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23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 18:32:57 in Healthy Living

“Interesting to note is that no. 22 question:( introverts are often better at communicating in writing than in person, and many are drawn to the solitary, creative profession of writing. Most introverts -- like "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling -- say that they feel most creatively charged when they have time to be alone with their thoughts), "writers" could be changed for "artists".

I know for me, as a modern dance choreographer and painter, I feel the most creatively charged when I am DOING MY WORK. I don't think you should alienate artists in this mix. Thanks.
Also- interesting that Myers-Briggs said I am right in the middle of being an extrovert vs. introvert but this, at 21 scores at YES, I am definitely an introvert. An artist, not a writer. But: an expresser of ideas and feelings through movement. Thanks for this.”

ladyzania on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:42:28

“I have always communicated better through writing than in person. All my life, when I had something important to say to someone writing a letter was much easier. Often, I could not get the words out, in person. But, some people hate getting letters.”
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The Poorest Art: Dance And Money (I)

Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 10:57:20 in Arts

“Keep plugging away -- believe in yourself. There ARE many out there like yourself and you will find each other. Thank you for posting this!”
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Dance and Money: A Response to Lightsey Darst

Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 10:45:21 in Arts

Jack Cole was dancer who gravitated towards jazz - jazz is a very different style than modern. Doris Humphrey was a serious modern choreographer artist -- one of the first ever to focus on dance as ART. Serious dance artists are visual/kinesthetic intellectuals and often introverted, highly sensitive and private - as well as lasor-focused. If they took the time to "adapt and innovate" they would not have space to make serious art. If ONLY they could hire a marketing company to brand their work; if ONLY their work, once made, was worth money -- it would make a huge difference. It doesn't. It is all about money/understanding, and they need help. Resorting to commercialism only cheapens the pot, and destroys modern dance.”
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Dance and Money: A Response to Lightsey Darst

Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 10:42:16 in Arts

“This post makes me cringe. Would a woman have been able to do the same thing during those times and not be seen as a "loose woman" as well as go down in history as one? The creators of modern dance at that time were woman, and only a significant handful, mind you. Isadora Duncan worked hard to support herself –she brought her dance to wealthy ladies' living rooms to get financial support in America, and then left for Europe, a more supportive environment. Today many of our choreographers in modern dance are educated women - many 20-somethings who need support as artists otherwise when they turn thirty they will give up, forever regret it, and America will not have their voices. Modern Dance will not mature. The main reason why modern dance doesn't get the recognition it needs - and continues to be an immature art - is that most woman artists give up during their prime due to finances, body-change, family, babies, no support, etc. Other artists don't have to give up the same way. Choreographers deserve to have an educated public who understands the form and the work - They definitely don’t need a hard-hearted public thinking they should go into a nightclub to promote their art.”
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Dance and Money: A Response to Lightsey Darst

Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 01:00:25 in Arts

“I see two major problems:

1. Administrators and those in power do not understand nor are educated to appreciate the value of dance in order to hire dancers as teachers, directors and the like. The jobs are usually taken by sports-people, yoga teachers and pilates instructors, those whose work is understood because of the media. If we could only educate EVERYONE on the merits of dance as art, then administrators would hire them because then they value them and the field, and dancers would have decent jobs to support themselves. It is just not happening now. Where do the dance majors, trained with such extensive knowledge, get jobs if this does not happen?

2. Dancers as serious choreographer-artists create work that has no value whatsover after it is performed on stage. Ontop of the injustice of that, when it is performed, the choreographer/director/producer ALWAYS looses money. If we could find a way to have the
finished product be actually WORTH something, then choreographers/artists will be able to make some money. Here is where the "entrepeneur spirit" comes in -- find a way to make this happen. Because of our growing digital world, I can only hope it will happen someday.

