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Baker Mayfield knows ‘I could have played way better’ in win over Washington – Browns Wire

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Baker Mayfield played well enough to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 34-20 victory over the visiting Washington Football Team. But Mayfield knows he should have done a lot more to help his team, which needed five takeaways from the defense to prevail on a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon in FirstEnergy Stadium.

Mayfields stat line 16-for-23, 156 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs looks a lot better on paper than it did in real-time. In his postgame Zoom with reporters, Mayfield admitted as much.

I could have played way better, he said. I couldve gotten the ball out and saved a couple of those sacks. The protection was great. I couldve re-IDd the play where the intentional grounding happened and the first play coming out where I got sacked. Some things that I can be a lot better on.

Its a good sense of self-awareness from Mayfield. Odell Beckham Jr. bailed him out with a fantastic defensive play to break up a would-be interception by safety Troy Apke. The intentional grounding penalty was an embarrassing decision, but also the second week in a row hes made it.

He also missed a wide-open Kareem Hunt on a play that should have been an easy touchdown. Instead, it required a truly spectacular one-handed grab by Hunt.

Mayfields recognition that he needs to play better if the Browns are to keep winning is a good sign. Yet its also a sign of how good the team around him can be that it doesnt need Mayfield to be perfect to claim a win.

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Are Cardinals better than they showed against the Lions? They better hope so – The Arizona Republic

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One football game in September should not a referendum on the season, but it can be a point on a graph that indicateswhere a team is in its development and how far it has to go to be considered good.

The answers for the Cardinals after Sunday are a.) still in the learning stages and b.) so far that they should pack a lunch, maybe some snacks and plenty of water for the trip.

Good teams dont lose at home, 26-23, to the Lions, who snapped an 11-game losing streak.

Good offenses dont commit three turnovers, run eight plays in the fourth quarter, or throw seven passes in the direction of a second-year receiver, KeeSean Johnson, and only two in the direction of a future hall of famer, Larry Fitzgerald.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) walks off the field after being defeated by the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium.(Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic)

Good defenses dont let opponents drive 75 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first half or 70 yards for the game-winning field goal with no time left.

As coach Kliff Kingsbury accurately pointed out afterward, the Cardinals deserved to lose Sunday. Even in these divisive times, no one could argue.

We lost a game, so obviously none of us did enough, Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury blamed himself for the Cardinals' first loss of the season. Didnt have the team ready, he said. Called a bad game. Has to get the ball to Fitzgerald more often. Needs to communicate better with quarterback Kyler Murray.

Kingsbury is correct on all counts.

Including Kingsbury, the Cardinals were all over the map on Sunday.

Kingsburys a gifted play caller, but he outsmarted himself too often on Sunday. Like when he took Murray out and put backup Chris Streveler in on fourth and one in the third quarter. The Cardinals were late lining up, called a timeout, and then tight end Dan Arnold was called for a false start.

Why take Murray out on fourth down? Especially after the brilliant touchdown 1-yard touchdown run he made in the second quarter?

And why later in the quarter did Kingsbury call three consecutive pass plays after Kenyan Drake had rushed for 15 yards and a first down?

Murray threw two touchdown passes to Andy Isabella, including one that dropped into Isabellas hands just before the receiver ran out of end zone. But Murray had three passes intercepted. Causes:a deflection, a bad decision and a poor throw.

The defense twice held the Lions to field goals after Murray had passes intercepted in Cardinals territory. Yet, quarterback Matthew Stafford shredded it for 75 yards at the end of the first half, and for 61 yards on the final possession.

Im pissed, defensive tackle Corey Peterson said. Obviously, we had opportunities to win the game, even as poorly as we played.

But the Cardinals apparently arent far enough along in their development to do that.

Sep 27, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray throws an interception to Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah (30) in the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK(Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic)

The good news is there is not only room for improvement, but the capability of it.

Murray is a more consistent passer than hes shown. He hasfeathered a pass in to Isabella in the back of the end zone, andzipped an 18-yard out to DeAndre Hopkins.

But hes also missed on a couple of deep balls this season, and his ability to throw while on the run needs work.

Kingsbury is a creative play caller, but sometimes need the self-awareness that often the best designs are simple.

Against the worst rush defense in the first two weeks of the season, why run a reverse to Isabella? And why did Fitzgerald, who entered the game with 645 receptions at State Farm Stadium, finish with 646?

Over the next two weeks, there is an opportunity for the Cardinals to reset and address the shortcomings that were apparent on Sunday.

Carolina, next weeks opponent, is 1-2 and missing running back Christian McCaffrey. The Jets, the opponent the following week, are 0-3 and missing, well, pretty much everything.

