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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

Dr. Nick Pappas is a Love Kat


just so we are clear, a “Love Kat”, is someone that gives freely of themselves, but not for free.

often, for myself, I believe a covenant, of sorts, is part of the effort. Dr. Nick Pappas from Radford University continues to inspire me and every fortunate student he blessed with “power muffins” (I have the recipe), and endless wisdom and tolerance.

Dr. Pappas is bigger than life, his legacy enduring and his example unequaled.

A testament of true loveA testament of true love –

“…enduring love needs a publicist these days.”

here are some other insights of mine around Dr. Pappas:

Nick Pappas [← read that. do it now!]


a Taste of history

my family, friends, familiars, associates, cronies, co-conspirators, fellow pirates, intellectualists, philosophers, evangelists, and (the list of adjectives can go on) all understand, and clearly, with endless examples, that Dr. Pappas has had an enormous influence in my life. he helped me forge my persona as a bit of a character, but more importantly instilled within me an unerring sense of integrity based on the realization of fortuna.

what this means for me is if you (that collective we) understand how fortunate you are to be blessed in one form or another, you are required to be a LOVE KAT and use your super powers for good.

it’s what Pappas did for us all.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

blogging about my blog


is blogging about your blog a demonstration of conceit, or some dark example of self-grandizing?

I’ve only just reported on Linked in that…

brian cork : uh-oh… My blog archives are getting a lot of looks today. this probably has nothing to do with my ghastly, yet potentially transparent Linkedin picture.

HINT: the only person that tried too hard this year was Miley Cyrus, and Lance Armstrong (like Detroit) evidently did not try hard enough. typically not that many people actually care about my rants, musing, and odd recipes. however, this probably means I’m going to take a beating over something.

I’m putting-up this post and tagging it with, “blogs”, “public opinion”, “controversy”, and “brian cork”, just to see what happens.

stay tuned.

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

you can just picture the human stories in New York


there is a book that now exists titled, Humans of New York created by self-taught photo journalist Brandon Stanton that you need to look at.

mr. Stanton approaches fellow New York denizens daily, asks permission (some times not) to take their photograph and conducts a brief interview. it’s (the book and visceral experience) easy to enjoy because, while there are certainly profound words, the effort drives its formidable impact through the startling images that define New York City.

I use the word “startling” as opposed to say, “stunning”, because of the way many of the pictures and associated bon mottes move me.

humans of new york imagefor example, it looks like one of my favorites contributions is from a woman that could fundamentally shape our global view:

“l tell you what my husband told me when he was dying. I said, ‘Mo, how am I going to live without you?’ And he said, take the love that you have for me and spread it around.”


that message drove me to my knees. I am genuinely thankful.

something you REALLY need to know:

Humans of New York is a hugely popular blog (go check-out that link.  do it!), by the way, and of course only now a book.

and, I’m warning you… it’s addictive – in a very human and healthy way. feed your soul. do it!

Brandon’s ability (I snagged these words from somewhere else and replaced the word “willingness” with “ability”) to:

“approach strangers has led to some pretty amazing moments of openness, “whether it’s someone telling me about their battle with cancer, or somebody even telling me how they were molested as a child,” he says of many “startlingly honest revelations.”

something you might care to know:

humans of new yorkfor me, an almost perfect day would be spent with my little Emma Jo hiking about New York City with her taking pictures with her new camera while I talked to people.

I love talking to people. I value stories. I’m no good with a camera. but, Emma Jo might be. and, I really like being around her. and I’m drawn to cities that create stories through their fascinating residents by design almost more than I desperately need to help people.

some stories are worth telling. some other people need to help with all of it.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

brian cork would be a Rhodesian Ridgeback


I’m difficult for people to explain or describe. despite my well-chronicled adventures, my friends and family have always had a challenge describing me to people that have never met me.

I was recently asked to provide a description to a Venture Capital organization that is recruiting me to run their strategy for the next five years. So, I sent them pretty much what you see below.

just for the heck of it, I’ll drop this other post I wrote a few years back about,

Sammy: The best argument I ever knew for Dogs in Heaven.

meanwhile, and to be clear, I’ve lifted the following description of the Rhodesian Ridgeback directly from an internet source.

gorgeous rhodesian ridgeback

the reason I’ve done this has less to arrogance or flippancy, and more to the point of a genuine desire to be transparent.

if you don’t like a good dog, you won’t care for me.

I am often compared to the Ridgeback breed. to be fair this is a better testament to myself, and less so for that august animal. and, of course the primary reason I picked Rowdy, the world famous Ridgeback,  is because I figured I could relate to him, in some manner. 

If God recycles us, in another manner, I was probably a Ridgeback, at some point, or should be. either way, this explains much of my world view, and physical characteristics.

to wit…

by physical description, the Ridgeback is a large, muscular hound. the broad head is flat between the ears. the muzzle is long and deep, with a defined stop. the nose is either black, brown or liver, depending on the coat of the dog. the eyes are round and are usually brown depending on the shade of the dog. the medium sized ears are set high, dropping down, wide at the base and tapering to a point. the chest is deep. the front legs should be very straight and strong. the tail is fairly long, thicker at the base, tapering to a point curving upward slightly. dewclaws are sometimes removed. the coat is short and dense with a clearly defined symmetrical ridge of hairs growing in the opposite direction down the middle of the back. coat colors include light wheaten to shades of red sometimes with a little white on the chest and toes.

I’m not as handsome as most Ridgebacks.

so… I’d be a blue-eyed Ridgeback that most reasonable breeders would stand skeptical over.

the Rhodesian Ridgeback is ferocious and fine hunter, but calm in the home. he is a gentle,rowdy and emma jo obedient, good dog. the breed is good-natured, but some do not do well with small children because they may play too roughly and knock them down (my daughters will never let me live-down an episode involving soccer in our backyard).

Ridgebacks are intelligent, skillful and straight-forward dogs that are loyal to the family. they are brave and vigilant. a key characteristic is they can be reserved toward strangers, yet socialize well.  Ridgebacks possess considerable stamina and without joanne and rowdyenough mental and physical exercise they can become high strung and unmanageable. this breed needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader (or a wife) who can provide rules the dog must follow, and limits to what it can and cannot do.

it must be noted that meek and/or passive owners, or owners who treat the dog like a human, rather than a canine, will have a hard time controlling this breed and may also cause them to become combative with other dogs. When given what they need as the canine animal they will be excellent companion dogs, but are not recommended for most people, as most do not have the time nor energy to put into them. Ridgeback’s react best to an extremely consistent and firm – but calm approach to training. they are extremely intelligent and learn quickly, but are very sensitive and will be stubborn and willful if they are more stronger-minded than the humans. Ridgebacks have an uncanny sense of fairness in terms of right and wrong.

Ridgebacks can smell hypocrisy a mile away, like prey, and instinctively resist it. training should be gentle, but firm and should start young while the dog is still small enough to manage. 

Ridgebacks are also very good watch dogs, but not suggested for guard dogs. they are very protective of owners. this has to be addressed during their early training. this breed can be more destructive than a Lab if not given enough exercise and is not convinced the humans are his authority figure.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a hardy breed, able to withstand dramatic changes of temperatures. do not overfeed this breed. provided this dog meets cats and other pets when it is young, any potential problem will be prevented. Ridgebacks make excellent running companions. 

I don’t care for cats.

Sammy. Heaven.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork



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