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Are You Listening?

In We.Are.America(2012), Writing on December 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

Today is World AIDS Day, and it’s got me thinking about different stories, and different people, and why I blog, and why I think this new project, we.are.america(2012), is so important. Seemingly all unrelated, even I thought so, until I read the starting line of my sister’s blog about World AIDS Day: “Today’s post is personal.”

World AIDS Day is a lot of things. For some it is a day of remembrance. For many it is a day of action. For others it is a day of service. It should be something, it should personal, for all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

I.Am.America

In We.Are.America(2012) on November 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I had an interesting conversation with two of the girls here about a week ago, about a topic that is particularly relevant to me right now, and something that seems to be quite relevant, or should be relevant, to a lot of people I know: namely, Americans.

As someone who has largely lived abroad for the past four years, it has taken me quite a while to identify, in my post-college “adult” life, as an American.

While traveling, I have often had to confront the stereotypes that come along with being an American. Read the rest of this entry »

A New Project . . . For Everyone

In We.Are.America(2012) on October 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

In addition to dipping my toe back into the world of writing, I’m also opening up my creativity to an idea that’s been fluttering about my head for the past six months.

Rather than go into too much detail with my usual blogworthy ramblings, I think I will just let the pitch speak for itself.

It is all in the preliminary stages now, but if you find it at all interesting, please click here to view the PDF including instructions for how to get involved yourself.

We the People
A video installation and online mosaic of American society

As an avid traveler, I am often questioned about what it means to be an American. Sometimes there is a positive connotation, insinuating that it must be simply awesome, an adjective we Americans are known for using a lot. Sometimes there is a negative angle to the question, implying that I should show a bit of shame coming from the country known for being power hungry and creating Jersey Shore. Regardless I always struggle to find an answer that encompasses all that America, as a land, a people and a part of the global community, represents. Read the rest of this entry »