16 Nov 2018 Mother Earth

16 Nov 2018 Jackie painting outside with fabric paint Alvarado TX DSC_0257 – used up the last of the fabric paint I had. An abstract interpretation of the mother we all share….earth.

What follows here may or may not make any sense to you.  It’s just come to me to put this together and put it out into the blogosphere and hope it helps somehow.  What has been coming to me with these numbers and words is we are tasking nature to a breaking point and cannot delay or procrastinate change much longer.  The earth doesn’t understand delays and or excuses we might make to put off what is hard but must be done.

witch mother in Simple Gematria equals: 142 *52  – phrase that came up in my meditations recently and I was surprised it had the same value as earth only because I had never put the two together. 

7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

earth in Simple Gematria equals: 52*

7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

mother earth in Simple Gematria equals: 131

5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

human in Simple Gematria equals: 57

12/6/3 divided by 2 = 1.5 = 6 divided by 2 = 3 cycle

soul in Simple Gematria equals: 67

13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

spirit of the earth in Simple Gematria equals: 197

17/8/4/2/1 or 17 divided by 2 = 8.5 = 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

= 646

16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 or 16/8/4/2/1

*This phrase that came to me thinking about our relationship with the earth.  We have become estranged from whom all of what we are and shall ever be – the earth. 

who suffers the works of man in Simple Gematria equals: 308

who suffers the works of women in Simple Gematria equals: 350

those who cannot speak in Simple Gematria equals: 232

the language of the trees in Simple Gematria equals: 222

all men women and their children in Simple Gematria equals: 279

= 1391/491/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

http://www.thefinertimes.com/Middle-Ages/witches-and-witchcraft-in-the-middle-ages.html – interesting article about the history of what happened to people who were declared to be witches (wise women).

wise women in Simple Gematria equals: 126 (god in Simple Gematria equals: 26)

midwife in Simple Gematria equals: 69 (people in Simple Gematria equals: 69)

=195/69/15/6/3 cycle or 15 divided by 2 = 7.5 = 12/6/3 cycle

wise wom·an
[wīz ˈwo͝omən]

NOUN
wise women (plural noun)
  1. a woman considered to be knowledgeable in matters such as herbal healing, magic charms, or other traditional lore.
    synonyms:
    prophet · prophetess · seer · sibyl · augur · wise man · wise woman · sage · oracle · prognosticator · prophesier · forecaster of the future · diviner · fortune teller · ·

    [more]
    crystal gazer · clairvoyant · psychic · spiritualist · medium · palmist · palm reader · spaeman · spaewife · haruspex · vaticinator · oracler
    mother in Simple Gematria equals: 79
    father in Simple Gematria equals: 58
    brother in Simple Gematria equals: 86
    sister in Simple Gematria equals: 90
    stepmother in Simple Gematria equals: 139
    stepfather in Simple Gematria equals: 118
    children in Simple Gematria equals: 73
    grandfather in Simple Gematria equals: 102
    grandmother in Simple Gematria equals: 123
    aunt in Simple Gematria equals: 56
    uncle in Simple Gematria equals: 55
    relative in Simple Gematria equals: 92
    family in Simple Gematria equals: 66
    = 1137/12/6/3 cycle
    friend in Simple Gematria equals: 56
    neighbor in Simple Gematria equals: 78
    = 134/44/8/4/2/1
    city in Simple Gematria equals: 57
    state in Simple Gematria equals: 65
    country in Simple Gematria equals: 116
    home in Simple Gematria equals: 41
    house in Simple Gematria equals: 68
    world in Simple Gematria equals: 72
    planet in Simple Gematria equals: 68
    room in Simple Gematria equals: 61
    = 548/98/17/8/4/2/1 or 17 divided by 2 = 8.5 = 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
    646 + 1391 + 195 + 1137 + 134 + 548 = 4051/91/10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
    battle of the sexes in Simple Gematria equals: 186
    patriarch in Simple Gematria equals: 94
    matriarch in Simple Gematria equals: 91
    = 371/11/2/1 or 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

    4051 + 371 = 4422/84/12/6/3 cycle

we are using up all the space to run away from arguments in Simple Gematria equals: 569

move away in Simple Gematria equals: 105

urban sprawl in Simple Gematria equals: 145

= 819/99/18/9 cycle (9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9)

(thirteen in Simple Gematria equals: 99)

    4422 + 819 = 5241/75/12/6/3 cycle

cooperation in Simple Gematria equals: 131 (mother earth in Simple Gematria equals: 131)

  5241 + 131 = 5372/89/17/8/4/2/1  or 17 divided by 2 = 8.5 = 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

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9 Nov 2018 Little Pieces

Phrase that came to me as I was thinking about posting today or not:

mind the little pieces for put together they are a planet in Simple Gematria equals: 553

9 Nov 2018 Jackie bead aluminum metal and hot glue window art Alvarado TX DSC_0248

This is a picture of a sun catcher I made today.  It was something else, I took it apart and made something new with the parts.  It’s not beautiful or fancy but it made me smile when I was done with it.  I like to fix broken things and repurpose things that were one thing to make something different.  This is what nature does with us through the cycles of life I think.

repurpose in Simple Gematria equals: 133

16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 or 16/8/4/2/1

repair in Simple Gematria equals: 67

13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

fix in Simple Gematria equals: 39

12/3 cycle or 12/6/3 cycle  (human)

replace in Simple Gematria equals: 60

6/3 cycle

borrow in Simple Gematria equals: 91

10/1 or 10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

brand new in Simple Gematria equals: 81

9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle

recycle in Simple Gematria equals: 71

8/4/2/1

= 542

11/2/1 or 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

it all goes back to the same place in Simple Gematria equals: 260*

8/4/2/1

*If you stop to think about it, no matter where we throw all of our various forms of personal and industrial wastes, it all ends up in the same place and affects us all.

energy in Simple Gematria equals: 74 *various forms but all animated beings need energy to operate

11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

air in Simple Gematria equals: 28

10/1 or 10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

water in Simple Gematria equals: 67

13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

earth in Simple Gematria equals: 52

7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

food in Simple Gematria equals: 40

4/2/1

human in Simple Gematria equals: 57

12/3 cycle or 12/6/3 cycle (fix)

insect in Simple Gematria equals: 70

7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

plant in Simple Gematria equals: 63

9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle

animal in Simple Gematria equals: 50

5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

= 501

6/3 cycle

553 + 542 + 260 + 501 = 1856

20/2/1 or 20/10/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1856

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla – looked up 1856 because it looked like a year to me.  Turns out it was the year Nikola was born.  What’s interesting is I was looking into a couple things about him just yesterday!

