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Elaine Chao
Elaine Lan Chao (Chinese: 趙小蘭; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician who is the 18th and current United States Secretary

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Elaine Chao 18th United States Secretary of Transportation Incumbent Assumed office
January 31, 2017 President Donald Trump Deputy Jeffrey A. Rosen Preceded by Anthony Foxx 24th United States Secretary of Labor In office
January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009 President George W. Bush Preceded by Alexis Herman Succeeded by Hilda Solis 12th Director of the Peace Corps In office
October 8, 1991 – November 13, 1992 President George H. W. Bush Preceded by Paul Coverdell Succeeded by Carol Bellamy United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation In office
April 19, 1989 – October 8, 1991 President George H. W. Bush Preceded by Mary Ann Dawson Succeeded by Mortimer L. Downey Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission In office
April 29, 1988 – April 19, 1989 President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush Preceded by Edward Hickey Succeeded by James Carey Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission In office
April 29, 1988 – April 19, 1989 President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush Preceded by Edward Hickey Succeeded by Ming Hsu Personal details Born Elaine Lan Chao
(1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 64)
Taipei, Taiwan Political party Republican Spouse(s) Mitch McConnell (m. 1993) Parents James Chao
Ruth Chu Education Mount Holyoke College (BA)
Harvard University (MBA) Net worth $24 million Elaine Chao Traditional Chinese 趙小蘭 Simplified Chinese 赵小兰 Transcriptions Standard Mandarin Hanyu Pinyin Zhào Xiǎolán Wade–Giles Chao4 Hsiao3-lan2 IPA

Elaine Lan Chao (Chinese: 趙小蘭; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician who is the 18th and current United States Secretary of Transportation. She is a member of the Republican Party.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Chao was the first Asian American woman and the first Taiwanese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a President's Cabinet. She served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, and as Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Peace Corps under President George H. W. Bush. She spent four years as the president of the United Way of America.

On November 29, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Chao to serve as the Secretary of Transportation. She was confirmed by the Senate on January 31, 2017, in a 93–6 vote.

Chao is married to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has been the Senate Republican Leader since January 3, 2007.

Contents
  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Early career
    • 2.2 United Way and Heritage Foundation
    • 2.3 U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001–2009)
      • 2.3.1 Union disclosure requirements
      • 2.3.2 Government Accountability Office reports
      • 2.3.3 Mining regulation
    • 2.4 Post-Bush administration (2009–2017)
    • 2.5 U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2017–present)
  • 3 Personal life
    • 3.1 Husband's campaigning
    • 3.2 The Chao family
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and education

Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. The eldest of six daughters, Chao was born to Ruth Mulan Chu Chao (趙朱木蘭), a historian, and James S.C. Chao (趙錫成), who began his career as a merchant mariner and founded a successful shipping company in New York City called Foremost Shipping. Chao's parents had fled to Taiwan from Shanghai in China after the Chinese Communists took over following the Chinese Civil War in 1949. When she was 8 years old, in 1961, she came to the United States on a freight ship along with her mother and two younger sisters, a long journey that took 37 days. Her father had arrived in New York three years earlier after receiving a scholarship.

Chao attended Tsai Hsing Elementary School in Taipei for kindergarten and first grade, and subsequently attended Syosset High School in Syosset, New York, on Long Island. She was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at the age of 19.

She received a bachelor of arts in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1975. While at Mount Holyoke, she worked for the Admissions Department, and the Economics Department, edited the yearbook, played field hockey and was a member of the horseback riding club. In the first semester of her junior year Elaine was co-editor in chief of the yearbook. In the second semester of her junior year she did a domestic exchange to Dartmouth College, where she studied money and banking.

She received a MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1979. While at Harvard Business School she was the first woman at Harvard to be elected class officer and class marshall. She was a member of the finance club, the financial accounting club, the international business club and the transportation club.

Chao has received 36 honorary doctorates, including an honorary DHL degree from Georgetown University in 2015.

Career Early career

Before entering politics, Chao was Vice President for syndications at Bank of America Capital Markets Group in San Francisco, California, and an International Banker at Citicorp in New York for four years.

She was granted a White House Fellowship in 1983 during the Reagan Administration.

