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NEARLY MAY...

May the love-bunny gift you a sweet bouquet of (((hugs)))...!!!

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

Busy, busy, 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.

I have, however, made a dedicated effort to capture the highlights of my 'retirement adventures' in photographs and have accumulated much pictorial grist.

Also, gozarks is now on Pinterest... 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 resulting perception.

Besides, I have plenty of whimsical projects waiting patiently for my favored attention <smile>, and doing maintenance-type stuff really brushes- up my technical skill.

And thus these first two months my 'retirement' are off to a heady start... and I'm hoping that all is going equally well for you...!!!!

HAPPY EASTER...

RE-THINKING REALITY... from the inside >>> out.

No matter what else life is or isn't about, the single connecting thread of all experience and action is 'thinking'.

Like the elephant in the middle of the room that nobody ever talks about, what we think (and what we think about what we think) is our point of power in guiding the ongoing dynamics of our own unique and individually independent experience of life.

This great gozarkian guide to 'how thinking works' gives you techniques and approaches to exponentialize your thinking with simple cognitive tools to optimize your own where-with-all.

Discover this innovative 'thinking technology'. Get more of the results you want and need, utilize resources most efficiently, compound beneficial outcomes, enhance OTJ performance and enjoy more quality time for leisure.

No gimmicks... no fees <smile>... just straight-forward scientific info, widely known and understood throughout the  behavior-sciences, lovingly shared (in plain language sans psycho-babble) to empower your clarity and amplify your happiness with your own quality of life.

Peace abounds when fighting ends...

You never 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. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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

If you want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already doing... ~anonymous

Looking for a special gift for that 'impossible to please' someone? Consider my book <smile>,  MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media.

MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media

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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

 

Your USO at Work

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 for swimming....!!!"

March 2013: Another sweet-surprise visit from my sailor-son. Yummy... and bitter-sweet. Makes me miss him all the more.

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."

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 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)
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)