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Whenua.

“Turituri” is a Maori word meaning be quiet. My initial inference was that the word meant to refute clamour with the invoking of quiet. I learned that Kiwi schoolteachers especially use the word to quiet down noisy classrooms: “Turituri, turituri!”

I suppose you can say I adopted the term for myself (…in touristy enrapture tainted by my writer’s giddiness!). The author in me was unable help using it to describe times of peace and tranquility I’d take , separated from my study abroad group, to clear my head, rest, pray, seek inspiration and inner silence. Despite the word not being a descriptive term, I deem many of my quiet times in New Zealand as “turituris.” From my perspective the word translated into my whole New Zealand pursuit: learning to achieve a quiet state and find content in the absence of that irreverent, near patriotic noisiness embedded in life back in the US.

Although I fell in love with the tide pools on the edge of the white-rocked peninsula and the expanse of beige pebbles of the South Bay (on which I battled many seabirds for my pack lunch), my favourite place remains that humble black-pebbled beach at the end of Old Mill Rd, just one mile’s bike ride away from my Kiwi dwelling.

As a Black-Caribbean woman the beach has always bore meaning for me. Living just 1 mile away from it in NZ, I took advantage of my close proximity to sit on the black shore for countless turituris. At that nameless stretch of beach I’d spend time tracing the roots of my affection for the ocean, learning things about the Creator, myself, and my relationship to the natural world as the waves turned before me. Biking to the beach with camera and journal, I allowed the simple statements of water, sky, and rock to confront my attraction to the cacophonous lifestyle back home in America. Over time the beach won my favour because it helped teach me to turituri…

[caption id="attachment_354" align="alignnone" width="300"] My favorite photo of an Old Mill Beach sunset[/caption]

Social Media Outlook 2011 Panel

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Another great event by Paul Sherman's Potomac Tech Wire last week, as he hosted the Social Media Outlook 2011 event at the Ritz Carlton in McLean, VA.

Here's the description from the PTW site:

Social Media Outlook 2011 is part of the Potomac Tech Wire breakfast series that brings together senior executives in the Mid-Atlantic to discuss technology issues in a conversational, roundtable environment moderated by the editor of Potomac Tech Wire. The panel will focus on trends, developments and business models in social media.

Keynote:Addie Connor, Director of Advertising, SocialCode (a subsidiary of the Washington Post Co.) Keynote: Top 10 Social Media Trends in 2011Rohit Bhargava, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy 360 Digital InfluencePanel:Rohit Bhargava, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy 360 Digital InfluenceAddie Connor, Director of Advertising, SocialCodeJodi Gersh, social media manager, GannettChris McGill, SVP Strategic Partnerships, UberMediaScott Silverman, co-founder, ifeelgoodsDebbie Weil, author and social media consultantModerator: Paul Sherman

Another great event by Paul Sherman's Potomac Tech Wire last week, as he hosted the Social Media Outlook 2011 event at the Ritz Carlton in McLean, VA. Here's the description from the PTW site: Social Media Outlook 2011 is part of the Potomac Tech Wire breakfast series that brings together senior executives in the Mid-Atlantic to discuss technology issues in a conversational, roundtable environment moderated by the editor of Potomac Tech Wire. The panel will focus on trends, developments and business models in social media. Keynote:Addie Connor, Director of Advertising, SocialCode (a subsidiary of the Washington Post Co.) Keynote: Top 10 Social Media Trends in 2011Rohit Bhargava, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy 360 Digital InfluencePanel:Rohit Bhargava, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy 360 Digital InfluenceAddie Connor, Director of Advertising, SocialCodeJodi Gersh, social media manager, GannettChris McGill, SVP Strategic Partnerships, UberMediaScott Silverman, co-founder, ifeelgoodsDebbie Weil, author and social media consultantModerator: Paul Sherman Here's the first of two videos.  This video has part of Addie's keynote + Rohit's keynote: Here's the video of the panel (skip ahead to minute 4 for the start of the panel):  

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