1A – 5PM

5-5:10pm:  Intro

5:10-5:35pm:  Let’s try some simple, eased, Human conversation tonight..  What do you want from YOUR life?  Explain….

5:35-5:50pm:  How will you reach what you want to realize?

5:50-5:55pm:  Did you get Tom Foreman’s book??  Have you started reading?  Have you researched him at all?  Googled him at the very least?

5:55-6:05pm:  Close……

ASSIGNMENT:  Read the first 4 chapters of My Year of Running Dangerously (Tom Foreman).  Email me your thoughts.

150 Comments Add yours

  1. mikemadigan says:

    What’s wanted is only kept a want by the one wanting.

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  2. mikemadigan says:

    Me…. Happiness. Freedom. Health. LOVE…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Shantel Shaw says:

    Happy Thursday! How is everyone tonight?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. mikemadigan says:

      Having an amazing day, ’cause I(!!!) decided it’s going to be just that!!! How about you, my friend??

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Shantel Shaw says:

        I’m having a good day as well! I did lots of writing today and had a big scholarship interview! I’m glad you are having an amazing day haha

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  4. jakesilva753 says:

    Hey y’all hope everyone is doing good today!!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Whatup Jake… how’s biz?

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      1. jakesilva753 says:

        Crazy busy, doing another 12 hour shift today at work

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  5. Débora Vitaliano says:

    Hello everyone, hope you all are doing alright! My day has been very mellow. I am getting the habit to go to the USS campus to study and it is so pleasant to be there. It was so pretty with all the autumn colors I was surrounded by, the nature, some people passing by with their dogs. I spent more than 3 hours than until I realized I had to come back home to cook something and get ready for this class.

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    1. Shantel Shaw says:

      That sounds like a great study location!

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    2. niannavalle says:

      That sounds fun and relaxing. I love spending time in nature especially during this time of year

      Liked by 1 person

  6. niannavalle says:

    Howdy Everyone! How’s everyone’s week treating them? Excited for the weekend?

    Liked by 3 people

    1. mikemadigan says:

      Excited for more time, which the weekend does provide. Time for projects, time for creative, time for more words and exploration of scenes..

      Liked by 3 people

      1. niannavalle says:

        Having the time to do stuff makes everything go smoother for me

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    2. Gianina Mencarini says:

      My week has been a roller coaster of emotions honestly! What about yours? Well, I was excited for the weekend but just found out we have a curfew and can’t go out past 10pm!!

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        I know. Can you believe that sh/t?

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      2. niannavalle says:

        Its frustrating but if its gonna help then its worth it

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        Frustration builds form.

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      4. Aiden Seifert says:

        I’m not one to go poking at the rules too hard but the police are going to have to flatten my tires before I stop driving past 10 pm.

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      5. mikemadigan says:

        Lol…. Love the spirit, but be careful..

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    3. Shantel Shaw says:

      heck yeah! I’m ready and excited for the weekend!

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        You should be excited for every day, my friend!!!

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      2. niannavalle says:

        Any fun plans

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      3. Shantel Shaw says:

        haha I am! Weekends are the busy days of my job! It’s when I make good tips!

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      4. niannavalle says:

        Hell yeah. Get that bread

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  7. mikemadigan says:

    Forget about value… go for LIFE. Wherever there’s life, and LOVE.. that’s where your walk should be. That should be the need and ceaseless feed of your beat.

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  8. finn ransome says:

    Hello everyone hope you are all having a relaxed evening. For me Family, Individuality, and KINDNESS. How are you all doing?

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Hey Finn!! Love these words.

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      1. finn ransome says:

        Hey Mike, thank you!

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    2. Shantel Shaw says:

      Hey Finn, Im good thanks! How are you doing?

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      1. finn ransome says:

        Im doing good, just been catching up on a lot of school and sleep!

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  9. mikemadigan says:

    Excited for tonight’s meeting, to learn more about what you want, and how you plan to be THERE.

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  10. mikemadigan says:

    Life is about composition… building, constructing something, deciding and defining your own architecture. All is attainable and able to be assemble. Unless of course you choose to merely watch the buildings go up around you.

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  11. Aiden Seifert says:

    Pretty uneventful day but I don’t consider that a bad thing, I just brought my brother to a dentist appointment. I did also get to packages today that had and a hoodie and some shoes I’ve been wanting for quite some time very hyped on that.

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    1. niannavalle says:

      That reminds me that I need to make a dentist appointment 2. My wisdom teeth have started to come in. I sympathize for toddlers because this pointy tooth is painful

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Giovanni Vaca says:

    What’s up every one! My day was interesting cause I did a 3 hour hike in the dessert which was tiring but fun

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      That sounds like a really fun day!