Three weeks in, its impossible to tell for sure what kind of team that Cardinals are going to be this season. Lets hope it's not the one that played the Lions Sunday.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder? – GLAMOUR UK

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From bloating to cramps to breakouts, most of us are more than familiar with the telltale signs of an upcoming period. In fact, many women experience some level of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point in our life and while the symptoms are unpleasant, they're usually quite manageable with a couple of paracetamol and a hot water bottle.

But for some women, the lead up to their monthly period is somewhat more of an ordeal. They might experience severe mood swings, sleeping problems, extreme anxiety and physical distress. These women are experiencing premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD - a relatively common but poorly understood condition that's not often spoken about.

Here, we ask Dr Houda Ounnas of 25 Harley Street, to tell us everything we need to know about PMDD, from what it actually is, to the symptoms to look out for, to what you can do to help.

WHAT IS PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER (PMDD)? "Almost all women have some mild premenstrual symptoms that signal the imminent arrival of their period every month," says Dr Ounnas. "For some its merely an annoyance, some bloating and mild mood changes."

However, for others, the symptoms are more significant and fall under the diagnosis of premenstrual syndrome. "About 20% of menstruating women suffer from PMS. Women with PMS have mostly physical symptoms and some minor mood disturbances caused by the changing hormone levels just before the period arrives."

Sometimes, in about 5% to 8% of menstruating women, there are also debilitating mood changes which come together with the premenstrual physical symptoms. "This is another level up from PMS, and is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD," explains Dr Ounnas.

According to Dr Ounnas, PMDD is a severe, sometimes disabling extension of PMS. "Although regular PMS and PMDD both have physical and emotional symptoms, PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can disrupt your work and damage your relationships," she says.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PMDD? In both PMDD and PMS, symptoms usually begin seven to 10 days before your period starts and continue for the first few days that you have your period. The two conditions share some symptoms - bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue, and changes in sleep and eating habits.

However, in PMDD, at least one of these emotional and behavioural symptoms will be present - sadness or hopelessness, anxiety or tension, extreme moodiness or marked irritability or anger.

WHAT CAUSES PMDD? "The cause of PMDD isn't clear," says Dr Ounnas. "Underlying depression and anxiety are common in both PMS and PMDD, so it's possible that the hormonal changes that trigger a menstrual period worsen the symptoms of mood disorders. What is worth noting, is that PMDD is biological and not merely behavioural."

HOW IS IT TREATED? Unfortunately, there isn't a miracle cure for PMDD, and a lot of the treatment is about better understanding your symptoms. "Self-awareness and recognising the disorder and empathising with the self without judgment, is the first step in healing this disorder. Accepting that it is biology and not beating yourself over it as badly behaved, is key," advises Dr Ounnas. However, Dr Ounnas also recommends a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and cutting back on caffeine and alcohol can all help alleviate symptoms. "It's also a good idea to try relaxation techniques like meditation and mindfulness, as well as consider counselling."

Plus, there are certain medicines that can help; "There are two options the antidepressant class of drugs that can help. SSRIs (Selective Seretonin Reuptake Inhibitors) may reduce emotional and sleep symptoms," she says. The other option is the combined oral contraceptive pill; "it shuts down your fluctuating natural hormones, and replaces them with regular influx of artificial hormones."

FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE? "Whilst not dangerous to your health, PMDD can affect your relationships, both personal and at work and is definitely worth being aware of and controlling the symptoms," advises Dr Ounnas. "If you have a partner, it might be with telling them that you suffer with this condition, just so they are aware in terms of increasing their window of tolerance and patience around you that time of month, when the symptoms are likely to be active."

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With $9.5 million grant, The First Tee will bolster its offerings for teenage golfers – Golf Digest

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There may not be a better moment than now to support junior golf. Thats exactly what PGA Superstore and Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have done. Their $9.5 million grant will go towards bolstering The First Tees offerings for teenage golfers.

The grant will fund a leadership summit as well as build up The First Tees curriculum for teenagers. At the summit, the first of which will take place in 2021 in Montana, 40 teenagers from First Tee programs both in the United States and international chapters will be invited to participate in the week-long event structured around teaching leadership skills.

I think this is a perfect answer to a lot of the issues that these young people are looking for in terms of identity self-confidence, self-awareness, why am I here, how do I maximize the opportunity to live a life and make the best use of my life, how do I make sure that my voice is being heard and how do I make sure that my actions are being reflected in that leadership as well, Blank said.

There will be more widespread leadership opportunities, as well, as 1,300 First Tee teenagers will get to participate locally in leadership programs at PGA Tour Superstores. In Montana, 45 more schools will add The First Tee School program to their curriculum.

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The new leadership program and summit will be game-changing opportunities for the young people involved, and we are sincerely grateful for the support of our work and our chapters in Superstore markets, said Greg McLaughlin, the chief executive officer of The First Tee.

The First Tee offers group lessons to kids ages 5-18. There are 150 First Tee chapters, 10,000 schools teach their curriculum, as do 1,600 youth centers. They work to get golf clubs in the hands of kids who want to play, especially those in communities where the opportunity to play golf isnt as readily available, teaching values in the process. One focus is on teaching leadership, which the new teenage programming is hoping to improve.

Golf has seen a surge in popularity as people try to find ways to be outdoors and socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic. New golfers are entering the game, many of them juniors. When talking about PGA Tour Superstore sales over the past several months, Blank said, The revenue numbers are incredible and the biggest increase we have seen have been, in part, with womens golf, but also with youth golf, and that bodes well for The First Tee and bodes well for all of the attributes that people learn when they understand the game of golf. They learn to be honest, they learn to appreciate skills, they learn to be disciplined."

As kids pick up the game, programs like these will help not only with introducing them to the basics of golf, but will help retain junior golfers as they age into teenage golfers, and hopefully continue playing into adulthood.

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The Comey Rule Will Give You 2016 Election PTSD – Rolling Stone

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Is it possible for something to feel dated and too soon at the same time? Watching The Comey Rule, Showtimes two-part limited series (premiering tonight) about former FBI Director Jim Comeys rocky four-year tenure straddling the Obama and Trump administrations, is in some ways like stepping into a distant period piece. In the opening minutes, we meet Comey on the morning of his job interview with Obama at the White House. Comey (played by Jeff Daniels) stares into his closet, mulling which navy suit to wear. His wife eventually picks one for him. The banality of the moment, the fat luxury of that concern What, no masks? No wildfires raging? No protesters marching and helicopters circling? is almost comical.

A few scenes later, the action shifts to the Oval Office. Off-camera we hear a familiar-sounding voice, a warm baritone that slices into the consciousness like a razor. President Obama (Kingsley Ben-Adir, admirably game in the role) is on the phone, reassuring some governor or other public official somewhere out there in his America that help is on the way. Then he welcomes Comey a Republican whos previously served in the Geroge W. Bush administration with a firm handshake, eye contact, civilized conversation. Its 2013. Eight years ago. But a time that feels so close you could touch it, like its all happening on the other side of a sliding glass door. Knowing the cascade of chaos and misfortune that descends in the near future, you might have to look away from the screen.

The Comey Rule is not a perfect show, but then James Comey is not a perfect guy. He seems to know as much, having confessed in his 2017 memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, on which this dramatization is based, that he can be stubborn, prideful, overconfident, and driven by ego. For anyone who left that book unable to square such self-awareness with the authors refusal to cop to his bungled handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe in which he made not one but two unprecedented public statements about the investigation in the precarious weeks preceding the 2016 election, first that her conduct, while not criminal, was extremely careless, then that the bureau would be suddenly reopening the case this historical moment wont be an easy place to revisit.

The producers seem to share this ambivalence about their hero. Our narrative guide through the series, and the first character we meet, is not Comey but a weaselly Rod Rosenstein (Scoot McNairy), the Deputy Attorney General who drafted the so-called Comey memo justifying the directors firing in 2017. Off the bat, he calls Comey a showboat and a Boy Scout.

Indeed, in the early going, the man comes off as a kind of pious schoolboy in custom suits (presumably the guys 6-foot-8). The script seizes on details recounted in the book: that Comey was a New Age-y boss who instructed his 37,000 FBI employees in an introductory speech to love someone its good for you. He likes to disarm people by asking them what their favorite Halloween candy is. When he gets angry, he says something frosts him. He doesnt know what a golden shower is, bless his heart. He can also be haughty, even when hes well-intentioned. Daniels plays his rectitude on a spectrum that ranges from pensive and priestly to rigidly performative.

The story hits all the inflection points of the 2016 election and its aftermath: Russias hack of the DNC; Pizzagate; Attorney General Loretta Lynchs impromptu meeting with Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix; the discovery of Clinton emails on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner; the Steele dossier. Comey and his team are like a staggered boxer in the ring, being battered with crises. Every time they pull themselves off the canvas, theyre hit with an uppercut.

Along the way, were introduced to a murderers row of actors doing their best West Wing: House of Cards alum Michael Kelly as Andrew McCabe; an underutilized Holly Hunter as Attorney General Sally Yates (she mostly gets to offer cornball platitudes about justice and government to an intern, a.k.a. the audience); William Sadler as General Michael Flynn; Breaking Bads Jonathan Banks as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Theres a dizzying assault of characters and national security-rocking incidents, but it all hums with the energy of a well-oiled political drama.

But its when Donald Trump arrives that the series tension ratchets up and the jaw-clenching, tooth-grinding anxiety sets in. Played with a growly, lion-like intensity by the great Brendan Gleeson, Trump is a man that undoes Comeys belief in codes and norms, makes him squirm. Daniels is finest in their moments together, projecting Comeys deep discomfort with a stiff lip and a constipated expression. Where Comey is all enlightenment philosophy and intellect, Trump is an animal. Gleeson captures his rabidness, never more so than in a press conference monologue that zooms in close on his face. The twitching brows and the darting eyes, the snarling lips, the breathy delivery, the rambling self-flattery and nonsensical asides its all there.

