This is a Test–only a Test

September 12, 2017

“Tuesday’s child is full of grace…”  https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/1/a/e/6/11954222741488696247johnny_automatic_children_reading.svg.thumb.png

https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/4/l/V/C/Z/L/pot-th.png   “One lump or two, sugar?”

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https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/e/Z/a/S/1/y/blue-ballet-shoe-th.png   I have a ton to say on many subjects, but right now, this is just a test–I changed browsers and lost most of my links, and I need to reach my own blog entries–I know–I’m old and lost on the internet–all at sea, and my life preserver is failing, etc.–I could just type in the URL to it, come to think of it, but I thought I’d be annoying and post this so I could reach it this way–don’t ask–I guess I just feel like talking, even just this little bit, about nothing really.

https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/P/A/A/S/6/e/purple-pointe-shoes-th.png   Before I post this, I’ll leave you with this video that is such a treat–trust me on this:

https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/x/9/F/z/m/s/ballet-slippers-th.png  The Gibb Brothers, AKA The Bee Gees.  One of the most beloved singing groups this world has ever known.  God speed, Barry Gibb, for the rest of your blessed life.  [Amen]

https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/3/4/c/2/119710733034108089johnny_automatic_a_dog_and_a_cat_with_an_umbrella.svg.med.png“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches  

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A “White Knight” Production

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Ever Have a Visceral Reaction to Something?

August 23, 2017

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe…”    

            

via Daily Prompt: Visceral

{This happens to be my all-time favorite album by any artist, bar none–and, I’ve never been an Elvis fan–ever! }

 

        

 

[The first song on this album says it all, where this subject is concerned.]   

      

  One Definition of Visceral:  An emotional reaction

 

   Ever see or hear something that just made your ‘insides’ tense up, and that caused a feeling of nausea, disgust or revulsion?   I’m sure most, if not all of us have, at one time or another.  It might be the sight of something that repels us, such a a yellow school bus.  Or, it might be something we hear that causes a deeply emotional reaction within us, such as the sound of a school bell ringing    lol.  Or it might be some smell, or aroma, that creates that type of emotional reaction within us, like the scent of certain colognes  …such as “Eau de Pepe le Pew”!  It causes us to react in a certain way without even having to think about it.

    For instance, one thing that causes a visceral reaction in me, especially these days, has to do with the distortion of facts, and just plain old outright lies I hear being spoken on cable news channels by those who are attempting to defend the downright indefensible.  More often than not I know the facts, and know they are readily available to one and all who care to take the time to learn them.  

       Yet, as I watch those news shows on which one side is pitted against the other, for the sake of ‘airing both points of view’, and especially if the subject is political, I am subjected to listening to those people spewing out contrary ‘facts’, which are so obviously false.   It’s maddening to me!  Mainly because the show’s ‘moderator’ just allows the false information to pass on by with little to no information being offered in order to refute the lies, and firmly establish the truth!

         Talk about having a visceral reaction: as I am hearing those distortions, and/or outright lies, being offered up in defense of some political point of view, I’ve come very close to throwing something at the tv screen while listening to it all!   Yet, as soon as that began to happen with me, with my blood pressure more than likely shooting through the roof, I knew it was time to stop fearing that I would miss something vital that was going on in the world if I changed the channel, and simply CHANGE THE CHANNEL!   

        As soon as I did that, though, this feeling of calmness literally swept over me, and I realized that my muscles were relaxing, and my breathing was slowing down.  Both of which helped to spare the flat screen tv from being taken to the junk yard after having some foreign object removed from it!  At first I had to take stock of those visceral feelings, and continue to try and get passed them as I watched a house flipping show, or some cooking show, etc.  

       My mind kept wandering back to what had upset me in the first place, which threatened to derail my attempt to get over being so upset!  Then, I had to try and wrestle against the idea that I was somehow being neglectful of my ‘duty’ as an American citizen by not watching the news shows–it was a genuine struggle for me!

   The best solution I finally hit on actually fits me to a “T”.  I began with starting up my computer, and getting online.  I’d leave the tv on, but not tuned into any 24 hr. cable news channel, or more often I’d mute the sound, so I could still see if any alerts were issued.  Then, I’d busy myself by reading about the latest “current events”, or watching a video on what had recently occurred.  Once I’d done that I found a way to post comments on each situation on other people’s blog posts, or message boards on the subject[s], which, in my point of view, was me doing my ‘bit’ for humanity, I guess.  Being able to ‘set the record straight’ in some form or fashion, went along way to alleviating those feelings of helplessness I’d felt while being merely a spectator to the travesty taking place right before my very eyes on that tv screen!

