TED Talk: Stereotypes – Funny Because They Are True

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Stereotypes – Funny Because They Are True

TED Talk: Katerina Vrana

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Thursday 24th July 2014




Stereotypes – Funny Because They Are True – TED Talk: Katerina Vrana

Stand-up comedian Katerina Vrana talks about stereotypes and makes us all believe that the reason that they are funny is that they are true. This 16 minutes performance has everything; from humor, inconvenient truths and family secrets, to the actress’s plan for global domination. One thing is for sure: it will make you laugh wholeheartedly.

Katerina Vrana was born and raised in Greece. She went to study in the UK and stayed there. As an actress, she has appeared in TV series in Greece, stage productions in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in short films in both Greece and the UK. As the well-known London arts magazine, Time Out, once reported “Katerina Vrana sparkles” on stage.

Amazing Visions: “Awakening”

amazing visions

“Awakening”/New Zealand 4K

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Wednesday 23rd July 2014


Virgin territory. Never touched by humans. Pristine. Clarity. Movement of colors spectacular. The Celestial Heavens. The Awesomeness of the  Firmament. Breathtaking. Remember to Inhale. Who smokes that which gives one sight & doesn’t Inhale. That’s Sheer Waste. Martin Heck has the most Amazing Ability to capture magnificent images with Timelapse. He folds all together what has magically been collected to create a continuous Pure Visual Ecstasy for Sights Awakening Experience of Exalting Awesomeness.

“Awakening” | New Zealand – By Martin Heck – TIMESTORM FILMS


Part I/IV of a timelapse series through the always changing landscapes of New Zealand. Shot over 4 month, traveling through amazing landscapes, sleeping under the stars, hiking on mountains and exploring remote roads. Locations in this video where at Fjordland NP, Mount Cook NP and Arthurs Pass NP, Mavora Lakes and Lake Ohau.
Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/martinheck and Facebook: facebook.com/TimestormFilms
Official Website: timestormfilms.com

Soundtrack: “Science and Religion” by Hans Zimmer

4K/UHD Version available here: youtu.be/6D-A6CL3Pv8

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Private Writings: Chapter #71 – “I Want To Hold You”

private writings a novel of true fantasy by jennifer kiley [shawn's 2d blue name]

“I Want To Hold You”
Private Writings #71
Written by Jennifer Kiley
Post Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Not Suitable For Children.
Anyone Resembling Anyone Living or Dead
Is Purely Coincidental.

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Crypticistic Synopsis:

private writings to dr. annie haskell psychoanalyst

I am the storyteller using imagination fantasy feelings & thoughts

to discover self soul eternal serenity & bliss

but to most importantly tell the best tale ever after upon a time.

see you down the rabbit hole.

Private Writings: Chapter #71 — “I Want To Hold You”

Tuesday 13th January 2009

Dear Annie,

I have been searching inside my sometimes clueless mind for clues. Just trying to understand what the Hell is happening. I need to pull myself together & find more strength to help Alison to heal. She is still in a coma. Her vitals have leveled into a lesser degree of danger. I am in the Arboretum at Cedar Sinai. I needed air & time to process. Also, I wanted to write to you. I am going to write down some of the thoughts I’ve been having. And of course I will start with Sylvia Kendall. I FUCKING HATE HER.

What if Sylvia tampered with the car or someone else did. Maybe others wanted revenge on her. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, but the police think something about the accident makes them think it may never have been an accident but instead the crash was intentional. Someone either tampered with the Porsche or the driver crashed it on her own. The car is undergoing a thorough examination. Every detail is being investigated.

No one knew Alison was going to be in that car with Sylvia. It was a last minute switch. The actress that was meant to play the part, had become ill and unable to work on our film, “Luck Inside the Curse.” She pulled out early enough so a recast would not be costly. Scottie thought of Alison as a perfect replacement. She had been asking Scottie for a while now if she could try out for a part in one of our films. Alison had earned the right. College training on the stage and making short films with a group of her classmates. They all looked great. Alison often played the lead roles. She continued her Method classes once she came home. I’ve watched her doing scenes. She is amazing. A true gift she had according to her teachers.

And now Sylvia has tried to take her away from me. Was she trying to kill herself or our daughter out of revenge. We filed charges against her for rape and her degrading & physically harmful brutality. Even with doing that, we couldn’t break her contract as the lead in “Luck Inside the Curse.”

Scottie felt violated having to work with her. She hates, hated working with Sylvia. It seems it should be said in the past tense due to the direness of the present situation. If Sylvia did this intentionally, which I strongly feel is what happened, she will go to prison if she survives, even if Alison does survive. I hold these positive thoughts & feelings strongly in my mind & heart for Alison’s recovery. But either way it is attempted murder and a possible suicide attempt.

