I May Be a Small Person.
Posted on January 31st, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

I’m not a celebrity. I’m not a mother. I’m not a wife. I’m not someone’s beloved. If you think about of it all, I’m nothing more than a quark in the universe. I see the Pale Blue Dot photo in my eyes as I type that line. Some days, there are days where I feel like my picture is next to the definition of loser.

But, I do have feelings and I have my values.

Sunday, a day I worked hard to make a good day, got away from me. I am not going into specifics. If you know, you know. If you don’t, you don’t need to know the full details. However, I got called “sanctimonious” by my favorite artist. Well, guess what, he’s NOT my favorite artist anymore.

You see, he doesn’t know where my comment came from. If he saw the image in my head as I typed it or knew where my comment was coming from, he’d understand why I made that comment. I was already depressed at that moment. I had driven home, crying, feeling worthless as it is. On my way home, I had even contemplated what it would be like to drown myself in a big bottle of booze. Just because I refuse to drink doesn’t mean I don’t think about it. There are days I just want to escape my pain.

If he wants to be a jerk and assume I’m “sanctimonious,” than by damn, I’ll be “sanctimonious.” I don’t need to be treated that way by ANYONE. I don’t care if you have 1¢ or $10 million. Jerks come in all shapes, sizes, and with varying degrees of money in their pockets. Believe me, after that little exchange, I told him off on Twitter, and blocked him on all the social platforms I had been following him on. Seems he likes to fight back and I don’t need that negativity in my life.

The word in question wasn’t directed towards him. It was directed towards all those people that should know better about alcohol and still become drunks. It was directed to the one person that was in my mind as I wrote it. I was angry at the person the word was directed towards.

I don’t want to see ANYONE die the way my cousin died. The picture I saw of her last living moments should never be happening to anyone. I don’t want to see anyone turn into the idiot one of my uncles ended up being. I don’t want others to die like my grandparents did. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke because I don’t want to be that way. And frankly, I don’t want to be belittled because I choose not to partake in those vices.

I think losing interest in him has been a long time coming. It’s sad to say it. You grow up idolizing someone because they seem to have the values you felt lacked in this world. Yet, as time age, you change. They change. Some for the good; some for the bad. And then slowly, you realize that somewhere, someone has a façade. Is it you? Is it them? I feel there is no true answer to that.

However, after this incident, he not only lost me as a fan, but I know of several other fans appalled by the comment. My family even called him out on it; he replied to them and considered their answers a joke.  At this point, the only joke is him. I know several other fans were turned off by the original quote. Other previously from earlier behavior and interactions on Twitter. These fans are my friends, that seem to be the only good from being involved in the community at this point.

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I rather be “sanctimonious…”
Posted on January 29th, 2017 @ 8:39 pm

than a person that comes across as a lie.  I rather be “sanctimonious” and true to my beliefs than a person that has thrown theirs out the window. I rather be “sanctimonious” than an asshole.

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Post Armstrong-Georgia Southern Merger Town-Hall Links
Posted on January 23rd, 2017 @ 7:09 pm

Better late than never.  I just hadn’t gotten around to getting these posted:

Tim’s Take: Armstrong students still seeking answers
Georgia Southern officials discuss GS, ASU consolidation at town hall meeting

And not related, but it is related: $15 million awarded to I-16 crash survivor Megan Richards The poor girl was a survivor of the GSU 5 Crash.

Merger meeting heats up at ASU
Armstrong Athletes’ Futures in Jeopardy

School officials hold Town Hall on university consolidation

Armstrong State University holds town hall regarding merger
Georgia Southern community gets answers to merger questions at first town hall meeting

Savannah Morning News:
Georgia Southern students attend Statesboro town hall meeting on university merger
‘A long way to go’: Packed house at Armstrong for consolidation meeting

Connect Savannah:
Armstrong/Georgia Southern town hall leaves many unanswered questions

Statesboro Herald:
Much about GS-Armstrong merger yet to be decided

Town Hall Meetings archives.

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Making Cookies
Posted on January 23rd, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

In other life adventures…

The other night, I tried to make myself dinner. It was a disaster. I threw it out.

This past weekend, I was watching Kitchen Nightmares and decide I could cook, too.

I found a simple cookie recipe that uses brown sugar. I decided to take the plunge and make it myself.

