Wednesday, November 13, 2019

#RandomThoughts


I begin this edition of with a headline I am particularly proud of:  An Eagle Scout Candidate delivering his project to the California State Guard.   It was great to be witness to it over Veterans Day Week-End 2019.   It was part of what was quite a weekend that saw me attend a Veterans Day Event in Costa Mesa, a Veterans Day Ceremony in Laguna Niguel.

It has also been quite a month in our World.    I was simply shocked as I saw this from a mailing from UC Davis: 


The idea that almost 50 percent of College Kids are Food Insecure is simply unacceptable.    Yet, some of the discourse we have been witness to in our World fails to truly address such fundamentals.     I was glad, though, as I saw the totals of the Annual Orange County Scouts Day of Service and what the community was able to be raised:

San Juan Rotary Club - 983 pounds (appx 819 meals)
Council Center - 3,227 pounds (appx. 2,689 meals)
SHFB - 566 pounds (appx. 472 meals)
Fullerton - 310 pounds (appx. 258 meals)

Total: 5,086 pounds (appx. 4,238 meals)


I was also blown away this weekend as I saw the future in action in Orange County as the new Voting Centers were showcased at the OC Fair Grounds and I had a chance to chat with the Registrar of Voter Team.   I captured the following images of it:





As I close out this mid-point #RandomThoughts, I close out with these image on the agony of these Two Mothers as the fires raged on in Australia courtesy China Daily & Financial Times of London:



This is as I was horrified to see how the Founder of the Syrian White Helmets was assassinated in Istanbul.   I also saw how Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, celebrated his Birthday on his Presidential Plane as Iranians continued to suffer and suffocate under a dictatorship as I pay homage to all those who are in prison today in Iran including signatory of the 14-Person Manifesto who continue to be held with no charge.   


We have to do better-and we will!!!

I remain hopeful as I close out my #RandomThoughts as I wish all in the United States a Happy Thanksgiving and remain ever so hopeful.

I look forward to my next edition of #RandomThoughts next month in my Virtual Corner Next Month.





Thursday, October 31, 2019

#RandomThoughts

It has been quite a challenging month and a challenging year as the Holiday Season is before us that kicks off with #Halloween2019 Today.  

I had the good fortune to celebrate a Birthday as our family mourned the loss of an icon and a matriarch--My Aunt.   .    It was a nice touch as some of the folks I've worked with sent forth some nice birthday greetings: 
Today is National Siamak Day.
Happy Birthday to you. A celebration is definitely in order.
So, whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a great time.
Your friends at Experian


American Red Cross
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, SIAMAK!
Birthdays are all about celebrating life, something that as a platelet donor you make possible for so many. Your act of love and generosity means that someone else might be celebrating another birthday too, because of you!

We hope you enjoy today with family, friends, and cake, too - knowing that you have helped save lives. And that might be the best gift of all!

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!
From Your Friends at the American Red Cross


I took comfort in this from the fab Og Mandino that is featured on my Facebook Wall because it underscores a sense of optimism that is absolutely vital no matter what the calamities are:



This was also a month that Iranian Women were allowed in Stadiums for the first time in 40 years.   Empress Farah of Iran Issued a Statement on it that underscored her sense of joy:  

It was also a distressing month of sorts as I joined the Fish For Life Cruise and one of the catches at hand was a Tennis Shoe--and we all thought it was a big shock: 

@Fish For Life 2019 (copyright Mike Pouraryan) 

@Fish For Life 2019 (Copyright Mike Pouraryan) 

I continue to remain hopeful in spite of the challenges as I wish all a Happy Halloween and say how the Best is yet to come:  


Outsider Dana Point Harbor (Copyright Mike Pouraryan) 

Onward to November with all its' possibilities....



