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

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

BLACK PANTHER Trailer 2 Extended) Marvel 2018

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

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

Origin of numbers:

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

Hindu-Arabic numerals

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Alternative Title: Arabic numeral

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

Origin of letters:

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

The Origin of the Alphabet


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Zero = 64/10/1

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

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

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

Four = 60/6/3 cycle

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

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

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

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

Catastrophe = 126/9 cycle

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

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

Eat = 26/8/4/2/1

Nine = 42/6/3 cycle

No = 29/11/2/1

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

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

Ten = 39/12/3 cycle

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

Twelve = 87/15/6/3 cycle

Teen = 44/8/4/2/1

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

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

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

Sixteen = 96/15/6/3 cycle

Seventeen = 109/10/1

Eighteen = 73/10/1

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

Twenty = 107/8/4/2/1

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

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

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

Dementia = 71/8/4/2/1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pain = 40/4/2/1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Cat = 24/6/3 cycle

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

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

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

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

 

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19 Aug 2018 Pluribus

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Organisms That Make Us Who We Are

Wikimedia Commons. E. coli

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

The Human Microbiome

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

What’s lurking in your gut

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

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

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

Spotty Skin and Smelly Pits

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

The skin microbiome. Wikimedia commons.

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

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

Organisms That Can Alter Your Behavior?

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

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

Wikimedia commons.

Your Face As A Breeding Ground

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

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

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

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

​Wikimedia commons, Ascaris lumbricoides.

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

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

Let’s Not Forget Viruses!

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

Wikimedia commons.

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

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

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

 

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

Hello.  How are you in your present moment?  Me?  There are so many things I could say, but really I’m grateful.  Within the past couple of months people I care about have been going through some really rough stuff like divorce, the sickness of family and friends and the deaths of family and friends.  It feels like we are all just going through some serious shit right now and it’s hard but like I told my sweet friend last night, “I know it’s hard but it won’t always be this way.”  This is something life has taught me.  This is something losing our sweet dog Sammy taught me.  When hard times come, they only last as long as you allow them to and time is really the best healer.  The more of it that passes between you and what your going through, the less it hurts.  The pain won’t completely go away.  You won’t forget the pain, but it will hurt less.

I am not a materially rich person but in terms of meaningful wealth, there is no earthly equivalent.  Sometimes I forget, sometimes I whine, complain, I wallow, bitch and moan about trivial and frivolous things….most of which I cannot change.   Time passes, things get better.

These moments are so small in the scheme of all the moments.  As I often hear in my mind when I manage to get it quiet, “Let everything pass through.  Everything passes through.  Let the images and emotion that come into your mind just through.”

This morning I was laying in bed worrying about my friends and what they are going to do today and their fur kids.  I’ve been very sad and anxious for them.  In my head I asked  “Are you there?”  and the answer I heard was, “I’m always here.”  Who is this loving, comforting voice I am having a telepathic conversation with?  Is it God?  Is that just my mind manufacturing an answer of comfort for me?  Whatever the answer, that voice helped me get out of bed this morning to come and write this!

We are not abandoned, no matter how it may seem.  No matter how many negative headlines splash in front of our eyes, how many tragedies real or manufactured are put before or placed on us – we are not alone.  All you have to do is ask to be reassured.

 

Enya – Only Time (Official Music Video)

 

10 Aug 2018 Simple Reminder, Dreams and Hot Glue and Aluminum Pyramid

Hello to you in your here and now as you visit me here.  Thank you for taking the time.  Hopefully visits here are part of the fulfillment aspect of your time in this life.

Time is an illusion with a face and moving hands.

So this morning I got teary, in a good way.  We were walking Link and Spot and our neighbor George came out to head to work.  We did a cheery exchange of how are you doings like we always do and then I said, “It’s a rough time for a lot of folks” and stopped and looked at me and said, “Is it?” and that made me pause and think, “I like that!” I said.  Positive thinking and faith in one phrase.  It’s hard times if you believe it and if you focus your thoughts on the difficulties and not the blessings.  He said, “We got rain” and I said, “I was out playing in it too, grateful to God for that!”

