Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Out Of The Box! M.P.H.

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In 1998, I had called my Aunt and Uncle to let them know that my Mother’s Husband had departed from his battle with cancer. To this day I still remember my Aunt’s voice as she broke the news to me on the phone, my Uncle died unexpectedly in his sleep of a brain aneurysm. Serendipitously, both men died within 24 hours of one another. A few years later while sorting through the baited rat trap of boxes I had accumulated over the years, I had to face and embrace the memories of my Uncle Bill. Each photo found, showed him as a tall lanky Gentleman whom never seemed to age. Amidst my collection were letters from him and my Aunt; places they had been, things they were doing. A wonderful assortment of cherished birthday and holiday cards from them - expanding from my youth to that of an adult. And with each memorabilia, I found myself on a journey down memory lane filled with echoing heart felt laughter and love. My Uncle Bill made his living painting homes and in-between his brush decorated canvases with beautiful pictures. My favorite are those of trees and covered bridges. Recently franscud; Francis Scudellari Author of Caught In The Stream posted about Mr. Potato Head. I mention this because one of my fondest childhood memories is when my Aunt and Uncle took me on a trip with them to Tennessee, for their Daughter’s wedding. First, one must envision such a tall man being the owner of and driving a VW, back in the days when these adorable beetle bugs were petite. As a child, I always found it humorous and amazing how my Uncle Bill fit himself into this car. In Tennessee, Uncle Bill took me for my first double dipped ice cream cone! Outside the snack bar, my top scoop plummeted to the ground immediately. Uncle Bill merely smiled; gently taking my hand, he walked me into the ice cream shop again, for another delicious dip atop my cone! On our way back from the wedding, the heater in the VW decided to quit. When Uncle Bill stopped to get a few repair supplies, he made a side stop into a near by store where he bought me, yes – Mr. Potato Head! And so, with permission from Francis; for all those boxes that couldn’t hold all my treasures of yesterday; I present to you my Readers, Mr. Potato Head, for all to enjoy! May such a photo be liken a feather duster on the memory box in your minds and bring you treasured smiles also.

When putting things back together again was simple:

Here’s to you, my Uncle Bill!

In Loving Memory, Here's to you Aunt Ella December 30, 1925-April 9, 2011

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Humanity Links What's In It 4 You

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I have long wanted to participate in a new meme to “bring 'goodness, graciousness, and healing' to our world” started by Jennifer at GOODNESS GRACIOUSNESS. (Please visit Hold the Vision! for heartfelt details.) Now the question remained, how could I ‘help heal the world and hold that vision?’ By doing just that, holding my vision - I realized my aspiration. And so it is at this time I present my Vision to “bring ‘goodness, graciousness, and healing’ to our world”:

Humanity! If we all could join together as "one" on all noteworthy humanitarian causes, regardless of topic; the combination of such positive aspects and efforts would be electrifying. And perhaps the ultimate answer to what People continuously seek. "United for Humanity" - we can make a difference. So let your "Humanitarian Cause" be known. Spread the word! If you have a "Humanitarian Cause" or know someone who does, that would like to be listed, supported, etc. please visit Humanitarian Causes - United for Humanity (HCU4H) and e-mail your link and site description.

There is no cost, no gimmicks, no work for you to do! HCU4H will list your Humanitarian Web Site or Blog Site with all links going to your site. HCU4H will promote your Humanitarian Cause! HCU4H will construct an rss feed for your site to be included on the HCU4H Blog, with a ‘Share What You Know at BlinkBits’. (BlinkBits is a system designed to “share your bits of wisdom on any topic instantly”. )

Why is Humanitarian Causes - United for Humanity doing this?

So there can be a "one stop place" for People to list AND find Humanitarian Causes.

What are Humanitarian Causes?

Not only the large org sites, however; the blogs and web sites People have worked hard on to support these Causes in Humanity. Rather that be Health such as quit smoking, the Environment such as Climate and how it affects humankind, Ethnic groups, Art, etc…

HCU4H is by the People for the People in “one place”, here at Humanity’s Street Corner, for People to list AND find all Humanitarian Causes.

United For Humanity!

So come on over People of the WWW to Humanity’s Street Corner at HCU4H! Visit - get listed! And be sure to visit the HCU4H Blog!

Thank You again Jennifer for such a wonderful idea for a meme to help “bring 'goodness, graciousness, and healing' to our world”! As many People already have, may more People continue to Hold the Vision!

Friday, July 20, 2007

God’s Goose Bumps

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Am I a Humanitarian? Good question. My blog represents a Humanitarian Cause I firmly believe in about the Human Race. And that is, regardless of an Individuals' race or religion; the fact is we all bleed the same color blood, put our clothes on the same way, and use the toilet for the same purposes. How am I spreading the word about this? By standing firm on Edward George Bulwer Lytton’s quote, the pen is mightier than the sword. Cause that is the beauty about the internet, the web is the most non-prejudice place in the World! The majority of sites on the WWW being visited, enjoyed, and read – People seldom know the race and/or religion of the Author nor care. And if this information is known, most People will nonetheless feel comfortable visiting because there is no peer pressure around to censor or dictate their comings and goings. Comments are the same, unknown race and/or religion; only commentary from Individuals! That is why my blog slogan is, Binding Ink-Reinventing the Pen-for the sake of Humankind.

In fact, Binding Ink is a year old this month! In celebration, I recently opened a new web site called Humanitarian Causes-United for Humanity (HCU4H) . A "one stop place" for People to list AND find Humanitarian Causes. However; don’t let the big words like Humanitarian and Humanity scare or fool anyone. HCU4H is not only the large org sites, however; the blogs and web sites People have worked hard on to support these important Causes in Humanity. Rather that be Health such as quit smoking, the Environment such as Climate and how it affects humankind, Ethnic groups, Art, etc. HCU4H is by the People for the People in “one place”, at ‘Humanity’s Street Corner’, for People to list AND find all Humanitarian Causes.

However; am I a Humanitarian? Though I support Humanitarian Causes and have a Humanitarian Cause, I would have to say no, not yet. At least not until I have actually gotten out in the Communities to get my voice, feet, and hands worn-out and blistered. Nonetheless, I am a Non-Rich Philanthropist (A Person Who Cares About People)! If I were a rich Philanthropist, I still would become relatively poor rather quickly by gladly contributing to various Humanitarian Causes. Anyhow, in being a Philanthropist, currently it is my heart that is experiencing all the blisters. I don’t know how other Philanthropists, Humanitarians, Police Officers (Keepers of Public Peace), Fire Fighters, etc. Nurses, Psychiatrists, etc. Volunteers for Crisis, such as Red Cross, etc. Rape Crisis Volunteers, etc. cope. I understand that some Police Officers are mandated to see a Psychiatrist/Psychologist under certain circumstances that may affect their job performance. Perhaps Psychiatrists see Psychologists to vent that their Patients wore on their patients.

Nevertheless; saddened, my heart heavy, and still trying to learn to cope with Peoples sorrows without falling apart myself in tears; the song by Skillet Eating Me Away echoes in my head – “Is this my legacy, Feel it eating me away”… Then in a recent post I asked, When Is It Ok To Scream? Well guess what! Sometimes when you scream loud enough, the Universe does hear you!


Kristy said...
“Unless it's a really, really odd coincidence, I think my boyfriend is a co-worker of the husband of YOUR co-worker who recently lost her father-in-law. Because he came home and told me that exact same story the other night. What a small, small world.

And yes, sometimes it's okay to scream!”

At first I agreed this was merely a coincidence. However I replied; ...my site is all about Serendipity and asked where she is from. When she stated where she was from, I got God’s Goose Bumps! Yes, we were neighbors. And yes I ping my blog in hopes to draw even local visitors to my site, yet the local interest in my subject matter has never been remotely appealing. That’s when I realized, as I replied to her:

Yes this is Serendipity. Perhaps you were meant to read my post and I your comments, so some where in the blogosphere we can try to make some sense of this and the other tragedies; or at least find comfort in commonality. For this is Serendipity, a Universal symphony whose tune can be heard by the most tone deaf person. Thank you again Kristy. Hugs from the Universe to you! May we always remember, all the world is not S.I.C.K., For in-between all the torrid rains, there are rainbows. In-between the avalanches, there are snowmen.

So Readers and Humanitarians, "When you are weary, ... When tears are in your eyes", I say – go ahead and Scream! Cause not only is the Universe listening, it will answer!

Serendipity amid Civilization, a Universal symphony whose tune can be heard by the most tone deaf Person!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

When Is It Okay To Scream?

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To list just a few of my current events, a Co-Worker has cancer (see The Red Carpet); a Co-Workers’ Best Friend since days at War together, has just been diagnosed with cancer and has 6 weeks to live. One Co-Worker had a stroke not to long ago and will be unable to return to work or his style of life and motorcycles. One Co-Worker recently unexpectedly under went immediate necessary brain surgery and died on the operating table. One Co-Worker just lost her Father-In-Law last night; as he drove home, he crashed into a tree; supposedly he had a heart attack. Another Co-Worker was telling me that she has had 4 deaths in her Family in the last 2 months. Understandably, she is unsure if she can handle the heart wrenching news if any more should occur, as other members in her Family are currently not well. In less than a few months, a champion Co-Worker has triumphed over her Daughters’ miscarriage, 3 cars in one month expensively breaking down, the loss of her Mother to inevitable cancer, and shortly afterwards, their Family dog dying - pending an astronomical vet bill. She accredits the Lord for her remarkable strength during this seeming trial. I widen my eyes and note, our City has just lost 9 Fire Fighters in one blaze. “The nation’s deadliest single disaster for firefighters since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.” This week, another rare event in our City took the lives of 5 People in a Highway accident involving an 18 wheeler. Compared to what everyone else is going through; I feel terrible to be complaining to myself, about my own mediocre confrontations amid dharma or karma. And yet with my heart being pulled in so many directions and many of my personal situations being intellectually challenged, I can’t help but want to scream.

Related post: God’s Goose Bumps

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Upgrade Pay Benefits!

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The bitter sweetness of software upgrades, particularly at a place of employment! Someone must have added a dash of nuts to this bitter sweet candy bar, cause the improvements are driving me crazy! Some where behind the shroud – surely, someone in the Network Help Department is rofl right about now; as Monday morning, the Guinea pig-lab rats arrive. Shortly afterwards, the impending announcement: Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines! Suddenly, the sound of a thousand computers rebooting can be heard throughout the building. Beep, beep what the f** bleep bleep… and so on throughout the work week. Headache inducing, narrated overhead broadcast messages like, we have a data block – please log off and back on…. Suckers! Amplified transmission: Please log off again, stand by, log on…. Lollipops Suckers for everyone! Loudspeaker message, Please wait, network resources are low. Everyone log off. At least, as if for our entertainment; with each glitch, the assortment of voices from the above amp would differ. From time to time we could hear panic in a Help Department voice and thus feared we all were going to crash with the system, without any seat belts or refreshments! As echoed from the mikes, “We need EVERYONE to log off. Please log off NOW!” Nonetheless; the situation began to remind me of a not so convenient store, Stop n’ Go! What the heck, while I am here let me pick up a few items! Oh yes, Stress Management! Quick, on the Job Training; hands on experience! Oh wait, there’s Positive Thinking! System down is down time for Staff! Relax, put your feet up, have a break and just enjoy! Remember, Personnel are getting paid for any inconveniences! So to the one behind the invisible shroud, I say – who’s laughing now! Oh yea, coffee time galore!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Philosophical Riddle

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(This post is accredited to JIM - Thanks for giving me the strength to push through another door)

lansy from A Drop of Tear in Heaven has a saying, “change your emotion to change your life”. Recently, I have rephrased this or am using an old saying to fit a preponderance, “Change the Question to Change Your Life”. For to often circumstances can and will go wrong in life. Might we instead of asking - Why is this happening, ask rather - What can be done. For as I Hate Artists opened my eyes to, in saying Why; “you paint the picture that you are nothing but a victim”. And so begins my riddle. Say you change the Question and you do ‘What’ can be done about any given circumstance, yet the seemingly inevitable persist; circumstances continue to emerge as stumbling blocks. Does this mean that what a little old Lady in a wheel chair once said that “yea God loves me - but He hates you”, is true? (God being whatever entity one prefers). Now in helping figure out this riddle, bear in mind that we can’t argue ‘not the right timing’, because opportunity is abundant. And we can not argue, ‘not meant to be’; because there is an abundant of evidence to the contrary. Thanks for your input in re to this Philosophical Riddle and have fun!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Promise Me

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I'll Stand By You

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Dont be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
cause Ive seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You dont know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less

Ill stand by you
Ill stand by you
Wont let nobody hurt you
Ill stand by you

So if youre mad, get mad
Dont hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well Im a lot like you
When youre standing at the crossroads
And dont know which path to choose
Let me come along
cause even if youre wrong

Ill stand by you
Ill stand by you
Wont let nobody hurt you
Ill stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And Ill never desert you
Ill stand by you

And when...
When the night falls on you, baby
Youre feeling all alone
You wont be on your own

Ill stand by you
Ill stand by you
Wont let nobody hurt you

Ill stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And Ill never desert you
Ill stand by you
Ill stand by you
Wont let nobody hurt you
Ill stand by you
Wont let nobody hurt you
Ill stand by you

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Who Is The Blog Fairy?!

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A Special Entity in the extensive blogosphere! Especially in the adult world, whence Fairy Tales have long since exposed their truth and lost their luster; suddenly a spark of old familiar magic is rekindled - thanks to The Blog Fairy! An Entity that prefers to remain anonymous, while spreading needed ‘blue ribbon’ joy amidst us Blog Writers! Still, who is The Blog Fairy? All we know is what is written on her profile:

About Me : I keep watch 'oer the blogs and bloggers in the vast blogosphere. It is my joy to shine light on those that show love and kindness and to honor them.

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,

For I would ride with you upon the wind,

Run on the top of the disheveled tide,

And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

~ William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

Sex: Female

Well, in re to my much treasured ‘Blue Ribbon’ from her, on June 30 I wrote:

Oh Dear theblogfairy in deed, please do read; I know not who ye are, be you near or far; yet I thank thee kindly Sprite, for this badge I now display with proud delight!

Since, I’ll admit I’ve been trying to secretly keep up on The Blog Fairy! Like a kid wanting to catch of glimpse of whom she really is, what Fairy Land does she beckon from, etc.? Needless to say, The Blog Fairy has been hard at work! Yet as busy as she is, somehow this week she flickered by my place, almost unnoticed! A few days later I so happened looked up at MyBlogLog Tags for ndpthepoetress. There I noticed The Blog Fairy found time to leave me another sprinkle of Fairy dust! She tagged me blue ribbon blogger !

It is at this time that I would like to further add:

To you The Blog Fairy, we Thank You! May a thousand endless ‘blue ribbons’ interlace to your heart with our utmost appreciation for you and all you do!

The Blog Fairy url intentionally left out of this post cause all Fairies should be found! Plus I don’t want to add to her already busy schedule!

Related Posts: Tears The Blog Fairy Is Now The Queen of Angels

Friday, June 29, 2007

The Red Carpet

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Awe yeah, the almighty red carpet! When people imagine the red carpet, they often envision – lights, camera, action – Hollywood! Star strutted status of various anticipated prestigious awards! Or Royalty and their entourage. However; there are numerous monumental red carpet moments in every ones life! Be it a Prom or Graduation. Job promotion or Career transformation. Marriage or get the Cradle ready. A Recreational recognition in Sports, Art, the Community, etc. The Cherry runner is afoot endlessly for any ripeness!

