Getting to know the world through personal stories

After seeing a news story last night about a man who is going through nursing homes and taking pictures of person who are 100 years old and older and asking their stories and sharing them to accumulate over 10,000 years of world history. I thought it would be a great ending report for a class seeing as we were given a project to do dealing with social media and the ways to help the world get to know each other. On my Facebook I have over 4,000 friends and yet even though I see their status updates and the pictures they share .. I really do not know a lot about them personally. So I have set out on my quest to find out more about them all. I am sure it may be a bit intrusive or rude for some. But I feel as part of this world we sometimes forget that each person we meet has their own story. So instead of judging people I feel it is our right to get to know them. So hopefully as the last project of this class I am able to complete this and learn more about the people who I share my life with on a daily basis.

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Hannah Storm breaks Stuart Scott’s passing to the world in incredible eulogy

For The Win

ESPN’s Stuart Scott, whose catchphrases became synonymous with sports over the past two decades, died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49.

Scott’s colleague, Hannah Storm, broke the news to the world live on SportsCenter this morning. A tearful Storm read a moving eulogy for Scott.

I have some very sad news to report to you this morning. Our colleague, or friend, and our inspiration Stuart Scott passed away earlier today.

At July’s ESPY awards, Stuart Scott told the audience: ‘When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.'”

Since 1993, those of us here at ESPN fortunate enough to work with Stuart saw how he lived. And in the past seven years as he fought cancer, we saw why he lived. For his daughters…

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Police investigate reported armed robbery at Greensboro Walmart

Just left this exact wal mart…

GREENSBORO — Police are investigating after a robbery was reported at a Greensboro Walmart store late this morning.

Police responded about 11:30 a.m. to 121 W. Elmsley St., in south Greensboro, where a man allegedly committed a robbery at gunpoint, according to dispatchers.

No injuries were reported.

Police have not made any arrests in the incident.

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Christmas…. I can’t see you! Can you hear me?

As I sat at a Wal- Mart and watched as the people walked in . It got me to thinking. Despite the festive decorations, Christmas music on the radio, The Elf in the Shelf pictures and the Salvation Army bell ringers accepting donations… I can’t seem to find Christmas. Yes I have done my shopping and decided to make some of the gifts. But despite all of that.. Christmas really does not feel like it is 12 days away. I remember when I was younger and would watch some of the Christmas specials and one especially caught my mind. A resounding sound of these words.. ” Peace on Earth and Good will to all men.” But even as I check my emails and read the stories in the news.. Those words do not ring true. This is supposed to be the time of year where we all are a little bit nicer, ugly sweaters and smiles for everyone. Yet if you look on any television that is not there. Granted there are stories of nice things being done. Mainly by the police right now. Because of all the police involved murders here lately. But where is the true meaning of Christmas at? We are all wrapped up in the buying of gifts and the making of cookies.. But where is the “Peace on Earth and Good Will towards all men.”? I for one would love to know. I know that the world keeps turning and that things are still going to happen. But can’t we just find the feeling that we used to have when we were kids? The magic of this holiday that it seems we all have forgotten. Instead of the feeling just one day of the year.. Why can’t we do it the other 364 days? I just miss the excitement that as I child I used to have. The whole bit of it. And yet, even though I have a child.. There deep down inside of me.. It still lives… So I guess my Christmas wish this year is simple… “PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TOWARDS ALL MEN”

