5 Dec 2017 Blue violin and Crystal Cathedral (drawing), Out of the Blue (Ferry Corsten Classique version Orchestre Cyber France De Paris) and Take on Me (Aha cover by Brooklyn Duo and Ensemble Connect)

Hello to you.  It’s 11:07 am on this very cold and gray North Texas Tuesday morning.  My cold weather tolerance has definitely changed after living here in Texas for going on 9 years!  We finally got some much needed rain overnight and all the drawings of the past few days were washed away…..fresh canvas!  In my continuing journey to process my grief at the departure of our May kitty (a Russian blue) yesterday, what came to me was a blue violin.  May’s favorite color was blue and it’s one of my favorite colors too.  I especially like blue guitars and other instruments.  Some day I may finally purchase a blue guitar but for now my lap harp works!   I was thinking of music from such an instrument being played in between two huge perfectly clear quartz crystals…..like a cathedral.   I had the Lindsey Stirling concert Rhonda and I attended last Friday in my mind too.

I was also thinking of the day before we said good-bye to May.  Kyle and I were taking Spot and Link for the afternoon walk and I finally got the courage and the opportunity to approach my friend Michelle Sullivan’s son Logan.  For quite some time I had it on my heart to ask him if he would like to have some things Michelle and his Dad had given to me before she died but was afraid to do so.  I’m so glad I did!  He and his wife were so happy I asked them!  So the large cobalt blue vase Michelle had given me, a cobalt blue baking dish (one complete and one only a lid – the other dish had exploded in my hands just before Michelle died in Oct 2014), a little blue vase and the Asian woman statue with the broken fingers.  Michelle loved the color blue too, she loved Christmas and she absolutely adored her children and grandchildren.  She and Logan were very close.  I was able to tell Logan how special his Mom was to us.  We loved her and have never stopped missing her!  As I’ve mentioned before.  I feel like I was being gently prepared for May’s departure with all this “blue” going on!

Michelle at Christmas, her favorite holiday

I was also, of course, thinking of “Mr. Blue” aka God (represented by the blue violin here) speaks through music and is carried to all corners of the world to heal broken hearts and bring all different walks of peoples together.

5 Dec 2017 – my blue violin drawing this morning. Thinking of Lindsey Stirling concert Rhonda and I went to, the Red Violin, God, the messengers of music reaching out to all of the world with crystal clarity.

I know there is an actual Crystal Cathedral in existence; I’ve never visited it but it looks like a beautiful structure:

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

 Crystal Cathedral
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Coordinates: 33°47′15″N 117°53′56″W / 33.787396°N 117.898933°W / 33.787396; -117.898933

Crystal Cathedral
Christ Cathedral
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(2007)
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous denomination Reformed Church in America (1980–2012)
Website christcathedralcalifornia.org
History
Founded 1955
Founder(s) Robert H. Schuller
Dedicated 1980
Architecture
Architect(s) Philip Johnson
Style Postmodern architecture
Administration
Diocese Orange

Church interior in 2005

The Crystal Cathedral is a church building of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, in the United States. The reflective glass building, designed by postmodern American architect Philip Johnson, seats 2,736 people.[1] The church was “touted as the largest glass building in the world when it was completed in 1981.”[2] The building has one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.[3][4][5]

Until 2013, the building had been the principal place of worship for Crystal Cathedral Ministries (now Shepherd’s Grove), a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller. Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and in February 2012 sold the building and its adjacent campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for use as the diocese’s new cathedral. The building, especially the interior, is currently being renovated to accommodate the Roman Catholic liturgy and is due to re-open in early 2019,[6] at which time it is expected to be consecrated and formally renamed Christ Cathedral and become the seat of the Diocese of Orange.[7][8]

History[edit]

Origins and construction[edit]

The Garden Grove Community Church was founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller and his wife Arvella.[9] An affiliate of the Reformed Church in America, the church first held services in space rented from the Orange Drive-In Theatre.

In 1961, the congregation moved to a new sanctuary designed by architect Richard Neutra. In 1968, the congregation completed the Tower of Hope to provide office and classroom space but continued growth led to the need for a new facility.[citation needed] Schuller envisioned a unique facility with walls made of glass and commissioned architect Philip Johnson. The design was an outgrowth of Johnson’s reexamination of German expressionist architect Hermann Finsterlin.[10] Construction of the Crystal Cathedral began in 1977 and was completed in 1980, built at a cost of $18 million.[11] The signature rectangular panes of glass comprising the building are not bolted to the structure; they are glued to it using a silicone-based glue. This and other measures are intended to allow the building to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8.0. The building was constructed using over 10,000 rectangular panes of glass.[12]

Upon moving from the old Neutra sanctuary to the new Johnson sanctuary in 1981, the congregation changed its name to the “Crystal Cathedral” – an alliteration derived from the appearance of the building. In fact, the building was neither made of crystal nor intended to be a true cathedral – that is, a church that houses a bishop‘s official seat (cathedra) – by that congregation. The congregation added the Prayer Spire in 1990.[13]

2010 bankruptcy[edit]

Beginning in 2010, creditors of Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed lawsuits to collect money due to them for providing goods, services and broadcasting The Hour of Power weekly TV show. A board member said that the total debt was $55 million.[14][15]

Prayer Spire in 2009

The church’s board filed for bankruptcy October 18, 2010, citing $43 million in debt including a $36 million mortgage and $7.5 million in other debt. Church officials said that they had been trying to negotiate payments but after several suits were filed and writs of attachment were granted the church had to declare bankruptcy.[16]

The church received offers from a real estate investment group and nearby Chapman University.[17]

Purchase by the Diocese of Orange[edit]

On July 7, 2011, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which had long been seeking to build a new and larger cathedral in or around Santa Ana, announced that it was “potentially interested” in buying the church campus for future use as its diocesan cathedral.[18] Two weeks later, the diocese increased its initial offer of $50 million to $53.6 million which included a lease-back provision at below market rates for a period of time.[19] On November 17, 2011, a federal judge approved selling the Crystal Cathedral to the Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million.[20]

Days after the judge’s ruling, Italian newspaper La Stampa used a picture of the Crystal Cathedral to illustrate an article reporting on the establishment of a Vatican commission “to put a stop to garage style churches, boldly shaped structures that risk denaturing modern places for Catholic worship.”[21][22] The Vatican approved the use of the building two weeks after the judge’s ruling.[23]

The sale to the diocese was finalized on February 3, 2012. Under the terms, Crystal Cathedral Ministries was allowed to lease most of the campus including the church for up to three years; the diocese offered Crystal Cathedral Ministries a longer-term lease at nearby St. Callistus Church, a parish the diocese later transferred to the Crystal Cathedral campus.[24][25] The transfer of the cemetery located on the campus was immediate, and the diocese established offices on the campus soon after.[25] Tod Brown, Bishop of Orange at the time, stated that the diocese would hire an architect to renovate the interior of the facility “so it will be suitable for a Catholic place of worship”, but does not intend to substantially change the exterior.[26]

The church in 2011

On June 9, 2012, the diocese announced that the new parish would be known as “Christ Cathedral” when it becomes the diocese’s new cathedral,[27] and that Fr. Christopher Smith will be its episcopal vicar.[28] The parish’s new patronal name was designated by the Holy See, while suggestions were also taken from the diocese and its members.[29]

Crystal Cathedral Ministries held its final worship service at the building on June 30, 2013.[30] Thereafter, the congregation held its first service at the nearby Shepherd’s Grove, the campus of the former St. Callistus Church, on July 7, 2013. The new location is 12921 Lewis Street at Garden Grove Boulevard, one mile south of the Crystal Cathedral building. At the same time, St. Callistus Parish was transferred to the Crystal Cathedral campus and began holding Masses there. St. Callistus Catholic school was renamed Christ Cathedral Academy and transferred to the former Crystal Cathedral Academy facility in September 2013.[31] St. Callistus Parish currently holds Masses in the arboretum on the Crystal Cathedral campus until renovation of the main church building is complete. Construction began on June 1, 2017 and is expected to be completed in early 2019.[6] At that time its bishop will solemnly dedicate the former Crystal Cathedral building as Christ Cathedral and St. Callistus parish will assume that name.[32][8]

On September 24, 2014, the diocese released its proposed redesign plans for the building, including extensive changes to the interior intended to make the building more suitable for the “altar-centered” Catholic ritual while retaining some qualities of the original design. Among the changes, the glass walls will be lined with angled “petals” that will reduce the amount of outside light, deemed as being distracting from the altar.[33] At the same time, the petals will include exterior lights to enhance the building’s visibility at night, producing an effect described as a “box of stars”. The route from the parking lot to the plaza will be lined with crape myrtle trees, symbolizing the “beginning” of holiness in progression to the altar. Along with its restoration, the Hazel Wright Organ is expected to be repainted white so that the altar remains the most prominent element of the room.[8][34]

Organ[edit]

The church’s 273 rank, five manual pipe organ is the fifth largest in the world.[5] Constructed by Fratelli Ruffatti and based on specifications by Virgil Fox and expanded by Frederick Swann, the instrument incorporates the large Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ built in 1962 for New York’s Philharmonic Hall (now David Geffen Hall), and the Ruffatti organ which had been installed in the church’s previous sanctuary. Swann was organist at the Crystal Cathedral from 1982 to 1998. Following the Crystal Cathedral’s final Hour of Power in June 2013, the organ was dismantled for a $2 million refurbishing led by Ruffatti;[35][8] it will be re-installed for the building’s planned re-opening as Christ Cathedral in 2019.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up ^ Rojas, Rick (November 26, 2013). “Catholic Renovation of Crystal Cathedral to Begin”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  2. Jump up ^ David Ferrell (April 6, 2015). “Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller achieved his vision, but couldn’t sustain it”. Orange County Register. 
  3. Jump up ^ “The World’s Largest Pipe Organs”. TheatreOrgans.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  4. Jump up ^ Epstein, Benjamin (May 15, 1996). “Crystal Clear Devotion: Cathedral’s Organist Will Be Happy to Solo With Four Seasons Symphony on Home Turf”. Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b “The Top 20 – The World’s Largest Pipe Organs”. Sacred Classics. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b c Baharath, Deepa (May 19, 2017). “Diocese picks contractor for Christ Cathedral’s $72 million reconstruction project”. Orange County Register. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  7. Jump up ^ Desmond, Joan Frawley (August 19, 2013). “The Crystal Cathedral Becomes Christ Cathedral”. National Catholic Register. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Esquivel, Paloma (September 24, 2014). “Diocese of Orange unveils planned alterations for former Crystal Cathedral”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  9. Jump up ^ Taxin, Amy (October 18, 2010). “Crystal Cathedral Bankruptcy: Megachurch Files For Chapter 11”. Huffington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  10. Jump up ^ “Da Monsta”. The Glass House. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  11. Jump up ^ Lindsey, Robert (May 15, 1980). “Opening of Glass Cathedral Is a Feast for Eyes and Ears”. The New York Times. p. A20. Retrieved March 5, 2010. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. Jump up ^ “Garden Grove Church”. GreatBuildings.com. 1979. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  13. Jump up ^ Smith, Lynn (September 18, 1990). “Garden Grove : Architects Praise Spire at Cathedral”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  14. Jump up ^ “Crystal Cathedral Owes $7.5M To Small Business Owners”. KCBS-TV News. October 16, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  15. Jump up ^ Bharath, Deepa (May 15, 2014). “Crystal Cathedral, creditors at $7.5 million impasse”. The Orange County Register. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  16. Jump up ^ Cathcart, Rebecca (October 18, 2010). “California’s Crystal Cathedral Files for Bankruptcy”. The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  17. Jump up ^ Bharath, Deepa (May 26, 2011). “Crystal Cathedral to be sold to pay millions in debt”. The Orange County Register. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  18. Jump up ^ Medlin, Marianne (July 8, 2011). “Southern California diocese considers buying Crystal Cathedral”. Catholic News Agency. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  19. Jump up ^ “Orange diocese increases bid for Crystal Cathedral”. National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Agency. August 15, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  20. Jump up ^ Taxin, Amy (November 17, 2011). “Judge approves Crystal Cathedral sale to diocese”. The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  21. Jump up ^ Tornielli, Andrea (November 21, 2011). “New Vatican commission cracks down on church architecture”. La Stampa. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  22. Jump up ^ “Cement cubes, glass boxes, crazy shapes”. California Catholic Daily. November 22, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  23. Jump up ^ Gibson, David (January 6, 2012). “Some see Crystal Cathedral’s purchase by Catholic diocese as calculated risk”. Baptist Standard. Religion News Service. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  24. Jump up ^ Campbell, Ronald (February 4, 2012). “Crystal Cathedral is sold”. The Orange County Register. p. Local 1. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  25. ^ Jump up to: a b “Diocese of Orange Formally Acquires Crystal Cathedral and Adjacent Campus”. Diocese of Orange. February 3, 2012. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. 
  26. Jump up ^ Medlin, Marianne (November 30, 2011). “A true miracle!”. California Catholic Daily. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  27. Jump up ^ Palmer, Melissa (June 9, 2012). “Landmark Crystal Cathedral gets a new name – Christ Cathedral”. NBC News. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  28. Jump up ^ “Catholic Diocese of Orange Announces Cathedral Name” (Press release). Diocese of Orange. June 9, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  29. Jump up ^ Cruz, Nicole Santa (February 3, 2012). “Diocese of Orange officially takes over Crystal Cathedral”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  30. Jump up ^ Rokhy, Ron (June 30, 2014). “Crystal Cathedral Holds Last Service Before Relocating”. NBC Los Angeles. NBCUnviersal Media, LLC. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  31. Jump up ^ Morino, Douglas (September 9, 2013). “Catholic schoolchildren move into former Crystal Cathedral”. Orange County Register. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  32. Jump up ^ Do, Anh (June 29, 2013). “St. Callistus Catholic Church moves to Crystal Cathedral site”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  33. Jump up ^ Hawthorne, Christopher (November 17, 2016). “The Crystal Cathedral redesign: Why tasteful updates add up to architectural disappointment”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  34. Jump up ^ “Redesigned Christ Cathedral: ‘You’ll be able to see it from a long, long way'”. Orange County Register. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  35. Jump up ^ Berg, Tom (May 17, 2013). “How will church fix Cathedral’s organ?”. Orange County Register. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
 A song I found this morning that resonated with the blue violin train of thought:

System F – Out Of The Blue (Classique Version) – System F meets Orchestre Cyber France De Paris

Published on Nov 23, 2009

Out Of The Blue, composed by Ferry Corsten (System F), is one of the most beautiful and representative trance tunes of all the time. The “Classique Version” it’s so different and special, performed by the Orchestre Cyber France De Paris.

 

Take On Me – a-ha – Brooklyn Duo at Carnegie Hall – this interpretation of one of my all time favorite songs made me so happy to hear this morning!

Published on Feb 5, 2017

Take On Me by a-ha, arranged and performed LIVE on cello, piano, and with chamber ensemble by Brooklyn Duo and Ensemble Connect.
WATCH Ensemble Connect musicians play the Brahms Clarinet Trio: http://bit.ly/2kvEqDz —EXPAND for more info!—

I  hope this finds you loving and being loved today. 

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4 Dec 2017 Journey in my mind using pieces of glass about May cat’s rainbow bridge crossing

Hello to you.  I wanted to share the meditation/grief and therapy session I had this afternoon about our May transitioning beyond us.  I hope something in what you see here will resonate with your heart somehow.  There is no definitive proof of what happens to what was “us” after we die but I like to think we return to the light….the One..to God.  The actual place, if there is such a thing, where the energy comes from for all of what life on earth is.  Back to what “animates” us so we can begin anew.  For those who have lost loved ones of any kind,  I hope this train of thought here helps you heal.  Much love and light to you.

 

4 Dec 2017 – May’s 2nd birthday was today

Rainbow Bridge Michael Bittick Deviantart.com When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

Sigh….heavy hearts in our time and space as I write to you.  This morning at about 9:30 am  May had her second birthday and has returned to the God of my understanding.  Where once there was a little skinny gray cat there is now only memories and ether…..our love and gratitude is with her essence.

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Last night I noticed she had blood on her left ear, had been unusually quiet all day and hadn’t eaten anything all day either.  Very concerning.  We decided that we would take her to the Alvarado Veterinary Hospital in the morning and ask for an honest assessment of her condition.  It was a very difficult night for me.  I had a nightmare like I haven’t had in a long time.  I remember my friend Rhonda was in it and something about being dragged away in the dark.  I started screaming in my dream for help which then made it to the real world and woke up Kyle.  I realize it may have been about Amber.  She lost all movement just before she died and I had to carry her to bed in the dark that night.  All she could do was purr.  It was a scary dream.

Morning came early.  I spent some quality time with May.  I talked and sang to her and brushed her very dry, matted hair.  She just loved on me like she always did and purred with gratitude.

The clinic opened around 8:00 am and was hopping when we got there.  The Vet who examined May was Dr. Jeremy R. Mitchell.  Kyle and I really appreciated his being straight-forward and honest about May’s condition…..it was time.  He could tell from his examination that she was suffering renal/kidney failure and was severely dehydrated.  He said he could run some blood tests for her but it wouldn’t really change the outcome.  I had to shake his hand because we both appreciated, more than words can express, his honesty and strength in helping us with this most difficult of all decisions a pet owner has to make.   We are grateful to the entire staff at Alvarado Veterinary that helped us today!  We were so impressed today, we may consider  returning to them once the health plans for Banfield expire.

22 Oct 2016 Our May kitty ruling the cat room now since Amber isn’t there

I won’t go into much else right now…still processing and I need to stay focused on the good of all this….the good that was our May.  I will write more as it comes.

Sweet May….who could purr her way out of just about anything.  The cat who loved to play ball….I would day “ready?” and toss a little ball at her and she’d swat it like a champ.  She was always a very heavy cat until this past year…from nearly 20 lbs to just 7.  We have a funny memory of Kyle trying to get her to lose weight in Delaware by chasing her around the apartment.  Oh she hated that!  She even stopped and hissed at him for that lol!  So many memories stretching all the way back to 1999!  We were together all that time and went through so much!

Even with how poorly she was feeling in that office, she loved on both Kyle and I before it was time to go.  She, like every animal I have had the honor to share a life with, teaching me…modeling for me….grace all the way to the end of her story.

I feel like the days leading up to this were God’s way of preparing me….May’s favorite color was Blue.   “Mr. Blue” aka God was very much in my recent drawings and thoughts.

May in 2007 when we lived in Newark DE.

3 Dec 2017 – this picture holds even more meaning for me. We had to make a very difficult choice today.

https://pets.webmd.com/cats/kidney-failure-uremia-symptoms-cats#1 – 

Kidney Failure in Cats – some information about what May was experiencing.  Every cat I’ve had has gone through problems with their kidneys.  My first cat, Kiki, actually died from kidney failure.

This is the song I sang to May as she transitioned on.  I think of it as her , Amber, Blondie and Sam’s message of comfort to Kyle and I about the most difficult part of our shared journey here on earth….being tangibly parted by death.  It’s comforting to think that it’s only temporary….”til we see each other again.  A little different but much the same.”

Marilla Ness – Be not afraid.

A song my friend Cindy shared with me after we lost Amber last year.

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Old Black Cat – Ian Anderson

3 Dec 2017 Our Sacred House (drawing), Trevince House (My Beautiful Things) and A Prayer When I Feel Lonely (Rachel Wojo)

Hello to you.  How are you?  It’s Sunday morning here and I am slowly waking up.  It’s one of those mornings where it was warmer in bed but my lower back was starting to hurt and I couldn’t go back to sleep so I knew it was time to get up!  My goal today is to continue working on writing up notes in Christmas cards so I can more of them in the mail tomorrow.   I was going to do a Christmas letter and decided against it.  Kyle was joking that I should write “Have a nice summer” in the cards.   I told him that wasn’t very  nice LOL!  Remember the school yearbooks?  Getting that written in your book was kind of like them saying, “I don’t know who you are but hey, have a nice summer!”    I won’t be writing that in my notes to people lol!

