What is Wrong With Me

I can’t sleep. Seriously. Let me say that again so you clearly understand what I  mean. I can’t sleep. I have a lot of trouble putting my mind and body down to rest at night. Sometimes, the sun will come up in the morning before I will lie down for the first time. When I do finally rest, I rarely stay down for long, and often don’t rest well. I wake up delirious …

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Bigger, Faster, More Power

I added a new M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive to my computer today. It’s the second M.2 form-factor, and the third SSD. My original SSD, an OCZ Vertex 3, is still my system drive, but I am moving that to the OCZ RD400. The Samsung 960 EVO I got today will be for large media, like video editing and RAW format images from my D-SLR. I can’t say zoom! Zoom! Or vroom! …

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Genuine Beliefs

I’m in the final stretch of my graduate degree. The finish line is in sight, and I know how far it is until I cross the line. I’ve looked back at what I’ve done, seeing what’s going on, and thinking about what will be. I am full of emotions, and some days are overwhelming. The opportunities that could be are coming into focus. I’ve reached out and made contacts with professors and businessmen. I’ve …

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Ego Control

I have an ego. I have an ego control problem. There are days I think I’m greater than I am. There are days I think I am less than I am. I seek balance, but rarely find it. My ego builds when I talk about my past, the work I’ve done, the education I’ve had, and the opportunities I’ve been given. My ego falls when I reflect on the friends I’ve (not) kept, …

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Paying it Forward

One thing about working with nonprofits and causes is that you have to ask for money. Always. This may fall under the Development department. Grant writing and fundraising/requesting donations are what make this work possible. If you use Facebook, you can donate to the ONE MORE LIGHT FUND from Music for Relief, an organization Chester helped start in 2011 following the March earth quake and tsunami in Japan.

Revision

Back in February 2015, I wrote about a person I admire and would like to work with. Due to events that occurred over the summer, my choice has changed. I want to work with five unique individuals who are in a difficult place and time right now. Mike, Joe, Rob, Dave, and Brad: the surviving members of Linkin Park. I can’t express the respect and empathy I have for them. They have such …

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Community: Context for Youth Work

Where does youth work happen? At school? At the clinic? In juvenile hall, or the emergency? What about at home? Sometimes, someone needs to sit down with the parent and explain parenting to them. It sounds awkward, but parents don’t always know best. I’m not saying I do, either. I don’t have kids, but I know you are having an emotional response firing your action because these kids are your offspring. I think …

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