Clubs at Sherman

I think most students at Sherman would agree that being a part of a club is a lot of fun and a good way to meet students in other quarters. Currently, Sherman hosts a wide range of technique clubs from Activator to Gonstead to NSA to little spines. There are also local chapters for international organizations like World Chiropractic Congress, ICFO, New Beginnings philosophy club, and SABCA. There are also specialized interest clubs like Chiropractic Student Congress, Maximized Living, rugby, and Christian Chiro club. For more information, check out Sherman’s website:

Personally, I Blog 7.3am most involved with New Beginnings philosophy club and Christian Chiro club (CCC). This reflects my interests and has given me some cool opportunities. Philosophy club works to coordinate a triannual trip to the philosophy conference New Beginnings.

In April, Philosophy club is working to fill two charter busses so Sherman can be well represented at the next New Beginnings conference. I can’t wait to go. It will be awesome to talk to field doctors and see how their philosophy interacts with their daily practice.
For anyone interested in more information about New Beginnings, here is a link to their website: It would be great to see any prospective chiropractic students in April!

image adapted from the NB logo,

I also recently had the opportunity to participate in outreach for CCC. On Valentine’s Day, the club organized a valentine give away to every staff and administration member that we could find in the building. I personally handed out 20+ valentines during the morning break. Each valentine contained various candies and a tract. I enjoyed giving back to those that make learning at Sherman possible. I can’t wait for other outreach opportunities with CCC during my time at Sherman College.


Handing out a valentine to Dr. Guangming Wu, PhD, Basics science teacher







Chiropractic school is a long road. As I close in on the end of my 7th quarter, and part one boards, I'm just now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm right about at the half way point in my schooling here, but I'm nearly into clinic and from there graduation is just around the corner. Not only is it a long road, but it's a tough one too. In the last 20 months I've seen a lot of changes in my life, and I'm sure I will see more in the next two years. Some have been good, some have been bad, and those that are still to come will certainly be the same way. But one thing remains constant, I am here to make a difference for myself and for my family, and that's the only thing that really matters. Life is full of situations that are completely out of our control, so our job is to control the situations that we can and make the best of those. That's what's nice about being here at school. Everything that I do here is within my control. I can choose to study or not to, and my grade will be dependent solely on that choice, not on anything that's outside of my influence. So bring it on! Two more years are going to bring a lot of blessings into my life that I will be grateful for for the rest of my life, so I can handle whatever comes my way.


Newton’s Law of Motion

I had the opportunity to observe Newton’s Law of Motions first hand this weekend.  An object in motion will remain in motion until acted upon by an outside force.  Where did I see such law in action?  I took my two daughters bowling for the first time.  A 6 pound ball is not very heavy, but when you consider that it is 1/6 the weight of my 4 year old and 1/5 the weight of my 2 year old you can understand that the force they can apply is not very much.  In fact the friction of the 60 ft lane that is oiled was too much for the ball.  There were several times when the ball either came to a complete stop or slowed down so much that it started rolling back to us.  Roslyn, my 2 year old, would just sit with her legs apart waiting to catch the ball. My favorite part of the whole experience was watching the girls lay on their bellies to watch the ball roll down the lane.  See picture below.

Another example of this law is bumpers.  The direction the ball started rolling was corrected many times by the bumpers.  Whoever invented bumpers greatly increased the enjoyment of bowling for children and adults alike.  Ryan Burkhart, fellow Sherman student blogger picked up a spare thanks to the bumpers and Abigail, my 4 your old, got her first strike!  I would love to say that I had no need for the bumpers, but they kept me from a couple of gutter balls as well. 

I have to get on my soap box for one minute.  I love technological advancements.  I would not want to have to set up my own pins after every time I rolled the ball, and I don’t have servants to do if for me like the Vanderbilt family at Biltmore house.  (For more on Biltmore house visit Ryan’s blog But kids today are not going to learn how to keep score in bowling.  The machines do it all for you!  And yes I sound like an old person, but that is how I feel.  Ok I am off my soap box.  Until next time, keep your spine in line!



Biltmore House

Sherman College is located in one of the coolest areas for those that like to get out when they are not busy with school work. The school is about 45 minutes away from downtown Greenville, which can fulfill those that like to shop and eat out. It is also about an hour away from  a multitude of mountain ranges which host many natural beauties like waterfalls and rustic trails. It is also an hour away from Ashville which hosts some very special historic areas.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting one such place. I went to Biltmore House with Melinda Hallam, a fellow blogger on the Sherman website. When I laid eyes on the house for the first time, I was near speechless. I was mid-conversation as Melinda and I rounded the corner to the behemoth of a front yard and then  all I could say, “Wow that is a big house.”

The house is 178,926 square feet with 250 different rooms. (We only toured the house, but is also has a large grounds that is a couple square miles) Melinda and I went on an automated tour. The rooms were lush with bright colors and textures. It would be impossible to completely describe the rooms with words. I also couldn’t take any pictures while on the campus, but I will say some personal highlights. 

