you know your ratios and track them, you can see trends jump off the paper.

But not everything can be boiled down into a ratio. And that’s too bad. Because I’d love to see the following ratios put into play.

Negative energy ratio. This ratio measures how often an employee brings a Debbie Downer attitude into a discussion. This is measured by dividing the number of negative/gloomy/whining comments by total workplace interactions. Anything approaching .25 or higher should entitle a prompt corrective action.

Gotcha ratio. This ratio measures how often a colleague helps you, while zinging you at the same time. You’re not sure whether to say thank you or curse after such interactions  “Paul, can you send me the results from that audit?”  “Sure, Tina – you mean the results I emailed you three days ago?” “Yep, Paul – you got me! Those are the ones.” The ratio has a risk-based component – weighing gotcha’s more heavily if given in a public setting or during a crisis.

Life preserver ratio. This ratio measures how often an employee fixes a problem versus how often the run to another employee to have a problem fixed. A high ratio means the employee is a self-starter with responsibility. A low ratio means that other employees grimace when they see your extension ringing their phone.

The “I’m sorry, what did you say” ratio? This ratio measures how often an employee comments about something off-topic during a meeting. This could be called the “Demangone Ratio” at NAFCU. I have a bad habit of hearing a comment that gets me thinking. By the time I mention something, that topic is about 10 minutes old. My hand goes up. The conversation halts. Eyes roll. If you hear “we’re getting off-topic here” after you speak on a regular basis, you may need to work on this ratio.

The Problem/Thought ratio. This ratio measure how much thought a person has given to a problem before they discuss it with a supervisor. A high ratio would correspond with an employee who has identified a problem and thought about every possible solution, as well as a recommended course of action to fix it. A low ratio would be found with employees who use an auto-forward rule with problems. When a problem comes to them, it simply is forwarded on with little or no thought.

The Anti-Aircraft Gun Ratio. The higher the ratio, the more likely the employee loves to shoot down foreign ideas. This is also risk weighted, with a heavier emphasis given to shooting down ideas in public, or with a condescending tone.

I’m sure I’m missing a few ratios.  Shoot me a note if any others come to mind.

Smiles for You with David Zinn:

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