As we walked away, I felt myself tearing up at this simple exchange.  It was a reminder.  My sharing this isn’t to say or negate the fact that life isn’t difficult for too many people.  It’s about mindfulness and empowerment – mastering the struggles you are facing on your terms.

Profound quote I found this morning that I had never seen/read before:

See the source image

I didn’t have a very restful sleep again last night, part of the reason I’m more easily triggered emotionally.  I had a couple of weird/troubling dreams.  The first dream was of an Asian woman and something about being put in a brothel against her will.  The second was of a woman with blonde hair put up on her head.  She was wearing a red gown with straps.  She almost looked like Sissy Spacek in the movie Carrie (Carrie’s dress started out white).  The woman had a long tan arms and there was a red welt on one of them.  I don’t know if the welt was a sore or from an injection.  She was struggling against someone or something.  Then all the sudden she was wrapped in this white latex and looked like one of the featureless wisp people in my drawings.  She had a crown of the same white material attached to her head.  Then she was put into what looked like a sarcophagus or casing of some kind.  As I watched this happening in my dream, it was like she was going to live in it.

More weird from Jackie’s dream theater!  I have no idea where this stuff comes from.  Sometimes I wonder if I’m walking in someone else’s dream world or they have put their stuff in mine!  Most likely it’s just my brain putting together snippets of all the data I’ve been exposed to in my waking world and making a movie.  Sometimes I wish my mind would just move things directly to the cutting room floor!

 

9 Aug 2018 – Tis the gift to be simple

Hello to you.  Not much to say today.  The dogs and I have been kind of “off” today.  Spot’s tummy has been upset so much she hasn’t wanted her normal indulgences, I’ve been teary and Link has been worried about the two of us!   Kyle is fine….he has video games lol.  My dreams had a music theme last night.  I dreamt about Prince and I had a dream about singing a song I’d never heard before but of course I can’t remember the words.  Before I woke up I was hearing Rod Stewart singing a song with the phrase “Becky’s coming home tonight”  in it.  I looked and that isn’t in the songs I know by him so my mind was off on it’s own with that one!   I need a dream recorder thingy!

Anyhew – I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are.  My prayers go out to all the folks being traumatized right now in big or small ways by forces they can’t control.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/grieving-orca-still-swimming-with-her-dead-calf-in-northwest/ar-BBLGcdF?OCID=ansmsnnews11 – Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest  – we aren’t the only ones who grieve the loss of those we love.

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The display has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population of southern resident killer whales that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.(Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

© The Associated Press FILE – In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The display has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population of southern resident killer whales that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.(Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – spin of the prayer wheel today brought me to the shaker’s

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

shaker song – simple gifts – elder joseph brackett – 1848

8 Aug 2018 All One (chalk drawings) and The Feather

Hello!  Quite a few drawings today.  I was thinking about my seed ships idea again.  I was marveling at the shapes in the wispy clouds this afternoon.  I’m obviously easily amused LOL!  It’s the little things that fill in the spaces of a life and give it meaning.

This afternoon I added some coils and magnets to some the GANS/orgonite setup I have working and that was interesting.  I keep wanting to combine the work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich, Nikola Tesla and Mehran Keshe into one form.  It’s all about the same source in my mind.  I know realistically it’s probably not that simple, I’m not a scientist lol.  I’m walking on a well-worn field with my puzzling over energy.  I keep feeling it’s about energy from existing sources like water, the soil, man-made creations  and ambient sources like magnetic fields.  We know there is power in particles we can’t see it’s just finding a way to collect enough of them to create power sources that can fuel cars….spaceships.

To create energy without destroying ourselves doing it!  Current sources we use for energy all have negative side effects (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_the_energy_industry) and make a few people a lot of money.  I feel like as soon as we can set aside profit margins and focus on working towards the greater good of all living kind we will get somewhere. Greed is a powerful adversary to progress!

