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Dr. Nick Pappas is a Love Kat

February21

just so we are clear, a “Love Kat”, is someone that gives freely of themselves, but not for free.

often, for myself, I believe a covenant, of sorts, is part of the effort.

http://lnkd.in/bGf28M6 Dr. Nick Pappas from Radford University continues to inspire me and every fortunate student he blessed with “power muffins” (I have the recipe), and endless wisdom and tolerance.

Dr. Pappas is bigger than life, his legacy enduring and his example unequaled.

A testament of true loveA testament of true love - roanoke.com

“…enduring love needs a publicist these days.”

here are some other insights of mine around Dr. Pappas:

Nick Pappas [← read that. do it now!]

swine!

a Taste of history

my family, friends, familiars, associates, cronies, co-conspirators, fellow pirates, intellectualists, philosophers, evangelists, and (the list of adjectives can go on) all understand, and clearly, with endless examples, that Dr. Pappas has had an enormous influence in my life. he helped me forge my persona as a bit of a character, but more importantly instilled within me an unerring sense of integrity based on the realization of fortuna.

what this means for me is if you (that collective we) understand how fortunate you are to be blessed in one form or another, you are required to be a LOVE KAT and use your super powers for good.

it’s what Pappas did for us all.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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emma jo bakes a Cake

February9

emma jo's cakemy eleven year old Emma Jo baked this (VERY) one-of-a-kind chocolate cake with her Mom today.

she is not only brilliant and beautiful, she talented and creative.

I love being a Dad.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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happy wife happy Life

February6

 here is some perspective. you’ve read these before. but, do it again:

so… I saw this on, humansofnewyork:

of course it reminds of Dad… and, Mom.

sad man on humans of new yorkWanted to share with you guys a letter I got today, because I think it’s a testament to the community of people who follow this blog. I’ve also attached the photo/caption referenced in the letter. I get nervous as the blog grows that the culture will fall apart, but with 2.7 million and counting— the HONY comment section remains a sort of rare internet jewel where everyone, for the most part, is really nice. And when there is a mean comment, it sticks out as an anomaly, instead of the other way around. So thanks for that.

Hi Brandon,

I’m Ted, we met getting off the Six at Grand Central. When I got home Sunday evening, I had an e-mail from friends in Chicago. One of their daughters reads your blog (is that what it is called?), and recognized me even though she has never seen me with a beard. I am astounded! I’ve read about 1000 of the comments, words cannot express how touched I am by what I have read. Its actually more than touched, it has been very emotional to read the wonderful things people have said. A couple people appear confused about what happened, for the record she had acute myelogenous leukemia, we were diagnosed July 2008, we lost our battle February 20 2013, not quite a year ago. Thanks for doing this, it has really touched my life. The most wonderful people in the world read your material and comment on it.

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“At first we kept saying: ‘We’re going to beat it. We’re going to beat it.’ Then after awhile we began to realize that we might not beat it. Then toward the end, it became clear that we definitely weren’t going to beat it. That’s when she started telling me that she wanted me to move on and find happiness with somebody else. But I’m not quite there yet. Not long ago a noise woke me up in the middle of the night, and I rolled over to ask if she needed anything.”

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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a Purposeful RESULT of Random Love

April4

so…

it was kind of a random moment… you didn’t need to be there. just trust me… a lot was going on. as bewildering as it seemed at the time, its just fascinating now. but, all of it; all of it, good.

life lesson stuff.

a buddy of my Grandad’s looked at me when I was about twelve and said:

“the harder you work, the luckier you get”.

I never forgot that. and, I try to leverage it every day.

that took the moment from a random act of kindness, to a purposeful approach to life.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Lots of stuff.

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You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

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All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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