13 Dec 2017 Random Sharpies and Women with wings (dream)

Hello to you.  It’s Wednesday.  There is the sound of rapid gun-fire somewhere in town just now – sounds like it’s just down the street by the man-made pond where they just built a bunch of new houses.  Living where I do that isn’t  uncommon to hear people target practicing or hunting but not at 6:55 am on a school day!  Kind of weird.   With all the mass shootings in this country now it’s unsettling to hear gun fire like that because it’s hard to know if people are hunting animals or other people!   We live right near an Jr. High School and an Elementary school.

23 July 2016 the process today — getting fancy!

Yesterday afternoon I decided to revisit making music with my lap harp (https://saymber.com/2016/07/23/22-july-2016-my-first-light-song-using-my-music-maker-lap-harp-to-help-me-a-possible-new-way-to-make-music-practicing-the-exercise-of-following-through-for-people-with-adhd-aka-monkey-mind/).  The pendant I was using before lost all the color coating on it so I can’t really use it and it’s difficult to use.  So I came up with an idea to toss my collection of colored Sharpie markers and that actually worked lol!  I definitely need to refine this idea.  It’s fun to be creative and explore new ways of making music.

It all started with this pendant I got for like a $1 at a neighbors garage sale last year

This is the combination that came up.  I had to laugh when I actually played it on my harp because it sounded horrible, dissonant just like this world looks and sounds to me right now:

So – Blue, Do – Pink, La – Indigo, G – Teal, Fa – Green, Ti, Violet, Do – Red, Re – Orange, Fa – Lime Green, B – Pink, Fa – Green, Mi – Yellow, D – Brown, Do- Red, Ti –  Violet, B – Pink, Ti – Violet, C# – orange, La – Indigo, Fa – Green, Re- Orange, B- Fuchsia, Ti – Violet, Re – Orange

When I had the markers laid out, a large fly landed specifically on an orange marker and flew away.  Colors can “mean” many things.  Lately orange for me has been about our President.  This time the colors orange, green, black and brown brought to mind the Irish slave trade: https://saymber.com/2016/09/24/24-sept-2016-london-town-2016-film-starring-jonathan-rhys-meyers-and-inconvenient-truths-of-our-past-the-irish-slave-trade/.

This phrase, “Slavery is not a color problem it is a human problem” came to mind looking at these colors put together.  In this very day and age we have human beings being trafficked, bought and sold into slavery  (Lybia:  http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/horrified-by-libya-slave-trade-rwanda-offers-refuge-african-migrants-wishing-leave-country-1648518).  Sometimes the slavery is consensual but it is slavery nonetheless.

The dream I had last night/this morning (time doesn’t exist in the dream world of course) was about being in a place where women had wings.  I had wings too but we didn’t use them, we hid them until one day when “Grandma” was gone.  I can remember flying over water were other women with wings were.  Then she was coming back unannounced and we had to hurry and clean up before we got caught using our wings.

This dream is resonant to what I am seeing in the headlines ever day about sexual misconduct.  Women want to soar next to the men and make this world a better place without shame for being who they are…without the four letter word FEAR clipping their wings.  People just want to be who they have been put on this earth to be.  They just keep getting obstructed!  If you notice, babies are talking and becoming aware faster and faster than I’ve ever seen before.  I wonder if this is an indication of the state of emergency we are in?

12 Dec 2017 – I was thinking the spiral on the tips of our fingers is a reminder of our connection to God and the Universe.

The way I’ve been feeling lately – on a bridge walking to the unknown.

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8 Dec 2017 Old town visit, Jan Ingenhousz (Photosynthesis), Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his interns, CRISPR-Cas9 (Gene editing) and Our Father (prayer)

Hello to you. How are you this morning? I am on my second cup of coffee as I write to you….another night of poor sleep. Kyle says that after the Vet’s office calls us to collect May’s ashes and we bring them home, may be I’ll be able to rest. I’ll admit I do keep listening for her voice. Last night before bed I did a drawing and she was definitely there in my thoughts as I did it:

7 Dec 2017 – Drawing I did before bed last night. Missing our May kitty.

Yesterday afternoon I went to our town square to see if one of the shops, Indians and Outlaws (https://www.facebook.com/Indiansandoutlaws) in particular, still had some of the home-made soaps I bought last year.  Kyle’s youngest brother just loved the lemon soaps.  The shop owner, Brian and I had another one of our far-reaching spiritual talks.  He told me he loves it when I come in there because of the discussions we get into.  As we talked he was saying it was funny how many things we were talking about overlapped with conversations he had just had with other people.  I love it when that happens!  He reminds me of my Dad’s brother Uncle John when he was younger.  He could be family!  Part of our conversation before I bought the soaps, was about our physical bodies just being earthly vessels – Brian’s words and I really liked that way of saying what we both believe.  These bodies are just earthly vessels.  We both also feel like Jesus never left us – just became part of us all.

