A Daily Thought

Friday, August 18, 2017

Random Thoughts: Briefly on Making a Difference.....

It has been a fabulous week to have been witness to Community spirit in action.     It has also been quite a challenging week underscored by the horror in Virginia and Barcelona.    I took heart, though, in this I got from one of the causes I support as I got word that I was able to be supportive in raising some $ 15,000.  

This weekend is my community's Relay For Life at Niguel Hills Middle School here in Laguna Niguel.    As Norman Cousins noted, we have to remain optimistic and stay upbeat--and realize that anything we do makes a profound difference.   For me, that was the lesson this week despite whatever setbacks one may encounter--job losses, rejections and financial Challenges.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Random Thoughts (Mid Week): On An Evening Of Service W/the Scouts & Other Thoughts....

It is mid-week as I work away.   I could not help but have a sense of despair in the aftermath of the President of the United States' News Conference.     As I caught his Press Conference, I saw two of his Cabinet Secretaries just stand there--as the President went off as  he did as he lied.   But, the need to be positive is ever so critical.    I appreciate Governor Kasich's Comments that underscores what many of us believe--whether the Republican leadership has the backbone to call out Donald Trump by name is the challenge: 

& of course, this: 

This clip is telling....and tough to listen to......

I wanted to stay hopeful--and being around the Youth was one key area for me to do so.   I had the pleasure to be at Laguna Niguel City Hall as the Boy Scouts of Troop 772 led us all in the Flag Salute--which has been a tradition of our City for over 20 years: 


I had expected the Council to deliberate The Residential Parking Permit Program--but that apparently was moved to a future Council Meeting.    It was nice to be witness to Democracy in Action--I was also glad to see a Young Lady who was an Attorney noting how being curious led her to be at the Council Meeting--I wish I had asked her to consider applying for an appointment on a City Commision.

As I finish off these brief Mid-Week Thoughts, I picked this up courtesy of Darren Hardy that is ever so uplifting: 


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GOOD! You should be. Here's why... GO TO POST

I end these Random Thoughts with this from the Persian Poet Saadi (that I have the privilege to have as my Personal Badge On my Google Plus" about one overriding fact:  We are all part of one human family (and it does not matter if we are black, white, brown, red, Yellow):   

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Random Thoughts: A Dark Day......

U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the violence, injuries and deaths at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, New York, U.S., August 15, 2017.

I am almost in tears after having worked away on Twitter Tonight in the aftermath of what happened in Virginia and the President's news conference.   How he justified Neo-Nazis was absolutely uncalled for.

I was speechless when I heard the President equate Washington and Jefferson with Traitors.  Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were traitors who took up arms--Ulysses S. Grant got him off.  Lawrence O'Donnell noted a bit of a history lesson on the true character of Robert E. Lee:

 What Anderson Cooper captured after the Editorial in the Washington Post earlier tonight and what Chemi Shalev wrote in Haaretz is horrifying--I could not help but ask who will have the courage to finally say Enough, is Enough--where is our generations Joseph E. Welch when he finally stood up to Joe McCarthy to counter What The Economist of London noted are  the Red Guards of Trumpism (including Fox News; Briebart et. al)?   

Let's see if the Republican Leaders go beyond words this time by telling Donald Trump: You are wrong.    As a simple ordinary face, I will.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Random Thoughts: On Quite a Night in my Hometown of @LagunaNiguelCty

The Beauty of Laguna Niguel @Night 

It was an interesting, busy and challenging few days as I worked to support the on-going curation  at The Daily Outsider Properties.   I had plans to dedicate my own Random Thoughts to thoughts on Iran as I had reviewed reports about corruption and abuse of power at the highest level and reflect upon lessons to be learnt.  .  The best laid plans, though, are always somehow "sidetracked" I was at a special meeting of the Laguna Niguel City Council tonight.

What was before the Council was the Status of the Mayor.    The Mayor of Laguna Niguel abruptly resigned, handed in his resignation  and left the Chamber. (The OC Register just reported on it within the past thirty minutes)   He has been the subject of an investigation due to harassment and bullying of City Staff.   According to the City Attorney, 9 individuals have been identified which will be interviewed by Outsider Counsel in the process of being retained by the City Attorney.    The emotions were quite high as each member of the Council spoke and all of them nearly broke down.   The eloquence of the Council Members who were clearly stunned by this abrupt resignation clearly resonated as they reflected upon tonight and asking for the Community's help.   All speakers were also just as eloquent in expressing their support for the Council.   Mayor Pro Tem Fred Minagar will be formally sworn in at tomorrow's regularly scheduled meeting--I will be attending it as I will be assisting with the opening flag salute as I also will stay to be witness to the Residential Parking Permit Program the Traffic Commission recommended be before the Council.   I have the pleasure to serve as a Commissioner and our Commission worked diligently with the help of the fabulous City Staff to bring it to fruition.

