14 Oct 2017 Red Dress (dream and symbolism)

Hello, it’s Saturday morning here.  Had a dream that was so vivid it woke me up.  Once I’m up, it’s often hard to get right back to sleep lol!

So the dream…

I dreamt I was some sort of escort or something and that I saw a client. Sorry, no graphic details, just remember I was in a bathtub of hot water. Afterwards a man, who looked much like a young Malcom McDowell, asked me, “How did it go? You know the red dress? Must have! Once they get to you, they never let you go.” Sitting beside and behind him was a very tired looking David Bowie who kind of looked like he did when he was in the Hunger (John Blaylock – before the aging happened). I woke up hearing the song “Underground” by David Bowie in my head.

Source Internet: David Bowie’s character John Blaylock from the movie The Hunger having trouble getting and staying asleep

David Bowie – Underground

Underground

David Bowie

No one can blame you for walking away But too much rejection, uh-huh No love injection, nothing

Life can be easy It’s not always swell Don’t tell me truth hurts, little girl ‘Cause it hurts like hell

But down in the underground You’ll find someone true Down in the underground A land serene, a crystal moon

A-ha

It’s only forever Not long at all Lost and lonely That’s underground, underground

Daddy, daddy, get me out of here (heard about a place today) Ha, ha, I’m underground (nothing ever hurts again) (Nothing ever hurts again) well, I found a place (Daddy, get me out of here) nothing ever hurts again (Hoping for the underground) down and down and get me out of here (Hoping for the underground) ha, ha, I’m underground (Get me underground) sister, sister, please take me down Ha, ha, I’m underground (gotta get me out of here) Daddy, daddy get me out

No one can blame you for walking away But too much rejection, uh-huh No love injection, nothing

But down in the underground You’ll find someone true Down in the underground A land serene, a crystal moon

A-ha

It’s only It’s only forever It’s not long at all They’re lost and they’re lonely That’s underground, underground

Daddy, daddy get me out Heard about a place today (heard about a place today) Nothing ever hurts again (nothing ever hurts again) Daddy, daddy get me out of here (daddy, get me out of here) Ha, ha, underground (hoping for the underground) Sister, sister, please (hoping for the underground) Ha, ha, I’m underground (get me underground) Daddy, daddy, get me out

Under, under Under, underground Underground Under, underground Under, underground Under, underground Wanna live underground Wanna live underground Daddy, daddy, get me out of here Ha, ha, underground Sister, sister, please take me out of here Ha, ha, I’m underground Ha, ha, I’m underground Ha, ha, underground Daddy, daddy, please Daddy, daddy, please Wanna move underground Wanna move underground Sister, sister, take me too Sister, sister, take me too

Songwriters: DAVID ROBERT JONES

© SPIRIT TWO MUSIC

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: LyricFind

Now when I was examining this vivid dream, I thought the red dress symbolized being alive, having your skin. When I did a search on the symbolism of the red dress….well it got weird. I know the lady in the red dress was used as a symbol of distraction in the movie The Matrix, I’ve referenced it here before. Apparently there is a theory regarding the infamous Illuminati, New World Order, even the Whore of Babylon and this lady in the red dress!

Source Internet – Lady in the Red Dress distracting Neo in the Matrix

I am thinking this might have been triggered, the last waking key to unlock this dream, was ironically something I recently watching for a couple episodes of The Living and The Dead BBC show. In episode 4, we are introduced to school teacher, Martha Enderby. The episode opens to her being a woman in a red dress, lost in the woods looking for her friend Alice. What came to my mind, was this was symbolic to the story of Alice in Wonderland for some reason. Alice, instead of being a the girl in the story of Alice in Wonderland, was more like the White Rabbit.

Source: Internet
This is opening scene of episode 4, The Living the Dead, Martha Enderby.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some of the conjecture, rumors and even conspiracy theories about the red dress and it’s symbolic meaning in Hollywood might be somewhat true. It certainly does seem, from what I’ve seen through the years, you literally have to sell your soul for your big screen and or recorded immortality. This is a link and an excerpt from one of the more tame posts I found about the subject if your curious.

https://thetalkingpot.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/symbolism-of-the-woman-in-red/

Symbolism of the Woman in Red

Posted on August 19, 2013 by angelishka

(excerpt)

‘The woman in red’ is merely the symbolism; an occult symbolism used by the entertainment industry and the media. The woman in red means something different for each person. It could be a drug, an addiction, a dream, money, desire for something forbidden… some sort of worldly trap that can be placed in front of you, designed to derail you from the path of righteousness.

Is the “Whore of Babylon” symbolic for Hollywood and other things of the highly distracting nature in our world? I wonder!  Right now, if this is true, that old whore Hollywood is getting quite an upturning! 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17&version=NIV

Revelation 17New International Version (NIV)

Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast

17 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

babylon the great

the mother of prostitutes

and of the abominations of the earth.

6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

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.

