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Sunday, November 30, 2014

VIew of the Week: Dell Going Private

For this edition of "View of the week" we here @ #Outsiders ran across this insightful analysis from the Dell CFO on the process and the aftermath of having taken the company private.     It is a  good insightful analysis of how a business decides to leave capital markets and in turn work to somehow work to transform itself.   It is interesting how he noted that as a private company, 80% of what he does has not changed:


Friday, November 28, 2014

Thought 4 the Weekend: On Being #Happy & #GivingTuesday & taing the "leap of faith"

As we begin a new month in #outsiders, this courtesy of +Jonathan Huie reflects upon a fabulous View of Life especially as America will be embracing +Giving Tuesday and always have a broad sense of the World--an implicit mission of the "Education" Channel here in Outsiders which is to be Happy: 



Happiness is like a kiss.
You must share it to enjoy it.
- Bernard Meltzer 

Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others.
- Henry Drummond

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama 


The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become, I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

& To remember this on this Thanksgiving Week-End to insure that,

“Laughter is wine for the soul,
laughter soft, or loud and deep,
tinged through with seriousness,
the hilarious declaration made by man
that life is worth living.”

~ Seán O’Casey

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On Being Thankful....

It is the eve of Thanksgiving Week in the United States.    It is a time for us all to step back and remember ever more all that we're thankful for.     As we go "dark" for this Thanksgiving Week on all #Outsider Channels, we wanted to simply say thanks to all who have supported this "labor of love".  We also remain ever so hopeful about our World as we look forward to reflect upon a World that although challenging, it is one to embrace and believe in.

Wishing all the happiest of Thanksgivings....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thought(s) for the Week-End

As the Week-End is Before us, this "snapshot" courtesy of the folks @ Guideposts are ever so timely about the need to hope and stay the course...


Inspirational Roundup 
A look back at the week's top stories

When Prayers Go Unanswered

My spiritual models and mentors keep on praying through it all, persevering.
By Rick Hamlin
“I am so tired of unanswered prayers!” the person wrote to us. “One was almost a yes, we were SO excited, then at the very last minute it was a crushing NO! More tears and heartache! I give up on praying! Thanks for trying!” Read More
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Napkin Notes of Love

Garth Callaghan's fight with cancer is heroic, but it's the love he shares with his daughter that makes his story truly inspiring. 
By Jessica Toomer, New York, NY
“You have cancer.” Three words that can change a life. Three words no one wants to hear. Three words Callaghan has been told four different times. The son of a mortician, Callaghan has spent plenty of time around death, but facing his own expiration date after being diagnosed with Metastatic Kidney Cancer a couple of years ago wasn’t something he could have ever prepared for. Read More
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Miraculous Monarchs

Imagine something weighing less than 1/5 of a penny flying up to 2500 miles!
By Judy Royal Glenn
Around this time every year, millions and millions of Monarch butterflies are arriving in Mexico for the winter. They can’t survive the approaching cold in the north, so they fly south for warmer temperatures and a food source.
Monarchs from central and eastern Canada and those east of the Rocky Mountains make this journey while Monarchs west of the Continental Divide migrate to California. Read More
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

View of the Week: A Brief Snapshot of the History of Haram-al-Sharif/Temple Mount (Source: Haaretz)

As we are witness to the apparent never end cycle of violence in the Middle East, this from the Haaretz of Israel was quite timely to provide a brief history of one of the holliest places for the three major faiths of the World--Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif:


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thought 4 the Week

 You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. 

Mary Pickford (1892–1979) 
Canadian actress
Co-founder of United Artists 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day 2014: Remembering & Reflecting

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thought For the Week: On Faith

What has been done in the name of Religion and Faith has been debated throughout history.   The latest out of Nigeria underscores how the issue of faith has been hijacked for such tragic ends.   Th admonition from the Dalai Lama should be remembered by all:

All major religious traditions

carry basically the same message,
that is love, compassion and forgiveness.
The important thing is they should
be part of our daily lives.

Will we see that day?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

View of the Week: On Character (Courtesy of Success Magazine)

For this edition of the "View of the Week" in the Education Road Channel, we wanted to feature this received from team at Success Magazine which we hope all enjoy:

October 7, 2014
7 Steps to Shaping Great Character
7 Steps to Shaping Great Character
How would you describe your nature or disposition? If you’re like most, it’s difficult to explain. Your disposition is one part of the complex entity we call character. Here, speaker and top-selling author Brian Tracy helps explain the ambiguity of character and gives you ways to cultivate a respectable one.

Try these seven steps to help develop your personal character:

1. Decide your high-level values. What is character? Your character is the degree to which you live your life consistent with high, life-enhancing values. A person who lacks character is one who compromises on higher-level values, such as honesty, integrity, etc., in favor of lower-order expedience. Your adherence to what you believe to be right and true is the real measure of the person you have become to this moment.

2. Define what “excellence” means to you. Understand exactly what your definition of excellence is. Here’s an example of one definition: “I set the highest standards for myself in everything I do. I do my very best in every situation and under all circumstances. I constantly strive to be better in my work and as a person in my relationships. I recognize that excellence is a lifelong journey, and I work every day to become better and better in everything I do.”

3. Organize your actions. Once you understand your high-level values, develop a clear organizing principle for your actions. Set a standard by which you can evaluate your behavior and create a framework within which you can make decisions. If you have a measuring rod against which you can compare yourself in everything you do, you can grade your activities, such as family, work, friendships, etc., in terms of “more” or “less.” Have a clear target to aim at and organize your actions around.

Discover 4 more steps to help you define and live according to your personal values.

Friday, November 7, 2014