In 1986, Chao became Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation. From 1988 to 1989, she served as Chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Chao to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation, serving from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1992, she was the Director of the Peace Corps. She was the first Asian Pacific American to serve in any of these positions. She expanded the Peace Corps's presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by establishing the first Peace Corps programs in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and other newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.

United Way and Heritage Foundation

Following her service in the government, Chao worked for four years as President and CEO of United Way of America. She is credited with returning credibility and public trust in the organization after a financial mismanagement scandal involving former president William Aramony. From 1996 until her appointment as Secretary of Labor, Chao was a Distinguished Fellow with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. She was also a board member of the Independent Women's Forum. She returned to the Heritage Foundation after leaving the government in January 2009.

U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001–2009) Portrait of Elaine Chao by Chen Yanning in the Great Hall of the U.S. Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building. It features the American flag, the Kentucky state flag, the U.S. Capitol, and photos of her husband, Mitch McConnell, and her parents, James and Ruth Chao.

Chao was the only cabinet member in the George W. Bush administration to serve for the entirety of his eight years. She was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor since Frances Perkins, who served from 1933 to 1945, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration statistics, in 2007 – six years into Chao's tenure – "the workplace fatality rate... declined 14 percent since 2001, and since 2002, the workplace injury and illness rate... dropped 21 percent – with both at all time lows." Under her leadership, the U.S. Department of Labor undertook regulatory and legislative reforms in "protecting the health, safety, wages, and retirement security" of U.S. workers by "recovering record levels of back wages and monetary recoveries for pension plans, and obtaining record financial settlements for discrimination by federal contractors." She also restructured departmental programs and modernized regulations. Over the course of her tenure, the Department reduced their discretionary budget from $11.7 billion to $11.6 billion and was the first cabinet-level agency to have been rated "green" by the Office of Management and Budget, having exhibited excellence in budget management practices in every area.

Union disclosure requirements

In 2002, a major West Coast ports dispute costing the U.S. economy nearly $1 billion daily was resolved when the Bush administration obtained a national emergency injunction against both the employers and the union under the Taft–Hartley Act for the first time since 1971. Led by Chao In 2003, for the first time in more than 40 years, the Department updated the labor union financial disclosure regulations under the Landrum–Griffin Act of 1959, which created more extensive disclosure requirements for union-sponsored pension plans and other trusts to prevent embezzlement or other financial mismanagement.

In 2004, the Department issued revisions of the white-collar overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Government Accountability Office reports Chao's official Secretary of Labor photo

After analyzing 70,000 closed case files from 2005 to 2007, the Government Accountability Office reported that the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) inadequately investigated complaints from low- and minimum-wage workers alleging that employers failed to pay the federal minimum wage, required overtime, and failed to issue a last paycheck.

A 2008 Government Accountability Office report noted that the Labor Department gave Congress inaccurate numbers that understated the expense of contracting out its employees' work to private firms during Chao's tenure.

Mining regulation

A 2007 report by the department's inspector general found that mine safety regulators did not conduct federally required inspections at more than 14% of the country's 731 underground coal mines, and that the number of worker deaths in mining accidents more than doubled to 47. Subsequently, on December 10, 2008, Chao announced that the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had, for the first time in the agency's 31-year history, achieved its goal of completing every mandated regular inspection for the year, then consisting of 14,800 active mining operations. This announcement was made within the first year of the agency's "100 Percent Plan," which was launched by the MSHA in October 2007 to improve the completion of quarterly and biannual inspections.

OSHA statistics for 2007 and 2008 revealed that overall workplace fatality rates and workplace injury and illness rates were "both at all-time lows." A 2009 internal audit appraising an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiative focusing on problematic workplaces, however, stated that employees had failed to gather needed data, conducted uneven inspections and enforcement, and failed to discern repeat fatalities because records misspelled the companies' names or failed to notice when two subsidiaries with the same owner were involved.

Post-Bush administration (2009–2017) Elaine Chao and her father James Si-Cheng Chao met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan in 2016

In 2009 Chao resumed her previous role as a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and she contributed to Fox News and other media outlets.