So I was looking at posts of folks I follow here on WordPress and got a nice synchronicity sort of thing.  My friend Sally from My Beautiful Things had shared some pictures from their visit to Trevince House and in looking at the second picture she shared, I realized it looked a lot like a drawing I did yesterday afternoon!

2 Dec 2017 240 pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing our sacred house Alvarado TX

When I drew this all sorts of thoughts were going through my head!  The title I came up with, “Our Sacred House” coincides very well with Sally’s picture I think!

My Beautiful Things

Paddling, Trevince House and Canapés 

Photo #2 From My Beautiful Things blog post about Sally’s visiting Trevince House. (Trevince sits proudly atop a hill overlooking St Wennappa’s Church in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall)

I was curious about where she was talking about and found the official web site for Trevince House:

http://www.trevince.co.uk/
Trevince sits proudly atop a hill overlooking St Wennappa’s Church in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall. With roots in the 13th century, Trevince has experienced many architectural changes, from a lost medieval house, to a modest Elizabethan country farmhouse, to a grand redevelopment by the famed Cornish architect Piers St. Aubyn in 1865.

Set in two hundred and seventy acres of farm and woodland, Trevince is adjacent to the renowned ‘richest square mile in the world’, a term coined in the nineteenth century when the area was rich in copper. The importance of Trevince as part of the social history of copper mining led to it being included in the World Heritage Site.

With its granite ashlar and pink killas stone, and classical portico entrance, Trevince has a beauty of its own. It has been in the same family since before 1281, and had never been open to the public until it hosted its first event at Christmas 2016; A COUNTRY HOUSE CHRISTMAS was a unique retail event and pop-up café to which thousands of shoppers eager for a new experience visited during the double-week end event.

The Trevince Team has now announced the dates for the 2017 event. So please join us on 24, 25, 26 November and 1, 2, 3 December for an exquisite Christmas shopping experience. Keep an eye on our news pages for more information.


I hope this finds you well and if not, I hope you know you are not alone in this world.  No one is ever truly alone.  It may seem like it sometimes but just because there isn’t another person around, that doesn’t mean no one is there.   The holiday season isn’t always so jolly for many people.   I was looking for a message to share to help anyone who might need help with this feeling of being alone today and found Rachel Wojo’s message.   I would ask you to get beyond this being a prayer, the words Father and Jesus, if Christianity offends you.  Try to read this prayer with your heart and not with your head.

http://rachelwojo.com/a-prayer-when-i-feel-lonely/

A Prayer When I Feel Lonely

Yesterday on the Facebook page, we took prayer requests. One of our precious readers, Joeann, lost her husband two years ago and she is feeling so lonely.  There have been times in my life when I felt deep feelings of loneliness and my heart aches for Joeann. I was thinking about her during my run today. We’re all praying for you, Joeann! May this prayer provide comfort to her and to you.

A Prayer When I Feel Lonely

Thank you for listening to my heart;

Your patience with me is to be praised.

Today I had that feeling again-

The one where I feel so alone.

It seems that no one understands…

Even my family and friends don’t “get” me at times.

Though I can be in a room full of people,

I feel lonely…

And I feel alone.

I know You said You would never leave me.

 Your Word promises this and it’s true.

These feelings are but signs of my human form.

Would You reveal Yourself to me

In a way far beyond my imagination?

Thank you for the peace beyond my comprehension

That can only be provided by You.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

when you feel lonely

Be blessed!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7&version=NIVthis Chapter is resonate with my thoughts this morning and for most of this year.  We will never heal as a nation or as a world if we continue to take joy in others sufferings.  

Matthew 7New 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.

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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2 Dec 2017 Lindsey Stirling Warmer in the Winter Concert (Verizon Theater Grand Prairie TX) and Mr. Blue (John 8:7)

Hello to you!  Hope this finds you doing well today.  Last night Rhonda, her friend Hannah and I made it to the Lindsey Stirling concert last night at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie.

David Zeck’s description of  his experience closely mirrors what Rhonda and I experienced last night.  The Verizon Theater was a great venue – there wasn’t a bad seat in the place.  All the staff from the folks out directing traffic, security and concessions were very friendly and helpful.  Really set  great tone to interact with them prior to the show!

We dressed up, well mostly Rhonda did, and she of course looked fantastic!  We had a great time.  I was so thrilled Lindsey included Crystallize and Elements with the holiday themed lineup of music.  There is something pretty amazing about being able to hear a song straight from the source.  I absolutely love the “live” experience be it music, comedy or theater.  Unlike many people around us, Rhonda and I put down our phones during the performance and gave Lindsey our undivided attention.   She deserved every ounce of it!  She took time between sets to share pieces of her story and that made her even more endearing to all of us.  Hearing her talk about her battle with anorexia and depression resonated very deeply with me as we share that experience.  I loved that she made sure to emphasize playing the violin the way she does take hard work and practice.  Rhonda could have done without the many religious references Lindsey made,  but I understood.  Lindsey lost her Dad to cancer earlier this year:

http://www.ldsliving.com/Lindsey-Stirling-Announces-Dad-s-Death-Shares-Beautiful-Message/s/84336

In her book, The Only Pirate at the Party, Stirling explains what helped pull her through this period of her life: her faith.

“I did rely on that, reading scripture passages about the afterlife and that the gospel will be taught to those who pass on and we will see them again and there is a wonderful place for them,” Stirling says, according to the Deseret News. “But also to be able to know that there is modern-day revelation about that today and in more detail — it’s been everything to me in those moments, to realize that I would see Gavi again and that he is happy.”

I know from my own experiences in this life that when we have losses or earth shattering experiences of that magnitude, we often turn to what gives us the most strength.  Everyone “has their own warm blanket” something that gives them comfort and the strength to get through the tough times in life.  It was obvious to me that Lindsey’s strength is her faith in God.  She truly is a shining star inside and out and a beautiful role model for young and old alike.  All this said, when I have the honor to be in the presence of such a fine “fragment of God,”  (I believe we are all fragments of the one) I will give them my complete attention and leave my cell phone in my purse.  Lindsey even touched on this when talking about her experience when she performed for 3 hours in a subway in disguise.  She said she was practically ignored!  People get so wrapped up in their phones and other distractions that they miss the world…the people all around them….sometimes miss people like Lindsey standing right in front of their eyes.

Hallelujah – Lindsey Stirling

Thank you Lindsey, all those involved with the Verizon Theater for making a wonderful memory with my dear friend possible.

