7 Jul 2016

I am a Racist

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

White people will tell you it exists, but that it’s true of other white people. Black people will tell you they’re victims of it. And Hispanic or Latino people – you know, ‘Mexicans’ to the uninformed – are being unilaterally threatened with deportation because of it. (And Syrians, and judges in Indiana, and…)

It is racism, or what the dictionary defines as the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

I am a racist.
7 Jun 2016

The End of the Rape Joke

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

This week, I found out that a girl friend of mine was the victim of a vicious sexual assault during college. At a train station, in a seemingly safe public setting no less. Learning the news made my stomach turn with nausea.

Partly because I had said something to make light of it.

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20 May 2016

In 30 Days

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

One month ago on this blog, I wrote at length about testing my metaphorical, professional parachute. On April 25, I filed for the incorporation of DB + Partners, seven days after beginning the grassroots efforts of actually having a business worth incorporating – on the day I wrote that blog.

That first night, I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. writing down a list of contacts and old friends that I would need to reach out to or have lunch with in order to get the ball rolling.

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19 Apr 2016

Opening Your Parachute

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

I got fired from my job yesterday.

In my subjective opinion, what I did – or failed to do – was low on the list of fire-able offenses. But guess what? My name isn’t on the side of the building, and my opinion on what qualifies as a fire-able offense is irrelevant. Even more so as I write this.

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4 Apr 2016

April 4, 2003

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

This week, I “celebrate” the 13 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past eight years. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.”

No matter how I lead up to this or what you read in my story, it’s going to seem like I’m being dramatic, but I’m pretty sure the story does that itself.  To say that night changed the course of my life would be an understatement.  It gave me the courage to leave for South Florida a year later and, eventually, put into me a fervor and appreciation for life that I try to hold onto daily.

I’ve copied and pasted a story that I wrote for a class several years ago about that night. For one, maybe you’ll read it and learn something significant that you didn’t know about me, and two, I rarely get personal on my blog and this is one of those rare instances.

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16 Nov 2015

3 Lessons from My Grandma

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

Where My Grandmother Used to Read Books; Tavares, FL

1 year ago today, I lost my grandmother to kidney cancer. A few days after she passed, I was honored to deliver the eulogy at her memorial service.

The moments that surround her death still feel surreal to me. Four days before she passed, she was placed in hospice care. We had all been told that she had about a month to live. I was scheduled to fly home for a wedding the following week, but thought better of it and decided to fly in three days after hearing the news, instead.

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22 Sep 2015

31 Lessons at 31

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

On September 24, I turn 31 years old. Not a real milestone, but I find that birthdays are a logical time for self-reflection. I’m far from a finished product – and frankly, I can’t believe I’m responsible for adult decisions – but I’ve learned some valuable lessons.

Here are 31 of them.

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5 Aug 2015

The Validation of a Broken Heart

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

Going through a break-up is akin to getting murdered but living through it. When people describe heartache as a physical pain, they’re not exaggerating.

When I first sat down to write this blog, nearly 10 weeks ago, I was feeling it intensely.

I battled myself over and over about whether or not to share the story about the break up, because having yourself (metaphorically) ripped open and laid bare feels like it should accompany an exorcism of all accompanying feelings on paper.

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10 Jun 2015

What’s Meant to Be

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In the spring of 1987, I was fortunate to experience the birth of two new cousins. I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember the details. One cousin was a boy, Michael, born to my father’s sister – so we were real cousins. After him, I wouldn’t have another male cousin born for more than seven years.

Naturally, we were expected to be close.

And for a couple of years, and based on the three or four pictures I have of us, we were.

But after Christmas in 1990, I never saw him again. I was barely 6 years old; he was almost 4.

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4 May 2015

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Aftermath

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

By David Berry: The dust is settling on the biggest event in boxing history, with the anticipation of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown clearly in our rearview. Five plus years of anticipation culminated in a 12 round world title unification bout on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And one thing is certain – the answer regarding which talent was the best of his era was emphatically answered on Saturday night. It was, and is, Floyd Mayweather.

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