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“THE LONELY PATH FROM HOSPITAL TO HOME” – AND HOW TO IMPROVE THIS

UPDATE 02/07/13: this post was reserved, unpublished, in my Drafts file last November 2012 but it’s worthy reading and so it’s being published at this time, February 2013.

At some point in every one of our lives, we are in need of concentrated medical care which usually and often means, we’re in contact with a hospital for a focused experience in treating or hoping to be treated what ails us. This article is written by a woman who is a registered nurse and was available — and able — to provide needed care to her loved one while the overall hospital process was inadequate to — and failed — her loved one and her. Not all of us are registered nurses or have one available to us and that dilemma is what the author of the following article emphasizes:

The importance of registered nurses in the process of following hospital patients through to outpatient care, from:

The lonely path from hospital to home
– by Beth Ann Swan, Washington Post, November 26, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012

Christmas-Palm Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and Christmas merriment is in the heart of the merry. The times are challenging for many of us yet this day assures us that the tough stuff is passing and there’s much more good “up there” with faith. Lights on a tree are a good illustration of God’s promises as with His love before those promises are fulfilled.

But I am not naive: suffering, pain, anger, betrayal, loneliness, poverty, illness…all these exist at this time for many on this Christmas as they do all the years-long, past and present. It’s a challenge of climbing higher than these depressing conditions and experiences: faith in a God who loves and provides can be a task when physical conditions prove otherwise. For some of us, though, despite such experiences, God’s love leads — faith, like those lights in a tree, shines on by some intractable and innate means and I call that miraculous.

Santa Claus came to town and he laughed because he knew he was mere messenger of very wonderful things already delivered and unsinkable: the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s gift that decided the match already and it was the good that won and still wins.

All I know is that God provides. Sometimes He says ‘no’ but He never ignores a faithful prayer and a good intention. But sometimes He says ‘yes’ and it’s usually through other people or ourselves when we participate in His generosity. And generosity isn’t defined by only the material, though, of course, material generosity is the most obvious and assisting in the tough times of others.

Christmas-Santa-Canoe

A few stories about acts of charity — people acting on God’s behalf among us:


Family Promise delivers on hope, housing

– by Theresa Walker, Orange County Register, December 24, 2012

Success Stories
GoFundMe crowdfunding websites have raised millions of dollars for personal causes & life events.
– from site, “gofundme.com”

Lay-away Angels Pay Off Orders and Pay It Forward
– by Judy Keen, USA Today, December 20, 2012

…just a few stories among many. Christmas is a special time to rejoice by engaging in charity and increased charity, but giving happens all year ’round by some and they should always be praised for their charity in our ongoing prayers — they certainly are in mine.

SCRIPT FOR “LIFE OF PI” IS WONDERFUL; IMPRESSIVE IS THE TESTIMONY BY THE SCREENWRITER ABOUT IT

“I’m not the kind of person who really likes to be looked at all the time. I was not naturally an actor…I am naturally a hermit who sits in his room and types all day,” he said.

I understand that and share in that perspective: such are the words from writer David Magee who adapted the book by Yann Martel, “THE LIFE OF PI,” to the screen released by Twentieth Century Fox (and currently at theatres nationwide and doing very well with audiences).

The film’s official trailer:

From Nikke Finke about the current box office success of THE LIFE OF PI and some interesting details about the cast and how the film was made possible as what we, the audience, now see:

