Plant-strong & healthy living: Rip Esselstyn at TEDxFremont
Rip Esselstyn, a former firefighter and author of The Engine 2 Diet, advocates a plant-strong diet to combat chronic diseases. Esselstyn inspired his fellow firefighting crew at the Austin Engine 2 station to follow a plant-based diet and dramatically heal their health.
“Dave Morris just asked the question, “If you had to recommend one book about improv to someone, what book would it be?” I could never answer with one, because each improvisor is different. If they are shy, Impro-Johnstone; if they are bold, Truth in Comedy-Halpern/Close/Johnson; if they are brash or revolutionary, Improvise-Napier; if they are all shapes and wiggles or music, Freeplay-Nachmanovitch; if they love history, Something Wonderful Right Away-Sweet or Compass-Coleman; if they are woman’s studies majors, Whose Improv Is It Anyway-Seham; if they want to use it for business, Improvise This!-Cox/Detmar/Bergren or Jill & Patrick’s Small Book of Improv for Business-Short/Bernard; if the front half of their scenes look like shit, Improv For Everyone-Taveras; if they’re starting coaching, Improvising Better-Allen/Carrane; if they’re directing or need a director, Directing Improv-Ronen; if they if they speak French, 300 exercices d’improvisation-Tournier; if they need to get in good trouble, Interactive Acting-Wirth; if I wish Keith were here to talk to them, Impro for Storytellers-Johnstone; if they are working on one-acts, Process-Gellman/Scruggs and How to Improvise a Full-Length Play-Adams; if I need them to understand the gravitas, Improvisation for the Theatre-Spolin, if they need exercises, Group Improvisation-Gwinn, if there was more I wanted to say to them but the clock was not my friend, Jill Bernard’sSmall Cute Book of Improv.”
“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission. No committee decides who may enter, no crisis of body or spirit must accompany the entrant. No tuition is charged, no oath sworn, no visa demanded. Of the monuments humans build for themselves, very few say touch me, use me, my hush is not indifference, my space is not barrier. If I inspire awe, it is because I am in awe of you and the possibilities that dwell in you.”—Toni Morrison