Fearless Girl statue vs. Charging Bull

The Wall Street McCann Ad agency installed a statue of a girl facing off the famous Wall Street bull statue in 2017, not a woman but “The Fearless Girl.” The sculptor of the “Charging Bull” asked that the girl statue be moved because she insultingly made his bull seem like a threat rather than a positive symbol of strength. Mayor Bill de Blasio supported the girl because people need inspiration in the Trump Administration and, “Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl.”[i]

[i] James Barron, “Wounded by ‘Fearless Girl,’ Creator of ‘Charging Bull’ Wants Her to Move,” New York Times, April 12, 2017.

Radio Discussion of Resilience KZFR

Tune in this Thursday at 6, KZFR Chico, 90.1, livestreamed. Here’s a preview of our discussion of resilience:
1. Rochelle and Kathy: Young people today are criticized for lacking resilience or grit, being “fragile tea cups.” Is this a real problem? Please define resilience.
2. Amasha and PV student: Tell us about your most difficult challenges and how you overcame them.
3. Are schools doing what they can to assist students with non-academic challenges?
4. Katy, as a parent of three what do you do to help your kid cope with their challenges?
5. Do you think hardships have a cosmic purpose to help us grow or are they just bad luck?

The most powerful Millennial?

Jared Kushner, born in 1981, is an unusual historical example of a Millennial with great power in the national government and State Department, similar to dictator’s sons in autocratic countries. President Donald Trump put his multi-millionaire son-in-law in charge of Middle East peace as his senior advisor, gave him State Department tasks such as organizing the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping or visiting Iraq even before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and reorganizing the federal government as an efficient business. Called the Shadow Secretary of State, real estate magnate Kushner has a law degree and MBA, but no training in any of government areas except his Harvard undergraduate degree in government. A Democrat, he had no campaign experience before Trump’s run for the presidency. Kushner competes with advisor Stephen Bannon for influence with the president, supposedly planting anti-Bannon on TV shows watched by the president. Kushner opposed the Muslim travel ban, removing environmental regulation, and access to bathrooms for transgender students and favored more intervention in the Middle East. These conflicts led Bannon to complain to Kushner, “Here’s the reason there’s no middle ground. You’re a Democrat.” [i]Commentators note that Trump’s worst mistakes happen when Kushner is away or observing Jewish Sabbath and that Kushner is his most trusted advisor, but Trump had a rocky start as president.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also born in 1981 like her husband, also has influence on her father with the title of “Special Assistant to the President.” She spoke out in a restrained way for women’s and family issues, saying she wants to be a force for good. Social media in China refers to her as a goddess and follows her self-help guides; business woman Li Moya, 31, reported, “A lot of people think Ivanka is the real president. We think she has the brains, not her father.”[ii]

[i] Maggie Haberman and Jeremy Peters, “In Battle for Trump’s Heart and Mind, It’s Bannon vs. Kushner,” New York Times, April 6, 2017


[ii] Javier Hernandez, “The ‘Goddess’ Yi Wan Ka: ivanka Trump is a Hit in China,” New York Times, April 5, 2017.

First Memory?

What’s your first memory? Mine is walking out of kindergarten my first day when I realized it had a small fenced yard–our house had no fences, on an orange orchard.

I asked friends for their memories: Please add yours. Only the first two are men, the others are from women.

*Sitting on our front porch pretend flying a metal toy airplane, then recreating it when I was about 5 with that same toy plane because I wanted to remember that I had memory of this early memory.

* As a toddler I remember falling into a swimming pool and almost drowning before being pulled out.

* Mine was being in a diaper crawling on a blue carpet. Didn’t have anything else on just the diaper–crawling and sitting then crawling and sitting.

* My first memory staying with my grandmother at the age of 2, and pushing her furniture around-antique parlor chairs with wheels, on her wood floor. We had just moved to the States and my grandmother’s house was so different from what I was used to

* I remember drowning. I had apparently crawled off a long dock and entered the water. I remember twirling and swirling water, lots of bubbles and I recall a rather ‘fat’ man pulling me out of the water and me sputtering and choking, clearing the water from my lungs. I was not fearful, merely in the flow of experiencing the event; the ‘fat’ man was my elder brother who was not ‘fat’.

