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Raised in the house, but field certified.

A Picture Sent; An Email Received

Early this morning, my dad sent me an email with this picture embedded. Our relationship has grown a bit lately. I think that he sees what I am capable of and what I am trying to accomplish with the tools that the academy ordeal refined.

But…there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remember the fondness of days gone by.  

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The picture made me smile because it reminded me of the promise that we felt we had, as a family. Years later, I am happy and productive. I will meet the expectations that I set for myself when my path was still easy and my road to success was defined. Today is indicative of a departure from that easy path and defined road, yet we still move along a tougher (often muddy) road with ease. My brothers are doing amazingly well at the Parson’s School in Greenwich Village and I can’t complain either. The point of this email is that there is a truth that we seldom communicate to one another. My wife expressed it in the response to the picture that I forwarded.

That is a really awesome picture, Web.  I know there are days you wish you still wore polished boots and a blue uniform to work.  I pray for you so often when I think about how hard that must be.  My hope is that the success God grants you in this new venture will allow that longing to grow more faint with time.  I love and respect you.

-Your Girl 

It has been four years. Will I ever be able to say that I no longer desire to serve? There is no sum of money that I’ll make, house that will shelter my family, or car that I will drive that will ever make me forget how proud I felt as that photo snapped.

March 8th, 2010 Posted by | Pictures Worth Seeing | no comments

No Longer Waiting…

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I have jettisoned the frustration and strengthened my grip on the hope that I have for a brighter day.  Regardless of what happens at the appellate level of this case, there will be a brighter day. My 2008 wish list was almost completely granted. Grateful does not describe the appreciation that I have for God, my family and my friends. I walk my life in awe of God’s power. By society’s standards, I should be nothing.  Theoretically, I should be doing nothing, going nowhere, with no one around me but others who are doing the same amount of nothing. Win or lose (my appeal to CAAF), one day, people will see my life and know that anything is possible with faith in God. It is not cliche. It is truth.

The 2009 Christmas Wish List:

1. Howard, George Washington, DePaul Law School acceptance

2. Alexis starts gymnastics and loves it!

3. Lindsey begins with Teach For America in January (or AISD)

4. My mother moves out of her old house

5. Buy Linds a home with a front porch and back patio

6. A chance to talk to many of the classmates from CGA that I never had the chance to speak with

7. That my sister graduates from college this year

8. Alexis’ enrollment in a great pre-school program

9. CAAF votes in my favor

10. I begin the career that makes my life one of purpose

 

December 14th, 2009 Posted by | Pictures Worth Seeing | no comments

Maybe… By. Michael Jordan

“…Maybe its my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength. That my pain was my motivation.”

Jordan.

July 20th, 2009 Posted by | Pictures Worth Seeing | no comments

CGR’s recent Civil Rights Revelations; Nate Silver may have the Answer

Literally, there are people who might be in school in Arkansas or Tennessee and might never interact with someone, in a positive affirmative way, from a different part of the country or a different racial group…Once something is predictable, it is what I call ‘designable.’ You can start thinking about solutions to solving that problem eventhough it is pernicious and as intractable as racism. If we understand that root cause of the behavior and where it manifests itself and where it doesnt, we can start to design solutions to it.

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight.com

From CoastGuardReport.org:

Also of concern to this Committee is ensuring the level of minority acceptances at the Coast Guard Academy reflects the composition of America. To have offered only nine African-Americans acceptance for an entering class of approximately 300 this coming Fall is unacceptable. Clearly, the Coast Guard did not listen to this Committee last September when our Members challenged them on low admission rates for minorities.

-Congressman Jim Oberstar on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Fascinating. Could this be a factor in the Civil Rights (non) discussion? This may be a root of the Civil Rights difficulty that has Congressmen, traditional and non-traditional media lambasting the Coast Guard’s practices. The problem has been predictable for some time now and the solution should be designable, by this point.

April 27th, 2009 Posted by | Pictures Worth Seeing | one comment

Pennsylvania Ave?