October 20, 2014

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Strategy. Story. Social.

What Matters: Doing Digital Right

  • Telling a good story
  • Sharing it smartly
  • Retelling it interestingly
  • Resharing it differently
  • Recognizing the audience you have
  • Getting them to be ambassadors
  • Growing your audience
  • Deepening online connections
  • Finding natural allies
  • Collaborating effectively so that everyone wins

Whether it is a project, an event, a campaign or an idea, if you want to create experiences others want to be a part of, you must find innovative ways to tell your story. If I care about your story, I will not just buy your product, I will gladly cheerlead for your brand. I help people, nonprofits and businesses harness the power of narrative.

Telling the story is just the conversation starter though. You must keep talking, and more important than that…you must keep listening. The story is reshaped by the medium through which it passes, by who continues to document the story and by who hears it…(there is a when and how in there too.)

Most people I work with have a wealth of resources for effective digital marketing already at their fingertips. They simply don’t recognize what makes stories work: characters, overcoming odds, finding allies, failure, lessons learned. There are common threads to powerful stories. There a million ways to refashion them; with design, hashtags, video, etc. I can help you explore all the ways to use what you already have (and know) in original ways to define and redefine the story.

Enlisting ambassadors sounds daunting. However, I can assist with a strategy to activate your constituencies and your allies (and their constituencies). Give other people easy ways to share your content. Give them a reason TO share your content. Anoint them. Empower them. Reward them. And they will do a lot of effective marketing for you.

There are people online right now, who are looking for you (your product, service, idea or project). I can help you think critically and creatively about how to be heard above the noise. Do you know how to be strategic about how you spend your online capital? Your real life capital? Do you know how to be found? Do you know how to engage beyond a “like”? How to stay relevant?

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October 19, 2014

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Damon Albarn says new Gorillaz album coming in 2016

Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:

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In the run up to his show at Melbourne, Australia’s Palas Theatre, Damon Albarn sat down for an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. While talking up his debut solo album, Everyday Robots, Albarn revealed that his next record could come from one of his most beloved group projects: Gorillaz.

According to the Herald, Albarn is “in the process of reactivating” the collaborative band for a release aimed at 2016. If that project turns out to be a full LP, it would be the group’s fifth overall and first since 2011’s The Fall.

The last Albarn talked of Gorillaz, he called the possibility of new music “unlikely”. There were rumors of the band’s demise back in 2011, and though Gorillaz tried to squash the talk, Albarn would later again express his uncertainty about the band continuing on. Much of the basis for their supposed split

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October 17, 2014

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LA MEDIA NARANJA

Originally posted on Margaret Ellis :

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There is an expression in Mexico, “La Media Naranja.” Literally this means half the orange, but like most things in español, it isn’t a literal translation. It simply means, the better half, or soul- mate. It sometimes seems that the world is full of people who are looking for the other half of the orange.
I had a long text conversation the other day with a very dear friend and the topic finally boiled down to that question everyone has asked at one time or another, “Do I deserve to be loved?”
One thing I have learned about life is how insecure most people are. Even the ones who seem on top of everything are at times going through internal wars that would completely surprise you.
There are people who say, “I have no regrets.” I never believe them. My biggest regret is that I didn’t start to really love…

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October 17, 2014

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Kate Bush’s Top 10 Songs

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

Very tough choices. She is sublime.

Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:

“Before the Dawn”, Kate Bush’s recent run of shows at London’s Eventim Apollo, saw the unique singer/songwriter/performer return to the stage after a 35-year break. Her 25-song set featured two expansive song cycles, The Ninth Wave (from Hounds of Love) and A Sky of Honey (from Aerial), with a short opening segment devoted to a selection of post-1982 hits. Fans with expectations of getting the obligatory career-spanning show might have felt short-changed. However, anyone lucky enough to have witnessed the ensuing three-hour theatrical extravaganza barely could have summoned up the breath to wolf-whistle for “Wuthering Heights”. It was no conventional show from no conventional artist.

