All It Takes Is Inspiration

I have been woodworking for several years now. Other than photography it’s the only hobby I enjoy. I have an older used lathe that helps me make some oddball creations.

Over the course of the past few years I haven’t really felt like turning any wood. I haven’t carved anything, I haven’t made anything because, well, I just haven’t felt inspired. Until tonight.

Gidget was watching a documentary on PBS, Emile Norman: By His Own Design. She called me into the room to see some of the pieces he created, and I was stunned. Actually, I was floored. He was a creative genius, and lived his life doing what he loved. Creating art.

I was immediately inspired by his attitude, his outlook on life, and most of all, the meticulous detail in his work. For the first time in two years I know what I want to do the next time I walk out to the garage (other than cleaning it so I can get to my woodworking area again). I have so many ideas in mind I think I am going to have to write them all down in my moleskine so I don’t forget.

I watched the entire documentary with Gidget, and was awe-struck. I told her I was going to be upset if they told us he had died at the end of the documentary. It’s not often that one person can inspire another just by telling their own story. When we finished watching the show, I immediately searched his name on the Internet. I wanted to see more of his work, because the inspiration from seeing the works on the documentary were like a drug and I wanted more.

Emile Norman died on September 24th, 2009 from natural causes. He was 91. Emile Norman was a painter, a sculptor, who had a passion for life, art, nature and freedom. I am sure he inspired everyone he met. He has truly inspired me and it won’t be long until I post something here for you to see. Who knows, you may even be able to tell what it is on first glance.

They weren’t teaching me what I needed to know. Art is an individual thing… you can’t learn it from a book.
Emile Norman

The Reality Of Broken Promises

When it comes to politics, I never expect the candidates to uphold all of the promises they make while on the campaign trail. Call me a realist, but I know it’s impossible for someone who has no idea what the job will entail to make promises on how they will do that job before they actually get it.

Presidential candidates have no idea what it really means to be President of the United States until they win the election and are brought up to speed on what’s really going on in the world. There is no other job in the world that can help them prepare for their first national security briefing. They have no idea what it takes to be, or what needs to be done as, president. If they knew what it took they would never want the job in the first place.

Over the course of the past two years we heard three words. They became the focus of Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency.

Hope, change, and inspiration.

For two years Barack Obama promised to fill our lives with hope. He was going to bring new hope and vision to the Oval Office. For two years he promised to bring change to Washington, D.C., he said there would be no more business as usual. He spent two years inspiring people to believe he was the man that would change everything. He inspired enough people to be elected the 44th President of the United States.

Now, reality sets in.

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I Finally Get It!

For months I have said that this presidential election would come down to the candidates’ choice for vice-president. I know, it’s crazy isn’t it? Who bases their choice for President of the United States on that person’s choice in a running mate? I’m not sure if anyone else does, but this year, I do.

I do not like Barack Obama. I never have. With all his talk of hope, change, and inspiration, I have yet to hear him state a single thing he will do that fills me with hope. I have yet to hear him tell me what he is going to change that will actually make things different. I have yet to hear him say anything that inspires me to vote for him. Don’t get mad, I am just being honest.

Now, here’s another tidbit you will love.

I do not like John McCain either. I never have. He has worked hard on the opposite side of many issues that are important to me. For years he has been known as a RINO in Washington. A Republican In Name Only. While it’s true that he has an exemplary record when it comes to some conservative issues, I have a hard time reconciling that record with his record on many issues like illegal immigration and energy.

Both candidates have now chosen their vice-presidential running mates.

Barack Obama chose Joseph Biden, the senator from Delaware. I found nothing hopeful in that decision. Joe Biden has been in Washington since 1972, where is the change? Truth be told, I do not find the Obama-Biden ticket to be inspiring at all.

John McCain chose Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska. And now, I finally get it.

For the past year I have heard Barack Obama talk about hope. I saw that hope today when Sarah Palin walked out and greeted the crowd in Dayton, Ohio. For the first time since this election cycle started I have hope that America might not be going to hell in a hand-basket.

In addition to hope, Barack Obama has spoken of change. Nothing embodies the word change more than Sarah Palin. She is known as a barracuda on the basketball court, and as governor she spent her time cleaning up corruption in the state of Alaska. If any of the candidates, for president or vice-president, represent the true possibility that things can change, it’s her.

It’s an understatement to say that I haven’t been inspired much this election cycle. I threw my support behind Fred Thompson when he announced his candidacy only to find that Fred really didn’t want the job. Since then, I haven’t endorsed a single candidate on the national level, and I had no intention to do so. Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain have inspired me in the slightest, and truth be told, until today I was planning to vote for a third-party candidate. But John McCain chose Sarah Palin and inspired me.

Barack Obama was right. We can have hope for the future. We can change things. We can be inspired. Thank you Senator McCain for choosing Sarah Palin as your running mate.