This is the blend of dry ingredients. I wanted cinnamon cookies, so I went for the full teaspoon.

Pouring the butter into the brown sugar.


Now for the egg.

Mixing the dry blending with the wet blend.


Spreading them out.

Finished product.

For me, they were too dry.  I don’t know if I had used too small of an egg or  flatted out the dough too much.  It’s like chem class again.  I did horrible in chem class, even after following the directions.

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Post Town Hall Analysis
Posted on January 19th, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

AASU Merger Town Hall

I went to the town hall as I said I would. I mad a lot of observations and about 6 pages of notes from this meeting.

All of the local news stations made it to the meeting. I saw WTOC and WTGS’s cars before I got in. I saw a camerman from WSAV in the auditorium. I drove past WJCL’s car as I was leaving the campus.


At 4:00 the crowd was sparse, but but 4:30, it was a packed house. The Pirate teams sat together and made the biggest noise. They wore their team shirts.

My Calculus professor was 2 rows behind me. I heard him crack a joke. about the irony of the meeting being late because the panel got stuck in traffic. The meeting started on time, but I got what he said.

For a brief moment, a girl was sitting behind me with a maroon shirt that said TREASURE SAVANNAH in gold writing.  I remarked about the irony of the shirt.  Basically, that’s why she wore it.


The panel for the meeting were:

  • Shelley C. Nickel, Executive Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Fiscal Affairs, Board of Regents
  • John M. Fuchko, III, Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness, Board of Regents
  • Dr. Linda M. Bleicken, Armstrong State University President
  • Dr. Jaimie Hebert, Georgia Southern University President

They have the AASU stream on You Tube, so you can watch it all in its glory:

My remarks aren’t going be in order of the meeting.  I’m just trying to keep the thoughts all together.

Bleicken is well loved by the school.  Personally, I’m not a fan of hers.  I can’t pinpoint it. It’s a gut feeling. In her opening remarks, she states this is a scary time.  She asks the crowd to be welcoming.

For the start of the Q&A, Nickel was asked about when this merger began.  She didn’t have an answer as to when THIS merger was decided.  Her answer was the entire BOR process started in 2010. She gave a standard spiel about the history of mergers, but when it came to when this specific one started, she didn’t answer it. That irritated me.  I don’t care about your history of merging 8 other schools into 4.  I wanted the history of THIS one.

There was the question about this being a consolidation or acquisition. Fuchko remarked it’s a consolidation and he has a specific meaning for that word.  What that is, I don’t know. Nickel remarked it’s a 18 month process and the U.S. Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will be involved.

There will be a Consolidating Committee developed that will have to listen to BOR.  It will consist of 20 members from Armstrong and 20 members from Georgia Southern.  There will also be a board member from Savannah State to keep SSU’s interest respected and accepted during this process.

For the name Armstrong and its legacy, Bleicken gives a brief history of the school’s start.  Mentions how Don Waters, the local member of was vocal about BOR keeping the legacy alive. Then, she deferred to Hebert.  Hebert supports keeping the name, in some ways, wants Southern to be like Armstrong. He doesn’t want to close the campus.  He likes the way Armstrong has its Liberty Center campus and what it goes for the military.

Later, there was a question about the impact on the GI bill.  Bleicken answered, but it was so convoluted, she never answered the question at all! It was one of those non-answer answers.  Hebert and Fuchko did answer the question that they will do their best and  all they can to promote and keep the relationship Armstrong has with the military community and Fuchko essentially implied he would be personally invested in this part of the merger consolidation.

No answers on programs moving and causing commutes. Hebert says this should bring comfort to the students.  They replied with a big fat NO.  But, the won’t know where departments will be until they get further into the merger. There was a question about transportation, but Hebert said their goal is not to have shuttling.  They are want to bring engineering into Savannah.

If a student has an out-of-state waiver for in-state rates, the merged school will honor them. For monies from the Armstrong Foundation, Fuchko said since the donors wanted the money to be invested into Armstrong, they have a fiduciary duty to keep the money at Armstrong.  Most like this means the money will stay at this campus.

Bleicken said if there were any cuts to faculty and staff, it will be on the upper levels of management. Herbet came across as not wanting to lose staff and faculty at the Armstrong Campuses.  He wants the standards are Armstrong to remain, but acknowledges that the committee will need to determine the new standards.

