Can the open source way help nurture passion in classrooms?

Hmm… using today’s NaBloPoMo prompt, and it’s about passions.

What is your secret (or not-so-secret) passion?

This is something that I’ve been thinking of a lot lately. At work, one of the core values is Be Passionate and Determined. Many people know what they’re passionate about.

Me? Well, that’s a bit harder to pinpoint.

I’m passionate about organizing stuff. I’ve been passionate about organization since I was a kid. What 7 year old places all of their books on their shelf in alphabetical order? And it gets better from there. As a teenager, all of my cassette tapes needed to be in alphabetical order, too. Which meant shifting all of the tapes every time I purchased a new one (which was often!). My hats were organized by style. Shirts separated by solids and prints, long sleeves and short sleeves. Shoes in a certain way. Even down to how things were placed on my dresser.

But I’m also passionate about community. It’s in my blood, with my grandparents being involved with the town I grew up in by opening the public swimming pool. My mom was always volunteering for church or community events, either by baking or taking turns manning a table. I enjoy volunteering for the local library system. I like helping out CCFA’s Team Challenge to get the word out and make their events go smoothly.

Art, too. Art takes many different forms, from words to photos to paintings to music to theatre. Especially a combination of these items. I love poetry readings, and wish there were more hours in a day so I could attend the local events. I wish I had more time to write and paint and create.

Can’t forget about technology, too. Technology is my gateway to knowledge and learning.

So… combine all of those and you get me. Which is why I’m glad to be a part of the team opening up /usr/lib. A bit of funky art, combined with a space to support the Vegas technology community where I could organize books? I’m happy as a clam!

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I'm an Information Architect and Taxonomist in the greater Philadelphia, PA area. Mad about metadata. Incessant organizer. Knowledge monger. Information seeker. Wisdom chaser. Curiosity has yet to kill this cat!

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