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  13. mikemadigan says:

    Why want anything? Why not just take, and mold at your rhythm…?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. finn ransome says:

      taking your own mold or rhythm has to be essential to create your full self. I mean it is scary to want something but taking that leap of faith to what you want is important to better understand you and your desires or motivations.

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  14. Débora Vitaliano says:

    What I want from my life is to find a place to call home everywhere I go and everyone I meet. I love the quote that says that home is not a place, it is a feeling. I want to share and spread all the love I have – which I know there is a endless source of it inside me. I want to be able to call everyone who has been in my life family because that is what they are. People who I can love unconditionally.

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    1. jakesilva753 says:

      I respect how you have a idea of what you want and you are working to get there

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Me as well. And thank you for these kind words, Jake.

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  15. mikemadigan says:

    What do you want? Why? How often do you think about it?

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    1. niannavalle says:

      i want to move. I want to because i hate that everything is always the same in a small town. I think about it everyday

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        How will you do this?

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      2. niannavalle says:

        I’ve already started that path. The first step was to do well in school so I could go to college. I chose somewhere out of state to further get out of this town lol. I’ve also done a lot of research to try to find a new place to settle once I graduate

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        Good for you!!! Things don’t just happen. One has to do like you have and start stepping in the direction of their election..

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    2. finn ransome says:

      honestly I feel like sometimes I find myself not wanting anything for me but for other people…

      Liked by 1 person

    3. Aiden Seifert says:

      I think it’s safe to say I just cannot help myself when it comes to clothes, every time I have extra money instead of investing or doing anything smart I buy clothes. This hasn’t been a complete money pit, I’ve made roughly $1500 buying clothes I like and then selling them later so if I’m lucky I’ll get to continue.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Try to calibrate a little, maybe?? I get it, it’s tough…

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  16. jakesilva753 says:

    Answering what I want is a hard question for me, I’m the most indecisive person ever. Heck I don’t even know what I’m majoring in. But my goal is to just be happy and comfortable with my life. Figure out what I want to do and love doing it.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      These are admirable aims, Jake. Cheers..

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    2. Débora Vitaliano says:

      as long as you are happy Jack, that is what really matters 🙂 and you can find happiness every where and anytime.

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  17. adrianv7272 says:

    Sorry for being a bit late was cooking the fam dinner and lost track of time. Had a relaxing day, hope everyone else did too.

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  18. Shantel Shaw says:

    I would like for my life to be happy and healthy. I want to spend my life with my family and friends. I see my life as being positive and to try and make the negative positive. I see myself owning my own winery one day, living here in Sonoma County California on a small piece of property.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      How will you actualize this scene? Love how you wrote this, BTW..

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      1. Shantel Shaw says:

        Thank You!
        I will actualize not over night obviously, but over the next seven years. I should have the knowledge and the experience needed to start the building of my winery! Fingers cross

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    2. Débora Vitaliano says:

      I love the way you put your goals. Having your own winery and living in a small piece of property seems like a great life!

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      1. Shantel Shaw says:

        thank you!

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  19. Débora Vitaliano says:

    I honestly think about it every day and try to be connected to it as much as I can. My dad always says that the best and only way to learn things is through people. Every single person will teach you something that you didn’t know. And in the worst case you are gonna learn how to not be like then, but see, still learning. And I love that. I love to talk to people, to connect with them.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Dad is right!!! RESPECT.

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  20. adrianv7272 says:

    I want a carefree life haha but that’s asking a lot but not much. You could say being carefree is a state of mind. I guess for me carefree is having a nice house with a yard and a tree house in the back for the kids.

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  21. mikemadigan says:

    Side note…. I’ve started communicating with our next author, Tom Foreman. And he’s really, really nice!!! Don’t be surprised if he joins us on a zoom….. Just FYI, ’cause I got it like that.

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    1. adrianv7272 says:

      what that’s sick! fingers crossed.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mikemadigan says:

        No.. he’s totally down. I’m doing a call with him after the holiday. Again, he’s super, super nice. Really like talking with him.

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    2. Débora Vitaliano says:

      What??? That would be awesome! Fingers crossed

      Liked by 1 person

    3. Shantel Shaw says:

      Wait actually! That is awesome!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. finn ransome says:

    I don’t even really know what I want, honestly I feel like I want something different for myself every month and i hate that I am so indecisive because I wish that I was better able to analyze myself and be able to really know what I want out of my life.

