Posted by: Dahni | February 9, 2014

Incredible!

What follows is the most incredible thing I have ever heard! It is a song from Disney’s 2013 animated movie called, ‘Frozen.’ It is sung in 25 languages. “Let It Go” – music and lyrics composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The song was performed in the film by American actress and singer Idina Menzel in her role as Queen Elsa. Her voice is gorgeous!

I do not know about the accuracy of the languages translated, but the meter, timing, rhythm and flow of this into 25 languages, is just incredible!!

I like the song itself and the words. The visuals are awesome too! I’ve not seen any animation like this from Disney, since their classic ‘Fantasia,’ in 1940, when Walt Disney was actually involved. I’ve not seen ‘Frozen,’ the movie (which is available in 3D), but I WILL! I am told that it will become a Broadway musical. I only could ‘Wish Upon a Star,’ that Disney had paid me to write this post! :)

My take on the meaning of this song is to stop trying to be someone else or someone that maybe even everyone else wants you to be. “Let it Go” and become free and become who you are meant to be – YOURSELF! Having said this about personal empowerment, look also to the deception here. Look on the character’s face as she moves through this song. She is full of not only what she thinks is freeing her, but the many other emotions and the actions she takes that keep her in bondage. This is a song of discovery and the war within that rages against our humanity; our weaknesses and imperfection. It is a journey of choices, along the way to power. And it is a charge to all those that obtain power, to use it wisely without destroying others and ourselves. It is a song about freedom yes, but that true freedom is freeing and freedom does indeed, FREE us all! 

Let It Go

by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the Queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
When I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

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Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | February 2, 2014

Řeka Vítr

by Dahni
© 2014, all rights reserved
Alone atop of your hill
Standing still
you can fill
the trill[1] of it
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
Lying down upon the shore
with want of more
what blindness lies in store
what vision lies within your core
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
Light and airy
dark and scary
my dreams do you carry
or away will you ferry
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
You descend in the night
arise at morning’s light
from depth to height
you give flight
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
You gently bend and break the trees
You rustle in the leaves
You are cool in the breeze
You are the ebb and flow of all the seas
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
I bow whenever you come my way
and kneel before your stay
You are my night and my day
You give and take my breath away
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
You swirl
and twirl
You hurl
and curl
You make the mighty mourn
You toss and turn
You melt and burn
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
In heaven; on earth you soar
in earth and rock and soul you bore
break the soul’s window; slam the life’s door
age and crumble, weather and tumble
white and frost and hoar
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
You sail me to the heights
and fill me with delights
and wrestle and fight
and empty me into, the soul’s dark night
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
You are hard as rock and stone
You are the notes, the lyrics and tone
that cause the joy and cause the moan
You lift and sift and purge and hone
You pierce clean through the skin and bone
 
River Wind my foe or friend
 
Shall I fall to pieces at your force
Shall I rise to take some other course
And make you; keep you foe til’ my end
Or let you in and call you friend
 
For you are wind and breath and my soul touched by unseen spirit
that I cannot see, touch, smell, taste or hear it
I cannot capture, contain, subdue or harness one single bit
but I can will to flow, whenever and where ever you flit
 
water tows
fire goes
earth sows
space and time and thought and an idea flows
wind knows
all are equal in achieving
for all are breathing
 
River Wind you are our friend
 
Then my life, shall begin
And my life, shall surely end
 
River Wind with you my friend

 

 

Notes:

My poem in part, was inspired in part, by the lyrics and music of perhaps the greatest Rock N’ Roll song of all time, ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ by Led Zeppelin. And my poem in part was inspired in part, by my own personal experience in observing the often swirling and unusual effects of the winds that frequent our home, on top of a hill. Even the word inspired or inspiration come from a compound word meaning, “in breathing,” or “in spirit action.”

It is my purpose and desire that you enjoy my poem and that it may be appreciated on many levels. I believe it is clear enough and easy to be understood on its face by almost anyone, by its rhymes and themes of earth, wind, fire, water and space or ideas – the fifth element. There are several meanings implied for the word “wind.” It may be understood as wind, breath, soul and even spirit. In the Bible, God is defined as Spirit and is often referred to as “wind” or “breeze.” The comparison of God (Spirit) to “wind,” is easy to grasp because, we cannot detect the wind by our five senses, we only know of its existence, by its effects. These effects are many and I have compared them with what we may know as, ‘the four elements.’

I wanted an interesting title for my poem (English – River Wind’) to call the attention of the reader. Perhaps you have never thought of the wind as being like a river or a river being like the wind? Fire and earth are also paired with water and air. To further draw our attention, I looked at other languages for the English words: “water (river) and “wind.” I settled upon the Czech words, Řeka (pronounced ree -kah = river) and Vítr (pronounced vee ter = wind).

The history of Czechoslovakia and its language is perhaps ancient. But it became a sovereign state that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence, until January 1,1993. Like the wind and the winds of change, Czechoslovakia may no longer exist, but the Czechs and the Slovaks and the similarities of their language with its sound clusters, still do. Like the wind, Czechoslovakia blew with the winds of upheaval. We see it no more, but all we are really talking about here are invisible and imaginary boundaries and the nearly constant, come and go of ever changing politics. Like the wind, we may see Czechoslovakia no more, but its effects are everywhere upon this planet. It is in language, culture and all of life, whether it is seen and understood or not.  Their sound clusters and similar sounding words relate to earth, wind, fire, water and space or thoughts or ideas.

