Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I can explain!!

Recruiting prospective students!

Hello  friends! I apologize that I have not been around to your blogs as much of late. As some of you know, I work as a college admissions counselor and I have been doing a lot of traveling/recruiting lately since it's the travel season. 

I really love the travel aspect of my job. Going to recruiting events by traveling through the scenic mountains of Kentucky is an indescribable experience. 

I will be back to visit y'all regularly again in about two weeks!

Only 85 days til' Christmas!! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Culture of Excess

“The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness” ~ Friedrich Nietzche

We live in a culture of want want want, more more more. It seems as though we just cannot get enough. Homes these days have multiple laptops, iPads, and video game consoles. Our closets are stuffed full of clothes that we don’t wear. We upgrade to a newer car when our older one is just fine. Our garages are stuffed with junk that we will never use. Our refrigerators are full of food – half of which we barely touch.

This culture of excess seems to be the norm in Western Culture nowadays. But when is enough enough? I often wonder where this culture of consumerism, excess, and immediacy comes from. It’s as if we measure ourselves by our possessions, and that is so very sad.

I personally think that we have mixed up our needs with our wants.

I am going to begin asking myself, before any purchase, “Do I really need this?” I anticipate that the answer will be “no” most of the time. This is not to say that we should never buy things for ourselves. As working people we should reward ourselves now and then. I just think we place too much emphasis on our possessions, and not enough on the more meaningful things in life.

What are your thoughts? Do you think we have a problem with excess? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn is around the corner!

Autumn is only a week away! My absolute favorite of the seasons. 

I love every single thing about Autumn. It invigorates me in ways that I could never fully describe to anyone.

I love the crisp coolness of the air, the scents that abound, cornfield mazes, bonfires with s'mores, the fall festivals going on in all the small towns, The Halloween decorations, football season (Go Bengals!!), the World Series, Thanksgiving, and hundreds of other things.

Oh, and there's also pumpkin pie :)

The thing I love the most however, by far, is the colorful foliage that the trees take on this time of year. The myriad colors of yellow, orange, red, and brown. They combine to form Mother Nature's most beautiful collage.

Have you ever stood in a forest during a sunny autumn afternoon? Have you ever seen the way the sun shines down through the colorful leaves, reflecting all those amazing colors on the forest floor below? If you haven't, I highly recommend you do so. It will be one of the most amazing things you've ever seen.

So as we begin this wonderful time of year, I wish each and everyone of you a beautiful and amazing autumn season.

What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Death Penalty

Last week, a death row inmate in North Carolina was released due to exonerating DNA evidence  after spending 30 years on Death Row! This made me think of all those people who say that death row inmates shouldn't get to spend years on Death Row before being executed, that there are too many appeals, that they should be executed sooner. If those people had their way, this innocent man would have already been dead.

After all, you can't free an innocent man when they're in the ground...

People tend to have very strong views on the subject of the death penalty, with some people strongly supporting it, while others vehemently opposing it. 

The vast majority of civilized nations on earth have banned the death penalty. The United States is actually among the very few industrialized nations left that still has it. 

So many questions come to mind when creating a dialogue about the death penalty. Is it a deterrent? Is "an eye for an eye" truly justice? Does a jury really have the right to decide who lives or dies? So many fascinating questions. 

What are your thoughts on the death penalty?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Are We Alone...?

Life on other planets. Does it exist? This has been debated in philosophical and scientific circles since human beings first exhibited rational/philosophical thought.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it is mind-boggling to think about the immensity of the universe. Do you ever look up at the sky at night, observing the millions and billions and trillions of stars, and just think about the immensity of it all?

I truly wonder if our brains are even able to grasp the concept of just how large and vast the universe is.

Here are some statistics I found when perusing NASA's website:

There are at least 100 billion (with a b) galaxies in the observable universe, of which ours, the Milky Way, is only one

Our sun is just one of over 100 billion stars in the Milky Way alone

It is estimated that there are 2 to 3 trillion (with a t) planets in the universe

Most interestingly, it is estimated that there are 8.8 billion Earth-sized, habitable planets in the Milky Way alone

When you really think about these findings, is it logical to think that not one of those 2 to 3 trillion planets have life? Is it logical to think that our planet is the only one in existence in which life exists? 

Since many of these planets are so many light-years away that human beings would never be able to travel to them (unless we develop the ability to travel at the speed of light), we may never know the answer to this question. But it is so fascinating to ponder, discuss, and debate.

What are your thoughts? Do you believe life on other planets exists?