11/14/21 – The Search for Enlightenment

CURRENT EVENTS

The Search for Enlightenment

If you are like me and have been searching for enlightenment for decades, I have found something that has speeded up my search for enlightenment and hopefully yours also.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I read a number of descriptions about this book and found none of them satisfying. However, I cannot provide a better description. So I will just suggest you read this short and very interesting book. 

If you are the kind of person that will give this book a try, I believe you will find it interesting. If you aren’t interested in this book, you made a good decision for you.

God’s Debris

By Scott Adams

ENTERTAINMENT OF THE WEEK

A friend of mine suggested last week that we all go and see Jon Lovitz at the Royal Oak Comedy Castle. Perhaps, you will recall him from his Saturday Night Live days, when the show was actually funny.

What a great entertainer, his material was fresh and he was as good as ever. It has been a while since I’ve been to a comedy club, but I think I am going to start going more often.

Jon Lovitz

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

by Elton John with Kiki Dee

ART OF THE WEEK

Turtle House in Gobi Desert, Mongolia

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

General William B. Rossen

(August 25, 1918 – December 12, 2004)

General Rosson fought in ten campaigns with the 3rd Infantry Division in World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. Wounded in Sicily, he went on to win the nation’s second highest decoration for valor, The Distinguished Service Cross, on the “Anzio Beachhead in Italy.”

He later served on the Army General Staff in the Pentagon, in General Eisenhower’s NATO headquarters in Paris, France, and on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, again in the Pentagon. Troop duty Included command of two Infantry regiments in Germany, and command of the European Airborne Brigade, also in Germany.

General Rosson served four tours in Vietnam covering six years. His assignments included:

  • Commissioned 1940 as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry
  • Battalion Commander with the 3rd Infantry Division, 10 campaigns in Europe
  • Commander, 30th Infantry Regiment, Army of Occupation, Germany, 1945-1946
  • Instructor, Command and General Staff College, 1946-1949
  • Joint War Plans Branch, Army General Staff, Washington, D.C., 1949-1951
  • Plans, Policy and Operations Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied
  • Powers Europe, Paris, 1951-1953
  • Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, 1953
  • U.S. Military Advisory Group Indo-China, 1954
  • Commander, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, Germany, June 1955-June 1956
  • Army Member, Chairman’s Staff Group, Joint Chief of Staff, Washington, D.C., 1956-1959
  • National War College, 1960
  • Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, USAREUR, Germany, 1960-1961
  • Assistant Division Commander and Airborne Brigade Commander, 8th Infantry Division, Germany, 1961-1962
  • Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, for special warfare, 1962-1963
  • Director, U.S. Strike Command Joint Test and Evaluation Tak Force, 1963-1965
  • Chief of Staff, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), 25 June 1965-April 1967
  • Commanding General, Task Force Oregon (later the 23d Infantry (Americal) Division), April 1967-June 1967
  • Commanding General, IFFV 31 July 1967-1 March 1968
  • Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Military Assistance Command Forward, Vietnam (MACV), 1 March 1968-10 March 1968
  • Commanding General, Provisional Corps (later XXIV Corps), Vietnam, 10 March 1968-31 July 1968.
  • Director, Policy and Plans Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., August 1969-April 1969
  • Special Assistant to COMUSMACV, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, April 1969
  • Deputy Commander, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), 1 May 1969-15 October 1970
  • Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Hawaii, 16 October 1970-January 1973
  • Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command, Canal Zone, January 1973 to July 1975

When I was leaving Vietnam to head home to civilian life, I recall General Rosson asking me what I was going to do when I got home. I was 20 years old and had joined the Army when I was 17.

I said, “I think I am going to go to college.”

General Rosson said, “You are going to college.”

When this guy told you to do something you did it. I went to college until I was in my mid-50s.

People did what General Rosson told them to do, not out of fear, but out of respect. I think back and I don’t believe I ever knew a finer person.

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

PHYSICAL TRAITS

Advantage of Temporary Weight Loss

Over Permanent Weight Loss

It is something you might actually achieve.

But for Permanent Weight Loss

Just change one small thing and see how it works.

Once that change becomes a habit,

make another small change.

Little by little you will get to where you want to be.

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS

There is always a reason

why you can’t stand up against or speak out against injustice.

But, I believe in your heart you know the real reason.

LEARNING TRAITS

It has been a while since we have heard from World Famous Chef Ronaldo.

However, he is back and this week is he going to teach us 

how to drink wine.

MISCELLANEOUS

I believe this is pretty much all the media, not just mainstream.

There is so little unbiased reporting today.

My fear is that Marcus Aurelius is correct.

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $7.10

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

25 thoughts on “11/14/21 – The Search for Enlightenment

  1. Some of the posts today are outstanding! What touches me the most about this blog is, it talks about ‘ inner change’, sometimes through serious quotes, at times with funny posts! Have a great week ahead!!🌈

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    • Thank you for commenting Priscilla. Obviously Gen. Rossen had a significant impact on me. One of my life’s many regrets was that I went home instead of signing up for another year under his command. I thought I had so many things to accomplish when I got home–I was mistaken. As for the Turtle House, I did some check and decided it was real, although for some reason I did not pick up on the restaurant aspect of it. If I like something and not sure it is true, I usually add, “If this isn’t true, it should be.” Thanks again for your many comments, I appreciate them.

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  2. I wish my dad would do that trick with the news on social media… He keeps getting so worked up over silly things.
    And I disagree with the Buddha quote. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of enlightenment to be found on Facebook, let alone in arguing with people on there. In fact, I usually feel myself getting more stupid every time I use that platform :p

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  3. Maybe its physical, social character or learning and many more things it’s amazing to read the full post…. …… Sometimes its serious, sometimes funny even motivational.. Great sir.. 👍👍
    Have a good day!!

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  4. Ah, your “can do, will do” spirit makes more sense now! Not that others can’t and don’t have the same spirit without the military, but I’ve found that military folks usually retain that disciplined mind the rest of their lives.

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