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Serbian American inventor
Nikola Tesla
Photograph of Nikola Tesla, a slender, moustachioed man with a thin face and pointed chin.

Nikola Tesla, c. 1896
Born (1856-07-10)10 July 1856
Smiljan, Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia)
Died 7 January 1943(1943-01-07) (aged 86)
New York City, United States
Resting place Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Serbia
Citizenship Austrian (1856–1891)
American (1891–1943)
Education Graz University of Technology (abandoned)
Engineering career
Discipline Electrical engineering,
Mechanical engineering
Projects Alternating current,
high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments
Significant design Tesla Tower/World Wireless System/Wireless power transfer
Tesla Experimental Station
Tesla’s Egg of Columbus
Tesla coil/Resonant inductive coupling
Tesla turbine
Tesla valve
Tesla’s oscillator
Polyphase system
AC motor/Induction motor
Rotating magnetic field
Radio control
Plasma globe
Plasma lamp
Carbon button lamp
Teleforce/Death ray
Telegeodynamics
Teleoperation
Torpedo [1]
Vacuum variable capacitor
Violet ray
VTOL
Awards
Signature
Nikola Tesla signature 1900.svg

Nikola Tesla (/ˈtɛslə/;[2] Serbo-Croatian: [nǐkola têsla]; Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American[3][4][5] inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.[6]

Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla received an advanced education in engineering and physics in the 1870s and gained practical experience in the early 1880s working in telephony and at Continental Edison in the new electric power industry. He emigrated to the United States in 1884, where he would become a naturalized citizen. He worked for a short time at the Edison Machine Works in New York City before he struck out on his own. With the help of partners to finance and market his ideas, Tesla set up laboratories and companies in New York to develop a range of electrical and mechanical devices. His alternating current (AC) induction motor and related polyphase AC patents, licensed by Westinghouse Electric in 1888, earned him a considerable amount of money and became the cornerstone of the polyphase system which that company would eventually market.

23 Oct 2018 Being an Ant

The skies here were blue and then they started with the intense spraying.  It’s been going on for a couple of days now.  I don’t know if they are buffering things for Hurricane Willa that is attacking Mexico and will ultimately head this way or just spraying.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-willa-category-4-mexico-pacific-coast-latest-track-path-weather-forecast-today-2018-10-22-live-updates/ – I hope the folks in Mexico are prepared and will have what they need to deal with this.

This must be what it’s like to be an ant – like the ant I found in my book yesterday.  I just stand in my yard and look up at what they are doing and I am pretty much powerless.  I used to get really angry about it, but that only hurt me.

I have read information on web sites that track this stuff.  They have all sorts of videos, pictures, personal stories of illness etc., all sorts theories but still no definitive answers.  People have started and circulated countless petitions to the government to stop this activity and yet it continues.  Most still think this is a conspiracy theory.

This activity is so prevalent that it shows up in the sky scenes of movies, television shows and blog pictures from people all over the globe and yet it goes on.  Unless I were to pay to send samples to a lab for analysis, I don’t know what is going on up there.  Plenty of people do know, have had samples studied and even with the damning evidence they find, it still goes on.

Since we all breathe air, we are all breathing whatever it is that is in those x’s in the skies.   If the elite are trying to squish us I would expect them and their progeny to be in bubble suites, wearing air breathing devices or taking special immunizing pills all of the time.  I haven’t seen that so either they have some other defense mechanism or just don’t care.

I am not so much worried for myself as I am for everyone else to include the children that walk home from school here while they are doing this.  There are many other non-human lives affected by this activity like dogs and cats left outside, birds, insects, trees and all other plant life.  I have written about things I have noticed with the trees and insects these past couple of years since the spraying has become more frequent and more intense.

Are we, “the ants”, being fumigated or something else?  If something else?  What else?!  Don’t we have a right to know or is it a case of if we knew we couldn’t handle the answers we would get?  I don’t think we could probably  handle the answers we would get if they actually told all of us the truth of things.  I suspect it has to do with population control but like most of the others that are looking up in the sky and paying attention, I don’t know for sure what is going on.   If you haven’t read Dan Brown’s Inferno (http://danbrown.com/inferno/), you might want to.  The conclusion of the story  comes to my mind with this topic.

I would like to believe whatever is going on is for a good reason, something positive and or helpful.  We shall see.

 

what it is like to be an ant in Simple Gematria equals: 238

58/13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 8/4/2/1

population control in Simple Gematria equals: 236

56/11/2/1 or 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 8/4/2/1

= 474

15/6/3 cycle or 15 divided by 2 = 7.5 = 12/16/3 cycle

https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2013/09/spocks-illogic-the-needs-of-the-many-outweigh-the-needs-of-the-few/

In The Wrath of Khan (1982), Spock says, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Captain Kirk answers, “Or the one.”

logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few in Simple Gematria equals: 715

85/13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 8/4/2/1

the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one in Simple Gematria equals: 463

76/13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 8/4/2/1

the greater good in Simple Gematria equals: 148

49/13/4/2/1 or 13 divided by 2 = 6.5 = 11 divided by 2 = 5.5 = 10 divided by 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 8/4/2/1

= 1326
66/12/6/3 cycle

16 Sept 2018 DNA brainstorm in the numbers and drawing thinking about the Anjikuni Lake Mystery

Hope there is something interesting here for you.  I am sharing this because I’m sure I’m not the only person who has thought about this stuff lol.  The drawing here is what I did after watching something on YouTube about the mysterious disappearance of Inuit Eskimo’s from the shores of Anjikuni Lake in Canada.   I did some surface looking at this with the numbers and it basically came to 30 missing men, women and children for me:

opened graves in Simple Gematria equals: 131

abandoned village in Simple Gematria equals: 128

burning fire in Simple Gematria equals: 123

angikuni lake in Simple Gematria equals: 115

inuit in Simple Gematria equals: 73

eskimo in Simple Gematria equals: 72

dead sled dogs in Simple Gematria equals: 99

joe labelle canadian fur trapper in Simple Gematria equals: 265

thirty men women and children in Simple Gematria equals: 294

= 1300/13/4/2/1

thirty missing men women and children in Simple Gematria equals: 384

15/6/3 cycle

https://www.historicmysteries.com/anjikuni-lake/ – link to one of the articles written about it.