In terms of fees, there was discussion about how the Hinesville Only students don’t pay some of the fees that Savannah students pay since they do not use those facilities and programs.  They are going to try to look into it seeing if it works that Savannah Only students do not have to pay Statesboro fees.  That’s been one of the biggest concerns for Savannah students in that they don’t want to pay for Statesboro’s campus and not get to indulge in the facilities and programs.

Both school have master plans to rebuild and refresh their campuses.  Most likely, they will take both those plans and consolidate them into one using the best course of action for both campuses.

All credits will transfer between the current schools and the new school.  Alumni degrees, like mine, will forever be Armstrong.  There will be no change there.

GSU and ASU families both asked about student life and Greek life.  Herbert has no clue as to what it going on, but understanding that these 2 school’s don’t know each other and have different walks of life, they need to get the student governments together and find out what can be consolidated as one unit and what can be broken into 2 units.  Herbert said he can see the emotions in the crows, understands out emotions, but said he owned the response into how Armstrong’s community is impacted in this all.

Athletics seems to get the biggest response. Whenever talking about them, the student-athletes were loud.  Blecken said they would honor all scholarships.  Herbert effectively said that it’s wait and see just like the Greek life. When discussion Greek life, from what I overheard, the Girls’ Basketball Team walked out. They had enough.  Students were yelling about what happens to the coaching staff.


As people were leaving the meeting, many people had the same thoughts I did.  Half the meeting seems to be a meeting of platitudes and non-answers.  For answers, it was mainly “I don’t know.”

My View:

Basically, the take away from the meeting was they are basically clueless as to what’s going to happen. Which I find hard to swallow since they had to have had a clue about some parts of consolidation to even get this far.

Let me just say this: if I had been a professor, the questions given to the panel was their homework, they would have failed. They couldn’t answer most of the questions without some form of the phrase “I don’t know.” Not very reassuring to the students, faculty, and staff losing Armstrong.

I am still not happy about this merger at the moment. I think what angers me the most is that was so hidden from the public and the staff and faculty.  Many of them didn’t know until it was announced. It just comes across as if the Armstrong community’s input BEFORE the vote was not important.  It was a slap to the community’s face.

To be honest, Nickel, when giving answers, she gave the most vague answers of the night. The crowd did not respect her.  And Bleicken?  She just came across with pageant queen answers.  Half the time, my mind is thinking “I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket” as she talked. I really wished these women had not spoken at all. There was nothing from them that seems to satisfy the crowd. Their answers lacked substance.

However, Fuchko and Herbert were promising.  Fuchko said that two of his alma maters, which are the surviving Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University, have been through this.  Herbert talked about what can they take from Armstrong and apply to Southern. They may not have had the answers, but they were engaging with the crowd and taking in the thoughts and concerns the questions were about. I only hope that it wasn’t just platitudes, but real feelings that will keep Armstrong live post merger.

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Armstrong Alma Mater
Posted on January 19th, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Alma Mater

Alma Mater through the ages,
Singing thy undying fame,
Will thy sons and daughters cherish
And defend thy golden name?
To each heart thy noble story
And thy calm and stately grace
Herald thine immortal glory.
Armstrong, hail, all hail to thee!
Alma Mater, those before us
Left thine honor great and strong;
We who follow take their banner,
Raise it with a fighting song!
Consecrated is thy teaching,
Sacred is thy marble height,
Glorious thy spirit reaching
Ever upward to the light.

Words by Margaret Spencer Lubs and Doris Falk, Class of 1939


I thought this would be a fitting post as the Town Hall is starting.

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Armstrong students and Armstrong alumni – Today is the big town hall.
Posted on January 19th, 2017 @ 8:31 am

Today is the big town hall where they try to explain way the merger.

At the moment, I plan on going to the meeting. I plan on wearing a maroon shirt I have. I urge others going that support Armstrong to wear maroon and gold, too. I have an old AASU notebook with paper.  I might take that to take notes on the following questions I submitted:

  1. Who suggested this merger? I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago. I am talking about the VERY first day this came up.
  2. When was it decided it was to be Georgia Southern and Armstrong to merge? Again, I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago. I am talking about the VERY first day this came up. We know it didn’t take less than a week to do the study on this merger.
  3. How long has this merger been in the works without public input? Be honest with us. The dishonesty shown in this merger so far has led to a lot of anger.
  4. When did the faculty and staff of both school find out about this merger?
  5. What will happen to the student athletes of Armstrong? I think they are getting the worst deal in this all.
  6. Why are we waiting until AFTER the official vote to perform town halls and meetings to perform the merger with a deadline of 1/1/18 for the merge? Look, I understand wanting to keep people from ruining this for the BORUSG, but the way this has been handled has been poor. Instead of trying to get us to to rally behind this, all this has done is foster anger and worry that this is a dirty deal.
  7. What are the benefits for Savannah? Are classes moving? Will both campuses be offering classes for a major? Not every student who goes to Armstrong wanted to go to GSU. Not every student going to Armstrong has the capacity to handle a school the size of GSU. Not every person in Savannah wants to drive to GSU.
  8. How will tuition costs be handled? Are you going to increase the fees at Armstrong to subside GSU. How do we know if the money for Armstrong will be reinvested into Armstrong? I think this is a major factor that should have been addressed as trying to pass this merger along.

We’ll see if any of them get answered. As for anyone that can’t make the meeting, they are live streaming it at http://consolidation.armstrong.edu/. I’ll try to post later, when I can, to summarize the meeting.

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“Misty water-colored memories of the way we were”
Posted on January 18th, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

You can kill my school, but you can’t kill my memories of it. I know people are coming to my site about my comments about Armstrong.  Here is a sample of many of the memories I wrote down.


Funny thing happened at Armstrong on my way to the bookstore. ABC22 News – I think- was doing a story for the Sunday night’s news. The female reporter stopped me and asked that I walk in the shot to make the campus look busy, even when it”s in-between semesters. I did that take three times. My back will be in a news story!

I forgot about this, believe it or not. It wasn’t the first time I was on TV for a reason or another at Armstrong.


Funny, free booty fits so well with my school. After all, we’re the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates. 😆

Today was Celebrate AASU Day! It’s a mini fair to celebrate the school and the many activities the school has to offer. This was the third one I attended. I attended one in 1998 and one last year. The big deal about the whole thing is each student gets a free t-shirt. This year’s shirt is red. I like last year’s shirt better. Also, one booth gave away free ice cream and there’s an endless supply of hot dogs and soda. The wait on hot dogs and soda comes from the lines and cooking of the dogs.

Also, you can get free goodies like pens. The student loan companies each have a table and give away pens, pads of paper, highlighters and other goodies. You come away like a bandit just from them. I must have gotten 15 pens from them. I also got a few pads of paper. My bank offered a travel Band-Aid cover. However, Bank Of America gives on the best goodies. I scored a pen, a pencil, a big water bottle, and a pack of playing cards from them.

Stopped by the Honors booth but again, not impressive. It didn’t scream “STOP!” at me like some of the other booths did. This year’s theme was Greek. For students that are supposed to the be brightest Armstrong has to offer, they have no creativity in promotion. Hiding in the corner like they did this year does not promote them well. Hardly anyone was stopping by. It’s good if you’re smart but students don’t like smart students come across as being smug. I guess that’s why our lei campaign worked. We were just regular college students that just happened to be in the honors program.

The only sad thing about to today is I had no one to be with. 🙁 Oh well, complaining about no in-town friends and no boyfriend should be left to another post. I did, however, speak to one of the girls from my Math 1113 course and gave her my e-mail.

This day held year year was the best day on campus for many people. The lei campaign of 1998 was frowned upon by many. People thought it was sexist and demeaning.  If it was demeaning, I wouldn’t have been a part of it. It was a pun of “get laid.” We sold leis for a dollar.  We sold out and made some money for the Honors Program.  Besides, I wore a Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt with the get lei’d sign. I was having fun.

When I attempted to go back to Armstrong, my mother had called the school to look for accommodations for my mental issues, she mentioned that I was shy, yet could be outgoing when the time was right.  Apparently, this stint was a good way to get me out of my shell for a few hours. I don’t know to whom she talked to, but the person said they remembered the stint 6 years later.


