JASPER JOTTINGS Week 47 - 2017 Nov 19   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: 15 Stories That Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Life



15 Stories That Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Life

"I turned in my six-figure salary for a chance to soul search."

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While each story is interesting, I was looking for something to empower and motivate me.

Unfortunately, none were about fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor-in-spirit old senior citizen on a fixed income. Then I realized the common thread in each story was that that motivation has to come from within.

I guess one has to learn from one’s failures to “reboot”.

Hope all can find what they are looking for.

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MNEWS: Alma Mater gen­er­al coun­sel Tamara J. Britt



Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (11/17/2017)
Compiled by Brianna A. Tucker November 12, 2017

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Tamara J. Britt, as­so­ciate gen­er­al coun­sel at Rut­gers University and coun­sel to the Rut­gers University Foundation, to gen­er­al coun­sel at Man­hat­tan College.

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JNEWS: Martirano, Mario [MC1988] USA Hockey Coach of the Month



Martirano Named USA Hockey Coach of the Month
November 12, 2017 at 12:04 AM

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A passion for ice hockey and a desire to steer children’s lives in the right direction are only a few reasons that Mahopac resident Mario Martirano was chosen by USA Hockey Magazine for September’s coach of the month honor.

“It’s a mystery to me,” Martirano said of how he was found by the magazine to be selected. “I’m a nice guy and the kids like playing for me. We’ve won a couple of tournaments, but it’s still a mystery to me. I guess I’m well liked in the rink and in the community.”

Originally from Yonkers, the 51-year-old Martirano has played hockey since age 8 and started coaching in his 20’s with Manhattan College, his alma mater, where he played both baseball and ice hockey.

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Martirano, Mario [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Mario is a member of the Class of 1988.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Martirano, Mario [MC1988]

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JHQ: Alma Mater at NYC Vets Parade


FROM THE Manhattan College Alumni PUBLIC GROUP

Manhattan College Alumni shared Manhattan College’s photo. Yesterday at 7:41pm

2017 11Nov 12 vet day

More than 50 of our student veterans and supporters are marching in the New York City #VeteransDay parade today! We are proud to support these men and women who served our country, and are grateful for their service.

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COMMENT: Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP] will be missed


RE: Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC???? RIP]

Thank you … …

Message from Darrell Wilmore,

….. for your condolences for my Aunt Mag. She passed the same day as her oldest brother, James. My Father, Donald is currently under hospice care & is living in his final days. Aunt Mag & I were very connected spiritually, we talked often until she was unable to reciprocate. I will miss her dearly!

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP]

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JNEWS: Walker, Bruce J. [MC1992] Asst Sec DoE



Walker Named Assistant Secretary at Dept. of Energy
By BOB DUMAS November 13, 2017 at 12:02 PM

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Bruce J. Walker has resigned as the deputy county executive of Putnam County to take the position of assistant secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was confirmed last month by the U.S. Senate and administered the oath of office by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Walker, a Mahopac native, lives with his wife, Lisa, and their children in Pawling. He has been part of County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s administration since she took office on Nov. 11, 2011.

Walker has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a Juris Doctor in law from Pace University. He founded Modern Energy Insights Inc.,  a boutique consulting firm that specializes in evaluating and identifying risk for critical infrastructure.

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Walker, Bruce J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Bruce is a member of the class of 1992.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Walker, Bruce J. [MC1992]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for the Wilmore family


Good Evening All,

From Jasper Jottings, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, Margaret A. Wilmore '60 BA. Her Nephew shared a personal tribute to his Aunt Mag wherein he also shared that his Father was in Hospice. We pray for Margaret, Her Brother Donald, and their Family as the Family is in such sorrow with two loved ones being mourned as they are called home. The Family have shared the following Obituary. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP]

[JR: Class year supplied by Colon, Philip J. (MC1962). Thanks much.] 

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JHQ: Watch the Belfast Jasper game in Spring Lake


FROM THE Manhattan College Alumni PUBLIC GROUP

Manhattan College Alumni shared Official Manhattan Jaspers Athletics Page’s event. 7 hrs ·

Come cheer on Manhattan Men's Basketball at a regional watch party as they compete in the first-ever international basketball tournament hosted in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Join fellow alumni and Jasper fans at Spring Lake Tap House (810 Highway 71, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762) as the Jaspers take on Holy Cross. The game will air on CBS Sports at 11:30 a.m. EST as part of the Belfast Classic.

