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Living Smart: Addiction featuring Derek Steele

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Living Smart: Addiction featuring Derek Steele

Posted on 20 July 2011 by Michelle Reed

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College Smart: Communicating as Journalists

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College Smart: Communicating as Journalists

Posted on 20 July 2011 by Michelle Reed

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Successful businesses tend to have effective leaders, but what qualities make up a good leader?

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Successful businesses tend to have effective leaders, but what qualities make up a good leader?

Posted on 08 July 2011 by Michelle Reed

BY Sara Dhanji and Patricia Gras

In the upcoming episode of “Living Smart with Patricia Gras”, airing Sunday July 10 at 3 p.m. on HoustonPBS and repeating Friday July 15 at 10 p.m., author and former Coca-Cola Vice President of Marketing Laura Lopez will discuss the different aspects of an excellent leader and show viewers that being a good parent at home can translate into being a good leader in the workplace.

Laura Lopez after giving an inspirational speech in Texas

In her book The Committed and Connected Leader, Lopez discusses seven aspects of a good leader that include “be curious and see everyone, believe and let go, be receptive and yield, bereal and serve, be vulnerable and give of yourself, be consistent and clear, and be humble andkeep your ego in check.”

 

Insights like ‘believe and let go’ very clearly demonstrate Lopez’s belief that you must bring your heart to work because this aspect is very similarly applied as a mother at home and as a leader in the workplace. There is a constant balance between knowing that your child –or employee- is ready to take the next step in their learning, but also not letting go too soon. This balance is very important for an employee to tap into their potential and progress to a greater level. At the same time, you must believe that the people you are working with truly have the potential to improve and again, never doubt their abilities.

Being humble is also a core feature of a true leader. In our society, we’re  trained to make ourselves look the best. We are constantly competing against each other and vying for the top spot. But there is a very fine line between humble confidence and arrogance. The latter can destroy a leader. Believing that you’re better than any of the people you work with won’t allow you to stand side-by-side with them or connect with them either.

Lopez also emphasizes being receptive and yielding. Using the metaphor of a hurricane, she explains that rigid oak trees are broken after being buffeted by a storm while palm trees survivebecause they are supple –they ‘receive’ the winds that try to knock them down. In the same wayleaders can draw strength from being flexible. When a rigid leader walks into the room, there’sisn’t space for anyone else. A flexible leader on the other hand allows other people’s energy inthe process.

Lopez believes that the actual skills for leadership are not the ones that would come to mindfirst. She says the traditional “control and command” model is no longer successful in today’sbusinesses because the world is much more centered on people having a human connectionnow because of the diversity of the people working and the global nature of the workplace.Instead, Lopez emphasizes that a good leader takes the focus off him or herself and instead putsthe spotlight on the employees. This positive approach puts confidence into the employees andallows them to do their best work. The worst thing a leader can do is be doubtful of people in theworkplace. This lack of support will definitely result in people having less motivation to do greatwork.

Examples of leaders Laura Lopez considers to exemplify these aspects are people such asMahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa. These people would make good leaders and good parentsbecause they led people without being authoritarian. People wanted to listen to them becausethey were so humble and receptive. The true test of a leader is someone who is able to guide andinfluence without having to resort to the command and control model.

As the former VP of Marketing at Coca-Cola, Lopez is an expert in advertisement and shebelieves branding can be compared to the emotional connections between leaders and thepeople around them. Consumers often select brands they ‘trust’ because they have an emotionalconnection to it rather than an actual logical reasoning behind it. In the same way, leadership isabout the emotional connection between the people involved. The quantity of the people mattersless than the quality of the emotions involved.

Whether you are raising a child or overseeing others at work, it is very important for a leaderto empower the people they are working with and help them realize their full potential withoutstepping in too much.

What do you think makes a great leader?

Sara Dhanji is a contributor to patriciagras.net, she is also a Houston PBS intern and Journalism junior at the University of Texas at Austin.

Note: The views expressed in this article are not the views of Houston PBS.

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College Smart: How to be a Leader

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College Smart: How to be a Leader

Posted on 08 July 2011 by Michelle Reed

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Should the American public be in uproar over Casey Anthony verdict?

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Should the American public be in uproar over Casey Anthony verdict?

Posted on 05 July 2011 by Michelle Reed

Patti’s Reflections:

What I learned this week is that I believe in the divine justice especially when at times, human justice doesn’t (that may or may not be the    case in this trial).

I am grateful for divine justice.

 

BY Michelle Reed and Patricia Gras

The first smile spread across the pale-face of 25-year-old “Tot Mom” Casey Anthony Tuesday afternoon as she was found not guilty of first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008. Despite being found guilty on four accounts of providing false information to law enforcement, prosecutors said there is reasonable doubt and a lack of evidence that Casey killed or took part in the murder of her daughter. Clues in the case suggested that there was human decomposition in the trunk of Casey’s car, which she abandoned on June 27, 2008 at an Orlando business. Numerous witnesses said that they smelled something “vile” coming from the car, close to the smell of a decomposing body. Forensic tests proved that hair, air and carpet samples from the trunk of Casey’s car were from a decomposing body, but were unable to determine if it was from Caylee.

Caylee Anthony was last seen June 16, 2008. According to law enforcement and Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony, Caylee wasn’t reported missing until a month after her disappearance. During the time of Caylee’s disappearance, Casey Anthony was seen partying in night clubs with friends and participating in a hot body contest. When asked where her daughter was, Casey said that she was with her nanny Zenaida Gonzalez and sometimes with her wealthy boyfriend Jeffrey Hopkins. Gonzalez later sued for defamation saying that she had never met the Anthony’s, and Hopkins testified that while he was friends with Casey, they never had a romantic relationship.

Casey Anthony’s attitude and behavior during the three-year trial was beyond peculiar, and her instability was later alleged to be psychological damage from a childhood full of sexual abuse from father George Anthony. George Anthony later testified that those allegations were false, and said “I could never do that to my daughter.” George Anthony also testified against allegations that he had helped cover up the death of his grand-daughter, after prosecutors tried to prove that Caylee had accidentally drowned.

Computer experts later found searches on the Anthony’s home computer dating back to March 2008 for “Chloroform” and “how to make chloroform”. Cindy Anthony later testified that she was the one behind the internet searches after trying to find websites on how to make Chlorophyll, to determine if  the bamboo her dog was eating in the backyard were related to it’s increased fatigue. Prosecutors later said that Cindy Anthony was at work during the time the searches were made and that she could not be the one who searched for Chloroform, indicating that she had either left work early or was protecting her daughter. An attorney for Cindy’s former employer proved that Cindy was in fact at work bringing in records that she had been logged into her work computer during the time of the searches.

Testings on the carpet in the back of Casey Anthony’s car determined high levels of Chloroform, which defense experts later rebutted saying that Chloroform is found in most house-hold cleaners, and that it could belong to any product. While the trial was put on hold, a woman named Krystal Holloway testified that she and George Anthony had an affair and while they were seeing each other George had admitted that what had happened with Caylee was an accident “that snowballed out of control.” George Anthony later denied the affair, and prosecutors said that Holloway had taken what George Anthony had said out of context.

The details of Caylee’s death were gruesome, as investigators and scientists said that Caylee allegedly died from suffocation from duct tape that was wrapped around her nose and mouth.While George and Cindy Anthony both cried during the trial, even when George Anthony revealed his own suicide attempt in January 2009 after the remains of Caylee were found in December, Casey continued to show no sign of empathy during the trial. Casey ignored her mother’s “I Love You’s” and frequently shook her head and uttered bad words under her breath when her father took the stand.

While there was a reasonable doubt among the jury, much of the American public is outraged with the verdict. And many of us are wondering, will Caylee ever get justice?

What is your opinion?  Do you agree with the verdict? Do you think that this case is an embarrassment to our judicial system? Do you think the public is overreacting? We would love to hear from you. Leave us your comments, concerns and questions.

 

Michelle Reed is an intern for Patricia Gras at Houston PBS. She is a Broadcast Journalism senior at the University of Houston.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this blog entry are not necessarily the views and opinions of Houston PBS.

More articles on the Caylee Anthony Murder Case:

Fox News: “Casey Anthony Verdict a Victory for the Constitution”

USA Today: “Casey Anthony Acquitted of Murder”

CBS News: “Jose Baez on Casey Anthony ‘No Winners in this Case’”

ABC News: “Casey Anthony in Protective Custody”

 

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A Conversation with Jorge Gestoso on illegal immigration

Posted on 24 May 2011 by Michelle Reed

Airing tomorrow May 25 on Houston PBS at 11 p.m. Patricia Gras will discuss illegal immigration with Jorge Gestoso.

If most Americans want some sort of comprehensive immigration reform, why have we not passed any legislation to address this national challenge?Let us know your thoughts.

What I learned this week: Fear which often paralyzes is a powerful force politicians use, but anger gets people moving. Just watch the Middle East.

What I am grateful for:

I live in country where I don’t run the risk of being shot for engaging in demonstrations.

Who is Jorge Gestoso?