Considering the formidable back catalog of someone as musically gifted as Bush, the inevitable dilemma is what to leave out of any top 10. With 10 studio albums and 33 singles to ponder, it’s a particularly tough ask. Despite Bush’s status…

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October 15, 2014

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BE WARNED: This is a Process Blog Post.

Here is your all-important BACKSTORY: 

In July, poof! There was no more job that I love (coordinating ongoing content for small businesses). My position and department were eliminated. And I have three wonderful kids that expect to eat regularly. You wouldn’t believe how often they are hungry.

In August, my beloved Papa passed away after a struggle with cancer.

These are the facts.

Behind The Scenes: 

It has felt like most of this year has just been heartbreaking. But, grief isn’t just about death, is it? It is about loss.

What I Preach

How we come through devastation is critical. Our brains and hearts need us to come through changed, yet familiar. To feel and then to move on from feeling. To use negative emotions as fuel. The goal is movement. Evolution.

What I Know

So, anytime I go through a period of profound loss — I am keenly aware that I’m ripe for a Rearrange.

I am actively processing emotions, intentions, why I do what I do, because I know there is much to learn. And that’s why I am here. To learn. To teach. To learn. To teach.

My lovely friend Beth Inglish has inspired me in so many ways. I think the world of her.

She encouraged me to write a “feature” on myself – as if I am the product. A post to profile the awesomeness of me. Things I can’t easily say in a job interview.

This fits nicely into my new life motto: “Show, don’t tell.”

Excited to give this a go. Time to get to work. Check back readers.

Cliffhanger

Can Kristen call out her own tendency to self-negate in time to deliver a masterfully clever and true profile of herself? Will she face her fears and befriend them? Will there ever be enough money and time? Why are the brownies all gone?

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October 8, 2014

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The War on Drugs has got to end: Ethan Nadelmann speaks at TEDGlobal 2014

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

I’ve been in this War for over 20 years. It is socially, morally and economically a big, fat failure.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Ethan Nadelmann speaking at TEDGlobal 2014.

Ethan Nadelmann speaking at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

“What has the War on Drugs done in the world?” asks Ethan Nadelmann, the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. He namechecks just a few of its results: cartel violence in Central America, a ballooning global black market, packed prisons throughout the United States. “It’s like it’s my country’s history with alcohol prohibition and Al Capone times 50,” he says, beginning a blistering talk. “Think of it as the international projection of a national psychosis.”

Historically, the United States has often sought to quash usage of substances, with unfortunate results. This is because doing so just might not be possible. “There has probably never been a drug-free society. Virtually every society has used drugs,” says Nadelmann. “Our desire to alter our state of consciousness may be as fundamental as our desire for food, water and sex … The true challenge is to learn to…

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October 2, 2014

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Wandering off isn't so terrible.

Call It A Gift — Wandering Off Is Not So Terrible

I’m prone to inevitable flights of fancy. Call it what you want. I get carried away.

It cannot be helped. Neither psychotherapy nor medication have quelled my intermittent love affair with being alive. And my willful experience of being entirely human.

Each time someone dies, we are brought to our knees with awareness of the finite. And ever so slowly, we forget, because the sight is cumbersome on our shoulders and our tongues. Days flow by, as if picking up the kids and eating free samples at Publix is all there is. In forgetting, we regain our ability to be shocked each time we experience a profound loss. Stasis does return though, soothing us with petty distractions and shiny things. It always seems to take me longer to readjust to “the way things are.” I get turned around in the transitions.

I really don’t mind it. The world is arrestingly and exquisitely present in all its faces. I like to look around. Let things be. Go with what catches my eye, my ear, my pre-frontal cortex. Follow what is interesting. My problem is…too much is beautiful. There are so many stories. Like a beagle on a trail.

