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The Power of One

One
by Cheryl Sawyer

As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heros
We become one people.

We are
One color
One class
One generation
One gender
One faith
One language
One body
One family
One soul
One people

We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.
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Cheryl Sawyer is a professor at UH Clear Lake in the counseling department.

*Permission to post poem One granted to BindingInk.org by Dr. Cheryl Sawyer School of Education University of Houston – Clear Lake

Down The Rabbit Hole

What the Bleep Do We KnowThe concept of combining quantum theory and spirituality was originally introduced in a 2004 movie entitled has now been expanded upon in an extended version of the same film released August 1, 2006, What the Bleep - DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE QUANTUM EDITION.

1The BLEEP – Quantum Edition explores the latest scientific discoveries that explain the mind-body connection – making them understandable for the everyday, ordinary person. In addition it puts forward revolutionary experimental evidence that we, and our world are not separate, but connected.

2Part story, part documentary, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations, this extended version features a new opening 3following the journey of divorced professional photographer Amanda (played by Academy Award winning actress, Marlee Matlin) as she comes to understand the sources of her depression and slowly changes her life. During the process Amanda 2afinds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.

The movie's documentary inserts include the world’s top in the field of physicists, neurologists, anesthesiologists & physicians, molecular biology, and spiritual teachers, mystics and scholars who 3aexplore the links between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality and talk about the consciousness, psi research, physics, biology, emotion and addictions.

There are in this Quantum Edition. One of my favorite animations is when 4Amanda peers through her camera at the wedding reception. She sees into the guests’ bodies and watches Cells running rampant with their molecules of emotion. But this rabbit hole soon turns inside out as the Cells find their way out onto the dance floor to cajole, coerce, and excite the partiers into their favorite brand of emotion. Animations similar to this help us 5examine how the brain captures and processes information, and how that influences thoughts and actions. Making the case that humans can become addicted to certain emotions - love, rage, humiliation - just like a drug, and it takes willpower to break the cycle.

The fourth new character in this version is the animated Dr. Quantum by the pioneering physicist . Dr. Quantum leads viewers through an exploration of quantum physics including the Double-Slit Experiment and Entanglement. My favorite is Dr. Quantum - The Flatland.

I found the most intriguing part of this movie to be the Water Crystals by . He proves that 6thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. By producing different focused intentions through written and spoken words and music and literally presenting it to the same water samples, the water appears to "change its expression". 7From Mr. Emoto's work we are provided with factual evidence, that human vibrational energy, thoughts, words, ideas and music, affect the molecular structure of water, the very same water that comprises over seventy percent of a mature human body and covers the same amount of our planet.

Also beautifully detailed in his book “”:

“Imagine if water could absorb feelings and emotions or be transformed by thoughts. Imagine if we could photograph the structure of water at the moment of freezing and from the image "read" a message about the water that is relevant to our own health and well-being on the planet. Imagine if we could show the direct consequences of destructive thoughts or, alternately, the thoughts of love and appreciation. The Hidden Messages in Water introduces readers to the revolutionary work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, who discovered that molecules of water are affected by thoughts, words, and feelings. Dr. Emoto shares his realizations from his years of research and explains the profound implications on the healing of water, mankind, and earth.” Beyond Words

Thank You Love

As C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D stated, “6aHalf of the earth is water; our body is three-quarters water. Water represents the interface between the 4th dimension in which we live and the 5th dimensional sphere of our soul.”


In conclusion; ‘What the Bleep - DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE’ is more than entertaining, it is education. All that remains is the one enduring question "How Far Down The Rabbit Hole” are you willing to go?" Cause the deeper you go down the ‘Rabbit Hole’ the more you learn, the more you discover, the more you understand, the more you see that ‘we are not separate, but connected’.

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)


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Wikipedia:Double-Slit Experiment and Entanglement



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July 4th To Our Military

Amidst the fireworks, hamburgers, hotdogs, Family, Friends, picnics, outings, the greatest is our Military.


For those in the Military are the ones whom continue to keep America the "land of the free" and they are proof that America truly is "the home of the brave"

Thank You Troops!:


(The Sign of Thanks)
 
Happy Fourth of July! 






July 4th is our 1st and oldest military holiday.

The Meaning of July Fourth for the African Americans by Frederick Douglass (A speech given at Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852)


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Dear Sometimes Heads Have Got to Roll

Mesoamerican Mythology By Kay Almere Read, Jason J. Gonzalez
Charcoal Crunchers
"A present-day Tzotzil tale tells why weird creatures called Charcoal Crunchers no longer exist. A long time ago, a man was married to a charcoal crunching wife. Every night her head would leave her body and bounce over to the fireplace to eat hot charcoals. Occasionally the head would leave the house and thud around the neighborhood.
One night, the husband had enough and rubbed salt on her empty neck so that when she returned she could not stick her head to her body again. Annoyed, she bounced up on his shoulder and stuck there, causing him great discomfort. Some days later he convinced his wife to temporarily leave his shoulder so that he could climb a tree to fetch some pine nuts for her. Once up in the tree he refused to come down and she could not bounce high enough to reach him. Banging around the tree she accidentally crashed onto the shoulder of a passing deer and stuck there. The startled deer ran off and carried with it the last Charcoal Cruncher."

Makes you think twice doesn’t it? :)

*Cited From: "Charcoal Crunchers." Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/c/charcoal_crunchers.html