Changing gears…..

I also had an interesting focusing lesson with a feather this afternoon.  Sometimes I will ask God energy what it wants to do with particular things in my yard just to see what the answer is for a blade of grass, a leaf etc.  Well I had picked up this feather and put in between my feet as I sat under our baby oak out back.  I asked God what the story was going to be with this feather.  So far it grew on a bird.  The bird had shed the feather in my yard.  After several days of noticing the feather, I finally picked it up and now it was between my feet.  What was next for the feather?!  Well it came to me to just focus on the feather and I did for what seemed the longest time – nada, nothing, no movement.  It seemed the feather was destined to stay on the step between my feet!

Well my concentration broke when I heard a noise like a bird or something moving over my head.  When I looked back for the feather it had flipped over and moved!  Just a second or two of broken concentration and we have feather sign lol.  Isn’t that like God?  A miracle when we aren’t looking for it?  An answer to a prayer when we are focused on the complicated prayer and not just letting God be God?!  For quite some time, as I had my talk with God.  The feather moved several times as we spoke and I was moved to tears.

I cry a lot when I pray/talk to God and it’s not always because I’m sad, it’s because of the love I feel in my heart.  A friend of mine had a great way to explain why people like her and I were quick to tear up about such things.  She said it’s because our spirits stick out more than other people’s do!  Such is the life of an Empath or anybody who cares a lot about this world and other people and wears their heart on their sleeve.

Sometimes I get very lonely.  Today with the help of a simple feather, I was reminded while I may be lonely I am never truly alone.   

https://www.gematrix.org

Feather = 63/9 cycle

Alone = 47/11/2/1 (Interesting Alone and Lonely have same values)

Lonely = 83/11/2/1

Concentration = 151/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Focus = 64/10/1

Oak Tree = 75/12/3 cycle (interesting with even adding oak to tree, 3 cycle still occurs)

Seed = 33/6/3 cycle

God = 26/8/4/2/1

Energy = 74/11/2/1

Universe =113/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Source = 81/9 cycle

All = 25/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1 (interesting all and one have the same values)

One =34/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

7 Aug 2018 We have to fix this – together

Hello.  Just a quick visit.  I did a bit of drawing this morning.  I seem to be on a theme of sorts with the “seats” of power.  The one I’m sharing was me imagining a being outside of our galaxy watching over this ol’ blue dot.  The other drawing is imagining the forces of light, shadow and the in between cradling our burning earth like a child while it screams for help.

These forces of energy are powerless to help fix what is happening all over the world right now.  We are literally burning!  The fix will have to come from all of us.  Unless I missed it, no one seems to be coming to save us from this mess we are currently in.  As much as I’d like a group of Superhero’s to come along and fix all of this, all that is just a big screen distraction from reality.  I think we are on our own!

Denial, obstruction, fear, greed and acting like nothing is happening will not make all this go away.  I feel like there are many who are playing “kick the can” with this.  What is happening to this planet is not “normal.”  I’ve been here 50 years and have watched the acceleration of this global climate change every year.  It feels like things are spiraling faster.  We don’t have time to keep putting this off to another generation.

http://www.globalincidentmap.com/beta/forest-fires-map – this site seems to have data from across the globe regarding active fires

GlobalIncidentMap.com

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/03/astronauts-space-earth-perspective/

Source is National Geographic/internet – I thought this was interesting. In all this time, so few have actually have seen the earth from a craft in space. I don’t know if there are words for such an awe inspiring experience!

http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

Home 2018

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

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

22,000 Annual Suicides not included on Daily Summary Ledger

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

http://www.gunviolencearchive.org  http://www.facebook.com/gunviolencearchive

Data Validated: August 07, 2018

Climate change consequences & other topics – Daily Briefing (11 July 2018)