18 Sept 2018 Jackie Wygant pen drawing Anjikuni Lake Mystery Alvarado TX DSC_0089

16 Sept 2018 5:03 brainstorm about DNA

places traces of my dna could be how we are all mixed together in Simple Gematria equals: 538

88/16/8/4/2/1

deoxyribonucleic acid in Simple Gematria equals: 201 (DNA)

dna in Simple Gematria equals: 19

house in Simple Gematria equals: 68

yard in Simple Gematria equals: 48

city water in Simple Gematria equals: 124

city sewer in Simple Gematria equals: 127

clothing in Simple Gematria equals: 88

garbage in Simple Gematria equals: 41

objects in Simple Gematria equals: 74

public toilet in Simple Gematria equals: 144

store in Simple Gematria equals: 77

movie theater in Simple Gematria equals: 141

car in Simple Gematria equals: 22

restaurants in Simple Gematria equals: 156

places visited in Simple Gematria equals: 144

people visited in Simple Gematria equals: 157

pets visited in Simple Gematria equals: 148

the air in Simple Gematria equals: 61

things ive made in Simple Gematria equals: 136

things ive used in Simple Gematria equals: 162

= 2138/68/14/5

 

bug in Simple Gematria equals: 30

skin in Simple Gematria equals: 53

tree in Simple Gematria equals: 48

human in Simple Gematria equals: 57

animal in Simple Gematria equals: 50

= 238/58/13/4/2/1

 

phrases that came to mind with this line of thinking:

humans are bugs with skin in Simple Gematria equals: 262

82/10/5

all lives are bugs in Simple Gematria equals: 165

12/6/3

bugs with human skin in Simple Gematria equals: 219

12/6/3

bugs with clothes in Simple Gematria equals: 191

11/2/1

bugs with skin in Simple Gematria equals: 162

9

in the beginning there were bugs plants and trees in Simple Gematria equals: 461

11/2/1

bees spiders flies and trees in Simple Gematria equals: 258

15/6/3

humans are an aberration of nature in Simple Gematria equals: 318

12/6/3

trees with legs in Simple Gematria equals: 170

8/4/2/1

= 2206/46/10/5 (humans are bugs with skin in Simple Gematria equals: 262 – Humans: 10% Human and 90% Bacterial | Big Think

bacteria viruses and other microorganisms in Simple Gematria equals: 430

How many living organisms live on the human body?

Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human. The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. Jun 13, 2012

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body : Shots – Health …

https://www.npr.org/sections/health…/finally-a-map-of-all-the-microbes-on-your-body

How many species of bacteria live in the human body?

It is estimated that 500 to 1,000 species of bacteria live in the human gut but belong to just a few phyla: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes dominate but there are also Proteobacteria, Verrumicrobia, Actinobacteria, Fusobacteria and Cyanobacteria.

Human microbiota – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiota

Do bugs live on your body?

Many microscopic bugs and bacteria live on our skin and within our various nooks and crannies. Almost anywhere on (or even within) the human body can be home to these enterprising bugs. Bugs affect us in a variety of ways: some bad, such as infections, but many good.Apr 24, 2014

Life on Us: a close-up look at the bugs that call us home

theconversation.com/life-on-us-a-close-up-look-at-the-bugs-that-call-us-home-25754

How much of the human body is human?

We now understand that humans are 90% microbial but only 10% human. The average human has over 100 trillion microbes in and on their body, and many of the latest discoveries are challenging previously held ideas about good and bad bacteria.

Humans: 10% Human and 90% Bacterial | Big Think

https://bigthink.com/amped/humans-10-human-and-90-bacterial

 

5 Sept 2018 Sentient or Food

Hello.   I hope this finds you well.  I saw this morning that Japan is making a proposal to resume commercial whaling and at first I got really upset.  Then I decided to look at things a little more closely and of course found myself in the hypocrite box.  I eat meat and meat comes from cows which are sentient beings.  I don’t know to what degree they rank up with whales but nevertheless, before I can point a finger at others, I have to remove “the plank in my own eye” on this.    It’s so hard to resist passing judgement on others who don’t believe what we believe and live the way we choose to live.  It’s almost like a reflex, an instinct to do so.  At least it can be that way for me.  It’s when I take a minute to reflect and step back from something and or someone I’m upset about that I realize my part in it.  I realize that I’ve either done something or been someone just like that at some point in my life.  I eventually set aside my anger to find understanding, compassion and even forgiveness.

Matthew 7 New International Version (NIV)

Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes when you look at the words we’ve come up with through time to describe certain things, you find some interesting things numerically.  It’s become important to  me to start looking at this because words are what I use to communicate the most, not numbers and yet, if you think about it, numbers are behind a great deal of what we say and do in this world.  The numeric value of a word, I’ve been finding, doesn’t always match what it means by definition.  Since I’ve discovered Gematria, it’s really opened my eyes about the foundations of language and communication.  Take a look at what I’ve put together, what do you see?  Do you see patterns?

https://www.gematrix.org

“What’s your bottom line?” = 275/14/5  “Bottom Line” = 125/8  Money = 72/9 cycle  Survival = 124/Existence = 104/5

Alive = 49/13/4  Sentient = 106/7  self-aware = 90/9 cycle consciousness = 175/13/4  conscience = 90/9 cycle God = 26/8 Soul = 67/13/4

Food = 46/10/5  Body = 46/10/5  Human = 57/12/6/3 cycle  Animal = 50/5  Animals = 69/15/6/3 cycle  People = 69/15/6/3 cycle

Domestic animal = 138

Wild animal = 98

Pet animal = 91/10/5

Food animal = 96/15/6/3 cycle

Some of the beings we farm and or hunt for food:   

whale = 41/5  dolphin = 78/15/6/3 cycle  fish = 42/6/3 cycle  chicken = 53/8  duck = 39/12/3 cycle goose = 61 pig = 32/5  cow = 41/5  goat = 43/7 sheep = 53/8  deer = 32/5  bear = 26/8  wolf = 56/11 dog = 26/8  cat = 24/6/3 cycle = 647/17/8  647-26 = 621/9 cycle

Life = 32 Death = 38  Birth = 57  Rebirth = 80 = 207/ 9 cycle (interesting that same numbers values here are above, 621).   

