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lovin’ of monsters and men

This is gaining more airplay (and I’m always pretty behind on the emerging music scene), but I just love it. Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic indie/folk band that has been gaining popularity since the release of their 2011 debut album My Head Is an Animal. There lead single “Little Talks” is an international success and has hit #1 on the US Alternative Songs list. Despite the popularity, this song is still quite good and the rest of the album is strong with many standouts as well. Check them out here playing for the PBS show Sound Tracks: Music without Borders. It’s a rollicking good time.

actin’ up at the global activism expo 2012

Chris, Aidan, and I went down to the UIC Forum back on April 28 (when I started writing this brief post) to take in the 2012 Global Activism Expo sponsored by Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ). It was an amazing event. We spent five hours there checking out nearly a hundred local non-profits, enjoying world music, eating gourmet vegan food, and taking in a couple of short lectures–all for free. It was such a great time that I can’t believe we didn’t check it out until this year. [singlepic=1114,300,300] Global Activism via Bike Power

Having so much positive energy in one place was really inspiring. We met a lot of great people and learned about many activist and charity organizations working to make our world a better place. When we got there we met our friend Mona from the Share Your Soles Foundation who has been changing people’s lives through shoes. Her organization has delivered over 1.5 million pairs of shoes to desperately impoverished people over the past 13 years. (Believe it or not, something as simple as shoes can make the difference between living and dying in many places of our world.) Mona is a force of kindness to be reckoned with. She’s well known in the community of organizations that were present at the expo, so she introduced us around. The conversations were good, and we made many contacts.

It was a great opportunity not just to find other ways for our family to get involved in these important causes, but also personally helpful to me as I am continuing to find opportunities for my students to get involved in activism/service-learning efforts happening in our communities. It’s so easy to get pulled down to a pit of negativity–or indifference–feeling the suffocating weight of all the problems in the world. Our time at the Global Activism Expo reminded me that there is hope, that there are people who really care and are acting to make positive changes, that our world is not as lost as it so often seems.

dalai lama comes to chicago

We learned recently that H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama is scheduled to give a public talk on non-violence at Loyola University in Chicago on April 26, 2012. Tickets are very limited, but we have sent in our request and are hopefully awaiting a response as the date nears. More information is on this event is available through The Tibet Center of Chicago. Peace.

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