When Obama released his plan for higher education reform today the intent was to make college more affordable while making the process more transparent. IT also hopes to make institutions accountable for their students' success (much more so than they seem to be today).
Tennessee was mentioned in the news release as a potential model for some of these changes. There is a group in Nashville called TCASN (Tennessee College Access and Success Network) that is right in the thick of these programs. (Disclosure: TCASN is run by a friend of mine, Bob Obrahta)
TCASN put out a release talking about some of the work going on in Tennessee today, it is worth a look if you are interested in how some of these programs might look in actual practice. Jump through the Fleur de Kos for a few highlights.
First off - I am not a Catholic and never have been. Raised Mormon, I consider myself a staunch (non-proselytizing) atheist these days. But I watched some of the Homily from the new leader of the Roman Catholic church and found myself hopeful that it may signal a change in the way that powerful institution advocates for change in the world. And what kind of change it advocates for. Through the orange-ly gate for my thoughts.
I do not know exactly what I saw, but I guarantee it was something not above board. Let me tell you about my drive from Madison to Milwaukee today on I-94 and you help me judge if it warrants more scrutiny. Somebody was tossing paper out of their car and the details might intrigue you. Step through the doodle portal and I will provide the ... rest of the story.
I saw this story on Reddit last month and posted a diary about it. It was later reprinted in the NY Times and now the Washington Post. To me this is a the most personal account I have read of the pain that foreclosures cause, and shows the value of compassion by those who are tasked to enforce the process.
I am frequently the first person to have an in-depth discussion with the occupants. Some will tell me that they didn’t know whom to ask or that they were embarrassed about their predicament and couldn’t bring themselves to approach somebody else.
Foreclosures contain actual people - on both ends
Recently I came across this story on Reddit and I thought it perfectly captured the pain and loss our country is suffering every day. It is from someone who brings the settlement offer to people in the process of being evicted.
When I make first contact and explain that the lender is offering them money to leave sometimes they tell me that they haven't slept for months, knowing that something was going to happen but never knowing if tomorrow was the day when somebody kicked in their door and threw their kids out on the lawn. Their lenders won't tell them anything, they have nothing to go on but horror stories from other people that they never knew. It never occurred to them that they should call an attorney and ask what was going on. I can be the first people to discuss their situation who isn't a debt collector: you can hear the release of a massive weight in their voice. It isn't much, but at least it is something.
This is happening every day all across the country, why aren't there more people like this person - one who has compassion for those so troubled? Link and another excerpt over the squiggle.
I live in Wisconsin and today is a pretty big day for us. I just voted and I wanted to tell everyone how excited we are. At about 7:45 I went to the poll and got my number. Just about #45. In my small town people are voting at the rate of one a minute and this tells me everybody is FIRED UP.
Mojo Monday has been a casualty of many things, not least of which is work obligations. In honor of that, I would like to offer my observations from the Cube Wars in hopes that I can help somebody survive the ruthless office politics many suffer under.
First a brief Mojo Monday advertisement. Many of us can not contribute during the day, even if some can read an occasional diary. This (regular) feature was designed as a space where us folks can gather at the end of the day and mojo each other silly. And comment. And share. I am trying to puzzle out some way to solve a particularly vexing problem with missing daytime diaries, but I may not get to it today. Do you feel lucky? Hold my hand and let's go u p and o v e r the fold.
Another day of manipulating spreadsheets at work, hour after hour. Numbers and cities, dollars and numbers, sorting and filtering. Good thing I like that stuff at a basic level (order out of chaos fills some niche in my soul), but after many days of it I am getting worn out. A long drive and chores to do just cap it off. Sigh.
Skip through the wormhole with me and perk me up. (In theory only, most likely, I doubt I'll be around much to comment. I will mojo tomorrow though if I don't stay here tonight. I suggest y'all check in tomorrow and do the same.)
So Monday came around, and this week I was on a road trip. 250 miles to Minneapolis, then 250 miles back.
Ever take a long, frivolous one day trip? Once I drove 800 miles to see a single concert (no extra credit for guessing who it was I drove to see.)
Hear the details of my audition, share your epic road trip stories, and MOJO MOJO MOJO each other to your heart's content.
Take my hand and let's GO! >>>
I know this is earlier than the regulars like. I know I am messing with a formula that seems to work. But sometimes meatspace gets in the way of my druthers on-line. Just like Mojo Monday was born out of frustration at not getting to mojo it up with y'all because am at work during the feeding frenzy, so too the Early Bird edition is born out of needs as well. I apologize in advance. More about today's topic after the fold, as well as the boiler plate explanations for newcomers.
Today I'd like to find out how you deal with time.
Quick intro for those unfamiliar with the ancient tradition of Mojo Monday...
Many of us cannot participate during the day, this is a chance to join the Mojo fests and get enough love so you can do tag clean up. (What other reason would you want TU for?)
Tonight I am posting a shameless plug for help in my adventure coming up in March. To find out what it is (hint is in the title) and to just relax for a spell, hold my hand and join me over the rainbow...
First off, thanks everybody for a great time last week. The Six Words challenge was admirable met. If you missed it, check out my last diary and see what we are thinking these days.
For those new to my corner of the internets, let me tell you why I do this Mojo Monday thing. Many of us are chained to a desk under the watchful eye of our corporate masters all day every day. We would love to mingle, make new friends, and influence people here at America's Blog Of Record. But we can't. This is a chance for those folks to see a diary before it slinks off the front page and have a little mojo fun.
I promise I will get to the point... right... now (continued below)