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Comment Archives: stories: Calendar

Re: “Ten Days to Live

I hate to tell you this but 12 years ago I didn't have a clue what I was doing nor do I have any chance in art anymore

Posted by Cody Merchen on 07/14/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Seven Days to Live

Wait, wait ... isn't it "Mahna Mahna"?

Posted by dishevelled on 11/19/2013 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Winter 2013: MMJ Centers

What mmj in town has hyrdo pot insted of organic dirt weed

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Posted by Frank April Lopez Lopez on 02/21/2013 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Seven days to live

Seven Days [or maybe it's really 9 performances] to fund Tin Roof Productions next endeavor - www.tinroof-productions.com Tickets available online! - be the difference and thank you for supporting creative vision in the arts. See you at the show!

Posted by Jana Bussanich on 04/27/2012 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Seven days to live

Gay Menditto, patron comment Tin Roof Productions, Romeo & Juliet: " SO much to love about this production, I don't know where to begin. The costumes, the theme, the portrayals, the amazing fight scenes, fun swing dancing, beautiful music, etc. etc. I loved that even though I have memorized

Posted by Jana Bussanich on 04/27/2012 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Family fourth

Hello,
My name is Eric J. Rodwell. I am a 21 year veteran of the United States Army. I and my wife Tina Rodwell have been residing here in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1996. We are also the proud parents of three talented artists – Eric J. Rodwell II: A gifted Chef, Lyricist and Rapper; Justin Rodwell: Singer, Actor, Dancer, Lyricist, Music Producer, and musician; Tiffany Renee Rodwell: Singer, Actress, Choreographer, Lyricist and photographer.
They have been sharing their God given talents throughout Colorado, at several venues. Justin and Tiffany just arrived back home from India. They were sharing some of their aforementioned talents there.
We would relish the opportunity to be of some assistance to your organization. The National Anthem is a staple for Justin and Tiffany. They have performed it several times at the World Arena, Air Force Academy, Elitch Gardens, various Military Installations and most monumental, Itarsi, India.
Please feel free to contact me- Eric J. Rodwell, at 719-244-7414. Thank you for your consideration.

Eric
Rodwell5@msn.com
LETTERS OF REFERENCE:

> Subject: Annual Running for Rachael 5K
> To: Rodwell5@msn.com
> From: lynette@rachaelsribbonsofhope.org
> Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:18:21 +0000
>
> Thank you again for coming out to the event and everyone loved Tiffany's singing! I was wondering if I could get your address I have just a little thank you and certificate of appreciate to send.
> Thank you,
> Lynette Newton
> Director of RROH
> 301-237-6186 cell
> 719-646-2234 office
> www.RachaelsRibbonsOfHope.org
> Our Hope Is The Cure

Subject: National Anthem
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:22:02 -0600
From: camille.looney@usafa.af.mil
To: rodwell5@msn.com
CC: spenger.zamy@usafa.af.mil; Charles.Medina@usafa.af.mil; brett.newton@usafa.af.mil
Mr Rodwell,

I just wanted to say that I heard your daughter, Tiffany, sing the National Anthem on Saturday at the Rachaels’ Ribbons of Hope Run and thought she sang it perfectly! Please pass on my thanks—it made my day 
CAMILLE R. LOONEY, Lt Col, USAF, MSC
Commander
10th Medical Support Squadron
USAF Academy CO 80840
(719) 333-5105/5197 BB: (719) 330-2842
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:03:39 -0700
Subject: photo of tiffany singing national anthem at roller derby bout
From: brooke.delgado@gmail.com
To: rodwell5@msn.com


Hi Eric,

I found this picture on Facebook. Angela Kane is the professional photographer who took the photo. Thought you might like to have it.
I also saw this video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTw7u6K9amg

