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Times of Tragedy

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Everywhere I’ve gone these past few days Haiti and the recent earthquake there have prevailed.  Meetup.com is encouraging organizers to use their meetup groups as vehicles for donation.  Facebook friends post copious comments about relief efforts.  Of course, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are single-handedly rescuing thousands by the hour.  The tragedy has even brought former political opponents together.  Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have teamed up, part of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, to help raise money and aid for Haiti relief efforts.  Once I get paid, I’ll donate something to their efforts.  Personally, I approve wholeheartedly of former presidents staying involved in politics.  John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft would be two I can think of who remained active after their presidencies: Adams as a Congressman from his home state and Taft as the Chief Justice of the United States.  The tragedy in Haiti even got a guy from the theatre gig to donate 20% of the profits from a production of Much Ado About Nothing he’s putting on at New World Stages.  I’m surprised that I haven’t been hit up yet by some of the dating sites I’m on: hump your way to helping Haiti. Keep reading . . .

It Is A Wonderful Life

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While waiting to leave for Christmas mass last night, the family had the television going, mostly for background. Flipping through the channels, I came across the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and paused.  I’ve always loved that film.  It’s lessons are timeless. The scene I stumbled upon was quite timely to the events of today.  George Bailey was teasing the captive Mary Hatch who had dodged into a nearby shrub for cover when her rob accidentally came loose and fell to the ground.  Just as George is about to pounce, in a manner of speaking, on his captive prey, a car pulls up to tell him that his father had had a stroke.  He hops in the car and rides away, leaving Mary to her robe.  The next scene presents George Bailey stepping into his father’s shoes as he helps wind up his father’s business.  The board of the Bailey Building & Loan, seated around a long table, are debating the necessity of continuing the business and discussing it’s efficacy when George takes on the film’s antagonist, Mr. Potter.  Potter decries George’s father as a miserable businessman and suggests the board shut down the Building & Loan because of it’s meager profits.  George, at first agreeing with Potter about his father’s business acumen, comes to see the need for an alternative to Potter and the banking institutions he controls. For the rabble who do the bulk of the working and eating and living and dying, they need a humane resource to turn to.  Someplace where more than their bottom lines and bank accounts will be factored into the equation. George finally sees this and is presented with the chance to continue his father’s struggle on behalf of the salt of the earth whom Potter decries.  Of course, Bailey accepts.  And in so doing he commits the rest of his life to that course.  Only by the end of the film does he receive a return on his investments, in spades actually, when all those “garlic eaters” Potter dismissed rush to Bailey’s aid.

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December 25, 2009 at 23:11

Never Been Further Apart

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Well, at least that check was cashed, so I can stop counting that $500 in cash on-hand.  It went to pay tax advice from back in December.  And the advice was to stop paying my bills, let everything go into collection, and survive off the severance from the firm.  Great advice!  Isn’t that what people tend to do anyway?  Isn’t that’s why they seek professional / strategic advice because they don’t want to continue down that path?  Oh . . . how fitting . . . as I type . . . there it is . . . the first call of the day from the credit card companies.  I’m not even past 30-days late—on any of them—but it seems they’ve now started calling as soon as you miss a payment.  (I’m one of those few who still have a land-line number and cell phone number; maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want those companies calling me on my cell!)  Of course, they don’t leave a message.

It’s funny that for some time now the sound of the telephone ringing makes me bristle.  More often than not, I don’t even look to see who’s calling.  I know it won’t be someone calling to chat.  So too opening the mailbox.  I can’t recall the last time I received a piece of mail that wasn’t a bill or a statement or a notice of some sort.  And it’s starting to get that way with email as well.  Funny, isn’t it?  Many of our channels of communication are now sources of stress not joy.  Starting this blog put me in contact recently with a few people with whom I’d fallen out of touch.  And it got me thinking about “keeping in touch” and what it means today, especially given my current situation. Keep reading . . .