I recently bought the song Hearts Filthy Lesson from the Outside album by David Bowie……yep…been speaking to me. 

 

 

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29 Sept 2017 The Echo Chamber Society has become and the human need to be “right”

Hello again. This morning I made a comment on a blog I just started reading, Light Circle, a two-time immigrant’s blog about her living as such a person in modern Germany (http://alightcircle.com/2017/09/29/of-blood-and-air-homelands-lost-and-made/).  It’s turning out to be what it’s like for many immigrants trying to make a life in America! Not easy by any stretch! I expressed in my comment that while I agreed with what she had written, the message was most likely going fall into, like much of what I write or share, what I call an echo chamber.  I feel like the internet and most everything people engage in conversation on has become an echo chamber….an abyss.   Many of us talking, few of us actually paying attention to what anyone says that doesn’t match our own view of about anything these days.

What is the official definition of an echo chamber?

ech·o cham·ber

ˈekō ˌCHāmbər/

noun

noun: echo chamber; plural noun: echo chambers

an enclosed space for producing reverberation of sound.

Source Internet: very good, if you can make it out, diagram of what is going on with the echo chamber concept.

I explained that what I meant by that is people like to read what solidifies and or validates their current position on most everything and seldom, if ever, deviate from it. Kind of like most social media and chat rooms of old. A lot of people trying to be heard but few if anybody actually listening!

So what happens is people who have a certain position on something will write a blog or some other form of media and the people who will most likely view and or read it already agree with the sharer’s position and or intent….they agree. The people who don’t will, like I’m guilty of doing, look at the title and briefly skim the subject matter and if it doesn’t validate or solidify my existing position, will get pissed and dismiss it altogether! I try to force myself to look at and or read opposite positions on things, but more times than not I get so mad I can’t get beyond my anger to objectively reason with what I’m reading or looking at!

For example, lately I will see a picture of our President’s face and or a member of his supporting cabinet or just our Government in general, and before I even start reading get so mad I don’t even finish the rest of the article! Sometimes I wonder if this isn’t a useful technique being employed for just such a reaction!

So what am I missing by doing that?! Did I miss something positive and good being so blinded by my feelings and preconceived notions about him? From my past experiences of not doing this, most times the answer is no. Still, I am being a hypocrite doing this and behaving this way.

For example, this morning I forced myself to get beyond my feelings about him and was rewarded! I found out he did something positive for a change! He actually decided to help the people struggling in Puerto Rico by waiving the Jones Act so supplies can flow more freely to the territory now.

From everything I’ve read about this behavior, condition, activity….it’s part of the human condition to find strength in numbers. It’s natural for us to congregate together with like-minded people so we feel better about ourselves….get to be “right” about something.

Yes, being “right” is so important to so many people. I’ve struggled with this sometimes crippling condition for most of my life….having the last word….the final say about some argument, position or debate. Like a dog with a bone not willing to just let the other dog take the fucking bone and get on with my life. I see this all around me…it’s not just me that suffers from this inability to just drop the fucking bone and walk away.

No! That would mean failure, defeat, surrender, becoming irrelevant or worthless, admission of being wrong…..being weak…giving up even. God forbid we should do that!

This is what I see going on in the older generations and mine right now. People with money and fear to burn ruling the day, like they have always done, and dragging the newer generations kicking and screaming back to the “good old days” that never were. The only saving grace about what’s happening? We have technology and the internet so at least what they are doing is broadcast and can be recorded everywhere!

Looking back through time, good old days are a great fiction written by the same people who are responsible for the text books of sanitized history our school kids are reading. History is written by the “winners” not the survivors. I’m a survivor of current history and in a couple of generations, after I’m dead and Kyle is gone, my mostly cursive written journals, my art and most everything I’ve created in this lifetime will most likely end up in the local landfill or burning barrel somewhere…like I was never here.

I encouraged this blogger to continue writing, even if she ends up being the only person who reads what she writes. May be someday the internet God we are collectively creating (A sort of Omnibus like in the Dune series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune:_The_Machine_Crusade)  will use her words, mine and those of the countless other canaries singing in the coal mines around the world to fix this mess we’ve made!

After all the internet hears everything….even if it’s in 7 billion plus echo chambers!

 

 

 

26 Sept 2017 The Child in Time (Benedict Cumberbatch) and What does it the word Brabble Mean? (24 Old English Terms You Should Start Using Again – Vanessa-Jane Chapman Lifehack.org)

Hello to you.  It’s 5:48 am on this Tuesday morning as I write to you.  How are you?  I’m feeling a lot better.  Sleep helps and dreaming about Benedict Cumberbatch and I comparing our bare feet, living in the same town and solving crime doesn’t hurt either lol.  I hope to get to see this latest offering he’s in at some point.  It looks really good although it will probably wreck me with the subject matter!  I’ve never had a human child but I think losing our dog Sam was a lot like this for Kyle and I.  His passing almost broke us!  It must have been very hard for Ben to do this having small children of his own!

