Make It Count: Issue #2

da | Giu 4, 2022 | Libri di natale | 0 commenti

A number of years ago I was driving in my blue Chevette down Highway 84 towards Boise, Idaho. Santa Claus was in the passenger seat. He stroked his snow white beard and with a twinkle in his eye offered an observation from his eighty plus years of experience:
“There are really only two types of people in the world,” Santa said in a serious tone, “those who entertain and those who just want to be entertained.” Then he turned and looked out the window at the sagebrush-laced high desert scenery. His words hung in the air and I have never forgotten his pronouncement. I still smile to myself on how insightful those words were and of course, being such a renowned judge of character, Santa would know.
In this case Santa Claus, a.k.a Art Yensen, was a highly active retired teacher, sometime actor, cartoonist, philiosopher, writer, sculptor, and for over twenty-five years the Santa Claus at the Nampa Shopping Center Mall. He’d even written a book, as Santa Claus, relating his quarter-of-a-century personal experience on the job. Generations of Idaho children assumed that old Art, in his ever present white beard and larger-than-life presence, really was Santa. Visiters to his home in the “off season” would see that familiar red suit on a hook, always ready for action. Art was clearly in the Entertainer category; he made things happen.
Santa had really zeroed in on an ultra-valuable approach to living. We can choose to make our life count. We can make things happen by being pro-active and making our own breaks or we can just sit around and expect to be entertained. Which approach we decide to take really determines how our life experience will unfold. That’s really what this magazine is about. We can choose to “Make It Count.”
In this issue Trenton Shwartzer and Russ Holt discuss alcohol and the effects it can have on society. Trenton, in his work as an EMT-firefighter, has seen what drinking and driving can do up close and personal. It’s not a pretty picture. Shwartzer knows what he’s writing about: he’s been a police recruit, security officer, and even a bounty hunter. He comes by his observations on the party scene the hard way. 
The feature article “Rhinestones and Rodeo Dust” is a retro feature/update on Andrea Schlapia whose father was killed by a drunk driver when Andrea was still a child. I met Andrea in the 90s while I was working on a rodeo/Western lifestyle photography project. She handled a horse like an expert and just narrowly missed being crowned Miss Rodeo America, finishing first runner up in big-time Rodeo’s most  prestigious and glamorous pageant competition. Years later, still stunning as ever, Andrea now owns her own company and is a highly respected speaker, published author, consultant and coach in the financial industry. She’s currently pursuing her Ph.D degree in Human and Organizational Psychology. Industry associates call her “The Velvet Hammer.”
Another old friend who made a contribution to this issue is Jeff McCann, a guitar wizard and professional musician from Alberta, Canada. When not writing, singing, or producing music, Jeff has found time to develop a unique approach to counter the problem of “bullying” in today’s youth culture. Jeff combats the bully problem by encouraging creativity. He reasons that we are so absorbed in today’s hi-technology conveniences that we are not utilizing our right brain potential, the section that controls creativity. Creativity builds self-esteem and Jeff’s “Bully Proofing” workshops put a valuable perspective on the issue.
In her article “Too Tough for Your Own Good” Dr. Rene Drumm gives her take on the bully problem. When we stop and think about it— why do we feel we can build ourselves up by putting other people down? There’s something very backwards about that. Treating people like we ourselves would like to be treated still sounds like a good idea. Perhaps we’ve forgotten about the value, uniqueness, and beauty of an individual. •  —Ed Guthero,  Editor/Art-Director/Designer
Published quarterly in the United States • © Ed Guthero 2018

By Ed Guthero

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