Monday, May 28, 2007

Gun Control vs. Crime

Theory Of Gun Control Meets Reality Of Crime

Friday, May 25, 2007

A May 15 story in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) serves as a good reminder of how a person’s support for gun control often changes after a personal experience with crime.

State Representative Michael DeBose (D-12) of Cleveland was an opponent of Right-to-Carry, having voted against the measure twice. All that changed on the night of May 1, when he was confronted by two men, one of whom was wielding a gun. On that night, Rep. DeBose’s sense of security in his neighborhood changed, as did his view on lawful citizens being able to defend themselves.

Rep. DeBose was lucky—this time—that his running, screaming, and summons for help prevented him from being harmed. When asked how this recent experience may change the prism through which he views Right-to-Carry, Rep. DeBose was crystal clear: "I was wrong. I'm going to get a permit and so is my wife. I've changed my mind. You need a way to protect yourself and your family. I don't want to hurt anyone. But I never again want to be in the position where I'm approached by someone with a gun and I don't have one. There are too many people who are just evil and mean-spirited. They will hurt you for no reason. If more people were packing guns, it might serve as a deterrent.”

We welcome Rep. DeBose to the growing list of Right-to-Carry converts. While it is too bad it took a life-threatening situation to convert him, we hope he will share his experience, and his newfound respect for the right to self-defense, with his other colleagues who still don’t get it. It is our hope they won’t have to endure a similar experience to do so.

Copyright 2007, National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action.
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Sunday, May 27, 2007

I got some sun

Highland Festival 2007

Stock Yard Kilty Band WOW. What a group.
Chicago IL
Matt McKee

Thursday, May 24, 2007


"Never moan. Do not be a victim. Either raise hell and change the game or get out of there."
- Jack Welch

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Jeremiah...Healing and a Hope

God is too funny. What a jokester He can be. I mean this will all seriousness,and it tickles me to know that a sense of humor can be spiritual.

In this new jobless situation I find myself...I am relaxing and waiting to see What God "think(s) toward me.., ...thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.".
My new spiritual friend...I say that Not being that is the "position" she is in..but just that for accountability I guess has offered a venture.
Yesterday we discussed how important it is when I lobby like on the Hill In Washington have a "sound byte"..a catchy phrase or slogan that grabs attention. I discussed the need we would have in starting this "Ministry" in getting such a phrase. She was talking to her Friend, Knowing our concentration upon Jeremiah...and suggested...'Future and a Hope Ministry'. I love it. It explains exactly what Foster Kids go through...and need. We are starting the process to become either a "c" company or whatever. We aren't sure yet.
How God has prepared me and her for this "thing". We met today. We discussed our histories, the people that have hurt and affected us spiritually, and FUNNY! Some have been the VERY SAME people at different times. She would literally mention a Pastors name or organization..and I Would begin to wiggle in my seat as I wanted to blurt out my story of the people. NOT in a Gossipy way..just.."Hey I know EXACTLY what you mean With the SAME INDIVIDUALS". See what a sense of Humor God has? It is very interesting to watch and see God working.
My leadership skills, and "personality" blends, and all SO ties in with this.
We discussed the "weirdness" of discernment...why do Women seem to have so much and men NOT so much? or Why do certain Pastors NOT have it?
then I found this VERY interesting blog (
discussing Discernment.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Weekend stuff

Started out garage scarfing on Thursday. That was good. Went shopping. That was good. Paid off my mom $2000. That was good. ..and kind of sickening.
What a monkey off my back. To borrow shows what desperate straits I was in. Paid out over 1,000 in car repairs THIS WEEK on our two older vehicles. yes. Def. Sickening.

Friday..I finally "Graduated" from Leadership Gratiot...a very good be rid of. Yes. I learned a lot and networked some with people I"ll probably never see again, or remember their name. But..I completed something, and Finished what I started and all the other mundane things mothers say to guilt their children into finishing their meatballs.
Drove up to "camp" in Gladwin Vis a vis Houghton Lake..yeah..a minor detour of about 120 miles...oops...damn I knew I should have taken that exit. Helped cater a meal of PRIME RIB..(I've NEVER had a prime rib dinner before), Salmon and Chicken. Don Rice, and happy smiles. We pulled it off again. Stopped at bar on the way home, had a beer and danced with a stranger who was my new best friend. Funny how Bar humor just can't translate well without a LOT of defining. I won't try here.

My brother has an entirely weird wacky new thing---he doesn't like me. "I"m Greedy, drink too much and have to be the center of attention" according to his well referenced world. Well ...maybe the way I am is because of what HE did as a brother to me. ICK. HE was never very nice. Personally..I just think he's jealous. (another thing mom's always tell their kids when people are mean).

SO back to weekend events instead of analyzing my messed up white trash family ties. I'm SOOO glad I have my OWN Family to screw with now!!
Saturday...went to a church in Mt. P that was having a work day and I ended up cleaning the men's bathroom. YIKES. Forget about Cleaning the place needed painting!! I bought some supplies and used paint they had on hand. I think I may have overstepped what they thought a work day was..however...I didn't have to talk...I was tired, I got to concentrate on ONE task, and got two coats of paint on. Then..I drank a bottle of wine and slept like I was dead. Ok not quite a bottle. My body HURTS. A lot.

I peeked in this morning and the bathroom looked pretty damned good. heh heh..yah I get that.
Then ...Ate some PIG roasted for volunteers. DAMN Glad I was even for one day.

Home again home again jiggity jig.
I'm done for now.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Jeremiah continues to speak

I have been talking to a newer friend of mine..and have entered an agreement with her. We are sort of on new turf..of trusting God..and waiting.
I have been sharing Jeremiah 29 with her..that I have been thinking about for 3 months.
Since this last week, and this agreement with Russia plans are being firmed up (October its looking like), and I have stopped doing some things I should stop.
I love what My friend Char says tho..."I don't have to stop...when it's "on the table" then I will stop..then God wants me to deal with it. We don't have arbitrary things we "give up"...unless we really sense the leading of the Spirit.

I am "Pleasantly pondering"....what is next. I mean weird is it that I feel burdened to pray for that Market ? ( both of us in the last 2 days have had thoughts of a little local store) BUT..that is exactly what I think Jeremiah 29 7 is talking about.
I'm so impressed by God...that he continues after weeks of thinking about this show me more and more ways it applies in different situations. SEEK PEACE AND PROSPERITY< Pray TO THE LORD FOR IT ..PRAY...For the City where you DWELL TO PROSPER...BECAUSE IF IT PROSPERS, YOU WILL PROSPER.
I like that he says..."IF" the city prospers's not a guarantee. That's how I think Faith is too. You reach out in we are supposed to (*commanded to)...and there is not a guarantee of the end result -
It is a PROCESS...the very act of Praying, of SEEKING and praying for others (those in the city) is how we eventually find peace and prosperity?....How interesting. then
a couple verses later it says..."Do not let the diviners among you deceive you--do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have..they are prophesying lies to you in my name..I have not sent them, " declares the Lord. ...THIS Is What the Lord says< ...I will come to you AND fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place (the place of peace?), For I KNOW the plans I have for you...PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, Plans to give you HOPE AND A FUTURE, THEN you WILL call upon ME and come and pray to ME and I WILL listen to YOU. YOU WILL seek mE and Find ME when you Seek me with all your Heart... WILL BE FOUND BY YOU declares the Lord.
What do I get from this?
* We are to seek Peace
* We are to Seek Prosperity
* We are to Pray for peace and Prosperity (different than SEEKING it)
*Pray for the City where we dwell, Specifically for it to prosper
* Don't listen to people in our lives that are telling lies (diviners)
* God has promises for us,
*God will Fulfill his promises to us
*God has PLANS for us
*These plans are GOOD..for our Good...and for our Prospering
*God does NOT have harm toward us in anything
*God wants Us to have HOPE and a FUTURE (implication to me being a different future than we see right now)
*We will call Upon God
*God will Listen to us
* We will SEEK God..and God will allow us to find him. (God will move slow enough for us to catch up to Him)

"Thank you Father, for having plans for my life. Not just when Things are going great, but especially for having plans when Life calls for a change, and you are there showing me the path you have chosen just for me". Amen. (prayer from women's devotional bible-Sue Richards)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Below is a review. Don and John have been looking and looking at this film from Zeitgeist Films. We will have to go to Ann Arbor to see it.

This Films Monks...their Silence...prayers, movements, Shows the Monestary..can't wait.
The prep took 2 years, shooting took one, and post shoot 2 years. The director originally asked permission in '84.