As I was reflecting upon this day, I thought about my own day and how I was witness yet again to the fabulous selfless souls in our Community.    At St. Timothy's Parish, the Pantry was busy with serving the clients--some 60 families were served today.     This is as 90 families received backpacks for their children as school is slated to begin next week.    This is just a small yet so beautiful an example of how the Community of Laguna Niguel comes together on a constant and consistent basis for the benefit of all.   It is a joy and privilege to be witness to it all:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Random Thoughts (Mid-Week): On Pride in @LagunaNiguelCty, Being Blocked, Having Fun & #Love

It has been quite week in my hometown as I had the pleasure to attend the Phase 2 ribbon Cutting of an icon of our City, Crown Valley Park.    I was especially appreciative of the City Staff having left the hand prints of the City Council on it.    I shared some brief thoughts on it on my Personal Facebook Wall as a point of pride--while scrambling to tend to on-going commitments on a number of fronts. .

Today was also quite a day as I began the day joining a morning w/the City's Leadership.    It is great to see that the City Leadership is starting more of an outreach effort--and then it was a day on staff at the St. Timothy's Catholic Parish Pantry.    Our team served almost 35 families today.   But what was so funny while I was "back at work" at The Daily Outsider was when I saw this:

For those who may not know who he is, he's the President's Social Media Director.     He has blocked me from his personal twitter feed--even though he cannot legally block me from his official Twitter Account.   I guess it is nice to be recognized--I made it a point of noting that I am wearing it as a badge of honor because it underscores a profound sense of insecurity that is at the heart of his attacks. 

As I made a number of  I ran across this from my Facebook timeline, though:

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The team as @Daily Outsider was also good enough to let me share "We Shall Overcome" Over my own Twitter Feed--and I made sure Dan was tagged on it--hopefully he gets the message as America has always survived Patriots like them.    I also made it a point of commenting to David Frum of the Atlantic and Charlie Pierce of Esquire--I figured they'd appreciate it.     Maybe he thought I'm a "troll" or something--thankfully I'm not!!! 

Running off...and having fun despite profound challenges......

Monday, August 7, 2017

Random Thoughts: Just Remembering......

It is the dawn of a New Week and I wanted to begin the new week on a light note.

It is the beginning of the School Year--and I wanted to be just a little bit "Lively"--This is a picture of of Don Bosco College in Tehran that I had the privilege to attend.   I saw this while catching up "on the grid" on Facebook over the weekend.   This particular image is from the back of the School (circa early 70's I believe), as kids were scaling the wall to escape Chemistry: 

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I never had the guts as I did not want to face the wrath of the Priests--and after them, my own parents!!!   It is still fun, though, to be witness to history in such a hilarious way.  It continues to remind of all that I am thankful for as a new week dawns despite all the challenges.

Onward to the new Week with all its' possibilities!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Random Thoughts: While Out & About in @LagunaNiguelCty & Virtually......

It has been an interesting first week of August--and at times challenging.  I decided to do things a little differently for this "Random Thoughts".

First of, I find it extremely interesting about what I saw on Facebook this week while making my "rounds" with friends.   It has been very interesting as I have seen a proflieration of Writing & Writing related resouces to go and check out.    For instance, I just ran across "Vocal" which is a new platform to help writers/bloggers monetize platform--which is borrowing a page from Medium which I have used and enjoyed contributed.    The Daily Outsider team has also done contributions to Medium from the Properties--which I have helped with.    It underscores how Facebook continues to anticipate--and think.     Most of my Engagement, though, has been to advocate for Community Engagement and awareness--but it is still interesting to say the least.

