So Now This is Christmas … What Have You Done?

So fast.

Another year past.

2009 gone.

2010 soon upon.


How did you do? What did you do?

What did you do that really mattered?

Have you even thought about it that way? Or …

Were You Just Too Busy?

Have you considered how precious and fleeting each moment is? How each breath extending our existence is an amazing blessing on this blue-green magical orb called earth?

An earth that travels through space at over 1,000 miles per hour and moves around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour?

Too Much to Do

Or did you have too much to do to wonder at that?

I did.

Have you considered that if the expansion rate of the universe was changed by one part in a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion, faster or slower, life on earth would not exist?

Too Many E-mails

Or did you have too many e-mails to think about that?

My inbox was pretty much always full.

A Really Big Inch

Did you know that if a measuring tape were stretched across the universe and segmented in one-inch increments (billions upon indescribable gazillions of inches) representing the force strengths of nature (gravity, electromagnetism, weak and strong nuclear forces) and the tape was moved by just one inch in either direction, life on earth would not exist?

Too Many Meaningless Meetings

Or were you too busy to think about that because you had to prepare for another meaningless meeting?

Too busy here – too many meetings.

Do You Know?

Do you know what would happen if the cosmological constant (the energy density of space) was not tuned to one-part in a hundred million billion billion billion billion billion (10 followed by 120 zeroes)?

Life on earth would not exist.

Too Many Petty Wars

Or were you too embroiled in petty internecine political turf wars, in business and life, to consider that?

I was too embroiled.

A Light Year

is about 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

A Long Minute

Globally, 21 children die every minute from poverty.

And, “they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” – Unicef

So Now This Is Christmas

So fast.

Another year past.

What Have You Done?

2009 gone.

2010 soon upon.

John Lennon wrote a song about this 38 years ago called “So This Is Christmas.” The lyrics were both timely and timeless.


They were turbulent times. Times much like today. Differing only in the increased speed, ferocity and utter destructiveness with which things can happen.


The lyrics transcend time. Race. Creed. Sex. Religion. Age. Not many do. The words are a calling to stop, reflect, consider, act, and hope … hope for a better future.

2010, the road ahead, beckons

Many will come.

Many will go.

Best wishes.

Lyrics , audio and video below.

And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
So this is Christmas
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong

And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now
War is over now

Thanks for being a reader in 2009

And best of luck to you and yours in 2010.

– Steve Kayser

The World’s First Social Media News Release by an Octogenarian!

Okay. Maybe a slight fabulist prevarication … but on a nano scale. A miniscule, dissimulated equivocation at most.


Yes, I did help write and create the The World’s First Social Media News Release by an Octogenarian!

I know Mark Miller, the writer, actor, producer and director of Christmas Mountain: The Story of a Cowboy Angel ... which the press release was about. I helped write the world’s first social media news release (SMNR) by an octogenarian — for Mark Miller. We’re friends, introduced through each others’ writings. Mark is the consummate pro, his career spans from the 1950’s until today in TV, film and print.

In fact, Mark is 83 years old and just sold another screenplay. Contemplate that for a minute, friends. I wanted great things for him. To plant the “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” octogenarian flag of immortal conquest on the new lands of the social media news release (SMNR).

Mark Miller has earned the right.

What does that mean? Well, let’s see. He went to film school with a lady named Grace Kelly. She called him “Herbie” (don’t ask). Grace later became known as …

Princess Grace of Monaco

and still called him “Herbie” when she saw him.

Mark has acted in the “Twilight Zone,” wrote screenplays such as “A Walk in the Clouds,” starring Keanu Reeves, an award-winning family film called “Savannah Smiles,” and many others.

Mark has also appeared in “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “General Hospital,” “Barnaby Jones,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Gunsmoke,” “Adam 12,” “The Waltons,” “Marcus Welby M.D.,” and on and on and on.

On and On and On

When I say on and on and on, I don’t just mean writing and acting. The on and on and on runs in the family.

Mark is also the father of Penelope Ann Miller and Marisa Miller both noted actors as well.

