Crossing into another year; nothing to fear

No this isn’t a poem just your standard prose regarding the crossing into a new year. Let’s not greet the new year with trepidation and anxiety for after all at least you were here to see it. Alas,  this past year we all lost heroes in virtually every sector especially our entertainers like David Bowie. Don’t be too sad at least you have their efforts to be seen and or heard again through audio and video.

The big question everyone ponders is what New Year’s resolutions do we make? Who isn’t looking to make improvements? Considering those resolutions what kind of goals have you set for the short term and the long term? Or, are you saying resolutions are made to be broken? A lot of people do take this laidback approach like well at least my new diet took off several pounds. That was a good thing for wasn’t it the holidays that attributed to the extra weight.

Looking ahead we’ve already crossed the bridge and the new year does present us with new opportunities, new things to do and maybe places to see. Whatever path you choose simply chose wisely and things will work out. Fearing the future; thinking that way is like fearing every breath you take. Taking a confident sure can attitude will help you scale mountains. Think I can and you will. Welcome to 2017.

All is calm and certainly brighter in Arizona

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I was a kid I heard my parent’s play Jimmy Dean’s Christmas card album every Christmas. I loved how he summed up the history of the song while a guitar softly plays Away in a manger before he sings Silent Night. In 1818 at St. Nicholas a small church in Austria the song was born. The music director Josef Mohr had written a poem about the nativity scene and for the Christmas Eve service, he asked the organist Franz Xaver Gruber if he could come up with a melody to accompany the poem. The church organ was broken so the congregation heard it for the first time on Gruber’s guitar.

Weeks later well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived at the church repairing the organ. He had Gruber test his work and he did so with Silent Night. Mauracher was so impressed with the song he brought the poem and music back to his Alpine village home, Kapfing where two well-known families of singers the Rainers and the Strassers proceeded to add it to their Christmas season collection. Both groups spread the song across Europe and twenty years after it was written The Rainers brought it to the United States. The song has been written in 300 languages around the world where it’s a Christmas classic.

Arizona, Phoenix, in particular, doesn’t have the snow to accompany the Christmas classic but we have enough sun to brighten up your day. The Christmas spirit is well represented here for if you fly over here at night this time of year you’ll see a dazzling display of colors below.  Local residents that have relatives (only two hours away)in the higher elevations of 5,000 to over 7,000 feet often visit them to see a snow glistening sight. All is calm, and all is bright.

How you deal with a conundrum builds character

Most of us encounter at least one problem every day. Depending on the severity, difficulty, and urgency of the situation our response measures not only what we’re made of it defines us. I’m not referring to a simple puzzle but a serious dilemma. Keeping your cool, remaining calm, analyzing the gravity of the situation and the best-suited solution is key. I’m not bad at analyzing the state of affairs but I’ve always been amazed at how well my wife remains calm and has a calming effect on all involved. It’s hours later that the dangerousness of the event hits her and it’s my turn to provide consolement. That’s how a soul-mate team works with years of practice.

Life is full of emergencies, trials, and tribulations. The choices we make not only make the difference but they often make a difference in the lives of those around you. As I said before relatively simple events can change our lives and the lives of others much like  George Bailey in the seasonal classic Christmas movie It’s a wonderful life“. You may not realize the ramifications today and perhaps never like George did.

So watch out for your fellow man, lend him a helping hand and put a little love in your heart- right out of another classic “Scrooged” starring Bill Murray and a host of others. The holidays are a difficult time for a lot of people. Don’t throw away God’s greatest gift, life. Take a lesson from Jimmy Stewart, because it is a wonderful life.

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How do you stop time from vanishing?

We all know the story. When you’re a kid time seems to stand still. As you enter adolescence time slows or speeds up depending on the situation. Then you finally reach 21 and the world is your oyster or so you think it’s the time of your life. It’s the age where your parents are suddenly stupid. Then you begin to realize things are more complicated than you thought. And then you turn thirty.

You no longer wish for time to hurry now you see it vanishing almost before your eyes. This is where you have the realization that time is no longer on your side (nor is it on Mick Jaggers side anymore) and you wish you could at least slow it down. The words you heard as a kid come back to haunt you saying, “time only goes faster as you age”.

