Sunday, November 22

Dr. Who on War

Just watch...enjoy life...find meaning...find connections...communicate. Love.

Thursday, November 19

Something to live by - from The Great Dictator

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Saturday, November 14

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." ~ Mr. Rogers

Sunday, November 8

10 Things

1. I have been going back and forth for the past few days on if I wanted to write one of these. Deciding I have to even though I am completely all over the place.

2. The last two weeks have been the most challenging for me both personally and professionally. And I appreciated every second. I have learned so much more about myself that I just couldn't have with out these moments. I know so much less than I thought I did, and it is good to recognize that. Curious of where this bumbling journey takes me next.

3. This song completely kicks butt.

"I have done wrong, you build your tower
But call me home and I will build a throne
And wash my eyes out never again
"But love the one you hold
And I'll be your goal
To have and to hold
A lover of the light"

4. "The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins." ~Heywood Broun

5. Michael Cashman is the Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor-elect. Such an incredible man and I could not be happier for him.

6. For the first time in nearly 10 years I had a birthday cake on my birthday. I am still blown away by this and have an ear to ear grin. Funny how a simple act can melt your heart and help you think differently about life.

7. SUNY Plattsburgh has never made me more proud than in the last 16 day. SUNY Plattsburgh has never challenged me more in the last 16 days. SUNY Plattsburgh has never made me more sad than in the last 16 days.

8. "[L]ife is a journey and not a destination... the heart must be set upon those matters of character which are eternal and not upon those matters of sensation which pass away." ~Lynn H. Hough

9. I just paid off one part of my student loans.

10. I just had to most perfect Sunday ever.

(11. This is the quickest I have ever written one of these)

Saturday, October 31

I am really all over right now. Adele is hitting me more than normal, and that is impressive.

Wednesday, October 28

A few words on recent events

Thinking that I cannot clearly articulate my thoughts, I let this post sit for the past four days; curious if I would ever send it. And now realizing it is imperative that I do. As an alumnus, staff member and loving member of the Plattsburgh community; my heart is broken and I must share a few thoughts.

There is a pain on our campus that was highlighted, yet again, last Friday in the Cardinal Points (CP) publication (October 23, 2015). A pain that that needs to be identified, a pain that needs to be discussed, a pain that needs to have solutions presented.

The comments by President John Ettling, Kyla Relaford and Dr. J.W. Wiley have connected with me strongly. With their comments I keep coming back to five major challenges that I feel have been brought to light:

1. Systemic racism - in our hearts, in our minds, in our community. This is not a unique situation at SUNY Plattsburgh; there is systemic racism throughout our nation. However, this situation happened right in our community, our family is hurting by something our family did. This cannot stand. Although a simple post like this and a SUNY school in northern New York cannot cure this problematic situation in society. We must address it in our community.

2. A procedural failure. The organizational process of Cardinal Points has failed our community. How articles get approved, Who approved the articles, What is approved, Why they approved article should be addressed. These concerns need to be addressed and a solution remedied.

3. A lack of positive and challenging guidance from faculty, staff and advisors. Myself included. We need to help challenge students to make positive growth. We need to support students when they do not reach their goals or make mistakes. We need to challenge students to learn from those mistakes. The reality is, as 4. will point out, we as faculty/staff need to keep our emotions in check in order to advise our students what may be the best outcome for a given scenario.

4. We are in a higher education environment. We make mistakes and we are challenged to find solutions in those mistakes. Those mistakes may be small, or, in this case, larger with national attention. In higher education it is a necessity to address 2. and follow the thought of 3. in order to make positive change. We as a community, need to be open to that at every second.

Drops of injustice, like this cartoon, filters into the stream of Racism. As this stream grows, it combines with the streams of Differently Able, Social Economic Class, Sexism, Homophobia, Ageism, Xenophobia, and so many other areas of fear I cannot articulate them all. All these streams form an ocean of American injustice. This body of water needs to be purged.

We do what we think is best. Even, at times, when our best is seen by others as challenging. We need to also accept the consequences of those decisions. An individual decides to create a picture, other individuals approved this image; the campus reacted. A man stood up in our Nation's Capitol and declared that he has a dream; our nation reacted. And it was "a 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who declared that all men are created equal" and a nation began to change. We must accept the burden of responsibility with free speech.

We must learn from one another.

We must learn from every situation and potential challenge.

We must grow together.

I believe Plattsburgh is a simply incredible place. A place with infinite possibility. I always have. It has changed my life, and continues to. I believe in the good that is in Plattsburgh. I believe in the community that we have. We will move forward from this, but learning so much about ourselves in the process.

Live. Grow. Change the world.

"You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?" ~George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, October 17

I don't want to forget anyone. I think that is one of the hardest parts of life. Every single person that has ever come into my life...those that offer pain...those that offer joy...those that bring me to smile...those that bring me to heart ache...those that bring me to absolute tears. Everyone is important.

I feel after 25 years it is so very hard to remember; rather to justify a remembrance. It is well documented humans only have so much space of memory. And we are told over and over to let those that do not matter go, let it go, find a way to move on. But what if I do not want to? I love my friends in my life, home and here, and there. I love my girlfriend. I love my family. However, I also love those I have been with, those I have left, those that have left me. I want to thank them every day for pushing me to be me. I want to thank them for helping to make me me. This is an odd post and way of saying I love everyone. Those with hate, those with love; all bring and deserve remembrance.

So I struggle daily to remember everyone. Trying so hard to. Even if I do not succeed.