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GOZARKS GOES TO THE ROTUNDA.... HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

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

The Valentine's Day "Voice of the People" meet & greet at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, produced by our favorite Community Radio station,
KABF 88.3 Little Rock, was a real hoot!!!

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In December 2012, gozarks went to Little Rock to meet and greet Carrie Raglon, the new coordinator of the City of Little Rock Reentry Program.

"Everybody has a role in the reentry process," Raglon said. "We must demonstrate commitment and leadership, develop partnerships, invest in employment training and develop a common language." READ MORE


MERRY CHRISTMAS....

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REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

Contrary to popular wisdom...

A rising tide does not float all boats... only those that are seaworthy rise. The ones needing repair are swamped and washed away.

I recently watched the 1999 flic Cider House Rules, based on the 1995 novel by
John Irving of the same name. I was stirred by the essential message about the (unconventional) importance of 'usefulness'.

As a media & marketing professional, I look at the 'hidden' (yet obvious) 'messages' doled out by movies, commercials, radio and TV shows with great scrutiny. I impose analytical clarity on both the quality of the message (ie: if acted upon, what is the consequence to the total well-being of all involved) and also on the effectiveness of the 'pitch'... ie: how persuasive was it? did it get me to think about things from a new perspective? were my attitudes and dispositions influenced 'for the good'?

The message of this particular movie,  persuasively couched between the lines of typical human drama, came home to roost as a summary statement made by the young protagonist who, when jilted by a lover who has been 'leading him on' whilst her 'true love' is at war, passionately asserts that when we simply 'wait and see' (her favorite line) we never 'choose', but instead let others dictate whatever turns life will take next.

Thus, he continues, we never have to make a decision or hold to a commitment and so we are accountable to nothing and to no one.

Not even to self.

Also on Netflix, I recently watched Mad Men: a multi-season saga about life as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s when I was a child and my folks were (as my dad was a FoMoCo executive) living a lifestlye not unlike that of the series lead characters, Don and Betty Draper.


Above: That's my dad, my mom and me,
 circa 1951. Darling child, wasn't I...??? Wonder what happened <lol>!!!

At least they were before my dad died in 1961, when I was 12. However the parallels prior to that are beyond remarkable.

Yes, I took English riding lessons. My dad traveled so much he got a 100,000 mile award from (I think it was) TWA which, though this may seem inconsequential to business travelers today, was an uncommon benchmark in the pre-jet-propulsion age of commercial flight.

He also had a passion for antique automobiles and the Ford Model T (pictured below) that he restored to 'fresh off the assembly line' condition was (after his death) purchased by FoMoCo and donated the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.


Thanks, Kim, for taking this picture on your last visit to our national capitol <smile>!

My mom was a full-time homemaker, active in PTA and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She loved to knit, cook, garden and sew... and she excelled at being a hostess. Grilled lobster tails & t-bone bar-b-q's where her specialty and our life was magical, though I have come to realize that none of us really, totally and truly appreciated the magnificence of the life-quality we were living.

At least I know that I was totally ignorant at that time about the day-to-day desperation -- poverty, crime, illness, disease, destitution, incarceration, homelessness, violence, terror, brutalization -- endured daily by millions and millions of people.

Now, half a century later (I'll be 64 in 2013), I am horrifically aware of the tragedies endured each day, in my neighborhood, throughout my community, across the nation and around the world... and I say with earnest sincerity, we must re-think reality from the inside >>> out.

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

Looking for a special holiday 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

I mean, no matter what you get them they probably won't like it anyway <grin>, so you might as well put your money into something that will do someone some good <lol>!!! Besides, I've been told that it is really a pretty good read. So who knows, your giftee might actually like it and then we'll all come out winners...!!!!

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Things are still 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.

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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

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~

Your USO at Work

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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 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)