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~

                                                                                                                                                                

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“Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts…”

  “…cause thy face to shine;
and we shall be saved.” {Psalm 80:19 AKJV}

May 17, 2017

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe…”   

  

     “…for God is love.”  {1 John 4:8 AKJV}

     Today, I honestly believe that the current administration in Washington D.C. made a terrible error when it allowed a ‘Special Prosecutor” to be appointed to investigate this administration’s possible “Russia ties”, and possible “Russian collusion” between the current president, and those in the Russian govt. As well as to investigate whether the current president ever asked any favor from the fired former FBI director, vis-a-vis the FBI’s investigation of Gen. Flynn.  Did the president try and dissuade the former FBI director from pursuing the investigation of his friend, Gen. Flynn?  And, if so, why didn’t the former FBI director ever report that fact, since it’s such an egregious, if not outright criminal, act on the president’s part?  Hmmmm….

     The reason I believe the Republicans made a possible fatal error in allowing the ‘Special Prosecutor’ to be appointed is due to why they did it–to try and defuse, or placate, the hateful people in the opposing camp, whose hatred of this president seems to have burned a hole straight through their brains, as well as having completely incinerated their hearts, if they ever had hearts to begin with.  However, their hatred really has nothing at all to do with the president as a person, even though they loathe him as being uncouth.  Instead, I claim that it has everything to do with the president’s stated objective, which is the one that caused him to win the election last November–his desire to ‘Drain the Swamp’ in D.C.–to rid the govt. of the corruption that has managed to steal not just our money, but the moral character of most of those working there.  

     Call it the battle between the God-fearing & the God-dissing, or the battle between the Righteous & the Libertines, and you’d be right on track.  The battle, however, is not a political one.  The Libertines are merely using politics to try and gain their beloved goals.  Their goals are dubious at best, and include free sex, free lunch, and free money, to put it bluntly–they are all about ‘free’ dom, possibly better spelled ‘freedumb’–however, they are unaware of what they will get if they win this battle.  Their ‘prize’ will have nothing to do with freedom of any kind.  Their ‘prize’ will end up being communism, this is definitely the year for it, since the Russians found out the hard way about what they weren’t fighting for, once they’d ousted the Czar–the iron shackles of heartless communism, and the year was 1917–a hundred years ago.  Wow.  Evil always dazzles it’s victims with tantalizing ‘goodies’, yet always puts them in a near-fatal choke-hold, in the end.  

    I just wish the Republicans would learn that you can’t quell the Libertines[both those clearly on the left among the democrats, as well as those hiding among those on the right, among the republicans] as easily as that–they are the Swamp creatures whom the president told us he would rid us of, and they are after blood now, and won’t stop until they accomplish their hate-filled goal, by hook or by crook, and most likely by the latter.  They are like sharks, and once they sensed the blood in the water–a weakness in the Trump admin–they will now not stop until they’ve completely devoured his administration, period.  

          That’s what people who’ve, consciously or unconsciously, thrown in with the devil are like–vicious to the core–those among the democrats even booed God at their last political convention.  God throws them over to a “reprobate mind” eventually, since they refuse to hear the Truth when it’s given to them.  They claim to ‘love’, yet their hearts are so filled with hatred that love is the last thing they practice.  I’m talking about the Love that comes from God Almighty, the One who forgives, who binds up the wounds, who protects His own, who reaches out to the lost among us to help them find their salvation in His Son, Jesus.  Not the love that the world practices–the ‘sometimes’ love, doled out only to those deemed ‘worthy’ of it–that’s  not love, that’s demonic in nature.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”[John 3:16 AKJV]

        Now, I have my doubts about Jonathan  Cahn, and whether he is a genuine believer in Christ as his Lord and Savior, or if he’s merely an impostor, who’s loyalty lies with the free masons.  However, his explanation concerning the ways of God as found in what he terms God’s ‘harbingers’, or God’s warnings to people prior to leveling them with His judgments against their terrible sins, is extremely interesting, and uplifting to hear.  Cahn reminds us that, no matter how bleak things might look, God is always the one in control of everything, and that nothing ever happens without His knowledge, or permission.

 

       “33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” {Romans 11:33 AKJV}

Amen. 

   ““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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“Listen! Do You Want To Know A Secret? Do You Promise Not To Tell?…”

March 13, 2017

“Monday’s Child is fair of face…”       

“The north wind doth blow…”
by Mother Goose

The north wind doth blow,  
And we shall have snow,  
And what will the robin do then?  
Poor thing!

He will sit in a barn,  
And to keep himself warm,
Will hide his head under this wing.
Poor thing!       

 

       Dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, today, tomorrow, and always, amen.   “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” {Luke 2:11 KJV}  

                     

 

 

   The asinine members of the ‘fake news’ press in this country are still at it–they don’t even try to hide the fact that they have thrown their lives in together with the ‘deep state’ one world govt. people, and everything that comes out of their mouths, and off their typewriters, points directly to whom it is they have staked their very futures, their very lives, on.  “Pravda” is a Russian word meaning “Truth”, yet their newspaper published during the Soviet Union years used to publish anything BUT the truth in their news stories about what went on in the rest of the world, and especially about what went on here in the U.S.  Yet, that’s exactly what papers like the NY Times, and all other major papers who’ve thrown in with the one world crowd have begun doing, and I think they are even better liars than were the Soviets!

                     

 

 

  {Just a little gratuitous video thrown in here to lighten things up.}

     “Well, she was just 17, you know what I mean…”

 

 

 

  “Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt~

                                                                                                                                            

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“…and she keeps calling him back again…”

March 10, 2017

“Friday’s child is loving and giving…”                                            

 

 

  “I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place
Where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We’ve met, mmm-mmm-mmm-m’mmm-mmm

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
And I’d have never been aware
But as it is I’ll dream of her
Tonight, di-di-di-di’n’di

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

I have never known
The like of this, I’ve been alone
And I have missed things
And kept out of sight
But other girls were never quite
Like this, da-da-n’da-da’n’da

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place
Where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We’ve met, mmm-mmm-mmm-da-da-da

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Oh, falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again”

“I’ve Just Seen A Face”, by Paul McCartney 1965, “…briefly titled “Auntie Gin’s Theme” after his father’s youngest sister, because it was one of her favourites.”          {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I’ve_Just_Seen_a_Face }

  “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”
~Robert Frost~

 

                                                                                                                     

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The Case Of The Duplicated Entertainer[s]

January 31, 2017

“Tuesday’s child is full of grace…”            

   

 

 

  Speaking of Paul McC. and the song, “Hey, Jude”–this is a post in which I wrote:

  About the song, “Hey Jude”–in the Wiki article about the song, even though ‘f’aul gives numerous explanations as to whom he wrote it for, eventually, after so many people claimed that the song was about them, including John Lennon who told that to ‘f’aul, it finally lead to what now believe is the truth of the matter–‘f’aul told John that he actually wrote the song about HIMSELF–now, to me, that makes sense after also realizing that the name Jude can point to the one persona that ‘f’aul actually represents–Judas Iscariot, the traitor and betrayer of Christ–it fits ‘f’aul perfectly–and, once I read through those lyrics keeping that in mind, the words began making even more sense, especially when I read that people, including John Lennon, also speculated that the lyrics that tell Jude “to go and get her”, along with “you’re waiting for someone to perform with”, might point to the fact that he’d met Linda Eastman, and wanted to go after her, but hesitated due to being engaged to Jane Asher–so, with those ideas in mind, it made those lyrics fit the narcissistic ‘f’aul to a proverbial “T”–conceited, arrogant, self-centered, and the betrayer–so, he wrote the song with himself in mind–how apropos.”     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Jude

        

 

  I wrote this, concerning what happened to Paul:

     “I agree–he was and will always be St. Paul. 🙂Unfortunately, due to involvement of an org. like Tavistock I fear this goes much deeper than his simply being uncooperative–removing him for not wishing to do as they wanted where LSD is concerned, with him giving the org. a tough time of it doesn’t seem like it would warrant their plotting and planning his demise for years, grooming some duplicate guy to take his place, paying all expenses for the guy to have plastic surgery, etc., then picking a date compliant with their occult beliefs, such as 9/11/66–no, it’s so much more sinister than it might appear–they went to way too much trouble here just to get some uncooperative artist out of their way–how did they know Paul would be so uncooperative years before they began trying to get them to use the LSD?–why was it so important to create another walking, talking image of Paul the way they did?–what was so vital about taking him out of their picture that they would spare no expense even years in advance? I know people don’t like talking about it, or thinking about it, but I have to say that from the research I’ve done, satanism is involved here, and those people live and die by their chosen religion–and, so do those who get in their way–but, with Paul, he seems to me to have been a marked individual, with them staking him out for destruction long before they moved in on him to destroy him in the end.”

