The Olympics is the one event in which the entire world participates. It is a time when we come together to celebrate our cultures, our similarities, and even our differences. We marvel at the athletic endeavors of people from our own and other countries....more
Jocks vs. the geeks. Men vs. women. The powerful vs. the weak. Though laws are meant to help protect people, seems our world never grows up and invariably "law" is used as a beating stick against those whom it was meant to protect....more
The glorification of ripped abs, muscular physiques and magazine-worthy bodies leaves many athletes vulnerable to disordersed behavior, including eating disorders. Not surprisingly, research shows that the personality traits needed to become a top-performing athlete are also the building blocks for Anorexia Nervosa. High expectations, perfectionism, competitiveness and drive can spiral into excessive, ritualistic exercise, distorted body image, tendencies toward depression, and preoccupations with weight and dieting.
We all carry torches. The key is identifying what torches we carry.Mother's carry one for each child. Wives carry one for a spouse. Each person carries those for parents, or lack thereof, grandparents or their non-existence, and so on down up the ancestral line. Just think of all those flames....more
In August 2010, my twitter timeline literally exploded with people excited to be going to #BlogHer10. My timeline continued to be littered with tweets, twitpics, links to blogposts about #BlogHer10. I saw lots of fun photos, and decided that I really wanted to go to the next #BlogHer event....more
By Nikki Dryden, Canadian Olympic Swimmer and Attorney. Sport, unlike anything else, brings the world together, has the power to change lives for the better, and is truly universal. “It has an almost unmatched role to play in promoting understanding, healing wounds, mobilizing support for social causes, and breaking down barriers”, says former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who believes that sport has the power to breakdown “myths and prejudices.” He also notes that athletes as well as sports organizations are critical in “unifying societies torn apart by conflict, tackling prejudices...and in breaking down gender inequality.”...more
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