Phillyosophicalizing Easter

Main-stream Society has done far more irrectifiable damage to individualism than any distraught bullies have ever hoped to inflict upon society labeled Plain Janes or Computer Geeks. One need not be of Christian faith to enjoy the spirit of Easter nor does one need to be so of Christian faith as not to be able to participate in the frills of Easter. For there is such a thing called a medium – a middle ground; a point of view midway between extremes. Truly here is where individualism thrives. But how many dare to walk such a thin line? Come, stray for a moment if you will and walk with me away from the main-stream. For surely if it is true that life imitates art and art imitates life than what of this book called the Bible so many protest, perhaps merely literature, symbolism at its best. Gethsemane? Surely Surprisedbyjoy writes "all of us will experience Gethsemane in our lifetime. They are moments of great distress, fear and anguish. We may experience hatred and betrayal. We may be called to pick up our 'wounds' and we don’t want to do it. Even Christ needed companions in Gethsemane. Sleeping friends were better than being alone. We would be wise to ask for friends to be with us in our Gethsemane. Don’t be upset when ‘some’ let us down. Judas betrayed, the others slumbered, Peter denied their relationship and they all ran away in fear. We see a picture of life drama and human frailties." This is Gethsemane, merely truth; facing the truth – moments of truth. As for the cross, we all have ours to bear, some more than others. I think the hardest cross to lay down and upon is forgiveness. Surprisedbyjoy states "All of us have forgiveness issues. Human nature clings to grudge holding which leads to destructive bitterness and venom. For 'any hope of any kind of' growth, healing and maturity, 'though' we must forgive ". Often the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. Truly we are our own worse enemies at times. And so begins the crucifixion; we crucify those who have done us wrong and worse we crucify ourselves. It is a vicious circle, one perhaps of a dog trying to chew his own legs off only to succeed in immobilizing himself to never walk again. Oh but if we could forgive, especially ourselves; we would truly rise again anew. A testament to all the Doubting Toms! Here in lays the problem, here in indeed. Inside this fleshy shell of ours, our very own tomb. Maybe the secret is buried in first healing the wounds; rather inflicted by others, and/or circumstances, or self. After all it is Spring and 'Hope Springs Eternal'. And so this is Easter, the passing over and into the realizations of Gethsemane. We have ventured far enough now from the Main-stream Society for most to have seen the middle ground of art imitating life. I much rather join the allusion and dance with the Easter Bunny and color eggs than spend any more time dissecting life’s many illusions, delusions. Cause for now; liken love, spring is in the air - spring is every where!

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The Gifts of Age

The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel by Wanda B. Goines


I looked in the mirror and what did I see, but a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair, and I asked my reflection,
How did you get there?
You once were straight and vigorous and now you’re stooped and weak, when I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied, you’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift-wrap with other things more cruel, should purify and strengthen, and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift-wrap’s stripped away your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity
Wanda Burch Goines went home to be with Jesus in February 2016

HuffPost 10/12/2015 "Wanda Goines, mother to eight children, grandmother to 15 and great-grandmother of four, lives in the Cave Junction, Oregon house that her father built. Her eldest son is internationally known artist David Lance Goines, who told The Huffington Post that his mother was an accomplished artist and calligrapher who at age 87 wrote and illustrated her first published book, Bunnyfluff Wants To Fly. David Lance Goines’ posters are collected by museums worldwide, and he credits his mother with being the only art teacher he ever had."

Mail Tribune Aug 18, 2010 "Wanda Goines paints mainly in oils, though she learned watercolor painting at age 75. She has donated a series of large, whimsical paintings of babies to the Neonatal wing of Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. And she recently published a book of children's stories, "Bunny Fluff Wants to Fly," with 32 charming, full-page illustrations. "I wanted every other page to be a picture, so children sitting on both sides would have something to look at," says Goines. Alta Bates is selling the book as a fundraiser. *(Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, 2010)

Death and Dying

Yes there is a difference between Death and Dying. Death comes without warning and dying creeps in to take over your life with a terminally ill death sentence, stamped with an approximate life expectancy date. My heart goes out to embrace all the children who are terminally ill, they remain their innocent self while becoming stronger than they should need to be at their young age. In the adult world; sadly knowing death is knocking at the door, many people begin to get their affairs in order, make amends if needed, all the while searching and hoping for a cure that won’t kill them quicker while they are dying to live. During these times, there are those people when given a death sentence who will remain their own sweet self. Other people will react like a sports participant, running around trying to better their lives and relationships with the people they know and love; but once the endorphins wear off, they return to their normality and begin the routine of home, doctor, home, doctor, home… until death do they part. Regrettably; other people will steadily remain their seemingly natural cruel self and depart this world as seemingly angry as they entered it.

The only similarities in Death and Dying is that no matter what, when it is your time to depart this earth, it is your time. Reminds me of a true story that occurred in one of our local nearby towns. An elderly lady was involved in a car accident, fortunately a minor fender bender; so she continued her drive home. Shortly afterwards; approximately two blocks away, another truck struck her car and instantly killed the elderly lady.

Face it people, none of us are going to get out of this world alive. I can not emphasis enough to get your affairs in order. Have two Wills, a Living Will and a Last Will. Get and keep your belongings sorted, make a notarized list of who gets what or what can be thrown away; do not leave this behind for those living. Going through your belongings after you’ve passed away is not an easy task; not only does it take an emotional toll on the heart, there are also somethings that are best left unknown about your life and should be deposed of before hand or at least in a box labeled, “Throw Out Upon my Death”.

Understand the difference between a Living Will and a Last Will. LegalZoom: “A will, also known as a last will, distributes a person's property after his death. A living will, on the other hand, explains what kind of medical care that person wants when he is still alive but unable to explain his wishes”

Also, I highly recommend a Living Trust instead of a Last Will. There are Lawyers who know the gray area in the laws that can allow a person to obtain Power of Attorney after a persons’ death in order to supersede the Personal Representative listed on a Will to also replace and exclude any appointed second Personal Representative.

Nolo: "Property left through a living trust does not pass through probate. Property left through a will does go through probate. Probate is the court system designed to wrap up a person's affairs after their debts. Probate takes a long time, can be very expensive, and for most estates, isn't necessary."

As for when a loved one dies, with or without warning; forget the 5 or 7 Stages of Grief. There are no stages. Every emotion you could ever feel will rush through each and every fiber of your being; in one swift gut wrenching, heart shattering, mentally bewildered… longest moment in your entire life thus far. You will become angry with yourself wondering if you could have done more, you will question if in those final hours, did you do and say enough. You’ll doubt rather you had even said, I love you my dear Friend. It was then I truly understood just how deep friendship enters the heart, sometimes deeper than family members. I’ve probably only had 6 deaths of loved ones in my 50ish years. 4 family members, 2 friends, and have only been able to attend two of those funerals. But nothing can prepare anyone for being there when a loved one takes their last breath. Somehow though you will find the strength to be strong for them, offering comfort. And when the time comes; and it will and you will know when, in some way you will also find the strength needed to tell your loved one who has suffered enough, that ‘it is okay to go now’; all the while you are going to pieces inside.