I also had a chance to reflect upon the last number of months.     The City of Laguna Niguel's New Community Engagement Manager was gracious enough to track down this Video clip prepared from the Earth Day 2017 earlier this year: 

It features the now-embattled Mayor of the City along with others who participated.     The Mayor's fate will be decided during a special City Council meeting on August 7.    One highlight of it was one of our Trailmaster Eagle Scouts who was featured--I made it a point of sharing it with his family.   It was very gratifying to see him featured!!!        It was also quite a week as the City celebrated National Night Out which was great to be witness to.

As I was out and about on business commitments, I had the pleasure also to join the Aliso Niguel High School registration drive.   Some 600 students were registered with the support of ASB student volunteers and PTSA volunteers supporting the School Adminstrators--I reflected on it on my Facebook Wall to pay tribute to all who make a difference.

As the week proceeded and I was on the prowl on business commitments, I picked up on the reporting on a new proposal to change the Immigration Laws to make it more in line with what countries like Canada are doing.    Beyond some of the "hype", the challenge remains that the United States will need a lot more immigrants than not--and it also reminded up of the poignant file by the Great Shahkrukh Khan that showcased the challenges of racism.   I picked up this clip I also shared while on Facebook as well--it speaks for itself: :  

Beyond the challenges domestically, there is also a major event happening in Iran.    Hassan Rouhani, the newly re-elected President, will take his oath after having received his "confirmation" from the Supreme Guide on Thursday (that the Daily Outsider Team noted in a special edition of Notations).     I see reports of some 70 countries having sent delegations.     Although the Team at the Daily Outsider will have some thoughts done on it during the week, I found this published by Islamic Republic Broadcasting was poignant on all the Presidents since the 1979 Islamic Revolution: 

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As this working weekend is at hand,  I could not help but feel a bit overwhelmed by some of the challenges at the Daily Outsider and some of the other challenges--and then I saw this: 

It is remarkable that whenever I somehow lose focus, something brings me down to Earth.   

Onward to another working weekend......

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Random Thoughts: As July 2017 Winds Down & August 2017 is Before Us.....

I begin this final "Random Thought" for the Month with this I picked up  courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America: 

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Did you know that Scouts performed 15.4 million hours of community service in 2016?  That's a staggering $363.5 million value! And it's impossible to measure the long-term effects, especially as each Scout learns how good it feels to help others.  

As a proud Scouter, I could not be more proud to feature this because I won't mind as I note that in many ways Scouting saved me.    I have done what I can to give back despite the profound constraints I have had to deal with including serving on two Eagle Boards of Review later on today and to serve as Scouting For Food Co-Chair for my local Scout District For This Year-in spite of what President Trump did at the 2017 Jamboree which prompted an unprecedented apology from the Chief of the Boy Scouts.     There has been enough about the politics of it--including President Trump replacing his Chief of Staff.    I won't dwell on it further as there has been enough said on it.as I only hope that reason prevails for the sake of all.   I will note this that the need for American Leadership is ever so critical with the implosion in Venezuela, the continued challenge in North Korea and the flare up in the Middle East.   The idea that a Government threatens people with taking away their house is just beyond horrific.   

This month in my hometown of Laguna Niguel was a challenging one.   It was also quite unfortunate as I was witness to a special meeting of the Laguna Niguel City Council that ordered 4-1 to launch an investigation against the Mayor.   The outsider counsel is due to report back on August 7.    This is also as local politics is heating up with County Supervisor Todd Spitzer launching his campaign for District Attorney and the Sheriff Retiring--with one of our own in South County, Dave Harrington, vying to be sheriff.   It is bound to be quite a year in 2018!!!

July, though, for me was a month of hope despite periodic challenges.    I was witness to the selfless souls who continue to make a difference for the less fortunate.    Earlier in the year,  I was part of the team that helped with the 2017 Point in Time Count that helped to get a sense of the number of homeless in Orange County:  4,792.    Out of that, an estimated 2584 people were estimated to be un sheltered--and this number also included 131 Families who were homeless.   We were given a tour of what was being done to mitigate such circumstances including the FamilyCare Center launched by HomeAid Orange County--a non profit I have had the pleasure to serve and support over the past number of years. The insights I gained was remarkable as I joined the Continuum of Care Tour  sponsored by the  Association of California Cities-Orange County was quite remarkable.   Although it might be a drop in the bucket, it is a start--and it is great to be witness to it all.    I also had the pleasure to join my fellow Commissioners on the Traffic Commission as we deliberated a number of key initiatives and received a fabulous briefing on Vision Zero courtesy of the City of Santa Ana.

On a personal note, one highlight of my month was the pleasure to finally see the Freedom Sculpture during a day of reflection I had in Los Angeles:

As August is at hand, I will be "kind of" taking it easy in August with Random Thoughts to work away on some pressing initiatives and in turn gear up for the final four months of 2017.    As the team at Daily Outsider will also be "Dark" for the month, I look forward to continuing to support it as the properties continue to evolve.   It was also gratifying as I understand a few of the properties have achieved some milestones of their own.    

I wish all a fantastic August!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Random Thoughts While "On the Road" 4 the day....

I joined the Association of California Cities-Orange County Chapter continuum of care tour earlier today as part of my work in support of Our Fathers' Table.   It was overwhelming and insightful in that it underscored the challenge of homelessness in Orange County.    I was blown away by the price tag of almost $ 300,000,000 being spent!!!  

As I also helped facilitate the Daily Twitter Curation for Daily Outsider, I picked this up from Pete Souza, President Obama's Official White House Photographer which I released earlier on my personal Facebook wall--in the aftermath of President's Trump shameful rant at the 2017 Jamboree yesterday.   I made it a point of saying sorry over Twitter for thanking him yesterday after I saw excerpts of the nonsense he said-that does not even include the stuff he said today about investigating Hillary Clinton and throwing Jeff Sessions (the ultimate epitome of Trumpism).   I noted my frustruation yesterday and as I listened to it again, it was just awful.

As I worked to get caught up,  I was not too surprised when I saw reports that the Secretary of State was taking a leave.  I hope Secretary Tillerson resigns and hope Jeff Sessions forces the President's hand to be fired.   Why would anyone want to work for this man is beyond me.

 When I said "Enough Said" when I saw this on Pete Souza's Instagram: 

Random Thoughts: On The Prowl 4 the Day re @POTUS #2017Jamboree & Other Thoughts.....

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Donald Trump speaks at the Boy Scouts of America national jamboree.

President Trump went to the 19th National Jamboree yesterday in West Virginia and spoke in front of an Estimated 40,000 Scouts and Scouters.    I made it a point of thanking him over Twitter as I noted that if he does something right--I will note this.   However, when I heard his speech as he made political statements and went after the Fake News Media, it was extremely bothersome--I frankly regretted thanking him over Twitter as I did.  As the Chief Scout of the United States, he needs to lead by Example as many of us Scouters do our utmost to do.   I could not help but wonder in the aftermath of the lies and the example he set.    I appreciate Mashable underscoring the mockery of it--and it was frankly sickening that Rick Perry and Ryan Zinke were smiling as Donald Trump Mocked it. It is unfortunate that Ryan Zinke and Rick Perry forgot it!!

As I was making the early rounds and facilitating support for Daily Outsider properties, I could not help but wonder about he has treated his most loyal guy, Jeff Sessions.   If he treats someone like Jeff Sessions this way, what about the rest of them.    I was glad to see I was not alone--the noted conservative Commentator Erik Erickson agreed with me!!! All of us should be concerned--including all who dismissed the President's antics as being a 'Rookie"--including his current enablers the Speaker of the House and the US Senate Majority Leader.   As I write this, a vote on the repeal of Obamacare is looming in the US Senate as John McCain is on his way back after his brain surgery.   I made it a point of tagging him over Twitter telling him not to forget all the ordinary faces who would suffer if healthcare was taken away--as he received World Class Treatment for his brain tumor at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.   I wonder if he is thinking about his legacy now.     

Challenging Times...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Random Thoughts While On the Prowl w/10 ‘Harmless’ Habits to Drop If You Want to Be Successful

10 ‘Harmless’ Habits to Drop If You Want to Be Successful
It has been an interesting day and it is only Monday especially with a very explosive development in my hometown of Laguna Niguel coming up later on tonight.   I have been trying to get a lot of pressing inbox items done to clear my current inbox to get three major projects done-and I found these to be quite helpful for a profound sanity check I hope all enjoy--at times admittedly I have been there that this image depicted in Success Magazine!!

Onward to the new week as I look forward to publishing my weekly "Random Thoughts" later on this week:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Random Thoughts On This Working Week-End....

It was an interesting Saturday as I spent Saturday on the road in Southern California visiting Los Angeles to meet with a non-profit.  As someone who prides himself on being a cautious driver, I had to really be even more careful--more on it soon.

As I look forward to releasing my weekly Random Thoughts I was blown away by how much building is continuing in Downtown and how Century City has truly transformed.   I was hoping to visit the Museum of Tolerance--but unfortunately forgot it was Saturday.   The highlight, though, was when I saw the Freedom Sculpture:

It will be a rather interesting week ahead as I took comfort in these series of thoughts as I salute Jonathan Lockwood Huie for all that he does for all:

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
- Sydney Harris

If your home is not a place where you can truly
kick-back and be yourself - both physically and emotionally -
consider making some changes in your way-of-life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability
to choose one thought over another.
- William James 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Random Thoughts: On @Twitter, @POTUS & Other Thoughts......

It has been quite a journey as I achieved an interesting milestone on Twitter-32,000 Tweets: 

I guess it is abut leaving a legacy of purpose and awarness which I hope I can sustain through my forays here and beyond.    It has also been quite a week on the political front in the United States that has left me numb as I see a President wanting to pardon himself, a President's Son-In-Law that seems to be above the law and the ensuing double standards.     The team at Mashable had quite a take on the legacy of President Trump as he finished off his first Six Months--and now he's threatening to Fire the Special Counsel after having thrown his Attorney General under the bus.   This is as I saw this morning about how Florida continues to be threatened by Climate Change which I made a point of tagging the EPA Administrator  over Twitter--whether he pays attention is another matter.

 What I find gratifying, though, is the vibrancy of our Community, Laguna Niguel.  It continues to invest in the future at a feverish pace as underscored by resurfacing of one of the major roadways in our Community, Crown Valley Parkway:  

 Beyond what I see locally, I also see some potential hope for a transformation at the National Level as exemplified by the trend represented by the Governor of Montana and Rhode Island--as Corey Robin laid out his views on the transformation that is forthcoming: 

There is also this I noticed at the City of Anaheim about electric recharging stations while there earlier this week: 

I was also blown away as a Facebook Friend produced this on Iran which I am proud to share:  

As I reflected upon the week that was tending to commitments at the Daily Outsider, one thing I was reminded of was why, in the end, we are here.   The compilation  of thoughts courtesy of @Jonanthan Lockwood Huie I consult daily affirmed it all: 

When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes,
we must try charity, which is love in action.
We must speculate no more on our duty,
but simply do it.
When we have done it, however blindly,
perhaps Heaven will show us why.
- Dinah Maria Mulock

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Onward to the W-End!!!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Random Thoughts: On a Mid-Week Prowl w/Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams (Official Video)

It has been an interesting week already on a number of fronts. The need to remain optimistic and upbeat is ever so critical. In that spirit, I thought these "Thoughts" I picked up during my "Virtual walk-about" on the grid throughout the week was timely:

The team @ The Daily Outsider was gracious enough to adopt the first one for the Social Media Profile which is beautiful to be witness to.   I also thought that nothing is more uplifting that another selection from Cold Play (my second one this week)!!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Random Thoughts (a Special "Musical" Interlude): Coldplay & Big Sean - Miracles (Someone Special) - Official Lyric Video

I had the pleasure to buy the Album that Cold Play has dedicated to Help the Organization MOAS.   Please enjoy as I just was told by the team they released a Musical Interlude Special to the #Outsider Main Property!! 


Random Thoughts: On #IranDeal; #Trumpcare & #MondayMotivation

It has been quite a ride!!   I can't believe it has been two years since the Iran Deal.    It was a time that brought together a diverse set of players in trying to some vie for Peace. I was proud to have done my part to contribute to the dialogue despite my profound opposition to the Islamic Republic.   

Now, though, storms are brewing yet again.    The Republicans have been busy dismantling the Obama legacy brick by brick.   It has included an initiative to roll back national monuments, cutbacks at the State Department and of course, healthcare.   I just saw reporting that the latest rendition of "Trumpcare" is now dead.   What I find striking is when Trump loses Jerry Moran, The US Senator from Kansas, then Trump has a major problem--I am just seeing reporting on Jerry Moran on how he heard his constituents about their opposition to the current plan.   What I also saw was Senator Graham  annoncing  his replacement plan in close collaboration with Senator Cassidy of Louisiana.  MItch McConnell , though, has come out to say that they are going to repeal Obamacare now with a 2-year delay:

 The idea of having 32 Million People losing basic healthcare is daunting.

