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The Purpose Prize

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BRAGGING RIGHTS

The good news is that I don't have to wait until December to find out that I didn't win <smile>. On April 23, 2012, I got a polite (boilerplate) 'Thank You' note from Michelle Hynes, Vice President, Civic Ventures and Purpose Prize Team Leader, acknowledging my application and kindly informing that the selection process is continuing, sans me and roughly 1000 other submitters. "We applaud the work you are doing... to make the world a better place for all of us," she wrote.

The best thing about the whole process was what I learned about myself as I read the generous words of the friends and colleagues I'd polled to ferret-out veracity regarding my work. Read all about my application for the $100,000 Purpose Prize.

As noted in the application referenced above, during September this year my plan is to take my gozarks show on the road in a (soon to be acquired) mini-RV equipped as a mobile office-studio. The first stop of my 'media & marketing awareness crusade' <grin> will be as a presenter on the agenda of the 4th Annual RSOL National Conference in Albuquerque.

While visiting sunny New Mexico, I'll be doing my thing to empower the arts, keeping promises made (two years ago) to Donna Todd of the London Frontier Theatre, to infuse the marvelous WPA structure her troupe calls home with new life. But hey, let's not wait until September to get started... Check out this VIDEO, look in your heart, open your wallet and let's start things rolling NOW...!!!

Follow-up: Last week I attended the 'Smart Meter' meeting in Ft. Smith (see 'Recent Events', below). Sadly, it was not what I understood that it was supposed to be. That is, I went looking for an intelligent and open-minded discussion of the science, facts, benefits and risks of implementing this 'new and improved' technology... and what took place was more like a totally one-sided pro-smart-meter rally, facilitated by all of the '(electrical) powers that be'.

My strong encouragement, contact the Arkansas Public Service Commission and ask pointed questions about security, radiation anc costs. For example, have they calculated how much will be 'lost' to the local economy by eliminating all of the meter-reader jobs?  Or where they get the chutzpah to assert that this new (computer-based wireless) technology makes 'the grid' more secure in an age when we can't get our smart phone to play nice with our stupid computer...???

Come on people... let's THINK...!!!!

And while you are thinking about that, please do also ponder on how we may all together celebrate 2012 in joy and abundance with the unified purpose of peace. (((hugs))) ~Christine

RECENT EVENTS

Public meeting to discuss mandated Smart Meter deployment.
A town hall meeting will be held at 6pm, Monday, April 30, 2012, at the Ft. Smith Chamber of Commerce, 612 Garrison Avenue, to discuss the deployment of 'smart meter' electricity monitoring technology on homes and businesses throughout the OG&E service area.

According to the OG&E website, installation of this new technology will “modernize and allow for better operation of our electrical system (and is) an important part of OG&E’s strategy for providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our customers (that will) help our customers better manage their electricity use.”

However, many citizen groups and a variety of public officials nationwide have taken issue with such industry claims, asserting that Smart Meter technology violates their personal privacy, poses a serious health hazard, puts the security of the entire electric grid at great risk and needlessly escalates the cost of electricity.

“Public outcry has occurred to the point of civil disobedience,” said Ft. Smith resident Jake Morgan, speaking on behalf of a group of neighbors who have organized the April 30th meeting.

“Michigan, Texas and California are three states that have some history implementing Smart Meter technology,” Morgan continued. “Some cities have listened to their constituents and have gone so far as to outlaw Smart Meters from being implemented like Marin County, California. The latest evidence of a backlash comes from Maryland. Last month, the state’s public service commission rejected an $835 million smart-meter installation plan put forward by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.”

Also, in January this year, the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for “immediate caution” regarding smart meter installation and encouraged a moratorium on installation, based on their findings that the electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) generated by Smart Meter technology pose “significant harmful biological effects” to human health.

As a result “some utility companies now provide a reasonable Opt-Out program for those who feel Smart Meters are not a good idea for them,” Morgan elaborated. “OG&E has publicly stated that they do not plan to allow citizens to opt-out, and that's why we've organized this public meeting. So everyone can get informed and have a voice in deciding what is best.”

For more information about the April 30th meeting, contact Catherine Holloman, 479-739-4935.

SEE ALSO:

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? 

Career Fair, Tuesday, May 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn in west Little Rock. sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. Find employment in customer service, clerical, healthcare, retail, government, military, nonprofit and more. All job seekers welcome! Bring your resume and dress your best. For more information, contact Valerie Nix at 501-372-5100 ext. 1177 vnix@goodwillar.org or Tiffany Thomas at ext. 1185, tthomas@goodwillar.org.

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18th Annual MOTHER'S DAY Solidarity Gathering

click image for
PDF flier >>>

Hosted by Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind.

MOTHERS IN PRISON
CHILDREN IN CRISIS
Friday, May 11th, 11am
Arkansas State Capitol
ROTUNDA
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MUSIC BENEFIT

Saturday, May 12, “In Tune with the Homeless” offers a free day-long benefit music festival, 11am / 5pm at the Enjoy LifeStyle Center & Skatepark, 500 Karrott Street, North Little Rock, where a 'battle of the bands' will feature nine musical groups performing in three musical genres: Folk, Hip-Hop, and Rock. The primary beneficiary of this event is the SOAR Outreach Network (
SOARNetwork.org  & FamilyCalledUs.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides transportation and other resources for homeless persons in the Little Rock area. Admission to the festivity is free of charge and open to the general public. Assorted recreational activities, food vendors and merchandise are available for purchase onsite. For more information, contact Dee Dee Boneicki, 501.837.3024, heavenlyhere@yahoo.com -or- Adam Lansky, 501.838.2682, adam.lansky@hotmail.com

MUSIC BENEFIT

Saturday, May 19, 2pm to sunset, “Band Together & Fight Hunger,” celebrates its 8th year as a one-day music festival in North Little Rock on the front lawn of the Levy United Methodist Church at the corner of 47th & Allen Streets. The fun-raising project benefits the Amboy Community Food Project. All are welcome to bring lawnchairs or blankets and enjoy the music, food and good cheer among all ages. This is a 'rain or shine' event, featuring Big Tree, Jawbone & Jolene, Bluesboy Jag, Clover Blue, Charlotte Taylor & gypsie Rain, Rayzr Skynard, Brethren and Allan good. Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food items. The program will be moved indoors, weather requiring. Contact Jim Carpenter, 501.765.8806, carpenter8806@sbcglobal.net for details.

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FREE ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
If you are truly determined to 'be' an effective phorce for beneficial change in your community and throughout our criminal justice system, join us for this FREE 'train the trainers' program facilitated by Mary Sue Molnar, founder of the fast-growing group Texas Voices For Reason & Justice, Mary Sue Molnar is among the nation's leading and most outspoken advocates for the reform of sex-crime laws.

Training for the Trainers, Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2pm / 4pm, main branch of the Little Rock Public Library, 100 N. Rock Street, across from the River Market, 1st floor, West Room.

CLICK for PDF FLIER

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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

 

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

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."

January 2012: "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 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)
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)

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

Your USO at Work

SUPPORT THE USO!!!!

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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

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And if you wanna know what my 'middle' daughter is up to, take a look at this PDF

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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.’

 


~ 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)