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Boom Boom Vs The Quickness

May 17, 2016

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Theme: Show & Tell – Tenx9 Nashville – Douglas Corner Cafe – Nashville The set up that wasn’t recorded was this: After nearly a decade working in the criminal justice system as a mental health/substance abuse counselor, I needed a break. The year was 1999. So, some crazy people at Laurel High School in Knoxville […]

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Meet Kristen “Some Selective Fucks” Chapman Gibbons.

January 9, 2016

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There once was a girl who gave WAY too many fucks. Fucks about everything and everyone. Fucks about situations a world away. Fucks about the amount of fucks given, and fucks about those withheld. Over time, the girl grew lopsided. Her limbs heavy with all the fucks she insisted on carrying around. Her mind and […]

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2015: The Year Many Things Sucked and Many Other Things Didn’t

December 31, 2015

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Let’s start with things that belong in the sarlacc pit: Grief for those beautiful ones lost this year and not just to death…but to illness and accident and violence. My mother was diagnosed with Moderate Alzheimer’s this year and there is no sugarcoating how utterly terrible it is…for her and for all of us who love […]

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Jeannie Alexander – A Bee’s Dream

May 26, 2015

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Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
At Tenx9’s “I Remember” night, Jeannie Alexander spun a masterful narrative about remembering her grandfather–his grace, words, and beekeeping.  I remember my grandfather’s smell. It is my first memory. My second memory is of being carried by my grandfather through his backyard. So carefully we considered the apple trees,…

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Stories From the Streets of Nashville

February 25, 2015

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A 5 year-old kid wandered in our office today. By himself. Saying he was hungry. We fed him from all the things we had brought for our own lunches. Our office is in the projects off Lafayette and yesterday I took a woman grocery shopping. She had fifteen dollars to spend for the next 7 […]

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Raised Online – Self-Efficacy in the 5th Grade

February 9, 2015

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This is not a post about the evils of children being online too much, or how dangerous it can be or even a post lamenting shorter attention spans and a lack of real-world adventure. This is a post about how my oldest son Riley has benefited from the internet in ways that were unthinkable when […]

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Help Me Raise Money Cheeses!

February 6, 2015

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Originally posted on Rileys Backpack:
I know no one is going to get the Cheesy amount, but I can try! All the info is on this website Link To Fundraiser

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Creating a Space Where There Was None

January 27, 2015

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Tenx9 Nashville hosts monthly storytelling events in Nashville and around the world. I am deeply honored to be a part of this community of people. Our motto is an Irish saying, “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” The joy, insight and beauty of true stories leaves my heart larger […]

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19 Reasons You Should Hire Me

January 2, 2015

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The cover letter/resume combo pack is a tedious relic, providing only the factual framework of a person’s accomplishments and features. Of course, most of the time, this is no indication of whether or not the person will be a good fit for your team. Some of this “fit” is really about identifiable characteristics like “outgoing” […]

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The art of choosing “One Thing”

January 2, 2015

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Originally posted on Lisa Pote:
Today, bravery looks resolving to do only one thing. The one thing that will make today different from yesterday, the one thing that will be a contribution to you and to your life in the coming days. Yes, only ONE thing. Some people use a marker such as New Years to stake their resolution…

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