really <smile>. I mean, I do suffer moments of profound humility
which plumb the depths of my soul with self-analytical
commentary on how much better I must behave.
And I have
experienced many resonant moments of shamefacedness when my tongue
got twisted around my eye-teeth and I couldn't see what I was saying
before it came out of my mouth.
we're all human... Or at least that's my working premise until the
day an alien comes along <lol>.
I was mentally raking myself over the coals for this time was my
blatant lack of attention to this front page last month. I mean, it
is not that there isn't stuff going on. It's just that I've been too
busy doing stuff to write.
conference in Albuquerque turned out just swell. My Meet The
Press presentation got rave reviews, and my book of like title,
Effective Communication with Media is now
available on Amazon... What a hoot!
On the way
home from New Mexico, I played tourist at the
Cadillac Graveyard and enjoyed a side-trip to the
Crystal Bridges Museum, though
things worked out I never got to meet-up with my dear friend Donna
Todd at the
London Frontier Theatre, which is the only thing about the
whole excursion that I have been feeling a bit bad about.
count the fact that I was so close to the set of
Breaking Bad and never managed to go for the tour. Ah well,
maybe next time (if I get there while the show is still in
though there is lots more I could share, I'm leaving off here while
again closing with the bit below about our Declaration of
Independence and our Constitution... amending all thoughts on such
with those expressed by the highly acclaimed
International CURE organization in their unanimous policy
Does anyone besides me ever think about 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., that the creation of a geographic
bastion of sanity exempt from the 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, touted as 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
And things are going just super with my work as Associate Producer & Broadcast Underwriting Specialist
for KABF 88.3 "Voice of
bunch of new stuff has been added to the
KABF online brochure
touting the glories and sharing some of the history of this
volunteer-driven radio station which -- if you are a critic of the
media-megalopoly -- KABF is a bastion of the 'locally produced'
radio show and thus *should* be a frontrunner when you have a
promotional budget to invest.
One popular show on KABF, hosted by good friend
Kim Combs, is
Could Be You. If you're out of KABF range (which actually
blankets about 2/3 of the state),
give a listen online every Wednesday, starting at noon.
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
~ ~ ~
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds
discuss events; small minds discuss people.
~ ~ ~
The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that
surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions
to himself... Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable
~George Bernard Shaw~
SUPPORT THE USO!!!!
~ ~ ~
August 4, 2012: Phone chats reveal that all is
well with my Navy son, though the days are long, often exhausting,
and life is sometimes 'boring'. In the main, he is enjoying what he
is doing, actually now getting a sense of 'doing' moreso than
'learning how to do'...
He spoke with excitement and dignity about having
resolved an issue with some type of amplified shipboard broadcast
device. I could tell that he was proud of this accomplishment, which
made me even more proud of 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."
"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)
~ ~ ~
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off your bowlines.
Sail away from safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.