Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is one hell of a character on the show "Madam Secretary." Season five is well underway, and she is looking to make an even bigger impact on the nation and the world than she is already making. She spent 20 years working in the CIA, became a college professor, and raised three children with her husband Henry by her side. Here are just a handful of her various quotes from the last five years.
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You are my heroes.
I am sorry for the way,
How it only took one person to attack,
On an early Tuesday,
A nation that has each others backs.
Many lives were lost,
Moms, Dads, Sisters, and Brothers,
So many lives were tossed,
And the people who watched it on the news could have been their grandmother.
No one truly believes how much,
One quick minute can change the nation,
With so many lives being touched,
On the greatest country of God's creation.
One day that no one forgets,
That many first responders gave,
Over thousands of tears and sweat,
From thousands of individuals who were very brave.
So each and every day,
Out of the year,
Pray for the families who are not okay,
And for the ones who are still with us here.
On One September morning,
The world changed at a blink of an eye,
Without any type of warning,
So please, by all means, cry.
Thank you for being strong,
And for risking your life,
For what has seemed like has been so long,
Your daughters, sons, husbands miss you and even your wife.
So here's to my sister's dad,
Who I do not even know,
She is absolutely an amazing person and I hope you are glad,
And you, sir, are one of my thousand heroes.
The college kids are downtown Thursday through Saturday, and I guarantee that one of these 17 things can apply to your night downtown, if not all of them.
Let's be real, just about everyone has seen at least one episode of the office. If you haven't, shame on you, it is actually really funny. I finally decided to hop on the band wagon and watch it and I realized just how much laughter I was missing out on. But anyways, Grand Forks is a college town and you can bet that you will run into what feels like everyone you know downtown. The college kids are downtown Thursday through Saturday, and I guarantee that one of these 17 things can apply to your night downtown, if not all of them.
When you realize that it is $1.50 Long Islands at O’Reallys.Panicked The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Broke college students live for cheap alcohol.
How you feel being the only sober one at the bar.The Office Workplace GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Being DD and actually going downtown with your friends is not fun when you are the only sober one.
When the cute guy across the bar buys you a drink.Emotional The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Girl, give him that cute smile and hopefully he will come talk to you. If not, at least you got a free drink.
When your favorite song comes on at Level 10.The Office Party Hard GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
You can bet every girl in there is singing at the top of their lungs, or at least you are.
When you run into your classmates that you haven’t seen in forever.Happy The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
*Screams of excitement*
When you see a girl crying in the bathroom over some stupid boy.No Crying The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
"Honey, it's okay, he wasn't worth your time anyways. You can do better."
Being the mom friend and making sure no one dies.Finished The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
You are the mother duck and you need to make sure all your little ducklings make it home and in one piece.
When the creepy guy keeps trying to hit on you.The Office Dislike GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Please stop. Please.
When you are hungry but you only have enough money to buy alcohol downtown.The Office Pizza GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Do not drink on an empty stomach. Do not do it.
When your friends are more intoxicated than you are.The Office Parkour GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
You start thinking, "Damn, I really need to catch up."
When someone vomits and you turn into the mom friend.Bored The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
There is just something about the smell of vomit that makes a person sober up.
Having to run to the next bar because the frozen tundra known as North Dakota doesn’t give a shit if you are cold.The Office Television GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
I bet you left your jacket at home because you figured the alcohol would keep you warm.
Making friends with random girls in the bathroom.Raise The Roof GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
You will leave the bathroom feeling like you have 5 new best friends.
Seeing the ambulance outside Joe Black’s and being glad it isn’t here for you.Awkward The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
That was a close call, hope that one survives.
When you get to Joe Black’s and it is way too crowded.Suspicious The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Mmmmm, yeah, maybe it is time to go home now.
When you realize you get to go to Red Pep after a successful night downtown with your BFFs.Winning The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
It is the best drunk food.
Crawling into bed after the fun is done.Lowering The Office GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy
Place that glass of water and advil next to your bed, you'll need it in the morning. And who knows, you might wake up and be ashamed of the things you said and did the night before.
Enjoy your night downtown, but please find a sober ride home.
All the things that happen at the end
Well, it is the end of summer, and people come have to realize that summer went by quick. But, here are things that people know when they realize that summer is coming to an end.
1. The weather begins to change
2. School is starting soon
3. No more partying until 3 a.m.
4. No more waking up at 3 p.m.
5. The amount of stress you will have for school
6. you have to start buying school supplies early before they are all out of the supplies that you need.
7. Trying to salvage all the time that you have left.
8. Realizing that you had a summer assignment.
9. Get to see more friends at school.
10. Binge watching Netflix will be cut in half once school starts.
11. You will always cherish the memories that you created this summer.
12. You tend to lose your summer tan.
13. When you realize that you spent all of your money on food.
14. You try to remember what you did this summer
15. Time to say goodbye to family and friends as you go to college.
Everything you need to do before the leaves start falling.
August is coming to an end, and that means summer is too! Heading back to school is our main focus right now, but let's not forget to take advantage of the little bit of Summer we have left. So, what should you make time for around your busy schedule of working your final hours at your summer job? See below :)
1. Beach Trip.
Did you make it to the beach this summer? Even if you just head down to the beach on the closest lake to you, a summer beach trip is a must. You need that final chance to spend a day soaking up the sun, enjoying the sand and water because we will have snow soon! If you have made it to the beach already, who cares, go again! You probably want to clean up some of your tan lines before you're to busy to get outside!
2. Spend Time with your Hometown Friends.
It's hard to get everyone together. The summer has been spent trying to make plans! But everyone's actually going to be leaving soon. Now is the time to sacrifice working a double so that you can have a final bonfire for everyone.
3. Request your Favorite Home-Cooked Meal.
You are about to go a few months without Mom's chicken pot pie. Now is the time to BEG for her to make your favorite meal. Not everything can be mailed to you.
4. Finish all of your Pinterest Crafts.
All of those dorm decorations you've been working on (or that are pinned in your to do board) need to be wrapped up! You can't leave all your hard work unfinished or your room undecorated.
5. Love your Summer Clothes
You know that tank top you bought in May that you haven't worn yet? Well, it's time! You only have a little longer to wear all your cute summer clothes without having to layer up with all your almost as cute scarves and jackets.
6. Enjoy the Seasonal Snacks and Drinks.
We all love the pumpkin spice everything that comes out in the fall, but don't forget about all the yummy summer treats there are as well. Special frozen lemonades and my personal favorite Tim Hortons frozen hot chocolate. Nothing beats this tasty drink on a hot day.
7. Spend Time with Those People you Call Family.
It seems silly, you've been with your family more than you are at school, yet think about how much you've actually done with them. Summer is crazy and hectic so you may have missed the yearly family reunion or your great uncles birthday party. Now is your chance to make it to whatever family picnic or labor day celebration they're all having. Even if you have to take a day off of work, it's worth it! Otherwise, you'll be sad you missed out on one last summer event once you get back to school.
While this list could go on and on, these are a few things you may forget about in the hectic rush of shopping, packing and working! Remember it is summer vacation, and you should make time for yourself and the people you enjoy being around. Use this checklist or add to it to fit what you still want to do before the fall semester hits!
To anyone who can relate to MULTIPLE Heartbreaks, Lies, Cheats & Schemes.
First, I would like to say I think pure love is the most beautiful thing on this planet. To feel and be able to share with family, friends, or even just with your pet or favorite pair of shoes. Love can also be the scariest thing on the planet and with my many experiences with love- came with many tests, trials and tribulations. Wheeeeew, if I were to go into every story and detail of how many times I have been taken advantage of and lied to, YOU'd probably think I was lying. Lol. But that has never stopped me from showing love and wanting others to know how genuine and pure love feels. Even if it is just with my clients, I always want to know how they are feeling and doing. No ulterior motive or hidden agenda.
