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Crazy Season

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

Release Date: 05/27/2022

Of Ants and Airlines show art Of Ants and Airlines

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

I had a seven hour delay home back from Dallas last week. While I waited, I finished the biography of Alabama-born biologist Edward Wilson and began applying Wilson's research to the mess I was experiencing with the airline.  ---------------------- Let’s talk about ants. Not females, like Aunt Martha. But bugs. Ants create complex colonies where every one of them exists to support the growth and safety of the colony. Ants can’t help it. It’s not their choice. They’re driven entirely by instinct. No ant finds food and considers keeping it for themselves. They turn and tell the...

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The Buddha (AL Public Radio Pledge Drive) show art The Buddha (AL Public Radio Pledge Drive)

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

  On this week's Keepin' It Real, Cam Marston tells us about the Three Poisons and the three good things taught to us by the Buddha. About 2500 years ago, the Buddha listed the three things that bring unhappiness. They’re referred to as The Poisons and these things, he essentially said, will put you into a pit that’s very hard to get out of. My take on it is this: any harm caused between humans comes from these three things. What are they? They’re Anger, Greed, and Ignorance. I can say, with confidence, that any harm I’ve done to others has come from one or more of these...

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Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

On today's commentary, I share a little bit of my family's history and, maybe, a bit of my family's future. ---------------------------- My grandfather, George Allen wrote a weekly column in the Mobile Press Register from 1967 to 1975. He was chief of the Seafoods Division for the Alabama Conservation Department. He proposed the column after the many unsafe boating practices he witnessed. After about a year his columns meandered into personal stories and memories. The paper let him keep going. And even after moving to Atlanta, the Press-Register kept his columns, called Adventures with Old...

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Teaching a Teen to Drive is a Rite of Passage that All Parents Can Relate To show art Teaching a Teen to Drive is a Rite of Passage that All Parents Can Relate To

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

My wife and I have done this twice before and we can do it again. I think.  ------------------- A ballistic object is defined as something that behaves like a projectile. However, when you and I refer to a ballistic object we usually mean something that goes fast and when it hits something else it causes lots of damage. Ballistic missiles come to mind. A car can become a ballistic object. They can go fast and if it collides with something else the damage can be awful. And mature drivers know this, and self-preservation keeps their automobile ballistic object running safely and under...

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Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

Some tactics used by masters of propaganda back in some dark times are still in use today and remain very effective. ------------------------ Leni Riefenstahl is known today for her savvy efforts at creating Nazi propaganda during World War II. She constructed images that deeply influenced the masses. And today, many organizations who are hoping to gain followers, whether they know it or not, copy her manipulative techniques. Big bold colored banners placed in highly visible places showing the symbols and emblems of their group. Pictures of frenzied crowds wildly cheering their leaders who...

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No Offense show art No Offense

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

Take no offense. It's just that simple. Just don't. ---------------------- Years ago, my father-in-law hit a poor golf shot. It wasn’t what he had intended but the ball went forward and ended up not far from the pin. He said to me, “Cam, that shot is called a son-in-law.” “Oh, really?” I said, “Why is that?” “It’s called a son-in-law,” he said, “because it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind but, it’ll do.” I have laughed at that for ten years or more. He delivered it perfectly. I remember thinking “I could choose to be offended, but I’m going to decide to not be...

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Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

Friday is yet another first day of school. We will get the kids to pose on the front steps like we always do. ------------------------ It’s 6:30am Wednesday morning. The house is quiet except for the non-ending, dripping rain that’s been a part of this very wet summer. In twenty-four hours, this kitchen will be buzzing. Tomorrow is the first day of school and my kids will return to their morning rituals that we’ve known so well for so many years – making lunches, packing backpacks, gathering clothes for practices, and looking for shoes that were accounted for last night but somehow,...

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Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

Sometimes I quickly conceive a brilliant idea and quickly make plans to execute that idea and I realize I'm smarter than I give myself credit for.  ___________________ Several years ago, I arrived at the neighborhood pool early one morning to swim laps. It was a habit I had gotten into that summer and the week before, my buddy Josh and I had talked about our workouts – how we warm up, how we keep track of laps. Stuff like that. I was going to try some of his ideas and it was early that day, but someone was already in the pool, putting in their work – head down, strong kicks, big ...

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"Do You Have a Dog Voice?"

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

It's a rediculous question I ask when getting to know another couple. Their answer tells me a lot. . . -------------------------------- When my wife and I meet new couples, there’s always a series of get to know you questions. “How did you two meet?” is a standard one. “Tell me about your children” is another. But a question I enjoy asking that tells me most of what I want to know about a couple is this: “Do you change your voice when you talk to your dog?” “Do you have a dog voice?” If the couple say that they don’t have a dog, or that they only have cats, or that they...

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Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

I say it all the time: "Turn off your lights when you leave your room!" It's yet another way I've become my father.  --------------------------------- I heard myself say it and I could hear my father’s voice coming out of my mouth as it happened. “Please turn off your lights when you leave your bedroom,” I said to my teenage son. “There is no need to leave those lights on if there’s no one in there. Ceiling fan, too. Turn it off or I’m taking money out of your allowance.” I remember as a child my father saying this to me. As I’d leave for my walk to school every morning,...

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Crazy Season ended Tuesday with the primary elections, thank the Lord.