Jorge Gestoso was the former anchor of CNN en Espanol for 16 years. He is considered one of the top Latino journalists in the nation and recently won the prestigious Dupont Award at Columbia University. He is now anchor and producer for Vme, the Spanish speaking network associated with Public Television. In his program Jorge Gestoso Investiga, he spent 4 months in Arizona trying to decipher the controversial immigration law SB 1070 which has galvanized Latinos to get more involved in the political process.

He shared some interesting facts about the law.

  1. The number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona has increased 5 times since 1990.   Those in favor of the law feel the undocumented are bringing in crime, drugs, and using American resources for their own benefit. They are criminals since they came here illegally and they come to the US to have children who are considered US citizens once they are born here. They feel invaded.

 

  1. The only Latino Sheriff in the border of that state, Antonio Estrada who’s been in that position for 40 years said that what is being said about Latino immigrants who have entered illegally are lies. They do not bring more crime and are not for the most part bringing in drugs. He says less than one percent are doing so and that crime in that area has decreased.

 

  1. The Republican Governor Jan Brewer had a 23% approval rating before she passed the law and her approval ratings went up to 65 Percent after she did so.  Gestoso stated, she established herself as the person who would save Arizonans from the insecurity and fear caused by illegal immigration.

 

  1. Gestoso explained there were three factors that have created the flux of the undocumented to the United States

 

  1. NAFTA or the so called free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada displaced 2.3 million agricultural workers in Mexico. The United States for instance has subsidized corn producers 55 billion dollars for the past 20 years, so many in Latin America believe the free trade agreement is not a “fair” agreement.

 

  1. The United States offers 450,000 jobs every year that Americans don’t want to do and there are not enough legal visas to make up for the demand, so Gestoso found US corporations have a role to play in the problem of illegal immigration.
  2. Latin American Governments govern for the rich and export the poor.

 

Here are some facts and figures about immigration that I read on Texas Monthly Magazine

There  are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States

1.7 of them live in Texas. The vast majority are from Mexico.  They live in the shadows.

A 2006 Report by the comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn found that undocumented immigrants paid $424.7 million more to the state in taxes and fees that the state spent on them in education, health care and incarceration that’s a gain. BUT local governments and hospitals were nearly 1 billion dollars in the hole.

At the Federal level, undocumented immigrants pay taxes they may never recover.

Texas is one of the few states were the undocumented have lower rate of incarceration that native born Americans.

It is a violation of federal law to deny a child an education despite their immigrant status.

On Comprehensive reform by the Cato Institute

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6401

Immigration Lawyers on Comprehensive Reform

http://www.articlesnetwork.com/Article/U-s-a-Needs-Comprehensive-Immigration-Reform/313076

Presidential speech on immigration reform

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/07/01/the_case_for_comprehensive_immigration_reform_106167.html

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A Conversation with Jorge Gestoso on Illegal Immigration

Posted on 24 May 2011 by Patricia Gras

Airing tomorrow May 25 on Houston PBS at 11 p.m. Patricia Gras will discuss illegal immigration with Jorge Gestoso.

If most Americans want some sort of comprehensive immigration reform, why have we not passed any legislation to address this national challenge?Let us know your thoughts.

What I learned this week: Fear which often paralyzes is a powerful force politicians use, but anger gets people moving. Just watch the Middle East.

What I am grateful for:

I live in country where I don’t run the risk of being shot for engaging in demonstrations.

Who is Jorge Gestoso
?
Jorge Gestoso was the former anchor of CNN en Espanol for 16 years. He is considered one of the top Latino journalists in the nation and recently won the prestigious Dupont Award at Columbia University. He is now anchor and producer for Vme, the Spanish speaking network associated with Public Television. In his program Jorge Gestoso Investiga, he spent 4 months in Arizona trying to decipher the controversial immigration law SB 1070 which has galvanized Latinos to get more involved in the political process.

He shared some interesting facts about the law.

  1. The number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona has increased 5 times since 1990.   Those in favor of the law feel the undocumented are bringing in crime, drugs, and using American resources for their own benefit. They are criminals since they came here illegally and they come to the US to have children who are considered US citizens once they are born here. They feel invaded.

 

  1. The only Latino Sheriff in the border of that state, Antonio Estrada who’s been in that position for 40 years said that what is being said about Latino immigrants who have entered illegally are lies. They do not bring more crime and are not for the most part bringing in drugs. He says less than one percent are doing so and that crime in that area has decreased.

 

  1. The Republican Governor Jan Brewer had a 23% approval rating before she passed the law and her approval ratings went up to 65 Percent after she did so.  Gestoso stated, she established herself as the person who would save Arizonans from the insecurity and fear caused by illegal immigration.

 

  1. Gestoso explained there were three factors that have created the flux of the undocumented to the United States

 

  1. NAFTA or the so called free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada displaced 2.3 million agricultural workers in Mexico. The United States for instance has subsidized corn producers 55 billion dollars for the past 20 years, so many in Latin America believe the free trade agreement is not a “fair” agreement.