And the closer you are to a loved one who has sadly passed away, the harder it is in that very moment, let alone daily to pick up the shattered pieces of what remains of your life and try to continue on. Two months later, I still cry without any warning and not always because a memory crept in my mind. Sometimes I just get this huge lump in my throat, then unexpectedly tears spontaneously burst from my eyes as if the very depth of my heart is weeping. Recently I was in the middle of an important job interview and my tears instantly streamed down my face, onto my resume. Did I get the job? No. Life goes on and a death is no excuse. The hospital bills start rolling in faster than the funeral. You call to make payment arrangements and the creditors knowing no payments were ever late in life, fear my friend may finally be late paying because of death. So they are quick to want to lay stake on the estate, no matter how small the estate is such as merely an automobile. And when I called the Vet to reorder the flea medicine prescription for my friend’s cat, I was denied. Angry, I merely said: after all the money my friend spent at your establishment, you are going to deny the cat flea meds because he is 1 pound over weight for the current dosage! (*Thinking to myself: Unless I agree to increase his flea meds and risk increasing his life expectancy because of 1 freaking pound.) I was quick to apologize for my outburst, however; immediately after the phone conversation, the Veterinarian Office Supervisor called; reprimanding me as if I were a child, stating a death is no excuse for my behavior. Yes people, there is no time or excuse for mourning; life goes on. So people, be as prepared as you can be in life for death while you continue to enjoy living. And mostly; when someone you cherish passes away, be ready to put on your pretend happy face while you are falling apart inside, because the majority of the living don’t give a damn about Death and Dying.

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Lost and Found. On this emotional roller coaster called life; during crises, especially in regards to health and/or the death of a loved one, a persons' faith can be shaken. Yet for others in times of crises that tug on the heart strings, their faith is strengthened; while for other people, they find faith. -ndpthepoetress

Rebirth Yourself-Emerge From Your Mental Cocoon


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ndpthepoetress: "Many of us have read our fair share of self-help articles proclaiming the Secret in Life is to get plenty of rest, eat right, exercise, etc. However; in the daily mishmash of this, that, and the other; combined with the seemingly never ending to-do list - who actually has the time or energy to abide by the so called “Secret”!

In my opinion, the “Secret” in Life is FIRST: ‘Change Your Thoughts’. Out with the negative, in with the positive. Because when you become enthused, new energy materializes for you. Once your mental energy is increased then you CAN achieve anything YOU set your mind to - no matter how little time you seem to have.

Let’s start with an article about how to Changing Your Thoughts. This excerpt is by Colleen Kettenhofen, “a Phoenix, Arizona motivational speaker, trainer, & co-author of "The Masters of Success ," featured on NBC's Today Show”:"


8 Essentials for Creating Balance Out of Chaos
By Colleen Kettenhofen


Leadership and life balance has been a hot topic for some time now. Employers are waking up to the notion that for people to perform well they have to feel well.

In these trying times it's imperative to stay motivated. Change your mind and you change your circumstances. Change your thinking and you can change your life.

How do you do that? Here are 8 essentials for creating balance:

1. Focus on what you have, not on what you don't have. There will always be someone worse off than you. Whether they're facing a financial crisis, health problems, grief and loss, or something else. If you know someone like this, think of one thing you could do to help them.

For example, there's someone at my church who recently lost his father. A group of us decided to take food to the family. Helping someone gets your mind off your problems. And it makes you grateful for what you do have. You start focusing on the positive. As Denis Waitley says, "You are either the captive or the captain of your thoughts."

2. Feed your strengths, starve your weaknesses. Researchers note the average person has 50,000 thoughts a day. Most of those thoughts are negative. Your mind is like a computer or the crew on a ship. And what orders you give it will determine what you get.

What you dwell on becomes your destiny. What you focus on the longest becomes the strongest. Spend as much time as possible in a job, or in your life in general, in areas that utilize your strengths. Work doesn't have to be a four-letter word!

3. Practice self-control, self-discipline and a strong work ethic. This is a paradox, but doing the things you like least first helps in creating balance. Practicing good work habits, especially early in the day frees up time later on for doing things you enjoy. And you feel more deserving.

The most successful people are those willing to do what others don't want to do. They've mastered the challenge of overcoming procrastination. Live by the motto, "Just do it. Not by the tongue-in-cheek saying I saw on a t-shirt in Hawaii recently which said, "Just do it-tomorrow"."

4. Decide what really matters. Make a list of those activities and individuals that put a spring in your step. What gives you energy and makes you laugh?

For example, spending time with my boyfriend's family is terrific because they're hilarious. I always have belly-aching laughs when I'm with them. Laughter really is the best medicine. Conversely, what detracts from your life and drags you down?Start phasing those things out of your life.

5. Focus on having fun. No matter busy and stressful your days, schedule some time for fun. In creating balance, what makes you happy? For instance, this weekend my man and I are taking our dogs on a day trip to Flagstaff, Arizona. Being at 7,000 feet in the pines helps me "fill the well." There's nothing like crisp mountain air and the smell of the pines to make me forget the cares of the world.

6. Spend time in silence. Make an effort to get more sleep. Studies have shown getting enough sleep helps reduce cravings for carbs and sweets. Temporarily turn off your cell phone, Blackberry, TV or car stereo. Before bed spend quiet time in prayer or meditation.

7. People-pleasers: Learn to say no. Or, if there's something you must do, ask for support. Don't try and do it all yourself.

8. Concentrate single-mindedly on one task until it's complete. Stop multitasking. Sometimes when you try to do 10 things at once, you end the day not having completed anything.

Lastly, it's been said that survivors of emotional, physical, or circumstantial difficulties practice eight things: strong spiritual belief, sense of humor, strong support system, a connection to nature, goals, proper nutrition, openness to new ideas, and get sufficient rest and exercise. In creating balance, which of these can you create today?

Colleen Kettenhofen
Website: http://www.ColleenSpeaks.com

You are free to reprint or repost this article for use in your newsletters, association publications, or intranet provided Colleen Kettenhofen's contact information (name, website, and email) is included with the article.

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This is for the World


I hope you enjoy my cover of We are the World. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. It's been a crazy time in the world, and sometimes it's hard to feel like we can make a difference, but we can.

Johnny Cash - Thanksgiving



To see a full transcription of the video, please visit HubPages Inc. and scroll down to the video on their page.

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Thanks for Giving Troops!

A Soldier's Thanksgiving Day Poem
By Marcy Mobley, published Nov 12, 2008

I know we are at war,
But I hear change is in sight
Instead of family and friends for Thanksgiving you will
Chow with your comrades tonight
One to your left, the other to your right.
Your regiment, your battalion,
Have now become family and friends
Living day to day in a personal sacrifice
On a mission to defend.
You are the hero's who's faces we may never get to see
But the pride and glory that's lives in a soldier heart
Biers one word
"Integrity"
On this day
We give thanks and honor to those brave and true
Our banners, we will proudly wave
The Red, White, and Blue
We will give our thanks not only to our god
but also to every soldier for our bounties, that be.
For they give meaning to words
Home of the brave Land of the Free.
To the soldiers in the mess hall
Eating their thanksgiving feast,
to the troops in the desert eating another
Meal ready to eat.
May peace, hope and strength
Travel with you along the way
And may these wishes find you
On A Soldiers Thanksgiving day.



































