15 Nov 2017 Great Grandma Huff poem, Stranger Things 2, dreams and Could Your Brain Be Hacked (AsapSCIENCE YouTube)

Hello to you.  It’s Wednesday morning, 7:22 am, as I begin to write to you.  Can you believe the month is already half over?!!  Somebody must have pushed the fast forward button or something lol!  People are asking questions about Christmas gifts and all that and I’m just not ready for it!  I’m pretty much just get me a gift card if you feel you must buy me something or donate to a charity in my name anymore.  I just don’t want anymore “stuff” unless it’s functional and or has a purpose.  Kyle’s parents asked what we wanted for Christmas and at first he didn’t have an answer and then remembered we had wanted to buy a small confection oven to replace our long dead microwave.  We are getting to that time in our lives where we just don’t want anymore crap to dust lool!

Yesterday I got a present via a text from my Aunt Ruthie.  She shared a poem that was written by my Great Grandma Huff about fall which really surprised me.  My Grandpa was the one who had written a bunch of short stories which might be fun to share sometime but I didn’t know my Grandma was a poet too!  This beautiful poem is written in my Grandma Carol’s handwriting and had been hanging in my Uncle Walt’s office, her brother, until he died a couple of years ago.

14 Nov 2017 Poem with picture of by my Great Grandma Huff that was in my Grandma Beckers handwriting hanging in her brother Walts office now with Aunt Ruth Elliott

Come little leaves,” said
the wind one day.
“Come over the meadow
with me and play.
Put on your dresses of
red and gold,
The summer’s gone and the days go cold.”
As soon as the leaves heard
the wind’s loud call,
down they came tumbling
one and all.
Over the brown fields they
danced and flew
singing the soft little songs
they knew.
“Cricket, goodbye!” We’ve been
friends so long –
Little brook, sing us your
farewell song.
Say you are sorry to see us go.
Ah, you will miss us
quite well we know.”

The poem makes a little ache in my chest when I read it.  The way I interpret it is that we are like the leaves and when the wind makes it’s loud call, God, we fly away home and we are missed.  So many of my elder’s, my ancestors, my Ancient One’s have done as the leaves and have answered the wind’s call.  I miss them almost every day but keep them alive in heart and how I live my daily life.  There are very much alive in me.

Kyle and I binge watched some Stranger Things 2 yesterday.  It started out slow and now is just really picking up at Episode 4.  I feel like a lot of my drawings to even include the wisp people I was drawing have been leading up to me watching this darn show lol!  I’ve mentioned this before that sometimes my art seems to be like a tv guide lol.  Not very specific or very useful it feels like.  Kind of like what it’s like talking to someone in another room.  Unless you go to the person where they are speaking from,  all you get is just get bits and pieces but nothing specific enough to be really useful.  Anyhew…the show is so good!  I think because it’s set in the 1980’s, my teenage years, it really is hitting my nostalgia buttons!

I’ve really started to wonder lately if it is possible for human beings to be “hacked” by the unseen (be it stuff like Wifi signals, unseen bugs, vapors or the paranormal – God is energy and everything is energy so….even being hacked by “God?” Are we always driving the “car” that is our body?) and this show is certainly exploring that with the character Will who I really resonate with.  Watching him frantically drawing pictures of what he was experiencing in his mind really resonated with me and what I do outside with my chalk drawings sometimes.  I told Kyle last night, from my own experiences, I believe there is a world we all can see, one we can’t and the one we are told exists.

Stranger Things 2 | Final Trailer [HD] | Netflix

My dream factory didn’t generate the sort of dreams I had expected after binge watching such a show!  I guess that “production” is still in the works lol.