Brooke Delgado
Denver Roller Dolls

Tiffany Renee Rodwell
6431 Morning Dove Dr.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923
Contact Number: (719) 244-7414
Email: Rodwell5@msn.com
Profile: I am an extremely goal oriented person, while maintaining a strong sense of who I am as an individual. I consider myself to be a compassionate team- player, as well as a focused trend setter. I relish the opportunity to share my gift of organization, photography, song, dance and or acting.
Statistics/Education
Age: 24; DOB: 21 June 1986; Ethnicity: African-American; Complexion: Light Brown; Eye Color: Brown; Hair Color: Dark Brown; HT: 5’4”; WT: 135LBS; Bust: 36”; Waist: 22”; Hip Size: 32”; Dress Size: 6; Shoe Size: 6.5; Voice: Alto; Body Type: Athletic
Sept 2006 through Aug 2009
• Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO
• Major: Music
• Degree: Associates of Arts
Sept 2001 through June 2004
• Rampart High School, Colorado Springs, CO
• Instrumental part of “Chamber Singers”, achieving the highest score in statewide competition
• Casted in several sold-out Musicals/Theatrical Productions
Experience
• Worked within the Childhood Development vocation for over 5 years: July 2005 – Present
• Primrose School of Briargate, Sunshine House, Childhood Development Center , AFA
• Afforded the opportunity and privilege of performing in several venues, some of which include The World Arena, The Air Force Academy (AFA), Elitch Gardens, numerous Military Bases, The Olympic Training Center and most monumental - Itarsi, India.
• References given, upon request.






Justin Rodwell
6431 Morning Dove Dr.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923
Contact Number: (719) 244-7414
Email: Rodwell5@msn.com
Profile: Coined, ‘The Human Beat-Box’, I am gifted with the ability to musically produce rhythmic beats to include soulful sounds with nothing more than the characteristics of vocal creativity. I bring organization, focus and experience to the table. Singing, acting, dancing and producing quality music is my life’s passion and pulse.
Statistics/Education
Age: 27; DOB: 7 March 1984; Ethnicity: African-American; Complexion: Light; Eye Color: Brown; Hair Color: Brown; HT: 6’2”; WT: 175LBS; Chest: 42”; Pant Size: 30W x 33L; Shoe Size: 10.5; Voice: Tenor; Body Type: Athletic
Sept 2008 through Aug 2009
• Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO, Deans List 4.0 GPA
• Major: Early Childhood Education
Sept 2001 through June 2004
• Rampart High School, Colorado Springs, CO
• Instrumental part of “Singsations”, the highest vocal and acting troupe
• Lead Character in several sold-out Musical/Theatrical Productions
Experience
• Messenger International: Church Relations Representative September 2010 - Present
• Worked within the Childhood Development vocation for over 5 years: May 2005 – August 2010 Primrose School of Briargate
• Afforded the opportunity and privilege of performing in several venues, some of which include The World Arena, The Air Force Academy (AFA), Elitch Gardens, numerous Military Bases, The Olympic Training Center and most monumental – Itarsi, India.
• References given, upon request.


From: Rodwell, Eric 1SG RET [mailto:eric.rodwell@us.army.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 8:30 AM
To: Connally, Jessica CIV USAF USAFA USAFA/ADEM
Cc: tina.rodwell@armp.org; yellowmusicstar@yahoo.com; tiffanyrodwell@gmail.com; rodwell5@msn.com
Subject: Re: RE: SCHEDULE (UNCLASSIFIED)

Good Morning Jessica,

Thanks for your response. Justin and Tiffany brought back numerous of heartfelt stories and interesting encounters from India. Overall they were extremely blessed and excited to be a part of the Missions trip. They were treated with Rock Star homage. Yet remained humbled by the entire experience. The smiles at the orphanage, of over 100 children are hard to match. It allowed them to also see, that as Americans, there are times, we take many things for granted.
We are presently getting together a media package for Justin and Tiffany. We would greatly appreciate any footage of them singing the National Anthem. I believe we may have actually talked about this previously. Please let me know if there is a cost involved to accommodate this request. Justin will be able to sing on the 11th of December at 7pm for the Men's Basketball Game. We respectfully request 8 tickets for each game. Once again, our cordial thanks for continued consideration. Please see schedule annotations below - names inclusive.

Best Regards,
Eric


----- Original Message -----
From: "Connally, Jessica CIV USAF USAFA USAFA/ADEM"
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 16:29
Subject: RE: SCHEDULE (UNCLASSIFIED)
To: "'Rodwell, Eric J CTR US USA'"