However, for me as many times that I have been hurt. I never cared to continue to wear my heart on my sleeve. It has always just been my nature to want others to feel safe, loved and comfortable. I am the type of person who will share everything or will never speak unless spoken to. Although, it does get tiring of holding everyone else's weight. Because that is what I do, I take it on myself and break my own damn heart. Every single time.
Like previously stated, I am not going to go into every detail about each relationship and how they each failed miserably. But I can say that I was a fighter in each one. I never gave up on that person until I tried every avenue before completely giving UP. I have had about 5 heartbreaks, first one being my dad. A lot of trauma behind that one but I won't get into daddy girl trauma today.
In my love relationships, I always have found myself overextending myself from the jump. I was in a relationship in high school for 4 years and I mean I don't really count that relationship because at the time I had no idea who I was. But as I got older I was able to find a bit more of myself. Then it lead me to a man who had close connections to my eldest brother. Shocker right? Born on the exact same day as him (TAURUS BOOO), loved sports(especially basketball) which is my favorite sport, gambling, goofy and just down for whatever! And he would always send me money for my nails randomly or lashes which was my fav lil surprises. And he just had that demeanor about him that caught my eye. But I knew he would never go for me because I was considered "lil sis", ya know. The one always at the games in the stands but never really paying attention to the scoreboard.
Anyways, he was my biggest heartbreak. I fell madly in love with him and I thought the feeling was mutual until I found out he had been cheating on me with another female that was my so called "friend"at the time. Then I found out I was pregnant. I hadn't been with anyone else because that not how I roll so I knew it was his. But anyways- that was the darkest moment of my life. I cut off everyone in my life and did not share my struggle. I did not speak to my friends or family, I quit my job, I dropped out of college and for almost a year I did not come out of my room (depression). People thought I was crazy which at that time, it was all a blur because of all the pain I was in. So I probably was crazy.
Anyways, this man had promised me all these marvelous things when we were together and he asked me to help him go look at apartments. Little did I know he wasn't planning on signing the paperwork, I was. At this time I had an idea I was pregnant and had minor evidence that he was cheating but I was like who cares. My baby will live here. It will be worth it. Well, that was foolish of me because I signed the paperwork and he blocked me on everything and said I was a psycho b*tch and moved in with my friend in the apartment UNDER MY NAME. I didn't want to play the "I am pregnant card" so I went back to school, got 2 jobs and busted my little tail doing anything to provide for MY baby. Yes, mine because my ex clearly did not care about my well being. Anyways, I ended up miscarrying because of how stressed out I was. It took me 2 years in therapy to be able to say that out loud. Still til this day he probably still doesn't know that's what happened. Still til this day I carry that pain with me.
During that time- everyday I would just pray and hope that God would pull me out of that lonely tunnel of guilt. He eventually did and I was able to push myself to be better and stronger. Then that's when I found my purpose, to heal and be there for kids parents' who cannot, whether it was because they were too busy working or whatever the case may be. Especially the kiddos who are little more eccentric or special. I love my kiddos as if they were my own and I know they can feel that I genuinely care about them. And that's what kids need. Special needs or not, it is important to build that rapport with them. So they can trust you and feel safe with you. Like everything else, it does not happen overnight, it takes time. To build an honest and open environment is not just what kids need but adults too.
It takes awhile to build that trust and bond. Word is bond and you must stand ten toes on them. It just gets hard to stand on your words when you talk so much and think so much and observe so much- you forget everything that you say. So moral of the story here is to always continue to show genuine love to those who are show the same for you in return. Or actually even if they don't, they best way is to kill em with kindness. Underestimation can always benefit you in the long run. Age or degrees doesn't determine your power of heart or mind. Love always wins. No matter how many heartbreaks you have or will go through.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign