What An Opportunity

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Frost.

In Life on August 25, 2013 at 3:07 am

Her eyes wondered to his gaze

The frailty of another moment’s fulfilled, yet haunting, haze

The boy’s will so sure

When those hands gently impart from her

Are there not more letters, that in their strongest of days, could not accomplish the wonder in that phrase?

 

The boy’s will so sure

So pure, if only, to endure

Are we more than reflections of those we hold dear

Those, together numerous as sand, yet tested in the His hearth for purpose most clear

One could murmur, as the wind walks alongside, the days themselves are surely known to the penultimate yet the adventures they hold are obscure

 

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference

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On the awkward moment that happened when President Obama came to Buffalo

In Culture on August 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of 7,200 in Buffalo about higher education and the middle class. The University at Buffalo was the first step on his two-day bus tour.

I covered President Barack Obama’s visit to the University at Buffalo yesterday. Here’s a column on what he had to say.

It was a strong speech, overall. But, well, there was one uncomfortable moment. Here’s what happened.

One of Obama’s final sentences drew by far the day’s biggest cheers: “It’s going to take a lot of hard work,” he said of repairing the broken higher-education system. “The good news is, from what I hear, folks in Buffalo know something about hard work.”

He knew the necessity of appealing to Buffalo, and he did it well. Of course, it’s that way with every city he visits – but when it comes to Buffalo, our adoration for our hometown is a bit heightened. We are the constant underdog, but we love our city and we love when it gets national attention. And when people recognize the toughness of this city, we thrive off that.

His three-prong plan for higher education drew some applause, but it was nothing compared to the deafening cheers that followed UB and Buffalo shout-outs. Which is natural, of course.

Obama got off to a blazing start when he exclaimed, “Hello, Buffalo! Go Bulls!”

Then he stumbled. Obama was making the necessary thank-yous. First, to UB sophomore Silvana D’Ettore, who introduced him, then to Secretary of Defense Arne Duncan, then Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Then he said, “Your outstanding mayor, Brian Higgins, is here.”

Wait, what?

Higgins is a congressman. Byron Brown is Buffalo’s mayor. The vibe went from enthusiastic to awkward.

The crowd booed. Obama looked perplexed. He made the ‘Obama Face,’ which has become so popular online with the accompanying ‘Not Bad’ tagline.

People shouted. Obama cupped his hand to his hear and asked, “What?” Then, upon hearing an answer, he said, “Byron Brown, that’s it. I’m sorry, Byron.”

Of course, he recovered from the folly. Whether you like him or not, there is no denying he’s a demi-god at the podium.

Here’s a video of the awkward moment.

Never stop learning.

In Life on August 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

Thinking about you in my life makes me happy.

I think it’s the way you do things…I think.

(You think?)

Maybe it’s how strong you are for me.

(Nope. Not that.)

It’s probably how you were there for me

(Nope. Not that either.)

I know…it’s how we hang out.

(I don’t think so.)

Oh…it’s how overprotective I am of you. How much I care what happens to you.

(Naw. Not just that.)

Ok, it has to be Your guidance. grace. forgiveness. faith.

(Yea, it could be any one of those.)

So it’s none of the above?

(Of course, it’s all of those. But, what ties them together?)

Oh

It’s more selfish than that.

(Go on…)

Um…I think…um…

(Come on…)

Loving you makes me whole.

And, I never want to stop learning how to love you more.

(There you go)