> Hi Eric,
>
> Here are the dates that I have for them, please let me know if you
> have any changes. I'm really looking forward to having them back!
>
> Women's Basketball Tuesday November 30th , 7:00PM (JUSTIN)
> Men's Basketball Thursday December 2nd, 7:00PM (TIFFANY)
> Hockey Saturday December 4th, 7:00PM (TIFFANY)
> Women's Basketball Thursday December 30th, 6:00PM (JUSTIN)
Men's Basketball Saturday, December 11th, 7:00PM (JUSTIN)
>
> Is there any possibility that one of them would also be available
> to sing men's basketball on December 11th at 7PM as well?
>
> Please let me know and thanks!
>
> Jessica
>
>
> Jessica Connally
> Assistant Athletic Director, Marketing
> (719) 333-0262 Office
> (719) 333-2964 Fax
> GoAirForceFalcons.com
> Supporting Air Force Academy cadet-athletes via an online gift is
> just a few clicks away...find out how to make a difference in Air
> Force Athletics by clicking here.
> "This electronic transmission may contain FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
> (FOUO) information that must be protected under the Privacy Act of











My family from left to right… Eric J. Rodwell II, Tiffany Renee’ Rodwell, Wife: Tina Rodwell, Justin Rodwell. Indoor Sky-Diving was a BLAST!

Cut and paste this address into the address block to see an original song of Justin and Tiffany. They were preparing to perform for a fund Raiser in support of the Orphans in Haiti.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=…
Best Regards,
Eric J. Rodwell 719-244-7414

Posted by EJRODWELL on 04/18/2011 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Seven days to live

OK, let me first say that I am not a geologist, a seismologist or a physicist. I am simply someone who knows his grandpa would not lie. That said... I appreciate your superior knowledge on this matter even when it comes in the form of heckles. I am sure with your education, had he been your grandpa, you would have done a much better job at figuring out and explaining this matter but he was mine and I understand your doubt. Thank you for your time and giving me the opportunity to send this message. YOURPENGUY


I SOLVED THE 111 YEAR OLD RIDDLE OF TESLA...
I TALKED TO TESLA BIOGRAPHER MARC J. SEIFER PHD ON THE PHONE A FEW WEEKS AGO... HE SAID AND I QUOTE...

"IT IS A WEAPON!"

"WHO THE HELL TOLD YOU!"

"WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AROUND TELLING EVERYBODY!"

"DO YOU WANT ANOTHER HAITI!"



Excerpt from the New York World


Telegram, July 11, 1935 -

Nikola Tesla revealed that an earthquake which drew police and ambulances to the region of his laboratory at 48 E. Houston St., New York, in 1898, was the result of a little machine he was experimenting with at the time which"you could put in your overcoat pocket." The bewildered newspapermen pounced upon this as at least one thing they could understand and Nikola Tesla, "the father of modern electricity" told what had happened as follows:
Tesla stated, "I was experimenting with vibrations. I had one of my machines going and I wanted to see if I could get it in tune with the vibration of the building. I put it up notch after notch. There was a peculiar cracking sound. I asked my assistants where did the sound come from. They did not know. I put the machine up a few more notches. There was a louder cracking sound. I knew I was approaching the vibration of the steel building. I pushed the machine a little higher. "Suddenly all the heavy machinery in the place was flying around. I grabbed a hammer and broke the machine. The building would have been about our ears in another few minutes. Outside in the street there was pandemonium. The police and ambulances arrived. I told my assistants to say nothing. We told the police it must have been an earthquake. That's all they ever knew about it."

Some shrewd reporter asked Dr. Tesla at this point what he would need to destroy the Empire State Building and the doctor replied: "Vibration will do anything. It would only be necessary to step up the vibrations of the machine to fit the natural vibration of the building and the building would come crashing down. That's why soldiers break step crossing a bridge."

"On the occasion of his annual birthday celebration interview by the press on July 10, 1935 in his suite at the Hotel New Yorker, Tesla announced a method of transmitting mechanical energy accurately with minimal loss over any terrestrial distance, including a related new means of communication and a method, he claimed, which would facilitate the unerring location of underground mineral deposits. At that time he recalled the earth-trembling "quake" that brought police and ambulances rushing to the scene of his Houston Street laboratory while an experiment was in progress with one of his mechanical oscillators..."


Nikola Tesla WAITED 37 YEARS to brag of this incident in 1898, but THE VERY NEXT YEAR in 1899 he dropped everything an went out west to Colorado Springs. IN A TRANSATLANTIC RACE TO BROADCAST AND RECEIVE RADIO SIGNAL, ON THE WORLD STAGE, HE DROPPED EVERYTHING THE NEXT YEAR...AFTER MAKING EARTHQUAKES AND WENT WEST?
He wanted to send power not signal and SEND POWER HE DID. THIS IS WHY MARCONI WAS ABLE TO PILFER HIM OF RADIO IN THE FIRST PLACE AND WHY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT REVERSED MARCONI PATENTS IN 1943 RIGHT AFTER TESLA DIED WITH...
YOU GUESSED IT...
U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION #369.
What are the chances it would be decision # 3 - 6 - 9 ?
At least one in three hundred an sixty nine. RIGHT?
Nikola Tesla caused the September 1899 Cape Yakataga and Yakutat Bay earthquakes in Alaska from Colorado Springs.
On...
September 3, 1899
September 6, 1899
September 9, 1899
"If you only knew the magnificence of the three, the six and the nine...
then you would have a key to the universe."
-Nikola Tesla
(AFTER CAUSING THREE EARTHQUAKES)

It has been a 111 year non correlation between his Pike's Peak work and the story of eight
prospectors were panning the glacial sands near Hubbard Glacier when Earth starting shaking and never seemed to stop. A few days
later, they had survived a natural phenomenon they probably should not have. The shore uplifted during a massive 1899 earthquake near
Yakutat. The Earthquakes at Yakutat Bay, Alaska in September, 1899. Geologists Ralph Tarr and Lawrence Martin, in the area a few years
later to study the marvelous glaciers, saw things like mussels "resembling clumps of blue flowers" on rocks thrown up 20 feet above the
ocean. They saw so much evidence of a giant earthquake they interviewed a few prospectors in Yakutat and included their stories in a
1912 government paper, "The Earthquakes at Yakutat Bay, Alaska, in September, 1899. When Tarr and Martin arrived in Yakutat,
prospector A. Flenner was working as a carpenter there six years after the series of large earthquakes, the biggest being a magnitude 8.0
that happened on Sept. 10, 1899. Flenner had been panning for gold in the area that day. "Mr. Flenner stated in 1905 that after the first
shock on September 3 they rigged up a home-made seismograph, consisting of hunting knives hung so that their points touched and
would jingle under a slight oscillation," Tarr and Martin wrote. "With this instrument (rude, perhaps, but more delicate than their own
perception) they counted 52 shocks on September 10, up to the time of the heavy disturbance (the 8.0 earthquake) that caused so much
damage." Another miner, L.A. Cox, was also at the scene. "About 9 a.m. on the 10th we had a very severe shock (what USGS later
calculated as a magnitude 7.4 foreshock), so violent that one could hardly keep his feet," Cox said. "The low alder brush shook and bent
like reeds in a gale of wind. (Then, at) 1:30 p.m., we got the king bee of them all." The king bee was a massive earthquakes that CHANGED THE MAP!
Shattered
glaciers, lifted areas of shoreline 47 feet out of the water, and caused "the death of millions of individuals," Tarr and Martin wrote. Those
individuals were fish and crabs deposited on land, and barnacles, mussels and other rock-clinging organisms thrust high above the water
level.The prospector Cox further described the big earthquake:
"The ground (was) cutting some of the queerest capers imaginable. In addition to the circular motion of the preceding heavy shock, it was
waving up and down like the swells of the sea, only with considerably more energy."
On glacial sands that often liquefy during a large earthquake, the prospectors were lucky to survive the episode as natural forces ate
their camp and all their supplies.
"We ran from our tents, leaving everything behind, and were never able to rescue anything from it after," prospector J.P. Fults said.
"Above us about 100 yards was a lake.This lake broke from its bed and dashed down upon our camp while we ran along the shore and
escaped its fury. This deluge was almost immediately followed by one from the sea. A wall of water 20 feet high came in upon the flood
from the lake and carried all debris back over the undulating morianic hills.
"We protected ourselves from being carried away by tearing up clothes and tying ourselves to the small alder trees growing on the
mountainsides," Fults said.
The remarkable part of this story is that no one died despite the bad placement of the miners. Tarr and Martin attributed the earthquake
to the impressive tectonic activity researchers today know as the Yakutat Block crashing into southern Alaska, giving rise to the highest
coastal mountain range on Earth.


