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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 Simple with Girard A. Plante Two international super- stars showed up on the same early November week- end to meet two diverging groups of Boston area's young people. And though both never crossed each others' path, the reasons for attending their respective events drew stark contrast. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, returned to Harvard Univer- sity for the first time since dropping out seven years ago to grow his popular social network company into the gargantuan multi-billion- dollar global business it has become. He then rolled a few blocks up Massachusetts Avenue to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to chat with 200 students and drum up new recruits for Facebook's expansive network. Though he never desired leaving Boston for Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA Zuckerberg tossed titillating ideas to MIT's prospective engi- neers. "A lot of good compa- nies get started all over the place. You could start a com- pany here," said Zuckerberg. On the other side of the Charles River the world's highest paid supermodel Gisele Bundchen, wife of New England Patriots' quar- terback Tom Brady, self- lessly sauntered secretly into the Salon Pini & Co." in Boston to hang out with 29 girls whose lives have been altered by cancer. The girls are patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. They got treated to a weekend of fine dining, makeovers, shopping spree, and pampering by several of Boston's best hair stylists and fashionistas. Bundchen never tripped in . wowing "her captive audience. "We all started clapping and everyone was excited." gushed Hannah Baiona, 15-year-old sopho- more at Brainti-ee High School. who's been in remis- sion for seven months from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Gisele strode a makeshift catwalk at the Newbury Street salon with girls reluc- tant to strut it alone. She also flawlessly pushed a few girls in wheelchairs across the catwalk to the delight of the many sponsors and spec- tators who cheered the world's most sought-after supermodel for sharing the spotlight with her newfound friends. The classy Bundchen gave each girl a rose and a hug, posed for photos, and made every girl feel super. "The one thing that you notice is that there's a deep and abid- ing sadness in their eyes," said WEEI DJ John Dennis. "But when she (Gisele) came in, it went away." As Zuckerberg schmoozed with the elite at Harvard and MIT, he praised the Bos- ton area for "having really smart people." Bundchen's unique talents and savvy business skills keep her brand burning, white-hot. Despite their effervescent .egos and the glamour that follows them, both super- stars shone brilliantly by leaving their human im- print on hundreds of young people ready to meet the challenges before them. Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) cause it was very unlikely anyone could have actually observed all of the suspect's travels. The high court must also look at whether t~e plant- ing of a GPS device violated protections under the US Constitution. The Justice lawyers say it was permitted under the constitution be- cause it didn't interfere with the driving of the vehicle or take up space inside the Jeep itself. The defendant's lawyer told the justices in his brief that unrestrained GPS monitor- ing becomes "a grave threat to the personal privacy and security of every individual in this country." I person- ally believe, as does the defense lawyer, that the gov- ernment doesn't have the right to track people relent- lessly without a warrant. With every day that passes, we appear moving closer and closer to that day when we are ruled as George Orwell called by a "Big Brother" when a totalitarian mindset, constantly monitoring us electronically from sunrise to sunset and maybe even more. Call me a liberal but I'm not going for all this "Big Brother" scary stuff. This remains America. a free country not a prison. Thanksgiving (Continued from Page 1) There is no point to feel- ing bitter since it accom- plishes nothing, harms you and makes things worse. Filling yourself with grati- tude on a daily basis makes you feel good, while driving out negative feelings. Begin your practice of gratitude each morning as soon as you wake. Every day is a great day. If you have" DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LA W WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * PERSONAL INJURY * 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR.'O'BRIEN HIGHWAY JSTS WORKERS COMP. CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 f 'N ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ARLINGTON 148A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474 (781 ) 646-1200 Fax (781) 646-1148 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 J any doubts, try missing one. Take inventory of everything, no matter how small or seemingly insig- nificant, that is good in your life. If it helps, make a written list of all things you are grateful for. Read your list every day. As you do this, you will build and reinforce your attitude of gratitude. Don't waste any time with what you feel you don't have. Keep things in perspec- tive. Consider