Hello, I am a creative professional.
“So… you’re a professional, sure, but, I mean, what do you do exactly?” (wince) “What did you major in? Oh.” “Can you actually get a job with that degree?” [Blank stare] I’m tired of the questions, and I haven’t even walked down the aisle to graduation yet. Thank God we’re not all created to think the same way about the world....
Sometimes you learn about things that make huge sections of your life make sense. Like this: http://urbancomm.org/
When a story reveals systemic injustice and also broken people, will we act...– http://www.curatormagazine.com/lauratokie/real-life-in-mumbai-behind-the-beautiful-forevers/
this whole grad school deal… for some, its a reason to remain a student. for others, it shapes who you are as a person. for me, I’m still figuring out the place it has, if any, in my life. suggestions welcome. this is unknown territory.
The place in which we live is the context of our thoughts. For our soul to...– http://www.curatormagazine.com/tybeltramo/12127/
People who need people Are the luckiest people in the world… A feeling...– Funny Girl, Barbara Streisand
Time spent sharpening a tool is not time wasted– Pearce, Making Social Worlds
In many ways, this conversation is remarkable for being so ordinary.– Pearce, Making Social Worlds
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible Comfort of feeling safe with a person,...– Chaik
Don’t forget in advertising you’re always an interruption in...– Tham Khai Meng, Ad Age
Valentines Day was happy.
heart-shaped chocolate cake with pink frosting and red sugary sprinkles a new travel mug from my gramma a Facebook message to out-do all messages in the history of Facebook in encouragement, consideration and intentionality one piece of Godiva chocolate from a kid in the library Starbucks latte with a good friend + a new friend fantastic workout in the afternoon two solid hours of (mostly...
For this is the marriage of heaven and earth: Perfect Myth and Perfect Fact:...– C.S. Lewis, “Myth Became Fact,” God in the Dock
The Catholic Church regards human sexuality as a wonderful gift, to be...– Duquesne University enacted a required sexual violence information course to be taken online by all faculty and students. This struck my attention. My opinion is TBD. When someone takes the time to formulate their beliefs in written language, I find it at least interesting to read. I do find...
February [Part 2]
“Black History Month” The sounds of jazz music, the photos of Teenie Harris, the ideologies of Cornel West and Martin Luther King, “ordinary” women like Rosa Parks, the stories of those who stood up by sitting down… when it really mattered and cost them something. I have some questions. (Are you surprised? My life is one big series of questions…) Why does...
February [Part 1]
[via It Thing] glitter cards tissues paper sprinkles doilies red velvet cupcakes pink lace soundtracks romantic comedies tear-jerking love stories LOVE “…is more than just a game for two” February 14th: It’s commercialized. Like everything else in our world. Advertisers have had their way with products, messages, decorations, food, jewelry, cards, flowers, the list...
Today I would really like to just leave and go to Italy. That’s all I really have to say about that.
I knew there would be rivers to cross and hills to climb and I was glad, for...– Laura Ingalls
This article is a dose of comfort to the stressed out, maxed out, on the go life I’ve lived this past semester. Things being left undone is simply the nature of things. It sounds sappy - but it actually hurts to think of people I’ve known, enjoyed getting to know, who I may not see again. Places I’ve gone I may never go again. Or of conversations that don’t ever get...
Things I've Learned During Finals
It is possible to get a head ache from sitting at a computer too long. It is also possible to get a head ache from reading too much philosophy. Will Smith is the master of pick-up lines. Carlton was the original Hitch. How to make hot chocolate with almond milk instead of Swiss Miss Times flies when you’re… swamped with work Free Starbucks is the best kind of Starbucks The...
Reflections on Difference
diversity? what in the world does that mean? we watched a video documentary in intercultural communication about berkley high school and the racial tensions and divisions they face. i walked out of classroom, down the hall, across campus. duquesne’s demographic isn’t exactly diverse. here i am, a white girl. EVEN the fact that i feel the need to express who i am in that...
I don’t need to know where to go or what to do, necessarily. My role is to be where I am, when I am, to whom I am with, doing what I am able.
Thanksgiving without someone you love is awful. Thanksgiving has previously been in my top 3 holidays. But this particular year, nothing was the same. Family holidays will never be the same. As Dad prayed, thanking God for all the blessings of the year, the only thing I could think about was the person missing from the table: my pappy. Everyone felt it. Everything was off kilter. The...
also, a confession. despite all efforts or appearances otherwise: I have no idea what I’m doing.
Going Home is Fun.
My dad just picked me up, threw me over his shoulder & carried me like a sack of potatoes. That hasn’t happened in awhile.
‘Creating community’ is a process by which the eradication of racism...– P. Yancy via Patricia Williams, “Whiting Up and Blacking Out”
Philosophy is for the Crazies
I read some of Nietzsche’s work and think, this man was just plain nutso. Who writes stuff like this?! And all the people laughed and shouted. But Zarathustra grew sad and said to his heart: They do not understand me: I am not the mouth to these ears. Perhaps I lived too long in the mountains, listened too much to the trees and the streams… Unmoved is my soul and bright as the...
It [art] has taught us to see every form of life with interest and joy, and to...– Nietzsche, The Gay Science Book II
Where you invest your love, you invest your life.– Mumford&Sons
Suppose someone believes, A: The actions a Christian takes seem foolish to the world. Ok, granted. Suppose someone believes, B: Christians should enjoy doing things that seem foolish to the world. This is an entirely different story. If you believe that Christians enjoying being foolish in the eyes of the world, does that subsequently mean that they cannot (or should not) enjoy being...
Content in the Present
Picking out the positive aspects of a situation comes more easily when it’s over, and you miss it. The same context, when framed in sentimental, distanced remembrance cloaks the in-the-moment in your face daily grind aspects that were previously a source of disgruntlement. Finding the positive in a current situation in light of the magnified discontentments is the difficulty and the act that...
In another life, I was a dancer. Not a philosopher. Not an intellectual. Not a communications professional. I’m not sure I am either of those things - philosopher or intellectual - really. I’ve only grown in them, focusing on them since being at college. Being a professional is certainly yet to be seen. [via flickr a b c] I am a sucker for any of the three Step Up movies....
Torch-Bearers of Hope
Words are powerful. When spoken by certain people, they become indelibly cemented into your memory. One such statement was spoken to me tonight. Every Tuesday at 5pm I’ve been meeting with a faculty member, a graduate student, and the head of the department to plan the 12th Communications Ethics Conference in Pittsburgh next summer. Tonight, we discussed registration forms, poster...
Did you know that there are lists of kids who are waiting to be adopted? Waiting children. Thousands of them, hundreds in Pittsburgh alone. Until today, the thought of the existence of such a list never crossed my mind. Photo after photo, name after name, each followed by a short one-two sentence bio. It was like going on Craigslist and looking through ads for furniture or photography...
As Seen on Oprah
Steven: Hey Lane, guess where Harry Potter was written?
Me: oh yeah! In Scotland, in Edinborough. I went to the Elephant House. It was cool.
Steven: Yeah, I saw it on Oprah this morning.
Me: (burst out laughing)
Steven: I was just trying to find the cartoons and I heard 'Edinborough' so I watches it!
Going to see a Platypus
Steven: I want to go to the zoo tomorrow.
Steven: I wanna see a platypus.
My brother never ceases to bring entertainment to my life. Where does he come up with these things?
Tonight I overheard a report on the news about a man who started a fight in a bar with a meat cleaver. [ok, laugh it off, and then keep reading] The reporter interviewed a neighbor: “He’s a good man. He’s got issues, and He’s angry. But He is a good man, a good man.” We are desperate to be known as “good people,” to justify ourselves. We compare...
(and crew) Thank you for teaching me that God is a big God. Hiphop can be worship. When we get to heaven, we will worship God… My vision of what that might look like has been broadened.
Happy Columbus Day, I guess.
Fellow Student: Why don’t have Columbus Day off school? And why do we have MLK Jr. Day off? I just don’t think that’s right… I mean, come on. Why just that day? What’s so special about that? I’m sorry, but have you never walked down an inner city street? Rode a bus? Been in a classroom? Racism is alive and well. Try opening your eyes to that reality and then...