October is domestic violence awareness month. Recently the podcast at my university, PEP Talk, covered a local organization that assist those that are affected by domestic violence. They talked about how in the year 1994 that efforts were made to help prevent violence against women. Funding was made available and nonprofits were able to expand their operations. However, many still face the crisis of domestic violence. Examples of this crisis can be found in the Me Too movement that spread across the world.
If you open up any history book in America, what do you see dominate the pages? It is photos and listings of white men that ‘shaped’ our present environment, but there is a group of people missing from the history line. It is WOMEN! I know the women in my family were innovators and forces of change, but their efforts can often go over looked. It makes you wonder how many women are left from the story line simply because they weren’t born male. Well, one woman’s organization decided to start telling the stories of how women changed history.
Everyone has a story to tell or something to teach the world about, but to do that means having to address the public. However, public speaking is scary. If we could, many of us would try to avoid it at all cost. TED Talks have created an art form out of public speaking despite the challenges many have faced. The videos of the speeches are watched over and over again. Speeches that have inspired and motivated others to change the world or advance more into the field. So what is the secret of the success of TED? I would suggest reading TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson to discover that answer.
September 11 is a day marked in history by the horror we witnessed of the twin towers falling in New York City, but this September 11 I wanted to focus on an unsung holiday called Patriot Day. A holiday that should be celebrated with more valor, but mass media solely focused on the terror incident of 2001. So let me start by defining what makes a patriot.
A patriot is a person supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies. Men and women give up their lives and leave behind their family for months at a time to serve . They uphold the ideals of our country and serve as the protection against those who which us harm. They live often times off the little paychecks they receive for their time served. They are not thanked or appreciated often when they pass us, the everyday citizen, by.
In a time of uncertainty and chaos, how can one get a giggle and a laugh? How about taking a few popular songs and creates parodies with today’s events? Well one man took on this challenge. He even has been nominated for an Emmy for the works he created. He has been interviewed on NPR, and other notable news source outlets. Randy Rainbow is a Youtube creator that uses parodies to poke fun of politicians and other popular figures. He is a natural comedic talent. He uses footage from interviews and rallies to create this conversation between himself and the famous figures that he is targeting where they are respond to his sarcastic comments and seething questions.