She also served as a director on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Wells Fargo, NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, News Corp, Dole Food Company, and Protective Life Corporation. In June 2011, she was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

In January 2015 she resigned from the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which she had joined in 2012, because of its plans to significantly increase support for the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" initiative.

In 2011 and 2013, Chao attended Shanghai signing ceremonies for Capesize bulkers launched by the Foremost Group, her father's company, where she spoke publicly about U.S.–China relations. At the 2013 ceremony, Chao stated, "The U.S.-China relations is among the most important bilateral relationships in the world. And as such, there is no other alternative but to have a harmonious and a cooperative relationship. As with any relationship, there are bound to be ups, downs, disagreements, but in the overall scheme of things, in the overall direction, for the benefit of the world, U.S. and China must get along, and must find a way to do so."

In 2013, Chao recorded a motivational video to inspire Asian-American children.

In February 2017, it was reported by the Associated Press that Chao had been paid five-figure sums by organizations linked to the People's Mujahedin of Iran (aka Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK), an exile group that was previously described as "cult-like" by the State Department, in exchange for making two speeches in 2015–16. The MEK had previously claimed responsibility for the assassination of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lewis L. Hawkins, the deputy chief of the U.S. military mission to Tehran in 1973. However, the group was delisted as a foreign terrorist organization in 2012, with the US government acknowledging that the organization had renounced violence.

Chao is a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. She also organized the "orientation for the spouses of Republican senators" in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2017–present) Chao at her confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Transportation

Republican President-elect Donald Trump nominated Chao to Secretary of Transportation. The U.S. Senate confirmed Chao on January 31, 2017 by a vote of 93–6.

Personal life

In 1993, Chao married Mitch McConnell, the senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky and the eventual Senate Majority Leader. They were introduced by Stuart Bloch, an early friend of McConnell's, and his wife Julia Chang Bloch, a Chinese American and a future U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, the first Asian American to serve as US Ambassador, who mentored Chao. Bloch described Chao as a "tiger wife," a reference to Amy Chua's 2011 book about her disciplinarian parenting style. Previously, she had dated C. Boyden Gray, the White House Counsel to President George H. W. Bush.

The University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library opened the "McConnell-Chao Archives" in November 2009. It is a major component of the university's McConnell Center.

She admitted she would have regrets in not having kids on some days, and she also counseled young women that there are trade-offs in life.

Husband's campaigning

In the two years leading up to the 2014 U.S. Senate elections, she "headlined fifty of her own events and attended hundreds more with and on behalf of" her husband and was seen as "a driving force of his reelection campaign" and eventual victory over Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who had portrayed McConnell as "anti-woman." After winning the election, McConnell said, "The biggest asset I have by far is the only Kentucky woman who served in a president's cabinet, my wife, Elaine Chao."

She has been described by Jan Karzen, a longtime friend of McConnell's, as adding "a softer touch" to McConnell's style by speaking of him "in a feminine, wifely way." She has also been described as "the campaign hugger" and is also known for bipartisan socializing. For example, in 2014 she hosted a dinner with philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds to welcome Penny Pritzker as Secretary of Commerce, where she spent the evening socializing with Valerie Jarrett, Obama's top advisor.

The New York Times has described her as "an unapologetically ambitious operator with an expansive network, a short fuse, and a seemingly inexhaustible drive to get to the top and stay there." It reported that as labor secretary, she "had gold-colored coins minted with her name in bas-relief and employed a "Veep"-like staff member who carried around her bag."

The Chao family

The Chao family emigrated from Taiwan; Elaine Chao is the oldest of six sisters, the others being Jeannette, May, Christine, Grace, and Angela. The New York Times reported that "several of her five younger sisters married Wall Street titans, including Bruce Wasserstein, the late owner of New York Magazine."

Her father, James S.C. Chao, is a shipping magnate who founded the Foremost Group. In April 2008, Chao's father gave Chao and McConnell between $5 million and $25 million, which "boosted McConnell's personal worth from a minimum of $3 million in 2007 to more than $7 million" and "helped the McConnells after their stock portfolio dipped in the wake of the financial crisis that year."