Oh, but heed the slippery slopes whence lay the thinly padded ‘blush mat’ of Shame. For even many a President have walked this crimson carpet. For example, he who could not quote “Fool Me Once Shame on You; Fool Me Twice Shame on Me”, has now ironically earned the name, ‘Bush Shame’.

And so there are occasions to proudly roll out the ‘burgundy carpet’ and there are times to tread lightly upon it. Today though; I learnt about the ‘ruby carpeted Encore’. Whence from behind the camouflaged curtain a figure appears to take a final bow. However; if any of us had to walk this red carpet, surely none could ever be as diligent as this distinguished Gentleman.

Scene: Work

Gathering: Employers, Employees, Co-Workers, Friends

Enter: Distinguished Gentleman

Précis of Speech: As most of you all know, today is my last day as I have been diagnosed with a rare inoperable stomach caner and will be going to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland for treatment.

This Distinguished Gentleman continued, I am not much of a religious man yet. However; if some of you are – please remember to include my Wife in your prayers also. He then added his usual sense of humor to what has to be the bleakest moment in his life. Having returned home from War some years ago, he promised himself milkshakes! Stating, and though there is no scientific proof rather Arby’s or Wendy’s or McDonald's… milkshakes may have contributed to his stomach cancer; he sure enjoyed them as we all can tell by the size of his belly. He continued by humorously going into detail about how our Security Personnel adamantly would not let him enter the work premises today because he inadvertently forgot his proper identification. Ending, he therefore must leave before Security towed his car off.

Here is a man; already burdened with irrefutable fate, having to put his best foot forward for his peers – Friends…, whilst being ridiculed by his and our own Security System. Yet instead of giving up, turning his automobile around, and just returning home; he – being the Distinguished Gentleman he is - merely parks his auto on the side and walks inside his place of employment, sequentially to pace the ‘ruby carpet’ for us.

Surely cancer does not stand a fighting chance against such a Man with this kind of admirable caliber!

"Is That All There Is" by Peggy Lee

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Operation SOS

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Today My Friend you tell me, two weeks now you not take your medicines

Oh how I know you yearn for death

Even signed a no resuscitation form, no life support.

I understand my Friend that heart surgery merely let your heart mend

While the remnants of your fragile self still lingers in an unwanted life

Yet to hope for death by increased blood pressure or worse

Surely pain will torturously inflict first

Or create nurse maids of your Family.

Though depression be ever so deep My Friend

You need to reach out to those whom can Professionally help

Least vegetative state becomes your final resting place.

© - Jeane Michelle Culp

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Intermission: The Secret Of Sadness

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Binding Ink is interjecting momentary ‘Ink Blots’ known as Intermission, while my written expressions in re to life, events, etc. are being fully created prior to posting. Therefore; if you have any reviews on books or movies you would like ‘Temporarily Blotted’ on Binding Ink please contact me. Thanks!

Today’s Intermission: (Article):

Why Knowing The Secret Of Sadness Is Important To Your Health? by Zach Kong

To be frank with you, the secret of sadness is no secret at all. It is just that many of us fail to see it even though it is always right in front of us.

I believe both you and I know that sadness is just a part and parcel of life. This is the truth and will always be the truth.

Regardless of who you are or how much you earn, you are bound to experience sadness as you travel through this journey I call Life.

In fact, when you start to look closely into the secret of sadness, it actually states taht happiness is the root cause of all sadness.

You can never experience sorrow without first experiencing happiness or and displeasure without contentment.

Happiness and sadness are just 2 sides of the same coin. They come together and they will be together. One follows the other.

All sadness and sorrows arise from your misconception of happiness. To be more accurate, your wrong preception of your lost happiness.

Now think about it carefully. Can happiness really be lost? Is it really true that our "lost" happiness can never be acquired back and experienced again?

The truth is, those happy moments and experiences are not lost and never are.

What you have lost is in fact the source of it. Not the happiness itself.

For example you are just fired from a job you really, really like. How do you feel? Sad!

So what are you really sad about? It is because of the job or it is because of other issues like having to leave your kind and helpful colleagues? Your passion for the job? The fulfillment you get from the job?

When you really start to look into it, you will start to find that what you have really lost or what you missed is not the source of the happiness. You are in fact missing the good feeling or positive emotion you obtain from them.

Therefore by constantly focusing your attention on the source of your happiness and your lost of it, you will not be going anywhere but continuously feeling sad for your perceived loses, happiness.

It may be true that you have lost the source of it; however you have never lost that happiness. You just have to look for it at a different place.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
~~ Helen Keller ~~

Now I am not saying that you shouldn't feel sad over someone's death or over the lost of something you missed dearly.

What I am trying to say is that sadness should not be used as an excuse for you to indulge in self-pity and self sympathy.

What I learn from the secret of sadness is that sadness in fact is another way you express your gratitude and appreciation for the thing, person or event which bring you your happiness.

You feel sad because you miss the good old times, joy and laughter you had, acknowledging the fact that you will not be receiving your happiness anytime soon from them.

