January 29, 2015

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Can’t go out to the pub? How about bringing the pub to you! THE INFLATABLE PUB

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

Leave it to the Irish.

Originally posted on #LoveBelfast:

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Can’t go out to the pub?  How about bringing the pub to you!  This inflatable pub has room for a full bar and can be put up on any level surface.

Measurements are 33ft Length, 16ft Width and 18ft Height. Its the First of its kind in the whole of Ireland. Hire price is £300 a night and comes with lights and heaters.

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With excellent attention to detail, this pub includes an artistic tiled roof, brick stone wall, two chimney pots and even a welcoming fire place feature. Ideal for private parties or even large events, this pub will hold up to 60 persons.

It’s the closest thing to relaxing in a real country pub in the middle of a field! Just no dart board!

 It’s also available for sale.  Visit website

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January 27, 2015

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Creating a Space Where There Was None

Tenx9 Nashville hosts monthly storytelling events in Nashville and around the world. I am deeply honored to be a part of this community of people. Our motto is an Irish saying, “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” The joy, insight and beauty of true stories leaves my heart larger every time I go. Find an event. Start a satellite Tenx9 in your city. The theme this month was, “Beginnings.” I tried to make this one “NPR-friendly.”

You hear it all the time in some drippy social media post — it’s not the destination…it’s the journey. And yeah, sometimes that is true – like when you want to be a Human Rights attorney when you are 8, but then you grow up and share classrooms with others wanting to practice law and you fear for your soul. So…you shift, you adapt and you allow other paths to present themselves. All well and good.

But, what about when you are DYING to go to the beach and in order to breathe in that salty air, you have to travel in a dilapidated minivan with no air-conditioning, with three kids and your mother for ten hours. Screw that journey. Give me my destination dammit.

The year? 1994. I became obsessed with the idea that the only hope our damaged little species had for a sustainable future was in learning how to live in Intentional Communities. I traveled to several different kinds of communities…urban co-ops with families and some with just singles. I also became a regular visitor to Twin Oaks. A real-live hippie commune outside of Charlottesville VA.

By the time I finished grad school in 1995, I had hatched a plan. I convinced four women that were and are — absolute Amazons, to move to Knoxville and create a feminist intentional community with me. None of them knew each other…they all knew me.

We had a breathtakingly gorgeous 1920’s style home in South Knoville, near Ijams Nature Center. We were academics, teachers, social workers and activists. There were weekly house meetings, daily chores, shared expenses, compost and radical social theory.

It was like being married to four women with no sex. It could be not very fun.

In less than two years, the entire operation was a bust. Hilariously, I was the one that got booted from the collective. For some crap reasons and some very good reasons. Some of the relationships took more than a decade to repair. The truth was, our inability (or mine – I’m totally willing to take more than my “fair share” of the blame for the implosion…I was OUT OF MY MIND) to bridge differences, our failures at communication, the baggage we brought into that house — they all played a big part in the Great Undoing.

We did throw magnificent parties.

The biggest legacy from the house came by way of a Women’s Open Mic that I started because I was unhappy with what was available in Knoxville. And because I desperately needed to get out of that house and not be self-destructive. I called it Women Out Loud and we hosted a weekly open mike, annual competitions and benefits for the Sexual Assault Crisis Center for almost five years.

Our biggest alum is Mindy Smith, who was a regular before moving to Nashville. You may know her from “Come To Jesus.” Other regular performers included Kari Hoffman, Rose Hawley, Amanda McMahan, myself, Karen Reynolds, Kristinne Abrenica, Nikki Nikki (of JoyBang), Jodie Manross and our talented housemate, Kathleen Hoye. The winners of our very first singer-songwriter competition were Robinella & band (featuring Cruz Contreras, now blazing across the sky in The Black Lillies).

It started with singer-songwriters and poetry. It grew because word spreads quick around the edges of a city. Very quickly, we had regulars and they were a more diverse Knoxville than most people knew about. It was declared a radically welcoming space from the beginning and each week from the stage.

Now I hear you asking, “were men allowed to participate?” The answer is sometimes. But because I in charge, you’d be better be radically welcoming too or you could go to any of a number of other open mics in the city. I hosted, recruited, and performed.

During the day, I worked as a Social Worker, doing counseling with felons, abusers and addicts. It was not unicorns and rainbows. Still childless and unmarried, I needed an outlet for the stress I carried from my work. Women Out Loud became much more than that. And although we never made anything but tips, most of us went onto creative pursuits and are now spread across the country. Thriving baby…not just surviving.

Women Out Loud became a home for the LGBT community in East Tennessee. Most of the men and women I met are still in my life. It was the best home I ever had. And not because I was drunk a lot of the time. Because the right people found me and I found them and we created a space for ourselves. We grew and fought and bought sound equipment. We dated each other and then hated each other and then got up and sang about it.

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January 2, 2015

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19 Reasons You Should Hire Me

The cover letter/resume combo pack is a tedious relic, providing only the factual framework of a person’s accomplishments and features. Of course, most of the time, this is no indication of whether or not the person will be a good fit for your team. Some of this “fit” is really about identifiable characteristics like “outgoing” or “thorough.” But most of “fit” is hard to quantify. If you are the type of manager who never thinks about these things, please do not hire me. If you are, please proceed.

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Let the listicle begin.

