Welcome to gozarks portal into the past,
present and future of life as we know it.... researched, observed, intuited
and empirically experienced from an isolated nook in a semi-rural cranny of
The Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
A casual 90-minute drive from my abode along two-lane
blacktop roads that dip and turn through the scenic wonders of rural
Arkansas, with the wipers sweeping intermittent mist from the windshield
as we cruised and chatted about times past, current events, and wonders yet to come.
One of which proved to be the dining room <smile>, which is
extraordinary. Stately, spacious and accommodating; extensively
remodeled just two years ago to showcase the character of its elegantly
rustic hewn-log and stone original 1930s-era Adirondack-style
The centerpiece of Petit Jean State Park, the beauty of
Mather Lodge and its mountaintop surroundings dazzled our senses. Built
in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress
Administration, the modern resort-style accoutrements perch on the edge
of a grandiose cliff, bestowing a view through the towering windows of a
deep craggy gorge, massive rock faces, and evergreens in abundance.
Our lunch conversation turned to wondering what this
vista might have looked like 10,000 years ago, when (in terms of
geologic age) the Holocene topography of today was emerging from the
Now well equipped for small group (50 people) meetings,
private banquets and retreats, with 24 cozy get-away guest rooms and a
newly-added swimming pool, luncheon service in the main dining room
(which seats only 104) was excellent. The salad bar was fresh and tasty,
and my Chicken Fried Steak, accompanied with house-specialty mashed
potatoes, white cream gravy, green beans simmered with bacon and a perky
half-pumpernickel-half-white yeast roll with real butter, was
We chatted about the origins of the term pumpernickel,
each of us having a different understanding about how the name of this
bread came to be. As it turns out, the
version he told of the word's etymology was true <grin>.
However, my erroneous version was funnier <lol>.
After some decadent dessert (fried cheesecake drizzled
with dark chocolate) and commensurate with a growing awareness that the
misty precipitation -- which draped the landscape in magical
pastel hues and rippling clouds -- was starting to freeze, we eased down
the mountain amidst towering pines glistening with ice-frosted needles
and sloshed along slushy roads to make it safely to our respective
haciendas with amazing aplomb.
And although the calendar date was coincidental with my
birthday, what made this a fabulously warm-fuzzy day was that this was
not a 'special birthday luncheon'... but just something we
sometimes do because we enjoy it.
Really, in terms of having a wonderful life, who could ask for anything more...???
In accordance with the covenants, liberties and
duties vested in 'we the people' by the founders of our nation in
their signing of these great documents:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident,"
that we are each "endowed with
certain unalienable Rights" which no man, agency,
legislated policy or judicial due process has the authority to
interdict or revoke and which, in fact, it is the 'duty' of the
'majority' to safeguard, preserve, secure and defend on behalf of
ALL the PEOPLE...
Aka: NOT just the ones we 'like'...
Being a 'true American...' Taking a stand
for Liberty & Justice... Fighting the good fight... Rising to the
All of it, in terms of the standards that 'we the
people' are to hold ourselves accountable to, boils down to this one
As the standard-bearers of the 'justice for
all' banner, it is our duty to 'defend' the rights of each
individual to be whoever they choose to be, so long as their conduct
is peaceful and does no harm.
And we have s profound duty to discriminate
between what constitutes legitimate harm -and- and what we
(personally) may find morally abhorrent because to secure the
blessing of liberty for all, Lady Justice *must* be 'blind' to all
such prejudicial belief, respectful of those 'imbued rights' of each
individual to peacefully assemble with whosoever they wish and
pursue any sort of conduct that leaves others free from harm and
makes them happy.
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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds
discuss events; small minds discuss people.~Eleanor Roosevelt
The Willie Nelson Act
will completely decriminalize cannabis in Arkansas, end the
incarceration of those previously convicted of non-violent marijuana
offenses, open the door for agricultural cultivation of hemp, create
bunches of new jobs, regulate pot like aspirin or beer and get the
drug-war monkey off of our taxpaying backs.
The Willie Nelson Act
is YOUR grand opportunity to motivate legislative
action. YOUR opportunity to help end the insane drug-war in
Arkansas. YOUR opportunity to ensure that the Arkansas budget funds
policies and programs that actually make things better for everyone
as envisioned by
Arkansas Act 1190 of 2013.
things always: that it is our
duty as thinking beings with the ever-present capacity to choose to
abide the 'highest law of reality' -- doing unto others as we would
have them do unto us --
with the unified purpose of making things good for everyone,
everywhere, all of the time.
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,
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
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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
~ ~ ~
want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already
A gift for you... and you... and you...
~ ~ ~
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
February 2014: My son reports that the Navy
has been keeping him and all of his crew-mates busy since the
mid-November incident (see below), and that everything is going
well. He did manage to get a few days leave and visited with his
sisters in Florida, where they had a blast skydiving. What a
November 2013: Yes, my sailor-lad is part of
the crew on the ship that
made international news mid-November when it was
broadsided by a 'rogue drone'. Thankfully, he was not one of the
injured crewmen... And my heart goes out to the young men who were
injured and their families. Though I am told that everyone is now
okay, to be brutally honest I'm not.
August 2013: Text messages (which are my Navy
son's preferred means of communication) apprise that he is
recovering from (minor, planned) surgery and is doing just fine. Yea...!!! Also that Navy life goes well and that the new
truck he got is great. Things are ever changing yet always the same
<smile>. He is happy... and that is what really counts.
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 over 3 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.
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. ~Mark Twain~
~ celebrating professionalism
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)