In addition, you also recognize the fact that your happiness is in fact not all lost. You just have to move forward and keep looking.

Therefore rather than constantly looking at the closed door and hoping that it will be opened up for you again, why not focuse your attention on the present and start looking for new and more interesting opportunities that are sure to come your way?

Remember the secret of sadness? Happiness is never lost. You just have to keep looking in front you not and not get blinded by your past perceived "lost".

Zach Kong is web entrepreneur, a self mastery trainer and advisor. He has written several articles on self improvement and revealing the secret of sadness. His websites have provided people with valuable advice, free tools and useful resources.

For more information and resources, click on www.ZachKong.com

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Adding Mystery to Your Life

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Adding Mystery to Your Life

by Randy Gilbert - Date: 2007-06-23

You may or may not have been born to superhuman intelligence or super detective skills but one of the first words you probably drove your parents crazy with was 'why?'.

"Humans need mystery and challenges. They motivate us to show our true colors." So says John Shimmin, archeologist and author of The Manx Grail Chronicles: Mystery of the Templar Treasure. When asked why he writes mysteries, Shimmin said that he wants to engage the reader's imagination and critical thinking skills.

Here are six tips and strategies Shimmin shared about the benefits of keeping mystery alive in your life:

1. Expand your brain. Shimmin holds that our lives are filled with repetitive tasks and passive interests like TV and video. Most entertainment spoon-feeds the brain into a vegetative state. Look for chances to break your routine and find more engaging entertainment. When we read mysteries, we think outside the box or our personal comfort zone. Mysteries are good exercise for our under-worked brains.

2. Learn about truth versus story. Shimmin spent thirty years searching for truth in his archeological studies. What he found was that history is slanted by the person or organization who records it.

Shimmins's advice; "Don't look to history for truth -- history often takes on the agenda of the teller. Mythology may hold more clues to ancient truths than history."

3. Recognize the truth in story. Truth in stories was a way to pass information down through generations before the written word was widespread. Mythology has endured for thousands of years, and is based in truth.

On the other hand, history is shrouded in opinion; it may be distorted to suit the needs of an organization, as in Catholic religious doctrines. Beyond historical truths, there are truths we can learn about human nature from obvious fantastical tales such as 'Aesop's Fables'.

4. Learn how historical events depend on the Author. For example, the Dark Ages were so called because the Catholic Church ruled over people by instilling fear and hoarding knowledge. Any truths which opposed the will of the Church were discounted as heresy and believers were coerced to change their opinions. If they refused, they were banished or killed.

5. Apply mysteries to everyday. From figuring out who stole the last cookie to solving a crime, we encounter mystery all the time. Our brains thrive on answering questions. Solving mysteries keeps us sharp: thinking, deducing and reacting.

The easiest way to find a mystery is to do a little people watching. If you're still struggling, try spending time with a kid.

6. Get a team. Shimmin does not use a Sherlock Holmes character in his plots to solve all of the story's mysteries. Life rarely has a central hero character who singlehandedly has all the answers or the ability to figure out the mystery alone.

A more realistic approach is teamwork. Recognize and encourage special talents in the people around you. People are a lot more likely to volunteer a talent that they feel is respected.

Dr. Proactive, Randy Gilbert, enjoyed learning from John Shimmin, archeologist and mystery author for an Inside Success Radio interview. Listen for free at: http://www.insidesuccessradio.com/Guests/John-Shimmin

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

What Kind of Thinking Blogger Are You?

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J M Culp, You are a Motivational Visionary

Ideas and options are what you're always creating and doing.

Description of the 4 Quadrants

What kind of Thinker Are You? click to find out!

Find out what kind of thinker you are – are you a bold visionary, cautious analyzer, charming extrovert or a warm people-person? Take a few minutes to fill out this short, fun quiz and find out with an amazingly detailed report. The results may surprise you!


Understanding the Big Picture

Thinking and processing! That's what you love to do the most. Ideas and options are what you're always creating. Once something seems concrete, structured and complete, you have a way of coming up with a creative option that changes the whole and leads to a better building process.

Most of the time you are very uncanny about seeing and understanding the big picture. Yes, you're a holistic thinker that is always asking the question "How?" Everything, including the smallest detail, needs to be woven into a framework to answer your question of "How?" Not one step can be taken until you know how that one step fits into the whole. These are some of the many reasons why people refer to you as a visionary.

How You Think

Your thinking process is mostly intuitive and analogic. However, you do use facts and logic to back up your intuitive thought processing. When you weave these processes together, you're constantly challenging logical and scientific thought. You seem to stretch the facts to create a new theory or develop a synthetic way of tying different theories together. This optional way of thinking energizes your thought processes while at the same time focuses your energy on the facts in specific, yet different, ways.

Dynamic Creativity

Change, particularly in ideas, is never-ending for you. What you're enthusiastic about today may not be the focus of your energy in a week, a month or year. People that know you see a dynamic stream of consciousness which, given the right amount of time and people support, allows you to develop idealistic and artistic themes into living and creative realities. It makes no difference whether they are software programs, pieces of art, strategies for corporations or new, holistic developments for organic gardening.

There is no timeline or deadline for your accomplishments. They are never-ending because you will go back and transform them if they evolve into a different whole within you. That is why in school or at work you procrastinate until the last moment to finish a paper, an assignment, or a project. If you do the work early, you'll have to go back and change it completely because you'll see it in a different contextual whole at the time when it is due. So, why redo it?

Exploring Options

Every so often paradoxical thoughts attract you. While most people avoid them, you seem curious and comfortable with them. That's because, once again, your need for creative and optional thinking doesn't have to be tied consistently together with logical and factual data.

You're attracted to the unknown more than the known. You're drawn to what's unusual about something rather than what is ordinary about it. If it's strange or way out there, you'll want to know and read about it. You may take an idea from this and apply it in some practical way.

As a scientist or scholar, you have a bent towards the artistic side. What other people see as facts, you may see as shades of facts or possibilities of different facts. It's the development and the creation of new ideas and ways of looking at something that excites you. Your world is the world of possibilities and visions.

Thinking of the Future

You're always thinking about the future and you have an usual awareness as to what may happen. What you forecast is not always logical and sometimes makes many people uncomfortable. But if they've known you long enough, they use the awareness to be better prepared for upcoming situations or events.

How You Communicate with Others

People want you to share your thoughts with them. That's because your ideas and expressions usually give a different slant on a topic or on what's happening. Many times others look to you for your awareness or guidance about something.

You're an excellent communicator with individuals and small groups of three, no more than four people. You listen attentively to what people say, how they say it and what feelings are generated. When you give feedback, it is usually very sensitive and leads to further communication. You have an unusual awareness for what is happening to the person and others that are participating. It's almost like a sixth sense. Sometimes, people distance themselves from you because of this sensitivity and your feedback.

The same thing happens when you enter a room with people conversing. Without trying, you can sense the themes of the discussions and the feelings being expressed. As you join a group, people are drawn to you and have a need to express their thoughts and feelings in your presence. You seem to be a natural facilitator for communication on all levels.

Motivating Others

Every so often, you'll be inspired enough to positively motivate people to follow you as their leader. When you're in this action mode, you can speak before and lead large groups of people, even major organizations if you've had enough previous experience. Your words will flow fluidly and touch the hearts and minds of those listening. You'll have a dynamic energy that will focus people to successfully accomplish the goals and objectives set forth.

Yes, if the situation is right, you can go from this quiet, sensitive thinker and communicator to a charismatic, dynamic leader who is not afraid of risks or of being wrong. It's not as dramatic as being Clark Kent and turning into Superman. However, if some persons have never experienced this transition in you, they may be pleasantly surprised if they are on your team or a employee/member in your organization. However, you should know that, once the mission and goals have been accomplished, you're quite satisfied to return to being the thinker and sensitive communicator.

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People who have a predominantly Left-brain Abstractthinking style thrive on careful analysis of all pertinent factors before making any decisions. Their style is naturally systematic and detail-oriented, characterized by the pursuit of logic, predictability and discipline. They may appear distant and aloof at times, as they prefer to listen rather than talk. They tend to stick to the rules and stay within the confines of their orderly world.

When communicating with a Left-brain Abstract person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

  • You might find their passion for logical analysis to be ponderous or overly pedantic at times, but if you keep an open mind, their conclusions could be beneficial to you.

  • In situations where you must collaborate on a project or a plan, their tendency to stick to the rules can be limiting to your own creative visions. Present your optional ideas as logical alternatives worthy of consideration.

  • They may appear distant and aloof at times, as they prefer to listen rather than talk. Don't take this personally or assume they're arrogant. Remember that they're absorbing and processing information before they render an opinion.

  • They can be a valuable source of background or historical information, which you sometimes tend to overlook while you aim for the "big picture." Nevertheless, expect them to provide more details than you might care for.

People who have a predominantly Right-brain Concrete thinking style thrive on interacting with people and being the center of attention. They inspire others with their charm and warm personality. They can read other people very easily and use their intuitive skills to adapt effortlessly to changing situations. They are excellent at exciting and persuading others to follow their suggestions. They often speak without spending too much time thinking about what to say.

When communicating with a Right-brain Concrete person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

  • At times, you might find their ebullient need to be the center of attention to be overpowering or annoying.

  • Like therapists, they can sometimes encourage you to open up and confide with them about personal problems or concerns you have. You're usually okay with this, as long as they don't pry too deeply or push their solutions too strongly.

  • As much as you think before you speak, they think by speaking. They are excellent at exciting and persuading others to follow their suggestions.

  • Even if they don't take logic or factual data into account, they may come up with innovative or imaginative ideas that are worthy of your consideration.

  • Since you both like to come up with ideas, the verbal interaction can be both personally rewarding and productive. They may not share your visionary creativity, but they often have an intuitive sense of what is most suited for you.

  • They can sometimes seem manipulative in getting their way. While you might find their personal charm and charisma irresistible, don't allow yourself to be swayed in a direction that you know is not right for you.

People who have a predominantly Left-brain Concrete thinking style are action-oriented and thrive on challenge. As movers of people and organizations, they enforce rules, focus on goals, meet deadlines, and demand immediate action. They typically avoid getting bogged down in details and want to go directly to the bottom line. They prefer short and easy action-items or conclusions. They are decisive people who want to get things done quickly and efficiently.

