Reblog: ”My Religion Is Humanity” — Be Blogger (Official) and message from Warriors of the Rainbow Strange and Prophetic Dreams of the Indian Peoples by William Willoya and Vinson Brown

True Humanity

via ”My Religion Is Humanity” — Be Blogger (Official)

A very thought provoking post from Be Blogger (Official) here on WordPress:

Excerpt:

“It is a fact, Religions today no longer serve the purpose for which they came into existence. The very basic theme of each religion was to teach, how to love each other and bring us closer to ourselves and to God. Today the opposite is happening, Religions are not uniting but dividing us. Forget the differences from religion to religion, each now has so many divisions. The biggest problem Religions are bringing in is Fundamentalism and intolerance, giving birth to Fanatics, who are ready to destroy our freedom, just in the name of religion.”

This part really resonated with me.  It speaks to the messages in one of my favorite books, Warriors of the Rainbow – Strange and Prophetic Dreams of the Indian Peoples by William Willoya and Vinson Brown:

Page 7

“But we have learned the white man’s religion,” protested the man.  “There is much good in his religion.”

“there is much good in his religion, it is true.  But most white men use their religion as a child uses a toy.  when the white man thinks it is useful to him, he remembers it, but when it interferes with his pleasure, he forgets it. In the old days we Indians helped each other in trouble; even the weakest were helped; we really lived our religion.  Then the white men came with ambitions to change the ways of the Indians.  When they brought love, as some few did, this was good, but when they brought the breaking up of our people into little religions, and laughed at our religion, this was bad.  Jesus never taught these little things that divide the white men and divide the Indians who listen to them.  His love was too big for such small things.  Let the white men learn again the truths of their own religion and no longer will they build walls between themselves and between other people of the world.”

 

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22 Nov 2017 Etched with Love and drawings

21 Nov 2017 533pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing keep lamplight lit Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – spending more time with the keeping the lamps lit. Luke 12:35-40

21 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant 519pm outdoor chalk drawing flower attachments Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – entanglements with pretty flowers. This was inspired by my looking at some of our roses that recently bloomed and getting caught in the thorns as I pulled away from smelling them.

22 Nov 2017 Cake etched with Kyles Love Alvarado TX

22 Nov 2017 – We offered to bring cake to our Thanksgiving family gathering. While it was baking, Kyle and I were in a heated talk about world affairs. Kyle surprised me by doing something I’ve talked about here before that I learned in Quantum Touch classes. He took a toothpick and carved Love into the cake lol! Made me burst into “awesome” tears….in awe of my beautiful husband. It’s important to remember, and so easy to forget, that everything we say, make, think and do is energy and it’s important to make sure you put love energy into everything. Especially your food!

22 Nov 2017 Cake frosted with Jackies Love Alvarado TX

22 Nov 2017 – I carved a heart into the frosting for my part of putting love into this cake!

22 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing 1010am Alvarado TX

22 Nov 2017 – my drawing this morning. I know, that’s a lot of yellow. It was inspired by the sun.

22 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing transferred to notebook with notes Alvarado TX

22 Nov 2017 – my notes about the drawing, “The God of my understanding see’s with the illumination of the sun – even those trapped in darkness can be seen. For we are all made of particles of light.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A35-40&version=NIV

Luke 12:35-40New International Version (NIV)

Watchfulness

35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

21 Nov 2017 Exploring perception (Drawings)

21 Nov 2017 1215pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing understanding why my perception is different Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – 1215 pm – I didn’t really understand this drawing until I got my notebook. It’s about perception. When you have a balance of your male and female aspects, at least for me, it opens your mind and expands your perception of the world.

21 Nov 2017 1215pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing understanding why my perception is different notes Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – notes about the chalk drawing.

21 Nov 2017 Link Wygant out back sticking tongue out at me Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – Link sticking his tongue out at me lool!

21 Nov 2017 218pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing Red beard Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – 218pm – another bearded, red haired man in the chalks today.

21 Nov 2017 137 pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing birds tree and geometric building dream Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – 137 pm – this is another drawing of me exploring a dream I had about a huge tree, birds and a geometric building. How I flew away while the other two birds remained. This time there is something new…a bird trapped in the geometric construct. The lamp is a symbol I’ve used in many of my drawings through the years….keep your light on, remain vigilent for you do not know when the master comes.

21 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant 49 yrs old picture for Aunt Ruth Elliott bday Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – picture I sent my Aunt Ruth this morning.

21 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant 246 pm after hair coloring Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – Kyle picked out medium brown for me. I had him buy Just For Men coloring because I’ve used it before and have been impressed with the results versus other kits available for women. I am using the same reasoning for why I will buy things safe for children lol! I’m glad he didn’t choose darker lool. Guess my hair was pretty light!

21 Nov 2017 Kyle Wygant playing FFXIV 246 pm Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 Kyle Wygant playing FFXIV 246 pm Alvarado TX – he got his Dark Lanner today. This isn’t easy to get. You have to get a rare drop from 7 bosses in FFXIV. Pretty cool!

21 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant faux Alexandrite glue gun ring made today Alvarado TX

21 Nov 2017 – Glue gun ring #2 set with a faux Alexandrite stone that was in a silver ring that got ruined.

Hello to you.  How are you in your today?  It’s 3:07pm here as I begin to write to you.  Today was changing sheets on the bed, doing laundry, getting groceries and I mostly spent time outside drawing.   I got an adorable picture of Link with his tongue sticking out at me.  Sent my Aunt Ruth a picture of me outside (before coloring my hair, I caved to a bit of vanity – not ready to go gray yet!) to wish her Happy birthday today.  Wanted her to see a smile with my texted sentiments of loving and missing her on her special day!

I read the letter Mom wrote to me this morning.  These last lines of the letter had me crying for quite a few minutes it touched me so much, “Well, I really don’t have much to write about – you understand don’t you! Anyway I like to let you know that we are thinking of you.”  Some times that is the reason I keep up with this blog!  Another Thanksgiving passes with us passing these sentiments across the miles…..where is my transporter lol?!  Home! Now! We were going to go last year, but “me” happened and we had to cancel.  I also made another glue gun ring for my faux Alexandrite stone I really like.

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with Kyle’s family.  I’m so proud of his Mom as she took my advice about trying something besides the traditional meal….make it a little easier on her.  We are doing a pizza party like my friend Les does with her family for the holiday.   I can remember Les telling me about how one time they actually had authentic Chicago style pizza’s flown in lol.  It’s important to find your own way to celebrate special occasions and not get stuck in traditions that may not suite who you are anymore.

As a kid and young woman, I can remember part of celebrating Thanksgiving involved going to the Mall for Black Friday sales.  Doing that isn’t part of my life anymore.  I would much rather spend time with people I love than go shopping for more shite nobody needs!  Some people really enjoy the thrill of the hunt for sales and all that – good for them.  Not my thing.  I really don’t enjoy shopping these days.

Anyhew — love, hugs and best wishes through the wires to you!

 

20 Nov 2017 The Door (drawing)

 

 

 

 

20 Nov 2017 A sky of X’s and exploring shadows in art

Hello to you.  It’s 9:29 am on this Monday morning as I begin to write to you.  How is your present moment going?  Good I hope!  It’s really chilly here.  On the walk this morning I was pretty disappointed to look up and see airplane poop tracks all over the sky and more being put down as we walked.  Kyle and I have resigned ourselves to knowing it’s happening and not just here.  We are hoping our tax dollars aren’t paying for this sort of thing!  We certainly didn’t vote on or have a say in it happening.  It’s just happening and affects every living thing on this planet….especially the trees.  I’ve noticed for quite some time now that some of the trees in our yard, neighborhood and in the surrounding area seem to have compromised immune systems.   I don’t think it’s just from what they are getting exposed to above of course, but I’m sure it’s not helping.

I see scenery and outdoor pictures other people post that have the trails in them.  There was a scene in the BBC show The Living and the Dead that had them too.  They actually used the trails as a plot device to show the bleedover from the future into Colin Morgan’s characters present!  Most recently, I remember seeing a sky of the all too familiar “x’s”watching Stranger Things 2.  I see several other folks noticed it too.  This recording I found probably won’t stay long on You tube because of copyright and licensing stuff tied to sharing bootleg things from television shows and movies:

Chemtrails in stranger things 2.

The chalk drawings this morning were inspired by shadows.  Blame it on the “upside down” concept in Stranger Things 2 lol.  It’s kind of eery what happens when you look at something in the sun then draw the shadow whatever you are looking at casts beyond it.  I think that thought could go beyond just art but to so many other matters of our existence.  What we “see” isn’t all that is before us – people, places, things and situations.  They all have what we can see and it’s amazing what sunlight can do to illustrate what may not be readily visible.

For example, from *coughs uncomfortably,  my own experience.  Have you ever thought you swept your tile floor and then the sun comes through the window and shows you all that you missed?  Those glass shelves (don’t ever buy furniture made of metal with glass shelves it attracts dust like crazy) you literally just dusted are still incredibly dusty?!  The sun can show you just how inept your house keeping skills really are!  For me, the “suns judgement”  usually means it’s time to get on my hands and knees with a bucket of soapy water!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation 10:11–11:14 – this is the story of the Two Witnesses that I am referring to.  I know it’s probably “out there” to suggest the witnesses could be trees.  Just the thought that came to me doing this drawing:

Revelation 10:11-11:14New International Version (NIV)

11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”

The Two Witnesses

11 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”[a] If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

11 But after the three and a half days the breath[b] of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 11:4 See Zech. 4:3,11,14.
  2. Revelation 11:11 Or Spirit (see Ezek. 37:5,14)

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

 

19 Nov 2017 Drawings and In Shadow (Lubomir Arsov animated film, Flowart station)

Hello to you.  Just a quick post.  Sharing a couple of drawings and a link for a short film Flowart Station (here on WordPress) also shared called In Shadow.  They had it on You tube also, so sharing it from there.  It’s not an easy film to watch but sometimes we can gain insight from watching such things.  My husband and I really like the animated film genre, so this resonated with us on many levels.  If you aren’t into animated films, this might be the introduction you need to explore the genre.

– Link to Flowart Station Magazine post to view it on Vimeo:

IN-SHADOW – This impressive short film is a violent criticism against capitalism

Published on Nov 13, 2017

Embark on a visionary journey through the fragmented unconscious of the west, and with courage face the Shadow. From Shadow into Light.

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”
-C.G. Jung

Written, Directed & Produced by Lubomir Arsov
Original Soundtrack “Age of Wake” by Starward Projections
Composited by Sheldon Lisoy
Additional Compositing by Hiram Gifford
Art Directed & Edited by Lubomir Arsov
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Gallery quality ART PRINTS available here: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/inshadow/

Film Website: https://www.inshadow.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inshadowmovie/
Music Composers: https://www.starwardprojections.com/
Contact: light@inshadow.net

© Lubomir Arsov 2017

IN-SHADOW – This impressive short film is a violent criticism against capitalism

19 Nov 2017 Meditations (wasp), FFXIV Warrior of Light and hot glue gun ring

Hello to you – just popping in on this beautiful Sunday .  Hope this finds you well.  The pictures are just some random things from the past couple of days.  For my meditations the past couple of years, I’ve started using things like statues etc., as part of my experience.  Yesterday I realized I was kind of doing something that Henry Thoreau talked about in his book Walden.  It’s the part when he noticed how much different objects he had in his home looked when he took them outside when he had to clean the floor.  He was right!  The sunlight on an object versus artificial light of most homes really does change how an object appears.

“It was pleasant to see my whole household effects out on the grass, making a little pile like a gypsy’s pack, and my three-legged table, from which I did not remove the books and pen and ink, standing amid the pines and hickories.  They seemed glad to get out themselves, and as if unwilling to be brought in.  I was sometimes tempted to stretch an awning over them and take my seat there.  It was worth the while the see the sun shine on these things, and hear the free wind blow on them; so much more interesting objects look out of doors than in the house.” – Walden by Henry David Thoreau

My dream factory last night melded a lot of what I’ve been watching, reading and thinking about lately all into one.  In one of the dreams last night I was in the woods and walked by a tiny home that was painted blood red inside and all it had was a built-in-dresser.  Then there were two tall blonde men standing near a stream in the woods talking to me.  They looked familiar, like Ragnar and Bjorn from Vikings.  They were talking about buying a small fishing cabin.  I can remember hearing the voice of a man out of visual range of the two men I was talking to adding to the conversation.  There was something about Psalms from the bible, my mind wants to say it was 137,  but I’m not sure.  It does correlate a bit to talking to the two men at the stream.

Psalm 137New International Version (NIV) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20137

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
    while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
    my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 6 at History Ahead of Season 5 Premiere

*29 Nov 2017 premiere – History channel – if we can watch it (don’t have cable, had to watch it online last time) looking forward to seeing Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the remaining cast.

The hot glue gun ring is me experimenting…at play.  I had bought what’s called a “candle ring” from a neighbors garage sale a while ago and it tarnished on me like rings of that quality tend to do.  I really liked the setting design and the red crystal in it.  So this morning I tried to make a wire wrap ring using the stone and it didn’t work.  What I came up with was a mess.  So a thought occurred to me to try to make a ring out of hot glue and set the loose stone in it.  Why not?!  Well it came out pretty cool lol.  I have no idea how durable it is or how long it will last but it was fun.  I have had more fun with the hot glue gun.  Kyle brought it home several years ago now after he was done with it in his welding classes.  They used Styrofoam and the hot glue guns to practice welding things together before actually trying to weld metal together.

