The Evening Post: His Day Is Done


Geek Alabama Evening Post

Last week, Nelson Mandela passed away and yesterday a major celebration to remember the former South African president was held with many heads of state attending the ceremony.  This video from the YouTube channel U.S. Department of State is a tribute poem read by Dr. Maya Angelou.  This video message is delivered by Dr. Maya Angelou on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela.  Enjoy the video!

 

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May Nelson Mandela Rest In Peace; 1918-2013


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Today is a sad day across the world.  Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. (1918-2013)  Here is the sad announcement from the South African president.

Back in the 1950′s and 1960′s, South Africa was a bad place to live.  The nation was undergoing the apartheid campaign, which discriminated against people of color.  People of color had to struggle through segregated education, medical care, beaches, and other public services, and black people was provided with services inferior to those of white people.  Black people could not vote and were not even citizens of South Africa.  Even residential areas were segregated, sometimes by means of forced removals.  It was a tough time for South Africa.

Nelson Mandela did not agree to these conditions and was a part of the Anti-Apartheid Movement.  In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of sabotageand conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.  Mandela served 27 years in prison, mostly on Robben Island.  An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife.  Mandela worked to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he was elected as the first colored president of South Africa.  He formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse ethnic tensions.  As President, he promulgated a new constitution and made sure people of all colors were treated equally and with respect.

Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest humans to ever live.  He did not care about what other people thought about him.  He felt in his heart that everyone, no matter what their skin color was, deserved to be free.  He brought the entire nation of South Africa back together and in the nation he is often described as “the father of the nation”.  He won the  Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was always joyful and championed peace, we all should live in peace!

I want to share a couple of powerful quotes from this great man.

“Sport has the power to change the world… it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Here are some great videos to learn about the life of Nelson Mandela.  May he rest in peace.

The Evening Post: Ducks Crossing Freeway


First the updated Paralympic medal count.  China is still number 1 with 159 total medals.  But the United States has moved to 4th place with 64 medals.

Today’s Paralympic moments include USA duo David Wagner and Nick Taylor winning gold in the Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis.  Congrats!

From London 2012.

Also the South African relay team broke a new world record in the men’s 4 x 100m Relay – T42/T46.  Congrats!

From London 2012.

Tonight I wanted to talk about a recent video that will leave your heart stopping.  A mother duck and her kids had to cross a 5-lane freeway in Canada.  And this video shot from a CTV helicopter is going to make you cringe.  Thankfully all of the ducks made it across!

Shape Up! – Week 6


This is week six in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

Here is my story on ABC 33/40.

You know the feeling; Monday is going great during the James Spann social media luncheon and then on Tuesday.  Bam!  You get sick.  This has been a tough week as I spent most of the work week being sick.  You know the high fever; sore throat; and stuffy nose.  Well today on Friday I have gotten better and next week I will get back to the walking.  The last weekend was very nice.  Saturday I went to cover a pancake breakfast and hike to a waterfall and on Sunday I went to my mom’s house to make dog cookies.  And my mom’s dog Georgina really loved them.

I guess the good thing in being sick is you barely eat anything.  Most of the week I only drank fluids like milk and orange juice and had chicken noodle soup or chicken and dumplings.  The rest of the last week I had yogurt or cereal for breakfast and had a couple of good meals like pork chops and chicken breast.  When you are sick you really have no appetite and you are not hungry at all.  At least on Friday I ate a little more since I now feel a lot better.

I also talked to a lot of people over the last week.  I talked to Scott McClellan on Monday during the luncheon and I know I really need a smartphone very soon.  My old cell phone does not cut it any more.  The Alabama Social Media Association who put on the luncheon tweeted my blog post and that drove lots of traffic this week.  This has been a really good week for this blog.  And on Friday I did a Skype chat with Tina Cook who is a social media expert and is from South Africa.  And after the chat today I have a lot of ideas to move this blog in a great new direction.  Stay tuned for details!

Here is what I ate in the last week:

Saturday: Cereal; Popcorn; Chicken Breast; Brown Rice; Milo’s no calorie tea.

Sunday: Cereal; Pork chop; Cornbread; Milo’s no calorie tea; Peanut butter cookies.

Monday: Turkey sandwich with chips; french bread pizza; Milo’s no calorie tea.

Tuesday: Chicken noodle soup; Milo’s no calorie tea; Orange juice.

Wednesday: Chicken noodle soup; Milo’s no calorie tea; Orange juice.

Thursday: Chicken and dumplings; Milo’s no calorie tea; Orange juice.

Friday: Cereal; Small pizza;  Milo’s no calorie tea.

Have a good week everyone!