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DMAchoice

DMAchoice

Social Responsibility 28 November 2017
How much paper junk mail do you throw away in a year? Have you tried to collect it all and weigh it up? You'd be surprised. DMAchoice is a direct mail opt-out list provided by the Data & Marketing Association. For a fee of $2.00, your opt-out preference will be held on file for 10 years. Reputable direct mail advertisers will respect the Do Not Mail list and reduce your junk mail, reduce printing and shipping costs, and reduce environmental waste.
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Something's coming…

Something's coming…

Thoughts 24 October 2017
What will it be?
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Un(real)

Un(real)

Theatre Arts 21 October 2017
Remember—I have a Bachelor of Science in Theatre, Communication, and Youth Studies. Therefore, the fact that this is a photo of a stage prop should resonate loudly. This prop portrays a great level of respect between a stage manager, actor(s), and director. The stage manager stores and keeps the prop safe at all times when not in use during a scene. This includes during a rehearsal, and during dark times. This is usually done by means of a lock box or gun cabinet, depending on weapons used and…
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Thinking about Earth

Thinking about Earth

15 October 2017
We live in a society where we think we are the most intelligent being to have been on Earth, based on the concept of cumulative knowledge gained over eons. Are we really the most advanced society to have existed on Earth? Prove it. Photo: NOAA/NASA GOES-16 Satellite, 15 January 2017
Genuine Beliefs

Genuine Beliefs

15 October 2017
I’m in the final stretch of my graduate degree. The finish line is in sight, and I know how far it is until I cross the line. I’ve looked back at what I’ve done, seeing what’s going on, and thinking about what will be. I am full of emotions, and some days are overwhelming. The opportunities that could be are coming into focus. I’ve reached out and made contacts with professors and businessmen. I’ve offered services and support, and I hope my time will be considered and utilized.…
Who You Gonna Call

Who You Gonna Call

15 October 2017
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I am a penny under the piano.

I am a penny under the piano.

15 October 2017
Today I went to a campus event from a theatre company that works with kids. We all wrote stories. Here’s mine: Pennies Under The Piano Last Tuesday we made a decision to look under the piano, and do you know what we found? PENNIES! Green pennies. Red pennies. Purple pennies…. Even clear pennies. We started to collect the pennies into a pile, and the pile grew and grew. We realized that no two pennies were already alike. And we found out that no matter what colour the penny…
WordPress Theme

WordPress Theme

15 October 2017
Oz Technology recommends GeneratePress for your WordPress theme: www.generatepress.com The theme is light-weight, responsive, well laid out, and for a small fee, the GP Premium Add-Ons are well worth the investment. The add-ons enable you to modify most template items in many ways, including layout, typography, and backgrounds.
Bigger, Faster, More Power

Bigger, Faster, More Power

11 September 2017
I added a new M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive to my computer today. It’s the second M.2 form-factor, and the third SSD. My original SSD, an OCZ Vertex 3, is still my system drive, but I am moving that to the OCZ RD400. The Samsung 960 EVO I got today will be for large media, like video editing and RAW format images from my D-SLR. I can’t say zoom! Zoom! Or vroom! Vroom! But I don’t have to wait long for anything, either.
To World Leaders (except Trump)

To World Leaders (except Trump)

06 September 2017
Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto (United Mexican States),  President Xi Jinping (People’s Republic of China), President Vladimir Putin (Russian Federation), Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Republic of India), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Her Majesty’s Government of Canada), Chancellor Angela Merkel (Federal Republic of Germany), and President Emmanuel Macron (French Republic), We live in a global economy. I believe that is why the North America Free Trade Agreement was once ratified. I believe that is why America has trade with China. I believe that is why I know who all of you are.…
The Fed Kid, Part II

The Fed Kid, Part II

05 September 2017
Subject: The "Fed Kid" I'm sure many of the employees in MSP FSDO have children that look up to their FAA parent and are in awe of the important work they do. I know I did. My father retired from your office on December 29, 1999, after 34 years and 11 months as an FAA Avionics Safety Inspector. Originally from the FAR FSDO, he transferred to MSP for his final years in the Administration, and was the project manager for a software team developing the database used to…
#MakeChesterProud

