It seems...

... that a lot of clear-minded, level headed folks are taking long serious looks at multiple issues, re: The War On Drugs (see my previous comments, below). And I confess to having jumped on the bandwagon. I want my tax-dollars (not to mention our collective human resources) spent on things that do some tangible good.

I want our collaborative social capita  invested in actions that legitimately benefit somebody -- even if I don't personally like him or her -- because I know for a fact that when every individual is thriving all our communities shall be vigorously healthy and abundantly well.

In this interest, I offer a heavy (but laced with Irish Cream) dose of encouragement: It's time for all of us to get smart on this whole subject. It's time for us to educate ourselves on the facts of the matter and give our legislators a definitive course of action to follow -- which is almost the same but a little bit different than telling them where to go!

Thus I recommend two excellent links for your perusal and consideration:

Marijuana Policy Project: Arkansas

The War Report, by Jim Dee:
Teach Your Children

Then, having read and digested at least a cup and a half of this satiating info, start back reading here and decide for yourself on a path of doing the MOST good while doing absolutely NO harm.

Sanity?

"Grover Crosslin and Rolland Rohm were murdered. They were murdered by cops just following orders, by lawmakers who put evil statutes on the books, and by a mealy mouthed prosecutor... who tried to excuse the bloody mess." (click here to read the full story of "Murder at Rainbow Farm" on About.com)

I don't take it lightly, posting something like this at the top of my front page column. After all, this is basically a "warm & fuzzy" publication that pretty much leaves reporting hard news alone.

But this is a serious issue, deserving serious consideration. Our national "War on Drugs" effects every one of us in many more ways than we are aware or possibly even suspect. And this is hurting all of us, all of the time.

Thus I bring this information to your Gozarkian attention with the encouragement and hope that you will reflect on it, understand that this is NOT an "uncommon occurrence," and that the time is now at hand to change the laws which involve all of us in the perpetration of these politically correct crimes.

FYI: I grew-up in Michigan.

Resolutions....

Mine, this year, is "taking more time to relax." And, as a subset of this, I've been thinking about the things that drive me wild because if I could just get rid of a few of these annoyances the rest of my life would be a breeze!!!

So, because I spend so much of my time playing with computers (and having them drive me nuts!), I decided to put some thinking into the obvious, asking myself: What drives Webcrafters wild? Well....

There are so many different computer configurations running so many different programs and so many different versions of those programs that it is a near impossibility to get things to work *perfectly* on every system all the time. Yet, that is a Webcrafter's goal.
 
However, in the “real world” of balancing the time one invests in a project alongside the  possible benefits to be recouped from that investment, when it comes to resolving issues directly related to technological inter- and intra-compatibility as these apply to the designing and developing of Websites (whew!), I  decided to utilize (what I've decided to call) "The 80% Rule."

Applying this general principal to most any situation which might arise in accord of the scenario depicted above, I'd say that if 20% (or less) of it ain't broken then it is not worth much (if any) of my time to fix it -- because, in all likelihood, by the time I get it fixed the technology will have changed and I'll discover that the cure I've found no longer works.

And before anyone accuses me of failing to maintain a high enough standard for excellence in my professional life, I'd like to make it clear that in most other areas of “the stuff that I do,” I use "The 100% Rule." But with computer, Internet and WWW technology being so "new" and ever evolving to an "improved(?)" state-of-the-art -- and with there being nobody's life at stake -- I'm willing to allow myself a bit more slack.

Thus whether or not it is important to *fix* a specific problem becomes a judgment call. A "balancing act" of figuring out just how much time it is worthwhile to invest,
"knowing" that no matter how much time I invest the very best I can hope to achieve is a workable semi-permanent solution.

When it comes to manipulating technology, I figure that by getting 80% of all the variables to work perfectly 100% of the time I’ve accomplished a noble deed. As a bonus, I give myself more enjoyment, and when I'm totally enjoying myself I am perfectly 100% relaxed.

That, in a nutshell, is my one and only 2002  Resolution :-)

May the Bluebird of Happiness perch on your windowsill and bless your every endeavor, forevermore!!!

My mother always told me whatever I found  myself doing on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day it would set the tone for everything else I'd be doing for the rest of the year. 

Over the years, I've determined to enliven her prophecy with dedicated forethought, gearing to set the stage for a "bigger and better" version of my chosen life. And, sometimes, this strategic thinking actually proves worth the effort. But, usually it seems that my finely laid plans go completely astray. Take this year as an example...

I envisioned a series of lovely and festive events, filled with family, good spirits, great food and happy camaraderie. And things were headed right along that course until the evening of December 30th came along.

It was then that my eldest son, just turned 15, chose to do something "typically teenager" and all hell broke loose. Hence we all ended 2001 and started 2002 with him grounded, big time, and us all wondering how to spark some sense into this boy's head.

By New Year's Eve, we were all exhausted. Dinner consisted of leftovers, harvested from the freezer, which did not taste at all good. As the hands of the clock approached midnight -- that magical moment when (as I had gloriously  envisioned) we would all joyfully share a unanimous group hug, I was soundly asleep on the couch and (in spite of my family's best efforts) could not be budged.

Now, as I write, it's rapidly approaching the noon hour of New Year's Day here in the wondrous Ozarks. The huge pork roast, intended for dinner has just been pulled from the freezer and will likely not be ready to eat until midnight tonight. However, brunch is almost ready (bagels, eggs and bacon, yum!) and I've just been summoned to the table. So if'n you want to know more about our plans for 2002, visit us at SassafrasWilds and take a look at our building plans for our new abode!!!

Christine Weiss
editor@gozarks.com 

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