7 Dec 2017 – it was cold after I got back from talking to Brian but I was so inspired I did this drawing.

After spending time with Brian, I walked down to Alvarado Crafts, Gifts and Collectibles to see how everyone was doing in there: (https://www.facebook.com/Alvarado-Gifts-and-Collectibles-147253735447257/ or  http://lloop27.wixsite.com/alvarado-gifts)

Snowflakes had started to fall, which was surprising to us all!  Apparently Brian and Mr. Davis had a friendly wager going on between them about that the day before!  I was sad to find out that the owner’s mother-in-law Darlene son Michael wasn’t doing very well.  It sounded like they weren’t sure if he would be with us much longer.  Michael suffers from muscular dystrophy.  They lost his brother recently from the same condition.  The two boys had shared the same room for 12 years.  I can only imagine how lonely it must be for Michael without his brother who probably understood him better than anyone on this earth.  My prayers are with these folks.  It’s tough to face such things, especially during a time of year that is supposed to be happy.

So this mornings post title and subject matter may seem oddly patched together. It started with my seeing Google celebrating the 287th birthday of the Dutch physiologist, biologist and chemist named Jan Ingenhousz. I didn’t remember hearing about him so when I looked and saw he was responsibly for the discovery of photosynthesis in plants, I had to know more!

http://time.com/5055533/jan-ingenhousz-google-doodle-photosynthesis-plants/

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

Jan Ingenhousz or Ingen-Housz FRS (8 December 1730 – 7 September 1799) was a Dutch physiologist, biologist and chemist. He is best known for discovering photosynthesis by showing that light is essential to the process by which green plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.[1][2][3] He also discovered that plants, like animals, have cellular respiration.[4] In his lifetime he was best known for successfully inoculating the members of the Habsburg family in Vienna against smallpox in 1768 and subsequently being the private counsellor and personal physician to the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa.[5]

As I perused the news headlines, I was curious to see what happened with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his interns. It turned out there was “plant-related” discussion, about cannabis (Marijuana) in particular (see the actual video by using the link):

http://www.businessinsider.com/interns-confront-jeff-sessions-on-police-brutality-gun-control-marijuana-2017-12

Justice Department interns confronted Jeff Sessions over police brutality, gun control, and marijuana

Michelle Mark

Justice Department interns posed tough questions to Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an event over the summer, newly published video shows.

Sessions told one intern that “other places in the country” have different views regarding excessive use-of-force from police officers.

He told another that marijuana is not a healthy substance.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was grilled by Justice Department interns over the summer about contentious issues like police violence and marijuana legalization, an internal video obtained by ABC News shows.

During the private event, one intern asked Sessions about Philando Castile and Michael Brown, two black men killed in recent years by police officers who were not convicted for the fatal shootings.

“I grew up in one of these communities,” the intern said. “I grew up in the projects to a single mother. And the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors but the police.”

Sessions, appearing frustrated, replied, “Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it’s not the view in other places in the country.”

“I hear you, I hear you,” Sessions continued. “We’ve got a situation where we need to confront violent crime in America in cities that have abandoned traditional police activities, like Baltimore and Chicago. Murder rates have surged, particularly in poor neighborhoods.”

Sessions went on to say that the Justice Department is committed to defending Americans’ civil rights and would prosecute police officers who violate them.

Coincidentally, the video’s release occurred on the same day as the sentencing of former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, who will serve 20 years in prison for fatally shooting Walter Scott in the back as he fled a traffic stop in April 2015. Slager pleaded guilty in May to federal civil rights violations.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Thursday that Sessions’ discussion with the interns was intended to give students the opportunity “to have robust conversation — even debates — about the challenges facing our country with the attorney general.”

‘Marijuana is not a healthy substance’

Another intern posed a fiery question comparing marijuana deaths to gun deaths, remarking that the latter was more statistically significant.

