Saturday, November 11, 2006

Nelson Mandela

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Nelson Mandela

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Nelson Mandela

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
Nelson Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
Nelson Mandela

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
Nelson Mandela

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
Nelson Mandela

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Nelson Mandela

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
Nelson Mandela

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Nelson Mandela

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
Nelson Mandela

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Friday, November 10, 2006

This just in from the City of Lake Worth...FYI

Upcoming 6th Avenue South/Dixie Hwy. Closures/Detours Starting Next Monday

Two projects underway in the City of Lake Worth by the Community Redevelopment Agency (6th Avenue South Gateway Project) and Florida Department of Transportation (I-95 Road
Widening Project) will undergo closures on 6th Avenue South which will affect
area residents.

The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) Gateway Project on 6th Avenue South requires a complete closure at the intersection of Dixie Highway and 6th Avenue South from Monday, November 13, 2006 through Monday, November 27, 2006:
* Through traffic along Dixie Highway will be rerouted to Federal Highway
* 6th Avenue South will be accessible from Dixie Highway via H Street
* The CRA has notified all impacted businesses about the closure

For more information, contact the Lake Worth CRA at 561-493-2550 or Burkhardt Construction at 561-659-1400.

FDOT's I-95 widening project requires a complete closure on 6th Avenue South at the intersection of I-95 beginning, next Friday, November 17, 2006 (9:00 p.m.) through Monday, November 20, 2006 (5:00 a.m.):
* 6th Avenue South will be closed under I-95 from Wright Avenue to east of I-95
* Northbound ramps will remain open
* Northbound I-95 to westbound 6th Avenue South movement will not be permitted
* Westbound 6th Avenue South traffic will be detoured to 10th Avenue North via I-95
* Eastbound 6th Avenue South traffic are requested to use the existing detour
* Workmen will be on-site to assist motorists.

For more information, contact I-95 Mobility 2000's Meredith Rapp, at 561-805-7550 ext. 1130 ( or Andrea Pacini at 561-805-7550 ext. 1125 (

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Format Improvements

Well, I spent a good portion of the day making up-dates to the blog. You will notice that we now have access to posts according to topic - which will be of great help addressing your questions and interest areas. Please realize that this is not a finite list and as new posts are created, additional topics will be added.

Also improved is the link section that will take you directly to the City's official website, along with a link to the popular local discussion board Remember, all links are the responsibility of other entities and do not necessarily reflect my views on any given issue.

Another improvement is the index of archived posts. They now appear in a hierarchy by month and then listed by title.

You may and are encouraged to respond to any post by clicking on the "comment" button at the end of each post. You can also review other comments made by others - just click that same button.

Enjoy the new changes and let me know if you have any suggestions for further improvements!

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Mars and Venus

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Thursday, November 9, 2006

The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler

I am picking up a copy of this book today. Time to re-read it. The following is a review from
I decided to reread this book after 20 years to see how accurately it represented the experiences of the past 20 years. How nice a surprise I received when I found that the broad themes were beautifully portrayed against the background of the prior agricultural and industrial economies. This long term perspective made the articulation of the future vision clearer.

Particularly impressive in retrospect is the description of a forecast for mass customized products. The customer "will become so integrated into the production process that we find it . . . difficult to tell . . . who is the producer." One might be reading about someone ordering a computer on the Dell Web site.

Almost equally impressive is the appreciation of how electronic connections will establish horizontal connections. "Even a partial shift towards the electronic office will be enough to trigger an eruption of social, psychological, and economic consequences." "It promises to restructure all human relationships and roles in the office as well."

Key insights related to:

(1) Companies needing to take on full responsibility for the consequences of their actions on society and the environment;

(2) Companies becoming much more important social institutions of change;

(3) Information moving to the center of major decisions;

(4) Government spreading its influence so that business and politics become inextricably entwined; and

(5) Institutional ethics coming to more closely reflect social ethics.

In fact, this is the first book I have located that sees the business organization as the critical institution in making ecological, moral, political, racial, sexual and social change, as well as the usual transactional ones.

The fundamental vision of humanity as seeking a more appropriate civilization that is built around individual choice in coordinating social interests is a remarkably accurate description of the evolution of the free market democracies over the last 20 years.

Realizing how hard it is to forecast anything, one comes away with a remarkable appreciation for Alvin Toffler's fundamental estimation of human potential. He took that understanding, tied technology to it, and found the answer quite well.

After enjoying this remarkable book (for the first time or) again, I encourage you to consider how these same human characteristics will take us forward in the future. How can you facilitate this felicitous development?

Make your actions and those you cooperate in serve everyone's best interests!

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