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28 October 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK


“In recent decades, by accepting the flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law in the name of combating terrorism, American leaders have eroded the very freedoms and rights that generations of their young gave their lives to defend. They have again set an example that will be followed by others; only now, it is one that will be used to justify the use of torture by regimes around the world, including against American soldiers in foreign lands. In losing their way, they have made us all vulnerable.”
“From around the world, we will watch in the coming weeks as the release of the Senate findings on the United States torture program brings the country to a crossroads. It remains to be seen whether the United States will turn a blind eye to the effects of its actions on its own people and on the rest of the world, or if it will take the necessary steps to recover the standards on which the country was founded, and to once again adhere to the international conventions it helped to bring into being.”
—A letter to President Obama from 12 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

20 October 2014

treat others...




"We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life." -- Edwin Markham

08 October 2014

re-blogging myself?

Reflections of a Volunteer with We Are Family 
POSTED BY KRYSTAL ATHA ON OCTOBER 07, 2014



I moved to Colombia Heights after living in Latin America for the past 4 years. Many who live in the DC area know it’s difficult to get that feeling of community. I was looking for a solution and delivering food to elderly in need with We Are Family seemed like a perfect way to meet my neighbors. 

At 10am a group of 30 plus volunteers gathered together to unload a van full of grocery bags, receive a list of names and addresses, load up a shopping cart, and deliver! (Kinda) In between the loading and the delivery of bags, Mark, the Co-Director of We are Family had all the volunteers introduce themselves, say where they were from, where they wanted to go, and where they had served if they were returned Peace Corps volunteers. 

My DC mentality kicked in and I thought, “Seriously??? This is going to take forever!” 

But then I realized, this is it, this is what its about -- community. 

This set the stage for the 26 or so doors our grocery delivery team would be knocking on during the next couple hours. Some of my neighbors where not home, others only opened the door a crack, while a few invited us is in and even offered candy, showed family photos and told us about the history of the neighborhood. It was a beautiful day, and I’m so glad to be serving in my home country. 

This blog post was written by RPCV/W Member Krystal Atha, who served in El Salvador from 2010 to 2012. The project was organized by RPCV/W Community Service Director Allison Nye O'Donnell, Honduras 07 - 09. 

Low battery = one bar closer to humanity

I"m fighting the good fight to stay connected. But the longer I'm in the US with our 4G constant connections the harder it becomes.

07 October 2014

#AskLena



Love her Show,
Love her spunk,
Loving these videos,
and hopefully, I'll get the book and love that too!



05 September 2014

"breakdance is an art and a sport." - bboy chiky



Check out this awesome breakdance video of my friend B Boy Chiky! A year ago he was in a coma now he's back spreading his positive attitude to all he encounters. For the non-spanish speakers, you can skip to the end to see the sick moves! 

03 September 2014

Sam Smith : Stay With Me

My end of Summer Jam

4 day work week = higher productivity & greater happiness = Winning!

I'm a HUGE fan of the corporate culture shifting towards integrating both the Living to work and working to live mentality. Its not one or the other, its both. We want meaningful work but we also have a life outside this work. And both are important.

Much of my knowledge started with learning about Google Company Culture and their flexible work week,  casual dress, free food on site, extracurricular activities, game rooms, nap rooms, etc... insane right? nope. Its not just google anymore. Its spreading. Whole foods is transparent about salaries! whoa. that's awesome. The Motley Fool has unlimited vacation days, lets you bring your dog to work, has not policies but rather figured out a way to create a culture around desired behaviors.

Now I work from an office in DC that has free PBs&Js! Coffee! sodas, beers, wine, and occasional lunches provided along with a treadmill desk people can sign up for to get the blood flowing, and for that 3pm slump a number of spaces where comfy couches can pull you thru those last few emails of the day.

And these places are not doing this just because they are saints or like free food or bringing their dog to work but because it's actually better for business.

>>> This Salon Article <<< spells it out, but here are the cliff notes:

1. Makes workers more productive.
2. Good for the environment.
3. Makes employees happier.
4. Creates a healthier workforce.
5. Brings America into the 21st century.


19 June 2014

word of the day: Ossify


Ever since having to study a book full of vocabulary for the verbal section of the GRE I've been a word smith.

ossify |ˈäsəˌfī|
verb (ossifiesossifyingossified) [ no obj. ]
turn into bone or bony tissue: these tracheal cartilages may ossify.

(often as adj. ossified) cease developing; be stagnant or rigid: ossified political institutions.


Today's word used in a sentence:

"The District has been struggling with rampant poverty and crime for decades now, and due to an ossified local government, that's not changing any time soon."