        At least my being able to voice my own views based on the facts I’d learned helped me to feel useful.  In my view, it definitely beat sitting and watching one interior decorating show, or house flipping show, or cooking show [in which we are taught how to make a super-delicious side of ‘smashed potatoes’]–[thinking about that just made me hungry!], after another, after another!  Or, watching one terrific old movie after another, as much as I love them!

   However, I lay the blame for what’s happened in cases like mine, directly at the feet of those in control of the content of those cable news outlets.  They definitely could go along way to ending those mindless, mind-numbing, needless ‘debates’, in which one left-leaning politico verbally spars with a right-leaning politico, during which one, or both politicos manage to leave certain known facts in the dust while in, apparently, blind pursuit of defending their ‘side’ literally ‘to the death’.  It’s the ‘twisted facts’, and outright lies that come out of their mouths, during their enthusiastically offered verbal defenses of their ‘side’, [that cause such stomach-churning reactions on my part], that are so outrageous!  

         They need to be immediately countered with the known FACTS, by the show’s moderator.  That would, of course, end their little ‘debate’, because it would put a stop to the lies being passed off as truths.  That at least would end the torment that the lying, and twisting/spinning of the truth [until it’s nearly unrecognizable] causes me to experience!  One reason it causes that heartfelt reaction in me is simple:  it’s because, all I can do is sit and listen to it all, but I can never actually counter what’s being said, myself, due to it being a “One Way” street–they are on tv, and they can’t hear a word I say!  

         Therefore, if the show’s moderator just sits there and allows lies to be passed off as truth, and the distortions being interjected into the narrative to help the liar defend his/her ‘indefensible’ political position, or elected ‘hero’, it makes me sick at my stomach, since I can’t step in there and speak the truth of the matter[s] based on genuine evidence to the contrary.  

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:”

[Isaiah 1:18 KJV]

[Amen!]

        And, believe me, that type of evidence really does exist, yet it’s not given it’s rightful due–which is why, now, I literally flee from those 24 hr. cable news outlets.  I still need to deal with the fact that I continually fear that, by not watching them, something might happen that is very serious, and I won’t hear about it until much later.  Which leaves me just hoping that it won’t mean I’ve learned about it too late!

   On the bright side in all of this:  I have been learning lots of things I hadn’t previously known, though, by either being on the computer, or by watching other types of cable shows that have nothing at all to do with ‘world politics’, or politics altogether, and, for that alone, I couldn’t be more grateful!  

   When I thought, “My foot slips,”
      thy steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
    thy consolations cheer my soul.”                                                                                   
[Psalm 94:18,19 RSVCE]  

[Amen.] 

   “Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.”
~Roy T. Bennett~

                                                                                                                                                                

A “White Knight” Production

 

“Apparently, Hell Hath No Fury…”

August 21, 2017

“Monday’s child is fair of face…”   

 

“…like our country scorned.”   

  “Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath….”{Ephesians 4:26 KJV}

    

Source: News.com.au BURIED deep beneath the Montana soil in America’s northwest are 150 giant Minuteman III nuclear missiles — locked, loaded and ready to go. They are 20 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and can reach any target on the planet in half an hour. They stand ready to be…

via A rare glimpse at America’s super nukes: ‘hell and fury’ that can reach North Korea in 30 minutes — Caravan To Midnight

Yet Another Staged Event?!

 August 16, 2017

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe…”     

          A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

But thou, Lord,, art most high for evermore.”[Psalm 92:6-8 KJV]

 

https://videopress.com/embed/xjuoUdco?hd=0

Last weekend, a planned “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces, descended into violence when what the MSM describe as “white supremacists” clashed with counter-protesters, forcing the city to declare a state of emergency. A white man named James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed his car […]

via Signs of Charlottesville white supremacist rally being a false flag — Fellowship of the Minds

A Fragrance By Any Other Name…

via Daily Prompt: Fragrance  

   July 24, 2017

   “Monday’s Child is fair of face…”   

 

   Hmmmm….A famous line from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” fits the theme I’m going to expound upon here:

“What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” [Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II by Wm. Shakespeare]

   Was Juliet right about that?  Of course she was.  It’s literally a ‘fragrance’ by any other name would smell the same–right?  So, if I were to take a label off of my all-time favorite cologne, which is Yardley’s English Lavender, and slapped the label from a bottle of one of my other favs, which is Emeraude, it wouldn’t affect the scent in the bottle of English Lavender now would it?  No.

   However, that fact does not apply to real people.  So, if I were to take someone’s face and slap it onto the face of someone else, that wouldn’t make the person wearing the face of another person become that other person, now would it?  Of course not!  It wouldn’t even matter if the person now wearing the fake face decided to go the whole way and try imitating the voice of the person’s who’s face he was now sporting.  Nor would it matter if the imitator began wearing the same clothes worn previously by the rightful owner if his now-fake face, and telling everyone that he was the person who’s face he was now sporting.  Anyone would agree with that, right?  Of course.

   That all makes Juliet’s comments concerning the rose’s name totally correct–she, of course, was referring to Romeo being a Montague, which was causing such trouble for them both, due to the mutual hatred shared for one another by each of their families.  “Deny thy father and refuse thy name…” she proclaims, but then she says that, if he doesn’t wish to go that far, then if he’ll swear his love for her she will “…no longer be a Capulet.”  I can sympathize with her on that, but only because I have an imagination.

   In Juliet’s case, though, she is suggesting that Romeo ‘deny’ his family name only if he wants to do so.  She’s not going to force it off on him, since she realized that, if he doesn’t wish to go that far, then she would.  She gave Romeo a perfect ‘out’, because she loved him.  Sweet.  Touching. So loving.

    A HUGE problem arises, though, if the person being addressed doesn’t wish their ‘face’ changed–their personal ‘fragrance’ mislabeled.  That could pose a big problem for those wanting that person ‘relabeled’, so to speak.  In a case such as that, if one person is somehow ‘replaced’ by another–permanently–now, that’s a real “Horse of different color”, isn’t it?  In that case, it’s not merely the original label that’s been switched, but the entire body of the person in question, with a mere copy of the original label being ‘slapped’ onto someone else, who is now posing as the one who’s ‘face’ he is now wearing.  That would be just fine–sort of–if the switch made was with the consent of the one who is now this plot’s victim.  I’d say so at least.

   The summer of 1967 was one of the most memorable for me.  It was the summer after my graduation from high school, for one big thing.  It also saw my very first flight on a jet airplane, and my first trip out of California, and the first time I’d ever seen Mt. Rainier, and the beautiful, wonderful city of Seattle.  It was also the summer during which I first heard the new Beatle’s album, “Sgt. Pepper’s…”  I think the kids in the neighborhood must have played that thing for us about a zillion times in the few weeks I was there, too.  At first we LOVED it, couldn’t get enough of it, had to hear it morning, noon, and night–hear first thing in the morning, the last thing before retiring.  We also realized the entire album was a complete change for the Beatles–a total ‘transformation’–it was amazing.

  The strange effect it had on me, personally, though, was that, the more I heard it, the more I loathed it!  There was something about that type of music that began causing me revulsion–totally–until, even today, if I hear even some of one of the songs from that album, I feel like tossing the radio responsible for my hearing it OUT the window!!  It wasn’t until years–decades–later, that I literally stumbled onto what I now believe is the reason why.  I found it while pursuing information on a subject that might not seem linked to what I now believe is behind a ‘change of fragrance’ within the Beatles, that led to not just my rejection of that group after 1967, but by a larger selection of those who used to just love the Beatles, as I did.

   Because, sometimes, a change in labels doesn’t quite ‘smell as sweet’, if what’s under it might appear on it’s surface to be what you love, yet it’s genuine scent exposes the truth:  that the fragrance you loved is not the one you just smelled!  

     {The original movie poster for “Help!”, starring the Beatles}

“Help!”, in need?  “Help!”, yes, indeed.

   “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  ~Albert Einstein~*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

A “White Knight” Production

 

“…The Righteous Perisheth & No Man Layeth It To Heart;…”

  and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.  He shall enter in to peace;…”[Isaiah 57:1,2 KJV]

After Bobby’s death, I was searching through the Bible for verses that I might use to help someone I was conversing with via a message board here online, when I suddenly saw those first two verses from Isaiah 57, and knew immediately that God had meant for me to see them, and take them to heart.  I had never read them before, and as I realized what God was saying to me within them I became so excited.  It meant that God was reassuring me, a grieving mother, that my son was safely in His care, and that there had been a very good reason for Him taking Bobby home to be with Him–“…the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”

I just posted these next few paragraphs on Facebook a few minutes ago, and just felt the need to copy them onto my blog post for today:

“Today marks the saddest day of our lives as parents. It’s tough to believe that it’s been 11 years since Bobby was killed in Afghanistan–it still seems like yesterday. 11 years of tremendous loss, complete heartache, misery untold, along with the wishes that never came true, and will never come true. 11 years of watching as people who truly cared about us stayed strongly by our side, helping to keep us going. One such person is my sister, Susan, one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known. She has done so much for us in spite of living 3,000 miles away across the country. I don’t know what I would have done without her love, support and outright help over the last 11 years. When no one else was there, Susie was.

My husband, Bob, just called and the first thing he said to me was, “I love you”. Now, usually that’s what he says at the end of our conversation, not in the beginning of it, and today is the reason why. After we hung up I began to cry. It never gets any easier, trust me on that. It never will, I’m convinced of that. When someone who is ignorant of what it means to be a “Gold Star” parent tells me that, ‘wow’, they’d like to be able to join such a grand ‘club’, I cringe when I need to inform them that, in order to be a member of such an exclusive ‘club’ one of their children needs to die in a war. I cringe also as they realize what an awful thing it was that they’d just said, and I flinch as I hear the “I’m so sorry!”

