The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors airs Tuesday, Dec. 27th – Video of the reception speech with photos

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Hello Everyone!

Stephen Colbert will return to host the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors event which is one of the highlights of the Washington social calendar, and will be broadcast on the CBS Network on Dec. 27, 2016 at 9pm EST

The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala went to the man attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

President Obama humorously speaks at the reception for Kennedy Center Honorees in the video below..

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the for the Kennedy Center Honoree Reception at the White House_Dec. 4, 2016
The event paid tribute to 2016’s honorees, including (seated left) actor Al Pacino,  
gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich. singer-songwriter
 James Taylor and (standing left) rock legends Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and
Timothy Schmit of the Eagles 
President Obama introduces the 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House reception_December 4, 2014
President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama enjoying the
2016  Kennedy Center Honors_December 4, 2016 
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Fashionistas:  
First Lady Michelle Obama is stunning in an off-the-shoulder Gucci holiday dress. With forest green and rose gold embellishments. 
NCM Blog
December 27 2016
Happy New Year!
Camille

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Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa converges for an Exciting Holiday Season

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שלום לכולם!

Hello Everyone!
Beautiful Vintage Hanukkah Menorah
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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs join Chemi Peres and Mika Almog for the menorah lighting during Hanukkah in the East Room of the White House, Dec. 14, 2016
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Hanukkah
Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/ hah-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎ khanuká, Tiberian: khanuká, usually spelled חנוכה, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a shamash (Hebrew: שמש‎‎, “attendant”) and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.

Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.

 
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – 3pm – 8pm
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Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas tree with presents hanging on the tree
Significance Day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus
Observances Gift shopping, gift giving, goodwill greetings, Midnight Mass, other church services, meals, preparations for the arrival of Christmas gift-bringers, preparing for Christmas
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Christmas Tree fashioned into a festive dress
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Christmas Day is a holiday in many, but not all, countries. Many homes have Christmas trees and other decorations in the weeks leading to Christmas Day. Some workplaces hold Christmas parties prior to December 25. Festive activities include exchanging presents, singing Christmas songs, going to parties.

It’s a special time when children get presents from family, friends and Santa Claus, or Father Christmas. Christmas cards are also given or sent out prior to Christmas Day.

For some, Christmas is an exclusive family affair, while others invite friends to a Christmas buffet or pot luck meal. Churches have special services and may include a crèche or miniature Nativity scene.

Opens in Theatres on Christmas Day, December 25th
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‘Fences’ film adaptation of August Wilson’s play staring 
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
Kwanzaa means “First Fruits of Harvest”
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Kwanzaa
Monday, December 26, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017
Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
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In their Guide to Whole Health series, Oprah and Deepak offer a unique blend of meditation and activities to help support facets of daily life that many people find difficult.
NCM Blog
December 23, 2016
Happy Holidays!
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President Barack Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

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Hello Everyone:
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President Obama wrote and essay for that ran last week in Glamour (News and Politics). The essay is based on a speech the president gave two months ago at the White House Summit on the United State of Women.
There’s a lot that’s been done by and for women and girls, but there’s still plenty to do. Convened by the White House, the United State of Women Summit will rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. Covering key gender equality issues, we’ll make a powerful difference in our collective future.  Click on video link below.

The Perk of a “45-Second Commute” The President has spent “a lot more time” watching Sasha and Malia grow into women. Meeting “Mac” the turkey November 2014
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Glamour.com

Barack Obama

August 4, 2016


There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across the country. Holding an office where you get to make a difference in the life of our nation. Air Force One.

But perhaps the greatest unexpected gift of this job has been living above the store. For many years my life was consumed by long commutes­—from my home in Chicago to Springfield, Illinois, as a state senator, and then to Washington, D.C., as a United States senator. It’s often meant I had to work even harder to be the kind of husband and father I want to be.

But for the past seven and a half years, that commute has been reduced to 45 seconds—the time it takes to walk from my living room to the Oval Office. As a result, I’ve been able to spend a lot more time watching my daughters grow up into smart, funny, kind, wonderful young women.

That isn’t always easy, either—watching them prepare to leave the nest. But one thing that makes me optimistic for them is that this is an extraordinary time to be a woman. The progress we’ve made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers. And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist.

In my lifetime we’ve gone from a job market that basically confined women to a handful of often poorly paid positions to a moment when women not only make up roughly half the workforce but are leading in every sector, from sports to space, from Hollywood to the Supreme Court. I’ve witnessed how women have won the freedom to make your own choices about how you’ll live your lives—about your bodies, your educations, your careers, your finances. Gone are the days when you needed a husband to get a credit card. In fact, more women than ever, married or single, are financially independent.

So we shouldn’t downplay how far we’ve come. That would do a disservice to all those who spent their lives fighting for justice. At the same time, there’s still a lot of work we need to do to improve the prospects of women and girls here and around the world. And while I’ll keep working on good policies—from equal pay for equal work to protecting reproductive rights—there are some changes that have nothing to do with passing new laws.

In fact, the most important change may be the toughest of all—and that’s changing ourselves.

This is something I spoke about at length in June at the first-ever White House Summit on the United State of Women. As far as we’ve come, all too often we are still boxed in by stereotypes about how men and women should behave. One of my heroines is Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American to run for a major party’s presidential nomination. She once said, “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, ‘It’s a girl.’ ” We know that these stereotypes affect how girls see themselves starting at a very young age, making them feel that if they don’t look or act a certain way, they are somehow less worthy. In fact, gender stereotypes affect all of us, regardless of our gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Now, the most important people in my life have always been women. I was raised by a single mom, who spent much of her career working to empower women in developing countries. I watched as my grandmother, who helped raise me, worked her way up at a bank only to hit a glass ceiling. I’ve seen how Michelle has balanced the demands of a busy career and raising a family. Like many working mothers, she worried about the expectations and judgments of how she should handle the trade-offs, knowing that few people would question my choices. And the reality was that when our girls were young, I was often away from home serving in the state legislature, while also juggling my teaching responsibilities as a law professor. I can look back now and see that, while I helped out, it was usually on my schedule and on my terms. The burden disproportionately and unfairly fell on Michelle.

So I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty aware of the unique challenges women face—it’s what has shaped my own feminism. But I also have to admit that when you’re the father of two daughters, you become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society. You see the subtle and not-so-subtle social cues transmitted through culture. You feel the enormous pressure girls are under to look and behave and even think a certain way.

And those same stereotypes affected my own consciousness as a young man. Growing up without a dad, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who I was, how the world perceived me, and what kind of man I wanted to be. It’s easy to absorb all kinds of messages from society about masculinity and come to believe that there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a man. But as I got older, I realized that my ideas about being a tough guy or cool guy just weren’t me. They were a manifestation of my youth and insecurity. Life became a lot easier when I simply started being myself.

So we need to break through these limitations. We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.

We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.

We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, and penalizes working mothers. We need to keep changing the attitude that values being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace—unless you’re a woman. Then you’re being too bossy, and suddenly the very qualities you thought were necessary for success end up holding you back.

We need to keep changing a culture that shines a particularly unforgiving light on women and girls of color. Michelle has often spoken about this. Even after achieving success in her own right, she still held doubts; she had to worry about whether she looked the right way or was acting the right way—whether she was being too assertive or too “angry.”

As a parent, helping your kids to rise above these constraints is a constant learning process. Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged based on their gender or race—or when they notice that happening to someone else. It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.

Ladies First:  “Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a
double standard,” says the President.  With his family at the March 2016 Canadian
State Dinner for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
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It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships.

The good news is that everywhere I go across the country, and around the world, I see people pushing back against dated assumptions about gender roles. From the young men who’ve joined our It’s On Us campaign to end campus sexual assault, to the young women who became the first female Army Rangers in our nation’s history, your generation refuses to be bound by old ways of thinking. And you’re helping all of us understand that forcing people to adhere to outmoded, rigid notions of identity isn’t good for anybody—men, women, gay, straight, transgender, or otherwise. These stereotypes limit our ability to simply be ourselves.

This fall we enter a historic election. Two hundred and forty years after our nation’s founding, and almost a century after women finally won the right to vote, for the first time ever, a woman is a major political party’s presidential nominee. No matter your political views, this is a historic moment for America. And it’s just one more example of how far women have come on the long journey toward equality.

I want all of our daughters and sons to see that this too is their inheritance. I want them to know that it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too. And I want them to help do their part to ensure that America is a place where every single child can make of her life what she will.

That’s what twenty-first-century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States.

The following 2 minute video is from a montage of a larger performance by Ms. Keys at the DNC that conveys the essay and video above by President Obama,
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Alicia Keys sings “Girl on Fire”
(This song ends with a surprise)
Bonjour!
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Camille
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The Democratic National Convention was a Breath of Fresh Air – [Incl. schedule of the general-election debates]

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Hello Everyone:

I know many of you watched the Democratic National Convention last week.  For those who couldn’t watch it; here are some memorable videos of mostly the main speakers.  (I can appreciate Bernie Sanders’ campaign and speech’ however, he is not the nominee.)

