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A Friend Sent the Link to This Song (on youtube)

Her note said, “This reminds me very much of you – in so many ways.  You may already know it.” You know I HAD to listen after a comment like that.

Simple and To the Point

The song is simple. It’s probably in the “I wish I’d thought of that!” category. Why didn’t I write that song? 🙂 Apparently it struck home with a LOT of people. She had a million youtube views in the first month it was posted. Wow!

Who Wrote the Song?

Wendy Francisco wrote GoD and DoG.

What About Her Family?

Funny you should ask. Her husband sings in the Jesus Music category: Don Francisco. Her daughter Annie Brooks is a folk singer.

How Can You Learn More About Them?

Here are some of their web pages:

Wendy Francisco
Don Francisco
Annie Brooks

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I Should Write A Book

I should do a lot of things. Writing a book is right up there with cleaning out my car and preparing a lunch to take to work tomorrow. I rarely make much progress. I like to write. I like to have food for lunch. I like to ride in a clean car. What I do better than anything is procrastinate. (sigh)

Jackson and Greene Made It Happen

Whatever else these two men had on their ‘to do’ lists, they managed to put writing this book at the top of their list for the required amount of time. Now, they have an article on Huffington Post based on the book.

I Agree With Some of What They Say

I don’t know how practical or possible it is for people to be their own bosses, but I do know that when you work for another person or company you give up much of your autonomy.  You do what you are required to do in your job. You answer to the ones who write your paycheck.  This reality has its good points and its bad points. I believe in having a good work ethic and doing your job well. But, that is not what “The 50th Law” is about. It is about working for yourself and controlling your own life.

Master of Your Own Fate

The 50th Law addresses why you need to be the master of your own fate.  I’m sure I could spend a few hours reading it and nodding my head. I have not had the courage or confidence to strike out on my own and be my own boss.  I have only imagined that world, and I have not imagined it enough to make it a reality.  But, the reality is that most of us stay in work where we work for others, because of the ‘security’ it provides.

Collaboration and Team Work vs Independence and Self-Reliance

In times like these, when so many people are unable to find work, there is no real job security. Maybe this is a good time for a book like this which encourages us all to look within and depend on our own ingenuity.  It’s a little difficult for me, because I’m currently working with the ‘team player’ and ‘collaboration’ way of thinking and working. So, I don’t know that this book fits my life at this time. But, for those who need that extra nudge to find the inner strength and confidence that would enable them to be their own boss, here are a few lines from the article about the book.

Excerpts from the Article about “The 50th Law”

Make Everything Your Own

When you work for others, you are at their mercy. They own your work; they own you. Your creative spirit is squashed. What keeps you in such positions is a fear of having to sink or swim on your own. Instead you should have a greater fear of what will happen to you if you remain dependent on others for power.

You came into this life with the only real possessions that ever matter — your body, the time that you have to live, your energy, the thoughts and ideas unique to you, and your autonomy. But over the years you tend to give all of this away. You spend years working for others — they own you during that period.

Before it is too late, you must reassess your entire concept of ownership. It is not about possessing things or money or titles.  True ownership can only come from within.

Think of it this way: dependency is a habit that is so easy to acquire. We live in a culture that offers you all kinds of crutches — experts to turn to, drugs to cure any psychological unease, mild pleasures to help pass or kill time, jobs to keep you just above water. It is hard to resist. But once you give in, it is a like prison you enter that you cannot ever leave. You continually look outward for help and this severely limits your options and maneuverability.

Before it is too late, you must move in the opposite direction. You cannot get this requisite inner strength from books or a guru or pills of any kind. It can only come from you. It is a kind of exercise you must practice on a daily basis — weaning yourself from dependencies, listening less to others’ voices and more to your own, cultivating new skills.

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H1N1 Haiku (Politiku) On Huffington Post

Susanna Speier just activated her H1N1 Politiku post on Huffington Post.

She Asked People to Write Political Haiku (Politiku) About H1N1

So, I did, of course. I wrote lots of H1N1 haiku.

She Posted This One

My job required it.
I had to get the vaccine.
Ohhhh, I hate needles!

The Rest Are Here

Here are the rest of my haiku pieces about H1N1.


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Write H1N1 Political Haiku

A friend just sent me an email asking people to submit haiku about H1N1.

My First Time to Respond

She sends me these things all the time. Usually, a writer is looking for someonen to interview about a specific topic. So, I move on to another email. But, this time was different.

I Like Haiku

Here is what I have to say about Haiku.

It’s fun. It’s easy.   << 5 syllables
There’s really nothing to it.  << 7 syllables
Write in a rhythm.  << 5 syllables

Would You Like to Participate?

