NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Note: Deployments would occur in late July or August, with selections made on a competitive basis

Competitive proposals must include the following:

• A documented ability to reach the widest possible U.S. audience across a variety of platforms (broadcast, print, web and social media).

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and objectively report on science supported by NSF.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2017. Media must submit proposals electronically by email or as an email attachment to Peter West at pwest@nsf.gov.

More information can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242312&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Some looming deadlines of PetSmart Charities Inc….

A couple of the PetSmart Charities grant programs have fast-approaching deadlines:

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Intake Diversion: This grant category focuses on reducing pet homelessness by helping organizations make wellness services, behavioral training and education more accessible to pet parents.  https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/intake-diversion

Keeping Pets and Families Together: This grant is dedicated to providing support through life’s toughest moments by creating resources for families facing homelessness, victims and survivors of domestic violence, and/or military leave that would enable them to keep their pet. https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/keeping-pets-families-together

Their full calendar can be viewed here: https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/grants-calendar

I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

The Pilot Wife Life

If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.

Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.

If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.

Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m

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Good Girls Revolt, lets lobby for a Season 2

Another great show, cut down prematurely.

Great article by Keith Creighton on Popdose telling you all about it: http://popdose.com/amazon-sidesteps-history-by-canceling-good-girls-revolt/

Let’s bring Good Girls Revolt back!  🙂

Happy Thanksgiving You Guys!!!  — “A BIG thanks, To Those in The House” -Mike Rowe

When I was a kid, my grandfather and I used to watch This Old House. I loved it, partly because I liked seeing how stuff got made, but mostly because my Pop would always tell me what Bob Vila was going to do a few seconds before he did it. 

Pop was an electrician by trade, but I always thought he was a magician. The man could fix anything. He could install your plumbing, overhaul your engines, or build your house without a blueprint. My earliest memories are of he and my Dad venturing out into the world to fix a problem. They left the house clean, came home dirty, and the problem was always solved. Pop only made it to the seventh grade, but he was smarter by far than most educated people I know, and mechanically gifted in ways I continue to envy. 

My foundation, mikeroweWORKS, was inspired by my granddad, and Dirty Jobs was really just an attempt to replicate the apprentice/master relationship between he and my dad. I’d like to think that This Old House might NOT have been his favorite reality show, had he lived long enough to see Dirty Jobs, but alas, that was not to be. So I’ve always had a soft spot for This Old House, and today, I’m very excited to tell you that the producers of this most unusual show – now in its 37th season – have partnered with mikeroweWORKS to help close the skills gap. 

The official press release is here. http://bit.ly/2fLdBLk. Check it out. I’ve also attached one of several short videos announcing our partnership. Give it a look, and join me in thanking Norm Abram for his kind support. In just a few weeks, they’ve already helped raise half a million dollars from their incredibly generous sponsors. That money is going straight to our scholarship fund. 

But wait, there’s more. 

In the coming year, the producers of This Old House are going to renovate a home over the course of the season, just as the always do. But this time, they’re going to sell the home, and contribute all of the proceeds to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation. It’s an extraordinary vote of confidence, and I can’t tell you how gratified and humbled I am to have their trust and partnership. 

On this Thanksgiving, I want to say how thankful I am for this association, and how much I’m looking forward to playing a small role in helping train the next generation of tradesmen, on whose talent, skill, and intelligence we all depend. Hopefully, Pop will be watching from on high, and telling his friends what happens next, moments before it does…

Happy Thanksgiving

Link to post: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/videos/1343554558988017/

The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation

I take offense at the gaslighting of millennials too. Not because I am a millennial, but because I hate it when stereotypes are promoted and groups of people, etc. are lumped together based on arbitrary characteristics… and also because my daughter is a so-called “millennial”.

Born Again Minimalist

I was in graduate school when I first heard the term “millennial.” It was at a conference. The session was about how to serve millennial students, because they have different characteristics than the Generation X students that went before them. It was here that I first started hearing things like “millennials need to be recognized for participation,” “millennials feel they are special,” “millennials are sheltered,” “millennials are likely to have helicopter parents,” and more. Society as a whole loves to hate on the millennial generation (those born between 1980-1999), calling us “special snowflakes” and sarcastically referring to us as “social justice warriors,” calling us out for “being offended by everything” and, everybody’s favorite, pointing out how very entitled we are.

Here’s the secret: We’re not.

millennial late for work.jpg

The negative opinions directed at millennials are a perfect example, on an enormous societal scale, of cultural gaslighting.

What’s Gaslighting?

Glad you asked. I learned…

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