“The Hill We Climb” wise words by an amazing young lady Amanda Gorman

Inspirational words and the text of the poem written by this amazing young lady..

“The Hill We Climb”

Author and Auditory by Amanda Gorman

“When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one. And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect, we are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

So we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another, we seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew, even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we’ll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one should make them afraid. If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in in all of the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. That would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can periodically be delayed, but it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith, we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us, this is the era of just redemption we feared in its inception we did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves, so while once we asked how can we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us.

We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free, we will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, our blunders become their burden. But one thing is certain: if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left, with every breath from my bronze, pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one, we will rise from the golden hills of the West, we will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution, we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked South, we will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation in every corner called our country our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful, when the day comes we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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Author Chris Edwards 

Executive Operations Coach & Author of

#1 Football Biography Track & Field Category Top 10 Bestseller

Coach Robert (Bob) Sepulveda: The Early Days 

Free Download Kindle or E-Book Format 9/14/2020 Only 2 Hours Unplugged: Unplug and Reconnect

From the Author: Chris Edwards

This book was the second in a series of the result of my working for 3 years with a non-profit and working with a group of very committed women and men that were recovering from addiction, coming out of incarceration and just needing hope, inspiration, confidence and a 2nd chance at a new life. Each showed me the best in humanity in their attempt to start over. The mentoring opportunity with these individuals was life changing. Having prior to this timeframe worked as an executive with a Fortune 500 company in the luxury goods world and then myself, going from having the world in my hand to loosing everything and bouncing back again, I found that these individuals taught me as much if not more than I taught them about life balance. This book is dedicated to the thousands of individuals that need a second chance and someone to believe in them bouncing back from homelessness, incarceration or drug addiction. We live in a world where people are judged, institutional obstacles and prejudices prevent second chances, however I believe everyone deserves those opportunities.  This book is dedicated to providing them that opportunity and is a partial roadmap of believing in oneself to get there. Priced so anyone can afford it, as the power of self-love and affirmation is of more value than all the riches of the land. Enjoy and believe in yourself each and every day. Every day is a new day with blue skies. Smile even though it hurts, sometimes smile. We all look so much better when we smile. Everyday is a new day for a little sunshine. Today is a new day, find the love and joy to move forward. Smile for me, smile for you. Smile for the love within yourself. Read more

Review

Review “Smart dialog, a plan to move forward along with an affirmation plan to drive you happiness during these dark days; 2 Hours Unplugged Unplug and reconnect follows the formula that Authors Chris Edwards and Rene Sepulveda utilized when they together crafted the book series Coach Robert Louis Sepulveda: The Early Days. During these dark and down days  due to political unrest and the public health issues; this book is a refreshing look at the positive with detailed research and great inspirational stories. This book crafted alone by author Chris Edwards, follows the similar formula of the collaborative works that Rene Sepulveda and Chris Edwards have developed of telling a story that inspires and teaches lessons among the pages. Similar to their collaborative work Coach Sepulveda which rekindled my belief in the athletes and the coaches that make up interscholastic sports.  This book set out a plan to put 2 quality hours back into ones life and reacquaint oneself with self and family. Buy this book to learn and gain back a sense of self” – James Anderson, The Rushed North American Independent 

About the Authors of 2nd Life Media Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda

Executive Coach, Essayist & Author  Chris Edwards: Chris is recognized as a mentor in teaching those around him the skills of positive self-esteem and business success. Chris’s releases have ranked in the Amazon top 100 in “Self Esteem Self Help” and in “Self Help Short Reads”. Chris’s releases include 90 Days to a Glass Half Full Lifestyle and 2 Hours Unplugged: Unplug & Reconnect which launched as a #1 New Release on Amazon in the “Information Theory” Category containing books on technology and their impact to quality of life. Chris’s collaborative series with Author Rene Sepulveda launched as a #1 New Release in the Football Biography Category in July of 2020.

Self Help Author Chris Edwards, does it again, after the success of his “90 Days to a Glass Half Full Lifestyle” he returns penning a step by step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your life to reconnect with yourself and others to a more positive life. No matter your stage in life, or when you started, this book will provide an education and tools to help you achieve your goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

Edwards’s has mentored 100s of people in his professional career to believe in themselves and live a life of passion and success. In this book, Edwards’ reveals how the smart-phone and apps suck the life around us making us Zombies without us even realizing it. He refers to the history of the technology, its adoption and crafts a plan with you to take back 2 hours of your life daily to reconnect with yourself and those around you.

In these pages, through plain conversational English and inspiring stories.

his book is part 2 in the series that began with “90 Days to a Glass Half Full Lifestyle”; a book of affirmations and stories of individuals that overcame drugs, homelessness and incarceration and found a second chance through gainful employment and self love.

This book is part education, part history lesson, part affirmation but all about a path forward to the positive.

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For my friends fluent in Spanish an arrival from our dear friend Martin Durand. Life at the crossroads of revolution in Peru and the many characters that made up a special place during a very special time. Intrigue, humor and a sense of place. Highly recommend.

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Coach Robert (Bob) Louis Sepulveda: The Early Days #1 New Football Biography Release on Amazon

Coach Robert Louis Sepulveda The Early Days Hot # 1 Release on Amazon

Thank you for helping us reach a top billing we ranked in the Amazon #1 new releases in the Football Biography and #9 in Track and Field Books on Amazon tonight and in top 50 overall best sellers in Track and Field.