The first link at the bottom show several of the rooms featured on the tour.

I loved the dining room. I believe it was supposed to be modeled after a European style castle. It had three large fire places which fed into a large cement chimney which had engraving of a favorite opera of the original owner and builder, George Vanderbilt.  It also featured a large table that could become forty feet long. Opposite the fire place, there was an organ loft which also featured scenes from the same opera as the fire places. There were some of the largest European game I have ever seen hanging from the walls, but they were dwarfed by the 70 foot ceiling. The room also featured 4 tapestries that had to be 20 feet tall depicting the story of the love affair between Venus and Mars.

I also enjoyed the tapestry hall which features 3 of the remaining “Triumph of the Seven Virtues,” which display biblical, historical, and mythological stories and figures. The hall spans 90 feet and has the three tapestries hanging separated by fire places.  Biltmore House features the last known Triumph of Faith. I think the other two tapestries were triumph of Charity and Prudence. Other copies would be in museums. I could just imagine George Vanderbilt smoking a cigar while enjoying the room with his greatest trophies.

Biltmore House also featured a large library since George was a very well read man along with being a great entertainer.

One of the final things that really struck me was his indoor entertainment options. He had an indoor bowling alley as well as an underground, indoor swimming pool which was light with under water lights and heated.

George Vanderbilt made a grand estate before dying in 1914. Thankfully, the family has made a commitment to make the house open to the public and preserve the art and history for us to look at today. I was blown away at the size and history of the house along with the commitment to keep it in the family. Being close to history like this is one of the reasons I chose to come to Sherman


For those that are interested in seeing some pictures of the rooms, I found a link that gives a rough outline of the tour I took. at Biltmore Estate


Also, if anyone has any interest in visiting the house, here is a link to their website where you can purchase tickets:


Most of the information provided on this blog was received during the tour, but I did double check with Wikipedia. Here is my citation:




One of those Cartoons

Ahhh, something we can all relate
to…stress….  I like this little guy cause
he captures one of “those moments” when it’s all too much. 


Today I took a few hours off and picked
up my daughter from school early (early for me- not her) and we went off to get
a fruit smoothie at…hmmm that place on the other side of town that you really
have to want to go to cause it’s on the other side of town.  Oh ya, “Bella Latte’”.  I love having a pocket full of ideas to turn
to  when some “Ahhhhh…” time is needed
and that is one of them.

So, we went and got our three berry fruit
smoothies (ahhhhh…) and headed home to gear up for a bike/walk with the dogs.  The dogs suffer as well when I’m overly
busy.  And as usual they were loyally
awaiting our return.  We packed up bike
and dogs and off we went to the walking/biking trail in Spartanburg that was
created from an old train track.  Forgive
me but I forget the name of that too.

Temporary memory loss (brain farts is
what I call them) is what happens when you’ve memorized more than what’s good
for you and your brain decides to, uhm, take a break.  We learned about it in Neuro.  It has a name too.  🙂  I’m over simplifying but…. that’s because my
brain is on temporary rest.   

It’s rather humorous that I’m actually
accepting it.  There was a time it
freaked me out!   :-)    But, live, learn and detach!  Detachment is key here because I am getting
perfectly fine grades, am learning much, functioning well and I know my
memorizing skills and recall will return when I need them – like tomorrow or
sooner if I choose it  :-)  .  

The point here is that I chose not
 to become that little guy in the cartoon.  I chose to take a break.  And this turned out to be quite a glorious
afternoon to take that break and play!         


First World Problems

I believe there are two types of necessities in this world: survival necessities and cultural necessities. For survival, humans need heat, food, water, shelter, and belief in a higher power or purpose. I acknowledge that this isn’t an all inclusive list, but I think that is a reasonable assessment of the basic needs for a human to live. Without those basic needs, Mans life is in jeopardy.

Cultural needs, on the other hand, I would define as something we need to fit in or do an everyday task. A prime example is a car. There are plenty of societies in the history of mankind that have flourished without the car. However, I would have a hard time making it to school every morning without this modern day transport. This technology has changed the way that our entire society works and regards time when transporting people or goods. Before the car, things just traveled slower and people stayed in places longer, but the advent of the car modernized our society to the raging metropolis it is today.

So why am I saying all of this? Well, my internet is out at my apartment complex and it is very frustrating to lose this 21st century convenience. Actually, it is more than frustrating me. It is inconvenient for doing assignments online. It prevents me from googling information for my classes like anatomy and biochemistry. But, most important to my everyday life, I can’t watch YouTube videos or listen to Pandora.

This is a classic case of first world problems. It doesn’t affect my life. It only makes my computer usage more intentional since I don’t have internet after I leave Sherman College. (however, I would note that I have become more productive).