Beyond Healthcare, though, is the so-called commission on Voter Integrity is even more worrisome in many ways as well--As someone who has served in 10 elections here in California as an Elections Coordinator, I really don't get what they are trying to do--fixing a problem that does not exist.   I was so happy to see the State of Mississippi noting that those who want the data can jump in the Gulf of Mexico.   All of these are emblematic of an Administration that is stuck as Mr. Trump's approval rating continues to sink to new lows.   I am also seeing reporting of a multitude of reporting on potential public corruption in the Trump orbit.   

As I was working away, I saw some very disturbing rhetoric about the Iran Agreement as the Iranian Foreign Minister--In New York when he spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations--underscored that Iran had the right to withdraw from the JCPOA as Republicans  As the United States continues to make declarative statements about the nuclear agreement--including a statement by Ed Royce stating that Iran is continuing to march towards the path of nuclear weapons without anything to back it up.   The domestic political challenges inside Iran, though, is also quite problematic especially as the President's Brother was arrested and was subsequently hospitalized and as he gears up to present his Cabinet.   The largest University in the Middle East, Azad, had its Chair of Board of Trustees replaced with the Former Foreign Minister.  The new President of the University is the former Chief Economic Adviser to the defeated Presidential Candidate and head of the Quds Razavi, Ebrahim Raissi.   What  I hope at least the Oil Minister, the Foreign Minister and the First Vice President retain their posts.    The composition of the Cabinet will be harbinger of things to come.   

As I was assessing the week before being "off the Grid", I helped with finishing off a number of curation updates on Social Media as the automatic feeds will continue along with updated edits   I had the opportunity to be supportive of the work of the Daily Outsider as I hope all will enjoy the Notations throughout the Weekend.    

What I find hopeful all the time is what I see continuing in the Community.    One of the highlights of July was the 39th Annual Laguna Niguel Run in the Park and this notation from the YMCA of Orange County showcased the best of community in action:  

RITP Volunteers,

On behalf of all of the YMCA staff we want to say thank you to all of the great volunteers that we had. This is our largest event for the year and the largest in the City of Laguna Niguel. We are still tallying all the numbers but it was another great success in terms of fundraising for our scholarship program and community outreach.  We had 1,385 runners this year which was slightly up from last year (1,304). With volunteers, staff, runners, sponsors and spectators we had around 3,000 people there to celebrate  that morning.

Below are links to some pictures from the event on OC register and our own website. Check them out!

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I saw a tweet from the Tehran Municipality that they were considering honoring the memory and accomplkishments of Maryam Mirzakhani by naming a street or a building in Tehran after her.   Although this is a nice gesture, I could not agree with my friend Mike Kazemi as he wrote on his Facebook wall that we have to remember all as the World and mourn this genius that accomplished so much in her young life.   I  caught a program on the BBC Persian Service that interviewed a 16-year Iranian Girl that attended the same high school Mirzakhani attended--and she noted how her teachers rememembered her and how Professor Mirzakhani was an inspiration.   What was troubling was how this 16-year old is already thinking about leaving Iran--and I have a newsflash for the Government in Tehran:  Many will accept her with open arms for her to achieve her dreams.

As I go "dark" for the week, I took comfort in thoughts to remain optimistic and upbeat:

Onward to the New Week.....

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani: Iran's Genius is No More.....

A Genius is No more-

Maryam Mirzakhani, the winner of the Nobel Equivalent of Math, the Field Prize, has passed away as she lost her battle with Breast Cancer.     One of the leading Iranian Americans of our time, Firouz Naderi, echoed what many of us feel, "....a  light was turned off today .... far too soon. Breaks my heart...".    He's not alone today as I join all in saluting her on this sad day:  


(Update:  Right after I finished my notes, I picked this up from Dr. Nader's Facebook Wall he just released this to his Facebook wall as he noted "A beautiful Mind"....Couldn't agree more:..."  

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Stanford's President paid tribute to her earlier:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Random Thoughts: Briefly On the Eve of the W-End While on the Prowl....

This blew me as the French Army Band played "DAFT FUNK"--and apparently President Trump was irritated.  They blew me away!!

I had a chance to catch the Bastille Day Parade and glad to have caught the President as he did, though, salute the Troops--I made it a point of thanking him on Twitter as he spoke for the United States on this grim 1-year of the horrific attack in Nice featuring the Troops marching in Paris despite my profound and deep disagreements with his programs and policies: