Recently while I was visiting my mother she mentioned she had found something I had written quite a long time ago and wondered if I wanted to take a look at it. Of course I said yes and what she brought out was a poem I had written about the tragic event that befell the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28th, 1986. I was a 15-year-old junior in high school at Benson Polytechnic School at the time.
Tragedy – January 28th, 1986.
My love of poetry was an escape, a coping mechanism for things that seemed so far removed from our own everyday lives. I watched on live television with classmates as the space shuttle launched and met its terrible fate. I don’t write to bring up painful memories for those that hold this event close to their hearts, rather, I mention I mention it to show that for me I didn’t have a coping mechanism and turned to poetry to get out some of my thoughts. Or at least allow me to process them in some way more constructive than some other ways I may have done so.
At 16 I was uncertain of what I would do after high school, where I would go or what anything meant for that matter. I felt so uncertain about a great many things that I turned to writing and drawing and various other activities that kept me less focused on what I should really be focusing on, the future and planning for it.
Not that I regret my life or the choices I have made to get to where I am now. I think I have perspective and life experience and look at life a little differently. I still write to express myself sometimes and appreciate others who do the same.
The long and short of this post was not to bring up sad memories although that may not be a bad thing necessarily in the proper context, but rather I am writing so that I can embrace the person I have become through my experiences as a young man and how they have shaped me as an adult. I am not saddened in the way I was so many years ago when I wrote this poem when the world seemed to be spinning out of control. I have perspective and understanding and think back at that time as maybe a turning point in my life where I started to write to embrace my thoughts as opposed to running from them.
Peace be with you!
More to come…
Yesterday Sunday was an excellent day; first off it was Easter and although it doesn’t really hold much in the way of enlightenment or religious benefit for me, I do have nieces and nephews who are at an age that are really into some of the more egg prep, seek and candy eat stages of their young lives. Additionally it was my sister-in-laws birthday and her and her family were visiting so we were able to see them (the first time since Christmas) and enjoy the limited time we had with them.
It was also a really nice day because it was my sister-in-laws birthday so we were able to celebrate that occasion with her (her family). It was really cute because her cake was actually a rice crispy treat molded into the shape of a lamb (courtesy of a cast iron lamb mold) with 4 candles on top of it.
Finally it culminated in a doozy of a basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the hosting Houston Rockets. Both ended the season with the same record 53-29 with Houston getting the better of Portland during the season so have (had) home court advantage.
Portland did go on to win it 122-120 in overtime. Some people will argue that and the NBA league did acknowledge it did mess up on a foul late in the game that went against Dwight Howard instead of Joel Freeland, which had it been made the other way could have altered the ending of the game in favor for Houston. I would argue the calls the refs did not catch like the no-call on Dwight Howard where he slammed his balled fist into Portland Center R0-Lo’s (Robin Lopez) stomach. Or the call that went against LaMarcus Aldridge where there was no contact whatsoever and who would later foul out.
My point is, that refs are human and make mistakes, some for and some against your favorite team. All the refs can do is try to make the right call each and every time. Which I am sure they try to do. What I am not a fan of is make-up calls which are made on the flimsiest of evidence (often incidental contact) to make up for a call that should have not been made going the other way. Furthermore I will say that I do not envy the job of the refs and appreciate the work that they do even if sometimes upon replay a call turns out not to be correct. It is a tough and often a thankless job.
Finally I am looking for the next game in this series more than just about any other as these teams are matching up well and I am excited to see who steps up in the next game to be played in Portland this Wednesday. I think it may be Harden (The Beard) as he had a sub-par game Sunday night. I also look forward to Batum to breakout a little more and spread the points around.
Good luck to both teams! (and the refs)
Peace be with you!
More to come…
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Late last week my business website went live! I couldn’t be more excited, proud, nervous and excited. See what I did there? I am that excited.
The business is a blending of two elements; web media (the stuff I have been doing for many years), and voice talent (the stuff I am interesting in learning and growing in for years to come).
For the last 3+ months I have been researching and implementing all the services, utilities, hardware, software, costs and time investments it took to get this off the ground. Let me just say, starting a business takes a lot of work and patience (something that I don’t have a ton of). With the assistance of a former colleague (and friend) who did virtually all the HTML for the website plus various other researching projects and the constant support of my awesome (and infinitely patient) wife, I am now proud to introduce you to my new website and business.
You can get to it here: Greenleaf Enterprises LLC
There are still a few elements I am working on to get rid of the last few bugs but for the very large part, the site is finished and I can start working again.
Peace be with you!
More to come…