For our brethren Vets and Family whom on Thanksgiving have a Vacant Chair:


The Vacant Chair was written to commemorate the death of John William Grout (1843–1861), a Union soldier from Worcester, Massachusetts, and an 1859 graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover."

















9/11 Commemoration

As our hearts are tearfully filled with memories of those who lost their lives September 11, 2001, let us also never forget the bravery and compassion shown that day; and may we continue to forever embrace and extend kind words and actions to those left behind and still mourning, those injured and still suffering. Let us Thank all Military Personnel as we also remember and honor those who have lots their lives or have been injured in the process of defending our Country. And may we as a Nation United rise above this tragedy to not judge nor hate the majority, because of the actions of a few.


"Will hate bring it all back? Will it bring back the innocence? The sense of security? Will it bring back the husbands and wives and sons and daughters? Will hate make us better than those who hate us? Or merely bring us closer to them. Will hate help us destroy our enemies? Or will it laugh as we destroy ourselves. There are those who say we don’t know who our enemy is. But we do. Our enemy is a neighborhood Mosque defaced by vandals. An Arab-American storekeeper in fear of reprisal. A scared Muslim child bullied because she is different. Hate is our enemy, and when we start to hate other Americans, we have lost everything. Hate has taken enough from us already. Don’t let it take you."

Letters From War

Rechoired - Letters From War (Live in the Mormon Tabernacle)

Memorial Day


For all Men and Women of the United States Armed Services who have taken the The United States Military Oath of Allegiance:

I, ____________, do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

America Thanks You!




And in remembrance of those lives lost for the price of our many Freedoms, a modern rendition of:

Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping
Words by G.W.R.
Music by Mrs. L. Nella Sweet

published 1867

Kneel where our loves are sleeping, Dear ones days gone by,
Here we bow in holy reverence, Our bosoms heave the heartfelt sigh.
They fell like brave men (women), true as steel, And pour’d their blood like rain,
We feel we owe them all we have, And can but weep and kneel again.

CHORUS
Kneel where our loves are sleeping, They lost but still were good and true,
Our fathers, brothers (mothers, sisters) fell still fighting, We weep, ‘tis all that we can do.

VERSE 2:
Here we find our noble dead, Their spirits soar’d to him above,
Rest they now about his throne, For God is mercy, God is love.
Then let us pray that we may live, As pure and good as they have been,
That dying we may ask of him, To open the gate and let us in.

CHORUS
Kneel where our loves are sleeping, They lost but still were good and true,
Our fathers, brothers (mothers, sisters) fell still fighting, We weep, ‘tis all that we can do."


Memorial Day - Arlington (Trace Adkins)



Smithsonian Institution: Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

For The Love of Books

A Library in my area is having an Altered Book Workshop. I was thinking the Workshop was Restoring Old Books. I was Traumatized to learn they are Killing Books! Here I am; Intellectually Starved, unable to find reading material, and books are being Demolished! Such an atrocity!

Already, thanks to modern technology like Kindle…Children of our future have less of a chance to know the joy of Holding a Book, the smell of the pages... and now the Children of our generation are taught to go home and Destroy Books. (Library description of Event: "Ever wonder what to do with all those books you will probably never read again but can’t bring yourself to to let go? Well don’t! We have a few fun ideas to share. Come and learn a few niffy crafty tricks but leave your books at home for practice. We will have all the supplies you need.")

I Googled, Altered Books and was stunned to learn this is an epidemic. In my opinion, Altered Books are nothing but the equivalent to Burning Books, merely disguised in the name of Art. Alternatively; we could collectively contribute to recycling by using store ads, catalogs, old telephone books… to transform into Altered Art.

Sparing the tragedy of a zillion Trees used to print Books, only to have died in vain :(

For the Love of Valentine's Day

What is Love?

Love is a symphony of emotions composed from two hearts beating as one. Orchestrating daily to the rhythm of every day life, fine tuning the tempo, and throbbing pulse in unison toward the climax of an epiphany; where clad only in human skin, naked and vulnerable, two souls venture to dance together upon this stage called life. ~ndpthepoetress


written by ~ndpthepoetress (-Jeane Michelle Culp) Library of Congress copyright #100z88HB401©




Servitude Under A Manufactured Reality

Guest Article:

Realization of Humanity's Manipulation

Author: The Human Being named Logan

This false system greater Humanity has been enslaved by is crumbling before our very eyes. Systems of control are now ether collapsing all around us or greater Humanity can see them for what they really are, seeing the corruption and deception of nation-states, governments, monetary systems, organized religion and secret societies. Exposing their plans and forcing them to work out in the open for greater humanity to see giving us an opportunity to take back the earth from their corrupted hands. The plotters are doing everything they can to keep greater Humanity from awakening, using mass fear and chaos all over the world while they have their new world order control grid put in place. The plotters are working feverishly to install this new world order system to keep Humanity enslaved, knowing full well the old system is failing, and they fear an even bigger threat to their rein, the Human consciousness evolution .The profound earth changes of this incredible moment in time are causing a considerable sift of earth's electromagnetic energy frequency range causing a great awakening within Human Beings.

This evolution in Human consciousness will end of the world as we know it causing the death of many old ways, and giving birth too many new ways. What worked in the past, will no longer work in this renewal time of earth (Birth of a new world). The plotters know this and for this reason they throw around the phrase "The New World Order" knowing that if they can install a new false system of realty at the same time of Humanity's great awakening, they can highjack this awakening in the consciousness of greater Humanity, sealing there power in place for thousands of more years. This is the reason for all the manufactured terrorism, wealth destruction, and war (divide and conquer) to create so much fear and chaos in order to get greater Humanity to except any solutions that make them feel safe, giving up their freedoms so the plotters can complete the control grid of no escape enslaving Humanity forever.

The plotters are using psychological, educational, technological, informational, and chemical warfare tactics against greater Humanity to induce a trance like state of mind in Human Beings. That effectively paralyzes the mind with confusion and fear shutting off the communication of the spirit with the River of infinite wisdom. Effectively trapping the higher self in the body through the carnal senses and desires, in order to manipulate Human Beings to accept this false reality where a few control and enslave greater Humanity.

