Monday, June 28, 2010

Peace, Love & Folk Rock

This song just strikes my soul. Jewel has a hauntingly beautiful voice. Take a listen, get inspired, take action and make a difference in someone's life TODAY!

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Celebrating Social Media Day Cincinnati Style

Imagine setting aside one day out of the year to celebrate and build awareness around social media across the world. Top Social Media Blogger Mashable has declared Wednesday, June 30th, 2010: Social Media Day. Mashable states that this day was created “to celebrate the revolution of media becoming a social dialogue.”

Cities around the world are creating their own unique twists around the day and communities everywhere will be able to link their content on Twitter, Flickr and YouTube via the common hash tag #smday. You can keep tabs on the global celebration by connecting to the Social Media Day Facebook Page or Twitter feed.

Here in Cincinnati, the day is being organized by local social media networking group Cincinnati Social Media (#CincySM on twitter) founded by Kevin Dugan, Dan Lally and Dave Knox in partnership with Ignite Cincinnati. Ignite is a cool presentation concept with a quirk. The Ignite website describes it as:

…a night of presentations with a twist. 14 presenters each get 5 minutes to talk about their subject. 20 slides that auto advance after 15 seconds. It is quick, fun, smart and fills the Know Theater.

Cincinnati Social Media is known for sponsoring topical, thought-provoking seminars in cool spaces across the city which sell-out within an hour or two of posting. Read more about previous CincySm events here.

Wednesday’s event will occur at the Lavomatic Cafe in the OTR Gateway (Cincinnati’s historic Over the Rhine district) from 5:00 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. According to the event page, free drinks and appetizers will be available until the tab has been reached. This will be followed by the Ignite 3 presentations at close-by Know Theater. The event sponsor is Vitrue, a company focused on technology solutions for social media management.

Here’s an example of a recent Cincinnati Ignite presentation featuring Candace Klein, attorney and founder of the micro-lending program for women: Bad Girl Ventures.

All are welcome to attend Social Media Day Cincinnati, but you will need to pre-register here.

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Memories Are a Powerful Thing to Lose

In an empty room gathering dust

Lies a hint of the past sprinkled with shards of the present

Rays of mental illumination try to pierce through the darkness

I see you there for a brief moment, thinking that my fears were only fears

But then another day dawns and you grasp at who I am

It becomes clear to me that you have been put on course with your destiny

One that I was so clearly aware of

It pains me to think that denial was part of the program

And that precious time was lost

Time that could have stemmed the tide

They say that we can’t truly know someone

Until we have walked a mile in their moccasins

Would I have chosen the same path to live my life

Hoping to dodge the silver bullet?

Or would I look at the genealogy and see the

Dark red arrows pointing at me……

I know this is the beginning, but it feels like the end

How can I lose such a strong person when

She is right in front of me

The mind is a powerful thing to lose…..

I love you Mom……

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2010