Published on Jul 11, 2018

Daily Press Briefing: Japan, DSG, South Sudan, Thailand, DRC, DPRK, Syria, World Population Day, High-Level Political Forum, Global Goals Day, Noon Briefing Guest Today and Press Conferences Tomorrow

Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

HIGHLIGHTS:
– SECRETARY-GENERAL VOICES CONDOLENCES TO JAPAN IN WAKE OF LANDSLIDES, FLOODING
– ‘NO COUNTRY WILL BE SPARED FROM CLIMATE CHANGE CONSEQUENCES’, DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL WARNS SECURITY COUNCIL
– SECRETARY-GENERAL ‘APPALLED’ BY REPORTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CIVILIANS IN SOUTH SUDAN
– SECRETARY-GENERAL CONGRATULATES TEAM THAT RESCUED BOYS FROM FLOODED CAVES IN THAILAND
– D.R. CONGO: PEACEKEEPERS DEPLOY TO BIJOMBO AMID VIOLENT CLASHES
– WRAPPING UP VISIT TO D.P.R. KOREA, U.N. RELIEF CHIEF SPOTLIGHTS NEED FOR FUNDING TO ADDRESS HUMANITARIAN NEEDS
– SYRIA: 234,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED IN DARA’A, QUNEITRA AMID CONTINUED CLASHES
– WORLD POPULATION DAY SPOTLIGHTS FAMILY PLANNING AS HUMAN RIGHT
– HIGH-LEVEL U.N. FORUM DISCUSSES SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES, LEAST DEVELOPED, LANDLOCKED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
– NEW YORK CITY FIRST TO REVIEW PROGRESS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Some words in numbers:

Metatrons Cube = 156/12/3 cycle

Climate Change = 101/2/1 (ironic 101 is dreaded room of Orson Welle’s book 1984)

Weather = 80/8/4/2/1

– The difference between weather and climate –

Latest three month average temperature and precipitation anomalies for the United States. The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time. Feb 1, 2005

NASA – What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate? | NASA

Fires = 57/12/3 cycle

Outer Space = 123/6/3 cycle

Astronaut = 129/12/3 cycle

NASA = 35/8/4/2/1

Denial = 45/9 cycle

Fear = 30/3 cycle

Obstruction = 156/12/3 cycle

Greed = 39/12/3 cycle

Material Wealth = 148/13/4/2/1

Possession = 150/6/3 cycle

Death = 38/11/2/1

31 July 2018 New DNA info and Dreams

Hello to you.  Hope this finds you doing well today.  No drawings to share today as yesterday we had a nice visit with family and hopefully made a new friend!  My mother-in-law gave me some chalk she had bought for me at Easter so that will help with drawings today!

The weather yesterday was really pleasant because of the rain we received – helped cool things down!  My mother-in-law Beth made some bbq pulled pork in the crockpot and a blueberry crumble pie that was really good!  She also mixed up some more Chai Tea powder for my brother-in-laws girlfriend to try and take home with her.  It is really tasty and makes quite a bit for the amount of ingredients going in to it:

My mother-in-law Beth is our family genealogist, could probably make a sweet living doing it and she really enjoys doing it.  Well she let us know yesterday that Ancestry.com had done some updates to their system and how they analyze the DNA samples.  When we submitted our samples in 2016, they had may be 3,000 reference samples and now they have like 16,000 ref samples to compare and refine their data and the world map.  They now have 380 possible regions to work with – 17 new ones.  As they get more samples I’m sure they will be able to refine things even more.

Some interesting things happened for both Kyle and I.  Kyle is now more in line with the results his parents got and I am much more in alignment with what my Dad has found out in his genealogy research and the research my Grandma Becker had done prior to her death.  Grandma did her research on her father’s mother’s side of the family, the Maxfields and Huffs.  The furthest back she got was to a Samuel  Wylie of Scotch blood, who came to America from the north of Ireland in 1759 and died Oct 15, 1777.  His wife Mary died in 1798.  They had 5 children.  She didn’t have Ancestry.com and those type of search engines to use when she did her research either!  Very impressive I think!

Anyhew!  If you have an Ancestry.com account and have submitted a DNA sample and haven’t checked your account in awhile like we hadn’t, you might want to!  It’s really interesting finding out these sort of things as sometimes it gives you an insight about may be why you have tendencies or interests towards certain things.  For example why you like certain foods beyond just growing up eating them.

Jackie:

43% Germanic Europe, 36% England and Wales (increase of 31% from previous analysis!), 15% Eastern Europe and Russia, 4% Baltic States and 2% Ireland and Scotland (decrease by 5% from previous analysis).  Migrations:  Germans from Russia.  Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana Settlers.  No longer in estimates for me:  Scandanavia, Iberian Peninsula, Finland/Northwest Russia, Caucasus and European Jewish.

Kyle:

40% England and Wales, 34% Ireland and Scotland (was 41%), 21% Germanic Europe, 3% Baltic States and 2% Norway.  Migrations: New York settlers. No longer in estimates: Caucasus, Europe South, Iberian Peninsula, Africa North, Finland/Northwest Russia.

Interesting stuff.  Kyle and I found out with the research his mom has done that he’s related to, in the very distant cousins sense Mark Twain, Barak and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump lol.  A lot of her family came over on the Mayflower so it makes sense.  On Kyle’s profile he’s got like 56 circles which amounts to like 26,000 or so people he’s some kind of relation to lol!  His mom has found so many interesting stories and has actually gone on to meet some living relatives in the area – extended, extended, very extended family but family!  I think it’s fantastic she’s doing this.  She’s almost got all her stuff together to become a member of the Mayflower society – pretty big deal:

https://www.themayflowersociety.org/ – link to the site

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Founded in 1897

In 1620, a brave group of 102 men, women and children sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, searching for a life of religious and civic freedom. To honor Pilgrim ancestors and keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620.
Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world who form lifelong bonds, cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors and continue on their legacy through purpose, preservation, and education.

Celebrating the Pilgrim Spirit

More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony.

Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.

The Pilgrims

The group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard Mayflower for the crossing was not homogenous. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden congregation, but they were joined by a number of English families or individuals who were hoping to better their life situations, or were seeking financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been referred to as the “saints” and “strangers”.

Although the Leiden congregation had sent its strongest members with various skills for establishing the new colony, nearly half of the passengers died the first winter of the “great sickness.”


I had a lot of dreams last night.  None of them were about unicorns and rainbows – pretty intense.   I apologize if these are hard to follow but I like to write them down and share them to get them out of my head.

One was about a fight and the throwing of ketchup and mustard.  Then there was like being in an action movie.  I was warning some man about the maid and there was hiding in the place where there was a stack of white hotel towels.  (My brother-in-laws, father-in-law, Kyle and I got into a pretty intense “discussion” about the 2nd amendment and guns yesterday.  In the end, as always, we came away loving each other and agreeing to disagree.)

Then I dreamt about brushing our dog Sam who passed several years ago now.  There was blood and he had a weird bite or weird shaped imprint on his side that was bleeding.  I carried him past what seemed to be intelligent ants.  We crossed in front of a lions den/cave and I remembered being afraid the lion would come out and get Sam.   (My mother-in-law got bit in real  life yesterday by an ant and it upset me – trigger I guess!)