Hunting = 93/12/3 cycle  Fishing = 72/9 cycle  Whaling = 74/11/2/1  Trapping = 83/11/2/1  Ranching = 74/11/2/1  Breeding = 64/10/1

Farming = 68/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1  = 528/15/6/3 cycle

Links:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/japan%e2%80%99s-bid-to-resume-commercial-whaling-sets-stage-for-fierce-debate/ar-BBMS2pa – Japan’s bid to resume commercial whaling sets stage for fierce debate – Simon Denyer

“Moronuki said the United States is guilty of a double standard by allowing native communities in Alaska to continue whaling while not wanting Japan to do so, even though whaling is a tradition in some communities in Japan.

“All animals are equal,” he added. “Some say whales are intelligent, but I hear that some scientists found that other animals like cows and horses, they are as intelligent as whales. So you must be aware that we cannot draw the line between animals: ‘They should not be killed because they are intelligent, but others, they are not so intelligent, they should be killed.’ ”

Perry rejected that argument.

“Whether whales are sentient or not, they are very difficult to count. They are long-lived, slow-breeding animals. It’s very hard to know if you are depleting the population, and if you do deplete the population, it takes a long time to recover.”

https://www.livescience.com/39481-time-to-declare-animal-sentience.html – After 2,500 Studies, It’s Time to Declare Animal Sentience Proven (Op-Ed)

https://us.whales.org/issues/sentient-and-sapient-whales-and-dolphins – Sentient and sapient whales and dolphins

WDC believes that whales and dolphins are both sentient and sapient individuals, and that they deserve to have both their individual welfare protected and also for their moral and legal rights recognised.

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/whaling.htm – How Whaling Works

https://www.meatinstitute.org/index.php?ht=d/sp/i/47465/pid/47465 – The United States Meat Industry at a Glance (as of 2013)

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/are-farm-animals-sentient – Are Farm Animals Sentient?

https://news.vice.com/article/mexican-laborers-want-americans-to-know-who-picks-their-fruits-and-vegetables – Mexican Laborers Want Americans to Know Who Picks Their Fruits and Vegetables

“Day laborers in at least 19 other states in Mexico endure similarly poor working conditions. Some of these workers are among the quarter million people who live under modern-slavery conditions, according to the Walk Free Foundation’s 2014 Global Slavery Index.”

https://www.dirt-to-dinner.com/where-do-our-fruits-and-vegetables-come-from/ – Where Do Our Fruits and Vegetables Come From?

The Bottom Line:

Our fruits and vegetables come from all over the United States, but California leads production by a huge margin. When the season ends in the United States, production shifts to Mexico, Central and South American countries allowing Americans to enjoy many fresh produce items year-round.

 

23 Aug 2018 Drawings (brain meditation) and Creed of Peace (Ralph M. Lewis)

Hello to you.  I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are as you visit here.  The third photo has a drawing I wasn’t sure I wanted to share.  It’s what I was talking about yesterday (the 9/11 bit).  It’s what came to me when I was thinking about it.  We can’t change what has already been done, we can only move forward and try to avoid making the same mistakes.  It’s hard for me to stay in today sometimes.  My sweet Aunt called the other day and reminded me to do that.  I just wanted to give context to the drawing.  Thank you for the visit!

https://www.worldprayers.org/

Spin of the Prayer Wheel brought me this message; I’ve never seen it before today:

Creed of Peace – 35/21/30 = 86 (last two of year I was born in reverse)

I am guilty of war when I proudly exercise
my intelligence to the disadvantage of my fellow man.

I am guilty of war when I distort other’s opinions,
which differ from my own.

I am guilty of war when I show disregard
for the rights and properties of others.

I am guilty of war when I covet what another has honestly acquired.

I am guilty of war when I seek to maintain my superiority of position
by depriving others of their opportunity of advancement.

I am guilty of war if I imagine my kin and myself to be a privileged people.

I am guilty of war if I believe a heritage entitles me
to monopolize resources of nature.

I am guilty of war when I believe other people must think and live as I do.

I am guilty of war when I make success in life solely dependent
upon power, fame, and riches.

I am guilty of war when I think the minds of people should
be regulated by force, rather than by reason.

I am guilty of war when I believe the God I conceive is
the one others must accept.

I am guilty of war when I think that a land of a man’s birth
must necessarily be the place of his livelihood.

The true articles of peace cannot be legislated but are drawn up in the
personal aspirations and conduct of the millions of little people. When all
men will frankly perceive their common dependence, an understanding will
emerge that will transcend the barriers of time and space, creed and race.

rosicrucian order- creed of peace – ralph m. lewis – 1944  (Rosicrucian order = 190)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Mystical_Order_Rosae_Crucis – The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis = 378

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A Rosicrucian Master’s Cross, from the AMORC Rosicrucian Library in San Jose

The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis (AMORC), also known as the Rosicrucian Order, is the largest Rosicrucian organization in the world. It has various lodges, chapters and other affiliated bodies throughout the globe, operating in 19 different languages.

