Sep. 1, 2018

Change Capacity

Persons wise and educated are familiar with the "constant in nature", change. Change is very much a phenomenon to affect success in life. Resisting change can be devastating because like gravity it has to be dealt with. It is there, very real and something we have no control over. At best we should adjust to it.

Alvin Toffler of Future Shock fame, as a futurist, envisioned the challenge facing baby boomers as the age of computer technology develops and stares us in the face. Knowing about this evolution should be first recognized and then methodically met with a positive attitude of willingness to learn. He stated, "The illiterate of the future are not those who can't read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn". 

Rudy Giuliani also stated something to the effect that, "the computer is as important today as reading and writing was when I was a child". Both of these observations should impact our attitude toward making positive changes as we navigate life with success.

Change on a personal level certainly takes courage with discipline. Forcing change on others should be met with caution and understanding. Take a look at the quote pictured in this post. In navigating life it is essential for well-being that we work with human nature to adjust ourselves and be patient and civil with fellow humans facing similar struggles. 

If we would work with others we must understand human nature and we will be admired for our wisdom and mercy on the stage of life as we serve. To effectively work with people we will take into account their capacity at any given time so as not to violate them.

Aug. 29, 2018

Proactive Housing

Houses sheltered by mother earth have for a long time been a hot topic. Here's why:

We are all aware of how mother nature is ruthless. Many homes have been destroyed by natural disasters. A severe tornado made a mile-wide swath through central Alabama and Georgia early in 2011. While listening to the radio on the way to work shortly after the host mentioned that only being underground would have protected people and property. Every hurricane, tornado and fire reminds me of how being proactive in building our "castle" is wise in view of the often too inevitable.

Kenneth, a favorite cousin of mine, mentioned the concept to me in 1975. As the late Oliver Wendell Holmes, former Justice of the US Supreme Court once stated: "A mind stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions". I thought about the concept relentlessly as I was on vacation having left the family mobile home in another state. In the early 1980's I designed and began construction on the new idea. In 2006 my late bride and I designed one to be attactive to many who could see one built properly in hopes of influencing lending institutions and real estate to become more familiar with the concept. Due to lack of experience and proof of integrity of such structures make it nearly impossible to get a loan. My desire was to change this as a service to the community.

References to "Infinite Housing" and "Lifetime Design" capture a part of the idea. The idea is to build a hope adaptable throughout life from birth to death. Incorporating these references are even more significant with the subterranean or earth-sheltered design. Conventional designs have vastly improved over the last few decades induced by the prospects of natural disasters. But very few incorporate the earth sheltered design.

Hurricane Katrina hit landfall on this day in 2005. Brenda, and I (see "Coming Soon! page for information by scrolling to the bottom of the page) weathered the storm of both Ivan and Katrina in our "unfinished" shelter. Great feeling to watch the storms in a safe shelter!

If you are so proactive in your approach to securing the feel of safety I'd love to share with you more information and answer questions on this hot topic.

Poor "Chester" fell in love with a lady in one of the early "Gunsmoke" episodes. He became a miserable failure in impressing his new love when he showed her the "dugout" he so feverishly "prepared" for her. I wondered when watching the re-run a few years ago if he had the idea of someday impressing another lady in real life. He did!

Now you see why my bride helped keep the dream alive by saying, "such a structure needs to be aesthetic". Proactive housing design in some way could eventually boil down to being "safe or sorry", to say nothing of envy.

Aug. 25, 2018

King Lion

Ancient tales with practical application can be told so that even a child can understand how to grow up to be a successful adult. May I share a secret to good writing research? Yes? Ok, keep reading! I promise to be brief about how, "United we stand, divided we fall", can be easily illustrated so anyone can understand.

Aesop, (620-564 BC) whether he was for real or not, is attributed to numerous stories referred to as Aesop's Fables. Good storytelling has always been a great way to influence listeners. The greatest influencers were good storytellers who could move the audience to action for good or bad.

"United we stand, divided we fall" has been attributed to Aesop and illustrated in the tale of the "Lion and the Four Oxen": The hungry lion frequented a field in which four oxen were grazing. The oxen outsmarted the lion by putting their tails together so that their extremities endowed with horns were exposed as a challenge to the lion from whatever direction he may approach. Day after day the poor lion could only anticipate having the oxen for a delicious meal.