We dont need to tell you how Comey and Trumps relationship sours, or how this story ends. Its as gut-wrenching fictionalized as it was in real life. Whats perhaps more painful is being reminded that a smart, honorable man who only wanted to stop the bad guys opened the floodgates to them by believing that he was the moral compass of the FBI and even the U.S. government at large that, upon seeing a deep, dark problem bubbling up in our democracy, he alone could fix it.

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Kaua’i Farmacy offers self-healing remedies made in Kaua’i –

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Doug and Genna Wolkon discovered intrinsic motivation by helping others navigate through a monetary system they felt didnt work them.

Rather than trying to comply, the Wolkons took control of their healing remedies and transformed their passion into a business.

The Wolkons, both originally from the Mainland who arrived in Kauai over a decade ago, were unaware their healing journey would create an opportunity to educate and empower others into adopting a holistic lifestyle.

For the owners of a small acreage farm outside of Kilauea, called Kauai Farmacy, it is like walking through natures medicine cabinet, which is congruent with one of their marketing mantras for their business to heal yo self.

Consumers suffering from psychological or emotional attrition resulting from the fear of the unknown driven by mainstream media coverage will now be presented with options to change their lifestyle at Kauai Farmacy.

According to the Wolkons, it is not just about the food you consume, adopting the lifestyle is about resetting your mentality.

Kauai certainly has the opportunity to embrace this health and wellness lifestyle that is derived on-farm through an agricultural community, Doug Wolkon said. This is a lifestyle of plants and people working together to create vitality, and optimal health and wellness.

They built their business model on the philosophical wisdom of Hawaiian Laau lapaau, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and tribal ingredients.

The Wolkons use cultivation techniques in their brewery which offers 80 varieties of organic, healing plants from food orchards.

Their small farm includes honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators, along with wildfowl. Their farm also includes no organic imports. Everything at Kauai Farmacy is made and cultivated on their farm.

Pressing the reset button

The Wolkons hope consumers dont attempt to change their lifestyle out of fear of contracting COVID-19 because they feel people changing their lifestyle, for this reason, will be short-lived.

They hope consumers come to their farm wanting to modify their lifestyle away from a more synthetic society many people throughout the country have become accustomed to.

Genna views that with the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone in the world is forcing a shift in this mentality.

According to the Wolkons, people need to make a change, and that lifestyle change will be permanent.

I think we have to shift our mindset, and its going to take something of the magnitude of the pandemic to do that, Genna said. I am embracing this as a transitional time for the community, the economy, everything. The (natural) medicine is meant to give us energy, give us life force, give us the ability to feed ourselves, and the potential to have the performance our bodies are meant to do.

Fear of the unknown

The Wolkons feel the economic infrastructure has created a society predicated on fear.

There is fear-based pandemonium, and that is fragile because when people get into this fear-based mentality, they tend to fall into a victim state I am broken, I need to fix it, Genna said. They also think that someone else is going to tell them what to do versus tapping into what we need to do.

We must remember we have the empowerment to self-heal and help better our situation, Genna said.

Natures gift

Doug Wolkon remains passionately adamant about driving home his companys mission statement in offering healing remedies not available in your local grocery store.

This isnt just a business to the Wolkons. The herbal, holistic, and natural healing lifestyle has become a passion which is the true driving force behind their business, not the other way around.

The thing about plants is that they give us information, and with all of the confusion that is happening right now, the truth has a way of finding its way to the surface, Doug said.

According to Doug, when the truth emerges it allows consumers an opportunity to become empowered.

What we eat, drink and consume is mother natures plant and they help us find the truth, he said. They create self-awareness to help us empower our immune system.

Let the plants do the work

The variety of herbal medicines the Wolkons offer will not always be the same for each consumer.

Based on several different variables, the consumer will use medicines based on their stress and emotional regulation. They may have to constantly alter their rotation of herbal remedies they require based on their changing needs.

I always tell people that are new to us they need to have the plants come and do the work, Doug said. So often we find ourselves trying to convince and arguing about which way is healthier and which diet is better. The plants give you the answer and resurrect your intuition.

Doug feels Kauai Farmacy could lead the way for consumers looking to find the right combination of herbal remedies.

You have to figure out the diet and lifestyle, and what is the answer for them, and then convince them this worked for me, Doug said. We need to exemplify our responsibility as a group of people that live this lifestyle and it worked for us. We live in harmony, and we need to let the people see which product works for you.

Doug knows that during this COVID-19 pandemic, people have to make the adaption and not live in constant fear.

The Kauai Farmacy YouTube channel allows a vehicle to make that transition happen by educating people around the world about their lifestyle.

