Happy Ichabod Day

even though my time at Washburn University was short, I still have a very fond memories of being an Ichabod!

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Composition Book Chronicles Presents “RIP Prodigy”

I learned earlier this afternoon that Prodigy of the hip hop group Mobb Deep had passed away at the age of 42. The group’s second album, The Infamous, is a favorite of mine and a hip hop classic. That album is also home to one of my all time favorite songs, Shook Ones Part II. That beat is so sinister and incredibly well put together. Rest In Peace Prodigy 

Composition Book Chronicles Presents “RIP Philando Castile”

After hearing yesterday that the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was acquitted on all charges, I wanted to make a Composition Book Chronicles about the continued issues of injustice in America. But I couldn’t. I was completely at a lost for words. I didn’t know and had never met Mr Castile but being a black man in this country I fully understand that I could be in his shoes just the same. My heart goes out to his family, friends, loved ones. By all accounts, Mr Castile was a nice man and loved by the children he worked with even though there were attempts to defame him and his reputation as soon as he was murdered. We must remember Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and all the others who met their untimely end and were denied the justice they rightfully deserved

Composition Book Chronicles Presents “June 9th”

June 9th is the beginning of a string of important days in my history. I can still remember the anticipation as we drove to the hospital to get checked in and all the twists and turns that followed the next couple days in 2013. I can also remember how I started driver’s ed on this day in 1997. Both days were filled with the fear and happiness of uncertainties and no longer of what was just around the corner

Memorial Day 

On this Memorial Day, I remember going to the traveling Vietnam War Memorial at Forbes Field with my wife’s grandfather. We were able to find members of his unit and he told me very vivid stories about each of those men and their sacrifice. I’m not a fan of governments sending young people to die in seemingly self serving conflicts, but I do respect and salute all who gave their lives in service