Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Out & About with Some Mid-Week #RandomThoughts

It has been quite a week--and quite a year!!



A Tribute to Atena Daemi 
COVID-19 has reared its' ugly head again after some success in Flattening the curve.    Our team at the Daily Outsider decided to release a PSA on the CDC Guidelines which will be available throughout all the platforms starting tomorrow thru Sunday.

The last few days saw me joining a tweet storm in support of one of the Political Prisoners in Iran, Atena Daemi and joining a discourse on Iranian Women sponsored by Stanford University.   I released a Clip to my Facebook Wall on it late on Monday--as I was so pleased to see how Time Magazine produced it as it did.   I also worked on helping to editing and publish a Notation on Iran as the situation in Iran deteriorates.   It was just extremely irritating as I saw how the Majlis (Deputies) received the equivalent of $ 150,000 in salaries and benefits for the first month of their work while laborers and civil servants have gone without pay for months.    

Challenging Times...as I close out with the following #RandomThoughts from my forays on the "Grid":






I conclude with this I shared earlier as this depiction paid homage to the Healthcare Workers workers who paid for with their lives in the fight against COVID-19 in Iran--this tribute in my view is applicable to all the fallen in the World as I know that We Shall Overcome:



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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Out & About w/some brief #RandomThoughts for the WeekEnd....

As I work away, I wanted to take a moment of pause to celebrate Family here with the following cherished images I released in my Facebook Wall to celebrate My Dad's Birthday.    It is a great joy to be part of such great souls--I'm truly one grateful Dude!!!





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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Out & About with Brief Month-End & Quarter-End #RandomThoughts

The last three months was quite stressful at times--between being on Alert, trying to navigate through the challenges at the Daily Outsider, and the broader World challenges, it left quite a bit to be desired--including the reporting on Russians offering bounty money to the Taliban--which was included in the Presidential Daily Brief in spite of the spin--with this the New York Times reported today by Adam Goldman .   I understand from the New York Times reporting that at least 3 US Marines who  died  in 2019 may have died as a result of this program.    

As I write this, I have been working on a draft #RandomThoughts that will be published next week on Iran.  I also have been helping with editing a column as well on Iran especially in light of the latest UN Security Council Hearing on Iran which was held virtually--that I understood both sides were admonished.    A major explosion also occurred in Tehran at a Medical Center that resulted in the death of 19 people--including a number of Doctors.         

Back home here in the US, It has also been quite a worrisome time as COVID-19 has come back and come back strong--as I was working away on Social Media Analysis and Engagement at the Daily Outsider, I released this to my personal Twitter Feed in support of what Governor Newsom called for--just to live up to what I've called for: 


Vala Afshar--who is a must read for me on Twitter--noted a very critical point that I found very tragic--although I did welcome a call by Vice President Pence and US Senator McConnell to wear masks: 


As I bid farewell to the quarter, all I could take comfort in were these thoughts as I look forward to the on-going engagements during Q3:  




Monday, June 22, 2020

#RandomThoughts As a New Week Dawns....

This week's #RandomThoughts is truly personal--because it is about all I  am blessed with as yesterday was Fathers' Day.  

While out & about with visits to the Social Grid yesterday, I shared thoughts and images remembering all who have made a difference.    I had the good fortune to pay my respects to my Father--I am one blessed dude that is thankful for every semi-millisecond in spite of the challenges.   As we all grow up, we begin to have disagreements with our Parents--and yes our Children.   It is that sense of it all that in the end makes all frankly realize how blessed we are to have them in our lives.    As I was working away on the daily media rounds, I ran across this from China Daily which said it all:


The last few days were admittedly again very trying with some of the events on the political scene and some of the on-going profound challenges in Iran--I have been sidetracked with the contemplated #RandomThoughts I've contemplated on Iran.   I did run across this which broke my heart on the Dad's who lost their loved ones when PS752 was shot down--which also gave me a moment of pause to be even more thankful in spite of challenges:



As I hope to have it soon, I ran across this during a visit to the Biden Campaign Site--the message itself resonated .   I see no choice:






Remaining hopeful.....



Monday, June 15, 2020

#RandomThoughts For the Week

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This is my 700th Notation here in my Virtual Corner--and what a journey it has been!!

