Moto Monday!

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I am thoroughly enjoying “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington and I’ve been meaning to mention it here on this blog. This video really hits some highlights.

Chickering’s Status Update: Student Development Theory Remixed for Social Media

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Jennifer Keegin:

Thought this was a really thorough article and wanted to share it with everyone.

Originally posted on Josie Ahlquist:

It is important to understand college students experiences with social media from a student development perspective.  Woven into their daily lives, technology tells a story of their development, transition and college success.  Some students have a digital footprint as early as Myspace, from their parents’ baby photo postings.  Access to social media sites is typically officially allowed around 13, but students can find their way online earlier.

By the time a students comes to college, social media has already impacted and influenced their development and identity.  With no formalized theory of student digital identity, the transitions, stages or phases of social media use for young adults are not crystal clear.

Social media aside, young adults experience a significant amount of development during their college age years.  A variety of research, including theories and frameworks, provide reference throughout the entire developmental process.  Starting with identity development, psychology lays the groundwork throughout…

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Moto Monday. Commitment and Vision…and 1776.

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Whenever I hear this I always thinking of John Adams singing “Is Anybody There?” in the musical 1776.  Such a powerful song. George Washington writes to Congress “Is anybody there? Does anybody care?” John Adams looks at the letter and sings “Does anybody see what I see?” as he fights to start the American Revolution.


Is anybody there?
Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?

They want me to quit; they say
John, give up the fight
Still to England I say
Good night, forever, good night!
For I have crossed the Rubicon
Let the bridge be burned behind me
Come what may, come what may


The croakers all say we’ll rue the day
There’ll be hell to pay in fiery purgatory
Through all the gloom, through all the gloom
I see the rays of ravishing light and glory!

Is anybody there?
Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?

I see fireworks! I see the pageant and
Pomp and parade
I hear the bells ringing out
I hear the cannons roar
I see Americans – all Americans
Free forever more

How quiet, how quiet the chamber is
How silent, how silent the chamber is

Is anybody there?
Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?


To be a visionary is an enormous talent and most likely a burden at times. To see grand ideas and then to have to get others to buy in. But if you pair your vision with commitment – hopefully you’ll see your ideas come to fruition sooner rather than later.

Here’s a recording of the song:

And here’s a person singing it fairly well although William Daniels will always be my John Adams. (You know, Knight Rider’s car “Kit” voice and as Mr. Feeny in Boy Meets World.)


Video: Like a Girl

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Here’s the thing. The comments on this video are outrageous. Men railing against Feminism because “Women are weaker – deal with it”. So not the point of the video. Girls themselves at an older age are perpetuating the same ideas men are about what it means to throw like a girl, run like a girl etc.

The saddest part of this that had me close to tears is – when does the magic disappear? When do we as girls lose our sense of self and why does it happen? How can I keep that from happening with my daughter? I know it’ll happen one day, but I don’t want it to. I want her to keep saying “Run like a girl means to run fast.”

Tech Lady Tuesday! Kevlar Lady!

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