Whether the lion eventually outsmarted the oxen or just awaited an opportunity to reach his goal the oxen eventually began quarreling over who knows what! They just went their own way and scattered to different corners of the field. Now a lion being only about a third weight of an ox could attack and kill his prey. So he did! One by one the lion killed off all the oxen and they were no more.

So you've discovered one of my secrets (bonus) to research for good writing...the "children's library". There is where the experts concentrate their wisdom in the easiest to understand language. Now you know the story of how the expression, "United we stand, divided we fall" took a foothold in the archives of human wisdom. The lion's strategy has been used ever since unity was disrupted and numerical strength brought to an end of the "once upon a time" powerful oxen. You also understand how the lion became king.

Satan is like a "roaring lion" and will wait it out until his prey begins quarreling, dividing and dying. That says something about my own spiritual heritage and how success can be shared with those disposed to victory!


Aug. 15, 2018

Elvis Week 2018

Considering Elvis' interest and benevolent attitude I'd image he'd be very upset by the story posted earlier, "Patsy's Plight". He would've likely been in sympathy with Patsy losing her home through a series of events beyond her control and far removed from her place of work in Memphis. Hopefully, some of his fans of interest and of means will see her story, come to her aid and help her in her present distress.

Due to her massive heart attack early this year and reasonable concerns for a safe recovery she is in no condition to play her part in this year's Elvis Week at Graceland. Please follow past updates on this site and help our endeavour go viral so that some of her admirers will pick up on her story. We together can have a positive effect on her future. It's worth a try. 

As Elvis is honored in memory and Patsy has such an admiration for a him and love for the thousands of people showing up for the event it would seem strange indeed for her plight not to be recognized. Our prayers are for a positive breakthrough in future events of her life. She deserves far better than the fate she is presently enduring. You may respond on this website for more information in the comment section for a more personal touch. She can also be contacted on her Facebook page. "Thank you very much". 

Aug. 10, 2018

Patsy's Plight

Patsy Andersen-Presley's story has been much a part of this website from the beginning. She was introduced on the "Coming Soon!" page and followed on this page following a massive heart attack earlier this year (click through "Older" at the bottom right of this sub-page to see her progress.

Evidence points to "legal" theft (Or is it illegal???) against her. She is a law-abiding citizen having become victim to some rare twists. The accompanying picture was on her Facebook post last night of her grandchildrens' toys as result of eviction from her home near Memphis, TN. Knowing her as I do there is no question that she is being grossly abused in a corrupt and unjustified series of events. 

Please, join the efforts of her fans to find the right person, persons or entities that has the means of making a positive difference in her plight. You would have a difficult time believing how she has become such a victim as to break under the weight of tremendous pressure to initiate "heart failure". Please join me in continuing to call for God's intervention.

As you may know, Job of the Old Covenant Scriptures was not spared even of heart-rending weight placed on him by God's opponent. It was only after the grueling test seldom if ever faced by a mortal that God stepped in and put an end to his misery with more blessing than ever imagined. In Patsy's case the question is, "Can she even survive the ordeal long enough to see a resolution?".

Wink Martindale of the "Tick Tack Dough" (1978-85) TV show once indicated that Patsy was the best organizer he had ever seen. Such compliment along with her being the sole caregiver to her late father and mother says so much of her character. I've watched her numerous times while shopping engage with her's and Elvis' fans who were poorly dressed engage with them for long periods of time as if their poverty had no ill effect on her vast ability to relate to the "least to the greatest". I doubt that the celebrities who know her are aware of her plight. Can you imagine the embarrassment she is facing? She's a giver, not a beggar!

I envision only a massive viral campaign on Social Media will reach out to the right sources to turn her fate. This story ought to hit the national news! What a story that would make. I'm sure someone would be informed and so touched that her life would be a complete turn-around even worthy of a heart-touching movie subject based on a true story. The legal system has failed her. God, please help us through your loving kindness to bless Patsy beyond our wildest dreams. We thank You through Your Son and Mediator, Jesus. Amen!

(Elvis fans Note: You can scroll for serveral posts on this page by clicking "Older" for Patsy updates on this page as well as the "Coming Soon! page")