1 Dec 2017 – Rhonda and me at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie last night in costume to see Lindsey Stirling Warmer in the Winter Concert

http://www.shutter16.com/lindsey-stirling-brings-warmth-in-the-winter-with-latest-tour/

Lindsey Stirling brings Warmth In The Winter with latest tour

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Warmer In The Winter Tour

Lindsey Stirling is a busy girl these days. The acclaimed violinist is currently a contestant on the hit TV show Dancing With The Stars and is in the top five headed for the semi-finals. She also just released her holiday album “Warmer in the Winter” on October 20th which can purchased HERE, and with all of that she has now managed to curate her latest tour the Warmer in the Winter Tour.

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The violinist is no stranger to doing things on her own. Since the start of her career she has gone the independent route, seeking no help from a record label. Instead, Lindsey chooses to engage with the fans and run things on her terms, launching crowd funding campaigns to make new albums and music videos possible. Lindsey started her career on YouTube gaining an impressive 10 million subscribers with just electronic beats and her skills as a classically trained violinist, which launched her to almost 2 billion views on her channel.

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Warmer in the Winter is Lindsey’s attempt of bringing a holiday show across the U.S. I made my way to the second show of the tour in Asbury Park, NJ at the Paramount theater. As I arrived to the historical theater I made my way inside to find Lindsey not only created a show but even the lobby felt like a winter wonderland with windows of the theater filled with Christmas balls and frosting. I saw kids as young as 5 or 6 years old and full families there to watch the show together. While I had some time to kill before the show began, I really wanted to get some feedback from her fans many who had attended a VIP Meet and Greet, which you can purchase HERE. I walked down the line asking fans how the Meet and Greet was, pretty much all of them had the same response. “It was awesome,” said a little girl whose father noted Lindsey spent time talking to the fans and took pictures with everyone, and, from what I’m told, it was a well worth experience for any fan.

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I made my way into the theater as the show was about to start, when the lights went down and the curtained opened as the music began. The violinist along with two dancers appeared in what was doorways of a house with the tops reading the tour’s name, and a led screen house behind that had the look of being snow covered. During Lindsey’s version of “All I Want for Christmas,” I looked into the crowd it was all smiles from everyone young or old, dancing or miming the words to the Christmas classic. The show spares no expense at production with a ton of beautiful outfit changes and props that keep the Holiday spirit alive throughout. Lindsey and company went on to play “Let it Snow,” literally making snowfall come down all over the stage. Lindsey glided across the stage effortlessly while playing the songs flawlessly.

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The show also has a ton of laugh factors, which I loved!!! During the first set change Lindsey asked for her band to come out on stage to join her, as they do the tours crew brings out tiny instruments. A tiny violin, tiny drum set and a kazoo. The audience filled with laughter as the band sat and began playing classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Baby,” Lindsey’s drummer then dares her to play “Devil Went Down to Georgia” which she does on the tiny violin as the crowd erupted in cheers.  The band walked off and Lindsey walked to her mic stand to introduce the next song “Hallelujah.” Before starting the Leonard Cohen cover, she told a story of shooting the video in New York City and being in the subway for hours and only two people stopped to see what was going on. Lindsey told the crowd to be present and experience the moment.

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As the song began, an Orchestra made up of students from the New Brunswick, NJ public school system begins to play along. Next up would see a performance of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” which features dancers in red dresses running around Lindsey with a huge red feather boa. As the show entered its final part, the set included “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Carol of the Bells,” and a special guest appearance by Lindsey’s best friend, her puppy Luna. Both Luna and Lindsey were in their Christmas PJ’s as the puppy does some tricks that had the audience sending aww’s throughout the theater.

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I admit when I first heard about the tour, I was a bit skeptical, but wow this show does not disappoint. I found myself smiling throughout the whole show and I honestly forgot about the outside world while in this magical wonderland that Lindsey created. The show lasted for about an hour and a half and is super family friendly, I highly urge you to check it out if it’s coming to a city near you. It’s a one of a kind experience you will not forget. Check out the full list of dates below (go to link).

I really liked this interpretation of the song!  Makes you want to dance to it!

The theme lately is thinking of God as “Mr. Blue.”   Part of it is that darn ELO song Kyle likes to play a lot to cheer us both up lol.   Sometimes when I look around when I’m thinking about spiritual things, I will see a flash of blue color.  It’s more than likely something going on with my eyes, who knows for sure but the eye doctor the next time we get our eyes checked.

1 Dec 2017 Morning Meditation

Hello to you. How are you doing in your present moment as you visit here? I hope you are less conflicted inside than I am! I am excited about seeing Lindsey Stirling tonight and sad with the news that our neighbors sister died yesterday after not recovering from complications due to an automobile accident! Rhonda was apt to remind me there are pills for my being happy and sad at the same time. I reminded her I’m taking some of those and it’s not helping with my predicament today!

There are more than a few things just popping some pill or another won’t provide any sort of consolation for. Coping with mixed emotions is an inside job to tackle with the God of your understanding if you have one or spending time in prayer, meditation, a long walk….for some to even smoke some weed! It’s important to allow ourselves to feel emotions and not just use people, places and things to obstruct or mask the experience. We are human beings and having feelings is part of being human!

Had an early morning wake up, like 1:38 am or so. It was like someone was standing right next to my side of the bed with a cup of prepared coffee! The mystery kind of got solved when I let the dogs out later and smelled the same sort of smell outside. Must have got into the house via our HVAC system or something.

So this morning’s meditation included my cards and a map of the United States I got from the Sierra Club many years ago. The messages spoke to me but also seemed to speak to what I see is happening these days in our country…in our world. I want to stress cards of any kind and there are millions of different types people use, are just tools. Sometimes I feel like my chalk drawings are too ambiguous and vague. Adding the cards lately is helping things get more specific.

It’s important to not read too much into such things..the phrase “self-fulfilling prophecy” comes to mind. There is always a fork in the road and we can choose, at any moment, which road to take.

1 Dec 2017 – overall reading

1 Dec 2017 – closer look at the cards ad their positions. The direction, facing up or down, changes the overall meaning.

8 of Cups face up- Tells you you will get what you’ve hoped for, but you may be being over-cautious

8 of Swords face down – Warns of unexpected calamities

Knight of Cups face up- Most often represents a lover, or the messenger of true love

8 of Wands face up – This is a time to take action, to be hopeful, to plan your next moves.

