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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all! As we’re winding down the final days of 2015, I wanted to share a story with you that will illustrate what’s in store for The Project for 2016… The other day I was speaking with someone who may very well become a part of this undertaking. He was telling me a…

Negative Effects of Social Media

Following up to my blog post last week about social media, I wanted to talk a little bit about the negatives effects of social media that I have encountered. Last week was my positive take on social media: how I learned to use it, how we integrated it into The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™, how it…

Join our new online community

Join Our New Online Community!

In honor of our new and flourishing online community, I thought I’d share my experience with adopting social media as a means of building community. I know there are a lot of people out there, especially those born before 1980, who have resistance to joining the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, etc, etc. The reason I…

Where creativity exists…

This week’s guest is a Hawley native and theater artist. She is a living example of one finding their passion, following it, and beginning to make a living at it, and we’re very happy to have her share her perspective with us here this week.  I hate that we believe that children are appeased in…

I’ll tell you why!

As a new week begins I would like to share some thoughts based on a few recent events I’ve experienced. Please do take the few minutes to read through as it is more than just about the pictures/quotes that accompanied this. It is fairly safe to say most folks know Mike Rowe. Even if they…

Our Schools Are Failing Our Nation

Today’s guest blogger is one of our Senior Advisors, Meagan Ruppert. Our schools are failing our nation and the evidence is everywhere. I was a terrible student growing up. I was a C average student, spent 3 out of 4 years in high school in summer school, and my bachelors degree took a whopping 7 years and…

The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project Events Review

The last few weeks have been full of activity for the crew at The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™. There were a couple of Town Hall meetings and we set up an information booth at Wally Lake Fest. Interestingly, we had some very polarized outcomes from the different events and I wanted to share some thoughts on…

Art in Everything

This week, we welcome Casey Alexander Smith, one of The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™’s senior advisors, as our guest blogger. One recent Friday I spent the better part of my day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with my aunt. This particular aunt, like many in my family, spent the first part of her career in…

do schools suppress the arts?

Do schools suppress creativity?

There is a hot debate today in the world of education: do schools suppress creativity? From what I’ve seen, students are encouraged to go into “plausible” careers and taught to score high on standardized tests so they can be shipped off to a good college. Nowhere do I see creativity as something that is encouraged….