Lately I have really been struggling with this issue of gay teen suicide that seems to have drawn attention across the country. It was highlighted by the suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers but there have been many more teens who’s deaths have made the news in recent weeks. One that tore me apart recently was the death of Asher Brown from Houston. After reading Asher’s story it was difficult to imagine the life of such a gifted young man cut short because of the attitudes of others in his school. But there’s so much more to this discussion than just a campaign to stop bullying in schools. I struggled about posting his picture for this blog entry but it was his smiling face that led me to dig deeper into his situation so it should be the image for this discussion.
Today I stopped by my favorite early voting location to cast my vote in the 2010 statewide election. I always try to vote at Lion’s Field because it’s usually the same folks and the atmosphere reminds me of my voting location back home in Arkansas. They almost treat you like family when you vote there. It’s not a big polling location and if they got a crowd you’d be waiting outside in line until it was your time. The main thing is that I got my voting out of the way and I know my vote will be counted on election day. The question is if you have voted yet.
I’m exploring the usage of Windows Live Writer in composing blog entries. Apparently it was a part of a recent update by Microsoft of their Live tool set. While this is really just a test entry for future blog entries it seems to be much more in that it lets me compose offline and publish up later. Hopefully this will allow me to create more entries in the future and keep more consistency in publishing. Thanks for humoring me with this test entry. I promise it will be the last but, based on what I’m seeing, it will become the norm for publishing in the future.
Well, it’s all over and what an “it” it was! I’m sitting here chilling and reading the Facebook and Twitter status updates from the first TEDx San Antonio held today at Trinity University’s Stieren Auditorium. It’s hard to put into words all the ideas, feelings, and excitement from the day. Suffice it to say, it truly rocked the crowd in the auditorium today. Hopefully we’ll keep the momentum of this event and carry that forward into action as well as plan next year’s event. As I told many participants some of the speakers for next year’s TEDx are probably sitting in the audience today. Read more…