Monthly Archives: March 2013

Posturing

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Posturing WovesFirst published in 2009 by Ron Drobeck

Posturing

In the animal world, there are leaders, followers and, wanna-bees. These groups are necessary for the survival of their species. If there were not hierarchies, there would be chaos. Posturing in groups of animals that live in packs, herds, flocks and, schools, is the way the followers and wanna-bees know who the leader is. The leaders posture confidence, experience, strength of leadership through intelligence, size or a combination of the two. The followers prostrate themselves and show submissiveness in front of the leaders. The strong followers less so and, the wanna-bees challenge and back off. All occasionally have to be reminded whom the leader is or leaders are.

When leaders lose their confidence due to illness or old age, the others can sense the weakness and either by themselves or as a group. All or one challenge the leader for the leader’s position. If the leader can be driven away or killed, the challenger or challengers become the leader and the cycle starts all over again. This is nature’s way to assure family survival by selecting the strongest to lead. It may be days, weeks, months or years, but sooner or later these new leaders will be challenged and will have to prove their leadership abilities over and over until they fail.

It seems, in the human animal world, we have been cursed with a leader trying to show strength by submissiveness. It appears to the wanna- bees as if there is a void in world leadership. Suddenly, we have mouthy little wanna-bees all over the place. Suddenly, respect is gone and we are starting to hear things from the followers like “Maybe the United States should not try to be a world leader. It’s time for the U.S. to step down and let the new “Big Dogs” run the show.”

For decades, the United States has been a leader. We haven’t always led well, but none the less, we have advanced the world’s technologies for ourselves and other nations as they were able. The disadvantage of being the leader is, the wanna-bees are constantly attempting to take the leadership away from you whether they are capable of leading or not. They come at you from all angles. They attack your integrity, destroy your capital, discount your importance and belittle you in front of the other follower countries.

The United States has been taken over by do gooders that are not strong enough to be true leaders. The leader they have chosen to lead them has no worldly experience but, somewhat charismatic. He is an anomaly that has stirred the imaginations of weaker followers. These kinds of leaders do well until the newness wears off and the lack of experience becomes apparent.

By apologizing for the United States and hesitating with military decisions, by failing to show dynamic leadership in times of natural and man-made crisis, other worldly leaders can see the ignorance and weakness. They know how the human world works and will attempt to take over the leadership roles from the prostrating faux leader. Our flank has been exposed and our resolve is now questioned. The major challengers, along with the lesser wanna-bees, are beginning to nip. Soon they will begin to take large chunks.

Sooner or later, we’re going to have to fight our way back to the top of the pack or run. We are going to have to posture ourselves as leaders and beat back the wanna-bees and their false leader as well as the attackers from the other packs.

Can we meet the challenge of the other packs and hold our ground?

Sophomoric third world countries cannot lead. Sophomoric second or first world leaders cannot lead.

Is it time for the United States to take what has been learned in the past and lead the world with intelligence, finesse and grace?

Thank you

My Mother-n-Law’s Buns (recipe)

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My Mother-n-Laws Buns
As interpreted by Ronald D. Drobeck

I had to use the skills I save for those times that require more than the daily survival
trickery and deceit, to pry this recipe from my wife’s family stash.

I also had to promise that the EXACT technique be honored, which explains a few
of the procedural peculiarities from a lady that “shuts on the light”. Also, because
my wife has done so well following my procedural instructions when needed, I
feel obliged to do as she says, as I hope you will too!

We begin:

Combine the following in a medium mixing bowl
1¾ cups scalded milk
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
3 tsp. salt

Blend and then add
5 cups very warm water
Blend in 2 beaten eggs
Followed by 4 cups of All Purpose Flour

Now add:
5 tsp. quick rise yeast (same as 3 pkgs.)
Add more flour
Stir
Let rise for 20 minutes
Add more flour and knead until the sticky is gone (my total is usually 17/18 cups of flour)
Rub dough with oil
Put warm water in a warming bowl
Place the mixing bowl on the warming bowl and cover with a light dish towel
Let rise to almost overflowing the bowl
Knock down
Recharge the warm water in the bottom bowl
Let the dough rise to almost overflowing the bowl
Cut off 2” balls from the dough ball (sharp knife or pastry shears)

At this point, I was told that my Mother-n-Law’s Buns require an artful, touchy,
feely caress to achieve a consistent and desired result!

Knead each ball from the outside edge under, outside edge under

Space the 2” dough balls on a greased or sprayed cookie sheet
Let rise for two hours (covered with a light towel)
Pre-heat the oven to 400° when within 15 minutes of baking
Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until golden brown

These buns freeze well, and when warmed in a microwave correctly, taste, feel, and
smell as if fresh from the oven. I’ve used them for Sloppy Joes, egg salad
sandwiches, and sopping up gravy, but my favorite way to eat these is with peanut
butter and butter! Enjoy….rdd

A Salute to Writers

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thCAT4447ELook around. Everything you see, other than nature’s creations, was conceived, designed, developed and finally, manufactured by humans. In the beginning, it was one of these artists that began the process.

The hunters and the gatherers, to stay warm and feed the family, are driven to find the best hunting grounds and must see over that next hill. The need for shelter drives them to find a better cave or invent a better shelter. The instinct to survive creates group support and encourages communication and language. They literally wrote on the walls!

I’m saluting the people that communicate through the written word. Painters and sculptors communicate in their own style. A writer’s creation reflects their interpretation of something on his or her mind. This makes finished item original and easily distinguished from other writer’s creations.

So it is with writers.

If someone is needed to describe a pre-historic shelter or explain a painting or sculpture, a writer is found. If someone wants to sell a painting or statue, a different kind of writer is needed. What about the story of the artist’s life. Maybe it needs a novelist? How about a story about the knight and the dead dragon in the painting? A fiction/fantasy writer would be required.

A genre has specialists with their own recognizable styles. The variables of talent, sense of humor, timing, and more, take the scale of variables “to infinity and beyond!” Now compound this by the number of genres and you would think that the number of outstanding reading creations would be so large, we would never have to read the same book twice, see the same movie over, and Hollywood would have scripts lined up for the next fifty years.

Not so! Movie marquees constantly advertise a redo of The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, Frankenstein, or Journey to the Center of the Earth for instance. There are many, many more. Redoes work sometimes because new minds have never seen the original of these classics and, if they don’t read, never get to know these stories unless they go to the theater. But, the remakes are being marketed to these people for the second and third time. Why?

With the economy struggling, and the cost of making a first rate feature so high, movie companies don’t want to take the risk and spend a bundle of money on a loser. They believe the tried and true will make a buck without rolling the dice. They just don’t get those ‘knock your socks off’ stories anymore, so they have no choice.

I maintain there is a shortage of imaginative writers in that industry. That industry is a closely knit group, and as I mentioned, follow extremely rigid formats.

I salute the author that can break those barriers, and become successful in that industry. The time is ripe for the skillful and imaginative writer to submit the next Toy Story, Star Wars, or The Princess Bride.

Okay, so I have high aspirations!

If you are a writer that does not have these “high aspirations”, and your words are a release of some sort, I salute you also. What an inexpensive cathartic! You have discovered that creating satisfies a primal survival instinct.

Could it be the hunter maybe? A gatherer for certain!