Instead I dreamt about shopping for clothes – fashion!  There was something about the wearing of a bandana on the head with a hat (this is from my character in FFXIV, Aurora, getting a new hat that has a bandana underneath) for Good Friday.  There was a woman dressed in a long tan colored felt or velvet dress.  She had black hair that was in a big bun on the top of her head and she looked like Eva Green (me thinking about Reeve Carney and Vanessa Ives yesterday I guess) and she was spinning in front of someone impossibly fast without getting dizzy.  Then she suddenly stopped, worrying and asking, “Did I damage the dress?” as she examined the bottom hem of the dress that had touched the floor while she was spinning.

13 Nov 2017 – My FFXIV character Aurora in new gear to include hat with bandana under it.

 

Love this

The other dream was triggered by the scene in Stranger Things 2 where Winona’s character Joyce Byers (Byers is the last name of a guy I had a crush on during Senior High School that looked like David Bowie lol), is trying to figure out how to watch a VHS-C tape in a regular VHS player.  I remember having that problem – we had an adaptor to make it so you could watch the smaller sized tape in a regular VHS machine.  My dream was about my ex asking me if I liked the adult movie he had picked out lol.  Ugh.  Way to go dream factory, way to go.

Anyhew…time to get started with the day.  I hope this finds you well.  Send some sunshiney wishes this way….gray and overcast again!

Could Your Brain Be Hacked?

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

AsapScience, stylized as AsapSCIENCE, is a YouTube channel created by Canadian YouTubers Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown. The channel produces weekly videos that touch on many different topics of science.[1]

The two creators have a secondary channel, AsapTHOUGHT (recently renamed Greg and Mitch) which contains videos discussing several issues (not all pertaining to science).

 

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14 Nov 2017 Assigned seating irritation (movie theatres), Hingeless (Dream), A Door Without Hinges (Marty Norman) and Your Dream World (Psychology today, William Berry LMHC., CAP)

13 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing dream about plane crash Alvarado TX

13 Nov 2017 – this is me trying to get that airplane crash dream out of my head!

13 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing entangled Alvarado TX

13 Nov 2017 – playing with squiggles! More inspiration from that Gael Song catalog with Celtic designs. The Celts got “squiggles” to perfection! I’m not even close but definitely inspired!

13 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing woman in blue Alvarado TX

13 Nov 2017 – Lady in blue with squiggles. What’s funny is afterwards we found out we could access Netflix again and saw the first episode of Stranger Things 2 finally (Madmax). This woman here is like a drawing I did of Winona Ryder back in 1993.

Feb 1993 Jackie drawing of Winona Ryder looking like actress Louise Brooks

14 Nov 2017 – this is a drawing I did back in February 1993. It’s a fusion of Winona Ryder and actress Louise Brooks.

13 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant out back with Spot and Link Alvarado TX

13 Nov 2017 – me out back yesterday. My hair is starting to turn the color of the gray skies we’ve been having lately! Lol!

Good morning to you. It’s 7:46 am as I begin to write to you on this gray and overcast Tuesday…missing that sunshine! How are you? I hope you are doing well.

Yesterday we were going to go and see Thor: Ragnarok (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thor_ragnarok_2017) at the AMC Theater in Burleson where we normally go to see movies. This particular Theater has started using the assigned seating system and we hate it! We bought tickets and admittingly sat in the wrong seats. It was a matinee and there were a lot of empty seats so we didn’t see a problem. A couple came in and apparently we were in their seats, so we moved. No problem. The opening credits started which included a war film starring Chris Hemsworth we were irritated to see a trailer for. We don’t like the reality war film genre at all…..makes sense when you don’t like war as much as we do. Anyways. Some more people came in and once again, we were in the wrong seat. We moved to what would be our seats but big surprise….people were sitting in them! Rather than ask those people to move like everyone had done to us, we just sat down in available seats nearby. Then Kyle, acting totally out of character for Kyle, was very angry and decided he just wanted to leave…get a refund. So we went to the poor man who had sold us the tickets. Kyle actually had beads of sweat on his forehead so I knew he was really mad and it was taking a lot to hold himself back from making a scene with the poor person who wasn’t responsible for a dysfunctional theater system. So I made sure to let the young man know we realized it wasn’t his fault the theater was being run in such a manner and explained why we wanted the refund. There was no way to make a complaint in the theater so Kyle did that when we got home. We probably won’t be going back to that particular theater as long as they continue with assigned seating. We could understand such a system for a premiere showing or a weekend….not a matinee. We really miss just being able to buy a ticket and find an available seat!

