a different kind of coffee break with Gerry and Ray Coffey

Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

Ted Talk Favorites


 TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design,, is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

 TED began in 1984 and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

 Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

 TED’s Mission: Spread ideas worth sharing with those who seek a deeper understanding of the world.

 TED is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

 The TED Prize is awarded annually to a leader with a fresh, bold vision for sparking global change. The TED Prize winner receives $1,000,000 — and the TED community’s wide range of resources and expertise — to make their dream become a reality.


TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation


Please listen and watch Marianne Williamson at least this far..."...Surely the women of America can do better than the hyenas..." and then perhaps you will listen more...;-).
Below some more excerpts of Marianne’s wisdom:
"Children want to feel there's a sense of meaning to all this, and guess what, so do adults!  ...There's been a lot of talk this morning about the infinite potential of children, but you know what, there's infinite potential in adults, as well.
"And given the global catastrophic implications of the probabilities and trajectories of probable horror that now face the human race, we ABSOLUTLEY CANNOT WAIT FOR THE KIDS TO GROW UP TO TAKE IT FROM HERE
"ALL systems break down, means ALL systems response, ALL of US, no matter what our age, are NEEDED NOW! And it was very, very interesting how Jackson was talking about how in Africa the Grandmothers' honored, the grandmothers are revered, and it's the grandmothers who are the self-correcting principal. Very, very interesting. Well the grandmothers would be the self-correcting principal in any culture that is in its own state of understanding of the natural intelligence that imbues all consciousness.
We can talk about how we don't treat our elders with enough respect and with enough honor in our society. Certainly we can make that argument. But I think it's also true that elders will earn greater respect in the United States, we will be treated with greater honor WHEN WE ACT MORE HONORABLY.
You know, somebody told me that 50 is the age which you just don't care what they think any more. I think 60 is the age which no matter what anybody thinks, YOU'RE going to say what YOU think! And at a TIME of the kind of global threats that we are facing now, it is not being an alarmist to say that something is VERY WRONG and we must all wake up quickly and ACT IF IN FACT THE TIMES ARE ALARMING!
"...You can liken the state of humanity today to the Titanic on its way to the iceberg...
it could be a biologic disaster. It could be a weather catastrophe. It could be a nuclear catastrophe...what matters is we must turn this ship around AND WE MUST TURN IT AROUND NOW!
"The choices that we make that come from LOVE, however, lift us up, to be able to do things and enable us to do things we ultimately, otherwise, could not do.
That is the story today! Redemption, whether you think of Redemption in secular terms or religious terms. Change!
"There is GENIUS WITHIN EVERY CHILD, YES, but there is also genius within EVERY ADULT. They used to tell us once the brain cells have died they can't regenerate; now they're saying 'Ooops, actually they can. Sometimes we feel, 'Oh, I messed up my life, it's all over! I'll never be of use,' OH YES YOU CAN!
"The choices that we make that come from LOVE, however, lift us up, to be able to do things and enable us to do things we ultimately, otherwise, could not do.”
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gerry Coffey, CAJA: Court Appointed Juvenile Advocate
Health Educator/Councilor/Global Media Liaison, IVU
Coffey Break: A Healthy Alternative:
Recipient: Int'l. Vegetarian-of-the-Year-Award, Bangkok, Thailand, 2006


Knowing I was on the TEDx Huntsville 2014* speaker recruitment team, a friend suggested I invite Debra Jenkins to audition as a Presenter.
Though I had yet to personally meet Debra, I had volunteered as an Usher at some of the fine performances held at Huntsville's Merrimack Hall, founded by Debra and her husband, Alan, and I knew her talk would definitely qualify for TED's* purpose to share: "MESSAGES WORTH SPREADING." 
Debra was already more than equal to the task of public speaking but just in case even hired a professional Speech Coach in addition to "us" TEDx Coaches.
Suffice to say, I feel everyone on the PLANET can benefit from hearing Debra's talk. If you have yet to do so, below a few excerpts that might encourage:
"Abby is 14 today but when she was 12 she told me the most impactful thing anybody has ever said to me in my life.
"She said, ‘Miss Debra, everybody has special needs, and we all have two special needs in common.
We all have the special need to be loved, and we all have the special need to be accepted.’
“And then she said: ‘Some people’s special needs are on the outside, like mine, and some people’s special needs are in the inside, like Austin.’
I can’t tell you what comfort I took in these words, spoken by a 12 year-old-girl who will never be able to tie her own shoe, and that’s when I knew that no-one could be more prepared or more qualified to answer that tap on the shoulder than me.
Because I do have a son with special needs. And I have special needs. And so does Alan. And so does our daughter, just like Abby said. And so do you! 
My special needs aren't obvious when you first meet me, but get to know me and you'll see. I have behavior issues, personality traits, character flaws that interfere with my ability to be my best, to accomplish all that I'm capable of, to function in the world without conflict.  
All of us are going to spend our lives struggling to overcome our special needs.

 Maybe we won’t be able to sustain a marriage, or

 be a good partner to another person.

 Maybe we won’t be able to hold down a job.

 Maybe we won’t be able to work well with others or be an effective leader or a loving parent or a good friend. 

There’s a million ways we’re all going to struggle with whatever our disability is, but make no mistake, if you are a human, you have special needs."
Click on the URL below to see and hear "Miss Debra's" talk;-).
Gerry, TEDx Huntsville 2014 Coach
ps: Several of you have "TEDx Messages-worthy of sharing, so please contact me;-).
On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM, The Team at Merrimack Hall <[email protected]> wrote:
September 14, 2014

Debra Jenkins was a presenter at Tedx Huntsville 2014 and the video of her talk is now online. Please take 15 minutes to watch this powerful Ted Talk, which tells our "Merrimack Story!"

Every view will help us take our message of inclusion to a wider audience.

We are grateful to you for your support of our efforts to enrich the lives of people with special needs.

Normal...Is A Dryer Setting | Debra Jenkins | TEDxHuntsville


| Home Page | Articles | Programs | Recipes | Resources |

This page began 02 April 1999 and was updated 20 June 2016

Please feel free to write to us with your comments and questions [email protected]

This site is hosted and maintained by:
The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation

Thank you for visiting
Since date.gif (991 bytes)