This is about marrying your lifestyle, which is a celebration of the herbal lifestyle, with real-time gardening and farming connecting the people with the land and community, Doug said.

The Farmacy is currently offering 50% off for kamaaina to try the many herbals teas and natural remedies in their store. For more information, you can go to

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Icon of the Civil War, but just how great a general was Robert E Lee? – Belfast Newsletter

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In April 1861 Lee declined command of the entire Northern army, resigned from the army in which he had served for 36 years and followed Virginia out of the Union. Although opposed to secession, he said: I cannot draw my sword against my native state.

Although Lee described slavery as an amoral and political evil in 1856, claims that he never owned a slave himself and that he freed those that had belonged to his father-in-law are now widely dismissed as popular mythology.

Despite lack of manpower and material, Lees military genius was the principal factor in keeping the Confederacy alive. He was a legend in his own lifetime. In May 1862 Stonewall Jackson wrote: Lee is the only man I know whom I would follow blindfold. His soldiers, to whom he was either Uncle Robert or Marse Robert, idolised him.

In his classic memoir Co Aytch (Company H) Sam Watkins, who served in the Confederacys First Tennessee Infantry and saw action in battles from Siloh to Nashville, thought Lee looked like some good boys grandpa. I felt like going up to him and saying good evening Uncle Bob! His whole make-up of form and person, looks and manner had a kind and soothing magnetism about it that drew everyone to him and made them love, respect and honor him. I fell in love with the old gentleman and felt like going home with him.

Yet mild-mannered Lee was an audacious and ferociously aggressive military commander.

When Lee took command in Virginia, George B McClellan seriously misjudged his opponent by observing that Lee is too cautious and weak under grave responsibility personally brave and energetic to a fault, he is wanting in moral firmness when pressed by heavy responsibility and is likely to be timid and irresolute in action. If McClellan had possessed greater critical self-awareness he would have realised he was describing himself.

Although strategically a Union victory (because McClellan halted Lees advance into Maryland), Antietam was a tactical Confederate victory because the timid Lee had fought an army almost twice the size of his own to a standstill by moving his army across the battlefield to repulse three Union thrusts launched separately and sequentially against the Confederate left, centre and right.

The Battle of Chancellorsville represents Lees aggression at its most stunning. Although outnumbered two to one, he achieved victory, through dividing his army and encircling the enemy in one of the most audacious moves in military history.

Picketts charge on the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge on the third day of Gettysburg represents Lees greatest miscalculation. James Longstreet warned Lee: I have been in pretty much all kind of skirmishes, from those of two to three soldiers to those of an army corps, and I think I can safely say there was never a body of 15,000 men who could make that attack successfully. Lees blood was up and he thought audacity and courage would suffice.

Although Longstreets advice was disregarded, his appreciation of the impact of modern firepower proved correct. Less than half of the cream of the Army of North Virginia made it back to their own lines. Lee rode out to meet them: It was all my fault; get together and let us do the best we can toward saving that which is left us.

After Gettysburg (and the capture of Vicksburg on the Mississippi), the strategic initiative passed permanently to the North and the defeat of the South was inevitable, subject only to the important proviso the Unions will to fight held firm.

President Lincoln brought U S Grant east from his triumphs at Vicksburg and Chattanooga to confront Lee. Grant was stunned by the ferocity of Lees resistance but, unlike his predecessors, Grant refused to back off, waging a bloody war of attrition (including the Battles of Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor) which lasted exactly a year.

After Lees defensive lines broke under the weight of massive Union assaults in the spring of 1865 Lee could no longer defend Richmond, the Confederate capital. He embarked upon a week-long retreat. Incapable of going any further, his men fell out through hunger and exhaustion, animals collapsed and units disintegrated.

At Appomattox Court House on April 9 1865, Lee found himself almost surrounded and massively outnumbered. He told one of his aides: There is nothing left for me to do but go and see General Grant and I would rather die a thousand deaths.

Grants considerate behaviour, at least partially in deference to Lincolns wishes, made the ordeal of surrender less painful for him.

Remarkably throughout the war it would seem that Lee never referred to his Union opponents as the enemy but as those people. On this reading of the past, this extraordinary absence of bitterness and the mans own innate dignity enabled Lee to accept defeat and seek to bind up the wounds caused by the war by preaching to his people the necessity of peace and national unity.

This perspective is repudiated by those who insist that Lee was not conciliatory towards the North, that he championed southern grievances and that he was antagonistic towards the emancipated slaves.

Finally, if Lee was such a genius, why did the South lose? Explanations rarely focus on Lees inability to deliver victory but tend to major on the Norths demographic and economic advantages. Yet history provides examples of weaker powers defeating stronger ones. Lees greatest failure surely was that he never produced a war-winning strategy. He was curiously blind to the crucial importance of the Western theatre. Impressive though his victories were, they were achieved with Stonewall Jackson at his side. After Jacksons death (from friendly fire at Chancellorsville) there were no more victories. Apart from Grant, most of his Union opponents were fairly mediocre.

