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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
The opening ceremonies were full of tradition and surprises… Countryside scenes, traditional, historical music, British humor, British legends, and Royals. I thought the filmed scenes of the queen with the James Bond character was sensational. What fun and whimsy! Good for her to allow that and be part of a fun joke at her royal highness’ expense! Good show! Thank you Danny Boyle and England!
London is a fabulous city. It looks as though it was well planned. Good job! What was Mitt Romney so concerned about anyway? A city that moves people and a central location for all events. I have heard that they didn’t have the crowds of people they were hoping for. Evidently that is a recurring problem with the recent, past 10, 15 years of Olympiads. They plan for hoards of people to attend, even building new hotels and restaurants hoping for boosts in business and hiring more staff in anticipation and in the end the people stay away and the locals leave town fearing the discomfort and inconvenience. I guess now is the time to go. After the Olympics are done and everyone is leaving and the rush of the excitement is still present. Rooms are discounted and air fares are also low to encourage the end of summer travelers.
I miss the Olympics. It was great to have so many choices for entertainment in the evening. I love my Tivo and recorded the daily events and could go back to anything. The swimming and the gymnastics were exciting. The track held me amazed at the incredible feets in just second… A flash of time and records are broken. The human being at a physical peak takes their body to the edge… and then does it again…
The Beach Volley Ball….
To think that Beach Volley ball is an Olympic sport! This speaks to present times not the past. It was introduced at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. We, the USA teams, have won gold in either men’s or women’s since 1996. Right on team.
I personally find the uniforms rather revealing, almost sexually exploitive for media purposes. I am sure there are those at home watching for reasons other than athletic interest now. They do look very containing, and supportive. I would say that of all the sports now. The athletic attire has become rather like extreme costuming. They were joking on TV about a man’s penis and whether he was aroused for the medal ceremony… Well so what if he was, or perhaps he just has a larger one… just like women’s breasts, they come in different sizes and shapes and these things are hard to hide in the skin tight minimal clothing specially designed for the teams… It was an exciting moment for him and with all the men and women in such evocative attire how could he help it in that moment, and with the snug fitting, form revealing uniforms how was he to hide it. Where? Really!
But then the Olympics of ancient Greece and Rome were done naked! The human body being celebrated and the athletic prowess rewarded.
Of course, I love to watch the sports that I have enjoyed doing myself. As a young girl in gymnastic class, didn’t we all imagine ourselves at the Olympics… Remembering Nadia, Kathy Rigby…
Cathy Rigby went on to acting and you could find her guest staring in a role on a TV series for a while. Then she really blew up on stage with her teaching Peter and Wendy to FLY on Broadway in Peter Pan.
On the diving board when a child is asking her mom or brother and sister to rate their dive, we play at our own little competition with ourselves, wanting to do our best. The crazy fun I had with my sister when we would attempt the synchronized swimmers upside down movements or the apparent lack of above the water as they hold a pose gracefully never showing the manic paddling that it takes to keep a leg poised upward and then jut it up suddenly in synchronicity with others on the team. Wow! Remembering the old movies with the swimmer movie star, Esther Williams! I haven’t been to any of the Sea or Ocean amusement parks since I was young.. Oh no I forget the bay area Marine World Africa USA in Vallejo, California. I think they call it something else now. Surely there is an ocean theme park that employs these amazing anonymous athletes that spend much of there performance time holding their breath. I am thinking in Florida.
While we play at our sports, some are taking the play seriously and making it a life passion, direction, and later profession. I do miss the days when the Olympic athletes could not be professionals. that when they would only become endorsed or advertised after they decided to leave the amateur status and that had to be a big decision whether to pursue another 4 years of intense Olympic aspiration driven training with out the financial backing of any large business. In history many Olympic athletes were working a day or night job while striving to find time to train. I am sure there are still many who do, but so many of the athletes today are supported by the sporting companies. The rock stars of the Olympic games are able to support their training and have major contracts with their sponsors well ahead. I wonder what the past athletes would have accomplished if they were able to have an extra 3 to 4 hours in the pool, while their mother looked on, free to drive them and spectate because she didn’t have to take a job to support her gifted child’s pursuit of the coveted Gold, Silver, and Bronze. I am sure families still have a challenge to deal with the intensity and demands of supporting and encouraging the gifted athlete, but the ability to now have the financial support of commercial sponsors is powerful.
I do miss the simpler times of the amateur athlete at the Olympics. It seemed to be a more pure sense of competition. Just the athletes without the business and money behind the advertising. Many would retire from Olympic pursuits just so they could cash in while the offers were still there for them. Now we have Olympians who return for 3 even more games. Amazing that you can, but also wonderful to stand back and feel your success and open the door for others to experience the opportunity after you, the same glory.
I would list the names of all the US Olympians, but that would take more time and we know so many and we just watched them. I was amazed daily with the athletes from all over the world…. The swimmers, runners, vaulters, jumpers, racquet swinging, shot put hurling….You know who you are inspired by.
