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Maria Shriver tells Google workers work-life balance is a struggle
Mercury News ^ | 5/16/07 | Julia Prodis Sulek

Posted on 05/16/2007 9:19:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

This is what a speech by Maria Shriver on "work-life balance" to employees at Google headquarters Tuesday looked like:

Shriver sits casually in a director's chair up front, talking about the challenges of being California's first lady, a mother of four, a stand-in for Oprah and Larry King and an advocate for numerous causes.

A sea of open laptops balances on the knees of multi-tasking Google employees who fill the crowded assembly room. Engineer Brian Schneirow flips his open, googles Maria Shriver and hits enter.

More than a dozen images of her pop up: on a magazine cover, at her wedding with Arnold, in a bathing suit with her shirtless husband from his body-building years.

Shriver, in a white linen suit, talks about her three teenagers and 9-year-old and how she thinks maternity leave for parents during the teen years isn't such a bad idea.

Schneirow, in a black Google sweatshirt, scrolls down to a photo of the whole Schwarzenegger family, smiling at a Hollywood movie premiere.

Shriver mentions one of her five books, "Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out into the Real World."

Schneirow does a quick search and scans Amazon.com's book review.

Just what the rest of the Googlers were doing during the mid-afternoon speech with their laptop screens flickering is hard to say. Checking e-mail? Designing a new technology to revolutionize the world? Who knows.

But Schneirow, a 33-year-old engineering manager and UCLA graduate, said he just wanted a little Shriver background. What's so surprising about a real-time Google search?

"It's pretty well integrated into daily life," he said matter-of-factly.

Which gets us back to the work-life balance.

Shriver says it's impossible to achieve.

--snip--

Schneirow says he thinks Google does a "great job of encouraging work-life balance."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: balance; google; maria; shriver; struggle

1 posted on 05/16/2007 9:19:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

To make a long story, short.....Maria was at the center of an incident some 20 years ago that resulted in me throwing my TV out a window.


2 posted on 05/16/2007 9:21:11 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: NormsRevenge
Results 1 - 10 of about 573,000 for Maria Shriver. (0.26 seconds)
3 posted on 05/16/2007 9:21:48 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: NormsRevenge
...she thinks maternity leave for parents during the teen years isn't such a bad idea.

It's not called "maternity leave", Maria. It's called being a good mother.

4 posted on 05/16/2007 9:26:14 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: TexasCajun
“Maria! I’m done doing the dishes. Would you rub some oil on my trapezius muscles?” - Ahhhhhnold

“I’m not doing that. I’m a Kennedy.” - Maria, who will one day look like Eunice Shriver.

5 posted on 05/16/2007 9:28:02 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge

Google is such a big vapid illusionist trick.

What have they ever done that hadn’t already been done?


6 posted on 05/16/2007 9:34:21 AM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: massgopguy
"Maria, who will one day look like Eunice Shriver."

"One day"? Get off the Julian Calendar, man.

7 posted on 05/16/2007 9:36:56 AM PDT by StAnDeliver ()
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To: NormsRevenge

“Which gets us back to the work-life balance.

Shriver says it’s impossible to achieve.”

Tsk, tsk...Maria, you just need more organization. Lots of us manage without the personal trainers, nannies, cooks, household managers, and millions.


8 posted on 05/16/2007 9:36:58 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Oh so you were the creator of the Second City TV network.


9 posted on 05/16/2007 9:43:18 AM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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To: NormsRevenge

Shriver sits casually in a director’s chair up front, talking about the challenges of being California’s first lady, a mother of four, a stand-in for Oprah and Larry King and an advocate for numerous causes.

My mother was First Lady of our home.
She raised 4 children on little
She helped at our school and at church
She washed and hung out our laundry on the line
She cooked our dinners from scratch
She had a meal on the table every night becuase she loved us all and our dad
She and dad provided what we needed from their income
Us first...them last
She cleaned her own house
She washed her own dishes (and we dried)
She did her own shopping
She made our house a loving place
She was a stay at home mom and boy were us four kids happy

Now...what was it again Maria said was challenging? I can’t remember. Oh yes...doing all of the same things (except for the oprah and larry gigs)that my mother did for free. I forgot.


10 posted on 05/16/2007 9:45:39 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: NormsRevenge

Please give me a break. This from a woman who has/had nannies, maids,cooks,hair dressers, designers, beautiful homes, and no telling whatever else has to balance between work and home.

Tell me another fairy tale.


11 posted on 05/16/2007 9:45:57 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: cubreporter

Right, and I forgot the secretaries and other minions who do the work for her.


12 posted on 05/16/2007 9:47:19 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: freekitty

yes, I don’t begrudge anyone their wealth or fame but for heaven’s sakes...don’t make statements that are so far beyond the pale.


13 posted on 05/16/2007 9:48:45 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: OpusatFR

‘Tsk, tsk...Maria, you just need more organization. Lots of us manage without the personal trainers, nannies, cooks, household managers, and millions.’

Ain’t that the truth?

Whats next, Ariana Huffington lecturing women on how to keep their husbands interested in them?

Sheesh.


14 posted on 05/16/2007 9:48:53 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: StAnDeliver

She’s still several stages of decomposition away.


15 posted on 05/16/2007 9:49:14 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: freekitty

I worked for one of these women.

She napped between 1 and 3 every afternoon.

Man. Life’s tough all over..


16 posted on 05/16/2007 9:50:24 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: NormsRevenge

I love Maria!!! I have always had a crush on her. She to me is beautiful especially in her early days. I find her family the best of the Kennedy’s. None of her siblings got in trouble. No divorces. The parents are great. The only problem that people here have with them is that they are democrats, but they were democrats back when democrats were at least half decent. Plus we don’t know if Maria is Republican or not. She could be saying she is Democrat to be respectful to her parents, but when she goes in the voting area, we have no idea what lever she pulls. Give the girl a break!!!!!


17 posted on 05/16/2007 9:53:19 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: freekitty
This from a woman who has/had nannies, maids,cooks,hair dressers, designers, beautiful homes, and no telling whatever else has to balance between work and home.

Don't you love it when celebrities want to teach us, ordinary folks, how to live or what to do with our lives?

18 posted on 05/16/2007 9:59:23 AM PDT by Leonora
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To: massgopguy

19 posted on 05/16/2007 9:59:47 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

ROTFLMAO!


20 posted on 05/16/2007 10:36:46 AM PDT by jdm
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To: Leonora

It’s just so out there.


21 posted on 05/16/2007 12:31:56 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: NormsRevenge

You know what? This woman has just offended me. How dare she actually talk to people about something she does not have to truely cope with.


22 posted on 05/16/2007 12:36:58 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: freekitty

And if that is true about Oprah and her silly friend Gayle, where they are being racist on a radio program; then they offend me too. What gives these people the right to think they can do and say things they have fought so hard to keep the average person from doing.

If the truth be told, the one thing I am really sick and offended about is that these so called I am wonderfuls come after people about things they themselves are gulity as hell of. I wonder what kind of thrill it gives Oprah and her sick friend to hurt people like they have told the world they have been hurt?

Really, Oprah, not all of us out here have hurt you. In fact a lot of us out here have not hurt you; but you have hurt us by using your program to pretend to be our understanding and sympathetic friend. That’s too bad Oprah and I feel sorry for you. It’s wonderful that you made yourself wealthy; but it’s not so wonderful that you hurt the people who cared about you most and that’s your audience.


23 posted on 05/16/2007 12:45:59 PM PDT by freekitty
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