April 24, 2014

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I’m about to do a Poetry Slam — wherever it is you are. #SpokenWord #NationalPoetryMonth

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

Last year in April, I published a poem a day on this blog to celebrate National Poetry Month. I got too busy a day or two and made up for it with this post. Enjoy. The Apostle is my favorite of these five.

Originally posted on Big Blue Dot Y'all:

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Not Lost 

Apostle

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April 24, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: Bundy Edition

These are among the best I’ve seen:

For context:

For ridicule:

 

 

 

 

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April 23, 2014

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The Enduring Legacy of ‘Election’s’ Tracy Flick and “Who the Fuck Does She Think She Is?” Women

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

In the 2008 Democratic Primary race, the roles were just as clear as they were in Alexander Payne’s excellent 1999 satire  Election : charismatic newcomer Barack Obama was Paul Metzler, and Hillary Clinton was the perky yet terrifying Tracy Flick. There was no doubt that the latter had put in the years necessary for the role, but something about her down-to-business ways did not sit right with the voters. They opted for change instead of experience, for the ex-quarterback with new ideas and a disregard for how things have been done in the past because, well, he hadn’t been adhering to the rules for very long before he was in the position to break them.

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April 23, 2014

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The Ones Who Really Forced The Spring

Originally posted on The Dish:

A timely reminder of how old the struggle for marriage equality really is in the US:

And this is how revolutions begin:

But, of course, as I noted in my 1998 anthology on the subject, the issue of gay marriage goes back much, much further in time. We even have martyrs executed for the cause. From Montaigne’s notebook as long ago as 1581:

On my return from Saint Peter’s I met a man who informed me humorously of two things: that the Portuguese made their obeisance in Passion week; and then, that on this same day the station was at San Giovanna Porta Latina, in which church a few years before certain Portuguese had entered into a strange brotherhood.

They married one another, male to male, at Mass, with the same ceremonies with which we perform our marriages, read the same marriage Gospel service, and then went to…

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April 23, 2014

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“…bears it out even to the edge of doom.” #HappyBirthdayShakespeare

Happiest of birthdays to William Shakespeare! I had the pleasure of learning Shakespeare from teachers who loved him. My college professor had many passages he knew by memory. He is responsible for encouraging wild abandonment to beauty and truth – all the while being as entertaining and kind as any you’ve met.

He challenged me to learn a passage or poem.

I did.

I can still quote it. Thanks Dr. Earnest Lee!

116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
     If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

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April 23, 2014

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In memory of Mary Dann

Originally posted on WHE Blog:

Mary and Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone elders, Eureka County, NV. (Photo by Western Shoshone Defense Project)

Mary and Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone elders, Eureka County, NV. (Photo by Western Shoshone Defense Project)

April 22 marks the anniversary of the death of Mary Dann. “The Dann Sisters” were members of the Western Shoshone tribe of Nevada. Their battle with the US government lasted decades. Bullfrog films documented the fight in “American Outrage,” the first film I ever watched about public land management in the American West.

Why am I writing about this now? Because issues of public land management have arisen in the media. These  issues involve someone that claims his “historic” use of the land over rides that of the federal government. His use of the land, he says, trumps federal law because his ancestors used the land starting in the 1880′s. As a note the state of Nevada ratified it’s Constitution in 1864 giving jurisdiction of public land to the federal government.

I have received…

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April 22, 2014

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In Defense of the Dance Major

Originally posted on shannondoolingdances:
After the Rain - the first piece I choreographed at DeSales University, in 2005 Several months ago, I heard two interesting reports from NPR’s Planet Money team that focused on college majors and jobs – why people decide to pursue particular tracks of studies and the careers they hold as a result…

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April 22, 2014

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How tough is motherhood?

Originally posted on Mummy Says…:
I’m forced awake before 6am everyday for another round of this thing that is life. I’m always woken by screams after a night of perhaps five broken hours of sleep. I tend to the basic necessities of two small human beings – I feed, wash and clothe them. I express…

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April 22, 2014

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Casa Susanna: Photographs From a 1950s Transvestite Hideaway

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Originally posted on LightBox:
“I never stopped to think what a heterosexual transvestite was,” admitted Tony award-winning writer and actor Harvey Fierstein in a recent, wide-ranging discussion with LightBox about his new play, Casa Valentina, and the powerful real-life photos that inspired it.  Based on the story of Casa Susanna — a little-known refuge for heterosexual transvestites in the…

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April 22, 2014

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What’s Cooler Than Cool? Not This Choir. #blesstheirhearts

I’m not sure why this was done and am even more unclear why someone would tape it. As we say in the South, bless their pea-picking hearts. They are called the Funky Fresh Sr. Choir and they are available for weddings.

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April 22, 2014

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No Matter What – Treble and Bass.

I will always go to music. There is music from every genre that I love. And own (bought, because I like musicians and sound people not to starve). Growing up, my parents kept tight control of the radio. My father was a Southern Baptist Preacher and my mother was the untitled and unacknowledged and unpaid […]

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April 17, 2014

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Easter Bunny Blues: An Ex-Christian’s Lament

It is Easter. I know, because even though I am not a Christian, I apparently live in a country where Good Friday is a national holiday. (?!?) I also know we are in the midst of a religious holiday (commercialized like all others) because I see bunnies everywhere. And everyone knows Jesus loves bunnies. If […]

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April 17, 2014

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Maleficient’s Fashion Line: For Adults

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
First Angelina Jolie teamed up with Stella McCartney for a child’s fashion line. Now comes one for the adults….from Hot Topic. Yes, Hot Topic still exists. As long as there are girls age 14-19 who think that painting one’s nails black is going to worry their parents and dying…

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April 17, 2014

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How Big Business Targets Children

Originally posted on Plato on-line:
Cover via Amazon “Corporate behavior is very similar to that of a psychopath.” The diagnostic criteria for psychopathy is: 1. Unable to be concerned for others 2. Only advances their own self interest 3. Has trouble obeying the law and social conventions Bakan wrote the book “The Corporation: The Pathological…

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April 17, 2014

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13 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Well, friends, spring is in the air (occasional lingering thundersnow aside), and Easter weekend is upon us, which could mean several things for you: participation in some sort of egg hunt, consumption of massive quantities of chocolate and sugar, a biannual visit to some sort of house of worship. Or it…

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April 17, 2014

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Today In Tennessee Banning Things

Originally posted on Southern Beale:
As our legislative session limps to a close, let’s look at what our elected representatives decided we can’t have: • Bus Rapid Transit — Applies only to Davidson County (Nashville) and Moore County. Because … Koch Bros. and Lee Beaman. • Flash Mobs — Because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets…

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April 16, 2014

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Pauline Cushman, Spy

Pauline Cushman Pauline Cushman (Born Harriet Wood) (June 10, 1833 – December 2, 1897), was an American actress and a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War. While touring hamelin with a theatrical troupe in Union-controlled Louisville, Kentucky, Pauline was paid to toast Confederate President Jefferson Davis after a performance. The theatre […]

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April 16, 2014

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“Welcome and entertain them all…” Happy National Poetry Month

The Guest House by Rumi: This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them allEven if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor […]

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April 16, 2014

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Disney Princess Does Not Require Prince

A friend shared this with me this morning…too funny.