Is it too harsh to suggest that Lees iconic status owes more to the psychological needs of the post-war South than to his military genius?

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I stopped using screens on Sundays. This is how it changed my life – Fast Company

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By Mary Lemmer8 minute Read

At the end of 2019, I experienced a traumatic fainting episode, seizure, and concussion in the middle of the night, which landed me an overnight visit at an NYC Emergency Room. Afterward, I decided I needed to slow my pace in life downa lot. Prior to this, I didnt consider myself addicted to my phone. I turned off my notifications years ago; my phone doesnt join me in bed, and its easy for me to spend time doing things that dont involve any technology.

Despite all of this, Id always be a bit shocked at my Weekly Report of screen time. My phone usage seemed to be made up of a lot of micro moments, small chunks of time on my phone spread out over the course of the day.

After my fainting episode and concussion, I started to spend less time in front of screens. I needed to abstain in order to recover. As awful as the accident and subsequent symptoms were, I did enjoy this restful, quiet time, and way of existing that brought healing beyond the physical symptoms. Inspired by this experience, I opted to bring a weekly screenless sabbath to my life, in what became my Screenless Sundays.

In January of 2020, I eliminated use of my laptop and texting on Sundays. Instead, I spent my time doing old-fashioned things, like reading physical books, writing with pen and paper, and going for silent walks (thats right: No podcasts or music).

At first, I felt a bit unsure about the experiment. Would this harm my friendships? Would I feel more lonely and less connected to people? Would I be less productive? Early on, I encountered some changes I needed to make. For instance, when Id make plans to see friends on Sunday, I had to let them know ahead of time that I wouldnt be checking my texts or emails, and ask them to let me know Saturday if they needed to cancel. When Id head to a yoga class, either walking or by subway, I did so without scrolling my phone or listening to an audiobook.

Rather, I sat and observed myself and the world and people around me. If I was planning to go anywhere on Sunday, Id make sure to look up directions on Saturday, or else on Sunday, Id do the unheard of: ask someone for directions. Without my digital friends, Google and Siri, I struck up conversations with people nearbyat the park, subway, cafes, yoga studio.

I felt more connected to these people than I did people I just followed on Twitter. I noticed things I wouldnt have otherwise had my nose been buried in my phone. Things like colorful birds, cute dogs walking on the street, the sky, the emotional expressions of strangers on the street, signs advertising events or looking for lost pets, and street performers, or artists sharing their craft.

The hardest Sundays were the ones when I didnt leave my apartment or block. Isolated in my one-bedroom apartment without use of my phone or TV to connect me to anyone else. Those days became the days where I was really forced to be friends with myself. I asked myself questions. I looked to myself for entertainment. I did art projects, wrote handwritten letters, cooked food, read books, cleaned my apartment, practiced yoga, and sometimes, I just sat looking out my window or walked alone at the park across the street. This time alone helped me realize my resiliency, creativity, and inspired confidence and satisfaction knowing that I could feel joy, rest, excitement, from just being with myself.

Once the pandemic hit in March, I went to quarantine at my familys farm in Michigan. During a time when people were craving virtual interactions, I found value in the digital silence on Sundaysno phone, computers, tablets, or TV. When I told my friends that I go completely screenless on Sundays, they responded with admiration, intrigueand, often, several reasons why they couldnt do something similar.

I lost nothing and gained improvements to my business, team collaboration, relationships, and health.

Theyd say, What if I miss out on something important in the news or on social media? My response: Its only one day. When was the last time important news ceased to exist after 24 hours? Youre either choosing to miss out on a headline or Instagram post that will still be there the next day, or choosing to miss out on quality time with people around you, the nearby environment, and yourself. Its ultimately your choice, and thats the tradeoff youre making.

For people with children, 56% of parents report spending too much time on their phones and 71% of adults are concerned their kids are spending too much time in front of screens.So why not set the example, and the practice of going screenless? Even Bill Gates and Steve Jobslimited their kids screen time. Do it together with everyone and practice a family ritual, as research shows that family rituals are associated with marital satisfaction, adolescents sense of personal identity, childrens health, academic achievement, and stronger family relationships.

During the pandemic when we are spending more time using screens, there is no shortage of loneliness, doubt, and uncertainty. The screens dont solve these challenges, unfortunately. But I noticed that on Screenless Sundays I feel connected, calm, joyful, grounded, rested, and energized. Those are all things I want to feel during the pandemic, and I got them without a screen.

The world didnt end when I fully unplugged. In fact, it was more of a beginning. In addition to the obvious benefits from this practice, like giving my eyes a break from screens, there are so many benefits and implications in my life that I didnt even anticipate.

