Do you ever think about what really brings you happiness? Some people say it’s the small things, some believe only a major achievement “trips their trigger,”and there are folks that are completely “bah-humbug” 24/7-365.

Contentment comes in odd packages. And, for-sure, nobody knows what tomorrow holds.

FOR MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS:

I believe if I can carry contentment of my own self and live those values … all-else should fall into place.

Everyone ….. have a great 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Best!

G.

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And, what a great break it has been. Even for me, one who’s whole life is about being on break. Well, … maybe not! Everyone needs a positive direction; mine happens to be continuing learning about stuff.

I’ll be a senior this year, of course, I was a senior last year; and, if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to define myself as “educated.” A title that has alluded me for a life-time.  I would say it’s my own fault; I would prefer to use the term, … “choice.” In the middle of my freshman year, 1973, I decided my mental direction lay elsewhere; to voyage with the less academic level, and focus on the “layman’s” technical side. That decision, for me, proved the right choice!  The road I chose confirmed my suspicions … you can survive in this country and make a pretty decent living. It just takes a lot more perseverance.

Something else I found out along the way.  Any person could walk the same road I did; it’s just a bit easier if you have that piece of paper. It may not make you more intelligent; but, it sure helps.

Now I have the opportunity to reevaluate my journey, and hopefully help others figure out their side by looking at my side. One things for sure: “Everyone has a unique side to the story!”

Thank you for stopping by, and if you get a minute: pls check out the link to my “Scholar’s Fund.”  (It’s not complete, … but, I’m working on it.)

Bye for now!

G.

I am concerned by this word that entails so much meaning. Merriam-Webster defines this ideal as: ” an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes.” To be candid about it, I’m not even sure how I got to this point in my life. I would like to think: “It had to be some preordained path or fate to allow me the discipline of wanting to help others; because, my life or notions never gave me reason to set such a path.”

I, like so many others, came up through the ranks of life in “survival” mode. As some of my former blogs will attest, I’ve survived sixty-five years of: twists, turns, bumps, bruises, bouts of ignorance that were just unbelievable, and now – I’m here.  A university student doing the “paper-chase;” looking for that golden apple I missed so long ago.  Amazing, to say the least!

Actually, I’m about to graduate; a year or so, if I continue on my 9 hour per semester schedule. (I’ll explain that: “I’m retired.” I like to fish, take it easy, … not work so hard.) About mid-July of 2012, I was sitting around mentally rewarding myself for my goal setting prowess and accomplishments therein. Then, out came this question: “What the hell have I actually accomplished in my life – besides making it here in almost one-piece?” I realized I had done some good things, bad things, and sadly, some “ugly” things; but – NO GREAT THINGS for others; no items to really “extend ” myself in a more sense of humanism.

To the point: “If I were going to write my legacy on my tomb-stone … what would it say?” Here lies George, and he should be remembered because of ………………………….. WHAT????????????

(*This blog, I started writing it several days ago only to: think and trash, think and trash, etc.)

It’s a new year, and with it,  I’ve decided to start my own foundation. There, I’ve said it!

I’ve chosen to do this fund through my “University Advancement and Gift Foundation” at GSU. My fund is listed as the : George K. Brannen English Scholarship Fund. and the acct # 3703. It’s not very big now, but I have aspirations. It’s mostly directed toward English scholars that want to go on to graduate school and teach. Lord knows we need good teachers in Georgia, U.S.A.; I think we rank something like the 20’s nation wide. (That’s a B average after everything is considered.  The classroom here has improved; but I would like to think it can be better.)  Many of the upper-class students that are serious Graduate school candidates need to travel to different seminars/workshops which can only enhance their abilities as future instructors. This takes money that many of them don’t have. So, I decided to try and do a little something to help.  In Georgia, if a person is 62 years or older, state University is FREE . Books are the only charge, and I buy those used, … cheep! cheep! I thought that is a good reason for me to try to return the favor and in turn … help my state gain a bit of educational respect. If my SGA (Student Government Association) can pony-up some money to help all students that go to school here; surely I could shoulder the cost of a few.

I’d really like to think: “It’s the right thing for me to do!”

Since I’m a bit of novice  at things like this, I’m not really sure where and what actions I will work at from here. I am sure, some direction will show-up if I pay attention. *Constructive ideas are most welcome! 

OK! That’s about it. Thanks for stopping by.

Good Year to everyone!!!

G.     

 

“Keep on going … On fishing and hunting trips, on exploring adventures, in baseball and tennis, in your school studies. It will be so in your chosen career. Anyone can start well. You can start with enthusiasm and joy and ambition. But, it is the finish that counts. All else is in vain if you don’t finish. The great thing to know is that.” – Zane Gray

This year is about to leave us. It’s been a very inspiring year for me: University has went well; therefore, I’ve given myself an added path into the future. My GPA is 3.81; not bad for being a member of the “older than dirt club.” I became a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society). What amazes me so is who would have ever thought the young man aged 21 in 1973, totally “anti-establishment, I might add,” would end up being so directed to finish an education. Just goes to show, the direction you envisioned so many years ago has evolved into another destination quit unseen.

So, in resolution to this, I believe I’m about to launch a new blog-page. I’ve been privileged enough in my life to have worked with some diligence and conservatism; managed to stay away from any “legal” confrontations (I’m not really sure how I’ve managed that). I think it’s time for me to attempt to offer a helping hand to others; a bit of added assistance in this most precarious society in which we find ourselves. I’ve come to understand the importance of education, and the impact that force has on our world. All that being said, I’ve launched a Foundation, small but energized at my university, for English majors choosing to teach others as their direction in life. My new blog-page will circle around that choice by my peers, and the intended impact I’m hoping they will bring to our world.

I wish all well. Thanks for the past, and I look forward to the future.
G.