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Our annual Golden George Awards will be next week before Christmas Eve or on Christmas Eve Day. Get your nominations in firstname.lastname@example.org or @badgerbenson on Twitter. Tonight, take a look back at the awards from 2012. Inspired by the character George Bailey from "It's A Wonderful Life" the Golden George Awards are given to celbs and regular folks who best display the Christmas spirit.
In our 2012 Restoring Joy series we featured different charities. My favorite being Mercury One. Also, have you ever made a Christmas Jar for someone? Christmas Jars are becoming a modern Christmas tradition - a fun act of giving for the entire family to contribute to over the entire year and then given away around Christmas to help someone in need. The concept was started based off the book of the same name by Jason F. Wright. The book by the way is a great holiday read, and has spawned several sequeals.
One of the segments included in our American Awakening morning shows features Lessons in Leadership. Did you ever think we could learn something about the subject from the Jolly Old Elf? Think about it, he oversees a massive operation with a number of employees, and is counted on by millions of customers for products, he has deadlines and demands. In our 2012 Christmas series we took a look at Santa's leadership skills.
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Overheard: "Ha. 2012 came and went... and nothing happened! Haha!!"
It's a trick to lull Earthlings into a false sense of security, and as always, the wolf really comes the third time while YOU are not even listening anymore.
Tell the peoples of Fiji or The Maldives - who have water bubbling up through the streets at high tide - that 'nothing happened'. "There's a now this cockeyed notion that IF something is really occurring 'As It Is Written", it should look like the movie 2012, all happens in a day...and, though we WILL get to the day -or days- of GREAT upheaval, on this episodic I will lay out in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS exactly how '2012: The Movie' if st-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out over 5 years would allow you to see for yourself what is actually occurring on Earth NOW.... this VERY moment... this EXACT second... RIGHT THIS INSTANT." ...........MORE>>>>>
Justina Mutale is one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin, she was awarded the AFRICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2012, an honour bestowed upon her on the same platform as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa as well as the former President of Malawi, The Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda and the former female Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, The Hon. Thokozani Khupe. Justina is also Honorary Ambassador for Gender Equality and Spokesperson for the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THINK TANK, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. Justina has been featured as a Hero in the Capital Finance International Journal, which brings coverage and analysis of the drivers behind change by combining the views of leading multilateral and national organizations with thought leadership from some of the world’s top minds. Having gained global recognition for her ability, as a public personality to use her status to potentially influence the thinking of both Africans and non-Africans alike, Justina is featured among the 365 of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices who inspire the future, motivate the young generation, and raise the profile to positively alter the perceptions of Africa and Africans around the world.
Justina will be a Panel Speaker at the Panel Discussion to celebrate Zambia's founding father and first republican President of the Republic of Zambia Dr KENNETH DAVID KAUNDA on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award for Freedom, Justice and Peace in the 3rd Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D) Awards at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday 6 August 2015.
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Dublin-native Mark Geary is a celebrated musician who began his career more than 20 years ago. In 1992, Mark bought a one-way ticket to New York City and spent several years playing the local circuit in the East Village which included numerous appearances at the acclaimed Sin-é cafe with other upcoming artists including friend Jeff Buckley. Mark is described as a "quintessential singer-songwriter" and his records have been hailed as encapsulating both boisterous joy and gentle, delicate moments that endear themselves to the listener and evoke comparisons to artists such as Van Morrison, John Lennon, Elliot Smith and Richard Thompson. His body of work includes 4 studio albums, 2 live recordings and collaborations with a number of artists including the release in 2013 of a charity version of his song 'Christmas Biscuits' with friend Glen Hansard in aid of St Vincent De Paul, in Ireland. Mark has also lent his talents to the visual arts scoring several films including “Loggerheads” (2005), “Steel City” (2006) and TriBeCa Film Festival “Sons of Perdition” (2010). Touring and performing are Mark's lifeblood and passion, and his finely crafted songs and charismatic storytelling provide his audience with a unique experience on every occasion. Over the last 20 years Mark has toured all over Europe, US & Australia, and has shared the stage with The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders & Joe Strummer. Mark has recently competed tours in Switzerland and Germany, including a headline spot on the critically acclaimed “Songs from Ireland: Old and New” tour. Dates in Switzerland, Ireland and New York are also planned in which Mark will be road testing songs from his forthcoming 5th album, released in Autumn 2015.?
I thought my first show back would be about dating and relationships then I got up this morning and a facebook post really tugged at my heart. How many times do you hit share and not really look at what you are sharing or think "hmm how is this going to affect my friends?" I have never really stopped and thought until I had a blog misinterpreted and shared.
Today as I watched the recent planned parenting video it hit me "how many of my poor friends have watched this vidoe that's been through an abortion that this is tearing their hearts out." I couldn't hit share. Then I begin to really think and ponder about my posts. I want to take a moment to remind people to think before you click share.
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This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio with a brand new guest, Matt Bors!
Bors is an editorial cartoonist and editor of The Nib and was working at Medium running it since 2013. In 2012 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and became the first alt-weekly cartoonist to win the Herblock Prize for Excellence in Cartooning. Currently he's running a Kickstarter to collecting some of the best political cartoons, comics journalism, non-fiction and humor.
Eat More Comics packs more than 300 pages featuring dozens of the best cartoonists to ever toon a toon. I mean, it's going to be a large book.
We're going to talk to him about the Kickstarter, The Nib, and more!
We also want to hear from you. Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.
Join us Monday, August 3rd at 8pmcst/9pmest to hear the story of tragedy to triumph. William Hollis will be with us to tell his story and his dream. Dial in at 323 693 3830 or logon to blogtalkradio.com/niacomplatform. Next Level Radio with Teirrany and Spence.
The story of William Hollis is more about persevering through life than it is about football. Hollis, who hopes to find his way into an NFL camp this summer, is the ultimate underdog. His story, and his determination, make him impossible not to root for.
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William Hollis may never make it in the NFL. If he does, however, Hollis has led the kind of life that someone will turn into a movie.
Hollis, 23, is a 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker/defensive end who last played for Tuskegee University, which plays in the Division 2 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He began his career at Clark Atlanta, also a member of the SIAC. To say Hollis' life has taken several detours along his road to trying to earn the attention of NFL teams is an understatement.
You don't so much interview Hollis as you simply turn on the recorder, ask him to tell his story and then just get out of the way and listen.
Hollis has played only one season of football since 2009, and that as a reserve who barely saw the field for Tuskegee in 2012. He claims the Tuskegee coaching staff there refused to play him because, though he walked on and earned a scholarship, they had not recruited him.
'I KNOW I COME FROM NUTHIN', BUT I'M NOT NUTHIN'
- WILLIAM HOLLIS
Our interview started with me asking Hollis if, considering where he is coming from, making the NFL was realistic. From there, the William Hollis Experience began.
"I think it's very realistic. I had a workout with the Toronto Argonauts going against about four different NFL-caliber tackles that played one year, two years in the NFL