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CURRENT EVENTS

BRAGGING RIGHTS

I have a recurring vision: I am standing transfixed with shock and awe, immersed in the midst of that scene in Disney's animated version of Alice in Wonderland, where the Queen of Hearts is screaming "Off with their heads!” and all are running helter-skelter.

“What am I doing here? Why are they doing that?” The thoughts in my head (in my vision) beseech.

“How can I fix this? What must I do?” (fade to black)

Today I am 63. “Old enough to know better, and too young to resist .” <grin>

I've heard is said that 60 is the new 40. Thing is, I'm only hearing the 20-somethings say this. It is the new memetic mantra, preparing us for the inevitable -- grandeur of eternal life aside.

Symptomatic of my waxing years I seem to spend a lot of time wondering: When do I get to stop compensating for the idiocy of others?

According to Wikipedia, “An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficient person, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counter-productive way."

People who play the (ego-driven) 'you're not the boss of me' game are idiots.

Why is it (supposedly) incumbent upon me to adjust my behavior to pander at the altar of their immaturity?

On my side of the looking glass, everything is so totally 'in our hands' to 'control' (guide, direct, focus) by simply introspecting about the content of our own thoughts -- from which all perceived reality flows by and through the tripartite portal of 'self', being 'me, myself, and I am', weaving through the perpetual fluxes of gravitational (social) polarities and (cultural) dynamics, enjoying (as I grow) some semblance of comprehending 'how' these systems work (and thus 'how to' satisfactorily negotiate them) with similar (acquired by practice) ease and dexterity to navigating a sometimes rushing and sometimes lackadaisical (event) stream in a canoe.

Why (forgive me for asking) do I feel like I'm waiting for everyone else to catch up? I mean really, where on earth are the rest of us competent adults...???

Anyway, as you ponder my musings perhaps you will enjoy taking a gander at (yet another) 'bragging rights' page, this one devoted to my youngest daughter who, as with all of my children, I love very much...

Shaundel Shoxx: Momma's Little Girl Grows Up

May we all together celebrate 2012 in joy and abundance... (((hugs))) ~Christine

RE-ENTRY
RESOURCE FAIR
Organized to help parolees and their families connect with the support services that will enable them to have successful lives! March 12, 2012 ~ 9am / 3pm

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RECENT FEATURES

Smart Meters or Dumb Ideas?

Are these helpful devices that make energy cheaper, keep the gird safe and make all the systems we rely on more secure? Or is this 'smart' transfor-mation simply highly sophisticated 'social engineering' being promulgated as 'for our own good' by a league of multi-national energy and technology brokers who are up-playing 'consumer benefits' while plotting on taking us all to the cleaners for billions in (their) profit? 

Cashing in on Predators?

Are laws on sex offenders supposed to protect kids -or- meant to enrich high-tech tracking companies? Read this special Mother Jones report by Kate Sheppard and see what you think about what is happening. Then decide for yourself if it's right, or if it's wrong.

Justice Stephen Breyer

Sitting jurist of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Breyer makes it redundantly clear in this still topical 2006 interview that for the democratic principles codified by the U.S. Constitution to ‘work’ citizens must be ‘involved.’

Arkansas River Blues Society David Kimbrough Jr. performs, Thursday, January 19, 2012, 9:00pm at The White Water Tavern in Little Rock

As several among you already know, my youngest son is in the Navy. Here is the latest news from him:

"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 I’ve been in, the time has really flown by."

He enlisted nearly 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)
Deployment Log
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)


~ celebrating professionalism in service ~


 

 

That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice. ~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)