I’ve never felt quite permanent. I understand the winds and am frustrated by the soil. But, I may be—apart from everything else I am, I may just be a poet.

I fall in love easily. With proposals, projects, people and intriguing textures. It simply cannot be helped.

There is no cure for it.

At some point, you just switch your lenses and call it a Gift.

 

Wandering off isn't so terrible.

Wandering off isn’t so terrible.

 

 

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October 1, 2014

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October is EVERYTHING

Why yes, it is my birthday month. And the Nashville AIDS walk, the Nashville Zombie Walk, Halloween (!!!!!) — complete with pumpkin spiced anything and everything. It is also Artober. I am a fan of all of these things. The weather is perfect. PERFECT. Here are some handy dandy guides to help you maximize THE BEST MONTH OF ALL.

From our first Zombie Walk in 2010

From our first Zombie Walk in 2010

Another thing going on in October is through Poverty & the Arts — an organization a friend of mine started. Y’all get out and lets lend a hand.

Is your favorite The Contributor vendor an artist? Do you see the same homeless woman selling her art downtown every day? Throughout October, Poverty & the Arts will be recruiting homeless artists to join our next Adopt a Homeless Artist program: November through March! We will have another Final Exhibition at the end of March.

Help connect those artists to our artist sponsorship program! Connect them to our website or have them meet us during our studio hours every Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm at Turnip Green Creative Reuse!10628158_10153280391779815_2066076938658973298_n

We got it going on Nashville. I love this city. Keep on shining and somehow we will make it to November 1 – the day all candy is half-off.

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October 1, 2014

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Kate Savage – Nashville

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is the lively story on Occupy Nashville from Tenx9 newcomer Kate Savage. ?

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October 1, 2014

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#Nightshift: Excerpts from an Instagram Essay

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:
Jeff Sharlet | September 2014 | 12 minutes (2,802 words) 1. Snapshots Dunkin Donuts, West Lebanon, New Hampshire The night shift, for me, is a luxury, the freedom to indulge my insomnia by writing at a Dunkin Donuts, one of the only places up here open at midnight. But lately…

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October 1, 2014

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Eddie Vedder releases cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” — listen

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has released a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” to benefit Heartbeat.fm, an organization that uses music to foster peace between Israel and Palestine. The song is now available for purchase via iTunes. Calling it “the most powerful song ever written,” Vedder covered “Imagine” for the…

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September 29, 2014

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The Good Things

I’ve been on the hunt for some relief, some silliness, some funky reframing of what otherwise is…here are some of The Good Things. This is probably the most amazing Tolkien book cover of all time. pic.twitter.com/MRGBhHtzMr — Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 29, 2014 WOMEN LAUGJING WHILE EATIG SALAD COSPLAY pic.twitter.com/GPdLodm00X — a real dinosaur (@SparkyROAR) […]

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September 27, 2014

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Omagh’s ‘Shawshank Husband’ Dug Tunnel From Bedroom To Pub Over 15 Years

Originally posted on Tyrone Tribulations:
Kerr re-enacts tunnel movement An Omagh plumber tunnelled a hole from under his bed to the local pub 800 feet from his house over the course of 15 years, a court heard today. Patsy Kerr had been summonsed to Omagh County Court after it emerged he had been the cause…

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September 25, 2014

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Lord I Love This Song

  “you blow a fuse zing boom the devil cuts loose zing boom so what’s the use wow bam of falling in love…” Bonus: check out a young and goth Norman Reedus in this Bjork video:

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September 24, 2014

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Listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s New Song “Everybody Knows”: Premiere

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Originally posted on TIME:
In the tradition of protest songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” comes “Everybody Knows,” from Hurray for the Riff Raff. “I wrote this song last year, on February 26th, one year after Trayvon Martin was shot…

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September 24, 2014

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Tenx9 Nashville: “Nashville” Summary

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is the summary of Tenx9’s September theme “Nashville,” written by the brilliant Cary Gibson. This is the story we all told of our city.  ? This is Nashville. It’s a place where saving face is an art form. And, according to the late Miss Addie, it’s where a…

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September 24, 2014

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9/25 at EXIT/IN: Turn Up for Turnout —-> Gun Sense Votes Get Your Groove On #Nashville

Turn Up for Turnout! is an event dedicated to gun violence prevention and voting with gun sense. Join us for a night out with live performances by Grace Weber and other Nashville artists. Admission is free for all Gun Sense Voters — all you have to do is click here to RSVP! What: Turn Up for Turnout! A Night […]

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September 24, 2014

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Tenx9 — Stories About Nashville

The theme from last Monday’s Tenx9 storytelling event was “Nashville.” My humble entry is about my on-again, off-again love affair with the city, that began in 1986. This video misses the first and last sentence of my story. But, that’s ok, because I’m pretty confident you can read. “When I was a Junior in high […]

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September 24, 2014

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Tweets Worthy of Display and Fawning

Recent savory nibbles from Twitterverse. This sawfish is judging you. http://t.co/n81hHG6Hnl pic.twitter.com/olPWcFcNYZ — Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) September 24, 2014 Halloween is coming. Don’t subject us to this kind of hell. Circus peanuts are some of the weakest candies ever — Misogynique (@MissZindzi) September 24, 2014 In the “Mostly True Department”   Kids wanna be adults, […]

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September 23, 2014

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Tuesday Tunes: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Polica — Courtesy of KEXP in Seattle (and plenty of love for other independent, community-supported radio)

Three bands that have become instant staples and a salute to the independent and community-supported radio stations. Find the one you love. Shower that sucker with love. It’s the right thing to do. A few of my favorites: WDVX WNCW WFMU Wrecking Ball Radio KEXP Who have I missed? What radio stations do you love? […]

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September 23, 2014

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Bracing For A Punch: Or Why I’ve Been a Bad Blogger Lately

Never Not Losing, Never Not Gaining My body is sore from bracing punches. The near-constant rush of dark waves has left me shrill, wordless and unsure. It seems this year has reduced me to a perpetual defensive position, making any agency seem out of reach. It isn’t just me, although losing my grandfather and my […]

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September 19, 2014

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The Gift of Petty Grievances

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Originally posted on Knight Stivender's life in full:
Thursday night I was the second to last parent to pick up my daughter from the middle school football game because I went first to the wrong school and sat there in the crowded parking lot while I talked to her on her friend’s cellphone, wondering…

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September 18, 2014

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In Which I Spill My Secret History With Rivergate Mall

“Tenx9 Nashville‘s next night of true personal stories is September 22. Our theme is “Nashville.” We are looking for 9 true stories of our city. What have you experienced in Music City USA, Davidson County TN that you want to share with us? What strange stories of Nashville will you tell to a room full […]

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September 17, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Hump Day Ha ha’s

Twitter is almost always good for a laugh, but these next few tweets have really broken through the noise…enjoy! Breaks my heart that pirates spend their whole lives following a map, when the real treasure is the friendships they build along the way. — Jason Lastname (@JasonLastname) February 16, 2013 Those who do not learn […]

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September 17, 2014

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Bob Clark – “Jimmyitis”

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is a great story from Bob Clark. He shared this at August’s Tenx9 “I Was Never the Same Again.”   Jimmyitis On September 10, 2007, a Chicago court extended my emergency guardianship powers over my eighteen year old, autistic nephew, Jimmy, allowing me to take him home to…

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September 17, 2014

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Your celebrity-like employees: Gauging happiness and anger before they quit

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Originally posted on psychologistmimi:
Your celebrity-like employees: Gauging happiness and anger before they quit ? As a manager you have to be attuned to the emotional ups and downs of staff. At least the good managers are. Recently, I noted to another manager colleague that I believed certain people were unhappy and would quit. That…

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September 17, 2014

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This Post is Not Safe for Work.

Originally posted on I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog:
When I first received the email, it almost felt like a badge of honor. I run a website popular enough to attract a marketing firm? Who wanted to pay me to advertise on my personal blog? Boom. Awesome. Until I realized what…

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September 5, 2014

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Watch “Three Minute Philosophy – John Locke” on YouTube

Three Minute Philosophy – John Locke:

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September 4, 2014

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Why Giving Jes “The Militant” Baker $2 Is So Worth Your Time

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:
If you are reading this right now, you are probably aware of my stance on body love, on emotional eating awareness, on stripping away negative labels – you know, all the THINGS. And if you know how strongly I feel about these things, I want you to take that…

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September 4, 2014

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Music and Books: An Interview with Lightning 100’s Wells Adams

Originally posted on musing:
(pictured here: music books on the store piano) It hit me as I was driving down Hillsboro Pike the other day, listening to WRLT Lightning 100 on the radio, when a song from Will Hoge‘s Blackbird on a Lonely Wire album came on. It was a music-and-lyrics-lover’s song from about a decade ago. Not…

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September 4, 2014

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Marxist and Socialist Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:
We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I…

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September 4, 2014

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Nude Selfies, Rape Nail Polish, and the Dumb Idea That Women Don’t Deserve Fun

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Don’t want people to post your nude selfies on the Internet? Then don’t take ‘em, ladies! For once, that isn’t the prevailing response to the revealing celebrity photos circulating on the Internet, but it’s still one that’s well represented this week, from your irritating acquaintance on Twitter to the Times‘ irritating…

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September 4, 2014

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Watch “Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon.” on YouTube

Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon

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August 26, 2014

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Michael McRay – I Was Never the Same Again

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is Michael McRay’s story from Tenx9’s August theme “I Was Never the Same Again.” He tells of standing with his father in a place of death and hearing one sentence that changed his life. ?

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August 26, 2014

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Making Your Own Ice Bucket Challenge and a Tweet to Put It In Perspective

I know there are haters. And sure, one can always find ways to criticize the ALS ice bucket challenge. But, what you cannot do is deny it. Having raised north of 50 million, I’m sure that the various organizations helping ALS research and sufferers are just fine being the target of some criticism. One article […]

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August 25, 2014

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The Creed of the Anti-Materialist

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Having grownup both poor and Christian, (of the “give what you have to the poor or at least more poor than you” variety) materialism never appealed to me. My mother used to joke that we loved the designer “Clear-ance” (*said in faux French accent). This never really bothered me, as none…

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August 25, 2014

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Finding My So-Called Queer Identity in My So-Called Life

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Originally posted on TIME:
When I was 8, my favorite thing to do after school would be to visit the set of My So-Called Life. My mom, who created the show, had to be there all the time, so I’d visit her on days when a babysitter could drive me or when my dad was…

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August 23, 2014

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Exterminate Your Doctor Who Stress

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Doctor Who returns in a few hours. If you’re feeling over excited, feel free to relax with our Dalek Relaxation Tape. Our recap will be up tomorrow.

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August 23, 2014

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A Story About Not Taking Your Beef Out On Others

Originally posted on The Dish:
by Chas Danner Adam Wade is one of the best storytellers on the planet, as well as the winner of eighteen Moth Story Slams, including this one:

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August 18, 2014

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The storm

Originally posted on Betty Generic:
From out of the storm The angry clouds stir Vents release Explode I watch the thunder And wonder What will be torn away? What will be the same? Twisting rotting limbs in the road Empty buildings boarded up for the storm Ripped open Left behind to be studied by anthropologist…

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August 18, 2014

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Crochet Your Own Baby Groot

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
As I said in NBR’s review, if you see one movie this summer featuring a dancing stick in a pot, make it Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that Dancing Stick in a Pot can be yours. ? Crafter TwinkieChan has created the perfect Baby Groot for your holiday gift…

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August 18, 2014

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Ferguson

Originally posted on My Ready Room:
John Oliver’s take on the events in Ferguson: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A[/embed] Welcome to “post-racial” America.