It was a good day as the US Supreme Court came down on the sign of the LGBTQ community and the Neo-Conservative establishment went crazy.   The opinion was written by Justice Gorsuch--I noted that he might be our generations' David Sutter--I wonder if I will be proven right or not in spite of the circumstances that got him to the US Supreme Court.   It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the Elections.    I helped finished a Notation for the Daily Outsider that is now available in the Perspective Platform.  

I have also been out & about in the Community as I was witness to opening up.   States are opening up--and we here in California have begun to open up.     The cases, though, are continuing to increase which is alarming.     It is upon each of us in our own way to be responsible--but I could not believe my ears and eyes as I saw Rouhani attacking the United States as COVID19 has ravaged Iran and as Iran is agitating to get Arms Shipments resumed--as all the neighbors are arming up.

We are opening up--and it has been great to be witness to a sense of normalcy returning.    I was on alert as a member of the Guard as I also tried to manage some of the other commitment .      As I am writing this, I am listening to Iran E Farda  on the plight of Human Rights in Iran.    Kamran Assa, who lost his Brother during the 2009 Green Movement, was a guest and his anguish was heartbreaking to be witness to.    His humility was humbling as he said how simple a man he was and yet his anguish was profound--and how his level of knowledge and understanding was profound.

I have also been working on monitoring the case of Nazanin Zargari-Radcliffe and the campaign to agitate for the victims of Ukrainian Flight 752 as I look forward to seeing their conference tomorrow: 


It is not easy to be upbeat as I have been witness to so much distress and challenges over the past number of weeks.   But, there is no choice but to be upbeat.     I decided to again be upbeat on this milestone I've achieved here as I am proud of the vibrancy of our Community-epitomized by this from my archives of 2018: 



It was a busy time over Social Media Too as I passed another milestone of over 74,000 Tweets in my personal Tweets and over 33,000 Tweets for the Daily Outsider.    I had to deal with Twitter as it suspended the Daily Outsider and my appeal succeeded.  

As my engagements continued, I captured the three tweets below that to me captured was also a sense of hope for the future: 




I continue to remain hopeful in spite of the odds.





Monday, June 8, 2020

As a New Week Dawns: Some #RandomThoughts

While "out and about" over the weekend,  I compiled  the following visual #RandomThoughts--I look forward to sharing some mid-week thoughts later on alerts, our civil discourse, thoughts on the Daily Outsider , the Post-COVID and Post-Racial World that is before Us & The Elections as I saw some interesting discourse ever the Week-End.  It will also be a "milestone" of sorts as it will be my 700th piece for my "Virtual Corner"--what a journey it has been:  









Friday, June 5, 2020

#RandomThoughts On the Week That Was


 I joined a protest on Wednesday and was so proud to be witness to the young and old and all represent the beautiful rainbow that Is America being there.    I also joined the Webcast for the George Floyd Funeral and stood for 8 minutes & 46 Seconds.    It was just simply powerful--just like Covid , George Floyd's death has changed us forever.    

I'll let the Tweets I chose as I worked away speak for themselves as I will note this:  #WeShallOvercome:





Monday, June 1, 2020

While Out & About....

I decided to take comfort in this as a new month is before Us in light of the very challenging days, weeks and months in our World: 


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

My Final #RandomThoughts for May 2020.....



As May 2020 drifts away into the dustbin of history, I was hopeful to end my #RandomThoughts on a high note as I did during Memorial Day 2020--yet the tragic killing of this 13-year child shocked me as I read this on the Telegram Channel for the Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi.   One can argue that it was too early for her to get married to her boyfriend--but that does not justify killing her savagely no matter what.

I also finished some thoughts on my Facebook Wall which I wanted to also release here as my Final entry for the Month.   We have so much to be  thankful for, but so much that we can do as we all figure out a way to live our lives beyond the lockdown--because we have got to get it done:

I close out with this reminder from the great Victor Frankl as I Look forward to my #RandomThoughts next month and being continually supportive of the mission of the Daily Outsider:



Monday, May 25, 2020

#RandomThoughts As a New Week Dawns.....

On this new day as it begins, I wanted to share Digital #RandomThoughts as I look forward to the on-going engagement and support of my work at the Daily Outsider.

Please #StaySafe & #BeWell Everyone!!!



Isfahan, Iran and the iconic Bridge
 and Zayandeh Rood (River)--which is Now Dry 



Friday, May 22, 2020

Out & About with some #RandomThoughts As the W-End Looms.....



