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Indy TweetUp on the 12th to Celebrate Twestival -- Whenever, wherever two tweeters meet, reflect and enjoy #twindy09 in a tweet.



It began on Feb 4th when I was tweavesdropping on a conversation between @nancymryland and @gregcooper . I asked if they would be interested in celebrating twestival with me on the 12th and they said yes!



I submitted my info to the twestival committee so that Indianapolis could be listed among the nearly 200 cities participating in this event to raise awareness and money for… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on February 10, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

I forgave myself, did you?



The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be . . . Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.



Wilfred Peterson





I hope you are like I am; hardly a day goes by that I can’t find some highlight to savor and remember. Last Sunday was… Continue

Added by Ray on February 10, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

7 Things About Me!

I received this last night on Smaller Indiana and completed it. Then I thought that it would be a great thing for everyone on Stark Reality to complete as well. Why not let everyone know 7 things about you that they may not already know!



So here goes. . . I will start.



1. First and foremost, I love my family! I am married to a wonderful husband (Mark) and have two great kids, Nathan (almost 6 yrs old) and Lisa (3 yrs. old). I have an awesome younger sister (Angie) and… Continue

Added by Kristie Bradford on January 21, 2009 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

What if Martin Luther King, Jr used twitter to spread the message of his dream?



While reviewing Direct Messages (DMs) and @replies early Sunday morning, I noticed that RicRaftis began following me on twitter. As with every new follower, I carefully reviewed his BIO to learn about his dreams and aspirations. Was he a twitter purist who wanted to authentically share his wisdom, or a Social Media Monger?



Upon inspection, @RicRaftis’s twitter stats contained a decent FFU… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 19, 2009 at 3:36pm — 4 Comments

On NewYear’s Eve I participated in a twitter Rave – Social Media advocates could learn much from #nyetwarty and #happy09.

Have you ever dropped food into a pond and then hundreds of fish swarmed to the surface? How abut throwing potato chips up in the air at a beach filled with sea-gulls? (I don’t recommend that beach thing—it’s scary). On New Year’s Eve, while sitting alone in front of my computer, I experienced this swarm phenomenon -- virtually. I referred to it as a “happening” that night, but Princeton’s definition of… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 6, 2009 at 6:50pm — No Comments

This is Hilarious. I am going to make my 13 yr old watch it. She will laugh AND learn an important lesson.

I discovered it first on www.smallerindiana.com In the video section. Thanks to http://www.smallerindiana.com/profile/PKKoduri

This is hilarious - "Facebook in ReAlity : If Facebook was a real place" 1.7 million You Tube views. Do I smell a… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on January 7, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Holiday Traditions and Mary's Freudian Slip

I was Christmas shopping with Mary, my mom, and sisters ten years ago at the Mole Hole in The Fashion Mall. It was a groovy little store with expensive knick-knacks and lots of fake trees dripping with ornaments for purchase. During one of those eerily quiet moments when everyone stops talking all at once, Mary said something that has been recounted several times throughout the last decade. She was reminiscing about growing up in Des Moines and the… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on December 23, 2008 at 9:31am — 7 Comments

Let's get a laptop in the hand of every K-12 student in Indiana. They're doing it in Ethiopia, Borneo and Haiti



I donated $400 to the One Laptop per Child Initiative on New Year’s Eve last year. It was the last day to participate in the “Buy One Give One Program.” I donated to this 501(c)(3) rather than purchasing a new Dell Laptop because it did my soul good to know a child in Afghanistan would receive a laptop with meshed networking capabilities.



I slowly became disillusioned with the project because I… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on November 17, 2008 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

Will the creative arts ever get respect? Will math and science always be King?

In his book entitled, Out of our Minds, Sir Ken Robinson contends that our current educational structure promotes math and science as the highest academic achievement and the arts as the lowest-worldwide.



Sir Ken, as I like to call him, claims that virtually all countries regularly “strip mine” their children’s minds for certain subjects that are considered valuable, while neglecting those that may be CRITICAL in the future. With the exponential growth in technology, we have no way… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on August 11, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Visual Images capture entire concepts. If you don’t believe me check out the “even more” section on Google.



Can you guess what Google service corresponds to each icon? Google is defining an Icon alphabet with very bright colors and simple lines. I wonder if someone from Asia will recognize what these symbols mean. Do shopping carts in China look like the ones at Kroger? I have always been fascinated with visual representations, which is one reason I thoroughly enjoyed Elegant Funk.



I connect easily with images, but the section of my brain… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on August 3, 2008 at 3:39pm — No Comments

How do You Protect Your Intellectual (or not so intellectual) Property?

Are any Smoosiers using the Creative Commons licensure (the first one listed above)? It is a free and extremely user friendly licensing service that simply states—anyone can copy my ideas and words as long as they give me credit for it.



Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 29, 2008 at 6:55pm — 2 Comments

Wall Street Journal published an article corroborating my findings.

I wrote my article the week before the Wall Street Journal article was published. Does that mean I scooped the WSJ? Check out the title of the article:



Social-networking phenomenon makes it easy for donors to

promote their favorite causes online.
(WSJ July 14, 2008--Paul B. Carrol)





The entire article is well worth reading, but not-for-profit organizations should pay careful attention to the following two sentences:…



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Added by Amy Stark on July 20, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Woo Hoo--Published Article in Inside Indiana Business Thursday July 17, 2008



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Indiana Not-For-Profits Must Not Let Fear Dictate Their Use of Social Media by

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Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States… Continue

Added by Amy Stark on July 15, 2008 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

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