Friday, February 1, 2013

Methinks the lady doth protest too much...

These men have hidden who they are for political, professional, financial or social reasons.
In maintaining their lies they have damaged countless lives.
What would the world be like if these men, drawn to roles of leadership both public and religious, had been courageous enough to live their lives honestly and openly.
How much better for them?
How much better for all of us?

Published on Jan 31, 2013 by "ConversationWithA" on youtube 
This video takes a look at the anti-gay and homophobic pastors and politicians who turn out to be actually gay themselves. These men are hypocrites who repeatedly discriminated against homosexuals and passed legislation to withhold the rights of gay people. 

The pastors and politicians mentioned in this video are as follows: 
Ted Haggard, George A. Rekers, Richard Curtis, Roy Ashburn, Albert Odulele, Mark Foley, Christopher Lee, Eddie Long, Jim West, Paul Babeu, Ken Mehlman, and Larry Craig.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Scouting Family

Email sent to the National Board of the BSA:

I was a registered scout from the age of 8 through 18 as were both my younger and older brothers. All three of us spent summers first attending and then working for our lo
cal scout camp J.N. Webster. I achieved my Life badge and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow completing vigil and numerous service projects.

Mom, started as a cub scout leader and in the 70's became one of the first women in America to complete advanced leadership training.
"Stand Up Rose" Goodnow became a district leader and was awarded the silver beaver on two occasions. Upon her passing, she was buried in her scouting uniform at her request.

Wally Goodnow, my dad served as scout master and on district committees, also earning a sliver beaver.

My bothers, Wallace and Paul-Steven Goodnow, both Eagle scouts, died tragically while still in their teens; Wallace, murdered in Jacksonville, FL before he was 20 and Paul-Steven in a single car accident driving late night to his job at J.N. Webster as dining hall steward. A plaque was erected memorializing them at the entrance to a campsite at the scout reservation.

I helped to home care Rose through her final illness and took my father Wallace into my home to see him through his, eventually holding his hand as he passed. They remained involved in scouting to the end.

Every five years I take a stand for my family and represent my brother Wallace and his memory at the parole board hearing for the unapologetic man who took his life.

I volunteer as a youth mentor and contribute my services to community and charitable projects often in the name of these family members who have passed.

I am a gay man. The lessons that I learned in scouting and the examples of service and fellowship have helped to make me a good man as well.

Two summers ago, I attended a reunion at J.N. Webster for past staff and campers.
I was greeted by one leader graciously and with much good cheer. Most others made it clear that though they would happily take my financial contribution, they would also prefer that I leave as quickly as possible.
- I was not welcome to assist with service and badly needed maintenance projects.
- My offer to provide assistance with fundraising and marketing (areas in which I have considerable expertise)was firmly rebuffed.
- I have now, apparently, been removed from contact lists for future social gatherings
- Though I asked, none would tell me where the plaque honoring my brothers was so I could pay my respects

I continue to contribute to my community and actively participate in many worthwhile organizations.
…but my heart is heavy when I think of what scouting was and what it has become.

On behalf of my scouting family and in their memory, please change this policy.

Allow your brothers to come home.

Patrick Goodnow
Norwich, CT

A friend sent me this photo

"Stand Up" Rose

Dad, being goofy




Friday, October 19, 2012

Not Fired Up, Just Fired

for the 1st time in well over 20 years, I find myself without a job. My former employer continues to downsize and despite having given exceptional value during my 16 year tenure, my salary was apparently a juicy, juicy target.

Interestingly, I had just submitted a proposal outlining over 20 new sources of revenue using existing resources. Most would cost very little to implement and would substantially enhance the Guest experience.

I'll be curious to see if they actually go forward with any of my ideas. I am happy to say that my team of direct reports, dear friends all, are still employed and may have the opportunity to bring some of these ideas to life. I wish them nothing but the best.

As for my immediate prospects, they are not entirely rosy here in Southeastern Connecticut but I have skills, creativity and a phenomenal work ethic so am generally optimistic. Since the CT real estate market is still in the basement - particularly for condos, it would most decidedly be best to try finding something that will serve as the first step in a career transition somewhat close to my own backyard.

The big question is, what would I really like to do with my time?
  • Bookkeeping?
  • Beekeeping?
  • Professional wrestling?

Luckily, I have resources that allow me to take some time and really consider options. My severance package includes healthcare and will carry me through on full salary until mid to late Spring. Adding 26 weeks of unemployment benefits certainly helps.

If  I can bank a good chunk, then options get even wider, especially if real estate prices begin to move in  a positive direction.

If I can't and they don't...
then please always say yes when I ask if you'd like to super-size your order.

C'mon, my manager could be watching.

"Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it."
Chuck Palahniuk

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Artfully Visualizing our Humanity: Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the "Wilderness Downtown" video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists

One of my favorites from 
"How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists?
If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself
 from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush.
Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills
a single artist is capable of."
Shea does go on a bit at the beginning - but once he gets into showing the work,
my the time do fly!

Shiloh blogs for real!

Have a gander at my new pal Shiloh's blog Context.
I think that you'll be glad that you did.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Visionary Acts through Passion and Innovation

Amit Sood at TED 2011 talks about the evolution and features of The Google Art Project, a work of generosity and vision that provides unprecedented and global access to great museums and works of art from around the world.

I have already spent hours poking about the site.
The collections are, of course, staggering.
The experience of exploration is both miraculous and magical.

Through projects like this one and OLPC, a child in sub-Saharan Africa can be moved to tears by the brush stokes of Van Gogh, then look up to his own starry, starry night and begin to change the world.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Sagan Series: 

Three simply breathtaking videos from NASA featuring the voice and words of Carl Sagan

The Frontier is Everywhere
Life Looks for Life 
A Reassuring Fable

Monday, April 25, 2011

Virtual Choir - Eric Whitacre at TED

See this compelling and remarkable talk by the Eric Witacre, the "Rockstar" of modern classical choral composition.

Sounds like an impossible contradiction, huh?
Well, 'taint

The passion and vision that he brings to this project is simply jaw dropping.

If you are as intrigued as I was, then visit the Virtual Choir site for full length performances, background and upcoming projects.

Also, why aren't you registered for Ted Talks yet?
Didn't I raise you right?

Rabbit Returns

It has been quite some time since my last blogging experience.

I plan for this page to be a record of those things that make me laugh & wonder or rage & wail.

Arts, politics, comedy and observations on the human condition; opinions on all are highly subjective and of course deeply personal.

These are my views. Clever Rabbit says "So, what's it to ya?"