The following are figments of my imagination, i'm sure, combined with misinterpreted phenomenon explained very poorly with the entirely untrue story of a young Army Air Corps flight navigator from East Saint Louis who saw Television for the first time at the Chicago Worlds Fair and became the first licensed television technician ever in the state of Illinois. This was before the young man went on to become an explosives engineer that invented the very first successfully deployed crash bag using CO2 gas in the fifties. Now that was before designing the charge that blows the wings out on the cruise missile mid flight which was before designing the inertial upper stage of the space shuttle which was well before designing the pop-top charge that blows the clear the path for our nuke to get out of those silos even after an almost direct hit which was before retiring senior vice of a major defense contractor who was back and forth from Northrop to Boeing to Sandia to Pharump with top security clearance all over the country who very likely did many more things than a paragraph can describe here or I can know. I do remember, being often intrigued by his refusal to discuss further with me, his grandson, many seemingly harmless and some not so harmless subjects. To make a long story short I would like to ask you what it means when this man who would not lie and thought a quibble much worse than a lie... after sending me out across town from the hospice in the middle of the night to bring to his deathbed a Bible and the failed mission comments when I returned first with his wife my Grandmother's Catholic Bible this man who made me go back out and find HIS BIBLE... the I guess Non Catholic Bible, AND HOLDING THAT BIBLE... TOLD ME THAT NIKOLA TESLA MADE EARTHQUAKES IN 1899. THEN HE TOLD ME AGAIN THAT TESLA MADE EARTHQUAKES IN 1899, WHICH OPPOSES WHAT HE SAID WAS LAW THAT NOTHING CAN BE CREATED OR DESTROYED...ONLY CHANGED...YET EARTHQUAKES FROM EVEN A LIGHTNING BOLT WOULD BE GETTING OUT EXPONENTALY MORE THAN WHAT YOU PUT IN. SOME GOLD PANNING 49ER TYPES WERE PAID OFF AND THE ESKIMOS DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT MONEY WAS LAUGHING AND THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES in the WHOLE WORLD WHO NOTICED IT HAD EVEN HAPPENED AND EVEN THEY DID NOT FATHOM. Then he died in that bed with that Bible. I did not tell anyone of this event and could have taken it to my grave had there not been so many damn earthquakes lately.
Now I hope that you see why from my shoes reverse engineering THE GREATEST STORY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD from facts that I was blessed to already know as true sometimes can appear less than sane or scientific amid unfathomable disinformation tactics and epic lies placed as cornerstones in the structure of our very reality.
I solved the Nikola Tesla riddle of the 369. Tesla has accomplished many marvelous inventions and had many great discoveries in electrical engineering BUT THIS ONE YOU DID NOT HEAR. It is the total truth without quibble and the very reason for all the rumors and disinformation. Now, after 111 years and with the dawn of two new centuries, I announce an achievement which will amaze the entire universe, and which eclipses the wildest dream of even the most visionary scientist. Nikola Tesla made earthquakes in 1899. That my friends is the universal key to unlock so many lies under guise of freedom..
Tesla made earthquakes in 1899.
September 3, 1899
September 6, 1899
September 9, 1899
If you only knew the mag-nificence of the three, six & nine that in truth are dates in September, 1899, when Tesla made the land wave like the sea, Yakutat Bay earthquakes from Colorado Springs you hear and now see. Have an ear to fathom the extent and danger from this the greatest discovery of all time, a literal and symbolic key to the universe left by Nikola Tesla who's character and many clues had way too much pride to out last time nameless.

By YOURPENGUY

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Posted by googols on 05/13/2010 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Gigging for giggles

Some very important info on Nick Madson here:


http://www.pattonoswalt.com/index.cfm?page…

Posted by elvisvanhelsing on 05/06/2010 at 12:59 AM

Re: “And the story goes on

Is there a cost to the story telling event on Saturday morning in Palmer Lake?

Posted by sj on 07/22/2009 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Walking the line

....i actually have just moved to colorado springs about 8 weeks ago and dont know anyone locally. was doing alittle research on finding a labrinyth to walk to cleanse the soul a bit and came across this article, wow...i knew the universe was calling me to get in touch with my inner most self...thank you. i'll see you all there...euphoric love.

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Posted by euphoric love on 07/01/2009 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Event Listings

I want to go to one from this day forward (June 11,2009) that has the artwork of Alan Bacarella. Which events coming up will?

Posted by kushly on 06/11/2009 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Seven Days to Live

Regarding the event for Monday, March 2nd, Li Wei is the person in all the photographs. He is known as the "Chinese Evel Knievel" and is a performance artist who documents said performances in photographs. He will show video and images of his projects, as well as perform for the audience. Don't miss it!

