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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/20/15

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1. Zaevion Dobson - The High School football star in Tennessee was killed as he shielded three other girls from the gunfire of gang members. And while it's a shame that he died, and we have every reason to be outraged by the constant violence, I'll focus on remembering and honoring Dobson as a hero. 

2. Cam Newton - Besides being really good at football these days, how can you not like Cam Newton? The guy plays the game with a certain enjoyment, and you have to love him giving away footballs to kids after every score! Plus, his performance this week against the Giants was outstanding.

3. Diving Between Continents - This story is amazing, even more so are the absolutely stunning visuals of a diver who has been diving in an an area in Iceland that allows him to touch both North America and Europe. Check it out! 

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1. Virginia School District - I cannot believe how far we are going with the phobia on Islam as an entire school district was shut down after students received a "controversial" assignment including the Muslim oath. Yes, I understand the caution, especially the way our society gets crazy when it comes to religion and schools, but this is a bit far. Shutting school down? C'mon...

2. Democratic Debate - I have yet to watch it as it still sits on the DVR, but I have to ask, why in the world are the Dems continuing to place their debates on odd channels and on Saturday nights? Seems rather odd. Put it on primetime on a Wednesday night! The nation doesn't seem to have as much interest in the DemDebates as the GOP debates, and the off-placement certainly adds to the reasoning. 

3. Miss Universe Pageant - Sure, Steve Harvey screwed up the ending. However, why do we care so much about these things? Why are these pageants THIS important to people? Call me crazy, but these things set women back years. Just my opinion, just bloggin...

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Pondering Picture #82

It's Welcome Week at the institution that I work at, and it's been quite the hectic week of meeting, greeting, and providing programming for new students. I'm also continuously amazed at the amount of international students we have, and the hearing the journey and testimony of their road to this point in their lives. 
Despite the rigorous joy, I sort of miss that peace of hiking the Ithaca, NY area just before this time. Loved chasing waterfalls...
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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/3/17

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1. J.J. Watt - What started out as a mere fundraiser for Houston with a goal of a few hundred thousand dollars has turned into a mega-story with Watt raising over $18M for Harvey relief in Houston. Watt deserves so much credit. An athlete truly in-tune with his city and community. And really, one that just does good for others. 
2. Frances Tiafoe - Monday night's 1st round opener against Roger Federer was absolutely classic. The 19 year-old American took the great Federer into the final moments of a fifth set with some serious swag. Tiafoe surely made a name for himself, and I'll definitely be looking for him in the future. 
3. Yale University - Look, I'm all for changing names and tearing down statues of people who don't deserve it - like, those who really don't deserve it. Not because of our distorted version of history. Kudos to Yale taking a step in this direction removing Calhoun, a big time slavery advocate, as a name from one of their buildings. 
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