The Inspiration Nation

July 4, 2008

Revisiting Marvin Gaye’s Star Spangled Banner on this 4th of July 2008

Filed under: Events, Miscellaneous Ramblings, Politics — tshombe @ 6:43 pm

This time last year, I read Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."  It’s a recurrent theme in American politics, this idea of freedom for her citizens.

When we talk about notions of freedom and citizenry, inevitably other profound issues also come up, like nationhood, politics, privilege, and now more than ever, what it means to be patriotic in its many forms.

Whatever your views on these, and however they play out in your life and your conversations today (and any day), I wanted to share with you (perhaps you’ve already heard it) Marvin Gaye’s live rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States of America.

It’s the most beautiful rendition I’ve ever heard.

February 25, 2008

Honoring Ric Weiland, philanthropic in life and in death

Filed under: Miscellaneous Ramblings — tshombe @ 6:00 pm

Ric.jpgBefore last night, I’d never heard of Ric Weiland.  The same of course cannot be said of Paul Allen and Bill Gates.  Yet, Ric Weiland was highly instrumental in the launching of software giant, Microsoft.

Unfortunately, Weiland died by his own hand in 2006 (gunshot to the head), ultimately succumbing to the clinical depression with which he was plagued.  He was 53 years old.

A quiet philanthropist, he remains so in his death, having bequeathed $160 million to charity, $65 million of which will go to Seattle-based Pride Foundation.

The story released just yesterday is an inspiring one, which you can read by clicking HERE.  Access the full media release, including Ric’s bio, images of Ric, yesterday’s press release and complete details of his generous gift by clicking HERE.

What a wonderful example of giving Weiland exemplified during his life, which will be memorialized after his death for many years to come via this enormous gift that amounted to the majority of his estate.

Ric Weiland is survived by his partner, Mike Schaefer of Seattle, and many nieces and nephews. 

I pause (and hope you will, too) for a silent moment to honor this great man who on some level did not know and honor his own tremendous greatness.


image of Ric Weiland, released by the Pride Foundation of Seattle

February 23, 2008

We’re all liars and penniless men are depressed

Filed under: Miscellaneous Ramblings, Relationships — tshombe @ 5:00 pm

Sometimes I wonder why people bother to get into relationships at all.

After getting over the shock of reading Donald Trump’s posts about how all of us are liars and how men tend to570415-1367129-thumbnail.jpg
Image by Thomas Hawk, under a Creative Commons license
suffer from depression if their wives make more money than they do, I very nearly vomited all over the computer screen.

Trump cites a study that revealed that during the course of a week, college students lied at least once to almost 40% of the people they interacted with.  In the rest of the population, it was about 33%.

The lies run the gamut in seriousness, but Trump appears to consider them justifiable if the fibbing is meant to protect others or ourselves. 

As for husbands, they actually experience physical symptoms and even clinical depression if their wives make more money than them, especially if the smug brides rub it in!

Pretty ridiculous, if you ask me.

Chad and I have been together for a few days shy of 5 1/2 years.  Unfortunately, I can’t say that we haven’t had our share of heated discussions over money (to say otherwise would be lying, Mr. Trump), but thankfully, it has never been about which of us earned the most.

And, hopefully we haven’t deliberately succumbed to the apparently very human temptation to lie to each other.

In any case, Chad and I are attending an intensive 5-day couples retreat, facilitated by Dov and Renuka Baron, called Quantum Soulmates for Couples (QSC) and we’re very excited.  We’ve been anticipating this event for months now.

Considering the silliness people in relationships get themselves mixed up in, I’m thinking QSC should be required coursework for all couples in (or contemplating) a relationship. 

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