You Can Take Your Skills With You

What do you get when you combine a Ted Coiné with (our featured blog for October 2011)? A purely awesome post! Ted notes that a lot of people are saying that by the time a person retires, he or she will have gone through six careers. That’s careers, not jobs. To a lot of people, that may seem like a really bad thing. You learn all of those skills and then you have to start from scratch five more times. Not so, says Ted. Rather, he notes that many skills can carry over from career to career. Heck, he has been able to hold on to teaching skills and skills he learned as a waiter/bartender. Want to see how? Read this great post!

Post Title: Many Careers, One You

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How People Are Using The Internet

If you are into research and statistics, this post will have you drooling in no time. Rather than proving that the internet died in 2010 in the wake of mobile, this post, which includes a lot of delectable bits from Pew Research, shows how people from different generations use the internet, why they use the internet, and what kinds of habits they have. Katy Ryan Schamberger does a great job of keeping all of these statistics fascinating, too. So for an opportunity to capture internet usage in the early 21st century, look no further than this post!

Post Title: How People Use The Internet

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Sometimes News Can Be Good

There is an overriding feeling, I think, that if you sit down to watch the news, you’d better be prepared to get really bummed out. If you feel that way, you clearly need to hang out with Jim Fierce, who managed to come upon three happy news stories. One has to do with gays in the military, one has to do with race relations, and one…one has to do with blue iguanas. Naturally! Want to see the good news? Check out his post! :)

Post Title: Gays in the Military, Interracial Marriage, and Blue Iguanas

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Maybe Haters Are Good

In the online world, it’s pretty easy to think that you are the best thing since sliced bread. After all, we get a lot of compliments in the online world, don’t we? We put our thoughts out there, we expose our soft underbelly, and then we look for tweets, comments, and shares. When someone says they don’t like what we have to say, it’s sort of a shock, right? Well, Jon Acuff says it’s good if those “haters” still hurt your feelings. That means you are really investing in what you’re putting out there. Do you agree? Let Jon know!

Post Title: Haters Hurt Your Feelings? Good.

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Sexual Harassment Online

This post by A.V. Flox  at is truly a frightening tale. When people can create profiles using your name and picture on sites like OK Cupid, and when the court system is set up not to really engage with those being molested, what can you do to protect yourself? First, know that you are not alone. Second, read this post and get the help you need.

Post Title: Do Social Sites Do Enough To Help People Threatened With Rape and Death?

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Where Leadership and Social Good Intersect

Have you ever noticed that some of the strongest leaders online are also some of the most engaged in charitable causes and social good? According to Daniel Newman, it’s not a coincidence. The traits that make a good leader are the same ones that drive people to engage in acts that better humanity at large. For more on this excellent connection between leadership and doing good, read this fine post!

Post Title: 4 Ways That Social Good Impacts Leadership

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Trying To Live With The Inexplicable

Recently, Martina McGowan read the story of Marcellus Andrews, a young man who was beaten and kicked to death. We aren’t really sure why this happened to him. Is it because he was gay? Is it because people thought he was gay? Maybe it was because he was Black. Maybe it was all of the above. But we have lost a 19-year-old boy to violence, and stuff like this happens all of the time. What can we do about it? That’s not the first question to ask. As Martina notes, the first question is how we can live our everyday lives knowing stuff like this is happening. Read this post.

Post Title: Lamentations For All Our Lost Boys

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The Republican Conundrum: Gay Marriage

Sarah Harris notes that Republicans, along with Tea Party members, are not really divided on whether gay marriage should be legal. They all pretty much agree it should not. However, there is one issue tied to gay marriage that is causing some confusion. Should the federal government pass an amendment defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, or should states be able to handle these issues? Current Republican candidates for President (in advance of the 2012 election) are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to this issue. For more of this interesting evaluation, visit Sarah’s post!

Post Title: Rick Perry, MIchele Bachmann, and the Gay Marriage Debate

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A Bit About The Pen

This post by Danny Garcia is really interesting, not just in terms of the content, which is beautifully written and thought-provoking, but also because of the presentation. I don’t want to say anything to spoil it, but go check out this post about the power of the pen!

Post Title: Is This Awesome Enough?

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Vlog: Aha! The Story of Women With Drive

This is not your typical blog entry here at the Blog Library. First, it’s a vlog instead of a blog, and second, it’s hosted at a pretty corporate website rather than a blog site. However, when I saw that Molly Cantrell-Kraig had posted a video explaining how and why she created Women with Drive, I had to check it out. I’m so glad I did. Molly’s idea, along with her story, is about true passion and a strong desire to improve the world we live in. What could be better than that?

Post Title: Molly’s Aha Moment

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