Twentieth Century Fox reports that Life Of Pi opened with $47.7M worldwide gross from just 4 international day and date territories – Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, China – and the US/Canada market. Additionally, pic debuted on IMAX in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Total was $3M on 97 IMAX screens for a per screen average of $30+K. Domestic, the studio was thrilled its #5 fantasy adventure pic with Avatar-like 3D climbed a massive +24% from Wednesday to Thursday – up more than any other top film in the marketplace. Then it went up +97% Friday, prompting a studio exec to gush, “The good news keeps coming at you like a hungry Richard Parker!” It dropped -7% on Saturday. This PG pic received an ‘A-’ CinemaScore which is keeping it overperforming. Before it opened, the studio told me it would rejoice if director Ang Lee’s Oscar-buzzed pet project opened over $20M – and it accomplished that. But at a costly $120M because of all that CGI. Exit polling showed it playing to a broad cross-section of moviegoers: 54% male and 46% female, 23% under age 18 and 38% under 25. Subject matter was far and away the primary driver for interest. The first footage debuted at Cinemacon on April 26th after which Life Of Pi was the opening night film at the New York Film Festival. Now the studio has launched its Oscar campaign. I give Fox high marks for a compelling marketing campaign despite a hard-to-describe faith-based storyline. For weeks before the picture opened, Fox tried to tamp down box office expectations, telling me how Life Of Pi was “a truly unique film that studios get criticized for not taking risks to make anymore. And, like any unique original film, it takes time to seep into the broader cultural awareness. And we feel this is a steady, gradual release that will grow as acclaim comes in and word of mouth spreads. This was a bestselling book that no one thought could be made into a feature film. We took the creative risk and backed a top filmmaker’s vision to go on a journey previously thought unfilmable.” As for its faith-based campaign, Fox says it made the film for a worldwide spiritual audience. ”The thing that is different from traditional ‘faith’ campaigns is that we have reached out to all denominations of religious backgrounds – Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc – and these leaders and organizations have really taken to the film. They like the storyline that Pi as a teenager has a rabid curiosity about faith and the differences (and similarities) that impact him spiritually and allow him to survive by embracing it.” Of course, Fox is still all about the bucks and its marketing promotions included Life Of Pi ‘inspired by’ merchandise like Christmas ornaments and mango black teas.

Besides spiritualists, the overall marketing focused on book lovers and film lovers. Written by David Magee based upon Yann Martel’s novel which has sold more than 9 million copies, pic was produced by Gil Netter, David Womark, and Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) who spent 4 years trying to get the project to the screen while the book was in development for 10 years. But it probably needed to wait because that’s some CGI Bengal tiger! (Out of more than 165 shots of Richard Parker, only 24 were of real tigers.) Unlike most Hollywood movies these days, Lee worked with only the one screenwriter, Magee, the entire time in development. He shot the films in 3 countries – India, Taiwan and Canada — with the multinational cast Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, and Gérard Depardieu. Suraj became the focus of the media campaign because of his backstory: he beat out 3,000 kids for the part and only attended the Delhi auditions because his brother was trying for the role and promised him a Subway sandwich if he came along. Suraj did not know how to swim when cast and had to learn along with perform all his own stunts.

More from Nikke Finke’s DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD, prior to the film’s release, about how the film was made possible, and, about it’s visual and theatrical impact:

Fox World Premieres Stunning Footage Of Ang Lee’s 3D ‘The Life Of Pi’: CinemaCon
– by Pete Hammond, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD, April 26, 2012

More about the achievements of this film:

‘Life Of Pi’ Sails Into Oscar Race; Ang Lee Interview Plus Featurette: Video
– by Pete Hammond, DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD, November 21, 2012

Not to diminish attention or praise from the film’s technical, directorial or production achievements, the film represents an exceptional achievement by the screenwriter, David Magee. Though, granted, Magee adapted the material from an original novel — the story, characters, concept of the tale all-told are from someone else’s imagination — Magee accomplished quite a feat in adapting this literature to the material from whence a film could be made.

Filmmaking is more like mathematics than is generally understood: there has to be a formula from which the discussion about the formula — and toward which the objective of understanding it — occurs. Thus, a screenplay. Without a screenplay, you’re filming “random numbers” in a mathematical sense, or speaking about them, in a psychological sense, in disconnected, random bursts of information which may be captured in film, but it’s not a recognizable formula in a literary sense until there’s a script that sets a story down such that it can be studied toward further filmed development, explored, discussed (acting, for example, is an exercise in “discussing,” in a conceptual sense, the material at hand) and comprehended both individually and communally.

Those butchery-chop-chop-sake films made by the people who gush-out a script, a screenplay, on a weekend over beer and the beach in Mexico — with lime and company — are the equivalent of fifth grade math. Not to degrade what they accomplish in that method but they’re offering numbers that work regardless of how they’re strung together, mostly because their “sense” is one of randomness, of not following any formula; thus, the audience isn’t asked to learn one: it’s fun, like drinking beer at a beach in Mexico with lime and company. It’s called “shock and awe”.

But it’s the literary tales — stories, literature, characters in those “formulas” that are understood by following a communicable process — that present both real challenge and real reward if learned. If mastered, accomplished, like adapting this book, THE LIFE OF PI, to the screen as David Magee has done, these literary accomplishments are then explorable visually by both filmmaker and audience later.

The original material, the original literature by Yann Martel, is not easily, if at all, material that translates to the visual story-telling of film, it can’t be randomly accomplished, except, perhaps, as brief parody of it that also doesn’t require technical skill such as a feature film (or most films overall) require. Even acquiring the equipment and basic staff required to produce a film is no simple task to accomplish and that’s before any content for the film has been made. Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity looks and sounds simple when it’s presented — “E=MC squared” — but then consider what was involved to make it happen: not a simple, easy accomplishment. Presenting things as “solved” and resolved (in concluding terms, like what an audience views and hears in a feature film) is what the success of discovery is about but it involves a lot of whiteboards, so to speak, and a lot of typing of all those “numbers” involved up to a point of balance.

But back to the point of this post: the screenplay written by David Magee adapted from literature written (and conceived in the original) by author Yann Martel. So much of this achievement of this film, THE LIFE OF PI, is from the screenplay — the formula — discovered by David Magee. As stated already, the literature isn’t one from which a film could literally be made, as in, no clear route (or formula) that a filmmaker could follow to explain the story (or concept) involved, if any route at all. So Magee created a unique formula, or “proof” if you will, in interaction with — or as derivative of — Martel’s literature.

Thus, the importance of the how-and-why Magee discovered to tell this tale, how it was he explained the literature involved to those who wanted to understand and explain it by film afterward.

So much of discovery of these pathways to understanding are accomplished by individuals by way of isolated circumstances — time to ruminate and ponder, just like Einstein experienced, privacy in situation and enough time — whatever it takes — adequate enough to come to a point uniquely. I like how Magee refers to himself as “a hermit”. It’s how the rumination is possible, it’s where the intuitive is given time and possibility to define into the technical, or, into an application of the idea.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DID FOR THANKSGIVING BUT I HAD A TURKEY BURGER SAMMICH AND SAID MY GRATEFUL PRAYERS

This is funny:

Thanksgiving Bingo for Your Dinner Table
– by Jennifer Lewis, Flavorwire, Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

Are you tired of gathering around the same old Thanksgiving table to eat the same old delicious meal while having the same old Thanksgiving-themed conversations? You know — the ones about food, football, the parade, food, politics, family gatherings of yesteryear, Black Friday, tryptophan, and food? If so, we’re here to help. After the jump, you’ll find four bingo cards. Each card contains 25 squares, and each square contains something that will probably or possibly occur at the average family’s Thanksgiving dinner table. So, let’s say your uncle gets drunk — you would place a bingo stamp (or a quarter, or whatever you’re using) on the “Drunk Uncle” square and hope to eventually have five in a row (in which case you’d shout “THANKSGIVING BINGO!” and unjustly call dibs on all the leftovers, or whatever). Got it? Good. Go ahead and print out our cards, share ‘em with a few worthy family members, and have some good ol’ competitive fun at this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Bon appétit! And remember — don’t manipulate your family’s conversations just so you can win, mkay?

( Continued — view the other three of these cards).

Thanks to THE BLAZE for the link.

About my Thanksgiving Turkey Burger sammich, it was delicious. It made me happy to dine, satiated my day’s hunger for the most part, made for a pleasant respite as alone I was for this Holiday but in good spirits.

My recipe was quite basic: turkey burger gently fried stovetop in virgin-olive-oil with a slice of Havarti Cheese melted atop the burger, fresh garlic sliced and grilled with the burger and then set atop it, too, served between two slices of Russian Rye bread, toasted and slathered with Grey Poupon Mustard and a swipe of good ole mayonnaise. With that, I enjoyed a very large cup of Green Tea with milk. Yummm, grateful I was and am.

RE: OBAMA AND BENGHAZI — “I THINK HE’S STONEWALLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”

No kidding.

On 09/12/12, me and, likely, an estimated majority of Americans concluded that the day before that — 09/11/12 — attack on the U.S. Libyan Embassy in Benghazi was an act of terrorism. The grim and glaring “coincidences” of dates, locations, targets and behaviors was what I’d call a big clue resembling an iron hammer to one’s sleeping head: hard to miss that it hurt and that it wasn’t the gesture of a “random gang” but of someone too close to you who shouldn’t be. That the Muslim Brotherhood and other marauding “Islamacists” were responsible was, too, recognition that the someone too close with the destructive hammer was quite likely the only other person in the room ‘with you’ — Libya, Benghazi, a Muslim populated location functioning with keen influence by “sects” that are violent and violent especially against and about the U.S.A., our employees and agents of our government such as was found at the embassy attacked on 09/11/12.

And the date: 09/11/12. Hardly a coincidence that it was the eleven-year anniversay of the 09/11/01 destructive hammering of the U.S. by “sects” also Muslim. Nine-Eleven, twin towers, “II”…just random coincidences, according to Big Dancer Obama.

It was just not a big stretch to intuitively understand that the Benghazi issue was one of another rampaging, destructive group of persons with relationship to the Nation of Islam.

But then came the spattering of spit from the Obama Administration — to paraphrase: “it’s being investigated, too soon to know, yes, acts of terrorism are bad but we don’t know what this was, can’t speak until after it’s fully investigated, it’s being investigated, I don’t know, it was (name an agency here or there or everywhere) responsible, we didn’t know, we weren’t asked, we…uhhh…”

The “attack” on Benghazi was offensive enough on issue alone but then the news eeked out — only FOX News seems to have had courage enough to let this be known because the other networks were busy trying to ignore the issue altogether — the news eeked out that U.S. citizens were bludgeoned and murdered and worse, that two Navy SEALS had gone to the Embassy under attack and tried to save the personnel being attacked and that over a seven-hour-period-of-armed-defense-under-fire, those two SEALS were killed by the attackers and that no help from anyone came to their assistance.

When those two SEALS were found, deceased, killed by artillery from “the attackers” (so it was said, impersonally, without commitment by the Obama Administration), their weapons were bloodied, which indicates they continued to defend the place and persons in Benghazi even after they themselves were wounded. They continued to fire with, certainly, an expectation that help would arrive. Yet no help arrived and there they perished along with others from the Embassy itself and those who survived were whisked away to other U.S. controlled locations, never to be heard from by the American public afterward.

Here we are in November 2012 at nearly the end of the month and the Obama Administration continues to engage in various before-and-behind-the-scenes machinations about issues that can be tenuously said to relate to Benghazi or to this, that, some person here, there, scandal of a personal nature by him, her, “it’s still being investigated…”

Obama’s U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice (no relation to me though she owns the same full, legal name as I do), went before the world on a rotten weekend morning with a full range of broadcast network appearances nearly two weeks after 09/11/12 and insisted that “it was a protest by a random gang” (again, I paraphrase) and was “caused by a terrible video” made by an American who was a Christian, former Muslim and had “offended Islam” by his daring to point out theological differences he’d experienced with that Nation: “video, bad filmmaker, nasty former Muslim, deeply offensive to Islam, random gang, rioting righteous Muslims…”

And she not only insisted that line of story, she did so with tone and appearance that insulted everyone hearing and seeing her appearance: with sterness undue the issue itself, aimed at silencing inquiry not at silencing those responsible for the violence. Hers was a series of Sunday morning media appearances directed at diminishing curiosity if not shaming the curious.

