No Means No

Golden Horses

It doesn’t matter if it’s sex. Drinking. Groping. Kissing. Caressing. Dancing. Talking. Staring. Glancing. Holding hands. Acting. Creating. Working. Building. Cooperating. NO MEANS NO Once should be enough. Twice should suffice. There shouldn’t be a third time. At the performing arts school I went to, safety was number one. At any time, in any rehearsal or performance, any actor, dancer, techie, or anyone involved in the production could stop for their own safety …

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Applause & Praise

I cannot praise Linkin Park more. I began my studies about youth suicide at the University of Minnesota in January 2015, and was working on my field experience for my degree when Chester died. I’ve seen Linkin Park live multiple times over a decade, and I felt the pain. I also looked on as a new generation experienced what my generation did in 1994 with Kurt Cobain, but with trained eyes. We lost …

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Genuine Beliefs

I’m in the final stretch of my graduate degree. The finish line is in sight, and I know how far it is until I cross the line. I’ve looked back at what I’ve done, seeing what’s going on, and thinking about what will be. I am full of emotions, and some days are overwhelming. The opportunities that could be are coming into focus. I’ve reached out and made contacts with professors and businessmen. I’ve …

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Ego Control

I have an ego. I have an ego control problem. There are days I think I’m greater than I am. There are days I think I am less than I am. I seek balance, but rarely find it. My ego builds when I talk about my past, the work I’ve done, the education I’ve had, and the opportunities I’ve been given. My ego falls when I reflect on the friends I’ve (not) kept, …

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Paying it Forward

One thing about working with nonprofits and causes is that you have to ask for money. Always. This may fall under the Development department. Grant writing and fundraising/requesting donations are what make this work possible. If you use Facebook, you can donate to the ONE MORE LIGHT FUND from Music for Relief, an organization Chester helped start in 2011 following the March earth quake and tsunami in Japan.