"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thank you, Coach.

The Penn State family lost our greatest leader on Sunday.  Joe Paterno was more than Penn State's football coach.  Coach Paterno strived to make an impact.  I count myself as a fortunate recipient of that impact. JoePa, as he was commonly known, dedicated his life to making Penn State a high quality school while coaching a strong football team.  It turns out, much to our honest surprise, that JoePa was human and made mistakes.  When we remember his legacy, let us also remember his mortality.  We are all mortal and so, as JoePa did, take time to contemplate and build your legacy. 

The Paterno family has asked that donations be made to the Special Olympics or THON.

 The classic coke-bottle glasses in memorial.  
Courtesy of Penn State Football on FB.

(This is a serious blog.  I'll do a much more relaxed one next.)

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is announcing she will step down from her position this week.  I know nothing of her political history, but I do know that she has strength few other people will ever experience.  Giffords was shot in the head a year ago at the Arizona Congress on Your Corner event.  She will return to the site and finish that event.  Thirteen people were wounded and six were killed last January.  I applaud Congresswoman Giffords for her fight to not only recover, but thrive in the future.

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