Perspective

JoAnne:

Re-blogging from JC this classic video that blows my mind, meaning my mind is sitting here with it’s mouth open. Is it because it’s late, and I’ve had a really long day? Or is it something more? Thanks for the perspective, JC.

Originally posted on Top of JC's Mind:

A classic depiction of the powers of ten, courtesy of NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day series – and IBM of 1977:  http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150324.html

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Who Wants To Go To Mars?

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A few days ago, I listened to a story on NPR about people seriously working on going to Mars.

The thought of going to Mars appeals to my sci fi side, that Star Trek generated notion of exploring and going boldly. But this NPR story feels closer to home and more like science fact.

One apparent fact is that the founder of Space X,  Elon Musk, “… developed spacecraft for one-tenth the cost and one-third the time that NASA and the aerospace major companies have done.”

One-tenth the cost and one-third the time! How’d he do that?

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it had something to do with NASA and those other companies being slowed down by bureaucracy. But I better not get started on that tangent. I might rant.

From a romantic, Trekker, point of view, I find the idea of going to Mars, fascinating.

But mars, as described here, is a cold, dusty planet, exposed to the hazards of radiation due to lack of a protective atmosphere. Yet “NASA is now planning for a manned mission to Mars, which is slated for the 2030s.”

All things considered, I must honor the  fact that I am deeply in love the planet Earth. I wonder if  we should be focusing our time and energy on making our home planet more livable and sustainable instead of gallivanting around the solar system.

Besides, I get motion sickness if I read more than one sentence while riding in the car. So I think I’ll pass for now. But who knows, maybe someday, I’ll change my mind.

Do you think we should go to Mars?

Or should we stay home and clean up our own planet?

Earth, The Blue Marble

“The Blue Marble”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Blue_Marble.jpg#/media/File:The_Blue_Marble.jpg

 

The Eyes and Visions

The Eyes and Visions

JoAnne:

This post by Deborah Drucker, contains a story about Flo Fox who has MS, is legally blind and takes interesting and diverse photos of NY. ( A couple may be PG-13)  “Doctor My Eyes” has always been a favorite song.

Originally posted on Notes Tied On The Sagebrush:

“The eyes are the window to your soul.” The sixth chakra located just above and between your eyebrows is called The Third Eye Chakra. This chakra is associated with intuition. Is this eye the window to the universe?

The color of the sixth chakra is indigo. Some fun information about indigo.

Indigo_plant_extract_sample by Palladian on wikipedia

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” A photographer shows us what they see through a camera’s eye. I am passing on a link that I saw on the EngAGE blog this morning about the photographer Flo Fox who has Multiple Sclerosis, is now paralyzed, and is legally blind but able to take wonderful photos. For the past 40 years her subject has been New York City. I love the sights she has captured. Take a look from In Focus.

“Doctor My Eyes,” by Jackson Browne via SeeYou917:

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” –Mark…

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My Mother’s Eyes

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I have my mother’s eyes. Her soft hazel, sometimes sad, patient eyes. I’ve often wished I had darker eye brows and lashes, like my daughter, so I didn’t have to wear eye make up.

My daughter has beautiful green eyes, and beautiful, full lips. But she complains about her nose being too big. I tell her she is beautiful.

She tells me I am beautiful, and I wonder what she sees.

Many years ago, in a rebellious stage, I went without make up, even at work. Then someone described me as “that woman with no eyebrows.”

And I started wearing make up again.

I don’t remember my mother ever wearing eye make up, just lipstick. My dad always liked the natural look. He complained when I started wearing make up as a teenager, especially the blue, or green, or purple, eye shadow.

I know he thought my mother was beautiful with her soft red hair, that never went gray, just lost the red, and her soft hazel eyes with no make up. He adored her. Dad hasn’t changed much in the house since she died in 2008. All my mother’s angels, maybe 1oo of them, still stand watch around the living room.

Today is my mother’s birthday. Her soft hazel eyes watch me with love, even though they know all my secrets now. She still loves me.

Here’s a story about my mom:

https://joannaoftheforest.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/257/

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Post was: “I/eye/aye.”

If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/03/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-2115/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

What Would Jesus Eat?

Working on last week’s post about being a true vegetarian for lent, I  came across this book, What Would Jesus Eat?

http://www.amazon.com/What-Would-Jesus-Eat-Ultimate/dp/0785273190

I confess I’ve only read summaries so far. But apparently, Jesus ate mostly bread and fish. He probably ate some grapes, dates, olives and figs. He probably didn’t eat much beef, and didn’t eat pork at all. I don’t think Jesus ate chocolate, but that might need some research.