“Since guns kill more people than marijuana, why lax laws on one and harsh laws on the other?” she said.

Sessions responded that the question was one of “apples and oranges” and asked whether she was aware of the Second Amendment.

“I intend to defend that Second Amendment. It’s as valid as the First Amendment. So that’s my basic philosophical view about it,” he said. “Look, there’s this view that marijuana is harmless and it does no damage. I believe last year was the first year that automobile accidents that occurred were found to have been caused more by drugs than by alcohol.”

He went on to say that “marijuana is not a healthy substance, in my opinion,” arguing that the American Medical Association is “crystal clear on that.” When Sessions asked the intern whether she believed that point, the intern responded, “I don’t.”

“Okay, so Dr. Whatever Your Name Is, you can write to AMA to see why they think otherwise,” Sessions said.

I don’t entirely agree with the Attorney General either and found his reply to the intern rather rude. A few pro’s and con’s about Marijuana:

http://www.cannabissearch.com/articles/pros-vs-cons-of-marijuana/

Pros vs. Cons of Cannabis

There are many great things that cannabis has to offer, both as a medicine and a potentially legal drug in the future. On the other end of the spectrum, there are a few negative aspects about this medication. Under current federal law, the Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. This is means that the U.S. government feels that there are no accepted medical benefits, it has a high potential for abuse and is unsafe for use even under medical supervision. As of now, 16 states and territories currently permit medical marijuana use for patients with legitimate prescriptions for the substance. The following will chronicle both the pros and cons of medical marijuana use, as well as legalization.

Pros

Despite the fact that the government has classified cannabis as a Schedule I substance, it has been proven that marijuana is helpful in the treatment of many medical ailments, ranging from cancer to anxiety. One of the main reasons many feel that marijuana is still illegal is because of the minimal amount of effort the government has put into testing its medicinal value. Were cannabis to be legalized, it would be easier for scientists to conduct tests proving marijuana’s effectiveness as a medication. Another positive outcome of legalization would be the immense amount of jobs it would generate for people such as Oaksterdam graduates. Taxing marijuana (like we now do with alcohol) would also assist in maintaining a steadier economy. In California, medical marijuana generates over $14 billion per year. Ironically, the United States government spends an estimated $10 billion per year trying to rid the streets and dispensaries of marijuana. Imagine how much more revenue would be generated if you could purchase it at a convenience store.

Cancer patients and/or those undergoing chemotherapy find medical marijuana extremely helpful in reducing vomiting, nausea and increasing appetite. Most of these patients are taking enough heavy-duty medications as it is, and rather than take one more for appetite increase (that often doesn’t work), they turn to medicinal marijuana. Also, prior to undergoing potentially worrisome treatments or doctor visits, these patients will find that using medical marijuana prior to these trips can relieve much stress, tension and anxiety. AIDS patients also find this medication helpful in increasing appetite and maintaining some muscle mass.

Shown to provide relief for those suffering from pain and muscle spasms associated with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS), cannabis also helps with chronic pain and depression. Many patients with severe and chronic pain are prescribed medical marijuana, especially those who do not wish to take such “hard” drugs as Oxycontin or Vicodin. There are many more medical ailments that cannabis is capable of treating, including migraines, glaucoma, insomnia, asthma, anorexia, as an alcohol substitute and even ADHD/ADD.

Cons

While exceptionally helpful in treating a wide array of medical problems, as with an medication, is has side-effects. Ingesting cannabis slows the motor skills and reaction time, can sometimes cause paranoia and mood swings, fatigue and increased appetite, while under its effect. Long-term effects of marijuana use include memory loss, confusion and/or a delayed thought-process, blockage of blood vessels and can lead to lung cancer if continuously smoked (not vaporized or eaten). It can also cause loss of motivation, cramps and rarely diarrhea.

Then the path I’m on this morning lead to an article about how Scientists are playing with DNA again. In my mind, this next leading connects back to plants, to the “first” creations of the force, the “God” that created all of existence.  This article is yet another, of too many examples of  how humans insist on continuing to muck around in creation.  Sometimes it seems to me they do it more for  personal glory and profit than for humanitarian aims:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-crispr-gene-expression-20171207-story.html

Scientists use CRISPR to turn genes on without editing their DNA

The revolutionary gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 is best-known for helping scientists edit a strand of DNA more precisely and efficiently than ever before.

Now, researchers have demonstrated another use for the CRISPR complex: changing what genes are expressed without altering the genome itself.

