Merry Selk

Albany, CA, United States

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Merry Selk
Posted over 3 years ago
Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist
Leave Them Laughing — A Musical Comedy About Dying” kind of puts your life in perspective. http://www.leavethemlaughingfilm.com/blog/about-the-film/ It’s funny (really, actually funny — an award-winning documentary film, by Academy Award winning director John Zaritsky). This is a film about a funny comedienne, songwriter and singer Carla Zilbersmith from my town, Albany CA, who had ALS (yep, Lou Gherig’s disease, that terrible, debilitating disease). And she joked about it. And her teenage son who goes to our local high school joked about it. They probably cried alot too. But as her son Maclen said: "People often want to know what they can do for [my mom], and for me, and the answer is to take that vacation you’ve been thinking about. Enjoy yourself in her honor. Go on a hot air balloon ride, or go skydiving. Go to the library, pick out a random recipe from a random cookbook, and cook it for a randomly chosen friend. Live the shit out of your life. That’s what it’s for, isn’t it?" You can see the documentary promo at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amgo-mOYc1k More on the documentary at: http://www.leavethemlaughingfilm.com/blog/about-the-film/ Find comedienne Carla Zilbersmith's blog (and her son Maclen's final entry) at: http://carlamuses.blogspot.com/ My notes about the documentary and its message at: http://navigatingchaos.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/leave-them-laughing-kinda-puts-your-life-in-perspective/
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Merry Selk
Posted over 3 years ago
How will you help to fulfill Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish?
Visit http://www.CaliforniaConvergence.org to see how low-income California communities are successfully changing the local "environment" for health -- including better school lunches! See profiles of community-led changes at http://www.californiaconvergence.org/members/map A whole low-income community works together -- including schools, neighborhood groups, public health departments -- to improve the "environment," that goes beyond individual change, to changing the possibility for whole communities to have better health: • Changing school lunches. • Engaging youth in community change (http://bit.ly/youthzine and http://www.werefedup.com). • Creating safe places to play (community joint use of schoolyards at http://www.jointuse.org). • Bringing healthy food to communities, including market makeovers for corner stores (http://www.marketmakeovers.org). More examples of successful community action for change at http://HealthyEatingActiveCommunities.org Video on Filling the Food Desert at: http://bit.ly/HEACVideoFoodDesert Videos of community change at: http://bit.ly/HEACVideos