Nick Warner

I spent the previous two years working with children with disabilities. I was incredibly proud of what I did.

That being said, I know that what I have done pales in comparison to what Nick Warner has done and is doing.

Nick has worked at Genesee Valley Rotary Camp (GVRC) for as long as I can remember.

This year Nick is doing something special for the kids of the camp.

Nick is running to Pike, NY which is more that 75 miles from Hilton. He is raising money for the camp by taking donations for his run.

He plans on making the run in 2 or three days. I personally think he can do it in two, having seen how far he runs on a daily basis.

Nick does not know that I am writing this.

If you or anyone you know is interested in donating, feel free to send a check or cash to:

Nick Warner
159 South Avenue
Hilton, NY 14468

Thank you so much for any thing you can do to help him out.

We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident

The Tide is indeed turning.

The recent success of Senator Obama’s first overseas trip as a presidential nominee has illustrated just how much the rest of the world, like America itself is ready for change.

John McCain’s plan has absolutely blown up in his creepy plastic looking face. McCain goaded Senator Obama into this trip to Iraq in an attemp to show him as ill-prepared to lead America on an international stage.

What has happened however is foreign leaders, those friendly to the U.S. and those not so friendly to the U.S. lining up to meet with him as he barnstorms through the world at large.

The Iraqi Prime Minister has basically endoresed Obama as he has agreed with him on his Iraq plan, which was billed as McCain’s strongest platform.

I know I have been a little light on the Obama talk recently. I would be lying if I wasn’t at least a little dismayed by his decison to vote for the FISA bill that included immunity for Telecommunications companies that illegally spied on you and I.

Obama has made a predicted move slighly towards the middle, a move that I am not a fan of. But I am a fan of the man getting elected and this is what he must do in order to attain that goal.

In case you are wondering, I am still Fired up, Ready to go.

The Deathly Hallows

On the first anniversary of the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” I feel I have to get some things off my mind.

Let me preface this by saying that I am the biggest Harry Potter fan that I know. I suppose it is silly to say so, because if you are reading this you probably know me already and you would know that.

Driving home from Cape Cod two weeks ago, Kate (my beautiful, wonderful sister and reader of Terry Gilmore’s Head) was with me and we listened to book 7 on CD, which was amazing.

Sometime during the book, I think around the Chapters that take place at Xeno Lovegood’s, that it dawned on me, and Kate can attest to this moment of staggering genius, the story of the Three Brothers is an allegory of the Harry Potter series as a whole.

I know, genius right, let me explain.

In the story that Hermione reads to Harry, Ron and Xeno, there were once three brothers (one of whom Harry is the last descendant of) who cheat death, then meet Death who awards each of them a gift. The first brother chooses an unbeatable wand, which he uses, brags about, and gets murdered in his sleep.

The second brother wants to bring a dead lover back from the afterlife, so Death gives him a stone to return her. He goes mad and kills himself.

The third brother asks for an invisibility cloak, so that Death cannot follow him. He lives a long life and meets Death as an equal.

It is in essence a morality tale. In the universe of Harry Potter, it is rumored that when these three objects, or Hallows, are combined they will make the user immortal.

Harry comes to learn that he is in possession of two of these Hallows. and SPOILER ALERT!!!! He is the rightful owner of the third.

The giant brainstorm that hit me while listening to Hermione tell this story is that Harry, Dumbledore, and Voldemort are allusions to the Three Brother’s from Beedle’s tale.

During the chapter, “Kings Cross” (which is tied for the best chapter in the series with “The Forest Again”, the imagery, the word usage, the change in perspective as Dumbledore is scared, sad, and begging for forgiveness as Harry questions him with a calm, cool, collectedness that demonstrates just how much he grew as a person walking back into that forest), Dumbledore explains to Harry that Voldemort only ever knew about the Elder Wand, never any of the other Hallows.

The first brother wanted an unbeatable wand which he believed would make him invincible. Similarly, upon being beaten by Harry, a seemingly helpless child, Voldemort seeks out the Elder Wand. Unknowingly Voldemort takes the wand from someone who is not the rightful owner, he is never able to make the wand work for him and is defeated by his own hubris, just as the first brother was.


Dumbledore goes on to explain in “Kings Cross” that he discovered the “Resurrection Stone” in the ruins of Marvolo Gaunt’s home, where Voldemort hid it after making it into one of his Horcruxes. Dumbledore explains to Harry with tears in his eyes, that upon finding the stone, he attempted to use the stone to bring back his deceased family. Dumbledore, who should have known better, wanted so much to see his loved ones again that he attempted to use the stone which had a curse placed on it, the curse that would ultimately lead to his planned death.

Like the second brother, Dumbledore was overcome by his desire to be reunited with the people that he loved that he was willing to sacrifice his own life to do so.

Finally there is Harry, who never desired to gain invincibility through possession of the Elder Wand, a decision he made when choosing to speak with Griphook prior to speaking with Mr. Ollivander while at Shell Cottage. Harry was faced with the prospect of being reunited with his parents when gazing into the Mirror of Erised in “Philosopher’s Stone”. At that time Harry took professor Dumbledore’s advice when he told Harry, “It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live”. Harry, who desired above all else to see his parents again, used the stone, not to bring them back from the dead, but to help him join them. He used the Cloak, to become invisible and meet Death as an equal.

It was because of this act of self sacrifice (wait, I thought Christians hated “Harry Potter”) that Harry is able to ensure the safety of those that he loves, as well as sow the seeds of Voldemortss demise.

I have a ton more to say about this series, I enjoyed writing this so much, expect to see more of it.