A Belated Thanksgiving Note!

Dear DECORUM! Readers,

Here’s a shout-out to great ideas!  We are all thankful for new innovations and advances that make the world better.  Celebrate this by visiting TED.com–with the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences–which holds countless videos of inspiring and informative talks on entertainment, science, business, global issues, and more from speakers like Steve Jobs and Dave Eggers.  One to start with: a funny and fascinating speech by Sugata Mitra on child-driven education.

~Lena

Update, Take Two

Dear DECORUM! Readers,

My apologies again for the serious delay in new entries here!  Some random notes:

  • Please send questions/comments about this blog to our new address, lena.juniordiplomats@gmail.com! =)
  • Gals, check out these resources promoting true “girl power”: Global Girl Media, an organization helping “young women around the world to find and share their authentic voice” in journalism and other leadership (http://www.globalgirlmedia.org/); Teen Voices, a magazine that fights for “improving young women’s social and economic status” by challenging, changing,  and contributing to media in a fresh way (http://www.teenvoices.com/); Girls For A Change, a great national group that “empowers thousands of teen girls to create and lead social change” (http://www.girlsforachange.org/); and the Seventeen Magazine Project, a blog that documents one girl’s experiment following all the advice of Seventeen to call attention to how media can misrepresent and mislead young women (http://www.theseventeenmagazineproject.com/)
  • I picked up the book Quick Spanish for Emergency Responders by David B. Dees at my local library recently.  I’m not planning to be an EMT, but the book seemed like a useful review of important words needed to ask about someone’s condition, explain directions, or alert people of an accident.  And indeed it is!  It also has a handy index of slang words, so you can tell whether you are being flattered, insulted, etc.  I highly recommend that folks learning Spanish pick up a copy if possible!  (Readers learning another foreign language: do you have any recommendations for similar books?  I’ll keep looking, too!)
  • Check back  soon for DECORUM!’s first interview, a post about apparel, and more!

~Lena