The Show Me Your (underwear) State


This week my hectic, but oh so fun, spring speaking schedule kicks off. Here’s my complete spring schedule and updated speaking info.

I’ll be driving tomorrow for about 7 hours and could use some company.  If you want to chat about writing, traveling, underwear, or all the above, send me an email or a tweet @kelseytimmerman and we’ll set a time between 12-7 EST to chat.

If you are in the St. Louis or Columbia area stop by and say, “Hi!” Both events are open to the public.

Stephens College (Columbia U)

Tuesday March 1st (6PM) at Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave. The event is free and open to the…

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American Workforce Needs to be Sluttier

Maybe there’s a reason corporations are looking elsewhere. The American worker puts out less and wants paid more. As Jon Stewart puts it on the Daily Show we once did it all day and all night, seven days a week, in every room, even the ones without fire exits.

Take it away Jon…

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
American Workforce Makeover
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Why more people will care about the earthquake in New Zealand than the revolution in Libya

About 200,000 thousand Americans traveled to New Zealand last year. Total tourist arrivals to the country were more than 2.5 million.

In turn, Libya saw a grand total of 50,000 tourists. Few were from the United States because the Libyan government had a ban on American tourists until June of 2010.

Been there

My reaction to the quake in New Zealand was much greater than that of when I heard about the chaos and the violence in Libya. I know that it’s silly to compare a natural disaster with political upheaval – the acts of men vs acts of nature – so why is it that military aircraft (reportedly) gunning down civilians doesn’t leave me as concerned…

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Unwritten views on the fight for unions in Wisconsin

Percent of workforce in a union

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rich getting richer

Data from this mind-blowing chart

1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire  – 146 workers killed


What have unions ever done for us?


Paul Krugman on the power struggle in Wisconsin:

You don’t have to love unions, you don’t have to believe that their policy positions are always right, to recognize that they’re among the few influential players in our political system representing the…

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My near-death SCUBA diving experience in Key West


I wrote this a while back as part of a piece on the lobster divers of Nicaragua who suffer many dive-related injuries. Legend has it that the divers’ injuries result from an encounter with a pale-skinned mermaid known as the Liwa Mairin. It is said that she haunts the depths and punishes those who take too many lobster. The victims of the Liwa Mairin, the wheelchair bound and the zombies, are what drew me to Puerto Cabezas. A few years ago I almost became one of them.

I hope other divers can learn from my experience. Nitrogen Narcosis nearly killed me. It’s no laughing matter.

Bubbles burst forth from my regulator – the sound of distant bowling…

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Peace is…

My friend in Bangladesh asked me to contribute to a publication he’s putting together about Peace. Here’s what I wrote.

Peace is…

Peace Is

Peace is knowing what tomorrow brings.

Peace is not having to hear, “I’m hungry.”

Peace is enjoying the moment and living for the future.

Peace is a child playing.

Peace is a new pair of shoes.

Peace is having enough food for your pet.

Peace is feeling needed.

Peace is not feeling like a burden.

Peace is sitting with a friend in unspoken silence.

Peace is being able to dream.

Peace is laughter.

Peace is hard work.

Peace is a parent watching their child sleep.

Peace is school.

Peace is staying dry while listening to the rain.

Peace is your own toy.

Peace is sharing.

Peace is not having to…

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First Year Experience 2011 recap

Standing for 20 hours talking to educators might not sound like the world’s best way to spend your birthday/Superbowl weekend, but that’s exactly what I did at the First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta. And I had fun doing it. Here’s why…

This elevator


Seriously how cool is that? I was on the 25th floor. I’d be lying if I didn’t fess-up to pretending I was in a Sci-Fi movie starring Bruce Willis and Jackie Chan. I was just waiting for one of them to crash through the glass wall of the elevator. Yippee ki-yay mother…

My publisher (John Wiley & Sons) rocks!

My book has been out for two years and here they are sending me to Atlanta putting me up…

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First Year Experience

(I’m at the First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta this weekend celebrating the Superbowl and my birthday. I thought I’d share the page I made for educators considering using Where Am I Wearing as a common reader. )

First Year Experience

In the 2010-2011 school year Where Am I Wearing was selected as a freshman common reader by Elmhurst College, Pfeiffer University, and Wingate University.

In the following video you’ll…

  • Learn why Pfeiffer University selected Where Am I Wearing
  • Watch what Kelsey has to tell an auditorium full of freshman about getting kicked out of his first college class & being undecided
  • See a synopsis of Kelsey’s global quest
  • Hear Kelsey’s advice on how we all can be glocals (local & global citizens)

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