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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunday Stroll Around Campus

We also walked around campus Sunday afternoon. As I said, it was a gorgeous day.

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Categories: Morgantown,Photos,West Virginia  

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Past: Smaller and Sadder

I spent 12 years, from age 5 to 17 going to school.

Every school I attended has closed. Two of the buildings (St. Francis Elementary and St. Francis High School) were razed to the ground, one (Second Ward Elementary) was turned into an apartment complex (Disturbing: Having someone offer you alcohol while you’re standing in what was your first grade class room), one (Second Ward Annex) was being used for storage (last I checked, anyway, but that was several years ago), and this one–Central Elementary–was abandoned.

These pictures are for Paige and Justine, but I can’t see them truly thanking me for them.

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Sunday Stroll Around Town

As I mentioned yesterday, it was a lovely day for a stroll. In fact, I saw a LOT of people out with DSLRs. It was kinda weird. But I guess we were all drawn to the gorgeous light.

These were taken around downtown. I have two other sets, both of which need processed: one of campus and… another set.

If it wasn’t obvious earlier, I love windows, and I love it even more when the light is such that they act as mirrors.

Police station on Spruce street.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Results: Icy Resolution

Today was cold, but gorgeous, so I got some lovely pictures today, thanks to Michael dragging my butt out of the house.

green plant(s)
red
yellow
ice
resolution

These are some mighty delusional bulbs–they’re most likely in for a nasty surprise ANY DAY NOW.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Categories: Fun & Games,Photos  

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Legacy of Joe Paterno

They are burying Joe Paterno today.

Many many people will stand up and talk about all the good things he did, while others will stand outside and try to remind people that it is the responsibility of good men and women everywhere to fight evil where they see it.

Throughout the past century there have been many countless cases of people who were not necessarily evil, but who stood by while evil happened.

There was the murder of Catherine Susan “Kitty” Genovese.
The actions of everyday people to German concentration and extermination camps.
The rounding up and internment of American citizens during WWII.

Such evil occurs every day because people who are not bad–who are not evil–ignore it. Because people think “someone else will do something about that.” Because people believe that if someone in power has allowed it, it cannot be wrong.

But it IS wrong.

A story appeared on Daily KOS about child molestation. I warn you, it is upsetting and distressing, not just the descriptions, but the realization that what is described happened to a ten year old child.

It should be read by all those who think that Joe Paterno is a hero to be worshiped.

He isn’t.

I am not saying he was a bad man.

I am not saying he did not attempt and achieve good things when given the opportunity that came his way.

But when push came to shove, when he was confronted with true evil, he did what most people do: He passed the buck and hoped that someone else would take care of the problem.

He had the power to stop evil, but he didn’t use it.

He did not make a stand when his legendary prowess and strength were most needed.

He allowed evil to occur, thinking–hoping most likely–that someone else was dealing with it. Hoping someone else would take care of it.

That failure? It doesn’t make him evil, it just makes him a coward.

To be honest, most of us are cowards. Few people in the world are willing to stand up against wrongdoing. To speak out against injustice.

Because it’s hard.

Standing up means that you will face ridicule. Disdain. Threats. Maybe even death.

Most people don’t have the heart or the balls to see what is right in front of them and take action. After all, it’s not their loved one in harm’s way. They have to look out for themselves, to protect those they love, first. Right?

Standing up against evil, against what is wrong is so very hard. It’s something that most people can’t do.

Does that make those people evil? I don’t know, but I don’t think so.

But it does mean they most certainly are not heroes. They are not deserving of worship and adulation by strangers.

So on this day when tributes are being made to Joe Paterno, I believe we are better served considering individuals and organizations that are in truth heroic. That have stood up and said: NO. This will not happen. I will not allow such evil to pass unnoticed and unremarked.

Erika Heymann
Paul Rusesabagina
Gyöngyi Mago

Simon Wiesenthal Center
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

And maybe–just maybe–next time you see a wrong, you’ll stand up and say something. You’ll do what is right instead of what is expedient. You’ll take the hard road, strewn with ridicule and danger, and think not of yourself, but of the weak and the powerless who cannot stand up for themselves.

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Categories: History,Politics  

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Icy Resolution

Yeah, I know I’ve been slacking. But the weather has made me want to do nothing more than curl up with a book (or–to be brutally honest–a mindless computer game).

So here’s hoping for nicer weather for the next couple days, so make me (and perhaps you) feel like actually playing a game that doesn’t involve one’s butt firmly planted in a chair.

This week’s items to find:

green plant(s)
red
yellow
ice
resolution

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pittsburgh Snow

Of course it’s all gone now, but there was some very pretty snow along the river while we were at Pittsburgh.

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WWA: Finally Wintery Edition

That’s right, we’ve finally gotten SOME winter weather.

Of course, it’s been interspersed with temperatures in the 60s, but we have to take what we can get.

Today’s word is: ice

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Duquesne Incline

One of the other things we did in Pittsburgh was take the Duquesne Incline.

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What, you may ask is the Incline?

Well, it’s the Incline. It’s goes up. And it goes down.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

It Was a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

That’s right, we were in Pittsburgh, home of Mister Rogers.

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