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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life
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March26

Food for thought…

green peasI eat little meat, as a condiment for my vegetables. peas are my favorite. I love peas. any kind of green peas (there is an astonishing variety). carrots, not so much.

were you aware that green vegetables absorb many negative things from the body? you certainly do now.

I don’t drink much. but, I can hang with anybody. however, Southern Comfort and Coke is preferred when prevailed upon. mind you, three is the limit. that’s the gentleman’s view.

and, I am typically up before dawn.

obviously I bathe daily – mostly because of my physical training regimen. and, I have a quirk, learned from my Grandad, where I bathe my feet in cold water each day.

I hear more and more often these days, that others too, are following this practice, call it a ritual. they have read this Blog.

my life has a pattern: heady achievement undercut by humbling reverse, happiness taxed by humiliation. for now the drumbeat of events have drowned out recrimination. somehow, some how this more often sets the stage for heady achievement.

I am a creature of change. that certainly abounds.

and, I want to be a good example of Darwin’s view.  good being a juxtapositional word,

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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dark Darwin humor

January25

seal eats penguin

so… the poor little dude got all dressed up for this? if penguins only had permits to carry guns, these things wouldn’t happen.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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that which we shall not talk about

January16

I have no gripping insight with or keen desire to engage this activity…

in fact, I feel that is it decidedly pointless.

uh-oh… I have offered insight. DAMN IT!

what would Monty Python make of any of this?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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give me liberty or give me apathy

November12

I think it’s fair to say, possibly just admit, that I have lost my zeal for blogging.

it’s not that I no longer have opinions, or have discovered apathy, mind you.

however, I awoke this morning with the thought, which is worse apathy or death? or, are they the same?

…seriously…

so… here I am foisting a blog post upon the lot of you.

this is more about me finding other things beyond my own imagination, view, or standpoint to champion. I have been very much involved with Emma Jo and our soccer. despite me as their coach, Emma Jo and her U12 Shockers Nation found themselves 11-0 on the regular season, and finalists in their first bonafide tournament at the prestigious KOHLS Cup. I’ve also been coaching everyone else’s son in Lacrosse these past eighteen months. and, as evidence of my lack of desire to pontificate, I’ll not trouble you with any of those details. …well, at least for the moment.

meanwhile…

I have made a very conscious decision to stop being so hard on Barack Obama. for bad or worse, he is our Commander-in-Chief. we may not know if he is an anti-Christ until it’s to late. my own sixteen-year-old daughter Haley Anne pointed-out that if most Americans voted for the man, they must see something the minority does not.

she’s pretty bright.

so, we are mostly stupid or mostly right.  only time will tell for the rest of us.

on the other hand, maybe this is Gods own way of forcing the laws of natural selection down our collective throats. the European nations favor Obama. but then they are all sliding towards Socialism, and “misery loves company”, as they say, whomever they are. I suspect they conceived of Socialism as they follow apathy as a form of religion.

reference (I dare you): the secret series: in pursuit of They

in any event, with all of it weighing heavily on my mind, I have recalled a poignant, if not foreboding quote from the formidable Alexander Fraser Tyler, from his indomitable (and, certainly foresightful) work, Cycle of Democracy (1770):

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.”

okay… so, now what next, neighbor? could we hear the words, “give me liberty or give me death”, again? what might only 300 of us do?

we saw Emma Jo off on her first school away trip early this morning. as I brushed touseled hair from her eyes this morning to wake her as gently as I could, my eyes did tear-up somewhat as my mind ran rampant with memories of high intensity and drama from the weekend, natural apprehension around the pending trip, and a earthly fathers keen desire to protect his child from the rigors of an uncertain future. or, would that be opportunity?

God knows, right? I just want to be part of the solution, and not the problem. so, that is my prayer, today.

peace be to our Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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