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August 14, 2014

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Here’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Incredible Definition of Feminism

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Originally posted on TIME:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks this whole trend of celebrities shunning the “feminism” label is bizarre. As the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For actor clarified to The Daily Beast, he considers himself a feminist. And he gave an in-depth definition of what he believes feminism is. See below: I read that…

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August 13, 2014

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Can Social Media Ease the Shame of Being a Domestic Violence Victim?

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Originally posted on TIME:
Warning: This article contains graphic images and descriptions of violence. Las Vegas police are searching for mixed martial arts fighter Jon Koppenhaver, a.k.a. War Machine, after he was accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, on Sunday night, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Mack posted a statement and…

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August 13, 2014

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Why It’s Okay To Mourn Robin Williams

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:
I know, that in this day and age, guilt takes over when we let the Kardashians take over our Sunday afternoon instead of spending time donating to breast cancer research or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I know that scrolling Perez Hilton instead of reading about Gaza is enough…

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August 8, 2014

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Watch Electro-Pop Singer Kiesza Perform an Acoustic Cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

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Originally posted on TIME:
If you don’t know Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza by name, you still may know her crazy-infectious single “Hideaway.” But during a recent appearance on NME Basement Sessions, the singer proved that she’s good for more than just dancing her way through the streets of Brooklyn wearing suspenders. (For the record: she’s great…

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October 24, 2014

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A Nearly Native’s Guide to This Weekend (10/24 – 10/26)

Originally posted on Nearly Native:
Look out Nashville! A perfect storm of amazing events and phenomenal sweater weather in Middle Tennessee this weekend will ensure maximum play and absolutely no work. Festival goers: bask in fest-glory without sweating from humidity or freezing from the cold. Sports fans: Embrace the multi-season overlap of baseball, football, and hockey (plus fall…

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October 22, 2014

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Author Sharon Draper: “We need to discuss race, and we can do it through great literature.”

Originally posted on musing:
If we were to list all of The New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper’s many honors for her writing and teaching, it would take up your whole screen and you wouldn’t be able to see her thoughtful interview below. So, just to give you a taste . . .  Draper has been…

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October 20, 2014

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NASA releases actual recordings from space — and they’re absolutely breathtaking

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Earlier this year, Lefse Records released The Space Project, in which acts like Beach House, Spiritualized, The Antlers, and more used actual recordings from the Voyager space probe to create songs and soundscapes. Though a neat gimmick, with some intriguing submissions, the resulting album didn’t necessarily reflect the true sonic aesthetic…

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October 20, 2014

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Pop-culture critic Matheson joins School of Journalism

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Originally posted on The Leading Edge:
Journalist and pop-culture critic Whitney Matheson will serve as the School of Journalism’s Professional Journalist in Residence beginning in January. Matheson fills the vacancy left by Val Hoeppner, who was promoted last summer to director for the Center of Innovation in Media. Whitney Matheson Matheson has built a large, engaged audience that shares…

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October 17, 2014

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It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems

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Originally posted on TIME:
I and many other faith leaders came to Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday and Monday because of Michael Brown—an 18-year-old black teenager who, though unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9. My first thoughts when I heard the news were about my 16-year-old son Luke. I…

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October 17, 2014

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The State of Bill Murray: A Roundtable Discussion

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Blake Goble (BG): GZA kinda already nailed it for me: “Bill Groundhog Day, Ghostbustin’-ass Murray!” The guy’s hit a point in his career, where, not only is his filmography loaded with genuine classics, but his reputation, notoriety, and cultural capital is so strong that he can’t be discussed without pure, ecstatic frenzy.…

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