The Top 3 Lessons Learned When Your Life is Buffering

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Buffering. Don’t you hate that word?  Where did it even come from?  Do you remember seeing buffering for the first time?  For me it was back with windows media player.  I would download a song and it wouldn’t play for a while, but instead it would just say buffering with a percentage of completion listed next to it.  I hated it, but it became just another part of slow technology.  It took time for the data to transfer to the screen in front of me.  Remember the old AOL dial-up sound effects?  I can hear it now loud and clear.  Why?  Because I can’t tell you how much time I spent just sitting at the desk and listening to it boot up.  Buffering has changed forms over the years, from that percentage sign, to a rotating hourglass, to spinning circles, and finally to the colorful spinning wheel of death (for Mac users).  It comes in many shapes and forms, but it is always the same lesson: patience.  Thinking about all this during my week has led me to a realization.  My life is buffering. Continue reading

Coaster Crusade Chapter 1

This week I have been working on a HUGE post about Disneyland Paris, but it is not ready for this week.  Instead I have decided to give a brief preview to my upcoming book Coaster Crusade. Yes this is a rough draft, BUT please if you have any comments send me messages about it. I would love to hear some feedback good and bad! I hope you enjoy it and look next week for my big review of Disneyland Paris! Continue reading

In the Heart of Jackson, For the Heart of Jackson

Hurricane Katrina was ten years ago this month.  Many are remembering the damage, the flooding, and the thousands of people fleeing the Gulf Coast.  I remember riding the storm out as it passed through Clinton.  It was still a Category 2 hurricane and many trees fell and our power was out for a week.  I had just entered my sophomore year at Mississippi College.  I had also just accepted a new job that replaced my student worker job in the Admissions Office in a big way.  I accepted a job working at my church with our non-profit His Heart, Inc.

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Coaster Crusade – Summer 2015

This summer has been one of my all time favorites if not the best summer ever.  Thus I want to share that with you.  Summer 2015

Sometime back in the Spring my friend Zach and I were talking as we usually do about life, pop culture, MS college sports, education, and of course roller coasters. We had long loved the thrill of a good ride full of drops, air time, speed, and of course helixes. I am not sure who’s idea it was to take a trip but there it was, an idea. What if right after school let out we just leave for a week and ride as many coasters as possible in the limited time we had. An email thread started between Zach and I as we deduced exactly which parks to try and the best routes to take. We finally settled on three parks towards the East coast: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, King’s Dominion, and Carowinds.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

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Well if you were anywhere around Facebook last week you saw that it was Teacher Appreciation Week.  There were so many posts about influential teachers from elementary school to high school.  For a job that has such “little” rewards there really are incredible perks.  First of all summer.  Do I have to say anything else?  Summer’s are awesome.  Teachers love them more than students I assure you.  Really all holidays are perks.  Whenever kids are out, you are out.  But with the holidays and all the days off there are big time downfalls.  Any teacher will tell you that being at school is way easier than being out of school for a sick day or a personal day.  It is so hard to describe on a piece of paper given to a sub (that might not be read at all) all the tiny intricacies of my daily routine as a teacher.  There is a certain way I set up my classroom, distribute papers, talk to a certain student in a certain way, look out for cheating, and so many other small, minute things that I could fill a book of instructions for just one day.

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What I want to be when I grow up

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and LEAN NOT on your OWN UNDERSTANDING; in all your ways SUBMIT to Him and he will make your paths straight.”   – Proverbs 3:5-6

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One Year Ago: Thanksgiving Continues On

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me.  I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all that live to see such times but that is not for us to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
                                                                               – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

It was the week of Thanksgiving 2013 when I finally went to get a check up on my health.  Over the few months prior I had dropped 25 lbs and developed a few odd symptoms.  One was that I had a major cough for about a month.  The other was a little more grotesque.  At night I was sweating.  Not like I had a bad dream about falling and woke up sweating, but my back was completely soaked every morning.  Not only that, the sweat smelled terrible.  I felt like I was leaking acid through my pores every night. Continue reading

My Rant on Mississippi State and Why Cancer is Not Ranked in the Top 25

First off two facts:

1. Mississippi State is number 1 in the AP Top 25 Football Poll for the first time in history.
2. September was blood cancer awareness month.
Now my rant:

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Seeing Cancer from 10,000 Feet

Perspective is a topic that I often write about, but this blog post is very unique seeing as my perspective right now is looking out a 767 aircraft at 10,000 feet.  I remember my first flight when I was in the eigth grade and how scared I was.  I was terrified at the beginning for the flight.  Lifting off was such a new feeling and experience.  I was traveling with my National Junior Honor Society classmates to visit Washington D.C.  It was such a memorable trip and I will never forget rising above the clouds and seeing the view of Mississippi falling away below as we rose into the air.  I think back to my senior trip flying to Seattle, Washington and soaring above the Rocky Mountains.  What a unique way to look at the peaks and valleys.  I remember flying to Hong Kong during college and how I could not even look outside because I was stuck inbetween a fellow college traveler and a small asian man, who helped me with my Sudoku puzzle as we flew overnight.  Now I am flying with my wife to California for a trip of a lifetime and it is such a unique perspective because cancer is behind us.

Looking back at the individual tasks of cancer is tough.  It feels like a decade ago that the doctors poked and proded to diagnose me.  I still remember the call about my swollen lymph nodes.  I remember the chemo treatments that dragged on for ages.  I remember the outcry of support from friends and family.  I remember the moments where I just broke down from the overwhelming weight of it all.  I remember from the not so distant past, the daily trip to the cancer clinic for raidation treatments.  I can still feel the pain in my esophagus from the torn tissue of radiation therapy.  However, with all the memories, I can see the hope of the future.

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Radiation

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”  – Matthew 24:42-44

“Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15

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