Sunday, December 02, 2018

yes, it is birthday time

That time of year has rolled around again. I try not to make too much of the day, it is really just one more to be grateful for waking up in this wonderfully challenging environment.

I won't do a birthday challenge with Facebook. They don't need your data. There are way too many opportunities for them to misuse it.

If you do chose to mark my day with a donation to a worthy cause, I have several suggestions where you can make a donation.

Honor Flight - the group organizes trips to the war memorials in Washington, DC. My brothers and I were fortunate to take Dad there before he passed on and it is a very worthy cause.

Reading is Fundamental - yes, learning is lifelong and reading is one of the keys to that process.

American Cancer Society - I lost both my parents and a number of other relatives and friends to this disease.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation - coincidentally. Dec 1-7 is awareness week. One of my daughters has Crohn's so this is also a cause close to home.

Horace Mann Education Association - a Franklin based org doing wonderful work with those challenged by a disability. My cousin had Down syndrome so this is close to home too.

Franklin Food Pantry - and last but not least, if not Franklin, every community should be serviced by a food pantry or food bank to help those challenged by food insecurity.

Mark, Bob, and Mike listen to Jerry
Dad recounting a story for Mark, Bob, Mike and I in WDC 2007

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Podcasts Recommendations

Yes, it has been a while since I lasted posted. Folks are asking for podcast recommendations so I put together a quick listing. I had not subscribed to Serial but am considering it this season. Considering as I already have more in queue than I have hours in the day to listen to.

Podcasts Recommendations:

All the rage two years ago, season three just started

99% Invisible
Interesting stories about design

Roman Mars did a TED talk on flags that is delightful to see how he does what he does

This one on curb cuts would be a good indicator of what they do

Marc Maron = WTF Podcast
Marc is a stand up comic and a good interviewer, he talk with a wide variety of folks

On Being
“The groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. Conversation about the big questions of meaning in 21st century lives and endeavors — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett”

“Since 2002, Radiolab has been devoted to investigating a strange world. Created by Jad Abumrad and hosted by Jad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab has won Peabody Awards, a National Academies Communication Award “for their investigative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences,” and in 2011 Abumrad received the MacArthur Genius grant. The show has an archive of hundreds of episodes and has toured in sold out shows nationwide.”

More Perfect - a project of RadioLab focusing on Supreme Court decisions

Other NPR podcasts can be found in this directory

Saturday, March 31, 2018

1 week until PodCamp WesternMass - April 7 - save and buy your tickets today!

I am part of the organizing committee for the social media learning and sharing event. If you would like additional details, feel free to reach out and ask. This is where I go to learn what is or isn't working in the social media world.

Tickets are $45 today, $50 April 1, or $15 for students. Holyoke is only a 90 minute drive!

1 week until PodCamp WesternMass - April 7 - save and buy your tickets today!
Welcome to PodCamp - image by Seth Kaye Photography

PodCamp Western Mass #10

April 7, 2018
Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College
April 2018

PodCamp WesternMass #10 is a week away...

And in case you've been wondering whether PodCamp is for you, here are 5 Reasons why you should join us:
  1. If you're an absolute beginner (or nearly so), we have sessions for you. It's an unconference for everyone, at every stage of the game. 
  2. If you have experience or tips to share, your bringing that to the community is what fuels PodCamp. Help facilitate a session or just schmooze in the hallways. It's all valuable.
  3. Meet others who are on the path with you - running a business, starting a new one, doing community work, or just learning how to get the word out better. We're all in this together!
  4. Hang out and make friends. Seriously! This is an event that has the super-power of attracting the nicest people. We don't know quite why....we just know it's true.
  5. Did we mention the food? Your ticket price includes coffee in the morning, a delicious healthy lunch and happy hour snacks at our 4:30 gathering at Slainte. So, no need to pack a lunch, just grab your laptop, a smart phone, tablet or a pad of paper.  
Your ticket price includes:
  • Coffee and tea when you arrive
  • 5 Classroom sessions of your choosing
  • A fabulous, healthy lunch, including gluten-free & dairy-free options
  • Networking happy hour with munchies
If you already bought your ticket, we can't wait to see you! And because sharing is caring, please forward this to a friend or colleague who should be there with you!

Get your tickets here.

If you have any questions, just hit reply. We'd love to hear from you!

See you soon,
The PodCamp Organizing Team

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