Showing posts from October, 2012

One man...

What can one man do?

"What can one person do? William Brewster reasoned from the Bible to every institution in life. He helped to craft the structure of the world’s first constitutional republic. He helped create the first free enterprise society. He and his friends were able to accomplish it all without war."

World History Institute Journal May 2012

Apology tour 2012 by President Barack Obama


Giving it all to a moment - CARPE DIEM!

“Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime... Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. 

With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why?

 Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that cry…

Widmung - Dedication

Today is my 20th wedding anniversary and I am literally awestruck at how far my lovely bride and I have traveled together... moments, memories... so many milestones.

20 years ago, we selected Schumann's Widmung as the central musical worship focus for our wedding. We asked a friend, and dynamic young soprano, Nicole Maikish and a wonderful pianist/organist Sue Bos to perform it and the rest as they say... is history.

In my ears and memory, it sounds like the spectacular performance linked here by Jessye Norman.

To my beloved Tracee..

You my soul, you my heart,
you my bliss, o you my pain,
you the world in which I live;
you my heaven, in which I float,
o you my grave, into which
I eternally cast my grief.
You are rest, you are peace,
you are bestowed upon me from heaven.
That you love me makes me worthy of you;
your gaze transfigures me;
you raise me lovingly above myself,
my good spirit, my better self!  
Widmung (in translation)- Friedrich Rückert (1788–1866)

Atlas Shrugged: the beer/bar version

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing
The fifth would pay $1
The sixth would pay $3
The seventh would pay $7
The eighth would pay $12
The ninth would pay $18
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59
So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

The bar owner suggested that it …

More than a pretty face.. Carpe Diem!

Online profiles in the professional space can be so boring...  How can we differentiate ourselves? I say Carpe Diem.  Sieze the day! 
Linked in for October 2012..  I'll see how this "polls" 
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Fat Factors

When I was a younger lad, I remember reading that Pavarotti loved soccer and sports and thinking.. really?  How is that possible?

20+ years later, I'm over 40, fat, and struggling with my own images and stereotypes.  I've struggled with my weight for my entire life... is a refrain that we all hear and I constantly say to myself. It is not so much an excuse as it is a reminder.  I did this to myself.  My choices put me here and keep me here.  I do love football and outdoor activities and I adore coaching my son's basketball team and working on my property to build things, and do things.. most days.  In recent years, I've not done so much of that as my size is now a limiting factor.  both in my own ability as well as in the perspectives of those around me friend & foe..

Awareness is the beginning of recovery.  For months, I've struggled with how to address this topic publicly with friends, my kids, etc.. Something snapped in the past few days.  A post by a frien…

Facebook friends' maturity

Social media is no longer the new thing.  With tools like Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and the whole new crop of meme/picture based sharing tools.. times are not just changing. They have changed.  Denial of this reality is naive and stupid, but so is blindly charging into a complex toolset of communications without carefully considering the impact on your day to day life and adjusting accordingly. 
Facebook has redefined the definition of friends rather significantly.  As the world seeks connections in numbers of FBfriends, too many are actually damaging and distancing themselves from their true friends.  The digital world augments our life, it does not replace or even diminish the need for regular face to face contact with "TRUE" friends.  

On FB, I am connected to people from elementary school, high school, college, as well as the many facets of my life from churches, to vocations, to neighbors.  On FB, they are my friends, but in reality most are little more than acquaintance…