In 2012, the Chao family donated $40 million to Harvard Business School for scholarships for students of Chinese heritage and the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, an executive education building named for Chao's late mother. It is the first building named after a woman on the Harvard campus and the first building named after an American of Asian ancestry. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao returned to school at age 51 to earn a master's degree in Asian literature and history from St. John's University in the Queens borough of New York City.

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External links
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  • Elaine Chao: One woman's rise from immigrant roots to the presidential Cabinet
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The Long Game: A Memoir
The Long Game: A Memoir
The candid, behind-the-scenes memoir of the of the Senate Majority Leader and GOP veteran.   In October 1984, a hard-charging Kentucky politician waited excitedly for President Ronald Reagan to arrive at a presidential rally in Louisville. In the midst of a tough Senate campaign against an incumbent Democrat, the young Republican hoped Reagan’s endorsement would give a much-needed boost to his insurgent campaign. He even had a camera crew ready to capture the president’s words for a TV commercial he planned to air during the campaign’s final stretch. Alas, when Reagan finally stepped to the microphone, he smiled for the crowd and declared: “I’m happy to be here with my good friend, Mitch O’Donnell.”    That was hardly Mitch McConnell’s first setback, and far from his last. He swallowed hard, put his head down, and kept going. Four weeks later, in the biggest upset of the year, his dream of being a US senator came true—by a margin of about one vote per precinct. By persevering, he’d be the only Republican in the country to beat an incumbent Democratic US senator.    McConnell learned patience and fortitude during his post–World War II youth in Alabama. His mother helped him beat polio by leading him through long, aching exer­cises every day for two years. His father taught him the importance of standing up to bullies, even if it meant tak­ing the occasional punch. It turned out to be the perfect childhood for a future Senate majority leader. “In the line of work I would choose, compromise is key, but I’d come to find that certain times required me to invoke the fight­ing spirit both of my parents instilled in me.”  For more than three decades, McConnell has worked steadily to advance conservative values, including limited government, indi­vidual liberty, fiscal prudence, and a strong national defense. But he has always cared much more about moving the ball forward than about who gets the credit. Now McConnell reveals what he really thinks about the rivalry between the Senate and the House; the players and the stakes involved when a group of political oppor­tunists tried to hijack the Tea Party movement; and key figures such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid. He explains the real causes of the chronic gridlock that has so many vot­ers enraged, his ongoing efforts to restore the US Senate’s indispensable dual role as a brake on excess and a tool for national consensus, and what ordinary citizens have a right to expect from Washington. 

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Midlife Happy Hour: Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and Chaos
Midlife Happy Hour: Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and Chaos
More than 40 million middle-aged women are tumbling over the hill laughing all the way because the kids are grown, their menstrual periods stopped, and they survived at least four decades of arbitrary rules dictated by a crabby universe. They went to work with varying degrees of success and they brought home the bacon but threw it in the freezer and ordered pizza. Now they're ready to celebrate the freedom of pending retirement because they know it's more fun to laugh hysterically than to stab someone with a fork and deal with the messy court case and inconvenient jail time. With her irreverent kiss-my-attitude, Elaine Ambrose shares her life experiences through a series of amusing anecdotes created to show women over age 50 that life is worth living out loud. Readers will learn how to remain relevant when the world ignores them, why their children are cute but should grow up and move out, how to cope when their aging parents forget their names, and why it's never too late to get serious about a passionate love life. She even throws in a few hints for fabulous fashion and decorating ideas for lazy people. This creative collection of humorous, gluten-free, and non-fattening stories will encourage midlife friends to grab an adult beverage and order two laughs for the price of one as the appropriate reward for surviving careers, kids, and chaos. It's time for Midlife Happy Hour!