At this point in Human history, most every Human Being can see the world is in a state of severe chaos with continuous war, implosion of the world's monetary systems, catastrophic earth disasters, destruction of personal freedoms, and a surveillance grid expansion into every facet of Human life on earth. No matter how hard Human Beings try to deny and make light of the events unfolding around us it's undeniable.

Every Human Being is part of the whole Human consciousness which makes up our earthly plane of existence. Humanity is connected through the Soul and communicates with all that is through the Spirit that flows into and out of every living thing throughout the entire universe. It's like a river of all experience past, present, and future and every life force can connect to this remarkable energy. When you reconnect with this river of infinite wisdom through the spirit you will gain peace, balance and begin to understand things like you have never before. It is the greatest gift of the spirit and will feed your soul.

Most Human Beings have lost the ability to experience through the spirit and have closed minds making it almost impossible for them to challenge and break free from the material system of control that keeps Humanity in the darkness. It state of imbalance has turned them into a prisoner in a false reality, obeying without question the rules of a manufactured system of control. The manufacture reality is designed by a group that will be referred to as the plotters who have remained hidden behind a thin veil of secrecy until now from the greater Humanity. These plotters know the real truth about the incredible power in every Human Being to shape the Human experience on this earthly plane of existences and for that matter the whole universe. This group is aligned with dark energy forces (negative) that use them to push a agenda of control, hate, division, destruction, death, and chaos which these dark energy beings feed on like we do food. They will stop at nothing to remain in control over greater Humanity and fear Humanity's awakening.

The truth is all Human Beings are the co-creators of their reality and the collective earthly experience is a result of the dominating force Light or dark, positive or negative, Humanity can co-create a utopia or hell on this earthly plane through this simple yet profound higher law of creation. It is the most powerful tool that Humanity has, but can only work if we reline the self and unify under light energy (positive). This synchronicity our spirits is the key to creating Utopia on the earthly plane!

The plotters keep greater Humanity in ignorance and division to deliberately deceived greater Humanity out of the knowledge and power in unity. So they the few can set them self's up as the rulers over Humanity. Human Beings have been lead a stray from the truth about what is means to be Human. We've been taught that doing your best at work and play are what living is all about. Although it is healthy to strive to be exceptional in your chosen contribution to this Human experience, Human Beings have lost sight of the most important part. The Being part of Human Being is what separates humanity from all other earthly forms of intelligence. Human Beings are beings of light, love, respect, kindness, creativity, spirituality, experiencing the manifestations of themselves ether false self (enslaved) or true self (freedom).

Human Beings are limited by the minds capacity and the body's ability on the material plane. But the creative genius of the spirit in every Human Being is limitless! All boundaries in mind and body can be bridged by excessing the river of infinite wisdom flowing out of and into all Human Beings past, present and future. All Human Beings imprint their individual earthly experiences into this etheric river that flows in and out of every human being that is and will ever be. It's likening to an encyclopedia of everything in the universe that has been and ever will be. Human Beings and all life force are one, you can feel this connection through your spirit when you reconnect to all through the infinite river of wisdom that holds the sum total of all Beings experiences throughout the universe from the beginning of time that has imprinted onto this universal river of infinite wisdom. Once you realize these truths and reconnect yourself into the highest power you will be made whole again and know that you are infinite possibility. This is the very power used to form galaxies and form particles into matter!

The river of infinite wisdom is where all things become possible! The power of the all within the river has both Light energy (positive) and dark energy (negative) forces that shape our earthly reality. The dominating force in the River is determined directly and indirectly by the thoughts and feelings projected into the river by individual Human Beings forming the collective spirit force. Humanity has been deceived and misguided away from knowing the true power within to co-create this earthly existence into what we wish. Awaken and unite under freedom and cause the light energy (positive) to dominate the river of infinite wisdom. Guiding Humanity to harmony with nature and earth to usher in a time of astounding peace and love, a utopia on the earthly plane!

Humanity can win this war for freedom! We must unite under the freedom without exception; every Human Being's life on earth has the same value! No Human Being is of any greater value than any other regardless of an individual's ability's, material wealth, or education. All innovation, invention, creativity, and design should be used to enhance Humanity's earthly experience. The controllers of the manufactured reality manipulate reality by suppressing the release of scientific breakthroughs that would provide great individual freedoms freeing Humanity to evolve into greater and greater possibility, and enhancing this Human experience for those here now and yet to come. The plotters only release the technology if at all into the system when they have figured a way to control it to their benefit. It's time stop the plotters from preventing Humanity from personally benefitting from Human innovations, for the sake of control, power, and greed of a few.

To have with fullest earthly experience Human Beings should be utilizing the whole of their Being Mind, Body, and Spirit to give and receive the fullest earthly to and from this earthly experience. Sadly most only experience the carnal side of this earthly experience. Human Beings have been deceived into believing that their earthly name, physical appearance, geographic location, material wealth, social position and religious faith are who they are. Human Beings are spirit souls occupying an incredibly complex organism called the body, in order to experience this earthly realm. The body is the vehicle, the mind decodes this vibrational plane, and the spirit ascends above into the universe.

The river of infinite wisdom is expanding continuously; all thoughts and feelings of Humanity are flowing into the river. The thoughts and feelings a Human Being projects, constructive (light energy) or destructive (dark energy) are recorded in the river. The river is in constant circulation flowing out of and into each and every Human Being . The balance of light and dark energy is paramount to the Human spirit as a whole. If the river is dominated by light energy, humanity as a whole feels greater love and unity toward one another. When the river is dominated by dark energy, humanity as a whole feels greater hate and division towards one another.

The results of anyone's efforts can only be negative when the dark energies are used by Human Beings and organizations on the Earthly plane. The selfish pursuit of advantages and power over greater Humanity through the use of these negative (dark energies) is the ultimate corruption. Any achievements gained by the use of the negative (dark energies), comes back with even greater force upon those who use them for selfish means. In other words the use of the negative brings negative back to you! Conversely the use of the positive (light energies) brings positive back to you!


Human Beings through birthright alone should have the Freedom to do whatever they want so long as it doesn't harm other human beings mentally or physically should be our vow. And living in harmony with the planet, taking only what is needed and renewable. The time is now for a paradigm shift to true FREEDOM for the whole of humanity. Unite under Freedom! Swear your allegiance to life and a free Human experience allowing Humanity to reach limitless possibilities! Humans united under freedom to live in harmony with each other and their environment. We are all light Beings of love and infinite possibilities that have been tricked into thinking we are nothing more than a mammal. To be treated as a herd animal that needs to be controlled by self-appointed rulers?

Here's a way to understand how the system that we live under is imposed upon Humanity. At the top of this world control system theirs a group bound by a shared sociopathic ancient blood line (incestual bluebloods). Let's call this group the Plotters. The Plotters are in allegiance with dark energy (negative) receiving their plains of control through their spirit connection to dark energy beings that wish to enslave and use Humanity for negative energy substance. The Human Beings in league with these dark beings give themselves over to these dark beings for power and material wealth on the earthly plane at a huge price of eternal enslavement to the dark energy beings that care nothing about them and will consume their very souls, in order to rule over Humanity's earthly experience.

When the plans are received the Plotters pass the plans down to a group we'll call the Social Programmers. The Social Programmers are also part of ancient sociopathic blood line which rule over greater Humanity. Their part in the system is to develop programs that run in the minds of Human Beings to manipulate the Human mind to except a false reality and enslavement. The Social programmers use advanced psychological warfare on Human Beings minds, and have many programming tools at their disposal, education, religion, all forms of electronic media, print media, and the programed Human Beings repeating and reinforcing the programming to themselves and others.

To keep these programs running the minds of Humanity, and keep Humans Beings from challenging the programs a 3rd group is used that we'll call the Controllers. This group doesn't have to share the pure ancient sociopathic blood line of the Plotters and Social Programmers, but have a deep seeded lust to be in positions of power over other Human Beings, making them the perfect group for the task of physical force control over Human Beings.

Every Human Being is aware of these groups on one level or another of the force controllers, (governments, police, military, international army's, secret services, monetary systems, programed Humans policing one another). Human Beings needs not waste their time and energy learning more about these ruling groups. It will do nothing to aid freedom, because this is not a fight of the earthly plane, but instead a battle on the spiritual plane!

The plotters are controlling humanity by injecting their programs into the minds of Human Beings through various vehicles, at the same time destroying of our minds and body with chemicals in the air, water and food. The Plotters understand the Human body is the Achilles heel of Humanity, do to this demanding vessel humanity is easily enslaved in this earthy experience. The body needing constant care, food, water, shelter, sleep, clothing, exercise, and sexual release are all needed to keep the body organism healthy and alive. The body feels pain and the mind experiences emotional responses to stress from lack or poor quality of the needs of the body. The Plotters use all these needs to control and keep Humans Beings enslaved! We can overcome this enslavement through the uniting of individual Human souls, traveling outward through the Human spirit, uniting in oneness, and harmonizing with the above (higher planes) and the below (earth). Awaken and remember the Human spirit can transcend all constraints of the body and the soul/spirit can never die!

The Plotters know very well about the true power in every Human Being to shape reality. The biggest fear of the plotters is Humanity awaking up to this manufactured system of control, and reducing their power over Humanity to zero! They are very aware that the soul is interminable and the Human spirit is free to roam even if the body was imprisoned, the only way Human Beings can be controlled is by cutting off Human Beings ability to communicate through the spirit with one another and to draw from the infinite river of wisdom where real truth is found. The greater the separation of mind, body, and spirit leading to a greater inability to communicate with the river of infinite wisdom the more easily a Human mind can be programed.

Humanity's thoughts are controlled by programs running in the mind like computer runs software. Since your birth into this Human experience, programs have been installed into your mind. This programing has been and is loading into your mind from institutions of Government, organized religious institutions, education systems, family, friends, culture, peers, public opinion, corporations, Television, radio, and movies to list a few.

Programs are imprinted (loaded) upon Human Beings mind through visual imagery, verbal repetition, emotional triggers and memorization. Layer after layer of programing is built up in the human beings mind, misaligning the connection between the mind body, and soul. In order to program the mind to except a life time of servitude under a manufactured system of control. That's right most human beings are a programed slaves, believing they are free!

The most powerful and useful programs are designed to play on the prejudices of Human Beings to divide and conquer; this is how the few rule the many! Unite under Freedom and ascend in spirit to end Humanity's division. Most Human Beings minds today have been lulled into a hypnotic state, this trance state operates somewhere between a manufactured reality and true reality, in varying degrees in Humans minds.

The Plotters work tirelessly and relentlessly to hide the true nature of Human Beings, allowing those who know the truth to weld the knowledge like a sword striking a blow to Humanity's true origins, and power, leaving most to turn towards organized religions and science for the answers, which are very powerful tools to program and manipulate Humanity.

Hidden knowledge is power, power to lead, mislead, and control. This is how we are lead to war; hate, division, and death when the dark energy (negative) is dominate. When we are meant to have peace; love, harmony, and abundant life utilizing the light energy (positive).

The plotters have hidden knowledge from Humanity by conquest and tyranny, infiltrating a culture through war or deception, motivated to learn their most important knowledge. After the information is attained all who know and can perpetuate that knowledge are murdered, and all written texts are taking out of circulation, making it unavailable to the masses.

The plotters use the monetary system to enslave and exploit other Human Beings talents and physical labor for a small wage, then charge them tax on their labor. Using the monetary system to buy all of earth's real valuable assets like water, land, minerals, and oil etc. etc. that belong to all Human Beings, and not individuals and corporations, The plotters keep Humanity held under them through laws, regulation, and taxes to make greater Humanity enslaved and poverty stricken. Creating a system that keeps Human Beings under the system never having too much power, or sufficing resources to challenge and unseat the rich Plotters from their thrones of power. Poverty is by design, through military, slavery, unfair debt, unfair trade and tax all to support this false system which is destroying planet earth and leading to the extinction of Humanity. The system must be destroyed, and can be easily achieved by expanding the consciousness of greater Humanity to the laws of the river of infinite wisdom. Unite under Freedom and take back our Humanity from the false system of control!

The plotters use the dark energy (negative) as a means of controlling Humanity through fear! Fear causes a debilitating state of mind impairing reason and judgment. This is why Human Beings burned other Humans at the stake for being accused witches, and hung others just because of skin color. It's out of fear Human Beings are set against one another in war, hatred, and how we allow our governments to take our freedoms, in the name of more safety. It's time for Humanity to stop fearing, and ascend above fear into the light of a new understanding. Realizing that if Humanity doesn't give into fear, and refuses to participate in this false reality of control through war; hate, division, and death, Humanity will reclaim peace and prosperity for all. Reject the false reality and Unite under Freedom!

Look around and notice systems of controls are increasingly taking your freedoms away. The plotters know that in order to hang onto their rule over Humanity during this awaken period, Human Beings mustn't be allowed to awaken others or stop participating in the enslavement to the system at all cost!