Two full weeks after this terrible dereliction of the Benghazi Embassy in which four Americans lost their lives at the hands of marauding Muslims, the tale we and the world were being told was that the cause of all that heartache was this:

“video, bad filmmaker, nasty former Muslim, deeply offensive to Islam, random gang, rioting righteous Muslims…”

And that was the tale told to the world by Barack Obama himself when he delivered a crusty speech to the United Nations, assembled: “bad filmmaker, nasty former Muslim, deeply offensive to Islam…” and on it went at something quite close to that.

Today that Ambassador Rice is saying she acted “squarely” according to the Intelligence she was provided. That means it was someone else’s fault that she lied, or that she lied but wasn’t aware of it or that she was an incompetent stooge “simply” doing what she was told to do because someone else told her to do it (Intelligence or supervisor Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, or…). Note she hasn’t said it was Barack Obama who met with her and the Cabinet members to discuss, etc. Mention of Obama is being oddly avoided in statements about the Benghazi tragedy — terrorism, clearly, terrorism committed against a U.S. embassy — or even suggested as involved in this entire mess while even he declared earlier in his U.N. speech as also in other statements that he’d said he ordered American lives “to be protected.”

Yet Obama as President, according to the military, never issued any command to attack the attackers and the two SEALS, we are told by reports, acted independently to assist the Embassy while it was already under attack, their orders being to “stand down” yet their training as SEALS being to defend and protect and that training is what they responded to and did so heroically from the look of things.

Here we are in late November and Congress is in an investigative, hearing process as to what happened in Benghazi, who is responsible for what happened, who failed to do their job. A President has to issue a command to the military before the military can and will “act” with force against an offense and so far, all we know is Obama, as President, never issued such an order — instead, after watching the Benghazi attack UNDERWAY for SEVEN HOURS, viewed and recorded by U.S. military/intelligence drone, Obama “went to bed” and then got up the next morning and flew to Las Vegas for another one of his fundraisers.

He’s tried blaming the SEALS for following their training and losing their lives — the excuse used: “they ignored the ‘stand down’ order,” after all –and tried sending out Ambassador S. Rice to lie to the world about the nature of the violence involved, he’s tried deploying personally embarrassing information about now-former Central Intelligence Director and former General Petraeus, he’s tried shuffling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of Defense Leon Panetta off to Australia for some sort of photo-ops and “inspections” — much more urgent, after all, than this ‘Benghazi thing’ or so we’re supposed to accept this tourism-brigade by two of the nation’s most pronounced employees at a time of crises.

Four Americans lost their lives and did so on the job, doing their job. The two Navy SEALS among them asked for help while stil alive and engaged in weapons fire and their request for help was denied. The Benghazi Embassy Ambassador was raped before and after his death and the stories of the other victims have not been made known other than one of the Ambassador’s employees “was killed”.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R/SC) today said, about the Congressional hearing underway, that “President Obama is stonewalling the American people” about Benghazi.

No kidding.

Today’s latest Obama-excuse-spiel to try and shame anyone from asking about anything:

Susan Rice: All of this Benghazi criticism is “unfounded”
– by Erika Johnsen, HOT AIR, November 22, 2012

Earlier reference:

Petraeus tells Congress that ‘Obama administration altered CIA talking points’ on Benghazi
•Petraeus testified that he always knew the attack was linked to al-Qaeda
•Snuck into the Capitol in secret and out of media’s view
– by Associated Press Reporter and Toby Harnden In Washington
PUBLISHED: 08:56 EST, 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 15:02 EST, 17 November 2012

Ryan: If Obama Knew It Was Terror, Why Did He Send Rice Out To Say It Was The Video?
– from RealClearPolitics, October 17, 2012

Hmmm…
The hidden real truth about Benghazi
– by Doug Hagmann, in Canada Free Press, October 28, 2012

An Incriminating Timeline: The Obama Administration and Libya
– from THE FOUNDRY, by Helle Dale, October 08, 2012

In the following, indicationa of Barack Obama’s pathetic, loathesome abuse of the Benghazi tragedy to work toward his relection…proven by later events (election results and ongoing “tales told” about Benghazi) to be par tof Obama’s plan for relection, “managing how to avoid Benghazi and blaming nearly anyone else for it”:

Revolt of the Spooks
Intelligence officials angered by Obama administration cover up of intelligence on Iranian, al Qaeda surge in Egypt and Libya
– by Bill Gertz, October 05, 2012

The remains of the Embassy:

Bloody hand prints, stolen documents and shocking security failings: Harrowing pictures inside crumbling U.S. consulate in Benghazi after attacks that left ambassador and three others dead
•Dramatic images of bloody hand prints and crumbling buildings capture horror of Tuesday’s attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which fell on 11th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks
•Sensitive documents have gone missing from compound, including names of Libyans working with Americans
•Libyan officials say four men now in custody in relation to attack
•Landlord of building says there were 400 rioters and attack could not be prevented

-by Beth Stebner, DAILY MAIL, 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 03:29 EST, 14 September 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2012

It’s a day for giving thanks for all that we are grateful for. Despite one’s circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for. I sometimes wonder if but what feeling gratitude is too simple a concept such that it discourages the more hardened among us from experiencing it. But even the most hardened individuals have many a thing to feel gratitude about and today, especially, as to all of us, we do have much.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And, it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

I am spending this Holiday alone, unfortunately. I wondered at the last minute why I didn’t make plans to get together with others — my immediate family is far away so it’s not a simple act to be with them under most circumstances, however much I wish this was not so.

Thus, I prepared no feast but have something planned for myself for later to commemorate the day. I’ve made this day not about food but about that “attitude of gratitude,” of focusing on the abundance of good and great things that I have been given, especially about our nation, our national history, our goals for a nicer future. Despite difficult times, there is always something — and someone if not more — to be grateful for. Gratitude: the perspective that reinvigorates.

But giving thanks for those things about which I am grateful, that is what today, my day, is about. And about doing something for someone else to help their day be one of gratitude, too.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. May God bless.

…So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Reference:
Verses 1 and 4 above from “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman (1897).

READ THIS AGAIN: “BIG EGO, TINY ETHIC”

I ask all readers to, please, read or reread this post of mine from 2008:

BIG EGO, TINY ETHIC
Jul 31st, 2008 at 9:48 am

At this Thanksgiving, I acknowledge that there exists an unnatural personality occultism where “Barack Obama” is concerned and me encouraging readers to visit/revisit that post of mine is to encourage a focus not on this affixation several million have on that man but to pay close attention to the economic, socio-economic and political events and machinations that are identified in that 2008 post.

Fawn and faint over celebrity if you must — and many must, look around for easily available evidence of that — but look closely at where that leads based upon many recurrences of this in our human history.

That link, again:

BIG EGO, TINY ETHIC

Then read/reread this…

RACIST ORGANIZATIONS, NAACP & LA RAZA, ATTACK TEA PARTY MOVEMENT FOR ALLEGED “RACISM”Jul 12th, 2010 at 11:01 am

HEROES, THE QUIET ONES

From website, “A.Word.A.Day,” is this “THOUGHT FOR THE DAY“:

In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs. -Daniel J Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)

Haven’t most of us had those moments of disappointment in ourselves when we’ve been quite proud of an accomplishment or our self-value, then some lightning bolt of comparison appears and in a moment, what we’d been appreciative of in or from ourselves seems so much smaller by the grandeur by another? Yes, most of us have had those moments.

Some of us respond with resentment — I don’t; my usual response is to wonder why I can’t or didn’t do better. Resentment is a fall: high ground footing is wilfully lost when resentment is the perspective, resentment isn’t a productive state unless one’s product is to negate. I admire the success of others, it often motivates me to regroup, reapproach, go prepare more thoroughly, to imagine a best I have not achieved.

Excellence in sports is defined as “doing one’s personal best” — working, training, conditioning to accomplish the best one can by one’s own standards, or, rather, without limits. In life, ethically, morally, excellence is fidelity to guiding ideals. Ideals that guide represent a huge variety of human understanding and belief — good is bad, bad is good depending on one’s ideals, beliefs in what by differential in perspective about all that is valuable to an individual.