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April 15, 2014

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Ms. Ethel Waters: Don’t Forget Her #history

Ethel Waters, 1926. Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920′s singing blues. Waters was the second African American, […]

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April 15, 2014

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Videos | Melissa Harris Perry’s Interviews with Ta-Nehesi Coates & Jonathan Chait

Originally posted on 3CHICSPOLITICO:
Melissa Harris Perry had invited Jonathan Chait to join her and Ta-Nehesi Coates on the show together, since both of them had been engaged in an online debate on President Obama and Race, politics, etc. MHP-Ta-Nehisi Coates on culture, poverty, race, etc. Jonathan Chait debates “Race Has Been the Real Story…

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April 15, 2014

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“This Is God’s Plant”

Originally posted on The Dish:
Matt Melema finds that evangelicals are starting to come around on marijuana: No one has done a poll of where evangelicals in particular stand on pot, but talking to a dozen or so of them makes me think that the feelings of young evangelicals are shifting as fast as many others of their generation. Given the history of…

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April 15, 2014

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“Somebody’s Got To Sell That Platform”: Wingnuts’ New 2016 Hero? Marsha Blackburn Is Perfect!

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:
Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn is having a moment, of sorts. An anonymous aide told Real Clear Politics last week that she was going to New Hampshire to “test the waters” for a 2016 presidential run. And why not? Blackburn would be the only woman in the race (so far), and…

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April 11, 2014

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UPDATE: THERE REALLY IS “SHUT THE HELL UP GUM”

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The other day I overheard my daughter say something HILARIOUS to her brothers. See it here. And because my Twitter followers are EPIC, I got this reply today. I think we shall be purchasing gum soon. Oh, @KCGibbons, your kid might like to know that this really *does* exist and is available in stores. perpetualkid.com/shut-the-hell-…— […]

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April 11, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: An Apt Message for Activists – Rage Isn’t A Viable Strategy

The essence of activism is teaching not preaching, tolerance not dismissal.— Khaled Bey (@KhaledBeydoun) April 11, 2014 So many activists get stuck in rage and muddle their message along the way. Some questions that always help me, “What do I ultimately hope to accomplish with ______________? Am I communicating to the right audiences in the […]

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April 8, 2014

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The 15 Best Nirvana Covers You May Not Have Heard

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
If you haven’t gathered as much from the rash of think-pieces and tributes (we suggest you read these instead), tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. While the many words you may read in the next few weeks about Cobain’s legacy demonstrate his importance to generations of listeners (and…

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April 8, 2014

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Math is Hard.

Saw this from Rebel Circus on Facebook.

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April 8, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: My Kids Really Are Funny.

My husband is from Dublin, Ireland and I am a rebellious Preacher’s kid. That means we cuss a lot. We also don’t punish our kids for saying “bad words,” only for using them in a hateful or inappropriate way. Which is why when this happened last night, I almost peed myself laughing. If you know […]

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April 8, 2014

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The 25 Best Music Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
As the wise bard Madonna once said, “Music makes the people come together,” and she was right. Music is a source of magic in the life of human beings on earth. Sometimes people want to live inside a song so much that they make documentaries, bringing some visual acuity to aural…

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April 8, 2014

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Tart Attacks

Originally posted on The Dish:
http://youtu.be/0P5CQ5VugFI Rex Weiner makes the case for political pie-throwing, insisting that a “gooey face is an instant social equalizer”: While I abhor pointless violence, I have long believed there are some people in this world who deserve to be smacked in the face with a pie. Vladimir Putin, for example, or…

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April 8, 2014

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Life-Sized Origami

Originally posted on The Dish:
The dude standing there is the artist, Sipho Mabona: This life-sized white elephant stands 3m (10 ft) tall and weighs a whopping 250kg (550lbs) – and it was all folded out of a single 15m x 15m (50ft x 50ft) sheet of paper. The epic piece of paper art took a…

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April 8, 2014

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A Nation Defined By White Supremacy? Ctd

Originally posted on The Dish:
It’s been difficult keeping up with the hundreds of emails responding to the highly-charged thread, and even more difficult finding ones that represent the many sides of the debate while moving it forward. But here is our final attempt to best represent the views coming through the in-tray: There is something rich about a bunch…

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April 7, 2014

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Love Your Neighbor

I took this the day Prop 8 was struck down. We gathered that night to show support for same-sex marriage. Loved it!

