Masters Degree and Final Capstone

Hey all – So I am in the depths of hell that is the research proposal for my Master’s Capstone (kinda like a thesis). My topic revolves around social media measurement. Currently, I am working on the proposal but once I get into the actual paper, I am hoping to reach into my digital network and get advice or opinions from you all. Some of my twitter followers have expressed and interest in the process and so I will be blogging about it here. If you are interested in following my process,......

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Shoes (From Patheos.com)

Shoes by Talia Davis I have a closet full of them. Some people don’t even think about them. Some people think about them way too much. Shoes protect our feet, they enable us to go anywhere we want without concern for what the terrain is. We pay a lot of money for very uncomfortable ones, and sometimes our favorites are the ones we have had for years. I feel fortunate I own more than one pair. Shoes can be easily overlooked. Not on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest. A......

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Looking for Personal Holocaust Stories

So I recently blogged about my experience with a Holocaust survivor as a 5 year old and that got me (and my mom) thinking… Since we are sadly losing our connection to this actual survivors, who will tell this story to our children? I am looking for personal experiences with Holocaust survivors and their impact on you. If you have a story like this or would like to write A FACTUAL account for me, please send me an email at taliashewrote at gmail dot com (put it all together with an @......

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The past is getting further and further away…

I remember him so clearly. This older rabbi. Mind you, most of the rabbis in my life are family members but this time it was different. My dad was the rabbi at the Hillel and we were members at Temple Sinai. So for once in my life, “my” rabbi wasn’t my dad or grandfather. If I close my eyes, I can see him. I can see the moment that is seared into my memory. I was only 5. That’s how strong of an impression he left. I remember that he wore suits......

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Counting the Omer…
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April 09, 2010

Counting the Omer…

Sometimes it is wicked annoying. One more thing to do at night when I am exhausted. I really just wanna read my (e)book and go to bed. But man oh man… sometimes… who am I kidding, usually the day’s Omer is dead on. So you may have no idea what I am talking about. Let me explain. For the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot we literally count each night. It starts on the second night of Passover with 1 and it ends on the night before Shavuot with 49, which is......

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Facebook Censorship

I use Facebook daily. In fact, I am on Facebook pretty much all day. That is my job. I post to Facebook for Patheos and I keep my eye out for best practices and new ideas. Today, I got a HUGE fail whale. Facebook wouldn’t let me log in this afternoon because of “site maintenance.” In the middle of the day? That’s weird. But then I saw this blog – On Facebook Deactivations That makes me nervous, people. I post regularly about religion (granted, it’s mostly mine and then the Patheos content......

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Challah Baby… an update

Okay, first of all, if you haven’t read Challah Baby (the original) I highly recommend reading it first. Life will make a lot more sense… trust me. It’s okay… we’ll wait. Back? Oh good. So it has been a little over three months now and no word from my friend. Now in my mind that could mean several things. One: she isn’t pregnant, it didn’t work and she doesn’t want to talk about it. Okay. I won’t push. Or two: she is pregnant but holding to the tradition to not talk about......

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Next Year in Jerusalem… or the White House, depends on who you know…

This morning, while my friends at my neighborhood car repair shop were fixing my car to the tune of several hundred dollars (ugh), I sat in Starbucks with my Sunday New York Times. I love the Sunday New York Times. I live in Denver now but I was born in Manhattan to a mother from Queens and no matter where we moved across the US, I always had a soft spot for a Bialy. Anyway, I love the Sunday Styles sections and my favorite way to finish my coffee is with the......

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