Monthly Archives: January 2010

It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Whether you see time as a naturally occurring force, a convention of man, or just the unforeseeable perpetuator of those unwanted wrinkles and age-related developments, there is no denying that time dictates our lives more than any one influence. Clocks, watches, calendars, the atomic clock, day planners, PDAs, cell and smart phones, all contribute to the confirmation of navigating the preset standard of our daily lives. Tools of organization and predictability add order and structure to a world that is far beyond predictable and is nowhere near orderly.

Time robs us. There is a perpetual cycle that takes from us but also gives back as well. Sometimes it heals us. There is no telling where it will lead us. As best as we can understand, there is a finite longevity to our lives.

There are 1440 minutes in a day. For someone with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) there is no knowing when or how long your medicines are going to work for or last. It is a disease that forces patience and relinquishing of control. Stress, lack of sleep, commotion and noise, being rushed, daily hustle and bustle, and crowds effect even the healthiest of people but someone with a neurological disorder like PD is most likely unable to function well when exposed to one or more of these stressors.

There was a time when society believed that good things came to those who wait and that patience was a virtue. Now, fast is best. Fast has become the staple of the Western diet and is quickly invading the rest of the world. Speed is king.
Maybe the journey is as important as the destination. It is so easy to miss the little lessons that are thrown our way, every day. In a world of constant flux, on-demand gratification and throw-away everything, it is only natural to wonder if the affliction of PD is the result of the demands and taxing of a weakened immune system.

The harder we push, the harder the stress and negativity that comes with our need for rapid results pushes back. Some systems may be predisposed to accommodate for the frenzied pace, but many of us are not. Are we on a collision course for neurological disaster from stress and pressure?

Picture by Karl Robb

TrendWatch – Part 1

BG Sunset by Karl Robb

BG Sunset by Karl Robb

Our Western culture values a puzzling menagerie of unrelated and diverse topics. The slow death of our nightly news continues as it selectively chooses the carnage and distress from every corner of the world. We as the public beg for more technical intervention to fill in the gaping holes that the standard press leaves. Our fascination or albeit obsession with ghosts, fallen or downtrodden celebrities, looking good, wealth, and cooking are slowly being satisfied by a cable channel for every topic. If there isn’t a cable channel, an XM/Sirius radio station, a Blog on the web, or an app for your Iphone that isn’t devoted to it, your topic probably holds little or no social importance.

In the early 90’s I pitched a dozen new television concepts that had yet to be seen on any major television network. The representative from the production company seemed to show interest in my novel pitches but failed to make anything happen. My favorite of the shows focused on what is now the hottest and most mainstream of accepted shows, ghosts and the paranormal.

Now, almost 20 plus years later, in 2010, there are over a dozen shows dealing with ghosts and the paranormal. Here are most of the major ones: Most Haunted, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, Ghostly Encounters, Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Academy, A Haunting, The Haunted, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Psychic Kids, not to mention Crossing Over with John Edward and many other psychic-related shows that are semi-associated to this rant.

By now you either think that I am high on my soapbox, trying to flaunt my self-proclamation of being a visionary, that I am crying in my beer, or that I am embittered and mad at the world for not receiving my 15 minutes or the millions that no-good no-talent celebrities get for shaking their liposuctioned booty.

I am none of these. Novelty and creativity are important ingredients to the soup of success but that’s all they are. Timing is an essential key. Receptivity and knowing the right people are two other ripe elements that make for a deal.

Our lives can change or fluctuate in a second. I truly believe that when a door closes a window can open. I also believe that as hard as some of the things that we are forced to endure at times in our lives, that if we are able to stand back and dissect our situation, there is a lesson or message for us. The message that I get from this trend watch and memory is that maybe we don’t always get what we want when we want it but maybe we get what we want when we need it.

Goodbye 2009

The past year was an odd and difficult year. It was a year of hope and changes. Some of those changes were on the right track but many have yet to show any signs of fruition.

Below is my summary of 2009 for me and so many people around the globe. Below my poem is a photo of one of the Gerber daisies that I gave my Mom just before she passed.

I will not miss 2009
For what it took from me and mine

The year that stole the near and dear
A year of hope yet filled with fear

2009 cost many so much
Lives and money- still in war’s deadly clutch

May 2010 bring back this planet
Calm the burning fire and not just fan it

Ease the torment and quell the world’s suffering
Protect the planet and give it a buffering

May we see peace and a coming together
Care for our people, the animals, Nature and weather

Without change all we are left with is hope
As our world changes it gets harder to cope

Only time will tell just what is our future
Will our wounds heal and close up the suture?

–Karl Robb Jan. 2010

The Last Flower

Gerber Daisies for Mom

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