Well, last night, the concert was fun. Just remind me not to ever go to a small venue again for an act geared to the teenage/young 20-year-old age group. As soon as Maroon 5 opened the show, people started standing up and girls dressed in skimpy outfits rushed to the stage. The same happened a few years ago at the LFO concert I had to attend at the Civic Center. But, like that LFO concert, I didn’t have a bad seat. This time, I was on the left side of the fine arts hall, on the left center aisle seat in the 12th row. I could see the lead singer sitting or standing. To me, I think the opening act, Sara Bareilles the best part. It was her first time in Georgia, since she is a west coast act. Beth wanted her CD but we didn’t have any extra cash on hand last night. I didn’t tell Beth but I wanted her CD, too. 😆 I will have to download her MP3s off her site when I have a chance.

Maroon 5 played at Armstrong in 2004. It was the hottest ticket in town that year. I am pretty certain Sara sang “Love Song” on that night. When it came out in 2008, I knew a lot of that song. I remember there was on song that night she did that kept going on in my head the next few days and “Love Song” is catchy.


Sorry, my mind is drifting on other things today. I’ll start by talking about my classes. In Theater, I must work on a 3 minute comedy for class on Tuesday. My group is working on one based on “Cinderella” and features Martha Stewart. I get to be Martha. 😆 As the professor was giving directions for the assignment, I thought about Johnny Appleseed and how we could pull that one off. I just started laughing in class all about it.

I met one of my friends named Heather in this class. I miss her so much. She, along with our mutual friend, Wes, we could have a great time talking. I miss Wes, too. I miss a lot of my friends that don’t live in town.  I miss the ones that do and we don’t have time to visit anymore.


According To My Co-Workers 😆 I am a Republican! 😆 One of my co-workers watched the local news last night and there was an article about Sen. Eric Johnson at the campus and the College Republican fundraiser. I knew there was a news crew there but I didn’t think they were filming at the time I was there talking to Gennie. Well, they were. 😆 So, the joke at the Center is that I am a Republican.

I’ve made reference to this story before. A good story about what you see in news clips on TV may be manipulated.


Yes, I have a defiant streak. Yes, it gets me in trouble at times. However, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s part of my personality and it helps me stay unique in this world. Higher education has only made me embrace my personality even more and tell the rest of the world to shove it.

My response to one of my brother’s English professors at Armstrong threatening my brother on charges of violating the school’s honor code. My brother seemed to write in a paper or quiz that what he was reading depressing and he didn’t want to read about cannibalism. My thought on such an issue is that the professor was stifling my brother’s right to find the subject objectionable and encouraging my brother to shove his opinions in the background. I can’t remember who the professor was. My parents taught us to question anything and to speak out if something is wrong.  I think this professor was in the wrong.  Maybe his feelings were hurt. How dare my brother disagree with him!

College is about opening up to new worlds. Professors expect that students be a little more open minded.  I think it’s time professors do the same as well.  Not all students want to be clones of their professors.  Some students go to college to challenge and be challenged.

As for the comment I made about myself, I may still be shy and meek to a degree, but I am a lot more assertive in many ways. It was the BAD professors, and not the good ones, that caused me get a tougher skin and flip them off behind their backs. 😉


And the only thing I can say I took out of my Economics class yesterday was that I need to get a passport.

I have my passport, now. Even when I didn’t have one, this remark stayed in my mind. I didn’t enjoy the subject of microeconomics, but I did take a lot of life knowledge from this class.

Three days after this entry, my mother died. Dr. McGrath told me to skip the final; he’d weigh my previous tests accordingly. My grade in his class didn’t matter in the long run. The advice he gave me that day was the same my mother would have told me: take the grade and go. That conversation still brings tears to my eyes to this day. A small, yet powerful meeting in my life at a devastating time.


“So Don’t Mind If I Fall Apart / There’s More Room In A Broken Heart”

I’m home from the GWSM retreat. I’ll have pictures uploaded as soon as I can. I broke the camera as we were about to leave Camp Glisson. I’ll have to take in tomorrow when I have a chance to get it fixed and get the pictures off the card. Maybe someone at school can do that for me. However, I have as few snapshots in the moblog.

I had a lot of fun. We AASU people stuck together. It was an all-female crew. We didn’t get into Dahlonega until 9PM on Friday. It’s a long trip to there from here. We didn’t get to bed until after midnight. We got to Friday’s worship sermon as soon as we got there. The speakers for the weekend were the Reverends Denise Watson and Marty McLeod. Rev. Watson spoke Friday night and Saturday morning. Rev. McLeod perform a music set Saturday night and worship service this morning. They were as different as different can be, but they both have great messages.

