A little Sunday sniping
Greetings from New Seattle, Texas. If it doesn’t stop raining here, The Rev and I are going to relocate to the original Seattle so we can see the sun once in a while.
More Schirmer drama
The saga of David Schirmer, the lone Aussie star of The Secret, just gets steamier. It seems there’s a sex-scandal element to add to the bidness scandal. An anonymous commenter on my June 25 post alerted me to a discussion that’s going on at another blog. Now, I know some of it is just gossip, but if you like that sort of thing – and who doesn't? – here’s the link.
(Monday addendum:) I was in a hurry yesterday; I apologize for not taking the time to clarify something. The discussion to which I linked does seem to point once again to Schirmer and his apologists resorting to blame-shifting rather than addressing the real issue: the accusations that Schirmer cheated a bunch of people out of their money. In fact, the original post at the blog in question had nothing whatsoever to do with a sex scandal. The person writing the blog, who actually is a fan of The Secret, but not of Schirmer, wondered why the two PR firms Schirmer hired seem to be doing such a lame job. The first responder introduced the sex-scandal angle, falsely accusing the blogger of having an affair with Schirmer. You have to read the thread to understand that, but, as my anonymous correspondent said, it's become a real soap opera. Anyway, again, here’s the link.
iPhone launch success attributed in part to WM
I don’t wish to imply that I single-handedly saved the day for Steve Jobs, but could there be a connection between the brisk first-day sales for his iPhone – at least at AT&T stores – and the fact that I was gracious enough to abort Hawai’ian Week on Whirled Musings this past week in order not to overshadow his big product launch? Granted, iPhone sales were kind of lackluster at Apple stores, but I just can’t control everything. I still think we did pretty well, all things considered. And Steve, you don’t have to thank me; just knowing that I played my small part in greasing the wheels of commerce is thanks enough.
I see another (cell)blockbuster coming
I don’t usually shoot at easy and obvious targets such as Paris Hilton on WM, but since there is a pop-spirituality connection to the big jailhouse saga I couldn’t resist. Also, the postman accidentally mis-delivered someone else’s copy of the July 9 People magazine to our house, and I took a sneak peek at the cover story we’ve all been waiting for – Paris’ exclusive post-jail interview – before delivering the magazine to its rightful owner.
I have to say that the People article opened my eyes. I honestly didn’t know that this young woman possessed so much emotional, intellectual, and spiritual depth. And it wasn’t just her answers to the interview questions, as poignant and thought-provoking as they were. It was her writing talent that really affected me. On jailhouse-issued paper, using a jail-issued pencil, Paris brought out her tormented inner writer, conveying her most profound and intimate thoughts with remarkable candor and originality. Some samples:
"This has been a life changing experience."
"God has plan to use me on higher level."
"Justice system has failed me."
"We all have a soul and it has an eternal destiny."
"I’m a survivor."
But then, one would expect no less from someone who found sustenance during those grim and seemingly endless jailhouse years… I mean days… by reading, among other great works, The Secret. At least there are pics of her carrying the book; maybe it was just a fashion accessory. Anyway, I can’t wait to read Paris’ book when it comes out.
And who knew she was also an artist of such stunning talent? People reproduced the Father’s Day card she made for her daddy while in the joint. This work was also rendered in pencil on jail-issued paper. The spare lines of the drawing, which depicted Daddy and his tearful little girl attempting to touch hands through the thick glass that separated them in the jailhouse "Visitor’s Area," conveyed both texture and depth in a way not normally seen outside of primary-school remedial art classes. And the poignant written message accompanying the image, "I love and miss you sooo…much," revealed a sweetness and tenderness not readily apparent in Ms. Hilton’s most famous performance-art videos. No doubt the drawing occupies a proud place on Daddy's Sub-Zero.
Paris, sweetheart, the world has misjudged you. And I for one support you as you begin your new life of humble service to humanity.
Another Secret parody
Finally, my friend Blair Warren sent a link to another Secret parody. I think you’ll enjoy it. And now I’m going to go enjoy my Sunday evening with The Rev. We have some…ah…catching up to do.