Avoid the Inevitable Burn-Out That Comes with Work and School

Burnout can Happen To Many People

If you are like the millions of people in this world, you will come to a point in this life where you will need a break. Avoid the inevitable burn-out that comes with too much work and school, and take a break when you are off work and school and don’t feel guilty. If you need a break, do not feel the need to apologize for taking some time off. Sometimes rest leads to more knowledge, which can be a good thing. School can be a restless thing because if you go four times a week and do something on the side, you may only have a few days off. So, enjoy your days off, and don’t beat yourself up about whether you’re doing enough or should you do more.

You Are Doing The Best You Can

Remember that showing up to class four times a week shows that you want to be a better you, and you are putting in the work to do that! Even if it means talking to your teachers about less homework, that can help reduce a total burn-out period in that moment of your life. Just simply explain to your teachers that you will continue to work hard and look over things on the weekend but that you need a couple of mental health off days on the weekend with less homework. The less workload will give you some much-needed rest, and if somehow your teachers don’t understand, maybe look into getting a note from your doctor/therapist to help them understand.

The Problem With Too Much Homework During A Burnout Period In Your Life

While unproven and debated by many in some sense, homework can help you memorize things and lead to better grades. However, remember that you only know yourself the most, and you are not at your best academically when you are being run into the ground by the idea that you are not doing enough.

Wrapping Things up

In an article entitled Startling Remote Work Burnout Statistics (2022), the author states that “employee burnout is a global concern. In a survey of over 1000 respondents by Deloitte, 77% say they have experienced burnout at their current job.91% say that unmanageable stress or frustration impacts the quality of their work, and 83% say burnout can negatively impact personal relationships. Even those passionate about their jobs are still stressed at work, with 64% saying they are frequently stressed at work. The bottom line is that a couple of days off is never a bad thing, and it will be beneficial to you in the long run for your relationships and your mental health.

Here is the article I used the quotation from about burnout statistics

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God’s Faithfulness.

I was thinking about God’s faithfulness. Our society has a propensity to rebel against God when something bad happens in their life, but I try to hold onto God’s faithfulness because I know he has a plan. Instead of cursing God, I pray for clarity and peace, but what does God’s faithfulness look like when it comes to a scripture sense?  Psalms 91:4-6 reads, “He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

   You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”

Another bible verse that hits home with me is “Isaiah 25:1” Lord; you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” God has planned wonderful things for us, things he had planned long before we were aware of them. If we trusted God when everything was going well, we wouldn’t be able to handle struggle or deal with pain. Many people treat God like a genie, coming to God only when things are going well, which is exactly the opposite of what God wants. God has a plan for me and you even when things are not always good. God’s plan for your life may not be clear to you at the moment, but he is faithful and will remold your life according to his perfect will. There will no doubt be obstacles, but as Mr. Lewis pointed out, he is building a palace, not a small beach house!

One response to “God’s Faithfulness.”

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    Thank you for taking the time to read my post and comment which led me to your page where i found the truth I’ve been searching for. “God’s plan for your life may not be clear to you at the moment, but he is faithful and will remold your life according to his perfect will.” Thank you for sharing this truth. Keep up the great work you have been doing already!

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In The Eyes Of The Great Bambino

The Early Years

George Herman Ruth famously said, “I hear the cheers and the jeers as they roar and echo.” “Never let the fear of striking out hold you back.” However, what do we know about this baseball legend? As a child, he grew up in Baltimore’s working harbor district, where he was born on February 6, 1895. He had a strong bond with the sons of the longshoremen during his early years spent on the streets. Ruth’s primary work was on the docks. As Ruth struggled to attend school, he went to St. Mary’s industry school for boys. It was a school for orphans, troubled kids, or not-so-wealthy kids. During Ruth’s early career, he was sold by the Baltimore Orioles due to a federal league team known as the Terrapins, which forced the team to sell Ruth and many other top prospects.

The Dead Ball Era

Before Ruth became one of baseball’s most prolific power hitters, the game was very different. It was common for players to use their speed to get on base during the 1900s and 1920s when players with high batting averages dominated the league. Defensive skills were also heavily emphasized. During this era, the most home runs a hitter hit was 24. Therefore we call this era the dead ball era. In addition to this, pitchers used various substances to doctorate the baseballs around this time too.

Ruth’s Early Years as a Pitcher

Most people know Ruth was one of baseball’s most fearsome power hitters, but he also dominated the game on the mound. For example, he won 95 games as a left-handed starter before becoming one of the game’s most beloved hitters. Ruth pitched to a 0.83 ERA in the world series with the Red Sox for two seasons from 1916-1918. Because of this, many assumed that Ruth was a full-time two-way player for a long time. However, our evidence about him does not support this assumption because he only was a two-player for two years.

The Curse Of The Bambino/ Ruth’s Legacy On The Game

In 1919, Ruth became a full-time hitter with the Red Sox, and he slashed 29 home runs and had more home runs than most teams that year. Though people still argue it was a different era then, and pitchers threw with less velocity, Ruth’s home-run numbers were still impressive. After spending six seasons with the Red Sox, Boston owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees in 1919 for $125,000. Ruth would spend 15 years more with the New York Yankees, hitting 659 home runs. Over his Yankee tenure, Ruth finished with a 349 batting average and a 1.195 OPS. Ruth also finished with a lifetime war of 183.1. In addition to these statistics, Ruth won 7 world series rings with the Yankees. It is fair to say that Ruth was clutch offensively for the Yankees, and Ruth will forever be baseball’s most iconic hitter. Undoubtedly, Ruth will go down as one most memorable people in baseball, and the era Ruth played in shows us how much the game has changed over time.

Did He Really Call His Own Shot?

Initially, I was intrigued about Ruth and his historic home run in game 3 of the 1932 World Series. People of this day claimed that he signaled to hit a home run, and right after this, he hit one. However, I was unsure if this was historically accurate. So, I researched it and found some interesting things in a book. Harvey Frommer said in his book that the people of Ruth’s day were not sure Ruth was calling to hit a home run that day. Some claim that the gesture was him taunting the Cubs players back because they did not get along. On the other hand, some of Ruth’s teammates thought he did like Lou Gehrig. Whether or not some people believe he did; that year Ruth at the age of 37, hit for a 341 batting average while also hitting an impressive 41 homers. Ruth also drove in 137 runs, and the Yankees won the World Series that year.

(Original Caption) “Babe Ruth, New York Yankees outfielder, poses with African American fans somewhere in the southeast during the trip north from spring training before the start of the 1925 season. “ (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)

(Oringal caption) Circa 1945: “American baseball player Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948), outfielder for the New York Yankees, autographs a baseball for two young fans.” (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) “Washington, DC.: Babe Ruth Cheers up Children in the Hospital. Sickly and crippled children in the Wards of the Childrens Hospital of the capitol brightened and laughed when the King of Home Run Hitters, Babe Ruth, recently visited them. The Bambino is shown above with little Louise Meade, who received an autographed baseball from Ruth. Miss Mattie Gibson, hospital superintendent, is also shown in the photo.”

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The Storm Before The Calm

As summer winds down and winter approaches again, we tend to focus on negative things. Have you ever said, “I don’t want to go back to work” or “I don’t want to go back to school”? We forget that we’re on a journey to improve ourselves, and doing things for the better may not always lead to what we want to do. At the end of the day, those things we don’t want to do make us stronger and help us realize that hard work is not always the worst thing. Throughout history, many people have struggled to achieve their goals.

Spielberg, for instance, was rejected twice by universities and suffered from dyslexia in school, making his academic years challenging. However, did Steven Spielberg quit because he was dealing with some problems? He didn’t, as he won 11 Emmys, three Oscars, and seven Golden Globes. It is important to think of struggles as the storm before the calm. You would not know your true potential if you didn’t go through anything hard. When you are alone and thinking negatively about your life, take a deep breath and tell yourself that nothing but your insecurities can stop you, and the day you put those insecurities to rest is when you find your calling. Sometimes we need hardships to remind us how strong we are as individuals. Ultimately, we need something to stimulate our low self-esteem into confidence in our dreams.


Evaluating Brian Cashman Moves At The 2022 Trade Deadline

As the 2022 trade deadline comes to an end and Juan Soto and pitchers Frankie Montas and Luis Castillo join different teams, we see teams like the Yankees and Mariners trying to find upgrades over what they already have in their starting rotation. The Yankees sent a haul of pitching prospects to the Athletics for Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino. Lou Trivino, up until this point, has had an inflated ERA. However, with two teams this year, he has a 53.1 ground ball rate and still a decent k/9. Trivino joins a staff that is headlined by pitching guru Matt Blake who has led the Yankees to post a third-best team ERA. As for Montas, he owns a 3.18 ERA this year and keeps the ball on the ground, as illustrated with his very decent 46.1 groundball %, and Montas has a pretty decent 9.0 strikeout to 9. It is fair to say that the Yankees kept their focus on pitching this trade deadline acquiring very good reliever Scott Efrros from the Cubs too. However, did the Yankees do a good enough job?