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April 7, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Don’t Call Me Marsha Edition

Melissa Blackburn is running for General Sessions Judge here in Davidson County (which is essentially the city of Nashville). Contrary to popular opinion, Nashville is a blue dot (hence the name of this blog) in the red sea of Tennessee. In this part of the State, you don’t want to be confused with Rep. Marsha […]

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April 7, 2014

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Video!

Originally posted on Rileys Backpack:
Here is the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots Video!

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April 7, 2014

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Why Tilda Swinton Will Always Be a Glorious, Meme-Friendly Mystery

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Can you ever really figure out what makes somebody cool? New York magazine plumbs the depths of our favorite space-alien actress in “Tilda Swinton Is Not Quite of This World,” and Swinton, mostly, remains pretty cool. Swinton is an actor’s actor, the type of artist who’s not on the cover of magazines and…

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April 7, 2014

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The Inherent Hope of Uncertainty

Originally posted on Knight Stivender's life in full:
Like many in the South, I grew up thinking that faith required conviction, and that uncertainty, or doubt, was what we experienced in moments of duress or weakness. Like many here and everywhere, the older I get, the more I realize that I (and everyone else,…

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April 4, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Laverne Cox FOR EVERYTHING — She’s already a superhero…

  ENDORSE. And I have ZERO objection to Idris being Batman (FTR). Petition to get @Lavernecox to play Wonder Woman.— Ainee Fatima (@Faineemae) April 04, 2014

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April 4, 2014

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The S.W:T.E.S.B.F.T.S,T,A.F.T Trilogy

Originally posted on Rileys Backpack:
All three of the stories in one post! First Volume One day on Tatooine Luke Skywalker was walking his dog when all of a sudden the empire struck back again for the second time! He called his friends Leia and Han Solo with their trusty sidekick Chewbacca! They got in…

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April 4, 2014

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Raising the Wage will Help Women

Originally posted on Point4CounterPoint:
You’ll want to share this We’d like to think we’ve got a lot of content worth passing along. And we launched White House Shareables as a central place for some of our favorite infographics, GIFs, and explainer videos that highlight President Obama’s policies in a way that’s interesting and easy…

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April 4, 2014

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Henry And June — The Full Film

  “I need to know people who are alive Hugo.” — Anais Nin I don’t know how many times I’ve watched this film. Dozens. I became obsessed with Anais Nin when I was about 18. I am still obsessed with her and I am 43. She remains a mystery, a Subject, an Object, a Feminist […]

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April 3, 2014

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Being Still Makes Me Dizzy

Setting Recently, I went to Townsend, Tennessee (about a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and had a bit of a retreat with six women – one I hadn’t met, one I’d only met on Facebook and the rest I’ve known for 15+ years. The cabin was breathtaking and it seems I needed […]

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April 3, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Balance Is Restored in the Universe Edition

Really, to add any commentary just takes away from the perfection that is this tweet. Willie Nelson's stuffed armadillo returned after theft: bit.ly/1k36eMk— newsobserver.com (@newsobserver) April 03, 2014 p.s. Anything that makes Willie Nelson happy, makes me happy. #LifeMotto561

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April 3, 2014

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30 Days — Celebrating National Poetry Month — April 22 (today you get recordings!!)

Originally posted on Big Blue Dot Y'all:
A Time [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/89078230" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Bloodletting [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/89078590" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Humility [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/89079037" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

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April 24, 2014

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What Students Really Need to Hear

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Originally posted on affectiveliving:
It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what…

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April 22, 2014

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Sherpas On Strike

Originally posted on The Dish:
After threatening a work stoppage over unfair pay and grueling work conditions, the Nepalese mountaineers who clear the way for recreational climbers on Mount Everest have voted to leave the mountain and cancel the 2014 climbing season entirely out of respect for the 16 sherpas who died in an avalanche last Friday – the…

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