When I lived in Switzerland and helmed a theatre troupe, every weekend I threw a party with a different theme. I recall a Monster Bash, a Dress Like Your Idol party, and a When I Was Five event. The actors and techies and their partners came, and I knocked myself out entertaining, telling stories, and making sure everyone had a good time. When people left, they always said, “This was the best party ever” or “I had a great time.” I noticed that when I wasn’t doing something to make the party a success, everyone sat in silence. That immediately triggered my sense that I had to do something to make the party fun. Frankly, it was exhausting. One weekend, I decided to change things. I had a theme. I invited the theatre troupe, and I decided not to talk or tell stories. And what happened? No one talked. Except for polite conversation. At the end of the party, everyone left and said to me, “This was the best party ever” and “I had a great time.” They loved the silence. On the island … [Read more...] about Does Conversation Silence Make You Anxious?
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"Our objective as the United States is to have a predictable relationship with Russia, to stabilize that relationship and certainly having a discussion, having a summit would be an opportunity to discuss areas where we agree and can work together whether it is continuation of non-proliferation efforts, obviously they [Russia] are partnering in P5+  and those could be part of the forum for our discussion," Psaki said. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden held a telephone conversation . The two presidents discussed strategic stability, Russia's alleged 'cyber intrusions' and meddling in US election, as well as America's "unwavering commitment" to Ukraine. … [Read more...] about US Seeks ‘Predictable Relationship’ With Russia, White House Says
Darius Marder ’s Sound of Metal went into 2019’s Toronto International Film Festival without a distributor. Now, a year-and-a-half on, it’s a six-time Oscar nominee and perhaps the most hard-fought of all of this year’s crop of Best Picture candidates. Joe Utichi meets Marder and stars Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci to take stock of a film that transformed its key players in ways they hadn’t expected. They say Oscar loves a narrative, and they don’t come much more inspiring than Sound of Metal ’s. Even before he got his debut feature to set, Darius Marder spent more than a decade honing his tale about a heavy metal drummer and recovering addict who loses his hearing, butting up against the many hard realities of filmmaking that told him a movie like this could not work. As he did it, he learned more and more about deaf culture, and heard moving stories about people pursuing recovery in dedicated deaf sober houses. In Riz Ahmed, he found an actor willing to immerse so fully … [Read more...] about How ‘Sound Of Metal’ Changed Everything For Riz Ahmed, Darius Marder & Paul Raci, Even Before It Earned Six Oscar Nominations
The stranger’s call came when US woman Dianne Green needed it most. Alone in the home where she’d raised four kids, grieving recently deceased relatives, too fearful of Covid-19 to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she had never felt lonelier. Then, one day last spring, her cell phone lit up. The cheerful voice on the line was Janine Blezien, a nurse from a Chicago hospital’s “friendly caller” programme, created during the pandemic to help lonely seniors cope with isolation. READ MORE: It's hard to admit we're lonely, even to ourselves. Here are the signs and how to manage them Election 2020: Greens promise fix for internet inequality and loneliness Feeling lonely? You're not alone. Here's how good public policy can help Elderly going flatting to help address loneliness Blezien, 57, lives with her rescue dogs, Gordy and Kasey, in a suburban brick bungalow, just six miles from Green’s two-flat apartment in the city. “She wasn’t scripted. She … [Read more...] about Covid-19: US doctor prescribes first hug in a year for vaccinated grandmother
HEATH STREAK BAN by Cricbuzz Staff • Published on Share Tweet The five charges levied on him include disclosing inside information that may have been used for betting purposes during matches in a tri-series in 2018, a ZIM-AFG series, IPL 2018 and APL 2018 © BCCI/IPL The International Cricket Council on Wednesday (April 14) announced that it had suspended former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak from all cricket for a period of eight years for conduct in breach of the anti-corruption code. Streak, 47, accepted five charges levied on him including "disclosing inside information... (that) may be used for betting purposes" during matches in the 2018 Tri-Series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Zimbabwe v Afghanistan series in 2018, the IPL 2018 and the APL 2018. In a redacted document, the ICC provided the following summary of information gathered through its investigation, leading to the charges and the punitive … [Read more...] about What the ICC ACU found in its investigation of the Heath Streak case