Friday, April 25, 2014

Seasons of Love When Tragedy Strikes

All day I've been hearing and reading the sad news about Maren Sanchez, the young, and talented high school student that was stabbed to death and died early this morning. It seems that the news story has gone viral and many people are shocked by her death and the violent action that lead up to it.

According to news reports, she was stabbed multiple times by a 16 year-old student that was allegedly rejected by her for the prom. The prom was scheduled for tonight, but the school canceled, rightfully so. 

I have to reserve judgement because all the facts aren't out, but my initial gut feelings are sadness and anger. Sadness because she had the whole world ahead of her. She was in the Honor Society, played team sports and was well-liked by her fellow students. I'm angry because, allegedly, a young man used violence to deal with rejection and as a result a young women's life is gone. I will reserve judgement for know, but there is a bigger conversation about violence against women that needs to take shape.

This blog post was initially going to be a Flashback Friday video highlighting Rent's Season of Love theme song. I heard it earlier in the week and the song has been resonating with me. When we hear about tragic stories like Maren's, I think society's gut reaction is to get angry, seek vengeance and demand retribution. I understand that reaction but don't think it's helpful and it won't bring her back. Considering the state of affairs, the message from Seasons of Love, should never get old. It's a message we need to reinforce and reinforce and reinforce.

Spread the love, spread the word and be kinds to others.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Thesis Paper: Finally in the Home Stretch

My thesis isn't final yet, but I'm in the home stretch and I have to say it's a good feeling. I submitted my draft late Monday night or should I say early Tuesday morning. It all depends on which time zone you count it in. Shout out to Jessica and Karim for reviewing my 50 plus page thesis! Now I wait for feedback and approval from my mentor and adviser.

My two-year academic journey for my second master's degree is almost over. Unlike, Joffrey Baratheon, I'm ready for the end. 

Gonzaga's Communication and Leadership Studies Program was a good fit for me. I was challenged as a student and can see the benefits from this two-year educational experience. I have a greater appreciation for research and the role good data plays in my life. Whether its qualitative or quantitative there's a value in it. You just need to know what you're looking for.

I still have a few weeks before I defend my thesis, but I'm already thinking about what I will do with the free time I get back. There will be no reading of academic papers, journals and books to meet course work deadlines. I have so many television shows and films to catch up on via Netflix, but more important than that, I have a few scripts calling my name. I'm going to switch from academic writing back to creative storytelling. Holla! 

I also have a few projects to do around the house and school work will no longer be a viable excuse to the hubby. The home stretch is a sweet spot and am looking forward to the next chapter.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Flashback: Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere"

TGIF everyone,

I hope each of you had a good week. Mine kicked-off with a bit of a rocky start, but I can say the end of this week is shaping up nicely.

It's been a while since I've posted a video for Flashback Friday and this week I've been feeling a little Beastie. So today's flashback video is the Beastie Boys "Paul Revere." I actually couldn't find the video on YouTube, so instead I have a live performance video of the song. It's been a while since I've heard this song and it's one of my favs from them, but  that's not the recent I picked it for today.

Here's a little story I'm gonna tell... Homage to the opening verse. 

Last week, I was off to grab some photos and write a short article about a new-hire customer service graduation ceremony for my company's employee newsletter. When I arrived the new-hire graduates just finished performing their remixed version of the "Paul Revere" song. The ladies were nice enough to perform it again for me. I thought it was cool how they mashed up the song to talk about their training experience and what they learned. It was also fun to watch because I could clearly see they were having fun.

Their performance reminded me how each of us are touched by stories, whether it be in the form of a poem, song, film or novel. Watching the performance put me in a good place last Friday. As you head into the weekend, what song puts you in a good place. Let me know in the comment section.