So, people are writing to me asking for the Hadestown bootleg, but the truth is that… it doesn’t exist. Seriously, all the gifs you can see on my blog are from promotional clips that can be easily found on YouTube and I’ll link them to you right here:
The 1st picture above is a group photo from November 5, 2011. My company Soccer Means More held a free Workshop for my hometown of Bowie, Maryland and the surrounding DC Metro area. It was an opportunity to give back to the community and hopefully ignite the kids’ love in the game. I gave an introductory speech with the main message being “the ball can take you places…”
I explained all the opportunities the game had given me both directly and indirectly. Through a hard-work mentality, I explained that I was able to experience success on and off-the-field. Soccer has provided me opportunities to travel, make life-long friendships and even put together a free workshop. I was living proof of soccer’s ability to mean more and “take you places”.
The 2nd picture is with workshop participant Noel Brittain. I had never met Noel until the workshop and at the end he wanted a picture with me, and I was happy to oblige. I asked him if he had fun today with all the training, getting to work with pro players, hearing a great guest speaker speech, and he replied: “I had a lot of fun.” I followed up with “Did you learn anything?” and he responded immediately:
“I learned that the ball can take you places.”
At the moment, I knew all the hard work of putting on the event was worth it. It was a great feeling knowing you can make a positive impact in another person’s life.
The final picture is of my coaching staff for the day. They are symbolic of the power of soccer. They were all friends who cleared their Saturday to help me because of a bond we all had because of soccer.
The day was confirmation that retiring from playing several months prior was the smartest move I could have made because it allowed soccer to take me on a whole new journey.
I continue to work hard and give back because who knows where the ball will take me next…
Here are some photos from IN//APPROPRIATE, a show of visual and audio media on display during July of 2015 at the Littman Gallery at PSU in Portland. The show incorporates digital collages and wearable “Whiteness Goggles” that make the colonial/military/police violence that underpin white supremacy disappear. It also includes a reappropriation of the gallery space by indigenous artists Sara Siestreem and Camas Logue, who are using it for drying basketry materials for fall workshops. Voicemails from Portland residents expressing their opinions on the subject play on two media players. The show is up until the 29th! The show website is http://inappropriateculture.tumblr.com/, where you can see all of the banner images and listen to all of the voicemails.
Dominic Wilcox, who
imagines things like robotic
cereal spoons and driverless
stained glass vehicles, identifies as an inventor and not a designer. In
his mind, inventors generate kooky ideas. Designers make them a reality.
Wilcox, who lives in London, is
determined to inspire inventiveness in a new generation of kids. His latest
project, Inventors!, started as a
series of workshops last fall in Sunderland. At each of the 19 workshops,
Wilcox showed children some of his inventions and invited them to draw and
submit ideas of their own. Of the 600 drawings he received, he chose 60 to pass
on to local designers, who transformed the sketches into real, and
occasionally functional, objects.
Read about Wilcox’s project and check out more inventions.