If you are a person who participates in social media on a regular basis then you probably are familiar with this hashtag – #IRL – In Real Life. That is when you meet someone from social media in person. Up close. No typing needed.
I first joined the social media world in 2008. Tweeting a few thoughts from time to time. Then I stumbled upon a group of educators and family experts and we joined a bit of a “group”. From there I hopped over to Facebook to extend my inner circle, followed by Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, Klout, Tumblr, etc.!
Many times I would wonder while “chatting” with my social media pals - If I met you in person would you be the same person you portray here in social media? Would you be so kind and generous or are you really an egotist or worse?
I am glad to report that I have met scores of my online connections and rarely was I disappointed. Yes, there were a few who I thought may have had giant egos and indeed they did – but they was few and far between.
I must say that meeting social media peeps in person gives the online experience a serious boost. The relationships are genuine, we know each other, and not only by our TWITTER handles, and truly do care.
So, if you are ever given a chance to meet social media friends #IRL – I hope your experiences will be as positive as mine.
Enjoy the slideshow of some of the many friends I have met and follow them on TWITTER, if you wish (their handles are under the photos).
Earlier this week I posted a pictorial blog of our recent trip to the monuments in Washington DC. Most of the memorials we visited were tributes to those who have served in combat.
After posting this blog I recalled that I had caught a group of World War II veterans on an honor flight to commemorate Veteran’s Day at the World War II Memorial. I happened upon this group in November of 2010 arriving at BWI airport when I was awaiting a departing flight at the same gate.
I know the footage is shaky and also not professional. But, this is what happens when organic moments are caught on simple FlipCams!
There are many more videos, like this one, on YouTube. Simply use the search words – Veterans returning home
Feel free to post links as comments to your “coming home” videos. And as always, respectful comments welcome.
If you are one to be touring the east coast of the United States this summer (or ever) be sure to place on your “Must Do” list a visit to the national monuments in Washington DC. Below you will find a photo essay with hopes that these pictures will entice you to journey to these national treasures and soak in the historical lessons that each tell.
If you had asked me four months ago to describe Steampunk I would have answered with a blank stare. I had NO idea that this was an art form let alone one that is quite unique, intriguing and most of all taking the design world by storm!
In essence, Steampunk is the melding of vintage objects with a contemporary flair. How can I best explain Steampunk – well think of taking your grandmother’s glass trinkets and placing it with your father’s baseball. Glue them together and add a bunch more interesting novelty pieces. Hard to visualize this as art? I had a difficult time wrapping my head around this, too. To get some clarity I did some homework and found myself spending a bit of time with someone who could answer a whole bunch of questions about Steampunk – Beverly Holman, a longtime resident of Hermosa Beach, CA.
First lesson I learned – 80 is the new 50! Despite being a senior citizen she is no way near retiring, as she has jumped in with both feet and wizardry hands to create the most funky of designs! Imagine placing an eyeball and a license plate on to an old camera. Strange grouping you may think? Well look below and see how this odd matching of objects becomes a work of art!
I had an opportunity to interview Beverly and found out that after many years in behind a desk she longed for her first love – art! Without much ado, once retiring she decided turn back time and go back to her artistic roots. She decided to start by seeking out various retro and antique items that could be repurposed. (Her house is stacked with bins that hold the most fascinating collection of objects!). Once she has mapped out a general idea she assembles items that she believes will carry out a chosen theme – then she sits down and starts to create! Hours and days later a new Steampunk design is born!
Here is where I get sad – I see these wonderful creations and then reflect back to the many times I threw out little objects thinking they were were worthless. Who would want that odd monopoly piece or glass figurine from a five and dime store? Beverly does!
And in case you are wondering Steampunk is a legitimate art form. Some find a more goth following with their talents while others lean to the more Victorian and vintage aspects of Steampunk. There are magazines such as Just Steampunk! that dedicates many pages to artists (Beverly will be in their upcoming issue.)
So if you are sporting an AARP card and wondering what to do in the next chapter of your life – consider your more creative side! Nothing keeps a brain and body fresher than setting goals and using your innate talents! And, if you are interested in learning more about Steampunk or wish to have a great conversation with a fascinating woman please check out Beverly’s website! I am glad I did!
Below are some photos I took of just a few of the dozens of creations that Beverly has made. Many of her designs are available on ETSY and in California shops – a list is on her website with links.
Enjoy and note – I truly love Steampunk and was fascinated by the art form. This is NOT a sponsored post.
Dear Class of 2014 Graduates,
CONGRATULATIONS! Have you noticed a theme in commencement speeches this year? Like those from First Lady Michele Obama, Jim Carrey and John Legend (who sings throughout his speech)? The themes are quite simple, poignant and introspective. In the spirit of their words I offer a few words to echo their sentiments and some of my own pearls of wisdom. You are invited to add your own words below and to also check out a list of the BEST commencement speeches ever!
Successful people surround themselves with people they love and pursue activities they love.
Education is important – period.
Worry is a useless behavior.
Common sense is necessary to succeed in life.
Put down the electronics and have real discussions with real people in your real life!
Play more- outside!
Be creative or at least go see creative endeavors such as the performing arts or museums.
Be responsible for your actions – don’t pass off your guilty actions on to someone else
Remember everyone is a teacher and a student – forever.
Don’t be negative in public or on social media- ever.
Thank those around you – you didn’t get here alone!
It is that time of year again when spring break is over and the students are now clamoring for summer vacation. It also is the hardest time of the year for teachers to teach and parents to get their kids to school without complaint.
How can you compete with the sweet smell of grass growing or hours of sunshine?
So, I would love to open this blog up for suggestions on how teachers can entice kids to read just a few more books, learn additional math concepts or allow themselves to create a science project for that end of the year fair. In essence, how to keep kids learning this time of year?!
Parents - What motivates your child to learn? How do you manage to get your child up and out every morning without argument? (Or don’t you?)
Teachers – How do you keep your students to stay on task and remain interested in learning when the outside is so alluring?
Let’s all share and learn from each other… And, for those who teach school year- round, I would love to hear about YOUR techniques for keeping students motivated, too!