Ancient Greek philosophers as Empedocles and Aristotle, recognized all matter as being made up of ‘four elements,’ earth, wind, fire and water.

 “One can argue that the concept of the four elements is more the intellectual property of the ancient Slavs than of the ancient Greeks. In Slavic languages the words for the four elements have a conspicuous and uncanny phonetic consistency. All of the Slavic languages have very similar words for the four elements with only very minor differences in pronunciation. Please note how the Czech word for “WIND” “VÍTR” resembles the English word “WATER”. Also, please note how the Czech word “VATRA” (CAMPFIRE) [fire] resembles the English word  “WATER”. With a slight rearrangement of sounds and letters we see that TVRDA (HARD) [earth] also joins the WATER, VÍTR, VATRA family.”

 excerpts from ‘Four Elements’ – The Four Elements Of The Ancient World As Seen Through The Eyes Of Ancient Slavs, by Petr Jandacek [Compiled 2001. Last modified 2008.] source: http://jandacek.com/

vitr = wind
vatra = fire
tvrda = earth
vatra = water 

 

 

Another Czech or Slavic related word for space (the fifth element) is veder. This word later was to the Greeks, aether.

According to ancient and medieval science, aether (Greek αἰθήρ aithēr), also spelled æther or “ether,” is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere, which is the celestial.

So all five elements are implied in my poem and each as separate forces. But they are also intended to suggest that they are together, equal; one and the same. Forces and things all do what they are intended to do. It is all that they can do. But we humans are unique above all other creatures in that we can not only adapt and change, we can will in exercising, our freedom of will.

God as creator is said, to be omnificent (all powerful) and omnipresent (everywhere present). He is above, beyond, upon, over, through and under, but His intended place for dwelling is within. The five elements or powers or forces may only destroy if we by our freedom of will, try and resist, run from or way from or seek to overcome. In that choice, we are overcome by the thoughts that lead us towards the actions we take. Even to do nothing, an inaction is, an action.

We choose our own direction and our own destination. We should be proud of this in which we each are so endowed and equal, but also humbled by its truth. Equality? Equal with God the creator?

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

 Philippians 2:6-8 King James Version

   The above verses are referring to Jesus Christ. What of his brothers and sisters? What of you and I?

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

 I John 4:17 King James Version

I may one day set this poem to music, but I did not set out to rock your world or to roll you or to write another rock N’ Roll song for the ages. We all have often run from something or towards something. We find ourselves in this modern, technological and blinding fast world in which we dwell, rushing like the wind, away from the wind and against the wind. And by theses we can bend and break, flow and flood, steady or become unmovable, be warmed by and burn out and burn up. It is our ideas, our thoughts that determine our actions and bring us before the freedom feet of results or before the shackles of our self-made consequences. But of the extremes of running away from life or running to find our lives, if we make Řeka Vítr (River Wind) our  friend, we become equal. And this is as the Latin word educatus – “to lead out, to lead forth!” Be the wind. Be in it. Be with it. Be within it and allow it to be within you. Be co-equal. Be a friend, your own best friend and to all those you ever shall meet.

5Elements

Five Elements


[1] Urban Dictionary: Trill – An adjective used in hip-hop culture to describe someone who is considered to be well respected, coming from a combination of the words “true” and “real”.

 

 

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Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | January 14, 2014

Adam’s & Eve’s Pets

-unknown- 

Note: I have no idea who originally wrote this, but it has been enjoyed by many, placed into newspapers, forwarded as an email, posted online and only a few words have changed since it first appeared. I have edited the following to suit myself. Enjoy!

-Dahni-

Adam’s & Eves’s Pets

Garden Eve & Adam 

Notes: Please note that Adam & Eve are depicted above and shown as being upside down, because the elements of the human body are found in common soil. They were made out of dirt!  :)

Eve (on the left) has a darker skin color than Adam (on the right). This is shown to illustrate the points that most likely, both Adam and Eve had darker skin to begin with and all the variations of skin colors and tones, for all of humanity can be simply answered by ‘Mendel’s Law,’ dominant and recessive genes.

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Just because of that stupid eating mistake, is that any reason to leave us? We are lonesome here and it’s difficult for us to remember if you love us.”

And God said, “First of all, I did not leave you, you left me. But I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, and you will be able to love me, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I love you, because of and in spite of yourselves.”

And God created a new animal to be a constant companion for Adam and Eve. And it was a very good animal. And God was very pleased. And the new animal was happy to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the other animals and I cannot think of a name for this new one.”

And God said, “I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you. His name will be a reflection of my own name and you will call him DOG.”

DogDog

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them. And they were happy and comforted and God was very pleased. And Dog was happy and wagged his tail.

After awhile, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of ALL adoration, from everyone, anytime and ALL the time! And they have become selfish, only wanting what they want; when they want it and only give affection whenever they FEEL like it. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but they have forgotten to be humble and thankful.”

And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will be with them and will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, and that they are not always in control, and that they will understand that the sun does not rise and set because of them, and that they are not always worthy of adoration. It will be a reflection of that which is a - T.otally A.rrogant C. reature.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not supreme beings, or the centers of the universe.

And Adam & Eve learned humility. And they were greatly improved.

And God was very pleased…

And Dog was happy…

And…

[wait for it]

And…

CatCat 

…Cat could care less, one way or the other!