                    

   I know that, due to how serious things have become, with the democrats[anarchists, communists AND democrats who side with them, together] raging against president Trump, and looking for any and all excuses to cause him trouble, and unsettle the rest of the country with their near-violent, as well as violent, antics, this subject must seem inconsequential in comparison.  But, I assure you, the reason it will never be inconsequential is because Paul was “eliminated” by the same organizations behind the unrest and even the violence taking place in this country over the election of a president that the ‘leftists'[anarchists, communists AND democrats who side with them] didn’t like.  It’s all tied together, behind the scenes.  It’s not what it appears to be on it’s surface.  The stakes are HIGH.  Higher than most of us can even imagine.  People have been murdered to keep this agenda on target over the decades, and even centuries.  It’s ugly.  It’s poisonous to the human soul.  It’s vileness will end by those who’ve sided with it losing their very lives to it.  Those helping to carry out this stealthy criminal agenda have no genuine idea that they can not win, and they will be killed, but not necessarily by their loyal opposition.  By their ‘own’–those the least expect to harm them–in turn, those who harm them, will be harmed by others of their ilk–this organization ‘eats it’s own’, so to speak–yet, it’s efforts will all be for naught in the end.  

Here’s why:

 “… We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”[Revelation 11:17-18 AKJV] [all emphasis, mine]  

 

   I love this song by John and Paul, “We Can Work It Out”, because it’s words contain the hope that we can all work things out if we’ll just try, even if that’s probably not going to happen.  I know one thing for certain.  Things will be worked out alright, but it might not be to the liking of all concerned.  However, this world does not belong to any of us.  It belongs to it’s Creator, God Almighty, and to His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, through Whom God created it.  Those who oppose God, actually worship a very dead ‘god’, with the smallest ‘g’ imaginable.  Those who love God and love Jesus, His Son, love the LIVING GOD, who will never die, and who loves us so much He was willing to come down here, live a sinless life that we can not live, and die in our stead on that cross on Calvary–then rose back to life from the dead, in order to give us the chance to live eternally with Him, and with God the Father, through placing our faith in Jesus, and we will never  suffer ever again.  

     That’s the only case of “…And, they lived happily ever after…” that will come true. 

 

 

   This next video contains a wonderful discussion between Dr. James Fetzer, and author Nick Kollerstrom, of what happened to Paul back in the Fall of 1966.  It’s a horrible thing that they did to him, but the truth of what happened needs to come out.  What happened to Paul is also tied in with what’s taking place in this world today, since the same group of people who were responsible for what happened to him are behind the violence and mayhem we are now witnessing on our own city streets, and in and around our own airports, right now.  Both things might not appear to be linked together on the surface–but, that’s why the phrase, “Down the rabbit hole” is so often used when some people speak of them, and this type of subject–you need to look deeper than the surface–it’s like looking underneath a carpet under which someone’s dirt has been swept.  Oh, it’s hidden in ‘plain sight’ alright–their version of it anyway.  But, then, they play dirty.  

 

  “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
~Socrates~

                                                                                                                                       

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“…the carnival steams by, shakes ANY tree; it rains jackasses.” ~Ray Bradbury~

January 10, 2017

“Tuesday’s child is full of grace…”       

      

     So far as I can see, we are either at the beginning of a brand new chance to make our society, along with our country, move closer to God, thus quite possibly, making it better-than-ever, or we are in for the fight of our lives against what disguises itself as “the progressive left”.  I have felt two diametrically opposed ways since this last election on November 8th:  Over-the-moon happy & terrible dread that wells up from within.  The quote I’ve used as the title to this blog comes from Ray Bradbury’s book entitled, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.  I couldn’t agree with that sentiment more right now if I tried.  It’s as though many of us are feeling that exact same thing:  Happiness, coupled with dire dread, as though our happiness at who won this election is being chased by something so menacing that only God could deal with it.  

