Adapting With Alex Garrett

Adapt With Alex!

Tag: community

Politics Should Stay Out of 9/11 Commemorations

The plain and simple fact is that Washington, DC forgot about the first responders.

It took stalwarts like cancer-stricken fmr. NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez , comedian Jon Stewart , and so many more to fight for those who gave their all and their lives on 9/11/01 !

The only Rep I can remember was Congressman Peter King who pushed for the Zadroga Bill to be re-funded.

The fact that DC had to be screamed at to wake up and take care of our first responders is why politics should be left out of 9/11 commemorations . I do like the fact that speeches by politicians were eliminated from Ground Zero ceremonies in Lower Manhattan.

Whether in NYC or small town America, communities and brethren of the Finest and Bravest honor 9/11/01 the best way possible. They honor it amongst themselves and strengthen the community bond every year around this time. I pray the bonds continue to be strengthened all days of the year not just around a day of tragedy such as September 11th.

20 years later, the divide in America is very evident and it’s the POLS and the media that have made it so. The local firefighter, the local police officer, the neighbor next door all keep this day in their hearts and they don’t push an agenda , that’s how it must be honored . They also honor it with God and faith VERY MUCH in mind!

As a fifth grader 20 years ago, I had wanted to know the next move that President George W. Bush was going to make to defend this country. Back then, politicians like NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor George Pataki and yes, W, all worked to heal us not divide us.

20 years later our politics is tainted and the goodness and kindness exuded from Washington , Albany and City Hall has all but dissipated. That’s why it’s up to communities in America to NEVER FORGET!

AlexGNYC honors the 343 Fallen Firefighters
AlexGNYC1
Honoring the Bravest (FDNY) on September 11th, 2001

Adapting On A Skateboard

On my latest podcast, Razor Scooter rep. and ‘Crazy Cart’ enthusiast Ali Kermani talks about life after surgery that took him out of the skate parks, and how he’s rolled right back with NEW AND ADAPTED tricks on his skateboard and how he managed to stay positive through recovery post-surgery!

Click the link below! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45057600

Alex Garrett Podcast Recap 5-22-21

WHAT YOU HEARD ON ALEX GARRETT PODCASTING THIS WEEK

This week on Alex Garrett Podcasting, Alex explored why the MTA feels the need to join the vaccination campaign and argued people should not be pressured into getting the vaccine, but told to get the vaxx when the feel comfortable! (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-17-21-mtas-role-in-vaccinations-condem)

In addition, Alex talks about why Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo’s decisions to wait until July to fully open NYC is not good enough. With a limited supply of freedoms still hitting New Yorkers, Alex says re-opening must be demanded for earlier lifting of COVID restrictions. We are at under one percent of COVID positivity this week and four states have recently reported ZERO covid deaths on a given day. Hear all about it! https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-21-21-demanding-ny-leadership-for-supp

GUESTS THAT JOINED ALEX GARRETT PODCASTING THIS WEEK

Adapting With Alex Garrett welcomes back Pacific Legal Foundation‘s Daniel Ortner to discuss how PLF is taking the fight to re-open off Broadway productions into their own hands! As CDC guidance becomes adopted, how do we ADAPT? https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-18-21-pacific-legal-attorney-daniel-or

Also this week, Adapting with Alex Garrett looks at how introspection and taking a look at one’s self can help us as we all adapt to post-COVID life! Dr. Joseph Cardillo encourages ATTENTION as we head out of the pandemic with his book, ‘The 12 Rules of Attention: How to Avoid Screw-Ups, Free Up Headspace, Do More and Be More at Work’. In addition, Paul N. Larsen discusses encourages us to embrace the imposter syndrome.

Keep Your eye out for more from Alex and contact him at Alex@AlexGNYC.com!

Adapt For A Better Normal In 2021

I am not sure about you, but I am getting sick and tired of this talk of a ‘new normal.’ It’s never discussed in a positive , forward-looking way.

How can we be expected to adapt to ‘new’, when there is so much doom and gloom around that word.

Yes, forever being masked up anywhere we go is a gloomy thought ! Forever being told by leadership that we will never get back to the good ol’ days is depressing. The fact is we are being vaccinated one by one , in fact it’s over 4 million Americans that have had the vaccine.