Fri 11 AM · Spring Lake Tap House · Spring Lake

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JHQ: Alma Mater's students go to Capitol Hill




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[JR: Reported without editorial comment.] 

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MVIDEO: Fran Fraschilla on 1992-93 Men's Basketball



Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame Testimonials: Fran Fraschilla on 1992-93 Men's Basketball

3 minute video

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JOBIT: Wallace, James D. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Oct-23



James D. Wallace
1924 - 2017

Vero Beach, FL - James D. Wallace died Oct 23rd, 2017. He was born in Bronx, New York on February 3, 1924 to Michael J. and Josephine Wallace.

He attended Regis High School and graduated from Mount St. Michael High School before enlisting in the Navy Air Corps in 1943.

He trained as a radio operator in a torpedo bomber squadron in Florida then transferred to California, where he continued training until the war in the Pacific ended. He was discharged in 1946. He then attended Manhattan College.

He married Katherine Broderick in 1946, and in 1954 the couple moved to New Rochelle, NY, where Jim was an active member of Holy Family church. For more than 40 years he was a sales agent for Allstate Insurance Company in several midtown New York offices. In 2009, after 15 years as snowbirds, the couple moved fulltime to Vero Beach.

Jim was predeceased by a son, James Dawson Wallace Jr. and a granddaughter Maeve Wallace. He is survived by his wife of 71 years; five daughters: Mary Norman of Toronto, Canada; Katherine Smith of Delray Beach, Fl.; Virginia Wallace of Buffalo, NY; Therese Wallace of Orlando, Fl.; Margaret Webb of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca; four sons: Thomas of New York, NY; Gerald of White Plains, NY; Timothy of Sonoma, Ca., Andrew of Hinsdale, Il.; 27 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

Interment will be 1 pm Nov. 24 at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Ave., Hawthorne, N.Y. A reception will follow at 3 pm at the Rye Presbyterian Church Assembly Hall, 882 Boston Post Rd., Rye, N.Y.Published in the The Journal News on Nov. 15, 2017


Wallace, James D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JOBIT: Furlong, Robert James [MC1950 RIP] on 2017-Nov-11



Robert James Furlong
November 26, 1926 - November 11, 2017   
New York

Robert was born on November 26, 1926 and passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Robert was a resident of New York at the time of passing.

He served in the US Army from 1945-1947, and attended Manhattan College in New York City.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church, 12001 69th St. E., Parrish, FL 34219 on Thursday, November 16th at 10:30 am. Burial will be at the Sarasota Veteran's Cemetery at 1:00 pm.

St. Frances X Cabrini Church 12001 69th Street E, Parrish FL 34219  1-941-776-9097 http://sfxcparrish.com

Funeral Mass at the St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church at 10:30 AM on November 16, 2017. November 16, 2017 10:30 AM

St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church 12001 69th St E, Parrish, FL 34219 November 16, 2017 1:00 PM

Sarasota National Cemetery 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Rd.) Sarasota, FL 34241 Funeral Mass at the St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church at 10:30 AM on November 16, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church, Parrish, FL.


Furlong, Robert James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/105483332

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Dear John,

                I believe that Robert is a member of the class of 1950.

                        May He Rest in Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Furlong, Robert James [MC1950 RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JNEWS: Murphy, James [MC1962] Director Emeritus Irish Studies Villanova



NUI GalwayHonorary Doctorate awarded to son of Leitrim native Philip Rooney
17 Nov 20170

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Every year NUI Galway awards honorary degrees to a small number of individuals who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.

This year the governing Authority of NUI Galway invited Professor James Murphy to accept the Degree of Doctor of Literature, in recognition of his commitment to promoting Irish Studies globally and developing cultural and academic relations between Ireland and the United States.

Professor Jim Murphy is Director Emeritus of the Irish Studies Program at Villanova University. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940 of Irish parents. His mother was Kathleen Sloyan from Ballyhaunis and his father was Patrick Joseph Murphy from Aughakiltubrid, Cloone, Co. Leitrim. That background shaped his connection to Ireland, especially the West, and subtly led him to his academic career.

“I didn’t realise it at the time, but Ireland was always in the air of my growing up. I breathed in a world of brogues and ballads, and out of that raw material of Irish voices, I gravitated to Irish writers and felt at home there. I was always a reader, but in college I first read Joyce and Yeats. I found there voices and a world that I knew at once. It was all over for me.”

