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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

one is better than none


most people don’t work-out.

I do. but, then, I have always (always) referred to is as “training”.

I have to always (always) do some form of training, daily.

I’m training for something, perhaps uncertain. I just need to be ready.

last night, after a very long, and productive day, I only had time for one set.

so, I did a super-set

push-ups to utter failure (287), followed immediately (straight away) by pull-ups (27) to failure. then suspended knee-raises, not to failure (35).

I was winded, and resonably content.

today, on the way home,  I’ll run at North park on the turf field.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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A superior or unusual example of a kind


Readers of this Blog understand that, from birth, I was trained to seek my wisdom and whatever fortune that might entail, through a path and study forged by logic and the classics.

This can and has included the of tilting windmills, facing that Kobayashi Maru, and honoring the face of my father by using the greatest of gifts discernment, will all my will and might.

Grandad said he could (and, he certainly did) describe me as: A superior or unusual example of a kind.

…I think that’s good.

Because I’ve lived the balance of my life trying, with all my heart and will, to earn it.

Along the way, understanding Socrates using the minds eye of Nick Pappas at Radford University with Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand as the lens.

Mind you… This just might help define me as an “Socalpreneur”.

A Socialpreneur is an individual who recognizes societal problems and then uses entrepreneurial skills to organize and create solutions.

Meanwhile, you might be relieved to know that I am also reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s The Last Stand. I can’t say this books is a classic. However, the story it reveals is founded in such notions, and the harbinger of inspiration. And, I’ll continue to work my way, with naught less than grim determination, and an eye for the bon mot, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

a. Belonging to the highest rank or class.
b. Serving as the established model or standard: a classic example of colonial architecture.
c. Having lasting significance or worth; enduring.
d. Adhering or conforming to established standards and principles: a classic piece of research.
b. Of a well-known type; typical: a classic mistake.
e. Of or characteristic of the literature, art, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome; classical.
f. Formal, refined, and restrained in style.
g. Simple and harmonious; elegant: the classic cut of a suit; the classic lines of a clipper ship.
h. Having historical or literary associations: classic battlefields of the Civil War.
i. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance.
j. A work recognized as definitive in its field.
k. A literary work of ancient Greece or Rome.
l. classics The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Used with the.
m. One that is of the highest rank or class: The car was a classic of automotive design.
n. A typical or traditional example.
o. Informal A superior or unusual example of its kind: The reason he gave for being late was a classic.
7. A traditional event, especially a major sporting event that is held annually: a golf classic.

1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the. a body of literature regarded as great or lasting, esp that of ancient Greece or Rome

2. (Social Science / Education) the. the ancient Greek and Latin languages

3. (Social Science / Education) (functioning as singular) ancient Greek and Roman culture considered as a subject for academic study


that Apple and the Tree thing


so…there I was on my life-cycle, in the midst of a second twenty four minute interval, honing my body into an ever stronger and lethal weapon preparing for light, truth, justice, and the american way – not to mention trench warfare commerce, and possibly the summit of a mountain.

through my self-induced haze of fitness euphoria there emerged the image of my stunning youngest daughter, Emma Jo, and her friend for life (for now, anyway) Claire Butler. their blond hair joyfully wild from a sleep-over, they stood before me in our home-gym with a proposition roiling behind their blue, and decidedly, impish eyes.

Emma Jo spoke first, setting the stage with a delighted smile playing across her bright face: “Daddy, we want to clean your den! and, you can pay us!”

their orchestration both carefully considered and finely conceived, Claire added: “we’re doing chores instead of playing”.

…an absolutely brilliant and well-played strategy founded in principled theory. playing-off Daddy’s sense of integrity and work ethic.

the negotiations were nip-an-tuc, to be sure.

two WHOLE dollars EACH for the effort. and, to seal the deal, an extra dollar if they threw in the basement play room (that once served as our home school room). so, three large dollars each.

as they padded out of the gym, their triumph clearly evidenced by their chins held high and delighted squeaks, Emma Jo turned around with: “IloveyouDaddy”, and, “can we make it four dollars?” we’ll let you take us to Brusters for ice cream!”.

they had me pinned down for the count with a devious and well-calculated strategy to warm my heart and empty my wallet.

my Grandad used to introduce me to people with: “This is my Grandson Brian. You could drop him buck-naked into a Nebraska cornfield, and in two weeks, he’d own the farm”.

there you have it. Grandad would be proud.

I am; adding, helplessly enchanted, and in love.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


brian cork is Never alone


brian cork is never aloneEpic training day.

There is a great deal to ponder, if not consider, within, and outside, the boundaries of this photo taken last year by David Lauridson for Inc. Magazine.

Images abound.

And, there is a story. And, likely so. There is always a story. Possibly more than one. Some complicated; many not so much.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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