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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life
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emma jo bakes a Cake


emma jo's cakemy eleven year old Emma Jo baked this (VERY) one-of-a-kind chocolate cake with her Mom today.

she is not only brilliant and beautiful, she talented and creative.

I love being a Dad.

peace be 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


if you are cool you have a strange teenage fan base in Russia


when I was this guys age I could not find the vacuum to clean my car.

play it loud on your iMac and really enjoy it. Grab your kid and play Freddie Mercury’s (and, Queen) original Bohemian Rhapsody effort with them for contrast. I did just that with my Emma Jo (Haley Anne is currently unimpressed) while we updated her iPhone and iTouch with iOS7.

“thanks Canada!”

then tell them a story about both your mis-spent and well-spent youth.

I miss Freddie, and Michael Jackson. there are just some people I want to rock with you, all night.

tomorrow morning, on the way to Starbucks, while it’s dark and still, I’m going to play Bohemian Rhapsody LOUD on my bad-ass Jeep’s sound system with the top nowhere to be realized. and, I’m gonna sing proud, right there with Freddie.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


thanking Ashton Kutcher


 Ashton Kutcher is now one of my heroe’s.

Brian Patrick Cork:  so… I watched Teen Choice Awards last week with my eleven year old Emma Jo.

I was so incredibly inspired by Ashton Kutcher’s grace and the manner in which he seized the moment to turn his accomplishments into a meaningful message for our youth.

he told his young audience the truth.

I can see why both adults and kids like him. Kutcher is earnest, affable, lanky, good looking and obviously bright and ambitious.

he is not only the terrific choice to portray one of my life-long heroes Steve Jobs, he is now in the small company of people in his own right.

the 2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013,, featured a spell-binding Ashton Kutcher. Choice Music Group: One Direction Choice Summer Song: “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus Choice Summer Tour: One Direction Choice…

Ashton Kutcher won the ‘Ultimate Choice Award’ at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.

Kutcher referred to the Teen Choice Award as the ‘old guy award,’ before offering us his inspirational, amazing speech. Kutcher told the audience he feels like a “fraud” and told the audience his real name is Chris, and there were some really amazing things he learned as Chris. for example, he learned three things – opportunity, being sexy, and life.

on Opportunity, Ashton said,

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. (He went on to explain all the hard work he did). I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job before I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.”

on Being Sexy, he posited,

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful and be generous.”

consider Building a life

“The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to be told that the world is the way that it is and your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in trouble and maybe get an education and make some money and have a family. Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things and you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life, don’t live one, find your opportunities and always be sexy.”

throughout his entire acceptance speech the crowd of youngsters reacted enthusiastically to his words, which was pretty amazing. this included my Emma Jo. she was really listening. and, I believe she picked-up on the intensity with which I was focused on Kutcher’s every word.

I’ve walked with men that have changed the world (like the man Jobs, himself), and few have ever demonstrated the poise and relevance of the moment like Kutcher did on that stage. perhaps the smartest things I did not do, myself, was attempt to convert it into my own version of a life lesson with Emma Jo. instead I am trying each successive day to think of examples based on what he offered, and discuss them with her with good timing – mostly in the car on the way to Soccer practice.

I think its working. most teenagers do not want to hear a over-thirty’s idea of success or what the secret of it may be. at that age, and we were all there at one point in our lives, teenagers (and pre-teens) believe that they have a much better idea of what is going on than the older folks.

now, Emma Jo has something of a likable road map.

thank you Ashton Kutcher. Steve Jobs would be proud. I’m grateful.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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