The dream before I woke up was something out of the movie Constantine.  In the dream I guess I was a demon hunter.  I had a dark green pick up I drove.  I found myself in a room with other people.  I fell asleep.  There was something about finding my purse and then this woman turning on all these super white round bulbs that filled the room.  I realized I wasn’t suppose to be there as I hadn’t paid for the class on aliens that seemed to be going on.  I tried to apologize to the woman.  She wouldn’t make eye contact with me.  She had very unusual non-human golden eyes.  She just came up to me and said in my ear, “Mind the original sin.”  As I walked out I said, “thank you angel” with emphasis on the angel part.  What was in my mind in the dream when she said what she did was “Thou shall not covet.”  I left this woman (angel) and room and was going to go over to a CVS across the street to get a Bible “to keep track of these things” but I didn’t make it.  I was back in the green truck.  The roads were filled with demons and billions of skulls just started rising up.  I was in a shitty apartment trying to explain my absences just before I woke up from this dream, I said, “I’m working.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_sin – this is just one of MANY explanations for the concept of original sin.  I have always had trouble with these concepts because it’s awful to think of living a life of never being good enough even after you die.  What’s the point of trying to be a good person then if you are already damned no matter what?!  They say the death of Christ was supposed to fix these problems but has it? I’ll leave it there.

Original sin

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Depiction of the sin of Adam and Eve by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Pieter Paul Rubens.

Original sin, also called “ancestral sin“,[1] is a Christian belief of the state of sin in which humanity exists since the fall of man, stemming from Adam and Eve‘s rebellion in Eden, namely the sin of disobedience in consuming the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.[2] This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a “sin nature”, to something as drastic as total depravity or automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt.[3]

The concept of original sin was first alluded to in the 2nd century by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in his controversy with certain dualist Gnostics.[4] Other church fathers such as Augustine also developed the doctrine,[2] seeing it as based on the New Testament teaching of Paul the Apostle (Romans 5:12–21 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and the Old Testament verse of Psalms 51:5.[5][6][7][8][9] Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose and Ambrosiaster considered that humanity shares in Adam’s sin, transmitted by human generation. Augustine’s formulation of original sin was popular among Protestant reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, who equated original sin with concupiscence (or “hurtful desire”), affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom, although Augustine said that free will was weakened but not destroyed by original sin.[2] The Jansenist movement, which the Catholic Church declared to be heretical, also maintained that original sin destroyed freedom of will.[10] Instead the Catholic Church declares “Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.”[11] “Weakened and diminished by Adam’s fall, free will is yet not destroyed in the race”[12]

 

 

30 July 2018 What a World

Hello.  How are you doing in your present moment?  I hope you are doing well…..so many are not.  Lots of fires, earthquakes, flooding and other manners of calamity going on all around us these days.

What are you doing to help yourself navigate these times?  It’s been harder for me lately but I have it easy compared to most everyone else I know.

There are people all over wearing multiple hats.  People in my neighborhood and beyond that are working so hard for themselves and their families – trying to be good people in this world.  In our midst so many hero’s!  In the above, middle and below of the strata of our existence so many trying to do their best in spite of all the obstructions put before them!

My thoughts, prayers and love go out to all our flesh and blood hero’s of today.  The police and fire departments, the hospice workers, the nurses, the doctors, the first responders, our veterans and those leaders of the many positive walks of faith at work in their churches, temples and communities.   A few may fall short and disappoint us, but most all of them try so hard!  It takes very special people to answer the call of service before self.

Every person on this earth, trying to make the world a better place each day is a hero in my book!

7:58 am have to pause – as I’m writing I’m hearing the patter of rain!  Oh thank goodness!  Living here in North Texas you just don’t take rain in the summer for granted!  Imagining all those cracks in the yards getting filled!  The skin of the earth getting some healing balm!

This morning on my Facebook I was reminded that I had shared this post from a friend a year ago.  I have tried to find the source book it’s from and haven’t found it yet.  I want to read the rest of the book lool!   When I read this it made me think that no matter what your vision or path to the God of your understanding or in some cases no God at all, when you were manifested a seed was planted within you…..a seed planted with love.  I know some would say their origin story doesn’t feel anything like that.  Way too many have an origin story rooted in violence….but yet you are here….you have a purpose and there is a place for you.   You just have to find it and there are many to help with this quest!   I hope you choose a positive path.  Remember, life is all about choices!