It has been quite a week, quite a month and quite a year as I continue commitments for on-going projects at the Daily Outsider and beyond.
As It is the eve of Eid Al Ftr, the end of Ramadan in the Muslim World.   I wanted to extend my best wishes on this joyous time as I extend #EidMubarak wishes to all..   I captured this beautiful depiction designed by the very talented Maryam Al Balooshi.


I close out this thought with this to remember and honor a valiant fighter for Freedom in Iran-Nasrin Soutodeh as I know #WeWillReClaimIran--I implore all to #StaySafe & #BeWell as I wish all in the US a safe #MemorialDay2020:   





Tuesday, May 19, 2020

While Out & About For the Night.....

I caught this during my daily curation work for the Daily Outsider that I released to my FB Wall which I wanted to also note here in some late notations--anyone listening will be able to be supportive of the work of the Pan American Health Organization courtesy the team at Sony Music Latin!!

As I also continued being out and about, I decided to call up one of Coach Wooden's Favorite pieces of poetry which is kind of appropriate for the moment as I implore all to #StaySafe, #BeWell & #KeepTheFaith  as I wish all a great rest of the week and a great weekend:

STICK IT OUT


When your world's
about to fall,
And your back's
against the wall,
When you're facing
wild retreat and utter rout;
When it seems that
naught can stop it,
All your pleas and plans
can't prop it
Get a grip on yourself and--
stick it out!

Any craven fool can quit,
But a man with pluck and grit
Will hold until the very final shout;
In the snarling teeth of sorrow
He will laugh and say;
"Tomorrow The luck will change--
I guess I'll stick it out."

The luck does change; you know it,
All the records prove and show it,
And the men who win are men who strangled doubt,
Who neither hesitate nor swerve,
Who have grit and guts and nerve,
And whose motto is;
play hard and stick it out.

And you think you can't last long,
Whenever things go wrong,
That you've got to quit
not wait the final bout;
Smile, smile at your beholders,
Clench your teeth
and square your shoulders,
and fight!
You win if you but STICK IT OUT!


Anonymous

Monday, May 18, 2020

Out & About with Brief #RandomThoughts

As a new week dawns, I decided to capture some Visual #RandomThoughts with a "Selfie" reflections I released for the Week that along with a simple admonition-I look forward to the on-going discourse throughout the week:






Monday, May 11, 2020

Out & About With Weekly #RandomThoughts

I was blessed to spend Mothers Day with my Mother and Sister.   I had been writing and reflecting upon my blessing throughtout the week especially as the Pandemic has truly brought home what is important and what is not--and yes to embrace the brutal facts that we have a blessed life and at some stage we will die.    We must truly savor all the moments we have.

As I have been assessing on-going initiatives, pondering the future of the Daily Outsider and thinking about #LifeAfterCovid, my mind drifted to my trip to Atlanta back in February before the Pandemic hit us as it did.   I had the pleasure to visit the National Civil Rights Center, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN and the Olympic Park--and the Coca Cola Museum.   All of these symbols of American Greatness reflect a true sense of the possible and a sense of resilience.   I was in awe at the courage and optimism I saw in spite of all the challenges--when, for instance, I was seeing the scenes from Dr. King's Funeral.     I will have more to say on it over the ensuing weeks as I produced this Visual Essay on Atlanta:


This is also quite a month as Muslims are celebrating Ramadan.   Every night around 10 PM PST the Kalameh Network from London features a live feed from Saudi Arabia (delayed though) as evening prayers are cited at the Holy Kaaba.    The Holy Kaaba, Islam's Holiest Shrine, is closed and all who are praying are the Kaaba Staff who have been tested and are not allowed to leave.     It is quite a scene to be witness to it --Normally, millions on a 24 hour basis visit the Holy Kaaba which was first built by the Prophet Abraham.

While I was out & about in the Community, someone called me out--she wanted me to step aside to observe Social Distancing Rules even though she did not have a mask and I did--I was unfortunately side tracked on my Phone as I was doing my mid-day review of developments for the Daily Outsider.   Later on, I visited a friend of mine and he made it a point of reminding on how we must all be diligent on Social Distancing Rules.   I note these two very simple examples to underscore how the new normal is before us and we must embrace it for the sake of each other.

I close out with the following Visual #RandomThoughts on Visual  Essays I produced over the course of the last number of weeks during #LifeInTheTimeofCorona: 










Saturday, May 9, 2020

#RandomThoughts While Out & About On this #MothersDay2020 W-End....

