My Friday Five: On A New Year, Ted Valentine & ‘The Fosters’

1. A New Year

The first Friday of 2018! You’re here. You made it.  We had a nice little treat here in North Carolina in the form of SNOW! I’m a huge fan of snow just as long as it’s only snow (I don’t mess with freezing rain and sleet). In any case, I hope you’ve all had a great start to your year. Thanks for sticking with me and my blog as I have some great things planned for 2018! Now, enjoy the rest of this Friday Five.

My Friday Five: On The Olympics, UNC Players Returning & Bulls’ Continuing Dominance

1. Los Angeles to Host 2028 Olympics

Los Angeles officials have reportedly reached an agreement to bring the Olympic Games back to the city in 2028. According to a report from Rachel Axon at USA Today, the agreement would allow for Paris to host in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. As per the agreement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would provide funding not only for The Games but also to youth programs in the area, among other things. According to the report, the Los Angeles city council and the United States Olympic Committee board of directors will convene in August to discuss approving the bid. If approved, the IOC will confirm the host cities at meetings this September.

I know it's 10 years away, but attending the Olympics has always been a bucket list item for me. It would be so awesome to witness The Games in person!

My Friday Five: On Arts Advocacy, NCAA Tourney & Marcus Paige

1. Arts Advocacy Day

The 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day took place this week. This is a time where artists and supporters of the arts alike from around the country come together to argue the importance of the arts in our society. Arts Advocacy Day includes several events in Washington, D.C. and is spearheaded by Americans for the Arts. With the Trump Administration's budget proposal calling for a defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts, this Arts Advocacy Day is probably the most pivotal one yet. As an artist myself, I shared a personal story in an effort to argue the importance of the arts not only in my own life but our nation as well. I encourage you to check it out.

New Beginnings

Welcome to Reflections, now located right here on my new website! It was a tough decision to finally make the move from Blogger. It's crazy to think we began this journey in 2008 (hence the apt title for this post). I decided to take the Squarespace plunge but I'm doing so on what I'd like to call a one-year trial basis. If, for some reason, this doesn't work out, I'll revert to Blogger and keep the custom domain. I don't think that'll happen though! 🙂

My Friday Five: On Some Sports Stories & Christmas Giving 2K16

1. Carolina PanthersWhat can I say? The Carolina Panthers are pretty much out of playoff contention after losing its seventh game of the season on Sunday. The team is now 4-7 with five games to go and will face Seattle this Sunday night.I tell you what I will say. I'm tired. Tired of this season [...]