When communicating with a Left-brain Concrete person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

  • You might find their style at times overbearing or in some cases, even intimidating. As a result, you're likely to interact with them only as much as absolutely necessary.

  • When it comes to solving problems, they view feelings or abstract concepts as intrusions that prevent them from reaching a firm conclusion. You'd be better off not allowing your feelings to become too much of an issue.

  • On the other hand, your feelings about certain situations are paramount to your comfort level, so don't be afraid to let them know how important that is to you.

  • There might be times that you will feel they are pushing too hard to get you to make a final decision. On the other hand, you might be struggling with all the options you're considering and could benefit from their decisive nature.

  • Don't be offended by their direct talk if it seems abrupt Ð they are goal-oriented people who know how to get things done.

When communicating with another Left-brain Concrete, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

  • Like you, they tend to be visionary thinkers who look at the big picture and try to understand how things relate to each other.

  • They value creative, inspirational options as much as you do. They can usually provide interesting alternatives that would be worth your while to consider. At times, however, you might become a bit irritated with their tendency to go off on tangents when you're trying to focus on a particular issue of concern.

  • With the tendency you both have to procrastinate while exploring your options, one of you will need to refocus your energies on making a decision when the need to accomplish something arises.

  • You are both open-minded and feelings-oriented. Together, you are likely to create a relaxed, low-key atmosphere based on trust and good rapport.

  • Remember to be patient with their quiet, reflective nature; just like you, they may be thinking of other options that are more suitable for you or for themselves.

  • Ultimately, you both need to feel comfortable with how your decisions fit into your world.


Using the Concluder style of learning can create stress for you. Yes, you can use it for short periods of time as a learning or production tool. But, the longer you use it, the more stressed you become. Your energy-focus, which accesses this particular process, may be blocked sometimes. It's as if you have a blind spot in this part of your repertoire. You just don't like to have to use it as a primary tool. The following is what may create stress for you if used for more than short time periods:

  • Always trying to be in control of or in charge of everything and everyone
  • Insisting on asking the question, "What is the objective of doing this?" and immediately taking action to accomplish it
  • Making sure everything you attempt is based on concrete, realistic and linear steps
  • Being concise about everything you think, learn or do ("less is more")
  • Demanding that efficiency be a constant motivator and goal
  • Being the highest achiever and one of the most successful people at all costs

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  • Thursday, June 21, 2007

    Yellow is not always Gold

    8:41 PM 3 Comments
    I write this for a Friend who is battling ‘old and new demons’

    Title: Yellow is not always Gold

    So the monkey beckons your company
    Golden laced bananas dangled from the hanging tree
    Booze to drown your distress
    Pills to camouflage your illusions
    But nothing seems to deaden the numbness you feel
    Don’t you know the mirror is merely an instrument

    So you saw you are human, you are not 'SuperMan'
    You have needs too
    You hurt – you ache
    And what of this new found anger
    Does it make you less than a man?
    (beast, beast, beast…. shhhh…)

    Keep the monkey in its' tree
    Come save yourself, you are not alone
    Reach out and pull into yourself that which you need to feel -
    To feel human once again
    Can't be afraid to ask
    It will not make you less of a man

    Just don’t take the bananas – don’t
    Don’t go swinging from tree to tree
    For you’ll only hang yourself
    Signing your own fate

    So put the needle to the Pen and scream upon blank pages
    Let me hear what is going on inside your numbness
    All you have to do is reach, beyond the monkey - reach
    Beyond the banana trees - reach
    (shhhh… what of the monstrous beast…)

    Maybe best to face the animal inside us all
    Than tackle a monkey upon your back
    So, no bananas for you today.

    ©-Jeane Michelle Culp

    Author, an online Bud has asked -Jeane M. Culp to write his "Love Saga". All the Story and poetry posts can now be found in one location, in one Series at: Binding Ink II

    Tuesday, June 19, 2007

    Knock Knock ‘anybody out there’… Part 2

    7:00 AM 4 Comments

    Somewhere between Fiction and Non-Fiction the Reality of 'Letting Go' Continues

    [Scene: The Hangover

    Author: awakens long enough to 'Let Go' its' latest victim]

    Sadly, you just don't get it yet

    You still think that after all the lonely weekends

    After every night alone

    Your day time 'give a darn', just doesn't 'give a damn' any more

    But now you need to go on and save yourself

    For the monster has crept in

    Leave while you can

    This nightmare has just begun

    Perhaps one can merely feed a dog scraps and leftovers for so long

    Before the beast within the Bitch rages out in anger

    Leave me to my ''UnComfortably Numbness'– I don't give a damn no more

    Can't you see – your 'give a darn' has gone

    You can not reach me, it's too late

    Deafen your ears; you need not hear my howling as if at the moon

    Let them be merely echoes in the cold dark night

    Just go on and save yourself – go on

    For the monster has crept in

    Leave while you can

    For my nightmare has just begun.

    …just a simple 'Pen' prick.

    ©-Jeane Michelle Culp (©#U671zX2456)

    Author, an online Bud has asked -Jeane M. Culp to write his "Love Saga". All the Story and poetry posts can now be found in one location, in one Series at: Binding Ink II

    Sunday, June 10, 2007

    LIVE Discussion: PAIN Lyrics By THREE DAYS GRACE

    5:12 PM 3 Comments

    What does the song say to you?