Oh Super Bowl Commercials

Would you pay $0.04 for 30 seconds of my attention?  The answer is yes if you are one of the 40+ companies that advertised during last night’s super bowl.  Commercials during the Super Bowl sell for $4 million dollars for 30 seconds, but when you consider that over 100 million people watch the super bowl that $4 million dollars does not seem like such a bad investment.   

My shout outs for great commercials:

Jeep and USO – you did a great job keeping us guessing until the end!

Audi – kissing the girl at prom.  Many a young boy wishes for that kind of bravery!

Pistachios – great job using Gingham style in the most ridiculous way possible!

Calvin Klein – Sex appeal need I say more!

Tell me what you think: 

What works better Doritos with several different short commercials, Dodge with one really long commercial, or Bud Light with a continuous theme?

What was your favorite commercial?

Which commercial was the biggest waste of $4 million+ dollars? 




Doing it for the First Time

Do you remember that feeling you had when you finally turned sixteen. You had been driving on your permit with your parents for like a year (more or less depending on the restrictions of your State of origin). You are used to having some oversight. You can't make a wrong turn because your parents would be right there to be a "passenger seat driver." But, in that moment when you take that first solo drive to some place new, there may be some anxiety.

I am having a similar feeling right now since this is my first self produced blog post on TypePad. My prior posts were sent through the administration, but today, the training wheels come off of the bike. So, I am just hoping that I can do this right.

However, there is a certain freedom in being able to blog at any point in time. That is the paradox of freedom. Freedom must be well balanced with responsibility. I can blog about whatever I would like, but there is an expectation that I don't abuse this freedom with slander, hate speak, or anything indecent. However, this blog became very philisophical in nature.

In the mean time, I hope this blog shows up and I formatted it correctly with no spelling mistakes.



LCW Luncheon

LCW ladies luncheon

The League of Chiropractic women hosted two great events this week.  The first was a technique seminar with Dr. Stephens, and the second was a ladies luncheon to welcome the first and second quarter students.  For those of you that don’t know The LCW is a voice for all women in chiropractic—DCs, CAs, spouses, students, administrators, teachers and more. The focus is to empower women in chiropractic, and to develop leaders in the profession. 


Are technique seminar was open to women in all quarters, even those of us still in palpation who have had no technique classes yet.  I am rapidly learning that chiropractic has a language that separates us from other professions.  When you are new to the field it had be a little hard to follow.  If someone said to you I am going to use knee-chest technique on you, I am sure you could fill your mind with a million different ideas of what that might look like.  Now I know! 
One of the most important topics discussed was how to adapt for our God given assets. 


As for the ladies luncheon, well what can I say good food: chips and dip, quiche, ham rolls, chocolate chip cookies made by Dr. Gibbon, deviled eggs, brownies, cupcakes, fruit pizza, punch. (if I left anything out that someone made I apologize).  Anna Elkin spoke about the club, its purpose, upcoming events, and opportunities she and others have had through LCW.  As far as professional growth and development is concerned, if you are a woman you would be crazy not to join this club!

The Undeniable Treasure

There are undeniable treasures that have created chiropractic’s heritage. Firstly, there are the people that stood tall and firm for the cause in the very beginning of chiropractic history- D.D. Palmer, founder; Dr. B.J. Palmer, developer; and Dr. Mable Palmer, the “sweetheart” of the students during her tenure at Palmer College. 

Other treasures include the early doctors taught by B.J. that chose to spend time in jail rather than to stop practicing their art actually propelled chiropractic into reality by sheer dedication.

Sherman Colleges’ heritage include treasures the likes of Dr. Lyle Sherman, Drs. Thom and Betty Gelardi, Drs. Reggie and Irene Gold, and many others currently working on behalf of the college as members of the Boards of Trustees, the Board of Regents and as professors.

There are the “33 Principles” of Chiropractic,” the “Green Books” of B.J. Palmer which  discuss his philosophy, the science he investigated, the art he developed as well as fascinating stories capturing the mood and politics of the early to mid 20th Century. There is the “Little Bit of Heaven” that B.J. created in his time of inner turmoil and contemplation. These are all treasures. 
The many chiropractic techniques that have been developed and researched over the years are treasures to humanity. Without them, so many would continue to suffer ill health and pain. 

Yet tonight, I contemplate something far more valuable than any of the above. On my mind tonight is the treasure that I hold when I prepare to adjust. I hold in my hands a life. I hold in my hands a human being. Here before me is someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, child. Someone’s precious, precious child! And here I stand, at his moment entrusted with this life.

It has taken me time (one of the principles) to come to this juncture in my life. Many things learned as I walked towards my life in chiropractic. Most important in my development as a healer was when I held each of my children after their birth. I was then aware of the preciousness of life. And now, true to life’s purpose, as I hold these individual lives in my hands I appreciate and value the undeniable treasures that they are. Without these undeniable treasures, there would be no purpose in chiropractic.