So I had a dream last night that was so vivid and wonderful I got out of bed at 1:54 am to write it down! I know the keys that unlocked this particular dream were my thinking and talking about the Distant Worlds concert Kyle and I saw together and reading poetry out loud, poorly in some instances as some of the words in the older poems are tricky, before bed.

I dreamt about reading stories written by children with disabilities like ADD/Autism at a benefit. I was reading as if I were the child with all the nuances of the way the child talked. The text I was reading was so vivid I actually remembered a couple of words from it and those were “hinged” and “hingeless.” These were used in the context of describing a person not a door. It wasn’t “me” reading in the dream. It was a young woman with a gentle soft face, brown curly hair and blue eyes. I remember someone saying thank you to her before I woke up.

The woman looked kind of like the character Darlene, actress Sara Gilbert, from the television sitcom Roseanne. As Kyle said to me after I told him the dream, “It probably was her, it’s who you cast for the role.” I guess the people who appear in our dreams could be like actors eh?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Gilbert – in case you don’t know who Sara is

Anyhew….I loved that I remembered actual words from the dream and decided to see where they would lead me. Well I was lead to a bunch of pictures of people wearing glasses and the two articles I’m sharing that correlate quite well to what it means to be a “hingeless person.”

Being actively in the dream world is the epitome of being a hingeless person! I prefer that sort of definition to the one where a person can come completely unhinged and subsequently say and do very bad things! That correlates nicely to what happened with Kyle and I and our recent theater experience right?! Sometimes you need an extra set of hinges lol.

Time to close and get on with the day. I hope there is something for you here in all of this!

http://thechristianpulse.com/2015/04/18/a-door-without-hinges/this was the first article I found when looking for anything about what it might mean to be a hingeless person. I don’t agree with everything Marty writes here, but there are parts that really resonated with me and I’ve “bolded” those aspects. For those who are not Christians, this piece comes from that direction – just a heads up in case you walk a different path.

A Door Without Hinges

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By Marty Norman

A door is an interesting thing. Everyone has them, everyone uses them. A working definition, for purposes of this article is: an opening that allows a body to move between two places quickly.

Recently my granddaughter Lily stayed at our house for a week. She is into Webkinz, so our first activity was to go to Target and buy Hopkins the Elephant, and Hippie the Hippopotamus. Next we got online to “adopt” these animals and give them a name.

The Webkinz site is a clever one. Once signed in, each pet owner has his/her own house. Each new pet is given a room of their own in the house. Then the owner carefully picks out furniture, beds, room colors, and favorite objects customized for them to enjoy. Each “adoptee” can travel from room to room to visit the other “adoptees”. However, to get from one room to the next they must stand in a doorway. With the click of a mouse they then move effortlessly from room to room.

In this fantasy world, doors are the key. Only by going through the door can one advance forward.

In the spiritual world, doors are also the key. But the spiritual world is not fantasy. Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:20, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (NIV)

Another door – but one of greater importance – for this door leads to salvation, eternity, and to a personal relationship with the Savior. But this door is also an opening that allows our flesh and spirit to move quickly between two worlds, the spiritual and the physical.

I once read a meditation by my friend Cathy that described a door as having three hinges – a great description for physical and spiritual doors. It takes three hinges to hold a physical door in place. In the same way, in the spiritual realm, the three hinges are the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, staples that hold a person in place, keep us on the mark, and help us advance to the next room.

But what happens to the door that has no hinges, the person who has no spiritual foundation?

Here are some characteristics of a hinge-less door.

