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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/3/15

3 Up 

1. Elevator Hero - Unfortunately, the new year begins with a 25 year-old man who saved a women from dying just before being crushed by a faulty elevator. 

2. Tennessee Cop Donates Kidney - After learning his good friend and partner's kidneys were failing, officer Eric Crowder got tested and donated his kidneys to his partner. Always good to hear of self-less people around this time of the year. 

3. Happy New Year - The new year is always a favorite time of mine as we move onto a new chapter with new goals and the opportunity for a new chapter in our lives. Happy New Year to everyone! I wish you al the very best in 2016.

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1. Militia in Oregon - I'm sorry, but if these men were brown and were doing the same thing, the media and many would be very quick to call it "Terrorism". How in the world is this consider NOT a big deal? Unbelievable...

2. Natalie Cole - She carried on the legacy of her father, Nat "King" Cole, with such grace and class. Much more admirable was Cole's transparency of her life, and as she stated, "You can go through turbulent times and still have victory in your life."

3. New York Jets - Ugh! Same. Old. Jets. What else can I say? 

1 Stupid

1. Dexter Manley - Claim black quarterbacks like to run because they are "used to running from the law"? Ummm, yeah, just so stupid. So stupid. 

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3 Up
1. JJ Wyatt - Not only has the man raised over $37M for Hurricane Harvey relief, but unlike many of the various charities we have become accustomed to, Wyatt is very transparent in how he will spend the money, and what he plans to do. Still in such awe of this. 
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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

3 Up
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. 
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