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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 I think I might be the only person on the planet that didn't know about TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). If you need inspiration, encouragement, a laugh, then I hope you'll click on these links I found fascinating and I'm just sharing four of them with you.

Here's the first one: Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity and Eat, Pray, Love Writers will love this and any creative will too.

"Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a ­pre-midlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of – running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the mega-bestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home." ~From the TED website.

Stroke of Insight/Jill Bolte Taylor   This is a fascinating speech from an incredible woman who had a stroke and tells you just what that was like. "One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor's brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness ..." ~From the TED website.

Brene Brown is a social worker and so am I. I appreciated this speech a lot. I've been a social worker for 32 years and it has a lot with my decision to write fiction. And Brene is a storyteller that delves into what I would call the creatives vulnerability.
Brene Brown on on The Power of Vulnerability
"How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?"

Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed   We all remember the pictures of the plane that landed in the Hudson River. Here's a perspective you'll appreciate.

 "Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time." ~ From the TED website.

If you get a chance to listen to these talks or another one on the website TED Talks let me know which ones you enjoyed. Live a great life!


  1. very good! I especially enjoyed the speech by Ric Elias.

    I would instantly think of my son!

    Thanks for posting!

  2. Hi Ruth,

    I always wonder when I get on a plane if I'm getting off it safely. It's that control thing being out of my hands I'm sure.

    Stoke of Insight fascinated me and I pray I never have a stroke. Very scary.