I work in the news business in the production department, where I've made my career for the past decade. Even though my job is primarily pushing buttons -- those of the equipment -- I also work very closely with the people writing the content of the newscasts. I never used to like watching the news, that is until I started working in the business. Now I'm a news junkie.
I am a writer first and foremost. I write about myself. I write about other people. I am quite often touched and moved and/or nauseated and disgusted by what the human soul can accomplish. I am very opinionated and that gets it's airtime here. My favorite thing to do is write my opinions about controversial subjects -- you'll notice my list of interests far out-spans my list of friends! (That's mainly because I find the pursuit of interests more, well, interesting, and I figure I can make friends through my interests.) I got into the technical end of things because I grew up around Ham Radio. My dad held an Extra license the entire time I was alive, from well before I was born. I never got into it myself because I was too busy trying to get a boyfriend. But that's me. Naturally I wish I'd gotten more serious about it, so that I could have shared that passion with my dad while he was still alive. For Christmas I got toys from Radio Shack like the 300-in-1 and the 500-in-1. I was making crystal radios and closing circuits, while my other girlfriends got toy kitchen sets to play with. Ironically, or maybe not ironically, my other girlfriends are leading 'successful' lives (as pertains to the American definition of 'success'), while I struggle. I don't invite friends over because my living space is overcome with clutter, there are no pictures hanging on the wall (none), and I'm just not Suzy Homemaker. But man, am I smart.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking my upbringing. I just think it's funny that's all. But I digress.
So my journal is my editorial on the world in general, but mostly American human activities.
I also consider myself to be a bit of an activist: for the environment, for social justice, for animal rights, for social awareness, elderly care, the list goes on. I'm a sucker for a worthy cause, and if there's any promotion going on in my journal, that's what will get promoted.
I'm also a sucker for quotes...
"Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill
"Once upon a time, I, Chuang-tzu, dreamt I was a butterfly, flittering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly... suddenly I awoke... Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I am a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man." Chuang-tzu
"The TV business ... is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs." Hunter S. Thompson
"All that's required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
"There is all kinds of thievery in Florida." Ralph Nader
"The hand will not reach out for what the heart does not long for." German proverb
"The future starts today, not tomorrow." Pope John Paul II
"An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded." Pope John Paul II
"Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence." Pope John Paul II
"To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience." St. Teresa of Avila
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." Proverbs 22:1
"With this mop, I shape my destiny!" SpongeBob Squarepants
"When I get out of a swimming pool and lie down directly on hot concrete, my bathing suit snags on the concrete and I can't get up. I have to stay there until it snows." Sandra Boynton
"Nothing in the world can ever take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." Calvin Coolidge
"What is learned is earned." Glenn Barres
"I have no censor." Jenny McCarthy on The Tony Danza Show, Thursday September 22, 2005
"Learn to doodle 'I can' at the telephone. Then underneath write your objectives. Write your objectives on the bathroom mirror to remind yourself constantly what it is you are trying to do. Remember that it's a good day to go to work and sing in the shower. I think it is good to remember that we don't sing because we are happy. We are happy because we sing. Try to make life a lemonade even though you may be given only a lemon. Success is never an accident. It is always deliberate. Whatever your lot in life, build something on it! Be a risk-taker. Don't be afraid to fail." Mary Kay Ash
"Who is responsible for this?" he asked. "Somebody did not do their job right." Ahmed Elew, 20-something Egyptian survivor of doomed ferry carrying over 1,400 people across the Red Sea, most of whom are "feared lost". February 4, 2006
Does your mind wander when it wants to? Excercise discipline and control it, as an elephant keeper controls the elephant. Buddha
"A dream is just a wish until you act upon it, and then it becomes a goal! Many times we say, "Someday"...I want to tell you that it will never happen "someday." You must plan your work and work your plan. Plan a long-range goal with a six month target date, and then set a midway goal with a quarterly target date. Then set a short range goal with a "do it now" date. Short range goals feed your long-range goals. Daily efforts will produce results. When you have planned a short-range goal, the little difficulties won't stop you. You will find a way, and you will turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones." Mary Kay Ash