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Ashamed of myself...

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Well, not 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.

But hey, we're all human... Or at least that's my working premise until the day an alien comes along <lol>.

Anyway, what 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.

For starters, that conference in Albuquerque turned out just swell. My Meet The Press presentation got rave reviews, and my book of like title, addressing the Essentials of Effective Communication with Media is now available on Amazon... What a hoot!

MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media

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 as 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.

Unless you 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 production).

Anyway, 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 statement on RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

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 (allegedly) love...???

"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

Atomic Cartel: An Aaron McDonaugh thriller.HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Mike Kelley's new book

"Atomic Cartel"
written while he was in prison,  now available from  Amazon!
soft-cover print edition
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And things are going just super with my  work as Associate Producer & Broadcast Underwriting Specialist for KABF 88.3 "Voice of the People."

A 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 called It 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.

BRAGGING RIGHTS

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 aggregate 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 with an 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...

And 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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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
~Eleanor Roosevelt~
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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 man.
~George Bernard Shaw~

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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."

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 Iíve 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)
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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.
~Mark Twain~


~ 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)