Nobody can make it out here alone!

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

When I was young, I guess you could say that I was a hard head. The more accurate saying that comes to mind is, “young and dumb and full of come”. I am also reminded that the average age of the Vietnam soldier was 19 years old; you see when you’re young, you think you can do everything.

As I got a little older, I found it was easier for me to take advice. I realized then that you can’t do it alone out here in this world! You could try, but you’ll quickly find it’s a lonely and angy place. Pearl Bailey once said, ” You will never find yourself until you face the truth”

Find yourself someplace to just sit down for a moment and hear yourself think. Ask yourself a few hard and honest questions, like “… do you love yourself and can you give yourself a break?” You got to be able to do that! That’s a start, cause you can’t do it alone out here! Focus on giving some love instead of taking all the time!

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Remembering President Obama’s Inauguration

December 6, 2011 1 comment

I was looking back over one of my diary entries and ran across an intersting one from 20/01/09– President Obama’s Inauguration. In it he talked of irresponsibility and greed, doers and makers… and those who endured the whip,  plowed the hard earth, and fought wars. He went on to speak of the willingness to find something greater than themselves… values like honesty, hard work, loyalty and courage. And, most importantly, a new era of responsibility, new duties and defining our character! So what happened? Politics, that’s what happened!

When I step back and look at this one, I am soberly reminded of how fragile life truly is! For a moment there– one fleeting moment only, there seemed to be  hope for a new tomorrow; A hope for the future we’d only dreamed about previously– the real American Dream cause this ain’t it! … and there it went, just as quickly as it came– hope!  Bolting across the sky like Hailey’s Comet, never to be seen again in our lifetime! What to make of it?

We still have an opportunity to send a message; AMERICAN DREAM NOT FOR SALE! We have an obligation not only for ourselves, but to our children and their children. Don’t let the dream perish. “Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called sons of God, …[and] they shall inherit the earth…”(Matthews 5:9 and Ps 37:11). Get out the vote, be energized and in every corner, let there be light!

Family, you only get one–maybe two!

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I was always told growing up that you only get one family! I used to listen to a song by I think the Dramatics by that title– a little different, but you get it. In these modern times though where divorce seems to be the order of the day– seems we get end up getting more than one family.

There’s so much noise out there that it’s hard to break through and parents don’t make it any easier! Lost tribes a bound and futures misdirected– maybe two families is the way to go?

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Community building where to start?

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I guess the first thing I would ask anyone proposing to be about community building is what is your vision for the community? If you can’t see or envision it, you sure can’t build it!

There’s the mission, plan and strategy that must be a combined effort that involves the commuity and leaders. If people are not part of the solution, they’ll surely be part of the problem. The there’s the tactics and follow-up for achieving what was just conceived… make no mistake– follow-up and through is a learned skill that not everybody can stomach or have!

Leadership! I salute anyone brave enough t get in front and “move things forward”; least appreciated and most disrespected people I know! But still they do it. That’s what’s required!

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Moodle 2.1.2 and the eLearning thing

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s just too much information out there regarding learning management systems (LMS); if you listen to it all, you’ll never make a decision. I wish I could say the process was going to be easy! A weighted checklist kind of thing that covers costs, core or vendor supplied must items for lms, other criteria, pedagogical requirements (teaching stuff/frameworks) and maintenance agreemnets items is a good start.

Just because a particular LMS has the highest weight doesn’t mean it’s the one for you; maybe you don’t have all the information, etc. The other crucial thing is the expectations of those staff and students who are to use the LMS; will there be “real training” provided or just a 1 or 2 day “training” kind of thing. Why is this important? The LMS won’t get used if people don’t feel comfortable!

There’s so much more, but suffice it to say– if you don’t get really involved yourself in the process, what makes you think you’ll get involved later.

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The more you know…

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

It seems you can never learn enough! As many times as I’ve been told something like this, I’m still amazed when I learn something that’s new and really useful.

I had been struggling with some colleagues in a foreign country I’ve been in for a number of years. Being retired Navy, I have a way “handling” problems and roadblocks; Don’t get me wrong, I don’t burn bridges, but I also don’t always tread lightly either. We used to say back home in the day, “…come strong or stay at home”. In this culture, you might as well swat flies cause you’d have better luck!

Look, culture (beliefs, attitudes, education, religion, etc.) is everything and it effects and/or pervades your work product and ethic! My father used to say, “An apple don’t know to do nothin’ but fall straight down from the tree”! When I was young, it really didn’t that much–but I tell you now, my father’s really a smart man! Maybe he knows how to cut down an apple tree?

Why married people get divorced

October 1, 2011 1 comment

As a divorcee, I thought I might contribute my two cents to the topic in the vain hope that someone out there might could use the information. I know it’s useful, but whether anyone can take advantage of it is another story.

From real life, Navy and business– it seems communication is the one great equalizer! Any successful enterprise, including marriage– depends a great deal on communication; now that’s been said many times, but what I’m referring now is something Oprah mentioned– understanding the how when people things can be done. Most of the time, they leave that part out.

In order for communication to work, we all need serious and real communication skills; If I had them, I guess I’d still be married? Oh yeah, communication is a two-way street– so no matter how much mad communication skills you have, if the other person isn’t ready or have skills as well– it’s not going to happen!

At least that’s my observation… thanks for listening.

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