Found Words – Unknown

July 31, 2010

“You can lead a boy to college, but you can’t make him think.”

//hat tip: Silvius


Found Words – the Church of No People

July 30, 2010

A paragraph that wouldn’t have made sense to me in my early twenties, but sure does in my mid-twenties:

“Despite completing graduate studies, being married for a few years, and being awesome in every other way, I have to admit I feel a bit childish to still be struggling with my career.  And interacting online with so many people who have “made it,” and get to boast about all the ways they’re saving mankind, I sometimes wonder why God wants me to struggle like this.  I want to save mankind too.”

the Church of No People

Found Words – NY Times

July 29, 2010

So this headline made me excited — until I remembered I go to Oxford:

Stop Raiding the Ivory Tower

Note: the article was about state school funding NY, not using academics in government positions like I assumed.

Found Words – (god-kid)

July 28, 2010

Dear Aunt Teresa and Uncle Doug,

I’m at Camp!

I went on the zip line, horse riding, and I got shocked by an electricle fence twice!

I’m having fun.


Found Words – Veronica Barbarin

July 21, 2010

Quick write up in the Times-Picayune — but I’m really pleased with it:

Mapping project linked to street-level advocacy
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Veronica Barbarin

During a visit to New Orleans last year, Stephen Danley, a social policy doctoral student at Oxford University whose research focuses on the roles neighborhood associations play in the city, met with a former employee of City-Works who asked the student if he would be willing to incorporate some mapping into his research.

Danley agreed to take on the task that would help the nonprofit neighborhood advocacy group, formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with its community mapping project, one of their earliest endeavors. The aim of the mapping project is to gather and share information about post-Katrina neighborhood planning efforts in a way that ultimately supports grass-roots projects.

While he has a database of more than 270 neighborhood associations across New Orleans, Danley has focused a good deal of his research on the East. He has reached out to about two dozen neighborhood groups and has attended a few neighborhood association meetings, including those of the Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission and the West Barrington Neighborhood Association. He said these two groups are microexamples of the diverse associations we have in the East.

“(The) ENONAC is a powerhouse with state legislation that strengthens its role in the area,” Danley said. “West Barrington is a small group of close-knit residents that is focused on addressing day-to-day quality-of-life issues in a way that is effective without being overwhelming to its volunteers.” Both, he said, are even more effective when they can work together on some projects.

Ultimately, Danley wants to use his research to produce maps for City-Works that show where neighborhood associations do or do not exist, to fill in the blanks when it comes to missing or incorrect contact information and to compile a report that examines the different ways community and neighborhood groups operate.

“All too often it is only the biggest, strongest and most publicized associations that are talked about,” he said. “I’m particularly excited about this (report), as it appears there are numerous models for effective organizations that are rarely discussed, but have developed in parallel around the city.”

To compile the three components of his research, Danley has put together a survey for neighborhood associations. You can find it at

Danley said he sees the mapping project primarily as a community resource that can lead to a greater understanding about the importance of street-level advocacy. “This report, and hopefully my doctoral research more broadly, can help with that process,” he said.

Danley hopes to have his mapping project complete by mid-August.

Found Words – Henry Abbott

July 19, 2010

“Men who pull over and ask for directions may lose hombre points, but we all agree they waste less time driving around, right?”

In reference to Michael Jordan’s comments on Lebron James’ decision to team up with Wade and Bosh in Miami.  Interesting read.  I know I wish I’d started asking questions earlier in life, instead of saying “Screw you, I can do this alone.”

Found Words – Death Cab for Cutie

July 19, 2010

“And I want to know my fate
If I keep up this way
And it’s hard to want to stay awake
When everyone you meet
They all seem to be asleep
And you wonder if you’re missing your dream
You can’t see your dream”

-Bixby Canyon Bridge