Awaken! Notice when Human Beings begin to Unite under a cause that threatens the manufactured power structure, the plotters move in and co-op the moment, perverting the cause in the minds of Humanity. The plotters use their control of all forms of media to program Humans minds to turn away from supporting any moment that threatens their power.

The biggest polluters of the earth are the very same sociopathic ancient blood lines known as the plotters, programmers and controllers. Through their corporations they strip the earth of its resources and pollute the environment and the name of profits. Then put the blame on human overpopulation for the polluting of the earth. The plotters come up with schemes undreamed of to take more wealth from humanity and gain more control, all in the name of the environment they are destroying! The corporations the plotters have a vested interest in are of course exempt from the schemes like carbon credit trading, health care system, and environmental rules all designed to drive out their completion. The plotters use their control of their fiat money creation systems (reserve banks and stock markets) to buy control of entire nations. Installing a bloodline member, or paying off corruptible leaders to insure support for the agenda of control over Humanity.

Written by,

The Human Being named Logan

Written by,
The Human Being named Logan
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/culture-articles/realization-of-humanitys-manipulation-5446240.html

About the Author

Born from the desire to unite Human Beings of the world under freedom! Freedom to live out this earthly existence in any way you prefer, learning and experiencing whatever you desire as long as you don't harm another Human Being. Living in Harmony with all living things and earths environment, free from hate, greed, deceit, oppression, poverty, war and all corrupted so called Government and Corporate leaders. Stopping the destruction of earth and ultimately Humanity by the greedy few.

Let us all put aside our difference of opinions and Unite Under Freedom to ascend above the chaos, awakening the dormant power within every human being to transform reality. United together in spirit, respecting all culture, and creed to create perfected balance with the above and below.

Reprinted with Permission from The Human Being named Logan

Hello My Old Friend

Of tomato soup and eating raw meat
Black Eyed Susies and Black leopards
And to never give the gift of fireworks on a birthday in July
Some things the mind doesn't remember so well, what the hell
But in the heart continues to grow, the love of a Friendship from long ago


So hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry, for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore



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Dream Deferred

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
1 “Throughout 1966 and 1967 King increasingly turned the focus of his civil rights activism throughout the country to economic issues. He began to argue for redistribution of the nation's economic wealth to overcome entrenched black poverty. In 1967 he began planning a Poor People's Campaign to pressure national lawmakers to address the issue of economic justice.”

2 But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”

Now, almost 46 years since the unfortunate death of Martin Luther King, Jr., "3 the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education" continues as a 'dream deferred'. Some people are quick to say that ample means has been given to those who reside in poverty-stricken areas through government fundings such as Welfare and Food Stamps. This is clearly incorrect because a need for housing and nutrition are merely a requirement for basic survival. Instead we need to comprehend the fact that Crime is the enemy and Education is the solution. However; without a decrease in Crime, Education can not be achieved.

Generally speaking: Few people would take out a loan to open a Business or invest Real Estate in a high crime area because only a small number of customers could afford to patronize. Therefore; a Business and/or Real Estate property opening in a lesser crime area receives more customers and income, allowing Business taxes to be paid. A proportion of those taxes then goes back into the local area Community toward covering expenses such as Police Officers and Education.

The black community tend to dominate poverty-stricken areas only because without the necessary funds, crime increases/education decreases and the means to circumvent are diminished; creating a vicious circle that is repeated from family to families. However; numerous multicultural and illegal immigrants living in these already high-poverty areas also contribute greatly to the poverty levels, an increase in discrimination, turf wars, and other crimes. Some Cops tend to turn a blind eye to the majority of crimes because there is not enough funds to afford the number of Police Officers needed.

Drug dealers have become the modern day slave owners. Regardless of your ethnicity; if you are addicted to drugs, you have imprisoned your body. You owe the drug dealer and the drug dealers own you. If you can't pay for your habit and crime isn't paying enough, there's always a pimp waiting somewhere to own you and put your body to work to feed your habit.

It's not as if drug dealers earn their money off the addiction of other human beings then move out of these poverty areas. Perhaps because most drug dealers are themselves slaves to the drug addiction. Nonetheless; drug dealers are merely puppets, slaves also to the drug suppliers who live lavishly out of the far reaching arms of the law in some resort eating lobster claws.

Meanwhile; due to crime, these communities unable to get the funds needed to give a proper education to the children; the schools have merely become a place for drugs to be bought and sold. However; with an adequate education, children have a better chance of graduating, getting better jobs and/or attending college to better their income to move into a better community to create a better world for their children. Children who may grow up to become the next Martin Luther King Jr. to continue the non-violent fight of the discrimination and segregation that still lingers 'in the corners of American society' today.

So before we can have a "4 let's have a ceasefire on violence for #MLK", before anyone says Welfare and Food Stamps are enough; try living in these high crime areas of poverty, deprived of economic funds of thriving businesses... Then when the bullets fly from drive-by shootings and you hide under the bed only later to learn a stray bullet left your brother or sister or someone in your family dead, then you tell me society has done enough to help.

5 Harlem
BY LANGSTON HUGHES
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

We must keep The Dream alive for the betterment of all humankind, socially and economically; we must not let The Dream 'dry up'.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., a 6 Pastor, Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. A man also known as “Dr. King” who earned his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955. A 1964 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. "7 Today we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, the man who has never abandoned his faith in the unarmed struggle he is waging, who has suffered for his faith, who has been imprisoned on many occasions, whose home has been subject to bomb attacks, whose life and the lives of his family have been threatened, and who nevertheless has never faltered." (Born January 15, 1929, Assassinated April 4, 1968)

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American Dreams Deferred (a documentary by William Caballero): "A young Latino man juggles unconditional family love with the challenge of breaking the cycle that has kept some relatives from reaching their dreams. Set against a backdrop of Coney Island and Fayetteville, North Carolina, an NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family plagued by social, medical and public health issues. U.S. health care and culture are examined through this young man's lens, which also explore both his and family’s dreams. Many immigrants in the U.S. and their descendants aspire to realize the American dream and whether beholden to high self-imposed standards or assessed as falling short by social judgment, this Latino family aims for better. At the story’s genesis, it’s about a family’s migration from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s chasing the American dream. Now two generations later, who has attained the American dream?"