” The Yankee General Manager Bob Watson shakes hands with the New General manager Brian Cashman at the press conference after Bob Watson announced his resignation. Photo William Perlman 2-3-98 SL”

To answer this question, we must not ignore the moves the Yankees have made when it comes to their offense. The Yankees sent Gallo to the Dodgers in exchange for Clayton Beeter, a hard-throwing high strikeout rate minor league pitcher. Beeter had a high ERA this past year, but the Yankees must like the strikeout numbers he has put up this year, and they probably think they can maybe fix him. This move sounds like they were trying to get a decent arm back for losing an arm like Luis Medina, who Beeter compares to. Right before the Yankees traded Gallo, they acquired all-star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Royals. Benintendi, at the time, was fourth in the league in hitting, and the Yankees got a bat that should give them better production up at the plate than Gallo did. Benintendi is also a good postseason hitter, as shown in his 333 batting average in the World Series with the Red Sox in 2018. Benintendi also gets on base at an elite rate, but was it smart to trade Jordan Montgomery for Bader? In my opinion, it’s too early to tell. The Bader move is more of a move from which the Yankees could reap some benefits from in 2023. While Bader has his eyes on the 2022 season, he has somewhat under-performed in the field and has also not replicated his 2021 season with the bat. Cashman noted that Bader grades out as an elite 70 grade defender and he could return from his injury in September.

Overall, I give the Yankees a B+. It appears that their outfield situation has improved, and their lineup should be more consistent without Gallo and Benintendi getting consistent at-bats now. Despite his poor start, I think you should give Benintendi some time. The Yankees have improved their bullpen with getting Effros, and Trivino can still miss bats, and his metrics say he has been a bit unlucky this year. In addition to that, adding Montas creates a starting three consisting of Cole, Severino, and Montas. While Bader will not be available until September, and Montgeremy has performed well so far as the Yankees’ third starter, I cannot criticize Cashman’s overall deals. In spite of this, I would have preferred a trade for Lopez or Rodon after the Monty trade.


Standardized Testing Must be Stopped!

When I think of standardized testing, the very word gets me nervous because I have severe test-taking anxiety. As a kid, if I ever had to take a test, I would set myself up for failure because that is how the test made me feel. No standardized test can adequately show if a person fully understands something. For example, if their test-taking anxiety is so severe that they second guess everything, how can they answer every question promptly or even show any form of comprehension of the material if they are not entirely themselves?

Christina Simpson of Harvard Graduate school wrote an interesting piece on the effects of standardized testing on students’ well-being. She quoted a school teacher who said, “The prepping for the test takes a lot of time. Instead of possibly doing projects or more hands-on learning, we focused on the testing format and preparing our students to be comfortable taking the test. The prepping starts at the beginning of the year and ends in April.”

In addition to that, what is even more interesting was the information she presented about students being so stressed in school. Christina Simpson estimated that teens are reporting high-stress levels. According to the (APA) also known as the American Psychological Association, “students ages from 13-17 are experiencing stress levels higher than what they view as healthy.” Her study also confirmed that the stress levels of the children were higher than the stress levels of the adults.

In summary, standardized testing causes more stress, and teachers also feel that standardized testing is not the only thing available to grasp if a person firmly understands something. We can do better than just standardized testing; there are better group activities that we can give to students to help them understand the material. Furthermore, no standardized testing should ever bully a student into thinking they are stupid!


What is Wrong With Gleyber Torres?

Before the 2022 season started, Gleyber Torres had big aspirations to get back to being the hitter he was in the first two seasons of his young baseball career. Gleyber this year has not been consistent in his last 30 games; he has only hit for a 212 batting average and has a 263 on-base percentage, and is only slugging 363. Is there anything we can be optimistic about when it comes to Gleyber Torres? While Torres is not off to a good start, his hard-hit percentage is right around league average. Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs have him at around 41.9, which is pretty good. Torres is also pulling the ball less this early into the year, but what is going on with Torres this year?

My Observation
In my opinion, I think Torres is just missing on fastballs thrown at him. For example, Torres is batting only 172 off fastballs but 292 off breaking balls. In my opinion, Torres will need to adjust to getting thrown so many fastballs because he is too of a good hitter to be just missing on fastballs thrown to him. If he makes this adjustment, he and DJ LeMahieu can provide more contact hitting to a lineup that needs more contact and less swing and miss. Torres is also just 25 years old and was the talk of the town three years ago. Also, as a prospect, Baseball America once posed the question, who are you higher on, Eloy Jimenez or Gleyber Torres?


How to Combat Negative Thoughts

Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts are normal in everyday life. As we progress through life, we will have thoughts of giving up and just living a life full of comfort in our complacency. This is nothing new for many successful and future successful people in the future. However, we must not forget to put things in a more reasonable perspective. Lifes obstacles might be hard to get through, but these obstacles are not impossible to overcome; if you keep thinking more positively and put in the work. For example, a mathematician did not know how to solve complex algebra problems on his first day in school. He had to learn how to solve and figure out what was x. We need to do the same with stuff we don’t know yet.

Never Say You Can’t 

People use the phrase “I can’t” as a crutch not to do something they’re afraid of failing at. As a result, when we resort to this kind of thinking, we make up excuses for things we know we can do with some practice, but we don’t want to do the hard work to accomplish the things we want to become in life, and we become stagnant in negativity. Therefore we must realize that the phrase I can’t is a self-defeating phrase that only results in you settling for less than what you deserve. Surely there comes a time for rest, but try to practice more positive affirmations, and instead of saying the phrase, I can’t practice these three mantras below.

“Three mantras you should never say: (1) I don’t know. (2) I’m not ready.” (3) I can’t do it.

Author: Yogi Bhajan



The Fear of Failure Is Just A Thought

A small start is all you need to reach your goals. If you are going through a drought, taking a step into the unknown can help you. Don’t be afraid to do what makes you uncomfortable, and become bold in what you consider too risky to even try. Finding what you are missing is usually accompanied by a long run ahead. Find the things that make you happy and do them more regularly during the day. You may have to wait a little longer to achieve your goals but just know that it takes time for even a champion to earn their gold. Even though the road ahead might be long, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible, and you should set your focus on God, for he sustains you through every trial. A wise man once said that the sun rises on all darkness, and so does God if you call upon him.

CS Lewis once said, “the sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him.” The time is now. It doesn’t matter where you have been or where you are now, and you still have enough time to do it. The key to overcoming the fear of failure is believing in yourself and challenging yourself. By not trying, you will always think of failure.

Final Thoughts
It is only a thought that can cripple you into unnecessary procrastination. Please do not ostracize yourself into your own silence. Think about it this way: if you didn’t have any fear at all, you would simply get things all too easily and would never learn how to deal with challenges when they arise.


Time Alone is Important

The other day, I listened to a song that resonated with me. Stop The World is a song by Matthew West from the album Something to Say. Matthew West was undergoing throat surgery at this time. The song’s opening line is “The T.V. is talking.”.
The phone is ringing, the lights are on, and the radio is blaring.A million distractions are stealing my heart from you. How true is this saying? Sometimes I can get completely engrossed in the negative aspects of life, and there are so many distractions in life that pull me away from what really matters. Matthew West talks about escaping to have quiet time with God and wanting a glimpse of heaven for a moment.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed with life, I listen to this song to put things into perspective. Everybody needs a moment of quiet time with God or themselves. When you feel overwhelmed, take some quiet time for yourself. In some cases, as West states, before we can hear a sign from God, we must listen for his voice above all this senseless noise. Don’t let daily distractions distract you or overtake your time. During the week, practice breathing exercises. Consider taking 30 minutes a week to sit in silence and listen to your favorite relaxing sounds. Get your body moving and listen to relaxing sounds. Whatever you decide to do, find some time away from the crowd and invest time in yourself. This is not to say that helping others is not important, but sometimes we must help ourselves before we help others.


Recovering from Taking Benzodiazepines Do Not Make You a Recovering Drug Addict

Today I was watching a documentary entitled Medicating Normal. It details the struggle that some people have had with Benzodiazepines. Many of my friends don’t know this about me, but I used to take a Benzodiazepine to sleep. I also had terrible anxiety at night because I had very bad night terrors when I was a kid, so my doctor prescribed me Clonazepam. I took Clonazepam from about 2007-to 2015. While on Clonazepam, I remember being in a tranquilized state the first couple of weeks. I felt nothing, and my social life consisted of me dreading the day of hanging out with others because I did not want a social life.