#MakeChesterProud

28 August 2017
Sometimes, a project means more than the others. Zulu International is proud to support the SPAR Network.
Think outside the lines

Think outside the lines

25 August 2017
The Obama Presidential Library is not just for Chicago. Or Illinois. Or the United States. Tourism to Chicago will change drastically as scholars and those wishing to honour Obama's legacy visit your city. I've been to Chicago (from Minneapolis) three times. I wish I could visit more, I love Lincoln Zoo. The Obama Presidential Library may very well be one of my next destinations; that's how little I travel. There will be up-front costs for roads and transit, signage, staff, and neighborhood improvements; and people will object on…
Praise the Sunday Football Game

Praise the Sunday Football Game

20 August 2017
For my Youth & Spirituality class in my undegrad, I went to my first big football game. I never went to a game in high school, and by this time in my college career, I should go to a game. It just so happened the Gophers were playing the NDSU Bison. Funny thing, cuz Fargo is my home town. They usually wouldn’t play because they are in different conferences, but this was a special game. I compared the energy of the football stadium to that of a crowd attending a…
Community: Context for Youth Work

Community: Context for Youth Work

20 August 2017
Where does youth work happen? At school? At the clinic? In juvenile hall, or the emergency? What about at home? Sometimes, someone needs to sit down with the parent and explain parenting to them. It sounds awkward, but parents don’t always know best. I’m not saying I do, either. I don’t have kids, but I know you are having an emotional response firing your action because these kids are your offspring. I think what we learned was how to go through and identify the community components and players,…
The Fed Kid

The Fed Kid

08 August 2017
I am nearing completion of a Master of Education, but I am not pursuing teaching licensure. I can't claim Teach for America or other popular civil service channels to pay off my 6-digit federal student loan debt. I would beg for assistance to work for a federal agency such as the FAA. Unfortunately, my disability/exceptional qualification is not recognized on federal job applications: my father worked for the FAA for 34 years and 11 months. I won't say 35 years because former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey signed his…
I am…

I am…

06 August 2017
I am weak, but not afraid.You have gone where I have not.Silence stands where you once screamed,We hear you, still, through the void.Your pain has ended, and mine with fade with time.You will never be the same.I will forever be touched by your words,Leading me through the foggy way.One more light has gone out,And I do care. You have shined in the light of a thousand suns,And stand, numb, in the shadow of death.I am the Phoenix, rising from the ashes of those who have gone before me.#RIPChester
OED Certificate Recap

OED Certificate Recap

24 May 2017
This series of equity and diversity workshops for the OED Certificate was a good course of action. Each seminar is focused on a different aspect of issues related to equity and diversity. I'm certified… certified that I know how much I really don't know. I took the Office of Equity & Diversity workshops. I decided to enhance that experience with the Advanced Certificate by attending a 2-hour dialogue circle once a month during the past academic year. Today I received my certificate.
Gotta Have Faith

Gotta Have Faith

13 February 2017
Spirituality usually assumes a religious identity. You are Christian or Buddhist, Lutheran or Catholic, Israeli or Muslim. Your faith is defined by a spiritual community into which you were born and raised. Yet, your faith is independent of the religion. There are many levels of spirituality, and to find the truth, one must look at the crossroads of faith, religion, community, and education. What you believe is up to you and you alone. It is not a matter of what you are taught or how you are raised.…
NASA’s Day of Remembrance

NASA’s Day of Remembrance

27 January 2017
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Gangs in the Sky

Gangs in the Sky

29 November 2016
9/11 is a day that touched every American. Many unfortunate families were directly affected when they lost loved ones in the attacks. This note may be sensitive to some readers. This is an excerpt from a paper I wrote for my Experiential Learning class for my Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership. On September 11, 2001, the world experienced the collision of theoretical parallel universes. The FBI says hijackers who had studied how to fly jets in flight school in just a few months managed to steer…

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