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What this looks like is yet another money-making scheme. Rather than a cure we get another, more expensive treatment option. There will more than likely be the Elysium movie version of such a treatment (for the wealthy) and the rest of us will most likely only have the repeated treatments option like we currently do to “treat” cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other common ailments:

“Our final goal is treatment of disease, so we want to make sure this technique is really working,” Hatanaka said.

Komor said the work is exciting, but she noted that the end result would be a disease treatment, rather than a cure.

“So a patient would likely require repeated treatments depending on the particular disease,” she said.

For example (lead to this article next); could this CRISPR “treatment” potentially cure the incurable Alzheimers disease? Or would it ultimately just be like what is going on in the realms of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases? Kyle and I suspect one of the reasons Bernie Sander’s proposal for healthcare for all Americans (https://berniesanders.com/issues/medicare-for-all/) hasn’t taken hold and been approved is because it would not be in the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry.   Would we see more cures if there was no profit to be made from long-term “treatments?”

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/new-estimate-says-46-million-americans-headed-alzheimer-s-n827456

New estimate says 46 million Americans headed to Alzheimer’s

by Maggie Fox

Close to 50 million Americans could be in the early stages leading to Alzheimer’s disease right now, according to a new forecast.

And 6 million people likely have it now, the team at the University of California Los Angeles calculated.

The forecast is based on a lot of supposition as well as some hard data, but it’s the best estimate of how badly Alzheimer’s will affect the country in the coming years, said Keith Fargo of the Alzheimer’s Association, who was not involved in the research.

Finally lead to prayer. I know from my own personal experience that when people I love and care about are sick or dying I pray to the God of my understanding. There was this headline today:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pope-francis-wants-to-change-line-of-our-father/ar-BBGnr4G?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Pope Francis wants to change line of ‘Our Father’

Pope Francis has suggested he wants to make a change to The Lord’s Prayer, widely known among the faithful as the “Our Father.”

Specifically, the Catholic leader said in an interview Wednesday he would prefer to adjust the phrase “lead us not into temptation,” saying that it too strongly suggested that God leads people to sin.

“That is not a good translation,” the pope said, according to Reuters.

The phrase “do not let us fall into temptation,” which the Catholic Church in France has previously decided to use, would be a more appropriate alternative, Francis said.

He added that the phrase used by the French, or similar wording, should then be implemented around the globe.

The prayer originated from Jesus’s language of Aramaic. It was then translated to ancient Greek, and later to Latin.

The pope earlier this week weighed in on President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would aim to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Francis said he was “profoundly concerned” and appealed that “everyone respects the status quo of the city.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

In my curiosity to see if there was something official on the Vatican site, I found this which coincides in the date timeframe of the final article I’m linking:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/cotidie/2013/documents/papa-francesco-cotidie_20130620_our-father.html

POPE FRANCIS

MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE

Pray Our Father

Thursday, 20 June 2013

(by L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 26, 26 June 2013)

There is no need to fritter away words in order to pray: the Lord knows what we want to say to him. The important thing is that our first word be “Father”. Jesus’ advice to the Apostles was what Pope Francis, in turn, offered during the homily at Mass on Thursday morning, 20 June, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Concelebrating, among others, was Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, who was accompanied by some staff from the dicastery.

Thus the Pontiff repeated Jesus’ advice to the Apostles when he gave them the Our Father, according the Evangelist Matthew’s account (6:7-15). In order to pray, there is no need to make noise or believe that that it is better to use more words. There is no need to trust in noise, the noise of worldliness which Jesus pointed out, “to sound the trumpet” or “making oneself seen while fasting”. To pray, the Holy Father repeated, there is no need to heap up empty phrases: Jesus called this a characteristic of pagans.

Pope Francis went further, confirming that prayer must not be considered a magic formula: “Praying is not something magic; one doesn’t practice magic with prayer”. As he often does, he recounted his personal experience. He said that he never turned to sorcerers who promise magic; rather he knew what happened in meetings of this sort: many words are used to obtain “healing one time and at another time something else” with the help of magic. However, he warned, “this is pagan”.

So how should we pray? Jesus has taught us: “he says that the Father who is in heaven ‘knows what you need before you ask him”. Therefore, let our first word be “’Father’. This is the key to prayer. Without speaking, without feeling this word, praying is not possible”, the Bishop of Rome explained. Then he asked: “To whom do I pray? The almighty God? He is too far away. I don’t feel him; neither did Jesus feel him. To whom do I pray? The God of the cosmos? This is quite frequent nowadays, isn’t it? Praying to the cosmic God. This polytheistic model comes with a superficial culture”.

