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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….

Is Social media social, well not always, is it?

Is social media social? Well.. not always… Several years ago I had no social media profile or presence at all. I wasn’t on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any of the multitude of platforms that existed. I thought there really was no good reason for me to personally get involved in this 24/7/365 info-fest that so many…

Republican, Democrat, or……..something else!?!

Republican, Democrat, or……..something else!?!

Republican, Democrat, or……..something else!?! Labels are dangerous things. To place a simple label on a place, a person, or worse yet an entire group of people does no good at all! It does not solve anything, it only makes things worse, more polarizing in every way. In light of the seemingly endless challenges our society…

Hannah Weibley

Why music makes me happy

Everyone has something that gives him or her endless joy. Some will find it in coming up with physics theories all day. Some will find it in teaching. People might find it in bringing justice in court. Others can find it in giving patients medicine and healing them.   I happen to have found my…

Play, Learn, Work – The Three Faces of Each Shop

In order for anything to be included in the shops at Zipper Junction™, it must fulfill three components – it must create an opportunity for people to play, learn, and work. Similar to the requirement of cross-pollination-ability, every single inclusion in the outside-in town must be able to fulfill a requirement at the core, front-end, and…