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Friday, February 24, 2012

Submission of Information

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Media for Social Uplift
The origins of this project go back to when I used to trade information with a friend in our mutual effort to become more financially savvy.Over time and partly as a result of my own experiences with unemployment and the trials of people I know who have been unemployed, unexpectedly or otherwise,I made more of an effort to get the word out about opportunities,jobs etc...

We're almost at 1,000 views and I know not all of those are me looking back at old posts. : )

I have received information about some great resources and programs and that adds alot to The Fifty Co-Op as no matter how much research I do, information from contrubutors is always welcome.

A bit of housekeeping....anything with profanity or pictures of you and your boo (or anyone for that matter) going at it will not be posted.

That aside, moving forward The Fifty Co-Op will continue to be a resource for jobs,job training,housing assistance,food assistance,professional development,education and encouragment in general.

My writings will be featured under a few different tags. See below.

The Fifty Co-Op Kitchen
Be Informed
I'm Writing Again

Thank you.

Before the Sunrise

I must have somehow hit the on button on my i-pod shuffle early this morning...I heard some music playing and it happened to be on a D'Angleo song.

What a wonderful way to wake up! Seems to be a scene out of a movie or something.

I had the chance to see him live in Bmore.Hope we all hear more from him in the future.

Listening to some D'angelo right now.

I'll put up music posts in the kitchen as, for me at least,the two are a natural fit.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Scrapple Sandwich

Today I started doing some research so that I could put up some information about the food heritage of the Eastern Shore.I found some information about Smith Island Cake,now the official state dessert of Maryland actually!

Also, I found a video about making scrapple.

I never knew exactly what scrapple was made of beyond just a general sense that it was different parts of the hog.I can remember having it by itself or with some mustard,I used to like mine a little crispy.Now that I am researching food heritage, I am finding information about the larger cultural heritage in the Delmarva (Deleware/Maryland/Virgina) area and already I can see that I set quite a task for myself here.

My general impression based on what I have read of my own family history reminds me in some ways of the cultural history of Jamaica in that people of African descent as well as people from what is now the United Kingdom created a distinct culture.I'm starting to move beyond those general impressions to gain more of a thourough understanding of the forces that shaped Delmarva culture in general and the culture of the Eastern Shore specifically.

The population of Maryland is not quite six million people.I'm not sure how much smaller that number gets when you narrow that down to the population of the Eastern Shore. I want to play some part in keeping the history and traditions going so I'll be posting up info and recipes from the Eastern Shore in The Fifty Co-Op Kitchen from time to time.

Digitizing Delmarva Heritage and Traditions initiative

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Twitter [at]fiftycoop

I am over in the Twittosphere tweeting about the Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Basics webinar.

Communication Fingerprint

I was getting my day started and thinking about communication styles, idiosyncrasies we all have as a result of where we are from, where we have lived, languages spoken etc....

In short, communication fingerprints and how interesting they are in their origin.

While living in NYC a few years ago I met a student who was originally from India but had been raised in Sweden. I got the impression that she had fielded more than one awkwardly worded question about 'what' she is.

I can remember meeting a Ghanaian who speaks English as a fourth language and she shared that her husband (then fiancee) is Korean and was adopted by an Italian-American family.

Working for a non profit in Washington,DC I met a London School of Economics grad who was raised on a Norwegian compound in Madagascar.Not making that up folks.I would think that having this sort of experience in your formative years would yield a pretty exceptional worldview but I didn't set off with an endless stream of questions.

According to a Pew researcher featured in the hourly news summary currently up on NPR, interracial marriage is on the rise.Add to that, if it's not just my impression, people in general seem to be moving alll over the place for work, education,marriage or just travel for their own leisure.

What will communication fingerprints look like in the future?

Knowledge at Wharton

Recently I came across a great resource for information on the website of University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

The link below should take you to archived podcasts.Right now I am listening to 'Is the End Near for the Eurozone.'

If you're somewhat of an auditory learner like me than you may enjoy this.

Somewhere over the rainbow I would like to be in a position to invest.
The more I learn the more I realize I need to learn.I intuitively know from watching (insert major news network here) broadcasts about investing and from reading (insert name of major online business publication here) that gaining a familiarity with the trends in business and understanding the proper way to build wealth and manage money can make a big difference in where and how I spend my 'golden years' and it's obvious that if I put it off it will never happen.I do not believe in signing myself up for extra struggle so my way of avoiding unnecessary financial struggle later in life is to Be Informed about how to lay the groundwork for financial stability later in life.

If you want to join me in my effort to be fluent in investing-eese, feel free to pop by 'Be Informed' (tag on the right side of the blog).