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The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma

Whoa! The Social Dilemma, the new documentary on Netflix is getting a lot of buzz. It highlights the danger and “attention extraction” that’s at the heart of the algorithms we expose ourselves to throughout each day. (Full disclosure, I had to do some research on how algorithms work.) As the documentary highlights, “If you’re not […]

The Masked Opportunity

The Masked Opportunity

I’m a mask wearer. I absolutely believe that until we have a vaccine or know more substantiated facts of how the Covid virus spreads and how it mutates, we should all wear masks in public. I understand the argument for ones freedoms, however I feel the same about masks as I do about smoking. I […]

Making Fear a Servant

Making Fear a Servant

Why am I having a hard time catching my breath? Do I have “It?” I’m sure we’ve all had thoughts like this pass through our mind—even if ever so briefly—as we attempt to grapple with life during a pandemic. It’s fear. And why not? It’s fear that helps us put on our mask when we […]

Mental Imagery: Not Just for Athletes

Mental Imagery: Not Just for Athletes

Our minds guide our lives. Having worked in athletics my entire adult life, the topic of Mental Imagery is nothing new to me. Whether it’s called the Game Within the Game, The Inner Game, or Mind Gym… it all refers to the importance of using your mind as your greatest asset and not allowing it […]

The Pause

The Pause

“The pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.” ~ Artur Schnabel When I recently read this quote, it immediately reminded me of all the gymnastic floor routines I’ve choreographed. One of my signature moves was the non-move. The stillness. The pause. I’ve had people make fun of my choreography for putting in the “Miss Val pause […]