all the people who have overcome diffi- culties far worse than y ours. Don't be consumed by your problems, there is always a solution. Maintain- ing an attitude of grati- tude allows your mind to devise a resolution for your circumstances. Make everyday a day of Thanksgiving and you will be amazed how much better your life will become. Bryan is the author of "Dare to Live Without Limits." Visit www.DareToLiveWithout or your bookstore. Bryan is a self-development expert, syndicated columnist, and professor. E-mail Bryan at 0 2011 Bryan Golden '.:;:::="il i J ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: !.............. HAPPY ENDINGS: THE FIRST SEASON (2-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Happy Endings is the hilarious new comedy about six twentysomething .Chi- cago friends. Dave (Zachary Knighton) finds fulfillment (sort of) manning a food. truck after losing his hot fianc6, Alex (Alisha Cuth- bert), at the altar. Alex's type-A sister Jane (Eliza Coupe) is almost happily married to horndog Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.). Dave's roommate, Max (Adam Pally), is a gay, sports-loving slob. and Penny (Casey Wilson) is on the prowl for a good man ... or men. The laughs are nonstop as they do what tightly-knot friends do best: hang out, have fun, debate the meaning of life, hook up, break up, and do it all over again! THE KENNEDY'S (3-Blu-ray) New Video Inspired by one of the world's most iconic families, this eight-hour scripted drama/miniseries, ven- tures upstairs at the White House" to chronicle the saga of America's first "royal" family during the 1960s. Through exhaustive re- search, The Kennedys pro- vides an intimate look at how Joseph Kennedy, Sr. shaped his sons John and Robert to become two of the most influential men in America's history. With po- litical events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and the civil rights movement playing back- ground to the personal sto- ries of the relationships be- tween brother and brother and father and son. The Kennedy's details how the two men handled their fa- ther, whose ambition ex- ceeded their own, and ulti- mately made them who they were. Recounted are the scandal, tragedy, public greatness and private frailty of our nation's most fabled political family during one of the most momentous de- cades in history. THE HOUR (2-DVD) BBC This thrilling 19505 drama follows a deadly conspiracy, laced with intense ambition and crackling with sexual ten- sion. BBC has just launched The Hour. a topical news pro- gram. At the heart of the show are three contrasting journalists: enigmatic pro- ducer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai), a spirited woman in a man's world: her best friend Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw}, a brilliant and passionate reporter; and charming, well- connected front man Hector Madden (Dominic West). As Freddie moves to cover a significant but controversial breaking story, the trio becomes entangled in an intense interplay of politics; ambition and romance, all ignited by a mysterious mur- der and chilling conspiracy. A riveting thrillerl GO FOR IT! (DVD) Lionsgate Carmen (Aimee Garcia) lives for the underground hip-hop dance scene, but mounting personal problems cause her to quit the dance team and put her dreams on hold. When one of her pro- fessors clues in to her real passion, she is encouraged to audition for a formal dance school, and the oppor- tunity to shine. Faced with a huge dilemma ... she just might have to dance for her life. IN TREATMENT: THE THIRD SEASON (DVD) IIBO Home Ent. Set within the highly charged confines of indi- v.idual psychotherapy ses- sions, In Treatment: Season 3 continues to center around Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) who is coping with the after effects of his recent divorce, as well as his move to Brooklyn to continue his practice. In the midst of new emotional and physical challenges (including hand tremors he fears might be the onset of Parkinson's Dis- ease, which killed his fa- ther). Paul will be treating three new patients (Debra Winger, Irrfan Khan; and Dan DeHaan), and will see a new therapist (Amy Ryan) in New York City. AMERICAN LOSER (DVD) Lionsgate Seann William Scott stars as Jeff, a wealthy loser from the Upper East Side, who definitely needs help in the "money can't buy love" de- partment. Helping him to get there is Lynn (Gretchen Mol) a hot blonde gold-digger who has many reasons to give him the push he needs. A hilarious slapstick comedy filled with twists and turns. THE BALLAD OF MOTT THE HOOPLE (DVD) Start Productions The Ballad of Mott The Hoople is a feature length documentary that tells the story of one of England's most cherished rock 'n' roll bands. The film brings the band's story to life through a stun- ning combination of rare and unseen archive footage, their magnificent music, and the testimony of band members lan Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Luther Grosvenor a.k.a. Ariel Bender, and Mor- gan Fisher. Plus other asso- ciates and witnesses that include The Clash's Mick Jones, Queen's Roger Taylor and Mott "Seadivers" fan- club president Kris Needs. Also. includes footage from Mott the Hoople's triumphant 2009 Hammersmith reunion concerts.