Monday, December 11, 2017

Sun Tzu -- The Art of War

"A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame".
The Art of War by
Sun Tzu

Safe bet to say it's a book on neither Trump's nor Putin's bookshelf.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Just Sayin'

  1. For a man, true style is the effort it takes to make it look like an effortless endeavor. For a woman, it's the effort, visible to all, that makes for her perfect evening. 
  2. There is no greater barometer of a city's civility than the collective driving habits of it's citizens during rush hour. 
  3. Cubicles, khaki pants, and company monogrammed polo shirts are analogous to prison wear and its cell-like housing. Together they diminish free thought and are an indisputable petri dish for corporate disloyalty. 
  4. Absolutely no one wants to watch you scroll through the pictures on your cell phone. 
  5. A true intellectual welcomes a dissenting opinion. 
  6. If an atheist can be no more certain in the absence of a God than a believer can be in the presence of a God, than I pick faith. At the very least, faith offers a comfort that atheism could never explain.
  7. Very few technological advancements in the last few years please me more than the inevitable death of cable television. 
  8. I suspect pharmaceutical firms are now spending as much money on politicians to prevent non-criminal marijuana use, as tobacco firms spend on politicians to retain non-criminal cigarette use. 
  9. Retirement is a lot like dancing. You have to let yourself move to the rhythm of it before it feels like a natural and carefree lifestyle. 
  10. I simply can not recall at which point in my life the wafting aroma of a pot roast cooking in the oven began to stir my senses more than the intimate scent of a woman's perfume.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Little Miss Hollywood

Yes, yes, yes this is Facebook stuff. So sue me. I'm a very proud grandfather.  Enjoy.

A Bipolar Upside Rarely Mentioned

There are some things people with various forms of personality disorders and manageable mental illnesses do very well. Like all others, including bipolar people like myself, there are also some things we do rather poorly. I'll concentrate my thoughts here on being bipolar since, as luck would have it, I happen to be an expert on the subject. While I don't want to minimize the negative effect a personality disorder like bipolar might have on a person -- here's a rarely mentioned truth about it. There's actually an upside. Talk about a conundrum huh?

According to a recent study published (4/2017) in Psychology Today: "It is not known why the link between bipolar and creativity exists. However, some experts speculate that it may stem from the experience of being bipolar – that the intensity of feeling that accompanies episodes of mania and depression leads to the heightened awareness that allows for great creative expression."

From personal experience, I can only agree that there is, in fact, a "sweet spot" built into the higher end of our emotional spectrum. We begin feeling an extra shot of creativity. Frankly, "an extra shot" is an understatement. Suddenly, something has to change to satisfy our overflowing creative juices. We have to move. We have to change the oil. We have to clean something. We have to fix that one warped board on the deck. We have to do something to make the world a better place. Trust me, if mania is anything at all, it's definitely exhausting.

It's been well documented that Abraham Lincoln, the man who took upon his shoulders the greatest paradigm shift in all of humanity, suffered from the dark depressive symptoms of bipolar. Ted Turner, a bipolar poster boy if ever there was, changed the world with his initially wacko idea of CNN. Then when one adds other bipolar people like Mozart, Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra, Earnest Hemingway, Charles Darwin, Dick Cavett, Richard Dreyfuss, Patrick Kennedy, the dark yet brilliant Friedrich Nietzsche, the recently diagnosed Catherine Zeta Jones, and even Winston Churchill to the afflicted cast, it makes the premise of a bipolar upside all the more difficult to refute.

So what's my point? Simply this -- a reasonable argument exists to widen the lens from which most people see bipolar and other mental illnesses. For millions upon millions of people in the world, that alone would be a game changer.

Jesus, Joel, and a Hundred Preachers More

As great communicators go , clearly in the absence of any mass media at the time, Jesus must have been an amazing speaker. Maybe even...