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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Looking Back: Baltimore Ravens vs. Carolina Panthers

In homage to the Super Bowl today, I am sharing poetry I just wrote about the time I saw a Baltimore Ravens pre-season game in August 2013. They played the Panthers and the Panthers gave them a pouncing.


Clouds On the Ravens Walk

Where did the cumulus clouds come from,
as they shroud the Ravens Walk pathway?
Though rays of sun still shine through,
illuminating M&T Field in the distance.

As they shroud the Ravens Walk pathway?
They don't seem to discourage the hoards
who swarm photographers in the ray of sunshine,
I laugh at some of their drunken spontaneity.


It doesn't seem to discourage the hoards
that now block the ravens, Rise & Conquer,
I don't dare laugh at some of the drunken catcalls;
those poor cheerleaders, one can never get used to that.

Now they start to clear from the ravens, Rise & Conquer,
I nervously walk up to the cheerleaders;
they look tired, I guess they never get used to this--
I begin to introduce myself:

I nervously tell the cheerleaders that I am from Pennsylvania.
Oh, we're from Allentown! Where are you from?
"King of Prussia. Dad and I are Ravens fans from King of Prussia."
We introduce ourselves as honorary Pennsylvania girls.

We are honorary and beautiful Pennsylvania girls,
as they gladly pose for a picture with me,
they are really friendly and welcoming,
and let me pose with Rise & Conquer.

The ravens gladly pose for a picture with me,
as I thanked the zookeepers and the cheerleaders;
they are all friendly and welcoming,
what a wonderful pre-game adventure!


Maybe these cumulus clouds will lift for a great game.






A Quarterback Named Joe Flacco

There once was a quarterback named Joe
who was the Super Bowl MPV for his throw;
He quickly tossed the ball in the air,
but a Panther leaped up with great flare!
The Panthers win to our egos was a blow!















Yes, I will be editing these poems to put in my upcoming poetry book. I am rooting for the Panthers today. Who are you rooting for?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Art of Fundraising

So far I've raised $70 for the Red Clay Alliance/Brandywine Valley Association polar plunge. I am thankful for everyone that has donated thus far and I always love participating in this event. I'm mostly an introvert, but I do like traveling and I do like fundraising from time to time. I never thought about it, but I'm relatively good with fundraising.

I started doing these plunges in 2011 when I saw an advertisement hanging up on the bulletin board of Sykes Student Union, the commuter lounge of my university (yes, I was a commuter and commuted all 5.5 years). The cute animals drew me in and I wanted to participate. Dad agreed to take me. I did the research and saw I needed to fund raise. I studied the cause - to raise money for the water sheds and for environmental education, I walked around campus and approached people. Don't worry, I wasn't creepy, no. I started a conversation as follows:

"Hey, how are you today?"
"I'm fine thank you, how are you?"
"I'm great. Getting ready for a polar plunge."
"Oh yeah?"
"Yep, I'm raising money for the cause of helping our local water sheds and to provide environmental education to the masses. Would you care to donate a dollar to the cause?"
"Sure!"

I always kept it to a dollar for campus since I know college students are low on money. I even asked professors and asked them for a dollar too - I wanted to keep it affordable. I also brought my fundraiser to the library, wrote a letter explaining the cause, and raised at least $30 from the library. Between campus and the library, I raised $70 in 2011. I also walked around Nan's neighborhood and asked people I knew as well. It was a lot of fun and I felt accomplished.

In 2012, I had a second job through Software Application Training. That was the year I raised $120 for the BVA. Between my co-workers at SAT, the library, campus, and my professors. Again, I had so much fun. That year I also expanded my fundraising by e-mail by sending a letter of what the organization did, what the money would go towards, and a promise of sending pictures of my plunge. People were amazed by my willingness to jump into freezing waters and donated.

After I graduated college, I didn't have campus or professors to donate anymore. In 2014 I took the campaign to Go Fund Me and I also e-mailed people I knew.I raised $60 in 2014; I didn't find Go Fund Me too helpful. I'm not sure I like that platform because of how much they take. I still kept it affordable - $5. This year I expanded to PayPal and have found success.

I have found the key to fundraising it to keep things affordable and simple. People don't like to be forced into donating something. I think getting into a conversation and explaining what you're raising money for really helps. Also, promising them pictures of the event helps too. However, I think friendliness and trustworthiness are key in a successful fundraising campaign.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday 2/4/2016

Today I am thankful for all of the people who have donated to my Polar Plunge cause so far. I want to thank Shady, Hanan, Christine, dad, and Darlene said she's going to donate as well. So far (minus Darlene) I have raised $45. I hope to raise more, but I am thankful for all that I have raised so far.


Hi everyone,

I hope this blog entry finds you in good spirits. On Saturday, February 20th I am taking the plunge - as in polar plunge - for the Brandywine Red Clay Association.  I am holding a fundraiser for their cause, which is very important for the world we live in. The mission of the Brandywine Red Clay Association is to protect water, the ecosystems of the water sheds,  and offer Environmental Education for the Brandywine Valley. I'm only asking for $5.

I've been participating in these plunges for the past five years. I look forward to the Brandywine Polar Plunge each year and fundraising for this wonderful cause.  I also enjoy the costume contest; actually, that is my absolute favorite part of the Polar Plunge.

This year, as I was discussing this morning at the library, I am going to dress up as the Black Swan. I usually make costumes out of clothing and materials I have lying around the house. I feel like getting my tutu out, getting wings and a tiara, and just have fun with it. It would definitely be a conversation piece, like the snow wizard costume was a few years ago. It won me honorable mention! Here are some albums from previous years:


If you would care to donate $5 for the Brandywine Red Clay Association, you can either donate via Go Fund Me or you can send it directly to me via PayPal (nose.pierced.beauty89@gmail.com).

Thank you for your support. I hope you all enjoy your weekend.

Jessica

POLAR PLUNGE 2012











POLAR PLUNGE 2014













Today I am also thankful that I could take a walk at lunch. The snow has melted and the path is clear. It was such a beautiful walk.




What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Four Inexpensive Activities To Do in New York City

Four Inexpensive Activities in New York City


New York City is one of the most expensive cities on the East Coast. It may seem like all activities are costly ($36.99 for Madame Tussaud’s?!) and spending less than fifty dollars per day is impossible. Even the bare necessities seem expensive and unattainable in New York City. However, with some research New York City has many inexpensive or free activities for everyone.

1.       Strawberry Fields, Central Park




Strawberry Fields, located in Central Park, is the tribute to John Lennon. In the spring, Japanese Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom and they are gorgeous. The scenery of the cherry blossoms against the landscape of the city are absolutely breathtaking. The Imagine mosaic is opened all year long and there is a guitarist performing John Lennon favorites.

2.       Central Park



Central Park in general is a great place to hang out during the day. Whether it’s seeing the Mad Hatter statue or listening to musicians in the park or playing with sail boats in the pond, Central Park is relaxing.




3.       Brooklyn Bridge Park




While the city of Brooklyn is still working on different small parks, the parks that opened near the Brooklyn Bridge offers some great scenery to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Some parks have carousells and playgrounds, which are perfect for children. There is a beach and it’s always nice to sit along the beach, toes in the water, and watch sail boats float along the skyline.


4.       Morbid Anatomy Museum



For only $12, you can see morbid figurines, the library, and whatever the display is for the season. It’s the smaller version of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.




Saturday, January 30, 2016

Brandywine Red Clay Association's Polar Plunge 2016 Fundraiser

Hi everyone,

I hope this blog entry finds you in good spirits. On Saturday, February 20th I am taking the plunge - as in polar plunge - for the Brandywine Red Clay Association.  I am holding a fundraiser for their cause, which is very important for the world we live in. The mission of the Brandywine Red Clay Association is to protect water, the ecosystems of the water sheds,  and offer Environmental Education for the Brandywine Valley. I'm only asking for $5.

I've been participating in these plunges for the past five years. I look forward to the Brandywine Polar Plunge each year and fundraising for this wonderful cause.  I also enjoy the costume contest; actually, that is my absolute favorite part of the Polar Plunge.

This year, as I was discussing this morning at the library, I am going to dress up as the Black Swan. I usually make costumes out of clothing and materials I have lying around the house. I feel like getting my tutu out, getting wings and a tiara, and just have fun with it. It would definitely be a conversation piece, like the snow wizard costume was a few years ago. It won me honorable mention! Here are some albums from previous years:


If you would care to donate $5 for the Brandywine Red Clay Association, you can either donate via Go Fund Me or you can send it directly to me via PayPal (nose.pierced.beauty89@gmail.com).

Thank you for your support. I hope you all enjoy your weekend.

Jessica

POLAR PLUNGE 2012











POLAR PLUNGE 2014