17-feb-2011-my-puppy-sammy-and-his-tennis-ball (Sammy crossed the rainbow bridge 27 April 2011)

Benedict Cumberbatch interview – The Child in Time: Extra – BBC One

I found myself craving words this morning, old words, and found this fun article to share with you from Vanessa-Jane Chapman of Lifehack.org:

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/24-old-english-terms-you-should-start-using-again.html

24 Old English Terms You Should Start Using Again

Vanessa-Jane Chapman

Language changes over time; words and phrases come and go. In many cases, there is a good reason for words leaving our vocabulary. I am certainly grateful that modern sewer systems mean there is no longer a need for the term Gardyloo – a warning call before chamber pots were poured out of windows onto the streets below.

Other old English terms, however, still have perfectly valid meanings in our modern world and really need to be brought back, if only for the pleasure of saying them. Here are 24 words and slang terms from old and middle English (or thereabouts) that are fun to say, still useful, and should never have left us in the first place.

1. Bedward

Exactly as it sounds, bedward means heading for bed. Who doesn’t like heading bedward after a hard day?

2. Billingsgate

This one is a sneaky word; it sounds so very proper and yet it refers to abusive language and curse words.

3. Brabble

Do you ever brabble?  To brabble is to argue loudly about matters of no importance.  (yes, yes I do this too often)

4. Crapulous

A most appropriate sounding word for the condition of feeling ill as a result of too much eating/drinking.

5. Elflock

Such a sweet word to describe hair that is tangled, as if it has been matted by elves.

6. Erstwhile

This very British sounding word refers to things that are not current, that belong to a former time, rather like the word itself.

7. Expergefactor

Something that wakes you up is an expergefactor. For most of us it’s our alarm clocks, but it could be anything from a chirping bird to a noisy neighbor.

8. Fudgel

Fudgel is the act of giving the impression you are working, when really you are doing nothing.  (LOL!)

9. Groke

This means to stare intently at someone who is eating, in the hope that they will give you some. Watch any dog for a demonstration.

10. Grubble

Grubble might sound like the name of a character from a fantasy novel but it does in fact mean to feel or grope around for something that you can’t see.

11. Hugger-mugger

What a fun way to describe secretive, or covert behavior.

12. Hum durgeon

An imaginary illness. Sounds more like an imaginary word. Have you ever suffered from hum durgeon?

13. Jargogle

This is a perfect word that should never have left our vocabulary, it means to confuse or jumble.

14. Lanspresado

It sounds like the name of a sparkling wine, but no, it means a person who arrives somewhere, having conveniently forgotten their wallet, or having some other complicated story to explain why they don’t have money with them.

15. Mumpsimus

Mumpsimums is an incorrect view on something that a person refuses to let go of.

16. Quagswag

To shake something backwards and forwards is to quagswag, who knew?

17. Rawgabbit

We all know a few rawgabbits. A rawgabbit is a person who likes to gossip confidentially about matters that they know nothing about.

18. Snollygoster

I think we can all agree this is a fantastic sounding word. It means a person who has intelligence but no principles; a dangerous combination. Watch out for the snollygosters, they live amongst us.

19. Snottor

This old english term has the unlikely meaning of “wise.” Really?

20. Trumpery

Things that look good but are basically worthless. I said THINGS, not people.

21. Uhtceare

This means lying awake worrying before dawn. We all do this, we just didn’t know there was a word for it. Say it now, like this: oot-key-are-a.

22. Ultracrepidarian

Similar to the rawgabbit, this person takes every opportunity to share their opinion about things they know nothing about. Social media is the perfect outlet for these people.

23. Zwodder

Being in a drowsy, fuzzy state, after a big night out perhaps?

And finally, I broke the alphabetical listing to save my favorite till last…

24. Cockalorum

A small man with a big opinion of himself.

Why not see how many of these you can work into a conversation today?


I hope wherever and whenever this finds you that you are well – Love and Be Loved!

22 Sept 2017 Blanket (Word challenge to myself) and Unicorns

21 Sept 2017 – little drawing I did yesterday to try and express the feelings I was having about closeness to Kyle.

Hi there, how are you?  It’s 6:32 am on this Friday morning….gulp!  I say gulp as I reaffirmed it was Friday to Kyle and we both let out a heavy sigh lol.  Time to put on our big people pants on!  I wanted to mention, for anyone considering the same course of action,  that the ant invasions of the house have gone down to one or two stragglers.  It seems like the diatomaceous earth we bought is working.