I feel less lonely. I feel more connected to myself and others. My relationship with myself has improved. Daily journaling (and extensive journaling on Sundays), about my life, my feelings, my fears, my dreams, has all fueled self-awareness that improved my relationships and my work. Ive made intentional decisions about my work and life, rather than reactive decisions based on whatever the world on the screen is influencing. Im also feeling healthier, too, and havent fainted again (knock on wood).

I sleep better. Previously there were nights I wouldnt fall asleep until 4 a.m. Now, Im out by 11 p.m. and sleep consistently. I wake up ready to get out of bed, versus wishing I still had another hour (or four) to sleep.

I am more focused. Ive completed several projects that Ive been wanting to complete. When the work week starts and Im back on screens, I am able to shut off the screen distractions. If I can go an entire day without using Instagram, I can definitely go three hours without it, so that I can focus on a project, a conversation, or a meeting. Screenless Sundays have helped me feel more creative, too.

I didnt need to go Thoreau and disappear into the woods for years.

I didnt need to go Thoreau and disappear into the woods for years. I could incorporate a media fast into my week, regularly, and reap benefits consistently. I didnt need to abandon my life, my family, my friends, or my work. I could give myself a break, some offline time, to reconnect with myself and whatever is around me, and in taking that day I improved my relationships with my family, my friends, my work, and myself. Doing this puts me in control of my time. I decide when I am going to use the screen and when I am not.

I love Sundays. They are by far my favorite day of the week. And though Sundays are my favorite day, I dont wish for every day to be Sunday, because every day doesnt need to be Sunday. Thats part of the magic about this practice. Taking one day, fully off, is enough, if done regularly. Its restorative, reenergizing, and helps me regroup.

When Monday rolls around Im excited and energized for another week. I appreciate myself and everything else so much more. When I do use screens, its so much more intentional. I dont spend as much time on them during the week, because I realized I dont need to. I used to outsource my happiness, joy, entertainment to my phone. It sucked at that job, so Im taking it back in-house. I dont need to use screens in order to feel connected, energized, engaged, informed, involved, or creative. I got all of that on Sunday, so I dont need to rely on screens anymore to generate those feelings.

Mary Lemmer is an entrepreneur, improv comedian, author, startup adviser, philanthropist, and recovering venture capitalist. Shes the creator of Improve, empowering leaders and teams to improve communication, collaboration, creativity, inclusion, and more, with improv comedy.

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Monty Python were famous for their groundbreaking comedy and unique twists on the sketch format, which included breaking the fourth wall.

The six members of Monty Pythons troupe came together from various facets of the British comedy industry of the 1960s with a shared desire to break down all of televisions rules with a no-holds-barred comic sensibility. In most of the teams projects, from Monty Pythons Flying Circus to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the fourth wall got regularly broken.

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As a result, some of the funniest sketches and moments from the Pythons storied history involve a certain element of self-awareness. But theres a difference between a subtle nod to the audience and an all-out attack on the artifice of film and television.

Almost every episode of Monty Pythons Flying Circus began with a fourth wall-breaking moment in which the Its man, played by Michael Palin, would rush up to the camera from afar and tell the camera, Its... before the theme tune kicked in and the opening titles began.

This was a brilliant way to keep each episode fresh right off the bat and made an iconic character out of just one word. Any time Python fans see the Its man, it puts a smile on their face.

The Colonel, played by Graham Chapman, would barge into a sketch whenever he felt it was getting too silly in order to put a stop to it.

Since the Pythons humor was specifically built on silliness, he found plenty of opportunities to step in and police the absurdity.

During the Castle Anthrax scene in which 150 young women tempt Sir Galahad the Pure, Dingo looks at the camera and asks, Do you think this scene should have been cut? and compares it to the others.

The characters from previous scenes defend their own moments, then the characters whose scenes havent appeared yet tell them to get on with it. Its next-level meta.

In the Architects Sketch, the Pythons lampooned the Freemasons with one architect launching into a tirade against the fabled organization and a second architect doing a weird Masonic handshake. The first architect breaks the fourth wall by reappearing and saying to the camera, It opens doors, Im telling you.

RELATED:The 10 Best Monty Python's Flying Circus Skits & Sketches, Ranked

The sketch also breaks the fourth wall during the small-scale recreation of the then-recent Ronan Point fire when a large on-screen disclaimer reads: SATIRE.

Due to its loose structure and unusually dark tone, The Meaning of Life is considered to be the lesser cousin of Holy Grail and Life of Brian, but its wildly unpredictable and features some of the Pythons most beloved sketches, like Every Sperm is Sacred.

At the movies midpoint, the Zulu sketch is interrupted by a character welcoming the audience to The Middle of the Film. This deviates into a surreal segment entitled Find the Fish.

When King Arthur and his party are escorted into a cave by Brother Maynard, they find an inscription by Joseph of Arimathea that sends them to Castle Aarrgh.

