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Science and Consciousness Conference

Friday, April 4th, 2008

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I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a few days this week taking part of the Science and Consciousness Conference. It’s a fabulous annual event organized by The Message Conference, where frontier scientists and people interested in a variety of fields where science and consciousness meet, come together.

This is one of the most enriching experiences of the year for me. I get to hear people like Rupert Sheldrake talk about morphic resonnance and Eric Pearl about tapping into the universal field in order to heal yourself and others. Dannion Brinkley spoke of his three near dead experiences and Konstantin Korotkov spoke about measuring energy fields.

The common denominator of this conference was the theme that we are all reaching a new level of consciousness and that a major transformation will take place within 4 to 6 years for which we should all prepare.

What I find most interesting is trying to mesh these very profound insights with my every day life and activities, passing on as much of my knowledge to others as possible.

Positive Latino stories on the media

Friday, March 14th, 2008

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Negative stories about Latino immigrants are rampant on the media nowadays. Whether the story is about a crime or undocumented workers being raided or deported, they are everywhere on the main stream media.I believe it is our responsibility to help change the negative image being portrayed in news across the country. But the only way to do it is by getting involved in what is being covered. Here is what you can do to help:

  • When you see a positive story about a person from a Latino background on the media (TV, radio, papers or magazines) find out who wrote it or produced it and write a note to that person thanking them for such a good story. If you can’t find the person directly, send a note to the station or the newspaper to the attention of the top executive.
  • When you see a negative story about a Latino, do the same: send a note complaining about the number of negative stories related to the Latino community they are covering.
  • If you have an inspirational story about yourself or someone you know, someone who overcame obstacles and succeeded, someone who is doing great things for the community and the country, write to your local news producer and to your local paper to share the story.
  • Share with your local news outlets positive stories happening in your community from events at your local schools, to the opening of a new Mexican restaurant.
  • Send letters to the advertisers who sponsor the media outlets where you see negative portrayals of Latinos expressing your feelings and letting them know you won’t support their products if they don’t support your community.
  • My New Book

    Friday, February 22nd, 2008

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    I’m working on my new book and I need to interview people across the country about their college experience. 

    I want to hear from recent graduates and from people who have graduated a long time ago about your challenges and successes, your advice for college students, how having a college degree has impacted your career, etc.  

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in my new book, which is scheduled to be published in Fall 2008, please send me a note with your e-mail address and I will send you the interview via e-mail.  

    You can also watch a video I made for You Tube on my page:  www.youtube.com/cdabbah

    I hope to hear from you!   

    Dress code

    Saturday, February 9th, 2008

    I’m sure you’ve heard many times how important it is to dress conservatively when you interview for a job. It has a purpose: to show respect for your interviewer and to show you in a professional light.

    As I mentioned in a previous blog, I’m in court every day on jury duty. I’m a member of a grand jury which hears several cases in each session and then votes for or against indictment. The process is simple: the assistant U.S. district attorneys briefly present each case,  they bring a witness, then the jury debates in private. If we have further questions, we ask the lawyer in the case to bring back the witness and ask the questions. Then we deliberate some more and finally we vote.

    It has surprised me how poorly dressed the witnesses are for a court environment. They are detectives and officers of different government agencies (U.S.marshals, immigration, police, etc.) and they wear jeans and sweatshirts and overshirts and sneakers.

    I find that their carelessness sends a message of disrespect to jurors –who are asked to dress conservatively– and it is also a commentary on what this process is all about.  A one sided view of the case with the assistants U.S. district attorney bringing evidence against the defendants and the jurors not having a real way of weighting the evidence that is being presented.

    These witnesses seem to have no need to impress because they are taking for granted that their expertise and their word is enough to indict on “probable cause”, the standard in a Grand Jury versus “beyond reasonable doubt” needed at a trial.

    No matter what the occasion is, the way you dress always sends a message to others. Disrespect and contempt is not one you want to send lightly.

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    Our duty

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

    I got called for Jury Duty and reported yesterday. Although I thought I had perfect reasons to be excused, when the time came to give my reasons to the judge, I decided to stay quiet.

