Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Please note: the opinions I express here are solely mine at the time of writing, and may or may not apply any longer. If reading something that I've written in the past may change your opinion or thoughts of me, please proceed no further.
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Goodbye Ole Friend

by Shane Holden – April 21, 2016

Yesterday we said goodbye to a good companion and friend of 15 years. We got Jake when we were in the 10th grade. He was minutes away from being put down at the local shelter when we say those big beautiful brown eyes and adopted him. He will undoubtedly be the best dog I’ll ever have the pleasure of having in my life. He was by Mom’s side the entire time she was going through her battles and would constantly check to make sure she was okay when resting. He was a great friend to all of our cats, a protector of our house, and a great friend to all of us. He’s going to be greatly missed.

What Cancer Can't Do

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Calhoun Cruise-In

by Shane Holden – April 17, 2016

For the first time in forever, we all went together to a cruise-in yesterday evening. We went to the DQ in Calhoun for their monthly get together. Billy learned about it and got Dad to let him drive Mom’s Chevelle, while Dad drove his Camaro, and Chase and I followed up in the Z06. It was a great time together with some great ice cream, milkshakes, and Blizzards.

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Sunday Night Migraine

by Shane Holden – April 5, 2016

In an effort to kind of keep up with when I get a migraine, I’m typing now. Sunday night, just as Naked and Afraid was about to come on TV, I noticed part of my vision beginning to fade. Rather than trying to just tough it out and try to watch anyways, which without a doubt would have made me even more sick, I called it a night early. I thought I may have been able to just sleep through it in a desperate attempt to not have to deal with the sickness. But instead, I was up every few hours throwing up. Luckily, Chase was nice enough to bring me a cup of water so that I wouldn’t dry-heave myself to death. I have no idea why then, but I’m going to tinker with a few things and see if I can keep the next one further into the future.

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Favorite Teacher

by Shane Holden – March 15, 2016

We were so surprised to run into our 8th grade teacher today at lunch! It was so nice to get to see him for the first time in nearly 17 years. He was our favorite teacher throughout all of school and was the one that made the most impact on us. As you grow older you hope to get the opportunity to tell those people that, and we got our opportunity today! :)

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This Presidential Election

by Shane Holden – February 27, 2016

In the past I have been extremely interested in the elections. This one though, sucks. It looks like we might end up with Trump versus Hillary. So an authoritarian versus an authoritarian. That’s the hard truth that so many are not paying attention to. Two nominees that essentially want more wars, less privacy, and less freedom to live our lives how we see fit. I don’t believe in believe in the solutions that either promise and am baffled why anyone truly thinks their life will be better if X wins over Y. Especially when the problems that they talk about aren’t even real problems! Talk about our debt!

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Goodbye bug!

by Shane Holden – February 25, 2016

Apparently there’s a bug going around our house and I just had my turn with it. Dad spent two days in bed sick as a dog, and I just finished up 26 hours myself. I’ve not been sick other than a migraine in a very long time, and as sick as I was yesterday, I hope I never experience a stomach bug again. Chase is feeling the symptoms now so he’s going to be feeling horrible for atleast a day according to mine and Dad’s run. Ugh.

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I Have a Dream

by Shane Holden – January 18, 2016

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”Martin Luther King Jr.

I sent this to someone that means alot to me today. It’s from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. I thought in honor of such a great man, I’d share one of my favorite pieces with this person. Because I too have a dream, that one day the struggles that they may have will go away, and life will be what it should be, amazing and something they wake up to each morning with excitement to see what each day holds.

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Guns in America Town Hall

by Shane Holden – January 8, 2016

I was able to catch a good bit of the Guns in America Town Hall last night. Without going into any of the questions or the responses, I will say that I liked the setup. I think we should require a number of mandatory town hall meetings like this several times a year across the nation. It gives the public a chance to question face-to-face, and gives the President a chance to really answer non-scripted questions, and more importantly, give off the cuff non-scripted answers. Of course the attendees could always be screened, but it sure beats little to no interaction with the general public as it is.

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Hello 2016

by Shane Holden – December 31, 2015

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.Benjamin Franklin

I’m going into 2016 with no expectation. 2015 started off on a good foot, but quickly shifted into something I didn’t expect it to be. Life takes turns when you least expect it they say. I still have high hopes that instead of stories ending without reason, those stories be picked back up off the shelf some day and continued to see how they are meant to end. I’m leaving any hurt feelings in the past, and have already said my words to make it so. Here’s to a good 2016 to everyone.

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5AM Mornings are Productive

by Shane Holden – December 11, 2015

Getting inside Atlanta for training at 8:30 required getting up at 5 to get ready and get on the road. We did that Monday and Tuesday for making it to training, but have also done it Wednesday and Thursday to get some extra things accomplished. Surprisingly, getting up at 5 has been easier than 6:30 for me. The extra couple of hours has allowed me to get some things done that I couldn’t in the evenings.

As a sidenote, maybe you get used to it, but there’s no way I could deal with an hour of traffic coming and going each day for work. That’s 10 hours a week that just evaporates from your life, ugh!

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

— Henri Cartier-Bresson