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January 19, 2009 [ More archived home pages here ]

Things Left Behind

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Today's song is Gran Torino by Jamie Cullum, released in 2008.

Friday night Sherry and I attended the new movie, Gran Torino. We both enjoyed the movie very much, as did the large audience in the theater with us.

The story reveals several aspects of the main character in the film. One that may not be so readily apparent to the viewers is that he doesn't find it easy to talk about the issues that have troubled him through much of his adult life. It is a common cultural matter as I've mentioned many times on this topic through my short stories, art, and life experience commentaries.

He finds out towards the end of his life that he can be a more open individual. He sees it isn't as hard to be open with feelings and thoughts as he previously considered. It is an easy lesson to learn.

In my humble opinion, the best way to mitigate such potential problems is to make sure ahead of time, you tell people who you love just how you feel about them. It's not a sign of weakness to do that, it's a sign of real strength. Do your best to resolve important issues between you and they. You'll be glad you acted decisively to not leave those things behind. I did.


In the past week, my list of Friends on my Facebook site has greatly increased. There are a few people listed there from far away places in the world who discovered my content here on Time Out Of Mind and reached out to me with their thoughts. Every day I review my Facebook Friends sites to see what they have added. I have an App Store application on my iTouch that enables me to see their updates when I'm connected to the Internet.

Perhaps the Six Degrees of Separation theory will be put to use one of these days again. Years ago it happened through my website, when the unknown friend of another friend found my friend Angel, through my messages here. And then there is this wonderful event in my life.

I've found people I once knew on my own, but I'm looking forward to the day when a new unrelated connection through the Internet brings me to those I still seek. That will be very cool as another circle of my life closes.


I watched President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech on live TV back on January 20, 1961. I look forward to President Obama's Inaugural Speech this coming Tuesday. I voted for him and I support him.

I am hopeful that my nation can pull itself out of its economic crash. One thing that needs to be enforced is penalties against employers and employment services companies that discriminate in any way against Americans. Age discrimination is just as bad as other discriminatory practices. Each person covered by The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 that feels he or she is being discriminated at should deal effectively against those who are denying them full access to employment. Perhaps if all employers stop practicing that particular discrimination, things will get better sooner.

I would hope that the new Congress can eliminate the IRS and current tax policies and enact a flat tax on all income starting at the very first dollar without exemptions so that our economy can recover quickly. If instead they just tinker around with the current unworkable IRS polices and rules, then we Americans are going to continue to be screwed-over by an unfair tax code.


I added the music video link to, Gran Torino on the Don's YouTube Picks page.

I added the Short Stories Statistics By Date Created page.


Take a look at Phil Helberg's web site. Phil is a designer, artist, illustrator, musician that recently contacted me and his site now links to this one.


Steve Jobs is a lot more passive about his private health questions than some people would be if badgered that way.


The answer isn't always blowing in the wind.


Found on the web links for January 18, 2009 [ Link since removed ]


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