AMORC claims an association with a “perennial philosophy“, often referred to as “The Primordial Tradition“. The Order further states that it is heir and custodian of the “Rose-Croix” of the past, thereby making it the oldest existing Traditional Fraternity and a modern-day manifestation of the ‘Rosicrucian Fraternity’ of old, which is believed by some to have originated in the traditions of the Ancient Egyptian Mystery schools. The ancient Mysteries are said to have been preserved through the millennia by closed secret societies until the early years of 17th Century Europe. At that point, according to AMORC internal mythology, the time was right for the existence of this body of secret knowledge to become open, i.e. revealed, to the world, in the form of the Rosicrucian manifestos. Famous seventeenth century Rosicrucian Michael Maier described the origins of Rosicrucianism as “Egyptian, Brahmanic, derived from the Mysteries of Eleusis and Samothrace, the Magi of Persia, the Pythagoreans, and the Arabs.”[1] Several of his other works also allude to the mysterious origins of the Rosicrucians.[2]

Today, AMORC is regarded as representing an “open cycle” of the ancient Rosicrucian tradition, its existence being a “reactivation” of Rosicrucian teaching in the United States, with previous Rosicrucian colonies in the United States having become dormant.

AMORC presents itself as a worldwide philosophical and humanistic, non sectarian and apolitical fraternal order devoted to “the study of the elusive mysteries of life and the universe.”[3] It is also open to both men and women of legal adult age (18 years old in most countries) regardless of their various religious persuasions.

20 Aug 2018 Black Panther (movie), Dishwasher and outdoor chalk meditation with words and numbers

Hello.  I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are.  I’ve had a lot of places around the world on my mind and you will see them in my pictures today.  We finally got to see the Marvel movie Black Panther last night.  Our friend who has moved back home brought it over last night so we could see it.  I really enjoyed it.  It was refreshing for me to see African culture woven into a superhero story that speaks so loudly to the times we are in.  I was glad that they brought forth to give arms to the oppressed and set them out against their oppressors makes them no better. You just become what you hate and the cycle continues.  Just a different version of tyranny.  There are other ways to win these sort of wars and this story was told too.  Well done!

BLACK PANTHER Trailer 2 Extended) Marvel 2018

We have a dishwasher again!  Kyle’s parents purchased some new appliances and changed out the Miele they had.  It was still in excellent working so we said we’d take it.   We had bought a Whirlpool July of 2015 and it stopped working just after the warranty on it expired!  It’s curbside as I write.  May be someone who is into fixing things will pick it up and be able to get it operating again.  Our poor Link howled like a wolf for a couple of hours after they left!  He acts just like a toddler when he does that.  Just stands at the window and cries.

Yesterday afternoon I was, I want to say seized, by a meditation.  It started with a my drawing a young Indian (India) woman in water. I was thinking/praying about the flooding going on over there right now.  Things just went from there!  This is what happens to me once I get on a train of thought!  There is much here.  For many it will not resonate.  This is for those who enjoy the thought process and riddles numbers and words put together can produce!  This process can be quite enthralling.  It even got me into a bit of trouble this morning! I was doing this sort of thing instead of getting the dogs walked while Kyle got groceries!  Opps!

Origin of numbers:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hindu-Arabic-numerals

Hindu-Arabic numerals

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Alternative Title: Arabic numeral

Hindu-Arabic numerals, set of 10 symbols—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0—that represent numbers in the decimal number system. They originated in India in the 6th or 7th century and were introduced to Europe through the writings of Middle Eastern mathematicians, especially al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi, about the 12th century. They represented a profound break with previous methods of counting, such as the abacus, and paved the way for the development of algebra.

Origin of letters:

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/alphabet.html

The Origin of the Alphabet


In Chinese: 字母表的起源 (translated by Liu Yu)

The original alphabet was developed by a Semitic people living in or near Egypt.*  They based it on the idea developed by the Egyptians, but used their own specific symbols.  It was quickly adopted by their neighbors and relatives to the east and north, the Canaanites, the Hebrews, and the Phoenicians.  The Phoenicians spread their alphabet to other people of the Near East and Asia Minor, as well as to the Arabs, the Greeks, and the Etruscans, and as far west as present day Spain.  The letters and names on the left are the ones used by the Phoenicians.  The letters on the right are possible earlier versions. If you don’t recognize the letters, keep in mind that they have since been reversed (since the Phoenicians wrote from right to left) and often turned on their sides!

‘aleph, the ox, began as the image of an ox’s head.  It represents a glottal stop before a vowel.  The Greeks, needing vowel symbols, used it for alpha (A).  The Romans used it as A.
Beth, the house, may have derived from a more rectangular Egyptian alphabetic glyph of a reed shelter (but which stood for the sound h). The Greeks called it beta (B), and it was passed on to the Romans as B.
Gimel, the camel, may have originally been the image of a boomerang-like throwing stick.  The Greeks called it gamma (Γ).  The Etruscans — who had no g sound — used it for the k sound, and passed it on to the Romans as C.  They in turn added a short bar to it to make it do double duty as G.
Daleth, the door, may have originally been a fish!  The Greeks turned it into delta (Δ), and passed it on to the Romans as D.
He may have meant window, but originally represented a man, facing us with raised arms, calling out or praying.  The Greeks used it for the vowel epsilon (E, “simple E”).  The Romans used it as E.
Waw, the hook, may originally have represented a mace.  The Greeks used one version of waw which looked like our F, which they called digamma, for the number 6.  This was used by the Etruscans for v, and they passed it on to the Romans as F.   The Greeks had a second version — upsilon (Υ)– which they moved to to the back of their alphabet.  The Romans used a version of upsilon for V, which later would be written U as well, then adopted the Greek form as Y.  In 7th century England, the W — “double-u” — was created.
Zayin may have meant sword or some other kind of weapon.  The Greeks used it for zeta (Z). The Romans only adopted it later as Z, and put it at the end of their alphabet.
H.eth, the fence, was a “deep throat” (pharyngeal) consonant.  The Greeks used it for the vowel eta (H), but the Romans used it for H.
Teth may have originally represented a spindle.  The Greeks used it for theta (Θ), but the Romans, who did not have the th sound, dropped it.
Yodh, the hand, began as a representation of the entire arm.  The Greeks used a highly simplified version of it for iota (Ι).  The Romans used it as I, and later added a variation for J.
Kaph, the hollow or palm of the hand, was adopted by the Greeks for kappa (K) and passed it on to the Romans as K.
Lamedh began as a picture of an ox stick or goad. The Greeks used it for lambda (Λ).  The Romans turned it into L.
Mem, the water, became the Greek mu (M).  The Romans kept it as M.
Nun, the fish, was originally a snake or eel.  The Greeks used it for nu (N), and the Romans for N.
Samekh, which also meant fish, is of uncertain origin.  It may have originally represented a tent peg or some kind of support.  It bears a strong resemblance to the Egyptian djed pillar seen in many sacred carvings.  The Greeks used it for xi (Ξ) and a simplified variation of it for chi (X).  The Romans kept only the variation as X.
‘ayin, the eye, was another “deep throat” consonant.  The Greeks used it for omicron (O, “little O”).  They developed a variation of it for omega (Ω, “big O”), and put it at the end of their alphabet.  The Romans kept the original for O.
Pe, the mouth, may have originally been a symbol for a corner.  The Greeks used it for pi (Π).  The Romans closed up one side and turned it into P.
Sade, a sound between s and sh, is of uncertain origin.  It may have originally been a symbol for a plant, but later looks more like a fish hook.  The Greeks did not use it, although an odd variation does show up as sampi (Ϡ), a symbol for 900.  The Etruscans used it in the shape of an M for their sh sound, but the Romans had no need for it.
Qoph, the monkey, may have originally represented a knot.  It was used for a sound similar to k but further back in the mouth.  The Greeks only used it for the number 90 (Ϙ), but the Etruscans and Romans kept it for Q.
Resh, the head, was used by the Greeks for rho (P).  The Romans added a line to differentiate it from their P and made it R.
Shin, the tooth, may have originally represented a bow.  Although it was first pronounced sh, the Greeks used it sideways for sigma (Σ).  The Romans rounded it to make S.
Taw, the mark, was used by the Greeks for tau (T).  The Romans used it for T.

