Note To Self

Not that I see any negative situations looming on the horizon, but just like storms, one is bound to blow through sooner or later and I might as well be prepared.

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Great Leaders find the Positives in Negative Situations. They Help find Lasting Solutions, not Dwell on Problems.

Thanks to: Terry Alex @takecareofUUU

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Progress?, Well Maybe.

Last night, I was thinking about progress and how our three daughters don’t know life without instant communication and access to information/entertainment.  ec_zps0f12e549

They have no understanding of having one telephone in the house and it being mounted on the wall in the kitchen.  I remember when my father was police chief, (1970’s) we got a second phone for my parent’s bedroom, so if there was an emergency at night, he could be reached.

Speaking of emergencies, I recall early in the  morning of Wednesday, March 28, 1979 when the Maryland State Police arrived at Mt. St Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, sirens blaring, and loudspeakers instructing us to prepare to evacuate and to head South, not North. Three Mile Island had lit off and we were only fifty miles away.  That was exciting.  Today, the kids would would be texted by multiple agencies, in addition to the school with it’s own alerting system.

They cannot fathom the idea of a black and white television with only seven channels and a 16″ screen.  Playing a record on a phonograph, what’s that?

The idea of living in a college dorm with one phone  at the end of the hall for approximately fifty people to share would not make sense, nor would the idea of having to do research in the library and hand write reports and papers.

ec24_zpsb1e37405Making sure there was a supply of coins in your pocket/car so if you had to find a pay phone, you were prepared. Hopefully, it wasn’t raining. Does anyone still have any folded maps in their car?

Yes, technology has made some aspects of our life easier, but it has also changed how we interact as a society, altering our realities and bringing about new terms, such as Helicopter Parents.

Technology has also atrophied our minds.  Anyone reading this remember how to use a slide rule?  How to calculate a 20%  tip on a $43.88 dinner (without a smart phone)?  Who remembers telephone numbers these days?  I still remember the telephone number for our home during the early 1960’s, (201-687-3913).   How did we get to the moon and back with the technology we had?  ec2_zps294e7f98

I recall the I guess I’m getting more like my father every day, remembering the good ol’ days and fearing  the world is going to hell in a handbasket. The big  difference is that he probably never worried about an EMP is and what would happen if we experienced one and all the progress would be re-set to zero.

Probably just as well that he didn’t and I hope none of us ever finds out.

Thanks to Carla for the techy photos.

 

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A Series Of Firsts

My favorite quote of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

My favorite quote of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American born saint cannonized by the Catholic Church was born on this date in 1774.

Establishing the first Catholic school for girls in the nation, at Emmitsburg, MD,  Mother Seton then went on to be the Foundress of  The Sisters of Charity, the first order of nuns to be formed in the United States.  Also see Daughters of Charity.

To her, I have a special devotion, having studied her life, walked on the paths she did and often prayed on the same spot she taught children at what is now  The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, located on the grounds of my alma mater, Mt. St. Mary’s College, (now University).  The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is also a required stop off, whenever I am in town.

May her life of faith during struggles and of giving of herself, continue to be an example to all, especially me.

Stained Glass window in Corpus Christi Chapel, pictured below.

Stained Glass window in Corpus Christi Chapel, pictured below.

 

Statue of Mother Seton, on Corpus Christi Chapel, overlooking "her rock"

Statue of Mother Seton, on Corpus Christi Chapel, overlooking “Her rock”

 

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A reminder

A reminder

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On Stuff

th “It is a dangerous thing to ask why someone else has been given more. It is humbling and indeed healthy to ask why you have been given so much”

Condoleezza Rice,

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Pairing Made Simple

No additional explanation needed, thanks to Jason Walton.

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A Little Bit Of Sympathy

Here’s one for us old timers…a live version of a song from Robin Trower’s  second record.

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Trower puts on a clinic,  using the neck pick-up only.  (Guitarists will understand)

What a great tone!

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Corn’s Growin’ Tall

After not being there for a few weeks, I visited one of our facilities this afternoon.

This is the view out the back door.  Blue skies and  30+ acres of sweet corn.

This is such a beautiful  area.

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