Saturday, May 14

Ode to the SUNY Plattsburgh Class of 2016

Totally had to write this.

After two years back at SUNY Plattsburgh I have met some incredible students, and a good portion of these amazing individuals are graduating today. These folks have changed me in so many ways I could never name them all.

I am so freaking proud of every single one of them.

Today they shake the College President's hand, accept their diploma of completion, and "officially" graduate from this place they have called home for the past 3 to 5 years. They enter into this special SUNY Plattsburgh family, where you may leave but there will always be a couch for you to come back to and share your stories.

This special family that will be there when you are down and out.
This special family that truly represents the idea of family.

You may not see it today. But you will.

If you find half the success and love I have found from being a member of this family you will be doing just fine.

To name you all would take more time than one has to read. Just know you all mean something incredible to me. A piece of my heart is shared with each of you as you move on to the next chapter in life.

Your homework  :

Monday, May 2

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
~Anaïs Nin

Tuesday, April 26

an interesting trend, all the blogs i have followed are disappearing. further all blogs are.

yet i am still here for some reason.

i have deleted this three times. three times. three times i have come back. three times i made a decision to come back. why?

i have nothing interesting to say.
i am a naturally private person.
i do not like sharing.
so many reasons, but i still come back.

i am here because i have a voice. i have something to say. my words are something. i am something.

Monday, April 4

"Gestalt Therapy Verbatim"

I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped.
~Fritz Perls

Or, to put it in a slightly more simple way.

Sunday, April 3

Review Friday Night Lights

Twice in as many months a TV show has changed my life. That has made four total shows in 30 years. The one I speak of is Friday Night Light. And wow, it blew my mind in more ways that I can say - but I will try.

I pushed myself to the second season, the first being so amazing. Then the second I stopped. That was 2 years ago.

After some convincing I picked it back up -worth it. Especially the last two episodes where I cried like a child. It has moved my soul. It ways only one other show has - Parenthood. It is interesting because there are lot of the same actors and actress in both series. Also, a similar format.

I have been fully invested in three shows now - The West Wing, Parenthood and now Friday Night Lights. I feel the connection is the idea of living through someones life. We see it, as they see it - and thus live as partners in the life on screen.

Further, it is life - it is growing, it is learning, it is making mistakes, it is it is it is - Life.

I really cannot say much more. The feeling of this show and others will be with me forever. Simply put -

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Loose.

Sunday, March 20

Parenthood Review

It has been a long time since I have cried due to a TV show, let alone totally invested in how the season plays out - until I began watching NBC's Parenthood.

I started watching mid-way through season 4 when an amazingly awesome person asked me to watch with her. I begrudgingly began watching, by episode 3 of season 3 I began liking the show. By the end of the season all I wanted was more.

We agreed to stop watching the show until I caught up, and when winter break came I promised I would watch seasons 1-4. Game on!

I binged, boy did I binge.

I hit the end of season 2, and was proud of myself - thinking it was the end of my binge. Her and I went for a hike and I realized I had one more - Game On part II!

The show stole a piece of me by this point and I let it. The family dynamic, less than perfect character and well acted characters had me. But, this was nothing, I was not prepared for season 5. I balled on at least 3 episodes. So painfully real. Simply put :

1. Zeek
2. Grandparents
3. Max
4. The Cantine
5. ...moving on

The finale was well crafted and had me in a puddle of Parenthood mush.

Thank you for a great ride. This show will stay with me for the foreseeable future. Easily jumping into my top 5 TV shows of all time.

Damn good television.

Sunday, March 13

Ten Things

1. "Eat the Fucking Donut." - Amanda Palmer

2. Knocked out some incredible peaks, with and incredible amazingly awesome person, this weekend. Such a great weekend.

3. "You'll never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." ~Albert Camus

4. Spring Break has officially begun - and boy has it begun in style.

5. I finished Parenthood last week and it wrecked me. Never has a show touched me in a way this one has. I am still mourning, may need to watch it all again.

6. I started my thesis a week ago.

7. Game on for Summer Orientation - stoked.

8. Try to never take criticisms to heart - learn from them, become better. Be a better you. That is what we should be striving for, every single day.

9. Where I will be tomorrow is unknown, but where I am now is what matters - be in the present, seize the day my friend.

10. "The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched." ~Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, March 6