Sunday, April 22

Good bye Kyla


https://www.gofundme.com/5fgoozs

I have been truly at a loss for words this week. Every time I think I can articulate what I am feeling, I fail. And, I guess, that is the point - the loss of my dear friend and colleague has left me speechless and heartbroken.

Kyla, I miss you every single day. You changed my life for the better, and everyday I am thankful for that. There really are no words to truly express what you mean to me.

Please, if you can, share this post and donate for Grant's future. Our community is better because of Kyla dedication, just by having her in our lives, and I hope with these donations we can make a better place for her son, Grant.

https://www.gofundme.com/5fgoozs

Thursday, January 25

The Boxer


"In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev'ry glove that laid him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving" But the fighter still remains"

Monday, January 22

LTE : Stand up to Trump

My letter to the Editor Today in the Press Republican. http://www.pressrepublican.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letters-jan/article_63ddf789-d988-5ad9-ab14-109bd929e79e.html

TO THE EDITOR: I have supported Rep. Elise Stefanik in both the 2014 and 2016 election with petitions, Letters to the Editor and get-out-the-vote efforts. However, I cannot sit on the sidelines regarding President Trump's demeanor and I, we, need Rep. Stefanik to step up and show her leadership.

I am writing today because I, along with many in our area, are concerned about President Trump's actions of eroding of our American values. The combination of blocking immigrants, the war with the media, derogatory comments toward women and other various disturbing actions every single day are examples of this.

I am asking Rep. Stefanik to stand up to President Trump.

I am asking for her to publicly condemn President Trump's outlandish social-media and public comments. There is no place for this.

There are real challenges going on in our nation and in the world. President Trump has been focused on fake problems and on issues that only he sees. It is time for leaders like Rep. Stefanik to stand up and show what true leadership and professionalism is on the national stage.

We need leadership from Rep. Elise Stefanik.

JACOB AVERY
Plattsburgh

Monday, January 1

Taylor Swift ~ "New Year's Day"



There's glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me from the night before but
Don’t read the last page
But I stay when you're lost and I'm scared and you’re turning away
I want your midnights
But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day
You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi
I can tell that it's going to be a long road
I'll be there if you're the toast of the town babe
Or if you strike out and you're crawling home
Don't read the last page
But I stay when it's hard or it’s wrong or you’re making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
And I will hold on to you
Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
There's glitter on the floor after the party
Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby
Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor
You and me forevermore
Don’t read the last page
But I stay when it's hard or it's wrong or we're making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you
And I will hold on to you
Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere
Please don't ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere

Sunday, December 31

Better Days - Goo Goo Dolls




And you asked me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
'Cause I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
And designer love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again
I need some place simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And that's faith and trust and peace while we're alive
And the one poor child who saved this world
And there's ten million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them
So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again
I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

Thursday, December 28

2017 in Review

"There is a lot they don’t tell you about how craters form on hearts faster than astronauts can reach them plant flags on them to acknowledge the broken and say hey this is ours now and we’ll take care of it there is a lot they don’t tell you about how the moon is just a body trying to recover from more tragedy than space has room for how it shines only so that we can see it and say hey maybe the man on the moon has something he wants to tell us there is a lot they don’t tell you about how the chest expels itself of all oxygen and love turns its rib cage into steel bars and transforms the heart into the only star in this makeshift space so that maybe it will finally feel beautiful again and so there’s a lot you might not know about how you’re allowed to hurt and show that you’re hurt without asking for anyone to come fix you." ~Amanda Ngo


Highlights*:
..first New Years completely alone, Rogue One
, Operation: Titanic, 2:4 Operation, Grace, This Is Us, President Donald J. Trump, ER Completed, #WomensMarch, SA Training, the University of New Haven, rollarcoast of emotion, Sleep on the Floor ~ The Lumineers, Olive Riddles, American Crime Story : The People v. O.J. Simpson, NODA Region IX Conference, Community Service Presentation, SUNY Presentation, The Whiskey House, Snow Day and new friends, KM, a bit of a downward spiral, Freedom Rider Joan Mulholland, Leadership is..., Tad, Big Slide, Ten ThingsInfinite Jest, hospital and a scare, The Ballad of Cleopatra, Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Spring Commencement, Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Cleopatra, 5,000 tweets, Blake and Colvin, !!!, Memorial Day Weekend, Boston Trip, SARAH!, Parks and Rec's completed,  , beginning of Risk Legacy,  Iroquois and Wright (with Algonquin mixed in there again), Snow Day pt. 2,  , Golf Tourney, !, Orientation 2017, My computer dies,  , Whiteface and Esther, Snow Day pt. IV, Operation : Clear HorizonThe Curse, running 500 miles, a miserable summer, Orientation Banquet, "heads and shoulders", VT 1/2 Marathon, !!!, OWEN MICHAEL LATREMORE, The Santanonai Range,   , Cascade and Porter round 3, just San Junipero - epic, Black Mirror, Surpassing Certainty, Allen Mountain, Home!, Hobart and William Smith, Charlloteville VA, The Great Range - Indian Head - Sawteeth Mountain - Pyramid - Gothics Mountain - Armstrong Mountain - Upper Wolfjaw Mountain - Lower Wolfjaw Mountain, CLEVELAND OHIO TRIP, Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, Coldplay, Rock 1/2 Marathon, dinner with my folks, so much LILY! :) , THE ECLIPSE, 2017-2018 Opening Weekend, FRS 101,   , Hurricane Harvey, The Psychopath Test, The Opposite of Loneliness (again), Milk and Honey, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Hurricane Irma,     , Good bye Tara, Rocky Ridge Peak (and Giant again),   , A fantastic weekend,      , Redfield and Cliff, **Avoiding the World**, identity stolen - but they didn't take the student loans!, an interior designer, #JuniorNation, Ten ThingsPark and Eleanor, Thanksgiving, Gala, When a peace finds you, 500, Dean's Birthday, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Winter Commencement, Mel!, An Epic evening of paint and sip, Star Wars: The Last JediSettlers of Catan, The Little Prince, Merry Christmas, The Unbearable Lightness of Being..
                       

Top Ten Thing in 2017 :
1. !!!
2. ..Coldplay and an epic end of summer...
3. a hospital stay.
4. Big Slide Mountain
5. The Great Range - Indian Head - Sawteeth Mountain - Pyramid - Gothics Mountain - Armstrong Mountain - Upper Wolfjaw Mountain - Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
6.
7. Sleep on the Floor ~ The Lumineers
8. NODA Region IX Conference
9. Leadership is..
10. Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education


Picture of the Year:
Learning to breathe again.
(Big Slide Mountain, March 2017)

Song of the YearSleep on the Floor ~ The Lumineers

"decide on me, decide on us"


A Summary:
You know, I wrote this whole long summary, on the challenges and pain of 2017, but screw that. 2017 taught me how lucky I am, and how great 2015 and 2016 were. And what it means to be great. And to attempt to (stumble and) move forward. Onward to 2018 - game on.

*((I will note : For the first time in my life, I have (tried to) ignored national news this year. Hence, why there are limited posts on it. The world stage has affected me more than I can say, even more than when I worked in national politics. However, to focus on these troubles, would be to lose focus on me and my year.))

"True love doesn't have a happy ending, because true love never ends. If you really love something set it free if it comes back it's yours, if not it wasn't meant to be." (again)

A5p: +654
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