Thursday, July 29, 2010

Be prepared!

How do you know elections are coming up in less than 100 days?

The President Of The United States chooses to diss the Boy Scouts on their 100th anniversary...to appear with the gals on The View.

Shameful.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Report: The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled was written by psychoanalyst M.Scott Peck. The first line is "Life is difficult." Amen to that. Peck goes on from there to describe a mature individual's path toward spirituality. It's important to emphasize "mature". Peck postulates that a person's education, worldly success, personal wealth, or lack thereof...are no indicators that an individual will achieve a spiritual existence. In fact, according to Peck, the path toward spirituality is so difficult most people just give up.

Too bad. Peck gives us this as the magnificent essence of true spirituality and oneness with God:

If as adults, walking around on two legs, capable of making independent choices that influence the world, we can identify our mature free will with that of God, then God will have assumed through our conscious ego a new and potent life form. We will have become God's agent, his arm,so to speak, and therefore part of Him. And insofar as we might then through our conscious decisions be able to influence the world according to His will our lives themselves will become the agents of God's grace. We ourselves will then become one form of the grace of God working on His behalf among mankind, creating love where love did not exist before, pulling our fellow creatures up to our own level of awareness, pushing the plane of human evolution forward.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ace Golfer Unholy [Challenge For You]

I love anagrams. Some people say they forecast the truth. Here are some good ones:

The Morse Code = Here Come Dots
Funeral = Real Fun
Statue of Liberty = Built to Stay Free
Elvis = Lives
Princess Diana = I end as car spin


Here's some I came up with:

Scorned gnome roping
A Thundered Furry Sis
Amateurish Ashtray Flip

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Liar, liar, pants on fire....

I had lunch yesterday with a friend who is just about the most trustworthy person I know. When she says she's going to do something, she does it. When she says she's going to be somewhere, she's there early. When she tells you how something happened, you know you could play a video and it would look just like she described it. This friend is also a very generous and open person. She will do anything to help you at any time.

I also know someone who is known for being an untruth teller (hear how gently I put that?). You cannot trust this woman with a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. I'm convinced that she lies, just to prove that she can. It's actually very strange to be around a pathological liar. Say you've had a one-on-one conversation, you both know what happened, but when you hear the liar repeat what happened--it's nothing like what went down. Now why would someone do that? They know you know the truth, but they still lie! Bizarre, huh? This woman is also extremely controlling, selfish with her time, and (figuratively, of course) takes her toys home when people don't play the game the way she wants.

Frankly, I'd never thought about there being a correlation between lying and being a selfish, narcissist. Then I read this from the Mayo Clinic: "Pathological lying is one of the hallmark characteristics of a narcissist, who does it out of a need to manipulate and maintain control."

I'm the sort of person who likes to find reasons for behaviors, it helps me make sense of nonsensical things--like why a person would ever choose to be a liar.

Next up: Trying to figure out why a person would ever believe anything a pathological liar says.

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, July 15, 2010

News? Not so much

Four things in the news I don't care one whit about:
1) Chelsea Clinton's wedding plans
2) Mel Gibson's tirade
3) KSDK losing rights to broadcast St. Louis Cardinals baseball games
4) St. Charles school district putting in astroturf

Bonus: Yes, it's hot. I've been outside. I really don't need television and radio news people to tell me.

These are examples of why local news coverage has become entirely irrelevant in my life and probably yours. Fortunately, not watching local television news or reading the local newspaper has freed up a lot of time for me to do worthwhile things. You should try it!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Priorities

I was challenged to articulate my priorities. I think I can do that.

1)Faith
2)Family
3)Good health
4)Friendships
5)Meaningful work

What about you?

...things I don't understand...cont'd

15) The Vuvuzela
16) How the government can say it's "saved or created three million jobs" when there's still a 9.5% unemployment rate

Other things I don't understand:
#1-#3
#4-#5
#6
#7-#9
#10
#11

#12
#13
#14

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Just to clarify...

I'm in a group that meets weekly that has confidentiality as one of its basic tenets. We always say `what is said in this room, stays in this room.' And, you know what? In 3 years, no one has violated that agreement. No one. Not a soul. There were no legal papers to sign, just a verbal agreement.

What's amazing about this is I've also been a party to a legal confidentiality agreement signed by many parties. This "legal" and "binding" agreement has been violated time and again by the folks who signed it. So, just to review--here are some key things to think about when you sign such an agreement and before you decide to violate such an agreement:

Confidentiality clause: The intention of a confidentiality clause is to keep matters private. A confidentiality clause means conversations, written communications, electronic communiques, heresay, agreements, and terms of settlements cannot be disclosed to anyone or discussed in any situation public or private.

Penalties for violating confidentiality clauses: When you sign a confidentially agreement, you are agreeing to remain silent on a particular issue. The penalty for violating a confidentiality agreement can result in fines and even jail time.

I hope this is helpful.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Cold War Heats Up Again

This story has made the whole summer (oil spill, looming tax hikes, killer heat wave, unemployment) a little more bearable. Complete with a sultry redhead, the story climaxed with an international spy swap in unmarked jets. Boris and Natasha live! Love it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Watch your language

Who would have guessed that "tarball" would become part of our everyday vernacular?

Sounds like something you'd hear on a playground or call your ex boss.