March 31, 2009

Last chance to contact Obama on Armenian genocide

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President Obama will travel to Turkey next week to talk about trade and defense relations. Recognition of the Armenian genocide is probably not on his agenda, but we can try to put it there.

Turks, under the Ottoman Empire, massacred the Armenian people in the first genocide of the 20th Century. The modern Turkish government has refused to acknowledge the genocide, a refusal that stymied Turkish efforts to join the European Union but has done little to deter a strong Turkish alliance with the United States.

Obama is in a unique position to put pressure on the Turkish government during his visit next week. Please contact the White House on this vital issue.

For more background on the Armenian genocide and the push for U.S. recognition, read my Associated Content article.


March 30, 2009

Environmental wrap

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A winter view at Rocky Mountain National Park

A winter view at Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is less than two hours from my house (I love this state). The little-visited backcountry of the park is protected under the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which President Obama signed today.

Here’s my recent environmental update on the first couple months of the Obama Administration. And for my blog posts on environmental issues and green living, check out my Green Graham blog.

March 26, 2009

Snow day for a freelance writer

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Five inches of snow on my car, and the March Christmas tree in the front yard.

Five inches of snow on my car, and the March Christmas tree in the front yard.

Here in Fort Collins, it’s been snowing since dawn, leaving about six inches on the ground at last count.  

I just published a brief diary of a snow day for a stay-at-home freelance writer. On my other blog, I will likely be posting updates and more photos throughout the day, as the snow won’t be letting up anytime soon. We’re expecting about 24 hours of snow, with at least eight inches of accumulation.

March 25, 2009

More of Lincoln’s lessons for Obama

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Shortly after Obama’s inauguration, I wrote this Associated Content story about the lessons President Obama can learn from Abraham Lincoln. There’s another one he’s already learned: prepare your speeches. Obama is being widely criticized for reading every statement from a teleprompter. But his hero (and arguably the nation’s greatest president) Abraham Lincoln also carefully prepared every speech and read from scripts (of course, he pre-dated the teleprompter).

On the other hand, Obama may be taking it a little too far. Lincoln is known for his wit and humor, and regularly made off-the-cuff statements and jokes. Taking his see-through Kindle everywhere he goes, Obama avoids any of these impromptu moments, even at rodeos and casual events.

March 24, 2009

Good Denver music festival Saturday

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Organizers are hyping the headliners for the Swallow Hill RootsFest on Saturday in Denver. They’re all big names, but the highlights may be in the opening sets.

I wrote this story for Colorado Music Buzz magazine about the festival. The story doesn’t have good links to actually listen to the music, so here is more jabber about the show.

Honestly, I wasn’t personally excited about the lineup at first. Not that the three headliners are bad musicians. They’re just not my cup of tea.

Joe Pug is. Go here and listen to “Hymn #101.” It’s like folk-pop Lay’s. You can’t listen just once.

Swallow Hill found The Tallest Man on Earth in Sweden between opening for Bon Iver and a South By Southwest gig this month. More down home folk-pop. Think Bon Iver before the miserable but oh-so-inspiring breakup.

Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

The other two openers are eclectic and joyous folk-rock bands: Boulder Acoustic Society (with 16 samples of their varied sound on the site) and Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. If you’re in Denver, don’t miss these four acts.

A quick defense of the three headliners: Hot Rize will reunite for the show — an anticipated event for bluegrass fans. Notice bluegrass fans is in the third person. Rickie Lee Jones likewise never did much for me. Enjoyed her radio hits, but never felt compelled to buy her albums. Leo Kottke I only knew by reputation, but his complicated, intricate compositions are too rich for my unrefined tastes. I’m all about rock riffs and pop hooks — the trashy beach novels of the music world.

Good news on Armenian genocide recognition

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Samantha Power has9780061120145jpg joined President Obama’s National Security Council — good news for folks who want the administration to recognize the Armenian genocide and push Turkey to do the same.

Power wrote “A Problem From Hell” about genocide, and has been a strong advocate of Armenian causes related to the genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.
For more background on the Armenian genocide and the push for U.S. recognition, read my Associated Content article.

March 11, 2009

Make a free lightbox

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A free, homemade light box

A free, homemade light box

My former co-workers know I may be the world’s worst photojournalist (and the world’s biggest hyperbolist). So it kind of defines irony that I am writing about digital photography, but Bright Hub added me to their digital photography channel. Don’t worry. I won’t teach you how to take grainy out-of-focus pictures. I’ll talk about the other parts of the photography process. For example, I wrote a piece explaining how to build a light box in about 10 minutes with stuff you probably have around your house.

It ain’t a work of art, but it’ll help you take pretty pictures of stuff you’re selling on ebay or photos of your bowling trophy to send to grandma.

March 8, 2009

Organic produce story

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I recently started writing for a new Web site. I’m mostly writing about green living and food, but most of my food stories will also be about green living. I’m writing mostly about organics and vegetarianism. One of my first articles is about choosing which organic fruits and vegetables to buy.

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