INTO GREAT SILENCE fits neatly into the sub-category of films that need to be experienced rather than just watched. Over 162 minutes director Philip Groening films a group of monks who dwell in the Carthusian monastery of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. The monks have taken a vow of silence, and live life at such a gentile pace that it took them 13 years to respond to Groening's request to make a film about them. The subjects of Groening's film fill their days with slow and highly repetitive routines, so the director shoots at a suitably slow pace, highlighting simple tasks such as praying, gardening, cooking, and doing laundry. Groening lived with the monks for four months and worked under strict conditions dictated to him by the order; no voiceover, music, or interviews were to be included in the film, and Groening was to be the sole crew member on the shoot. There are a couple of moments when Groening breaks with his modus operandi. He interviews an elderly blind monk, the Gregorian Chants practiced by the order occasionally feature, and the monks stage a snowball fight on one of their weekly breaks from the monastery. But the film is mostly comprised of a long, lonely trip into silence, and will doubtless leave its audience members in a contemplative and restful state of mind once the journey comes to a peaceful end.

Theatrical Release: March 2, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

Of Naps and Dreams

Joy has been sick, I went garage sailing this morning with Lori, will post about Joy's find later.
We were both SOO tired, after lunch we took a nap.Soo..then the phone woke me up...I have learned NOT to answer the phone then....I won't remember anything, and this was what I awoke from.....
I was taking a nap, and kept dreaming, knowing I was dreaming...I was at a school playground, with a shopping cart that was empty. My blue pickup truck was inside the gate, and I was waiting (Patiently) for school to get out. I saw a teacher I knew on the playground..but ignored her and pretended not to see her. Many children were playing, then the bell rang and they went inside from recess. I thought that was cool-I could play on the grounds by myself, I kept on pushing the cart across the playground. I moved my truck through the gate, and closed the gate. I pushed the cart, and Smacked into a post. I laid down and went to sleep.
To dream that you are in school, signifies feelings of inadequacy and childhood insecurities that have never been resolved. It may relate to anxieties about performance and abilities. You may also be going through a "spiritual learning" experience. School may be a metaphor for the lessons that you are learning from your waking life.
To dream that you are waiting, is indicative of issues of power/control and feelings of dependence/independence, especially in a relationship. Consider how you feel in the dream while you were waiting. If you are patient, then you know things will happen at their own pace. If you are impatient, then it may mean that you are being too demanding or that your expectations are too high.

Alternatively, the dream may denote your expectations and anxieties about some unknown situation or decision. There is a sense of anticipation. You are ready to take action.


To see your teacher (past or present) in your dream, suggests that you are seeking some advice, guidance, or knowledge. You are heading into a new path in life and ready to learn by example or from a past experience. Alternatively, it may relate to issues with authority and seeking approval. You may going through a situation in your waking life where you feel that you are being treated like a student or in which you feel you are being put to a test.
To dream that you are alone, indicates feelings of rejection. You may be feeling that no one understand you.
To dream that you are dreaming, signifies your emotional state. You are excessively worried and fearful about a situation or circumstance that you are going through.
Shopping Cart
To see or use a shopping cart in your dream, indicates that you are reaping the rewards and benefits of your hard work.� If the shopping cart is empty, then it suggests that you are coming up empty in some endeavor or plan.
To dream that you are on a playground, indicates your desires to escape from your daily responsibilities. Consider also objects in the playground as expressing or your need to express some aspect of yourself. Perhaps you need to be more carefree or have some fun getting to know some of your talents and abilities that you have long ignored or disregarded.
Blue represents truth, wisdom, heaven, eternity, devotion, tranquility, loyalty and openness. The presence of this color in your dream, may symbolize your spiritual guide and your optimism of the future. You have clarity of mind.
To see a truck in your dream, implies that you are overworked. You may be taking on too many tasks and responsibilities and are weighing you down.
Pick-Up Truck
To see a pick-up truck in your dream, represents hard work. It also suggests the need to return to the basics.
To see or pass through a gate in your dream, suggests that you are walking through a new phase of life. It also represents new opportunities and possibilities.To see a closed gate in your dream, signifies your inability to overcome current difficulties. If you are unable to open the gate, then it indicates that your hard work will be seen as unsatisfactory. It may also mean that you are not ready or not prepared to move on to the next step.
To see children in your dream, signifies your own childlike qualities or a retreat back to a childlike state. It is an extension of your inner child during a time of innocence, purity, simplicity, and a carefree attitude. You may be longing for the past and the chance to satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes. Take some time off and cater to the inner child within.

To dream that you hit something or someone, is symbolic of unexpressed anger and aggression. You tend to keep your negative feelings inside instead of expressing them in a healthy way.
To dream that you are sleeping, denotes peace of mind. Sleeping may also beckon renewal and new beginnings.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Clean Teeth and Groceries

I had three dentist appointments this morning for three kids. All got their teeth cleaned. feels like after the car is just RUNS better...anyway..The Dentist was asking me about Helena's orthodontia "start" date..and I started crying...or..let's say.."blinking fast"...explaining that until money comes in..that is NOT priority. I mean rather it IS a priority..we just can't start it. Right now we owe the regular dentist 300 bucks..and I desperately need a crown that I'd have to pay 400 for. My HUGE filling is cracking and he wants to "band" the tooth and crown it.
I decided to keep the kids out of school for the day...I called their Tae qon do Teacher Ms. Paula, and said the kids wouldn't be in class. heh heh..I forgot to call the school. oops..
We went out for lunch with grandma...went to Ruby tuesdays. I had light lunch as I think I'm "getting an attack". mom took us to Sav-a-Lot..and gave EACH of the kids a Grocery cart..and told them.."Get what you want". Wow. I feel so..amazing cared for by God...I guess I'll have to explore this "full cupboard" feeling later..( I GOTTA GO TEACH) yikes...its five oclock!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Authority in Pastors...

Genuine Authority

Ultimately, the craving for inauthentic authority reasserts its desire to reestablish some kind of immediacy, a commitment to a human figure in the church. Genuine authority knows, however, that all immediacy is disastrous, particularly in matters of authority. Genuine authority knows that it can only exist in the service of the One who alone has authority. Genuine authority knows that it is bound in the strictest sense by the words of Jesus, "You have one teacher, and you are all brothers" (Matt. 23:8). The community of faith does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and of one another. It does not lack the former, but the latter. The community of faith will place its confidence only in the simple servant of the Word of Jesus, because it knows that it will then be guided not by human wisdom and human conceit, but by the Word of the Good Shepherd. The question of spiritual trust, which is so closely connected with the question of authority, is decided by the faithfulness with which people serve Jesus Christ, never by the extraordinary gifts they possess. Authority in pastoral care can be found only in the servants of Jesus who seek no authority of their own, but who are Christians one to another, obedient to the authority of the Word.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -

from Life Together 106-107

Parenting Classes and puking kids

I started teaching a new parenting class tonight...about 20 people there. One..a "single" mom (at least for tonight) had 5 kids, I think TWO Tho had the same dad--so she was proud of that. So after the 3rd kid...wouldn't a guy think..WOW this is some Fertile Myrtle..I better keep "frank" to himself?? NO??? And...does she really WANT 5 is overwhelming sometimes. Another--a teacher had a blended family with I think 7 kids...10, 9, 7,7,7 and a couple younger. wow.
The Administrator there is great...its a school for only young kids..she is innovative and yet..enough "wary" to be funny. She said she got a phone call from a "concerned" parent wondering WHY she sent the parenting class to him. Turns out he didn't even HAVE a child at the school...Sometimes she said..she does send a "personalized" letter..but the guy's name didn't sound familiar. Further questioning...the guy was swearing.."F"in this and "F" ing that..and turns out that DHS had sent him the letter (a caseworker)..and How STUPID it would be to take a parenting class when he is a "F"ing GOOD PARENT!!. LOL.
Joy is sick...puking...and 102 fever....swirted her down...wet cloths...she seems better.. alittle.. she can't hold any tylenol or stuff down..she just pukes.
I think I'm in for a long night.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Anyone else see the complete IRONY of this??

This is especially SOO SWEET, since they STILL have not sent me my last paychecks,,,,yet..they are BUSY BUSY...cancelling FREE magazine subscribtions on Innovation in the workplace!! That's so nice of them. Thanks. LOL
From a former supervisor where I was contracted employee:

"Michael Minarik"
05/04/2007 01:06 PM
cc Subject BULKQ] subscription cancellation request
The subscription coming to **My Name** at FIA 201 Commerce Drive, Ithaca, MI 48847 should be canceled. That person no longer works here and we do not want your magazine delivered here any longer. Thank you.

