Category Archives: Introspection

Conversations inside my own head. Did I say that out loud? No.

Trying To Post More Using The iPad

Just realized that the combination of iPad and WordPress app, might just be the ticket for posting more things on this blog. While I have expressed to some that the iPad is like a microwave (while you COULD live without it, on once you have one you don’t want to) it is actually more useful than that. Perhaps it’s time to put this to the test on this creative blog. More to come from me and my iPad app!

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The Casual Presidency – The Obama Style

This is someone comfortable and confident enough in his own abilities that he can be himself in the middle of a million complexities.  Wish I could be that together sometimes.

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The Plastic Logic E-Reader – Move Over Kindle

The Kindle isn’t the only reader in the market. Apparently several companies are working feverishly on ways to replace paper and allow for updated content on a flat portable screen.  This one looks very sleek, and although it isn’t available yet, I’m standing in line for one already.  Or anything like it.  I would rather it be less rigid and more flexible, but apparently others disagreed.  Really????

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Empire State Building: Made by Hand

picture-3The 102-story Art Deco tower in Midtown Manhattan known as the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world from its completion on May 1, 1931, until the World Trade Center eclipsed it in 1972. It was the product of the labor of 3,400 men.

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Watch Simon Get Shocked by Susan Boyle

Everyone’s seen this, but here it is again.  A great voice and a lesson in life, all rolled up in a neat little emotional package.

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The View from the Seven Highest Peaks on Earth

Only a select few have conquered the Seven Summits, a grueling challenge that involves climbing the tallest peak of every continent. They’ve seen the spectacular mountain-top views firsthand, and now you get a chance to soak in the scenery too as we go on a whirlwind tour of images captured by these exceptional mountaineers.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S COMMENTS FROM THE STAGE AT CLEVELAND’S VOTE FOR CHANGE RALLY

This is from a concert before the election… on November 2nd to be precise.  I post it here as a great bit of writing and as a reminder on the eve of the inauguration that we still stand at a crossroads and it is up to us to move in the right direction.  Read the words below from one of our great creative leaders to be inspired to act.  Thanks Bruce.

Hello Cleveland

It’s great to be here today among friends. I’d like to thank Senator Obama and his folks for inviting me. I’ve been here many times since 1973, but never on a day as glorious as this one. We are at the crossroads.

I’ve spent 35 years writing about America and its people. What does it mean to be an American? What are our duties, our responsibilities, our reasonable expectations when we live in a free society? I saw myself less as a partisan for any particular political party, than as an advocate for a set of ideas. Economic and social justice, America as a positive influence around the world. Truth, transparency and integrity in government. The right of every American to a job, a living wage, to be educated in a decent school, to a life filled with the dignity of work, promise, and the sanctity of home. These are the things that make a life, that build and define a society. These are the things we think of on the deepest level, when we refer to our freedoms. Today those freedoms have been damaged, and curtailed by eight years of a thoughtless, reckless, and morally adrift administration.

I spent most of my life as a musician measuring the distance between the American dream and American reality. For many Americans who are today losing their jobs, their homes, seeing their retirement funds disappear, who have no health care, or who have been abandoned in our inner cities, the distance between that dream and their reality has never been greater or more painful. I believe Senator Obama has taken the measure of that distance in his own life and work. I believe he understands in his heart the cost of that distance in blood and suffering in the lives of everyday Americans. I believe as president he would work to bring that dream back to life, and into the lives of many of our fellow Americans, who have justifiably lost faith in its meaning.

In my job, I travel around the world, and occasionally play in big stadiums, just like Senator Obama. I continue to find everywhere I go that America remains a repository for people’s hopes and desires. That despite the terrible erosion of our standing around the world, for many we remain a house of dreams. One thousand George Bushes and one thousand Dick Cheneys will never be able to tear that house down. That is something only we can do, and we’re not going to let that happen.

This administration will be leaving office, dumping in our laps the national tragedies of Katrina, Iraq, and our financial crisis. Our house of dreams has been abused, looted, and left in a terrible state of disrepair. It needs defending against those who would sell it down the river for power, influence or a quick buck. It needs strong arms, hearts and minds. It needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, pragmatism, toughness and faith. But most of all it needs us. You and me. All a nation has that keeps it from coming apart is the social contract between its’ citizens. Whatever grace God has deemed to impart to us resides in our connections with one another, in honoring the life, the hopes, the dreams, of the man or woman up the street, or across town. That’s where we make our small claim upon heaven. In recent years that contract has been shredded and as we look around today, it is shredding before our eyes. But today we are at the crossroads.

I’m honored to be here on the same stage as Senator Obama. From the beginning, there has been something in Senator Obama that has called upon our better angels, I suspect, because he has had a life where he has so often had to call upon his. We’re going to need all the angels we can get on the hard road ahead. Senator Obama helped us rebuild our house big enough for the dreams of all our citizens. For how well we accomplish this task will tell us what it means to be an American in the new century, what’s at stake, and what it means to live in a free society. So I don’t know about you, but I want my country back, I want my dream back, I want my America back. Now is the time to stand together with Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the millions of Americans that are hungry for a new day, roll up our sleeves and come on up for the rising.

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