My Mind's Journal

Whenever I try to share something about life or about my experiences or my realizations, what I hear from the other side is, “Dude, I’m not interested in your philosophy!” Not only this, I also get positive reviews like “Wow! Looks like someone’s going to be a great philosopher some day!” Well, it’s not that positive review because I’m not a philosopher and what I speak is not philosophy!

Philosophy, for me is a study of reasons behind things we face and events that take place in our reality. But Philosophy also relies on logical solutions rather than intuitive, whereas reality is not based on logical representation. Philosophy uses symbols, numbers, and geometrical relations to prove a statement valid or invalid, whereas reality is not explained but realized by experience. I never tried to explain the reality, as many people think; I just tried to share my experience with the…

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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  1. Since reading this book (~30 days ago), I have put three suggestions into play at our house.1) “I notice…” As in, “I notice it took you 15 minutes to brush your teeth. Do you want to tell me about that?” Followed up with listening. Or, “I notice that you have not eaten your carrots. What is your plan?” My very verbal four-year-old has started saying it to me — wow! He said, “Mommy I notice that you forgot to read me a story. I want to choose it today.”2) Choices. As in, “Good morning, darling! (hug) You told me you’d like to make your own lunch today. You can choose to get ready for school quickly and come make your lunch, or you can take your time and I will make it all by myself. I’ll start making lunches at 7:15. I love you, sweetie! (kiss) Don’t forget breakfast is at 7:30! Yumm yumm!” Or like this, with a pre-schooler: “Tomorrow is crazy-shirt day at school. Do you choose this shirt or this shirt? Great choice! I’ll hang it on your hook so you can get ready all by yourself in the morning.”3) Make sure you are in the same room before making requests of children. I have mentally added (“or husband”) at the end of that statement. This has cut down on a lot of me repeating myself, which makes me a happier mom!The whole act-don’t-talk philosophy is lovely. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of it. And I use this phrase all the time: “You kids are very creative. I’m sure you’ll imagine a way to get that done. I can’t wait to hear how you work it out!” It has put a quick stop to tattling and arguing.As a rule, I believe that parents need to be in charge at home. Parents set the tone for the whole family. This book will help you do that.

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