 

End note: My wife Susan showed me a hard copy of a version of this story that had been saved for quite some time and chuckled over by her Mom and Dad. 

-d-

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Posted by: Dahni | January 6, 2014

It’s Only Paper

by Dahni

© 2014, all rights reserved

People are all like blank or ruled pieces of paper. They are ready to be written on or to write upon every day.

RuledPaper

Will we just wad them up like a ball of paper to be tossed into the trash?

PaperBall

Will we walk upon them with dirty muddy shoes, mean words and a bad attitude? Does it make me feel better if I have put some paper under my feet?

DirtyFeet

Did I really mean to hurt someone’s feelings; their physical body; their heart? Was I only kidding? Was I just doing what others were doing? Oh, I really didn’t mean anything by it. It was just in jest. It was just for fun. It was only in a text message, an email, a social media posting. I’m not really a bully or an abusive person. I did not know what I was doing. It’s not my fault. Surely it will be OK? I’ll just say I’m sorry? So I try to smooth you out from the ball I’ve, wadded up, stomped on, walked on and muddied beneath my feet, as best as I can, but you still have mud, and wrinkles and scars.

DirtyPaper

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” 

The Bible, Luke 6:31 New International Version

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Posted by: Dahni | January 2, 2014

Ēducātus

by Dahni

© 2014 all rights reserved

For J.& C. E.

At first glance of the title, to some it may look like a familiar word and has been misspelled. To others it looks like a foreign or unknown language. It is related to an English word and it is in fact, another language, Latin to be more specific. But before its meaning and use here is made clear, let me begin by a friendly and traditional greeting for this time of season – Happy New Year!

Speaking of traditions, many have made their new year’s resolutions and many have already broken them or are on their way to breaking them, before the clock strikes midnight once again. Why is it so difficult to keep a resolution? And if they are broken, were we ever resolved in the first place? I think not! But rather we are subject to traditions, repeating things over and over again, or it just sounded like something good to do at the moment.

On New Year’s Eve many of us reflect upon the year past and wish, hope or plan for something better for, this coming year. But New Years Eve or Day is not the only time we do this, just one in particular and in common. Consider a new mother and her infant child. Each is asking the same silent question – “who is this before me?”  The babe has been flung from the womb of peace, security, muffled sounds from inside water, and the constant flow of nourishment, to learn to trust that the woman before its face, must provide these things independently. The mother, filled with hormones must learn to adapt to their waning and perhaps, post partum depression, common to a new mother. These physical changes are not alone in their potential torment as she looks upon her child and asks, “How will I care for my child and what will my child become?” Can she be helped physically? Can she be helped mentally, emotionally; spiritually? Perhaps she may be aided more than by one of these, a combination of them or all of them? Yes!  And how fragile we all are and yet so connected. We all have been dependent. We yearn for independence? But we should all strive for and teach our children to be interdependent, for we all are connected.

Drop a pebble in the water

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.

~excerpt By James W. Foley~

Today, our connections are vast, nearly infinite and almost instantaneous. Consider social media. We have friends and family and even strangers we connect with online daily, moment by moment and with many devices. We connect by cell phones. I have seen the poorest of people, homeless, ragged and haggard, ill kept and ill-fed with cell phones. We connect with computers, laptops, notebooks and pads, by text, by audio and even visually. We can know by the moment what is happening on the other side of the world just a quickly as we can know what is going on down the street and still not know what our neighbor might me going through, alone, right next door. We have surpassed the information age and the paradigm shift has begun to change again, while it seems the digital age has just barely begun. Today, we are either highly educated or we know where to get the information. Information is everywhere. We feed on it daily and moment by moment. Instead of all this information expanding our lives, liberties and happiness, how often has it, does it, will it, leave us dazed and confused? The light of absolute truths disappears beneath the shadows and on into the dark of endless variables. Instead of answers we get more questions and after all the ‘tossing and turning,’ we ask: “Which way do we go?”   

Questions beg for answers and we seek any and all sources within us and without, to bring us the comfort, safety and closure that only answers can bring. Even if disappointed by the answers are we not still comforted in knowing rather than in not knowing? What fool has thought, written and or uttered, “ignorance is bliss.”[1] There is the fool not most to be pitied, but one to avoid, for they are not alive! Even the wrong answer keeps considering a direction and wants to live, but “It depends on where you want to go,” is not the answer. It just begs for more questions.

There are multiple sources of references outside of selves. It begins with our immediate families, extended families, close friends and associates, then greatly expands as we get older. Today, for most of us, our information comes to us by MM – multiple media. We feed into it and fill up with it. We throw it out. We throw it off. And we throw it up. Too much of a good thing will do the same thing as too much of a bad thing. We are all guilty! We are guilty of reaction. Instead of acting, we usually just react. But let us consider looking at information through lenses to focus upon what is important and clear ourselves out of what is not.

For me, there are three lenses. One is economical, another is political. The last is spiritual or if you can better understand, replace it with the word religious. You may not be spiritual or religious, but I would counter that if you aspire to the brotherhood/sisterhood of human kind, your religion is secular or humanism. Even an agnostic or an atheist has some form of religion. Religion is nothing more than like the English word anthropology or as the ancient Greeks defined the word, anthropos - “ways of the sons of men.” Substitute if you prefer – “ways of the” [daughters] of [women]. But either way, there are no sons or daughters and there is no religion without men and women.