1. CORE -- Congress of Racial Equality

2. I Have A Dream

3.  Amazon Book Description: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy) by Martin Luther King Jr.

4. The King Center

5. Poetry Foundation

6. "After King accepted the pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, members of Ebenezer’s congregation attended his October 1954 installation service, prompting King to express his gratitude: ‘‘Your prayers and words of encouragement have meant a great deal to me in my ministry; and you can never know what your presence in such large numbers meant to me at the beginning of my pastorate. I want you to know Ebenezer, that I feel greatly indebted to you; and that whatever success I might achieve in my life’s work you will have helped to make it possible’’" King Research and Education Institute

7. nobelprize.org

A Curious New Year

May your New Year be met with 'six honest serving-men', "What and Why and When And How and Where and Who", and every second of the New Year that you 'open your eyes, may 'One million Hows, two million Wheres, and seven million Whys' guide you to go 'further' in life than you ever anticipated; discovering things about yourself, life, and your fellow human beings that you never knew. Perhaps by 'going further' you will be the ones to discover a cure for diseases or World Peace... ~ndpthepoetress

The Explorer

1898

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936). Verse: 1885–1918. 1922

"THERE'S no sense in going further - it's the edge of cultivation,"
So they said, and I believed it - broke my land and sowed my crop -
Built my barns and strung my fences in the little border station
Tucked away below the foothills where the trails run out and stop:

Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes
On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated - so:
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges -
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"

So I went, worn out of patience; never told my nearest neighbours -
Stole away with pack and ponies - left 'em drinking in the town;
And the faith that moveth mountains didn't seem to help my labours
As I faced the sheer main-ranges, whipping up and leading down.

March by march I puzzled through 'em, turning flanks and dodging shoulders,
Hurried on in hope of water, headed back for lack of grass;
Till I camped above the tree-line - drifted snow and naked boulders -
Felt free air astir to windward - knew I'd stumbled on the Pass.

'Thought to name it for the finder: but that night the Norther found me -
Froze and killed the plains-bred ponies; so I called the camp Despair
(It's the Railway Gap to-day, though). Then my Whisper waked to hound me: -
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Over yonder! Go you there!"

Then I knew, the while I doubted - knew His Hand was certain o'er me.
Still - it might be self-delusion - scores of better men had died -
I could reach the township living, but ... He knows what terror tore me...
But I didn't... but I didn't. I went down the other side.

Till the snow ran out in flowers, and the flowers turned to aloes,
And the aloes sprung to thickets and a brimming stream ran by;
But the thickets dwined to thorn-scrub, and the water drained to shallows,
And I dropped again on desert - blasted earth, and blasting sky....

I remember lighting fires; I remember sitting by 'em;
I remember seeing faces, hearing voices, through the smoke;
I remember they were fancy - for I threw a stone to try 'em.
"Something lost behind the Ranges" was the only word they spoke.

I remember going crazy. I remember that I knew it
When I heard myself hallooing to the funny folk I saw.
'Very full of dreams that desert, but my two legs took me through it...
And I used to watch 'em moving with the toes all black and raw.

But at last the country altered - White Man's country past disputing -
Rolling grass and open timber, with a hint of hills behind -
There I found me food and water, and I lay a week recruiting.
Got my strength and lost my nightmares. Then I entered on my find.

Thence I ran my first rough survey - chose my trees and blazed and ringed 'em -
Week by week I pried and sampled - week by week my findings grew.
Saul he went to look for donkeys, and by God he found a kingdom !
But by God, who sent His Whisper, I had struck the worth of two !

Up along the hostile mountains, where the hair-poised snowslide shivers -
Down and through the big fat marshes that the virgin ore-bed stains,
Till I heard the mile-wide mutterings of unimagined rivers,
And beyond the nameless timber saw illimitable plains !

'Plotted sites of future cities, traced the easy grades between 'em;
Watched unharnessed rapids wasting fifty thousand head an hour;
Counted leagues of water-frontage through the axe-ripe woods that screen 'em -
Saw the plant to feed a people - up and waiting for the power!

Well, I know who'll take the credit - all the clever chaps that followed -
Came, a dozen men together - never knew my desert-fears;
Tracked me by the camps I'd quitted, used the water-holes I hollowed.
They'll go back and do the talking. They'll be called the Pioneers !

They will find my sites of townships - not the cities that I set there.
They will rediscover rivers - not my rivers heard at night.
By my own old marks and bearings they will show me how to get there,
By the lonely cairns I builded they will guide my feet aright.

Have I named one single river? Have I claimed one single acre ?
Have I kept one single nugget - (barring samples)? No, not I !
Because my price was paid me ten times over by my Maker.
But you wouldn't understand it. You go up and occupy.

Ores you'll find there; wood and cattle; water-transit sure and steady
(That should keep the railway rates down), coal and iron at your doors.
God took care to hide that country till He judged His people ready,
Then He chose me for His Whisper, and I've found it, and it's yours !

Yes, your "Never-never country" - yes, your "edge of cultivation"
And "no sense in going further" - till I crossed the range to see.
God forgive me! No, I didn't. It's God's present to our nation.
Anybody might have found it, but - His Whisper came to Me!

Source: THE KIPLING SOCIETY

I Believe, Do U!?

I believe above is reserved for the Sun, Clouds, and doves

Moon and Stars, planets like Mars
And if I could stretch beyond the blue, perhaps touch Gods’ hand too.

I believe below whence water flows with youthful woes

Of innocence gone as age has marched on

There transcends our Once Upon a Time Childhood Friends

Maybe where Sindbad the Sailor crossed or perhaps where City of Atlantis is lost

There Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman are standing on wharfs

As The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel run to greet us as fast as they can

We see Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty each with their own fella

The Old Woman Who lived in a Shoe, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker have good news

The Billy Goats Gruff, the Three Pigs, Three Blind Mice, along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears want to prove they weren’t a bluff

The Ugly Duckling is inside Atlantis with The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast - all chuckling

And the sweet Tooth Fairy still leaves coins as a treat.

United at last is The cow who jumped over the moon, The cat and the fiddle, and The dish who ran away with the spoon

Hickory dickory dock, that dang mouse won’t stop fiddling with the clocks

Jack be nimble Jack be quick and Little Jack Horner continue to do their tricks

While The Little Men dance with Little Red Riding Hood, swim with The Little Mermaid, and court The Little Women

The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs and Humpty Dumpty play pegs

Dumbo and Pinocchio speak their own mumbo jumbo

The Princess and the Pea, Johnny Appleseed, and Jack with his Beanstalk are a glee

Things are a spinning as Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin are a grinning

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Tom Thumb, Thumbelina want us to join them soon as we can

Along with Alice, to sip tea with the Easter Bunny in the Atlantis Palace.

Of all this I do not doubt, so let me just point out
I believe in Santa Claus too, do you?

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