Day 108: Music is medicine

Continuing on with my 365 Days of Ted challenge is a post about the Ted talk/performance 'Music is medicine, music is sanity' by Robert Gupta a violinist with the LA philharmonic. Robert shares a story about LA columnist Steve Lopez and an important moment in his life when in the streets of downtown LA he was drawn to the sounds of beautiful music. The source of the beautiful music was a two string violin being played by Nathaniel, a homeless man. This meeting of strangers was the basis of the Hollywood movie The Soloist, a story about a former Juilliard student who dropped out after two years due to schizophrenia. Nathaniel chose not to treat the condition as treatment had previously included shock treatment and handcuffs - the psychological scars a permanent condition that haunts him. Robert met Nathaniel through Steve and began offering Nathaniel violin lessons. He recalls Nathaniel being in a state of paranoia, thinking … [Read more...]

Day 96: Are we reading the right news stories?

Day 96- Are we reading the right news stories-

Ted speaker Kirk Citron is part of a project called The Now Foundation. It’s a foundation that seeks out news that will still matter, fifty, one-hundred even a thousands years from now. They look for stories that might make a difference to the future. So what type of news stories make up The Long News? This Ted talk was recorded in 2010 and the top news back then was the conflict in Afghanistan,  the swine flu outbreak, Michael Jacksons death, the Obama inauguration, the poor state of the economy  and the miraculous survival  stories after a plane crashed into the Hudson River. Kirk says that none of those stories will matter in the long term. The recession will soon become old news .  Kirk offers some suggestions on the type of news that will make a difference such as Science. Resources Global Politics New discoveries Kirk’s pick for the top news story of 2010? Water found on the moon. Kirk ends his talk by … [Read more...]