- These are the same agencies that have NEVER solved the "anthrax letters" problem that happened after 9/11. I don't trust their ABILITY to protect me. In fact, 9/11 occurred in spite of ALL the money we have put into intelligence agencies.
- Rather than solving the problem of inter-agency communication, the government decided that combining several bureaucratic agencies into one MEGA bureaucratic one was the solution. Typical corporate America trick: Rather than fix the problem, let's shuffle the deck so no one can really gauge progress. In my view, an inefficient, unworkable move.
- In fighting the terrorists, it looks like we're moving towards being more like a "Police State". This includes airport screenings to wiretaps, to incarcerating "suspected terrorists" without legal recourse. How much of the core values of America are we willing to give up for the sake of "SAFETY"?
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
The point of the 43things community is not just to post individual lists. What 43things.com allows people to do includes:
- set goals
- track them for their personal use
- share their experiences with others (both successes and struggles)
- encourage (cheers and comments)
- be encouraged (cheers and comments)
- see what others are doing to meet their goals, what obstacles they’ve met and overcome, etc.
- have challenging responses that help focus and refine our thoughts.
Of course, none of these is REQUIRED. However, to the extent that we participate in these activities, our goals and the goals of others are forwarded.
See more progress on: self-actualize
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
- I’m glad both my parents are alive at age 82
- I’m happy about being more alive and focused partly because of 43things, flickr.com, and my BLOG (link is at my Home page on 43things, and you can get to my other projects from their, too) So it’s a good link to bookmark.
- Spring is here – my favorite season, and I’m having a ball taking photos this year.
- I have a fantastically loving, gentle, supportive and accepting wife, Grace. The name befits her.
- I’m joyful because I’m alive for this brief moment. I am able to enjoy the moment. I'm able to just barely grasp both my insignificance (when gazing skywards), and my significance (in affecting others).
Monday, April 25, 2005
Sunday, April 24, 2005
I hope to approach every day and every environment with wonder and an open heart. I LOVE to take photos. What I see is really hard to capture ... but the camera doesn't make the photographer ... the heart does and I am in constant awe and reverence at the amazing hearts on display here on Flickr. I'm inspired and humbled and challenged. What a wonderful place!!
- +$32.00 total sales
- -$10.00 entry fee
- -$ 8.00 food consumed
- -$ 7.00 in cost of goods sold (materials)
- For a total of $7.00 gain
- Which works out to $0.58 per hour for 12 hours of work (including preparation)
Was it worth it? Was it Successful? It depends entirely on how you FRAME IT.
Here are my successes:
- I brightened the faces of 32-some kids when I gave them an itty-bitty "FREE SAMPLE" of my photographs.
- I enjoyed the admiration of 10 or more people who took the time to really "SEE" my work (I hate to call it art work, because it's more like art play!)
- I made at least 4 new possible friends.
- I handed out 16 or more business cards (or rather hobby cards) so that people could enjoy my work for free and download it at flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/bestrated1/
- I had FUN
It sounds like a resounding success to me!!!
Please feel free to comment, and let me know YOUR opinion.
Friday, April 22, 2005
I have written a letter to the symphony chorus manager asking for an audition and for audition materials. Just to help me find it FAST, Here’s the link to the Chorus website.
Now what could be more Joyfull than singing the "Ode to Joy" with a group of musical devotees of that caliber?
- Acknowledge the greatness of God
- Express your desire that the will of the "Great Being" be completed.
- Request any physical, mental or spiritual needs you may have (Give us this day our daily bread)
- Ask for forgiveness, and promise to be equally forgiving of others.
- Ask for protection in a world full of ways to go astray. Make it specific to your OWN PERSONAL weaknesses.
- Again, recognize and praise the Creator.
There you have it. The main components (as I understand them) to a satisfying prayer experience with your Higher Power.
Click here to see how the The Passionist Missionaries have elaborated upon the same idea. http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/teach.html
Just a nugget of info I’ve learned about addictions in college:
Try creating new routines. When drug addicts relapse after treatment, it is often in an environment similar to where they used to use drugs. This environment has cues present, such as drug paraphernalia, a certain smell, furniture, etc.