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    1. jakesilva753 says:

      retweet

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    2. Débora Vitaliano says:

      Think in the bright side.. If you don’t really know what you want in your life, you can be ANYTHING! You can keep trying out everything that cross your life and decide if you like it or not. You have infinite possibilities. Again, as long as you are happy – here and now

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      1. finn ransome says:

        I agree the options are endliess maybe that is why I am having such a hard time because I always feel like something could be better when i never try to really see if I like the thing in front of me.

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  23. Aiden Seifert says:

    What I want from my life at the age of 18 it’s a difficult question to answer with the amount of pressure from various people you feel to make the “right” choice. Ideally I would like to work for a tech company or maybe a luxury brand and live out in Texas or the East coast. If ever given the opportunity I would want to change the world for the better but that’s one of the hardest things a person can do.

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      in what way would you change de world for the better?

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Have everyone value love and generosity over EVERYTHING.

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  24. Gianina Mencarini says:

    I know i don’t want to feel stuck in the same loop of life everyday. I want to feel like I’ve lived life the the fullest I can before I actually settle down. I do want a family but I know I probably won’t be a full time stay at home mom because do want the “best of both worlds”. I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to be or how I’m going to get there but I have a rough draft/outline of how I want it to look so I’ll continue to grow and build off of what I got.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      If you’re stuck, you decided that.

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  25. I really want to collaborate with people who are interested in making short movies or documentary style videos.i spent last 3 years trying to learn the basics of filmmaking and now I want to apply what I have learnt in telling story from either screenplay or documentary.

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  26. Aiden Seifert says:

    I just tried to post a response and the site crashed did it show up?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. jakesilva753 says:

      Yes it did, the website keeps acting up for me too

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        F/cking WordPress….

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  27. niannavalle says:

    What I want immediately is different from what I want from life. What I want immediately is to move, to travel, and to satisfy my need for adventure. But what I want from life is different. My. goal is to be happy. not just superficially, but truly happy with everything life has given me. There are so many people in this world that have just focused on how to make themselves successful in the conventional sense, but have no regard for their emotional success.

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    1. jakesilva753 says:

      I like how you have an immediate goal and a long term goal.

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Shantel Shaw says:

      I totally get where you are at!

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    3. Débora Vitaliano says:

      totally agree with you Nianna. What does successful mean anyway?

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      1. niannavalle says:

        Success all depends on what your goal was in the first place

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Good question… to me it’s being in love with everything you do and everything around you.

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  28. mikemadigan says:

    Who got the book???? Have you started reading??? What have you heard??? Look him up on Youtube now, cross-referencing the book’s title…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. niannavalle says:

      I have the book but the title put me off so I waited to start until we were assigned reading

      Liked by 1 person

      1. niannavalle says:

        I don’t enjoy running and assumed that was what it was all about, but I’m getting a better understanding already

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    2. jakesilva753 says:

      Didn’t get the book, been working crazy. But i got the chance to look him up, can’t wait to read about him

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      1. jakesilva753 says:

        I am interested about how he is going to tell his story and what he learned from it.

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  29. mikemadigan says:

    WHO GOT THE BOOK???????????????

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Gianina Mencarini says:

      I’ve had it since you told us to get it in the syllabus, thank gosh I didn’t loose it in my mess of a room lol

      Liked by 3 people

      1. mikemadigan says:

        lol…. That’s good!! 🙂

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    2. Débora Vitaliano says:

      I have but I haven’t start reading yet. I was waiting to finish the other three books I was reading previously lol

      Liked by 1 person

  30. mikemadigan says:

    The idea of something into something you didn’t expect really interests me… this book is great!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      I read some reviews of this book and it seems it is a great book.

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Abie Prieto says:

    What I want in life is to be happy in my dreams to come true. I want my family to be set for life I want the best for myself and I also want to be happy

    Liked by 3 people

  32. Shantel Shaw says:

    I have the book!

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  33. Hey y’all ! sorry I’m late. What I want from my life is success and happiness.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Whatup Victor.. thanks for coming. How do you plan on holding this success and happiness you seek?

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  34. Shantel Shaw says:

    I haven’t started reading, but I will! lol

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    1. I plan on putting overtime in setting myself up for success at my work or school and family and even a relationship. By being the best me and loving more also being slow to anger. Not getting to comfortable in one spot but also being content with the career I chose. Finding a balance for me, family, work, and school with also doing the things I love. I apologize if this was long but also a great question to think about Professor Mikey!