* Being in the womb, mom was nervously pacing around the small cabin they lived in. I could see through her eyes like using a periscope. We see dad’s car pull up and he looks stressed out. Seems she had told him she was pregnant and he said he needed time to think about it. He was coming home to give her his decision.

* I was about four years old, sitting on a flagstone path in our back yard, gazing at the multiple tiny white flowers that make up an alyssum blossom, and smelling its honey sweetness.

* I was 14-months-old and sitting on my favorite plastic horse with rolling wheels in my front yard. A man in a military uniform walked up and said “Hi, where’s your mom?” I pointed to the inside of the house. I found out later when I shared the memory that it was my uncle returning from the military.

*Playing tag or chase around an orange couch in the home I grew up in with my older brother.

*I remember a circus, the tent and elephants; my mom said I was two at the most

* The smell of my nursemaid as she sang to me, (coconut oil and jasmine) and the glint of her gold necklace against her dark skin.

*Climbing on a giant cement sundial and hiding in the cement flowerpots surrounding the sundial in the heart of an older neighborhood with lots of kids.

* Mine was not so good… I was terrified to come out into the world (hence the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck) with lots of chaos “out there” throughout the pregnancy. My mother was sad, stressed, scared, anxiety stricken, etc. My dad ANGRY. ALL that heavy dense energy… and then my dad saw me…EVERYTHING changed… Everything was lighter and confusing, and Loving all at the same time. As drunk as he was, he cried tears of joy when he held me. I remember ALL of it very vividly.

*I was still on the bottle and in an infant bed. My mother was going into town (we lived on a dairy and we had no baby sitters) and (I knew because she was all dressed up) and she put me to bed. I wasn’t tired and I knew she was leaving and I wanted to go and I was pissed she was leaving me behind. She gave me my bottle and made me lie down. She was just about to leave and I got up and grabbed my bottle by the nipple and pitched it to the door. It shattered all over the place. Now she was totally pissed came in and spanked me. I couldn’t feign this one as it flew clear over to the door and into the other room. I should have been smarter and just dropped it by the bed…anyways, now she was fit to be tied and had to clean up the mess and it was going to make her late. She was so mad. Very vivid moment.

* I remember my crib by the open window and I didn’t want a bottle, I wanted to use a cup but was too young. So I kept throwing my bottle out of the open window. I remember last laughing every time mom looked for the bottles. Then one day she found them all outside!!! Lol

* I was an infant and I had been swaddled in a blanket between pillows on a soft, plump couch. There was much talking and laughter from a party of people at the dining room table. Then my dad came over and bent down smiling at me, and his face was framed in a crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling above him. He proceeded to fly his airplane diving hand into my tummy over and over. I think there was something about that smiling face framed by the glowing, luminescent halo that created this strong memory.

Plse critique book ms. on how global youth values will change our future

I invite you to critique and add your observations to chapters of interest.

 Global Youth Values Will Transform Our Future

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

Over 4,000 young people from 88 countries SpeakOut! Future leaders reveal trends in youth culture. Discover the values and religious beliefs of Generations Y and Z, based on their own voices rather than adult projections from multiple-choice surveys. The book includes futurists’ projections of significant trends. Please email for chapters to gkimball at csuchico dot edu

Chapter 1: A Global Generation

Get to Know Eva, Abel, Sahar and Yuan; Global Youth Worldview; Trends Shaping Our Futur

Chapter 2 Generation Gap

Teenaging of Culture vs. War on Kids; Generation Gap; Generation We or Me?; Helicopter Parents Want School Success; What Youth Think About Adult

Chapter 3 Modern Values

Morally Lax?; Modern Cultural Creatives; Generational Differences in Values; Individualism vs. Collective Values; Respect for Elders is a Common Value but is Diminishing; Burdened Youth Value Education, Service and Career

Chapter 4 Traditional Values

Critics of Modern Values and Stress; Traditional Rural vs. Modern Urban Values; Traditional Values in First Generation Immigrant Youth; Youth Are Becoming More Family-Focused

Chapter 5 Religious Beliefs

Religious Beliefs; Participation in Organized Religions