First of all, a hinge-less door cannot be opened – no way, no how, without the ability to open and close, the door falls to the ground. There is no anchor, no connection to a foundation. A hinge-less person also has no anchor. With the slightest wind they fall for there is nothing holding them up.

A hinge-less door is also rocky. You never know when it will collapse. And when it falls, it damages that which it falls upon. The same with the anchorless person. Unaware of consequences they fall every which way, often damaging those with whom they come in contact.

A hinge-less door is unusable. It serves no purpose. The same with the anchorless person. How can they be used if they are not in step with God’s will and purpose? God uses those who stay close and in contact with him to love, heal, and bless his people.

A hinge-less door is out of control. There is no stability that orders its way. Without a Father who loves, a Savior who redeems, and a Holy Spirit that leads and guides, the anchorless person is without form or stability.

So hinges are a necessary part of the moving forward process. As believers of the “The Way”, it is up to us to carry extra hinges wherever we go, for we never know when we might be needed to stabilize a wobbly door. By introducing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to others, by helping to anchor hinge-less doors to the God of heaven, we will be helping the hinge-less attach to the firm foundation of life.

A Webkinz I am not, but anyone can be a carpenter that works with the Savior. Now that is a door I can stay connected to – and with just a click of the mouse! How convenient is that?

Marty Norman is a wife, mother, and grandmother of five, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of “Generation G – Advice for Savvy Grandmothers Who Will Never Go Gray.” You can learn more about her at: www.martynorman.com, http://martynorman.blogspot.com, http://savvygrandmothers.blogspot.com.

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-second-noble-truth/201301/your-dream-worldthis piece stuck out at me because I am more actively paying attention to my dreams again. I have realized for myself and mentioned it many times in my blogs that our personal perception of the world is a key factor to the life we live. A key element to the life we share with other human beings and life forms on this planet. Just because you perceive a person, place, thing or situation a certain way doesn’t make you “right.” It is only your perception, which may be completely different from another. It doesn’t make you “wrong” either…just “different.” We need different to help us navigate this life. I think if we rely only on our own perception of everything, we could be living in a lot of untruths of what reality truly is.

William Berry, LMHC., CAP. The Second Noble Truth

Your Dream World

Don’t go through life unaware you are projecting the inner world onto the outer.

Posted Jan 06, 2013

Photo by Alexi Berry

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This article isn’t about dream interpretation, though the analogy is apt. The post is about how projection, which is a staple in dreaming, occurs in waking life and affects what you see. It is about no longer walking through life in a dream like state and taking the time to delve inside of yourself, to interpret your life.

In Gestalt dream analysis, everything in the dream is you. Other theories, though not outright stating everything in the dream is subjective, recognize that projection is apparent. After all it is your mind creating the images, not an actual person invading your dream. Your unconscious projects an image. The real meaning of the image lies within you, not outside in another.

Dream interpretation is very interesting and can provide clues to the unconscious. The purpose of this post is to discuss how the waking hours can do the same. There are aspects of reality we all agree upon: the weather; who won which bowl game; there is little about these aspects of reality anyone will argue. There is a great deal of room in daily interactions and activities, however, for one to have their own truth, their own perception of reality. In fact, it could be contended that the vast majority of occurrences in a day have a large element of projection.

Projection is when an individual attributes something within him or herself onto another. Basically, you see what you are. This is not new; there are numerous quotes that impart this meaning: Anaïs Nin stated, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Henry David Thoreau proclaimed, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Carl Jung said, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” These quotes, and likely many others, point to the theory that humans project their unconscious onto others. Simply, what one finds in the world is a reflection of one’s unconscious.

The idea that one is projecting much of what he or she perceives maybe difficult to accept. People rely on their thinking beyond reproach. This is understandable; one has more access to his or her thoughts than any other material. One’s thinking has likely served him well. The thought of not relying on thinking could be terrifying. However, the alternative is to walk through a dream world never interpreted.

