Mama? Muse?

I’m not a mama, nor a muse.  I am amused at how these pages provide a cyber-glimpse into a soul, how they capture reflections on a moment, how they record snapshots of space & time.  I like to muse, and perhaps that’s why friends have asked me to keep this blog.  I just think it keeps me from flooding their inboxes with my random reflections & ruminations.  Regardless… enjoy!

veteran traveler ::: carries a lot of suitcases but all of them are empty because she’s expecting to completely fill them with life by the end of this trip & then she’ll come home & sort everything out & do it all again  ::: brian andreas.


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    mamashayna said,

    veteran traveler

    carries a lot of suitcases but all of them are empty because she’s expecting to completely fill them with life by the end of this trip & then she’ll come home & sort everything out & do it all again

    -brian andreas.

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    Papa Lee said,

    The sun comes up to a new day in Recife, warmed by Shayna’s joyful spirit!

  3. 3

    Dad said,

    It’s hard to believe it’s only been 2 weeks since Shayna went to Brazil.
    Talk about embracing a country!
    I can’t imagine how much you will grown & the incite & friendships you’ll gain in another 11 months.
    Wishing you a safe journey & hoping it’s as enriching for you, as all those lives you’ll enrich!

  4. 4

    Abel said,

    Hi I’m just wondering if the picture your using as your header is in El Salvador??? it totally looks like a spot I went to recently.

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    mamashayna said,

    Hi Abel,
    It’s not, the photo was actually taken on the northeastern Brazilian coast, right where the freshwater & saltwater meet (what they call the ‘mangue’, or mangroove ecosystem).
    Thanks for the comment!

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    Pamela said,

    Hey Shayna,

    Open position at the Ford Foundation I thought you…or someone you know…might be interested in. I’m doing some work for them as of late, so thought I’d pass it on. Keep fighting the good fight.

    Job Detail
    Position Program Officer, Media Rights and Access
    Date Posted 19 Mar 2010
    Application Deadline 30 Apr 2010
    Location Rio de Janiero, Brazil

    Summary Description
    The Program Officer will be responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a portfolio of grants addressing issues relating to media rights and access as well as advancing public media services in Brazil. S/he will strive to promote a media environment that demonstrates balance between freedom of expression and media regulation and that ensures symmetry of opportunities for citizens and groups generating, disseminating, and acquiring information. S/he will be expected to evaluate current strategies against the changing context of the media landscape and identify new priorities for the future in close consultation with a broad range of activists, civil society representatives, government officials, scholars, public policy analysts and individuals from the private sector.

    The current priorities of the work in this area are: • Consolidation and expansion of the field of communication rights, strengthening the capacities and the autonomy of civil society organizations and academic centers in this area. • Promotion of an institutional architecture that prioritizes efficiency, efficacy, transparency, and accountability of formal bodies responsible for elaborating, regulating, and implementing media policies. • Efforts to strengthen capacities and the role played by the public media systems. • Efforts that reinforce an investigative culture in journalism, specially the one practiced by the public and alternative media. • Expansion of the presence, legitimacy, and opportunities of Afro-Brazilians, indigenous people, and women in media companies, as well as mobilization processes to promote and defend the right to communicate.

    The Program Officer is expected to develop and maintain close working relationships with existing and potential grantees, and with leaders in governments, research institutions, philanthropic organizations, private sector and civil society; identify potential grantees; solicit, review and respond to proposals; recommend and monitor grants and evaluate programming; and offer support and guidance as needed to actual and potential grantees. The Program Officer will contribute to defining the Brazil office’s overall strategic direction, seek opportunities to cooperate programmatically with other organizations and the other portfolios of the Brazil Office, collaborate with colleagues in other Foundation offices to support regional and global networks and initiatives, and play a leadership role in the field.

    Learn more about our work in Brazil

    Substantive experience in the field of communication in Brazil; Appropriate educational background (an advanced degree in communication and/or social sciences is preferred); Significant professional experience working with a range of civil society actors and with public and/or private communication sector; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Demonstrated ability to conceptualize program ideas and develop innovative strategies; Demonstrated analytical, writing and organizational skills; Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives; Fluency in Portuguese and English is mandatory.

    Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. An attractive benefits package is provided.

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