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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

singing to the end with the Queen of spain

October24

The 2012 theme is gathering momentum in many circles. We’ve certainly discussed, well, referred, to that here, on this very Blog.

Indeed, the Prudent Gentlemen will be convening in Spain come June to prepare, more for events leading up to that period, and less so what likely won’t happen during, and then, obviously afterwards.

Meanwhile, I’m listening to Adam Lambert. I’m doing this for several reasons…

I think this fellow is terrific. And, I know he’ll be working with Queen on a new album. He’ll tell you he’s less interested in channeling Freddie Mercury than honoring him. And, yes, there are numerous reasons to draw comparisons – but the most reasonable and vital being that both singers are true entertainers, and oh boy, can they belt a tune. I shouldn’t neglect to mention that Adam and several of the Queen band members (oxford graduates) will be with us in Spain.

Enjoy this youtube-driven video of Adams’ Time for Miracles, which happens, as providence would have it, to be the marqee tune for the epic movie 2012.

aaah… synchronicity.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

dads and Daughters: example

January29

The following is a note from Drew Tilghman.  He puts together a Blog titled The Sojournaler.

This was in response to my Blog Post The Dark Monkey.

“…thanks for posting so transparently about your daughter, Haley Anne. I have two daughters, nine and seven years old. Just before your blog was posted, I opened up gmail accounts for both of my daughters. I did so because my older daughter has a friend in her school who has one, and my daughter wanted to be able to write emails back and forth with her. I thought it harmless enough and of course I had to do for my younger daughter what I was doing for my older daughter. I told them both that they could only email when I am with them and that they had to pass all “friends” by me. 

We spent the rest of that day, laying on my bed next to one another, emailing and chatting with one another. For the moment, it was a little bit of heaven. The three of us communicating in written words what we could have merely said to one another’s face. I had this deep unrest, though. I knew that they were not ready for the email accounts. So I told myself, and my girls, that there would be strict constraints here. I knew, deep down, that they were not ready.

Then I read your blog. Again, thanks for your transparency. The reality of this culture is a forceful one. Our daughters’ innocence and modesty are at stake. I have revoked my girls’ accounts, and amazingly they understand. It is good to have other fathers who are open and honest about their love for their children. We love so imperfectly, but we love. I hope and pray that our daughters will see that and trust that love. It is this love, ultimately, that will guide our daughters into a full maturity that we have so desperately prayed they will discover.” – Drew Tilghman

After a brief exchange, he followed up with:

“p.s. thanks for having the balls to say some of the things you say.”

Then, he hauls-off and challenges me to go one step further and talk/reveal/discuss/ example my thoughts and feelings.

…Dude.

Fine.

So…

I have been thinking about Drew’s response – and, the terrific feedback I get from so many others that follow my Blog; and, the things I do with my life.

I may well have the coolest job in the world.  I hang out all day telling men how to make better decisions in their lives.

I have this nagging suspicion that it’s all luck.  All the time.

And, for the record, I wait for something awful to happen.

Ever vigilant.

In any event, those that care about this Blog (approaching 30 visitors a day); listen to me speak; and, call me friend – understand that I am a Contrarian (not just from an investment point-of-view); a Jeffersonian /1; a Heterodox;  and, (possibly) annoyingly tortured and transparent.

I spend a lot of time on my Figgerin’ Spot sorting all of this out and (trying) making sense of my role and place in this world (often running and cycling endless miles). Remember, I am the guy that is distressed by evolving rules of grammar AND the global economy AND 2012 (and, my roll as a soccer coach for my Fusion Shockers!).

NOTE: I feel (okay… I am convinced) like this constant state of evaluation is critical in being an (successful) earthly father.

If you ask my own Haley Anne and Emma Jo what their Daddy does, they will likely say:

“Daddy helps people.”

ANTHER NOTE:  It works; I just tested it on Emma Jo to make sure (there were witnesses).

How cool is that (*how cliche is that*)?

I think the key here is transparency.

Haley Anne and Emma Jo have observed men approach me and thank me for helping; advising; and, being in their lives.

They also understand we live with abundance (and, being permitted to be grateful comes with a cost).

However, I also let them know that I struggle with the blackness in the hearts of men; my own penchant to work and train an enormous amount of hours; and, constant self evaluation.

My primary mission in life is to REFLECT and REPRESENT /2.

It’s never easy for me; I will never be good enough.

I don’t want this to be just about Faith.  Because God knows I struggle with that.

I am not perfect.  I certainly want to be.  I want to be ideally imperfect for them so they can watch me fight the good fight and learn to be true.  To be good citizens – and, objective.  

I try hard every hour of every day. 

They can stumble, and I am right there to right them with love and compassion – and, example.  

They see the trial and triumph etched in my face and my heart.  Some times my tears.

The point I want to make is that I believe my daughters observe my struggle; see the result; and understand that character is tested and forged every day.

God gave me daughters because he trusts me (or, perhaps not).  So, their role (today) is to remind me daily that I must earn their trust and faith.

By the way, God has a great sense of humor… In light of how I lived much of my life prior to being married, it’s a knee slapper he gave me daughters.

Maybe it’s a stretch in terms of relevancy – however, let’s thrown down “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley.

But, certainly “Open My Eyes” by Buckcherry (be open-minded about this song).  Here is the acoustic version. But, go download it on iTunes.

daddys girlAnd, for balance go read Daddy’s Girl /3 by Garrison Keillor to your daughter – no matter her age.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ There are many parallels with Ayn Rand’s Objectivism.

2/ See “Image”.

3/ I swear, this is my 4th favorite book.

2012 and the World goes Round

January11

So…

2012 is apparently the year numerous cultures have concluded that the world (as we know it) comes to an end. 1/

Cool. I like change.

But, here is an example that might be fairly easy to track that won’t involve annoying distractions such as volcancos, comets, earthquakes, blinding lights and sepulchural voices…

According to a Nemertes Study, 2012 is, with a certain degree of certainty, when demand for internet band-width could exceed capacity.

Access, and means to the World Wide Webb, has been getting steadily cheaper.

That will change if the people at Nemertes are right.

In Thomas Friedman’s “It’s a Flat World After All” we learn the simple truth that:

”The playing field is being leveled.”

A liberal Friedman Refresher if you will (not exactly a quote – but, useful in making my point):

Fiber optics enabled the internet to reach every corner of the globe. But, now it becomes a shrinking commodity. The wealthy and powerful will have access to high speeds and relevant content. The rest will suffer with (gasp!) dial-up.

Or, someone comes up with a better solution.

I will do it if no one else volunteers by, say, May 2011.

I am listening to “If Today Was Your Last Day” by Nickleback.

And,

Chad Kroeger pretending to look like Brian Cork.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ This includes Geophysical, Cosmological and Metaphysical speculation. But, we know for certain that this is a Leap Year (so, watch out!).

Special note of limited interest (or not):

2012 is going be the title of a movie due some time this year (2009).

The studio released a teaser trailer for 2012 that showed a tsunami coming over the Himalayas and interlaced a message about the world’s governments not preparing its population for the end of the world. The trailer ended with a message to viewers to “find out the truth” by searching on Google for “2012”. The Guardian criticized the marketing approach as “deeply flawed” since the film was not mentioned among the first few search engine results. The studio also launched a viral website published by the fictional organization Institute for Human Continuity where visitors could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population that would be rescued from global destruction.

We are all going to die (again)

December10

Back in August I posted “We are all going to die (probably)” (it was on the 17th at 5:51, in fact).

That Blog had one of the highest hits we have seen to date.

Go figure.

So, I am posting a follow up to include this link to (what might be) a cool movie, and alternative thought: 2012.

I just want to see what happens.

Meanwhile, consider I also have a business Blog that apparently fascinates world leaders and decision-makers alike (but, few others). It can be viewed and relished at: The Human Capital Blog.

What’s All This About?

"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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