As time passes albeit more rapidly with every day you begin to see the need to set priorities and you begin to see the value in pictures and video recordings that account for time spent. Do you have regrets, no not many though time is now somewhat of an enemy? We all begin to wonder how to stop time from vanishing?

There is no simple solution or answer but you can document the important events in your life before they slip away if you haven’t already recorded them. That doesn’t slow things down but this way you retain the memories indefinitely. If you’re hard pressed to remember what slow moving time is like try doing some tedious tasks that are repetitious.

To better appreciate your time try living like this is the first day and the last day of your life. It will bring a new fresh perspective to everything you do. Cherish the time with loved ones including pets. Make time for family quality time. Many of us skip vacations because we’re too busy, buried in our jobs and trying to “make hay” for a rainy day. Try to take a vacation every year and in Arizona, you may want to include a weekend getaway from the heat too.

Pink Floyd had a classic in the 70’s called Time if you haven’t heard it speaks of life this way at times through an existentialist viewpoint but entertaining for most none the less. The song spoke to me as ten years got behind me since high school.Dealing with time is something we all have to work out in our own way. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

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Tis the season for mythical creatures

Thanksgiving has yet to arrive but everywhere you turn you see that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. What embodies Christmas more than Santa? The question in children’s minds as they grow up is is there a Santa Claus? Here’s my favorite that my parents played for me every year, Yes, Patricia, There Is a Santa Claus by Jimmy Dean.

St. Nicholas was born in the third century between Europe and Asia and his popularity rose to the point where he was the most popular saint when the Renaissance arrived. The legend arrived in America in the 1770’s in New York with the Dutch using Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). Also in the 18th-century German and Swiss Christkind or Kris Kringle was believed to deliver presents to well-behaved children. Pere Noel is responsible for filling the shoes of French children with holiday treats and other countries had their own names for St. Nick.

Other assistants, elves, and Mrs. Claus came about in time and this year Rudolph turns 77 and the song by Gene Autry has endured 67 years while the movie narrated by Burl Ives is played for its 52nd year. Speaking of time, tonight in Chicago the 103rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place.

So as you travel about town and you see the Santa figures in the streets or in front of your favorite store remember the Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad, bell ringing, donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.The money collected in those kettles is used to pay for the free Christmas meals they provided to needy families. Behold, an opportunity for anyone to serve as St. Nick through the Salvation Army.

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Bludgeon, Halloween leftovers

Halloween may be over but many of us have to wait until the weekend to take down the decorations we put up. This Halloween I had the first that I recall anyway, a parent dressed up as a torturing bully carrying a big bludgeoning stick with many spikes on it. It was intimidating and convincing at the same time. This year we saw yet a different crop of candy seekers. There were the classics, the superheroes and a lot of clever unique creations that were fun and humorous.

Myself, I dressed as Darth Vader and saw the Princess and some storm troopers that paid tribute. I noticed from another blog from someone in a European country where they said they wished they had trick or treat. As Thanksgiving is now on the horizon it may be expressed that I am grateful for the freedom that we have in America. I’m also grateful to all the military people that have defended freedom over the years some giving their very lives.

So, ghouls and goblins make way for sincere gratitude for all the things we all take for granted. Be thankful for life itself, love, family and the company of others. Be thankful for the roof over your head, the food on the table and be very grateful for your health. Pray for those that are unable to partake in any of the above blessings. On Thanksgiving Day after you’ve done all you can to express your sincere gratitude you can gear up for the next event caroling.

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Dylan anything but artificial

How do you describe the first songwriter to win a Nobel Prize in literature? Most any word but artificial will suffice. The media is calling him “impolite and arrogant” for going into hiding after receiving the award.  Those in the media taking this attitude apparently don’t know Bob Dylan. He spent the early part of his career behind the scenes writing songs for many other recording artists. To me, it comes as no surprise for him to react this way.

I was but a kid when Dylan, 75 was already mastering his art. One of his best-renowned work is “Blowing in the wind” made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963. One of my personal favorites was recorded by Jimi Hendrix and also recorded by Dylan “All along the watchtower”. Dylan wrote a number of songs, acting as the voice of a generation. He wrote for himself and for artists leading the civil rights and anti-war movements like “The times they are a changin”. Another group that spoke for the baby boomer generation was the Beatles but they didn’t stay with us like Dylan.