Michael Minarik
Child Welfare Supervisor
Gratiot County DHS
989 875-8215

Dear Subscriber,
We have cancelled the subscription and it will be effective in 4-6 weeks. If you need further assistance please let me know.
Thank you.
Email Customer Service Rep-Jane
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Friday, May 04, 2007

Which Military Leader are YOU?


This was very different gives scenarios..then you have 2 choices. Cool.,16183,main.htm,,00.html?

Graduating from West Point at the head of his class, Wes Clark has achieved success throughout his military career. He served in Vietnam; was a key negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords; and was head of the U.S. European Command. Clark was an Armor Officer who commanded at every level from company to division. As Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, he led the 19-member alliance to victory in Kosovo — NATO's longest and most difficult military campaign.
Leadership Attributes:

Clark has had a distinguished military career. As Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, Panama, he directed all U.S. forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. As the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J5, the Joint Staff, he was the staff officer responsible for U.S. military strategic planning. Clark is also known for considerable diplomatic prowess — he was chiefly responsible for holding together the 19-member NATO alliance in Kosovo. He was also the lead military negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords that brought the war in the former Yugoslavia to a halt.


Robert E. Lee was the legendary commander of the Confederate forces in the Civil War. Against overwhelming odds, Lee scored victory after victory against the Union forces led by seven different generals. Famous battles include: 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, and — possibly his greatest performance — Chancellorsville. Outnumbered two to one, Lee broke with convention and divided his forces not once but twice — ultimately driving the Federal army under Joseph Hooker from the field.
Leadership Attributes:

Personally, General Lee was reserved and seemed enigmatic to his men. But on the battlefield he was daring and audacious, as at Chancellorsville, where he divided his troops in the face of greater opposing forces. His diplomatic skills were as well-honed as his generalship. For example, in his early role as presidential adviser to Jefferson Davis, he tried to ease the difficult personalities of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis and General Joseph E. Johnston.
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The "actual" me ??

Every time I take this freeking test I come up with something else..from Direct communicator, To "Boss" "Motivational Visionary".
You are a Motivational Visionary.
A Natural People Person

When you are walking down a corridor or a street, you like to greet or stop to speak to someone. People just love to talk with you about anything. That's because the positive energy that you give off during conversations develops an instant bond with everyone.

You love to interact with people. It doesn't matter how many people there are or at what level you're communicating; you do it effortlessly. Conversation has been extremely natural to you your whole life.

You have a wonderful sense of humor. When people are with you, they smile and laugh a lot. Whether it's telling a joke you heard before or sharing a spontaneous ad lib, you're naturally funny and entertaining. Your humor and ways of communicating are constantly creating situations that relax and motivate other people.
Strategic Creativity

Unless people know you very well, they won't realize that you are quite capable of creating strategic plans, following intellectual pursuits and developing new, abstract theories about how things integrate or function. You're able to look at the whole picture, break them into discrete, unusual parts, and synthesize these into unique wholes or strategic plans. You thoroughly enjoy discovering creative options when thinking through difficult problems and challenging ideas.
Motivating and Leading Others

When it comes to dealing with people and problems, you use a combination of intuitive and rational thoughts very successfully. Your positive, personal and intelligent ways of relating to people make them want to follow you during times of confusion and stress. It's when the situations are dynamic and need optional thinking and/or in-the-moment organization that you're able to step forward, take command and lead others towards successful outcomes. This is when your style of leadership becomes most effective.

Even if you're not knowledgeable about a subject area under discussion, you come across as smooth and intelligent. It doesn't matter to you what conversations others are having or what topics they're discussing, you can join in without missing a beat. That's because you intuitively know how to listen to the underlying messages being delivered and how to successfully respond to people intellectually with just a few facts.
How You Learn

Besides reading and studying, conversations and dialogues provide you with an enjoyable opportunity to learn. It's during this repartee that you're able to ask any type of question: logical, analogical or just odd ones to serve your curiosity. One of the best ways for you to learn and to be motivated is to belong to a study group, particularly one that has members who are focused on the objectives and deadlines. The process of these groups can provide you with the focus and further detail to study and learn effectively.
Speaking in front of Groups

Speeches and presentations to small or large groups come naturally to you. You can either be prepared or wing it when making a speech. The latter, with a few notes jotted on a piece of scrap paper, is your preferred way to present. Also, you'll use theatrical intonations and gestures, personalized comments and anecdotes with humor, integrating them around facts, logic and important points. When you have finished, people leave your presentations feeling that you have presented a solid case, you have touched them personally and you have spoken to each one of them intellectually.
Your Leadership Qualities

As a leader, you're a powerful combination of intellectual insightfulness, future predictions and personal charm. The former allows you to plan and think things through intuitively and logically. The latter allows you to be empathetic and personal in your expression of motivation and planned action. The two of these combined give you the positive power that people trust and follow.

You are a Direct Communicator

You are a charismatic leader who loves to achieve at the highest level.

High Achiever

You are a popular, high-achieving person who relishes being Number 1. Your finishing Number 1 usually rewards you with the leadership that gives you control over other people. You love being the leader. You're also chosen as a leader because you know what you want and where you want yourself and others to go. And those times that the path is not rationally or formally clear, your intuition leads you and others successfully.

You are a visionary who is a logical, pragmatic thinker and planner. You always need three questions answered:

1. "What's the objective or task?"
2. "Why is something happening?"
3. "Who can I develop enough of a relationship with to get something I want accomplished?"
Thinking Systematically

Whatever you are thinking about has to meet the goal-oriented and rational criteria of analytic, precise and systematic thinking with a historical and factual basis. If it does not meet all of these, you first become skeptical and then very intuitively creative in exploring another way to understand the problem and its solution.

You are a pragmatic realist who can get people to do what you want, sometimes without their even knowing it. It's during these moments that you can interact verbally with individuals or groups of associates to motivate them and to let them know what needs to be accomplished, how to proceed and how to team together positively. Then, and only then, are they prepared to receive your directives.
Accomplishing Your Goals

To make your directives clear so that everyone meets or exceeds the total goal successfully and together, you will have to have a detailed plan laid out with user-friendly approaches set up for each person to accomplish each necessary task. Then, you'll have all these directives aligned with the mission, strategies and objectives. And, lastly, you will have to measure how the strategies are being fulfilled and what is making the final outcome successful.
Communicating with Others

On a personal and professional level, people love relating to you, whether it's in person, in a group or over the telephone. They feel safe and secure that you're listening to their needs. You're taking care of business by putting a thorough action plan into place, you're intelligent and creative enough to solve any problems with optional actions, and you're capable of motivating and leading them towards successful outcomes.

Communication Tips

People who have a predominantly Left-brain Abstract thinking style thrive on careful analysis of all pertinent factors before making any decisions. Their style is naturally systematic and detail-oriented, characterized by the pursuit of logic, predictability and discipline. They may appear distant and aloof at times, as they prefer to listen rather than talk. They tend to stick to the rules and stay within the confines of their orderly world.

When communicating with a Left-brain Abstract person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

* If you are able to engage them in conversation, don't be surprised when they provide more details than you might care for.
* Because of their introverted nature, they usually don't like to interact verbally or personally with other people. When they do, you might find their passion for logical and systematic analysis to be ponderous or overly pedantic, but try to keep an open mind, as their conclusions could be beneficial to you.
* In situations where you must collaborate on a project, their tendency to stick to the rules and take things seriously will help keep you focused on the task, even though you may feel constrained from your natural tendency to socialize.
* They may appear distant and aloof at times, as they prefer to listen than talk. Don't take this personally or assume they're arrogant. Remember that they're absorbing and processing information that they may use to render an opinion.
* They can be a valuable source of background or historical information, which you usually overlook. Allow them to take center stage for a change while you benefit from their knowledge and experience.

People who have a predominantly Left-brain Concrete thinking style are action-oriented and thrive on challenge. As movers of people and organizations, they enforce rules, focus on goals, meet deadlines, and demand immediate action. They typically avoid getting bogged down in details and want to go directly to the bottom line. They prefer short and easy action-items or conclusions. They are decisive people who want to get things done quickly and efficiently.