The theme of this year’s retreat was about back to the basics. Fitting it took place as a camp in the North Georgia mountains, complete with trees, a creek, and a waterfall. There were 4 workshops. We could attended two. I attended the ones on Art and Spirituality and Grace. I decorated a scrapbook/journal in the Art workshop. Stressed in the decoration, I added some baseball and rabbit stickers. I wrote the lyrics of two Céline Dion songs, “Ten Days” and “Dans Un Autre Monde.” “Ten Days” is in English. It’s about getting through the tough times and making it to the other side. “Dans Un Autre Monde” is in French and about moving on to better things. It’s in French. One of the Mercer girls thought I could speak French. I also added my favorite line from Amy Grant’s “The Water,” a line from Carly Simon’s “Coming Around Again,” a poem and a quote handed out during the art session, a name tag, signatures from my schoolmates Sheronda, Ashlee, and Leslie. Other stuff’s in it and I plan on adding to it.

Speaking of Carly Simon, I heard “Coming Around Again” while in downtown Dahlonega, where we spent some free time. I lost it in the store I heard it in. At the same time the song was on the radio, I found a music stand that my mother would have loved. About 30 minutes earlier, I heard Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me” in the fudge shop. For those that don’t know, I’ve been supersensitive to “You Needed Me” since I was 4-years-old and my mother would play it on piano. Having heard those songs when I was a child, I just thought about my mother and was missing her. Later, during the Grace workshop, memories of my mother flooded back into my mind. I had to leave that workshop for a minute. My mother would have enjoyed the message Melissa was delivering in it. After the workshop, Melissa could see I was upset and sat down with me. Another girl, a Claire from Valdosta State, saw my 180 mood swing and came to comfort me after the session. My mother would have been smiling seeing it.

My mother would like Melissa, the campus minister, and her family. Melissa’s husband, Chris, and her baby son go to all the events. Chris watches the baby and drives us college kids to these events. Melissa and Chris remind me of my parents. My mother’s thing was Girl Scouts. My dad, when he wasn’t out-of-town or overseas for the Army, would help my mother with Girl Scout events and watch Matthew and Beth. Melissa and Chris are positive people to be around. They are a good force to have in my life.

Except for the sadness of missing my mother, the weekend was great. It was refreshing to be around other students focused on living a decent life, being kind to others, and having a relationship with God. My relationship with God is not as forthcoming and extroverted as others. Maybe that’s the Catholic in me. However, I’m not beating myself over my life after this weekend. I don’t know how long that will last. At the moment, I feel like I’m on the right path.

I’m tired. I think I’ll get some sleep. I had a bad dream last night that stems from my missing my mother.

This was the first trip I made after my mother had died. I was a wreck. Sure, I looked strong on the outside, and I probably was strong, but I felt so alone on the inside. I was lost, confused, hurt, and angry. Being active in Wesley Foundation was a rock I needed in college.


Today’s Wesley lunch was fun. Jessie, some of the guys, and I somehow got into a conversation about the Duggar family. Mainly, we all had a bunch of question we couldn’t answer about having 16 kids. As for the sermon, it came from Luke 4:16-21. At the end of lunch, Jessie asked if we would come to an animal benefit concert at The Sentient Bean on Saturday. Jessie’s passionate about animals. I’m not a coffee house person, but I don’t mind helping animals.

I’m sorry, Jessie, I never made it to the fundraiser! But we’ve had great time in Wesley and I need to visit you again. I met many friends through Wesley.


Well, I finally did it. I finally earned a college degree. I have a Bachelor of Information Technology, pending on grades from this semester being posted. I have no doubt I have that degree. I only have one project for one class left to complete and turn in next week. The class doesn’t even matter for my degree, but I want to get an A in that class and make the Dean’s List. Joey says my life is shaped on how I perform academically, and he’s right. I am not satisfied with Cs. I want those As. My other classes, the ones that really matter for my degree, are complete.

I didn’t get a degree today; instead, I got a diploma cover stating I’ll get my degree in a few weeks. At practice yesterday, they said it would be February before we get the diplomas in the mail. I was the only one in the School of Computing to graduate Magna Cum Laude. A few others, like sweet Daniel, graduated Cum Laude in the School.

