Insight with Mark Farrell An engaging forum to examine and discuss a vast array of everyday obstacles and challenges facing adults and children today.

July 25, 2014  

For Ji Cheng, even if he comes in dead last - it’s an honor racing in the world’s most famous bike race.  Was summer camp an experience you treasure or was the thought of being away from home paralyzing?  Mark recounts his time at camp with fellow visually impaired and blind campers where he was instrumental in organizing midnight pillow fight raids on neighboring cabins.  New York developer Extell, was approved to have a separate entrance for the “poor” tenants in the 33 story luxury building under construction on the upper west side.  “Poor” door will be for families making less than $51.540 or less and you won’t see the poor door tenants utilizing the gym and pool as that’s not permitted!  This isn’t the first NYC property to segregate tenants by wallet size yet it doesn’t make it right.  Mark also discusses the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, the new transgender leader of Garden State Equality (LGBT rights group), Katy Perry teaming up with UNICEF and more.

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July 18, 2014  

A new car for their 17th birthday.  An ostentatious sweet sixteen party that
would even awe the Kardashians, the latest technological devices known to
man (of course outfitted with every possible accoutrement)?  These teens
(and adults) exist and they feel very strongly about their right to "have"
and "do" what they want.
"The entitled generation"...they're everywhere with their heads bent
feverishly tapping away on their smart phones or easily overheard bragging
publicly about their new outlandishly priced clothes or exotic vacation
plans.  Expert parent coach, Joan Keefe shares how this epidemic like
behavior is becoming more common, how it starts and how it can be managed.
Who is culpable; parents, the media, pop culture?  Mark and Joan discuss.

Mark also talks about the necessity (with a wink in his eye) of a new app
that tells you when to reapply sun tan lotion based on your skin type.
Should the creators of this app also include an indicator that would prompt
sunbathers when it's time to hit on the person you've been hawking near you?
Speaking of new apps - Kim Kardashian is attaching her name to a new smart
phone app that will make her an estimated cool 45 million.  And Mark talks
about Vanessa Williams appearance on Oprah's show where she recounts being
sexually abused by an 18 year old family friend when she was 10.     

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July 11, 2014  

Can you imagine being one of the over one billion people on the planet that live on a dollar a day? Thomas A. Nazario discusses his new book, “Living on a Dollar a Day - The lives and faces of the world’s poor” with Mark.  Hear what it takes to reduce worldwide poverty – it’s not rocket science rather, politics as usual.

 

Advocates for the deaf and blind are urging Apple to design operating systems and apps that are more user friendly for the disabled community.  In a stellar effort to include persons with disabilities in it’s commercials – Swiffer is moving dust and changing perceptions on who someone with a disability is.      

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