     Due to that, I think prayers are in order, non-stop to our heavenly Father, on behalf of us all, and on behalf of our country, and on behalf of Israel.  I know people seem to fear that it wasn’t God who called the Jews back to the land that He gave them thousands of years ago, but was brought about by evil men bent on tricking the world, and destroying as many of us as possible.  However, I disagree.  I believe God used those evil men to help Him bring His people back to the homeland that He gave them, and now that they’re there, He told us they will never again be driven from it.  The end of this age is nearing quickly, I believe, and the Jews are going to remain there in Israel, and the wishes of the rest of this sinful world be damned, so to speak.  

     The “time of the Gentiles”, spoken of in God’s written word, is about over, and God promised that, once that time is up, things are really going to change–for the worse at first, then eventually, at the end of that 7 years of terror, for the good, and for all time.  Christ then returns, dispatches those arrayed against Him at Armageddon, and for the next 1000 years, it really will be “Heaven on Earth”.  That’s what I’m looking forward to, believe me!  Until then, however, God expects us to trust in Him and His judgment, and in His ways, study His word, stay close to Him and to Christ through prayer and reading His word, live the commandments of Christ, to love one another, and to forgive even our enemies.  We are also to tell whomever we can the Good News of the Gospel, which is salvation through faith in God’s Son, Jesus, the Christ, who is our Redeemer, Lord and Savior.  Amen.

    Due to the things I honestly believe happened to at least the real Paul McC. back in 1966, I hesitated to include this song, supposedly written by the original George Harrison–however, it fits this whole scene too perfectly.  It’s meaning is either dead on, or dead wrong.  So, here is a video of George playing and singing his song, “Here Comes The Sun”:

  I honestly believe George suffered tremendously after something happened to Paul, and Paul was replaced by a permanent ‘stand-in’, who still performs under Paul’s name to this day, raking in the dough that belongs to Paul’s family members, not to him.  So, this next video is of George’s song, “It Don’t Come Easy”.  It’s his demo of the song, and the video contains photos of all 4 of the original Beatles, prior to 1966:

   Well, whatever we’re in for in the coming days and weeks, here is why I am so concerned–this video contains some of the latest “Reverse Speech” exposed by David Oates from Australia, of what is actually being thought by many involved in our govt.:

    

  Ok, here is another video containing the mention of at least 200 celebrity deaths that occurred last year.  That seems excessive even for the wicked, behind-the-scenes, satanic-driven, secret cabal govt. to oversee.  I guess they’re trying very hard to get their ‘hero’ and his cohorts to cross over into our realm from the dimension in which God has chosen for them to exist in, in order to prepare to meet their doom at Armageddon.  Because, make no mistake, they were defeated once Christ rose back to life from the dead, 3 days after they killed Him on that cross a Calvary.  However, they are delusional and growing more out of touch with reality every day, so they honestly want to believe they have a chance to defeat Christ when they meet Him in “the valley of decision”, between Megiddo and Petra, where He catches them while on their way to try and destroy the last of the Jewish people who are located there.  In this video the one who made it included shots of an altered “Sgt. Pepper’s” album cover on which he replaced those from the original with stills of those who died last year:

   In this next video the video’s maker includes still shots of every single celebrity who passed away last year.  Some of them I didn’t realize had died, but there are 350+ celebrities on his list, and that sounds shockingly high to me:

  Well, only time will tell how we’ll fair this year, and we only have about 10 days before we’ll find out if the ‘illumined ones’, within the ‘shadow govt.’, will allow Donald Trump into the office of our president, or if they’ll muster their people together in order to stop the inauguration, and usher in the end of our country as we’ve known it and loved it, and also usher in the beginning of the end of this era of man on this earth.  I will leave off with these few videos of the great Mahalia Jackson singing hymns of inspiration for all of God’s people, those who belong to His Son, Jesus, through faith in Him as Lord and Savior:

  

  

  

  I’ll end this blog entry with a video of a full album of Mahalia Jackson’s soul-stirring songs:

       

   Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” {James 3:5-12 AKJV}{verse rearrangement, mine}

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
 ~Lao-Tze~
                                                                                                                                           
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Ah…The Ballet!

November 25, 2016

“Friday’s child is loving and giving…”      

       

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” [Colossians 3:17 AKJV] 

 

       

 

 

       

       

       

   Paul wrote that song–wow!  They gave it to Peter and Gordon to record, though, but wow, it was one of my very favorite songs!!!  The version in the video below is not the Beatles, or Peter and Gordon, though–I wish it was the Beatles!  It apparently isn’t, even if it does say “Original Demo”:

 

  I think I was born wanting to be a Ballerina.  I tried begging my mom to let me take lessons, but to no avail.  She was by then a single mom, with 3 small children to take care of, who had to move in with her parents, just so that we could survive.  So, when she landed a job working for PT&T[Pacific Telephone & Telegraph], and had to travel for her new job, from where my grandparents lived, all the way to San Francisco on all the days she worked, making entry-level pay more than likely, there was just no way she could afford for me to enroll in Ballet classes.

   However, even though I was only around 5 years old, I couldn’t quite let go of the dream.  So, often times, whenever photographs would be taken of me and my brother and sister, I could be found trying to strike a dancer’s pose.  When I see those photos now I cringe!  I looked a bit ridiculous, but I just couldn’t help trying to get my plug in for me to take dance lessons!  It never did any good, though.  My mom just could never afford it.  

  Mom always tried to get us fitted for the best shoes she could afford back then.  My favorite shoes to wear to school were black patent leather flats.  I always felt like a princess when wearing the ones mom got for me.  I was probably around 5 years old at the time.  However, I was also a terrible Tomboy, who loved climbing trees, riding my bike, and running ‘like the wind’ through the elementary school’s wide-open fields out behind my grandparent’s home.  So, at school I was ‘the little princess’, but at home, I was the ‘terrible Tomboy’.  

   That’s why my favorite ‘after school’ shoes were brown or black and white Saddle shoes.  My after school ‘uniform’ was always those Saddle shoes and a pair of Bermuda shorts–in case a tree needed climbing.  I also continually tried my ‘hand’ at doing what I considered ‘Ballet’ exercises.  I really had no idea what real Ballet exercises were, so I made some up for myself to practice diligently, and as often as I could.  One was to place my leg up on a dresser[if I could get it up that high!], or prop it up on any surface low enough for me to reach my leg up there, and then I’d practice touching my nose to my knee.  I had no idea if that was really an exercise a ballet dancer would ever benefit from, but I became very flexible after doing that over many years.  

     I could eventually touch both palms on the ground, never bending my knees, which helped my team win the Phys. Ed./Physical Training competition in Army Basic Training.  It enabled me to be capable of running ‘4-legged’ very fast without any stress on myself at all.  I still cringe at what happened at our graduation from Training party, though.  My Platoon Sergeant had noticed how flexible I was during that competition, so she told our Captain, who suddenly decided she wanted to see me run like that–in front of all the ladies/girls at our Platoon party.  So, not wanting to object to what the Captain wanted to see me do, I did that–I ran a few yards like that, much to her total surprise.  I guess she’d never seen anyone capable of doing that without bending their knees!

   Well, at least working on that particular exercise had earned me some measure of ‘fame’, albeit somewhat dubiously.  That was about the only exercise I’d ever done, though, that I thought a ballerina might do, to keep herself limber.  I never could ‘assume’ any real ballet positions. Once I learned what some of those ‘positions’ were, I was older and far less flexible, so I couldn’t quite get my stiffened muscles to cooperate enough so that I could place my feet and legs into those positions.  After I realized that it truly saddened me!  I had to admit that I was probably a bit too old to ever be capable of learning ballet, and also be capable of executing those important positions correctly.

 I think the saddest time came when I was about 7, and my mom took me and my little brother to the shoe store to be fitted for new shoes.  Mine were going to be brown and white Saddle shoes, and I was excited to get them.  Until, as I sat there, I saw a girl a bit older than myself, who was being fitted for shoes, too.  Only her new shoes were going to be Pointe shoes, or what most people simply think of as Ballet shoes.  When the clerk brought out her new Pointe shoes, my heart hit the ground!  I sat there watching her smile, then try them on, and I thought my heart would burst!     I didn’t want my mom to see how I felt, so I quickly averted my eyes back to the clerk who was bringing me my new Saddle shoes, and tried to put on a smile so mom wouldn’t notice how I really felt.  I may have loved my new Saddle shoes, but the shoes that the ballerina across the aisle was going to get were exactly what I’d always wanted all of my life.  

       

       

       

 

 

 “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
~ Albert Einstein~

                                                                                                           

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