About Lynn

Bio

English as a Second Language teacher to adults in the Salinas, California area 30 years. retired.
Author of book designed to educate consumers about buying gems and jewelry at a time when chemical, irradiation and other treatments and developments make it difficult to know what one is buying, 2010
Contra, English Country, swing and international folk dancing keep me moving.
Like to sing and listen at music pot lucks and camps.
Lived in Colombia all of 1977.
Traveled to France, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Tahiti. Lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, now California
Peace and justice activist 1969-1073.

Languages

English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

gemstones, consumer advocacy, Adult Education and Training, Jewelry Design, Writing, Gardening-flowers/veggies, Laughter Yoga

An idea worth spreading

1. Laughter yoga as developed by Mandan Kataria of India show that laughter can come from action and intention and does not rely on feelings or thoughts.

2. The hand and the brain have been in a developmental embrace of dance, so that they have grown and improved together to increase intelligence in humans. Doing has pushed thinking; thinking results in doing.

3. What has been proven to work in education and shown to fail.

I'm passionate about

Dancing and singing and music as joyful activities, educating, the beauty of life, urban vegetable and fruit tree gardens, spreading laughter as a way to relieve tension and find inner peace.

Talk to me about

How to talk to people with set beliefs so that they may reevaluate those beliefs. Some of my friends believe in fantastic things like healing through moving hands over parts of the body. Help!

People don't know I'm good at

Writing. Just published a book, Enhanced, Plated, Irradiated and Lab Created: What Jewelry Vendors Don't Want You to Know. It's available as a download on PayLoadz.com. Searchable by title.

My TED story

A Facebook friend posted a Ted talk. I have been eager for such information and ideas.

Comments & conversations

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Lynn Wilde
Posted 8 months ago
Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness
Robert, sounds like you are going through hell. Get help. Try MoodGym on the web. Know that doctors don't tell those of us who have depression that 1/4 cannot be helped by any known medications and that there is no way to know which med will help. You may have to give a 3 month try to one, than another. Then there are the side effects. MoodGym has been proven to prevent people from taking there own lives, which seem to be something you are considering. Please try it,. May love surround you,
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Lynn Wilde
Posted 8 months ago
Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback
I hope Gates will read the feedback here; he obviously wants to make large improvements in education. He is so wrong. We don't need to spend any money on cameras in the classroom, as most of us have them in our cell phones. There are already websites that allow teachers to share successful lessons. We need to replace portable classrooms with new facilities, oh, the list is too long. Debbie H is "right on", as my 30 years of teaching showed, plus we have quarterly student and yearly administrator evaluation. WE know what to do to improve schools. Reduce class size to under 20. Give students more physical activity and breaks each day (see the studies on this), especially outdoors. Give teachers more paid planning and collaboration time. Have parks and gardens next to every school. Read the Amer. Federation of Teacher's articles on schools that work and the huge waste of money on programs that don't. Teachers are overwhelmed trying to fill students needs, while plumbers and electricians make more money, They spend vacation time planning lessons and gathering materials. They work 45+ hours a week. They are sick of rich people telling them what to do. Gates, give your money to the teachers and families; let them decide how to spend it. Go no further with this misguided program.
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Lynn Wilde
Posted over 2 years ago
Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence
This talk combined too many ideas and did not connect them well. As others have said, the individuals in a crowd can have self-interest as a primary motivation, just as much as loosing of self. I've had the transcendental experience, in a dream once, after reading science fiction. It was a feeling and vision of being united with all beings and creation, an experience, not of losing the self, but of a joining and returning to a state of pure goodness, love, and joy. No drugs involved. Such experiences are fleeting, only for some can they change an entire life and result in more social cooperation. My choices to be politically active and work for social change were based more on seeking meaning for and improvement of my individual life and need to do good work than an result of a losing of self. Haidt's topic is not well expressed in this talk, but if all could be explained in 20 miin., he would not have written a book. The talk makes me curious to learn more and organize my own thinking. For that it was a success.
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Lynn Wilde
Posted over 2 years ago
Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling
You have to define "fake". If you put a real smile on you face regardless of how you are feeling, the positive emotion and effects follow. If you smirk ( what I consider a fake smile), no, the emotions and effects are different. Now I'm just typing, paying attention to what I'm doing, not happy or sad. I smile; I feel positive effects. This is the great discovery of Dr. and Mrs. Kataria of India, that we can act our way to the benefits of laughter. We don't have to feel good first. See 'Laughter Yoga".
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Lynn Wilde
Posted over 2 years ago
Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling
Ron, you need to know about Laughter Yoga, lots of overlap. I have a 3 1/2 year old friend; I'm like an extra grandmother for her. She wakes laughing and brings me lots of joy. One day we went outside and she said, What a beautiful day!" Smiles all around. Dancing makes me smile, too, so much that my facial muscles hurt. I'm so lucky to have so much happiness in life.
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Lynn Wilde
Posted almost 4 years ago
Tim Jackson: An economic reality check
I, too, would have liked more than just the usual about what I could do, but we all must understand that TED talks are limited in length. Jackson's web site and blog do not offer such information up front either. Mr Jackson should respond to this plea by his listeners for "what can I do now." In California we have a group that accepts contributions of land and money to buy land, especially endanger coastal lands, to preserve them undeveloped for the future. Perhaps web links to all the worlds groups working toward carbon reduction, etc. would be a step. If it already exists, and you all out there know, please respond. The problem of personal ability to allocate time and energy to this cause needs addressing, too. Less time shopping! Yes, but seriously, people are struggling. I'd like to see useful ideas on reducing the time it takes to maintain home, family and self .