The economic lens focuses on money, things, or acquisitions how to get them, keep them and expand them. Money, things and acquisitions are obtained by people who either earn them or trade for them or they are seized and taken from others.

The political lens is primarily focused on power – how to seize it, how to keep it and how to expand it.

Last there is the spiritual lens. Religion is no different from the other two lenses, but whereas they deal with the past and the present, religion focuses on the unknown future, but it too is a driving force in the past and the present and is many times more powerful than the other two combined.

If you were to look at all information under the economical and political lenses alone, much confusion could be avoided and much life, liberty and happiness would be realized. And this is obtained NOT from reacting to this information, but by ACTING!

Consider the woman with her new baby again. She is educated. She is informed. She reads:

Global warming is melting the polar icecaps. Sea levels are rising. Humankind has become like a virus and has nearly destroyed all of its own resources. The planet is dying. The sun is dying. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, famine, pestilence, plague, disease and all the vengeance of nature is striking back at the humans that have caused and are causing its decay and soon fading, to black and obscurity. The consensus of science has said so. For they have regarded all the known information and disregarded other. Opinion has said so! And mother fears her suckling babe will soon die in her arms. And you know, the consensus of science once believed and taught that the world was flat. There are people today that still believe this. Science has been wrong and still can be! But from the economic lens, who, whom and whom(s) stand to profit from marketing such fear? What books written are purchased in quantity? What universities and businesses are granted, endowed and employ the most scientists? Follow the money!

View all information under the political lens. To whom have they promised all? To them that have been promised all, they are beholden to these that make the promises. But what is ever fixed, ever solved? What changes are made other than today one party or person/persons hold power? Tomorrow it may be others. Parties change and people come and go.

Disguised as choice, all parties seek the same thing, the power to exercise their will over others. And power does not by its own nature, share! Power conquerors and divides and takes more than it could ever possibly need. Power never has enough! Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely! They are the race-baiters, fear mongers, God, life & human phobic, the name callers, the blamers’, the dividers and haters disguised, as the wielders of good will toward humanity. Political correctness is incorrect. It divides and politics will seize the power. It is rarely (if ever) a matter of what is right, but what actions must they take to seize, hold and expand power. No one is ever accountable. It is always the fault of someone(s) or something(s) else. All politics are like spiders. And the media spins the web. To some that have not and have neither sown nor reaped is much given. To those that have sown and reaped, much is required and distributed to others. The only ones that truly gain and keep and expand are those in power who take it from everyone and against their will. Spin has rationalized all and disillusioned ends justify the means, say it is so and so right! And mother fears her sucking baby will die before it has finished its meal at her breast.

View all information under the spiritual lens. The Mayan prediction of the world ending in 2012 has been changed to 2015. September 4th, to be exact, someone(s) thinks. Then what about the predictions of Nostradamus that lived from 1503 to 1566? Many have and are successfully using a process of free speculation and have twisted or do twist his words to predict an apparently untold imminent number of events. False premises always end in false conclusions. Many religions and particularly many brands of Christianity (so-called) have abused the Bible and specifically, biblical prophecy. Many have interpreted the scriptures for centuries and have bent them to their whim. Countless ministers, clerics and etc. with names you would recognize, have all given dates for, the “end of the world.” Interestingly, only after repeated failures, have many of the same, ceased from suggesting any specific times. But when one backs off and backs down, there are usually many more to replace them with false predictions. But they mostly all talk about “signs of the times,” to force their dereliction of prediction. And mother fears her newborn child might not live to see its first birthday. But what have all three (economic, political and spiritual) lenses have in common – “signs of the times!” What does opinion, spin and speculation have in common – interpretation and specifically, “private” (Greek – idios = “one’s own”) interpretation! And what are always the consequences of all three of these lenses – Fear!

Fear always binds bounds, will ensnare and enslave. A lion roars to instill fear and freeze its prey before it attacks. Fear is rust. Fear decays and fear divides.

If wishes were real and I could wish a ‘come true’ for, you, I would wish that you could see these things through my eyes. But I know it is possible for you to see them through your own eyes! All of us discern. The sun rises in the east, we see it and have known it. When the temperature rapidly changes, the wind blows more fiercely. When the clouds gather and darken, it most likely will rain, snow, hail, sleet or some storm is fast approaching. We say if the sky is red at night, “sailor’s delight,” for a good day is coming. We say if the sky is red in morning, “sailors take warning,” for the day will be stormy. We look for Polaris in the sky and know it is the direction of north.

“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him [Jesus Christ] that he would shew [show] them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

 The Bible, Matthew 16:1-3 King James Version

By the way, the Pharisees and the Sadducees were supposed to be the smart ones in charge and believed to be the spiritual leaders of the time in which this was written.

All of us can discern many things. But why is it we cannot seem to discern the times? We are not the first ones that have ever been asked this question. In fact, ever since humans started dividing from one another (going off to do their own thing), there have been wars, rumors of wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, cyclic and rather traumatic weather changes, and many other naturally or unnaturally occurring phenomenon. And quite often, people could see things coming.