The first in his family to go to upper-level study, he did his academic work at Manhattan College (B.A.), Niagara University (M.A.), and Temple University (Ph.D.). His doctoral work was ‘The Book of Kells, James Joyce, and the Irish Literary Tradition’.

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Murphy, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I belive that James is a member of the class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, James [MC1962]

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MFOUND: Gaels "dislike" Jaspers



My thoughts on swipe dining systems
Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:53 am | Updated: 10:55 am, Thu Nov 16, 2017.
By Brian ConnorsArts and Entertainment Editor

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Iona College is home to a marvelous mass of students. Each Gael has a different personality and different interests. The one thing, however, that every student can agree on – besides a disliking of Jaspers – is a love for food!

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[JR: And Jaspers “dislike” Fordham despite them loaning us a President. Laugh! Seems that everyone can “dislike” someone. It’s only important that we remember it’s a joke. Something the R’s and D’s have forgotten.] 

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JFOUND: Lovin, Gabrielle [MC????] Mt. Prospect coach



Girls basketball: Family connections fuel Frasco's fervor
John Leusch updated: 11/16/2017 1:42 PM

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"She is confident in how she plays and she has the inside-outside game where she can drive and shoot," said Prospect coach Gabrielle Lovin, a former Division I standout at Manhattan College in New York. With that and the confidence she possesses, she is a triple threat."

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Lovin, Gabrielle [MC????]

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JFOUND: Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988) has a new website




I work as both a journalist and media professional in the metro area. You may have read my work in Hudson Valley Magazine, Wayne Magazine, Catholic New York, alumni publications and websites for Manhattan College and St. Catharine Academy, and more.

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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JUPDATE: Medica, John Kevin [MC1980 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Medica, John Kevin [MC1980 RIP] on 2017-Oct-13


1958 - 2017 Obituary
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 10, 2017

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Dear John,

               I believe that John is a member of the class of 1980.

                         May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Medica, John Kevin [MC1980 RIP]

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JUPDATE: Fickeria, Dominick [MC1979] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JNEWS: Fickeria, Dominick [MC1979] promoted at Hill Intl

Hill International Announces Two Executive Promotions

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Dear John,

            I believe Dominick is a member of the class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fickeria, Dominick [MC1979]

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JOBIT: Cranston, George E. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Nov-15



George Cranston

George E. Cranston, 92, in Stamford, CT, November 15.

George was born in Brooklyn, NY to Rufus F. and Elizabeth L. (Wheeler) Cranston.

He attended La Salle Academy, Manhattan College, and Columbia University School of Engineering where he earned his degree in civil engineering.

George served in the Navy during World War II and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He served in the Pacific Theater as a civil engineer.

In 1950 he married Jeannette M. Farrell, also of Brooklyn, and they lived for over two decades in Baldwin (Town of Hempstead), NY with their five children. Since the early 70s he and Jeannette made their home in Stamford, CT.

He worked as a foreman on the construction of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York, as a chemical engineer for many years at Chemico in New York, and was later President of Peabody Process Systems in Connecticut. In his work he quietly changed the lives and improved the health of millions of people around the world as a pioneer in the industrial air pollution control business.

A devout lifelong Roman Catholic, George was an active and beloved member of the Emmaus Community in Stamford, CT for over forty years. He was known for his quiet and unassuming generosity, providing expert assistance with home repairs and other tasks for his friends, neighbors, and community members. He was an active volunteer for Adopt-a-House and Habitat for Humanity, helping restore abandoned buildings to create permanent homes for low-income families.

He lived his last four years of life at Edgehill in Stamford, where he was a warm and caring presence in many residents' lives.

George enjoyed an active life, filled with travel, racquetball, and especially golf. He was a longtime member of the Country Club of Darien. George was a man of integrity, respected colleague and employer, a great friend, devoted husband, gentlemanly companion, and terrific father.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette. He is survived by his children, Jane of New York, NY, Peter of Dunwoody, GA, Judy of Rochester, NY, Kevin of Boston, MA, and Meg of Los Angeles, CA, grandchildren Peter, Catherine, and Amber Cranston, and Spenser Kuipers, and his many friends and community members.

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Cecilia in Stamford, November 18 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held November 17 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 203-327-1313. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in George's honor to the Emmaus Community.

Published in StamfordAdvocate on Nov. 17, 2017


Cranston, George E. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/stamfordadvocate/george-cranston-condolences/187263612?cid=full

[JR: He might be only an attendee but he certainly lived up to the standard of Manhattan Men.] 

