I think I have been fairly naive about politics for a very long time. I thought it had mostly to do with public policy and the greater good. How silly! Politics is actually nothing mor or less than a viciously competitive team sport. There are the R’s and the D’s and the battle is raging. Press play to see how that plays out.
Mr. President, I have just again listened to your victory speech from 2016 from the night you learned that you were the President-elect. You said some very hopeful things in that speech and let us know that you had great plans for our country. You said a couple of things that I think need revisited. You seemed to have promised more than you are delivering, more than you seem to have any intention to deliver. Maybe its just too much to expect, but I think you and I should chat about it.
Okay, I know that’s not going to happen. You are way too busy to have little chats with retired liberals in Ohio. Since I’m not likely to be able to share my concerns with you, I am sharing them with listeners to Personal Point Of View (PPOV). If you happen to have a few minutes to listen, just press play and we can pick that bone together.
In this episode of Personal Point Of View (PPOV), I tackle one of the great prompts of all time. In 500 years…. There you go. How do you finish the sentence?
As it turned out, the prompt took me to places that surprised me. What at first seemed like way too much of a climb was actually an opportunity to think about what I think truly matters, really makes a difference. I hope you enjoy thinking about 500 years from now with me.
In this episode of PPOV, I am picking up on my quest to get over my little case of stage fright. I use two prompts from my iPhone app and spend a while exploring how they play out for me. When I’m older… prompts me to consider how real getting older actually is. The same pondering is prompted by, “If I were taller….” Perhaps you will want to listen to see if you agree with my perspective or have an alternative perspective of your own.
Do you have stage fright? To my surprise, I have concluded that I am having a little case of what I can only call stage fright. It’s not a fear of speaking to a large group or anything like that for me. My stage fright is new and only kicks in when I sit down to make a PPOV podcast.
It’s not talking to you that sets off my anxiety. Rather, it is merely talking into the open microphone. Since I really want to talk to you, I need a plan for Getting Over Stage Fright. Although I have been putting it off, I have concluded that the only cure is to podcast.
This episode and likely the next few will be for me. I am going to push through it. My stage fright is preventing me from podcasting. That is simply not acceptable. I need to just get over it.
Perhaps you will choose to join me during the cure. If not, I will understand. Please check back in a few weeks. By then, I should be cured. If you choose to join me for the journey, stay tuned. The trip should be interesting, at least interesting to those of us whexperience a little stage fright now and then.
Do you know about Hogfare? That’s welfare of sorts for hogs and those who spend their time raising hogs. It’s a generic kind of welfare program that includes other crops and farmers but is nonetheless free money. Please hit play and hear my personal point of view on Hogfare.
In this episode of PPOV: Personal Point Of View, the title tells the story. 2,000 Maltreated Children. The point to the story is the children, but who is maltreating those young people is perhaps as alarming as the maltreatment of the children. We are doing it. If we have a government of the people and we are the people, we are the villains in the story. Shame on us.
I have been thinking about doing this episode of PPOV for a while now. The problem was that I seemed to be all thought and no talk. To get past that stuck place, I opened the mike and got started. The start was a little rough but it picked up as I got into talking about what I had just been thinking about.
I had been thinking about tariffs and all of the hoopla they seem to be generating recently. The main generator seems to be President Trump. I also notice that everyone I listen to seems to either be a cheerleader or a critic. The problem I am having is that I hear no shortage of opinion but very little in terms of supporting facts either way.
That’s what I focus on in this episode of PPOV. Have a listen and see if it rings any bells for you.
Welcome to the first episode of PPOV: a podcast where Personal Point Of View matters, at least it matters to you and me.
In this initial episode, I discuss the plans for the podcast. My plan is to discuss current events, ideas and concepts, and other notions on which most of us have a personal point of view. Usually this aligns with the popular point of view but sometimes does not.
I like to think about events, ideas, and popular points of view and wonder what it might mean if our ideas, opinions and the popular point of view were wrong. Are there other ways of understanding and thinking about the world around us?
In this episode, I use Roseanne’s getting fired as an example of the approach of the PPOV podcast. Was there a better way of responding to what even Roseanne agrees was a terrible lack of judgment on her part? I think there may have been.
I hope you enjoy this episode and that you choose to join me for future editions of PPOV. Please subscribe and share the podcast with a friend you think may enjoy my rather offbeat way of thinking about things.