365 Reflections - Reflection 6

I have struggled with my creativity for years - bouncing around from medium to medium. I would say that I am competent with a wide variety of crafts but I have not ever made as a result of my creativity. The reasons for that are, like many other tings - varied....more

Dear Graffiti Artist David Choe: "Yes With Her Eyes" Is Rape

Trigger alert: This post contains a graphic description of non-consensual sex. On his podcast, DVDASA, graffiti artist David Choe recounted his latest “sexual conquest”—one that sounds disturbingly close to rape, whether or not it was a made-up story....more
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Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
I scored 49 -- not privileged.  I've been insulted by the person that put their hands in my hair ...more

Breaking New Ground With Global News: Vice Launches Vice News

The way people get their news is quickly undergoing a much-needed evolution, thanks in part to media outlets such as Vice News that recognize the need to inform millennials in an inventive and innovative way. People still want to feel informed, but dry-as-toast broadcasts from journalists and outlets they don't always trust to tell them the truth simply aren't cutting it. Today's news needs to follow a simple but true philosophy that's quite familiar to the current generation: act locally but think globally....more

Journalism isn't dead...it's a zombie.

My mom just sent me an email that listed journalism as one of the worst three jobs. Ever. Like, there's no quantifier in there. Just one of the worst three jobs. This is by Daily Briefing, who uses Bureau of Labor statistics and runs them through a snazzy algorithm, weighing stuff like satisfaction, health risk, stress levels, etc.You know what the other two worst jobs are, guys?Enlisted military and lumberjacks....more

joy of nine9 weekly paper

This weeks articles and posts from ten different sources gathered together in one spot.  joy of nine9 weekly paper  …..link*...more

Health Secretary Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Would a Man's Appearance be Criticized This Way?

So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled responsibility, and Sylvia's experience and skills are a very good fit for the position....more
If people were criticizing her face or body, it would be way out of line. However, it seems like ...more

who's my tribe? an exercise

I've been reading a lot lately about tribes. Not the Native American kind (I have one but we lost touch over the past few generations), but the kind that I belong to as a writer.I don't want to write just for fun. I write for fun and satisfaction, true. But I also want to be read. I want to write about things that matter to other people, things they want to read. I want to influence people, make them think, make them laugh, make change in the world. To me, that is success. ...more

Crazy Things I Let my Husband Talk Me Into: Turning my House into a Radio Station

By Janice Flegle, Instructor at American Public University...more

The results of the media diet

Last week, I came across the term media diet and decided to track my own use of media throughout a typical week. I was especially interested in seeing how much I used media (specifically, my smartphone, the computer and TV) in front of my impressionable son....more