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A True Separation is Needed

2012/05/27

I read an article today that really got me thinking about the root problems with one of our biggest social debates today. Civil unions, the institution of marriage, gay marriage, the sanctity of marriage; these are all issues running around regarding the legal commitment between two people who choose to bind their lives to one another. I think the real source of the trouble between the groups of people supporting each of these issues boils down to a lack of understanding about our core values as a country and semantics.

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A Defining Moment

2012/04/01

com·mu·ni·ty

noun, often attributive \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\

plural com·mu·ni·ties

Definition of COMMUNITY

1 : a unified body of individuals: as

a : state, commonwealth

b : the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community>

c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location

d : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons>

e : a group linked by a common policy

f : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community>

g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community>

2 : society at large

3          a : joint ownership or participation <community of goods>

b : common character : likeness <community of interests>

c : social activity : fellowship

d : a social state or condition

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Busy Geek is Busy

2012/02/27

Just got back from GalaxyFest, a brand new con in Colorado Springs, which benefits the Colorado Literacy Foundation. I am really loving this charity trend coming out with the new conventions. On the slate for June is the new Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center, and they are benefiting the Comicbook Classroom project, which uses the graphic novel medium to inspire kids to write and create.

Add to that the 50th Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th, with a new float and the addition of the Colorado Movie Cars to our lineup, we’re going to ROCK the streets of LoDo with our awesomeness. And then we have Starfest in April, which is always a big event, and will be quickly followed by the 2nd Annual May the Fourth celebration at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. With the help of the museum’s new marketing firm, we’re hoping to make this year an all-out success!

Later in the summer, I’ve got tickets to see Colorado’s own Parker & Stone’s “The Book of Mormon.” These were not tickets easy to come by, but I was determined, and made it through the ticket system to snap them up. And then there’s my ULTIMATE GEEKTASTIC VACATION OF AWESOMENESS! Star Wars Celebration 6, followed by a road trip up the southern coast with my best friend, and then it’s Dragon*Con 2012, baby!

So, I am really thrilled with everything on the schedule this year. May not have as much time for a lot of other stuff, but I am gearing up for the R2-KT Make-A-Wish Auction that I run at Starfest (and always looking for geektastic donations), as well as starting a contest for my work with The X-Wing Project (check out our Facebook page for forthcoming details).

If you need me, I’ll be the exhausted one on the other side of September.

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The Origins of…Me

2012/02/12

I’ve been at this family history thing for a long time. You could say that it all started with an assignment in my 8th grade Spanish Class. Señor Mason had the class make family trees in order to help us learn all the Spanish words for familial relationships. I don’t think he realized what he was unleashing nearly thirty years ago.

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The Connection is the Whole Point

2012/01/29

I am a HUGE history nut. This is not unknown to anyone who’s ever driven around town with me. Sometimes, it’s like traveling with your very own tour guide, whether you like it, or not!

For this, I blame my father. I’ve lost track of the times we’ve “gone for a ride” to check out some place he read about, or saw in a documentary. Not to mention all the trips down his memory lane we’ve taken over the years. My siblings would just humor him, most of the time, but I always looked forward to those drives. For me, it was about making a tangible connection to the past.

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Family Traditions

2012/01/20

Tonight was very bittersweet for me, because a more than 30 year tradition was upheld, but it’s sad due to the fact that it may be the last time. Tonight I went to see the incredible and inspiring Red Tails with my father (and my baby brother tagged along). Me and my Dad have gone to see every George Lucas movie in the theatres since 1977, when he took me to my very first “indoor movie” to see Star Wars. But that tradition appears to be ending tonight, with the news that George Lucas is retiring from the blockbuster business.

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Book Pimping – The “F” Word by Jesse Sheidlower

2012/01/16

So, I got this book the other night for my Kindle Fire, and I am totally in love. It’s so much more than just another humor piece. It’s truly a treatise on the use of language itself. The fact that the foreword is written by Lewis Black certainly did not hurt its curb appeal for me.

I’m going to give you a couple examples of this book’s brilliance now, and you can decide for yourselves if it’s worth your time.

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*That* House

2011/11/24

I am thankful for many things in this life, including the ability to take every breath, and I try very hard to not keep my gratitude to myself. If I am thankful for something, or someone, I work very hard to express that gratitude, because I’ve discovered that it can actually grow when you let it out.

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Learning from the Past, No Matter How Painful

2011/10/16

My world is ruled by the study of history and statistics. This is both a curse and a blessing. It is a blessing, because I have a strong foundation rooted in the history of this country and I take the information gained from the past to help me make decisions about the future. The curse comes when I can see the same paths being taken, because I’ve seen it happen before, and I know how that path will end.

Twice this week, I came to the realization that the past was repeating itself, and neither of the events I was reminded of ended well. What follows is the first of those realizations.

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The Media, Democracy & You

2011/10/09

In a world where digital social networking has become the norm, and businesses scramble to harness its unimaginable power, there are both good and bad things to come from this revolution of communication. I do believe the good things to come out of this technology far exceed the bad, but the bad things seem to shine a light into the sometimes surprising darkness of the human condition.

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