Persisting In Place: A strategy of socioeconomic survival

Dr Arturo Osorio refines Florida’s popular “creative class” model from its static premises, turning the notion of a creative class from a thing (an aggregation of people who fit required characteristics and are rather singularly motivated) to an on-going, interactive, socially-dynamic “process whose potential emergence may or may not be sustained over time.” Osorio pulled an audience of seventeen on a late fall day to listen to him tell a tale of a town where personal actions and associations coalesced into creative class organizing that generated a range of positive consequences for the community that continues, today, to feed back into organizing and interpersonal/professional community ties.
Dr Arturo Osorio refines Florida’s popular “creative class” model from its static premises, turning the notion of a creative class from a thing (an aggregation of people who fit required characteristics and are rather singularly motivated) to an on-going, interactive, socially-dynamic “process whose potential emergence may or may not be sustained over time.” Osorio pulled an audience of seventeen on a late fall day to listen to him tell a tale of a town where personal actions and associations coalesced into creative class organizing that generated a range of positive consequences for the community that continues, today, to feed back into organizing and interpersonal/professional community ties.

Choral Tribute to Elaine J Kent

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Sky

As the plane taxied from the gate in Dallas/Fort Worth to takeoff en route to Albuquerque last Friday, the sunset evoked Mom’s favorite landscape. As my brother said, mom found her peace here. Missing Frontier Restauranther these past few months has been odd, a sensation I rarely felt: I don’t recall experiencing homesickness, our bond just … Read more...

under construction (and foolishness)

cyberspace

Am in the process of transforming my ‘old’ blog categories into tags (in this new incarnation of Reflexivity) and also setting up “series” that re-present certain types of blog-entries in chronological order. One of the original conceits in deciding to write in this fashion was to create a record of intellectual growth.  Whether or not there’s been any is … Read more...

“slower, deeper, softer”

With unfailing precision, solar observatories around the globe and through the history of humankind offer tribute to this primal source of existence. If life as we know it depends upon the parameters determined by earth's orbit, then "what," my friend asked, "does the orbit of the earth depend upon?" "Gravity," I offered, "which they're still trying to figure out." Later, a voice out of memory nudged me to add, "and electromagnetic forces." These are two different categories of what the physicists call "fundamental forces."
With unfailing precision, solar observatories around the globe and through the history of humankind offer tribute to this primal source of existence. If life as we know it depends upon the parameters determined by earth's orbit, then "what," my friend asked, "does the orbit of the earth depend upon?" "Gravity," I offered, "which they're still trying to figure out." Later, a voice out of memory nudged me to add, "and electromagnetic forces." These are two different categories of what the physicists call "fundamental forces."

A Discourse of Danger and Loss: Interpreters on Interpreting for the European Parliament

Kent, Stephanie Jo. (2009) “A Discourse of Danger and Loss: Interpreters on Interpreting for the European Parliament.” In Quality in Interpreting: A Shared Responsibility, Sandra Hale and Uldis Ozolins (Eds.). Benjamins Translation Library 87. John Benjamin’s Publishing Company. (Abstract)… Read more...

“I Don’t Know”: Engaging with Problematic Moments in Multicultural Education

Kent, Stephanie Jo, and James Cumming. (Spring 2008) “I Don’t Know”: Engaging with Problematic Moments in Multicultural Education. Radical Pedagogy 9:2. International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. http://radicalpedagogy.icaap.org/content/issue9_2/Kent_Cumming.html… Read more...

Wild Mind: from chaos to (something like clarity)

Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce (Natalie Goldberg, 1990, p. xiii).

Is it only Zen Buddhism that can imagine the items in this list as equivalent? Goldberg refers often to her guide and teacher … Read more...

intellectual gnarliness?

According to the Sears Catalog Man, one has to be “gnarly” to live a long life. Besides the fact that my genes do not come from extraordinarily long-living stock, I was informed that I am “too intellectual to be gnarly.” Hmm. The freeonlinedictionary defines gnarly as “having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned.” I am rather … Read more...