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Interspecies: Volume 1 (The Inlari Sagas)
Interspecies: Volume 1 (The Inlari Sagas)
Includes "Babylon's Song," a finalist for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella. Fifty years after first contact with the inlari, war ravaged the Earth, leaving New Zealand and Australia the victors and survivors, but at a devastating cost. As human and inlari factions compete against each other in the struggle for power and resources, some seek zealotry and dominance. Others strive for peace and unity--and with them, hope still lives.Interspecies is a shared-universe anthology containing four stories of transformation, survival, and the eternal search for meaning and purpose in a turbulent world. Can inlari and humans alike bridge the gap created by their prejudices? Or will one species forever rule the other? "The Memoriam" by M. J. Kelley: Kene, a young inlari disciple, learns his people's dark and complex history through direct memory transfer with his mentor. Kene's head fills with the memories and lives of the dead, as he's groomed to be the keeper of the remembrance. He's also charged with carrying out peace between the inlaris and the last free human city on New Zealand, but can he cope with the onslaught of memory? Can he survive his government's extremists and his ancient order's shameful secrets? "Underground Intelligence" by Elaine Chao: An-tíng is a hei-kè, one of the few technical experts in a human military group focused on gathering enough data to overthrow the inlari occupation. A routine mission--one she wasn't even supposed to be on--takes a surprising turn, making her reevaluate her place in society and the fragile relationship between humans and inlaris. "Transmission Interrupted" by Dana Leipold: Quinette Alteiri's father has disappeared, and there's no hope that he will return. Her mother, the leader of the inlari nation on New Zealand's North Island, has also suffered painful losses at the hands of humans, leaving her bitter and vengeful. Quinette finds solace in the arms of a human slave even though she knows it is forbidden, and it would shatter her mother. When Quinette and her lover find a mysterious device, Quinette sets off a series of events that eventually force her to make a decision: follow her destiny or forge a new future. "Babylon's Song" by Woelf Dietrich: At nine-years-old, Samantha Babylon's innocence is violently torn from her as she and her sister find themselves in New Zealand, now home to the inlari nation. Separated from her sister on arrival, a storm of guilt and fear threatens to rip Samantha apart as she clings to the fragile hope of uniting with her sibling, escaping the island, and returning to their beloved Barren Mountain in New South Wales.

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Armistice (The Inlari Sagas Book 0)
Armistice (The Inlari Sagas Book 0)
Includes stories by 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist Woelf Dietrich!Long ago, the aliens known as the inlaris lost their home world in a devastating attack. They traveled for eons searching for a new home. But their new home, Earth, was already taken. At first inlaris and humans brokered deals bringing Earth into a new golden age of collaboration. The golden age didn't last long...From hopeful stories of first contact and alien teamwork to tales of post-apocalyptic survival and brutal interspecies conflict, these narratives portray startling snapshots of peace and war with an intensity that only very short fiction can convey. Each author's unique stories enrich the shared, singular vision of the Inlari Sagas.This collection precedes the Interspecies Series--volumes of full-length stories--and presents 20 tales spanning the years of the inlaris arrival on Earth, the golden era, the Great War that eventually followed, and the interspecies conflicts that still rattle the world in the aftermath.

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Asian American Politics: Law, Participation, and Policy (Spectrum Series: Race and Ethnicity in National and Global Politics)
Asian American Politics: Law, Participation, and Policy (Spectrum Series: Race and Ethnicity in National and Global Politics)
Asian Americans are emerging as a political force and yet their politics have not been systematically studied by either social scientists or politicians. Asian American politics transcend simple questions of voting behavior and elective office, going all the way back to early immigration laws and all the way forward to ethnic targeting. For the first time, this book brings together original sources on key topics influencing Asian American politics, knit together by expert scholars who introduce each subject and place it in context with political events and the greater emerging literature. Court cases, legislation, demographics, and key pieces on topics ranging from gender to Japanese American redress to the Los Angeles riots to Wen Ho Lee round out this innovative reader on a politically active group likely to grow in number and electoral impact.

