Thursday, June 21, 2018

Out & About w/Thoughts On the Eve of the Week-End

@ The ACC-OC Continuum of Care Tour 2018 

@ The Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee Car Wash 

Two Team Members of the USS Stocksdale On Duty!! :) 

The last three weeks have been challenging to be witness to.   I was witness to how the Community comes together as the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee sponsored a car wash in support of the USS Stocksdale that raised an estimated 3,000 Dollars.   I also was witness to Democracy this week as the Community came out in force to advocate for their cause--although the Laguna Niguel City Council voted against the recommendation of the Traffic Commission where I serve on.   I also had the opportunity to join the second annual ACC-OC Continuum of Care Tour where I was witness t how the Community continues to do whatever it can to eradicate the cancer of homelessness in Orange County.    This was also as I got myself a preview of  Graduation as I joined Aliso Niguel's Graduation Ceremonies as my Son was named to the Junior Class Court of Honor--a proud moment!!

My sense of hope and optimism is always sustained when I am witness to selfless souls making a difference--although what was happening On the Border with Mexico and the passage of the Farm Bill really floored me--as President Trump was on a tirade blaming Democrats as his Administration began to take steps to modify the governing case on child detainees after misleading the Public over the past few weeks.     I helped finish off a column for the Daily Outsider on it.     

Beyond the shores of the US, there is also Iran--a focus of mine.     Iran's National Team played Spain--and I caught glimpses of it.   Although Iran Lost--the guys should hold their head up high!!  I made it a point of expressing my appreciation On Twitter as this captured it all: 

This Iranian Actor & Director Wrote that despite not having hardly any games to prepare, sponsors having cancelled (including the despicable move by Nike), the valiant and brave moves by the players would forever be remembered.    Another milestone was also achieved:  Women were able to watch the game at Tehran's Main Stadium which was another major milestone.     

Despite this glimmer, there was another travesty that occurred which was the arrest of this woman on the eve of her presenting evidence of her Client's innocence:  

I understood from catching Iran Farda earlier today that she was due to present the evidence in an interview with the founder and Managing Director for the Network, Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh and was detained.    I'll be on the lookout to see about her disclosures that I'm hopeful it will be forthcoming. 
It has been quite a week--but I retain a sense of hope.   There is no choice--is there? 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

On this #FathersDay

It is Fathers' Day Week-End.   On the eve of Fathers' Day Week-End I  began with this I released to my Facebook wall as a tribute to my Dad:

As I would be "kind of" off the Grid and as I helped with some curation work for the properties of the Daily Outsider for Fathers' Day, What I ran across below was so timely yet again thanks to the great work of Jonathan Lockwood Huie.  Although all the thoughts are critical, the one that especially resonated with me was the last one from Eleanor Roosevelt-I pray daily I did what I could as an Example for My Son...


There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

The best inheritance a parent can give his children
is a few minutes of his time each day.
- Orlando A. Battista

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Out & About" For the W-End....

I had been a bit "quiet" in my corner as i have been working away on Community Projects & Initiatives.  As the W-End Dawns,  I wanted to do things a bit differently while being "out & about" with what I picked up while on the "Grid" throughout the Week in support of The Daily Outsider especially during FIFA 2018!!!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Out & About.....

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhart  

A new month has officially arrived.     I captured this image from the team at the Mission that underscores how we should always have a little fun no matter what the circumstances are.     

It has been quite a month on a multitude of fronts as exemplified by what  the Daily Outsider Team Worked on throughout the Month of May.    It was a bit irritating dealing with a challenge with the Twitter Handle over the past few weeks but it is now back up.   I myself was on a multitude of community projects including A solemn Memorial Day Ceremony at City of the Laguna Niguel that honored veterans in attendance and all who had given their life for America.     T his was as I was also witness to selfless acts throughout the month exemplified by the work being done about an upcoming car wash in support of the Units Laguna Niguel has adopted.

One thing that this past month truly brought home was a need to  embrace the possibilities no matter what the circumstances are.   As I was reflecting upon the month, there was one that truly hit home.    One of the clients at my City's Catholic Parish Pantry--where I serve on the staff in support--shared with me how she did recycling.   What was amazing about it all was how she did and then gave all the proceeds to her Church.      This was simple deceny in action which was something the Atlantic's David Frum noted especially in light of controversies over Samantha Bee's very very unfortunate comments about Ivanka Trump.     

Beyond the shores of America, there is Iran--a special focus of mine with my responsibilities at the Daily Outsider.    I can't help but bow in large respect at the Truck Drivers, the teachers, the taxi drivers and all who have continued to be persistent in their protests against the regime as Economic Calamity continues to befall the Country on a multitude of fronts as the Regime tries to show an aura of normalcy.

It is not an easy task to remain hopeful.    There is no choice--and in it is where the probable can be possible--The tenancity of the dogs also reminds us of it all!!!  I close out this weekly with this that truly blew me away about how selfless souls can make a difference as they can: