Author Archives: Katie Armstrong

Delicious Personalities: Food in Cal Young and the People Behind It

by Katie Armstrong The Cal Young neighborhood hosts a varietal sampling of special cuisine attractions. From the 50s diner off of Coburg to the student club at Sheldon that bakes cupcakes for charity, Cal Young does not lack for unique … Continue reading

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Bicycle deliveries, sail-making, and ceramic art. All in a day’s work.

BY KATIE ARMSTRONG “Get up offa that thing, and dance ‘til you feel better. Get up offa that thing, and dance…” James Brown’s catchy tunes float around the shop. Two women are painting individual ceramic pieces and talking quietly. Holly … Continue reading

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Cal Young citizens weigh in

The Republican primaries continue BY KATIE ARMSTRONG Funny. Hilarious. Disturbing. Circus. These are some words that Cal Young’s Kylie VanRysselbergh used to describe how she feels about the primaries. “I can’t even keep it straight,” she said. Members of the … Continue reading

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Beat Blog Q&A: A View from the Cave

I asked Tom Murphy, who keeps a blog called “A View from the Cave,” some questions about his blogging, background, and experience with the study of global relief and charities. Tell me about your background. What did you study in … Continue reading

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Bonus Global Relief Beat Blog: Giving your heart on Valentine’s Day

Typical Valentine’s Day activity: -Going on a date with your significant other -Griping about another over-commercialized holiday -Listening to your friends gripe about another over-commercialized holiday -Eating lots of chocolate, watching chick flicks, and doing homework. For a holiday that’s … Continue reading

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Profile Assignment: The search begins

I have found that some of the most interesting and kind people hang out in “You Paint It” ceramic cafes. If you have never gone to one of these places, it is wonderful. You pick out a ceramic sculpture to … Continue reading

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Silent Observation: Setting the Scene in Cal Young

“It is!” she says, with an open mouth laugh to her male friend. Then she turns to the barista and says “Can I get a grande white mocha?” The smell of coffee floods the nostrils of every customer. Vague human … Continue reading

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“Why’s this so good?” Aaron Ausland on language, food, humility, and humor

It is a special piece of writing that can make someone laugh, learn, and then unexpectedly think and reflect. International traveler and development practitioner Aaron Ausland keeps a blog called Staying for Tea. In this blog he builds off of … Continue reading

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Storify: Twitter Scavenger Hunt Worldwide!

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Beat Blog 2: Global Relief on Twitter

Twitter is revitalizing communication. Social media is not just for casual social use. Many nonprofit global relief organizations use twitter as a way to communicate to their supporters. If you are curious about the organization and what their focus is, … Continue reading

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