Showing posts from June, 2010

One of those days where the quotes hit home.

Once in a while, Google quotes  will put up a list on my iGoogle portlet that just hits the spot and captures my feelings perfectly. Today was one of those days.

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
- Gian Vincenzo Gravina

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
- Phyllis Diller

I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.
- Bethania McKenstry

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter

I don't care what it is, when it has an LCD screen, it makes it better.
- Kevin Rose

Rhetoric of reckoning

The day of reckoning rhetoric coupled with accountability and a plan of action is inspiring.  True change will bring with it true pain. If we all come together, we will fix this, and rebuild... and make our country a better place. Governor Christie is perhaps my favorite politician these days for his consistent message and his willingness to lead into a difficult place.  The speech below is passionate and compassionate as it should be. 

I am inspired by a vision which empowers the creative and innovative spirit of Americans and their localities to solve problems rather than create a dependency on some central sustaining force.  We must rely on ourselves and remember to work together with honor, respect and accountability. 

If Governor Christie fails the people of NJ, he will face the consequences of his actions and leadership just as we are all facing the results of our indifference in recent years.  We cannot allow our government to continue to grow unchecked by a society of uninformed…

Waiting is not a waste!

Yet another stirring RSA animation which makes you think about how you view your time, spend your time and plan for the future.

Eat meals together with family and friends because those relationships matter.Embrace technology as a powerful tool, but don't do so blindly. Learn and understand, and discuss how it impacts you and your world. Think about what you think!Talk about what you think regularly and adjust your actions and plans accordingly.

Digital vs Face community - mashup

The journey towards a world interlaced with digital communities is well underway. Millions of people are on Facebook, LinkedIN... Twitter and a host of collaboration suite technologies are taking the market place by storm with words like "communicating in the cloud".. building relationships, linking people...YET..

Business and community will always be about one on one relationships.  I do business with people that I trust. I talk about the things that matter with people that I know.

These amazing social technology tools are just tools. Consumers yearn to talk to a real voice when they have a problem.  Actually assembling friends face to face if the primary context for the relationship is Facebook is a daunting task.

Technology which bridges time and geography with ideology and communications context is brilliant yet it misses the final piece.  People only share themselves with people they really know.. and the gap between "acquaintance" and "friend" has ye…

As I was saying... "a three year old is not half a six year old"

I was enthralled in 2006... and I am equally enthralled and inspired by this man's words 4 years later. What an amazing presentation. 17 minutes -- MAKE THE TIME!!! and think about what he is saying. Education and your assumptions about who you are define your actions. You are special.

Some activities and purposes are worth enduring so that you may enjoy other things, but the ratio of enduring to enjoying needs to change.

People to watch and listen to on this include:

Sir Ken RobinsonSeth GodinDaniel Pink

Someday, maybe I'll join a list like this with my contributions to the world. That is my goal.  As to my success..time will tell. I will keep on trying and trying and trying and I'll trust in my divine spark to guide me.

Sir Ken Robinson "As I was saying"

The first part of this speech.. from 2006

Thoughts on Tea Party patriotism and participation

When I saw this video I was indeed stunned by the singer's intention, honesty, and heart.  His passion for presenting the second verse of the StarSpangled Banner in such a forum, in such a way, stirred my heart.

Kudos to him as a citizen and a singer.  As the speaker resonated: "that is what I'm talking about".

During the Friday forums at my home last Summer, we often discussed this idea of religious freedom and its relationshipship to our country's foundation.  I don't think that the discussion today is always rooted in the right foundation or even a common understanding of terms.

Our nation was indeed founded by Christian men on Judeo Christian principles. The statement that "we are a Christian nation" does go a little far for this tea party member. I am proud of my country and am a proud American just as I'm a proud Baptist. I'm also proud to label myself as a tea party member.  That doesn't mean that I agree with everything that th…

Lost art of Democratic and Civil Argument

Identity, Values, Justice, Purpose, Mastery... Actions and decisions require frameworks.

Best Flutes should go the to best flutists... because it provides the greatest benefit to all...
To golf with a golf cart or not.. that is the question.

How often do you even think about what you think, much less talk and debate others about your thoughts? I do it A LOT and even I don't do it enough.  Relationships and unity are paramount in a civil society, but that doesn't mean we need to agree on everything.