Bob was even ‘accused’ of thinking he was some kind of south American ‘general’ or something for all the embroidery that adorns his shirts, and cap, in honor of our late son, that he wears to work. Ignorance is total bliss until someone realizes they’ve really stuck their foot in it big, and I feel as sorry for them as can be. It’s tough not to be in touch with what’s going on in your own country, let alone in your own world.

I’ve dedicated this beautiful but haunting, song to Bobby’s memory. I’ve prayed many times as I’ve listened to it’s plaintiff, soul-wrenching melody–it has no real words, so it lends itself perfectly to your own inner prayerful longings, and heartaches that you might find it hard to put into words–your heart will know what to say to God, as you listen. God’s blessing to all of you.”

“O Bury me not in the deep, deep sea…”

via Daily Prompt: Bury

July 12, 2017

“Wednesdays child is full of woe…”    

   “And, then,  on December 16, 1773, after being stood up by the Governor, who’d promised to meet with them concerning the repealing of the much-hated “Stamp Act” taxation on their tea, the group known as “The Sons of Liberty”, who had some now-famous American patriots with them, one of which was Paul Revere, and with local patriotic citizens helping them, dressed up as Mohawk Indians, then, under cover of darkness, they split up into 3 groups, each charged with one ship, and went aboard those ships filled with tea, and threw the tea into the waters of the Boston harbor.  No one was harmed, and only one was arrested.  The relationship between the British government, and the Colonies never recovered after that, and the First Continental Congress was formed, and met, about a year later…and, the rest is History.  More tea, children?”

Boston Tea Party picture by Sarony and Major, 1846                                                                                  

   “…A girl on shore, many tears will shed
For the one who lies on the ocean bed.
Above his heart the whale will hiss,
And his pallid lips the fish will kiss.”  ~George N. Allen~ 1850

                                        

So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of theLord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, OLord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” [Jonah 1:7-17 KJV]

   I know the world seems filled to overflowing with misinformation, and downright lies, these days, including distorted information on groups such as the original “Sons of Liberty”.  Their chosen title came from a Irish-born Colonel named Isaac Barre`, who coined it while defending them in Parliament, who called them “…these sons of liberty…”.  And, yes, I know that even Johnny Tremain is a fictional character from a book by Esther Forbes.  However, there’s a big difference between what is termed, “literary license”, or even “artistic license”, and outright malicious spreading of falsehoods, that are among those the spreaders are guilty of, themselves.

   So, let me be among those who take absolute joy in burying at least some of those falsehoods.  I choose to focus on the hypocrisy of leftists who denounce the methods used by the “Sons of Liberty”. In the accounts of that early patriot organization I noticed that, in the beginning, their acts of defiance against the British government’s “Stamp Act” taxation reminded me of the shouts and slogans, and even the violent acts, of none other than those who now oppose this current Trump administration.  The proclamations of “resistance”, which included their usage of ‘mob rule’; the use of violent acts against anyone they perceived to be against what they believed was ‘right’; the use of fear-inducing methods such as ‘tar and feathering’, to intimidate their opposition.

 Methods were adopted by the group in order to try and gain what they wanted: an end to ‘Taxation without representation” by the British government.  It ended by bringing about the permanent split between the British crown, and the American colonists, and the beginning of the American Revolutionary War against Britain, with the American’s fighting for their right to rule themselves as a separate country from Britain.  Yet, those involved in the so-called ‘resistance’ to president Trump and his administration have adopted tactics so similar to those of the “Sons of Liberty”, it’s laughable to hear them also condemning those tactics when it comes to the “Sons of Liberty”.

 What I’m saying is: it’s time to bury the hypocrisy used by the leftists.  If those violent, vicious tactics were good enough to be used by them, then by definition they were good enough to be used by the first American patriot organization, fighting for liberty against the tyrannies of the British government.

   Here’s a perfect example of “the pot calling the kettle black”, in the case of a leftist tv personality:

  “I abhor hypocrisy.”~Don Lemon~
Really, Don?

  Here’s another example:

“I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like ‘Rush Limbaugh,’ and we don’t have to put up with that.” ~Howard Dean~

Yet another “pot” calling “the kettle” black:

“The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.” ~Al Franken~

   “You’re sooo black!”      “So are you!!!”

 

   For the record:  I disapprove of all violent tactics used by any organization in pursuit of their desired goals, be they the ancient “Sons of Liberty”, or be they the democrat party ‘resistance’ to the Trump admin.  “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”!

   “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell~

                                                                                                                                                                

A “White Knight” production