  1. Words that rarely describe me: wallflower, detail-oriented, tidy, uncaring, disengaged.
  2. Words that frequently describe me: innovative, knowledgeable, funny, empathetic.
  3. Environments that make me want to check out: rigid, boring, incurious, resistant to fixing problems, tolerant of bullies and promotion of micromamagers.
  4. Environments in which I excel: flexible, open communication, appreciation of employees and commitment to the community and diversity.
  5. Hidden skill: I tend to remember people’s names. Usually I remember the names of their dogs and kids too. I learned this teaching in colleges. Students notice if you know who they are…see them as individuals, it helps them learn and reach out when life deals them a wallop (which gets in the way of learning). This also applies to clients and customers.
  6. Under-appreciated skill: I will tell you your ___________ sucks in a diplomatic, but straightforward way. But, if it is your website and/or digital presence, I may be more on the blunt side. It really is that important.
  7. Superpower: I’m a Connector of people and of ideas .
  8. Weirdest Title Ever Won At Work: Voted The Einstein Award. AKA: I am a smartypants, who speed-reads ‘round the clock. Because my brain is restless and I am a perpetual student.
  9. Skill I Wish I Didn’t Have Sometimes: I can deal with difficulty. So, more than once…there was a client/customer that was annoying or dangerous or drunk and I capably went into the fray. I can de-escalate nonsense.
  10. Best Job I Ever Had: producing ongoing digital content for small businesses.
  11. Most Fun Job I Ever Had: Being a Probation Officer for teenage felons.
  12. Worst Job I Ever Had: Telemarketing (although I made almost as much money in six months as I did in a year as a Social Worker)
  13. Professions most highly suggested by a majority of my peers, former coworkers, students and family: Writer, Advocate, Motivational Speaker. When the campus I taught at for seven years was slated for closure at the end of 2012, I asked everyone I knew what they thought. Over three hundred people replied. The above-stated responses were the top recommendations.
  14. Proven fact: I can explain anything to anyone.
  15. True more than false: Almost always in a good mood.
  16. Thing learned the hard way: work/life balance is essential for long-term survival…and sanity. Beyond what you do at work and at home, some of us need to insist on a creative outlet. Or three. Currently, I write for my personal blog and tell true stories on stage.
  17. Thing I love that most people hate: Public speaking.
  18. Thing that may be most valuable to your company/nonprofit/campaign: I never just do my job and go home. I commit, dig in and look for ways to make myself useful. Usually, I can convince others to do the same.
  19. Thing that makes me a rare commodity: I can take constructive criticism as a gift and nonconstructive criticism as a challenge. I don’t fear mistakes. Or growth. I fear stagnation. And most ventriloquists.

Interested in having a conversation? Find me:

Twitter:  @KCGibbons

Facebook: Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Instagram: kcgibbons

LinkedIn: Kristen Chapman Gibbons

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Me, when I find the right fit.

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November 7, 2014

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Your Brain Said It Was Ok To Stretch It

I spoke with your brain privately, and one message was unmistakable: Feed Your Noggin.

Hacks for Start-ups:

https://twitter.com/GrowthHackers/status/530512536974921728?s=09

Help with navigating grammar:

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/530443200834830336?s=09

Go to college or graduate school…for free:

https://twitter.com/Awkward_Duck/status/530432044388872193?s=09

And if knowledge fails, at least smell good.

https://twitter.com/DangerMindsBlog/status/530442397004886016?s=09

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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?

I can help.

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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:

Photo by Amanda Koellner

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 […]

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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

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Originally posted on TED Blog:
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…

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October 2, 2014

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Call It A Gift — Wandering Off Is Not So Terrible

Wandering off isn't 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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

Enjoyed this so very much.

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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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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: 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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January 30, 2015

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Musings /// Nashville, You’re Fucked

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Originally posted on Lockeland Springsteen, a Nashville Music Blog :
by new L/S contributor Olivia Hall, who we like to pretend we stole from New York City for the sole purpose of fending off criminals with bucket bags. I mean, we feel safer already.  Olivia, not in Nashville. By Lana Barkin. You guys are fucked. You know…

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January 28, 2015

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A Note To My Readers

Originally posted on The Dish:
One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble…

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January 28, 2015

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Why Sly Stone Matters.

Originally posted on The Pulmyears Music Blog:
Before I begin, take a listen to “Family Affair” (there may be an ad to get through): This week the web was alive with the NY Post story that Sly Stone, mastermind of Sly & The Family Stone, had lost his Napa area home and has been living…

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January 27, 2015

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Here’s the cast of the new all-female Ghostbusters film

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
When it came time to cast the four female leads for the forthcoming Ghostbusters film, director Paul Feig called Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. According to The Hollywood Reporter, all four actress have signed on — or are in final negotiations — for the film, which…

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January 27, 2015

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The budget guide to Nashville – #NCPH2015

Originally posted on elizabeth catte:
Hi! Are you broke and planning to attend #NCPH2015? Then this guide is for you! Sure, there are a lot of great suggestions for dining and places to see in the program, but I’m reaching out to graduate students and new professionals to share my cost-conscious tips. I’m not affiliated…

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January 27, 2015

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Tunes for Tuesday: Björk’s Stonemilker

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Björk released Vulnicura last week to rave reviews. A break up album from a relationship ten years in the collapsing, the opening track “Stonermilker” (11 months before) is a haunting opening to the slow demise of the safety of a known world.

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January 18, 2015

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For the Queens and Kings of Appalachia

Originally posted on Appalachian Ink:
This is a hard place. And we are hard people. All of us know that hardness, even those who have escaped into the rest of the world. We are proud of it. It’s a birthright. A certain bad blood courses through us, as arcane as the land itself. These mountains…

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January 14, 2015

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Bonnaroo announces 2015 lineup

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Bonnaroo has announced its 2015 lineup. Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, and deadmau5 serve as this year’s headliners. They’ll be joined by a formidable roster of sub-headliners including Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Slayer, Belle and Sebastian, Ben…

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