Posted by margherita45 on 02/26/2009 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Class act

10 Minutes Max is always a mix, you've got seasoned pros mixed in with performers who just really need to flaunt their special talents. Not everyone in the show was in Jim's classes, as it seems to say in the article. Some of the performers (like my husband Patrick) have performed in years past and auditioned new works, some come from the new classes. I disagree with the previous reviewer, I think their new location is phenomenal. Besides being beautiful, it allows them to run more shows and host classes than in their old venue, all things which will help them survive in these tough economic times. The other thing that will help is if you go out and support this wonderful cultural gem, the MAT in Colorado Springs!

Posted by margherita45 on 02/13/2009 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Class act

I think their Show lacked somthing this year. Given, I know they are trying to spice it up every year. But, I feel this year they fell short. The girl with the cabaret outfit really wasn't good at all. I felt it was better 2 years ago. Also the location they are located at is not very good. I felt the review for the ten minutes was more like an advertisement. I would have preferred if all performers were listed instead. I have friends who have auditioned and they have never been taught by jim. Just took me by surprise to read that. The girlincanaret outfit was on his show last year and I have no idea why they have her again she's not very good. Thanks for your time just leaving a review of what I saw.

Posted by Missy on 02/12/2009 at 11:19 PM

Re: “One man's trash

Edie, I love your writing and your conception of your role as an arts writer. You are helping artists and viewers in an quality way. I hope you hear that and get paid properly, but remain humble and strong, and stick around, too! Thanks to the Independent for its long and wonderful commitment to arts and culture in our little big space. - OFP

Posted by OFP on 01/27/2009 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Seven Days to Live

To abvinson: In the calendar section of the homepage, try a keyword search. I typed "ice" into the "keyword" area and the OCC event came up as one of two results.

Posted by Kirk Woundy on 01/17/2009 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Seven Days to Live

Once again, I search in vain on this website for a small event in OCC, this time it's the Ice Festival. I just want to know the exact times of events happening today. Why is this so hard to do?

Posted by abvinson on 01/17/2009 at 2:22 PM

Re: “A new tomorrow

I am really looking forward to seeing Lorenzo's work this evening, his piece at the Dreamcity was remarkable and really stood out at the FAC Modern. I'm looking forward to seeing Erin Jone's works tonight too - she is also an accomplished artist and someone to look out for in the future.

Posted by Sarah M. on 01/09/2009 at 7:15 AM

Re: “A new tomorrow

Actually, I meant we DO see our kids as pure possibility. *Unfortunate type-o as a result of my impassioned response. :) Amber Cot Executive Director, FutureSelf c. 719-233-4143 amber@futureself.org url: www.futureself.org Our Mission: FutureSelf invites transformation through the Arts All art requires courage~ Anne Tucker

Posted by Amber Cote on 01/08/2009 at 10:07 AM

Re: “A new tomorrow

I feel I have to make a significant clarification in regard to some terms used in this article. I'm not sure that I used the terms "at-risk" or "troubled" when i was speaking of the young people we have the privilege to work with. It's true "our" kids are people who have faced significant challenges, but they are remarkable for their unique ability to rise above these challenges. They are extraordinary on so many levels, but one advantage they have over people with more privilege is that they are able to tap into their inherent intuitive wisdom, out of the necessity to survive and thrive. They have uncanny creativity and sometimes simply need to have that power and energy pointed in a direction that serves them and their community in a positive way. We have such a wide-range of youth who contribute to our programs that it is unfair to "box" them all under terms like "at-risk" and "troubled," though I do often speak of them as "on the fringe," under served or under privileged. Those terms address economic situations, access situations and even learning styles. When you are a creative "right-brained dominant" thinker, you don't necessarily fit in to the main stream on many important levels. This differentness can be the driving factor that puts a kid "on the fringe" or creates an under served, underprivileged predicament for them, in their homes, schools and socially. FutureSelf is proud to have the opportunity to work with these innovative thinkers and consider them to be an asset to this community as future leaders and visionaries. We merely want to provide a safe place of belonging for them, so they may utilize the tools and resources we offer in art, mentorship and peer understanding to express who they truly are and then share that with those around them. Thank you for taking the time to write this article and share our story with your readers but I ask that you please post this so that the young people who read this and the adults who know and love them will understand we don't see our kids as purely as possibility, not any more "troubled" than anyone else out there trying to succeed in the world. Sincerely, Amber Cot Executive Director, FutureSelf c. 719-233-4143 amber@futureself.org url: www.futureself.org Our Mission: FutureSelf invites transformation through the Arts All art requires courage~ Anne Tucker

Posted by Amber Cote on 01/08/2009 at 10:01 AM

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