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brian cork and Harry Bernstein

June8

that’s Mr. Bernstein, to you.

Harry left us this past Friday at the age of one hundred-and-one years of age (Harry, not the rest of us, yet). that’s hard to do, as are writing books, and good books, at that.

I never met Harry. and, I don’t why. but, I’ve read his books. The Invisible Wall, and possibly The Dream. you may argue for his, The Golden Willow, as would likely Harry himself (it was a focus on Ruby, his wife of seventy years) will likely be the most notable. he wrote several dozen others. however, he destroyed the majority of his work when they failed to be published. I suspect that after you can’t put down What Happened to Rose you will find yourself comparing Harry to the likes of Frank McCourt and his own Angela’s Ashes, D.H. Lawrence and even Isaac Singer. you’ll need to investigate those. do it!

The Invisible Wall was a love story, of sorts. in some respects his books were about religion as viewed through life, as a lens.

from his Wikipedia profile:

“You’ve got to be taught to hate. You’ve got to be taught from the time you’re six or seven or eight. It’s put in your mind. It’s handed down, almost like an heirloom, among Christians. They didn’t know why they hated us.”

all that said, as I was pondering Harry, and what he will eventually mean to us all, I came across the following quote from him that dated back to his ninety-seventh year:

“When you get into your 90s like I am, there’s nowhere else to think except the past. There’s no future to think about. There’s very little present,” Bernstein told the AP in 2007, when “The Invisible Wall” was published.

I’ll keep this post short. rather like a nod towards Harry, if you will. his life was long although his notoriety was not. yet, he has offered us all something of a legacy with vital lessons around tolerance, love and perspective. that will certainly endure.

so all that has Harry finishing well with us all reminded we can always contribute, and always.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

beware words of Meaning

October22

I’m sorry, perhaps, to advise you that I’ve come up with what may well be the key to knowing about everything.

this meaningful effort won’t come in the form of an illustrated book you can hide on your living room coffee table (does anyone call those places “living rooms” any longer? and, I once asked my Mom what happened if someone wanted to call it a a “pepsi table”. but, she was appaently not in sufficient a mood that day, to properly clarify. so, I remain perpelexed, and some what distracted by that). it will come in the form of a talk radio show and this (or another) blog, as well.

in any event, among the surprising words contained in what you need to know in order to understand are “despondent,” “panache,” and “hat.”

there may well be a riddle involved. but, possibly three; only if the first is solved, though.

this isn’t necessarily about fear and loathing. but, those words, and their implications, certainly have their place

if you want to know what these words have to do with a bird (ostrich, to be very clear) a goat, or a muffin, you should probably read the book.

more later. and, you better be ready. because there will most certainly be controversy. I’m predicting this will involve a great deal of pushing and shoving, possibly raised voices. it’s almost certain there will be some fist shaking and the gnashing of teeth. eventually, with the dawning of understanding, there will then come a form of collective awareness followed by cheers and a long satisfying trend of goodwill.

by the way… this post was crafted (that’s a fair word, all things considered, on an Android-powered laptop). it’s inconceivable, with the possibilities, limitless. however, it remains so, nonetheless.

peace be to my brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

you get what you vote for

September21

I’ve been tracking government decision-making. I’m never satisfied with how people of authority come to conclusions and then take action that directly affects my standard of living, and ability to wage best practices in business.

Oh really?

Allow me to form an example:

A key difference between experts in the private sector, and experts in the government sector, is that government experts have monopoly-like power (authority), ultimately backed by force (also known as implied threat).

The power of government experts is concentrated and unchecked. Or, at best, checked very poorly (if you disagree, you can come over, here, and fight me). On the other hand, the power of experts in the private sector is constrained by competition, and checked by choice. Private organizations have to satisfy the needs of their constituents (I use that particular word because of it’s relevance to members of the House and Senate for corollary consideration) in order to survive. Ultimately, private experts have to respect the dignity, if not best interests, of the individual, because the individual has the freedom to ignore the expert. It’s supposed to work this way with Congressmen and Senators, but they focus more on staying in power. So, this means they enforce the government authority. This is an obvious conflict.

Just so we’re clear… Barack Obama has filled his administration with “experts” and academics. But what about the private sector where real-world subject matter expertise is formed? Just look at his cabinet: only eight percent (8%) of Obama’s current cabinet represents people with private sector experience. All the rest are professional government hacks (as in hacking the Constitution, and Jefferson’s best hopes). Of course, we should consider Obama’s own professional resume. Our Commander and Chief’s “Bible” is apparently the book: Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky (read it. do it now!); his “work” experience was being a social-worker, and then a Senator; and, his greatest aspiration might well be to realize his father’s (A Harvard educated Luo Tribesman from Kenya with a Muslim up-bringing) political vision (think along anti-colonialism).

Read a lot more than you bargained for in my next Blog post.

Meanwhile… I might discuss this briefly – maybe soon. I’m thinking about it… But, with six weeks to go before vital elections, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (government experts, mind you) have declared that the recession is over! And, they back-dated the news for June just to make it look like it’s not all staged (well geez Brian, if it’s in writing, it must be true [middle-class American]). Don’t let Obama and his Democrat mob fool you with that one – please.

You’ve asked me to consider running for Governor. I’m thinking about that too.

You get what you pay for in life. And, ironically, I have an uneasy feeling a lot us us are going to pay out the #@% if this tomfoolery isn’t managed.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

on mediocrity

September10

Most people read the same books  – as opposed to living the sort of lives that people write books about, or doing the sort of things worth immortalizing in print.

So…

Perhaps reading the same book, or books, is another example of, if not a definition of, mediocrity.

I do value books extolling great things, events, people, or deeds. But, all too often the book of the month, or on the national best-sellers list, is popular because it inspires the masses as a direct result of their own lack of inspiration (or perspiration).

And, it’s only just occurred to me that this might be a great conversation to have with my Haley Anne and what happens in Middle School (and, the concern of many girls when it comes to fitting in or being like other people – as opposed to being something like, well… happy).

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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