“…be NOT troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

 The Bible, Matthew 24:6 KJV, Jesus to his disciples 

Now consider this. If Jesus was real and his disciples real, wouldn’t you think that if anyone would know when the end was, it would be them? They didn’t! And neither did or does Jesus Christ! Well then, what about the Mayan’s and modern-day interpreters, science and scientists, Nostradamus and his followers, mediums, soothsayers, prophets (so-called), ministers and clerics or even the Pope? Nope! Now here are the problems with foretelling future events:

For one thing, if you are going to base something on the Bible, one cannot pick and choose what to regard and what to disregard. That’s NOT honest! This is what religion does, makes up stuff. Either the Bible, all of it, is to be believed or none of it can be trusted. It is either truth or it’s a lie, and even more so than the fact that is either day or night, right where you are. So if this all important issue of the end of times can be known, what does the Bible actually say about it?

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man (no one] no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” 

The Bible, Matthew 24:36 KJV

So if anyone would accept this idea as easily as some spend a dollar on the chance of winning the lottery, anyone can take great comfort and not be afraid, because when the end does finally come, you or no one else is going to know when it is!!!

And by the way, what is the biblical standard or criteria for recognizing a true prophet (or prophetess)? How can you trust their predictions, their foretelling of the future?

“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously [falsely]: thou shalt not be afraid of him [or her].”

The Bible, Deuteronomy 18:22

Pretty tough test for a true prophet, to be right 100% of the time, but I did not write the book! That’s what it says and that’s what it means! So if you would accept this idea as easily as a child or when you first believed in Santa Claus, one can take great comfort and not be afraid, because if out of 100+ times and just once they miss, this so-called prophet’s/prophetess’ prediction that does not come to pass, they are not legitimate and should not be regarded and especially not trusted! They are no better than the childhood story of Chicken Little where Henny Penny tells everyone the sky is falling! And that goes for all those “beware the ides of March,” palm readers, tarot card readers and the astro-illogical [astrological] folk too!

Next, prophecies in the Bible are understood only close to the times in which they come to pass. There were many in the Old Testament that were not understood until thousands of years after they were written and when they were fulfilled. Oh, and there are several brands of Christian religions that teach the Lord has already returned. Well, that’s a lie and that would contradict what we have already read. There is more about this later though. Now to all those Bible thumpers that want to spew and freak out people with the New Testament book of Revelation being “present truth,” pay no attention to them either! “…present truth?” Is this to say there are different truths? What’s a “present truth?”

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.” 

The Bible, II Peter 1:12, KJV

Yes, there are many things written in the Bible just for specific times. And they are written for specific people – Jews (Judeans), Gentiles or to Christians (which became a new classification of people, made up of Jews (Judeans) and Gentiles. And just like we have different administrations of a president (every four or eight years) in the United States, there are different administrations in the Bible. There are 7 to be exact. We are currently in the 5th or the Church age, the age of Grace. So the end times hasn’t happened yet!

The Book of Revelation will apply and will be understood by those to whom it is addressed in the 6th and 7th administrations. Want to be comforted, now? Well the end times cannot take place until Jesus Christ comes for his Church (the dead in Christ and those children of God that are alive when he comes “for,” his saints. Yes, I wish I could wish and I would wish you had the luxury of what I believe, because well, quite frankly, he has not returned yet and it is not the end times yet because, for one thing, I’m still here and dead or alive, he’s coming for me too.   :)

The word “for” has been emphasized in bold italic text, because there is a time when he comes “for” his saints and another time when he comes “with” his saints. And yes, you don’t have to be dead to be called a saint. Some saints will be alive when Jesus Christ returns. And I’m sorry, but all the Old Testament believers were adopted, promised paradise (always on earth) and will stay dead until after this gathering together of first the dead children of God in Christ (Christians) and those Christians alive at his coming. This is also why this gathering is never referred to as a resurrection, because you have to be dead before you can be resurrected. The Old Testament believers like Moses, David, and etc. will not be in the gathering together of the saints! They will be resurrected at some time later. Sorry if this blows your mind or bursts your bubble, but according to the Bible, the only one that has ever died, got up, stayed alive and got out of here (went to heaven) was Jesus Christ! Everybody else is either dead, will die or will be gathered together or resurrected sometime in the future!

Some will be dead at the return and they will put on incorruptibility (will no longer corrupt, decay, die) and those still alive will put on immortality, which has the same benefits as resurrection. It is just not called the same thing nor is this ‘gathering’ ever referred to as a resurrection! How’s that for accuracy of the meaning and usage of words?!

And mother with her baby can take comfort knowing these things as can anyone, knowing, the end is not yet. Every age, every generation has thought they were in the end times. There have always been signs in which people discern. But the signs of the times are that you, nor I nor anyone else will know when the end will occur and when it does, it will happen at the same time, yesterday, today and tomorrow, all at the same time, all over the world. Yes, sometime in the world it is yesterday, today and already tomorrow. But did you know that thousands of years before science figured this out or Magellan sailed the blue, it was written in the Bible? It’s in there!

So remember to look at all information through these three lenses of economics, politics and religion. And remember, also that all three use the others to use people. Things are made to be used, but people are made to be loved. God, the true God, does not cause fear so by sheer logic, it must be from some other source. Fear is always wrong and are the by-products of economics, politics and religion, not the true God. Don’t even think about twisting some Bible verses about the “wrath of God” with me either because, you don’t know what that means or what you’re talking about. And I don’t care how smart you think you are or even if you are the Pope in Rome! Is it not written, have you not read, have you not heard that, “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son.” If I were an atheist, an agnostic or just a compassionate humanist, I would  read and study the Bible, for no other reason than to help remove fears from others that have been inaccurately taught from it, by the very ones that are supposed to know it and are held accountable for teaching it correctly!!!

