came in like June went out... hot, hot, hot and
dry, dry, dry... which seems to be the current national trend on
Coincidental (or is it?) to the
storm-induced power outages of the mid-Atlantic states -- and
questioning in the ancillary capacity how many of these now
powerless folks were blessed with a new 'smart
meter' (noting that these did NOTHING to deter, avert or recover
from this disaster while wondering how much more we would all be
prospering had these 'smart meter' R&D resources been invested in
creating a solar-backed self-sustaining grid) -- there is the
healthcare heat wave which, according to various reports, has we
Americans split 50/50 pro/con and thus will likely become a hinge
pin of this November's General Election.
In fact, since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld our
governments' alleged 'right' to impose a penalty tax on an
individual for 'not' doing something that our government has
mandated us to 'volunteer' to do, the dunning din has been taxing my
Filled with words like 'critical midnight
deadline' and 'failed policies', 'campaign to win' or 'do away
with', 'repeal' and 'elect somebody', the game is on.
Begging (which is really just a subtle form of
fear-driven bullying) the 'good citizens' to vote for jobs, to
protect small business and to save all of us from (yet another) rape
of our imbued rights.
Respectfully, this is all bullshit. It is a
smokescreen hiding the substantive quality-of-life issues that all
of us 'commoners' are addressing every day -and- it turns a ignorant
ear to the horrendous future implications of such a ruling... none
of which have anything to do with health care.
For example, does this set the stage to tax those
who decline 'voluntary' military service...?
What about declining to get a driver's license...
can this be subject to a 'non compliance' tax, too?
Does anyone besides me ever think about such
plausible consequences or ponder the fact that, in accordance with
the covenants, liberties and duties vested in 'we the people' by the
founders of our nation in their signing of the
Declaration of Independence and as codified in the
Constitution of the U.S.A., do we pause even a moment to
consider that the creation of a geographic bastion of sanity exempt
from all such obtuse regulation of any individual's 'peaceful'
conduct was the sole purpose for creating this land that we
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness."
This single sentence, allegedly among the
best-known of the English language, articulates what experts have
called "the most potent and consequential words in American
history," representing the bedrock-moral-standard of the people of
the United States.
Think on this... and on the fact that it is our
duty to abide this highest law of our land
with the unified purpose of making things good for everyone.
everywhere, all of the time. (((hugs))) ~Christine
As all of gozarks long-time readers already know, my youngest son is
a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the Navy (see column at right), my
eldest son is a Field Services Supervisor with an
manufacturer, my youngest daughter is a recent high school grad
and now a manager in the
retail foods service industry with an international chain, my
middle daughter is the Marketing and Personal Relations Director
international purveyor of mega-yacht stuff, and my eldest
daughter (child of my first marriage and a full generation ahead of
her younger 1/2 siblings) subsequent to this little
pictorial from nearly a decade ago, went on to aggregate
sufficient points to earn the title of #1 national Women's Amateur
Championship Motocross Racer and, now retired from the sport, is
pursuing her passion for videography and the performance arts.
Cumulatively, this gives me a manager, a
supervisor, a director, an officer and a champion on 'my team'
<smile>. It is a crew of which any parent would be hugely proud...
and in light of these shining credentials, we are all here to tell
you that getting to where we've gotten has taken hard (often sweaty
and exhausting) work, tenacious dedication (sometimes mandating the
making of decisions we would have preferred not to make but
requisite to maintaining our respective individual and collective
well-being) and a profoundly pervasive loyalty to each other's
happiness, which is ultimately what makes the whole thing work.
That said, I will -- politely, in humility and
with earnest respect -- keep on tooting our own horn... trusting
that this will not be misunderstood as braggadocios by clearly
stating that my intent and purpose is simply to communicate living
examples of the qualities inherent to the 'good life' we all enjoy
which -- contrary to the hardships, injustices, maltreatment, abuse,
ignorance, arrogance and bullying obstacles that convolute
everyone's shared macrocosm -- anyone can and may enjoy...
it takes 'work'... however, what takes the most work is simply
'choosing' and then refusing to settle for anything less than 'the
finest of the best'... (((hugs))) ~Christine
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CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
infuse this historic WPA-built adobe structure, home to
London Frontier Theatre, with new life.
Check out this VIDEO, look in your heart, open your wallet...!!!
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In September this year, gozarks (aka:
'me') will be
a presenter on the agenda of the
4th Annual RSOL National Conference in Albuquerque, NM.
My presentation will be on media & marketing
strategy. It will be an excellent program <smile>. Perhaps I will
see you there...??? <grin>
REMEMBER OUR MILITARY
SUPPORT THE USO!!!!
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May 2012: A marksmanship test score of 228 to
240 = "Expert" status in the Navy. My IC3 writes:
"I got a 231 with the 9mm."
"I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The
Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my
E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time
I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the
insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms
after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's
hard to believe how long Iíve been in, the time has really flown
He enlisted over two years ago on the delayed
entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from
which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard
the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.
Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Cruiser Photo Archive
My son is one heck of a great kid and
I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children,
be they near or be they far...
The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)