If Jesus lived today, in the flesh, I think he’d be a vegetarian, mostly. I’m pretty sure Saint Francis would be a vegetarian. They might have accepted donations of meat, but then they might have given those away.

I really enjoyed some grilled tofu and veggies sprinkled with peanuts for lunch yesterday. I’m not missing chicken at all.

Dog ESP

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Sometimes I put a pot on the floor for one of my pets to help me clean up after dinner. Some people might think that’s gross. Well, I don’t care. I don’t do it all the time, because we have three dogs (we used to have 5) and they can get pretty competitive. The step dogs, the two my husband brought into our marriage, even get into knock down drag out fights.We have to watch them.

Doodle was literally starving when he rescued her, and she’s food aggressive. She’s the first to come into the kitchen when I’m cleaning up and she hears me scraping a pot of sauce or soup into the storage container. She might be the first one to hear this, because at around 8 years old, she’s the youngest of our pack. The other dogs are 14 and 12, so they don’t hear as well as Doodle. But you can bet that if I put down that pot for Doodle to help me clean up, I will soon hear the pitter-patter of dogs nails on the floor sauntering into the kitchen. The only thing that prevents that from happening is if I put on some background noise like the radio, or washing machine, or sing loud, so the other dogs don’t hear. If the other dogs do come in, I have to get them a treat too. A pat on the head won’t do it. Are they spoiled? You bet.

I wonder if the other dogs know when Doodle is getting a treat because they have doggy ESP.  When my husband and I talk quietly about taking the dogs for a you know what, without saying the W word, they start to pay closer attention. If one of them sees me go into the bedroom to put on my sneakers, her ears perk up and she watches me closely. Then one of the other dogs, who didn’t even see me go in my room, and who was sound asleep when my husband and I started talking about the you know what, comes in to where the excited dog is. We don’t even have to touch the leashes, and it’s like they can sense us thinking about going for a walk.  Then they start dancing and prancing around with infectious excitement, and they all get worked up into a minor frenzy.

Dogs are really good at noticing things that precede eating and going for a walk. They don’t have so much clutter to distract their minds from the important things in life.

The prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was: “pat/pet/pit/pot/put”  If you’d like to join in the fun, visit: http://lindaghill.com/2015/03/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-1415/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Lent: Is it Okay to Cheat on Sundays?

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It’s about halfway through the 40 days of lent. As in years past, I’ve been cleaning up my vegetarian plate for lent. I’m not vegan, though I do have vegan days. I thought I was having one  last week until I remembered there was butter and parmesan cheese on that garlic bread. No body’s perfect.

I stopped eating meat in the late 70’s. Here’s how it happened. Since then, it’s been easy for me to abstain from eating mammals. It’s been harder to give up eating fish and chicken, except during the season of lent.  During lent, I’m a strict true vegetarian.

A couple weeks ago, one of the regularly visiting priests ministering to my little Episcopal church told me that Sundays don’t count in lent.

What?

He said there were more than 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter and that’s how Sundays get to be free days, though I think he said, “feast days.”

I counted the days on the calendar, and sure enough, there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter!

Why did I not know this? Or did I hear it and just not pay attention?

Going 40 days in a row, (now 46) straight through to Easter as a true vegetarian works for me. It brings me closer to my goal to not contribute to the horrors of factory farming, because after lent, I eat way less chicken. It’s just possible that I’m done with chicken for good.

(Fish is another matter. I’m not going there yet.)

What I’ve learned about myself, and I think this applies to most people with addictive personalities, is that it’s easier for me to abstain all together, than to indulge occasionally. I learned this the hard way with cigarettes. And even though I’m not an alcoholic, it’s easier for me to abstain than to drink alcohol occasionally. I can’t say I’ll never drink again. Maybe I’ll have a glass of wine on my 80th birthday. For now, I’m comfortable staying sober. But for some people, once it too many and a thousand’s never enough. For some people, like alcoholics, it’s not worth the risk.

I quit drinking twenty something years ago, when I got serious about recovery from compulsive overeating and stopped consuming empty calories. I stopped eating refined sugar for about a year. At that time, total abstinence from sweets was easier than moderation. Now I indulge in sweets occasionally, especially dark chocolate, but I know it’s a slippery slope, and I need to be mindful.

For lent, I’m sticking to my tradition of being a true vegetarian, including Sundays, all the way ’til Easter.  I hope this will help me really be done with eating chicken. And I’m not going fishing for seafood. There are plenty of other options lower on the food chain.

Like dark chocolate.

We all have our own values and goals. Some are easier than others. Some we struggle with. What helps you be consistent? Or are you fine with the occasional indulgence?