Coach Robert( Bob) Louis Sepulveda’s coaching career began in 1960 at Telluride, Colorado, where he served as head basketball and track coach, and assistant baseball coach. His 1964 basketball team won the Mountain League District Class A Championship and placed second at the Western Colorado Regional Class A tournament. He also helped coach the 1964 Telluride High School baseball team that won their Class A State Championship.

Coach Sepulveda began his coaching career at Alamogordo in 1964. During his coaching career in Alamogordo, Sepulveda coached both track and football for 32 years. He coached all aspects of football from the freshman, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity level. He served the 1971 season as the head football coach.

In 1969 Sepulveda was named the Head Track Coach. During his 27 years as Head Coach his teams have won 19 District Championships, 5 State Championships, 1 second place finish and 5 third place finishes. His teams have won 170 Invitational Track meets. He has had 102 athletes win a first place medal at the State Track Meet.

Coach Sepulveda has received various awards during his tenure a Head Coach. He has been selected New Mexico Coach of the Year for boys track in 1982, 1991 and 1996. He received the NHSACA Region 8 Coach of the Year in 1982, 1991 and 1996. He was also named the NFSHSA Section 6 Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1996. He was also awarded along with his wife Marilyn, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Level IV Coaching Milestone ring in 1989. He and his wife Marilyn were inducted into the Alamogordo Tiger Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Coach Robert Louis Sepulveda: The Early Days Book 1 On Sale Now on Amazon

Excerpt from Coach Robert Sepulveda The Early Days Book 1 Available Now on Amazon

A Football Game to Remember 1972:

During an interview with Art Keller, who was a Cross Country, Track and Field Medalist and a Defensive Back for the Varsity Tiger Football Team, he expressed to us the story of the greatest football game of his career. He called it; “the game to remember.”

That game was the homecoming game against Artesia in November of 72, his senior year. Art Keller did well in his studies and was excellent as an athlete. As a junior Art had mentioned to his father his desire to possibly graduate early. Art Keller’s dad was firm about one thing, “No!” Mr. Keller said, “Son you cannot graduate early. Your destiny is to be on a football team that beats Artesia.” For you see, Artesia and Alamogordo were and are fierce rivals and have a history. Alamogordo players, in protest a few years prior, had left Alamogordo and gone to Artesia to make political statement. Further, Artesia showed no mercy to the Alamogordo Tigers over the years.

A November 9th, 1972 news story in the Alamogordo News better explains the sentiments about Artesia at the time…

“Greenhorn Notes” by Stan Green Alamogordo News

“As the Alamogordo Tigers head into their biggest football game of the year…Homecoming…they are about to face the Artesia Bulldogs.
“I’m putting a closed sign on my flower shop” declared Ray Pierce Tuesday night when the Tiger Boosters met at the Desert Aire to review films of the previous week’s game.


Ray said, the best thing the Tigers could do to honor all the past teams was to “whip Artesia Friday night.”
Ray can recall being carried off the football field when he played Artesia several years prior.
Artesia had beat Alamogordo 19 times in prior meetings…Since 1946 the scoresheet shows Artesia winning 19 times, losing 2 and tying 1.


Alamogordo had a long dry spell, 17 years to be exact since they were able to hand a loss to Artesia. The Tigers won the 1955 game 21 to 6. The only other win was in 1949, 18 to 6. The Tigers had a 6-6 tie in 1948 and the two teams did not play in 53 nor 51.”
Things changed this year. Between a solid coaching staff prepping the boys and a team of determined athletes the headline was much different and Art Keller’s father’s vision came true…

Coach Robert Louis Sepulveda: The Early Days Book 1 of 3 of the series available now on Amazon

Alamogordo News, 11/12/1972; “Tigers Hand an 18-0 Loss onto The Artesia Bulldogs”

“The greatest turnout of Tiger football fans Friday night for one of the greatest Homecomings in Alamogordo Tiger history….They handed the Artesia Bulldogs the first zip score ever by an Alamogordo football team as they stirred up the big orange and swallowed them in one big gulp 18 to 0.

The long dry spell since 1955 under Coach Newt McDonald beat Artesia 21 to 6, was finally broken Friday night under the coaching of Garland “Mr. Football” Braun, who can take a lot of credit for getting the job done as Varsity Football Coach. Not only did the Tigers humiliate Artesia for their 3rd homecoming loss while on the road this year…each one without the Bulldogs scoring a point, it was undoubtedly an extra bitter pill for long winning coach I G Henderson to swallow when the Tigers got their second touchdown…

The Alamogordo Senior Class placed an ad in the Artesia paper that came true, it read; “Fat Dogs Do Make Tiger Tidbits.” A humiliating defeat indeed, for Artesia.

According to Art Keller and several other classmates from that year; “When coach Braun was first assigned to Alamogordo, some of the seniors on the team resented that Coach Bob Sepulveda was not the varsity coach. Sepulveda had proven he can create winning teams both in Track and Field and in Sophomore Football, as Coach Bob had an 11- win, 0 loss prior season and was a multiyear district champion in track and field.”

While some questioned, “who is this Texan coming in here to coach Varsity Football?” Coach Sepulveda was incredibly supportive of the decision, so he could focus on Track and Field.

Eventually the students and the community came around as well. Alamogordans at the time would have to remember all the way back to 1960 under Coach Ralph Tate; when the Tiger season ended with a resounding 297 points versus the opposition’s 103 points, to remember a better season.