I also had some side effects that I do not wish to detail to you because I want to explain something more important in this blog post. Please know that when a person is going through Benzodiazepine withdrawal, it does not make them a drug addict trying to recover from taking this medication. Not everybody abuses these medications. In most cases, people are prescribed these medications without being educated on them and not knowing they cannot take them long-term. So in closing, if you are somebody who is simply trying to get off of being on Benzodiazepines long term because somebody did not educate you on the problems of taking these medications long term, then that means you are not a drug addict! But a survivor and a victim of somebody else’s miss education about Benzodiazepines.


Can We Trust The Gospels?

When are we going to get past this? When are we going to step up and say: No one knows, you don’t know, don’t say you know, if you say you know, you’re crazy.”

-Joe Rogan

The statements of public figures can shake our faith or make us feel as if there is no evidence for the new testament. No, we don’t have Jesus’ hair, no we don’t have a photograph of Jesus, no we don’t have a video of Jesus and his disciples, but does this mean he didn’t exist, or does this mean there is no evidence for the gospels? Personally, I don’t think it means that. The new testament is the best-attested book in almost the entire ancient world, and it’s amazing that we have this many documents when it comes to the gospels.

To be fair, I know Joe is not a historian, and he is clearly misinformed here about how to assess how things have come down to us from a period of 2,000 years ago. However, do we treat historical information about Julius Ceasar this way? Most colleges don’t, but why do so many people treat the historical Jesus of Nazareth this way? In my opinion, when it comes to Jesus, we should treat him with the same respect we have for the other famous historical figures from the past. You may be wondering what kind of evidence we do have, and while I have not shared everything that I would like to share with you, I have put together a list of artifacts that I thought were interesting when it comes to the new testament gospels.

The Pilate Stone Slab

This stone slab presents Pilate as the Roman prefect of Judea. It was discovered in 1961, and it is dated to the first century. It was found in the ancient theater at Caesarea Maritima.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Bridgeman Images
“The PILATE STONE presents Pontius Pilate as the Roman prefect of Judea. His dedication of a structure in honor of Tiberius fits with the picture of Pilate as a proponent of the Roman imperial cult in Judea. It may also demonstrate the governor’s personal reverence for the emperor, putting in a new light the words shouted at Pilate during Jesus’ trial: “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor” (John 19:12).”

The Real Pool of Siloam?

In 2004, the authentic Pool of Siloam was uncovered. Two steps were found during a sewer repair and were dated to the second temple period. There were also coins found from the first Jewish Revolt, ad 66-70. Jesus cured a blind man here.

Photo credit: Hershel Shanks
“Three sets of stairs, each with five steps, have been uncovered at the New Testament-era Pool of Siloam. The excavators have exposed an area 225 feet long on one side of the pool and have reached both corners of that side. The corners are somewhat greater than 90 degrees, indicating that the pool was not a square but a trapezoid.”

Leprosy in the first century? 

The discovery of a shroud tomb in Akeldama is important because it shows that leprosy was an actual illness at that time. So, it is not unreasonable to believe that it was around in the time of Jesus. The remains of a man show us that he probably died from tuberculosis affliction like archaeologist Shimon Gibson thinks. DNA testing also showed that this man had Leprosy disease, and the remains of this man date from the first century.

“This is a sample of hair of the shrouded man.”

Did we find the Ossurary of the High Priest Caiaphas?

In November 1990, archaeologists uncovered an ossurary with the inscription that reads Yehosef bar Qafa (Joseph, son of Caiaphas) As Ronny Reich would put it “The inscription on the simpler of two ossuaries containing the name Caiaphas was incised on its narrow side and consists of only three Hebrew letters:apq = Qafa’.” Ronny Reich summarizes it nicely when he said ” A person named Joseph with the nickname Caiaphas was the high priest in Jerusalem between 18 and 36 C.E. The New Testament provides only his nickname in the Greek form: Kaiavfa~ (Caiaphas, see Matthew 26:3, 57; Luke 3:2; John 11:49, 18:13, 14, 24, 28; Acts 4:6). Josephus, however, gives his proper name as well: Joseph Caiaphas, or elsewhere, “Joseph who was called Caiaphas of the high priesthood.”In short, we are explicitly told by Josephus that Caiaphas was indeed a nickname. Incidentally, Josephus reflects the same variation in the spelling of the name Caiaphas as we find in our ossuaries, although in Greek rather than Aramaic. Both the New Testament and Josephus preserve only the Greek form of the name. Our inscription provides us with the original Semitic form of the name.”

Photo credit: Garo Nalbandian
“Fit for a high priest. The most intricately carved ossuary in the burial chamber lay undisturbed in niche IV (as seen in this photo). Decorated with two circles each containing five whorl rosettes surrounding a center rosette, the ossuary twice bears, with a slight variation in spelling, the name “Yehosef bar Qafa”’ (Joseph, son of Caiaphas). Inside the ossuary were the remains of six people: two infants, a child between the ages of two and five, a youth aged 13 to 18, an adult female and a man about 60 years old. Given the name inscribed on the ossuary, together with the extravagance of its decoration, the excavators wondered whether the remains of the 60-year-old man might well be those of the high priest described in the New Testament as interrogating Jesus and then delivering him to the Roman authorities.”

Were there Synagogues in Jesus’ time?

Skeptical scholars used to deny that synagogues existed in Jesus’ time and it must have been invented, or if they did exist, they are no longer extant. A find in 1960 provided evidence that synagogues did exist in Jesus’ time. Although the synagogue interior at Capernaum is dated to the fourth century, James F Strange and Hershal writes about finding earlier evidence under the foundation of the synagogue from the fourth century. James F Strange and Hershal Shanks explain the story of the earlier foundation of the synagogue quite well. “Excavators slowly chipped away at the foot of the mortar. Below the mortar was a thin layer of limestone chips. These were the cuttings or debris left by the workers who cut the blocks for the limestone synagogue’s walls. Beneath this thin layer was a fill more than three feet deep consisting of hammer-dressed basalt boulders mixed with dirt. ”

“This was the fill set in place by the builders of the limestone synagogue to create the platform on which the limestone synagogue was erected. Nearly four feet below the surface, under the fill, the excavators hit a patch of rude cobbled pavement of black basalt. This patch was only ten feet long. On the patch of cobbled pavement were potsherds from the first to the fourth centuries A.D. The first-century pottery fixes the earliest date when the patch of cobbled pavement under the potsherds could have been laid.At a point more than four feet below the nave of the limestone synagogue, the excavators found a pavement of basalt cobbles that extended throughout the entire length of the trench. Obviously, here was the floor of an earlier building.”

“The pottery found in and under this cobbled floor dates to the first century A.D. or earlier. Loffreda published this pottery in extensive groups, and it clearly establishes a first-century A.D. date for the cobbled basalt floor.At the end of the trench, the cobbled pavement ran up to black basalt walls that, Corbo immediately recognized, were identical to the black basalt walls he had found earlier.The new basalt walls also appeared beneath the limestone synagogue’s stylobates. A stylobate is a special support wall for a row of columns necessitated by the additional load the columns bear. In the limestone synagogue there are rows of columns on three sides of the nave, creating two side aisles and a back aisle. Each row of columns has its own stylobate. The newly discovered basalt walls that the cobbled floor abutted were under the stylobates for the columns that created the side aisles in the limestone synagogue. These basalt walls served as foundation walls for the limestone stylobates. Originally, however, they were part of an earlier building.The Italian excavators then opened another trench (trench 25) in the nave beside the eastern, limestone stylobate, extending for the stylobate’s entire length. The same stratigraphy (or layers) was found in this trench. “

“The archaeologists found that the basalt wall ran almost the entire length of the eastern stylobate, serving as its foundation. This wall matched traces of the basalt wall found beneath the western stylobate. It is now clear that the basalt walls beneath the limestone synagogue walls are the walls of an earlier building. True, they now serve as foundation walls for the stylobates and walls of the limestone synagogue. But they were not built as foundations. They were built as walls and stylobates of an earlier building and then reused as foundation walls by the builders of the limestone synagogue. This is the explanation for the fact that one of the basalt walls, as we pointed out earlier, is not in proper alignment with the limestone wall above it. The consistent structure of the basalt walls (hammer-dressed boulders of uniform size, without mortar) in all the various places they have been found confirms that they all belonged to an earlier building.”

Adapted from Studia Hierosolymitana III (Virgilio Corbo)
“Trench 24: (1) eastern stylobate (4th–5th century synagogue); (2) pavement (4th 5th century synagogue); (3) basalt wall (MB) (1st century synagogue); (4) basalt pavement (1st century synagogue).”
“Adapted from Studia Hierosolymitana III (Virgilio Corbo)
Plan and reconstruction of first-century A.D. synagogue at Capernaum.”

What is the oldest text that we have of the book of John?

P52 is the earliest known fragment of the new testament. It dates probably between the time of 100-150 ad, and some scholars even dated it to the first century in the time of Ch Roberts days. Ch Roberts was one of the first scholars actually to write about this fragment. You can read about the discovery free the book by Roberts is free to read in PDF, I believe.

What is the most probable burial spot for Jesus of Nazareth before Jesus resurrected from the dead?

Archaeologist Dan Bahat believes an inscription found at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher shows a Christian pilgrim returning to this site to venerate the spot. According to early church tradition, Jesus was buried here before Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Dan Bahat said in an interview, “if we accept this as a Christian inscription and if we accept it as a second-century inscription, it means that the early Christian community venerated the place and worshiped it, so it closes the gap between the events of Jesus in the first century and Constantine the Great in the fourth-century ad. ” The inscription reads below the drawing Domine Ivimus, Lord, we went.”

Photo credit: Avinoam Glick

“A boldly drawn red and black graffiti of a small Roman sailing vessel found on a wall beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The stern on the right tapers into a goosehead, the mast lies horizontal—either broken or lowered. Below the drawing are the Latin words, DOMINE IVIMUS, “Lord, we went”—the words which begin Psalm 122, the psalm of pilgrimage.”

Did Pilate Wear This Ring?

A ring that was unearthed at Herodium was discovered at an archaeological excavation in 1968-1969. This ring had an inscription on it, but it was not until a few years ago that someone was able to decipher what was on the inscription. The inscription is in Greek, and it reads Pilato, which is translated as Pontius Pilate in English. This inscription begged the question of could this ring be a ring that Pilate wore? Robert Cargill and the original people who wrote the excavation report do not think Pilate would wear a ring made like this: that is a copper alloy ring. However, they instead believe that some administrator pushing documents for Pilate at a southern administrative center could have worn a ring like this. This ring gives us further evidence that the Pilate from the gospels actually existed, and this is a piece of evidence for Pilate’s existence outside the new testament too.

” Views and cross section of the ring discovered at Herodium. Drawing: J. Rodman; photo: C. Amit, IAA Photographic Department.”

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All photos used here come from the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS); they're a nonprofit organization dedicated to information about archaeology in the Bible lands. I used their captions for the photos to describe some of the images I used in this article, so all credit goes to them for their amazing pictures and wealth of information.


In the Pain We Find Meaning 

Jason Wade of the band Life-house once wrote a song called Broken. The song is about his friend who is waiting for a kidney transplant. In the song he says I am falling apart I am barely breathing with a broken heart that is still beating in the pain there is healing in your name there is meaning. My takeaway of these lyrics is Jason Wade is crying out to God and this is his response to what his friend is going  through. Jason Wade is holding onto to his faith in God while not knowing what will happen to his friend. This is a very touching and heartfelt song and although it was played all over the radio, it is one of Life house’s best songs. I think we all come to a point in our lives where we go through a tough time and we all at times cry out to God.  However, in tough times I am reminded of a quote from Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis in which he says, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  

When we realize God is there for us in our times of struggle, we can get through anything. It will not be easy, but God will send the right kind of community to be there for you. God will give you the words to speak life into the broken and give you encouragement to stay on track. Lewis also said once that “God lets us experience low points in life to teach us a lesson, we would not learn any other way.” This is not to say anything related to what I was saying about Jason Wade and the song broken. However, if you have failed a test or you are feeling discouraged always know that God has not deserted you. He is right there with you through the pain of failing a test and through it all he will teach you a lesson.  

For Example, think of it this way: at-least you tried and attempted the test and now you know what you need to work on. Your failure to not pass the test is no failure in God’s eyes because he wants you to teach to someone else that it is okay not to be able to pass the test on your first try. Also, maybe there is a person who you tried to strike up a conversation with, but they were just not interested in you on a dating app. Do not take that rejection as something like you are too ugly or God never sends you the right person. Take it as God is keeping you away from the wrong person, so you can meet the right person. Or maybe there is something in a college class that you just do not get now, and you think God is not trying to help you. However, think of it this way God is sending you the right kind of help, but you might just not be putting in enough work at home. There is always room for improvement with everything we do so keep trying and in the words of C.S. Lewis “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  Always know that like Jason Wade you will find meaning through the pain, and through prayer and holding on God will give you healing and a purpose to get through any hard time.


Are Benzodiazepines Okay to Take Long-Term? by ~Nick Albano

Evidence for benzodiazepines being harmful long-term

Many people think benzodiazepines are harmless and taking the medication will not result in any harm. I for years have taken them, and nothing has happened to me. People will often reiterate this many times. However, I have a problem with this kind of thinking. For one, we need to understand how benzodiazepines work and why they are not a good idea for someone long-term. MD Peter Breggin explains in his book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, “Although very freely prescribed by a wide range of practitioners, all drugs that are effective for short term control of anxiety and insomnia carry very high risks including tolerance, abuse, and addiction; behavioral abnormalities including disinhibition with violence and suicide and cognitive deficits, most obviously memory impairment. The long-term use of benzodiazepines causes severe cognitive and neurological impairments, atrophy of the brain, and dementia. The newer sleep aids should be considered a potential but unproven risk in that regard. In long term use, all of these drugs lose their effectiveness and probably do more harm than good.”

Can I heal from benzodiazepine withdrawal?

According to Professor Heather Ashton, who dedicated her life to helping others withdrawal from benzodiazepines, she thinks in most cases, you can recover from benzodiazepine withdrawal. Still, it could take months or even years.

What can we do to educate others who might think this medication is okay to take long-term?

My advice would be to keep planting tiny seeds every time you talk to that person. Show them love, but give them some of the concerns you have about the drug long-term. Some people can become very combative, so be careful how you get your point across. If they have an open heart, they will listen, and one lost soul saved is a thousand gained in God’s sight. Please also direct the person to seek medical advice from a doctor who is educated on benzodiazepines.

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Why Your Mindset Matters ~by Nick Albano

Try to find a day to relax and not think about anything that doesn’t bring you peace. Take one day out of your week to sit in silence. Maybe read a book and drink some espresso or tea while you read something that sparks your interest. For once, turn off the news and enjoy life without the need to keep yourself entertained with the latest technology. You will find to your surprise, that life can be fun without video games, without TV shows, without politics. There is such a sense of freedom when you are not holding on to the latest technology or media sensationalism. All you need in life is a purpose, and that purpose in life is to live a life of meaning.

Your life has a meaning and a purpose. It is up to you to find the courage to overcome that fear you might have so you can discover the endless possibilities of life and do things in life you didn’t know you could do. Stop putting yourself in a box you don’t fit in; stop putting yourself in shackles that God has broken off you. When you find out that there is still time for you to achieve your goals and you are no longer afraid to fail, the chances of achieving your goals are much better than you being stagnant about anything. Today I learned about a fixed and growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset are more concerned with grades and how others see them than improving something they need a little work in to overcome something they’re not good at yet. People with a fixed mindset also pretend to understand things they don’t yet understand because they are people pleasers rather than open to learning something new. Quite often, you will see people who have a fixed mindset give up very quickly. It’s because you’re either intelligent or dumb, and there’s no in-between, and you could never improve in something you work hard at, and this mindset sets many people up to become pretty cynical about life.

A growth mindset is much different because people who have a growth mindset have a childlike learning mindset. They don’t give up quickly, and instead of giving up early, they get back up when they are first learning to walk. Imagine if we had the same mindset as a baby? Imagine what we could achieve? Don’t give up on life! Keep fighting through whatever is stopping you from achieving your goals. Is your mindset stopping you from achieving your dreams? And if so, ask yourself why and start challenging your fixed mindset. Frequently, you will find that your problem is you’re not challenging your fixed mindset enough, and all it takes to achieve your dreams is to have a childlike mindset when it comes to life.


A Helping Hand by ~Nick Albano

A couple of weeks ago, I was playing basketball at the park, and there was a woman with an older man who had Alzheimer’s disease. I had my Sony earphones on with noise cancellation when she began to ask for my help. So at the time, I couldn’t hear her voice. She finally came closer to me and waved her hands in my direction, and explained that she was a trained CNA working for the older gentleman. This poor man’s health was getting worse and worse, and he could barely stand up. I sat alongside the woman, trying to figure out how to get the older man off the ground as he was lying there on the ground.

We finally got him to cooperate after many unsuccessful attempts, and we both helped the man back up and directed him back to his car. As she was getting ready to leave, she told me I will never forget you. My memory of that day will last a lifetime. Before the illness, she told me the older man was supposedly a very smart businessman. I enjoyed hearing about the older man’s career.

In closing, I have to say that age has no prejudice in life. Live like a young person and enjoy life while you’re young. There is no point in gossiping about others or spending excessive time with people we don’t like. While young, we have the good fortune of living a good life. In the end, I learned that God brings people together in mysterious ways and that we don’t have much time here on earth. As long as we remain healthy, we should cherish the time we have with our loved ones, and not become so self-absorbed as not to help anyone who might need assistance. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living out of what we get, but we make a life out of what we give.”

