where to go?

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

I’m not sure about today’s prompt. I’ve been thinking about this most of the day.  There are several places I would like to travel, Europe, Southeast Asia, a tropical place. At this point in my life I’m leaning towards a relaxing place such as a secluded beach somewhere. The lure of the saltwater, the smell of the water, the heat in the air, the feel of the breeze, and the sand under my feet.  My mental escape place is such a setting. When I think about this place, I feel the calm and relaxed feeling I get as I’m transported to this mental tropical setting. What is amazing amount the power of the mind, I can zoom to this beach getaway in the speed of light. Thankfully for this post, I remember this spot in my mind and have returned there while I’m typing. I hope all of you can find your mental escape spot. Knowing your mental spot allows you to take a mental vacation. Happy travels!

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Who wants to switch?

Who wants to switch blogs with me for a week?

If I had any takers I would have to politely decline. A person’s blog is a personal matter, something one can explore what they are passionate about, care deeply for, or just discover themselves. Instead of switching blogs with someone for a week, try a different persona for a week. Be a silly jokester. Be a passionate academic. Be deeply personal and bare your soul to the blog world. Don’t be someone you are not, but explore the different facets of your personality. Who knows, you may find a part of yourself you didn’t know existed. The thing about your online self is that you can be whoever you want to be, even for just a post or two. I can’t judge if that is good or bad, but I do know this blog is mine!

Sunset in Oklahoma 

  

I took this a couple of weeks ago from my parents back porch. One of the things I miss from Oklahoma is the beautiful sunsets.  This picture doesn’t do this sunset justice. However, for being taken with an iPhone, it turned out pretty well.  The colors were amazing, almost like they had been painted across the sky. I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I did when I saw it. 

All about that text

It’s a text, text, text, text world!

Writing something worth reading is a challenge.  In my job I have to write all the time through emails.  It becomes a challenge to communicate intent, purpose, direction, etc. solely through written words, especially if it is a difficult subject.  You have to make the email as concise as possible while providing all the pertinant information.  The real challenge lies in making the email easy to understand, interesting/short enough for the reader to get through it, and then getting the response needed based on that email.  At least in a face to face conversation, you can tell whether a person is getting your message by their body language.  With an email, it is pretty difficult.  You send it, hoping the message was received and actually read.

I don’t know if anyone else suffers from reading and re-reading emails trying to determine if that is the right “tone” you want to convey in the message.  Sometimes I ask myself if I’m coming off sounding as a jerk.  Email can be fairly impersonable sometimes.  It is hard to convey humor or sarcasm through an email.  Sometimes to make sure an individual understands I’m joking I’ll use an emoticon such as :).  However, this may detract from the message or professionalism of the email, but it seems one way to ensure the other person knows you are trying to be humorous.  I constantly ask myself before I hit send, is this the right message and tone I want the reader to get from the email I’m sending.  If not, I will re-write it.

I’ve known many leaders/people who hide behind emails.  They will send a scathing email out, but won’t personally talk to the people they are sending it to.  In my opinion, this is a problem.  A person shouldn’t communicate differently through an online medium than they would in a face to face conversation.  I personally don’t like using email to communicate with people.  I would rather talk on the phone or in person.  However, in a large organization this isn’t always the case.  I have to ensure that the words I write in an email are taken as I intend them to be taken.

Major vaccine producer to stop producing the MMR vaccine

A major pharmacutical company just announced today they would stop producing the MMR vaccine. They cite the backlash of anti-vaccine groups as the reason. The president of the company, in a public statement said that it was just too hard to compete with hollywood, the internet, and poor medical research and the company’s bottom line had taken a hit. He further went on to say, “that because of the negative backlash that he was actually afraid for his life. The guerrilla techniques of these special interest groups had caused the company to lose over $2million in inventory over the last FY. We were just trying to create a product that would save children from a horrible affliction based on medical evidence. I guess we were wrong. Thankfully these groups are out here protecting the youth of the world” He even questioned the validity of the immunization. When asked if the reason for the recent outbreaks of measles in the U.S. was a direct result of parents not vaccinating their kids, he responded, “well, that’s your opinion, dude. I’m going to take the opinion of my wife’s third cousin, twice removed aunt who read an article on the internet that said vaccinations didn’t protect kids and actully caused more harm.” When asked for the source, he looked dumbfounded, started waving his hands around, and changed the topic.

In a show of support, many celebrities, tv “doctors/scientists”, and professional medical advice googlers lined the stage as the president made his statement. Interestingly none of the supporters were actual medical professionals, researchers, or health-care providers. The lone dissenter in the crowd was a scientist who had been studying and improving the vaccine for decades. He yelled out this was a mistake to which the president responded by putting his fingers in his ears and yelling I can’t hear you. Security removed the man before the crowd turned on him and beat him for being close minded and “un-educated” in scientific matters.

On a side note, most of this story is made up. Thanks for playing along today.

However, on a more serious note, vaccinate your kids. Preventable diseases are occuring in the world. Protect your kids by getting them vaccinated. There’s a lot of stuff in the world that can hurt them, a preventable disease shouldn’t be one of them.