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August 23, 2018: Weekend Plans, and Positive Change

  • This weekend Andy and I celebrate my niece’s 4th birthday. It will be held in at a park in Rockland County, New York. We attended her party last year at the same location, and we had a wonderful time. I have relatives who live in this area, so it will be nice to go visit this area again.
  • I began reading a new story called ‘The Other Wes Moore’. It is a non-fiction story based in Maryland, about two men with the same name growing up in an inner city neighborhood in Maryland. They were raised a short distance from each other, yet their paths didn’t cross until later in life. I’m only a couple chapters in, and so far I enjoy it.
  • Yesterday there was some encouraging news on the Resistance front! Paul Manafort was found guilty of 8 counts of financial fraud, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded guilty of campaign finance violations. This is clearly a sign that things are finally falling apart for the Trump administration. Will it finally lead to prosecuting our president for illegal crimes? In this current age of hindering justice, no one knows for sure. It’s a positive change in the right direction though.

August 16, 2018: Remembering Aretha Franklin

Back in 2005 I was listening to Aretha Franklin while sitting in a Starbucks in NYC, in the Grammercy Park neighborhood. As I looked out the window, watching the busy city life go about their business, I thought, ‘One day I’m going to live here. I’m going to make it’. Two years later, that dream came true, and it set into motion the life experiences that have directed my life path thus far.

Aretha Franklin was a definite motivator in that goal. As I listened to her strong, melodic voice, I felt empowered. I can achieve whatever I set my mind to, just like her. It may seem very small, but it provided a significant impact in my life thirteen years ago.

Aretha Franklin is gone, and we will never hear her perform live again. Her powerful words will continue to influence our lives for many years to come, much like she influenced mine over a decade ago.

July 7, 2018: Birthdays and Bookstores

Today was spent celebrating a loved one’s birthday. It was Andy’s mom’s birthday, so we had a nice lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse. They always have a good assortment of food. We had strawberry shortcake for the birthday dessert, and that was delicious.

During the meal, Andy’s sister and I talked a little about the details of the wedding. The venue and church dates are finally set in place, so we can finally work on the guest list. Andy and I soon discovered that there were a lot more people than we thought (still suitable for the venue, but a big group). I’m hoping that this process won’t be too chaotic.

In the afternoon, Andy and I went to Doylestown PA. There’s this really cool book store there, and I enjoy walking out with lots of stuff. They also have lots of literary journals. I’m looking forward to visiting there again.

June 29, 2018: The Puzzle

So thankful for the end of the workweek. This has been an extremely stressful period. I faced many professional and emotional challenges, and I needed to reach within myself to move toward a resolution. While things hang uncertain, I’m hopeful that everything will work out in the long run.