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Chaos Unbound: A Jewish Childhood in Nazi Berlin
Chaos Unbound: A Jewish Childhood in Nazi Berlin
Reviews “Elaine Siegel presents us with the fascinating story of her survival as a Jewish child in Nazi Berlin. Full of detail and laced with pungent observations of the adults around her, Siegel’s memoir recreates the child’s view of, and emotional reactions to, the Nazi coming to power with astuteness and clarity.” — Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College Product Description “We spied on our families, just like the Hitler Youth had exhorted us to do, but not to catch them in the midst of illicit or illegal acts. We had a different purpose: We wanted to keep our grown-ups alive and away from the police. This was not always easy.” — Elaine V. Siegel, from Chaos Unbound In 1925, Charlotte Resca, a German-Jewish girl of 18 years, was so enamored of her handsome German-Protestant fiancé that she followed him to America. There they would would marry and begin a new life. The marriage failed, but not before a daughter, Elaine, was born on December 29, 1928. In the summer of 1931, Charlotte, unaware of the horror soon to unfold, left her husband and returned to Berlin with her two-and-a-half-year-old Jewish daughter. Beautiful and ambitious, she would pursue a career in banking while her child was raised by the grandparents. Young Elaine would bond with her remarkable maternal grandmother, a midwife, herbal healer, and counselor of local renown, and grow up with an odd assortment of friends, neighbors, and relations, Jewish and Gentile, wealthy and impoverished, pro- and anti-Nazi. There is drama in this memoir of a Jewish childhood in Nazi Berlin. The tightening grip of anti-Semitism, the transformation of local ne’er-do-wells into imperious Brownshirts, the marginalization and degradation of shopkeepers and merchants who resisted Nazi blandishments, and the visceral disgust of many Germans for Hitler — all are woven into a story whose very intimacy captures the largeness of its historical moment. It is especially the young Elaine’s clarity of vision — her keen understanding of what was happening around her and what was required to safeguard herself and “her adults” — that pulls the reader along in this gripping account of Jewish survival in the eye of the Nazi storm. About the Author Now in retirement in Wayland, MA after a long and distinguished career as both a psychoanalyst and registered dance therapist, Elaine V. Siegel is widely published in both German and English and has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe.

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Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust
Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust
The stories in Out of Chaos forms a profound testament to lost and found lives that are translated into compelling reading. The collection illuminates brief or elongated moments, fragments of memory and experience, what the great Holocaust writer Ida Fink called “a scrap of time.”  In all, the anthology expresses survivors’ memories and reactions to a wide range of experiences as they survived in so many European settings, from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Poland, and France. The writers recall being on the run between different countries, escaping over mountains, hiding and even sometimes forgetting their Jewish identities in convents and rescuers’ homes and hovels, basements and attics. Some were left on their own; others found themselves embroiled in rescuer family conflicts.  Some writers chose to write story clusters, each one capturing a moment or incident and often disconnected by memory or temporal and spatial divides.  

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Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity
Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity
"Walker's erudition is astounding-there is very little of intellectual interest that is not covered by this book, and she provides one of the most accessible introductions to chaos theory available." -Kirkus Reviews Matter Over Mind begins with a thought-provoking journey through the Cosmos to illustrate the startling contrast between nature's chaotic but rich processes, and the human mind's organized but underperforming habits. This book reveals how humanity could achieve even greater heights if we allow ourselves to rethink how we think. Chaos theory, which is wonderfully explained in this book, is a foundational recipe in nature and large group behavior. Abstract thinking is the opposite force that leads to frustrating inconsistencies in society and even limitations in technology. Viewing the world through both lenses illuminates the deeper dynamics of the world and a better way forward for humanity. Elaine Walker is an electronic musician with a deep interest in philosophy and chaos theory. Being raised by two loving mathematics professors provided her with a natural appreciation for mathematics. Her Masters thesis at New York University was on using chaos dynamics to compose and perform music. Elaine has regularly volunteered for the NewSpace community, promoting the idea of humans living in space. She spent five summers in the High Arctic on the NASA Haughton-Mars Project. She is a proponent of longevity and a member of the cryonics organization, Alcor. See also: http://MatterOverMind.com

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De portas abertas para o lazer: a cultura lúdica nas comunidades de bairro (Portuguese Edition)
De portas abertas para o lazer: a cultura lúdica nas comunidades de bairro (Portuguese Edition)
Acompanhando a tendência de atenuação das condições de injustiça e exclusão social, a partir do esporte recreativo e do lazer, o Grupo de Pesquisa Corpo, Educação e Movimento - GCEM, do Departamento de Educação Física da Universidade Estadual da Paraíba - UEPB, propôs o desenvolvimento de uma investigação sobre a situação do lazer na cidade de Campina Grande – PB, considerando a Pesquisa de Informações Básicas Municipais (MUNIC, 2003), a partir do universo das comunidades de bairro. (trecho retirado do texto "Abrindo as portas da pesquisa:Pressupostos teóricos e metodológicos" do livro)

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