Human Growth and Development

Essays found in this category pertain to spirituality, recovery, human growth and development, facing reality, our addictions, faith and fears, problem solving and risk taking.

Mr. Blackmon (the privileged few versus the rest of America. ) — Part II

Mr. Blackmon (the privileged few versus the rest of America. ) — Part II

Mr. Blackmon, Thanks for the reply. You’re correct about your guest and that particular American Forum episode. You speak of American Presidents. I’ve long been a fan of our founding fathers especially Thomas Jefferson. They had a wisdom that seems to be lacking in our American Presidents, Congress and in Washington, today. Our country has enjoyed much success over our entire history and from the 1940’s through 2000 and that success has impacted how our president’s govern. They no longer want to speak the truth or do the hard things required to continue making the United States a successful nation. Following 9/11, our government was quick to circle the wagons, re-organize our government while forming the 9/11 Commission to study the attack...

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Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

Auburn University Board of Trustees nomination

trustee@auburn.edu To ted@tedburnett.com Dec 19 at 1:32 PM Thomas (Ted) Burnett: Thank you for completing your nomination to serve as an at-large member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees – The Trustee selection committee will review all submitted material and identify candidates [approx. 10 to 12] to be interviewed for the three open at-large positions – Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – For those selected to be interviewed, you will be requested to meet in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the State Capitol in Montgomery – You will be notified by phone or email if you are selected – Details and specific times will be provided after the first of the year. Grant Davis Secretary to the Board of Trustees 105 Samford Hall...

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The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum (October 14, 2016) — YouTube video

The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum (October 14, 2016) — YouTube video

This was the second Live Oak Forum held on October 14, 2016, in downtown Mobile, AL, at the Holiday Inn. The speakers were: 1) Alabama-born and internationally-known artist “Nall”, Fairhope, AL (“Expressing one’s truth through art.”) 2) David Clark, General Manager at The Beach Club, Gulf Shores, AL (“Earning the right to lead through servant leadership.”)Playing time:...

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The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

September 30, 2016 A Call to Action Judge, I am interested in starting a policy institute, in the spirit of French Lieutenant-General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to address the many bad federal and state laws and policies that have caused our nation’s train to jump the tracks while continuing to inflict harm on our country in the process. Would you or anyone in your other society be interested? I would like for this organization to do research and draft original white paper to promote policies that restore America back to cultural, economic, financial, military, political and spiritual health. Policies will be presented to our lawmakers and to incoming presidents. It’s time for Americans to take back our country from the career politicians...

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The Second Live Oak Forum (October 2016): Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks: Good morning and welcome to The SECOND!! Live Oak Forum. (Can we get a round of applause?) My name is Ted Burnett and I am the Founder, the Event Organizer of this Forum and today’s Master of Ceremonies. Let me take a minute to restate why I’m here at this event, once again. I’ve spent the past 27 years of my life seeing the value of personal growth through facing my own fears and problems (both, large and small) while pursuing many opportunities that came my way. Both, the problems and the opportunities, have taught me powerful life lessons while I slowly grew towards the truth and wisdom. I believe we face a crisis. Our society is stuck at the highest levels in Washington with the inability of our government to work together to solve our many...

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An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

September 11, 2016 An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee… A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. – Clive James (1939-) An Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist In 2013, I had the audacity, some might say, to nominate myself to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame.  It’s one of two halls of fame that I have an interest in being nominated into.  The other being where I graduated from college, Auburn University.  Rather than sit around and wait for someone to recognize my many achievements and nominate me, I took the initiative to do it myself.  To my surprise, the application asked questions that I...

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The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum

The artist “Nall” to speak at The Fall Breakfast of The Live Oak Forum. FOR RELEASE August 14, 2016 Media Contact: Ted Burnett, ted@tedburnett.com The Live Oak Forum announces its line up for The Fall Breakfast at The Live Oak Forum on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Historic Holiday Inn, in downtown Mobile, AL.  The doors open at 8 am and breakfast is served.  The program begins at 8:30 am.  Nall will tell his story, as well as,  speak on the impact of creativity on communities.  He will be joined by David Clark, General Manager of The Beach Club, who will speak on “Earning the Right to Lead through Servant Leadership.”. David Clark has worked for Spectrum Resorts for the last 3.5 years. Spectrum Resorts is owned by Spectrum...

