February 2008

  • Helping Cut Waste at Hotels

    When I stayed at a hotel last week for the teaching conference, I really enjoyed my room. One of the first things I noticed was the card placed on the bed. It read that they change the bedding every second day in order to conserve energy. You could hang the card on the door if […]

  • Blame The Art

    There was violence beforeThere was jewelry before ithip-hop did nothing but reportthe reality we saw everywhere so, Blame the Art You’re outside the cultureso point your fingerit’s the easiest thing to doBlame the Art It makes you feel goodit gives you a targetbut you will never obliterate it.You know it too,that’s why youBlame the Art […]

  • Need Something to Blame, Why Not Hip-hop?

    A speaker at last week’s teaching conference blamed the erosion of values on “Chuck E. Cheese” and “hip-hop culture.” Those were his exact words. Now I know that he was trying to make a point and while I agree with him that values do seem to be falling by the wayside, I can’t concede these […]

  • Album Spotlight # 5

    Coast II Coast by Tha Alkaholiks I’ve known alcoholics and it is not a cool thing. That’s why when this rap group first came out I shunned them. I didn’t want to hear a group that just talked about getting drunk all the time. Their first album 21 and Over got a lot of play […]

  • The Third World is Right Here!

    There are forgotten people and towns in Canada that are forced to live in Third World conditions. I never would of thought anything like this could happen in the rich and abundant country we live in, but it does. My eyes were opened to this fact when I when to a teaching conference last week. […]

  • A Brief History of Hip-Hop – Part 6 A Piece

    Read The Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 Graffiti rose in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s in New York. It went from simply writing a name on the wall or subway car, to painting larger, more complicated designs. This new form of graffiti art was called a piece, […]

  • A Brief History of Hip-Hop – Part 5 Graffiti Art

    Read The Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 To most people, graffiti has a negative connotation. It is often associated with vandalism and crime to those outside of hip-hop culture. It is probably the most misunderstood of the four elements. It is an element that often gets overlooked. It shouldn’t. It is significant and plays an […]

  • Be Happy With The Little Things

    Sometimes it takes something small to make you appreciate all of the things you have. For instance, I was housesitting again last week. I like to help my friend out by doing this for him. It gives me a chance to get some privacy and to enjoy all the toys that they have. I like […]

  • Album Spotlight # 4

    Big Red Letter Day by Buffalo Tom The year is 1993 and I am glued to my television set every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Claire Danes fills up the screen as a 15 year-old teenager in the critically acclaimed My So-Called Life. I am captivated by her character and this little show and tune in […]

  • Everything You Want out of Life

    You can get everything you want out of life by helping others get what they want. At first glance, this saying doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Conventional wisdom tells us that if you want something that you have to work hard for it. While I believe that this is true, I think […]