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.

Onward.....

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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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......