Beyond the vaccine, personally speaking since I myself have been quarantined this week due to exposure to COVID (I am feeling fine !) , I believe people are so craving to see each other again , the interactions will be even better than before the pandemic. We might actually be talking to each other more than ever because that gift of socialization has been taken away from us . If we can adapt again once we hit post-pandemic to interacting with each other , I believe we will be beyond a new normal.

We will in fact be in a BETTER normal! So this next chance for interaction, let’s lift our heads out our own thought process or fears of not being responded to, and interact once again with the workd around us! A better normal is what I want to strive for, how about you?

A Fairway in Manhattan

On my recent podcast, I introduced TigerHoodNYC, yes emblematic of Tiger Woods. Patrick Barr is the man behind TigerHoodNYC and one special block in Manhattan helps bring the community together through golf, milk cartons and overall positivity!

If you are or aren’t a golf enthusiast, I highly recommend giving this podcast episode a listen!

TigerHoodNYC Joins Alex

James Dolan and Wollman Rink , A Match Made in Heaven

If you hadn’t seen it, Wollman Rink in New York City has had to be saved by the Central Park ice skating community.

How did we get here? When the de Blasio administration made the decision to cut contracts with all Trump organization institutions in New York City, they left Wollman rink staff, families, and kids in a state of panic that the very rink Trump saved could be taken away from out right from under their skates

Personally, not one skater on that ice should be held responsible for the insurrection of the Capitol on January 6th. Yet, that is what Mayor de Blasio is doing , and it shows his citizenry does not come first for him.

After a Change.org petition saved Wollman’s shutdown for just a few more weeks, there is a lot more work to be done!

New York City Parks Dept. Is holding bidding for a new owner to operate Wollman Rink, which by the way not just does winter skating but they do have outdoor activities for the community as well.

The one businessman I can see truly saving Wollman Rink is Rangers and Knicks owner James Dolan. The Rangers and Wollman are such a natural fit considering the rink and hockey ties. Just a few years ago, the Rangers held an outdoor practice at Wollman Rink and Garden of Dreams has often hosted galas .

If Dolan were to come along and save the rink, he really would be doing the Central Park ice skating community a service and the city should encourage it!

Fact of the matter is, I didn’t see one person on that rink really care about the Trump Organization name on the boards, on the concourse or anywhere, they just wanted to skate!

If the city ends up offering the operations but doesn’t encourage an actual buyer, then lives will be upended and I thought the Mayor of the City of New York is supposed to protect the citizenry, not tear it down!

I expanded on this in my latest Podcast on Spreaker !

Adapting To , Not Ridding, Disability

Below is a portion of a transcript from my January 15th podcast, ‘Adapting To, Not ‘Ridding’ Disabilities’.
(https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42959125)

Article referenced in the DurangoHeraldOpinion by Tara Kiene on 1/8/21

(https://durangoherald.com/articles/359852)

‘I want you to be introduced to a woman named Tara Kiene. She’s the president CEO of Community Connections and in the Durango Herald she writes this incredible piece about changing the perceptions of the disabled community.

I think that is always what we need to do. We need to continue to smash stigma, but listen to how she writes about it. This is so cool. She wrote a great story. And what I would like to highlight are a couple of points that she made. ‘By focusing on people and ridding them of their disabilities, we discount the capabilities they offer right there.’

I’ve often been encouraged to get a prosthetic like personally that has always been like someone saying, why don’t you do this? And I tried it and I wanted to try it on as an adult. But then I thought that wouldn’t be the real me, that rollerblading would stop if I had a prosthetic leg. And more importantly, it would not be me and who God made. So there’s a lot of reasons why I enjoy rollerblading around the city. I enjoy not having a prosthetic because I don’t believe in ridding anything I believe in overcoming it.

I believe in continuing to love it, roll with it and continue to roll on with it. Let me put it that way. The whole idea that we can reshape reframe abilities and disabilities is great to hear. I want to hear more of that. I want to hear you’re this and we’re going to make it so that you can do this. We’re going to love on you and you’re going to do it. That’s how luckily my family raised me. I feel, and that’s how my friends were raised in the disabled community.

She said many people with learning disabilities find that they have struggled with reading. And because of that, they developed extraordinary memories and that benefits them in their later careers. Also, can we stop hiring people just because it feels good. It’s a feel good story. Hire them because they deserve to be hired. Hire them, not just to talk about diversity, or to meet a quota, hire them because you see something in them that maybe someone, a business down the road doesn’t see in them or refuses to seeing them hire them. Because you know, they can do a good job. Not because it’s some nice community service award.

The disability community is more than inspirational. It’s more than a community service effort to get them included. We’re just here we are amongst you. And the moment we say, yeah, he’s being hired or she’s being hired because of what she can do. Not because she’s overcoming what she can’t do. We’ll be in a better spot. The more we say I’m hiring you because I want to, I know you can do something. I know you’re working on whatever you’re dealing with and I want to see that work in my company, not to get some newspaper article about how this company hired this person. I mean, it’s nice, but that’s not why we exist.

The community and the adapting exists because we choose to exist. We choose to adapt to whatever we got going on.

And I hope you realize that. I hope you feel it. I hope if you’re a business owner listening to this, that you feel even more inspired to bring on people differently, abled, disabled people, whatever you want to say. And not because you want to feel good about yourself because you know, they can do the job. You know, they are equal opportunity for a reason, not just because it says so on some plaque, but because you know that they can do it. And I’m glad there are programs to help people who get frustrated, who get down, who don’t know if they can do it. There are programs there to help. I love that, but you know what I love even more. The fact that companies can take a risk on someone, not the average, Joe, not your regular someone who’s been stigmatized.

Those who see the stigmatizedfor more than just what’s on the cover. It takes a community effort, but there’s also no doubt that community embraces not memorializes it or highlights it as some great community service. It should be accepted that people with disabilities can do something amazing. It shouldn’t be some shock to people. It shouldn’t be like that meme that says it takes one disabled person to screw in the light bulb, and five others who are inspired by it. It shouldn’t be that way.

Let’s stop as a society assuming disabled people can’t adapt. Can’t learn. Can’t relearn. Can’t restudy. Can’t get themselves back on track, but let’s hire because we know they can do great things and not just for a photo op, but for the betterment of a company. Kudos to Tara Kiene for this article. I definitely want to bring her on and see what we can do and see how we can cover neurodiversity. We’re adapting, we’re re-framing. And we are living. Come with us as we live together in these crazy, crazy times.’

Bringing EB Awareness With Robbie Twible

Pic by Alicia Gonzalez (@iamaliciagonza)

welcome a family friend , Robbie Twible, who discussed his journey living with Epidermolysis Bullosa. The below transcript put together by Rev Transcripts!

Link to the full interview here: (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/12-17-20-adapting-with-robbie-twible)

Alex Garrett:
I remember when you were just a little kid running around the campus at Queens college and doing the athletics. Now you are in college yourself, first of all, tell us your journey and then how things have been.

Robbie Twible:
So right now I’m at Farmingdale State college. I’m studying sports management and I actually just completed my first semester today. It felt like Groundhog day with the COVID.

Alex Garrett:
If you’ve ever been to Queens College Softball on EB Awareness Day, that’s a day, we honor Robbie,. How are you doing with the EB? And maybe give us a little bit about the condition as well as how you’re overcoming that to do college, to do life, to do the podcast.

Robbie Twible:
Yeah. I was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa. So like Alex said EB for short. It’s a rare genetic skin disease where I’m missing the glue that holds the layer of the skin together. So any friction or any, any trauma to the skin comes off very easily. Over half my body is missing skin. I’m doing well. I’m blessed because there’s like clinical trials, over at Stanford university in San Francisco. They injected collagen seven into the skin. They actually grasped it and that’s, and that’s, uh, I’m still in a process of that as going well, you know, I just take it day by day.

Alex Garrett:
Talk about Ellen, I mean, she was, she’s a very influential part of your life. So she had you on, am I right?

Robbie Twible:
Yes. I have to mention Justin Timberlake. Such a nice guy, came backstage and met with me for 10 minutes. Talking Broadway and just reall nice. And, uh, that would never have happened without him. It was my dream to meet him and to meet Ellen and to be on her show. His publicist has her friend, a producer on the show and she told him my story. And so my mom got a phone call from the Ellen DeGeneres show saying, Hey, uh, we heard Robbie’s story. We would love to have you come down here just to have you in the audience.

Robbie Twible:
it was a big commitment for my parents because they had to pay for, uh, travel and hotels. So just to have me sit in the audience that was, you know, in their mind, that first was a big commitment on their part, but thank God we did. They hid me in the green room and they were prepping us for questions. They were prepping us and told us they were going to do it as we’ve just been featured on EllenTube. We went into the audience. I knew something was up when Ellen went on and invited me up with my family. And it was a fortunate experience. Uh, I’ll never forget. And she actually even invited me back for her famous probate giveaways, which was even, uh, another experience. That was amazing.

Alex Garrett:
You mentioned your parents and obviously Rob, um, has been a very good father and you’re your mom as well? A great mom. What does, what have they meant to you in your life so far in your very young life? I should say,

Robbie Twible:
Oh, everything. Uh, my parents always support me and they’re always there for me and they care of me. I don’t have a nurse. Without them. I, you know, I really wouldn’t be where I am today. I would not, I would not be in a good position. They are on top of taking care of me and my sister.

Alex Garrett :
There’s people out there who are overcoming daily and Robbie Twible is no exception now for the fun part, your podcast. Tell me about it.

Robbie Twible:
So I started at the beginning of the pandemic. It’s called Robbie interviews. It’s found on YouTube and it’s basically like a zoom interview. 20 minutes each person, which is sports people, uh, like, basketball head coach of Hofstra. And Iona head baseball coach, Paul Panik, but then, uh, we transitioned to, Survivor season 39 Winner, Tom Sheehan. I’ve done 11 of them, uh, as the episodes go on, I’m sure you find this out too. It’s hard to get people to come on. Uh,

Alex Garrett:
I know Robbie you’re out there, any organization that you think you could recommend that you’ve worked with as well to help the cure for EB.

Robbie T:
Yes. It’s called EDRP, and they really do tons of research. They are really the backbone of research . Uh Keneally they are funding many, many projects that are really looking good, you know, getting cures. So I would, if you could donate that really mean a lot. And for all the other kids who suffer from EB, that would be great.

Making Sure 2020 LOST

I see a meme going around saying when you pronounce 2021, it comes out ‘2020 Won’!

I believe we can make sure 2020 LOST in the upcoming year! We must show 2020 we will not let it haunt us !

In order to make sure 2020 had not won, manifesting energy into keeping business flowing; masks when needed; and a vaccine that seems to really be effective early on!

Working to get our spirits up in 2021, also would be a great output!

We can make sure 2020 has not won in 2021!

Adapting With Joe Satriano, Susan Satriano Memorial Foundation Leader


As part of the adapting series, I’ve utilized Rev transcripts to bring you another conversation of hope , with my guest Joe Satriano! Below is a partial excerpt of the transcript, listen to our entire conversation that aired December 8th here! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42390318)

Find out more about The Susan Satriano Memorial Foundation: (http://www.susansatrianofoundation.com/foundation.php)

__________________________________________________________________

Alex Garrett: I’m very excited to bring you a conversation with a very inspirational and influential person, Joe Satriano. I’m excited to bring you that because he has a story that this holiday season, I think could uplift people, believe it or not. It does involve losing a loved one to cancer, but he turned around and adapted to that loss and has improved the lives of children who have parents that are battling cancer, are in remission or unfortunately have passed on.

Alex First of all, Joe, thanks for joining me tonight.

Joe Satriano: Well, thank you so much, Alex, for having me on and allowing me to talk about my passion in my life. Thank you.

Alex: Well, your passion is your late wife, Susan, and tell us the story of the Susan Satriano Memorial scholarship foundation. And we’ll get into this further, but, but give us a elevator pitcher the basis for why you started this foundation.

Joe S: Thank you so much. Well, uh, Sue and I were both high school math teachers. Um, and by the way, do you know what the best part about being married to a math teacher was Alex?

Alex: What was that? Let me get the tip of the restaurant.

Joe Very good. Good try. But no, no, we got to multiply. Yes. It’s we have two boys born on the same day, five years apart, but life, life was beautiful. I mean, it couldn’t be more ideal, but you know, life tends to throw you a little bit of a curve. 16 years into a 29 year marriage. unfortunately Sue contracts breast cancer, and then 13 years after she does pass away. I was lost. I was totally lost for us for the first six months of after she passed away. I was laying in my bed in fetal position, crying all day, feeling sorry for myself. And I realized that’s not helping anybody. So I started the Susan saturate nano foundation. Now what it does is basically it helps, uh, uh, high school seniors will going to a college in the fall because it is a scholarship for their higher education.

Joe: The kicker to be eligible, unfortunately is that they have to have a parent who’s either passed away of cancer, presently battling or in remission. I could tell you this, Alex, these kids get lost in the sauce. They suffer just as much as the caregiver does that the patient. And so I give them their moment in the sun. I go and talk to every single child that gets the scholarship. Sometimes when we’re across the nation, for example, we, uh, we do Skype interviews or zoom interviews and those that I can get to, I drive to and I talked to them for 20 minutes and they open up to me like crazy. It’s amazing. It’s not because they like me. It’s because we’ve walked the walk, experiencing the death or watching the demise of a loved one due to cancer.

Joee: It’s been an amazing run. I can’t believe it as I just completed my 15th year. I just reached the after 15 years, I reached a million dollars in scholarships to well over 1900 kids across the nation and it continues to grow and leaps and bounds. And it started back in 2006 in Oceanside, Long Island where I live. I gave out, four scholarships to Oceanside high school kids who met those requirements that I mentioned before. From there it’s grown to where I just mentioned over a million dollars after 15 years and well over 1900 kids. It’s just amazing. I had no idea the impact it would have at that point when I started it.

Alex: I brought you on is because I feel like you can help bring some holiday spirit. I mean, we’re, we’re all needing some, right? I mean, this has been one hell of a year. And I think your story is only inspirational. You took your wife’s legacy and carried it with you through this foundation. And now I think you can love other people during the holidays. And I imagine that’s what the foundation does each and every December.

Joe S: Well, yeah, it does actually. I’m going to be helping about a hundred and 160 kids this year across the nation. And because of COVID, I didn’t let it stop me this year. We did phone interviews with every single child, even though even the schools that I could actually attend and go to, they were shut down. So, so we managed to kind of circumvent it and we did, we did the phone interviews and Skype sometimes and also zoom. And it was so rewarding. These kids are going to be getting their checks around Christmas time. So hopefully I’ll bring a little cheer that way to them. They’re not alone in this battle, that’s so important to realize that, you know, there’s help out there.

Joe S: I’d like to believe that the foundation helps in that respect a little bit to let them know that they are not alone. And, and also the fact that there’s hope that if there is light at the end of the tunnel, The epitome of that I was lost. I’m telling you when Sue died in June, 2005, I didn’think there was anything more to live for, but yet here I am thriving and surviving and managing to continue to help kids, which is my passion in life. That’s why I went into the teaching profession. So yeah. So I try to, help them out a little bit, especially in this crazy year, you know, which, which has just been just unbelievably wild.

Alex Well, I got to do the kids in a minute, but as you say that the teaching profession, your wife obviously said she was a teacher, how was, what was that like watching her passion for her students or her kids each and every year that must’ve been, so her, like, it probably lit up her face when she talked about school and being in that profession.

Joe S: Absolutely. Uh, th the district that she was in, she was in Bushwick high school. Um, you know, unfortunately a lot of those kids really didn’t have much of a home life. I hate to generalize, but, you know, she was a role model for them. She was like a surrogate mother and they loved her dearly. And plus, I, I, I actually, w before I got my job at Roslyn high school, um, you know, I, I came, I went in to go visit her, which was, she was teaching. You could see the passion and the love that was, that was dripping out of her. Um, and the kids picked up on that. And, you know, I could just tell you for a fact, you know, at Christmas time they would, they would shower her with homemade gifts, whether it be a card or whether it be, um, you know, some trinkets that they made of some sort, it was just amazing. And, and she, she reciprocated in kind of, I mean, she really gave, gave to that school and, um, you know, but that was, I was sued. She, even on her dying bed, all she cared about was, was her, was Matthew, Justin, and me, and how we’re going to make it, whereas you could have, if you wanted to lament about your situation, uh, you know, and, and all of that type of thing, but she was always, she was always concerned about everybody else. Um, so I was blessed to have her in my life and, uh, you know, it was just, it was just an amazing, amazing 29 years.