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The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)

The Inaugural Live Oak Forum (April 2016)…(click on video) Our first speaker is Aaron Beam. Aaron was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. He was a co-founder and first CFO of HealthSouth Corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama. Aaron is married to his wife, Phyllis, of 45 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and he later got an associate’s degree in Turf Management in Faulkner State Junior College, all of which he will soon explain. Our second speaker is Eric Nager. He grew up on the Eastern Shore where he attended Fairhope High School. Eric works as an Investment Advisor Representative with his brother, Terry, at Southern Capital Services and Chess Coach at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL. He is married to his...

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The Live Oak Forum (April 2016): Opening Remarks

The Live Oak Forum (April 2016): Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks: Good morning and welcome to The Inaugural Live Oak Forum. My name is Ted Burnett and I am the Founder of this Forum and today’s Master of Ceremonies. Since announcing this event earlier in the year, I have frequently been asked, “What is the purpose of the Live Oak Forum?” For me, it’s never been an easy one-sentence elevator pitch. To answer this question, I have to explain a little about my own life. After 4 years of drinking while in high school, I got sober at the age of 18. I went on to spend the next 22 years of the past 27 attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In the process, I’ve heard hundreds, if not thousands of stories told by alcoholics and drug addicts about their addiction and recovery. I have also had the privilege to hear the...

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No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

September 17, 2015 No Pain, No Gain By Ted Burnett There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung, 1875-1961 Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist I’ve spent my entire life, all 44 years, living with alcoholics and drug addicts, their families and friends. As a child, I played with them in the neighborhood and later I partied with them on Friday nights. I went to school and to college with them. I even worked with them. As an addict, I grew up seeking the next big thrill while trying to avoid pain, at all cost. I’ve watched a few including myself find “sobriety” while some were incarcerated repeatedly and others went to their grave a bit too soon. Among the group was my own father, at the age of 53. This Vietnam Veteran, like many, died penniless...

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From the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education…

From the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education…

August 10, 2015 Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Dear Mr. Burnett, Thank you for applying to the Emerging Leaders program at Harvard Kennedy School of Education. Your background and experience are exceptional, and we believe that you would make a strong contribution to this year’s program. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, we must place your application, along with a high number of other qualified applicants on a waiting list for the 08 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015 session. If space becomes available, we will contact you via e-mail immediately in order to give you as much planning time as possible. However, if you do not hear from us by the first day of the program, we, regrettably, were unable to offer you a seat in...

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Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions letter

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Admissions letter

Dear Mr. Ted Burnett, Thank you for your interest in Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programs. We have received your application to the 08 Nov 2015 – 13 Nov 2015 session of the Emerging Leaders program. Your application will be carefully reviewed by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions are typically made within three weeks of receiving a completed application. Once a decision is made, the Program Director will be in touch with you. To check on the status of your application, you can log into your HKS Executive Education account at https://hkseeportal.hks.harvard.edu. Please add ee_admissions@hks.harvard.edu to your address book to ensure you receive future email communications and admission updates from us....

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Mobile’s Big Band Society playing at Bayfront Park

Published on May 19, 2015 The Mobile Big Band Society played at Daphne, AL’s Bayfront Park. A 2 minute clip of Mobile’s Big Band...

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A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Introduction: Some of you might have been wondering why you haven’t received an essay from me, lately. Well, I spent last December and the first four months of 2015 writing on local politics with a focus on increasing brand awareness (tedburnett.com) among area residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Over the holidays, I saw an opportunity to push a cause that’s been of interest to me when President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. For many Americans, this action seems long-overdue when we already trade with communist China, Vietnam, as well as, Russia. By lifting the embargo, these two neighboring countries and our industries can legally trade with each another. Some travel restrictions will also be lifted for Americans. Currently,...

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Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Note: Dr. David G. Bronner is the CEO of the Alabama Retirement System, which manages pensions for, both, state employees and public school teachers. The system’s assets include buildings in New York (Manhattan), Mobile, AL and Montgomery, AL, golf courses and resorts, newspapers, a cable-TV network and stocks. The fund is currently valued at $28 billion.  Minor edits have been made. April 4, 2015 Up in lights — for mental health awareness month? By Ted Burnett Dr. Bronner, May is national mental health awareness month. In the spirit of the colorful artist Vincent Van Gogh and so many others who suffered from bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia (and continue to suffer), could we light up the RSA’s properties, in downtown Mobile, for...

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