This picture highlighted is one taken before the ceremony began. The graduates lined up in two different lines that would snake into the arena. With the way seating and presentation of departments went, I was second in line, overall, for line A. The IT department was split up into the two different lines. 5 of us were in A. 6 were over in B. So, as we’re waiting to start the ceremony, Joey came over and snapped this picture of Will, Sean, Duy, and me in line. I like how it looked. Believe it or not, the IT department is a very close department. We may hate each other and want to kill each other, but we’re a big family. We help each other when needed. I’m going to miss them all.

The pictures from today are okay. The ceremony ended just after 11, so the pictures from after it are hard to see. The sun was directly overhead and even using my circular polarization filter couldn’t stop washout in the photos. I have the Dean of the School of Computing asking me for photos. He could see me from the stage and saw I was taking pictures during the ceremony. He wants a few from them. He was also glad to see me graduate. He had me 9 years ago during my failed attempt at college. He knows how far I fell and how far I came back. My Computer Ethics professor told me she was sad to see me leaving Armstrong. I wasn’t just a great student, but I’m a pleasant person to have around the department. My Data Com professor asked me when I was going to start the graduate program. I told her I needed a break. However, the department was so glad and proud to see me and the others graduate.

After the ceremony and the after ceremony talks, my family, Matthew’s girlfriend Jessica, Joey, Lindsey, and Chris all celebrated my graduation at lunch. We went to Cracker Barrel and had a good time. Lindsey got me a gift for birthday/graduation. She got me Hymns For The Journey, a compilation of Amy Grant hymns from Rock of Ages and Legacy… Hymns & Faith.. 🙂 It’s funny she chose that CD, and that’s where we had lunch. When I was there with Joey last week for lunch, I was looking over the CD and thinking of getting it. Those two know me well. I will miss seeing them everyday like I got use to since June.

Joey is out of my life, but my friendship with Lindsey is still strong. I’m verklempt re-reading that Dr. Jodis saw me at my lowest and and my highest.


Can Some Calculate This Probability For Me? Today was my first day at work. It was mainly a general orientation on how to use company computer systems for payroll, time sheets, e-mail, and getting our badges. It was like being at college again.

And in a way, it was. Just before the day started, I went to the restroom. As I walked out, I saw a person checking in at the reception desk. I glanced over the guy and realized I knew him! And he knew me! It was a college classmate of mine that graduated the same day as me. He had already moved to Atlanta since his wife got a job here and her family is around here. I was still in Savannah. We both were contacted by this company about employment and we both were hired. We were both shocked at seeing each other and couldn’t believe of all the people that could have been hired, they chose 2 graduates from Armstrong for the position.

Just shows to me that even in the recession, the Armstrong name and classes we 2 took meant something to a company. I was found via the network through Career Services. When I went on the interview and offered my transcripts, the client declined and told me they had looked into my grades already. I had never heard of them until they contacted me.


This Christmas card from Ashlee, the girl pictured, had my eyes swelling when I read it tonight:

Dear Shawn,

Thanks so much for the Christmas card. It’s great that you are celebrating Christmas this year. I know that you have had it rough there past few years, but along with the bad there always come good. You have been to many places and met many people, graduated from college and now you are holding down a good job in Atlanta. What a great opportunity! I know your mother must be proud of you and wants you to be happy. You have your whole life full of opportunities and exciting things to come. Remember to trust in God and keep Him first in life. I wish you a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I met Ashlee at Wesley Foundation at Armstrong. Like me, she did nearly everything with the group. She such a bright light and has taught me many things. The biggest lesson learn from this girl is nothing let anything stop you.

All these years later, Ashlee is still an inspiration. If it weren’t for Armstrong, I would never had met Lindsey, Jessie, Ashlee, Shannon, Melinda, and many more dear and near friends I have.

Just a sample of memories, but a sampling of life experiences that Armstrong opened to me. Things that the Board of Regents and their little buddies are Armstrong that pushed a merger can’t steal from me.

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My mail fence
Posted on January 15th, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

Mail Fence

I am not the most creative, but I made this mail fence for my house. It’s just a garden fence, wire, and small decorative clothes pins. I took some sandpaper to sand down the fence to give it a weathered look. I screwed in some hooks on the back and then had it hung on the wall.

