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Resilience and Positive Self Talk – Work it Like a Muscle

Scientific research has powerfully demonstrated that Resilience and Positive Self Talk is the key to success at work and satisfaction in life. Your natural reserves of resilience, coupled with the thoughts that you think, affects your performance in school and at work, your physical and mental health, and the quality of your relationships. They are the basic ingredients to happiness and success.

My belief is that everyone has a Resiliency factor. I view exercise as I do the Resiliency factor. For example, when we work out we are building up our muscles to make us stronger and physically fit. That is similar to resilience. We want to build our Resiliency muscle to make us stronger in the sense of how quickly we rebound or bounce back from difficult situations in our lives.

A tale of Thanksgiving kindness in our Nation's Capital

A tale of Thanksgiving kindness in our Nation's Capital

 

In the midst of the holiday shopping onslaught, it's good to remember the true meaning of the season. A friend of mine, Terence Tomlin, a chef and one-time front man of the phenomenal funk band The Mighty Heard, posted a story on Facebook that brought a tear to my eye. I think Terry's story deserves a bigger audience, so here it is, in his own words:

 

"Last Tuesday on my way to work I saw a lady struggling with her three kids. Looking at them reminded me of June 1980 when my mother took me, my brother and sister out of a abusive household leaving Bridgeport for California.

RIFE 2011 - DC/MD/VA Film Showcase

RIFE 2011 - DC/MD/VA Film Showcase

Today in my continuing preview of this weekend's REEL Independent Film Extravaganza, I'm going to stick close to home with the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) showcase. Of the over thirty films in the festival, nearly half are produced by local filmmakers.

If you missed its AFI premiere, that I wrote about here on WUSA, you can check out Jason Baustin's Gone Forever (trailer). This 23 minute film tells the story of a young widower who struggles to find peace following the death of his wife. Gone Forever screens Saturday in the 4PM block.

RIFE 2011 - Films with Girl Power

RIFE 2011 - Films with Girl Power

All this week, I have been previewing films for this weekend's REEL Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington D.C. Today I'll be sharing films that center around women.

Saturday's 12PM opening film, Butterfly Crush, comes to RIFE all the way from Australia and New Zealand. Butterfly Crush is an up-and-coming female song and dance duo poised for success. But when one half of the duo gets involved with a cult, everything threatens to come unraveled. Director Alan Clay will be in attendance from New Zealand.

Also at 12PM on Saturday is American University graduate student Lawrence Dortch's One Punch at a Time. This nine minute short documentary follows Asia Stevenson, an 18 year old Washingtonian hoping to qualify for the first ever U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing team and compete in the 2012 Olympics.

RIFE 2011 - Rock n' Roll and Electronic Music Films

RIFE 2011 - Rock n' Roll and Electronic Music Films

This week I'm previewing films from REEL Independent Film Extravaganza taking place this weekend at THEARC in Washington D.C.

On Sunday at 12PM, RIFE will have a two hour block of documentaries on music.

The Silo Effect: The Treehouse Sessions follows four young, Richmond based musicians who comprise the band, The Silo Effect, as they make the transition from the stage to the recording studio. Director Les Owen highlights the differences of playing in front of an adoring crowd and locking oneself in the recording studio, where the truth is laid bare. Anyone who has ever played in a band will relate.

RIFE 2011 - Two World Premieres (and Hercules), October 22

RIFE 2011 - Two World Premieres (and Hercules), October 22

REEL Indpendent Film Extravaganza will host two world premieres on Saturday October 22 starting at 7PM. First up is All in the Game, written and directed by Maryland filmmaker, Gary Ugarek. The film follows an East Baltimore drug kingpin as he vies for control of the entire city's trade. Besides a story that evokes the spirit of The WireAll in the Game also features several cast members from the acclaimed HBO series.

Following All in the Game is Coffin, presented by Skyrocket Productions. Here's the synopsis: