Tag Archive for naidra

We need more hybrids

No, I’m not talking about Toyotas. We need more hybrid courses at Western Michigan University. In my Master of Public Administration program, I’ve taken two hybrid courses. They were wonderful! The first class, Board Governance, met four times in person over the course of the semester.   Everything else was done online via discussion boards…

Yeah, I have a Thunderbolt

When I upgraded from an LG Chocolate to the Blackberry Storm 2, I’ll admit, I was in love. But, that phone was a definite heartbreaker. The relationship even turned hostile in the end stages. So, after months and months of bickering with Verizon (I mean true bickering, letter-writing, Twitter bashing, half of the 9 yards),…

Get Involved!

Recently, in my class on the political and economic environment of public administration, we were visited by the Kalamazoo City Manager and Chief of Police. We had an interesting chat on how both entities work in regards to the City of Kalamazoo, got into some racial/cultural tensions between residents and local police (of course), and…

A new Best: AFT PACK Backpack

We all compile lists of wants, or to-buys, but how often do we get to cross things off of that list? In my case, NEVER! (with the exception of my Macbook Pro). So, I’m going to blog about what I want and see what happens. First up, the Aft Pack Backpack by Speck. This thing…

And Starbucks pulls in the rear…

The great thing about being young in 2010 is that you can do all of the trendy things that folks are doing.   One of my favorites is sitting in a coffee shop sipping a $5 drink, and working on my MacBook Pro (of course realizing that people with inferior machines are watching enviously). One…

Tell your story!

Be inspired. Be entertained. Be educated. Be provoked. Wednesday, June 16, 2010 S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D Stories Testimonies Intentions Truths Confessions Healing Expressions Dreams “creating a future by rewriting our histories” 6:30pm – 8:30pm Pre-Registration is Required. Call 269-344-6659 or email fire@thisisfire.com 25 person capacity. Thursday, June 17, 2010 Don’t miss the performance! Performance at 7:00pm $5 admission…

American Polish Cultural Center, Father’s Day Luncheon

Need something special to do for your dad on Father’s Day? Check out the Father’s Day Luncheon at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI.   The luncheon will be held on June 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center (2975 E. Maple, Troy, MI 48083).   The luncheon will only…

PetSmart doesn’t sell toys for Pit Bulls

So, I’ve read that dogs that chew things, have high-energy, and participate in destructive behavior are bored. Which (as a human) baffles me.   How can a dog be bored?   He’s a dog – a pet.   Watching me, walking, playing with a Kong extreme, and watching Law & Order should be enough.  …

Moving the Masses

Being in D.C. (or even Detroit) has made me realize how ineffective and inefficient transportation in Kalamazoo is. First, there aren’t many public buses –– and the ones that the city has, don’t always get you to where you need to go at the time that you need to be there. Generally, buses come every…