2 of Wands face down – Portends something unexpected will happen or enter the picture, or loss or failure in your new enterprise

Ace of Swords face up – Represents triumph by force

3 of Wands face up – Problems can be resolved if the person remains calm, dignified, intelligent

The World face down – Symbolizes complete mastery and understanding of your own inner nature and of the forces surrounding you

3 of Swords face up – Indicates the disintegration of alliances

6 of Swords face down – Indicates a journey, or visitor or message

Special: 5 of Wands face up – Signifies Greed, competition for financial gain, hardship

1 Dec 2017 – the “special” card today speaks directly to America.

The drawings that came up, especially the one with Vladimir Putin dressed in the colors of our flag, political parties and surrounded in “Cheeto Orange” comes with messages that resonated with me with the recent indictment of Michael Flynn. The messages, “They all play in this game” and “Takes many sheep to make a lamb” were what came forth after the poor drawing of Putin. In my perception, it’s not fair to just go after one person when so many are probably involved with this whole thing.  I think it’s important for transparency in this whole issue and to focus on how to make these wrongs right instead of just tearing more people and this country apart.   Sometimes looking at or hearing the news headlines in this country seems like what it may have been for the Romans in their Colosseums!  Just watching people being shredded alive!  Only in our day an age it isn’t flesh being ripped apart by lions, it’s their characters…their very souls. 

1 Dec 2017 – this poor rendering of Vladimir Putin dressed in red white blue and surrounded by Cheeto orange and the messages that came are about how it seems a lamb is chosen to take the fall for everyone and no one ultimately benefits from this. Everyone involved should be held in account!

1 Dec 2017 – my dream has always been a unified earth. Enemies we all share Greed Hate and Fear, Fear being the worst in my feeling. This is me ruminating about the plethora of sexual misconduct allegations we are seeing that are destroying people’s lives. We have to be careful about this tactic.

The other messages pertains to what is going on with people, mostly men, being ripped apart and their legacies laid waste with sexual misconduct allegations. It came to me, as someone who has experienced sexual misconduct many times in my life, that bringing such things to light out of a heartspace of spite does no one any good. It’s just pouring more gasoline on a fire. We don’t heal as a nation and a people by attacking each other out of spite and vengeance.

http://variety.com/2017/politics/news/michael-flynn-guilty-charged-russia-probe-1202627430/ – use link for complete article

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI in Russia Probe

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, plead guilty to one count to lying to the FBI as part of an agreement reached with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller charged Flynn with “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

 

I told Kyle this morning that in a way, despite how ugly this whole year has been in this country, I am becoming almost grateful for it.  I am seeing it has been the sort of humbling experience this country has needed for a very long time.  We can learn from what is happening in this literal and figurative dismantling of America.  We can come together as a nation and instead of rebuilding other countries as we’ve done in the past after wars….begin to rebuild ours in peaceful cooperation with the rest of this world.   

 

1 Dec 2017 – this was the last drawing and looking at it after talking to our neighbor about the tragic loss of his sister makes me wonder if this was for her.

30 Nov 2017 The Star

Hello to you. How are you doing in this moment? Hopefully well. Today has been good here. Beautiful weather and surprises. My friend Rhonda called me this afternoon with news she had bought two tickets to see Lindsey Stirling and wanted me to go with her. At first I was flustered and joked with her, “Damn you for popping me out of my comfort zone! Kyle and I always talk each other out of doing stuff like this!” She says, “It’s my job!” Rhonda is the kind of friend that is about pushing you out of your comfy zone and I love her for it. She’s the one who convinced Kyle and I we should just say fuck it and buy the tickets for the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Concert last year. So glad we did!

So she plans to dress up in her best Steampunk attire and I will put something together so I’m presentable lol.

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We had seen Lindsey on America’s Got Talent and kind of forgot about her. Then Kyle’s brother Drew reintroduced us to her, loudly in his car with this song Crystallize. So if you have never heard of Lindsey Stirling, check this out!

Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling (Dubstep Violin Original Song)

Elements (Orchestral Version) – Lindsey Stirling – Dracula

What’s fun about all this is earlier in the day, when I did my outside stuff, the special card was “The Star.”

30 Nov 2017 1006 am Jackie Wygant outdoor meditation The Star card later Rhonda Martin invite me to see Lindsey Sterling Alvarado TX

30 Nov 2017 243pm Picture of my hand-drawn Star Tarot card.

Upright Star Tarot Card Meanings. The Star Tarot card brings renewed hope and faith and a sense that you are truly blessed by the Universe at this time. Courage, fulfilment, and inspiration are in your life. … The Star card is therefore an important card for personal transformation.

Star Tarot Card Meanings | Biddy Tarot

https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/star/

This evening we tried to watch the Season 5 premiere of Vikings online via the History Channel. About 28 minutes in, our internet started to run even crappier than normal to include the loss of sound!  This meant restarting the entire episode because I don’t have a profile with the History Channel and that meant wading through a whole bunch more commercials and I just didn’t have the patience for it.  I was disappointed as I had been waiting to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund and from what I saw of this episode, he did a fantastic job!  So we will back-burner watching the show until I can get a more enjoyable, stable way to watch it!

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http://www.history.com/shows/vikings

Our internet provider, AT&T, has been running horrible ever since we had the new neighborhood built and people have moved in. We’ve noticed a change in our online gaming (FFXIV), You Tube videos and a bunch of other things we normally were able to watch with few problems are starting to run like crap. Lots of lag and excess time for loading. Guess this is the new age of the internet for people like us who live in small towns with fewer internet provider choices.  We have been able to, until recently, keep up with things without cable or other “micro-transaction” media services. Entertainment is so overly fragmented now….all these same companies all vying for the same “pie” and our most precious commodity – not money, but time.   I’m not going to pay for cable and I’m not paying for individual channels just so I can watch particular shows. This may ultimately mean that Kyle and I miss a lot of things….it is what it is.

When, not if, Net Neutrality is repealed (which will ultimately be regretted by all involved) we fully expect to be even more fucked out of things. Hopefully I’ll still have enough bandwidth to pay my bills online!

In my opinion, the internet should be categorized and regulated like any other utility. To me the internet is like paying for electricity, access to city water, sewage and garbage services. In our day and age, going without the internet is not really an option.

29 Nov 2017 Todays meditations and GLOW – Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Netflix and film)

Hello to you. Today was interesting. It was basically a day long active meditation. Some of the issues that came up have come up for me many times before but felt still unresolved. At first I had the World map out, statues, crystals, replicas I’ve collected from places I’ve visited around the world. It felt like some sort of subconscious board game was being played out. This isn’t anything new for me. The last time it happened in the house. Ultimately this ends up being a great way for our knick-knacks to actually have a purpose and this activity makes cleaning them more interesting…enjoyable. It may seem an unusual way to meditate but it works for me.  Some people sit still, close their eyes and focus on their breathing….I do this.

29 Nov 2017 1027 am Jackie Wygant outdoor meditation with world map Alvarado TX

29 Nov 2017 1041 am Jackie Wygant outdoor meditation after world map Alvarado TX

At one point I brought out some Tarot cards I had made a few years ago and something interesting happened with that. I had placed several cards on a drawing representing Spiritual Checks and Balances. Then all the sudden a gust of wind like an unseen hand came and blew all but a couple out of the drawing and into the yard. I had to laugh to myself a bit. I can remember picking up the cards and thinking as I looked at the sun, “So you are paying attention!” The cards I was left with were interesting; the High Priestess, Temperance, the Ace of Swords and the King of Swords.