Dylan is for real. He’s written songs for numerous movies like “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” in the film “Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid”. The Nobel prize will be officially bestowed to Dylan Dec. 10 in Stockholm; it only adds to his very long string of awards. The Daily Post Artificial

Everything’s a matter of trust

Trust can apply to everything. Trust begins with loved ones and friends on to relationships with associates, acquaintances and on up to the media and your government. It’s now 240 years ago when our Forefathers warned us against the government becoming too big and more concerned with itself than with the concern of the citizens. It comes as no surprise that the Congressional approval rating and Presidential rating is the worst in history.

The early American newspapers were the most trusted and objective in history. With time the media has decayed to the point where under ten percent of Americans trust what the media has to say. Big business and their lobbyists have dictated what is reported with the spin they want to see. That amounts to propaganda akin to the papers they used to criticize years ago.

Media is all around us but the people don’t trust what they say in favor of their own findings from the internet. Seeing this trend our government has taken steps to regulate the internet and more. Does that increase or decrease your trust in the government?

Trust is a necessary ingredient for a relationship. Trust includes faith which is another element that’s been under attack by the powers that be. Faith was a cornerstone of which this country was built on that’s been abandoned. The absence has left a void from which the government continually fills with more useless government. Trust is a difficult thing to regain. The big question is does the media and our government know or care about our trust?

Have you been on the border, the edge?

It’s safe to say that we’ve probably all been to the border, the edge and at the end of our rope on occasion perhaps some more than others. Things like stress, raising teenagers and for some dealing with bureaucracy has pushed your nerves to the brink. You know it’s the boiling point to the edge of your mind. The most severe example being at the end of your rope is generally a one-time deal, its when you hit rock bottom. A lot of people will never come to those cross roads, it wasn’t in the cards for them.

Then there’s the twenty questions from your child, children or coworkers all at once that crashes your thought capacity like a computer going down. What you do next, how you respond defines you. Erupting or exploding may feel like the only recourse but there’s a lot of constructive responses that will also prevent re-occurrences. A key is a calm response despite how frantic they are.  Slowly, efficiently addressing their concerns in a prioritized manner and then subsequent steps to follow help to defuse the situation and restore their respect and faith in you.

Of course it isn’t all that easy and you do need a moment to process that overload of information. But give your mind some credit, you heard virtually all that was thrown at you and anything you miss will be brought up again and your response will be in accordance to your prioritization of the information. Responding in this manner becomes a win/win for all parties involved.

Actual southern border

Like in the picture above here in Arizona we deal with the Mexican border. Its not good or bad unless you’re caught in the crossfire. Yes the cartels are very active in this part of the country. The border patrol here, in New Mexico and El Paso are heavily burdened with traffic. As an individual if you run into them and don’t get out of the way you’ll be collateral damage. Regardless of your views on marijuana the different legalization measures have cut into the cartel’s profits so they’re switching gears. So, beware of a tall dark stranger if he comes riding in to your town, a tall dark stranger is danger. Sing it Buck.

 

Test is a four letter word

Most of us developed an aversion to testing as far back as we can remember. The images that come to mind about an exam are filled with anxiety and stress. Tests weren’t devised as a method of torture but as a meaningful measure of learning. The anxiety, tension and stress proved to be an inaccurate  evaluation for many but that’s why teachers were there to assess our knowledge in other ways. Forgive me, I couldn’t resist the Pink Floyd link above.

I was surprised at how many blogs are dedicated to writing and many appeared with this daily post word. Mine was dedicated to writing too but it got a little off track when life happened. When you think about it we’re tested all the time every day from the moment we arise in making decisions. We’re generally in competition within our jobs and we’re put to the test all day long so life is a contest that’s a necessary way of the world.

Life puts us through more trials than we could ever have imagined, at least in most cases. Of course each and every decision we make has the potential to change the course of our lives. You don’t have to be a great influencer, we all leave a footprint, an impression on those we come in contact with. Relatively simple events can change our lives and the lives of others much like George Bailey in “It’s a wonderful life”. 

The challenges and goals we set can determine and direct our lives as the future unfolds before us. Once you have a plan in place, follow the steps, then you can reach your short term and long term goals. The question that remains is how disciplined are you at following that plan-I confess it’s a routine challenge for me. Regardless of where you set your sights just be careful out there and take care.

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