    Twenty people got up to offer theirs: no child care, their jobs wouldn’t pay for missed work days, back problems that wouldn’t allow them to sit for long hours.  The prospect of commuting for an hour and a half into downtown Manhattan for a lengthy trial had given me insomnia for a week, but now that I was there, I suddenly realized I wanted to go through the experience.

    In 20 years of living in this country and 10 as a citizen, I had never served in a jury.  Every step of the process was new and interesting. Even noticing that the judge presiding on my case was a delightfully sensitive man, unlike what I was expecting after years of Law and Order and Boston Legal and all the other legal shows. 

    It felt good to put any other commitments aside and fulfill my civic duty. It reminded me that this country is built on these little sacrifices we all make. 

    Never miss a chance to network

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    Two things happened recently to confirm my belief that you should never miss a chance to network.

      The other day, as I was about to get into a cab, a woman approached me and asked: “Are you going uptown?” After I confirmed that yes, I was going uptown, she asked to share the ride with me. I readily accepted, although this only happened to me once before when it was pouring.

        We talked until I got to my friend’s house and realized that there were people we wanted to introduce to each other. She was an executive at a TV network looking to change careers for which I could recommend a great coach and in turn she had a friend, the owner of a Think Tank with whom she wanted to connect me.We followed up with each other two days later and I already have an appointment set up with the gentleman she recommended.

          Then yesterday, while doing research for my upcoming interview on “Wake up with Whoopi”, I found a wonderful resource on the Internet. It’s a free guide to help people improve their chances of getting scholarships. I contacted the author, Christopher Penn, and he called me today. We agreed on cross linking our sites and on many future collaborations. His website by the way is: www.StudentScholarshipSearch.com.

            So give it a try, talk to strangers and contact people you find on the Internet who are doing something interesting.

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            The side effects of my vacations

            Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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            I’m just back from three weeks in Buenos Aires and in bad need of a vacation from my vacation! But as most of those who periodically return to our native countries know, the trip hardly qualifies as a vacation.  

              I spend most of my time visiting with my family and friends and have little down time to relax. Even when I am supposed to be relaxing, I stop by a cyber cafe to check my email, or to blog, I call my voice mail to check messages and talk to several of my friends and colleagues in New York. Granted, I’m in a different environment and even a different weather, but for me it’s not like spending two weeks on the beach or sightseeing in a foreign country where I don’t know anybody and I get to disconnect for a while.

            But maybe that is the main problem of being on vacation these days. That we are never completely on vacation. We are still connected to work through our many devices therefore not allowing ourselves to create some distance from our everyday responsibilities. Not allowing ourselves to fully replenish our energy.

              Maybe it was not being around friends and family that exhausted me so much but the fact that I never completely left New York behind.Trying to be in two places at the same time, now that is exhausting!dsc01943.JPG

            It´s a Small World

            Monday, December 10th, 2007
            • Saludos from Buenos Aires! I flew down for my annual trip last week and the weather has been gorgeous. Warm and sunny… unlike the cold New York winter I left behind.
              I seriously believe that we live in an increasingly smaller world. Two weeks ago, when I was in Los Angeles at GE´s Hispanic Summit, I sat at the ¨Milwaukee¨table for dinner and found myself next to an Argentine who grew up in Buenos Aires, one block away from my house!My flight to Argentina last week was one more proof that we are really all connected.Right after the passengers boarded the plane and we all took our seats, my neighbor and I began a conversation that would soon reveal that we knew at least ten people in common. When she introduced me to her sister in law, who was sitting behind us– we added another ten.How can this be? I haven´t lived in Argentina for nineteen years and still we found the most incredible connections: one of my new acquaintaces had spent a New Year´s Eve at my cousin´s house in Washington DC when he was in the U.S. studying for his Ph.D, she´s also the sister of the owner of one of my favorite bookstores in Buenos Aires. The other and I share the same Ayurvedic doctor.You may think this only happens because Buenos Aires is a small town, and that may be true, (although with 10 million people, it is one of the biggest cities in the world) but the truth is that there trully are six degrees of separation and once you start talking to someone and exploring their circle of friends and acquaintances, chances are you will find several people in common. It is one of the nicest things about networking: it helps establish rapport with people.It also pays to never speak badly about anyone!!!

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