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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness: See It, See It, See It!

Went off with the family to see J.J. Abrams newest Star Trek creation, Into Darkness. The reviewer in our paper had given it 3 1/2 stars out of 4 and I think he shortchanged the movie half a star. I won't give away anything here ... certainly nothing that hasn't already come out. I will tell you this: if you are a long time Star Trek fan going all the way back to the original series, there are plenty of references sprinkled throughout the movie that will give you joy.

The effects are fantastic, the story is pure fun, some role reversals are great, and you'll come away from the experience completely satisfied ... unless you're simply not a fan of sci-fi or Star Trek and then why would you go anyway? There is a scene where Kirk and crew create a planet of nerds by their actions that's very entertaining early on.

A certain device also appears that us older fans always wondered about ... well, we wondered about its absence. It just didn't make sense. You'll see that late in the film

If you've never seen a Star Trek film before, but would like to, there's plenty here to make it accessible to you. Just find a Star Trek fan friend either to go with you or to explain some of the details to you later. You'll still have fun.

Oh yes, and before I forget, there's also a moral in the story, which should make ardent Gene Roddenberry fans happy. It made me happy for sure.

One more thing ... well, next to last thing, I've been having a stressful time lately. There's a lot going on that has me very distracted and out of sorts. And yet, for about two hours I was thinking of absolutely nothing else than the movie and the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. It was wonderful. It was a relief. It was well worth it.

To avoid giving away anything, I need to stop now. All I'll add is that J.J. Abrams can keep making Star Trek films just as long as he likes and I'll be happy. Of course, with him at the Star Wars director's helm that may not happen ... but it should.

Live long and prosper new Star Trek cast! You did great.


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Telling a Story Can Be More Convincing than Facts and Figures

In the ridiculously polarized age in which we now live, facts and figures are thrown around with wild abandon (some much more factual than others) and yet have about as much impact as a snowball thrown in the corridors of hell. With the whole postmodern idea that there are only individual truths and each person carries their own around in their back pocket (a sure way to unravel cultures since cultures are based on mutually agreed upon "truths"), facts make little impression. The common and annoying response to an unwanted fact these days is "Well, that's YOUR opinion."

So, never mind the facts and figures.  Use personal story instead. Take the subject under discussion and tell people the personal impact it has had upon your own life. Show them with engaging personal illustration how powerful whatever it is has been in your life. That way you gain people's interest (everyone loves a good story) and avoid the knee jerk "That's your opinion" response. It's not an opinion, it's a story about your life. It's personal, it's engaging, it's powerful. The only caveat is, make it a story suitable for public consumption. Don't be coughing up information so personal another person (especially a stranger) shouldn't have it.

Use this to avoid the blood pressure raising Point Counterpoint circular debate that serves no purpose if you're not paid to engage in it. You might even make an impression on someone and get them to actually listen rather than taking notes on what arguments they'll make to counter your arguments. All in all, you might actually have a pleasant exchange. Your story might prompt the other person to tell a story of their own and together you might approach some kind of actual truth and genuine appreciation of your two divergent perspectives. Who knows???

Give it a try. And now, this is my story (no not an actual story to engage in some topic although a story example would be appropriate here) as to why you'll not be hearing much from me for a while. I'm on a tight time crunch at work this month. Long hours, tight deadlines, much pressure. That leads to few blog opportunities. I'll see you all on the other side. Peace!



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Monday, May 13, 2013

Secret of a 100 Year Old Man's Longevity ...

I was serving as a student chaplain in a retirement community. There I was introduced to a 100 year old man. When we met, he was sitting calmly in a chair by the window quietly watching the scenery. For him, my deep voice was a blessing as he was almost entirely deaf, but could still pick up my low tones. We talked for a bit ... and then I couldn't help myself. I asked him that most cliche of all possible questions, "What's the secret of your long life?"

Rather than roll his eyes at me, wave my question off, or laugh at me, he locked eyes with me and said in all seriousness:

"When I wake up in the morning I realize God must have something important for me to do today. Otherwise I wouldn't still be here."

That was a much deeper response than I was expecting and a true secret of long life. Every day this gentleman woke up with a sense of purpose and an assignment. He didn't know what needed to be accomplished that day but there was something, and he was going to find it and do it. There's an attitude that will keep you going for sure.

I think that dovetails with the line from the new Star Trek movie being released on Friday in which Captain Kirk tells Mr. Spock [and I paraphrase], "I don't know what I'm supposed to do. I only know what I CAN do."

Combine these two ideas and you'll have an impressive tool with which to face the day and the potential to make a real difference in somebody's life somewhere. Keep your eyes open and your sense of purpose strong.

On that day, this gentleman had an important message from God for me ... and it has stuck with me ever since. I thank him for both taking my question seriously and imparting his wisdom.


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Last October, I lost my Mom. ALS cut her life far too short. I miss her terribly and find myself wanting to speak with her and gain her insight in this period of my life every day. I take comfort in all the love and wisdom she has poured into me (and all our family) over the years, which I carry with me and treasure today.  My family keeps me strong, my faith informs me Mom is free now of all pain and sorrow, which is a comfort, and I will now turn my attentions to my wife, who is also a wonderful mother, and make this day special for her.

For all of you out there who have been blessed with wonderful mothers and still have them with you, give them a hug or a call today. Let them know how much you love them.


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Author and Theologian N.T. Wright Speaks to the Challenge of Being in Human Community



Thus from the most intimate relationship (marriage) to those on the largest scale (national institutions) we find the same thing: we all know we are made to live together, but we all find that doing so is more difficult than we had imagined. And it is within these settings, large and small, but particularly at the most personal and intimate end of the scale, that we find the natural setting of those characteristic signs of human life: laughter and tears. We find each other funny. We find each other tragic. We find ourselves, and our relationships, funny and tragic. This is who we are. We can't avoid being this way, and we don't want to, even though things often don't work out the way we want. 

~N.T. Wright
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

I found this a powerful message while currently experiencing challenging times in one of the communities I love. It's worth remembering ours are flawed communities where things don't always go our way, but it is better to struggle with them than to try to run off and try to live without them (with the exception of truly abusive communities you might find yourself mired in). We were made for life together. Best to acknowledge our limitations, our weaknesses, our flaws and work together for something better. 

I add to this Jesus' prayer from the Revised Common Lectionary for today: John 17:20: 20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one." Now there's something to aspire towards.  


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Famous Quotes About the More Infamous US Congresses Over Time

Two disparate things inspired this post:

  1. Congress shooting down gun registration legislation after deaths too many to count due to gun violence, yet wagging their tails and scurrying to do the bidding of big business and their cronies in state governments by quickly passing sales tax for Internet sales (at least in the Senate), even as small businesses scream about the difficulty of compliance.*
  2. Former Senator Jim DeMint, speaking to NPR, stated the other day that, to paraphrase, "Congress can't be trusted to keep their promises." I'd add to that, especially concerning social justice legislation for the middle class and the poor. 
Lest we think our Congress alone is a real stinker, let's check out what others have said in history: 

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
~Thomas Jefferson


The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
~Alexis de Tocqueville


We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
~Abraham Lincoln

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
~Mark Twain 

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
~Mark Twain

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
~Will Rogers 




Congress: Bingo with billions.
~Red Skelton



If "con" is the opposite of pro, then isn't Congress the opposite of progress? 
~Jon Stewart

I’m not a fan of the government doing anything. But I’ve got to ask: Why isn’t the government doing anything? Maybe this Add Jobs Bill would help. I don’t know. Like most members of Congress, I haven’t read it. 
~Stephen Colbert

I could go on, but you get the idea. All through the history of this republic, people have been annoyed by Congress ... often, quite rightly so. Exactly why do we pay these folks so much???

*As an addendum to point 1, it is my humble opinion that any politician who uses the nonsense excuse "Why pass this law when the criminals won't obey it" to block legislation should be fired on the spot. 

For the President's and Senator Toomey's responses to the defeat of the gun registration legislation, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/05/gun-registration-legislation-defeat.html It's quite telling. 


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Here's where I got these quotes quickly for this morning's 30 minute or less post:
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff164046.html#Q0CaPIRXMtAwjcwx.99 




Monday, May 6, 2013

10 Common Phrases Originating in the King James Bible

We've seen what Shakespeare did for the language. Here's 10 phrases used today that King James and his Bible gave us. 


  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
  • A broken heart
  • A cross to bear
  • A drop in the bucket
  • A fly in the ointment
  • A graven image
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand
  • A labour of love
  • A law unto themselves
  • A leopard cannot change its spots

There are a great many more where that came from. Here's are a few sites to check, if you're interested: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bible-phrases-sayings.htmlhttp://www.ainglkiss.com/wob/pbeg.html, and http://wisdom4today.org/wisdom/sixy-common-phrases-from-th/

If you're interested in the aforementioned Shakespeare quotes, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2010/08/familiar-phrases-first-penned-by.html

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Learning to Be Kind to Myself from My Kids

Watching how my kids use their time has taught me to be kinder to myself. I've noticed that when my children had a spare few minutes while they were waiting for the next thing in their lives to happen (the arrival of the ride to school, the voice lesson, the ball game, whatever), they tended to find something enjoyable to do to occupy those few minutes wait. They did not sit there with idle minutes doing nothing. A small fragment of a game was played, a few lines of a favorite book were read, a short YouTube video was watched, a few stitches of crochet were made, friends were communicated with via various technologies ... and on and on. I was startled when I realized they were being far kinder to themselves with all these little enrichments of the in between times than I ever was.

So, I experimented. I arrived at the eye doctors a little ahead of time. The day was beautiful and warm ... the perfect spring day the poets all swoon over. There was a small park close by. Instead of sitting in the waiting room, I headed to the park. I walked among the soft grass, blossoming flowers, and leafing trees. I explored a raised boardwalk through a small woods. I enjoyed the sunlight and shadow. I was kind to myself, giving myself a refreshing taste of nature before returning to the doctor's office and then my own. I was uplifted and relaxed.

Thanks, kids, for showing me something truly important.


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Adventures in Fitness 15: One Guy's Attempt to Knock the Rust Off: Beware the Ego!

I know better. I really do. And yet, near the end of my last workout routine, I was feeling really good. So I sat down at the leg press (you know, seat, big panel in front of you for your feet to push against, weights ... many heavy weights), cranked it up (there was a time I lifted 750 pounds with my legs ... but that was in another millennium ... and these weights won't go that high), and did twenty repetitions. I was inordinately pleased with myself until I let the weights drop and sat forward. Suddenly, I was out of breath and dizzy. My head was starting to ache at the top. I sat there wondering if I would faint or if some blood vessel somewhere in my head or heart had a thin wall that was being pushed just a little too far. I remember looking around and thinking "What a stupid way to die." Well, of course I didn't die, this isn't a message from the great beyond, and I didn't give myself a debilitating stroke or heart attack, but I did have a very sobering moment. That was my shot across the bow warning from my body to my ego addled brain. As all the books and physicians tell you, don't push your limits too far, ever, in your exercise. Especially if you are middle aged or older. Reign in that ego and live longer. Lower weights, more reps, never continue until you fail to lift the weights one more time. Go easier on your aging body. Build it up more gently and stay in the game longer. So endeth the lesson!

Putting a spring in my step, though tempered by the above, I have dropped below a certain ten digit level I haven't been beneath in years. It feels great. However, I'll reign in the ego here as well, set aside the celebratory ice cream and cookies, and keep working. (Okay, maybe just a little ice cream ... a couple of cookies ... and then back to the gym.) It's all good. It's also truly amazing the lessons you learn at the gym.

For more on my fitness adventures, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/04/adventures-in-fitness-14-one-guys.html


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Gun Registration Legislation Defeat: President and Senator Respond

Usually I prefer not to get into political in this blog. However, since both of these emails came across the transom in reference to the defeat of a gun registration bill that would have given owners many perks along with requiring sales registrations (although  returning flight controllers to work after sequestration sent some of them packing sailed on through before legislators needed to fly home so I see where priorities lie), I wanted to pass them along and preserve them for my own scrapbook here. So bear with me or just pass this post on by.

For those for whom time is short, here's a quote from each that I feel sums up their positions

President Barack Obama:
And I'm assuming that the emotions that we've all felt since Newtown, the emotions that we've all felt since Tucson and Aurora and Chicago -- the pain we share with these families and families all across the country who've lost a loved one to gun violence -- I'm assuming that's not a temporary thing. I'm assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words. I believe we're going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people. 
Senator Pat Toomey:
It's not the outcome I hoped for, but the Senate has spoken on the subject, and it's time to move on.
There's some perspective for you. To see whether I'm cherry picking for my own purposes, see the full remarks below.

Before we get to the full remarks, however, to find out more about how we got into this culture of violence mess in the U.S. in the first place, see the following post: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/01/our-violent-heritage-makes-itself-known.html

-- The President's Remarks --
A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies -- including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who's here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers -- this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.
Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders -- not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn't worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.
By now, it's well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. We're talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness.  Ninety percent of Americans support that idea. Most Americans think that's already the law.
And a few minutes ago, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate just voted for that idea. But it's not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate just voted against that idea. 
A majority of senators voted "yes" to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.
I'm going to speak plainly and honestly about what's happened here because the American people are trying to figure out how can something have 90 percent support and yet not happen. We had a Democrat and a Republican -– both gun owners, both fierce defenders of our Second Amendment, with "A" grades from the NRA -- come together and worked together to write a common-sense compromise on background checks. And I want to thank Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for their courage in doing that. That was not easy given their traditional strong support for Second Amendment rights.
As they said, nobody could honestly claim that the package they put together infringed on our Second Amendment rights. All it did was extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet. So 60 percent of guns are already purchased through a background check system; this would have covered a lot of the guns that are currently outside that system.
Their legislation showed respect for gun owners, and it showed respect for the victims of gun violence. And Gabby Giffords, by the way, is both -- she's a gun owner and a victim of gun violence. She is a Westerner and a moderate. And she supports these background checks.
In fact, even the NRA used to support expanded background checks. The current leader of the NRA used to support these background checks. So while this compromise didn't contain everything I wanted or everything that these families wanted, it did represent progress. It represented moderation and common sense. That's why 90 percent of the American people supported it.
But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of "big brother" gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation, in fact, outlawed any registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text. But that didn't matter.
And unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators. And I talked to several of these senators over the past few weeks, and they're all good people. I know all of them were shocked by tragedies like Newtown. And I also understand that they come from states that are strongly pro-gun. And I have consistently said that there are regional differences when it comes to guns, and that both sides have to listen to each other.  
But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn't want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics -- the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment. 
And obviously, a lot of Republicans had that fear, but Democrats had that fear, too. And so they caved to the pressure, and they started looking for an excuse -- any excuse -- to vote "no."
One common argument I heard was that this legislation wouldn't prevent all future massacres. And that's true. As I said from the start, no single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence and evil. We learned that tragically just two days ago. But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand -- if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try. 
And this legislation met that test. And too many senators failed theirs.
I've heard some say that blocking this step would be a victory. And my question is, a victory for who? A victory for what? All that happened today was the preservation of the loophole that lets dangerous criminals buy guns without a background check. That didn't make our kids safer. Victory for not doing something that 90 percent of Americans, 80 percent of Republicans, the vast majority of your constituents wanted to get done? It begs the question, who are we here to represent? 
I've heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. "A prop," somebody called them. "Emotional blackmail," some outlet said. Are they serious? Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?
So all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington. 
But this effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don't give up on it. Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities. We're going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system. We're going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can do its job. We're going to help to put in place emergency plans to protect our children in their schools. 
But we can do more if Congress gets its act together. And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters. 
To all the people who supported this legislation -- law enforcement and responsible gun owners, Democrats and Republicans, urban moms, rural hunters, whoever you are -- you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don't act this time, you will remember come election time. 
To the wide majority of NRA households who supported this legislation, you need to let your leadership and lobbyists in Washington know they didn't represent your views on this one. 
The point is those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate, and as organized, and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe. Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But they're better organized. They're better financed. They've been at it longer. And they make sure to stay focused on this one issue during election time. And that's the reason why you can have something that 90 percent of Americans support and you can't get it through the Senate or the House of Representatives.
So to change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this. And when necessary, you've got to send the right people to Washington. And that requires strength, and it requires persistence. 
And that's the one thing that these families should have inspired in all of us. I still don't know how they have been able to muster up the strength to do what they've doing over the last several weeks, last several months.
And I see this as just round one. When Newtown happened, I met with these families and I spoke to the community, and I said, something must be different right now. We're going to have to change. That's what the whole country said. Everybody talked about how we were going to change something to make sure this didn't happen again, just like everybody talked about how we needed to do something after Aurora. Everybody talked about we needed change something after Tucson.
And I'm assuming that the emotions that we've all felt since Newtown, the emotions that we've all felt since Tucson and Aurora and Chicago -- the pain we share with these families and families all across the country who've lost a loved one to gun violence -- I'm assuming that's not a temporary thing. I'm assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words. 
I believe we're going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people. 
Thank you very much, everybody.


~ Senator Pat Toomey’s Remarks (Republican Sponsor of the gun registration legislation)

This week, I worked with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to obtain guns while preserving the rights of law-abiding people to do so. The bill did not move forward in the Senate.
This amendment would have helped enhance public safety while still protecting the Second Amendment. I understand the passions on both sides of this issue.  I did what I thought was the right thing for our country. I sought out a compromise position that I thought could move the ball forward on an important matter of public safety.
My only regret is that our amendment did not pass. It's not the outcome I hoped for, but the Senate has spoken on the subject, and it's time to move on. We have a lot of other very important issues to deal with such as getting the economy back on track, dealing with the debt ceiling and creating more jobs for Pennsylvanians.


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Applying Eye Drops Made Easy

I was going to give my 1000th blog post a lot of consideration and try to make it momentous. But, instead, I learned something really useful at the eye doctor's office today when I had my eyes dilated and retinas checked (they're perfectly fine by the way). If you are one of those people who have to struggle to get eye drops actually into your eyes because of ferocious blinking attacks as the medicated drops approach and fail after dripping those drops on your nose, cheek, and other useless locations, I have a procedure for you. It's simple and I believe it will be fool proof. Here are the easy steps to follow:


  1. Tilt your face up toward the ceiling.
  2. Close your eye (both if you need a drop in each eye).
  3. Unless very talented, have a friend or family member place a drop on the inside corner of your closed eye. The drop will stay in that natural little cup. 
  4. Without moving your head, open the closed eye.
  5. The drop resting in the inner corner of your eye falls into your eye when you open your lids. 
  6. Repeat as needed.
That's it. Simplicity itself. Everyone I've told this to says, "Of course!" But, none of them thought of it. Apply your eye drops in peace, blinking fit free, and enjoy your freshly medicated and newly soothed eyes and frayed free nerves.

There it is. Blog post 1,000. I chose a useful post as I've discovered that truly useful information is what is most often sought in Internet searches. I hope this helps.

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Most Popular Posts of the Month: The Reviews Are In ... Plus a Milestone!



Here are the most popular J.S. Brooks Presents blog posts of April 2013. This posting also commemorates J.S. Brooks Presents' 999th post. We stand on the trembling edge of post 1000, a number I never really imagined reaching, to be absolutely honest.What to write about for such a moment??? Suggestions?

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