Monday, October 7, 2019

Out & About with Brief #RandomThoughts


This is my First #RandomThoughts here in my corner as a new Quarter dawns.    It has been quite a challenging time in our World.   It was distressing as I saw Alla Abdel Fattah, one of the heroes of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, was arrested yet again: 



I first heard of him and his family when he was first arrested--and never forget how his Aunt said how lucky they were that he received only a death sentence and was not shot as Egyptians took also to the streets to protest against the brutal rule of Sisi.     

While on responsibilities at the Daily Outsider, I have been assessing the protests in Iraq and continued challenges in Iran--a very small victory as women in Iran were allowed to attend a FIFA-sponsored soccer event which in some measure was brought about as a result of the death of the Blue Girl.   Challenges, though, are profound in Iran which is heartbreaking to be witness to.

Remaining hopeful and upbeat is not easy.   But, I see no choice as I caught this courtesy of the team at foundr:  




As I was in Community, I caught this on the absolute beauty of my hometown, Laguna Niguel as the Moon was out there in the background:


Remaining Hopeful....


Friday, September 20, 2019

Brief #RandomtThoughts As weekend looms....


It was another busy week of engagements and projects--I had the pleasure to be in Laguna Beach earlier this week and captured this beautiful gem of life in Laguna Beach--The Sunset says it all!!!

I look forward to sharing some closing thoughts as I gear up for the 4th Quarter.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

#RandomThoughts




It is the eve of 9/11 as I write some #RandomThoughts For the Week.   I captured the thoughts as I did above to think about our World especially as I see now John Bolton has been fired (or resigned) depending on the narratives.    

The two images I noted above to headline my #RandomThoughts was about caring and about making sure that as one simple member of the @ordinaryfaces, I continue to do what I can to give voice and to help to transform--the basic mission behind the Daily Outsider.   This is as I also finished off helping with curation on the eve of 9/11 as our team will go dark through Thursday in honor of 9/11 although our Twitter Feed will be active daily with updates along with the Broadcast POD.

As I close out these Brief #RandomThoughts, I wanted to salute the memory of the #BlueGirl in Iran who died of wounds she suffered after setting herself on Fire in protest at receiving a prison sentence for attending a football (Soccer) Match and also salute the Civic Activists who have received a combined 111 Years Prison Sentence:  



#WeShallOvercome.





Sunday, September 1, 2019

#RandomThoughts

The Laguna Niguel Skyline 
It is the eve of Labor Day as I write this.   I took a little time off commitments at the Daily Outsider to reflect and remember while being supportive of My Aunt's Move to her new community.    It has been a odyssey to reflect upon a fabulous life and as she begins a new chapter of an accomplished life of purpose that she has had so far.    Being a symbol of resilience, strength and courage in spite of all the odds has been an inspiration to me, My Sister (a symbol of strength, courage and stoic tenacity in her own right and very much a source of inspiration) , my cousins, our extended family and her vast circle of friends.   As I was reflecting upon such a magnificent life, I caught the image above from my Aunt's  residence late last night as I was taking a break before getting back to work.   

As I am back at my Office, I had a chance to call up a beautiful melody sung by a legend of Iranian Music and Art for almost 60 years--The great Googosh.   She began as a child prodigy, grew up to be one of the most versatile performers with memorable roles in Music and Film.  The revolution derailed her career and she was subject to intimidation and harassment constantly--I believe that she was under arrest on at least a couple of occasions before leaving Iran.     I released this to my Personal Twitter Feed Late Last night to remember:

Onward to September with all its' possibilities.... 


Monday, August 26, 2019

#RandomThoughts

I have been out & about over the past week with on-going initiatives.    While I've been on my prowl today, I decided to be supportive of the call to action by Second Harvest that I saw earlier over the weekend:


Dear Partners,


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a proposed rule that would severely restrict eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If implemented, this rule would result in three million individuals losing SNAP and 500,000 children losing access to free school meals.


We are asking you to join Second Harvest Food Bank in opposing this harmful rule by writing comments and sharing how it would increase hunger in your community.


Please find below, a template letter for you to use in contacting USDA. The letter can be sent through mail, email, or online link and must be received by September 23, 2019. All comments received by USDA must be read, cataloged and answered in the final rule. As people on the front lines of hunger in our community, we believe it is crucial for USDA to hear your voice.


For questions about the proposed rule, please contact Sarah Tolentino or Brana Vlasic at sarah@feedoc.org or brana@feedoc.org.


Thank you for your continued support in helping to make sure that we have all the resources we need to help feed the hungry in our community.


Sincerely,


Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County


As I was working away on commitments at the Daily Outsider, I noticed a call out from the NRDC which I had the pleasure to sign off on especially in light of the disaster on-going at the Amazon--what was so sad was seeing how the Brazilian President mocked the First Lady of France as the Amazon Burnt:

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Mike— For nearly a month, the Amazon rainforest — "the Earth's lungs" — has been on fire. This tragedy affects us all, and is yet another terrible reminder about climate change, how fragile the world's forests are, and how much work needs to be done.

Today is National Toilet Paper Day, a day to act to protect another of the Earth's critical carbon-storing forests — the boreal forests of northern Canada.

These majestic forests store huge amounts of our climate-busting carbon pollution. But the boreal is also being cut at a dizzying rate… much of it to make toilet paper. And right now, too many toilet paper brands use 100% virgin forest fiber that often comes from clear-cut ancient trees and old-growth forests — like the Canadian boreal.

But there's something that we can do to help stop the destruction of the old-growth boreal forest — We Wipe Right.

By pledging to switch from 100% virgin forest fiber toilet paper to 100% recycled, each wipe can help save trees and reduce greenhouse gas pollution and also let companies know you want them to switch to making products that don't flush our forests down the toilet.

Mike, take the pledge to Wipe Right and save our trees — and our climate — by switching to 100% recycled toilet paper. Help us reach our goal of 100,000 pledges, and find out which toilet paper brands are best for the environment.
Never underestimate the importance of toilet paper in our fight against climate change: Destroying forests to make toilet paper is a threat not just to our environment and our climate, but to hundreds of Indigenous communities, iconic boreal caribou, billions of songbirds, and other wildlife that call this ancient forest home.

Too many toilet paper brands use 100% virgin forest fiber that often comes from clear-cut ancient trees and old-growth forests — including Canada's boreal forest.

But, if every person in the U.S. replaced just one roll of toilet paper made from trees with a roll made with 100% recycled materials, we could save 1,083,000 carbon-storing trees.

So, what can we do to help stop the destruction of the old-growth boreal forest? We Wipe Right.

Take the pledge to Wipe Right and help us reach our goal of 100,000 pledges.

By taking the pledge, you'll be on your way to becoming a more conscious consumer of toilet paper and other paper goods. We'll even share more information and resources with you that will give you the rundown on what brands are the most sustainable.

So, in honor of National Toilet Paper Day, help us reach 100,000 pledges by taking the pledge to Wipe Right for our environment. Then find out which toilet paper brands are best for the planet.

Thanks, and happy National Toilet Paper Day!

Shelley Vinyard
Boreal Corporate Campaign Manager, NRDC


Such Random Thoughts won't be even possible without my reflecting upon Iran.    One the Iranian Legends, Googosh, produced this clip capturing how she (and all Iranians) were witness to the last 40 years--the lyrics are in Farsi but the images are striking and the music is absolutely stunning and beautiful as she collaborated with another Iranian Legend, Siavash Ghomeshi: 






I was so proud of this from my second cousin who served as a member of the Production Team for this Movie and the beautiful retrospective she wrote underscoring the profound challenges Iranians face right now and how I understand it has been shortlisted for the Oscars:  





 As I finish off these Random Thoughts, It is in the end about making a difference.    But what the Guardian's Simon Tisdall wrote in the aftermath of the G7 Truly gave me a moment of pause as he closed out his column today with this: "...It’s time to think again about who rules the world, and how – while there’s still a world left to rule...."  

A chilling thought indeed....

Monday, August 19, 2019

#RandomThoughts On the Dawn of a New Week....

