Archive for December, 2012

Ok confession time. There were two trucks involved and it was what happened afterward that made smile. I was running some errands, earlier in the day, and leaving when I watched one SUV and a work truck back into each oter while backing out of their parking spaces. I was too far away to offer a quick shoot that would have avoided the whole incident. I was too far away to speak and be heard but I saw the whole thing and initally I did not smile, I cringed. The accident was in the parking lot and the vehicles combined speed couldn’t have been ten miles per hour. Because of the low speed and the large vehicles there was no visible damage to either vehicle. After the accident both men left vehicles looked over the vehicles and shook hands. The hand shake was what made me smile. To see the two men not letting a fender bender ruin their day inspired me to not sweat the small stuff!

Peace john3c


The hotel lobby

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Family is visiting. We come and meet them at onr of t hotels. I immediatelly notice that the hotel lobby has been remodeled and looks great! I thought about all the stories concering Mark Twain and the time he spent in the hotel lobby and promenade and I wondered why the  hotel lobby here was empty. It is not because the hotel lcks guests. I think part of the reason the lobby was and is now empty has a lot to do with the reason any americans participate in what psychologists call nesting. Many  aA lot of our modern technologies, which are made to bring us together,  have succeded in keeping us out of the lobby and in our rooms. most of us out of the lobby and in our rooms.  us from places 

Problem solving

Posted: December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
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This morning, I was reading, watching and listening to a story, video and podcast featuring Adam Savage from the hit show MythBusters. The story is really good, definitely worth your time! Adam explains how he went from being a successful bollards player, to prop man and no special effects master and really cool tv show host, by employing problem solving techniques.
When I think about problem solving I am reminded that, despite all of mans effort, problems will arise and need to be solved. When I think about all the worlds problems and solving them I always think about what the great American writer Grenvile Kleiser said when he said ” To every problem there is already a solution whether you know it or not.”
It is through this optimistic and pragmatic view that we should see life. Until we look at our problems as opportunities, we will never move beyond them.



The rain maker

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Nimbus-Minerva-Berndnaut-SmildeEarth science 101 rain comes from clouds and clouds are made by? In nature when water vapor fills the atmosphere and joins with particles, yes and now according to a most recent article from clouds are made by an artist at an exhibit in the Dutch city of Arnhem in an old castle. The clouds were designated by Time magazine as one of the best inventions of 2012. With clouds comes rain and with rain comes life. An artist in a quest to mimic life has become the Rain Maker.

This story proves, that with hard work and science, man can accomplish anything. You can accomplish anything. With that in mind it is easy to realize that life has, endless possibilities.. We can do good with our knowledge and help others and ourself or we can do harm and hurt others.

It is important to remember the words of a man who was instrumental in bundling the most powerful force on earth.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

faith-in-humanity-restored-8227If given the opportunity men will usually do the right thing. I have thought this to be true for most of my life and I still do. I have heard it argued by some that man is a wicked race, but even with wicked actions in humanity there are still far more instances of good than evil.
The idea of hope in man is a common theme in all major religions. The christians have hope for men in the man and god jesus christ. Greek mythology brings hope through the science of fire a gift from mans creator Prometheus. The muslim religion has a path to salvation through confession and faithful service. Hinduism has a belief that through enlightenment humans will attain an afterlife. It seems every religion which believes in an afterlife has a path to gain a blessed afterlife. Even philosophy which doesn’t believe in an afterlife like atheism believe that, humans can help themselves and each other solve the world’s problems.
There was an article in Time magazine which stated that ”
both neuroscience and social science suggest that we are more optimistic than realistic. On average, we expect things to turn out better than they wind up being.” Really good article I suggest giving it a read, but we are wired to be optimistic and it is important that we believe in humanity and each other and I am convinced when we don’t well we are not living the way we were created to live.


Yesterday at work there was a discussion which, because my colleagues and I have no appropriate boundaries, ventured into government regulation. I let my colleague know that government regulation was a slippery slope. That many individuals and in some cases societies have been tricked into slavery because of the promise from governments. He told me that because I was white I should not speak about slavery. I reminded him about the Irish slave brought to America by the thousands, so many that king James almost wiped out the Irish.
He let me know that because he was never taught about this he was sure there was no such thing as Irish slaves in America. Yesterday I realized three things, first my colleague might be a bigoted narcissistic sociopath (having a last name like Corrigan I find this bigotry a little alarming). Second, there is much that has happened throughout history that the United States School system, does not properly cover. Textbooks as late as 1976 describe Native Americans as savages. Finally I realized that one should never hold onto and promote arrogance in an effort to promote his cause or case.
P.s. I also learned that when you discuss something like politics at work everyone looses
Here are some good links about unknown history



Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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imagesThis posts title has the word success followed by two exclamation points and that’s it. Due to the nature of the post I had considered following the word with a question mark but I like the way the exclamation point works.
There was an article I read this morning that said we should always try new things and that success is in trying.

Now I am not one of those everyone gets a trophy parent I think that the one who scores the most points deserves the trophy, because he worked hard and for that moment in time the gods smiled on him or her. But for that moment Winston Churchill put it well when he said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
I am not sure what you are trying to do but I am sure that nothing is impossible, and I am also sure that the only failure truly is failure to try. Always moving forward that should be the motto and goal for all of us.
George Edward Woodberry was an amazing literary critic, who critized works of some of the greatest authors ever, and wrote some of the most amazing poems ever. He as a critic and author was probably well versed (ha ha) with failure and success and I feel it appropriate to end this post on success with his words.
“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”