It is interesting to note the history of the alchemists. You remember them! They supposedly were looking to turn lead into gold. But before they got whacked in the head with religion, they were originally Christians and very logically minded. They believed that if God created the heavens and the universe that he surely would have provided the mechanisms, natural laws, resources and ways to sustain life on this planet, for the creatures He created. People were born to live, not to die. Yes, people die. And yes, history and science tell us of cataclysmic events that have befallen the planet. Every known history of civilizations of the past, record some version of a great flood. It is recorded in the Bible as well. Surely you recall the story of Noah and the ark? Today, many fear global warming and the potential of rising waters that have come from the polar icecaps melting which would end with the planet being covered again with water. But did you know that according to the Bible, God will not allow this to happen again?

“And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”

The Bible, Genesis 9:11, KJV

By the way, prior to the flood, the correct pH balance (right moisture content and acid/alkaline balance) was kept upon the planet like as some biosphere. Some invisible shield or barrier like the ozone layer, protected creation. The flood was the first time it had ever rained. Oh really? Yes, and it does not rain in a self contained, self-perpetuating terrarium that produces its own climate conditions either! Things get watered, it just doesn’t rain. And rainbows are in clouds, formed by light bouncing off water droplets in the atmosphere. Hmm, guess there was water on the earth and water that came from above the earth for the first time?! But the visual sign that God would not allow the earth to be destroyed again by water, was the rainbow, His “bow.” Comfort yourselves with those words. And finally, look to scriptures even if you do not or will not believe, but look and see just how many times readers are told not to fear!! “Fear not,” be not afraid,” “peace be unto you,” and many, many more references like these are used in the Bible. I dunno,’ maybe God does not want anyone to ever be afraid?  :)

We all have our opinions. Almost everyone we know, know what those opinions are! We all know where we are right now. If it is not where we want to be, move!!! How?

Instead of broken resolutions for the new year which if broken, were never resolved in the first place, be resolved to look at the economic, political and religious or spiritual matters through lenses. Examine all information and every source. In essence, does this information make you or cause others to fear? Then the answer to the question, which way do we go, will be, to lead out, to lead forth. We are all leaders! This is the whole purpose of education. Its whole work is simplicity in presentation (that all may understand). And this is the definition of the Latin word -

Educatus

Just I-Magine


[1] “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” a poem by Thomas Gray composed 1742, published 1747. See stanzas: 99 – “No more; where ignorance is bliss,” and  100 – “Tis folly to be wise.”

Posted by: Dahni | July 8, 2013

GPS

© 2013 By Dahni, all rights reserved

GPS or G.P.S. is a three letter word or an abbreviation for Global Positioning Satellite. It is a device which is capable of usually, sending and receiving a signal as to its location. Most of us know this. Many of us have such technology already on our cell phones/smart phones. Many have applications (apps – little programs) on our digital devices. Many have stand-alone GPS systems for travel in our vehicles, walking, camping and etc. By and large, we use these devices to find where we or someone is located and how to get to someone or to where we are going. But all this incredible technology may not always be inexpensive or affordable to everyone. And this technology is important to most everyone, especially pet owners/care-keepers and parents/care-keepers.

As good as we all might be, no one is perfect and neither is technology. Sometimes we get lost or lose something/someone. Sometimes our signals are lost on our devices for a variety of reasons. Well here is an alternative and it too is called for short: GPS or G.P.S. It stands for:

GPS2

Although the practical application is not my idea, the name – ‘Good People Search’ might be. I write “might be,” because it seems like whenever I have a new idea, I find it has been-done a long-time ago. But instead of digital and battery required devices to ‘locate’ someone or something that may or may not always be affordable to everyone or 100% reliable, Good People Search is an alternative.

“Good People…” is another way of saying, Good Samaritans, which most of us either know the story from the Bible or it is a term we grew up with and/or are familiar with. In a world of so much technology and so much stress and uncertainty, it is good to know that there is still a lot of good people around!

If you have ever been lost, lost something or someone, you already know about the doubts, worries and fears this can cause. You know how it feels! But Good People Search is an alternative that may well relieve those doubts, worries and fears, perhaps quickly, efficiently, inexpensively and maybe even for FREE!  Well, maybe at a minimum it might cost, a ‘Thank You,’ and/or a nod and a smile?

With a little thought and imagination, you can make Good People Search, applicable to your situation. For example, bookplates inside of books with words such as: “Please Return to…” (name/address/phone number and etc.), have been used for many years. Good People Search has returned many a lost books. Our mother used to sew in similar ‘return to’ information labels inside our clothing for summer camps and stuff. Many discarded, left or lost items of clothing have been returned by Good People Search. Our pets have long had collars with ‘Return To’ information tags and many a lost and precious four-legged friend has been returned by Good People Search.

We all are in some sense, our brother’s/sister’s keepers. A wise person recognizes that the good that they have and if it is withheld, will come back to sorry them, many times over. A wise person recognizes that the good they give today, may visit them often tomorrow.

So here is something we can do for ourselves, for our children and to help, Good People Search.

When out in crowded areas, in public, in unfamiliar places – mark the children in your care with – ‘Return To’ information. Kids get excited about discovery and are not always aware of their little adorable selves and the potential for harm. To be honest, we adults can become easily distracted, and that does not make us bad people, just human. But it only takes a split second (or much, much less), for the child to wander, wander off and disappear.

