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As I announced in Gozarks Newsrelease/Newsletter Digest last week (if you'd like to subscribe -- its free -- sign-up here), it is with unabashed joy and exceedingly great pleasure that I announce the Homeschool Graduation of my 'middelest' daughter, Shalom, pictured at right in the prom dress of her custom-couture handcrafting.
Many of you reading this know Shalom from her Intern work with Gozarks these last several years, and thus equally know how this outstanding young woman has grown to become a true professional and pretty neat person to boot. In honor of this illustrious occasion, we were honored to greet a great group of friends at Shalom's Homeschool Graduation Luncheon last Thursday, April 20, 2006, our homeoffice (near Clinton, Arkansas).
In light of Shalom's outstanding achievement over the past many years I shall, as a combination graduation and coming of age gift, be giving Shalom the Gozarks business (you may take this both literally and figuratively if you wish <hehehe> one of the joys of being a parent is 'rewarding' our kids!!!) commensurate with her 18th birthday later this year.
I make this announcement now as this transition is already in progress and shall become more evident on these pages over the coming months as I increasingly toss my talents back into the role of freelance journalism [Note: if you'd like to read my entry in a Travel Writing Contest, click here.] and as a speaker on topics which are near and dear to my heart, such as the WellAware personal empowerment programs. Thus if you are an editor looking for a feature assignment writer/photographer or a program coordinator seeking a keynote, feel free to give me a call.
That said, I'll return to the primary topic of this column which is my daughter Shalom and celebrating her moment of graduation celebrity, in honor of which, as a tribute to her, I have plagiarized (from "America The Beautiful" and "My Country 'Tis Of Thee") and amplified a little poem:
O beautiful for spacious eyes,
O beautiful for pilgrimage,
Abiding Mercy, full of Faith,
O beautiful for dreaming,
Shalom… Shalom… dear woman-friend,
We love thee with a rapture,
Easter Sunday Prayer...
Thus my prayer for this and every sacred day is for all of us to shed every sliver of bitterness, hatred, angst and fear and walk together bravely into the day-by-day future of making the whole earth a paradise of human respect, common courtesy, usefulness, appreciation, dignity, praise and grace... now and forevermore. ~Amen (and Awomen, too...)
PS: We are the ones we've been waiting for. Our
ONLY time to make a unified stand in proaction is (the ever present)
And I'll be up front to say that I have a crystal clear idea about how such systems *should* work. I am well schooled in 'right conduct' for members of a board of directors. I understand -- far too well -- the responsibilities and obligations incumbent to any public office. Taken seriously, a directorship with any organization is the equivalent of a full-time/part-time job, to wit the following is quoted verbatim from the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative BYLAWS:
I've cited the text here because I could not find a publication of our organization's bylaws to link to on the PJE website, however our local office was pleased to provide me with a printed copy of same. Anyway...
Also in accordance with our bylaws, any person who is not nominated to the annual ballot by the PJE Nominating Committee (which is appointed by the existing PJE Board of Directors) but is otherwise qualified to serve (in context of the PJE bylaws) may collect by petition 100 signatures from PJE Members In Good Standing who reside within the PJE District where the directorship will come up for a vote.
So, that's what I'm doing, announcing my eligibility to be nominated and stand for election with others who are also seeking election to PJE District #1 Position #2, at the expiration of the term of Terry Kirkendoll, who is among those who will definitely be on the ballot this year. And I make it plain here that I have absolutely nothing against Mr. Kirkendoll. He's always treated me fair in business and is widely respected in our community. What I do have truck with, however, is this:
Whilst making the rounds, requesting permission
to place my petitions in various public gathering places, an interesting
comment was made by a man who declined to sign: "None of that matters,"
he said. "The Petit Jean 'powers that be' will make sure that they
get whoever they want on the board."
So anyway, if you are a Member in Good Standing of the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative who resides in District #1 and you are willing to endorse my name being added to the ballot, petitions are available for signatures at:
Signed petitions must be tendered to the Petit Jean Office in Clinton by April 21, 2006. If you'd like to see a PDF copy of my petition and a map of District #1, click here.
NOTE: The petition is titled to Christine Weiss which is still my legal last name, even though I am in the process of publicly reclaiming my maiden surname, Beems, and now use Christine Beems exclusively as my nome de plume.
Another One Bites the
I had planned to stop there for a bit of provisioning on my way home from my last road trip (see above), but what greeted me was the image you see below.
I note with interest that a new Wal-Mart (with a grocery section) just opened in this fair community and I mourn... as should we all.
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