It has been quite a weekend that for me began with joining the Cal State Guard Military History Command at the Merage Jewish Center as the Center once again was gracious enough to host the Jewish Medal of Honor Recipients.  I captured this image from the Garden which was extremely moving as I underscored:  #NeverAgain. 

My odyssey  continued as I was at the City of Laguna Niguel 30th Anniversary Carnival.   It was great to be witness to the vibrancy of the Community and the dedication of the City Staff.   It was a pleasure to create grids in support of Donate A Photo.

It has been a distressing week in many respects, though as an Afghan Wedding Party was attacked by the Islamic State and Iran continues to be suffering.    I am trying to understand the writings by a man by the name of Ahmad Al-Ghabanchi which I look forward to helping to feature in the Education Property as I view that Islam is yet to adjust to modernity.     I also had some research/discourse on Social Media on the President as epitomized by the following:



As a new week dawns, I decided to capture some thoughts while on my social media curation initiative which I thought was quite poignant as I look forward to the opportunity to be of continued support for Daily Outsider Projects and on-going initiatives--I remain optimistic ever more in spite of the challenges.

As I note to say Onward to the new week, I close out this weekly #RandomThoughts with the following: 





Remaining Hopeful...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

#RandomThoughts




It has been a challenging week on a multitude of fronts.    I took a little time to be at Mission Viejo Mall as I did a Good turn by recycling some old cell phones.   I caught the headline while on my walkabout.

While awaiting at the ecoATM machine, I saw this:




It has also been a week where I have seen the compassion and caring of healthcare professionals in action at Mission Hospital.    I caught this while at Mission Hospital earlier this week:



It is such that continues to sustain my sense of hope and optimism in spite of the profound challenges the country faces in the aftermath of Dayton and El Paso.   The Time Magazine Cover said it all:


The work at the Daily Outsider has also been on-going--and at times, challenging.       As I was reflecting upon the week that was, all I could possibly motivate myself to do is to remember what these admonitions are and what I must live up to: 





There lies the challenge....

Friday, August 2, 2019

#RandomThoughts As a New Month Dawns.....

It has been quite a month!!

I decided to create a Visual set of #RandomThoughts on my travel this week as I criss-crossed California.  I always knew our home state was great--but it was reinforced.




@CityofDavis, California 

Uncle Vito's:  Downtown @CityofDavis 

@UC Davis:  Visiting the Memorial Union & the Gorham Museum 

@the California State Capitol Park:  The USS California Bell 

@The California State Capitol:  Honoring Governor Johnson 

@ The California State Capitol Park:  Remembering the Firefighters Fallen in the Line of Duty Since 1850 


@ The California State Department of Education 

Traveling Thru California:  The Central Valley (The Breadbasket of the World) 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Out & About with Some M-End Thoughts.....

August is upon us.    It has been a challenging month working away on projects for the Daily Outsider and trying to be supportive of the transition to a new platform and the resulting strategy.  One of the many highlights for me was when the Daily Outsider was named by Google to the Google News Initiative.  One of the highlights was the launch of the Google Cloud Platform as I  look forward to being supportive of on-going development work.  

The Daily Outsider properties will be dark until the end of the Month as the planning continues to lay out the curation schedule and continue gearing up for the eventual transition.    The thought I ran across here is both applicable to our personal lives as well as The Daily Outsider in spite of the odds!!! 

I look forward to the on-going engagement next month--Onward to August with all its' possibilities!!


Friday, July 19, 2019

Out & About With Brief Thoughts.....


It has been quite a week--and a trying one at that in light of all that happened this week.   It was wonderful to be supportive of the Daily Outsider Team joining in the celebration of #MandelaDay2019 that is another reminder about service and giving back.   

As I was reflecting upon this very challenging week, I took comfort in this image from Laguna Beach as I continue to work away on initiatives in support of  The Daily Outsider and working to remain hopeful as I close out this brief thought with this image:


Grateful beyond Words.....