100 DIY ways to use a GLUE GUN | CRAFTS & HACKS

17 Nov 2017 When life and sci-fi meet (Stranger Things 2 tunnels and N Korean defector parasites)

Hello again!  I know this is a weird thing, a strange thing to share but it just is one of those things that makes you go “Hmmmmmm.”  Remember my theorizing about how I suspect we aren’t entirely under control of our “cars” aka our bodies?  Well I just saw this post and we just finished watching Stranger Things 2 and wow!

Here are the tunnels in Stranger Things 2 which are a lot like tunnels existing in nature AND in our own bodies.  Everything was “alive” in these tunnels much like occurs in our reality – nature – our bodies:

Source: Internet. This is a scene from Stranger Things 2. There were tunnels all under the shows town Hawkins. Above ground things were dying like a pumpkin patches and trees.

Then there is the article I just read.  As soon as I saw the file picture they used, not an actual picture from what they found in the North Korean defector, I was like, “I recognize that!  Holy crap, it’s like Stranger Things!”  The worms in the picture from the article even look like the vines in the tunnels or even the Mind Flayer creature!  Did anyone else catch this?!  As I’ve said many times, I don’t think we have even begun to truly know all the many different forms of life that exist…what “life” is….what “sentience” is.   I’m pretty sure the Duffer Brothers were inspired not just by old science fiction movies lol!  My prayers go out to this man and all those who are trying to help him.  This is indeed a learning opportunity! 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42021373

North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites’

By Andreas Illmer BBC NewsI

A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say.

The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards.

Doctors say the patient is stable – but “an enormous number” of worms in his body are contaminating his wounds and making his situation worse.

His condition is thought to give a rare insight into life in North Korea.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician,” South Korean doctor Lee Cook-jong told journalists, explaining that the longest worm removed from the patient’s intestines was 27cm (11in) long.

What does it tell us about N Korea’s standards of health?

“North Korea is a very poor country and like any other poor country it has serious health problems,” Prof Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul told the BBC.

“North Korea does not have the resources to have a modern medical system,” he says. “Its doctors are relatively poorly trained and have to work with primitive equipment.”

In 2015 South Korean researchers studied the health records of North Korean defectors who had visited a hospital in Cheonan between 2006 and 2014.

They found that they showed higher rates of chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, tuberculosis and parasite infections, compared to South Koreans.

“I don’t know what is happening in North Korea, but I found many parasites when examining other defectors,” Professor Seong Min of Dankook University Medical School was quoted by the Korea Biomedical Review as saying.

But Prof Lankov points out that compared with other countries with a similar per capita income – like Bangladesh or many African countries – the population in North Korea is healthier than one would expect. The country’s life expectancy is well above average considering the level of economic poverty, he says.

The North Korean soldier is rushed on a stretcher into a hospital in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, 13 November 2017Image copyright EPA
Image caption The soldier was rushed to hospital on Monday

Are the parasites endangering the soldier?

Yes. Considering that he is already in a critical condition, they are making a bad situation much worse.

The soldier was shot at least six times when North Korean border guards opened fire on him as he ran across the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom to the South Korean side.

The young soldier was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in South Korea and has undergone emergency surgery.

Doctors say there is a severe contamination of the wounds by both parasites and faeces.

“We are paying close attention to prevent possible complications,” surgeon Lee Cook-jong told reporters, explaining that “an enormous number of parasites” including roundworms had been found in the small intestine.

How do you get a parasite?

Humans can get parasites through eating contaminated food, by being bitten by an insect or by the parasite entering through the skin.

In the case of the North Korean defector, the first case is most likely. Parasites which enter the body via contaminated food are often worms.

The soldier’s food may have been contaminated because the North still uses human faeces as fertiliser, known as “night soil”.

Lee Min-bok, a North Korean agriculture expert, told Reuters: “Chemical fertiliser was supplied by the state until the 1970s. By the 1990s, the state could not supply it any more, so farmers started to use a lot of night soil instead.”

If these faeces are untreated and fertilise vegetables that are later eaten uncooked, the parasites get into the mouth and the intestines of the person.

While some don’t cause any severe symptoms, others can be life-threatening, explains Prof Peter Preiser from the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

“What they all do is take nutrients away from your body,” he told the BBC. “So [even] if most of them might go unnoticed, they all indicate a poor health status. To put it simply: people who have parasites are not healthy.”

Surgeon Lee Cook-jongImage copyright EPA
Image caption Surgeon Lee Cook-jong said he’d never seen that many parasites

If the intestines are disrupted and parasites are released into the body cavity, they can be a lot more dangerous and much more complicated to treat.

Also, he is likely to have had the parasites for a long time. This means “that patient will generally be in a weaker state so any wounds and surgery will become more dangerous,” explains Prof Preiser.

Is this a problem particular to North Korea?

Parasites, especially worms, are thought to be widespread in North Korea. However, they also affect many developing countries where diets include uncooked vegetables fertilised with faeces.

There are ways to treat faeces so they can be used as a safe fertiliser, but many poor countries neglect to do so. Prof Lankov says this seems to be the case in North Korea.

The poor health and nutrition has widespread consequences “but North Korea does not admit this because they fear this will affect their image too much”.

Should there ever be a reunification of the two Koreas though, there would be massive health problems for officials to deal with for decades to come, Prof Lankov warns.

 

17 Nov 2017 Lead back to old poetry via my dreams (Peterson AFB CO)

Hello to you. It’s Friday morning, 7:40 am as I begin to write to you. I hope this finds you well.

The snippet of a dream I remember from last night/this morning lead me back in my waking world to Peterson AFB CO. I was stationed there for nearly seven years between Falcon AFB (now Schriever), HQ Air Force Space Command and Peterson. We were at Peterson when 9/11 happened.

What I remember of the dream is disjointed. There was something about seeing a folder that had the words, “Cooking in Heaven” on the cover. I remember meeting a Capt Carlton (I knew him as a General, the commander of the 36 Fighter Wing) and there was something about leading and being lead (this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately with regards to what is going on in our country – there is a lot of being lead by people that were hired to lead! We have a system that doesn’t make it easy for those who even try to be leaders!)  In the dream I was an officer, a Lieutenant. I can remember saluting and being saluted. There was something about food before marching.  A meal had been prepared but the soldiers were going to go marching before eating the meal and they were called back for the meal (makes me think of how Basic Training at Lackland AFB was lol!)

I was lead to a couple of poems I wrote during those days, one of which that was actually published. I thought I had bought the book it was printed in, but I don’t have it anymore! Glad I kept the paperwork for it. The theme of these poems is transition….moving. A very prevalent theme when you are a member of the military no matter what branch you are in.

In talking to other veterans, to include Kyle’s family, we still get the “itch” to move that comes after you have lived somewhere a long time.  Then the “FIGMO” would happen (Finally I Got My Order or Fuck it, Got My Orders), getting order to move.  After you separate or retire….your on your own and it gets harder as time goes by. You don’t have people to come and pack you up anymore and the knowledge you have a secure job waiting for you at the next location. As much as I hate to admit it, when I served in the Air Force, there was a job security that is nearly non-existent in most any job sector in America today.

Kind of a shitty deal though. Finding job security by feeding the war machine. I have to temper that statement though.  When I was looking through the pictures and papers I have in binders this morning, to include the silly Photoshop picture of Air Force Space Command with a UFO flying over it, I am reminded of a much kinder and gentler military than I hear exists now.  We used to temper the stress of our jobs with fun…comraderie…friendship….we were family for each other.  Pretty much for the whole time I served, I was encouraged to share my gifts of writing and art.  I did little newspapers with cartoons, did drawings and wrote poems for people’s special occasions like retirements, separations, promotions, and permanent change of stations.  I remember the people who I served with both military and many civilians that made my 16 years even remotely bearable. I miss those people, not the jobs I did for the “machine.”

Anyhew….the poems

Changing Scenery Again – by Jackie Wygant (then Cammarato) National Library of Poetry, Beneath the Harvest Moon 1996

Once again we’ve found a place

But as soon as we feel settled

Order in hand, it’s time again to roam.

The boxes will come

Many good-bye will be said

A part of us will awaken

That which we thought was dead

All the treasures we bought with such care

Will soon be tossed and crushed

Loaded into a moving truck

Our apartment then empty and hushed

Soon too will come a parade of new faces

The dance of new friendships will begin

The longing to stay in our comfort

We’ll face with our usual chegrin

The scenery keeps on changing

Faces and places blending with the years

Someday we’ll be home

And when we do, be listening for the cheers!!

Jackie Wygant – it was Cammarato then) – I wrote this on 7 Aug 1998 for a decoration presentation not sure but think it may have been mine.

I wrote this around the time I left working at Air Force Space Command. I hated working there….nothing but a sea of gray cubicles and stress. My jobs there were very high visibility and stressful like arranging award ceremonies for the command and managing the records and promotion procedures for all the officers assigned to the command.

I did love the people I worked with and miss so many of them and wonder how they are to do this day. I think often of General Estes, who was the Commander of Air Force Space Command when I was there. He was not the conventional “CEO.” I would often see him riding his bike as I was running on base. I will always remember standing in line at the Base Exchange and he was in front of my ex and I. What was he buying? White socks lol. I think I remember that because it’s important to remember now matter how high you live or how low in so many ways, the ways that matter in this life, we are all the same from cradle to grave and back again.

It’s important to remember that when you get to the “high places” not to forget how you got there!

Angel on my shoulder it’s time to fly

Find another way to live

Though we are afraid, we mustn’t cry

For a lighted narrow door opens now in this wood

If we go through it

It will forever do us good

The doorways light casts away the shadows and dark

Inside of our minds and hearts

It lights a spark

Opportunity is provided, though not treasures and gold

It still sparkles like sunlit dewdrops before us

Providing us a future before our flesh grows cold

Angel on my shoulders open your wings

It’s time for us to be off

To new and finer things…..

*Happy birthday wishes to my friends Margie and Ken today wherever and whenever you are.

 

16 Nov 2017 Breathe, Sunflower, Rainbow (Stranger Things 2)

31 Aug 2017 Jackie Wygant Gateway Park Arlington TX

31 Aug 2017 Jackie Gateway Park Arlington TX

Hello to you.  Hope this finds you well and if not well at least better than you were.  I know these are hard times for so many people!

These are some drawings.   The “map” thing is just me letting my mind go and the end result of the circles was the pen and ink and chalk drawing which look like one I did  with regards to sound.  It’s relaxing.   We have almost finished watching Stranger Things 2.  The episode with the “Breathe, Sunflower, Rainbow, 450” was weird for me because I had an association with each of those words and the 450 part….well my Mom was subjected to electro-shock therapy too so that freaked me out.  The Breathe – sleep mask, Sunflower – Kyle and I on a walk before we left Delaware and his stopping me to show me a sunflower that seemed to be growing out of nowhere and Rainbow – big part a lot of things for me.  A lot of my art, to include the sky bird drawing I’m sharing today, has a rainbow in it.  As I sit writing to you, I’m wearing a rainbow themed shirt I got at the Dinosaur park at Glen Rose lol.  Anyhew….as I said.  Sometimes the things we choose to watch aren’t just by coincidence.

After I watched that episode I all the sudden got really cold.  During one of my stays at Mesa Springs, there was a woman I met there who had a bad hip.  She seemed familiar, had blonde hair and liked to dance.  I know it couldn’t be my Mom, but something about her made me think of her.  She said something about having had to forage for the jeans she was wearing but I remember something about a car coming for her!  She was really nice to me but something happened inside me and I distanced myself from her.  She was very upset about this and kept pleading with me that I knew her, “Jackie you know me!”  Strange things happen to you when you go into places like Mesa Springs.  Not a good place for people like me…a lot of vacant “cars” and “passengers looking for a new ride.”

3 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing Just Breathe sleep mask Alvarado TX 1

3 Nov 2017 – This was for me. Sometimes I lose confidence in myself or think too much. My old sleep mask, “Just Breathe” reminds me not to overthink it….just breathe.

 

15 Nov 2017 1206 pm Jackie Wygant pen and ink drawing of familiar shape like city map Alvarado TX 2

15 Nov 2017 1206 pm Jackie Wygant pen and ink drawing of familiar shape like city map Alvarado TX 2

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing of familiar city like map 1231 pm Alvarado TX

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing of familiar city like map 1231 pm Alvarado TX

25 Oct 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing Grid of sound ping Alvarado TX

25 Oct 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing Grid of sound ping Alvarado TX – looks like drawing from yesterday

14 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing young man in black 445 pm Alvarado TX 4

14 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing young man in black 445 pm Alvarado TX 4

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing blue eyed sky bird Alvarado TX

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing blue eyed sky bird Alvarado TX – “sky bird”

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing plans within plans Alvarado TX

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing plans within plans Alvarado TX

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing man who looks like Malcom McDowell Alvarado TX 1

15 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing man who looks like young Malcom McDowell Alvarado TX 1