Needless to say; the event, videos. speakers and musicians were a hundred times better than the Republican National Convention two weeks ago..
I could have easily included a dozen more speeches; however, I settled on the ones below.

I included the introductory video for First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President Bill Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama and future president Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The introductory video is included in future Vice President Tim Kaine’s speech and is also included in Khizn andGhazala Khan’s video which honors their son.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s video which was “spot on” and humorous and Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s takes on Donald Trump.

Day 1 – First Lady 

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First Lady Michelle Obama greeting the delegates before her DNC speech_July 25, 2016
 
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Day 2 – First Gentleman (possible title)
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second the 
Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
July 26, 2016
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Day 3 – Vice President 
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Joe Biden spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27, 2016
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Day 3 (cont.) The Next Vice President
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Senator Tim Kaine addresses DNC to accept of Hillary Clinton’s Vice President_July 26, 2016 
Day 3 (cont.)Our Commander in Chief
After President Obama’s masterful speech making the case for 
Hillary Clinton to succeed him as president; Hillary comes out
on stage to greet the president with a warm “Thank You”.
July 27, 2016
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Day 4 – Former Democratic Governor of Michigan
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm absolutely
 obliterates Donald Trump and Republicans during her 
endorsement speech for Hillary Clinton_July 28, 2016
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Day 4 (cont.)  Former Republican Mayor of New York City; now an Independent 

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Watch Michael Bloomberg’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention – 12 min. Video

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Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg takes on 
Trump at the DNC_July 28, 2016
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Day 4 (cont.) Gold Star Family
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Khizr Khan with his wife Ghazala Khan gives a moving and 
memorable speech honoring their son hero  Army Captain
 Humayun Khan_July 28, 2016 
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Day 4 (cont.) – The Next Commander in Chief
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Hillary Clinton savors the historic moment of becoming the first woman nominated for president of the United States
July 28, 2016
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Presidential General-Election Debate Schedule
The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   
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Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will host the only Vice Presidential 
debate on Oct. 4, 2016.
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Washington University in St. Louis will host the second general-election debate on Oct. 9, 2016.
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The final presidential debate will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, onOct. 19, 2016, 

Official Event Fri. Aug. 5th
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Be the Media!
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Camille

Fashionistas, I heard you. Here are some details on Maila, Sasha and Michelle Obama’s Gowns worn at the Canadian State Dinner

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Fashionistas, I heard you.  Here are some details on Malia and Sasha Obama along with Michelle Obama and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau gowns worn  March 10, 2016 for the Canadian State Dinner 
Malia Obama, 17 attends her first State Dinner
March 10, 2009
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Malia turns 18 on July 4, 2016.  She has graduated from high school and has been accepted into Harvard University for next year.  Malia will be taking a year off (called a gap year) to travel and explore.  
Sasha Obama, 15 attends her first State Dinner
March 10, 2009

Sasha just celebrated her 15th birthday on June 10, 2016.  Her parents will be staying in the Washington, D.C area for the next 2 years while Sasha completes high school at Sidwell Friends School.

The guiding principle seemed to be “princess moment,” as both girls selected super-romantic gowns from designer Naeem Khan recent collections. Naeem Khan immigrated from India as a teen,  First Lady Michelle Obama wore aNaeem Khan gown to the first 2009 Indian State Dinner.  Malia, 17, chose a simple, sophisticated blush gown with a sweetheart neckline and allover crystal beading,  Sasha, 15, went for something a little bolder, deciding on a beaded lace andappliqué ballgown in shades of cranberry, turquoise, black and beige.

The flower arrangements are made up of orchids,
hydrangeas and amaranth. The design reflects the
scenic beauty of both countries(Canada and the
United States) and the coming of spring. 
Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau and Michelle Obama attend the Canadian State Dinner
March 10, 2016

Serendipitously, one of Michelle Obama’s favorite designers, Jason Wu, (Jason Wu designed Michelle Obama’s 2009 and 2013 Inaugural gowns) was raised in Vancouver, so she chose a long, strapless gown with a floral print that he custom-made for the occasion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, meanwhile, opted for a gown by Lucian Matis, a celebrated Toronto-based designer who immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1999. The vibrant purple dress was a colorful counterpart to the sea of black tuxedos, with pink and orange beading, cap sleeves, and a subtle train.

