Browsing Archive: November, 2011

The Muppets: a Model of Community

Posted by Sarah McCann on Monday, November 28, 2011, In : Entertainment 
While visiting my family this weekend for Thanksgiving, we went to see the new Muppet movie. I hadn't realized that there was a new Muppet movie coming out until just a couple of weeks ago. I was really excited when I found out about it and even more excited that I got to see it with my entire family. I love my family and I love the Muppets so somehow it seemed right.

My family had mixed reactions to the movie. My dad thought it should have been better, he had secretly been hoping that it woul...

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The Fabric of Stories

Posted by Sarah McCann on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Creativity 
"We exist in a fabric of personal stories."

"Who will tell about it?"

These two lines are written in the preface to Spaulding Gray's Sex and Death to the Age 14. I read much Spaulding Gray in high school and college, watched most, if not all of his movies and even had the privilege of seeing him perform live - once in my hometown at the Summer Arts in the Park program and once at Lincoln Center. He is an amazing monologuist and performer and I have a great amount of respect for him and his work...
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People First

Posted by Sarah McCann on Thursday, November 17, 2011, In : Communication 
When working with youth, the conversation often comes up about how to address difference. Whether this be race, gender, class or some other physical or identity issue it is always interesting to consider the moment that someone unknown becomes more than just their appearance and becomes a whole person. Working in African American communities, I am often identified as white, which I am. I have had students say the word white in front of me and then apologize for using the term. I always ask th...
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A Culture of Packaging

Posted by Sarah McCann on Friday, November 4, 2011, In : Communication 
I was thinking as I ate my breakfast one morning how direct and clear messages on packaging are. This crossed my mind as I looked at my container of salt. On the container it said, "Made By Nature...Packaged By Morton." I wondered about this. I know salt does come from nature and the statement did make me imagine an idyllic image of someone collecting water from the sea, letting it evaporate and then putting the salt in a container to use in their dining room table. I am pretty sure that the ...
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