Suddenly, Brother Maynard is eaten by a cave monster that chases the knights. Fortunately, the knights are saved when the animator controlling the cave monster has a heart attack and dies.

The ending of Life of Brian is perfect, with all the story threads being tied up while Brian is nailed to a cross and about to be wrongfully crucified. Then, Eric Idle starts singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and all the prisoners awaiting execution join in.

When the song is in full swing, Idle takes a second to break the fourth wall, singing, Its the end of the film / Incidentally, this records available in the foyer!

Throughout the whole of The Meaning of Life, the Pythons promise that they will reveal the actual meaning of life. However, it isnt revealed until the very end and, in true Python fashion, it comically fails to live up to the hype.

RELATED:Monty Python: 10 Reasons The Meaning Of Life Is An Underrated Gem

In the movies epilogue, the host from The Middle of the Film sketch anticlimactically reveals the meaning of life, saying its nothing very special.

When they decided to give their first narrative film the loose structure of King Arthurs quest to find the Holy Grail, the Pythons thought it would be funny to end the movie on an anticlimactic note with Arthur never actually finding the Grail.

Just as Arthur and his soldiers prepare to storm the castle and seize the Grail, the police investigating the completely unrelated murder of the historian who got killed early in the movie pull up in anachronistic vehicles. They arrest the king and shut off the camera, ending the movie on a hilariously absurd note.

The biggest revolution in Monty Pythons Flying Circus was its lack of punchlines. Punchlines for sketches rarely land, because the whole sketch has to be summed up in a single joke and thats tough to do in a satisfying way, so the Pythons didnt use them. Instead, whenever a sketch ran out of steam, they simply segued into the next one.

One of these segues involved John Cleese as a BBC announcer, wearing a suit and sitting behind a desk (whether he was in a broadcasting station or on a beach), who uttered the immortal catchphrase, And now for something completely different.

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Ben Sherlock is a writer, comedian, and independent filmmaker, and he's good at at least two of those things. In addition to writing for Screen Rant and Comic Book Resources, covering everything from Scorsese to Spider-Man, Ben directs independent films and does standup comedy. He's currently in pre-production on his first feature film, Hunting Trip, and has been for a while because filmmaking is expensive. Previously, he wrote for Taste of Cinema and BabbleTop.

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In 1978, United Airlines flight 173s crash that killed two crew members and eight passengers, changed the airline industry forever. There were issues with the landing gear, however the cause was put on the pilot and crews interaction and lack of prioritizing information around remaining fuel levels. The National Transportation Safety Board acknowledged that the planes were no longer the problem. Instead, focus on building better pilots and crew communication.

In a very similar way, learning and development in the workplace is facing a revolution. Content is no longer the problem. One only needs to do a quick Google search to see the mass amount of information available for pretty much any topic under the sun. Learning and development professionals, people managers and employees at all levels need to build better ways to mine, organize and learn from all the content at their fingertips.

Below are tips to building a savvier approach to development in this new world of content overload:

Understand how your learning experiences influence how you approach development. It will be interesting to see how this pandemic and the requirement of all kids to move to a distance learning model will shape their learning preferences and needs as this new generation grows up and moves into the workforce.

Katherine Macdonald, Senior Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer with KCM Training, emphasizes that, Generational, cultural and resource differences influence the way we were taught to do things like read, understand math and acquire basic life skills. They also help form the neural pathways that we come to rely on, and return to again and again, when we need to replicate the learning process next time.

Build self-awareness regarding your learning curve and what that process looks like. If you need to dive in and start making mistakes right away to get your head wrapped around new concepts, its critical to know how to share this with your manager and other partners at work. If you need time to observe and research before taking action, understand that managing others expectations can help give you the space to do that without inadvertently sending the message that youre not taking initiative.

MacDonald highlights that, Just as preferred learning styles are different, people's learning curves differ as well. The actual act of learning tends to be messy, similar to watching a small child stumbling and falling while learning how to walk. As adults, we often mistake the stumbling as a negative sign vs. a symptom of learning something new. Be patient with yourself and try to manage your own and others' expectations about your ability to do something perfectly after you've "learned" it, recommends MacDonald.

Get clear about what you need to learn to help select the best development method and tools. Different learning goals require different development methods.

Take the lead on your own development. Instead of viewing learning as something your forced to do or putting your development completely in the hands of other people, realize that you need to sit in the drivers seat of your development. Sure, managers and leaders can be great supporters and coaches but they arent your school teacher. You are paid to support them and the business. The easier you make it to invest in you, the more you will receive. Key things to keep in mind while driving your own development includes:

The better we get at advocating for and embracing our unique learning needs and styles the more we can leverage this unique time in learning history. The information is there. Its a great time to use the abundance of content to enable us to cultivate our talents and interests. MacDonald emphasizes, Investing in your own development goes a long way toward helping you feel like you are worth investing in. It will ultimately encourage others to invest in you, too.

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