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Additional photos regarding the Canadian State Dinner
June 19, 2016

Malia and Sasha Obama are Glowing Testaments of their Dad Barack Obama’s Values

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Hello Everyone!

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife
Sophie Gre’goire Trudeau for the Canadian State Dinner
March 10, 2016
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Malia and Sasha Obama are stunning young ladies like their 
mother Mrs. Michelle Obama_March 10, 2016
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Malia talking with Margaret Trudeau (mother of)

Canadian Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau as Justin and

Sasha listen_March 10, 2016           

         

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Dinner Menu

First Course
Alaskan Halibut “Casseroles” with Cepes, Asparagus, Chanterelles, Baby Onions, and Lardon and Herbed Butter
Second Course
Roasted Apricot Galette with Appalachian Cheese, Heirloom Lettuces, Pine Nut Crisps 
Pence Chardonnay “Sebastiano” 2013
Main Course
Baby Lamb Chops (drizzled with Canadian Whiskey) served with Yukon Potato Dauphinoise and Fricassee of Spring Vegetables
Cliff Lede “High Fidelity” 2012
Dessert
Maple Pecan Cake with Cocoa Nib Wafer, Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream
Chateau Chantal Ice Wine 2013
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to President Barack Obama’s daughters at their first state dinner, recalling how he grew up in the spotlight when his dad was prime minister and how he missed state dinners because he was too young.

The boyish-looking, 44-year-old son of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said it was touching to meet Malia and Sasha Obama and said he wished he had been a teenager when his dad was a world leader.  He said he admired their strength and called it a “remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.”

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Justin Trudeau toast at the Canadian State Dinner
White House_March 10, 2016
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.A Campaign Break in Iowa
Senator Barack Obama drives a bumper car with Sasha 
at the Iowa State Fair_August 2007

President-elect Barack Obama adjusts a flower 
behind the ear of Malia, as they walk on Kailua Beach
on vacation in Hawaii_December 2008
The first family’s Portuguese water dog, Bo, 6-month pulls
 away as Obama walks with Malia Sasha. The puppy was
a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy_April 2009
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Released 2010
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In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation.
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This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
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Happy Father’s Day!
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Camille
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Changing the Conversation: Get Out of the Cage of Age by Christiane Northrup, M.D. [Audio EXPIRES May 16th]

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Hello Everyone:
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I first came across Dr. Christiane Northrup last year in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday.  Christiane had just released her latest bookGoddesses Never Age. (see below)  
I have since given this book away to several friends for their birthdays,  Please find an audio from a virtual Well-Being and Health Summit taking place below.  

NOTE:  The audio expires 11:59pm on Monday, May 16th.   

Christiane Northrup, M.D., 66 dances
 The Tango
Released February 2015
Though we talk about wanting to “age gracefully,” the truth is that when it comes to getting older, we’re programmed to dread an inevitable decline: in our health, our looks, our sexual relationships, even the pleasure we take in living life. But as Christiane Northrup, M.D., shows us in this New York Times best-selling guide, we have it in us to make growing older an entirely different experience, both for our bodies and for our souls.
In chapters that blend personal stories and practical exercises with the latest research on health and aging, Dr. Northrup lays out the principles of ageless living, from rejecting processed foods to releasing stuck emotions, from embracing our sensuality to connecting deeply with our Divine Source. Explaining that the state of our health is dictated far more by our beliefs than by our biology, she works to shift our perceptions about getting older and show us what we are entitled to expect from our later years—no matter what our culture tries to teach us to the contrary—including:
·         Vibrant good health
·         A fulfilling sex life
·         The capacity to love without losing ourselves
·         The ability to move our bodies with ease and pleasure
·         Clarity and authenticity in all our relationships—especially the one we have with ourselves
“Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure done, isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” Dr. Northrup explains. “Agelessness is all about vitality, the creative force that gives birth to new life.” Goddesses Never Age is filled with tools and inspiration for bringing vitality and vibrancy into your own ageless years—and it all comes together in Dr. Northrup’s 14-day Ageless Goddess Program, your personal prescription for creating a healthful, soulful, joyful new way of being at any stage of life.

A Dr. Christine Northrup quote
President Obama First Lady Michelle Obama
gave famed tango dancers a run for their money during
the official State Dinner held in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. March 23, 2016
 
Have a Fantastic Week!
 
Camille

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