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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Self Service in the Digital Age

    We have all become used to self service gas and ATM machines.  This week I tried two new digital checkouts.  The first is the the new book self checkout at the East Columbia Library that worked great.
    The second was the self checkout devices at Giant that worked OK but there was a glitch with one of my items having to be rescanned at the regular checkouts.

P.S.
      The next CA Community Building Speakers Series event "The Path Forward: Cycling Innovations Across the US" featuring Jennifer Toole will take place April 25th at 7:30pm at Slayton House. Jennifer will discuss innovative communities that are creating greenways, safe bike lanes, and other changes that make these communities more livable, enjoyable, and more economically competitive. For nearby trips, bicycling may help offset the cost of high gas prices

Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please visit http://cycling-innovations.eventbrite.com/ to register for the event. It should not be missed.

P.S. 2
Tonight's Blog Party is at Second Chance Saloon in Oakland Mills Village Center.  Check it out.

P.S. 3
LGBT Winter/Spring Film & Discussion Series
Friday evening April 13th 7:15 to 9:30 PM
Cedar Lane UU Church Library

Film:  Two Spirits

Two Spirits is an award winning documentary film which interweaves the tragic story of a mother's loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn't simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16.
Two Spirits explores the life and death of this boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.

Two Spirits mourns the young Fred Martinez and the threatened disappearance of the two-spirit tradition, but it also brims with hope and the belief that we all are enriched by multi-gendered people, and that all of us - regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or cultural heritage - benefit from being free to be our truest selves.

Film Discussion 
A facilitated, interactive discussion will follow the film showing. The discussant will be Sylvia Fisher, who is a 15-year federal employee and is currently Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Sylvia has worked tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of LGBT populations and tribal communities in the areas of bullying and suicide prevention, lesbian health, LGBT-headed families and behavioral health services for LGBT children and youth.  A member of the Healthy People 2020 Committee on LGBT populations and the National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention LGBT Task Force, Sylvia was a founding member of the CLUUC LGBT Task Force and is lead editor of a book about behavioral health services for LGBT youth to be released in July 2012.

General Information
$5.00 (suggested contribution) at the door; refreshments will be served.

For further information contact Catherine Schuler (cschuler@umd.edu); Marge Dimond (margeryjd@aol.com); or Stephen Colgan (smcolgan@hotmail.com).

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