A majority of the cards on there I got as being active in Random Acts of Cards.

I actually got this idea from a photo fence I saw at someone’s house. I thought postcards would better fit it.

I’m not the most creative person. However, some of my favorite things in my house decor are things I made.

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Asking the important questions now. Armstrong-Georgia Southern merger
Posted on January 12th, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

Armstrong State University will host a Town Hall Meeting that is open to the public on Thursday, January 19, at 4:30…

Posted by Armstrong State University on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ok, so now that the merger, I mean takeover, of Armstrong by GSU has been approved, they have scheduled a town hall at Armstrong.

Since they are soliciting questions for it, I e-mailed the following questions to the solicitation e-mail. I also left a few comments with my question. I tried not to be rude, but assertive.

My question list:

  1. Who suggested this merger? I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago.  I am talking about the VERY first day this came up.
  2. When was it decided it was to be Georgia Southern and Armstrong to merge? Again, I’m not taking about the announcement from a few days ago.  I am talking about the VERY first day this came up. We know it didn’t take less than a week to do the study on this merger.
  3. How long has this merger been in the works without public input? Be honest with us. The dishonesty shown in this merger so far has led to a lot of anger.
  4. When did the faculty and staff of both school find out about this merger?
  5. What will happen to the student athletes of Armstrong? I think they are getting the worst deal in this all.
  6. Why are we waiting until AFTER the official vote to perform town halls and meetings to perform the merger with a deadline of 1/1/18 for the merge? Look, I understand wanting to keep people from ruining this for the BORUSG, but the way this has been handled has been poor.  Instead of trying to get us to to rally behind this, all this has done is foster anger and worry that this is a dirty deal.
  7. What are the benefits for Savannah? Are classes moving?  Will both campuses be offering classes for a major? Not every student who goes to Armstrong wanted to go to GSU.  Not every student going to Armstrong has the capacity to handle a school the size of GSU.  Not every person in Savannah wants to drive to GSU.
  8. How will tuition costs be handled?  Are you going to increase the fees at Armstrong to subside GSU. How do we know if the money for Armstrong will be reinvested into Armstrong? I think this is a major factor that should have been addressed as trying to pass this merger along.

I hope the Alumni Association and the majority of the faculty and staff knows that the anger of this takeover is not directed towards them. They are getting the wrath of the public, including from me, but they are the facilitators between the public and the administrators at the Georgia Southern, Armstrong, and The Board of Regents. The administrators behind this quick push of the merger without public input BEFORE the fact is where my anger lies.

And that is why I am pushing these questions. It’s why I’m going to that meeting. I want accountability from them. I want the truth.

In the Savannah Morning News article posted today, there is the quote from the president of Armstrong (I can not type her name. I have never liked that woman since she took over.):

Our student athletes’ wherewithal will be maintained. If they have been promised a scholarship, that scholarship will continue. We will not turn students out.

Is she just deaf to the outcry from others? The comments on the petition have other stories. Is she telling me to kids that have been told one thing is wrong? I hope an athlete with a different story speaks up and explain their situation.

In the same article:

Asked about the commute after the meeting, Georgia Southern President Jaimie Hebert said there are already students and staff commuting to Statesboro from Savannah and Hinesville and vice versa.

“It’s not a long commute in this day and age,” Hebert said. “… All of these roadways and commutes exist already. What we have the opportunity to do now is improve on those efficiencies of those commutes and the offerings for those students.”

Again, are they bullheaded?

Does it matter if the commute is nothing today? It’s the fact many of us don’t want to make the commute. At the moment, some of us are going to have to assume the improvement is shifting majors to a single campus, i.e nursing to Savannah and Liberal Arts and Technology to Statesboro. Wouldn’t that be the efficiency they are talking about?

I had a Facebook friend mentioned that she went to Armstrong because she had public transportation available to commute to the school. Unless GSU can have an express shuttle bus between Statesboro and Savannah, people trying to better themselves, but left at the mercy of public transportation to get to school will not be able to go to GSU. They will choose to go to Savannah State if transportation is their major factor.

I urge people concerned and/or anger about this merger takeover to submit questions and attend/or stream the town hall next Thursday.

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