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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

standing with Bill Pope

March28

I’ve admittedly struggled with the sense of posting about Bill Pope today.

it’s the one year anniversary that we lost Bill and his son Bryce to a treacherous curve on a darkened road here in Alpharetta. my last communication with him that very evening was a series of brief text messages (probably in the hands of Bryce, and dictated by Bill). I distinctly recall being in the moment, with Bill. that’s important, to me.

I like what I wrote last year: taken aback by Bill Pope. and, I think I’ll stand with that, and add only a few additional thoughts…

I don’t know that Bill’s reputation will grow in legend. but, it certainly will by inspiration, if not Bryce’s great promise. Bill and Jane did a great job with that one.

some men are good at trying to make a point. others can make a difference. my thinking is that Bill made it a point to make a difference.

I miss you Bill. you were my friend. and, man, you were a really good friend like only a man’s man can be. a stalwart, and true.

I keep hoping I’ll round a corner, and there you’ll be, hands in trouser pockets, with shoulders rolled forward standing in those saddle shoes with a silly grin on your face – and, a  look in those eyes dancing with naught but the promise of adventure.

my “red-headed-Errol-Flynn-like-friend”, Bill Pope.

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

taking a position on Faith instead of making a stand

April11

Perhaps faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.

Any given day, Man faces both the gift and the punishment. This may come down to how we reflect and represent one another and our creator.

I’m taking the position that we were created with great promise and with a promise (you see… reader, I think there just might be a fine-line of difference, here; a nuance, perhaps). When we fail ourselves, and one another, we realize punishment, in one form or another.

Redemption can be a topic for another day. But therein lies the promise.

So… I think my faith is man and mankind. And, thusly, I’ll put my faith in mankind.

And, perhaps, this explains (to me) my own path, and why, from-time-to-time, I’m good at what I do. I invest in the lives of men, daily. And, the returns on that investment are rewards that can’t be measured, only by myself.

Peace be to your Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Walking In Circles

August7

Some men draw circles around themselves in which they pledge to care for their wives and children.

Other men can draw slightly bigger circles that include extended family and parts of their community.

But, a few men can, or are willing, to take responsibility for all those that cross their path or need them.

I would dare draw my circle so large that I stand for all of my Brothers and Sisters.

But, I also understand (and today better than any other) that there is a COST for taking this position.  And, sometimes it means a serious ass-kicking (emotionally speaking that is).

So…  What may come…  This is me all bold and fearless; leaning forward.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

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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