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Letters from Steve Jobs

Photo courtesy of Forbes

Being an Apple fan – I mean a MAJOR Apple fan (thanks to work, friends and Christmas presents I am proud to be using a MacBook Pro, iMac, iPhone 4, itouch, a few ipods lying around, but no iPad yet or iPhone 4S. My dream is to actually own them all one day.) – I find it entertaining when listeners would call the radio show and talk about how ruthless Steve Jobs was.

Now, those same anti-Apple/Jobs listeners can see a rare and sensitive side of Jobs, and more ruthlessness from him, too.

CNN tech writer Mark Milian has compiled many emails between Jobs and his consumers, or consumers of AT&T. You can purchase the book, Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple’s Steve Jobs, on Amazon for only $2.99.

It’s Apple related, so I just bought mine.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Social Media & Business

 

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What we can take away from Penn State, child sex abuse cases

A few years ago I was sitting in a temple prep class (it’s a Mormon thing) when the man giving the lesson told us the story of his childhood. He had been raped and sexually abused. At the end of his story he told the small group that when he walks into a room and speaks to people, he can tell which of the others in the group had also been sexually abused as a child.

I felt like he was looking right at me.

Maybe he knew, maybe he didn’t. I don’t know that I’ve really kept it a secret the last few years, but I’ve never publically announced it. I’m getting ready to, however. Not because I feel like I’ve been holding this deep dark secret, but because I feel like my story helps others.

The recent news of football coaches and other authorities at Penn State covering up, or covering their eyes, to child rape and sex abuse has others coming out to tell their stories.

(And just because I really need to throw my opinion in here: I think the focus should be on Mike McQueary and not Joe Paterno, who should never hold a position of authority again. How he could WATCH a child being raped and not immediately stop it. To make matters worse, he waited till the next day to tell anyone, and it wasn’t even the police. I don’t care what the laws say or how terrified the man was of losing his job – he is one of the many people responsible for allowing child sex abuse to continue. Every person involved should feel ashamed and disgusted with himself or herself. There is nothing more precious in this world than our children. If you allow them to be abused by monsters, realize how you are shaping our future. And I hope Sandusky rots in hell.)

In light of the news, Goldie Taylor decided to tell her story on CNN of how she was raped by a teacher at her high school. She had never said it publicly. Based on her comments, I feel that she may have been ashamed and felt guilty for what had happened to her. I sympathize with her completely. I’ve been there.

But I don’t fully agree with everything she said last night.

goldie taylor tells her story

I was sexually abused as a child. In a book I am writing about the dangers of allowing children to come in contact with pornography, I open with my story. It’s a story that may greatly upset those close to me and those who always wondered what skeletons I was hiding in my closet. Don’t we all have them?

But I have learned from sharing my story with individuals, that it brings them a sense of hope. I am not victim. I am not a survivor. I am a warrior. I can choose to “cope” or I can forge ahead passionately and make something incredible of my life.

I made mistakes, lots of them, as a young adult dealing with the pain of being abused as a child. But I chose to leave it behind me. In fact, after counseling, I no longer feel that aching pain inside when I think of the things that happened to me. I don’t feel sorry for myself. I feel sorry for my abusers.

I chose to forgive them for their choices, and I chose to forgive myself for the mistakes I made afterward. It has made me stronger. It has made me a fighter. It has made me a better and more alert parent.

Maybe there are days when I see the childlike Jennifer pushing through, making me scared and vulnerable. And I embrace that part of me because it makes me human, realistic and more willing to accept faults in others.

I still make mistakes. I’m still untrusting in relationships. Some days I am still afraid to let a man get too close. But I control my future. No one holds me back except myself. And that I have full control over. I strive every day to be a better person, mother and worker.

You can, too. Don’t let someone else’s mistakes hold you back.

 
 

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Elmo tells CNN he’d fix Congress with play dates

elmo fixes congress with play dates

Those who know me know that I am huge fan of Elmo. I can’t help it. His laugh gets me every time. I’m that annoying person in the store who always pushes the Elmo talking dolls repeatedly.

But now I have even more of a reason to love Elmo.

Elmo joined CNN’s Erin Burnett to speak up about how he would fix Congress. His answer was surprisingly simple: play dates.

Elmo also suggested that everyone bring their food (a much better idea than taking it from someone else), and that they must all share their food with each other. He then suggested everyone sing together.

(Watch video here)

I told you it was simple. And for a moment, it almost gave me hope. I’m sure that will dwindle the second I watch another GOP debate or an interview where Rick Perry just can’t let go of the birther issue with Obama. (Does Perry have nothing else to run on?)

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Politics

 

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CNN’s LZ Gunderson Attacks Michele Bachmann for all the Wrong Reasons

Women provide a valuable asset to our society, but few find the time to make a difference on a national level. Between career, family, keeping up the house, our side projects and our community organizations, women accomplish things that leave men scratching their heads.

No I’m not bashing on men here. They provide a valuable asset, as well. But I think women go largely unnoticed despite the amount of work they do and skills they provide. Women have a large influence in our society and I think there are men out there who are terrified of women coming into power? Why? Well insecurities aside, maybe it’s because women can tackle 10 projects with expertise and not blink an eye.

I have been paying a bit of attention to Michele Bachmann since she announced she would throw her hat in the ring for the GOP 2012 Presidential elections. Bachmann is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and is the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress (according to Wikipedia).

Bachmann was raised by a single mother after her parents divorced and beat the statistics of becoming “nothing” after being raised in a single parent household. She went to law school, worked for the IRS as an attorney and then left her job to give the ultimate sacrifice – a full time mother. She and her husband were foster parents for 23 children and worked with girls with eating disorders.

As far as I can tell, she doesn’t believe in abortion, helped start a charter school and opposes gay marriage. Oh, and I believe she argued against the completely idiotic light bulb bill. She believes Americans have the right to decide about which light bulbs they want to use – especially since the new ones contain high amounts of mercury.

Light bulbs – sounds silly, right? It is. So why did the bill pass?

Why do I bring all this up? Not because I plan to vote for Bachmann. Ron Paul has got me swayed pretty well for the first time ever.

But because LZ Gunderson, a weekly columnist is at it again. Remember when he called young girls tramps and prostitutes for dressing inappropriately? He had some great points about parents needing to dress their daughters better, but you CANNOT call a girl or woman a tramp or prostitute regardless of what she wears. More on that in a previous column I wrote for Alive! Magazine.

In his new piece on CNN, Gunderson says he just doesn’t get it when it comes to Bachmann. He “gets” Romney (first red flag) but he just doesn’t get Bachmann (second red flag). Hmmm, could it be that Gunderson was the Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and Romney ran a state that allowed gay marriage and won’t pick a dog in that fight despite his claim to follow his Mormon faith? Could it be that Bachmann heavily fights against gay marriage?

Gunderson’s biggest issue in this column seems to be that Bachmann wants to rid the nation of porn (I could give you a dozen links from my newspaper on why porn is so extremely damaging to society.) Is regulating porn (not child porn) the right thing to do?

No, you can’t go against the Constitution and take away people’s rights even when they are stupid and ruining themselves and their family. But that doesn’t stop Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) from trying and I don’t see Gunderson writing a column about him. And following the Constitution certainly hasn’t been working for our current Congress and President

So Bachmann has morals. And you want to slam her because of THAT. I would say right now is probably not the time to rid the government of morals. They need them now more than ever.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Politics

 

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