In previous posts I have touched on the theme of subjective reality. One of my more popular posts is, “The Truth Will Not Set You Free.” The suggestion is similar here: question thinking. Evaluate it. Step outside of thought, look at it objectively and with an inquisitive mind, and evaluate it. Could all of these learned and insightful people, some of whom developed theories around projection, others who use the theories to assist others to increase happiness, have been wrong? Isn’t it possible or perhaps likely that what one sees is affected by their unconscious, by their experience, by their history? As such, how is projection affecting your vision?

To approach this differently, it is not being suggested that one simply cease having confidence in every thought and question everything. Nothing would get done. Automatic thinking serves the human race well. It helps discern between dangerous and benign situations. It allows for much more productivity. It eases living immensely. To be without it would be to become infantile.

Always functioning and trusting thinking, nevertheless, has its costs. Often one is not completely present in interactions, as the mind, the ego, is determining the next move. This might be what to say or considering what is next on the agenda. By not being completely present, and by allowing automatic thinking to operate unquestioned, one does not perceive reality accurately. Prior experience taints the present. One may not be able to see past their impression. Opportunities may be missed. Negativity focused on rather than positivity. Potential acquaintances judged and discarded without really knowing who they are. Others allowed into one’s life that one might have been better off without. All because an overused, albeit handy, tool has gone unchecked.

It is not the intention of this post to persuade one to give up on initial impressions or hunches. Often they serve an incredible purpose. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink”, he does an excellent job of describing how intuition and first impressions can be incredibly positive; while at other times they alter perception in a negative way leading to horrible outcomes. The purpose of this post is simply to encourage the questioning of thought and judgment, especially when it is leading to negative feeling and action. A good beginning would be questioning what we don’t like in another. Carl Jung said, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Another time to begin self-evaluation is when you misunderstand someone. It is likely you were projecting your own unconscious into the misunderstanding.

Evaluating oneself can be a daunting task. Days are filled with activity, deadlines, and tasks. Automatic thinking permits a smoother, and more efficient life. Evaluating if you are projecting the unconscious takes time and an open mind. It can be an arduous task to interpret the representations you put on another, or on a situation. Questioning one’s thinking, looking within, peering into the possible ugliness that lies in the unconscious is challenging to say the least. But self-understanding, a potentially less outwardly conflictual existence, and being in the present moment more often are worth it.

Copyright William Berry, 2013

References:

Gladwell, Malcolm; 2005; Blink.

 

10 Nov 2017 Sharing Blade Runner (film) with new generation (warning dream) and importance of working together in quest to find new source of energy for planet (drawing)

9 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing energy machine notes Alvarado TX

9 Nov 2017 – notes from my drawing. I was inspired by a video we watched the other day about nuclear fusion experiments.

9 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing energy machine Alvarado TX 1

9 Nov 2017 – just thinking about energy systems again. (a note I added after this picture from a thought that came to me:  “There isn’t just one answer to new energy — must work together.”

9 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing Boo owl Sammy Alvarado TX 1

9 Nov 2017 – I drew this before we decided to watch Blade Runner. I had forgotten about the owl. When I drew this I was just thinking about the TY Boo owls Kyle had bought me. This is a miniature version of Sammy (I have large one also)

Hello to you. Last night we watched the original Blade Runner with Kyle’s youngest brother Cole. Cole had never seen the film before and is very interested in computer programming and gaming. He enjoyed it as did we. Ever since my ex introduced me to this film back in 1987, I’ve been watching it and have owned it in it’s various forms. Even when they had the movie on a Laser Disc the size of a record album!

The reason the film is so important to me is because of the questions it posed, that many years ago, about what our definition of what life is. What does it mean to be “alive” and what are the responsibilities of a creator for his or her creation if giving them animation includes the side effect of human consciousness….sentience….awareness. Conditions that have until recently only applied to “flesh and blood.” In light of Saudi Arabia recently giving citizenship to an AI, Sophia who is a robot, and the direction robotics are going….”more human than human”…becoming a burgeoning industry around the world. I think Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others who are asking for a “pause” button are justified in their concerns.

