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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

In 1923, Alice Paul authored the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It remains unpassed to this day. 

According to a July 24, 2014 Ms. Magazine blog post by Stephanie Hallett (link above), new legislation is being proposed by two US Congresswomen to finally get this thing passed. The text of the ERA consists of 24 words: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

See a colorful 11x14 poster of the ERA in my #etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/197672218/equal-rights-amendment-11x14-era?

Step up. Speak out. Pass the ERA.

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Leave it to Beavers

“Leave it to Beavers” (PBS, Nature) “A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.”

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A TEDx talk by Bren Smith called: “3D Ocean Farming: The Least Deadliest Catch.” Per his Kickstarter bio, “Bren Smith is the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Co, the nation’s first multi-species 3-D ocean farm growing food, bio-fuel and organic fertilizer for local communities.

Called a “visionary” by Barton Seaver, Director of Harvard’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program, Bren has designed his farm to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-green jobs — while ensuring healthy, local food for communities.”

His website is http://www.thimbleislandoysters.com/

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“5 Reasons to be an Optimist” by Ali Brown

No doubt you’ve heard sayings about happiness and the power of positive thinking. For instance, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and “some pursue happiness, others create it.” Turns out that optimism truly is a powerful force. And, regardless of your circumstances or personal setbacks, you can choose to approach life with a positive outlook. Transforming negative thoughts into positive ones does increase your chances of success!

Now, if your inner skeptic is saying, “Bah… humbug!” and you’re still not convinced here are five findings that prove the power of positivity.

1. Optimism can lead to longevity. Several studies have confirmed that those with a positive attitude often live longer than their gloomier counterparts. A study performed at Wagening University in the Netherlands examined nearly a thousand men and women. The predicting factor of their longevity was their agreement with the statement – “I still have goals to strive for.” When subjects were tested nine years after the original survey, the death rates of the optimistic men were 63 percent lower than those who had not agreed with the optimistic statement. Women were 35 percent lower. Scientists believe that optimists who have more to live for often make more positive lifestyle choices that may help prolong their life.

2. Optimism can boost sales. A study of the sales personnel at Metropolitan Life Insurance were tested for optimism and success ratios. Those who scored the highest level of optimism sold a whopping 37 percent more life insurance than those who were identified as pessimists. Not too bad for your bottom line, right?

3. Optimism may improve your ability to do business in other ways. One of the most dreaded parts of running a business is collecting from delinquent customers or clients. But a study done on debt collectors in a large, competitive agency found that the most successful collectors in the agency were shown to have much higher scores in the areas of optimism, independence, and self-actualization.

All great traits that can boost your success in business and in life.

4. Optimism nurtures healthy relationships. According to author and Harvard medical professor Dr. George E. Vaillant, our greatest source of resilience comes from our internal capacity for optimism. In his famous book The Wisdom of Ego, Vaillant writes that the healthiest, most resilient people possess “both the capacity to be bent without breaking and the capacity, once bent, to spring back.”

5. Optimism is contagious. A physician and social scientist at Harvard Medical School studied nearly five thousand people and their connections with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers over the course of twenty years. The outcome? According to the study, which was published in the British Medical Journal last year, our next-door neighbor’s joy increases the likelihood that we will also be happy by up to 34 percent. The study also found that our level of happiness impacts not only those in our immediate circle, but also people two and three degrees removed from us.

Optimism allows us to successfully navigate life’s greatest challenges. Remember, we have the power to be aware of our thoughts and to choose the positive every single day.

© 2013 Ali International, LLC (used with permission)

Entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown teaches women around the world how to start and grow a profitable business that makes a positive impact. Get her FREE CD “Top 10 Success Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women” at www.AliBrown.com

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When a Wife/Partner Succeeds, Men Lose Self-Esteem

Excerpt from 9/3/13 article by Nanette Fondas in Ms. Magazine: “A man’s implicit self-esteem is hurt by a romantic partner’s success, the authors propose, because he automatically interprets her success as his own failure - a byproduct of men’s competitiveness. Another possibility: Her success challenges the gender stereotype that he should be relatively more competent, strong and intelligent than his female partner. A third explanation offered is that the man’s thoughts about his partner’s success trigger a fear that he is not good enough for her and might lose her.”

Read entire article at link above.

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