Take a fine point black ‘Sharpie’ (permanent ink) and write on the front of one of the wrists of the child the following:

“If Lost, Please Call (your number)

Next, get some ‘liquid band-aid’ and paint this invisible coating over your handwritten message. Allow to dry and you have something that will be water resistant and will most likely last a whole day. For more about this, see and click on the image or url below.

GPS

http://goo.gl/jg4xf

And don’t forget your GPS – GOOD PEOPLE SEARCH!!!  :)

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | June 21, 2013

Doin’ the Hokey Pokey

© 2013 By Dahni, all rights reserved

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G8 Summit Site, Lough Erne, Northern Ireland – Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

 

Recently, the supposed top wealthiest countries sent their leaders to the G-8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Symbolically

By tradition, during these summits, the 8 leaders would get together for what they call the “family group photo.”

Actually 

In the picture above there are 10 people posing and not 8, so there is a problem with counting – with the math.

The architecture behind the figures looks like a castle. Could that be considered a moat behind them? In the front is an obvious road. Then on the side of the road is this long rectangular shaped platform for the figures to stand on. What is this some raised dais for royalty? Who got to decide on who got to stand where; who got to be in the middle? I’m sure the summit was touted as a great success for each country and each leader attending, but they couldn’t even agree on – “Do we wave or not, who starts and when to start; when do we end.” And look at those ominous clouds in the background. In all actuality, this looks more like a picture of wannabe kings and queens. And we all know what the history of royalty has done to the environment of sense and sensibility; health, wealth and happiness of the people!

So these ‘anointed ones’  walked out of the castle-look resort to a black platform in the road and stepped up to their raised platform of importance. And then they wave or did not wave to whom? Where are the vehicles of transportation on the road? Where are the animals or the subjects of their king-queendoms? Who staged this stupid picture? It looks more like the silly childish song with lines like:

“Put your right arm in
take your right arm out
Put your right arm in
And shake it all about
Do the hokey pokey
And turn yourself about
That’s what it’s all about.”
 

Doin’ the Hokey Pokey
 

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | June 16, 2013

The Red Thread

© 2013 By Dahni, all rights reserved

In Honor of Fathers: Sunday June 16, 2013

RedThreadWe each are and forever bound to father
 
Like as a with some unseen thread
And though the words may have never been said
And if your father you never knew nor ever see
or the memories were and are not sweet
be for the future children – complete
all that you can be
 
For we each are forever bound
Like as with some unseen thread
Father hear my sound
By mother and father the earth is fed
 
Feed the children with your time
Feed their every dream and hope
For we mimic you and mime
Keep us close and give us rope
 
Father, symbol of all we hold strong and true
None are born with the choice
But born we have this voice
So Father Dear Father, for life I thank you
 
The red thread continues on
Never ever done
Father to father complete
Circles to repeat – repeat

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | June 2, 2013

She is in Your Hands

© 2013 by Dahni

all rights reserved

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Image of Bartholdi’s original terracotta statue on display in France

   How would you like to have a treasure in your hands?

   How would you like to have a mystery, a treasure, a miracle so incredible and there was no one or few that even know about it? What would you do? Would you shout it out from the highest mountain and let it reverberate from sea to shining sea? I would! So did the founders of the United States of America when Liberty was written in the Declaration of Independence, published July 4th, 1776. Did you know it almost never happened? Did you know the Constitution of the United States in 1789 almost never happened? Did you know a French sculptor named Frédéric Bartholdi wanted to present a colossal monument to the United States from France for the bicentennial, July 4th, 1876? Did you know that it did not happen because, there was not enough interest and certainly not enough money to make it happen? He persisted anyway and finally, ‘She’ was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

   Did you know that the Statue of Liberty underwent a 30 million dollar face-lift’ in 2012, only to be closed due to hurricane Sandy? Did you know the statue was not damaged, but the park and the statue has been closed and is scheduled to re-re-open again for a re-re-dedication on July 4th, 2013? Did you know this would mark Her 127th year since She was dedicated and Our 237th year, since We the People began?

   How would you like to know that an original 21″ Bartholdi bronze statue might exist and has been hidden, unseen and unknown since it was made by the sculptor 129 years ago, referenced in a U.S. Patent that he made to drum up support and funds, so that WE the People could have this symbol of our, “Liberty, Enlightening the World?”

Is this an original Bartholdi statue?

Is this the “missing” original Bartholdi statue?

   Would you believe that I wrote a post on one of my blogs: http://ourladyliberty.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/lady-liberty-birth-of-an-idea/ in 2009 and recently (2013), I received comments from a man (Eric of Sarasota, FL) that has such a statue? Would you believe that all he wants to do is to share this statue with the world? What a story, what a book, what a movie; what a miracle this could be to all of US, WE the People!

   What does Liberty mean to you? What would you do for Liberty? What can you do? Excellent question? Let us each start here!

   Without being able to absolutely verify the authorship of the following poem, as it seems latent with controversy, though it may have been written in the 1700′s, I will quote it simply as: -author Unknown-

One Man Awake 

One man awake awakens another,
The second man wakens his next door neighbor,
 
And three awake can rouse the town, 
and turn the whole place upside down.
 
And many awake can raise such a fuss, 
That it finally awakens the rest of us. 
 
One man up with dawn in his eyes – multiplies. 
 