29 Nov 2017 11 am Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing spiritual checks and balances Alvarado TX

 

29 Nov 2017 1210 pm Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing spiritual checks and balances Tarot cards High Priestess Temperance King of Swords and Ace of Swords Alvarado TX – with book

29 Nov 2017 1152 am Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing spiritual checks and balances Tarot cards High Priestess Temperance King of Swords and Ace of Swords Alvarado TX

According to the book I have, Tarot for Beginners by P Scott Hollander (2006), these cards are pretty accurate to the context of the drawing beneath them:

High Priestess: Divine Wisdom; enlightenment. Understanding of (or the need to understand) the reasons things work the way they do.

Temperance: Patience, self-control, willingness to learn understanding.

King of Swords: The Kind of Swords is a man of authority and power, often in his own right, and certainly in the terms of the querent’s personal or professional life. He is someone accustomed to giving orders and seeing to it that they are obeyed. The querent will see him as someone whose motives are not always clear; he sometimes seems a powerful ally and at other times an unscrupulous enemy. Be warned, however, that whatever this man says or does he is out to forward his own interests first, and will ride roughshod over anyone who gets in his way. This is a man who sits in judgement, both of situations and of those under his authority.

Ace of Swords: A card of triumph, in an almost excessive degree. It carries with it the concept of triumph by force: physical force, force of will, force of position or circumstances.

Anyhew…changing gears:

Today we finished watching another fantastic Netflix series called GLOW – Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. We watched the movie about the real wrestlers last night….tears were shed! Emily Dole aka Mt Fiji just stole our hearts! I have a funny memory about GLOW. I can remember my parents coming to visit my ex-husband and I in our little crappy apartment in California. We had the show on when they came in and my Mom was like, “Can you please turn that off ?!” She didn’t want Dad watching it lol. My Dad and I used to watch the male wrestlers all the time. I used to crack up watching him and my Grandpa (his Dad) watching wrestling as they would jerk around like they were the ones actually in the ring!

Anyhew – great writing, great casting, great acting, great sets, great costumes…..just so well done! We had to fight the urge to binge watch it!

GLOW Official Trailer HD Netflix

One of our favorite lines by character Sam Sylvia:

“Oh Christ. Crying, Caring, the desperation. That, that’s what make syou unbearable. Look, I don’t like you Strindberg. Take that in. Hold on to it. Try not giving a fuck. There’s a lot of power in that. (Sam approaches the car) And relax. The devil gets all the best lines.”

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – Trailer

Great song from the final episode of Season 1:

Invincible (1999 Digital Remaster)

Published on Nov 5, 2014

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

Invincible (1999 Digital Remaster) · Pat Benatar

Synchronistic Wanderings

℗ 1985, 1999 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved.

Digital Remastering Engineer: Evren Göknar
Composer: Holly Knight
Composer: Simon Climie

The lyrics to the song resonate very strongly to our current times!  When Kyle and I heard it watching the last episode we both got goosebumps!

Invincible

This bloody road remains a mystery
This sudden darkness fills the air
What are we waiting for?
Won’t anybody help us?
What are we waiting for?

We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible

This shattered dream you cannot justify
We’re gonna scream until we’re satisfied
What are we running for?
We’ve got the right to be angry
What are we running for?
When there’s no where we can run to anymore

We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible
And with the power of conviction
There is no sacrifice
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible

Won’t anybody help us?
What are we running for?
When there’s no where, no where we can run to anymore

We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible

And with the power of conviction
There is no sacrifice
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

We can’t afford to be innocent (yeah)
Stand up and face the enemy (yeah)
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible

We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible

Songwriters: HOLLY KNIGHT, SIMON CLIMIE
© MUSIC & MEDIA INT’L, INC., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

(Where we heard it:)

Pat Benatar – Invincible (Audio) [GLOW – 1X10 – SOUNDTRACK]

https://youtu.be/lGIAI368Zpk

Published on Jun 27, 2017

GLOW OST (NETFLIX)

SEASON 01 EPISODE 10 – “Money’s in the Chase”

29 Nov 2017 Jackie Wygant outdoor chalk drawing 414pm Alvarado TX – last drawing of the day.

 

 

28 Nov 2017 Connections (drawing inspired by misifusa blog Connecting the Dots)

Hello again.  Just put some food to bake in the oven, the easy pot-pie and have a couple of minutes as we wait.  It’s been a lovely and breezy first part of the day.  As I sat outside doing the drawing I’m going to share, I was being pelted by falling leaves lol.  I loved it.  Leaves hitting me in the face, landing on my drawing or in my lap lol.  I imagined this was the trees with the help of the winds expressing their opinion about things….”put another circle right there!” *leaf falls on the paper in a blank spot lol.

This drawing was inspired by fellow WordPress blogger misifusa’s post today about the special connections we make as bloggers.   As I was drawing, I began to think about all the connections that exist at all levels of our existence.  From one star’s path to another’s in space to a leaf blowing in my yard from a tree across the street.  There is the old 6 degrees of separation connection game.  The connections in our brain from one neural path to another.  It seems so random but is it really?  I don’t think the connections are just a coincidence.  When you lay them all out it’s like a map….a complex plan.

https://misifusa.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/connecting-the-dots/

Excerpt and shared sentiment not just about the blogosphere but just life itself:

“So today, I’m grateful for all of our connections, internet and otherwise.  I love how blogging has expanded our friendships globally.  I can now count friendships with all of you, in many different countries and across the USA.  We are gratefully united through friendship and caring.”

28 Nov 2017 The backhanded compliment or asteism

Source is internet: When I saw what happened at the White House, I thought of Legendary Navajo Code Talker Joe Kellwood who walked on at age 95 last year.

Hello to you. How are you doing in your today? I’m doing pretty good just reallllllyyyy sore lol! We did the tree trimming yesterday in the front and back yard and then there was the dismembering of the severed limbs without a mulcher!  I really wish our town had a lending closet for things like mulchers and other mechanisms you need to maintain a house but only need like once a year. Anyhew…..the trees look much better. I noticed that there were limbs we took from the Pecan that had suspicious white patches that weren’t just bird poop on them. Hopefully she’ll be healthier for the trimming. I think we did a better job than the people we had hired a couple of years ago who did just about nothing and too $300 from us!

The dream realm was much quieter last night. The only one I slightly remember had to do with London making room for India.

The topic today, the backhanded compliment, comes from me seeing people in highly visible places seemingly trying to do something nice and then in the midst of doing that, throw out an ill-timed racial slur or insult. I’ve noticed this happening on a repeated occasions for one person in particular and it’s really rather sad.  It is a recurring event and the people that are supposed to be helping prevent such faux pas are failing miserably.  More distractions from that Russian probe, the FCC net neutrality repeal and tax bill they are trying to work on.   Kyle’s visual for this sort of thing is using a kitchen plate and holding it in front of a raised middle finger and saying….”look at the plate.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/11/27/trump-calls-elizabeth-warren-pocahontas-while-hosting-native-american-war-heroes-event/898815001/ – “President Trump couldn’t resist using his old nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren – “Pocahontas” – even at an event honoring Native American war heroes.”

This said, I have been guilty through the course of my life of the backhanded compliment or asteism (new word I learned today).  So what exactly is a backhanded compliment?

A backhanded compliment, also known as a left-handed compliment or asteism, is an insult that is disguised as a compliment. Sometimes, a backhanded compliment may be inadvertent. However, the term usually connotes an intent to belittle or condescend.

Insult – Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backhanded_compliment

I didn’t know what an asteism was. When I tried to find out what it meant, I kept getting the word asterism which is a cluster of stars in the night sky – which is far from an insult lol!

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/asteism

Noun[edit]

asteism (plural asteisms)

Polite irony; a genteel and ingenious manner of deriding another.

Here is an article I found with some really great examples:

http://www.literallydarling.com/blog/2014/06/10/compliments-actually-flatter-one/

Backhanded Compliments That Actually Don’t Flatter Anyone

June 10, 2014 by Ella

“Ella actually wrote a good article.”

Perfect example of a backhanded compliment! Anything with “actually” in the sentence is, actually, instantly less flattering. And don’t even get me started with so-called compliments that end with, “for a (insert an offensive noun—i.e., girl, guy, any and every race)”.

I asked my friends for the worst compliments they’ve ever received. I’m going to break this down into a few categories: race, sex (gender and more), heavy topics, appearance, and intelligence. These are my personal favorites, even though these comments are anything but favorable.

Race:

“You have nice hair for a black girl.”

“You’re really cute for a dark-skinned/black girl.”

But really, this applies for any and every race. As someone who’s Filipino, I constantly have gotten: “You’re really cute for an Asian.” and, “You have really big eyes for an Asian.”

The “for a (insert an offensive noun)” seems to go hand-in-hand with race.

Oh, and if you’re even remotely “exotic-/foreign-” looking, “You look like a Kardashian.” (Since when were they their own ethnicity?)

Sex (gender and then some):

“I like you because I’m not intimidated by you. Well, not that I think men should be intimidated by women anyway.”

“Out of all my friends with whom I could have said I had the worst sex in the world last night, I’m glad it was you.”

“You don’t look like that much of a boy with your hair that short.”

Heavy Topics:

“The extra curve actually works on you.” (in regards to the Freshmen 15)

“I’m glad you’re not one of those girls that thinks she needs to lose weight. You don’t want to be skinny anyway.”

“You’re really pretty for a big girl.”

“You’re the whole package! You’re funny, talented, smart… I mean, if you were only skinnier you’d be absolutely perfect.”

“You’re not like obese, you’re like… skinny-fat.”

“This dress is way too big on me, so I think it will look really great on you!”

“You can dance really well for a fat girl.”

“Wow, you really get pretty when you lose weight!”

“Hey, let me know if you ever want help losing weight!” (Note that her father said this to her.)

“You’d look healthier if you lost 20 pounds.”

Appearance beyond weight (no pun intended):

“You should dye your hair brunette. Your blonde hair really doesn’t make you look as intelligent as you actually are.”

“Well, you look really pretty when you put on some mascara and dress nice…”

On Tinder a woman displayed her multiple hair colors and one guy asked, “What color is your hair now?” She said blonde, and he responded, “Well if you were my gf maybe for my birthday you could die it brunette, it looked super sexy. (sic)” He got blocked after the spelling and creepiness. Conversely, she also had a boyfriend try to convince her to dye her hair platinum.

“You’re much better looking in person than in pictures.”

“You grew into your head.”

“You got prettier in college.”

“Your hair looks way better straight!” (to a person with naturally curly hair)

“This isn’t really yours, is it? Thank God you blossomed…you should get your picture retaken.” (said by a cop about my friend’s ID on her birthday)

“You’re still pretty even though you have a big nose.”

“It must be so nice to have such small boobs.” (Spoiler: it forever makes you unable to be the “hot” girl; you’re always the “cute” one.)

“You kind of look like you’re 13. But that’ll come in handy when you’re old!”

Intelligence:

“You’re very detail-oriented but since you have issues with flexibility you’ll need a job where you basically do the same thing every day.”

“You’re a lot smarter than I thought!” (said to a sorority woman)

“You’re so cool. If you looked like (insert random girl’s name) you would be perfect!”

“It must be great to be an only child. You’re so used to being alone.”

“I wish I could be more like you and not have any feelings.”

“You’re so much nicer and smarter than what people say about you.”

“You’re talented? But you’re in a sorority!”

OK, granted, no one intends to give a backhanded compliment—at least I can only hope not. However, I couldn’t help but notice how much more backhanded compliments were related to weight and intelligence.

Perception is everything. We perceive things without even realizing we’re perceiving them. For instance: When you first see someone, naturally the first thing you perceive is their gender. It’s no wonder that gender was a common theme as well.

I’ll admit, these backhanded compliments, while anything but flattering, are pretty funny from an outside perspective. But it made me realize something. (Wait, a sorority girl who actually thinks?! Sorry, I had to go there): How easy it is to come off ignorant and stereotypical. This especially hit home when I thought about the race comments. As someone who has been called a “cute Asian,” here’s a thought: can I just be a cute person? Just a thought! And the weight comments being one of the most popular themes, next to intelligence… I’m sorry, but why is being skinny, and especially being intelligent something of such a rarity that it’s worth commenting on?

I just can’t help but think that the people who are saying these backhanded compliments are the ones who we should be more concerned with… not the people who are receiving the backhanded compliments.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m fortunate for any compliment that comes my way. But for future reference, if you’re going to say a compliment, let’s make sure to articulate and tailor it in a way that’s actually flattering. (Oops, there it is again, the “actually” comment.

Well, I might be one of the biggest hypocrites… but at least I’m smart enough to write for Literally, Darling!

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I concur with Ella’s post and it’s very resonant to the rising tide of racism, sexism and all the other nasty “isms” of our times.  GET OVER THE SUITES!  Our bodies are like that movie Cocoon to me….just a covering for a light being.

 

26 Nov 2017 – we are beings of light in flesh.

Cocoon | #TBT Trailer | 20th Century FOX

 

 

 

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