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Writing and sharing thoughts on a variety of topics utilizing different genres

“The Invisible War” is actually far too visible

Today at work we watched the movie “The Invisible War” which is a 90-minute documentary about some of the horrific cases of violence, assault, and harassment women and men have endured while serving in the military. What could be just as horrible, if not more disgusting, than that? The facts that victims of such criminal acts are not assisted and in fact are all too often degraded further by people higher up in their command, people who say things like they “deserved it” or they “should have known better”. Gender of the commanding officers did not matter, both men and women made awful comments like that to victims of rape, violence, and other atrocities. The movie is incredibly tough to watch. It’s not that it’s visually graphic, but to hear the men and women discuss the various forms of physical sexual assault, awful verbal abuse, and the consequential backlash that they dealt with from various military personnel as well as the pain they have to carry with them for the rest of their lives…it’s heartbreaking. …

Sammy Bernstein, patriot & poet

Sammy Bernstein reminds me of the importance of Memorial Day in one of the most touching and true poems I’ve ever read about war, this poem came from a letter he wrote to his parents during the Battle of Iwo Jima, written during a battle Sammy never thought he’d make home alive. March 7th, 1945 on Iwo Jima Oh, I just saw a sight to see, A sight that will always live in me, And there they were, row on row, The graves of boy who gave their all, Here a cross and there a star, Try to see it, ‘cause there they are, A Catholic, Protestant, and a Jew, All American boys we once knew. And though you read, “so many thousand dead” You know not what you really read ‘Cause only those who see their graves Will ever know and be amazed. So to the ones who must receive A notice that they’ve been bereaved The boys who died for four great rights, We alive, for all time, must keep them bright. And when …

Being a leader means promoting leadership

Lately work has felt a bit stagnant, I still really enjoy what I do for my job BUT I don’t feel as challenged. I’m also trying to make changes and share my ideas for how we should run our public relations, but it sometimes seems like my thoughts don’t really go anywhere or that people don’t really listen. Which is why/how I found myself reading an article by Carrie Kerpen, who offers quality, honest advice on both personal and professional matters. “Want to Be a Better Leader? Put Yourself First”  was the first piece I read from her and she blew me away. Carrie dropped 40 pounds, started taking zumba and spinning classes, met with a nutritionist, took an online course in business finance, went home to cook dinner for her family 3 times a week while maintaining the company she co-founded with her husband (Likeable Media) as she became the CEO and completed her professional goals — all in three months. If that possibly run-on sentence of accomplishments doesn’t motivate you to take care …

Certainty of Uncertainty

Lately it’s becoming clear to me that on a fairly regular basis I’m with a lot of people at various stages of their life; some people are on way different levels. I’ve got friends that are engaged, co-workers that are newly married, friends graduating college, people close to the end of college, colleagues who are older and married, a few people heading toward college, other people making major geographical moves and still other people on the prowl for jobs. It’s become more and more clear that people can be at various stages of life and still have existential crises regardless of their age. I strongly believe I realize this now more than ever as I am out of college. But why? Because for the first time, life isn’t regimented. Sure, college is a “choice” but for the most part it’s really not a choice if you want to get a “good” job. So, most people take the college track. Which is fine. I don’t regret it. But I do think the way we think about …

Mixed feelings Marathon Monday

Marathon Monday morning I found myself at the start of the 117th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, MA on April 15, 2013. I was there for work, and I got up around 5:00 a.m. to make sure I was in the town by about 6 in the morning. I probably drove around the center of town about three times, desperately scouring the area for parking and staying out of the way of pedestrians and several police officers there. A lot of the streets in the suburban neighborhood had “No Parking” signs, which is why I found myself about a half mile away from the town common within the confines of a residential culdesac (dead-end street). Not even sure if it was legal to park there I figuratively crossed my fingers and began the trek to the center of town in the 30-degrees weather with my backpack on my back and aviators shielding my eyes from the bright morning’s sun. I felt like a creepuh. As I walked through the residential neighborhood I couldn’t help feeling really …

Take a shot!

A lot of people start off so motivated to do something, albeit any dumb, crazy, confounded idea, but life just seems to get in the way. Guess what? That’s a poor excuse. And it’s an excuse I’ve used before, but not anymore peeps! Whether it’s a job, talking to someone you like, or trying something random and new, I’m telling you to TAKE A SHOT. I’m really good at winning things, exceptionally good, actually. I’ve won an Ipod, Boston bar/club events, radio contests, and even the grand-prize tacklebox at my brother’s Boy Scouts fishing outing (disappointed a large group of boys that day [probably won’t be the last time!]). Basically, I’m really good at winning random not-so-important things but I’m not the best at winning at the game of life — I guess it all balances out 😛 I actually just won a contest through WROR 105.7 and I’m going to be on the air throughout the day, around lunchtime, and sometime around 9/9:15 a.m. tomorrow (April 12) talking to Loren and Wally during their …