I imagine the work and skills that are developed by these athletes and in some way covet their incredible abilities… Their natural ability was a gift of birth and their dedication and perseverance to perfect their moves and pursue an excellence such that few will ever achieve at anything in life. Bravo… I admire and applaud you.
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
It is the longest day of the year TODAY! … and all over the country there is record heat forecasted .
The sun is closest to the earth today. It is the longest day at the Northpole, but the shortest at the south pole. National Geographic says that although it is the longest day with the sun closest to the earth, that it is not necessarily the hottest although this year it may be in the U.S.
“Earth’s oceans and atmosphere act like heat sinks, absorbing and reradiating the sun’s rays over time. Even though the planet is absorbing lots of sunlight on the summer solstice, it takes several weeks to release it. As a result, the hottest days of summer usually occur in July or August.”
The solstice has been acknowledged as a spiritual celebration for long back in our human history. We still wonder at the the many ancient civilizations who marked their lives and built their cities around the suns rotational patterns. How did they know? How many years did it take these first people to map the stars and count the days. Finding the sun so important. Gods.
Think of Stonehenge. Simple or not so simple stacking of giant stones.
Check out this party shot posted last night… Now there is a Solstice Party!
Celebrating the sun as it gives us life and helps plants to grow and do their Photosynthesis thing in the forests and the seas and they make oxygen so we can breath it and creates the food so we can eat it.
So enjoy this long day with some close friends and make the most of the extra light. I will be gardening here in california anbd my day has started with our cool coastal fog after a hot one yesterday.
Drink water… get a nice firm watermelon and don’t exert yourself unless it is doing something wonderful. Maybe some yoga? Have a friend with a pool? A pond? A river? If it ios hot and you’re in a city find a cool spot in the shade. Enjoy this day for a moment and think of the SUN and how we love It!
Here Comes The Sun King
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Well it is Today… We mother’s are almost all going to be with our kids at the Gathering in Vermont.
The event venue is fun! with three stages, a DJ set up in a TREE House, a pond freshly refilled and regenerated for your aquatic pleasure.
Come with your Frends… Bring your Mother… Bring your FATHER! It is Father’s Day this weekend! Get DAD a ticket and bring a blanket. You can take him fishing early Saturday morning on the way in to the Gathering.
I can’t wait to see the JUNK MAN. He makes percussion from “junk”. He makes music! I think he makes stuff for you… Maybe for your DAD!
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Most of you know my son Jack Mitrani as a pro snowboarder, but Jack is also the passionate creator of the Frendly Gathering Music Festival, which takes place this Thursday June 14th at Timber Ridge in Vermont. This year he has teamed up with fellow snowboarder and frend Danny Davis and they have been working night and day on every detail to make this the event of all events. I must say the hard work behind the scenes brings new meaning to the Frends slogan, there is no “i” in frends. It is something to see, everyone banding together to chip in and offer their time and labor to this exciting event.There is more involved than imaginable. They have dug out a pond for swimming, made a wood stage, coordinated 35 Bands, counted up ticket sales, made signs, provided vendors, dug trenches,etc. Special thanks to all the talented and resourceful crew that make it all happen. So, it is a pleasure to see all the talent behind the scenes before the the headline musical talent shows up. Hats off to Jack and everyone in following their passion. See you there! Buy your tickets now.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
While we are being wowed by the extreme heights and the seemingly impossible tricks that will be the highlight of this weeks US OPEN, let’s take a look at some grassroots organizations that are helping athletes achieve their dreams.
Members of The Chill
The Chill organization started by Burton snowboard founders, Jake and Donna Carpenter in 1995 helps kids get to mountains. The Chill builds at risk teenagers confidence through mentoring and board sports.” This local Burlington, Vermont organization has assisted over 17,000 kids over 16 years. A donation of $10 gives a child a one day lift ticket or $400 provides them with a 6 week snowboarding experience, making the mountain experience a reality for these youths. It is currently in 11 US cities and three countries, America, Australia and Austria. Want to help? The Chill has volunteer and well as fund raising opportunities.Ross, Marisa and the dynamic duo
After attending The Chill, these future snowboarders might look to the LFF to pursue their dreams. Two time-Olympian medalist, Ross Powers has teamed up with Olympian swimming sensation, Michael Phelps to form The Level Playing Field Fund. The non-profit organization provides grants for cost related coaching and training as well as equipment and event entry fees.
Michael Phelps with a future star
“Many athletes with the potential to compete at world-class levels have had to face the challenges of securing funding to pay for support essential to their continued development. Far too often, resource gaps have proven to be an impassible barrier for promising, yet financially challenged athletes.” In the past year alone, LFF has awarded over $120,000 in 53 grants to athletes in skiing, snowboarding, swimming and judo. Super athletes, Pat Holland, Faye Gulini, Danny Davis and Emily Brunneman have all benefited from the LFF. “Funding talent, Fueling Dreams”
Get out to cheer for these double corked athletes this weekend and check out the website for these wonderful organizations that helps bring them to new heights!
