Sunday, March 27, 2011

Passages..........: Are you at Risk of Burnout?

Passages..........: Are you at Risk of Burnout?: "Burnout is a problem that many people either face or come very close to at some point of their life or career. If your job or some other c..."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This is really neat.

"Read back over the pages of your teenage diary. The thoughts and emotions that once filled your mind probably seem silly in hindsight. Thing is, they're still very real for teenagers today.
The Open Book Project calls on people to offer up past diary entries, and revisit the thoughts, feelings and ambitions they had as a teenager."

What does it aim to do?

"The Open Book Project will show today's teenagers that they're not alone. By sharing a page of your teenage diary, today's teenagers will know that, no matter where life takes you, there are similar things we all experience when growing up."

Jim Stynes Intro Video from Tribal DDB on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What is irrational?

In a recent article about the shooting in Arizona, the "alleged" shooter's plea was not guilty.  I am pasting it below because I feel that it is worth reading.  But what I focused on was the end where it discussed the need for testing to determine if he was able to stand trial due to his mental state. 

I don't really know if I find the actions of a killer more irrational, or that an attorney may use any underlying mental illness as a crutch to manipulate this case further.  It is for you to judge.  I just question the actual motives of any attorney who would make a statement as such in the last line of this article as much as I would tend to question the motives of the killer.

In Tucson, Loughner Enters Plea: Not Guilty

“It was an emotional proceeding,” said Michael Piccarreta, a longtime friend of Judge John M. Roll of Federal District Court, one of the six people killed in the Jan. 8 shooting. Mr. Piccarreta, a lawyer, attended the hearing on behalf of the Roll family and he greeted others who were there, including Bill D. Badger, a retired Army colonel who was slightly wounded and who helped subdue Mr. Loughner, and Susan Hileman, who was shot three times and who followed the proceedings from a wheelchair.

The hearing took place in the same federal courthouse, one floor up, from where Judge Roll’s chambers used to be. Down the hall was a memorial for the fallen judge, decorated with bouquets of flowers.

Judge Larry A. Burns of Federal District Court in San Diego, who was appointed to the case after Arizona judges recused themselves, said Wednesday that he had questions about Mr. Loughner’s mental competency and he ordered psychological tests and a hearing to determine whether Mr. Loughner fully understood the charges against him.

Mr. Loughner, 22, his once-shaved head now covered with brown hair and long sideburns, smiled through much of the proceeding, as he has done in previous court appearances. He spoke only once, when asked by a clerk if his name was Jared Lee Loughner. “Yes, it is,” he replied.

It was not clear whether Mr. Loughner noticed that his father was in the crowded courtroom. Like others who attended, Randy Loughner left the courtroom without comment.
Judy Clarke, Jared Loughner’s lawyer, had opposed the prosecution’s request for the court to order psychological tests, saying they could interfere with her ability to establish a rapport with her client. But Judge Burns said that evidence submitted by the prosecution, including postings on the Internet, raised questions about his mental state.

Wallace H. Kleindienst, an assistant United States attorney, argued that tests should be conducted soon so that court proceedings would not continue needlessly if Mr. Loughner is ruled unable to stand trial. Arguing that Mr. Loughner has “severe mental issues” that need to be evaluated, Mr. Kleindienst said that there was evidence that Mr. Loughner distrusts courts and judges, believes the C.I.A. and F.B.I. are investigating him and has been hearing voices.

“Certainly every murder is irrational, but this one is more irrational than others,” Mr. Kleindienst said.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


The last time I really noticed the sunrise was last Monday on my way to work.  The vibrant colors and the birth of  new day. 

I am in the process if growing my garden for the spring and summer. 
I have planted zinnia and daisies thus far to add some variety to my beautiful purple violets that bloom all year long.

Flowers are a sure way to cheer me up, and knowing that I control their well being throughout the year as they sit on my porch and sunbathe in my window, I am suddenly aware of the fact that I am directly controlling my happiness.

How many people actually make an effort to be happy?  I must say that it is exhausting at times to make a choice to not be negative.  And really, sometimes embracing that negativity is the recipe for happiness later on.  But how can you rise to the occasion and consciously do something to give rise to your own growth and happiness?

The point is, do what you can to make yourself happy, or at least take a moment to tend to that hobby that has been sitting in the closet for a while.  Think outside of the box and renew your love for books, cooking, the outdoors, art, anything!