My Year of Reading for Pleasure

Talk about a blast from the past. My young-adult reading list brought to life many years later…although I have not yet picked up The Hunger Games.

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The first chapter book I ever read without adult intervention was E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. I was 6 years old and it took  me months to finish it. Or maybe it only took a few weeks. Never trust a 6-year-old’s concept of time. Regardless, by the time I finished Charlotte’s Web the corners of the book were smushed and the cover was missing. I read that book. I don’t remember too much about the experience except this: I couldn’t believe that I was reading a chapter book  all by myself. It seemed impossibly mature.  My next literary milestone occurred a few years later when I read Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, a lovely tale of friendship between two 5th graders. Then (SPOILER ALERT) one of the friends falls into a river and drowns. This was the first book I read in which a human character — a kid no…

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Truth and Consequences: Social Media Is The New “Permanent Record”

Tomorrow I am going to be sitting on a panel for the marketing community in Toronto as an expert on "youth".  In perusing the subject matter on which I am to be prepared to comment, one particular category entitled: "techno-powered: speed of information / innovation, new forms of connectivity and values shifts" got me going … Continue reading Truth and Consequences: Social Media Is The New “Permanent Record”

A Reluctant Fan: The Myth Of Commonality By Way Of Music Affinity

When it comes to music, I am a reluctant fan. Mind you, it's not because I don't enjoy music. Quite the contrary. Music is an essential part of my human experience, as it is for many. However, while I had hoped to hang on to the conception that those who share an affinity towards a … Continue reading A Reluctant Fan: The Myth Of Commonality By Way Of Music Affinity

Doubleplusungood: One Word Nerd’s Context

via Doubleplusungood. I am reblogging this delightfully nerdy contemplation of why language is important.  Enjoy your friday reading and maybe even learn a new word or two... Doubleplusungood Posted on December 3, 2012 I admit it – I’m a word nerd; derived from the Latin Dictum Nerdica.  I’m also a Grammar Geek (ok, ok Grammaticus … Continue reading Doubleplusungood: One Word Nerd’s Context

Holiday Party Context From Sociology Of Style

  I love it when the holiday tips come with a little bit of context.  Thanks to Sociology of style for elaborating on the social significance of partying and helping us with some tools for surviving the merriment. Holiday Bacchanalia & Collective Effervescence: The Social Significance of Partying No holiday is complete without its accompanying … Continue reading Holiday Party Context From Sociology Of Style

“Take Five” To Remember Dave Brubeck: Setting The Context For Modern Jazz Music

I've always been a huge fan of Jazz.  Most of my fondest childhood memories was spending Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the den of our seventies-chic (in the 80's, mind you) townhouse coloring in Buggs Bunny or putting together puzzles while listening to  the simultaneously melodic and harmonic music notes slither and shout from my … Continue reading “Take Five” To Remember Dave Brubeck: Setting The Context For Modern Jazz Music

I may have written this two years ago but it is remarkably still quite relevant…

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Was just listening to a talking head on CNN telling us all that the recession is over! Wonderful!  But is it true? All the same, it reminded me of this POV i wrote about a year ago that is still relevant…and New to the WordPress readers:
Times are tough, and while many-a-consumer will agree that our government and the increasingly-entitled American corporate and industrial complex played no small part in getting us there, the average citizen seems to be putting a humbling lens of onus on themselves as well.
Consumers have not been short on their opinions and desire for a verbal hash-out on the topic of the economy . I have been in field on a couple of different projects related to polar opposite topics where my ethnography and qualitative research subjects have waxed pissed-off. They are not so much mad at “the man” any more than they are…

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Thoughts From The Dentist Office: Teeth And Social Signifiers

As I sit here in the long beach dentist chair about to be buffed and polished scrapes and X-rayed I am forced to contemplate why I put myself through this invasive torture in a regular basis. It stands to reason there are obvious benefits to good oral health, but this is only really a part … Continue reading Thoughts From The Dentist Office: Teeth And Social Signifiers

” We Don’t Need No Education”: A New Mindset For Ambitious Young People Who Want To Succeed In Business

In the age of social media billionaires, networking on steroids and an emerging economy based on ability to conceive of new ideas, is the college-bound career path a bit too "old school" for the smart kids? Today's New York Times Sunday Styles Cover story asks just that question - or rather, poses the youth-approved and … Continue reading ” We Don’t Need No Education”: A New Mindset For Ambitious Young People Who Want To Succeed In Business