What does that have to do with smoking? Well, nicotine is a drug. You may have certain times when you smoke that have become a part of your daily routine. That’s partly why people have a really hard time quitting. Cues are constantly present b/c smoking has become part of your daily routine. Elicit drugs have to be concealed, and as a consequence, have very specific times and locations where they are used. Try finding something incompatible with smoking or go to a totally new environment at the times you are used to smoking.
See more progress on: Quit Smoking
- Get in the habit of taking the camera almost everywhere.
- Buy a digital camera, and you’ll never have to buy film or make prints again (unless you want to)
- Subscribe (FREE) to flickr.com – This is KEY - You can always get support, ideas, and inspirtation there.
- Take more pictures. . .Oddly enough, the more you take, the better you get, and the more you will take. It’s habit forming in a good way.
See more progress on: Take more pictures
- To find and capture beauty
- To share that beauty they’ve found with others
- To get inspiration and ideas from others
- To receive praise from others
- To give support to others
Go there, get an account, and explore the beautiful stuff others are sharing. I’m sure you’ll find it inspiring!
my own flickr account URL is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bestrated1/
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
This one's for my sister Beth, Who has 3 Siamese cats: Amber, Agate, and Amethyst. (Don't ever mention to her that "there are many ways to skin a cat".) Thanks, Anyaka! http://www.flickr.com/photos/anyaka/
Monday, April 18, 2005
I don't know German, either. I'm using GOOGLE's language tools to translate for me. I hope you can understand my "fake" German. Did you like the tulip photos? Then I just pressed the button and got:
Ich spreche nicht deutsch. Ich benutze werkzeuge GOOGLEs Sprach, um zu übersetzen. Ich hoffe, daß Sie mein "gefälschtes" Deutsches verstehen können. Sie mögen meine Tulpefotos?
Or if I wanted to translate to French, I would get:
Je ne sais pas le français. J'utilise les outils de la langue de GOOGLE pour traduire. J'espère que vous pouvez comprendre mon français "faux". vous aiment mes photos de tulipe?
No conozco Espanol. Estoy utilizando las herramientas de la lengua de GOOGLE para traducir. Espero que usted pueda entender mi español "falso". ¿usted tienen gusto de mis fotos del tulipán?
It's not PERFECT, but It allows me to communicate with like-hearted people around the globe. Try it at:
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
I love my country too much to be a nationalist. -Albert Camus
Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. - G K Chesterton
A man's only as old as the woman he feels. - Groucho Marx
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein
If you're in the mood for more, try: http://www.workinghumor.com/quotes/
What I like about weight watchers so far is that it’s NOT a diet, but rather a lifestyle change. I’m learning more about
- the nutritional value of foods
- portion control
- recipes that are healty
- plus the weekly weigh in makes you accountable.
I lost 6 pounds the first week! (results may vary. I’m told that men tend to loose faster.)
See more progress on: lose weight
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
TV advertising time has increased dramatically in the last few years. I just received a special gift from my sweetheart (who fortunately also is my wife!). It's a box set of 4 DVDs of the old Mork and Mindy show. That show was the one that introduced me to Robin Williams and his amazing talents. When we watched the first of these DVDs, I noticed that it was 26 minutes long without commercials. Today, a typical TV show is only 22 minutes long. That's DOUBLE (from 4 minutes to 8 minutes) what it used to be in the time of Mork and Mindy. I don't know if this was an FCC regulation change or what. But it made me remember that, back in the old days, when a commercial came on, I usually watched it, because if I went to the refrigerator or the lavatory, I might find that I had missed part of the show upon my return. Nowadays, (and I've timed this) on many channels there is a 4-MINUTE-LONG commercial break. I don't know how that has worked out for you, but here's what I've learned to do:
- flip to CNN headline news or any other interesting channel while clocking FOUR minutes. I usually can get back to my program without missing a beat.
- mute and read a book.
- watch two shows at the same time: 20 some minutes of one and 10 or so minutes of the 2nd favorite in the same 1/2 hour.
- Have plenty of time in the privy for whatever suits my fancy.
So, the end result of pushing MORE ads out there for me has been to find more creative ways to avoid them. Therefore MORE has become less effective. And I remember LESS (or fewer) being MORE effective, because I actually watched them.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
- 3 wooden butterfly pins from Nicaragua
- 6 Arkansas whetstones
- 1 small book of inspirational writing
- 5 old coins (including a 1909 Canadian penny), I didn't need or want.
- 4 floating foam keyrings in bright colors
- 40 or so 4x6 photos I had taken on a trip to Michigan's upper peninsula
- 1 partridge in a pair tree (just kidding)
During the get-together, I announced: "Ina my country, when'a it'sa person's birthaday, they giva gifts to everybody elsa." I told them two gifts max. per person, except for the photos. I started handing things out both directions around the circle. Nothing came back to me. So I had fun, simplified my life, practiced generosity, and reduced clutter. Four goals with ONE act. Cool!
Monday, April 11, 2005
- If I learn to procrastinate, I’ve done it.
- If I don’t learn to procrastinate, I have procrastinated, and so have reached the goal, too.
I’d rather procrastinate later than sooner. (I thought this one up myself, and yes, it's the easiest goal I've ever had.)
A Joke I heard yesterday:
- A neurotic is someone who builds sand castles
- A Psychotic is someone who lives in their sand castle
- A Psychiatrist is the person who collects the rent.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Writing is no longer a chore for me. The computer helps me with spelling, grammar, and allows me to make revisions at the drop of a hat. The main limitation to writing now is having something meaningful to say, and saying it in a clear, concise way. The limitations are all MINE, the technology is out there to make it happen almost effortlessly.
A strange thing has happened in photography, too. Originally, before the advent of Impressionism, painting was largely an exercise in representing "reality" faithfully. Then, along came photography, rendering the representational aspect of painting second-rate. That's one of the reasons painting started to change to be what photography couldn't be: A personal expression that only referred to "reality". More importantly, it could expressed the vision of the Artist. And of course, with abstract expressionism, the references to reality cease to exist, and color, form, design, and feeling become the remaining features.
A strange change has occurred in photography: Now photographers who aren't satisfied with a particular photo can change them quickly and effortlessly into art similar to painting or drawing. We can try another variation easily and quickly, and another, while keeping the original photo intact.
Finally, communication has gone to another level: Imagine if you (and thousands of others) could have posted comments to Mark Twain about his work. Today, that's possible: If you add a comment to this post, you do one of the following:
- enhance the quality and meaningfulness of the entry
- give me suggestions to improve upon my writing or my ideas
- challenge me to think in ways I had overlooked, and finally
- say something inane or useless or vulgar (in which case I will delete your entry).
I can always come back and revise, rethink, and improve this entry, like ALL my entries. This allows me to put something out there that may not be good enough now, but can be aged like a fine wine, improving flavor and bouquet.
If you would like to see sample of changing photos to art-like representations, just click on the "flickr photo sharing" link under my mugshot. Then find the "COMPUTER WALLPAPER" folder to view a slideshow.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Here’s the concept:
- Assume I am rich. Act out of a sense of plenty, instead of a sense of scarcity.
- As a wealthy person, give all the things I can do without away (this reduces clutter, helps simplify my life, and is practicing generosity too, and hopefully will help others less fortunate.)
- Give of my time and my talents (they were GIVEN to me, weren’t they?) Volunteer whenever possible, in a way that enlivens me and develops my community.
- Be satisfied with what I have in life. As Lao Tsu said 3,000 years ago: He who knows he has enough is the truly wealthy person.
- Rather than work for an hourly wage as a photographer or consultant, provide a RESULT. Then ask the buyer to pay based on:
1) their satisfaction with the result
2) what THEY think is fair, and
3) their ability to pay.
- When I sell flower photos, have a sign that says, “If you want to pay LESS (or MORE) than the asking price, just ask me."
- John Wesley, the founder of the Methodism movement, lived his entire life on the same amount that he lived on when he was in seminary, and gave the rest away. What a marvelous example!
More on this later, as I have successes and failure moving towards this goal. Or you can track my progress my clicking on the link in the Title. ( Wait a few weeks, please).
Friday, April 08, 2005
The fun part will be when people see me talking to my camera, thinking: "That photographer's gone over the edge. . . Now he's TALKING to his camera ".
Thursday, April 07, 2005
I'm so excited because it resonates with what I've been thinking for years, and hooks into my own search for transformation. I've signed up for the Facilitator training on April 21st!!!
You can find their website at http://www.procovery.com/.
Monday, April 04, 2005