We knew Clara loved the Coppelia ballet, but little did we know she memorized the whole thing! She performed this solely from memory!
This is just a small snippet of her dancing to it. We would see her doing some ballet moves around the house thinking it was ballet moves she learnt in ballet class, till one day someone decided to whip out a computer and compare her moves to that of the Coppelia ballerina, and, VOILA, we realized she memorized it, and can dance it!
Clara has been diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome and Autism. She spent her first 16 months in hospital, has gone through multiple surgeries since she was two weeks due to the complications with her syndrome. Before she was two, we noticed that she had difficulty connecting with people, was in a world of her own, and two years later she was also diagnosed with autism. Clara also had a lot of physical complications, and could not walk till she was four. She never spoke until she was six.
However Clara thrived in the Intensive Multi Treatment Intervention program (see www.IMTI.ca and www.challengethemyths.com), based in Toronto, and has blossomed into a lively dancing queen who always loves an audience!!!
Never underestimate your child’s potential! Doctors told us when she was born to forget about her – we could just have another baby…
“With the executive system we didn’t come up with 16%, we got 7%. And when we look at the teacher and the cop, we couldn’t get 19%, we got 10% and finally when we got to our doctor not 23…16%. And if you will notice, that looks like tax fairness.
7,10,16,18. More income you have, higher your tax rate.”
“The will get out hundreds of thousands of dollars more in benefits spent in social security and medicare than they ever pay in taxes”
A 23-year-old model and fashion editor is lucky to be alive after she accidentally walked into a small plane’s propeller on Saturday.
Lauren Scruggs, of Plano, Texas, was getting off a small private plane after looking at Christmas lights around the area when she walked into the moving propeller, Fox Dallas reports.
Scruggs’ left hand was severed, and she suffered eye, shoulder and head injuries. She is now recovering at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, according to ABC News.
The fashion blogger of Lolo.com (and celebrity interviewer — she interned on the set of “Gossip Girl”) underwent several surgeries over the weekend. The extent of her brain injury is unknown at this time, a family spokesman told ABC News.
Lauren’s parents spoke with “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “Yesterday was a good day, there was a lot of really positive progress,” Lauren’s father Jeff told “GMA.” “They took out her tube in the afternoon. She didn’t speak right away … I said Lauren will you say ‘hi’ to Daddy, and she goes, ‘Hi.’ Later she told one of Cheryl’s sisters that she loves her. It’s so encouraging to us. She’s really uncomfortable as you can imagine.”
It’s unknown how Scruggs walked into the propeller, but her father thinks that she was going up to the cockpit to thank the pilot, saying, “She would have been grateful for him taking her up to see the Christmas lights around Dallas.”
Destination Health: Keeping your eyes safe from the sun’s harmful rays can help ward off cataracts and other medical issues.
Yes, ultraviolet (UV) eye protection matters. UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. UV exposure also contributes to the development of certain types of cataracts.
When you’re choosing sunglasses, look for UV-protection details on product labels. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Skip sunglasses that are labeled “cosmetic” and those that don’t offer details on UV protection. Opt for larger lenses rather than smaller lenses — or, better yet, the wraparound variety.
Of course, UV protection isn’t the only consideration when it comes to selecting sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, here’s the lowdown on other options:
Blue-blocking lenses. Blue-blocking lenses — which are generally tinted amber — can make distant objects easier to see, especially in low light. Blue-blocking plastic lenses may make it difficult to discriminate the hues in traffic lights, however, and not all blue-blocking lenses offer adequate UV protection.
Photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses reduce glare and help maintain clarity, although they may take time to adjust to different light conditions. Not all photochromic lenses offer adequate UV protection, so be sure to check the product label.
Polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate lenses offer protection from impact injuries that may be sustained during physical activities. Polycarbonate lenses also adequately shield the eyes from UV radiation.
Mirror-coated lenses. Mirror-coated lenses help block visible light, but they don’t necessarily block UV radiation.
Standard prescription eyeglasses can be treated with a material that provides UV protection while retaining a clear, nontinted appearance. Some contact lenses also offer UV protection — but because contact lenses don’t cover the entire eye, it’s still important to wear sunglasses for UV protection when you’re outdoors.
“With Herman Cain, let’s remember here, Sean, we have nobody on the record, we have no specific allegation of anything that’s happened,” NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell noted on last night’s Hannity, contrasting the “avalanche” of Cain coverage with the minimal coverage the networks gave to Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick’s allegations of sexual harassment and, in the latter case, rape.
Andy Levy on Red Eye accused Ann Coulter of playing the Race Card when she claimed that Herman Cain is being disproportionally attacked because he is “a black conservative”. Levy said it was “the most ridiculous thing he’s ever heard” that Politico would not have attacked Herman Cain this way if he were white, however whatever the reason, Politico has not done similar reporting against any of the other Republican candidates. Politico ran 90 stories on Cain in 5 days and the list is now over 94.
On Hannity, Coulter defended Cain in a full segment, though her phrase “our blacks are better than their blacks” was the line most media outlets ran with.
The debate didn’t really use a Lincoln-Douglas model, and we ended up hearing from the moderators far too much, but both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich delivered on their promise to give America a substantive debate on the biggest issues of this cycle. For 90 minutes, the two men discussed entitlement reform and associated issues, and even if the two only rarely disagreed, the format allowed for lengthy responses, nuanced proposals — and plenty of opportunity to hit Barack Obama’s performance as President.
Who won? It’s pretty clear that Gingrich had the better of this debate. He had better command of both the issues and the facts, offered plenty of corroborative studies and resources, and managed to make all of it accessible to the average voter. Cain did well at times, but twice had to ask Newt to handle questions first, which isn’t exactly a confidence builder. Cain seemed confused about the difference between defined-benefit and premium-support approaches on Medicare, getting confused between pension plans and health care later on the same point. While Cain discussed philosophical approaches to these issues confidently, Gingrich had actual data at the ready, and the difference was telling.
In addition to Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Google’s Larry Page, the tapes reveal what Jobs thought about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.
Jobs tells Isaacson: “You know we talk about social networks in the plural but I don’t see anybody other than Facebook out there. It’s just Facebook – they’re dominating this. I admire Mark Zuckerberg. I only know him a little bit, but I admire him for not selling out. For wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot.”