I was looking through some of my poetry and came across a couple fun things I did back in 2013 – word challenges.  You are given a word and then you build a short poem around the word.  This one was “Morning Treat” and I made it about the first cup of coffee of the day:

14 March 2013 Flash 55 word challenge by Eric Alagan Word press

Morning treat

Your aroma drifts under the covers

Lifts my groggy limbs into motion

Through groans and mutters

The morning begins with commotion

Crash and boom go cupboards and pans

Two and four leggeds

Make their demands

The smart one has mixed you with cream and sweet

You sit waiting for me

My morning treat

Sometimes all you need to get started on a poem is a word, or for many an image, for inspiration!  So the word that came to mind for me this morning is blanket.  I love blankets!  I enjoy crocheting and knitting blankets and am almost done with the corner-to-corner  I’m working on right now.  It’s come a long ways since this picture was taken earlier in the year!

22 Jan 2017 – progress so far and I am very pleased with the yarn!

Kyle came into our relationship with a blanket that is pretty worn out but we still love it.  It has a unicorn on it which is a perfect symbol for how I feel about Kyle and his being in my life!  Kyle’s mom found it along with one that had a lion on it at a garage sale many years ago.  He chose the unicorn.

This is a blanket Kyle has had for many years. It’s symbolic to me because I’ve always felt he was like a unicorn (how can such a great man exist kind of thing) and I’m the tree lol. This was the last place our Amber kitty rested before crossing the rainbow bridge.

This is what I came up with for my personal challenge.  It’s short, symbolic and sweet!

Unicorn Blanket

Your origin story is simple and your design is plain

But I can’t wait to pick you up and wrap you around me

Yet again

*a little something I found while searching for information about unicorns that made me smile; indeed a child choosing a unicorn as her favorite “aminal” makes perfect sense:

http://www.und.edu/org/soaringeagleprairie/2005/connectingwithnature/Deepening/Kate/unicorn.html

~The unicorn is part of the world of nature and part of the world of dreams–and completely of the heart. In many ways, it is a symbol of our longing for the mysterious and the unattainable~

Why Unicorns?!

When I asked Avery what her favorite animal was, I was not expecting her to say ‘Unicorn’. And then to go on and on about how she actually saw one, and describe it’s coloring and actions was just a bit much for me to grasp. I initially felt bad that she chose the unicorn, an animal which to me isn’t real and therefore I felt on some level that I had not done my ‘job’ as a parent in teaching her all about the wonderful, present, REAL animals on earth. This was how I felt until I started researching the symbolism of the unicorn and realized that in all actuality, real or not, it’s a wonderful animal to connect to and consider your favorite. I actually feel proud that she chose an animal that is an archetype of such spiritual significance~the unicorn generates tremendous power and energy, the image embodying great magic, mysticism, and wonder.

~The Meaning of Unicorns~

I found many words written about unicorns, but I want to share the ‘truth’ that I found amongst them all. The way that I understand it, unicorns symbolize the spirit of purity, innocence, and childhood. Almost every traditional legend containing the unicorn states that only a young pure female could attract a unicorn to become visible and be of this reality. Even so, the legend of the unicorn combines male and female in one beast and therefore rich in the symbolism of opposites.

~Unicorns have long been a representation of the Moon, a clear indication of female energy; this yin side is evident in the mysterious, intuitive, magick found within the unicorn. This embodiment of purity and natural truth is found threaded throughout most of the major cultures of the world and is thought valid to be an archetypal image. Archetypes are universal, reflecting a primal energy pattern. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, symbols and images reflect an archetypal energy at play within out lives. When we work with archetypes, we are lead back to our own primal source. The journey becomes part of the sacred quest, in which we find our true core.  Archetypes can be seen as spiritual symbols, and the magick and power they hold is only as great as the significance we attach to it.~

One of the greatest gifts I receive while learning through Avery is knowing myself on a deeper level. Through interactions with her, I am helped to see my world through a fresh pair of eyes which yearn for new experiences. Better yet, I am challenged to see things in a different way, and confront my old patterns of thinking and viewpoints. It was a refreshing experience to abandon judgment and see the pure beauty of believing in an animal that symbolizes such an array of love. I can’t think of a better animal to believe in at four-years-old than the unicorn. The unicorn represents love, purity, and the seeking of natural truth. It symbolizes balance of the yin and yang, and recognizes the power and mystique that animals can bring into our lives; which can ultimately help us learn the core of who we really are. This experience with Avery and her favorite “aminal” has taught me to be more open-minded and accepting, and through this I am able to find pure beauty in all things.

 

21 Sept 2017 Enjoying time together – Slow Down

Hello to you.  It’s 12:17 pm on this…Thursday?!  Is it really Thursday again?!  Where does the time go?!  One place….away lol.  Kyle is going to be starting work again in a couple of days and we are both experiencing that panicky sort of feeling.  It’s the feeling of being excited about his working because we really need the money and the feeling of sadness that we will be apart so much while he is working.  So we are making the best of the time we have, like we try to do every day, before it all starts.  Today it was doing something simple together in FFXIV, fishing!  I have fished in “real life” and a part of me misses that experience but I probably won’t take it up again.   I would say the most beautiful place I ever fished was on top of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs!

It’s important to take the time, to MAKE the time, for the most important people and beings in your life like for me, Kyle, our Link, Spot and May.  It’s not about doing big and elaborate things together either – just truly “being” together.  It feels like the world has got itself up into such a hurry!  Whenever I think of the world’s pace, I think back to this sad scene from The Shawshank Redemption movie (1994) about the prisoner Brooks who is released from prison as a very elderly man and how hard it is for him to adjust to the fast paced world he is thrust into:

One of the cruelest things I think there is to be born a human is that moment when you find out you aren’t immortal in the physical sense.  I think it’s this “knowing” that pushes people to try and cram as much as they can into whatever time they are allowed….to make their mark in this world.   What are the quality of those experiences?  How meaningful are those moments?  What I’ve learned is rushing through life makes you tired and takes away from the overall enjoyment of experiences.

I would ask you to make the conscious effort to stop and smell the roses…….be mindful of “now.”

You have to stop and smell the roses sometimes!

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/slow-down

“If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in and live your life to the fullest.”
Nanette Mathews

My prayers, as always, go out to all those who are suffering in any way today – especially the recent natural disasters!

13 Sept 2017 Pot of gold (dream), Poem by Paula Glynn and 1,000 year old Viking Sword find

Hello to you. It’s 7:17 am as I start to write to you on this Wednesday morning….both Kyle and I are surprised at how quickly this week has flown by! ZOOM! I’m happy to report Link made it through the whole night without problems! Yay!! The antibiotic made him very sleepy but no other noticeable problems. We have also discovered, after way too many cans, May doesn’t seem to like fish lol! It might just be that she is sick of eating it. We bought a batch of turkey, chicken and beef and she’s been eating most if not all of everything we give her. Those who have had or still do have elderly cats probably can relate to what we are going through with keeping her from becoming a moving clump of fur with vocal chords!

Had an interesting dream before waking this morning. It was about a huge pot of gold and people making wishes that only magic and a pot of gold could grant.

We were in this dungeon like atmosphere, like last scenes of Zoolander 2, and instead of everyone anticipating the sacrifice of a “son of Steve” for eternal youth, there was a huge pot of gold. Everyone was talking about what they wanted physically altered about themselves to this pot of gold to include Kyle. Then one of the people did magic and forced a whole bunch of gold at the pot and it exploded and was destroyed. Then I spoke up, as if confessing a sin, “I will be honest I want to be skinny again and all my wrinkles gone but at what cost? What do I have to give up to make this happen?” Then I woke up.

12 Sept 2017 – this doesn’t translate well to the computer but I hope you can see the message.

This dream was unlocked, I believe, by watching Zoolander 2 recently, seeing something on Facebook yesterday about pots of gold and the focus I’ve had lately in my thoughts and art about my inner child. I found this poem this morning that I thought was beautiful about finding the most valuable pot of gold you can find, the best parts of yourself….your heart and soul. 

Source Internet – loved this!

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/finding-my-pot-of-gold/

Finding My Pot Of Gold – Poem by Paula Glynn

This heart is filled with love, I find joy in ordinary things, Like drinking a cup of tea, Riding the bus, watching TV, And I’m starting to realize it isn’t just me, Rainbows are popping up all over the globe, Hues of color like a universal glow, And hands are reaching across the seas, The land – even the mountains – To find greatness in beauty, No one should be born to suffer, No one stands alone, For people are finding their own pots of gold, Where no heart is desolate or cold, And I reach for my friends, Knowing this life will be remembered forever, Like a show on the silver screen, For life should be a happy dream, Not a nightmare of deceit, And I share my wealth with my neighbors, Even those from Africa and Shanghai, And there is no bruise to nurse, For this heart has healed, And my paradise no one shall steal, For I have discovered my pot of gold, All the colors of the rainbow shining bright, In a blue, blue sky.

Paula Glynn

For those interested in archeology and finding treasure there is more news this morning – what an interesting find! There are so many possible scenarios that could be behind this sword! Almost made me think of King Arthur and Excalibur or the violin in Red Violin.  It seems like there has been a boom in discoveries from Egypt too! (http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/09/09/3500-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-egypt.html)

Einar (47) var på reinjakt da han plutselig fant et tusen år gammelt vikingsverd

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DeadlyDag6 days ago (edited)

“This vikingsword is almost one meter long, and it’s over 1000 years old.” “The sword was found by Einar Åmbakk in Reinheimen in Oppland, Norway.” “He found it while hunting reindeer in hard terrain that he suddenly saw the sword.” “I would never have thought that it was a vikingsword. It’s so amazing that it’s in such good shape – Åmbakk tells Dagbladet.” “Archaeologist Espen Finstad never had a doubt that the sword came from the historic vikings: We’re 100% sure. This is a known type of sword from around the year 900 BC, says Finstad to Dagbladet.” Dagbladet is one of the biggest newspapers here in Norway.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/1000-year-old-viking-sword-discovered-in-norwegian-mountains/ar-AArPbsc?OCID=ansmsnnews11

A reindeer hunter in the mountains of southern Norway stumbled upon a Viking sword that has survived exposure to the elements for more than 1,000 years.

Einar Åmbakk found the sword because half of its blade was sticking up between stones, according to the council of Oppland County, where the hunter made his discovery. “He had seen the blade and pulled it out,” Lars Pilø, an archaeologist for the Oppland County Council, said in a post on the county’s website for its Glacier Archaeology Program, called Secrets of the Ice. “Only then did he understand that he had found a sword.”

Officials have dated the sword to between 850 AD and 950 AD.

After Åmbakk reported his find, the archaeologists and others returned to the exact location with the help of geographical information stored in photos the hunter had taken of himself holding the sword. They swept the area with a metal detector but did not find any other artifacts at the site, which is more than 5,000 feet above sea level and covered in loose stones, known as scree. According to Pilø, the sword might have come from a lost Viking who died in the mountains.

A sword found in the mountains of Norway belonged to a Viking who died more than 1,000 years ago.Photo: Espen Finstad, Secrets of the Ice/Oppland County Council

“The rough scree-covered find spot is not a place where one would walk if traveling through the area, as there is much better terrain for walking not far away,” the archaeologist noted. “This could suggest that the person who left behind the sword was lost, maybe in a snow blizzard. It seems likely that the sword belonged to a Viking who died on the mountain, perhaps from exposure. However, if that is indeed the case, was he traveling in the high mountains with only his sword? It is a bit of a mystery.”

He mentioned the possibility that the Viking died in a different location from where he dropped his sword. If he perished in an icy area, his remains might be preserved. “As it is now, his remains are long gone, and only the sword bears witness to the drama that happened here more than 1,000 years ago.”

The sword could have survived so long because in this mountainous area of Oppland County — which includes the ski town Lillehammer — it would have been covered with snow for most of the year.

The dry conditions and the high-quality iron used to make the sword would have contributed to its longevity.

Fox News reported that the find was made in the Lesja area.

“To my knowledge, a Viking sword has never been found at such a high altitude before,” Pilø told that publication.

According to the archaeologist, iron arrowheads have been found in the mountains in similarly good condition in the past, some of them dating back ever further than the sword.

“It is well preserved without any kind of scratches and bending,” Pilø wrote on the county website about the new find. “Most likely is was still in its original position or had slid somewhat down between the stones.”

One thing that did not survive was its grip at the hilt. The archaeologist said there was probably bone, wood or leather that is now gone.

Although most people associate Viking warriors with the male sex, it’s possible this sword belonged to a woman. A genetic analysis recently proved that the bones found in the late 1800s in the grave of a Viking warrior belonged to a female, despite the fact that experts had assumed she was a man for more than 100 years.

 

9 Sept 2017 Nothing Gold Can Stay – Robert Frost

20 July 2017 Link Wygant Alvarado TX

Good morning to you.  It’s 10:09 am on this Saturday as I write to you.  Last night was rough.  Link decided he wanted to eat the apple skins I had put out for the insects and has been having a lot of bowel troubles!  I was up with him most of the night trying to help him get through it.  He seems better this morning!  He is such a little foodie lol!  Learning curve for me and probably not for him lol.  As is the case with most dogs, he won’t remember why he wasn’t feeling well.  I did have some dreams.  Had yet another one with David Bowie in it!  Guess my conscious and subconscious are still trying to reconcile his passing.

I saw this silly video the other day, didn’t know it existed!  I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the stars is from one of my all-time favorite vampire movie comedies What We Do In the Shadows, Jemaine Clement!

Source Internet – Jemaine Clement stars in this goofy film! One of our absolute favorites.

I was craving poetry this morning and found this gem from Robert Frost.  A beautiful way to say that nothing lasts forever.  As I am witnessing and experiencing such dramatic history as these times, this little poem gives me hope.  Just as beauty and “good things” fade away, so do the ugly and the negative.  Time becomes the ditch digger to all unpleasantries!   At some point down the road of time, we will stand together and look back in amazement at these shared snippets of history and exclaim “how did we get through all that?!”  Much love and hugs to you today!

8 Sept 2012 Jackie Drawing – Hope emerges (I used adobe paint to add light in her chest)

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

*PS – Happy Birthday to Phenny and Happy 50th Anniversary to Sally and her husband!

5 Sept 2017 Insurance claim deadlines (Hurricane Harvey) Drawings and experiments

Hello to you – it’s 9:49 am on this Tuesday morning.  How are you doing in your here and now?  Good I hope!  We are doing well in our shared dimension here.  This morning began with a few chores which included more ceiling spackle patching in our bedroom.  The cracks at the corner of the ceiling near my side of the bed was pretty bad again.  I get kind of paranoid with our ceiling as earlier this year a nail had popped out from that same area and ants were coming through the hole!  Mind you we paid over $1,000 a couple years ago to have people come in and completely redo this ceiling and to look at it now, it’s like they never did anything!