Vice writing about Washington D.C. and why its a hell hole. Now I disagree with that statement BUT in some ways I don't. My power went out last night, and it was a bit stuffy after 7 hours w/out power and that means no A/C. 

#WentToWorkEarly


17 June 2014

Shakey Graves - Built to Roam

Another one for ya daddio!

 I'm feeling this guy's voice and his unique suitcase drum.


 

mean tweets BBall edition

I enjoy the Kimmel Mean Tweets series.
Although, I can't pretend to know any of these guys... its still funny and I'm sure my dad does.
Soooo.... this one goes out to you daddio!



30 May 2014

happiness in ...

the little things in life.

carrier.





“A healthy attitude is contagious but dont wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” 
~Tom Stoppard

22 May 2014

Welcome to America series: TROLL (INTERNET)

After my extended time abroad it's no secret I have much to learn being back in the states.

I guess between 2010 and 2014 a phenomenon that existed has now been named.
It first came up when I tried to join a women's tech group. I had heard so much about it and was excited to join and meet amazing women etc. etc.... I went to the website to sign up for their newsletters that I had up until then, only been receiving as a fwd from a friend who was already "in".

I signed up and then was informed there was a backlog waiting list kind of thing and I would have to wait...gasp!
" WHAT? WHY? I DON'T UNDERSTAND??? this model is ridiculous. Is this the equivalent of a night club creating a line outside the door when really it's empty inside just to create some illusion of awesomeness?" I huffed to my friend and later to the founder of the women's group in the ladies aisle of Target weeks later...

It's then when the ladies gently helped me remove my foot from my mouth as they kindly explained the concept of "trolling" and how they carefully vetted those who were accepted into the group as to create a safe and inclusive environment. Apparently they had problems in the past and these TROLLS are everywhere!
ugh...
So I waited, and a couple days ago, I was ACCEPTED! and it's glorious.
But I digress....
for those who may have been living under a rock, or just in the warm bosom of Central America like I was for the last few years, here is the TROLL skinny.


TROLLING as defined by wikipedia:

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

And to drive home the point, I've added Jimmy Kimmel's great series "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets"



#REadjustment

23 April 2014

best time of year



“Behold, my friends, 

the spring is come: 
the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, 
and we shall soon see the results of their love!” 
— Sitting Bull









21 April 2014

spring is joy.




“When spring came, 
even the false spring,  
there were no problems 
except where to be happiest."  

― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast


14 April 2014

Total Lunar Blood Moon Eclipse

I've been reading up on this and my favorite tid-bit would be this:

 " ...the entirety of the lunar surface will be in Earth's shadow. It will be glowing red, because even though our planet is blocking out direct light from the sun, the light of all the sunsets and sunrises on  Earth still make it to the lunar surface." 

What??? THAT'S SO AWESOME! 

And of course IF i'm able to stay up to see this awesomeness... I'll be playing this on repeat. 



#SorryImNotSorry

#TurnAroundBrightEyes

#OrMaybeThisNSFWversion



Current Status: fighting off a case of the mondays

10 April 2014

The Bechdel Test

What is the Bechdel test?

It's three simple questions asked of any movie.

1. Are there two or more women in it who have names
2. Do they talk to each other
3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?



I'm all for supporting movies that pass the Bechdel Test, but like most things, its not black and white, in many of the movies where they may score 3/3 on the test, there still may be sexist content or the women speak only for a little more than 60 OR they are not talking about men, but rather about marriage or babies.
Now, I don't know 'bout you ladies and gents, but I would like women to be shown in our true beautifully complicated nature. I have more depth and range of concerns other than men, babies and marriage.

Bechdel isn't perfect BUT when measuring gender equality in film... it's all we got. Sooooo

WHAT NOW you ask?

I'll tell ya what.... Check out the Bechdel website and see how movies stack up! And support with your wallets those that pass the test!

Some of the 3/3 movies of 2014 so far:

Alles Inklusive
Barbie: The Pearl Princess
Camp Takota
Cesar Chaves
Dead Snow 2
Divergent
Fields of hte Dead
Flowers in the Attic
The Lego Movie
Lies I told my sister
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax
Noah
Non-Stop
Our RoboCop Remake
Pompeii
Queen
Rio2
That Awkward Moment
Vampire Academy
Veronica Mars
Winter's Tale

side notes:
a. yes I am a feminist  !
b. So are you (if you believe women should be politically, socially and economically equal to men)


Current status: #FilmsForThought

07 April 2014

The Mindy Project

Great interview, and I might just get on Hulu to watch an episode.
Preach it Girl!