About Donna Crupi

What do you want to know? I'm a Jersey girl, born and raised. I'll adopt any pet you drop on my doorstep, I feel free when I'm riding my bike with my music playing, and I refuse to watch tear jerker movies. There's enough going on in real life that I can't be bothered with made up drama. I don't take life too seriously because it takes us serious enough. I like the show Psych, a lot. It's not stupid. It's witty, it's funny and it makes me laugh.

Life Imitating Art

So I was walking into school when one of my more passionate readers came running up to me with this wild look of excitement on her face.
“Mrs. Crupi, I know what we can do for Mr. Tranchina.”
So let me back up a sec. Recently, there was a devastating fire in Long Branch right on Brighton Ave which is lined with Scala’s Pizza, Surf Taco, Junior’s Burgers, Carvel, and oh yeah, did I forget to mention, the beach is just a block away? Several teachers in my district rented apartments over the stores on Brighton and their lives were turned upside down when the fire destroyed everything. The next day, my husband and I drove by and there was nothing but smouldering rubble. These people lost everything, sadly including several pets.
Well, my student, let’s just call her ‘Jasmin’ came running up to me to say, “We have to do a 5K to raise money for Mr. Tranchina, just like in your book.”
The book she was referring to is Daniel’s Story: Lungs Prefer Air and it is the first in the Seven Presidents High School Series. In the story, Daniel convinces Jazmin to run for the Board of Education in order to stop an abusive principal. In order to gain support, he works with the track team to organize a 5K in town.
I looked at ‘Jazmin’ and said ok. A couple of calls later and a visit to Skip’s Sports, who practically donated the t-shirts we are using for a fundraiser, and our 5K is on. We are even forming a running club, just like in the book so we can all get in shape by April 7.

If you live in the area, we would love to have you join us! It will take place at the Long Branch Pavillion right in Pier village. Look for the application forms to be posted.

My Reasons for Happiness

I can’t help what anyone else thinks. I learned a long time ago that I had to answer to myself. I had to do what makes me happy. If I spend all my time trying to please others, I will fail. It’s ultimately up to the individual to be responsible for their life. Personal responsibility is paramount and essential to everyone’s well being.

So let them talk, let them find fault. It doesn’t matter because it’s not their opinion that I seek, nor their approval I hope to gain. Everyone must face the end of their day and hope to God that they accomplished what they sought out to do. When I go to bed, I sleep easily because I hold no grudge against anyone and harbor no ill feelings. I do not resent others for what I do for them. What I do, I do willingly. What I offer, I benefit from because of the joy it brings to me. What is said of me holds weight when I respect the author of the words, not the clamor of their tone.

At the end of the day, I am no richer then when I awoke. I do not gain any position of authority or advantages that can be measured through jealous eyes. All that I own, all that I am is the feeling of contentment at having neither profited from another’s woes, nor lost because of another’s gain. I live a zero sum game and work to end each day with peace in my soul and goals yet to be realized.