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Sep. 12, 2018

September 12, 2003 marks the loss of "the Man in Black". My previous post (Sep. 8) referenced his name with regards to the book, The New Johnny Cash. Whatever your thoughts or concerns about Johnny Cash and/or his music there is redeeming value in reflecting on his life to relate in a practical way:

Authority figures have a definite impact on the young. In this case Johnny's father had a negative impact on challenges and events faced in adulthood. Viewing the movie, "Walk the Line" is a good way to experience how this plays out.

Johnny was concerned about the poor and the working class of our great Country. I just learned from Patsy Andersen-Presley (see "older" posts), formerly of Graceland is joining up with the "Johnny Cash Farm" in Bon Aqua, TN. You might enjoy doing a search for more information. There will be a public event on October 5-6, 2018 and numerous noted persons are scheduled to be there among whom are Larry Gatlin and John Schneider of "Dukes of Hazard" and Tyler Perry's, "The Haves and the Have Nots" as Jim Cryer. 

John Schneider lived with Johnny and June for a while and Johnny is credited with converting Schneider to Christianity. It becomes more and more interesting to learn of celebrities who have a spiritual side not so generally known. Patsy indicated to me that the owner of the Johnny Cash Farm, Brian Oxley, is also a very spiritual person concerned about the hereafter. I think I can relate to these guys! Get ready Bon Aqua!

On a personal level, in one memorable experience Johnny performed to a large group of business people of which I was a part. One impressionable performance was Johnny's singing, "Pickin Time", an emotional reminder of God's timing is our lives. I recall thinking of how humans expect things of others while God as a loving Father understands each of us, knows our limitations and circumstances. God's expectations may not be as harsh as the world expects from us. What a relief! What a blessing!

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Sep. 8, 2018

Approximately 2:00AM on November 23, 2016 I woke from sleep with a particularly interesting mentor on my mind. Beginning that year some events captured enough attention that my Twitter experience came alive with serious purpose. A famous speech was delivered to a large group of "Junior Achievers" in 1967 entitled, "Selling America". It was a monumental speech on helping people the American way. I began searching for a recording of the speech, found it and posted it to Twitter.

About 2500 young people got to hear in simple language why capitalism is better than socialism. Oh, how we need the message spread to todays millennials! Richard M. DeVos' speech was one of the best education lessons his young audience ever heard on why our Country is the greatest in the world. 

Within a few hours after making my post I heard the word DeVos on the radio. Then it happened on the next news cast. President elect, Donald J Trump had selected Betsy DeVos, daughter-in-law to Rich as Secretary of Education. It was obvious that with such a name and relationship Trump was moving in the right direction.

On September 6, 2018 America lost a great leader. Rich DeVos, WWII veteran, multi-billionaire and owner of Orlando Magic died at the age of 92. Fortunately, recordings and books live on for our education and entertainment. Every child should have one opportunity to hear "Selling America".

Revell Publishing Company wanted to find some way to promote this great Country many years ago. Someone who had heard Rich's inspiring American ideas answered the call to find a person who could put our uniqueness before the reading public. The company chose Dr. Charles Paul Conn author of The New Johnny Cash (Sep. 12 post) to follow through on the task. Reluctantly, Conn conceded and concluded that no one could surpass the principles, communication and integrity of Rich DeVos to satisfy Revell's longings. To this day no better speech has been delivered to teach the youngest to the eldest how and why America is unsurpassed in providing the best opportunity for people to "reach for the stars" in this journey, called life.

Sympathy and well wishes go to the DeVos family with a sincere thank you, Rich and all your great educational moments for making America great. Our honor is to serve those still living to further your never-ending contributions to success for now and eternity.

Remember that true wealth is based on integrity and a solid base of service to others. Rich lived out his father's deathbed sentiments. "Whatever you do son, do it right". We need not fear wealth in the hands of a person of integrity. Great harm is done with wealth in the wrong hands. (Look for Winston Churchill's take on Socialism to which Rich referred in "Selling America" in an upcoming blog on this site.)

Sep. 7, 2018

Service may not seem like a very endearing subject on the surface. If you consider its value it's a different story altogether. The commodity of money as a medium of exchange for what we need and want is directly related to it. Every penny you earn is in some way related to service. If we want more we must increase our service. Also if we want more out of life we must improve and/or continue and improve our service. 

Rabindrananth Tagore, the world-famed Calcutta poet along with many other wise persons knew this service secret to life. Each one presented the same truth in their own words. Einstein stated that man's purpose is, "to serve other men only". Jesus indicated that service to others is the issue upon which the great separation ultimately takes place (cf Matthew 25:31ff)

Today marks the 1941 anniversary of the death of Tagore just a few months before Pearl Harbor catapulted us into WWII as 2,403 Service men lost their lives in the surprise Japanese attack.

Service is the measure by which a person leaves the planet in death. Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker devotes one chapter in his book, The Will to Live, to the notion that a person dies when he or she wants to die. That of course, is with the assumption of dying naturally as opposed to accident or disease. The theory is that when a person can no longer serve he or she has no more reason to remain on the planet. 

Joy is in living and serving. Serving is our duty. Serving is Joy. With that attitude life is worth living. It becomes clear that each of us should find our place of service and freely express ourselves. That's what life is about. Understanding this, consider what damage to another one may inflict by blocking others' service thereby stealing their joy. Now you have an idea as to why this website was I want to live.

Sep. 1, 2018

Persons wise and educated are familiar with the "constant in nature", change. Change is very much a phenomenon to affect success in life. Resisting change can be devastating because like gravity it has to be dealt with. It is there, very real and something we have no control over. At best we should adjust to it.

Alvin Toffler of Future Shock fame, as a futurist, envisioned the challenge facing baby boomers as the age of computer technology develops and stares us in the face. Knowing about this evolution should be first recognized and then methodically met with a positive attitude of willingness to learn. He stated, "The illiterate of the future are not those who can't read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn". 

Rudy Giuliani also stated something to the effect that, "the computer is as important today as reading and writing was when I was a child". Both of these observations should impact our attitude toward making positive changes as we navigate life with success.

Change on a personal level certainly takes courage with discipline. Forcing change on others should be met with caution and understanding. Take a look at the quote pictured in this post. In navigating life it is essential for well-being that we work with human nature to adjust ourselves and be patient and civil with fellow humans facing similar struggles. 

If we would work with others we must understand human nature and we will be admired for our wisdom and mercy on the stage of life as we serve. To effectively work with people we will take into account their capacity at any given time so as not to violate them.

Aug. 29, 2018

Houses sheltered by mother earth have for a long time been a hot topic. Here's why:

We are all aware of how mother nature is ruthless. Many homes have been destroyed by natural disasters. A severe tornado made a mile-wide swath through central Alabama and Georgia early in 2011. While listening to the radio on the way to work shortly after the host mentioned that only being underground would have protected people and property. Every hurricane, tornado and fire reminds me of how being proactive in building our "castle" is wise in view of the often too inevitable.

Kenneth, a favorite cousin of mine, mentioned the concept to me in 1975. As the late Oliver Wendell Holmes, former Justice of the US Supreme Court once stated: "A mind stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions". I thought about the concept relentlessly as I was on vacation having left the family mobile home in another state. In the early 1980's I designed and began construction on the new idea. In 2006 my late bride and I designed one to be attactive to many who could see one built properly in hopes of influencing lending institutions and real estate to become more familiar with the concept. Due to lack of experience and proof of integrity of such structures make it nearly impossible to get a loan. My desire was to change this as a service to the community.

References to "Infinite Housing" and "Lifetime Design" capture a part of the idea. The idea is to build a hope adaptable throughout life from birth to death. Incorporating these references are even more significant with the subterranean or earth-sheltered design. Conventional designs have vastly improved over the last few decades induced by the prospects of natural disasters. But very few incorporate the earth sheltered design.

Hurricane Katrina hit landfall on this day in 2005. Brenda, and I (see "Coming Soon! page for information by scrolling to the bottom of the page) weathered the storm of both Ivan and Katrina in our "unfinished" shelter. Great feeling to watch the storms in a safe shelter!

If you are so proactive in your approach to securing the feel of safety I'd love to share with you more information and answer questions on this hot topic.

Poor "Chester" fell in love with a lady in one of the early "Gunsmoke" episodes. He became a miserable failure in impressing his new love when he showed her the "dugout" he so feverishly "prepared" for her. I wondered when watching the re-run a few years ago if he had the idea of someday impressing another lady in real life. He did!

Now you see why my bride helped keep the dream alive by saying, "such a structure needs to be aesthetic". Proactive housing design in some way could eventually boil down to being "safe or sorry", to say nothing of envy.