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Unless you gave up March Madness for Lent this year, you saw that one school took home both the men and women’s championships.    Speaking at the University of Connecticut’s Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum yesterday, Hillary was delighted to accept a couple of Huskies onesies for her grandchild-to-be from university president Susan Herbst.

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Telling her audience that sometimes as secretary of state she was treated as an honorary man, Hillary Clinton charmed her audience at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston today with advice, personal insights, and her signature humor.

Revisiting her 2008 primary campaign she reminisced about those who wanted not just to knock her down but to knock her out and advised the “iron my shirt” guys to iron it themselves.  Crediting her parents and her participation in sports for helping her to build resilience, she advised young, perfectionist women to dare to compete and to choose “done” over “perfect.”

She closed to a standing ovation – as we could have predicted.

A few choice quotes and twitpics follow.

“Always surprising to me how many women think they have to be perfect. I rarely meet a young man who doesnt think he already is”

“Sometimes your critics can be your best advisors. Reflect with an open mind & don’t take [it] personally -grow”

“There’s an army of women and frankly, a very large group of older women who could make a real difference to America’s corporations, businesses, academia, politics — you name it,”

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Note to Jimmy Fallon:  If this is a man’s pantsuit, please wear this one on your show.  The fringy pink tweed Chanel collar would give you a break from the ties and look just peachy on you!

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Hillary is up in New England honoring university speaking engagements today.  Meanwhile, here is a really nice shout-out from David Freedlander to those of us who, one way or another, devote large portions of our days and weeks celebrating and promoting Hillary’s hard work.  Thank you, David!

 

Inside the World of Hillary Superfans

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on their Twitter profile to a simple picture of the former first lady; their bio lists Hillary Clinton alongside their favorite sports teams. For seven years, they have tracked her every move on social media. And the moment Hillary Clinton shoots the starter pistol on the 2016 campaign, they will leave behind jobs, families, and responsibilities, and go where she needs them.
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Here are some of the speaking engagements on Hillary’s schedule for this week.

 

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04/23/14
Boston MA
Seaport World Trade Center
Keynote: Simmons Leadership Conference
04/23/14
Storrs CT
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum
04/26/14
Louisville KY
Kentucky International Convention Center
Keynote at United Methodist Women’s Assembly

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to Hillary and family and to all who visit here!

 

Chelsea Clinton Marries Marc Mezvinsky In Rhinebeck, New York

Sometimes I take issue with some of what is in these newsletters.  This one begins a little too facilely.  Much brain and sense development precedes birth.   It does not all start when the baby is born.  That Too Small to Fail is concerned with ages 0 -5 may explain the lower parameter,  but it is important to remember that listening comprehension really begins before birth.

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Young Brains Need Nurturing and Support

From the moment humans are born, we are absorbing information about the world around us and storing it away for later use.

The human brain develops quickly from birth, forming nearly 700 neural connections per second. For example, in the amount of time it took you to read the previous sentence, a newborn would have formed about 4,400 new connections! At this rapid rate of growth, the average child develops approximately 80 percent of his brain by his fourth birthday.

Brain development is fast, and sensitive to its environment. Everything a child hears, sees, touches and tastes is cross-referenced and stored away—the early building blocks for learning. But for this reason, negative experiences can also be especially harmful to very young children. The “toxic stress” of poverty, a parent’s job loss or abuse can actually prevent neural connections in their brains, and impact later learning and even health.

Under normal circumstances, parents and caregivers who spend time talking, reading, singing and playing games with their babies help increase their vocabularies and improve brain growth. During times of severe stress, you can:

  1. Reassure your child. Make sure they feel loved, even if you can’t control the circumstances around them.
  2. Take a breath. If you reduce your stress levels, you can better help them manage theirs.
  3. Bond with your child. Take time to cuddle, ask questions and laugh—especially when times are tough.
  4. Establish routines. Young children need predictable structure in their lives so that they feel secure enough to manage high stress levels.

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Check out this baby brain map from ZERO TO THREE, which you can use to track how babies’ and toddlers’ brains develop during different periods of growth. >>

 

Tribeca: Hillary Clinton Supports Chelsea’s Producer Debut at ‘Of Many’ Screening

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Chelsea Clinton (middle) at Thursday night’s “Of Many” Tribeca premiere

The former First Lady also said of Warner Bros.’ recent hire Dee Dee Myers, “she’ll fit in beautifully.”

Chelsea Clinton made her debut as a movie producer Thursday night at the premiere of the documentary Of Many.

The film, which screened at the AMC Loews Village 7 in New York as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, drew a crowd that included President Bill Clinton, who was on hand to support his daughter.

The former president didn’t show at the after-party, held at Stream Line Circle, but Hillary Clinton, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, made a surprise appearance.

 

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