Speaking the Unspoken – Racism in the U.S.

As we embrace the graduation season, it’s important to listen to our high school students – particularly when they Speak The Unspoken.

Contemplate their voices in this video from 2007 – that illustrates the challenges we must continue to address in 2016.

Please share with your graduates, your family members, friends and those who share a deep concern regarding the heart of the U.S. – and how we might proceed to improve our communities, our countries, our world, our hearts and our future.

 

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Baby Boomers – A Look Back

I’m considered a Baby Boomer – supposedly the largest generation born in the USA post WWII between  1946 and 1964. According to some demographic experts, Millennials (ages 18-34) will surpass the number of Boomers in the U.S. in the near term, followed by the Gen X’ers (ages 35-50) in 2028.

 

Boomers - A Look Back
Boomers – A Look Back

 

Although generations are considered “analytical constructs,” groupings of births in a specific country during a specific era for the purposes of study by social scientists, we often overlook the fact that the labels we use to create generation members, disguise the fact that they are composed of living, breathing human beings.

 

For Boomers, more has been written about my oftentimes maligned cohort than any other generation. I won’t recount that here. However, recently I have been pondering the privilege of being a Boomer – of having lived during this particular epoch in human civilization. Here’s some things that have come to mind that only Boomers can truly appreciate – as we have lived it – together:

 

Boomers - A Look Back
Boomers – A Look Back

 

  1. Remember the “party line” on your parents’ home telephone service?
  2. C:/
  3. Black and white television – with three channels and  tin foil wrapped “rabbit ears”  or a rooftop antenna.
  4. VHS v. Beta
  5. Smoking was allowed on airline flights.
  6. Practicing “atomic bomb/civil defense drills” as a student in school – covering your head beneath your desk with your teacher and fellow students.
  7. Gasoline was 23 cents a gallon.
  8. A movie was 30 cents.
  9. A lift ticket at a ski resort was three bucks.
  10. The milkman
  11. There was no such thing as a microwave oven or a remote control.
  12. Carbon paper.
  13. The day your rotary dial phone was replaced with a push button phone.
  14. A carton of milk at school was two cents.
  15. Vinyl 45 RPM records with the big hole in the middle.
  16. Drive-in movies.
  17. The term “communist” was heard frequently.
  18. Automobiles had no seat belts.
  19. Garbage trucks had nothing to lift the garbage cans with – except garbage men.
  20. A dishwasher was a human – not a machine.
  21. The mailman walked to every home to deliver the mail.
  22. The term “software” referred to pajamas, sweat pants and sweatshirts.
  23. Police cars had red flashing lights.
  24. Nurses wore white outfits with white caps.
  25. An eye pad was something one wore over an injured eye.
  26. There were only about a dozen different kinds of beer.
  27. Hubcaps were standard on all automobiles.
  28. Tattoos were  seen only on men – typically those who had served in the U.S. Navy.
  29. Portable music was solely available on a transistor radio.
  30. Amazon was a rain forest in a far away place.

 

Be kind to Boomers. Perhaps you might use this article as a tool to stimulate interesting dialog with the Boomer’s in your life.

 

 

 

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2015 Social Media Meaning Manufacturer of The Year Award

It’s time for my annual award for the 2015 Social Media Meaning Manufacturer of the Year. It’s simply a way for me to recognize someone whose social media presence and posts consistently challenge me throughout the year – and make a positive deposit in my life. This particular 2015 Award Winner’s  posts grow me as a person. The web and it innumerable platforms can numb the mind of the billions that regularly consume its fare each and every day. Perhaps, you might friend the person I have selected for my 2015 award on Facebook and begin to digest his posts on a daily basis for your 2016. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.


 

Ron Cole 2012
Ron Cole of Victoria, British Columbia Canada is my 2015 Award Winner. Ron is retired, dad, husband, writer, thinker, activist, Questian, musician, blogger and passionate poster on Facebook whose content can be characterized as:
Socially
Observant,
Compassionately
Inspirational,
Admonishes
Learning
Motivates &
Encourages
Dialog,
Invigorates
Activism.
The subject matter of Ron’s posts include global issues, the human spirit, multi-faith religious issues, the environment, food, struggle, politics, social justice, activism, and the universe in which we live. Several years ago, Ron coined the term “the redemptive imagination” – a core concept that inhabits his life and the refreshing variety represented in his posts – sharing poetry, music, quotes, images, original writings, links and video clips. 
Question Everything
Question Everything – Image From Cole’s Blog
Ron observes things many overlook, from his perch on an island in northwestern Canada. He is one of the few “magnates of the mystery” that inhabit the world wide web. He is genetically curious and distinctly appreciates the questions versus the certainties in life. He is a consistent, persuasive advocate for “the least of these.” Ron works at his Facebook posts – he shares what is meaningful to him in hopes that you will be similarly impacted.
You can find Ron on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ron.cole.908?fref=ts –
You can email Ron at labmanster@gmail.com
 
As part of your start to 2016, send Ron a friend request on Facebook and begin to follow him. Enjoy the journey in 2016 with Ron Cole…trust me – you will be glad you did. Expect to be inspired, to grow, learn, be challenged, become perplexed, awed, entertained and begin a journey with a man who will lead you into an understanding of what living life with a redemptive imagination really means.
Ron Cole 12-2015
 
May 2016 bring change to the habits you may have unwittingly developed in 2015…Make following Ron Cole on Facebook a new habit in 2016. You’ll be glad you did. To journey with Ron is to “move beyond” the mind numbing, routine content most folks become seduced into consuming – primarily on Facebook. Change that…change…change for the better in 2016 with Ron Cole.


 

Thank you Mr. Cole. Congratulations from ALL of us!
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