I don’t like to think about any of that. Let the authorities deal with Her.

I will write more again soon. Need a break. Not getting much sleep. Need to smoke more Medical Weed than I do, but I am glued to the ICU & don’t want to leave. Scottie is going to have one of the Chefs cook up some Edibles for me to help me hold on.

Until I write again.

Goodnight. Ciao Ciao!!!




© Madison Taylor 2008

“I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.“ — Alice Walker

Maksim – Somewhere In Time – Composer John Barry[Dedicated to Annie]

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“A Dream
The beginning always starts out
With a dream.
It is all a dream
In our own nightmares”
— Madison Taylor

Le Chateau de Rocher - Home to Madison & Scottie Their Cats & daughter Alison. She has her own place on the estate

Le Chateau de Rocher – Home to Madison & Scottie
Their Cats & daughter Alison. She also has her own place on the estate

play is not just play meryl streep“Pretending is not just play.
Pretending is imagined possibility”
— Meryl Streep

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Private Moments #71 “A Poem Starts With One Line”

private moments in paintings & poetryPrivate Moments #71 “A Poem Starts With One Line”
Poem Written by Jennifer Kiley
Post Monday 21st July2014
Poem for Private Writings: Chapter #71
“I Want To Hold You”
Painting  A Painting Starts With A Spark
by Jk McCormack

“For that fine madness still he did retain,
Which rightly should possess a poet’s brain.”
~Michael Drayton~ (1563-1631)

a painting starts with a spark by jkmccormack (c) jkm 2014

“A Painting Starts With a Spark”   jkmccormack (c) jkm 2009

hands reaching out into rain

“A Poems Starts With One Line”
By Madison Taylor
13th January 2009

“Confronting something
and not quite knowing
yet what it is.”
– Italo Colvino

A poem starts with one line – one word
Thoughts forming with speed
The words coursing through
Causing fingers to bleed

Out through the veins
of the finger with speed

Each stroke that remains
Shows meaning inside
Searching for purpose
A stamp on one’s pride

Approval granted
Pass out gold stars
Send in the next one
Let’s get to the end

Wherever that takes us
To the world on the bend
The words are released
Time to start over again

© madison taylor 2008

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Composer Rachmaninoff – Pianist Maksim Mrvica

garden waterfall private gazebo overgrown 4pmip&p

“Doorway to a Place of Enchantment”

“Creating is having the courage
to allow the seer into the private
moments of our imaginative lives.”

— Jkm the secret keeper
aka Jennifer Kiley McCormack

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“The Known and the Unknown” #1

a writer's word polished or rawThe Known and the Unknown – #1
Excerpts from the Essay “Fail Safe”
Written by Debbie Millman
Post by Jennifer Kiley
Post Sunday 20th July 2014
The Essay titled “Fail Safe”
Taken From Anthology
Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays
on the Intersection of Life and Design

Debbie Millman is an Artist
Strategist & Interviewer

“Fail Safe”  The Essay-Explores Existential Skills-Living With Uncertainty-Embracing The Unfamiliar-Allowing For Not Knowing-Cultivating What John Keats Famously Termed “Negative Capability”

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The Known and the Unknown – #1

For most of my life I followed
a safe path. I remember in vivid
detail the moment I began the
journey August 1983, the hot
A few months out of
I stood on the corner of
seventh avenue and
wearing pastel-blue balloon
trousers, a hot PINK V-neck
bright White Capezio Oxfords.
I lingered at the intersection
peering deep into my future
contemplating the choice
between the secure
and the uncertain
between the creative
and the LOGICAL…

– Debbie Millman

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“The Known and the Unknown” Part 1 – Jennifer Kiley


“Do What You LOVE”

My Tribute to Elaine Stritch

Elaine_Stritch 1973 by Allan Warren

Elaine Stritch 1973
by Allan Warren


My Tribute to Elaine Stritch
by Jennifer Kiley
Created Saturday 19th July 2014

February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014. Age 89.
An Actress.
A Singer.
A Broadway Star.

A Five Time Tony Nominee & Tony Award Winner.
[One Woman Show: Elaine Stritch At Liberty]

A Three Time Emmy Award Winner.
[Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Law & Order, 30 Rock]

Elaine Stritch on Life, Sex and Death | The Last Word | The New York Times [July 18th 2014]24m 29s

When you have a stretch of time, sit down, relax & listen to the Lady Who Lunched. You will not be disappointed. Once I discovered this Lady, I could never get enough. She’s honest. Direct. Truthful. Funny As Hell. Her Soul & Heart were always out there on the stage with her. I am going to miss her presence here on Earth but she left some amazing gifts for us all which will keep her around forever.

She appeared in films, several Woody Allen directed, “September” & “Small Time Crooks.” She did a sit-com for the BBC where she met her husband, John Bay. He died ten years later. She said, “She never found that kind of love again.” She did Stage, Screen, Radio & TV & she did her Cabaret performances. She could do it all. She was almost Dorothy [Bea Arthur] on “The Golden Girls” but she felt she blew the audition.

She made the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” during her last year alive. It is available at present on Netflix streaming & also iTunes. I watched all of these yesterday Friday 18th July 2014. I wanted to fill myself up on her presence. Her tears & laughter moved me to tears & laughing out loud in the true sense of the phrase. I highly recommend if you are a fan you will love all of these parts of Elaine Stritch. And if you have never met, it is about time you give her a try. You will truly be delighted. In her Documentary she confronts the issues of her life coming to an end. She felt it. This documentary is so honest & moving. It is pure Elaine Stritch. The way she lived her life, she took to the very end. You feel as though it was her way of saying goodbye. One thing she use to ask of those who directed her, “Are you afraid of me?” She was that kind of powerful & honest. She held nothing back. She was a marvel. Totally Unique. Try to view any & all of this. I promise, it will fill you up & you will feel Elaine Stritch with you all the way.

I am two degrees of separation from Elaine Stritch. I was involved in college with someone Noel Coward was attracted to & worked with in the theatre. I was a great deal younger than all of them but I felt so connected. So One degree from Noel Coward who worked with Elaine Stritch, which makes us Two degrees apart. Her great stories about her relationship with Noel are marvelous.

I had two particular favorite songs Elaine Stritch sang. One, from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, “The Ladies Who Lunch.” The second piece is “I’m Still Here.” She joked she was never old enough to sing this song. Now I wish she were still here to keep on singing it.

Elaine Stritch – Ladies Who Lunch [“Company” by Stephen Sondheim]

Elaine Stritch performs “I’m Still Here” [A Special Performance For President & Mrs. Obama at the White House Posted Sept. 14 2012]

In the last year of her life she decided she would allow herself to have two drinks a day. The following is a short slip from an interview that appeared in the New York Sunday Times Magazine on Feb. 2, 2014:

…Itzkoff: You were completely sober for more than 20 years, but you’ve since allowed yourself to drink again.

Stritch: I’m almost 89. I’m gonna have a drink a day or two. I know how to handle it, so there. I’m proud of the fact that I can handle a couple of drinks.

Itzkoff: That’s not at all dangerous?

Stritch: No. I’m not going to have three drinks, I’m not going to have four. I’m going to have two, and that’s it, folks. I just want to enjoy life and relax a little bit and go out with the rich ladies in Birmingham and enjoy them. And you can’t enjoy them sober…”

ElaineStritch head back laughing

Tears fill my eyes with the laughter you create from your honesty

& your direct view of life & shouting it out loud.

Thank you Elaine Stritch for all you Gave to Us. You Will Be Missed.

Rest In Peace Sweet Lady. I do hope the Heaven you believe in
Welcomed You With Open Arms.

❤ ❤ ❤

A True Fan

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Posted Saturday 19th July 2014 on ‘Expats Post’ My Tribute to Elaine Stritch


Creative Musings: “Sundream” – Rufus

creative musings [dragon]

Sundream | Rufus

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Posted Wednesday 19th July 2014



Kaleidoscope tripping Mind splitting & dividing in even symmetrical echoes

here, i give you “sundream

Rufus|Sundream – from Katzki


I want to feel that you want it
I want to feel by the morning
I want to feel that you want it
Oh let me feel what you are

Flashes on matches
Splashes of ashes
Embers are rising
Smoke fills the skies and
Wind blows and then crashes
Waves all over the ashes
Hells washed up in violence
Eyes close up to hide it

I want to feel that you want it
I want to feel by the morning
I want to feel that you want it
Oh let me feel what you are
I want to feel that you want it
I want to feel by the morning
I want to feel that you want it
Oh let me feel what you are

Free fall in Paris
Sundreams in flashes
Growing and rising
Brain fills the skies and
Sunday morning crashes
Flickering of lashes
Sink in to the mattress
Fall in to the atlas

Flashing on matches
Splashes of ashes
Sink in to the mattress
Tell me that you want it

I want to feel that you want it
I want to feel by the morning
I want to feel that you want it
Oh let me feel what you are
I want to feel that you want it
I want to feel by the morning
I want to feel that you want it
Oh let me feel what you are

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