You are visitor number:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Now, time for the "Create An Album" Game!

OK, here's the challenge.  Name 1 or 2 songs in each of the below categories.  Preferably (and for extra points), make them songs which are unfamiliar to most people.  In other words, not heard on the radio but darn well worth the $1.29 to download:

"Hauntingly beautiful"-
Alan's entry-  Spell by Marie Digby; December by Norah Jones

"Great melody line"-
Alan's entry-  Red Light by Jonny Lang

"Tells a memorable story"-
Alan's entry-  I'm Not That Girl by Idena Menzel- from the Wicked soundtrack

"Makes you want to dance"-
Alan's entry- Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy) by tobyMac

What are your personal, obscure favorites?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Family... my pride and joy. Perhaps you can get a glimpse of why in the photo taken today.
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Things Have Been A Bit Quiet...

...on the Greenbeans Blog for a while, I realize.  The truth is, I've been a bit distracted and even a little uninspired as of late.  I have been dealing with the harsh reality of an economy gone bad- corporate downsizing.  Let me say up front, I did not lose my job in this process.  It is pretty much business as usual for me.  However, the personal turmoil involved in the "potential" to lose your job can be pretty tough.

I've known of the coming headcount reductions for several months now.  While I appreciate the transparancy on the matter, knowing what's coming is hard.  A friend of mine used the analogy, "If I'm gettting a heart-bypass, I don't necessarily want a play by play from the surgeon while I'm on the table.  Wake me up afterward and let me know what happened."  Well, I don't think that's the answer either, but the fact remains that changes in corporate structure are never pretty.  Ultimately, I can only hope that the end justifies the means and that sustainability and renewed growth is achieved.

There is one thing that I have learned through this long and difficult process.  If you are looking for job security in any company, you are playing a fools game.  You hold those keys, not corporate
America.  Your best bet for job security is not found in any company, but by making yourself highly employable.  And that is not totally achieved by a diploma or an impressive resume.  Mostly that lies in the day to day details of how well you do your current job and how far you press to create value.  Oh sure, in tough economic times it may not gaurantee the position you are currently in, but it sure opens doors to future opportunities.  And one fact remains- that no matter what happens, there's always something bigger and better waiting for you if you are prepared to earnestly and prayfully seek it out.