Anyhew…..thank you people who make ceiling spackle stuff lol!

So Kyle got his report date for the next outage at the power plant and we are relieved and excited about that.  The money he earns is to our finances what WD-40 (https://wd40.com/ – in case you don’t know what WD-40 is) is to a squeaky door!  AAAAHHH!!!!  Very grateful!

I’ve been praying for the folks in Houston and surrounding areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey every day.  What a mess!  I’m not there but it seems like it’s going to be another Hurricane Sandy where people are in a bad way for too long.  It doesn’t feel like we have a very standardized way in our government at the many layers down to civic to deal with disasters of this nature.  A big road block seems to be insurance and how having or not having it impacts the recovery efforts for most people.  I really wish there wasn’t any red tape for these people, but I guess because people in past storms took advantage of benefits that they shouldn’t get, they have screwed everybody over in the long run.  The insurance companies have put up higher road blocks to avoid fraud.  As I’ve mentioned before, for us, nearly anything and everything that has ever happened to our house has not been covered by homeowners insurance, which I find to be criminal.  Who is conning who when it comes to insurance?!!  What am I paying for exactly?!  **Last I checked water is what causes floods and subsequent “water” damage but they are separate in an insurance policy?!!!  This doesn’t make any sense to me!  Kind of like health insurance.  We will cover every part of your body but your eyes and your mouth.  You’ll need separate “health insurance” to pay for those parts of your “body.”  Ridiculous! 

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/30/harvey-deadline-on-insurance-claims-is-wrong-experts-say.html

Personal Finance

Harvey ‘deadline’ on insurance claims is wrong, experts say

•Only 12 percent of homeowners nationwide have flood insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
•Texas law going into effect Sept. 1 affects lawsuits, not claims.

Kelli B. Grant | @kelligrant
Published 12:04 PM ET Wed, 30 Aug 2017
CNBC.com

Consumers affected by Hurricane Harvey don’t need to rush to file an insurance claim.

Warnings spreading on social media about a Sept. 1 deadline to file claims related to Hurricane Harvey are largely misinformation, experts say. The alerts reference a Texas law set to take effect this week that potentially reduces the penalties insurers face for late claim payments as a result of a lawsuit.

“[The law] has no impact on the insurance claims process, it only affects lawsuits,” Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock said in a statement. Hancock serves as chairman of the State Senate committee that oversees the property and casualty insurance industry.

“The narrative that the claims process changes on Sept. 1 is false,” he said in the statement. “There is no need to rush to file a claim. Put your safety first.”

As The New York Times reports, the law won’t affect most Texas homeowners whose property has flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Most homeowners unfortunately don’t have flood insurance (meaning they have no insurer to take to court), and the National Flood Insurance Program and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association are both exempt from the state law.

There is no deadline to file insurance claims related to Harvey, said Loretta Worters, a vice president for the Insurance Information Institute. Texas consumers won’t see the claims process, or their rights, change under the new state law.

“Regardless of the date the claim is filed, the insurer is going to work with them,” she said.

“They still have legal rights under the consumer protection laws in the event the insurer engages in any bad faith conduct,” she said. “They’re protected.”

For Texans, handling the insurance aspects of recovery probably aren’t top of mind — nor should it be.

“The issue right now is safety — getting people out, evacuating,” Worters said.

Once you’re to a place of safety, here’s how to start navigating the claims process:

Alert insurers

Insurance adjusters can’t get in until the flood waters have receded, Worters said, but it helps to pre-emptively reach out and let your agents know your home and vehicle have sustained storm damage. That helps insurers know both where to go to look for damage, and where to find you in the coming days and weeks to more quickly provide assistance.

Another reason to act fast: Insurers often handle claims on a first-come, first-serve basis, said J. Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America.

Consumers likely need to make several calls. (Ideally, policy numbers and agent contacts would have been part of an emergency “go bag.”)

Homeowners: You may have several kinds of coverage. In addition to a primary homeowners insurance policy, some homeowners may also have separate wind damage coverage via the Texas Windstorm Association, and flood insurance with the National Flood Insurance Program or a private insurer, Worters said.

“Don’t assume you don’t have coverage.”
-Peter Kochenburger, deputy director, Insurance Law Center

Even if you don’t have flood insurance (only about 12 percent of homeowners do), call your home insurer, said Peter Kochenburger, deputy director of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Homeowners policies specifically exclude damage related to flooding, but water and wind damage are separate issues. (For example, you could be covered for water damage resulting from wind damage to the roof, or a flying tree branch that broke a window, he said.)**

“Don’t assume you don’t have coverage,” he said.

Auto: The comprehensive portion of your auto insurance typically would cover flooding and other storm-related damage, up to the vehicle’s market value, Worters said.

