Back in September, my 77 year-old grandfather died in his sleep after a protracted illness and I did not mourn. Of course I was sad and there was an occasional tear here and there but for the most part, I did not possess the emotional bandwidth necessary to process my feelings in the traditional way. This is in part because I was so busy with the logistics surrounding the funeral – I was responsible for making the arrangements, wrangling family, and covering costs – that I didn’t have time to stop and, as the young folk say, “feel some type of way.” My grandfather, whose name was Earl by the way, wasn’t the type to emote and linger when there was business to be handled anyhow so in a way, I felt like I was doing things the way he would’ve wanted. Earl Hansen was as no-frills of a man as you could get. Even when he was quite well, his favorite activity was sitting on the porch; a good meal was an egg salad sandwich and a big glass of cold water. That’s a man who wouldn’t want me dropping the ball at a funeral because of grief.Read More
An oldie, but I just realized I never posted this here. At SXSW earlier this year, Dell asked inspired thinkers what they would do if they had the power to do more. I was one such thinker and here's my response. http://vimeo.com/38285769
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I presented at South by Southwest Interactive on Sunday, March 11. The session was entitled Stand with Planned Parenthood: A Crisis Response.
Felt really good to impart some useful info to the crowd. As any SXSW attendee can tell you, it’s easy to get stuck in a crappy panel with sub-par presenters so I’m glad we got positive feedback. Also happy that the crowd came out despite the rainy weather, early morning session, and Daylight Saving snatching an hour of sleep from the partied-out attendees.
Shout out to my panelists Amy Bryant, Stephanie Lauf, Heather Holdridge, and Gabriela Lazzaro. Honorable mention to Alexandra Hart who was integral in proposing and planning the panel although she couldn’t participate. Check out some of the feedback below:
- Tweets about the panel via #SXStandwPP on Storify
- Panel review by Austin360
- Utilizing what she learned at panel by Shalama Jackson
- The Nonprofit Times reviews the panel (reposted at Meta-Activism)
- Philanthropy.com panel review
And other mentions: