Contrary to popular wisdom...
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
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'?
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.
continues, we never have to make a decision or hold to a commitment
and so we are accountable to nothing and to no one.
Also on Netflix, I recently watched
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,
Darling child, wasn't I...??? Wonder what happened
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.
taking this picture on your last visit to our national capitol
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.
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
a special holiday gift for that 'impossible to please' someone?
Consider my book <smile>,
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
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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
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
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
"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.
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The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that
surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable
~George Bernard Shaw~
SUPPORT THE USO!!!!
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 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)
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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.