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August 25, 2005 [ More archived home pages here ]

Perspicuous Explanations


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In September I will be traveling to Chicago for a visit with friends and family. I think the 1975 song, Welcome Back, by John Sebastian is a good song to go along with today's writings. Follow along with me now as I describe my current stream of consciousness...

Chicago is where I was born. Thirty years ago tonight, about 11:30 p.m., it was the place I almost died in an auto accident on the Southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway (indicated by red arrow on the image below). I can clearly recall those scary seconds as semi-trucks and cars just missed me at 70 mph after I narrowly avoided hitting another car that cut me off in my 1975 5-speed Honda Civic. That was a fairly close call with death.

The "borrowed-time" I've been on since that night has been well spent.

When I reach Chicago next month, I hope to meet up with Bob Katzman whom I haven't seen since I graduated from Caldwell Elementary school in June 1964. Bob recently celebrated 40 years of being in business for himself, starting out in a small newspaper stand in 1965. He is also a writer who inspires me to write my own story. I have reviewed one of his books and like his style.

One of the days, I'm driving down to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus to see the places where I spent a semester or so in 1968-1969. I secured a night there at the Illini Union Hotel, a place I always wanted to stay so I can close another circle of my life.

The majority of my nights in Chicago will be spent with my daughter and her husband at their place. Most of the remaining time, I revisit places of my youth and try to see other people on my list. I know I'll be taking lots of pictures. You'll see many of them on this site after I return.

In the next section on this page I mention some of my other recent activities and thoughts.

In The Interlude

On September 1, 2005, I will be closing down my "Digital Passages Online Store" store in favor of the one I operate at [Digital Passages CafePress Store is now closed as of April 18, 2008]. I expect to expand on the number and types of items for sale at the remaining online store as time allows.


I recently published a new QuickTime movie (screenshot below) based on my Intertwined Rings image. Intertwined Rings Video is about 10 seconds long and 1.0 MB in size.


Last Friday night, Sherry and I had dinner at the ocean. Afterwards while we overlooked the beach at sunset, we saw this bird sitting on the rail. The owner was nearby with several other species, showing them off to the small crowd gathered around him. The image below is also available as a Desktop Background.


My friend and mentor, Gene Weed provided me a Press Release of his new book, Beautiful People of Palm Springs. Below is a brief description of that book:

"The story behind "The Photographer of The Stars". This is simply a beautiful book . . . "Beautiful People", is an in-depth behind the scenes story about two photographers, a husband and wife team's life with the top celebrities of the 50's, 60' and 70's. Written in a compassionate documentary style with love and warmth, it is about the philanthropic nature of our celebrities. Crammed with rare photos of Frank Sinatra, Eva Gabor, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Marx, Jack Benny, Victoria Principle, Bob Hope, George Burns, and over 100 never before published photographs of your favorite celebrities. Did Frank Sinatra have a face-lift? Who is that man behind the camera? Don't know for sure? Well I think you need to add this to your basket. Makes a great gift.

The movie, "Come Fly With Me" is based on this book and has been selected for pre-production by Dan Gordon. Written by screenwriter Gene Weed, it is to be aired on HBO next fall."


There is a new free site to learn business skills. MBA Toolbox offers up important knowledge in that field. It seems like a great resource to me.


I also came across the wonderful site, Project Gutenberg, a place to obtain free eBooks. One of the books I took a gander at was, How to Speak and Write Correctly, a grammar and proper reference on the English language. It was from that source that I conjured up the title of today's home page. ;-)

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Sometimes language, no matter how well constructed, cannot resolve a situation. Here is an alternative way out of such situations and forms the basis of this Digital Insight.

Paper Rock Scissors (Image created in May 2000)

This is a game I learned as a kid. It was fun to play for extended periods, trying to outguess or outsmart the opponent. It's actually instructional in teaching that there are no absolutes; something can always trump something else. Some debates could be better decided using this game when the arguments are of equal merit and weight. Far too often, arguments cause bitter feelings that may last a lifetime. Next time you see an argument that has gone past the line of being resolved, consider offering this game as the solution. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"This is a useful way to resolve arguments. It's better than each person walking away thinking they're right."

Don


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