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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina.

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From health care forward, Obama has not found his voice, except for singular, moving events such as Newtown or Gabby Giffords (and Ferguson to a lesser extent.)  But those events provide comfort only in their immediacy; he cannot seem to ever get it right on his more enduring policies.  If I were Obama, I would bring David Gergen back to the White House for the umpteenth time, a wise old hand who has served both parties admirably.  I doubt we would be discussing the “optics” quite so much.

I remember Gergan. I liked him once upona time.

But this is about optics. I want to talk about the communication skills of President Obama. At this point some might think that I have breached a rubicon by saying that.
He is the most scrutinized president in the history of the USA. I read that, somewhere, so don't quote me.


the politics of exclusion is a disastrous course

Redirect Here:

Communication Skills


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Sep 7, 2014, 09:50 PM (1 replies)

First let me say that I reject dystopia.

From the perspective of this piece, it appears we should all either jump ship or wait for the earth to open up and swallow us all. Although it is a fact, that the last rat on a sinking ship will cannibalize itself, we forget the strength of the human spirit is biologically predetermined and we're not extinct.

That said, two percent of nothing, is still nothing. When you can't make a living wage, can't afford transportation, much less the fuel and skip meals yourself to feed your children- the fact one stays alive enough, in one's own heart, to maintain the struggle is laudable.

We don't have a lack of monetary charity but a lack of charity of spirit, of empathy and a woefully shrinking supply of the milk of human kindness.

I suggest, we put a measurable value on those and do the research again.

Thanks for your post.

~ Lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Sep 5, 2014, 02:38 AM (1 replies)

Indeed, and neither you nor I are spuds.

We're misunderstood sweet potatoes. I yam one and you are two.

Jokes aside.

Language is dynamic. When someone criticizes a person's verbal expression it is a personal and intolerant attack with limited empathy and warped perception.

I have never been tickled by an insult whether direct or indirect. Like the saying goes, It's all fun and games until someone gets a eye poke.

Communication is hard. Message scrambling surpasses egg scrambling in message breaks to the bearer.

The battle for understanding leaves hidden wounds but wounds just the same.

Tolerance is a virtue.
Play is essential for survival.
Words are a tricky business.
Just relax and read some Shakespeare.

And merrily, thanks for being a thoughtful friend.

~Love, Peace and Shelter.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:47 PM (1 replies)

And this thread in particulates

Has become both a teaching tool and a teachable moment.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:20 PM (1 replies)

You know this makes

This the worst thread hijack, evver.

Where is the :shame: smilie?
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 01:48 PM (1 replies)

Video ~5 mins


Feb 3, 2012

The Alliance for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage ("ARCH") International, Inc. is laying the groundwork for a major public campaign to prevent the decimation of ancient Buddhist temples and Bronze Age metal foundries at Mes Aynak, a major site on the ancient Silk Road that is endangered by a current plan to mine copper from this historic location. We understand that Afghanistan is in great need of the funds that would flow from this projected mineral extraction, so we are working with engineers and other experts to find the means of balancing new methods of copper mining with the careful preservation of our priceless cultural heritage.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 11:24 AM (0 replies)


No Rack can torture me
Emily Dickinson

No Rack can torture me
My Soul—
at Liberty—
Behind this mortal Bone
There knits a bolder One—
You cannot prick with saw—
Nor pierce with Scimitar—
Two Bodies—therefore be—
Bind One—
The Other fly—
The Eagle of his Nest No easier divest— And gain the Sky Than mayest Thou— Except Thyself may be Thine Enemy— Captivity is Consciousness— So’s Liberty.

Online text © 1998-2014 Poetry X. All rights reserved.
From The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson | Written c. 1862
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 10:05 AM (1 replies)

There are some things for which we cannot accept a material value.

That is what love feels like.
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