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  35. finn ransome says:

    I got the book this morning and read the first couple of chapters. Explaining the challenge with his daughter to run the marathon with, as well as how his brother challenged him to the same marathon when Tom was younger seemed pretty ironic. I think a perspective from someone who used to run long distance when he was younger and came back in his fifties to run a marathon with his daughter in college is not only humbling, but entertaining and unorthodox that makes for a suspenseful and hilarious story

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  36. niannavalle says:

    I keep wondering, how exactly does one run dangerously. Is it the manner, location, or duration that have to do with it.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Guess you have to read to find out…

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      1. niannavalle says:

        Lol guess you’re right

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  37. Shantel Shaw says:

    I will do some research on him tonight! I might even writing about him on my page.

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIC2DclgFQo&t=160s here is one of his videos I’ve watched that he talks about the book and reads some parts of it. You may like it 🙂

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      1. finn ransome says:

        that looks great I will check it out!

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Good job, Debora!! Thanks for posting!!

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      3. Shantel Shaw says:

        Perfect!!! Thank you!

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      4. mikemadigan says:

        Yes… Much appreciated!!!

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  38. Aiden Seifert says:

    Realizing dreams is what makes life worth living in my opinion, without goals there is no direction in my life. I keep receiving ads about “replacing a 9-5” in 21 days and it just makes me sad that people really believe ads like this. To try and take shortcuts to what most would consider large dreams just isn’t real not to mention there is no sense of achievement or struggle to reach your goal. The only way in my opinion to reach a goal is to try again and again until you reach it, through effort and determination.

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    1. gwenphillips says:

      couldn’t. have. said. it. better!!!!!!

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  39. finn ransome says:

    I didn’t know this but he is an Emmy awarded journalist.. didn’t know you could even get an Emmy award for being a journalist so that is pretty interesting.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. niannavalle says:

      Lol didn’t know writing Emmys existed either

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Not necessarily for writing, for reporting and bringing news and information.

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    2. mikemadigan says:

      Yep!! He’s one of the best, currently.. my opinion.

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    3. Débora Vitaliano says:

      omg he wrote a letter for Obama every single day since the first day of his first term. 1460 letters lol

      Liked by 3 people

      1. finn ransome says:

        that is actually crazy… he must’ve reallly liked him

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      2. Débora Vitaliano says:

        “I wrote about things that were important, like unemployment, Afghanistan and women’s rights. I also wrote about things that were trivial, like sports, favorite foods and my yearly battle with Christmas lights.
        The tally: 1,460 letters, well over a half-million words, or enough to fill about seven novels. Laid out as one line of text, these letters would stretch almost 3½ miles or considerably longer than the inaugural parade route.”

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        This is great!!

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      4. mikemadigan says:

        Maybe why he was so responsive and receptive to my letters, lol..

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  40. mikemadigan says:

    This covid thing has me nervous, and I’m finding his writing helps me forget or remove myself from it…

    Liked by 4 people

    1. jakesilva753 says:

      reading is supposed to make you feel like youre in another world. It helps you forget about all the negatives you have going on

      Liked by 4 people

      1. Shantel Shaw says:

        I agree! It take my mind off what’s going on.

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    2. Débora Vitaliano says:

      Same way reading Sedaris and Irby… I am excited to start this book!

      Liked by 1 person

    3. finn ransome says:

      Ive found reading has helped me alot to unload from stress from other classes and life… finding happiness in my writing is still going to be a project but I am trying to get there as fast as possible…

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  41. Aiden Seifert says:

    I bought the book off of google play and I don’t really know anything about this author yet. Just from some of the responses I’m reading he seems like a very interesting character.

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    1. niannavalle says:

      I agree. The more I look into him the more excited to start reading I get

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      1. finn ransome says:

        I am too!

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  42. mikemadigan says:

    Read like you’re the author reading their own work. If you want to be better at reading….

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  43. mikemadigan says:

    Stop thinking so much….. Just write. And write more letters to people, to anyone… Shoutout to Debora!!!!!

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      Definitely!! Actually we should get back to this habit to send people letter. I am amazed by what he did!
      Check it out https://www.cnn.com/2013/01/18/politics/foreman-last-letter-to-president/index.html

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  44. Shantel Shaw says:

    Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone!

    Liked by 1 person

  45. mikemadigan says:

    Life readies us for telling stories. Sad so many of us don’t think we have something to narrate..

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  46. mikemadigan says:

    Enjoy your night, enjoy the reading.. ENJOY YOUR LIFE.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. niannavalle says:

      Thank you. I hope you also have a wonderful evening.

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    2. finn ransome says:

      thank you i will do my best lol enjoy your reading as well!

      Like

  47. Aiden Seifert says:

    Great class look forward to reading this book!

    Like

  48. Débora Vitaliano says:

    Have a great evening guys! Enjoy life as much as you can!

    Liked by 1 person

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