Photo on Unsplash By Mikki Moscara The rhythmic sounds of djembe heard through the floors, and I am delighted. Unusual feelings of discovery have me curiously excited! So elated with the benefits of growing the reach of all my senses. Knowledge I would otherwise be blind to, outside of these cultural glimpses. I would not have known such experiences if it weren’t for you, my foreign friend. Because of you, the beauty of cultural sounds have enriched my life to no end. Joys only reached by travel and trade. By the arts, our hands and voices have made. The rich scent [...]
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Photo on Pexels by Suzy Hazelwood By Deanna Ronson What color is “nude?” It sounds like a funny question, doesn’t it? However, one of the first things that I learned when I started working in the fashion and beauty industry is that the color “nude” does not mean the same thing for everyone. When working with fashion models, I would ask that they arrive on set with “flesh-colored” shoes and undergarments; that is, items that would match their skin color. Flesh-colored shoes and pantyhose or tights help to create the illusion of a longer leg, while a similar shade of undergarment [...]
Photo by Emily Rose Imagery By Marji Wisniewski REDESIGNING LIFE BY HEART WITH SHIRLEY WICKMAN When Shirley and I spoke over Zoom, we had the typical, almost cliché video call interruptions: a UPS delivery, dogs barking, slow internet speeds, and kids walking in needing help with schoolwork. When Rexford popped into the webcam, I recognized the logo on his t-shirt right away. The shirt was from transplant camp at North Star Reach, a camp for children with serious health challenges. I had previously worked there, so I asked him about it. The first thing he said was, “It’s the best camp [...]
Photo on Pexels by Polina Tankilevitch By Lisa Profera MD It’s well established that cytokine storms are a very important aspect of the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19. A cytokine storm is a hyper-inflammatory response to a viral infection, which can evolve into ARDS (Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome), lung fibrosis, coagulopathy, and death. Cytokine storm syndrome (CS) is a result of the “overreaction” of an infected person’s immune system. Cytokines are specialized proteins that modulate the immune response to an infectious threat. The most important cytokines are TNF-alpha (Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha) and IL-6 (Interleukin-6). TNF-alpha binds to cellular receptors, [...]
Photo on Pexels by Karolina Grabowska By Nadine Burns, MBA, CFP®, and AIF® When I started out in the financial industry, I was given a task so many who dreamed of this kind of career were given: Write down 100 names of personal friends and family. This was not for a reunion; this was a list to be used for my first sales calls. I thought this practice had ended, but then my daughter, a 2014 college graduate, was asked to write down her 100 names to call in her first year in the financial industry. Is it a surprise, then, [...]
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Unsplash By Monica Brancheau Getting pulled out of my kindergarten class to go into another room is one of my first memories. This happened once a week; it was just me, another kid, and a teacher. I remember the other kid being different. Another early memory of mine is being teased by my cousins because they couldn’t understand me. Both of these experiences, and probably others I don’t remember, caused me to stop speaking Spanish. You see, Spanish was my first language. When I was born, my mom only spoke Spanish, so that’s how she communicated [...]