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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

lifting up a material girl

July28

Last week I found myself driving Haley Anne to summer soccer practice recently and faced with something of a challenge.

We were in my Ford F-150 (also known as the: “big black bad-ass soccer and dog truck”). And, it’s currently my vehicle of choice. Rowdy can sit comfortably in the back, or ride shot-gun. And, there are always soccer balls bouncing around in the back. It’s insight into my life and priorities. It’s cool and formidable, but also practical (it could pull the boat, in a pinch).

We witnessed a yellow Ferrari navigate a corner in good form and amidst a spray of gravel.

Haley Anne turned to me and asked why I didn’t drive a Ferrari (I do drive a Porsche, but she is apparently aware of the difference). “You can afford it can’t you?”, was the secondary question.

I almost told her that I am seriously considering a Volvo Cross Country Station Wagon (and, it’s true, I am).

The question that ended-up dropping out of my face was: “whom do you think has more money, the fellow with a Honda, or the fellow with a Ferrari?”

See… I thought this was a rather sage question. It was certain to set the stage for a ground-breaking dialogue between my beloved daughter and myself that would further establish our bond while I appeared wise, and she my able student.

I’ll pause here and admit that a quick image of Bill Pope popped into my head. I found my heart in my throat (I sure do miss my red-headed-Errol-Flynn-type-friend). I was also quickly thinking this was a good time to get her ready for the news that we are seriously considering a move from the big beautiful house in Milton (Alpharetta) to a more sensible home in the Crabapple area (I’m trying to send a message to my community – more about that later).

It’s still a great question, for obvious reasons. And, it raises so many fascinating ideas around wealth management, good stewardship, and self-image.

But, all that aside, I got a simple shrug with a: “who cares Daddy. Why can’t we have a Ferrari?”

I’m already thinking this is a great challenge (isn’t character always best when challenged?). What steps does this alert me to, and prepare me for, to curb her views around materialism? A defining Authentic Life moment and possibly a Kobayashi Maru.

…sigh. Lift me up, and stay tuned.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

brian cork for Mayor

January12

So…

It’s happened again.

Close confidants are suggesting that I consider running for the Mayor of Alpharetta.

Last time I seriously thought about doing this, our neck-of-the woods annexed itself and became City of Milton.

That was not my fault.

…Something of a potential disaster so far (taxes, water, development and construction, etc). And, Georgia is now saying there might be a 2.8 billion deficit going into 2009.

I can probably fix that… So, maybe I just go for Governor?

In any event, I am going to think hard about it.  But, I am going to my community far-and-wide (since I am, of course, a world citizen) and see what you think.

To wit – a Poll:

Meanwhile… Let’s go with “No Excuses” by Alice In Chains and “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin” by Colin Hay.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

The Media Vs. The People

December11

The Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam — it was lost at home.

The exact same slippery slope, sponsored by the US media, is currently well underway with regards to Afghanistan and Iraq.

This is insidious – and, an abuse of free speech and freedom of the press. The driving doctrine of these rights was a foundation of “do no harm”. There is currently no way to hold the media accountable – they don’t actually police themselves other than reader and viewer statistics that exist to drive profits. Thus, much of their focus is the creation of controversy.

The media will accuse politicians of “spinning” the truth. Ironically, the media often leads the chaos of disinformation. If we see it on the news or read about it in the press, we assume its the truth. Worse, we allow it to slide out of our consciousness.

The pen can only be mightier than the sword when it represents truth and justice.

My intent here is to expose the enormous power of a biased media to cut out the heart and will of the American public.

If I am taken out by a white van while on one of my runs in the next couple of weeks, I hope all of you remember that I love you very much. /1

This topic will be covered in greater detail in my forthcoming book “What Would Thomas Jefferson Say”.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork
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Out of fairness, it should be noted that, throughout Alpharetta, there are an unusually high number of white mini vans and SUVs piloted by women with bleach blond hair with cellular telephones stuck to their ears obliviously running cyclists and runners off roads (and, yes, side walks) daily.

Kris Portera

January21

This morning at 0530, Kris Portera, the owner of Nantucket Sandwich Shop – and, my friend, passed away, and relinquished herself to God.

Perspective…

“The old die because they’re old. The young die because they can. When the young die, we shouldn’t ask, ‘Why did
they die? Why did God take them?’…that is unanswerable.

Rather, we should ask, ‘Why did this person live? And what can I learn from them in the way they lived their life?’”

– Rev. John McNamee in Philadelphia

Meanwhile…

Go to iTunes and down load Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley and Waiting For My Real Life To Begin and Beautiful World by Colin Hay.

…more later. Maybe not.

Peace to my Brothers and Sisters

brian patrick cork

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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