My Armstrong Collection of Artifacts
Posted on February 27th, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

I’ve been working on this gallery for a while. It’s been over 9 years since I graduated college, but I still have a few things between my house and my dad’s house. I’m still looking for other stuff. But for now, I think this is quite a collection to start with.

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“So much for pretending / Bad luck’s never ending “
Posted on February 22nd, 2017 @ 9:39 pm

And too much time I’ve been spending
With my heart in my hands
Waiting for time to come and mend it
I can’t cry anymore

I’m just at my wit’s end with it all. I think my socks say it best:

#hefefilter My new socks.

A post shared by Shawn Latta (@peachy92) on

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Another good thing in my life
Posted on February 16th, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

Because I need all the positive vibes in my life that I can get at the moment!

I am out of stamps at the moment, but I have been enjoying Random Acts of Cards:

RAoC received

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Enjoying my Holga
Posted on February 9th, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

Super Museum Sunday was this past Sunday.  As part of going out for it, I took my beloved hot pink Holga out to shoot a roll.  I think this is my favorite shot of the 15 I took:

Carriage Horse Downtown

I still have a roll from my Diana F+ I need get developed. I also have some film in some of my 35mm cameras that need to be completed and developed.  It’s the money that gets to me.

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School Memories
Posted on January 8th, 2017 @ 9:46 am

Additional information on the Armstrong Atlantic State University situation:

  • The Board of Regents has a contact form and an Instagram account (@borusg). Contact them there was as well as the other ways I’ve mentioned.
  • On Facebook, people are using the tag #NoMerger
  • Share information with one another! I know the Armstrong Alumni has an extensive network, even if we’ve not members of the official group.
  • Attend the rallies other people have scheduled. I would love to go if my job gave me more than 30 minutes for lunch. Information as below:

Merger Protest at Armstrong in front of President Bleicken’s office Monday AND Tuesday starting at noon. We need to…

Posted by Sonny Dixon on Sunday, January 8, 2017

Here is an example of one of my Instagram posts for Armstrong, highlighting some of my time there:

Just some memories from my time at @armstrong_u #nomerger #armstrongstateuniversity #AASUforever

A photo posted by Shawn Latta (@peachy92) on

I urge others to do the same! The petition has 2059 signatures on it. Believe me, it was only at 47 when I signed it on Friday. I know it doesn’t represent the full amount of people angered by this.

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Posted on January 7th, 2017 @ 10:18 am

Bits of my diploma from @armstrong_u. Nice to know the Board of Regents killed you.

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This is a fact that the Board of Regents can never take away from me. AASU FOREVER.

Since my post yesterday, I have tweeted a couple of our local news stations that they should look into the fact that the merger is a done deal. Sent them a link to a comment in the Reddit post about the whole deal.  From the /r/Savannah thread, it’s these ones that really have my blood boiling:

No discussion from the public and the community whatsoever. As for the posts, I have screenshots of them in case they disappear.

I have left a comment on the Board of Regents Facebook page AND tweeted them.

At the moment, the petition has 1354 signatures on it.  As I was reading the posts, I see that they are telling the kids they already promised scholarships to start looking for another school as they can’t honor them.  How rude! Really, it’s such a wrong thing to get the coaches to recruit, and then basically tell the coach and his team members that they aren’t wanted or needed. That has to do damage to one’s psyche.  Those kids may not be the the type of player to play in Division I sports, but they work hard in their sport and are winners in Division II.

As I type this, I just got an e-mail stating I got a person to sign the petition. So far, at least 4 people have signed the petition from a link I shared.  I hope more sign it.  Even if we can’t save the school, we can at least tell the BOR how we really feel.

Also, my dad I and I were discussing the merger last night.  He hated the thought of people commuting to Statesboro for classes if they move them from Armstrong to Georgia Southern. The people that enrolled in Armstrong didn’t enroll to make that commute.  If they wanted to make the commute, then they would have enrolled at Georgia Southern.  That third Reddit post above alludes to such an idea. That post mentions that the death of 5 nursing students may have played a role. And while I am sadden and disgusted about that tragedy (making sure I do a sign of the cross passing the scene of the accident every time I’m on I-16 East), moving classes like that opens more students to an opportunity for such an accident. How can they do that?  Many kids and adults go to Armstrong because it is here in Savannah, not Statesboro.

I also started beaming when I read on the petition that a lot of people chose Armstrong for the sense of family and the high standards of academics.  I never thought much about such a standard as I went there, because I have always had a high standard of academics for myself. (I only took the C in Microeconomics because my mother died that semester; the professor telling me to take it and go is exactly what my mother would have told me to do, too, in that situation. I don’t think Dr. McGrath knows how much that little talk means to me.)

