I Miss 09/12

As I hope you know, 18 years ago today, terrorists hijacked four 747 jets filled with full tanks of fuel and rammed them into buildings with the express intent to kill as many people as possible and terrorize America. Some 2,977 people were killed in these attacks. September 11, 2001 was a sad day in the history of the world. …

An Uplifting Back to School Story

Cale Wrenn is a 14-year-old freshman at Reidsville High School in North Carolina. On the first couple of days he felt bullied or at least ostracized by his peers. Several kids made fun of him for being short and thought “he was a loser.” As a result, he had lunch by himself at the lunch table. When his older sister …

What Will Your Legacy Be?

In the 1920’s Al Capone was the boss of the mafia in Chicago. Through terror, force and bribes, he ran the city of Chicago. To keep him out of trouble, Capone hired the best lawyer that money could buy. Whenever he and his crew got into trouble, he called their lawyer, “Easy Eddie.” Nothing ever stuck to Capone. Then, one …

Welcome Blog 2019

If you are reading this in Arizona or New Mexico, you have been back in school for 2 weeks, but if you are in New York or Michigan, you still have two more weeks before you return to school. Either way, I want to welcome you to this class.  My name is Joe Hoedel. I am the author of this …

Paying It Forward – Billionaire Pays Student Debt at Morehouse

Every year, approximately 23,729 colleges world-wide secure a commencement speaker to deliver a commencement address to the graduates of their respective school. This year, Morehouse College, a small, historically black, all-male college (most notably known as the college that Martin Luther King, Jr. attended), invited Robert F. Smith to be their commencement speaker. Most people reading this will probably say, …

Mom Receives College Diploma at Son’s Graduation

Sharonda Wilson, a graduating senior at Ferris State University, decided to forgo her own graduation ceremonies last Saturday. Why? She decided to attend her son’s graduation at Central Michigan University. Little did she know that the presidents of Ferris State University and Central Michigan University talked earlier in the day on Saturday. They decided that CMU president would surprise her …

“A Responsibility to Help the Community Out” #potholes

Trinnell Scott drove through a pothole and damaged her wheel and axel. Her son, 12-year-old, Monte Scott of Muskegon, Michigan decided to do something about the roads in his own community. Using dirt from his own backyard, he filled up his wheel barrow and spread the dirt in potholes. He didn’t tell his mom or his neighbors. He just went …

U.S. Veteran Finds The Proper Motivation to Finish The Race

Every day in this country about twenty two U.S. veterans commit suicide. Many of these veterans suffer from PTSD and Survivor’s Guilt. Micah Herndon  is one of those veterans. As a marine, Herndon was on patrol in Afghanistan when An I.E.D. exploded underneath his vehicle. Herndon survived, but three of his fellow comrades did not. Herndon decided to channel PTSD …

A Story of Redemption: Tiger Woods

To make a long story short, Tiger Woods had it all. He was probably the most successful and famous athlete in the world in 2008. He had money and endorsements. He was beloved by many and admired by kids. He was married and had two beautiful kids. He was on his way to becoming the greatest golfer of all time. …