Goddammit. Another school shooting. This time in Sparks, NV just outside of Reno. A middle school student pulled out a gun, shot two students who are in critical condition, killed a teacher and then took his own life. Of course, we don’t know why. There aren’t many details out yet.
Where did he get the gun? Maybe his parents have a gun, but why did this boy have access to it? Why would a child ever take a gun to school? I mean, think about it. It’s National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. Was taking a gun to school a response to bullying, to gang presence? To a psychological condition not recognized, not treated? Why does a child take a gun to school? Why did he shoot and kill and kill himself?
The teacher who was killed was trying to protect students. I want my kids’ teachers to be heroes for instilling a love of learning, not for taking a bullet.
I am writing this after just reading the news of the shooting and not taking any time to process these thoughts. It’s not something that should be processed. It has to stop.
What are the best groups working on gun control? Who’s having success? Let’s get behind them. No children should be killed or wounded because they show up for math class.
If you’re active on this issue, please comment and send links. I want to follow up.
I confess to I needed to look up twerking. (Even my spell check hates it). I made myself watch the Miley Cyrus VMA display. (Can anyone really calling that dancing?) While it was more than a little embarrassing to watch Miley grind, I have to thank you her for bringing the portmanteau into today’s conversation. Here’s a quick definition:
2: a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog)
It’s definition #2 that we’re examining. Twerking is a combination of the words twist and jerk. The exact origins of this booty dance, while not exactly shrouded in deep mystery, may be attributed to 2 Live Crew in the late 1980′s or shortly after that with the New Orleans bounce scene. I’m not really sure what all of that means, nor do I care to enter the discussion about how it’s different from what one might see in a strip club. I’m just glad to have cause to talk about the portmanteau and bring it to public awareness.
is a current variation on the portmanteau. My daughter rolled her eyes at me when I asked her what shipping was. Here is the concise definition from Urban Dictionary
A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well. (Just think of “shipping” as short for “relationSHIP”.)
Think Brangelina. Amalia has tons of them based on characters from the TV shows she watches. We were discussing them just the other day in the car. I had to admit a certain amount of confusion until realizing that shipping can refer to love or platonic relationships.
Two favorite comments for today:
Izzy just walked in and said that the last thing any kid wants to hear is that her mom is writing about twerking.
My friend Zoe commented that Miley made Madonna look like a virgin.
I know that the very clever way to end this post is to come up with a relevant portmanteau. Unfortunately, nothing’s coming to me and you really can’t force these things. Let me know if you think of one!
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I’m not Catholic. I grew up Methodist, studied Buddhism and call myself an atheist. But the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and all the coverage of this historic event got me thinking.
Recently I worked did some temp work for a company that organizes seminars for top execs. I’m thinking that it might help if we organized a seminar for the cardinals voting at the Conclave; complete with neatly alphabetized bios of potential Popes set in binders, PowerPoint presentations with demographic stats to up the market share and a dynamic line up of speakers.
Making Top Leadership Selections
- Keynote Speaker: Tim Cook of Apple will share his strategy in filling Steve Jobs’ oversized CEO shoes and how the next Pope can bring his own spin to the position.
- It could also be worthwhile to bring in Thorsten Heins. He’s the most recent CEO for Rhythm in Motion, maker of Blackberry. He’d only been at RIM for a few years when he made the leap to CEO. His advice to the cardinals on the advantages of bringing new blood into a troubled organization could prove invaluable.
- Since the Pope is just one stop short of God, Bill Gates would be on hand to share what it feels like to hold that position already.
- Hiring women for top positions is all over the news, so Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg are the obvious choices to lead that discussion.
- General David Petraeus, former head of the CIA, will be on hand to talk about how sex scandals disrupt an organization.
Day One of the Conclave resulted in the black smoke that signals no decision has been made. We’re hopeful we can get this seminar organized out at the Vatican in time to be of some use.
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