 

  1. The United States offers 450,000 jobs every year that Americans don’t want to do and there are not enough legal visas to make up for the demand, so Gestoso found US corporations have a role to play in the problem of illegal immigration.
  2. Latin American Governments govern for the rich and export the poor.

 

Here are some facts and figures about immigration that I read on Texas Monthly Magazine

There  are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States

1.7 of them live in Texas. The vast majority are from Mexico.  They live in the shadows.

A 2006 Report by the comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn found that undocumented immigrants paid $424.7 million more to the state in taxes and fees that the state spent on them in education, health care and incarceration that’s a gain. BUT local governments and hospitals were nearly 1 billion dollars in the hole.

At the Federal level, undocumented immigrants pay taxes they may never recover.

Texas is one of the few states were the undocumented have lower rate of incarceration that native born Americans.

It is a violation of federal law to deny a child an education despite their immigrant status.

On Comprehensive reform by the Cato Institute

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6401

Immigration Lawyers on Comprehensive Reform

http://www.articlesnetwork.com/Article/U-s-a-Needs-Comprehensive-Immigration-Reform/313076

Presidential speech on immigration reform

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/07/01/the_case_for_comprehensive_immigration_reform_106167.html

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College Smart: Healthy Student, Healthy Life

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College Smart: Healthy Student, Healthy Life

Posted on 14 May 2011 by Michelle Reed

What I am grateful for: My parents as far as I know were faithful to each other. They believed in marriage and family. I gained a lot from that. They just celebrated 52 years of marriage.

What I learned this week
I made the right choice not to get married up until now. I have truly enjoyed my freedom.

The Living Smart episode “Healthy Mom, Healthy Child: Creating Whole Families from the Inside Out,” airs Sunday May 15th at 3 p.m. on HoustonPBS and repeats friday night May 20th at 10pm. This episode features Elizabeth Irvine, yoga instructor and author, former ICU nurse, and health care professional with over twenty-five years of experience. Irvine discusses how to create a balanced lifestyle that incorporates an integrative approach to great health, meaning focusing on diet, exercise and breathing, sleep, proper relaxation, meditation and positive thinking. Through her twenty-five years of experience, Irvine has gained a deep passion for integrative health education.

In this episode of College Smart, reporter Cassady Lance asks students at the University of Houston Recreation Center how they stay healthy. Shooter and Editor Matthew Hayes catches all the action.

College Smart is a student-run promotional web series for Living Smart with Patricia Gras, featuring Emmy award-winning journalist Patricia Gras. The series is filmed independently from the show.

NOTICE © INTENT TO COPYRIGHT College Smart, 2011

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College Smart: Connecting Your Disconnected Life

Posted on 06 May 2011 by Michelle Reed

This week on Living Smart:
The Living Smart with Patricia Gras episode on “Connecting your Disconnected Life” this sunday at 3 p.m. on Houston’s PBS features promotional speaker and author of the books I Used to Have a Handle on Life, But Then It Broke, Touching Tomorrow, and Stop Screaming at the Microwave, How to Connect Your Disconnected Life. In this episode, Mary LoVerde, who is also the former director of the Hypertension Research Center of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shares insight into how we can improve the quality of our home, work, and inner life.

Missed last week’s episode? Don’t worry, we thought about you. Tune in Houston’s Channel 8 this Friday at 10 p.m. to watch Dr. Stephanie Coulter, the medical leader for the Texas Heart Institute Center for Women’s Heart and Cardiovascular Health Disease at St. Luke’s Hospital. In this episode, Dr. Coulter discusses trigger points for heart disease to occur in men and women and why heart disease is more prevalent in women’s lives.

College Smart
As we anticipate, this week’s episode of Living Smart, the newest episode of the College Smart series features University of Houston graduate Kristen Khalaf and DePauw University graduate Christina Rivera as they take a look inside the lives of college students asking the loaded question how do you connect your disconnected life? As finals come to a close, students are rushing to make time for their friends, family and significant others. With only a few hours during the day to get everything done, college students sometimes need to find time to calm down and connect back to reality.

How do you connect your disconnected life?

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Iran, US Iran relations and the release of prisoners

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

I was so glad when I heard the news yesterday. Iran released the British sailors. It was welcome news after weeks filled with anxiety about what could happen next.

After watching the documentary “the secret” and learning more about the law of attraction. (By the way I have been a student of metaphysics for many years so I know our thoughts have a tremendous influence in what happens in our lives.) I had for the past few weeks prayed for peace in our planet. I could not imagine us involved in another war for whatever reason.
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