When communicating with a Left-brain Concrete person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

* You both tend to deal in the concrete here and now, but their emphasis is on actions and results, while yours is on people and interpersonal communication. This difference can lead to a clash in how you accomplish your goals.
* You might find their communication style overbearing or even intimidating at times. Nevertheless, you can sometimes get them to shift gears to a more amiable, relaxed style that suits you both well.
* When it comes to solving problems, they view feelings or abstract concepts as intrusions that prevent them from reaching a firm conclusion. Maintain your upbeat attitude, and your feelings won't distract them or become an issue.
* They don't usually like to engage in small talk or use metaphors. They prefer to get right to the point. Watch for clues that they want to keep things brief.
* At times you may feel they are pushing too hard to get you to make a decision. Despite your preference for spontaneity, you might benefit from their decisive nature. Listen to their suggestions with an open mind.

People who have a predominantly Right-brain Abstract thinking style tend to be visionary thinkers who look at the big picture and try to understand how things relate to each other. They are creative people who consider many options and abstract concepts when absorbing or presenting information and when making decisions. They tend to think before they speak.

When communicating with a Left-brain Concrete person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

* Typically, you can relate comfortably with their communication style, even though they may not be as naturally sociable as you are.
* They value creative, inspirational options and can usually provide interesting alternatives that would be worth your while to consider. At times, however, you might find their tendency to go off on tangents somewhat disorienting.
* With the tendency they have to procrastinate while they explore their options, you will need to focus your energies on taking action when you must collaborate on a project or make a decision.
* You are both open-minded and feelings-oriented. If you give them a chance to open up and share their ideas, you are likely to create an atmosphere based on trust and good rapport.
* Remember to be patient with their quiet, reflective nature; they may be thinking of other options that are more suitable for you or for themselves. Ultimately, they need to feel comfortable with how their decisions fit into their world.

When communicating with another Right-brain Concrete person, you are likely to experience the following characteristics:

* You both thrive on interacting with people and being the center of attention. This may sometimes result in a bit of competition to be on center stage.
* They can read other people very easily and use their intuitive skills to adapt effortlessly to changing situations. Like you, they are excellent at exciting and persuading others to follow their suggestions.
* They can often encourage you to confide with them about personal problems or concerns you have. You're usually okay with this, as long as they aren't overly judgmental or critical.
* They may come up with innovative or imaginative ideas that are worthy of your consideration. Their goal is to continually gain recognition and enhance their own image. Along the way, they can help you achieve the same results.
* Since you both like to exchange ideas, the interaction can be both personally rewarding and productive.
* They can sometimes seem manipulative in getting their way. While you might find their personal charm and charisma irresistible, don't allow yourself to be swayed in a direction that you know is not right for you.



You appear to have read the items carefully and responded consistently. You presented yourself
in a generally positive light. While not highly defensive, you described yourself in a socially
desirable manner.
You have a pattern of wide interests. While you can be analytical, your typical operating style is
more intuitive. You may not always apply your critical thinking skills fully enough to counterbalance
an overly positive viewpoint. You are strategic in your thinking and can be visionary. You temper
your impetuousness with a big picture overview. You probably enjoy experimenting with different
approaches to problems and exploring non-traditional options. You need structure to help you
channel your efforts most productively. You may need to be more of a perfectionist to insure the maintenance of high standards. You are somewhat impulsive in your approach.
You are a highly confident and resilient person who runs the risk of overconfidence. You can express impatience, but this isn't likely to be unreasonable or long-lasting. You are motivated primarily by internal factors. Your needs for security are not strong. You are probably more driven and achievement oriented than you show at first. You are not highly competitive. You have moderate needs for approval. You are typically only sensitive to status issues when you sense
inequity or unfairness. You are not an introspective person and you are rarely self-critical.
You are generally accepting of differences in people.

You are likely to be socially confident and poised. You are markedly extraverted, even when compared to a business population. You are likely to be personable and persuasive in your interactions with others. You are likely to be extremely open with your ideas and reactions. You may not temper them with enough political sensitivity. You’re likely to be seen as spontaneous,expressive and somewhat flamboyant. You generally strive to maintain a positive tone, but you
can be blunt under pressure. You are likely to be more upbeat and lighthearted than serious. You are generally tolerant of others, but you may not always be sensitive to their feelings. You don't actively create conflict, but you're not prone to shy away from it. You are assertive and outspoken, but generally able to soften it depending on your audience. You are a very talkative person.

You are likely to be a strong and effective goal setter. You are probably effective in handling
immediate time demands, but you may procrastinate with longer term issues. You may be prone to apply social pressure to peers to force action from the group. You are likely to be more comfortable in leadership or supervisory roles than as an individual contributor. Your self-description was similar to those of people in a variety of sales and sales-related positions.
You are likely to be organized, although you may be more action oriented than planful. Your results suggest that you will quickly take the initiative and will need only a minimum of day-to-day direction. Although generally patient, you are likely to be outspoken when frustrated and will apply
pressure to get the results you want.

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Persuasiveness. People with similar profiles tend to see themselves as persuasive. While this is often positive in a sales role it can work against you if you don't realize when to back off.

High Sociability. Your profile is suggestive of a talkative, sociable and gregarious demeanor on
the job. People with these characteristics are often seen as lively, chatty, witty and humorous.
Social Dominance. Your profile suggests that you're likely to be highly assertive, socially bold and dominant. You probably need to take care not to come across as overly aggressive or assertive. Be careful that you're making your points with enough sensitivity and tact. You may be overly competitive and overly prone to take social risks. People with similar profiles typically don't back off and bite their tongues when dealing with sensitive negotiations and political situations.

Low Anxiety. Your score pattern suggests that you're not prone to be insecure, stress-prone or nervous. You're likely to come across as relaxed, calm and even-tempered. On the downside,people with similar profiles are sometimes complacent, emotionally detached and prone to over control their emotions. They sometimes feel too good about themselves and they sometimes come across as distant or emotionally unresponsive.
The most likely potential negative associated with this pattern is that of being overly self-assured and overly confident.

Emotional Expressiveness. Your profile suggests that you may be emotionally excitable and that
you have a tendency to seek attention. People with similar results are sometimes seen as ego-driven, status-seeking, emotional or power-oriented.

Patience. Your profile is one of patience, emotional control and low tension. You're likely to be seen as comfortable with yourself and free from excessive emotional tension or anxiety.
Low Discipline. You described yourself in terms that suggest a certain amount of disorganization
and a casual, somewhat undisciplined approach.
Focus on planning and follow-through. Think about ways you may
be able to keep yourself more organized and focused on the task when there are competing

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


as I continue to seek what it is I'm supposed to be doing..I find tests, quizzes etc. One inspirational email I get says to devote 1/12-2 hours to self improvement a week. Believe me..I need more than this.
HOWEVER...I'll share my answers....

What would you do first if you are in a situation like:


The baby is crying.

Clothes have spread out and it has started raining.

Water is flowing from the tap.

Doorbell is ringing.

Phone bell is ringing.

Think about what you will do first then what second and so on…above all be honest!! Scroll down to see the explanation.

(OK>>>>>I Picked up the baby, then shut the tap water off--I should of picked up the clothes!).

Each action reflects your priorities that you have set in your life. Take a look at the following table to see which priority corresponds to which action.
Action Priority
Attend the phone..... Career and job
See who is at the door..Friends and relatives
Pick up the clothes .. Sex
Attend the baby... Family
Close the tap .. Wealth

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Find your core

Find your core. Ask yourself these questions and record your answers:

1. What subjects do you most enjoy reading about?
2. What television or radio programs do you most enjoy?
3. What are your favorite types of movies?
4. What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes?
5. What type of volunteer activities do you prefer?
6. What subjects do you enjoy discussing with friends?
7. What subjects come to mind when you daydream?
8. What have been your favorite jobs?
9. What were your favorite school subjects?
10. What are your pet peeves?
11. If you doodle, what do you often draw?
12. If you ran the world, what changes would you make?
13. If you won a million bucks, what would you do with it?
14. What are your favorite kinds of people?
15. How would you like to be remembered after your death?
16. What are your favorite toys?
17. How would you describe your political beliefs?
18. Who do you most admire in life and why?
19. What tasks have brought you the most success?
20. What tasks do you think you could do well that you haven't yet done?

Examine your answers. Do you see a certain behavior or belief in more than one aspect of your life? What information do you see repeated that seems to reveal a behavior pattern? What are your long-lasting interests?

Using this information, paint a self-portrait by completing the following statements:

* I am mainly interested in…

* I believe most in…

* I most value…

* For a good life, I feel I need…

* I can do the following well…