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Truthful Tuesday #9: The Pursuit

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I'm here at MC to learn mostly about science.  During my first run through college I studied art just because that's what I had done a lot of in high school and honestly didn't think I was cut out for anything in the STEM realm (though, I don't think that acronym was used much in those days, if at all).  The BS in Art has served me well, in many ways.  Over the years following my graduation from UMBC I grew broader interests beyond the lens and the sketchbook.  It was fitness and massage therapy training that led me to become fascinated with the human body. In these school environments, I was exposed to the troubles of our food system and the way it is impacting health across the board. I was finding true meaning around every corner, with every new person I met, every new thing I learned I was given more reason to carry on with a purpose. Back in my high school and early college days I was much amused and much of my time consumed with things like shopping, sitcoms, amusements, blockbusters, traditions, and so on.  As the years pass along, I find myself moving farther and farther from finding these things gratifying and seek a more profound purpose more and more everyday.

Last night I happened upon an article (or perhaps it happened upon me) regarding Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning". I must say- the timing was perfect.  In recent weeks I've been feeling stretched and uncomfortable (as we must become in order to grow) but in the thick of it, simply knowing doesn't necessarily make it any easier- just more tolerable.  Viktor Frankl was the Viennese psychiatrist who wrote "Man's Search for Meaning" out of the misery reared in a Nazi concentration camp.  His "Logotherapy" psychological movement emphasizes the following three things: that life has meaning under all circumstances- even the most grueling, that our motive to live is our will to find meaning, and that we are free to create and find meaning however we choose. 

It's always a great reminder to me- to happen upon this kind of thought, especially when I under pressure.  I remind myself that more so than a pursuit of happiness, I am in a pursuit of meaning.  Everything I experience- the good, the bad, and the ugly- guides me toward the deepest and most satisfying meaning in this life.

So, the truth this week is: Maybe it isn't happiness we always need to be in hot pursuit of; perhaps it is true deep meaning that is optimal for quenching and sating our souls.

Namaste, Friends...


MC SOCCER DOES: Sophomore Recognition

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Hello Raptors,

This weekend the boys and girls MC Soccer teams had our Sophomore Recognition Games. We both played against the very aggressive Pot State. Before we arrived at the field our first years had posters, goodie bags, flowers and purple balloons all set up on our bench! They absolutely spoiled us.  

After warming up we took time to honor all the sophomores. Our parents walked us across the field as the announcer read about our soccer achievements at MC. When we walked across to our coach he handed us a framed picture of an action shot taken during the season. Even though we each have at least two more years left of college, it was surreal seeing my MC soccer experience starting to come to an end. Soccer has taken up a lot of my time. While in season I always feel overwhelmed and like I never have enough time to get everything done. But every season, once that last game comes around, I realized how much I am going to miss playing!

As it seems, I am a very unsatisfied person. Never happy with where I am at (something I am working on.) This season has been hard, with all the given circumstances. We have a team full of very athletic and talented girls, but for some reason we haven’t been winning. We have such a hard time scoring. With that said, at the end of my season, I am finally seeing our team come together and play for each other. We won our game 3 to 1. This was a game we needed to win coming into Regions! Even though we haven’t played well all season, we are here now. Playing for now. Forgetting about any game before. I have so much faith in my team and I am going to miss playing with these girls next year. I was lucky to have met and learned from each of these girls. We hope to finish off the season strong and bring back The All Region title to our school.

We have three home games this week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!

If you have time to come out to the Germantown Soccer Plex and cheer on your Women’s Soccer team, we would love the support!!

Love Always,

Katelynn Suzanne

Rest in Peace

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No Hollywood ending.  Michael John Boyland, good husband, father of three amazing kids, after a brief and merciless battle of a few mere weeks, succumbed to cancer. I am loathe to make of this blog a bummer, but I had spoken of this situation in previous posts and we never expected such a fast outcome, but here it is, the sad finale and it seemed natural to put an end to the story in a proper way. 

So that’s it. A wonderful man dies in the prime of his life to cancer. It happens every day, everywhere, I imagine, I understand… but this is our family. And it is a hard pill indeed to swallow.

Looking back on the good, and there was plenty of that, he got to come home and was surrounded in the end, by his children: Michael Jr., Bradley, Bailey and his good wife of twenty-three adoring years, Kitten. Trust me, these folks are as close to the Waltons (And I don’t mean the evil Wal*Martians but the loving Depression Era television family) morphed with the Bradys you could imagine. And his well-lived life ended in the embrace of his brood.

But, like the old Streisand song goes, “…It’s the laughter we will remember….” True that. I will remember Mike’s deep and abiding passion for his family above all things. If ever a man took to that creed of provider, it was he. I will remember how at the annual Christmas Eve party, he would slip away at a certain moment and then suddenly someone would yell, “Look! Over the hill! There! Across by the barn!” And there would be Mike dressed up like Santa Claus in a twinkling sleigh with a bright red sack over his shoulder (never mind that you could hear the diesel engine from the tractor pulling the sleigh all the way to Potomac Village) but the children would rush to the huge picture window that looked out into the dark moonless horse fields and once we all gasped, you could see the wonder and amazement in their eyes.  Mike made that kind of stuff happen all the time.

At Thanksgiving, Mike’s favorite holiday, he would love to host large gathering of warmth, togetherness and family; I will also remember the many summers out at his family’s house at Rehoboth Beach watching his kids grow up year after year, sunburn after sunburn. I can still hear the surf and feel the sea breeze of those long nights walking out by the ocean, all of us together, watching moonrises and fireworks, with all the clamor of summer families echoing down the tunnel of night.  

Innumerable memories. All unforgettable. Our lives will never be the same without you. You were the Captain of the ship. The Leader of the Band. The one with the vision and the dream. And you made it come true for everybody. Well done buddy. Well done. We can but honor you by celebrating your legacy of hard work, fair play, honesty and community involvement by exhibiting those self same standards you set for yourself, ourselves. You will forever be missed Mike. Forever be loved buddy. Rest in Peace buddy.

Thirsty Thursday: Schedule Preferences #1

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It feels as though I haven't talked to you guys in awhile but here I am, missing my day to blog an all. I don't have much for you guys this week just the beginning of my "Class to Take" segment, where, I suggest certain classes (mostly electives) one could take while at MC to fill their schedule. Today I will be talking about one I'm currently enrolled in this semester and that is Intro to Broadcasting. 

I know it may sound boring at first but it really is quite the opposite. My professor (Koch) is someone who has been around TV for many years so he keeps you involved in the discussions with constant instances from his journeys. The class itself is designed to give you the basics on broadcasting and some of the media beginnings. I recommend it because the course contains many world wide historical events in which media or the start of media were heavy involved in shaping them. 

Like I said. I'll be bringing you different classes every week. This week was dedicated to a favorite of mine, seeing as I am an aspiring journalism major. Check it out if you are interested in how our world has shaped media and such today.


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