Hot off the presses, my 'how to' manual on
strategic Media & Marketing Management is now in print...!!!
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As I've been touting for several months, in September I (as
gozarks) am presenting a program on Media & Marketing
Management at a national educational
networking conference being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hope to see you
As with all things, enjoy!!!!
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A Loving Grandpa...
The following came to me in an email from a true and patient
friend <smile>. Enjoy....
A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly
behaved 3-year-old grandson. It's obvious to her that he has his
hands full with the child screaming for sweets in the sweet aisle,
cookies in the cookie aisle; and for fruit, cereal and pop in the
Meanwhile, Granddad is working his way around, saying in a
controlled voice, "Easy, William, we won't be long, easy, boy."
Another outburst, and she hears the granddad calmly say, "It's okay,
William, just a couple more minutes and we'll be out of here. Hang
in there, boy."
At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the
and Granddad says again in a controlled voice, "William, William,
relax buddy, don't get upset. We'll be home in five minutes; stay
Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is
loading his groceries and the boy into the car.
She says to the elderly gentleman, "It's none of my business, but
you were amazing in there. I don't know how you did it. That whole
time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive
he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is
very lucky to have you as his grandpa."
"Thanks," said the grandfather, "but I'm William .......the little
fucker's name is Kevin."
Seems to me that all involved in the (sad)
unfoldment of events depicted in this
might wanna take notes from William and stop behaving like
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, 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
While there were a lot of volunteers instrumental to
the accomplishment, gozarks is pleased to announce
we had a hand in the creation of a brand new website for the
Central Arkansas ReEntry (CARE) Coalition which you are
invited and encouraged to visit at
are also pleased to announce that gozarks is now
working as an Associate Producer & Broadcast Underwriting Specialist
for KABF 88.3 "Voice of
the People", which actually means that this is your
ground-floor opportunity to get news and information about your
good-works group, agency, business or faith-based organization 'out
there' to a vigorously dedicated listening audience worldwide -and-
support the whole concept of community-centered and locally produced
And we remind you that In September this year, gozarks
'me' <smile>) will be a presenter on the agenda of the
4th Annual RSOL National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My presentation will be on media & marketing
strategy. I'm calling it "Meet the Press" <grin>. It will be an excellent program <smile>. Perhaps
we will see each other there...???
For immediate entertainment
<smile>, follow the unfolding saga of Author, Editor, Publisher,
Composer, Musician and General Instigator, Michael C. Kelley,
who now has a youtube video and several MP3s of his keyboard styling
plus links to his blog and FB page all posted to
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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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...!!!
SUPPORT THE USO!!!!
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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."
"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)