The Greek letter phi (Φ) was already common among the Anatolians in what is now Turkey. Psi (Ψ) appears to have been invented by the Greeks themselves, perhaps based on Poseidon’s trident.  For comparison, here is the complete Greek alphabet:

* Until recently, it was believed that these people lived in the Sinai desert and began using their alphabet in the 1700’s bc.  In 1998, archeologist John Darnell discovered rock carvings in southern Egypt’s “Valley of Horrors” that push back the origin of the alphabet to the 1900’s bc or even earlier.  Details suggest that the inventors were Semitic people working in Egypt, who thereafter passed the idea on to their relatives further east.

 

From this morning!  I just want to stress that this is my interpretation of things, not anyone else’s.  Some may look at what I’m sharing and not agree or see things I don’t – even deeper.  I don’t know if there is a “right” or “wrong” but just different….that is where perception comes in.  We are each biologically incapable of perceiving life and what it is exactly the same way.  This goes for any life form on the planet – we were each given our own “car” to drive be it a fly or a human.

Zero = 64/10/1

One = 34/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 (first time 7 and 8 appears)

Two = 58/13/4/2/1 (first time 13 appears)

Three = 56/11/2/1 (first time 11 appears)

Four = 60/6/3 cycle

Five = 42/6/3 cycle (60 + 42 = 102 = 3 cycle and 4 + 5 = 9 cycle)

Six = 52/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Seven = 65/11/2/1 (when I see this is see two individuals in 11 that become 2 that become 1. 7 and 11 came up a lot in catastrophes I was puzzling out)

Seven Deadly Sins = 177/15/6/3 cycle (when you add up the numeric values of pride (52), covetousness (191), lust (72), anger (45), gluttony (134), envy (66) and sloth (74) you get 634/13 – taking us back to 2 either of self, perception or two separate people)

Catastrophe = 126/9 cycle

Eight = 49/13/4/2/1 (62, the value of Ate – the value of Eight 49 = 13! Interesting!)

Ate = 62/8/4/2/1 (Interesting that the word we use to describe consumption (159) both sounds like and comes to the value of the number 8.)

Eat = 26/8/4/2/1

Nine = 42/6/3 cycle

No = 29/11/2/1

Know = 63/9 cycle (Interesting that this word would equal the number value of the word Nine)

Nein (German for No) = 42/6/3 cycle

Ten = 39/12/3 cycle

Eleven = 63/9 cycle (Eleven seems to have come up a lot with Seven yesterday)

Twelve = 87/15/6/3 cycle

Teen = 44/8/4/2/1

Thirteen = 99/18/9 cycle (such a ominous number, takes us back to Two)

Fourteen = 104/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Fifteen = 65/11/2/1 (Interesting this is the same value as Seven)

Sixteen = 96/15/6/3 cycle

Seventeen = 109/10/1

Eighteen = 73/10/1

Nineteen = 86/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Twenty = 107/8/4/2/1

(The following are a couple that came to me to number out this morning)

Disease = 62/8/4/2/1 (interesting how disease and cancer both come to 8)

Alzheimer’s = 116/8/4/2/1 (Interesting seeing 8 in conditions that involve eating)

Dementia = 71/8/4/2/1

Memory Loss = 154/10/1 (A person in a 9 cycle if you look at 154! Memory=89 Loss = 65)

Cancer = 44/8/4/2/1 (There’s that 8, ate again)

Heart disease = 114/6/3 cycle (this makes sense to me that conditions of the heart would be cyclic and or reaccuring)

Cardiovascular = 147/12/3 cycle (the heart pumps blood, makes sense it would be a cycle)

Diabetes = 65/11/2/1 (same value as Seven again!)

Mental illness = 155/11/2/1 (Mental= 65 and Illness = 90 which is a 9 cycle)

Pain = 40/4/2/1

Feel = 28/10/1 (interesting how the values of feel and pain come to 68, the last two of my birth year!)

highly sensitive person = 278/17/8/4/2/1

Empath = 63/9 cycle (it isn’t always a positive thing to be such a person)

Empathy = 88/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Cure = 47/11/2/1 (Interesting that cardiovascular has a 47 in it too. A lot of what ails us has origins in the heart)

Heart = 52/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 (There’s 7 again! I see a deciding what we eat, think and feel that brings us back to self and to God – to health)

Health = 54/9 cycle (Maintaining our health is a cycle but actually staying healthy seems to be a decision on our part)

Healthy = 79/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 (to this aligns with values for the Heart)

dishwasher = 114/6/3 cycle (Couldn’t help but put this one in there lol!  It is a seemingly never ending cycle isn’t it?!)

Miele (Italian word for Honey) = 44/8/4/2/1

 

Black Panther = 111/3 cycle (interesting if you have seen the movie!)

Cat = 24/6/3 cycle

Leopard = 71/8/4/2/1 (the family a black panther is from)

spots = 89/17/8/4/2/1 (notice how 17, reverse of the 71 in leopard is in this word.  Leopards have spots, even the black ones)

Immortality = 155/11/2/1 (interesting how this lines up with the numbers in Black Panther)

Immortal = 101/2/1 (Same number for the dreaded room in Orson Welles 1984!)

 

19 Aug 2018 Pluribus

Hello.  How are you in this moment?  I am grateful to have a wonderful husband who has placed a hot cup of coffee next to me as I write to you.  I am grateful for all those who make coffee a reality in my home.  I am grateful for the cows and farmers who care for them who make sure milk gets to the store so I can put it in my coffee.  I am grateful for all those who make sugar a reality so my coffee can be sweetened.  So many involved for my one cup of coffee!

This leads me to the word that came to me late yesterday afternoon after we got home from helping Kyle’s dad celebrate his birthday – “Pluribus.”  By itself it mean “More” in Latin on our currency it means, “Of the many, One.”

The Pluribus multiprocessor was an early multi-processor computer designed by BBN for use as a packet switch in the ARPANET. Its design later influenced the BBN Butterfly computer. The Pluribus had its beginnings in 1972 when the need for a second-generation interface message processor (IMP) became apparent.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluribus
Pluribus = 118/10/1
E Pluribus Unum = 192/12/3 cycle (Interesting!!)
Of the many one = 141/6/3 cycle (Interesting how in Latin and English the result is the same)
We had a really nice visit with Kyle’s Mom, Dad and brother yesterday and got caught up on things.  Beth sent me home with the sequel to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley called The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag and I’m excited about that.  My happy dance was reserved for other news though.  We found out that through Beth’s side of the family Benedict Cumberbatch is her 9th cousin!  Not once or twice removed but just cousin.  There is a positive DNA match with a common ancestor named Hanna Harden who lived from 1657 to 1690.  My husband is related to Dr. Strange!  I knew there was some kind of connection!  Now I’m just waiting for Jonathan Rhys Meyers to show up lol.
I told Beth yesterday that from what I’ve noticed is it’s not just a coincidence when we are interested and or attracted to certain people.  I think there is a sort of “recognition” with how we gravitate towards certain people.  The men I am attracted to are put up to a couple of templates – mainly Kyle but also my Dad and other men I care about in my life present or past.   It seems to be a combination of physical characteristics, mannerisms/behavior and aspects I’m not even always conscious of.   Sometimes I will gravitate to a person because we share a common thread in life or they will remind me of someone I used to know, loved or lost through life.
Sometimes I wonder if the organisms that keep us alive have a system of their own and through us are attracted to “their kind” if that makes sense.  They don’t see the same way we do if at all.  There is probably a whole different criteria for attraction.  For example if you meet someone and hit it off right away or love at first sight – is that “you” or is that what’s going on with the organisms INSIDE of you?!  Are your emotions and the subsequent actions you take completely “you” or is what lives inside of you running the show?  I think of the North Korean man who defected to South Korea last year and was shot while doing so.  They found he was full of parasitic worms: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/17/north-korean-defector-parasitic-worm-parasites-south-korea.  I also think of cravings for certain foods or wanting to see, do/interact with particular people, places and things.  Who or what is driving those urges?  Things that make you hmmmm.

Interesting article I found about my ponderings about attraction and what’s going on inside of us:

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/organisms-make-us-who-we-are/

The Organisms That Make Us Who We Are

Wikimedia Commons. E. coli

From bacteria to viruses, mites to fungi, our bodies are literally riddled with life. Perhaps to a greater extent than you ever thought imaginable. But are these guests up to mischief; should we throw them out for trashing the house? Or do we welcome them with open arms and beg them not to leave. From assisting your immune system to having sex on your face (wait, what?!), this article is going to explore the organisms that have set up camp on and inside our bodies.

The Human Microbiome

Let’s start with microbes. Microbes are microscopic organisms such as bacteria, archaea, protozoa and fungi, and these microorganisms that reside on or within your body are referred to as the human microbiome. This microbial colonization begins during and shortly after birth. Your body is composed of about 10 trillion human cells, but bacteria outnumber them by at least ten to one. Microbes actually make up around 1 to 3% of your total body mass. These microbes colonize lots of different areas of the body including your skin, gut, mouth, eyes, and genitals.

What’s lurking in your gut

You can find anywhere between 500 to 1,000 different species of bacteria in your gut alone, and they actually make up 60% of the dry mass of your feces- yummy. Common bacterial species found includes E. coli, B. bifidum and E. faecalis. These bacteria are far from just being gate crashers; we have developed a symbiotic relationship with them. We provide these bacterial species with a nice home to live and replicate in, whilst they provide us with a myriad of benefits. For example, they assist in the breakdown of food, and they help to prevent harmful species from colonizing which could adversely affect our health. They also assist in the production of hormones and vitamins, namely vitamins B and K. It is also becoming increasingly apparent that the bacteria present in your gut play a role in modulating and training your immune system to be able to recognize friend from foe.

Scanning electron micrograph of E. faecalis​, found in the human colon. Wikimedia commons.

But do these bacteria only do good things? Apparently not. There is an increasing amount of evidence to suggest that certain bacterial species colonizing the gut are actually associated with obesity. These microbes are more commonly found in those living in colder northern areas of the world, compared to warmer southern areas. It seems that certain types of bacteria found in leaner individuals are better at breaking down certain types of food.

Spotty Skin and Smelly Pits

Your skin also has plenty of microbes, especially your hands- it’s amazing what you can grow in a petri dish if you stick your finger on one. Bacteria present on your skin can sometimes associate with oil glands, playing a role in the development of acne. Your sweat is also naturally odorless; it’s the bacteria found on the skin that make it smell. Interestingly, your unique body odor correlates with the presence of specific microbes, as they break down non-volatile compounds into volatile compounds with characteristic scents. It was discovered that the higher the density of a group of bacteria called coryneforms, the more the underarms smelt.

The skin microbiome. Wikimedia commons.

Recently the bacterial species living in our navels (belly buttons) was investigated; it was found to be colonized to an extent greater than scientists could have ever predicted. They swabbed 60 bellybuttons and found a whopping 2,368 phylotypes of bacteria, which probably corresponded to an even bigger number of bacterial species. It was thought that 1,458 of these bacterial species could be new to science. Amazingly, one volunteer harbored a species of bacteria that has only ever been isolated in Japanese soil– and he had never been to Japan! Another (who admitted to not washing very much…) had a species of extremophilic (thrives in extreme environments) bacteria that is often found in deep sea hydrothermal vents and ice caps. Intriguing or disgusting, but our bellybuttons are turning out to be a microscopic jungle, and it’s exciting microbiologists a great deal. Just imagine what could be in yours! Or maybe don’t…

Most of the bacterial species found in our bodies don’t do us any harm, and so are referred to as commensals. But they can become opportunistic pathogens, for example if immunity is lowered or natural barriers become compromised, such as the blood brain barrier. This is where they can go rogue and cause problems.

Organisms That Can Alter Your Behavior?

So, we know that organisms can affect your health, in positive and negative ways. But what about your personality? There has been some very interesting research emerging on a protozoan organism called Toxoplasma gondii which is found in 22-84% of the human population (depending on the country). The most intriguing effect of toxoplasmosis is the apparent “fatal attraction syndrome” which occurs in infected rodents. T. gondii can only productively replicate in cats, but it can infect humans and rodents. Amazingly, it has found a way to alter the brain signaling of the rodents to make them more likely to be consumed by the cat. Infected rodents in studies had slower reaction times and displayed no aversion to the scent of cat urine, which rodents usually have an innate fear of.

But what’s perhaps more interesting is what they have found in humans. It was discovered that people with toxoplasmosis had slower reaction times and actually enjoyed the smell of cat urine! No other types of urine (they tested a few), just cat urine, whereas uninfected individuals did not like the smell. Is the organism trying to alter the behavior of the human to make it more likely to be eaten by cats?! It goes on; they studied people involved in road traffic accidents in Prague. They found that those involved in accidents, whether they were a pedestrian or driver, were more likely to be infected when compared with residents not involved in accidents. This suggested that those individuals were perhaps sometimes more reckless. This research has certainly been met with raised eyebrows, and confounding factors are always a possibility. For example, it may not be that toxoplasmosis affects your personality, but perhaps people with a particular personality are more susceptible to toxoplasmosis.

Wikimedia commons.

Your Face As A Breeding Ground

So what other weird things live on your body? There are some very interesting creepy crawlies alongside these microbes. Mites, or more specifically Demodex, live in places such as your eyelash and eyebrow follicles. They’re the most common ectoparasite (parasite that lives on the surface of the host) on the human skin. Usually these critters will do you no harm, although in some instances they have been found to cause skin disease. They can leave the follicles and walk around the skin at night, meeting others to then mate at the follicle opening. Once they’ve done the dirty deed, they go back to the inside of the hair follicle to lay eggs. You give these mites a comfy bed and what do they do? Have sex on your face. They’re worse than teenagers. Perhaps even more disgustingly, Demodex don’t actually have an anus. This means they have no way of getting rid of their feces, so when they die they explode all of this feces into your pores. Some scientists may believe that this is sufficient to stimulate an immune reaction, and may be the cause of the acne-like skin condition rosacea.

Nobody Loves Me… Think I’ll Go And Eat Worms.

Although worms are not found in everyone, they’re surprisingly common in the human population. There are 3 main types found in humans; flatworms such as tapeworms, flukes such as blood flukes, and roundworms such as threadworms, pinworms or hookworms.

The largest of the intestinal worms found in humans is the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides, which can reach a whopping 35 centimeters. After ingesting the eggs they hatch and bury into the intestinal wall, entering the blood stream. From here, they travel to the lungs where they’re coughed up and swallowed again, returning to the gut once more.

​Wikimedia commons, Ascaris lumbricoides.

Tapeworms are transmitted via infected food, and once inside the body it attaches to the intestine via hooks found on its head. Here, it can survive for up to 25 years! If you’re unlucky enough to become infected with hookworms (Necator americanus), these intestinal parasites actually drink your blood and can cause a type of anemia.

And finally my favorite, the pinworm. These little guys are only a few millimeters in length, and once again live in the intestines. They mate by traumatic insemination- the male stabs the female with his penis, and then dies. At least they die happy…

Let’s Not Forget Viruses!

It might surprise you to learn just how many viruses there are in our bodies. It recently emerged that like the human microbiome, humans also have a virome. Our human viromes have been suggested to be even more diverse than our microbiomes, and they also vary considerably between people. In one study investigating twins and their mother, they found between 52-2773 different viruses. We also have a surprising amount of viruses in our bodies that infect bacteria- these are called bacteriophages. For every bacterium in your body, it is estimated that there is a whopping 100 bacteriophages. Going back to poo- there is approximately 10 billion in each gram. Wow.

Wikimedia commons.

Just like how it has been suggested that the bacteria in your gut can contribute to obesity, there has been some interesting, if very controversial, research to suggest that perhaps viruses can also play a role. A small number of researchers have been investigating a particular type of adenovirus, and they found that infection correlated nicely with obesity. This was triggered by observations in animal models where this virus was found to dramatically increase the amount of fat found in the body. Not everyone is convinced by this virus, but some people are beginning to take it more seriously. The idea that obesity could be an infectious disease, possibly spread by a simple cough or sneeze, has met some raised eyebrows.

Just like bacteria, viruses can live harmlessly in the body, but can then go on to cause problems when the person becomes immune suppressed.

I could go on, but simply there’s just too many things living inside you to talk about them all. You are literally riddled with life, but these organisms play a big part in your life, and most of them are quiet do-gooders that we wouldn’t even know were there. You can thank some of these organisms for helping to shape who you are.

 

15 Aug 2018 “I’m Always Here” – We are not alone

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)

 

11 Aug 2018 One drawing sort of day

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:

https://www.cooksinfo.com/dishes/desserts/cakes/kugelhopf-cakes/

Kugelhopf Cakes

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