Irene: Bane for Some, Blessing for Others

What are some of the inconveniences of having a hurricane in the busiest city in existence? Property loss. Death and other injuries. Progress grounding to a halt. Being grounded by the weather and forced to stay home. It turned out that the last “inconvenient” wasn’t so bad after all, at least for me and my family. The hurricane canceled my morning meeting and all-day registration solicitation for an upcoming event (more about that later), but it also left me with my family all day for the first time since I can remember. On Saturday, I ate lunch with my family … Continue reading

Lessons from Jewish People

Many jobs and careers will cause you to interact with several different races and social circles. Not too long ago, I spent a couple of weeks helping a lady of Jewish descent with a project. She was unorthodox, and dabbled in music, poetry, and comedy. Although she has to be at least in her mid seventies, if you closed your eyes and heard her speech and mannerism, you would most likely come to the conclusion that she was in her early forties tops. When I realized the project was heading into two-week territory, I was dismayed—I originally anticipated that it … Continue reading

Trying To Get In Shape?

Here’s a hint for those trying to get in shape: five extra pounds can make all the difference! Lately I’ve been exercising on a regular basis (as a part of my list of summer activities). But my workout changed completely when I finally shelled out some cash to invest in 15 pound weights. After a certain amount of time, lifting the 10 pound weights in certain angles became more like lifting two tv remotes. But 15? Everything changed; I was sore for the next three days the first time I tried it. Now I know some of you readers may … Continue reading


So I’ve been on a bit of a personal vacation—I’ve had the past nine days off from work (Left early Friday, vacation till next Friday, vacation over the following Sunday), and I used all of the free time to hang out with my girlfriend in celebration of her birthday. We went to so many different places, including the movies, Governor’s Island, several parks, three concerts, our relatives’ houses, a museum, a restaurant, and the beach. I would drag myself home after every night, pleased, then wake up and do it all over again. Naturally, a few things fell out of … Continue reading

Fighting Temptations (Not the Movie)

Summer reading (on the list of things to do) kicked off with “Every Young Man’s Battle,” an 18-chapter book that couldn’t have caught my interest on the library shelf at a better time. While most of you readers may have a handle on guarding your eyes in every aspect of life, I was not so fortunate. However, I determined that God’s way was worth learning how to fight lust in all forms, so I grabbed the book and took plenty of notes. I was pleased to discover that several of the tactics I thought I made up were actually in … Continue reading

Meet the President

Last week it was back to Nyack College! A certain prospective student (ok, my girlfriend) asked me to attend last Wednesday’s Meet the President of Nyack College event at its Worth street facility. Sure, definitely, why not? We met up and went in, heard plenty of good news about the upcoming semesters, and sat with a very diverse table in all fields—especially majors. Ok: so I the Business Admin major and my girlfriend the Early Childhood Education prospective major met Maria the Psychology major and her friend Gloria the advent Criminal Justice Major as well as Javier the Pastoral Ministries … Continue reading

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