I’m also wondering about the chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) and Phi Kappa Phi (ΦKΦ). I was a member of them (I really need to go back and pay my ΦKΦ dues) both. What can we members say now?  And what about the other kids that have chosen Greek life that isn’t academic at all?  Are they booted out or forced into Georgia Southern’s groups.  Will GSU’s members resent ASU’s members.

So, if you are like me and upset about the merger, all I can tell you is to do the following:

  • Sign the Opposition of merging Armstrong State University with Georgia Southern University petition. Speak out on your feelings about the matter.
  • Comment on any of the social media articles from about the matter.  Let the media know how you feel. If you are a kid impacted by the athletics situation, definitely speak out about what happened. If feel the public NEEDS to know about this.
  • Leave a comment on the BOR’s Facebook page and tweet them.
  • Instagram and Tweet your memories of attending Armstrong.  Pictures tell a thousand words. Let others know what the school means to you. Tag @Armstrong_U in all your posts. Show off that Pirate Pride.

We may not be able to save the school, but don’t go down without a fight!

Armstrong State · Photography · Politics & Current Events · Savannah

Project 365 completed!
Posted on January 1st, 2017 @ 4:45 pm

For the 4th time, I was able to completed a Project365. However, in the case of 2016, it was a Project366.

I think I’ll hold off for 2017.

Presenting my Project366 for 2016:

365 Days - 2016

And in case you missed the previous ones.


365 Days - 2013


365 Days - 2011


365 Days - 2010

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Smiles to my face
Posted on December 23rd, 2016 @ 8:18 pm

My @r.randomactsofcards Christmas cards! I love them both!

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Just because one exchange let me down, doesn’t mean another one will. I got these 2 beauties today in the mail from the RandomActsofCards forum on Reddit. The one with the bigger display was hand drawn.  I love it! LOVE I love them both. LOVE THANK YOU!Hugs

I hope the people I sent a card to like mine. If they don’t, I am so sorry. I tried to make them as friendly as I could. I’m following up with a postcard.

I’ve gotten into the spirit of the forum by sending out a few postcards I had. For randomly sending out a postcard, I don’t have the need for a return card. I off to send a few more.

Also, I need to start doing something I did for a while under my old blog.  It was called Participation Positives. I don’t remember why I stopped.  Probably because I was going through a bad time in my life. It just drifted away from me. Once the new year begins, I’ll be back to it.

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“Precious moments, special people”
Posted on December 22nd, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

Now that I got my pity party out of the way, I’m really better.  It’s really not healthy bottling up anger.

Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Last Friday, Lindsey and I went to Duluth, GA to see the joint Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.  Jordan Smith joined them on stage for some performances. The show was sponsored by Operation Christmas Child.  Here’s a video of Michael W. Smith a few years ago:

I had a wonderful time. They were having a donation drive at the concert. You’d get an ornament with a $10 or more donation to OCC ornament. I liked how Amy said before intermission that they needed money to ship these boxes. Like shipping my boxes to Mali.

It was such a fun concert! I was so happy to hear Amy perform “Love Has Come.” I had joked on the drive up to Duluth while Amy’s version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” that the concert should open with the Michael version of the song.  Low and behold, it was the opener as I joked!

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra performed as the musicians for backing. What a wonderful treat!

This was my first real introduction to Jordan Smith. I loved his rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” He also sang “O Holy Night” and the crowd took out their phones and held them like candles.  It was amazing how bright the arena got with the phones on.

All in all, a great night.

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Sending Mail
Posted on December 13th, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

"Mischievous Kittens" ornament

While December is a bad month for me, I have tried to stay positive by sending mail.

The past couple of years, my friend, Gennie, has done an ornament exchange. I’ve gotten a few beauties over the years: A penguin ornament and a “Squeaky Clean” Snowbabies. Yesterday, I got my ornament from the exchange – the kitten on the laptop above.

I was able to get Christmas cards out this year. So far, I have received 5 back.

I signed up for the Holiday Card Exchange on Reddit Gifts. I sent a complete stranger a little package of goodies. I just felt like being in a giving mood. Also, I signed up for the Random Acts of Cards exchange. I wish it could have been more than a card for them, but I’m flat broke at the moment. (Hi anyone looking up information for peachy921 from Reddit!) Then, someone posted about loneliness at this time of year and I sent a card to them as well. The situation made me think of how I felt after one of the Ashley Wilkeses in my life did to me. No one deserves to feel that way.

And knowing how some of my other friends have been feeling, I sent them a random postcard. I also sent some of their kids random postcards, too.

I can only hope my cards and postcards this month bring a smile to someone.  We all deserve a smile.

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