    “Pain without love, rather feel pain than nothing at all” Agree or Disagree? Why?



    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

    You're sick of feeling numb
    You're not the only one
    I'll take you by the hand
    And I'll show you a world that you can understand
    This life is filled with hurt
    When happiness doesn't work
    Trust me and take my hand
    When the lights go out you will understand

    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all
    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

    Anger and agony
    Are better than misery
    Trust me I've got a plan
    When the lights go off you will understand

    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all
    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing
    Rather feel pain

    I know (I know I know I know I know)
    That you're wounded
    You know (You know you know you know you know)
    That I'm here to save you
    You know (You know you know you know you know)
    I'm always here for you
    I know (I know I know I know I know)
    That you'll thank me later

    Pain, without love
    Pain, can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all
    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all
    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all
    Rather feel pain than nothing at all
    Rather feel pain

    Discussion Continued:

    eastcoastdweller has left a new comment on your post "PAIN THREE DAYS GRACE":

    Guess my mind is in the gutter -- I interpreted that song -- it has a great beat, BTW -- as a call for a little S&M.

    Reminds me of another classic: "C'mon, baby, make it hurt so good."

    -jeane michelle culp response:

    I expected some people to interpret the song this way, but not you eastcoastdweller – LOL. However; I must admit – when I first heard the song, I thought the same thing and found myself embarrassed. Then the lyrics grasped me like a familiar reality. First if the song was about sadism and masochism, one would not need to wait for the lights to go out, nor have a plan. Plus, S&M is perhaps entering into the psychological aspect. Then one must also take into consideration without the gutter concept; other psychological behaviors such as self-mutilation. Therefore; to look at the lyrics in a rather poetic form, what than might one construe? Hence again I reiterate the later question:
    “Pain without love, rather feel pain than nothing at all” Agree or Disagree? Why?

    Which also brings up another good question, in the following verse what could the plan be?:

    Trust me I've got a plan
    When the lights go off you will understand

    Maybe this song “Pain” was used in a Movie and a Reader can enlighten us to that. However; notably this will merely be the movie’s explanation for the lyrics.

    franscud has left a new comment on your post "PAIN THREE DAYS GRACE Discussion Continued":

    To me, the operative line seems to be:

    Anger and agony
    Are better than misery

    There seems to be a contradiction set up between physical pain and the spiritual/emotional variety. My best guess is that it's better to feel the physical variety, which in some ways the singer equates with vitality, than the emotional kind, which leaves you numb.

    But that's just a guess. This may be like an inkblot test where we all interpret it differently.

    -jeane michelle culp response:

    Well verbalized and Thank you franscud, this is the poetic depth I was hoping for! As the days whence Shakespearean Poems were discussed! Passion...!

    In re to the implied psychology, I concur: all poetry, lyrics, ‘art’ should be - to each “their own interpreted inkblot”. Thus I continue to welcome and encourage further individual interpretations about this song.

    cooper said...
    I interpret is rather as a whole - feeling anything is better than feeling nothing at all. That's just me.

    -jeane michelle culp response:

    Good point cooper, I must admit; I agree that sometimes – “feeling anything is better than feeling nothing at all”. Thanks for your comment!

    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    Pick Your Favorite Blogs!

    7:03 PM 6 Comments

    Ndpthepoetress (Nom de plume The Poetress) Presents:

    Binding Ink Communities from MyBlogLog!Starting with the list below, what blogs are your favorites and why! Each link will take you to their MyBlogLog Community where you can read a brief description about their blog and click on a link to go directly to their blog. Enjoy!


    ! 100 Mybloglog News

    ! Mini-News

    :: inkthinker ::

    ~Again I go Unnoticed~


    A Consuming Experience

    A Hint Of Poetry

    A lad’s Lunch With Favor!

    a painter's kitchen

    Aa..ha! [Thinking Inside The Blog!]

    Andrea Micheloni




    Carnival of Good Stuff

    Caught In The Stream

    Characters at Inspired Author

    Climate of Our Future

    Cose mai scritte prima

    Designers who Blog


    Eric Blue's Blog

    Get Lifted, Inspired, Motivated, Involved and have Fun

    goodness graciousness

    Google Tutor


    Great Books-A Chapter a Day

    Human For Sale - How much are you worth?

    Inklings-The Copywriter's Blog

    Inspirational Awareness

    Inspire, move & touch

    Journey Home

    Katie's Crazy Ride

    Life is a Gift, Celebrate it!


    Moncks Corner Moments



    Necessary Skills

    on the black hand side

    Philosophical Articles

    Philosophy, et cetera

    Reflections of Time


    Share A Joke!


    Six Degrees of Inspiration



    Such Shakespeare Stuff

    Sumangali.org: In the Spirit of Serendipity


    The Absent Mind

    The Article Writer

    The MyBlogLog Blog

    The Ordinary Mystic

    The Reflection Cafe

    Upper Fort Stewart

    Very Short Novels

    WE BE Bloggin with LowCountry Joe

    We Make the Difference

    When Least Expectedâ¢


    Wonderland or Not


    Xtraordinary Living Blog

    Yahoo! Messenger Blog

    Young Black Professional Guide;The Young Black Professional Guide to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.