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Frosted Flakes: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The only certainties in life are death, taxes, and change. Okay, that and your daily dose of links about being gullible, elephants on the highway, virtual reality, and Husker football practice.

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I don’t reference music much, ok ever, on Flakes. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately.

A lot of changes.

I’ve written about my son graduating soon. That is only a small part of the story.

Seven months ago was Brian’s funeral. During that time, I got to meet many of the Corn Nation staff in person for the first time. We’re still adjusting to life without Brian.

I’m also going through a job transition. I have been in a grant-funded position for 17 years. That is actually pretty crazy considering that most grants last for 3 years at the maximum. We’ve been doing work that was considered high priority for a time period that spans almost two decades and, bonus, I got to work from home until my sons reached self-sufficiency.

My job is ending soon. At least the one I’ve become accustomed to. I’m starting a different one, but changes are hard. I didn’t realize how much of my identity was tied up in my work until I experienced that time period in between the knowledge my current position was ending and before I had other options.

I’m not a workaholic. I am pretty good at unplugging and not over-prioritizing work. During this past Easter weekend, I never opened my computer at all. But I really like what I do and the people I work with. I guess the real test of this will be in how much effort others make to sustain the network we’ve built. I’ve even accepted that it is a good thing that changes are happening. Sometimes one person is in one place too long and reaches a point where they don’t know how to move things forward.

During early April, everyone likes to say that the only certainties are death and taxes. In my career, I also submit that the only other certainty is change.

Embrace it. Turn and face the strain.

(Insert your own interpretation of the state of Husker athletics here)

Frosted Flakes

Huskers Beat Daily Standards | KTIC Radio
“Today was far and away our best day as a team,” Frost said.

Scott Frost sees 'best day' as installation of offense, defense continues at Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska was back to practice Tuesday, continuing installation of the offense and defense. While there's still plenty ahead for the team, Huskers coach Scott Frost was especially pleased with the Huskers' fifth practice of spring football. "Today was by far and away our best day as a team," Frost

Nebraska recruiting: Teammates Jameson Williams, Cameron Coleman have Huskers...
“Jameson is a toy within himself to have,” Gregory told Land of 10. “To add a Cam Coleman, it adds to it.”

Former Husker linebacker Will Compton lands with Tennessee Titans | Beatrice News Channel
Compton spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, which signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Gymnastics choreography creates extension of Huskers’ personalities | Sports | dailynebraskan.com
In women’s gymnastics, a floor routine can be the most exhilarating 90 seconds of a meet. While all aspects of women’s gymnastics require a high level of skill and concentration,

Elsewhere In Sports

Mark Rypien, former Super Bowl MVP for Washington Redskins, says he attempted suicide
Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien says he has attempted suicide and suffers from depression -- the result of mental health issues stemming from his football days.

Muffet McGraw says team will decide later if it goes to White House
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw told the Associated Press the team would figure out later if it would visit the White House, should it be extended an invitation. South Carolina declined its invitation last year.

Nebraska native Jessica Shepard and her new team won the women’s national basketball championship. It seems crazy how much can change after she played on a Husker team that suffered through one of the worst seasons in school history in 2016-17.

Villanova vs Michigan: Watching the national championship in virtual reality - SBNation.co
They say you can’t be in two places at once, and they’re right.

Then There’s This

You’re extremely gullible and there’s probably not much you can do about it | Popular Science
Research from cognitive psychology shows that people are naturally poor fact-checkers and it is very difficult for us to compare things we read or hear to what we already know about a topic. In what’s been called an era of “fake news,” this reality has important implications for how people consume journalism, social media and other public information.

Elephants loose on motorway in Murcia, Spain - BBC News
Five elephants force the closure of a motorway after escaping from a crashed vehicle, but one dies.