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Evil Media

2012/07/20

Social media & cellphones get a really bad rap much of the time, but I want you all to think about this…

In 1989, Eugene Thompson went on a murderous spree in Arapahoe & Douglas counties, crashing his car one block from my parents house, and then holed up inside a house across the street from my baby brother’s school. It took forever to get into phone contact with my mother, we had no way of communicating with either of my brothers (1 in Jr & 1 in Sr HS). There was no information being provided by the schools to find out if I could pick any of them up. My mother was trapped in her home with several small children and information was slim and sketchy. Because of this the Jr HS was about to let the kids leave with parents, just as the gunfire broke out across the street. It wasn’t until the next day we had any real idea of what was happening.

In 2012, I awoke to a hail of text, FB, and Twitter messages about the theatre shooting in Aurora, and in within a few minutes knew what had happened, had checked on my family and friends, and started checking on my associates. The police and the community effectively communicated all the important information, set up & directed people to resources, and generally had the public safety restored within a few short hours.

Tell me again how evil social media and cellphones really are, please?

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Mother of Exiles

2012/07/03

For some time now, even before 9/11, I’ve been hearing groups of people complaining about the immigration policies in America. Recently, I’ve seen people using comparisons between Mexican immigration policies and American ones, and it’s given me reason to pause. And being the kind of person I am, it’s also given me the impetus to do a little research.

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Thoughts inspired by the Colorado Wildfires

2012/06/26

A few things I need to get off my chest in regards to the recent fires in Colorado..

1) Seeing how everyone pulls together, and works to get through these things makes my heart fill with so much hope for us as a society.

2) Witnessing the sometimes stoic, but always strong nature of the emergency services people makes me very proud. These are the people we should admire and respect above all else.

3) Mother Nature is NOT predictable, dependable, or fair. It is the randomness of basic life which allows many things to happen, and seeing people trying to place blame &/or fault on anyone or thing for that randomness just makes me want to scream. There is no one to blame when 65mph winds force the flames to flow in another direction, or when lightning strikes in remote locations set dead timber to fire, or if someone has a blowout that causes a spark which lights the prairie on fire. There is no grand plan, there are just things that happen, you must simply accept them and react to the situation. The only thing you have ANY control over is your own reaction to the things that happen.

4) Please, take some time to use these randomly tragic events to be grateful for and acknowledge all of the good things and people in your lives. And be sure to make a plan of your own to deal with emergencies. Never let the notion of “it could never happen to me” infect your brain. It can always happen to you, and you will never know until it does, and just because you plan for something DOES NOT mean you are asking for it to happen. I’ve had a will since I was 21 years old, and update it often. I also have insurance, and I’ve always made sure to express my wishes, in the event anything happens. And at every single opportunity, I tell people how much they mean to me.

5) Be safe, hug your loved ones, ask for help if/when you need it, and know that I am so grateful for everyone who has graced my life with their presence, no matter how long or brief that association has been, it has value to me, as do each one of you.

*To help with the Colorado Fires from a distance, I suggest you use the resources from this Denver Post article.

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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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