Alex: I just love what you’re talking about, how The Christmas time was special for her. I think your message, as I said, is important, um, for people during this time, now, you said you were in the fetal position, and then you realize you can do something in her memory. W do you think it was Susan herself, or even God as well, tapping you on the shoulder saying, Hey, your journey is not finished yet. You’ve got to do something and do it in her memory.

Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, um, it, it, and it took me six months to kind of get out of the funk that I was in. Um, I truly was, you know, uh, not going anywhere with doing anything truly. I mean, it was like a Morgan my house. Um, and I don’t know what did it, it was almost like a lightning bolt struck my head. And I said, this is ridiculous. I, I, I’ve got so much life to live and how can I, how can I do this? Well, I decided three different reasons. I started the foundation. Number one, it keeps Sue’s memory alive. That’s great. See people don’t, don’t see that. They only see likely, you know, I give out money. I talked to the kids, but there’s a lot that comes back in my direction, too, you know? Um, and, and, you know, bottom line too, is that I found a new way to help kids without being in front of a classroom.

And, and the foundation has just been remarkable. I have met over 1900, very inspiring children who, you know, have battles, things that you wish you never had to see in your lifetime, but they’re what nine 18 at 17 years old seniors in high school, you know, who have now had to face the worst in their lives and the fact that they have overcome it and are willing to move forward and go to college, by the way, here’s another thing. Cause I was a math teacher. I can’t help, but I do statistics on stuff about 90% of the kids who happen to be getting the award from me. And there’s no connection between what I’m telling you now and getting the award. They, they want to go into give back professions. So, uh, you know, like for instance, with nursing, PT, OT, teaching psychology doctor, and, and I’ll ask them that question at the quote interview, you know, that the talk that we have, um, I’ll throw the softball question up there and I’ll say, well, why do you, why do you want to be a nurse? Why do you want to do this? And inevitably, they’ll still come back with the answer that they saw, how these professionals help their parents. They want to get you give back and they want to do the same thing for others. So boy, if that isn’t painful, that’s amazing that these kids I’m telling you, if you ever met any of them, you would be so inspired by, by their journey and also have their dealing with it. And, and moving forward,

Alex: When we met last year, I felt the love you have for your late wife, Susan, The passion you have to carry on her legacy and yeah, you did it through a book and the book is called In Sickness and In Health, a memoir of love. Um, Tell us about the book itself.

Joe S: Well, thank you. I should first preface it by telling you and your loyal listeners that, you know, a hundred percent of the proceeds of the book does go to the foundation. And since the book has been out, the foundations grown by over $20,000, which amazes me because I know the author personally, and I’m not sure I’d be reading anything he wrote, but, uh, but people don’t know him as well as I do, whether it’s me. So, uh, that they, they buy it and it’s been amazing. Yeah. Um, the book is, again, I don’t know how old your listeners are, but there was a show once on called mash and mash was, was, um, a show where you could laugh and cry in the same seat. And that’s pretty much, that’s pretty much the way this book was written because Sue and I had so much fun precancer during cancer.

And that comes out in the book according to you know, people who come to my booktalks and whatnot. Um, but you know, so to write the fun stuff was easy. And by the way, I mean, the last professional thing I wrote was my math thesis. So little did I know that I had this in me to actually put, you know, pen some sentences together and make some sense out of it, but I surprised myself. It’s like being, you know, your back is to the wall. So what are you going to do? Are you going to fade into the wall? You’ve got to fight that. I guess I flipped that by starting the foundation and then writing, um, I will say this, the last chapter in the book is called the final page in the photo album. Um, that took about three months to write, because I couldn’t see the keyboard through the tears.

I’ll tell you one other thing about this first book though, is the love though the heart you pour out, it sounds like you would recommend it for a Christmas Hanukkah holiday gift because, you know, it’s, it might actually uplift people this holiday season.