Travel: Texans currently traveling should reach out to their travel insurance provider, if they bought a policy for their trip. The “trip interruption” portion could kick in for policyholders who need to cut short their travels due to the hurricane damaging property, said Megan Singh, project management director for insurance marketplace Squaremouth.

“They could actually be covered to return home,” she said — including the cost of a new flight and reimbursement for hotel nights and other prepaid expenses left unused as a result of the shortened trip.

Keep good records

Take notes documenting every contact with your insurer, including who you spoke with, when, and what was said. Those details can be important if you later have any difficulty with your claim, or need to file a complaint, Hunter said.

“You want to be able to remember exactly what happened,” he said.

Keep your claim numbers at hand for easy reference. That helps insurers route you quickly to the claims department, which will have the most up-to-date info on your claim, he said.

Save receipts

Your homeowners policy may include “additional living expense” coverage that provides reimbursement for immediate expenses like emergency repairs, temporary housing and meals, Kochenburger said. Ask your agent about that coverage. Insurers often reimburse those expenses quickly.

Explore alternatives

Consumers who don’t have insurance or are underinsured aren’t without recourse, Worters said.

Check DisasterAssistance.gov (run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to see if you qualify for grants or low-interest loans to help cover expenses such as temporary housing, emergency home repairs and property losses, she said. Nonprofits are also collecting donations to provide aid and supplies to people in need.

Kelli B. Grant Personal Finance and Consumer Spending Reporter

I have to wonder just how many of the people in this situation are going to have the resources to pay back any sort of loan?!! Then comes the “Robbing Peter to pay Paul – where people who have nothing are having to put their hands out to people from organizations that have little to nothing themselves!  This is not an organized way to recover from a disaster!

 

 

3 Sept 2017 Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible? (Thoughty2, YouTube)

Hello to you!  How are you doing?  It’s Sunday, 10:16 am here as I write to you.  We just finished watching a really informative video that summarizes very well the trends Kyle and I have noticed happening to modern music.  How it seems like every time we turn on the radio these days it sounds like the same woman is singing!  We haven’t bought a new song in several months because there has not been anything worth buying.  Kind of the same rut we were in about movies.  It seems like the entertainment industry, across all of the spectrums, is just focused on one thing….money.  If a “package” sells well once….lets just repackage it with some new trappings and put it out there again!  Originality be damned!  What does that do to discerning people like Kyle and I?  Bores us to f-n death!!

As I’ve mentioned in my blogs here before.  I don’t believe that original thought is possible so basically everything created today is a reinterpretation of the past.  Some people and the industries they are part of have done a really shoddy job of their interpretations of the past.   I’ll never forget my brother-in-law Drew, a talented guitarist, who talked to Kyle and I about his experience trying to write an original song.  It was next to impossible!  He would start writing and play what he wrote and realize it was a rift from one of his favorite artists!

This is why I was looking into using random light patterns as a way to try and create new music:

https://saymber.com/2016/07/21/21-july-2016-making-music-from-flashes-of-light-how-margarita-transformed-my-drawing-tchaikovsky-hymn-of-the-cherubim-ussr-ministry-of-culture-chamber-choir-stranger-things-netflix-original-win/

So I get that coming up with new things in today’s world is hard.  I have trouble myself when trying to come up with new things to draw and  write about.  There is no money muddying the pools of vision in which I peer into for creation.   When creation becomes more about how much money will be made than “the product” and those involved in making it, you have already failed.   This is an unsustainable modus operandi.

Anyhew…..Thoughty2 does a great job in this video identifying specific things that are going on that are essentially killing the music industry.  Terms like the “millennial whoop”  and “mere-exposure effect” were things I didn’t know about.  Learning about these  terms helps explain what I’ve been hearing and noticing in modern music.   Why so often now Kyle and I will get buyers remorse after buying  songs now.  We will buy a song, like it initially and then within a short time SKIP IT every time it comes up on our playlists!  To me, most modern mainstream music is repetitive….not worth listening to or buying.

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

The millennial whoop is a musical vocal effect, utilising the “Wa” and “Oh” syllables, in a repeating pattern on the fifth and third notes in a major scale. It has been extensively used in 2010s pop music.[1][2]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere-exposure_effect

The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. The effect has been demonstrated with many kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures of faces, geometric figures, and sounds.[1] In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing and likeable that person appears to be.

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

In music, timbre (/ˈtæmbər/ TAM-bər, also known as tone color or tone quality from psychoacoustics) is the perceived sound quality of a musical note, sound or tone. Timbre distinguishes different types of sound production, such as choir voices and musical instruments, such as string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments. It also enables listeners to distinguish different instruments in the same category (e.g. an oboe and a clarinet).

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

Dynamic range compression (DRC) or simply compression is a audio signal processing operation that reduces the volume of loud sounds or amplifies quiet sounds thus reducing or compressing an audio signal‘s dynamic range. Compression is commonly used in sound recording and reproduction, broadcasting,[1] live sound reinforcement and in some instrument amplifiers.

Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?

Thoughty2