Rather, we must “pray to the Father”, who begot us. But this is not all: we must pray “our” Father, that is, not the Father of a generic and too anonymous “all”, but the One “who begot you, who gave you life, who gave life to you and me”.

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I don’t agree with everything here, to me the term Father is exclusive and paternalistic. I have a loving Father AND Mother and that is not the case for many people on this planet. There are many people who hate their parents and to inject these terms into their prayers often keeps them off prayer altogether. Turns them away from any concept of God altogether.

I believe masculine and feminine energy of creation applies in “heaven” as on earth. I have learned to pray like supposedly Jesus did when he talked to the God of his understanding which it is written was his Father, “Not as I would have it, but as you would have it. Whatever is for the greatest, most loving good for this (person, place or situation.” Then I let it go. I agree with the Pope that when you use too many words or place too many conditions in your prayers you seldom if ever get an discernable answer.

I was curious to see if there would be any articles like this to back up my theories here as to why so many people have turned away from organized religions and was lead to this article:

https://www.npr.org/2013/01/15/169342349/more-young-people-are-moving-away-from-religion-but-why

More Young People Are Moving Away From Religion, But Why?

January 15, 20133:21 AM ET

Heard on Morning Edition

NPR Staff

Rigoberto Perez (from left), Kyle Simpson and Miriam Nissly participated in a roundtable discussion about religion with NPR’s David Greene at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Coburn Dukehart/NPR

One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don’t belong to any religion.

NPR’s David Greene wanted to understand why, so he gathered a roundtable of young people at a synagogue in Washington, D.C. The 6th & I Historic Synagogue seemed like the right venue: It’s both a holy and secular place that has everything from religious services to rock concerts. Greene speaks with six people — three young women and three young men — all struggling with the role of faith and religion in their lives.

Interview Highlights

Miriam Nissly, 29, was raised Jewish and considers herself Jewish with an “agnostic bent.” She loves going to synagogue.

“I realize maybe there’s a disconnect there — why are you doing it if you don’t necessarily have a belief in God? But I think there’s a cultural aspect, there’s a spiritual aspect, I suppose. I find the practice of sitting and being quiet and being alone with your thoughts to be helpful, but I don’t think I need to answer that question [about God] in order to participate in the traditions I was brought up with.”

Yusuf Ahmad, 33, raised Muslim, is now an atheist. His doubts set in as a child with sacred stories he just didn’t believe.

“Like the story of Abraham — his God tells him to sacrifice his son. Then he takes his son to sacrifice him, and he turns into a goat. I remember growing up, in like fifth [or] sixth grade I’d hear these stories and be like, ‘That’s crazy! Why would this guy do this? Just because he heard a voice in his head, he went to sacrifice his son and it turned into a goat?’ There’s no way that this happened. I wasn’t buying it.

“Today if some guy told you that ‘I need to sacrifice my son because God told me to do it,’ he’d be locked up in a crazy institution.”

Kyle Simpson, 27, raised Christian. He has a tattoo on the inside of his wrist that says “Salvation from the cross” in Latin.

“It’s a little troublesome now when people ask me. I tell them and they go, ‘Oh, you’re a Christian,’ and I try to skirt the issue now. They go, ‘What does that mean?’ and it’s like, “It’s Latin for ‘I made a mistake when I was 18.’

“When I first got the tattoo I remember thinking, ‘Oh, this will be great because when I’m having troubles in my faith I will be able to look at it, and I can’t run away from it.’ And that is exactly what is happening.

“I don’t [believe in God] but I really want to. That’s the problem with questions like these is you don’t have anything that clearly states, ‘Yes, this is fact,’ so I’m constantly struggling. But looking right at the facts — evolution and science — they’re saying, no there is none. But what about love? What about the ideas of forgiveness? I like to believe they are true and they are meaningful.

“I think having a God would create a meaning for our lives, like we’re working toward a purpose — and it’s all worthwhile because at the end of the day we will maybe move on to another life where everything is beautiful. I love that idea.”