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Drawings from yesterday:

http://abc30.com/crews-continue-to-fight-to-keep-ferguson-fire-away-from-yosemite-and-populated-areas/3848455/

MARIPOSA COUNTY

Crews continue to fight to keep Ferguson Fire away from Yosemite and populated areas

The Ferguson Fire continues to grow– consuming more than 800 acres on Sunday. As of Monday morning, it is 56,659 acres and is 30-percent contained.

Firefighters are working to secure the southeast quadrant of the fire to keep it from spreading into Yosemite National Park and the more populated areas south of the park.

Residents can expect to see increased smoke during the next few days as these fire operations continue.

While the Ferguson Fire continues its slow growth, those working the fire lines are also in mourning. Another one of their own was killed while on the job fighting the flames in Mariposa County.

Brian Hughes, 33, lost his life when he and his crew were conducting a tactical firing operation on the east side of the fire. During that operation, he was struck by a tree. He was treated on scene, but died before he could make it to the hospital.

This comes just 16 days after Cal Fire Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney was killed on the job.

Dozens lined the streets of the town of Mariposa and Merced Sunday to pay their final respects to Hughes. A procession led the firefighter’s body from the Mariposa Airport to the Stanislaus County Coroners Office.

Fire personnel escorted his body through the city of Merced.

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/neil-diamond-firefighters-battling-wildfire-surprise-performance-56910229video at this link of him singing.  Sharing this for my Mom who has always loved the Jazz Singer! 
Neil Diamond thanks firefighters battling wildfire with surprise performance

27 July 2018 The Mystery

Hello to you.  I’m doing  post this evening and probably going to take this weekend off.  These drawings are my way of working through what I’m feeling about the headlines I’ve been seeing lately with regards to death be it natural causes like Chiyo’s or as in the case of Ellie Soutter not so natural….downright suspicious even.  I can’t get my brain around why Ellie took her own life just before her 18th birthday party.  My condolences go out to all those who knew and loved her.  The same sentiment goes for those who knew and loved Chiyo….anyone on this planet who died today.

There is no understanding suicide.  I’m several years from my Mother and her father’s ‘s suicide and know there never will be an answer to satisfy me or anyone else who knew and loved them.  There is no definitive understanding of death….specifically the life that comes after.  There may be all the scientific answers and clinical explanations for why, how and what death is but none of those ever give those left behind closure or peace.  As far as I can tell thus far, no matter the way death comes,  it is and will always remain the ultimate mystery.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Links with excerpts – please use link to read entire article if you interested to learn more.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/worlds-oldest-person-chiyo-miyako-dies-at-117-in-japan/

TOKYO — The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Chiyo Miyako died on Sunday, the prefectural government of Kanagawa, her home state south of Tokyo, confirmed on Friday.

Miyako, born on May 2, 1901, became the world’s oldest person in April after Nabi Tajima from the Kikai island in southern Japan died at age 117.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/ellie-soutter-killed-herself-remote-12992146

Ellie Soutter killed herself in remote woodland just before her 18th birthday party, her family reveal

Police tracker dogs found her body at 11.15pm on Wednesday, her 18th birthday, hours before she was due to attend a birthday party with family and friends.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lunar-eclipse/blood-moon-to-dominate-night-sky-in-longest-lunar-eclipse-of-21st-century-idUSKBN1KH13G

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A blood-red moon dazzled star gazers across much of the world on Friday when it moved into Earth’s shadow for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

Confused? Frustrated? Mercury in retrograde this week

This is a big week for anyone into the zodiac or who leans toward the more astrological mindset because tiny Mercury goes into retrograde today.

Astronomers debunk any Earthly wonkiness that may occur during Mercury’s apparent backward travel through the night sky. It is actually an illusion that the solar system’s smallest planet appears to put its gears in reverse moving east to west through the stars.

Nonetheless, all manner of hijinks are attributed to this galactic magic trick, including confusion, delays, miscommunication and frustration.

Even a bad date, or a poor work presentation is blamed on Mercury’s apparent backwards slide.

“The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such,” says The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “So, when Mercury is in retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.”