Posts Tagged ‘chapter’

announcement“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 

After 105,500 views, nearly 100 subscribers/followers, dozens of comments from other readers. Countless laughs, nearly 600 posts all rolled into this part of the cyber world that I call DAMBREAKER, there’s a big announcement today.

As it stands right now, there may or may not be some pretty drastic changes going on with my life. A few of them remains to be seen. But regardless of what is going to happen in my own reality of life, there are some changes here that are going to be happening on WordPress.

I’ve opened up a brand new blog. A more personal and direct blog. A diary or journal if you will. The difference being that in this new project, nothing will be censored. Nothing will be changed. What happens will happen and that’s what will be discussed.

After a life of unhappiness that has lasted for nearly eight gruesome and stressful years, I’ve decided that I am going to attempt to turn that frown upside down. And therapy shall return back into my life with some sort of contentment and peace. At least… this will be the goal.

I do not promise to anyone nor to myself that this will be easy. But I do promise to stick to it and fight it out until the battle is won. Saphire-Lotus

I have come to these conclusions all on my own. And without the advice or counsel of others. The new blog in fact, is posted and is live. So its ready to take on a life of its own.

Dear readers, I do wish to say that this new project will NOT affect this blog at all. This blog is going to continue to be all that it has been in nearly three years of existence….. and more!!! So do not fear that I am tearing this one down or deleting it or anything. Its still going to be happening. Its just that the new one is more intimate, more personal, and a lot more detailed.

I realize that its not going to be for everyone. So I do not expect anyone who reads this blog to go running to the new one. But what will be with the new project, will be in its own time. Things will be done– whether I have a support group or not.

So I hope that everyone so far has been enjoying their new year of 2014. I know for me here at DAMBREAKER, things are about to be shaken and not stirred. And I shall not stop until I reach the top of the mountain.



“From the end spring new beginnings.”~ Pliny the Elder

Ladies & Gentleman, boys and girls.

Welcome to your NEW Austin Blades sledge hockey team.

Sort of.

The team that I play for now has a branch of the STARSkaters program and will be now protected by its 501(c)3, and receive all of its non-profit status.

A press release that was sent out today by STARSkaters stated:

At a recent board meeting, the Austin Blades Sled Hockey team voted unanimously to become a chapter of
Chapter status will allow them to expand their fundraising efforts to support Sled Hockey in Austin as well as send some of their players to the 2014 Sled Hockey National Championships which will be held near Boston, Mass next April.
At the meeting, Frank Dorval was elected chapter President.  Frank got to work immediately enlisting STARskaters founder Jim O’Neill to assist planning a 3 on 3 Tournament in Austin which will serve as the clubs first major fundraising effort with a target of $5,000 in proceeds.
For more information about the Austin Blades Sled Hockey Club, contact

And this is all true. We did have a meeting and we ALL voted to go for the STARSkaters program. We’ve connected with the program in friendship and have bonded with them personally that it all just made sense to go with them. Simply because Jim O’Neill had heard about our troubles with the secretive information about the non-profit status.

The team now will have the knowledge on how to go about fundraising and everything else in between.

Some of the team members (including myself) have already hit the pavement to go after corporate sponsorships locally.

But we are only at the beginning. The sigh of relief was collectively felt and heard this afternoon when the news finally came that the necessary papers were signed, and now we are dealing with our own chapter.

We still will remain the Austin Blades. But are ARE with/under STARSkaters.

And a few of us are still hopeful to go to Boston in 2014 in order to play in the national tournament. The Austin Blades at this point have no idea just how much or what kind of help we will be receiving (if any) from STARSkaters on this matter. And a few of us still believe that its not the right thing to do to just suck on the backs of the program. So we are still attempting to get things rolling here locally on our own.

I have my own fundraising campaign specifically to get to this tournament in Boston. Along with another teammate, the two of us are going strong to raise funds by donations. With YOUR HELP, we can achieve this dream and go for the gold!!!

Even though the tournament isn’t until next year, we only have until the end of January 2014 to “Get-R-Done” so to speak.

We’ve reached 8.9% of our total goal for the both of us to be able to go in a month. And we’re super excited about that. But we’ve got a long ways to go.


Every little drop will help, believe me!! And for those of you who are reading and have already donated, we honestly thank you from the bottom of our asses, because they are both larger than our hearts. If by chance that you are able to, please consider donating again.

And don’t forget about the wonderful FREE incentives that go along with this fundraising effort.

Together with the donations, and now being a chapter of STARSkaters, we can make our goals.

My personal goals in the sport can actually have a light at the end of the tunnel without it being a freight train. Gold at the end of the rainbow.

I can’t wait for the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Its  going to be so wonderful.