Melissa Adelman, 30, raised Catholic

“Starting in middle school we got the lessons about why premarital sex was not OK, why active homosexuality was not OK, and growing up in American culture, kids automatically pushed back on those things, and so we had some of those conversations in school with our theology teachers. The thing for me — a large part of the reason I moved away from Catholicism was because without accepting a lot of these core beliefs, I just didn’t think that I could still be part of that community.

“I remember a theology test in eighth grade where there was a question about homosexuality, and the right answer was that if you are homosexual, then that is not a sin because that’s how God made you, but acting upon it would be a sin. That’s what I put down as the answer, but I vividly remember thinking to myself that that was not the right answer.”

Rigoberto Perez, 30, raised as Seventh-day Adventist

“It was a fairly important part of our lives. It was something we did every Saturday morning. We celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. It was pretty hard growing up in a lot of ways. We didn’t have a lot of money, the household wasn’t very stable a lot of the time, so when something bad would happen, say a prayer, go to church. When my mom got cancer the first time, it was something that was useful at the time for me as a coping mechanism.

“While I was younger, my father drank a lot. There was abuse in the home. My brother committed suicide in 2001. So at some point you start to say, ‘Why does all this stuff happen to people?’ And if I pray and nothing good happens, is that supposed to be I’m being tried? I find that almost kind of cruel in some ways. It’s like burning ants with a magnifying glass. Eventually that gets just too hard to believe anymore.”

Lizz Reeves, 23, raised by a Jewish mother and a Christian father. She lost a brother to cancer.

“I wanted so badly to believe in God and in heaven, and that’s where he was going. I wanted to have some sort of purpose and meaning associated with his passing. And ultimately the more time I spent thinking about it, I realized the purpose and meaning of his life had nothing to do with heaven, but it had to do with how I could make choices in my life that give his life meaning. And that had a lot more weight with me than any kind of faith in anything else.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Dec 2017 Link, Map like a blanket (dream) and I-7 (Genesis)

Hello to you in your here and now.  It’s 3:36 am on this cold Wednesday morning here as I start to write to you.  How are you?  Kyle and I are all off schedule lately.  We’ve been going to bed at like 7 and getting up at 1 or 2 in the morning.  I know some of it has to do with May’s passing and our processing grief over that but also it’s probably the season’s change in lightness and darkness, the weather and things like that.  We have learned to just go with it and get rest when we can!  Since a  young age I’ve been a person who takes naps.  When I was younger,  it was usually after I ate and the carb crash thing but now it’s that, side effects to my medication and just getting older.  My battery needs more frequent recharges lol.

I am blessed to have a Link who is always up for a nap!

6 Dec 2017 – Link this morning snuggling in a small version of one of my fleece blankets. I like making blankets for our “kids” – they just love them as much as people do.

In a couple of days he is going to be 3 years old!  I will never forget the joy Kyle and I shared meeting him and his brothers Dutch and TJ the first time.  He was so tiny he fit into the palms of our hands.  Holding him them,  I would have never guessed he would grow to be as big as Spot is!

23 Dec 2014 Jackie Spot and Baby Link for his first Christmas Alvarado TX

He was both a Christmas AND Birthday present to me.  We went to Norman Oklahoma for my 47th birthday in 2015 to bring him home.

13 Feb 2015 Kyle and Link after we arrived Tippie in back and his first toy blue monkey in his pocket Norman OK

The past few days I’ve been dreaming a lot but I have been lax about writing them down or trying to remember all of them.  The dream I had last night is just fragments but poignant ones.  There was something about a map being like a blanket and two women, one being me, crying and being/feeling very small like children.  I remember a man thanking me for something.  He was looking at me like a parent looks at their child when they are hurting.  It was very comforting.

In their way, May, Amber, Sam and Blondie have been some of the finest teachers I could ever hope for in this Earth School.

Imagining May enjoying sunshine wherever she is now. 12 Feb 2015 May in the sunshine Alvarado TX 1

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22 July 2010 our Sammy smiling.

25 Nov 2010 Blondie and Sam at the kiddie table. Blondie was only with us about a year.

Now Spot and Link continue on with the teachings Kyle and I must learn.  Lessons that only can be learned from beings so close to the source of all things….God.

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5 Dec 2017 – I did this drawing yesterday. What came to me was I-7 at first then the number 5982 which I broke down to 3. I was curious to see if there was any correlation to the Bible and I was lead to Genesis. When I look at this I think of a director, a captain of a ship or an engineer. I think of the life force inside of the earth and all it’s manifestations on this earth.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1+&version=NIV

Genesis 1New International Version (NIV)

The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 1:26 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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. 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

27 Nov 2017 “Come and See Me” (dreams)

Hello to you.  How are you doing in your present?  It’s 7:52 am on this Monday morning as I begin to write to you.  Can’t spend too much time here as we have chores today….tree trimming…yeah….can you hear my enthusiasm lol?

So lots of dreams this morning, starting about 1:42 am on.  I can tell that I recently spent time with children and yesterday during my adventures in FFXIV my character Aurora flew with a lost character Minfilia (http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Minfilia_Warde):

17 Nov 2017 – my FFXIV avatar Aurora in new duds!

Final Fantasy XIV: HeavenswardEdit

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Minfilia’s body being used by Hydaelyn.

We speak now with one Voice. One Will. One Word. Unto thee we bequeath the most precious of gifts: the truth which lieth at the heart of this world.

—The Word of the Mother to the adventurer

After the adventurer defeats Archbishop Thordan VII and reunites with Y’shtola and Thancred, the Scions are joined by Minfilia’s close friend, Krile. With her help, the Scions discover the truth of Minfilia’s fate in Ul’dah, and attempt to find her with whatever knowledge of the Aetherial Sea they can obtain from the Antitower.

The adventurer is transported to the Mother Crystal’s realm and learns of Minfilia’s new existence as “The Word of the Mother.” She reveals the existence of Zodiark and urges the adventurer to stop the Ascians. Seemingly using the remainder of her strength in the encounter, Minfilia dissipates before returning the adventurer to Eorzea.

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Minfilia, moments before dissipating into the aether.

Though disheartened to learn of Minfilia’s apparent demise, the Scions promise to fulfill her wishes and defeat the Ascians once and for all. They choose to keep the truth of Minfilia’s fate a secret known to only the leadership of the Scions, telling the remainder of their allies, including F’lhaminn, merely that their efforts to locate her have reached a dead end.

Some time later, Urianger manipulates both the Warriors of Darkness and the Scions into a confrontation. During the conflict, the power of the crystals held by the Warriors of Darkness combines with that of the Adventurer, transporting everyone present into the Mother Crystal’s realm, and reconstituting Minfilia. Urianger reveals that this was his goal, and apologizes for his apparent betrayal. Minfilia agrees to travel to the Warriors of Darkness’ world as Hydaelyn’s avatar in order to save it from the flood of light that threatens to destroy it, despite knowing that she will likely never be able to return to Eorzea. She bids farewell to her friends, and thanks F’lhaminn for everything she did for her, before leaving with the Warriors of Darkness.

The dreams:

1:42 am

Very clear message in dream — blue background with white letters that said, “Come and see me”  But who would I be going to see?!  Very unclear that part!

3:30 am

Children trapped in the stairwell of a school.  I can remember the railing was like a lime green color.  I helped them find a way out but going the opposite direction from where they were standing with a man who seemed to be trying to figure out how to help.  One child was “featured” in this dream kind of like one might be in a newspaper.  He had short blonde hair and blue eyes and was expressing gratitude about life.

4:59 am

This dream was about being able to fly, it was a snowy place.  I met family there who could too but then I was in a place, like a nursing home or children’s home or something – a place for sick people.  I remember trying to write down last wishes but then it was “time to go” and I left without saying good-bye.  I remember sneaking out of this place and turning a white painted door knob.  The world was green and alive and I was flying again.  I got to a clearing in a grassy field with tall grass and then I woke up.

6:32 am

In this last dream there was a little boy showing me a bookshelf and a chair that could be moved to make a place to read.  There were blankets stacked on a small couch and before I woke up from this dream, he was on the floor hugging a small purple teddy bear that seemed familiar.  I remember saying something about sneaking it back home, like I had donated it to where the boy was.

Drawings from yesterday:

26 Nov 2017 Psalm 62 (different translations for the same message) and Drawings

Hello to you.  How are you doing thus far in your today?  I’m still waking up lol.  I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been getting drawn to exploring Bible scriptures with my chalk drawings.  Yesterday I pulled out a Bible my parents had given to me as a child, The New American Bible (NAB – Catholic) published by Thomas Nelson Inc. July 27, 1970.  Unlike my other Bibles, I haven’t done a lot of highlighting or writing in it but had highlighted Psalm 62 on page 595.

After reading it, I pulled out my NIV Study Bible and noticed how different the two translations were from each other.  The differences between the two translations are subtle,  but this is a primary example of how one message, when interpreted by different people, may not have the same meaning to a reader.  This thought transcends all sorts of the different ways we communicate to each other.  Just changing one word can change the entire intention behind the original message!  Human beings have a bad habit of changing words to suite their personal intentions.

 

When people hear there are over 50 different versions of the Bible in English alone, they often think to themselves, “No wonder there are many denominations each teaching different things, there are many different versions of the Bible.”.
I hope there is something for you here today even if you are like me, and not a Christian walking another path of spirituality.  I think I have been drawn back to the Bible as a way to try to understand myself and those around me here in the United States.
Psalm 91:11New International Version (NIV)

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

26 Nov 2017 – cover for my Bible. It was given to me many years ago and has helped me many times when I felt alone.

This is Psalm 62 from the NAB,  III resonated very strongly!  – http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/62

Psalms, chapter 62

 PSALM 62*

Trust in God Alone

1For the leader; ‘al Jeduthun.* A psalm of David.

I

2My soul rests in God alone,a

from whom comes my salvation.

3God alone is my rock and salvation,

my fortress; I shall never fall.

4How long will you set yourself against a man?

You shall all be destroyed,

Like a sagging wall

or a tumbled down fence!

5Even highly placed people

plot to overthrow him.

They delight in lies;

they bless with their mouths,

but inwardly they curse.b

Selah

II

6My soul, be at rest in God alone,

from whom comes my hope.

7God alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not fall.

8My deliverance and honor are with God,c

my strong rock;

my refuge is with God.

9Trust God at all times, my people!

Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!

Selah

III

10Mortals are a mere breath,

the sons of man but an illusion;d

On a balance they rise;*

together they weigh nothing.

11Do not trust in extortion;

in plunder put no empty hope.

On wealth that increases,

do not set your heart.e

12*One thing God has said;

two things I have heard:f

Strength belongs to God;

13so too, my Lord, does mercy,

For you repay each man

according to his deeds.g

* [Psalm 62] A song of trust displaying serenity from experiencing God’s power (the refrains of Ps 62:23 and Ps 62:67) and anger toward unjust enemies (Ps 62:45). From the experience of being rescued, the psalmist can teach others to trust in God (Ps 62:912).

* [62:1] ‘Al Jeduthun: apparently the Hebrew name for the melody.

* [62:10] On a balance they rise: precious objects were weighed by balancing two pans suspended from a beam. The lighter pan rises.

* [62:12] One thing…two things: parallelism of numbers for the sake of variation, a common device in Semitic poetry. One should not literally add up the numbers, cf. Am 1:3; Prv 6:1619; 30:15, 18, 21.

a. [62:23, 67] Ps 18:3; 31:34; 42:10; 118:8; 146:3.

b. [62:5] Ps 12:3; 28:3; 55:22; Prv 26:2425.

c. [62:8] Ps 3:3; Is 26:4; 60:19.

d. [62:10] Ps 39:67; 144:4; Jb 7:16; Wis 2:5.

e. [62:11] Jb 31:25; Eccl 5:9; Jer 17:11; Mt 6:1921, 24.

f. [62:12] Jb 40:5.

g. [62:13] Ps 28:4; 31:24; 2 Sm 3:39; Jb 34:11; Jer 17:10; Mt 16:27; Rom 2:6; 2 Tm 4:14.

this is how it was reads for the NIV Study Bible:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+62&version=NIV

Psalm 62New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 62[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse.[b]

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.

11 One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
12     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 62:1 In Hebrew texts 62:1-12 is numbered 62:2-13.
  2. Psalm 62:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8.
  3. Psalm 62:7 Or / God Most High is my salvation and my honor

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Drawings from yesterday:

25 Nov 2017 – drawing I did early yesterday. Kind of looks like David Cassidy.

 

25 Nov 2017 – all the crap in the sky yesterday morning. Sometimes I wonder if they aren’t doing a sky sweeping to clean it because there hasn’t been any rain coming from this activity.

 

25 Nov 2017 – me trying to process my frustration with the sky trails. I wish they would come out and explain to the public what it is they are doing and who is paying for it!

 

25 Nov 2017 – last drawing of the day. I was thinking the center object looked like a ship. Then came the boxes and thinking of people in the boxes. Then came the thought of all existence being just a thought.

 

 

 

 

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