But the self-evaluative process in sports is simple compared with the moral and the psychological processes, primarily because these two latter processes are so difficult to establish among our human condition, socially and individually. Which is where civilization — humans in groups functioning in group awareness of self and others — steps in.

However, when that construct called ‘civilization’ fails some of us, as it does even when they — we — are qualified to participate and contribute, however faintly, what’s left for such as these? Is social recognition, reward, material endowment what’s important and moreso, what defines a worthy person? If it does, then, that implies that the absence of those qualities and materials in an individual’s life defines them as not worthy by comparison.

Individuals face challenges that are so often experienced privately, sometimes in anguish, and what their place among others is, is up to them: acts of courage, generosity, love and great love occur often in a private context and it is these persons who are our silent heroes, silent only to those around them. Doing good is it’s own reward. Being good is up to each of us, despite no reward often being apparent if even available except to know that you have done the right, the good thing.

VETERANS DAY 2012

Our national and individual appreciation, value of and gratitude to our veterans should never be refused them: our veterans have proven their willingness to protect our nation and to do so in situations and conditions that many of them never disclose out of consideration for the rest of us.

We should also never exclude the families of veterans from our gratitude, because the family is tested and tried along with the veterans, and, this trial of perseverance and determination to remain stoic in extremely challenging material, emotional and psychological circumstances can make — in my experience, did make — permanent impact on familial structure. The family members of veterans often are overlooked while their experiences also often go unstated out of consideration for their veteran and during active duty, especially.

In today’s compromised world of informational security, veterans and their families cannot and should not publicly disclose details or even experiences as to military service, and, even socially, there needs to be caution exercised as to with whom what is shared.

All told, military service for veteran and family can be a lonely experience and they must maintain appearances and functions of normalacy despite the severity of living — and working — conditions.

Our veterans have earned our nation’s gratitude and their families have earned our respect and both have earned our nation’s gratitude.

Happy Veteran’s Day to the heroes among us, those who do and have done what is needed to be done to keep the rest of us, and our Republic, alive.

BARACK OBAMA: STILL ALL HYPE AND NO PRESIDENT AND HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A MANDATE

Barack Obama has somehow managed to ‘win’ this latest election for the Presidency but he has no mandate, he was not elected by the nation’s majority despite what he claims. I write this not to discount those legitimate votes cast for Obama that have been counted but to point out that there is a huge, vast, extraordinary gap in meaning and reality between what is said by Obama and what he means by what he isn’t saying or the code words he does express that represent his selective context that runs contrary to what listeners instead assume he means.

And about the election, I am sure that we the voting public will be reading about “voter irregularities” and other “discoveries” about polling, voting and ballot issues in the months to come while we, meanwhile, wade through the deluge of ongoing Obama-Leftwing-Democrat moves and misleadments. Their “win” was marginal and does not represent the majority of American voters, and, therefore, Obama has no “mandate” despite what he crowed in his well-performed bombast while reading his teleprompter last night.

To say I don’t respect Barack Obama is to miss the many issue compromises and complications I hve written about over the years on this site. I continue to respect the Office of the U.S. Presidency and do so with great aplomb but I do not respect how Barack Obama has used that Office, as have his supporters, to demean, discourage, denigrate and inflict ruin not only on that Office but in doing so, on this nation.

I’m deeply sorry for all those who voted for Obama yesterday. I’m sorry they are enraptured by a deceptive messaging and in many cases, otherwise, from what I’ve read from them, by the false imagery of vanity. I’m sorry their wrong decisions inflict harms on the rest of us, I’m sorry that the work and views of the rest of us fall fallow on their fallow virtues.

More/Related:

Really clever American voters stick with Obama’s failed status quo
– from Investors.com, November 07, 2012

What Happened
– by Tucker Carlson, The Daily Caller, November 07, 2012

Last, but not least, the damages the Leftmedia continues to inflict on the credibility and reliability of public information:

Five ways the mainstream media tipped the scales in favor of Obama
– By Rich Noyes, FoxNews.com, November 07, 2012