God’s Faithfulness.

I was thinking about God’s faithfulness. Our society has a propensity to rebel against God when something bad happens in their life, but I try to hold onto God’s faithfulness because I know he has a plan. Instead of cursing God, I pray for clarity and peace, but what does God’s faithfulness look like whenContinue reading “God’s Faithfulness.”


The State of the Yankees 2021 Season

As a starting point, I would look into trading Frazier. A team might still be able to harness Frazier’s potential, but I think it’s a mechanical issue, as he often appears off-balance in the batter’s box.  If Miggy isn’t as valuable an outfielder as you would like, maybe you can also consider trading him, but he is rebounding nicely with the bat. Frazier probably won’t be traded immediately since Gardner and Miggy would be the only options in the outfield. So, maybe they’ll send Frazier to the minors to resurrect his value.

I think they should look into another outfielder, but the good ones like Marte and Winker will be pretty pricey in terms of prospects at the deadline. They also need another starter. Monty and German are not bad back-end guys. However, you can’t depend on guys like Kluber and Taillon at the top of your rotation. I liked the Kluber signing, and he did start to bounce back from past injuries for a short stint, but he is not really reliable anymore. Severino could help this rotation, but it’s pretty much the same situation you have with Taillon, and Kluber just hasn’t been fully healthy in a long time.

The Yankees would benefit from working with Gleyber, too. He is hitting the ball into the ground way too much. Something is off in his mechanics, but I think he is too young to give up on. I suppose you could put him back at second, but I don’t know if we have the payroll to bring in a SS like Seager or Story, so they will probably hold onto guys like Peraza and Volpe. If they want to bring in an impactful bat, they will have to trade  Chapman or Britton. I don’t think the bullpen will be that bad if you keep Chad Green around and make Loisagia the closer. Then, you could call up Adam Warren, and O’Day should be back soon. You also could bring in a guy like Archie Bradley and then develop pitching prospects like Gil and Medina. You also have some electric young arms, like Abreu and Gil in the minors, and finding relievers is kind of a crapshoot look at how the Red Sox got Garret Whitlock. 

So, let me finish by asking you guys: how does one fix the Yankees? My answer is pretty simplistic: the Yankees need to trade some of their players they don’t see as long-term fits. If the Yankees don’t see Judge as a long-term player for them because of the injuries, why is it out of the question to trade him? They could restock a farm system that has taken a beating over the years and add even more impactful players to the young nucleus they already have. The Yankees still have some pretty good prospects. Such as Dominguez and their SS prospects and pitching prospects such as Medina and Gil are not bad prospects to hold onto, so it’s not a situation where the Yankees have a farm system like the Baltimore Orioles. The Red sox, after all, traded Betts and now are still a first-place team. Now I realize the Yankees do not have the same core of players as the Boston Red Sox, but there lies the problem: this core is not working out! So, why not break it up and retool as Boston did? I think a good start would be to bring in a guy like Stroman and find a way to cut some salary so you can bring in another impactful hitter.


Holiday Stress

“But do not let it trouble your mind that we see the unrighteous possessing wealth while the servants of God experience hardships. Let us have faith, brothers and sisters! We are competing in the same contest of a living God and are being trained by the present life in order that we may be crowned in the life to come. “~Clement of Rome

As the holidays approach us, it is only natural to have some holiday stress come creeping in. However, do not let that stress ruin your winter break or Christmas. This is a time to have some quiet time with yourself and rest your body. This past year has been challenging for everybody, but try not to focus on what you don’t have. You know, what Clement of Rome wrote resonates with me because it’s so easy to get jealous over people who have more things than you do, and you feel like you have more to offer the world than they do. At the end of the day, you have to take a step back and admire the things you do have. For instance, think of a time where you felt like quitting but didn’t, and you were rewarded for that. Or think of a time you were happy that something good happened to a person other than yourself, and then later something good happened to you.

The holidays should be about memories spent with the people who have the same mindset as you, and that is being happy for others who do good things and spreading love and sharing God’s love with the people who don’t have it. This unprecedented time should not ruin your Christmas but bring your family closer and help you learn more about gratitude. Also, make sure that when the new year comes and this whole pandemic is over, your spending time with the people who do not waste your time! Time is so precious, and the more you spend time with the people who are not happy for you, the more you put on a mask, and the right people for you see right through you. Life is short, so don’t feel guilty spending time with the people who love you over the people who laugh at you and are jealous of you. Success comes to those who spend quality time with like-minded people like you who see something in you that you don’t. You should never feel bad about having time to yourself or not wanting to waste your time on people who merely want you to fail because they are not doing well. Please try not to be so hard on yourself this holiday, and remember that the right people for you are cheering for you.


How to Make Better Coffee at Home

First and foremost, making coffee taste good is not as easy as some people make it out to be. Of course, drip coffee is the easiest way to make coffee, and it does taste good, but you will need the right brewer at home to have a decent cup of coffee using this method. Many people at home want a good clean cup of coffee without the nagging stress that comes with it. One way to get a good cup of coffee at home is by trying the pour-over method. There are many types of ways to brew your coffee using the pour-over method. One is the Chemex. Peter Schlumbohm invented it in the 1940s. The Chemex is a great brewer because it gives you a good clean cup of coffee without the bitterness, and it’s super easy to use.

Another way to make pour-over coffee is with a V-60. The V-60 is a fantastic brewer, and many specialty coffee shops have them, and many baristas have won tournaments when using them. From my understanding and from the articles I have read, the V-60 was designed with thermal conductivity in mind. This leads to a better extraction due to better heat retention. If you are interested in the V60, check out the article entitled Hario V-60, The History & Brewing Guide.

Another way to make better coffee at home is by investing in a better grinder. Many people make the mistake of buying a blade grinder, and the problem with those grinders is they do not grind the beans well enough to get a good clean cup of coffee. Many people have noted that the blade grinders lead to an uneven grind and a bad extraction. Investing in a good bur grinder is a good starting point to making better coffee at home, but why are bur grinders better? Well, I think James Hoffmann summarized it very well. When he said, ”a bur grinder will cut beans into evenly sized pieces and can be adjusted to various grind sizes. They are an ideal investment for making a great brew at home.”

If you are a coffee connoisseur, you might want to invest in an espresso machine. There are some really good espresso machines made by a company called Sage, and their espresso machines, for the most part, are easy to use. If you want something that is a step up from the Sage machines, you might want to check out machines like the Lelit Bianca. It’s a dual boiler machine that has a built-in (PID) and has a flow control paddle. At first glance, I didn’t know too much about flow control because I have an entry-level machine, but the website explains it like this “Rotating the paddle you gradually vary the water flow inside the group until the highest pressure is reached. This way, you can manually control every single phase of the coffee extraction to obtain the best possible result in the cup with every type of coffee blend.” (Usually, you find these types of features on the more high-end machines. The Lelit Bianca retails for $2,800.00. ) However, a good cup of coffee will always be possible with a good grinder rather than an expensive machine. What you will get with a more high end espresso machine is more features, and that makes it easier on the workflow of things if you have a large gathering of friends over.


Benzodiazepine Awareness

My Life While On Benzodiazepines

Today I would like to talk about something I have been somewhat stagnant to talk about, and that is Benzodiazepine awareness. At a young age, probably at 16 years old or younger, I got prescribed a Benzodiazepine called Klonopin. My experience with this Benzodiazepine at first was not too bad. Well, that is what I thought at first. My psychiatrist wanted to help me sleep because I was still in High School during this time, and I needed my sleep to further my studies. During my high school years, I had trouble being social with other students and meeting new friends because while on the Benzodiazepine, I would sleep most of my days away. I remember thinking, what is wrong with me? Why am I sleeping the whole day away? I also struggled to keep up with good school attendance because although the prescription drug is said to treat anxiety, it works more like a tranquilizer than anything else.

Benzodiazepines also hampered my ability to have any healthy relationships. I remember being 16 and wondering what the hell is wrong with me. Why do I have anxiety? And why can’t I be normal like the other kids? And one day, I met a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with anxiety and first introduced me to Klonopin. I didn’t know Klonopin was addictive and that I wasn’t supposed to take it for as long as I did because the psychiatrist did not educate me on this matter. So, I went through the years, thinking it was normal to take this medication every day. I remember if I didn’t take the medication, I would break out in sweats and get horrible shakes throughout my body, and if I went a very long time without it, I would vomit.

The Turning Point For Me

I went through life thinking if I have to go through hell to not be on this stuff, it’s not worth it! So, I stayed on Klonopin until I was 27 years old. A turning point for me was when I told my mom that this stuff was not healthy for my body; I couldn’t go on living an artificial life. The next day I found out I had to switch insurances, and I had to get a new doctor. I went to see my doctor, and I informed him about what was going on with me. He surprisingly educated me on Benzodiazepines and advised me to do a slow taper with them. As I did the taper, it was hard because I vomited so much from the withdrawals, and my weight was all over the place. I also lost some motor skills, and I could barely walk because of the crippling fears I experienced while going through withdrawal. However, in a few years or so, things started to get much better for me. I joined a support group for Benzodiazepine withdrawal, and I met some amazing people who helped me through some pretty dark times. At the moment, I am a student right now and working hard to get a degree in psychology. I could never even fathom going back to school while being on Klonopin, but healing will come, and there is hope at the end of the tunnel.

There Is Still Hope For You

Psychopharmacologist Heather Ashton once said, ” No matter how hard it seems at first, grit your teeth and persevere. Benzo withdrawal symptoms do diminish in time but only get worse if you stay on the drug. It is important to realize that no permanent damage has been done. All sorts of neurological tests in cases like yours have shown that things are normal. Symptoms are worsened by anxiety and fear. You can return to normal health. You must keep a positive attitude and be courageous. Allow time for your nervous system to recover. It will.”

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You do not need to prove yourself to Anyone.

As you go through life, people will have a negative and positive impact on your life. The people who try to belittle you are not beneficial to your well being. In this life, there will always be that one know it all who thinks he knows everything about every little thing in this world, and you’re just not as smart as them. However, God has made us all differently, and what I’m good at you might struggle with, and you might have talents that I do not possess.

Over the years, I have accumulated a bunch of knowledge. I have learned that we are not all the same, we all have God-given talents, and just because some people are good at algebra and you’re not doesn’t make you unintelligent. John F Kennedy was one of the most famous and youngest presidents and prevented nuclear war from happening, but some people less famous than him made an impact on this world that should not be ignored. Less famous people like Detrick Bonhoeffer, who went up against the nazis and was put to death for his strong opposition against national socialism and his willingness to speak out against Hitler, should not be forgotten. Dietrick still prayed to God from prison and was one of the most influential people in a time of great uncertainty. So, while J.F.K might have had all the tabloids, Dietrick had a fearless heart and was not afraid to die for something he felt was unjust. Also, Bonhoeffer felt that even if he did die, that was not the end paradise existed for God-loving heroes like him.

Please remember that if you are trying to reach your goals in life, there will always be one person trying to one-up you, but they do not matter. Know that some of the most influential people in this world, like David Ruettiger, had to go through many struggles before he came out on top. People will doubt you, and they will also try to make everything into a competition, but it is not the person who wins the race first in front of millions of people. Its the person who leaves the most everlasting impression that wins the race.


Never Give Up

When we see the word struggle, we attribute it with something negative, like no good can come from it. However, is this the right attitude to have? Did Jackie Robinson turn away from his struggle when he broke the color barrier in baseball? No, he went through endless racism and the pain and suffering that came with that to bring justice to the game of baseball. Did Michael Jordan just quit basketball for forever after his father died? No, he came out of retirement and scored 26.9 ppg at the age of 31 after missing an entire year. Did David Cone after he needed surgery to remove an aneurysm say I quit this is just too much for me to come back and pitch? No, and he might have had some doubts about coming back too quickly. However, Cone came back from his aneurysm surgery to pitch five no-hit innings. Then, later as a Yankee at the age of 36, he threw the first perfect game of his career. It was an accomplishment he did not think he would achieve at this age.

The point that I’m trying to make is when we pull back this massive facade, that struggle is never a good thing; we finally see that we would have never experienced the greatness we have achieved or can achieve today without that struggle we experienced. In other words, pain exists to teach us how to cope with the real world. It’s as simple as that. God uses people throughout history to give us stories about Kings and queens and how they dealt with pain so we can be prepared to teach our children how to rise above it and thus instill in us a future scholar and teach us how to conquer it!

Mr. Lewis put it perfectly when he said, “I did not find the front-line trenches or the C.C.S. [Casualty Clearing Station] more full than any other place of hatred, selfishness, rebellion, and dishonesty. I have seen great beauty of spirit in some who were greater sufferers. For the most part, I have seen men grow better, not worse with advancing years, and I have seen the last illness produce treasures of fortitude and meekness from most unpromising subjects.”

I am not saying that this is an easy concept to grasp, but when we learn how to light a candle during any darkness we experience, we learn how to shine our light on any dark time and show the rest of the world that they are not alone. I hope you have enjoyed my blog posts, and I hope you are doing well today. Please be kind to yourself, take time alone just to bask in the sun and get some vitamin d, maybe read a book or listen to something. Try to stay busy, and never give up my friends!

Image via Dick Raphael for Getty Images

The Iron Horse

Not many people can leave behind the legacy of a Michael Jordan or even Babe Ruth. However, Lou Gehrig was the Yankees’ first baseman from 1923 to 1939. He was born in New York. His parents were poor immigrants. That didn’t stop Gehrig’s father from helping his son train harder for the MLB. Later in his career, he would become one of the Yankee’s best players, and up until 1995, Gehrig played an MLB record of 2,130-games. Cal Ripken would then shatter that record in 1995 as an Oriole at the age of 34.

Before Gehrig became one of the Yankee’s most prolific power-hitting first baseman, did you know he was first a left-handed pitcher? At an early age, Gehrig only earned 5 dollars for every game he played. As Gehrig transitioned over to being a hitter, he played a game at Wrigley Field, where he hit a game-winning home run against Chicago’s most well-known high school team. Shortly after high school, he was offered a scholarship to play football, but he tried out for the Giants and then got demoted. Shortly after this, Gehrig would return to playing ball again, where he batted 444 and finally was signed to a deal by scout Paul Kitchell.

Gehrig would go on to win a triple crown with the Yankees, and he won an MVP too. We cannot forget that Lou Gehrig was just as important to the Yankees sweep in 1928 as Babe Ruth was. Gehrig, in the 1928 world series, batted 545 with four homers. However, even with all those accomplishments, Gehrig struggled with staying healthy, and during his streak, Gehrig battled many complications he played through back pain, broken fingers, and sore muscles. When Gehrig’s body could no longer take the abuse of a long baseball season, and he began to decline, Gehrig was then diagnosed with a fatal disease called ALS. Also known today as( Lou Gehrig’s Disease) most people’s life span, when diagnosed with this disease, is only about 4-5 years. Before Gehrig would die in 1941, he delivered one of the most iconic farewell speeches at Yankees stadium, where he said, ” Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.”

“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.” So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. ”When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.”

(Original Caption) 7/4/39-New York: Lou Gehrig, the “Iron Horse” of baseball, who was forced to the bency by amyotrophic lateral scherosis after playing 2,130 consecutive games, is touched by fans demonstration as he is acclaimed in a manner unrivaled in baseball history. Upwards of 75,000 jammed Yankee Stadium to honor Lou. He is shown here–handkerchief to his face, deeply moved by the ovation they gave him.

This post was inspired by a short bio I read: if you ever wanted to learn more about Lou Gehrig, I strongly recommend this Lou Gehrig Encyclopedia of World Biography Online, vol. 19, Gale, 1999. Gale In Context: Biography.


A Fresh Start Somewhere Else

Do you ever stop and think I wish I could move far away without a care in the world? Maybe start all over again where nobody knows you, and there is no stupid drama. I have felt this way for a long time. Massachusetts is not my cup of tea. It is not because it’s not a safe place to live, but because there is nothing left here for me. I am by no means saying that if I decide to move, everything will be perfect because it won’t. I think every place has its pros and cons.

Times like this can make us all feel negative, but truthfully I have felt this way before the pandemic. Moving somewhere does not fix everything, but I need a fresh start somewhere else. It’s not because I have a bad reputation here, I don’t. I need to put myself in the best spot to live out my full potential as a person. Some of the greatest men did not get where they are at in the record books just being stagnant in their aspirations.

I need to stop being afraid even if I fail in a new place or new work environment I will be okay. C.S. Lewis once said, “Failures, repeated are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. ” I think we get so comfortable in stuff that we do for money or because we have been there for so long we feel we can’t do something new or something that will make us happier because we are afraid of change. We can’t let fear be the motivator here. We have to step outside our comfort zones and truly trust the process repetition kills, but it is the only way to get something right.

Also, I want to thank anyone who takes the time out of their busy days to read my blog posts. I also want to apologize for the long wait concerning my new Yogi Bera write up. I have been so distracted and will eventually have that finished at some point. Be safe, my friends, and I am praying for you all as we go through this tough time.


Remembering Jazz Legend Louis Armstrong.

Lewis Armstrong once wrote:
“I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
what a wonderful world.”

What a Wonderful World became one of Armstrongs’ most popular hits. However, Lewis Armstrong’s path to stardom was not an easy one; he did not have the easiest of lives. When he was just an infant, his father abandoned him, and his mother left Armstrong with his grandmother. Armstrong also got into trouble with the law once. One night he had a loaded pistol with blanks and while he was outside, he then fired the pistol at a boy. Armstrong would then be taken in by the police. Instead of serving real jail time, Armstrong was then brought to a place called a waif home. Waif homes were a type of school that was strict, kind of like a military school.

These types of schools were run by African Americans who took in youngsters who strayed away from the narrow path. While at the waif home, Armstrong did not let their strict guidelines get to him because he had decently cooked meals and clothes. Armstrong would later on, be introduced to a band while at the waif home. He began playing the tambourine and then started playing the cornet.

By the time Armstrong was released, he was a self-taught jazz musician, and he could play songs on his own. Armstrong’s real dream was to become a professional musician, but at times he had to work unpleasant jobs to get by. Armstrong at night, would roam the streets and listen to other bands.

Armstrong’s luck changed when his friend gave him 10 dollars to purchase a cornet, and then he began to try to work at making his sound even better than it was. Armstrong also learned under some of the best such as legendary performers like King Oliver and Kid Ory. After playing with King Oliver and the Creole Jazz band, Armstrong had aspirations of creating his own band. He began adding some singing and dancing and even some funny stuff to his performances. Fans began to love the sound of his raspy and yet different take on performing jazz music.

However, Armstrongs struggles began to follow him again. First, he faced many financial problems. He dealt with many tough times where he was mistreated and taken advantage of by his manager, who helped him break into the industry in the early 1930s. Tommy Rockwell was his name, and he helped Armstrong find some stardom. At this time, he began to be seen in movies and even did some radio shows too.

Armstrong would later on fire Rockwell and meet a man named Joe Glasser, who would help Armstrong with his financial struggles. Armstrong would go on to become the first African American to get his own promoted radio show. Armstrong’s long-time fans didn’t like this and thought he was going too mainstream.

In the 1960s, Armstrong would get the recognition he deserved when his rendition of Hello Dolly overtook the Beetles number one spot on the billboard chart. He would go on to record 2000 songs; some came from the 1920s- 1930s. Many of these songs from these eras are still played by many today. Louis Armstrong left behind an untarnished legacy in the Jazz community. He overcame coming from a broken home, and betrayal and hate. In the end, all these things did not stop Armstrong from becoming a Jazz legend.

I do believe that my whole success goes back to that time I was arrested as a wayward boy at the age of thirteen. Because then I had to quit running around and began to learn something. Most of all, I began to learn music.

Louis Armstrong


Fear Can Be Contagious

Recently, I have been dealing with writer’s block. I know this whole lockdown is getting to me. However, I am not that much of a social person at this moment in my life. I do miss going to my favorite coffee shops or even just having dinner with my family at my favorite restaurant. COVID 19 has brought on some much-needed self-reflection too.

For one, I don’t want to feel guilty for not posting as much as I used to on social media. I will no longer torture myself about how long its been since my last Instagram/Facebook post. I will instead cherish the moments and hold onto them in my heart. I also don’t want to live in fear because of this virus. I know its a dangerous virus, and I need to be careful because I have asthma, but I will not overdose on any news I watch. I feel like fear and the constant watching of the news & every single day them reminding us of the death count of COVID19 is just as dangerous for our mental health too.

It’s good to be informed about this virus; however, please know that overloading yourself on anything can be a real significant detriment to your life. A wise man once said that what you feed yourself will eventually grow, and if you continue to watch the news obsessively, that fear will only grow bigger, and you will only spread it onto others. Fear is man’s worst enemy, and it can be contagious too. It’s hard to refocus on something other than news in times like this, but we can beat this thing. We, as a country, have recovered from hurricanes and terrorist attacks, and other disasters.

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

— C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain)

A true hero is not somebody who does a great deed in front of a million people; a true hero is the nurses & doctors risking their lives for you. If you are feeling sick, please see a doctor and be kind to your nurses & doctors!

Covid19 Rant

The other day I was watching a movie because what is there really to do in quarantine anyway? The film is called Rudy. It is about a kid who has always wanted to go to Notre Dame College, and he also has a dream of playing on the football team someday there too. In the early stages of this film, Rudy is working at a factory. His father and his best friend work there also. Tragically Rudy’s best friend dies in a fire at the factory, which prompts Rudy to pursue getting into Norte Dame a lot quicker than he expected because that what his friend would want him to do.

Rudy, in the early stages of the film, deals with people who don’t think he can get into Norte Dame or let alone get onto the football team. The reason for this is because its an expensive and hard college to get accepted into; also, Rudy sometimes struggles in school, and Rudy always has to confront the doubt that he may be too short for football. It has been a long time since I have seen this movie in its entirety, so I haven’t finished the rest of it.

However, can you relate to what Rudy was going through in this film? I know I can say yes to this question. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is doubting you, but in actuality, it is like what M.R. Robert Kenandy once said, “too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.” Be a standout from the crowd, and don’t let the opinion of others failures make you afraid to achieve your goals.


A Short Bio of C.S. Lewis

When it comes to Clive Staples Lewis, there are many different things you can write about with regards to his life. For now, I will focus on the interesting facts about C.S. Lewis’s life. He was born on November 29, 1898. C.S. Lewis grew up in Belfast, Ireland. When he was younger, he lost his mother to cancer.

Early on into Lewis’s academic career, he attended Oxford University; he initially arrived at Oxford on a scholarship.  However, his studies were put on hold because Lewis was stationed in France during World War 1. Later Lewis would accept a teaching job at Magdalene college where he would teach literature and classic philosophy.    

Lewis is best known for a book called Chronicles of Narnia, but did you know he wrote books on Christian philosophy too? Lewis wrote a book called Screwtape Letters, wherein the book he talks about the struggle of good and evil and how Wormwood, the demon in the book, tries to tempt the believer in God but can’t corrupt the believer because the relationship they have with God is stronger. Lewis also wrote a book called A Grief Observed, chronicling how hard it is to live without his wife after she passed away from breast cancer. This book is filled with melancholy, but anybody can relate to Lewis’s struggle of losing someone he loved so dearly. He also wrote another popular book called Mere Christianity, where he outlines his thoughts on Christian doctrine.

In closing, there are many things about C.S. Lewis that sparked my interest in him. However, I find the facts about Mr. Lewis’s life to be the most interesting thing about him.  For Example, I never knew that Lewis taught literature before. 


Seasons Come & Go Poem: By Nick Albano

Pain and suffering come and go, but like a season, they will not last forever. For the flowers bloom every spring, we must remember that with all seasons, we can all sing. Babies laugh & cry during the spring, and couples gather around to share a ring. Every summer, the beach is the spot where we go and walk around on the boardwalk. We watch as the waves splash around and listen to the ocean, slowly calm the anxiousness in our souls. The beach is our very own hospital where we go to get better again. The sun never leaves us, and as we bask in the sunset, we know that at last summertime is here for us to enjoy.

Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

How To Deal With A Broken Heart.

Do you want to know what is so annoying about being single? It is the fact that everyone in their mother thinks they know what is best for you, and some people act as their cupid themselves. If you knew that woman for a very long time, it’s naturally going to take a long time to heal. It is entirely okay to have a hard time with a breakup. You are not damaged goods, please know that, and you are not weird for being heartbroken over this for a long time! You are human, and you will eventually heal; it takes time and a lot of self-help books to help you ease your hurting soul. I have been there, and there is nothing worse than people pestering you to move on when you are not ready to move on!

Also, keep in mind if your relationship did not withstand the test of time, try not to beat yourself up. If it wasn’t your fault that you broke up with that person, then try to focus on something that you did right at-least you wanted to make it work. Try taking a walk outside and observe your surroundings. Even little trips to Barnes & Noble, just to read a little in silence, can make a big difference.

If I am not mistaken, there are also groups on Facebook to help with a broken heart. Remember to treat yourself to a good meal once a week. Below is three things I try to keep in mind throughout the day.

1. Take time to heal alone.
2.)Take time to think things over.
3.) Sometimes something that you believe is beyond repair might require a little renovation. Not everything in this world has to result in a complete teardown.

Robert Frost once said, ”I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have out-walked the furthest city light I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.”

”I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet. When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street, but not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. I have been one acquainted with the night .”


Old Harmonicas

Recently I was reading an article entitled Domestic Harmony by Marley Brown. In this article, she discusses the findings of 2,000 artifacts that have been recovered at a communal dump. Brown mostly focuses on a German-made Harmonica that was found that appears to have come from the nineteenth century.

The outer plate of the harmonica inscription reads Friedr. Hotz. This leads Brown to think that it was made by the Friedrich Hotz Company. Brown explains that this company started producing harmonicas in as early as 1862! Brown explains later that the company was bought by Matthias Hohner, who began to first show the instrument to America in 1862.


Corrie Ten Boom the Forgotten Hero

When I think about a hero, I think of people like Abraham Lincoln or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. However, have you ever heard of Corrie Ten Boom? She was born on April 15, 1892, in Amsterdam. Corrie Ten Boom got her first taste of notoriety after writing a book called The Hiding Place. The Hiding Place chronicles what Corrie Ten Boom and her family went through when they got imprisoned in a concentration camp in the time of the Holocaust. Corrie and her sister were moved to another concentration camp in Holland.

The both of them faced hard time labor, and near starvation. Boom, a devoted Christian, still held bible studies in the knitting rooms. Boom and her family set up a secret resting place where they provided help to many victims of the Nazis in the time of German occupation of the Netherlands.

By the time of Christmas 1944, Boom was finally free and put on a train for Berlin. Boom would then arrive at the severely bombed station where an older janitor would help her locate a train back to the Dutch border. Boom had not eaten in days because her food was either stolen or lost! She finally found a safe place at a hospital in Gottingen, where her health improved.

Shortly after this, Corrie Ten Boom would start touring, and she began to share what she went through. Corrie Ten Boom would go on to tour Europe, and then all around the world. Boom would later go on to set up a refuge house for victims of the concentration camps. She also would become the first licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands. Corrie Ten Boom, unfortunately, at the age of 93, would pass away. It has been said that Corrie Ten Boom would go on to save the lives of 800 Jewish people. Even though she is not here with us today, her legacy still shines bright and is one of the most influential women in history.

What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.

― Corrie Ten Boom


Ghosting On Dating Apps

At times, I see a lot of people beat themselves up over women ghosting them. Women don’t just do it, but it can be disappointing to have a conversation die after you think you were having a good conversation with someone. For now, all you can do is accept it and take a deep breath and stop overthinking what went wrong because sometimes it’s not what went wrong its something on their end that is wrong. People on these apps make a very common mistake; they join these dating apps when they are not ready for a relationship because they are lonely. People crave companionship, and there is nothing wrong with testing the waters when you are alone.

However, are your priorities in line with the life you live? Smart career-oriented women see right through the counterfeit you. They want somebody who is stable and is working towards a better life.You can’t be the same person you were in high school you have to mature as a person and take the time to discover who the real you is. Remember, even if it might take you longer to do that don’t beat yourself up over it, Sean Connery didn’t get his first real break until 31, and Melissa McCarthy didn’t get her big break until her forties. Love has no age limit, and when you’re ready for it, God will move mountains for you.


Never Forget Number 42

Robinson was born on January 31, 1919. In 1947 he broke the color barrier in baseball, standing up against racism and fighting against injustice. Although Robinson was an advocate for standing up against racism, an interaction with Branch Rickey might have changed Robinson’s life forever. Branch Rickey wondered if Robinson had enough guts not to fight back in a violent way because he didn’t believe violence was the answer. Robinson later would make his debut at 28 years old, silencing any of his friends’ doubts and winning Rookie of The Year. Early on, Robinson was abandoned by his father at a young age & had to deal with segregation.

In 1945, Robinson would sign a contract with the Kansas City Monarchs for 400$ a month. He didn’t like the money he was making, and the constant traveling it came with. Robinson surprisingly didn’t have baseball in mind as a full-time career. Branch Rickey would later try to change Robinson’s mind & in 1945, he would sign him to a deal to play with the Montreal Royals. At the time, Branch was very confident in Robinson & liked his attitude and his desire to become successful despite the current adversary he faced. Branch Rickey’s decision to take Robinson under his wing did not come with approval from his peers.

However, Robinson & Rickey were determined to change people’s hearts. According to baseball writer Harvey Frommer in his book on Robinson, he says that Robinson said, ” I think I am the right man to pick for this test. There is no possible chance that I will flunk it or quit before the end for any other reason than that I am not a good enough ballplayer.” Robinson did not have an easy spring training because of segregation laws. He was told to ride in the back of buses, and even in games he was supposed to play in, they would sometimes be called off. Despite this, he would lead his team to the Little World Series, batting 349 with 40 stolen bases that year. Robinson’s legacy has held up for over 70 years, and what he has done in the baseball world will never be forgotten.

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

A Short discussion on Papyrus P52

Papyrus P52 is a new testament fragment from antiquity; it preserves John 18:31–33, & John 18:37–38, where Pilate questions Jesus. Colin Henderson Roberts wrote a small detailed report about this manuscript. (Papyrus P52) is still the earliest greek fragment we have of John.

One paleographer from Roberts day even dated P52 to the first century A.D. However, the (consensus) among some scholars during Robert’s day is this fragment comes from the beginning of the second century A.D. Though recent analysis on the fragment points to a 200 A.D date. Paleographers date manuscripts or fragments based on their handwriting and do a thorough analysis of the fragment with other old writing from antiquity. It’s truly amazing how one little piece of a papyrus can bring so much knowledge to scholarship!

From the report an Unpublished Fragment of The fourth Gospel by Colin H Roberts.
High quality image of P52

A Brief Discussion On The Huqoq Synagogue.

I recently learned about the discovery of an ancient synagogue that was found in Huqoq. The Huqoq synagogue surprisingly had well-preserved mosaics, as shown in the photo below. A synagogue is a type of building where people would go to for worship or instruction. The shul was excavated by female archaeologist Jodi Magness and her team. 

The synagogue dates to the early fifth century CE, and Magness also said she feels an earlier date should also be given to other synagogues found too. Preferably the so-called Gallien type synagogues which she says should be pushed back a couple of hundred years to at least the fourth or sixth century CE.

Sometimes in the archaeological world, you will come across synagogues that date to perhaps the fourth century CE. However, archaeologists will find that the foundation of that later synagogue was built over an even earlier synagogue. We see this to be the case with the shul at Capernaum. In short, archaeology helps us enhance the verisimilitude or the believability of an ancient text.

    “The 2017 excavation season at Huqoq uncovered more stunning mosaics depicting Greco-Roman and Biblical scenes, including the construction of the Tower of Babel.” Photo: Jim Haberman   

The State Of Hip Hop Right Now

Today I was listening to a song on the radio, and I was saying to myself, does it take that much talent to be successful in today’s music industry? Today’s hip-hop music is almost all watered down, and it seems good artists are struggling to stay relevant. I could give a history lesson on hip-hop, but instead, I would like to share with you some songs that bring me back to a better time when hip-hop wasn’t just about money and materialism.

Never Do Something That Feels Forced In Life

As the title says, never do something you feel is forced or don’t want to do. Life as we know it is very short, and we should spend life doing the things we enjoy doing. For the past month, I have felt like getting more writing done, but all the writing I attempted felt forced and not fun. I started to plan out stuff I should write about, but it didn’t come to fruition. Then, I realized something important: if I am not passionate about it, then I shouldn’t write about it.

In this life, we hear we sometimes have to do the things we hate but do we? I don’t think this kind of thinking is too accurate, and anything in life that feels forced or you’re not passionate about will show in your work. So my message of the day is to meditate on God’s word, always do what you love, and never feel forced to do what you don’t want to do.

The reason for this is we have such a short time on earth, and we should spend our life doing what we enjoy as opposed to what we think others think we enjoy. Yesterday I was listening to a song called Happiness by a band called the Fray, and one part of the song stood out to me, and it went something like this “Happiness is like the old man told me. Look for it, but you’ll never find it all. Let it go, live your life and leave it.
Then one day, wake up, and she’ll be home. In other words, happiness is only achieved when we have fun, and it will arrive to us effortlessly when we least expect it. So until then, have fun, my friends, and never feel forced into doing things you don’t want to do.”

RIP Brandy Scott

Recently, I found out that one of my dear friends passed away, but I will not get into what was the cause of her death because I respect her and her family’s privacy way too much. Although many of you do not know my friend, let me say that she was the sweetest woman I ever met. We both understood one another so well, and I could talk to her about anything. I started talking to Brandy Scott after a falling out with a woman I thought was my everything. One thing that Brandy was so good at was the advice that she gave to me. For example, when I would get cynical about online dating or cling to the thinking mentality that I would never find the right woman, she would reassure me not to give up. Brandy Scott would also emphasize not blaming others but looking deep within myself for answers to my problems.

Have you ever had a friend whom you could talk to about anything? that was Brandy Scott for me. Brandy Scott was also a beautiful young woman who wrote fantastic poetry and whom I talked to for years. As I say goodbye to a good friend, I would like to mention that not everyone leaves their fingerprints on you. As for Brandy Scott, she left her fingerprints of kindness behind with me, and may God and his angels comfort her, as well as uphold her family, during this difficult time.

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