Penelope & Some Other Unsavory Looking Character

I’m not sure who that guy is in the picture with Penelope. His name was Carlito in the film she was in with him though. I’ll have to send this picture to Mark and tell him it looks like she is hanging out with an unsavory looking fellow.

Mark is still going strong at 83. Incredible huh? He was an Indie film producer before the term was in vogue. In fact, Christmas Mountain: The Story of a Cowboy Angel was an Indie film. He wrote the story, raised the money, produced the film.

A Really Hard-to-Believe But True Love Story

A couple years ago someone introduced Mark Miller to a screenplay called Acceptance Bridge. He loved the story and wrote by hand (yes, it is still possible to find someone who can actually write a letter – if they have the requisite technology – paper, pen or pencil) a letter to the author telling him what a great story Acceptance Bridge was.

Unaccustomed to Favorable Reviews

The writer, unaccustomed to favorable reviews – waited for an accompanying solicitation from Nigeria telling him there was $10 million dollars just waiting to be deposited into his account for safekeeping … if only the writer send his social security number, license number, bank and checking account numbers asap and all other applicable private financial data to a PO Box number in Nigeria.


But the scam email never came. Why? Because it wasn’t a scam. Mark Miller had taken the time to hand-write a note to the author because he truly loves “stories” with heart, spirit, soul and a positive message.

A love story – a true lover of story.


Well, that writer was me.

Even a blind chipmunk gets a nut every once in a while.

I was sure, at that point, however, that Mark Miller was off his rocker. Why would anyone write a note of thanks wanting nothing in return? Weird. But, after speaking on-and-off for months with Mark and watching a lot of his work, I came to know him as a genuine classic. A humanistic populist – grounded in real-life. A prolific storyteller for our times. A great person whose word in business was a life and death bond. Whose heart was soft … but strong. Quite incredible person actually. Didn’t know his type still existed. I was blessed to meet him.

This “Internet” Thing

Anyway, we became friends.

One day Mark said he didn’t know much about this “Internet” thing but had heard that he might be able to make one of his out of print films available for sale using this “Internet” thing. “Hmm”, I said, I knew a little bit about this “Internet” thing and would see what might be possible.  I was obviously not exaggerating the depth and breadth of my expertise – which ran  almost as deep as a …

Parking Lot Puddle

Almost Certain Doom

In short order I worked with a graphic arts person to design a DVD cover (all we had was a very worn, old VHS cover). We created a new image for the cover. I wrote the jacket synopsis and helped with the design … thereby almost certainly dooming the project.

The Only Thing That Could Save It?

The only thing that could save the film was the story itself.

It did.

And does.

“Christmas Mountain” really is a timeless classic, with beautiful scenery, imagery and it evokes a heartfelt stirring of a bygone time. A bygone place. A bygone people.

I found an on-demand video distribution vendor called CreateSpace. Worked the niggly details out and shortly thereafter “Christmas Mountain: The Story of a Cowboy Angel,” was available again.

This “Internet” Thing Again

But how to get the news out – to promote it? I started messing around with this ‘Internet” thing again and soon became aware of a new press release format being designed and tested. A Social Media News Release (SMNR) … or a press release incorporating bookmarking capabilities, audio, visual elements. It also utilized a fundamentally different format and structure from the traditionally BORING press release. I liked it. But then the next question became … how to create, distribute and test the effectiveness of it?


I stumbled upon PRX Builder.

It’s an application and service offered by Shannon Whitley.  PRX Builder enables PR & marketing professionals to easily create social multimedia news releases through a series of guided steps.

Easy-to-use. Easy-to-understand.


It really is easy-to-use and easy-to-understand. And that doesn’t mean just for technology geeks … but for business users as well. PRX Builder is the tool I used to create “The World’s First Social Media News Release by an Octogenarian!”

There may be mistakes in it – but if there are, it’s purely operator error.


A hearty thanks to Shannon Whitley and PRX I’m not giving it near the accolades or full review it deserves. But it’s a great and ongoing contribution to helping evolve business communications in a positive manner. And help banish the boring.

Go to Shannon’s site to check it out (