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JFACEBOOK: Morrison, Christopher [MC1987] planting seeds aka brainwashing



Christopher Morrison 31 mins · I woke with a start this morning at 6:25. I stumbled out of bed, threw on clothes, and ambled down the hall to my son's room. We were supposed to be on the road at 6:30.A few minutes later, we were in the car racing up the New Jersey Turnpike on our way to the Bronx. Our destination? Van Cortland Park, or as I think of it, Manhattan College's front lawn. He was running in a cross-country race. I was the chauffeur.

As he sat beside me, tuning up his spikes with his little spike wrench, I asked him: "Hey, where do you want to go to college?"He is a sophomore in high school. Plenty of time. But these moments where he cannot squirm away from topics like this will begin to vanish. That is what happened with his older siblings. College decision day will be here and I will wish I had talked more about choices to be made.

"I don't know, Dad."

"I would recommend Manhattan College."


"It is where most of the really intelligent, good-looking people go."

"That is true, Dad. Very true."

"I went there."


"Keep it in mind, my friend. Keep it in mind."

"Will do."

Tightening of spikes continues.

Just planting seeds.

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Morrison, Christopher [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Christopher is member of the Class of 1987.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Morrison, Christopher [MC1987]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) publishes "Irma and Me"


Irma and Me Paperback – November 6, 2017 by Louis Petrone (Author) New from $14.50

Popular blogger Ley West Lou shares his journal that records the evacuation from Key West during the recent Hurricane Irma disaster. Along with his day-by-day diary you will find a visual record of the storm and its aftermath -- a dramatic gallery to accompany Louis Petrone’s words. History told firsthand!

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Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

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ENDNOTE: The tale of two janitors


EV#139 Pitchforks, globalization, labor and AI
Exponential View —  Tim O’Reilly 

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And to understand the rise of income inequality over time, thanks to the erosion of business values and corporate beneficence, there’s no more instructive story than this tale of two janitors:

Ms. Evans was a full-time employee of Kodak. She received more than four weeks of paid vacation per year, reimbursement of some tuition costs to go to college part time, and a bonus payment every March. When the facility she cleaned was shut down, the company found another job for her: cutting film.

Ms. Ramos is an employee of a contractor that Apple uses to keep its facilities clean. She hasn’t taken a vacation in years, because she can’t afford the lost wages. Going back to school is similarly out of reach. There are certainly no bonuses, nor even a remote possibility of being transferred to some other role at Apple.

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As I was often saying in my role as the the big fat old turkey hisself coaching job search to the middle-aged fat old white guys who were RIFed, “downsized”, or just tossed out like the trash — like I was, there is no flashing “Kmart blue light special” light to tell you that the world changes and it’s adapt or die.

I often told those sad old souls, as well as any youngster who would listen, that

“Success for your generation is: (1) ruthless financial discipline -- no bad debt; (2) a life long interest in learning -- education -- a degree -- they can't take it away from you; (3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux; (4) a blue collar skill for hard times -- never saw a poor plumber; (5) one or more internet based businesses -- your store is always open; (6) a free time hobby that generates income; and (7) a large will-maintained network of people who can "help" you."

This “tale” of two janitors is an example of the silent change that captures so many “victims”.

While I am sad that Ms. Ramos is in the described state, as are so many others, it’s all their own fault.

I’m not heartless or hard-hearted but USA native’s need some “tough love”.

This current generation has become complacent and lulled to sleep by the propaganda that they are special and success is their birthright.

IRL, in nature, it’s adapt or die. So too for humanity. We only get to stay on the top of the food chain by our unique God-given ability to adapt and survive.

Look at what our forefathers did and endured to get us to this place. Do we do or endure even half of what they did?

Ms. Ramos, and all like her, are de-humanized as an actor who has free will and free choice. Does Ms. Ramos save? Does she work hard? Probably, but does she work smart? Probably not. Does she have a side hustle? Or does she lay back and let the world pick her course.

Is it hard to break out? Sure. But most times, it’s our “map” (i.e., memes and paradigms) that keep us in chains. Trained to be weak like the baby elephant, who can’t escape the leg chain, learns to be helpless and, as an adult elephant, doesn’t even think about breaking the relatively flimsy rope on its leg.


To all the Ms. Ramos’ out there: Wake up! Seize and use your power.

Too bad we can’t take a deep dive on the Ms. Ramos story and see if it’s as portrayed?

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