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
There is so much good stuff going on up here. The lovely Liza Rae’s bridal shower took place in Brooklyn this weekend. Thank you, Liza and Hayley for a great time. The US Snowboard Open arrives this week, and with it, so many of the young people that I’ve watched grow. Welcome back, Jack, Luke, Danny, Louie, I’m glad you’re here. My own beautiful daughter, Kylie, will finish school this week and be returning home, I can’t wait. Weddings, competition, parties, homecomings, so much to enjoy.Liza Rae
But, being the woman I am, I can’t just let Rush Limbaugh’s most recent abhorrent behavior pass by without comment.Hayley, Our Maid of Honor
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that last week, Rush attacked Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who testified in favor of health insurance coverage for contraception,by saying:
“What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute… She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”
I do not understand the Rush phenomenon. I have tuned into his show on occasion, just to hear what we’re up against. I can stomach no more then 10 minutes of his hateful, ignorant, abusive fear mongering. Unfortunately, what he says matters. The Rush Limbaugh Show is the most listened to radio talk show in America, making his opinions count with American Conservative leaders.My Beautiful daughter Kylie
People, Wake Up! It’s Super Tuesday and 3 of the 4 Republican candidates can not find the courage to address Limbaugh’s behavior with more than a slap on the wrist. Pushed by the medieval thinking Rick Santorum, the Republican party leaders are concentrating on a social issues agenda that would return us to the 1950′s.
Sadie and Carly
I’ve tried to keep an open mind, but all I’m seeing are 4 old, (some are actually younger than me), men who are out of touch with reality. Conservatives! you can do better than this. If the social “conservatism” that Limbaugh espouses is allowed to get a stronger foothold in this country, women will loose not only the right to choose, but their right to affordable contraception, while insurance is covering Rush’s Viagra.
See these beautiful young women?
These young women have dreams and ideals that can make this country a better place. They deserve to be respected, they deserve to have their voices heard, their impact felt. They deserve to make the decisions that govern their bodies, not the government, not the insurance companies, not the church and not a radio talk host. Shut up, Rush, Speak out, my young friends.
Support women’s rights and Planned Parenthood, Vote. Make your voices heard.
Monday, March 5th, 2012
This weekend is the snowboard Burton US Open at our own Stratton Mountain. This is a big event that the moms at whatwouldmomsay have supported for years. We all have sons and daughters that have been a part of the Burton US Open past and present. Having children that share a passion for snowboarding is a big part of what brought us four moms together. The four of us have spent many hours at the bottom of half pipes all over the world rooting for our own and each other’s kids.
Pictured above are the kids who have gone pro and have their roots here in VT. They all will be coming home again this week to compete in the Open. On the top row left to right is Louie Vito, Kevin Pearce, and Luke Mitrani. Bottom row left to right is Danny Davis, Jack Mitrani, and myself Cindy Mitrani.
I can remember when this group was way younger and they would look forward to being able to compete in the US Open’s Junior Jam (which is for the snowboarders 12 and under) Many of them got their start and notice here and all were thrilled to be part of the 22 foot US Open half pipe. In fact, all the athletes mentioned above have also had the privilege of being a part of the Stratton Mountain School, a high school dedicated to mentoring skiing and snowboarding while getting an education.
This weekend Vermont will be well represented amongst some of the best snowboarders from around the world. We also look forward to seeing fellow Vermonters Forest Bailey, and Spencer Shaw. VT is also home to some superstar women riders as well like Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, and Ellory Hollingsworth.
Of course special thanks to the original Vermont snowboarder, without whom there would be no Open…Jake Burton.
We would like to wish a huge WELCOME HOME and GOOD LUCK to our homies from Vermont. Proud of you and love you. The weather is predicted to be sunny, and the pipe perfect. If you can’t get up here to see the action live in the half pipe and slope course…click live web cast, for the schedule to live stream it on your computer. For me, you will find me at the bottom of the pipe cheering, shivering, and keeping fingers crossed.
Monday, February 27th, 2012
Last blog I spoke about meditation and suggested you look into yourself to discover the inner beauty that lies within us all as a key to spiritual growth. Today I am posting pics of last night’s Oscars most beautiful, an event which confidently flaunts the glamour of the material world and outer beauty of our movie stars. Aren’t they stunning?
What is beauty anyway? Here is Webster’s answer:
noun, plural -ties.
the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense satisfaction to the mind, whether arisingfrom sensory manifestations
(as shape, color, sound
, etc.),a meaningful design or pattern, or something else
(as apersonality in which
high spiritual qualities are manifest).
It seems that part of being human is the pursuit of the pleasure of experiencing the beauty that surrounds us inside and out, physical and spiritual….and that is a beautiful thing.