While Out & About , Finished off some thoughts  over my Facebook Wall & On Twitter along with images from images from my Family Archives as Life During Covid reminded me of all I'm blsessed with--one grateful Dude as I remain hopeful ever more:



My Maternal Grand Parents 


My Mother, Maternal Grand Mother & Maternal Grand Father



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Monday, May 4, 2020

Out & About With Weekly #RandomThoughts.....




As a new week dawns,  I begin with the two thoughts I captured above as I also I finished two thoughts while visiting the "Virtual Rounds" on Social Media over the weekend.  I wanted to share here in my Personal Corner as I implore all to #StaySafe & #BeWell--and to please listen to the scientists and the health professionals as I know #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether:

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Out & About with Some Month-End #RandomThoughts

@Laguna Niguel Smart & Final:  April 2020 


It has been a very challenging Month in many ways.     Although it was a month of reflection and engagement, it was also a month that saw how our World as we knew it ended thanks to a Virus.   

I had the pleasure to be supportive of the initiatives at the Daily Outsider as our team pulled together guidance from the WHO, the CDC, The State of California and the Orange County Department of Health.    Schools and Government Buildings in my hometown, Laguna Niguel, have been shut down.  It will be a long road back to recovery--I am hopeful that the Daily Outsider will play its' part as we emerge from the Shutdown and start thinking about #LifeAfterCorona.    We have been busy with on-going editorial work throughout the platforms as we have tried to be uplifting in spite of the profound challenging times we live in.   It has also been a busy month with my Virtual Education Activities & my Doctorate as well.   

I had the chance earlier in the Month to join a Zoom Meeting sponsored by Coro.  The head of the LA Economic Development Corporation gave a devastating picture of the shutdown--90% of Los Angeles International Airport being shut down.   This devastation has continued with massive unemployment numbers--but the most tragic story has been the number of infected with COVID-19 and the number of our fellow Americans who have died--so far over 60,000.    Unfortunately, the clamor in the conservative media has been challenging to be witness to--with one of the President's Chief Supporter even calling for a peaceful rebellion.  I also joined the Virtual Earth Day Celebrations as Ed Begley Jr. and His Daughter hosted a Virtual Worldwide event--and also caught comments by World War Zero hosted by John Kerry.  I look forward to continued engagements.

Beyond the shores of the United States, I continued my work & assessment regarding Iran.   It was disheartening to see how the regime showed how it had no regard for for the ordinary faces in Iran-as it clamoured to open the economy as COVID-19 continue to ravage the Country.    The head of Tehran's City Council, blasted official figures of the dead in Iran--and then there was an announcement earlier today that just at Tehran's Main Cemetery, some  13,000 people were buried as the regime continued to lie and mislead trying to potray an image of normalcy.     Tehran's Main Cemetery is under the municipality of Tehran--yet the head of the Council got in trouble.  I want all to realize that the head of the Council, Mohsen Hashemi, is the eldest son of Hashemi Rafsanjani--the former President who was killed on orders of Khameini.   This is as the plight of the people continued to be  heartbreaking--and yet the regime  clamored for the opening of religious sites and celebrated the launch of what they deemed to be a satellite.  What it turned out was a reverse Webcam as noted by the Commanding General for the US Space Command.    What was even more agitating was that the Supreme Leader (Supreme Guide) Of the Country opened up a page on his site for people to contribute even though he controls billions in assets.  Furthermore, he gave his "assent" for some funds to be released to the Government and also gave his "assent" for privatization--which is another scheme for the Government to fleece the people.     Tehran's Stock Exchange is continuing to increase even though there  is no fundamentals to support such an increase.    As I was assessing the daily analysis, I saw a report that the average age of addicts in Iran had fallen to 8 years--this shows that another generation is being lost to the Revolution as the previous four generations.   This is as the rights of women continues to be trampled--which is one of the darkest periods over the past 41 years--underscored by this report on Iran International as one of the Detainees, Sepideh Gholian, noted torture by women prisoners in Iranian Prisons.   

