Archive for November, 2012

Elliot Carterpassed away at the tender age of 103 years old.  The music composed by Elliot Carter was dramatic, new and classical all at the same time. His music can transform and take away the listener in the most pleasing fashion. After the stock market crash of 1829 Elliot Carter entered the music program at Harvard. Most of the professors found his music to be not classical enough or to different he tried to write in the style that pleased his professors and the public but by his own confession it wasn’t until he wrote for himself that he found true success.

“As a young man, I harbored the populist idea of writing for the public. I learned that the public didn’t care. So I decided to write for myself. Since then, people have gotten interested.”

Writting for himself brought the world some of the most beautiful inspirational pieces of all times. He has won countless awards, including two Pulitzer prizes and made his music inspiration for much of the music that has been and will be written.

Elliot Carters quote sounds eerily reminiscent of a quote from another brilliant man who passed away. “

Get closer than ever to your customers. So close, in fact, that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves. “More than Apple listening to us, it’s us who listens to Apple.” –Steve Jobs

It seems when we do great things for people not because of people we become great.





The election is almost here in the United states of America. Thousands of people will go out to vote and that is important democracy is one of the foundation blocks of the great country that is the United States of America. People vote for many different reasons, some vote because they feel it is their civic responsibility, some because they want things to stay the same and others vote because they would like to see some changes, but one thing that seems to be a common thread among all voters is the feeling that their ballet is something big. That the vote is their chance to be part of something bigger than themselves.
There are approximately (it is not an exact science) seven billion people in the world today.  So it can be easy to feel like just a number, and an insignificant number at that. Most religious organizations call this feeling, a spiritual void that can only be filled by their god. Mark Twain gave some advice as well about how to deal with this feeling. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”  — Mark Twain 

In the United States most recently along with the election there was a horrific storm that destroyed neighborhoods and lives in the northeast part of the country.  The storms name was hurricane Sandy. The country stopped and came together with the help of organizations like the Red Cross and the United way. People all over the country as far away as California and as close as New York state donated money to the Red Cross at the grocery store, church pretty much anywhere groups gathered, money was donated collected and put into action. The donations feed and are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, restoring the powerless, basically your donations are helping set things right. Every major religion that promises to fill the void asks of its memebers to be charitable and compassionate and to take charitable and compassionate actions. I can’t help but think that this “call to arms”  is the best and most important way to “do something big”. 

Voting is important and should be done in a democracy but even more important than participating in the democratic process and right of voting would be participation in the human process of being charitable. If you want to do something big give of yourself to others. If you don’t have money don’t worry people need more than money. Volunteer your time and talents. It will make a difference in others and your own life, that difference will be more rewarding and more powerful than anything else. to include voting.




At my work space I have four framed photographs. Two of the four house pictures of my children and they are my favorite photographs the other two, are my second favorite and one has a photograph of a local paper plant the other is a photograph of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Listen. I am a big Muhammad Ali fan. Of course I am to young to have ever seen Muhammad Ali boxing in his prime but I have seen many dvds and Sports Center Classic specials.

I am not sure if Muhammad Ali’s fight was  impressive but it what was definitely memorable.Ali’s fight was with Lyod Patterson. See Ali was born Cassius Clay, he converted to muslim and changed his name to Ali after converting to a muslim.  Loyd Patterson had made a big deal about the name change and let everyone in the press know that he would not call Ali by his new name. Every round of the fight Ali would hit Patterson and ask what his name was. Patterson held out at first and responded with Clay, but by the end of the fight Patterson had changed his mind and responded with ALi.

A name is important and it was very important for Ali. What makes our name special is that it is ours. North American English has many rules for spelling, and use of the language but one thing that has no spelling rules is a proper noun like a name. Your name is yours and can be spelled and pronounced in whatever way you would like. Our name is given to us at birth and is what we are known as for our entire life. What we do will have direct effects on how people value or not value our name. So what is your  name worth?




The rain comes down furiously it feels as though it will never stop. The rivers and tunnels flood frist then the flood and rain waters fill the streets and lawns of the houses. The 4’000 pound cars parked on the street and in some driveways break free from the earth and begin to float and away with the cars is the hope that the rain will ever stop. It is now time to leave. After evacuation an all clear is given and the residents filter back into the city to assess the damage. Homes that housed multigenerational are a shell of their former self. There are overturned furniture, damaged clothing anything that was left is gone and among all the debris and waste there is the same thing that Pandora found when she opened  pithos and unleashed all the evils of the world. The same thing Adam and Eve were given after they ate the apple or fig, hope.

Out of the flood and destruction there is hope. The rain washed away everything and provided for some a new start a hopeful start. I love the aftermath of a rain. After the rain has fallen and drained away I can smell and feel the fresh air and within that air there is hope and the chance for new starts. Now in the washed out regions of North East United States there is a chance for a renewal.


I am not suggesting that we do not grieve for the loss, there is a place for grieve it is important in the healing process but after the grieving there should be a optimissim and a hope as well as a recognition for a new beginning. 

My heart and prayers go out as I am sure yours do to the victims of hurricane Sandy but heart and prayers do not work as well as a helping hand if you feel as though you are unable to help please visit

and help.