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Happy Memorial Day

memorial-dayMemorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

 

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs In America

GlendoraFire2Photo of Glendora Wildfire courtesy of the Associated Press

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With fires dangerously raging this past week in Glendora, CA, Gia On The Move was very surprised to discover that along with police officers, firefighters do NOT actually have the most risky career paths. In fact, neither occupation is even in the top 10!

There may have been a consistent decline in unemployment rate last year, opening at 7.9% in January down to an all-time year low of 7% in November (December data is not yet out), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the figure is still high, and there are plenty of Americans who would like to land a decent job. The question is, however, would they really love any of these jobs enough to, literally, die for? Check out America’s most dangerous jobs in this infographic based on the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. For more on the story visit FinancesOnline.com.

Dangerous careers in the US: It's not steel workers, pilots or roofers who face the most fatal injuries
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Unmoderated: A Reading of Eastsider Comments at The Hollywood Fringe

Unmoderatedby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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I was far too exhausted to really sit in on another show on Saturday night (6/9). But as I was already at the Fringe Mainstage, coming out of another preview performance which had just ended, I decided to jump in to this last minute, late night, pay what you can offering, and give it a whirl.  Unmoderated: A Reading of Eastsider Comments is a sampling of thousands of comments that were left on TheEastsiderLA.com neighborhood blog in 2012, dramatic and funny.  They range from anti-hipster rants to show downs of sympathy and anger over victims of violence in neighborhoods from Echo Park to Silver Lake.

To note, this is a staged reading.  There is no dramatic movement choreography, no costumes, no sound effects, no music.  It is serious stage dramedy truly at its best presented by 8 tremendously gifted actors who, through merely character voice changes, bring to life entire neighborhoods along with their varied collective and individual opinions about the one thing we all find hardest to deal with in city life, change.

Change happens all the time whether you like it or not, whether you are a perpetrator, a bystander, a beneficiary or a victim.  To live in an urban environment is to be a legatee of fast moving history that splashes over us again and again in waves that disintegrate our old ways of life, to be replaced by new ones.  And it can break our hearts just as much as it brings us joy. In the city, the past is our present is our future.

Unmoderated, is simply brilliant in its undertaking.  Audiences who prefer whoop de do reviews, heavy dramas, improvs and pure entertainment may have difficulty sitting through this intriguing web of ordinary people speaking their minds.  On the surface it is deceptively dry material.  But not really…  Local Angelenos, however, will find it powerful, honest, close to the bone and possibly very hard to “take a side” as they listen to what could even be their own ongoing internal dialogs.  Unmoderated is so well done, so well put together. Anyone who really wants to discover inner city LA needs to sit in on this presentation. Excellent!

TheEastSiderLA blog is still running and you can check out all of the community dialogs and more presented in this play.

Two More Performances: Fringe Mainstage 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. map

Saturday June 15 2013, 6:00 PM

Thursday June 27 2013, 10:00 PM

Running Time: 1 hour

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On the Road to Pontelandolfo! Finding Family On Mother’s Day

On the Road to Pontelandolfo!

Nona's Mulberry Tree

My wonderful friend, mentor and former director Midge is starting a new family today on Mother’s Day.  It’s a family investing in its roots by travelling to Italy.

I love this idea.  What an inspiration!  Check it out.  Consider subscribing!  I’ve already done that (jealously of course – lol).

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

A Prayer For My Fellow Bostonians

Explosions At 117th Boston Marathon

Reading online and then watching the footage today of the horrific event that took place in downtown Boston, which happens to be my hometown, was really shocking.  As far as I know, I myself am fortunate enough to be able to say, that I lost no one, and no person from my own family or set of friends was harmed.  Others were not lucky — the little 8 year old boy, who was waiting to give his runner dad a hug at the finish line when the Boston Marathon bombings killed him.

So I’ve decided not to post on April 16th.  I just want to be silent.

Although my heart is filled with fire at this moment, I will offer up a prayer instead.

We’ve been crying all day in my house.  This should have been a day of triumph and celebration instead of tragedy.

After living through 9-11 while in New York City for many years, I thought I would be prepared for anything, emotionally.  I was not.

Above is a photograph from photographer John Tlumacki, a 30 year veteran with The Boston Globe.  John happened to be on the scene as the explosions fired off and captured nearly everything.  He later gave a first hand account (interview) which can be viewed by visiting the Time Lightbox Blog.  Some of the photos are graphic.

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Perez Hilton Celebrates his 35th Birthday with CRUMBS Cupcakes!

Perez Hilton

His Royal Highness,

the Queen of all Media, Perez Hilton, celebrated his 35th birthday over the weekend with a blowout pajama extravaganza and plenty of birthday cupcakes provided by CRUMBS Bake Shop.
Perez, along with celebrities like Ciara, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Bella Thorne and more nibbled on red velvet and vanilla cupcakes stamped with Perez’s photo, custom made by CRUMBS!
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SAYING “I DO” IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Welcome to National Proposal Day!

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Did you even know there was one?  Well, this was a first for me.  And it seems that according to the below “newly unveiled stats,” the social media bride and “I do’s” have officially become digital – from live-stream Facebook weddings to Pinterest boards to Skype-ing the dress fitting!

The “What’s on Brides’ Minds” 7th Annual Survey Shows Brides Strive to be Social Media Stars on the Big Day

Social Media Bride on SkypeDavid’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion authority, says the new tools of the trade are a smart phone or a computer instead of a wedding binder.  The 2013 bride will plan, chronicle and culminate all of her wedding details with the help of social media to do things as simple as assemble an inspiration board to making it possible for family and friends that can’t attend the wedding to be part of the festivities.  Instagram and Twitter enable the creation of special hashtags for guests to photo share during the big day.