Here is the information my friend emailed:

31)Summary: Looking for epidemiologists and medical professionals with literary inclinations
Name: Susanna Speier
Category: Health/Fitness
Email: susanna AT susannaspeier DOT com
Title: H1N1 Politiku
Media Outlet: Huffington Post
Deadline: 01:11pm PACIFIC – 15 November
Query: Looking for epidemiologists and medical professionals with literary inclinations to write an original Politiku (political haiku) about the H1N1
epidemic for my The Huffington Post Politiku column. Deadline is November 15th Additional info available on my website:

Here is the link for the post requesting submissions of H1N1 haiku:

H1N1 Politiku – call for submissions

Here Are My H1N1 Haikus

I wrote a lot of them after reading the email. Then, when I went to the web page, I saw that she only wanted one per person. Aw 😦   So, I wrote one in response to one that was already posted:

To Elizabeth (Teacher of Epidemiology. Thwacker of vaccine alarmists),

Your haiku is sharp
Stings like a shot in the arm.
Immunize us all.

Then, I posted the ones I wrote after learning about the request for H1N1 haiku:

Hi Susanna, A friend told me about your project, and I wrote these haikus before coming to this page (and seeing your one-haiku rule). You can pick the one you want to post.

H-1-N-1 hmmmm
At first, it was called swine flu
Now, we call it BAD!

No children in here!
Hospital won’t allow it.
Might bring/take swine flu.

My job required it.
I had to get the vaccine.
Ohhhh, I hate needles!

No longer winter
Now it comes in springtime, too!
and summer and fall

Old and sick feared flu
They were the ones who might die
Fear now for children

What a bad virus
How can we protect ourselves?
Wash hands well, often

No one sneezed near me
Must have rubbed eyes/nose after
I touched a doorknob

What a topic, this!
H-1-N-1 writes itself
Live and breathe haiku

Oh, how sad this is.
All because of a pig (not!)
So many have died

How can we do it?
Wash hands. Soap, water. Often.
Please protect yourself

Water, green veggies
Vitamins C and D, too
And, get enough sleep!

Staying well, healthy.
This is my goal this winter.
No H-1 for me!

I should not worry.
I worry for those I love
And, those you love, too!

Time to wash my hands,
Eat well, drink enough water
And, get enough sleep.

This flu began small
Quickly it spread far and wide

I was on a roll, so I wrote one more:

Her rules: Submit One.
Did I follow her rules? No.
I submitted all

Why Will My Politikus (political haikus) Not Qualify?

This is who she wanted to write for her column:

Are You a Scientist or a Heath Policy Expert?

If you’re an expert on this topic, I’d love to feature your Politiku along with a Tweet length bio, specifying your expertise to supplement.

You’ve Read Mine Here, Now Read The Rest

Read her request for H1N1 Haiku, and read the ones people have submitted. Then, watch for Susanna Speier’s column on Huffington Post, and read about the medical professionals, educators, scientists and health policy experts who participated.

[UPDATE: November 19, 2009 The H1N1 Politiku piece is now up on Huffington Post.]

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Gretchen Rubin on Huffington Post

I read about The Happiness Project over at Huffington Post. Gretchen Rubin writes about it every so often. She’s writing a book about happiness. To research this subject, she tested theories about happiness. And, she writes about it all in her blog.

Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Epiphany – Happiness Projects for Everyone

The Happiness Project

I’m working on a book, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT–a memoir about the year I spent test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study I could find, whether from Aristotle or St. Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT will gather these rules for living and report on what works and what doesn’t. On this daily blog, I recount some of my adventures and insights as I grapple with the challenge of being happier. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT will hit the shelves in late 2009 (HarperCollins).


Here are two tidbits from the sidebar on Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project page:

My earth-shattering happiness formula.

  • To be happier, you need to think about FEELING GOOD, FEELING BAD, and FEELING RIGHT, in an atmosphere of growth. Clunky, but it works.

My second ground-breaking insight into happiness.

  • One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

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Dare to Dream Big!

It’s much too easy in life to become comfortable with what IS, even if it is not what we dream for ourselves.

Why settle for less when we can dream of more?

I don’t mean money or possessions, although I don’t see any problem with wanting more and working to reach that goal. But, I think of dreams in terms of personal best and ideas that inspire us and fill our hearts with passion for life.

Impossible To Inevitable: Dare To Dream Big (And 5 Tips To Get You Started!)

Dr. Judith Rich posted this article on Huffington Post back in the winter when the summer was only a dream.  I have a friend who hates self-help books and articles. But, I like to read anything that will inspire me or encourage me to dream big dreams and do all that I can to reach those dreams.

Read the entire article on Huffington Post

Impossible To Inevitable: Dare To Dream Big (And 5 Tips To Get You Started!)

Here are the 5 tips:

Dr. Judith Rich

Posted February 24, 2009 | 09:55 AM (EST)

5 tips to help you get started:

1) Find something tangible that represents your dream.

2) Create a sacred space

3) Declare your dream to a community of kindred spirits who will say “yes”

4) Don’t be attached to how you get there.

5) Be willing to do whatever it takes.

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Impossible To Inevitable: Dare To Dream Big (And 5 Tips To Get You Started!)

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The conceptualizing of it must have been a lot of fun. The actual making of it was probably lengthy and tiresome. But, it makes a neat effect.

Her Morning Elegance

The woman is in bed, presumably sleeping, and she travels through her entire day, on her mattress. You have to see it.

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