Thanks Darling

August 27, 2015

As a swimmer, I stink.  I could serve as ballast.

People have tried to teach me to float face up, but as they scream, “Arch your back!” I slowly sink, hovering about 6 inches below the available air.

“Arch your back!” as I look like a submerged Yoga Master impaled on a stick, sounds like, “Bbblllarchh, bbllooaa bbbblllll!”

Doing the face down “dead-man’s” maneuver, I can stay buoyant for days, but unlike a dolphin, I don’t have a blow-hole in the back of my head…

I’ve almost drowned 3 times in the past, the first event occurring when I was about 4…  Still, ever since Jacques Cousteau plumbed the depths on the televised voyages of the Calypso, I’ve always been enthralled with the environment underwater.

As a kid, apart from the full outfit of a snorkel and mask, enabling the aforementioned dead-man’s float, sans rubber blow-hole, I was given just the mask.  Far worse than nothing…  Bad idea!

Still, these were the days when people believed the nonsense that swimming within 30 minutes of eating, say, a warm tuna sandwich on the sand, would leave you with cramps.

Truth is, even after an hour, coating the children with tuna oil, before having them re-enter the surf on Jones Beach, not far from Montauk where they catch Great Whites, is FAR more dangerous than tightened muscles.

Time passed, the dream faded, and then I married my wife.

With her prior experience, she got me and my children into proper snorkeling, and then into certified diving.  We have all bonded through this experience, and become better people because of it.

Swimming on the surface, I still resemble a lead weight attached to a large sand-bag.  But sinking with rented scuba gear on, the last 150 dives have been a cinch.

Thanks darling.  And, Happy Birthday!

You opened a world less explored than the Moon, and enabled our children to better know the earth, and indeed, themselves.

BTW, if you check out the video below, click through to YouTube directly, it’ll play much better…

Ferguson again, why?

August 12, 2015

Exactly why are violent protests happening in Ferguson?  We are at the 1st anniversary of what?

Fact is, the DOJ issued a report fully exonerating Darren Wilson.  This is after a Grand Jury refused to indict him.


Read the DOJ report.  Go on the DOJ website and download it.  Pages 5-8 are worth the price of admission.

Why hasn’t the President used this anniversary to re-frame the whole “race” issue, restate the blatant facts coming from the DOJ investigation, and re-institute a common sense, dispassionate view of law and order?

Fact is, like all life, so-called “Black” lives do matter.  They are being lost violently in nearly epidemic proportions, and not via police action.

Why isn’t the President calling attention to this basic reality?

He is uniquely poised to tell the truth, and set about planting a long-term fix.

Without the diagnosis, we’ll never be able to start fashioning solutions.


“We choose to go to the Moon…”

June 24, 2015

When President Kennedy sent us on the quest for landing on the moon and returning safely, his idea was well beyond what anyone on Earth had ever thought realistically possible.

It was an enormous vision.

President Obama needs to do the same thing in envisioning the quest for a society that forgets “race” and looks upon character.

Our current President enjoys a golden opportunity to redefine America, and lift us far beyond the mud of racial division into the stratosphere of universal human reality.

He is uniquely poised to do this.

I hope he will.



Epson Fantastic!

June 1, 2015

How do you treat a customer?  Epson Incorporated seems to know.

Having successfully and very happily used their other products and projectors, some years ago I purchased an Epson $3,000.00 LCD projector for work, using it pretty sparingly for very short duration presentation videos.  Still, it came to pass that at only 18 hours total illumination, the bulb blew.

So I called Epson tech support, got right to a live person who heard my story.  He never asked for a receipt, never asked for proof of use.  Just heard my story.

Putting me on hold for a minute to touch base with a supervisor, he then rushed me a new projector bulb unit, gratis.

This is a $500.00 item, sent free of all charges.

Guess which company I’ll stay with and recommend across the board, without reservation?

Epson not only makes marvelous products, just as critical, they operate out of the principle that the customer is a friend and ally.  It’s not just the technical sophistication that makes this company go.

It’s the superlative service.

Ancient Aliens?

May 9, 2015

I remember reading Von Daniken’s, “Chariots of the Gods”, when it was first released as a paperback.  Some of the theories contained within were later promulgated by Leonard Nimoy doing the voice-over on the TV series, “In Search Of”.

Who would know better than Mr. Spock regarding the true nature of “Bigfoot” or the Nazca lines in Peru?

Few of us at the time thought to ask, if aliens can travel light-years across the galaxy, why would they need an airport in Peru?  Did they require baggage claim too?

Running through the channels a few days ago, I came across, “Ancient Aliens”, on The History Channel, no less!

Imagine a network known as The History Channel airing a program about aliens, when, as yet, there is not one shred, not a single scintilla of evidence, that aliens exist at all, anywhere!

Sad, really, when it’s a fact that The History Channel airs footage relative to things like WWII, and people like Churchill, Eisenhower and MLK/Jr.

Apparently, against all odds, the alien pursuit on what should be a bona-fide media source is nothing more than a pandering grab for ratings.

“Ancient Aliens” belongs more on the Comedy Channel.

While the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program has yielded nothing of the kind, perhaps it’s time we looked for Inter-terrestrial Integrity.

Finding evidence of that would truly be something.




Francis Pusok, beaten

April 10, 2015

The video depicting the beating of Francis Pusok is pretty straight forward:

Is he a person of color?  No.

Does the apprehension of this individual seem egregiously excessive?  For sure.

Can we calmly expect a full investigation, without widespread rioting?

Almost definitely.

Why?  Well, in part, because the ridiculous concept of “race” won’t be injected into the discussion.

Cowboys & Indianas

April 7, 2015

For years I have not accepted numerous invitations from the Gideons to participate in free events celebrating the work of pastors.  My lack of positive response has been based in my disagreement with the approach of the Gideons toward women and Catholics.  I have raised my thoughts and concerns with them in this regard, but the Gideons don’t need me to endorse their practices, nor should they rely on my views to adjust their program.

The Gideons do good work, as do other organizations that I still would not choose to fraternize with.  Thus, if I were asked to render an Invocation for certain occasions, I would respectfully decline.

Could I be wrong?  For sure.  Being wrong is a right I’ve cherished and nurtured my whole life, and, in a clerical role, being wrong in the above regard, is a right I believe is Constitutionally secured.

But what if I was a photographer, or cake baker, holding the same beliefs and convictions?  We all know there are people in the pews whose faith orientations are as strong as any ordained personnel.  What then?

Would I have the right to turn down a big pay-day, not in refusing a request for crucial goods and services, but as a photographer asked to capture an event with a camera?  If I was a committed pacifist, would I have to render on-location videography service for an Armed Forces banquet?  As a lay-person, would I have the right to say, “Hey, have the dinner, and have a ball, just do it without me.”

Perhaps such considerations seem ignorant and backward.  Alright.  Is it the government’s job to decide who’s moral principles are correct and whose aren’t, especially as it pertains, not to an act of restriction, or segregation, or prohibition, but to the personal choice of non-participation?

I think most solid Christians are quite willing to respect legislation that allows things they don’t personally endorse.  What becomes much more problematic are scenarios in which faithful people are asked to professionally and publically provide services for social events they fundamentally don’t want to be associated with.  Where do their rights begin and end?

Watching the discussion centered on Indiana, it’s been amusing to see various factions claiming what Jesus would do and say as they castigate those adjudged as ethically inferior.  One wonders how many of those who use Jesus actually pray to him.  Indeed, the moral tyranny and cyber-bullying openly expressed is shameful, and some would do well to remember that not all who wish to access the right of refusal are Christian.  Conscientious objection is often an Inter-Faith affair.

Respect for diversity cuts across many lines, and painting Jesus using only the colors we favor isn’t just spiritually arrogant, it’s sinful idolatry.

In this country, even stupid people have rights.  However, let us all take humble caution in determining who the ignorant and wise truly are.


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