One of the most disheartening of messages    I caught this on Iran International as the Wife of Reza Pahlavi, the eldest Son of the late Shah of Iran, went to Greece to see first hand the plight of Iranian Refugees which was produced by Iran International:  







By lending her support, Yasmine Pahlavi highlighted the plight of these Iranian Refugees who were living in horrible conditions In Greece.   This is not about when anyone is a Royalist or not--as I noted in a note when I released this to my Facebook Storyline-- but it is about treating humans in a righteous and fair way.   Right after this premiered on Iran International, I saw reports of a  She was joined by one of the leading Iranian Entertainers, Arash--Although the narration is in Farsi, the scenes are just horrific to see.   I also saw rays of hope as I saw a new Cafe opened up by a refugee.     As I saw this hope, I also saw a statement from the head of the local labor federation in Northern Iran as he noted how his members could not even afford to pay for bread--in a country that is one of the richest in the World in terms of resources.   

As I was working to wind down the month, I released this to my Instagram Page in support of Donate A Photo to reflect upon  #LifeInTheTimeofCorona , celebrate the history of Iran and to honor the victims of Ukraine Flight 572 which I also released to my Facebook Wall below: 


  
The families of the victims of flight PS752 have launched PS752Justice.   I had the pleasure to be supportive and look forward to being supportive in whatever way I can.  A numbe of protestors were sentenced to a combined 84 months in Northern Iran for protesting the shooting of the ariline--and a number of students at Amir Kabir University were also summoned for questioning.  This is as there is no indication of anyone being held accountable--including the Commander, Hajizadeh, who was touted as a "Hero" recently on State Television.    

This month also saw disheartening news--the Orange County Fair was cancelled.  However, it was a welcome development because it was about people staying safe and healthy as we continue to deal with #LifeInTheTimeofCorona.     Businesses have adapted to the realities.   Our local Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize a gradual reopening and Mayor Davies of our City sent forth a letter lending support to it.  It was also great to see the City working on and creating the Economic Development Tool Kit--as the Chamber also spearheaded a #LagunaNiguelStrong Campaign which I had the pleasure to join by ordering a shirt which I showcased earlier this week:






It has been gratifying to make the rounds to visit local businesses to do my small part to be supportive and to uplift them fully embracing all they asked to do to practice social distancing--It is also good to have seen a uptick exemplified by a bit more cars in the streets.  


This was also a month that I had a chance to catch a very tough movie: 

Visions du Réel Receipt

Hello mike pouraryan,
Thank you for booking Of Land and Bread. You now have 24h to complete the screening.
Bonjour mike pouraryan,
Merci d'avoir réservé Of Land and Bread. Vous avez maintenant 24h pour finaliser votre visionnement.


Of Land and Bread showcased the plight of the people of Palestine who lived under Israali Occupation.    This is as Israel is slated to have a new Government--I had supported Benny Gantz in my on-going daily Social Media commentary and realized how he chose Israel over his political plight--although I also realized how many of his supporters were disappointed by once again getting into Government with Netanyahu.   I can only hope that as the incoming Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, he will not forget the 25% of Israelis who are of Arab & Palestinian Origin.   I have no hope for a peace process as the peace process is dead--because the Trump Adminstration has seen to it with the moves it has made spearheaded by the President's Son in Law, Jared Kushner--who called the Administration response to the #CoronaPandemic a success story in spite of over a million people infected and over 60,000 dead.   


It was also great to be witness to continued efforts by Government and Non-Governmental Institutions to be supportive.   It was also great to see businesses being supportive.   For instance, Farmers Insurance just extended almost a 40% reduction in premiums--For the record, Farmers is my Personal Insurance Provider for Auto & Home and I made a point of extending my appreciation to my friend and long-time agent, Hakim Salhi.   A sampling of what Government has been doing is noted below:  
04/21/2020 02:04 PM PDT

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is pleased to announce the launch of the OC COVID-19 Testing Network, which offers COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday, April 21, 2020 to Orange County residents who meet the criteria detailed below.


There is also the long-time issue of Food In Security that has become even more acute as a result of the Economic Havoc.    Our community stepped up and a sampling of food banks who serve the less fortunate throughout Orange County:




Calvary Chapel WestGrove: Food Pantry*
  • Food Distribution
  • Hours: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
  • Location: 12832 Knott Street, Garden Grove, CA 92841
Christ Cathedral: Food Bank
  • Pre-bagged food distribution: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840 by front gate of the property
Cool Water Ministries: Mobile Food Pantry*
  • Must be 13+ years of age.
  • Hours: Fourth Saturday of the Month 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: 515 East Almond Avenue, Orange, CA 92866
Families Forward: Drive Through Food Bank
  • Drive through service including food and diapers
  • Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: 8 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618
Food for Christ at the Rock: Drive Through Food Bank
  • Hours: Drive through will be 7:00 am - 9:00 am on Saturday.
  • Phone: (714) 331-6311
  • Location: 101 East Orangethorpe Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
  • Small bag of nonperishables
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: 161 South Orange Street, Orange, CA 92866
Mariners Church: Food Pantry*
  • Hours: Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 949-769-8131
  • Location: 5001 Newport Coast Dr, Irvine, CA 92603
  • Fresh and nonperishable grocery items, packages contain 5 days worth of food
  • Families may receive assistance once every 30 days
  • Locations: Anaheim, Irvine South, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Rancho Capistrano, San Clemente
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Groceries
  • Hours: Sundays 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: (714) 544-3141
  • Location: 1221 Wass Street, Tustin CA 92780
Salvation Army Orange County: Drive Through Food Distribution
  • Canned foods, produce, frozen goods
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • For residents of North and Central Orange County - Bring ID
  • May receive food once monthly, Must meet low income guidelines (TEFAP)
  • Location: 1515 W. North Street, Anaheim, CA
The Salvation Army of Southern California*
  • Bring Picture ID
  • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: (714) 832-7100
  • Location: 10200 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA 92782
Second Harvest Food Bank Drive Through
  • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Honda Center parking lot: 2695 E. Katella Ave. Enter off South Douglass Road.
Southwest Community Center
  • Provides Hot Meals. Must Be Consumed off-site.
  • Hot Meal Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantry Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Phone: (714) 547-4073
  • Location: 1601 West Second Street, Santa Ana CA 92703
South County Outreach: Appointment Only Food Pantry
  • Food distribution will be by appointment only. Any shopper coming without an appointment will be directed to call the hotline.
  • Phone: Pantry Hotline at 949-380-8144 ext. 207
  • Location: 7 Whatney, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92618
Tustin Drive Through Food Drive
  • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Families Together of Orange County Community Health Center, 621 West First St., Tustin CA, 92780


As I was working away on these month-end thoughts,  I reviewed comments by President Trump as he went after "Democratic" States, blamed China and threatened Tariffs without taking a bit of responsibility even though he was informed about this.    But what I took comfort in was this I captured from  the Persian Gulf that Radio Farda featured as it was Persian Gulf Day:   

I could not help but take comfort in this courtesy the team at the Daily Stoic that provides an absolute admonition to us all:



As we’ve discussed, one could look out at the world right now and see a lot of negative. Or you could grab the other handle, as Epictetus says, and see the positive. It’s an open question: Is this a great time to be alive or a terrible one? Are we blessed to have spent twenty years without any major wars, without any truly global crises, with sustained periods of economic prosperity and incredible technological advances? Or has it been twenty years with three major recessions, with the terror of terrorism, disruptive or disappointing tech, and now with a global pandemic?
Here’s the Stoic’s answer: It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t control when you live. What history will think of this period compared to other periods is meaningless. The only thing that counts is that you’re alive right now.
We don’t choose when we live, we choose how we live. That’s it. You didn’t ask for this moment. Maybe you’d prefer things to be different. Well...they aren’t. And you’re going to have to make do. Understand this and you will be wise. Adhere to it and you will be successful.
How can we make the most of right now? That’s the question. How can we live well within—or in spite—of what’s happening? That’s our job. You think Marcus wanted to live through the plague or Epictetus in a time where slavery existed or Seneca during Nero’s rule? Nope. But they figured it out. They made it work.

There are also two key dates to note-first the advent of the Web that allows us all to be on and to the voice as we have been thanks to some great visionaries:


I also note that tomorrow is Labor Day around the World--and the Month of May has a very important day-Mothers Day:

June 2013 | Tribute



As I conclude I wanted to remember all the fallen of COVID-19 and ask that the almighty grant solace to their loved ones.   I also salute all the Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Workers  , the Grocery Clerks, the UPS & Fed-Ex Drivers, the Uber Drivers, the Lyft Drivers, The Public Transport Workers, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, Soldiers and all others workers who have been at the forefront of keeping us alive, fed and protected during this Pandemic.   

I know #WeWillGetThroughThis and emerge stronger.   I close out my #RandomThoughts with the following Visual #RandomThoughts From my archive I released on my Twitter Feed throughout the Month as I say loudly--Onward: