We’re fast approaching Seacoast Outright’s third annual Portsmouth Pride event — and this year our notoriously fun crew is on a serious mission: Paint the Town Rainbow! Hopefully you have already seen the rainbow save the date posters for our Saturday, June 24 event popping up all over town — and that’s just the beginning. The closer we get to the fourth Saturday in June, the more rainbow we hope our city will become.
It took me far too long to investigate and discover how to renew my Blogger domain name/URL after getting a message from ENOM saying that my auto-renewal payment details were no longer valid (which will happen every two years…)
After lots of Google-ing and reading frustrated forum posts, I finally found this, hidden in plain sight on Google’s help page (but not the Google help page that Google thought I needed):
Use bloggeradmin@[yourdomain.com] to log into Google’s G Suite Admin dashboard
If you forgot your password, at least knowing that above email address will allow you to start the password recovery process.
That’s really is the entire solution — I hope this helps you find the solution faster than I did!
This blog post was written after a visit to the UN Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, in Geneva, Switzerland in December of 2015. The goal was to collect some of the most easily-digestible information on this massive global crisis, along with resources to make it easy to take action from here in the US.
I chose Medium as the platform, due to its media integration features and built-in audience for timely and topical blogs.
Covering community events and highlighting local spots are two types of content that are popular for email newsletter content.
The #PortsmouthLOVE Letter grew from a popular hashtag that Crystal Paradis coined and popularized in 2012. In July of 2014, the #PortsmouthLOVE Letter was created. It quickly gained a small, local, loyal following who looked forward to the roundup of upcoming events in the Seacoast, as well as local highlights of shops and restaurants, hot tips on specials and local news items and accolades.
I’ve been able to supercharge my motivation and productivity lately — using a new method that doesn’t involve Evernote (shocking, I know!) or any digital tool at all. It’s a productivity method I gleaned from a talk that John Cleese gave on the subject of creativity some years ago. I’ve used it to decide what types of projects I want to be involved with, to better communicate my approach and to generate new ideas for ongoing projects.
“If we leave all the activism to people who do it as a full-time job, we’ll never make the collective impact we need.”
In early 2017, I gave a Pecha Kucha talk. The Pecha Kucha format is a classic win-win for both speakers and audience. The slides advance on a timer (every 20 seconds), totally out of the speaker’s control: if someone plans their talk really well, the timing is impressive; if they’re woefully unprepared, it’s hilarious!
And so, a few months into my recovery from the 2016 election (I worked as a campaign organizer in New Hampshire for the final 6 months of the campaign), I said yes when asked to give a Pecha Kucha Talk. Worst case scenario, it would be at least be hilarious, right?
But the topic I chose was one I took very seriously, because it was something that had been on my mind throughout the election and even more so in the weeks and months that followed, as I searched for my next path. Before joining the campaign, I’d quit my job as Director of Communications at a fast-growing digital marketing agency, for reasons that included a vastly different set of values from my employer.
It was easy to tell myself I wasn’t doing work that supported the NRA. Until a man walked into a club in Orlando and killed 49 people, injuring over 50 others. Once again, dozens of innocent people were dead. Our nation mourned. Vigils were held. Arguments raged. Who is culpable for letting this happen again?
I was. And I didn’t act alone.
As a TEDx organizer and curator, I’m always on the lookout for truly standout speakers and ideas. Muskan Kumari got on TEDxPiscataquaRiver’s radar when she applied online to be a speaker — the exception that proved the rule that people who nominate themselves do not always make the best TEDx speakers. I’m so glad that she did nominate herself, because otherwise, we would never have found this compelling student from Pakistan, who had come to New Hampshire for a year. Below is an event recap I originally published on TEDxPiscataquaRiver.com. I hope you’ll read it, watch her talk, and be inspired to change the world — or to take a risk and nominate yourself for something bold. You never know what might come of it.
The future global leaders right in our own backyards: Muskan Kumari at TEDxPiscataquaRiver
It has come to be expected that your local TEDx event will feature a mix of local voices and nationally-acclaimed leaders from a variety of fields. But this year’s TEDxPiscataquaRiver was treated with an international guest in one 16-year-old Muskan Kumari, who presented her TEDx talk entitled “Looking for a Different Side.” Muskan had much to tell the Portsmouth, New Hampshire crowd, about her own misconceptions about the United States before she arrived, and the misconceptions that greeted her when she first arrived at a small New Hampshire high school.
Muskan’s father, Vinod Kumar, travelled from Pakistan to Portsmouth to see her talk and arrived at 3S Artspace Friday morning, May 6th, with Muskan’s uncle from Connecticut. They joined over 200 people who sat with rapt attention as Muskan took the stage shortly before lunch during the full-day TEDx conference. “Little I’ve been in the United States and little I know about the real story of the common American citizens,” she started, explaining her journey to the US.
Muskan arrived in Goffstown, New Hampshire in August 2015 after being one of only a handful of students selected from Pakistan to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. Though she is only 16 years old, she is set to graduate US high school in two weeks, before returning to Pakistan in June to finish high school in her hometown and then returning the US for college.
“I chose to participate in this exchange program to diminish single stories and labels regarding my religion, my country and my own self,” Muskan said. “I always found America as one of those powerful nations who have nothing else but hatred towards predominantly Muslim nations. But, after coming to the United States, this false image has been diminished. No wonder, why a dialogue from To Kill a Mockingbird feels so true: ‘Atticus, he was real nice.’ ‘Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.’”
After talk, Muskan was approached by attendee after attendee, all telling her how her talk affected them, and how happy they were to have heard her message. Muskan said that she found TED Talks when she was 11 years old, and ever since then it had been her dream to someday give one, herself.
Amidst well-known authors, scientists and CEOs, this brave young woman from Pakistan was a highlight of the day for many. Her message to all resounded.
“I can change the world. You can change the world.”
Watch Muskan’s talk here on the TEDx Talks YouTube channel:
Featured photo by Michael Sterling Photography: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedx03801/26449608444/
“A lot of people think that the United States is the best place in the world to have a baby, and that’s just not true. It’s the most dangerous place in the developed world to have a baby.” This statement by artist and birth justice advocate Michelle Hartney may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s hard to argue with the statistics. Hartney is part of a growing movement fighting for women’s right to choose when it comes to their maternal health care.
I had a great time chatting with Larry Drake on WSCA’s Seacoast Currents show this morning. We talked about how I got started with political activism and advocacy, and what I learned from Planned Parenthood’s national volunteer summit, The Power of Pink (#PinkOutTheVote).