Monday, January 15, 2018

Random Thoughts On this #MLKDay 2018.....

#GoogleDoodle Honors the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
Today is the Day where America remembers the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Our team at The Daily Outsider featured the call to action sent out by the Corporation for National Service at all our properties for all to hopefully take up this call to action.  The Twitter handle @MLKDay was also quite vibrant throughout the weekend showcasing it all.   It is of profound note that Dr. King's Widow, Coretta Scott King and her valiant effort throughout his life must be remembered as well.   I never forget Bill Clinton's Eulogy for Mrs. King.   He noted that when Dr. King was assassinated, Mrs. King could have chosen to stop and stay it is enough and she needed to raise her children.  Yet, she decided to go to Memphis and lead the marchers hand in hand with her Children.  I am shivering as I am writing this.  I made it a point of noting this in response to a Tweet from the King Center--and they were spot on.  

Service, though, is a lifelong commitment and it should always continue.     For me, this week of service began on Wednesday as I had the pleasure to be at St. Timothy's Parish briefly before joining the opening of the Pickle Ball Court Opening Ceremony at Crown Valley Regional Park.    As our team worked on curation for this weekend of service in line with our continued commitment to serve,  I began the evening with an evening of service supporting the Aliso Niguel High School Solo Ensemble Concert at Aliso Niguel High School.  
 
Aliso Niguel High School Orchestra 

I continue to marvel at the level of engagement by the Parents.   The Orchestra Director, Mr. Jeung, does fabulous work in showcasing the best in our Youth.      One of the students arranged a composition by Yanni that Yanni would have been proud of to listen to.

I spent the weekend working away on projects and gearing up for the new week as I also was monitoring the tragedy unfolding off the coast of Shanghai as an Iranian Tanker collided with a Chinese Freighter.   The Iranian Tanker sank and as I am writing this, 29 members of the crew were not accounted for and presumed dead.   The interview by the widow of the Chief Engineer was tough to listen to and I released it to my Twitter Feed--and when they got the news as the Tanker Sank, the widows grief was too tough to be witness to.    Our team released a notation on it as the news broke-the team decided to delay the publication of a Notation on Iran in deference to the Day of Morning in Iran and it is slated to be published later on in the Week.    I also was extremely proud of the Persian Community as it came together to raise funds for the Children of Kermanshah through the Keep Children in School (KCIS) Foundation at a star-studded event.        

As I was reflecting the year so far, I got this from the folks at RescueTime




840

Total Hours Logged



Last year, you logged 840 hours of time with RescueTime on 109 days. Of that time, 247 hours were categorized as Productive time, and 455 hours were Distracting.

Here's how productive your days were.



As I finished off these Random Thoughts , the distressing news of another bombing in Baghdad was a stark reminder about the profound challenging times our World continues to be faced with--and as in Syria the war raged on, Gaza continued to suffer, Yemen continued to be subject to a relentless onslaught by the Saudi-Led Coalition and as conflicts raged on in Africa.   


Onward to the New Week: