Growing Pains

Oct 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM
My daughters are growing again. Stevie says they've grown tons since they arrived in FL. As always, my leggy thin beauties are geting closer to being supermodels. They're almost as tall as me already and they're only 10 1/2 years old.

It pains me to miss it. I swear, it is the weirdest thing to be a hands-on mom who just happens to have to - by custody arrangement - miss 6 months of their life every year.

I miss them so much it hurts.

I'm having a birthday

Oct 24, 2007 at 6:39 PM
My something-something-th birthday is coming up on the 1st.

All I want is world peace.

And a lot of money. And one of those talking beer can openers.

A funny thing happened on the way to the nightclub

Oct 22, 2007 at 8:06 PM
Jerry Seinfeld is not a Scientologist, but he's taken some courses. Jerry did the Success Through Communication Course right before he started stand-up, and he said it helped him. That's great.

It is funny that the media has labeled him as a "follower" - a word I find offensive, because Scientology has a ship-full of leaders, and a rare follower. And besides, he's not one. You can do these courses, any of the life improvement courses, regardless. I was once given a study partner of an active Baptist minister while doing a life-improvement course. In fact, that was while I was doing Success Through Communication.

I think it's great that Jerry did a Scientology life-improvement course, and that it helped him.

That's what the life improvement courses are for. Anyone, whether they consider themselves a Scientologist or not, or whether they have any further interest in finding out more or not, can do a life improvement course.

These courses are so good that even seasoned Scientologists sometimes do them for the purpose of aligning related data a bit better.

For instance, I just completed the "How to Be a Successful Parent" Course a few days ago, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants competent, happy children who contribute and love you.

I'm not surprised that the Communication course helped Jerry. I also have done that course, and I found it very helpful in providing a basis for me to operate within - communication is key to ANY operation, to ANY situation. It doesn't matter what you do. While it's terribly evident that communication is fundamental to a stand-up comic, I think it's also pretty darn important in any other field. Any time you work with other individuals, communication problems become very very big in a hurry.

Loose lips make sink ships but so do tight ones, shy ones, disinterested ones, etc...

Armchair Philosophy

Oct 12, 2007 at 1:16 PM
Philosophy is a coined word for what all of us do instinctively. It's nothing more than a label for that which is - at essence - the core of living. We all seem - in my estimation - to be playing this game for nothing more than to overcome something and pick it apart to learn from it.

I think it's terribly funny that philosophers - in searching for the meaning of life by picking apart life and learning from it - are acting out the meaning of life without realizing it.

So anyway, philosophy really turns out to be no more than professional-level thinking, problem solving that pervades all of life and provides the thoughts behind the problem-solving for others.

Modern writing is often canned, trite and fraught with the consideration that all decent thoughts have already been thunk - that all the big problems have already been solved in some mundane, depressing fashion. We're all supposed to toe the line, stick to the mantra, follow the fold, shuffle the same worn deck and arrive at the same conclusions. Real philosophy (AKA professional-level thought), at least in written form, seemed to die for quite some time.

Open most books and you find that the lead character is built around some concept achieved through a college psychology class, rather than around what real people do in real circumstances.

And it is in this wise that I consider that the only decent writing occuring is occuring in blogs. It is in blogs that people are still picking apart life, analyzing the pieces and returning to the game of living.

In essence, it is in blogs that the only writing is presently happening that I find uplifting.

Anyone who blogs, then, is an armchair philosopher in my estimation.

Or at the very least, they are usually living in and talking about present time. That is - all by itself - tremendously refreshing.

And if you blog and have any advertising on the blog, you're actually a professional philosopher, a groundbreaker and a mentor.

There is nothing serious about that statement. There is no weighty label to apply. Applying heavily significant labels to something does it no good. The point is that you're slamming yourself into life and then writing about it. Then you're returning into the fray to slam against the next bit of life. Then you're writing about it some more. It's adventuresome, it's dramatic. It's not in any way a small contribution to the future. It's a small piece of a big contribution - the blog community is a LIVE communication line in a world full of false liveness.

There are few real (aka non-corporate) bloggers without a propoganda to sell you or a psych 101 lecture to mimic. They're not selling scripts - they're just the armchair philosophers of the world.

And I'm darn proud to be a part of it, in my little way.