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An open letter to America

Dear America,

As a citizen in this country and a mother I want to write this to each of you. Granted it is how I feel and you may not feel the same way as I do. And that is ok. But at least hear me out.
This is supposed to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. And yet in our country it is anything but. We have for years even decades in this country been fighting a war with ourselves. It’s been all about race in this country for years. But really lets look at some facts that each of you can find if you can use a search engine . Back in the day when this country was first discovered. The white man took the lands from the Indians. Wars, death and segregation began. In the early colonies when Britain came here and we were fighting with them.. We were made choose sides. We have had slavery of Africans and wars began over that. During the World Wars and the bombing of Pearl Harbor – we had whether you want to admit it or not “camps” for people who were Asian. We had segregation of whites and blacks . We have people who are from the Middle East or look Middle Eastern who have been treated poorly due to the attacks on 9/11. Now we have cops killing people and we as a whole are not helping the situation. Do you want to know why? Well here is why.. there is no simple answer to this. All of it is deep rooted in the social, economic, personal, religious and historical forces that surround each and every one of us. Death no matter what color is what it is death. And no you personally do not have to know someone to be affected by it. Each and every day here in America that is all we hear about. And we as a culture are not one step closer to finding a cure. You have one side against the other, discriminations against more than just race and yet in a lot of situations race is used by just about every single race. What is wrong with us is us. We have repeated the mistakes of the ones before us and yet we yell we want change and yet we as a people do nothing. We are now not looked upon with eyes of the greatest country . Right at this very moment we are looked down on. With all of the discrimination we as a people do nothing to change it. We are working in the right direction for somethings. But the word equal in this country does not hold true anymore. We are not all equal and yet we do nothing to change that but violent, bloody protest , violence and the disregard for our fellow citizen. We do that. We the People of the United States have lost our way. We have expected the next guy to care. And the next and the next.. the snowball effect. And yet we are more worried about what we own , how much money we have, who we hang out with and what we want. Than worried about what we can do to fix us. We are like a chronic illness. We linger on and on and on and then when something bad happens we flare up and that’s when it is talked about. Which is sad. We are all a judgmental bunch. Yet we do not like it when we are judged.
On one of the most prominent symbols of our country is written a poem. Who was written by a woman who is Jewish. On the Statue of Liberty the poem, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, I am going to share this with each of you.
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame with conquering limbs astride from land to land. Here at our sea-washed , sunset gates shall stand. A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lighting and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand. Glows world wide welcome, her mild eyes command. The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep ancient lands your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips “GIVE ME YOUR TIRED , YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, THE WRETCHED REFUSE OF YOUR TEEMING SHORE,SEND THESE YOUR HOMELESS,TEMPEST-TOST TO ME , I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
When I read this I see the words just as you do but each of us as Americans need to understand the words not just read. We are a country who opens ourselves to the world as we are a country who cares. I am not saying that all Americans are like this because I know for one I am not. But we as a country need to stop and look around. This is our country . This is our home. And yet day to day year to year we are destroying it. We have freedoms yes. But We also live in a country where still today we are all guilty of feeling as we do. It is time for us, as Americans , to start doing right by our country. The problems of one generation are passed on to another and so forth. We cry that we want to leave our children and our childrens children a better world but we fail to remember they watch us for guidance . So when we act like we do and our children ‘s generation act worse than us.. Who do we blame? We should stop and embrace our country. When 9/11 happen we were one. When something bad happens and all races are killed we stand united. So why does that have to change when it is over. United we stand divided we fall. Abraham Lincoln said in a speech one time that we as a country would destroy ourselves. And even that long ago if you read the speech.. He was right. We are destroying ourselves. So America .. wake the hell up. We can be the voice of reason and the voice of change. Hate does not solve anything. It is time for us to stop the hate. Stop the violence against ourselves. Stand up and say enough. And then and only then America will we get our country back to where it needs to be.
An Angry American Who is ready to make a change!

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Race relations and The World!

Seeing as I am working on a paper for a class I am in. And I am being asked for my opinion about the situation and knowing that the teacher has before not seemed to agree with my opinion and I received a not so great grade. I feel as if this can be my personal place for me to share my true opinion about the subject. Granted I do not look at things as others do. I have lived on both sides so to speak. And I see the world in a different view. So the following is my opinion about the race relations here in the United States and abroad.
In the world for as long as there have been humans on this planet. There has always been conflict among people. From early times, many of the conflicts had to do with religion, what area you came from and what race you were associated with. From the Bible times- back in the beginning people were associated with tribes. You had the Egyptians and the Hebrews. They looked upon each other with hate and disgust. The people were persecuted due to the way others were raised to think of the other. Eventually the two groups were separated due to the Exodus of the Hebrews out of Egypt. Since early times we as a humans have been separated . And today it is still true. Granted things are more known now due to television , internet, news papers, and cell phone video. We can not open our eyes for one minute without seeing it. And it does not just happen here in the United States. It is not a new problem. I can think of numerous times I have looked and read the news on my yahoo account. It is happening in Europe, Asia, Africa, and yes here in the United States. In South Africa there are still people who believe that the white man is the greater race. In Europe the same thing happens. Asian countries you hear of people being locked up or killed because they are not from the country originally. And here in the United States on a hourly basis you can see where our now normal is the police killing people and basing it on race. Yet when I read a report that was written in 1959- the man who was writing it back then hit the nail on the head so to speak. As far as race goes- it does not matter where you are from at least once in your lifetime you have been affected by race in some way shape or form. Think about it.. I mean really think about it… We all have done it. And it is on all sides. What you see on television what is reported is mainly just the stuff people get upset over. But think about where you live.. Have you seen it? Where you work- have you seen it? When you are shopping- seen it then? I bet at least to one of the questions you have said yes. Well let’s take a look at it from another point of view.
When you have children and you look at that child do you want your child to feel better than someone because of the color of their skin? Where they are born? What religion they were brought up in? Who they love? The answer is no. You raise your child to not see the ugly side of that. And most parents pass on their beliefs to their children. You aren’t born and it is automatically just part of you . It is taught. I have raised my son to not see color. I have friends that are from all walks of life. I have lived in ghettos . I have lived in the country. I have worked in pretty much every possible environment known to man. I have never felt the need to judge anyone due to the color of their skin. You want to know what the real issue is .. Especially in the United States. We are living in a world where people still live in a world of discrimination. We do judge people by many things. And 95 % of us have done it in our everyday lives. We are still wanting to see the upheaval in our culture and we put it there. Now granted not everyone sees life as I do. And I may be shunned for the next statement. But if half of the people who are so vocal when the bad things happened could sit down and think before they help spread the hate. Be part of the solution. I mean what do you really get from adding violence to a violent world? You want America to change. You want the world to change. Well get off your asses and drop all the misconceptions on your fellow man and see that all the anger and hate just produces more hate. Back in the 50’s when the report was written it was tested on 11 and 12 year old white boys. All from the same background. Did they get along you may ask? Nope sure didn’t . They automatically chose sides. Well if you had thrown a Latin or African American in the mix back in the 50’s what do you think would happen? Well think of life today… We seem to all stick to our own group when the shit hits the fan. So you want to stop this.. Here is my suggestion.. And this is to everyone not just a specific race. get the fuck over yourselves. I mean really .. People of all races die in this country every single day. Granted it is on everyone’s minds because of the recent tragedies that have happened. White , African American, Latin Americans, Asians, Indian, Middle Eastern people get killed by the police and yet it is only talked about when it is a child. What about the families of the ones that were killed that you don’t hear about? When you sit back and look at the big picture it is not right to just single out one race. Is it going to change over night? No it has been this way since the beginning of time.. Yet throughout all of this nothing has changed. I think it is because we don’t want it to change. It is 2014 and yet we live in a world that is stuck back in the beginning. Do I feel that race plays a part in a lot of the killings ? Yes I do. Because of the fact that we are all brought up with the beliefs that the race thing is still around. When you are dying and need a organ to live.. Quick question… Would you turn it down if you found it came from someone who was not your race? I know I have no hate in my heart towards any race. And I know that I can not change the world but it is more than race. It has grown to many different discriminations .. Sexual orientation, religion, personal beliefs.. We are a hateful society and I am not just talking about America. I am talking in the whole world. We can act and say we want peace.. But truth is we all have hate. You want to be the change.. STOP HATING ! Look we can’t help what color we were born.. None of us can change that. Can we overcome what we are taught to hate? Yes.. Just give it a chance. We look at all the negative in the world and we talk about that. What about the good? How often do you hear good things about race in our world. In a world filled with hate and violence.. Try and focus on the good… There is some there. But instead we continue to stay back in the dark ages and refuse to all act like civilized humans.

By aprilgaddis10

An open letter to the people of Ferguson

Dear Ferguson,

I am writing this because I want you to know how the rest of the country feels. See we watch on television every day now for months about the protesting and violence that you are doing to your town. Before Mike Brown got killed we had no idea about you. Just like any small town on the map- Most of us do not know you exist until something bad happens. And now you are all over the news with looting , violence and protestors who may or may not live in your community and you probably do not even know until all of this started. I am not saying that we as a country do not care. We do. We understand what is going on. But WE do not have to live there. We are in our homes during this time and we do not see this on the streets of our neighborhoods. See this is where I as a human being have an issue. You say that the violent acts of one man lead to the death of an unarmed young man. But yet you answer the violence with violence. I watched the video of the mother and her anger after the decision was made. I understand her anger. Where I have my son and can still hug him and see him continue his life. I do have a heart. And that heart angers me. No child should be shot no matter what race they are .. He was a child.. It is not right. But this story has flooded the news and internet for months and honestly it should have died down by now. Have you even noticed that another child was gunned down.. Another African American child- A 12 year old who was killed because he had an airsoft gun? Nope you are too busy destroying your city .. Too busy being self absorbed with the killing of a person who stole from a store and the confronted and cop. Well you are not the only city in the country that has kids dying daily over things they themselves did not provoke. You just do all the looting and violence and think you are going to change things. Well check this out… Not all protest need to be violent. I am sure your town has heard of Trayvon Martin… Well did any of you see his family and people cause as much destruction as you have? NO.. You saw the community rally behind them peacefully. You saw the world stand up after the verdict and try to make change without the violence that took his life. Yet the nation had one thing in mind… Start the discussion about the change that needs to happen. You may not know what you look like but the hatred you are doing throughout the community is showing the young people in your community that violence is the answer when you do not get the response you want. That will teach us right? So we show our kids that this is how we carry ourselves and it is okay to do all of this.. Wow can you imagine how they see us? You are smashing businesses , setting police cars on fire, beating each other, stealing, destroying people’s lives all in the name of what really? I would be ashamed to be setting the example for your kids that this is the way you get what you want. Well guess what …. IT IS NOT… Teach your kids that yes there are people in this world who do bad things but to be the change needed do not stoop to the level of the people who are causing it. Do something about it that would actually help be the change. The world we live in is a violent world. But you gain nothing by being what is wrong with this world. There are other ways to fight the injustice .. There are other ways to be heard.. You now after all of this violence what have you accomplished? Is Mike Brown alive now? Is the cop in jail? No neither of those things has taken place. And it never will. So why continue to set fire to your community and destroy what people have worked so hard to build when you get no outcome that you desire? Instead of doing all the negative that you are doing.. Fight to make sure that no other mother will have to cry about losing her child to violence. Teach our younger generation that getting an education and fighting the injustice they see now by becoming pillars of the community.. Be the change our children need.. Our children no matter what race learn from the actions of us.. So if we are to be the example.. Then what kind of world do we leave for our children? You want to be mad.. You want to act a fool that’s is on you completely but two wrongs do not make a right and all the damage you are doing to your own community.. You are leaving your children nothing… I pray that things will change and you will find peace out of this.. But yelling to “burn this motherfucker down” is not the way you get change..

Another mother that is ashamed to know we are still children ourselves

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Matters of the heart

I have never been the girl that was good at anything remotely looking like a relationship. Did not matter if it were a man or woman. Still never got the gist of it. Got married- that didn’t work. Dated women- that did not work. Turned feelings off and became cold- that did not work either. And yet here I sit in my room and have a constant thought go through my head- A thought that should have left years ago but has not. See I have come to the realization that I am in love. Funny to hear me say that but I think it is true. For a few years now there has been one constant person my heart and my mind keep coming too. And to no avail I can not shake it. I have always heard that if you constantly think of someone then they are supposed to be there. I do not have the balls I guess to even let this person know how I feel. I am pretty blunt about everything else . But when it comes to matters of the heart.. I do not know how to do it. I had someone ask me why I do not have a significant other. And here and there I have given bullshit answers to that question. Of course it is just to dodge the real question that I ask myself. Until today- I have a feeling it may have come too late.. I think the person that I am in love with has gotten married and for me that means hands off. Drop the feelings and never look back . I do not know for sure but I just feel like it is true. I have so many people tell me how beautiful I am and honestly I do not see it. And all I can think about is one week of my life that was spent with the most amazing person and just how that made me feel. I mean granted I am probably not good enough for them because we grew up different lives. But there is not a second of the day that they do not cross my mind. It is kind of like even though we are far apart they are always near me. I just can’t do it.
I sit here and see a person who like I said earlier isn’t perfect. Does not have the perfect body or life.. And yet all I can think about is them. When I talk about them my whole demeanor changes and I feel like I could do anything. Yet there is this huge wall up and I am not sure if it is me or them. But if I could tell this person just how I feel I guess I would say that.. No matter how far apart we are from each other they are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night. I look at the sky when I take my walks and I wonder if by chance they are thinking about me. How I would do anything for them. Even walk away if it meant they could be happy. When I tell them I love them.. It is not words .. It comes from every fiber of my being. Yet those dreams may have to be just that… Dreams.. And now I am faced with not saying a word and walking away . I do not know if I should cry and get it out.. Or just hell I don’t know… I feel so dumb for feeling this way…

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Greensboro city employee charged in hotel assault, police say attack not hate crime

I really get angered when they say things like this… No one really knows what happened and for the city to just act like it was two guys fighting.. Is wrong… Pray that Mr. White heals quickly ….

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A good-looking young stranger in a gay bar is going to draw some attention, Chemistry Nightclub owner Drew Wofford said Thursday, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Garry Joseph Gupton, a 26-year-old Greensboro city employee, spent several hours flirting with drag queens Saturday night, and hooked up with a regular at the bar, 46-year-old Stephen Patrick White.

Then, Wofford said, the two left together and went to a hotel. By dawn, one man was critically injured and the other was in jail.

Police have said that a fire broke out in the hotel room the men shared. White was hospitalized with critical burn injuries and Gupton has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police and firefighters raced to Battleground Inn, 1517 W. Wendover Terrace. When authorities arrived, they found flames and smoke pouring from a fourth-floor…

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