I’m taking a stab on living on $4 a day for food this week, in the hope that self-deprivation teaches me a valuable lesson or two about life as a less-than-affluent American.
Why Montana State’s ‘Year of Engaged Leadership’ rubs me the wrong way, in my debut for the Bozeman Magpie.
My mother, Carla Haake, passed away May 25, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. This essay, written over the course of the following months, is an effort to bring some order to my thoughts as I grieve — and perhaps bring some good into the world by sharing them.
I told a friend I’d compile a list of news sources I read on a regular basis, and figured I’d use the excuse to put together a post.
For those interested in development work, I’m now contributing to the effort over at tools4dev, which provides a platform to distribute practical, easily approachable resources for folks contributing to development efforts (if you’d like more background, here’s the WhyDev post that got me involved).
My first post:
If that’s the sort of thing that gets you excited, they have a bunch of other great resources, too (I’m particularly a fan of the posts on designing surveys). And are looking for contributors, as well, if you have expertise that seems missing.
This piece was originally published April 25, 2013 as part of the MSU Exponent‘s year-end special edition.
A few minutes after the conclusion of my high school graduation, at the end of my childhood in suburban Oregon, I was approached by another graduate’s father. I might have met him once before in passing, I think, but his name and face are long faded from memory half a decade later.
His words, spoken with a certain bluntness that giddy June evening, have stuck. “Tell me, Eric — and I’m asking what we all want to know, of course,” he asked. “Why Montana?”
In a few weeks’ time, one of America’s most cherished institutions will arrive at a crossroads. After decades of banning openly gay youth and adult leaders from participation in its program, the Boy Scouts of America will put its membership policy — among the most divisive issues in the organization’s 113-year history — to a vote at its National Council meeting May 22-24.
Scouting, it should be said, is a cultural touchstone, counting 2.7 million youth and a million adult leaders in its membership as well as occupying a uniquely nostalgic place in America’s national psyche. Debate over the organization’s policy on homosexual members stretches back to the 1980s, ranging from grassroots activism all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
To that passionate conversation, I would add this — the story of a boy: