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listen to Her

March2

..and, another gift from Brandon and those Humans of New York (www.humansofnewyork.com).

“With all the good it’s brought, technology is destroying our communication skills — especially the ability to listen. The older generation can still listen, but many of the youngsters can’t even look you in the eye while you speak. If they aren’t looking at their mobiles, they’re looking over your shoulder or glancing around the room.”

Brandon (I’m guessing): “Why is verbal communication more important than communication through a device?”

“Because there’s only so much you can learn from your Facebook friends.”

from humands new york

wow… what a fantastic life’s perspective.

this has absolutely nothing to do with Spike Jonze’s recent Oscar crafty movie, Her. in fact, its clearly, delightfully, and thankfully, the opposite…

I’m convinced this woman is channeling my Mom.

by the way, I do feel that the movie, HER, is clever, and possibly insightful. it’s just that the good woman above is all the more so. and, that’s why me must listen to her.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

wise words are like family and a comfortable old blanket

March3

this post is inspired by daylight savings time.

however, the following (the quote, not the preamble) was shared with me by one of my “Uncle Bob’s“, via email recently.

Bob roehrs copythis particular Uncle Bob is the husband of my Mom’s (Mom is currently deceased) best friend, and my Godmother, Phyllis. he is certainly an inspiration with his commitment to riding and charity at the age of eighty-seven (87). he travels around the country riding for a number of charities.

Uncle Bob is relevant, and current.

wisdom just tells.

this particular and unique Bob is not to be confused with my other two storied Uncle Bob’s you might know about.

that short list includes, Robert “Sonny” Cork /1 ↓, my Dad’s brother, whom is also currently deceased (relative to my Mom), and Bob Cork, from the “other side of the family” (I call him my “Earth-Two” Uncle), whom is a great story-teller, but currently losing a battle with dementia. NOTE: Dementia, in this case reminds me of a Muslim maxim, “the punishment is in the promise and the promise is in the punishment”. Bob can recount, and often does, his stories – which are rich and meaningful – but he is forgetting almost everything else.earth two

I can’t tell you this was actually said, but I do think it sounds reasonable:

“When told the reason for daylight savings time, an old and wise Indian allegedly said, ‘Only the government would try and lead you to believe that we could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it on to the bottom of the same blanket, and some how have a longer blanket’ “.

Uncle Bob, whom was a very successful financial executive, added one comment:

“and then embark on a 10 billion dollar media blitz to try to convince us that it really does make the blanket longer”.

north point mosaicI wish I could call my Earth-Two Uncle Bob and share all of this with him. I know he would pause only for a moment and then come up with some corollary Indian tale that weaves all of this together in a brilliant tapestry that adds to life. we are all part of that.

that made me think of a series shared at North Point Community Church called Mosaic. this image is from that. look at the pieces. each separately told it’s own story. together, they told a completely different one with a whole different, and much richer, t meaning.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

NOTE: the reference to “earth two” is relative to the DC Universe, and not to be confused with a past and ill-fated television show, that was lame.

1/ ↑ In my Dad’s family, all the kids were nicknamed, “Sis”, “Sonny”, “Bud”, and “Babe”.

brian cork on Women

April22

Andrew Collins recently advised me that somebody much more astute than myself evidently came up with the maxim (proverb, gnome, aphorism, apothegm, sententia):

“men are always happy if nothing is wrong, and women are only happy when everything is okay (or, fine).”

that one recently stopped me in my tracks because it helps make everything clear. it adeptly sets the stage for “happy wife, happy life” – which is (a truism) happens to be the key to everyone being happy. especially if you agree with the above apparent wisdom (which is a manner of speaking, if not seeing the world).

having said that, this morning as I was trying to leave the house, my wife froze me in my tracks with the question:

“are you sure you want to wear that t-shirt to work?”

I knew she meant that she didn’t want me to wear that t-shirt, anywhere.

and, details aside, it likely means I’m not going to get the new(ish) truck that I want.

more on this, and all that, later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

…oh, and Happy Easter (thank you, God for all the above).

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

 

He said it, not Me

August10
This from the inestimable Dr. Anthony Mari, who happens to be a GREAT chiropractor, proactive health aficionado, and a hearty and ferocious entrepreneur…

The timing is of consequence as I am looking to buy a vineyard, and I recently discovered that Publix is carrying Fat Tire beer.

To wit:

“To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine… And those who don’t and are always seen with a bottle of water in their hand.

As Ben Franklin said:

In wine there is wisdom,

In beer there is freedom,

In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, Scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) – bacteria Found in faeces (poo).

In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poo..

However, We do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process

of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Remember:

Water = Poo,

Wine = Health

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information…

I’m doing it as a public service!

CHEERS !!!

Anthony”

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