“Do Your Thing!”

Happy Friday, All!

It is imperative that I remind myself, at least …. T.G.I.F.!

In fact, just yesterday, a friend on a social network, Facebook, had a quote from the ancient Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, alluding to the fact that it is a privilege to awaken each morning, so, each day should be utilized accordingly. Make the most of it, and be the best that you can be.

Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back?! Haven’t we all!? On the other hand, have you ever said something that was taken out of context and it was later “slapped” in your face at an unexpected moment?! That seems to be the trend nowadays, and the media literally thrives off of it. First, there was the “new” Marlin’s manager who tried to “get deep” in Spanish as he uttered words of admiration for dictator Fidel Castro. Then, it was Trayvon Martin’s mother who uttered words to the effect that “it was an accident” . . . what happened between her son and his assailant, George Zimmerman. She has issued a statement but not had to apologize like Ozzie Guillen did in front of an annoyed Little Havana community in Miami. Now, the Democratic National Committee strategist, I believe she is called, pundit and activist for a variety of causes here in the USA, Hilary Rosen, has had to eat her words aimed at Romney, in particular pointing out how she feels that Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife, is out of touch with the average American woman since she “has never worked a day in her life”. While her point was clear, her words were poorly chosen and she has issued an apology after she was quoted in an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s show, “360”, on April 11, 2012.

Early this morning, a friend and former student at WPHS, dropped by and headed out already to the airport en route to Haiti to visit a friend and work with a component of Calvary Chapel that is doing some work there. It was nice to see Michael Jon Baptiste again, as he was part of our crew that met up with Steve Morgan and Kenny Chiarito last month in an impromptu reunion of sorts. This evening, I may have the pleasure of seeing an “old Paulie”, Mr. Gary Hodder, who lives in Canada but has a summer home in Naples, FL, and, as a big hockey fan from St. Paul’s, has tickets for the play off game tonight as the Flyers meet the Penguins in Sunrise, FL. I know the game starts at 7 or 7:30PM and I don’t finish work until five, so we will see.

So little time and so much to do . . . so as Isaac Hayes sang on his “Shaft” album from back in the day, just “Do Your Thing”! Have a great weekend and enjoy this Friday the 13th!

Peace always,

John I. Cook, Director

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