a plant related to the spiderwort, with short-lived flowers that are typically blue.
Hello. How are you in your present moment? Me? There are so many things I could say, but really I’m grateful. Within the past couple of months people I care about have been going through some really rough stuff like divorce, the sickness of family and friends and the deaths of family and friends. It feels like we are all just going through some serious shit right now and it’s hard but like I told my sweet friend last night, “I know it’s hard but it won’t always be this way.” This is something life has taught me. This is something losing our sweet dog Sammy taught me. When hard times come, they only last as long as you allow them to and time is really the best healer. The more of it that passes between you and what your going through, the less it hurts. The pain won’t completely go away. You won’t forget the pain, but it will hurt less.
I am not a materially rich person but in terms of meaningful wealth, there is no earthly equivalent. Sometimes I forget, sometimes I whine, complain, I wallow, bitch and moan about trivial and frivolous things….most of which I cannot change. Time passes, things get better.
These moments are so small in the scheme of all the moments. As I often hear in my mind when I manage to get it quiet, “Let everything pass through. Everything passes through. Let the images and emotion that come into your mind just through.”
This morning I was laying in bed worrying about my friends and what they are going to do today and their fur kids. I’ve been very sad and anxious for them. In my head I asked “Are you there?” and the answer I heard was, “I’m always here.” Who is this loving, comforting voice I am having a telepathic conversation with? Is it God? Is that just my mind manufacturing an answer of comfort for me? Whatever the answer, that voice helped me get out of bed this morning to come and write this!
We are not abandoned, no matter how it may seem. No matter how many negative headlines splash in front of our eyes, how many tragedies real or manufactured are put before or placed on us – we are not alone. All you have to do is ask to be reassured.
Enya – Only Time (Official Music Video)
Hello there. How are you doing in your here and now as you visit me here? I hope you are well. Kyle and I didn’t sleep very well last night. One of those toss and turn kind of nights. One of us did dream and it was him for a change. He rarely remembers his dreams too lol. When we were in Half Price Books yesterday he said he had caught a brief glimpse of a book with a title like Treasures of the Olympics. In just one look it was in his dreams. I told him the dream machine is like the enigma to me. Our conscious waking moments are all keys to unlock the dream enigma machine. It takes just the right combination of these keys, sometimes quickly and sometimes over the course of a very long time, to unlock a dream. For me, sometimes it feels like I’m unlocking doors to other people’s minds and or heavens!
Here is the dream he had and I’m thrilled he allowed me to jot it down and share it:
From what he remembers and there are a lot of missing particulars, he went to a tiny island of sand and the American flag was flying there. After he arrived he had to climb some rocks. The ropes to the flag were made of fishing line and all tangled up. Someone was directing them on how to untangle the line. The flag started to rise and then he woke up. He said his view of the dream was like watching the Olympics on television. He said it was because he could see boxes of ads and information on the sides of the screen during what he was watching.
This dream was very symbolic to me. It feels like every time we get a tangle untangled in this country or even world, somebody has to come along and tangle it back up! Kyle is a welder and has said if Texas ever got the Olympics he’d love to be able to help create things for the events. Wouldn’t that be an incredible thing to be part of?!
This mornings drawings with Aretha Franklin and all those in this world who are sick in mind, body and spirit and need a prayer to either get well or have the courage to let go and move on. Drawing helps me manage my feelings about these things. I may not know her directly but I care. Honestly I have not closely kept up with her music and other endeavors but think she is an amazing human being. What a voice! Like the woman in my dream from the other day – too big to contain! I saw articles and pictures about Aretha’s condition yesterday and just couldn’t believe she’s down to just 85 lbs! I hope for her very best. My sentiments are the same for all in this world who are going through what she is right now. I think it’s beautiful she is surrounded by those who love and care about her:
Aretha Franklin – Freeway Of Love (Video)
|Author||Margot Lee Shetterly|
|Publisher||William Morrow and Company|
|6 September 2016|
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a 2016 non-fiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly. Shetterly started working on the book in 2010. The book takes place from the 1930s through the 1960s when women were still viewed as inferior to men. The biographical text follows the lives of Human Computers such as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three mathematicians (known as “human computers”) who overcame discrimination, as women and as African Americans, while working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race, as well as Christine Darden, who was the first African-American woman to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service for her work in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms. It was the basis of a film by the same name which was nominated for three Oscars. The book reached number one on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list and got the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction in 2017.
Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women who worked as computers to solve problems for engineers and others at NASA. For the first years of their careers, the workplace was segregated and women were kept in the background as human computers. Author Margot Lee Shetterly’s father was actually a research scientist at NASA who worked with many of the book’s main characters. The book explains how these three historical women overcame the discrimination and racial segregation to become three American figures in history. The main character, Katherine Johnson, calculated rocket trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions. Johnson successfully “took matters into her own hands”; by being adamant with her supervisor about her capabilities, Katherine Johnson was allowed into all male meetings at NASA.
The Planets and Space – numbers in the words:
Mercury = 103/4/2/1
Venus = 81/9 cycle
Earth = 52/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Mars = 51/6/3 cycle
Jupiter = 99/18/9 cycle
Saturn = 93/12/3 cycle
Uranus = 94/13/4/2/1
Neptune = 95/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Pluto = 84/12/3 cycle
Planets = 87/15/6/3 cycle
Sun = 54/9 cycle
Moon = 57/12/3 cycle
Star = 58/13/4/2/1
Orbit = 64/10/1
Gravity = 102/3 cycle
Black Hole = 69/15/6/3 cycle
Worm Hole = 109/10/1
Neutrinos = 135/9 cycle
The Large Hadron Collider = 214/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Space = 44/8/4/2/1
Another book I recently read and can recommend that my mom-in-law passed on to me recently. I gulped it down very quickly lol! I love that the author Alan Bradley didn’t write his first book until late in life and has been a great success!
Front cover of US/Canada first edition
|Cover artist||Joe Montgomery (US)|
|Series||Flavia de Luce Mysteries|
Delacorte Press (US)
|22 January 2009 (UK)
10 February 2009 (Canada)
28 April 2009 (US)
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
|Pages||304 (UK first edition)
384 (US first edition)
ISBN 978-0-385-66582-7 (Canada)
ISBN 978-0-7528-9194-1 (UK)
ISBN 978-1-4104-1917-0 (large print)
|Followed by||The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag|
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a mystery by Alan Bradley published in 2009. Set in the English countryside in 1950, it features Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old amateur sleuth who pulls herself away from her beloved chemistry lab in order to clear her father in a murder investigation. First-time novelist, Bradley, wrote the book after winning the 2007 Debut Dagger Award and selling the publishing rights in 3 countries based on the first chapter and a synopsis. Well received by critics as an old-fashioned mystery featuring an unforgettable protagonist, the novel has won multiple awards and is the first in a proposed 10-book series.
Hello! It’s the first day of school for us here in Alvarado TX and I can already hear the train of traffic starting behind the house. Must be some new folks driving to school now – lots of stereo thumping and bass going by. It’s hard to get motivated to go back to school! Even as long ago as that’s been for me, I still remember the feeling. Kind of the same feeling you get on Sunday night before having to go back to work on Monday! “Do I have to go?!”
I was hoping the city would fix the road problem before all this started but they weren’t able to I guess. Between the extreme heat and now the rain and wet I guess it wasn’t possible. Every once in a while we hear a loud thump that sounds like thunder as someone who doesn’t know the divet is there hits it. The dogs are reasonable to freak out about it!
It was 32 years ago today that I joined the Air Force. I was medically retired from being a Personnelist (basically I flew a desk aka I was a secretary) in September 2002. Man I’m getting old but just in numbers lool! I don’t miss that part of my life but I will always miss many of the people I had the honor to work with. It was a great experience to work with people from all walks of life and not care about our differences. We were a team and in many cases close like family. I think of these people often and hope wherever and whenever life has taken them that they are well.
Last night –
Had a couple of interesting dreams. I’ve been having a lot of them lately. The first one was about being a bird and flying. I flew into a wood where there was a group of people gathered. A woman was telling me to follow the currents. I veered off course but then I saw a flock of birds and started to follow them. I ended up near a woman who changed into a leopard cat. Something about her car getting stuck. I remember seeing the tail lights of a car. Just before I woke from this dream I flew into a brush of nettles – a thorny bushes – and couldn’t find my way out.
The dream before I woke up was interesting. I was trying out for a sports team. I was a tomboy and they could tell. Then I remember being back stage wearing a jacket and had a cigar or something in my mouth. I was confident even with not knowing what song I was going to sing. I went out to a room full of people and started singing about unity and freedom like a black woman might, a very big and powerful voice. The crowd wasn’t sure about me!
Nap yesterday –
I dreamt I was doing some exercise routine like aerobics outside in the sunshine in front of a tall white house. I could see someone in the top floor window moving/watching me. It wasn’t “me” in the dream. The way I could tell it wasn’t me was I could see my thighs/knees/legs were very thick and muscular. My skin was reddish brown. I was moving very fast, effortless almost like a child might. My hands were smaller. I woke up from this dream hearing Native American singing set to very fast paced electronic dance music.
Changing gears: OWLS! (owls are symbolic of wisdom and learning – which is perfect for folks going back to school today!)
Yesterday I commented on a post by a new WordPress friend Zarbakht. She had shared about her kitty Margo not feeling well and in one of the pictures Margo was sleeping with a Ty Beanie Boo Owl like I have in my collection. Well when I mentioned this, she was very enthusiastic for me to share more about these owls of mine. She apparently is very much in love with owls! I’m not sure if she thought I had real owls, as some people do so I clarified for her the only owls in my possession were of the stuff variety. However, my friend Cindy Knoke (https://cindyknoke.com/?s=owls) is an amazing nature photographer and has captured the image of REAL owls in the wild and near her property!
Anyhew – I love owls too. This is for you Zarbakht!
Numbers in the Words:
United States Air Force = 232/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Military = 107/8/4/2/1
Computer = 111/3 cycle
Owl = 50/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Photography = 149/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Public School = 135/9 cycle
Roads = 57/12/3 cycle
School Bus = 114/6/3 cycle
College = 59/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
Freedom = 66/12/3 cycle
Dreams = 60/6/3 cycle
https://www.nasa.gov/ – bookmarked so I can check in on Parker mission!
Parker = 69/15/6/3 cycle (cool!)
Sun = 54/9 cycle
Solar Probe = 121/4/2/1
Spacecraft = 92/11/2/1
Rocket = 72/9 cycle
Cape Canaveral = 102/3 cycle
Earth = 52/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
This article did a great job of explaining the mission’s objectives and what Parker will be doing out there. Congratulations to all these folks involved. I hope we get some meaningful data from all this effort:
NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet
By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
9 hrs ago
NASA Launches First Ever Solar Probe To ‘Touch The Sun’
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft rocketed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.
The Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the corona, or outer solar atmosphere, that was visible during last August’s total solar eclipse. It eventually will get within 3.8 million (6 million kilometers) of the sun’s surface, staying comfortably cool despite the extreme heat and radiation, and allowing scientists to vicariously explore the sun in a way never before possible.
No wonder scientists consider it the coolest, hottest mission under the sun, and what better day to launch to the sun than Sunday as NASA noted.
“Fly baby girl, fly!!” project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins University tweeted just before liftoff. She urged it to “go touch the sun!”
Protected by a revolutionary new carbon heat shield and other high-tech wonders, the spacecraft will zip past Venus in October. That will set up the first solar encounter in November. Altogether, the Parker probe will make 24 close approaches to the sun on the seven-year, $1.5 billion undertaking.
For the second straight day, thousands of spectators jammed the launch site in the middle of the night as well as surrounding towns, including 91-year-old astrophysicist Eugene Parker for whom the spacecraft is named. He proposed the existence of solar wind — a steady, supersonic stream of particles blasting off the sun — 60 years ago.
It was the first time NASA named a spacecraft after someone still alive, and Parker wasn’t about to let it take off without him. Saturday morning’s launch attempt was foiled by last-minute technical trouble.
“I’m just so glad to be here with him,” said NASA’s science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen. “Frankly, there’s no other name that belongs on this mission.”
The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun. Rocket maker United Launch Alliance said it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. Once on its way, the Parker probe will venture closer to our star than any other spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)© The Associated Press The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun. Rocket maker United Launch Alliance said it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. Once on its way, the Parker probe will venture closer to our star than any other spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP) The Delta IV Heavy rocket thundered into the pre-dawn darkness, thrilling onlookers for miles around. NASA needed the mighty 23-story rocket, plus a third stage, to get the diminutive Parker probe — the size of a small car and well under a ton — racing toward the sun.
From Earth, it is 93 million miles to the sun (150 million kilometers), and the Parker probe will be within 4 percent of that distance. That will be seven times closer than previous spacecraft.
Parker will start shattering records this fall. On its very first brush with the sun, it will come within 15.5 million miles (25 million kilometers), easily beating the current record set by NASA’s Helios 2 spacecraft in 1976. By the time Parker gets to its 22nd orbit of the sun, it will be even deeper into the corona and traveling at a record-breaking 430,000 mph (690,000 kilometers per hour).
Nothing from Planet Earth has ever hit that kind of speed.
Even Fox has difficulty comprehending the mission’s derring-do.
“To me, it’s still mind-blowing,” she said. “Even I still go, really? We’re doing that?”
Zurbuchen considers the sun the most important star in our universe — it’s ours, after all — and so this is one of NASA’s big-time strategic missions. By better understanding the sun’s life-giving and sometimes violent nature, Earthlings can better protect satellites and astronauts in orbit, and power grids on the ground, he noted. In today’s tech-dependent society, everyone stands to benefit.
With this mission, scientists hope to unlock the many mysteries of the sun, a commonplace yellow dwarf star around 4.5 billion years old. Among the puzzlers: Why is the corona hundreds of times hotter than the surface of the sun and why is the sun’s atmosphere continually expanding and accelerating, as the University of Chicago’s Parker accurately predicted in 1958?
“The only way we can do that is to finally go up and touch the sun,” Fox said. “We’ve looked at it. We’ve studied it from missions that are close in, even as close as the planet Mercury. But we have to go there.”
The spacecraft’s heat shield will serve as an umbrella, shading the science instruments during the close, critical solar junctures. Sensors on the spacecraft will make certain the heat shield faces the sun at the right times. If there’s any tilting, the spacecraft will correct itself so nothing gets fried. With a communication lag time of 16 minutes each way, the spacecraft must fend for itself at the sun. The Johns Hopkins flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, will be too far away to help.
A mission to get close up and personal with our star has been on NASA’s books since 1958. The trick was making the spacecraft small, compact and light enough to travel at incredible speeds, while surviving the sun’s punishing environment and the extreme change in temperature when the spacecraft is out near Venus.
“We’ve had to wait so long for our technology to catch up with our dreams,” Fox said. “It’s incredible to be standing here today.”
More than 1 million names are aboard the spacecraft, submitted last spring by space enthusiasts, as well as photos of Parker, the man, and a copy of his 1958 landmark paper on solar wind.
“I’ll bet you 10 bucks it works,” Parker said.
The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches on its way to “touch” the Sun (CNET News)
This afternoon was about rain and a lot of it – what a blessing! Our yard out back is finally starting to heal. What happens to the expansive clay soil we live on reminds me of how my hands crack, split and bleed when they get too dry. The healing balm of rain has been applied with wonderful results!
I baked a white cake (box mix as I haven’t found a white cake recipe I like yet) and some bread from scratch. Baking bread can be very therapeutic – the kneading part especially! I figured since I couldn’t really be outside like I normally do I may as well do something productive. I’ve been inspired by our watching The Great British Baking Show. We finished Season 1 just today. We love to watch these types of shows because they are positive and even in this instance, educational! We’ve seen cakes made that defy reality – 20 tiny layers of cake in one?! Or this:
A Kugelhopf Cake is a German yeast-risen sweet, rich bread baked in a special fluted tube pan called a Kugelhopf pan. There will be nuts, candied fruits and raisins or currants in the dough.
Looking forward to the next season. I find I get so attached to people in shows like this lol! It’s always sad to see them go.
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW | Introduction | PBS
https://gabbybernstein.com/bookbonus/ and https://www.facebook.com/gabriellebernstein/ – I’ve never heard of Gabrielle Bernstein before this morning. I found her when I was looking for a message about love and gratitude. This message is from her Facebook page. Her message was in line with my desire to share about a simple thing I do with the God of my understanding when I pray and meditate – “Thank you, I love you.” Just that! No extensive laundry list of all I could whine or complain about or ask for. I’m trying to work on getting a more quiet mind and it remains quite a challenge.
https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – Spin of the Prayer Wheel brought me this profound message:
On the vast canvas of the self,
the self itself paints
the picture of the various worlds
and the supreme-self itself
derives extreme bliss
from seeing that picture.
Hello to you in your here and now as you visit me here. Thank you for taking the time. Hopefully visits here are part of the fulfillment aspect of your time in this life.
Time is an illusion with a face and moving hands.
So this morning I got teary, in a good way. We were walking Link and Spot and our neighbor George came out to head to work. We did a cheery exchange of how are you doings like we always do and then I said, “It’s a rough time for a lot of folks” and stopped and looked at me and said, “Is it?” and that made me pause and think, “I like that!” I said. Positive thinking and faith in one phrase. It’s hard times if you believe it and if you focus your thoughts on the difficulties and not the blessings. He said, “We got rain” and I said, “I was out playing in it too, grateful to God for that!”
As we walked away, I felt myself tearing up at this simple exchange. It was a reminder. My sharing this isn’t to say or negate the fact that life isn’t difficult for too many people. It’s about mindfulness and empowerment – mastering the struggles you are facing on your terms.
Profound quote I found this morning that I had never seen/read before:
I didn’t have a very restful sleep again last night, part of the reason I’m more easily triggered emotionally. I had a couple of weird/troubling dreams. The first dream was of an Asian woman and something about being put in a brothel against her will. The second was of a woman with blonde hair put up on her head. She was wearing a red gown with straps. She almost looked like Sissy Spacek in the movie Carrie (Carrie’s dress started out white). The woman had a long tan arms and there was a red welt on one of them. I don’t know if the welt was a sore or from an injection. She was struggling against someone or something. Then all the sudden she was wrapped in this white latex and looked like one of the featureless wisp people in my drawings. She had a crown of the same white material attached to her head. Then she was put into what looked like a sarcophagus or casing of some kind. As I watched this happening in my dream, it was like she was going to live in it.
More weird from Jackie’s dream theater! I have no idea where this stuff comes from. Sometimes I wonder if I’m walking in someone else’s dream world or they have put their stuff in mine! Most likely it’s just my brain putting together snippets of all the data I’ve been exposed to in my waking world and making a movie. Sometimes I wish my mind would just move things directly to the cutting room floor!
Hello to you. Not much to say today. The dogs and I have been kind of “off” today. Spot’s tummy has been upset so much she hasn’t wanted her normal indulgences, I’ve been teary and Link has been worried about the two of us! Kyle is fine….he has video games lol. My dreams had a music theme last night. I dreamt about Prince and I had a dream about singing a song I’d never heard before but of course I can’t remember the words. Before I woke up I was hearing Rod Stewart singing a song with the phrase “Becky’s coming home tonight” in it. I looked and that isn’t in the songs I know by him so my mind was off on it’s own with that one! I need a dream recorder thingy!
Anyhew – I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are. My prayers go out to all the folks being traumatized right now in big or small ways by forces they can’t control.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/grieving-orca-still-swimming-with-her-dead-calf-in-northwest/ar-BBLGcdF?OCID=ansmsnnews11 – Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest – we aren’t the only ones who grieve the loss of those we love.
https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – spin of the prayer wheel today brought me to the shaker’s
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
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