busy as a springtime can be <smile>. So much 'doing' that I'm shy
time to tell, which is (realistically) its own kind of bliss.
however, made a dedicated effort to capture the highlights of my
'retirement adventures' in photographs and have accumulated much
gozarks is now on
though we've only just begun and are still figuring things out, so
there's not much there yet. Although there are two areas of interest
I'm thinking to spotlight.
One is my
artistic take on travel... and the first of my graphic impressions
is there already on the gozarks goes board.
The other is
my artisan workshop and the projects I play with
there, including such things as decoratively repairing and
refinishing a broken cabinet door; putting new life into a well-worn
(circa 1920) oak chair, and; making a broken table 'better than
new', all of which I know seem less like artisanship and more
handymanesque, but you know, true art is in the doing and the
have plenty of whimsical projects waiting patiently for my favored
attention <smile>, and doing maintenance-type stuff really brushes-
up my technical skill.
these first two months my 'retirement' are off to a heady start...
and I'm hoping that all is going equally well for you...!!!!
RE-THINKING REALITY... from the inside >>> out.
matter what else life is or isn't about, the single connecting
thread of all experience and action is 'thinking'.
elephant in the middle of the room that nobody ever talks about,
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abounds when fighting ends...
change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Buckminster Fuller
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
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable
man. ~George Bernard Shaw
want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already
a special gift for that 'impossible to please' someone?
Consider my book <smile>,
PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media.
~ ~ ~
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
SUPPORT THE USO!!!!
Mom's Day 2013: What a joy to hear his voice.
Things have been busy, schedules intense, duties demanding... and he
is doing just fine, on his way to the beach with buddies... "Will
you go swimming?" I ask. "M0OOOM..." he wails in disbelief of
my ignorance... "The water is only 50 degrees... it's waaaaay too cold
March 2013: Another sweet-surprise visit from
my sailor-son. Yummy... and bitter-sweet. Makes me miss him all the
January 2013: Yes, my sailor-man made it home
to celebrate the New Year... and his visit (though common knowledge
amongst his siblings) was a total surprise to me... Wow, did we have
a good time. And now that he has returned to base, well... I started
missing him before we left the airport.
December 2012: Long days and way too much to
do, says my Navy son. Eat, sleep and work is the total routine. What
keeps you so busy, I ask. Everything electrical, he says...
August 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 nearly three 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.