S4 E17 — We Regret to Inform You …

Wow, what in the world is going on?  No, yeah, I know Putin invaded Ukraine and for a moment — which is probably over by now — Trump’s Republicans and Classic Republicans agreed with Democrats to condemn Russia’s move on Ukraine.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “You’re a learner, motivated by the sheer pleasure of knowing, understanding and doing more. External factors such as remuneration or recognition will hardly factor into your decisions.” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 17th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 31st day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E16The Collateral Damage Triggered by the Reflexive Control Playbook; S4 E15So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All; S4 E14Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat


Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S3 E14How!; 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment


Wow, what in the world is going on?  No, right I know Putin invaded Ukraine and for a moment — which is probably over by now — Trump’s Republicans and Classic Republicans agreed with Democrats to condemn Russia’s move on Ukraine.  

Nobody fell for the lies and misdirection — promising to ceasefire and not harm citizens — and then doing just that. 

But just this week as if in Season Four we entered reruns, Trump leaned on his relationship with Putin and asked him to provide dirty election-timed political stories supposedly  millions from the wife of a mayor in Russia?  Say, what?

Great minds think alike?  Isn’t this the common Putin-Trump playbook?

Do they think we are dogs? Do we eternally fall for Trump’s pointing to trees yelling “Squirrel” as a distraction while he flushes documents down his Florida estate?

Oh, and just two days ago here in Orange County we awoke to the headline, “Was the fuse for the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill Riot lit from OC’s Chapman University? 

And, yet the writer missed the second co-conspirator, a professor from neighboring academic institution, Dr. Peter Navarro who left the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California in Irvine to join Trump’s administration. 

Before he left, he requested resume assistance for his wife and I volunteered, not knowing what was in the works as they moved to Washington, DC.

Fast forward all these years and the two former professors have thumbed their noses at the requests from Congressional Committee investigating the January 6th Insurrection to be interviewed.

How will the game work out, since Navarro’s “Green Bay Sweep” failed?


How do my curated celebrity TauBits of Wisdom rate for relevancy?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The person inside an experience is the only one who really knows what it’s like. You get the most out of life by living fully in your own situation. You’ll resist the temptation to spend too much time thinking about what others are doing.” Taurus 

So, this is inhabiting the Experiencing Self — living life as an art form.  Turning off the roof-brain chatter and just doing.  Last night I finally viewed a recorded PBS show highlighting the long career of Aldwyth who personifies living life as an artist who actually works and lives in her studio on stilts in North Carolina near the beach.  Her day begins by photographing sunrises, sending them to her children and grandchildren.  And then works.  Sure, she says, she has bouts of self-doubt and self-talk, but it’s all about jumping into her work, into that zone, crafting art that speaks to her.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Problems happen on one plane and get solved on another. The difference in vantage is crucial. Fortune favors you as you step out of the familiar zone and move to an uncomfortable place to see the problem from a new angle.” Leo

I can’t tell you how frequently flying on a real plane shifted my perspective unconsciously as I looked out the window to solve tactical and strategic roadblocks.  Oops, I guess I did, but I’m keeping the numbers secret.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Whether or not things go to plan doesn’t matter in the least to you because, bottom line, it’s fun to be you. And when you’re around good people, the joy you take in just being yourself isn’t something you have to hide.” Virgo

You know, that’s one of the takeaways I took to bed with me about “being” Aldwyth who received so many “We regret to inform you …” rejections in her struggling days, but turned all of them into an art piece.  Yeah, it’s fun to be me and I’m inspired by her.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Don’t be too quick to eliminate tension — not until you know its source, cause, effect and nature. Tension may be holding the whole thing up. Energy is stored in the cord. Cutting could be dangerous.” Sagittarius

I’m sure this is wise, but the only reason I selected it today is for the turn of phrase — “Energy is stored in the cord. Cutting could be dangerous.” I like the set up part inspecting the source, cause, effect and nature of tension, but just not for today.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Keep looking for like minds. You need a few more to bravely move out of your element. You’re bigger than the situation and you’re just the one to break the ice.” Capricorn

You won’t get an argument from me — with only 3 to 5% of introverts and extroverts with like minds I appeal to a narrow audience.  But does it matter today?

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “You’re a learner, motivated by the sheer pleasure of knowing, understanding and doing more. External factors such as remuneration or recognition will hardly factor into your decisions.” Aquarius

Guilt by association.  Maybe this is what I really resonated with in the story about Aldwyth — she soldiered (artisted) on despite not fitting into a gallery definition of art making it much more difficult to earn a living as compared to more commercial artists who kept the buying audience for their work foremost in mind.

Today’s Holiday Theme: 

has us in the dark about our warrior spirit, and maybe that’s a good thing. There’s much worth fighting for, but there’s far more we humans end up fighting over that’s not worth it at all. This is an opportunity to reassess whether the hills we stand on are really the ones we want to die on.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12344 this week to 12458 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 196 viewers stopped by the week before.




    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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