The average newlywed couple will broadcast their wedding to the world in what’s becoming a prominent industry trend. Last month, TheKnot.com held the first-ever live-streamed, crowd sourced wedding, and Brides magazine is following suit with an upcoming live-streamed Facebook wedding. Companies like I Do Stream and Marry Me Live even offer webcasting services to couples looking to go “live” on the big day. What might have seemed “over the top” years ago, is now becoming a common practice as brides look to say “I do” in unique ways and on multiple platforms.

“Going digital is the new norm for brides and we’re seeing it firsthand.”

Here are the 2013 stats from David’s Bridal for The social network of wedding planning:

pinterestBrides are pinning, posting and texting their way to the altar!

  • The online bride: 59 percent of brides say online resources like Pinterest, Facebook and blogs are the best places to find wedding inspiration.
  • Pinterest dibs: With Pinterest celebrating its third anniversary this month, it has quickly become the ultimate tool for brides-to-be. Nearly half of brides (46 percent) wouldn’t use an idea they found on a friend’s Pinterest board!
  • Fittings on your phone:  Dress shopping isn’t confined to the fitting room anymore!  In fact, 68 percent of brides use technology during their fittings, from texting pictures to family to posting videos on a social media site.

RSVP’ing for the Skype wedding…with a plus one

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Can’t make the wedding? No problem! Just pull up a laptop and watch from there.

  • Virtual wedding guests: Now trending, nearly half (49 percent) of all respondents say they would consider “skype-ing” their wedding.

Social media should come with a handbook

Wedding guests beware! Think twice before hitting send on your mobile!

  • Digital rule of thumb: 56 percent of newlywed women think it’s important to have social media rules at the wedding.
  • The dress is off limits: 61 percent forbid their bridesmaids from uploading pics of the bride donning her dress before the ceremony
  • My wedding, me first: 52 percent say the bride and groom must be the first to post a picture of their wedding to a social media site.

Status update: Sue Smith went from being “engaged” to “married”

So much for waiting for the paperwork to go through! Brides want their “friends” to know they’re hitched – pronto!

  • facebook-weddingsFacebook official: Up 11 percent from 2011, 59 percent of brides will update their acebook status to “married” or update their new name within a day of walking down the aisle.

Visit David’s Bridal website for wedding resources, notably the new “My Event” wedding planning app, a social media tool for brides-to-be.

Ed Walks A 3,000 Mile Conversational Journey by Foot

edwalksnewsOn May 15, 2013, Reluctant Habits Managing Editor Edward Champion aims to walk 3,000 miles across America over the course of approximately six months, starting in Brooklyn and ending in San Francisco. It will be an extraordinary, digital age, oral history project that will unfold in real time in the spirit of Studs Terkel, Peter Jenkins, and Charles Kuralt, talking to many people along the way and visiting many overlooked towns across twelve states (and possibly more if you’ve got a couch and are willing to host).

Writing dispatches as he makes my his west, his goal is to forge an unprecedented chronicle of American life in 2013.

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process; a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

Think of this as a microbudget Federal Writers Project for the 21st century.

A six month project like this requires financial resources, which will be devoted to food, lodging, technological services, and equipment that will keep him transmitting communications from the road.

GOTMLA donation

So Ed has started an Indiegogo and being so inspired by this daunting yet exciting journey Gia On The Move has decided to help get him started.

Ed Walks CampaignHelp make this project possible.

You can donate to the Indiegogo page.  But if you can’t donate, spread the word and let other people know how one person can start a movement!

 

We Are Geeks – Photo of the Day

GiaOnTheMove:

In 2009, I motivated and did the publicity for a talented dance choreographer who created a a short Pas de Quatre Ballet which premiered in Los Angeles, CA. It was loosely based around what CERN was doing with the Hadron Collider interwoven with the powerful energy of four Hollywood starlets. I also got to experience an off the wall comedy called, The God Particle Complex, during the Hollywood Fringe festival this past summer which played out the “accelerated effects” of time gone awry. So what an amazing thing to see this awesome piece of machinery much more up close (courtesy of hovercraftdoggie). #WhyGeeksAreAwesome

Originally posted on hovercraftdoggy:

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Large Hadron Collider LHC, Maximilien Brice / © 2012 CERN

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Thanksgiving: The Reason for the Season

SodaHead.com, the web’s largest opinion based community, this week released the results of a poll asking the public their opinions on their favorite things about Thanksgiving.  Results included:
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-          For men, their favorite part of the holiday is spending time with family (31%), followed by eating (29%) and watching football (13%)
-          For women, their favorite of Thanksgiving is eating (36%), followed by family time (31%) and watching football (10%)
-          The favorite food on Thanksgiving is turkey (33%), followed by stuffing (23%), mashed potatoes (11%) and sweet potatoes (7%). The classic green bean casserole only received 4% of the vote.
-          The favorite dessert on Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie (41%), followed by pecan pie (18%), apple pie (14%) and sweet potato pie (7%)
-          On Black Friday, 28% of women and 20% of men plan on hitting the stores. While 52% of those between ages 13 and 17 plan on braving the crowds, only 3% of those over 65 will be shopping on Black Friday.
-          For those that do shop on Black Friday, 49% want electronics, 25% desire clothes, 14% will be buying toys, 8% homegoods and 4% will shop for jewelry.

Monday NYC – It’s A Tall Order

New York ‘cityscapes’ from the eyes of Brooklyn born real estate agent (and former chef) Mark Neuwirth who in his on and off time has been capturing so many of NYC’s best and worst features through his lens.  Below is a street view of the Flatiron Building.  What a way to start  your morning!

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Good Morning Monday…