It is all very depressing at this point. However, I, too, am thrilled these discussions are happening. Keep them coming!”
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The Poorest Art: Dance And Money (I)

Commented Jun 3, 2012 at 15:46:13 in Arts

“Nora! Great article on Modern Dance. Thank you! We definitely have to stick together. Maybe we, and others like us who get the word out, will end up slowly educating the limited perceptions of dance in America. Notice I have capitalized "Modern Dance" ... why not? Ballet does (:”
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The Poorest Art: Dance And Money (I)

Commented Jun 3, 2012 at 14:20:44 in Arts

“Funny how this article does not even mention the art and artists of Modern Dance. Professional Modern dancers make hardly anything, are barely recognized and most Americans don’t even know what Modern Dance is. Independent choreographers have to continually produce concerts where they loose money. Funding is so rare and difficult to get. Often they are the educated ones, having had significant ballet training in the past but chose college where they could still dance and train but not be in the stifling, sexist world of ballet. Educated, enlightened and intelligent, modern dancers of today are the ones I worry most about because they oftentimes work in a vacuum, without any support from a large ballet machine or company. Thoughtful and introspective, they work hard against all odds. As dedicated woman artists, once they get older and have a baby, they have to pay the babysitter, the parking ticket, AND the class in order to just take class for ONE day, never mind over the six months of time it takes to work on a new piece -- then with no product at the end worth a cent. I would like America to recognize the independent, dedicated men and woman artists who continue to dance and choreograph, loosing money, against all odds, in the world of Modern Dance. "Dance" is not just Ballet.”

NoraAnneMarie on Jun 3, 2012 at 15:20:43

“Great comment! Check out my blog:

Maybe you've given me ideas for a new post of my own ;-)

I'm happy that at least these conversations are starting in public spaces, even just on the Internet.”
Ken Silverstein: Five Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Not Be Secretary Of State

Ken Silverstein: Five Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Not Be Secretary Of State

Commented Nov 18, 2008 at 00:04:41 in Politics

“It seems that all of you HIllary-Clinton-haters above just don't understand the word- NONPARTISAN.
Get over the fact that you don't like the Clintons or Hillary. The reality is she is brilliant, saavy and deserves-deserves-deserves some respect. This is her time to shine...and will work brilliantly with Obama. Stop being so negative and critical and start seeing the forest from the trees.”

brooklyncitizen on Nov 18, 2008 at 01:00:33

“We respect her the way she respected Obama while they campaigned. how's that?”
<em>Time</em> Critic: Olbermann's Special Comment Shows He's

Time Critic: Olbermann's Special Comment Shows He's "Just Another Of The Cable Gasbags He Used To Be A Corrective To"

Commented May 30, 2008 at 07:48:12 in Media

“I am appalled with Keith's blatant act of crassness and mean-spiritedness. No matter what he thinks or feels, he crossed the "respect and integity" line in a BIG way. He sounded like he was in the midst of a major temper tantrum; and reminded me of my 4 year old son when he does not get his way.
All you men, GROW UP. YOU have set the stage for this immature, mindless, reactive behavior that exists in our country today.
Don't you get it?”

scaulk on May 30, 2008 at 12:11:15

“A sane person.....focus7, RIGHT ON!”

waynesmyer on May 30, 2008 at 08:44:49

“Right On , there, fucus7, you are so smart and the depth of your animus shows it! Thank you for giving that vicious Olberman his come-uppance! very truly yours, Jeffy "HotMilitaryStud" Gannon, White House Social Director
p.s.I approve this important FAUX News Alert, yur beloved and truly "vice" War Profitnator, Fuck-Thee Cheney
How Dare You!

How Dare You!

Commented May 28, 2008 at 17:57:31 in Politics

“Jill, I am very impressed with your missive. You are courageous to put it all out here...on the Huffington Post where most of the fans are for Barack. Gee- look at the number of comments!
I am so very proud of Hillary and what she has accomplished. I am proud of Bill and Chelsea for their hard, hard work to help this country. Hillary is, by FAR, the most qualified candidate; I am afraid there is so much sexism out there that subconsciously the men are voting for Obama to NOT vote for HIllary. It is that simple. Look at what is happening in the media as we speak? Where is Hillary? It is just NOT RIGHT. Too, Obama has charisma and his handsome and sweet ; my opinion is that America cares mostly about supporting the superficial popularity contest rather than tunderstanding the real deal. I am afraid we are in for quite a lot of trouble on down the road with Obama, as he is NOT READY, and his naivity will cost us dearly. Hillary deserves this presidency because she is brilliant, wise, saavy and EXPERIENCED. The bottom line is that men do not want a woman. Better still, men do not want a STRONG POWERFUL woman in office. I am so very depressed as I did not think the mysogyny was this deep. What a MESS.
You wrote an incredible article. I am going to save it forever and ever. Thank you.”