Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Work Hard. Play Fair.

by Shane Holden – September 10, 2014

I think my graduating class had the greatest principle ever. At the end of the announcements each morning, Dr. McNeil would tell the entire school the inspiring words below.

Work hard. Play fair. Dream big. Make a difference. Be proud of who you are. Make wise decisions. And have a great day.Dr. McNeil

Such a simple yet extremely powerful piece, that I and many others still find ourselves thinking about to this day and will for the rest of our lives. Today’s post is an example of that being on my mind. Thank you sir for being such a great inspiration to all of your students.

What Cancer Can't Do

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Ugh, another one!

by Shane Holden – September 9, 2014

I spent the better part of this afternoon dealing with the sickness that comes with a migraine for me. I thought I had this one beat once my vision came back clear and no numbness followed, but shortly after I started getting nauseous and decided that I’d much rather hug my toilet at home. I wish I just knew what triggered them for me if it’s something specific so I could try my best to avoid it at all costs. On the bright side, I saw it coming and just skipped lunch—I saw no need on wasting the money on something that wouldn’t stay down. And, this little guy took care of me while I tried to sleep it off.

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Canned Jars Popping

We just finished our 4th batch of jelly and I hear the lids popping already. Such a satisfying sound to listen for!

by Shane Holden – August 30, 2014

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Picking Muscadines

by Shane Holden – August 24, 2014

We have picked around 25lbs of muscadines this weekend — 20lbs of which was picked today. Next up, making jelly out of them! From the research we’ve done online, and what we can remember when Mom used to do it with grapes, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to pull it off. The idea of using something that grows naturally that would otherwise go to waste is appealing. Can’t wait to try it with some homemade biscuits!

Basket full of muscadines

Basket full of muscadines

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Hello Police State

by Shane Holden – August 18, 2014

The recent events should make it impossible for anyone to try to refute the obvious. No-knock raids, tear gassing of citizens, small police departments with tanks and other vehicles, Constitution-free zones, etc. — this is what the new USA looks like. We’ve allowed our police departments to become militarized, and what’s unfolding in Missouri is the direct result of it. Along with the militarization, we’ll give anyone with a pulse a badge, and unfortunately for many that is a license to kill. This license to kill also comes with getting off scott-free for what is sometimes cold blooded murder.

I don’t know about you, but a cop is becoming the last person that I want to call in an emergency. They are too trigger happy. Too much power and deadly force with not enough self control. And the solution for everything is to disarm everyday people? You’ve got to be kidding.

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Good Questions I Think

by Shane Holden – August 8, 2014

Seeing people on Facebook do the knee-jerk reaction and share anything that has to do with standing with Israel is one thing that bothers me, for I don’t believe they even put an ounce of thought into their positions. I thought I would bring up some very good questions, hoping to atleast get a response with a polite adult argument to my questions, but so far they have gone unanswered.

My particular response and questions are:

That’s the thing that gets me with all of this “pro-Israel” propaganda. Would the Prince of Peace support the slaughter of another people? Would He be for wars of aggression? Is it love thy neighbor, unless your an Israeli or he is Muslim? Wouldn’t the Right of Return also be applicable to the Native Americans, or any other ethnic group that was displaced from their homeland throughout all of history? That’s the great hypocrisy with the Republican party. Is it possible to be so Pro-Life and support Wars of Aggression endlessly?

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Resistance To Change

by Shane Holden – August 7, 2014

You always think of children to be the ones that are absolutely against change at any level, but I’m learning that it’s adults that are more so. It doesn’t matter if the change is a benefit, added convenience, you name it, it’s initially rejected no matter what the reasoning. I don’t think it’s necessarily just being used to the way something was, but just a natural desire to resist.

When it comes to change at the workplace, arguing against, being defiant, being mouthy, to me serves no purpose. Your time is essentially being bought, and for that reason you should just go with the flow. I’ve heard so much whining, but give change a chance. I guarantee when you get used to an electronic in/out board, you’ll love it!

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Another Migraine

by Shane Holden – July 30, 2014

I spent the better part of yesterday dealing with the sickness and pain of a migraine after I started feeling one begin at lunch with my brothers. I have yet to notice anything that causes them for me that are the same each time I get one. All I know is when I get one, my day is ruined. But, it does help remind me not to take a day that I don’t get one for granted.

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Facebook Friends vs Real Friends

by Shane Holden – July 29, 2014

Have you noticed nowadays how so much emphasis is put on “Facebook friends?” I know someone whose first thought when they first meet someone is if they can become Facebook friends with them. This particular individual has put so much of their life into this Facebook identity, that she has destroyed her entire life because of it. Car rides when others are conversing, this person is seeing what her “friends” are doing. When out doing things and really enjoying each others company, this individual is busy taking selfies so she can get likes and comments. We’ve become a world that needs proof and validation by virtual identities to feel secure about ourselves. I think this is extremely dangerous for society as a whole. I’ve seen one life turn many upside down because of this type of obsession. I can only imagine how many more cases there is where caring about people only by means of their virtual identities completely destroys the real relationships. One part of me wants to worry what’s going to happen to these types of people when the Facebook fad becomes that of MySpace. Websites tend to have a short lifespan as they roll over to the next latest and greatest thing. When one of these people that live for Facebook, the interactions that Facebook gives them, and the security that Facebook provides to conceal their low self-esteem lose Facebook, what are they going to do? I know we’re a society that will blame everything imaginable on a “disorder” and give people passes on their behavior. But I think the problem lies deeper than that. I believe the problem is that people are forgetting what is real and what is not in life. What is important and what is not. What is worth investing your life into, and what is a waste.

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Retro Play: Snow Brothers

by Shane Holden – July 27, 2014

NES - Snow Brothers
When we started play Snow Brothers, things started to seem familiar from playing it when we were kids. Basically it seems like Capcom’s version of Bubble Bobble (or maybe vice versa depending which came out first). We sat down and played it for what seemed like only 20-30 minutes and we had completely beat the game. It wasn’t extremely challenging, yet it was fun and enjoyable. I can’t figure out why little franchises like this that had to captivate so many people when they first came out, was dropped completely. Snow Brothers would be a very neat game to see remade on one of the later Nintendo consoles–very similar play but with some more challenging levels and of course better graphics (like the newer Donkey Kong Country games).

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Everyday: so many opportunities to connect, what if you took just one?— Unknown