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Walker Percy Might Recognize The Kardashians

October9

just so we are clear, Greg is my earthly brother. rumor has it we share the same set of parents. there are of course, other, and competing rumors – and innuendo. according to one of my God Mothers, Clare, I was a “ma-tai baby and there were witnesses”. however, it all pales compared to the vale, and in the scheme of most things. Greg was a brilliant High School student and then road Walker Percy relentlessly through University.

NOTE: some of this (that which follows; that which precedes, not at all, as far as we know) is lifted from a recent exchange with Barry Morrow (I like the manner in which he conducts his own pen) in my recent exchange with Greg (not Barry. however, that did lead to some activity like lively email exchanges and invitations to eat hamburgers).

Greg:

I’ve long been a “poser” regarding Walker Percy. When you drop the name people appear alarmed, go bug-eyed, or nod wisely as though we are, together, on to something. But, no one ever pursues (rather like thinking about sex while staring through a windshield driving your in-laws to the airport). Interpretation of his efforts seem to evolve with ones own life perspective. Oddly, perhaps, I equate that with efforts around the Bible. I’m better off listening to other people that can make lots of [better formed] apologies.

A friend of mine, Barry Morrow (he is lovely and tortured), has quoted Percy a lot, and especially from The Moviegoer, in his own first book, Heaven Observed. There are lots of existential questions that run throughout the book, like why a man can feel more at home during a tornado, rather than the typical malaise that enshrouds him when everything is provided to him, at ease in Zion. Very much like Solomon in Ecclesiastes. And, us.

In any event, when I eat a hamburger with Barry I tend to think of you. It’s good (Barry, the burgers, and you).

Much love.

– Brian

on another NOTE... The Movie Goer is much too sublime for Wikipedia and reference. however, it would make for a terrific television series. I would make my daughters watch it with me. anything is better than all things Kardashian. Go figure. No… Go forth! As you might in the Biblical sense.

What if we could VOTE by Twitter?

December12

yesterday I posted:

no one can say Obama does not lead by example. his Selfie reflects a Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition.

that set-off quite a firestorm of activity for me. I had people emailing, texting and calling me with the opinion that I had formed a negative stance too fast. others opined that I had wittily exposed a sour underbelly of the Obama character train-wreck. but, most lamented the fact that the world had focused its attention on Obama and not the brilliant memorial for Nelson Mandela.

politics, and also religion, are tough topics around friendships. you can tell a neighbor his kid is bad and remain in better form more often than if you disagree about things like political commentary.

I’m going to keep pondering and potentially posting how I feel about all of this. I’m troubled, to be certain.

what if we could cast our vote by Twitter? or, what if our president was held to his post by on-going comments like those we all follow at the butt-end of news articles? does feedback actually matter any longer?

perhaps I was naive, and the media had not quite rotted into the putrid mess is represents today, but I feel pretty good about the Ronald Reagan (Republican) administration. I never cared about his party affiliation. I simply believed he had a sense of himself and what he felt was both right-and-wrong. so, he soldiered through and fought for all of us. that said, can any of you point to a meaningful thing that George W. Bush (Republican) did while in office other then make us all think he pulled the wool over our eyes after 911? Bill Clinton (Democrat) was probably a pretty good president. He was a VERY good foreign policy enforcer. however, we will think first about his infidelity. does this mean karma kicks-in and Hilary Clinton gets a shot at the White House? I’d vote for her, today. And, with Hilary, you get Bill back.

Darren LaPorte took exception to my post. he is a genuinely good man. we exchanged a fair amount of emails over the topic. one excerpt I’ll share with you is this:

“…But looking at your linked in, I used to look forward to reading your insights, but it just seems over the last couple of years, it’s been a lot of Obama bashing. Just an observation. I never put my political views out there.  Of course we are still friends.”

my response, in part:

“Candidly, I feel the quality of my writing has fallen-off dramatically. So, thanks for holding me accountable.

And, to be very transparent, I don’t like bashing my Commander-in-Chief. I am letting my frustration poison my other senses. I’ll not doubt many others feel the same way about my blog as yourself. I’m a much more positive thinker than that. I’ve been lazy.”

so… I just posted the following on Linkedin:

8 Photos You Didn’t See From Obama’s Trip to South Africa – policymic.com

“There was a hell of a lot more that went on besides that selfie.”

Part I: I joined the Obama-razzing party yesterday. I can’t tell you today if that was fair or not. But, my dear and transformed friend Darren LaPorte called me out and is holding me accountable around fairness. So… There has been a great deal of press around the spin of the “selfie” and related stories that unfortunately trumped the Mandela memorial event. I know its common for current and past CE’s to travel, work and hang-out together. I’ve experienced it first-hand at [REDACTED] house.

Part II: Both parties are more aligned than most people realize. However, members of the House and Senate are more concerned about staying in their seats. I’m at a loss as to the best role for our president today. The last one I had real faith in was Bill Clinton, a Democrat. I do think its funny Bush has an Instagram page. And, who could blame anyone, let alone Obama, for seeking a photo-op with Bono. If we could side-step the requirement for citizenship I’d like Bono to be our president for three years. But, I’d buy him as president of the United Nations. That would be genuinely interesting.

at the three year mark we can start commenting via social platforms for a real-time determination that he keeps his post, or not. as we are learning with members of the House and Senate, and the White House, “four-more-years, or even “two-more-years”, can be too long and unproductive. on the other hand, we never had Mandela long enough.

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

 

it’s a Dogs life, not yours

July6

Photographer tells story of doomed shelter dogs

read the whole ugly, yet gallant, tail, here.

I read that story and then just felt plain glum.

hell… the idea of dogs being euthanized typically upsets most us more than reports of mass murder out of Africa.

c’mon… you know its true.

this blog gets read by a lot of people. but, the post with the most hits and often shared is, Sammy: The best argument I ever knew for Dogs in Heaven.

I’ve always had a dog in my life. I’ll certainly have a lot more dogs in my life than wives. but, just one of those is the right amount. I got lucky with all of my dogs, and more so with my wife, Joanne. she loves dogs. in fact, all of my dogs have always preferred Jaonne over me (especially Sammy and Maxx – and now Rowdy).

that says A LOT about Joanne.

I don’t have a point to make or offer you, any of you, here, today. just read the article. hug your dog. take steps to reduce over-population. send money to some shelter. don’t ever kick a dog. try running with one. fetch a stick for another. just try to be stressed around one. I dare you.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

transactional Transparency

November2

with a life’s score card as a possible baring-point, I believe it’s fair for me to state that Richard Magrath is my friend.

while this particular blog post won’t really have a specific point, Rich is a great point-of-reference with something he taught me today representing a terrific lesson that has a poignant baring on my life, world-view, and the steps I take today in always being a better man than I was yesterday.

in any event, it’s likely been roughly a years since I’ve seen Rich. a great deal of many things have occurred in the world, and our respective lives, in that span – including Rich’s continuous evolution as the good steward.

we compared many solid notes along with stories around family, friends and updates with business. but, in the context of shared experiences Rich gave me (as in gift, I feel) an example of Transactional Transparency.

perhaps, I should pick up my iPhone, and right now, asking him to clarify his words. but, instead, I’m going to offer, here, my own interpretation of his words.

…why?

because, now it’s left to me to give power to those words; that gift.

to wit:

if you are in a board room, for example, and someone you know (or, something they do, or a business they have, or an idea that is theirs) is a point of discussion and you don’t defend them or help them in some form or fashion, you don’t have transactional transparency. but, if, even to your own potential detriment, or lost advantage, defend them, or help them, that is, indeed transactional transparency.

I make a lot of introductions in-and-amongst people I know. In fact, that is how I make my living. but, I am always surprised, always, when people try to side-step me in the process. it might be for their personal and/ or financial gain. this decision might be driven by ego. but it wounds, and creates an issue with the karma score card.

I give freely of myself, just not for free.

that’s it. I’ve put it out there. now everyone has scienter, and must needs do with this clarification as they best see fit.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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