Open Source Education project started

I have established a hashtag for this pursuit, so if you add #OpenED to your post on almost any of the social media sites, including WordPress, you will associate that content with this community project.

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There comes a time when you are drawn to starting a new project and the next thing you know is that you’re transported to calling. That’s how this feels.

Open ED - Learning just wants to be free
Open ED – Learning just wants to be free

Tweet it out loud

First, it was just an idea for a new Facebook community page to share educational resources that are open sourced (no copyright) and mostly free. Then I started feeling inspired to use my skills and background in social media to grow a movement.

Twitter is the second social media site (that it still in existence at least) that I joined, the first and longest-running is LinkedIn. Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, but have a LinkedIn, Google or Facebook one, reach out and connect with me. They are tied together to share most of my content.

#OpenED

Regardless of your account status, you can always cross-connect using what is known as a “hashtag”. I have established a hashtag for this pursuit, so if you add #OpenED to your post on almost any of the social media sites, including WordPress, you will associate that content with this community project. Easy? Yup!

Making a motto

Learning just want to be free

Free to you and me, and anyone who can access a plethora of free or nearly free, content for self-education, general learning and all educational levels; that’s the way I roll.

After a brief brainstorming sessions…with myself…I came up with the group name, motto, community rules and started up the Facebook community page. The page needs a cover and profile pic, so I created them in Adobe Illustrator using some of the free clip art files I found about a week ago hanging out on my OneDrive. Funny how things comes together that are meant to be.

Great things to come…soon

This is just one day, not even a whole day, and ideas are congealing into a viable project that I feel excited to get into the world. Expect a crowdfunding request to go out, as well as an online storefront (haven’t decided which platform yet for either).

As I like to say, stay tuned for upcoming developments…but no need to wait, just jump in on one of the many social media sites that I have already started. More, so much more, to come!

The Face of Courage, Heart of a Lioness…Gabby Giffords!

I was so moved by watching this video, I wanted to post my “take”…here on my blog.

There are few people who can say that they were shot in the head and lived to tell about it. One of the “lucky” people happens to be a woman who exemplifies all the qualities that anyone of us would be lucky to have. Today, she announced in a video on YouTube that she will be stepping down from her seat in Congress after a year of recovery.

Her face says it all…

Screenshot from her video posted on YouTube today, Jan. 22, 2012
Giffords' Announcement to Retire from Congress (MSNBC 01/22/12)

Look hard at this courageous face and ask yourself, could you be so strong? Could you go through this event and not be changed in some intrinsic way? Could you withhold blame and move forward, as confidently? Likely, you have no idea…if you have within yourself the heart of a lioness.

My heart goes out to her and her family, of course, but her retirement from Congress is a such a loss to the leadership of our fine country. As the MSNBC journalist points out, she was universally respected and admired even before this incident…even more so now that they can see what I see…how special this woman is. How much she has yet to do.

It is my hope that she can make even more amazing strides on your long road to recovery…but, look how far and how fast she has already come! No doubt it is because of the legion of well-wishers and heartfelt support that continues to receive…from myself as well. It is my belief that it is in no small part because of our energetic support that she is healing so well. Prayer and its like can, and does, provide for miracles everyday; Gabby is a visible reminder of that.

Get better soon, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords! It is my hope that you can  find your way back to Congress…someday…because this country needs more people like you!

Exceptional Mini-Movie by Pantene

It’s not often that we can be moved by a commercial endeavor…this is one of those time; I felt that it needs to be shared with the largest possible audience.

It’s not often that we can be moved by a commercial endeavor…this is one of those time; I felt that it needs to be shared with the largest possible audience.

If you have trouble with this embedded link, search YouTube for “Pantene”…it’s 4:03 long…worth your time to watch! Please share your comments here or on the YouTube sight directly.

Connect2U: Not Just Another Pretty Blog about Connecting to Each Other

This blog is about finding those connections, figuring out how to stay connected and making them stronger through social networking…connecting YOU to ME…personally, professionally, socially and spiritually.

In this crazy busy world we live in, we are finding new ways of connecting YOU to ME…personally, professionally, socially and spiritually.

This blog is about finding those connections, figuring out how to stay connected and making them stronger through social networking. Once we find that there is no separation between the people we know and those we don’t…we’ll find that we’re not so different after all. Stay tuned…follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn…and, newest…Vator.tv.

Let me know what you’re thinking about…or more important, how you’re feeling about your connection to yourself and others.