family conference


Schlieri & Sevi back in the days having a pleasant talk with a finnish interviewer

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The NASA Village

Today in the NASA Village… Space Station to Ground.

Working aboard the Space Station for long duration is definitely a challenge, but being connected with my family keeps me motivated. Psychological and emotional support is extremely important in space. When crew members go from the Earth’s surface to a new environment, it’s not a surprise that we still need to communicate with our loved ones. After all, we are still Earth creatures.

So who takes on this huge responsibility to keep me connected to my family? Meet Gabrielle Cole, one of the Operational Psychology Coordinators at Behavioral Health & Performance (BHP). She is constantly in touch with my husband in Houston and my parents in Iowa in order to arrange Private Family Conferences (PFCs) with me on the Space Station. Every week she goes through my schedule and my family’s in order to find the best time that suits both parties. Typically, weekends works out the best, but in some cases we do change it around. There’s a hard scheduled video-conference once a week, and also on special occasions such as holidays, anniversaries and birthdays. Essentially, Gabrielle always has to be prepared to take on any task necessary to help me maintain life as normal as possible here on the Space Station. 

In addition, Gabrielle also packs my care packages, which are very important for us on the Space Station. She inventories the items given by my family and friends, and submits them to the Materials and Process team. The Materials and Process team makes sure the items are not flammable and are safe for the Space Station. After the items get approved, Gabrielle packs them for transport. When I receive my care packages, usually it is filled with items such as cards, letters, photos, and snacks. Thanks to Gabrielle, I am always pleased with everything that’s in my goodie bag!

While on the Space Station, we are required to exercise 2 hours daily. What do you usually do when you are working out? Well, Gabrielle makes sure that I have a variety of good music to listen to while I am on my daily routine. Using my personal interests profile that I filled out when I was on ground, Gabrielle uploads music, TV Shows, news, movies, magazines, web articles, and even personal videos from family and friends to the ISS Crew Webpage. The ISS Crew Webpage serves as a gateway to up-to-date content that I am able to get in touch with as soon as she uploads it.

Of course, all of this is a lot of responsibility for one person, but when you ask Gabrielle, she says that, “I don’t feel like my job is always work. I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to space exploration and help the crew members feel at home even when they are so far away.”

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Opinion | Margarita Zavala: Will Americans let Trump destroy U.S.-Mexico relations?
Frankly, the United States is fortunate to have Mexico as a neighbor and partner.

Almost two months into the Trump Administration, the United States has a choice. Does it want to continue a strong partnership with Mexico? Or will it throw away years of a successful, peaceful, and mutually beneficial relationship due to the ignorance of its President? Normally this would not even be a question. But these are not normal times. When the American President can undo with a tweet what has taken us decades to build, Mexicans have to wonder whether the United States is a reliable partner and what the future of our relationship will look like.

President Trump insists on framing U.S.-Mexico relations in simplistic and disrespectful terms. In his view, it is a zero-sum game, with Mexicans “taking advantage” of their northern neighbors…Frankly, the United States is fortunate to have Mexico as a neighbor and partner. We are a peaceful, democratic, cooperative country with one of the largest economies in the world. We are eternally bound together by geography, by trade, by family, by culture, and by affinity.

We collaborate with the U.S. on everything from commerce to combating drug trafficking to the environment to counterterrorism. Just a few examples: Mexican engineers in Querétaro design jet engines for General Electric that are then built by workers in Ohio. Mexican officials helped thwart a plot by Iranian agents to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. The largest attendance for an NFL game ever was in Mexico (Cowboys vs. Oilers), home to 23 million NFL fans, myself included. Nearly 2 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico (the largest community of U.S. expats in the world). We work together in every area imaginable, and we are both the richer for it.

The U.S. and Mexican economies are complementary. We do not compete with each other; we make each other more competitive in the global market. Mexico is the second-largest destination for U.S. exports and the single largest destination for exports from California, Arizona, and Texas. We buy more American goods than Japan, Germany, and the U.K. do combined. Fourteen million Mexican tourists came to the United States in 2015 and spent around $10 billion…Our bilateral partnership is not predicated on one side losing and the other side winning: Our economies are so integrated that each is weaker without the other.

Most Americans know that Mexican immigrants are not violent criminals. They know that they are brave and hard-working and make enormous contributions to the U.S. economy…Mexicans know that our differences are not with the American people, but with an American President who began his campaign with racist attacks against Mexican immigrants, whose cruel policies have entire communities living in fear, and who seems intent on making an enemy out of a friend.

I have met U.S. Presidents from both political parties, and I know that the American dream has much in common with the Mexican one. Mexicans believe in the strength of the family, the dignity conferred by hard work, and the worth inherent in every human being. Mexico would much rather be a partner to the United States than an adversary. We would rather tend bridges than build walls. But our alliance must be based on mutual respect. We will not accept a relationship based on threats and insults, contempt for our country, and cruelty toward our citizens. The United States is more prosperous, more secure, and more competitive for having Mexico as its partner. It is up to the United States to decide whether it wants to continue a strong partnership, or whether it will let one bad hombre destroy it.

Washington Post editorial by Margarita Zavala, a former Mexican congresswoman, former First Lady of Mexico, and the leading contender for the 2018 Mexican Presidential election.

anonymous asked:

Well... it looks like the fundies are making their way to the family conference.... Jonathan hartono published instagram stories with john and Jer and I clicked on the location of the one with JD and they were near big sandy

Hey, thanks @anon!!! 

It is happening!! Big Sandy 2017.Let´s see who finds a “special friend” this year. (Annie)

joybirds  asked:

You posted before that ghost!Padme can't visit Anakin's dreams because of his guilt and depression about her death. Would he start dreaming of her again after the Emperor's death and the resulting familial revelations? How would he react/feel about dreaming about her after the Emperor's death?

Yeah, I think he will once all the secrets come out.

Because Anakin already knows for a fact that Leia has dreams about her dead birth mother. He also knows that she really is interacting with her mother, not remembering her, because Leia never met her mother while she was alive.

And then, after all the revelations, he knows that Leia’s mother is Padme.

Actually I imagine he’ll be pretty damn nervous the first time he goes to sleep after learning all this.

(And no doubt when Padme does show up in his dream, the first thing she says is, “Well it’s about damn time you start listening to me.”

Anakin is all blubbering and apologies. It’s a good thing they’re on autopilot back to Coruscant at the time, because he sleeps for like seven hours straight. (Which is an unusually long time for him by that point.) He and Padme have a lot to work through.)

Article about Yuzuru’s sister and his family in general - brief translation

saw this article about Yuzuru’s sister on weibo and it is quite touching as no one really has an article on the support Yuzu got from his sister… (but its from Josei Jishin so not sure about the reliability) and just  quick translate for now, seeing that i have an exam tmr=.= I am not sure if anyone has done it but meh

Hanyu dedicates his gold medal to his sister who gave up on her dream and support him for 10 years

- Yuzu started skating because his sister started a short term figure skating class 

- Yuzu hated training and skating, he used to get bored within 5 minutes on the ice; he was more interested in baseball, like most of his friends. “After school, all of my friends are hanging out and I, alone, have to go to practise. I really wanted to get out from it [skating].”

- But after witnessing his sister’s practise, he started to get more interested in skating. “If my sister can land this jump then I can land it too!” “If sister can do this technique then I can do it too” He always looks up to his sister as his goal

- And they look really alike (similar to their mother). So are their personalities: always calm, concentrated and determined, very good at self-control.

- Yuzu laughed at his sister being a bit chubby when she was in 6th grade

- “Although they often argue with each other, they are really good rivals. Yuzuru works hard to be better or as good as his sister and his sister works hard to be even better”

- Yuzuru’s family is not a wealthy family (and figure skating cost loads of money); his father is a teacher (head master?) and his mother had to take on a part time job in a supermarket near the ice rink when Yuzuru was training in Japan

- Their parents didn’t plan to let them continue on figure skating.So when Yuzuru suggested “I don’t want to skate anymore, I want to play baseball”, his parents said “then don’t, baseball doesn’t cost that much anyway”

- When his home ice rink was forced to close down, he was asked to stop skating but his sister, who was in 8th grade, said “I will stop skating instead of Yuzuru.” And Yuzuru was able to continue skating after that

- His sister also dreamt of skating in an international competition and standing on the podium. But she seemed to realise that her brother has real talent in him. She continued figure skating up until high school but mostly skated in order to give Yuzuru advice

- Hanyu family has its own job division: mother would be taking care of diet and health, sister would be holding “family conference” and discuss on how to get better in skating and jump and father would watch over these conferences

- In preparation for Sochi, Yuzuru moved to Toronto with his mother and his father and sister stayed in Sendai. His sister also had to take on the role of housewife in Sendai. She also takes on part time job while attending university and gives Yuzuru pocket money

- Since junior, Yuzuru always put his medal around his coach’s neck after competition, and around his mother’s in hotel. And author of this article believed that he must have been hoping to put his shining gold medal around his sister’s neck to appreciate her sacrifices and hard work over 10 years