If you make “it”, are you prepared for what it means to be God? In case anyone has forgotten, God(s) get a lot of praise but they also get a lot of hate for the actions of their creation that intentionally or unintentionally do harm to others.

Remember the angry villagers with the tiki torches and pitchforks when Frankenstein ran amok?! 

The dreams:

Dreamt about a young woman wanting to run away with a young man to London. He was writing a script/play. I could see it was already written. What was weird was when she was talking to him, it was like he wasn’t really there. While she was talking to him, she ran her hand across a dark blue carpet and asked him, “Are you there?” He looked like Blaine from the television show Glee. The parents were supportive of the girl because the boy was rich, or was going to be.

7:27 am (one that woke be up abruptly)

Dreamt there was a town guarded by robots that looked like cowboys. A man took a chance to walk past them because he thought they were just automatons. Kind of like the animated figures you would see at Disney in the It’s A Small World exhibit where they just move but are not aware…not alive. Just as the man got past them and was headed into darkness, one of the robot cowboys responded and shot the human man in the back and then turned and shot an old woman in the head who was preparing to do the same thing.

This dream correlates to the questions Blade Runner, Terminator, Robocop, the show Humans, West World….so many other movies and television shows. This is the risk we take to play God by taking AI and robotics to such a level.

The question Rachel, a highly developed Replicant asked a man who could “retire” her is very important to consider as it goes “both ways” should we decide to develop sentience robots and give them duties such as being police or soldiers (especially since we already know humans can make these same sorts of mistakes):

“Have you ever retired a human by mistake?” (Rachel) “No” (Deckard) “But in your position that is a risk.”

Recent video that inspired drawing:

8 Nov 2017 Intertwined (poem and drawing)

Hello to you.  It’s 2:25 pm on this rainy afternoon.  Kyle got a call earlier today asking if we might keep his youngest brother company for a couple days while his Dad has some unexpected surgery.  So our house will expand to receive his brother Cole, Henry and Suzie their dogs and we will keep Dad in our prayers for a swift recovery!  God is in charge.

Today’s message for me and anyone else it might resonate with:  “Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance – Unknown”

 

8 Nov 2017 – Drawing to explore how we are intertwined…the light and shadows that are the me, myself and I.

Intertwined – Jackie Wygant 8 Nov 2017

Is it me or is it you?

Is there one of us

Or are there two?

In the storms and rain is you who stands tall

Or is it me who spreads my arms

While you are small?

We are threads from the same piece of thread

Intertwined

Until we are dead.

* a positive PS

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/john-cornyn-writes-bill-to-improve-gun-background-checks-after-texas-church-shooting/article/2639890

John Cornyn writes bill to improve gun background checks after Texas church shooting

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill Tuesday to “incentivize” federal agencies to report criminal convictions to ensure the wrong people cannot purchase guns.

Cornyn’s bill comes in response to the deadly church shooting that left 26 dead in Texas. The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was able to purchase a gun despite a 2014 domestic assault conviction. The Air Force said they erroneously failed to report the conviction.

“This critically important information from the suspect’s criminal history was not uploaded into the relevant background check databases, even though a federal law clearly requires that it be done,” Cornyn said.

Cornyn said Congress can take actions to make federal agencies properly report convictions and the number of records actually reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is “staggeringly low.”

Cornyn said the reporting problems must be rectified.

“Because there was no record of it, he was able to lie his way into getting these firearms,” Cornyn said. “This is very clearly a problem, and the Air Force has now admitted that Kelley’s conviction should have barred him from ever purchasing or possessing firearms.”

8 Nov 2017 God Will Save Me story and Warnings (the gun control debate in the wake of another mass shooting in America)

 

7 Nov 2017 – me venting about the President saying stronger gun control would have made death toll higher. It was precisely the lack of enforcement of existing laws that enabled this latest shooter to get a gun!

Hello to you. It’s early Wednesday morning as I write to you. This morning I was reminded of a story Kyle and I frequently reference in times of national or global tragedies.

The story is about how often people pray to be saved from the dire circumstances they are in be it a flood like in the story I’m sharing or anything else that is or feels life threatening. God answers the prayers but most do not see God’s answers. I am guilty of this in my own life. We are expecting something obvious, sweeping and bold…a Superman, an angel or even hand from the sky to scoop us up to safety. Even lift us out of whatever personal hell we are mired in. From my own experiences in God’s earth school….things don’t work that way.

So many of us have been praying and praying each time those we hear about in the news, know, love and care about are taken down by another’s hand or their own.  Be it a natural disaster, a lone gunman or even an army. These are warnings and even if we don’t want to think so, I believe the work of God too. I believe God has two sides just like all of creation does. Sometimes, unfortunately, I believe God has to be the “bad cop.”

Many will say this recent tragedy isn’t about gun control, more gun control isn’t the answer. I would say they are partially correct. We have a mental health crisis in this crisis in this country and we have a problem with enforcement of even the flimsy existing gun control laws already on the books. People like this latest shooter are literally slipping through the cracks.

The “Warnings”:

http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

2017

Total Number of Incidents 52,707

Number of Deaths1 13,243

Number of Injuries1 27,102

Number of Children (age 0-11)
Killed or Injured1 622

Number of Teens (age 12-17)
Killed or Injured1 2,779

Mass Shooting2 308

Officer Involved Incident
Officer Shot or Killed2 265

Officer Involved Incident
Subject-Suspect Shot or Killed2 1,770

Home Invasion2 2,116

Defensive Use2 1,734

Unintentional Shooting2 1,710

Gun violence and crime incidents are collected/validated from 2,500 sources daily – incidents and their source data are found at the gunviolencearchive.org website.

1: Actual number of deaths and injuries
2: Number of INCIDENTS reported and verified

22,000 Annual Suicides not included on Daily Summary Ledger

Numbers on this table reflect a subset of all information
collected and will not add to 100% of incidents.

www.gunviolencearchive.org www.facebook.com/gunviolencearchive

Data Validated: November 08, 2017

https://woub.org/2017/11/07/gun-violence-comparing-the-u-s-with-other-countries/

Gun Violence: Comparing The U.S. With Other Countries

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/07/how-he-missed-menacing-texas-church-gunman-left-series-red-flags/841693001/

How was he missed? Menacing Texas church gunman left series of red flags

More: Texas church shooting: Gunman escaped from mental health facility in 2012

More: Harrowing moments inside Texas church: Gunman shouted ‘everybody die,’ fired at crying children

More: Trump, Ryan: Stricter gun laws not the answer to massacres

Why can Civilians buy body armor?

Yes, civilians are legally able to buy body armor such as bulletproof vests. As long as you haven’t had a felony conviction, you are able to purchase a bulletproof vest online. That is, unless you live in Connecticut. In Connecticut, body armor purchases must be made face-to-face.

Can Civilians Use Body Armor? – BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests

https://bulletsafe.com/pages/body-armor-for-civilians

Search for: Why can Civilians buy body armor?

http://fortune.com/2017/11/06/texas-church-shooting-nra-gun-tweet/

NRA Criticized for Tweeting About Gun Terminology Amid Deadly Texas Church Shooting

“A few hours after the mass shooting, the NRA tweeted the post, entitled “It’s Time For a Vocabulary Lesson…” The story explains the difference between various terms including “semi-automatic assault rifles” and “AR-15s.” The tweet was later deleted, and the NRA did not respond to a request for comment from Fortune.”

The story about how many are reacting to the warnings:

http://epistle.us/inspiration/godwillsaveme.html

God Will Save Me

A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.

A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”