-author Unknown-

   Share this post with everyone you know and by any means available. Eric of Sarasota, FL is a real and credible person. I have his email address. We have spoken by phone. See his comments to me at the above referenced blog post. I am respecting his privacy and helping to protect his treasure. Let US, WE the People awaken to awaken “the rest of us!” Let US each 1 reach 1 of US, WE the People and help keep the beacon of Liberty Enlightening the World!” 

   Contact/comment me for more information.

   She is in your hands!

 

Youtube video:
the band – Leeland
album – The Great Awakening
http://leelandonline.com/ 

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | May 12, 2013

Unknown

In honor of Mothers!

Our Mother

Our Mother

Perhaps this is an unusual title, but I believe it is appropriate and in as far as the credit to the original words are concerned, I am absolutely confident that they were written..

By Unknown

There exists a beautiful and once very popular poetic gem whose title without question is -

Rock Me to Sleep, Mother

But this poem has around 8-10 claimants as to its original author. The first to publish it in public was Elizabeth Akers Allen under the pseudonym Florence Percy in 1860. It was so popular, someone set the words to music and it was familiar to many during the American Civil War. Even the original music is in question as to its composer. A minister by the name of Moses Hull (1836-1907) certainly had the same time frame as the first public printing of the poem in 1860.

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On a 1999 album called ‘Mother’ (no longer in print), singer, songwriter Cathie Ryan gives the following credits:

Words Elizabeth Akers Allen (Public Domain), music by Cathie Ryan

(Wake the Neighbors Music ASCAP)

In her notes from her website at – cathieryan.com, she writes:

“I found this song in an old collection of poetry.  It was written by American poet Elizabeth Akers Allen approx 1860. I originally recorded it on the Northstar CD ‘Mother‘ which is no longer in print.”

 Cathie Ryan

Her music is certainly different from that attributed to Moses Hull, over a hundred years ago.

Back in 1866, Elizabeth Akers Allen, a known poet, was challenged by Alexander M.W. Ball, claiming to be the original author, around 3 years earlier than Allen. I could not find any court records as to the outcome. So, it is Unknown.

In 1867, the date set by the publisher, M.W. Dodd, a book was written by Oliver Andrew Morse, titled:

Who Wrote

ROCK ME TO SLEEP?

 ‘A Vindication of the Claim of Alexander M. W. Ball:

Of Elizabeth, N.J., to the Authorship of the Poem, Rock Me to Sleep, Mother’ 

The 72 page preview from Google is interesting and worth reading if you are so inclined. From the preview, there are a total of 15 verses as claimed and given by M.W. Ball in 1857, as opposed to those considerably less, in 1860, by Elizabeth Akers Allen.

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excerpts from: ‘Who Wrote Rock Me to Sleep Mother,’

by O.A. Morse, pages 1 and 2

It is Unknown as to how you think about those sentiments. All of these things written thus far are Unknown, but the importance of the words from whomever they were written and the emotions they evoke are perfectly clear to at least some Unknown number of us.

To follow here are the lyrics perhaps most recognized, a YouTube video with old photographs and the sweet voice of Cathie Ryan.

Rock Me to Sleep, Mother

BACKWARD, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for to-night!
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;
Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,—
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
I have grown weary of dust and decay,—
Weary of flinging my soul-wealth away;
Weary of sowing for others to reap;—
Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed and faded, our faces between:
Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I to-night for your presence again.
Come from the silence so long and so deep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
No love like mother-love ever has shone;
No other worship abides and endures,—
Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.
Slumber’s soft calms o’er my heavy lids creep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

Come, let your brown hair, just lighted with gold,
Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
Let it drop over my forehead to-night,
Shading my faint eyes away from the light;
For with its sunny-edged shadows once more
Haply will throng the sweet visions of yore;
Lovingly, softly, its bright billows sweep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

Mother, dear mother, the years have been long
Since I last listened [to] your lullaby song:
Sing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
Womanhood’s [Childhood's] years have been only a dream.

Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace,
With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

By Unknown

There are times when most or all of us would simply like to just stop time, for some Unknown measure of time. There are times when many of us would like to return to our childhoods, for at least some amount of Unknown time. There are times when most mothers would greatly desire to have us, their little child, back in their arms again, to rock us to sleep.

And there are times when most of us or all of us would like to see our mother again. Sometimes we would like her loving arms wrapped around us again. And even sometimes, we would like to be our own little child again, singing….

Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

But Mother, she continues by more than just memory, as if by heavenly plan 
from mother to mother to every woman, child and man!
 
-dahni-
 
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
 

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | April 15, 2013

Jonathan Winters, III

   by Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

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Maude Frickert is perhaps well known to many and perhaps not to many others as well. She was a feisty character developed from real life from characteristics of a real person, known to the comedian that portrayed her –  the man, Jonathan Winters.

It is old news of Winter’s passing on April 3rd, 2013 and there has already been many tributes, articles and much news coverage about his life. All one needs to do is to Google (or use your perfered search engine) ‘Jonathan Winters.’

In searching, you will discover all you might like to know or didn’t know about him, including: words, pictures and videos.

The word “genius” and his association with the word will come up often.

But I would like to summarize here what his life meant to me and what it should mean to everyone, whether you knew him, ever saw him perform or experienced his comedy and art or not.

It begins with the picture above – Jonathan Winters as Maude Frickert.

He was certainly not the first to dress in women’s clothes or to act like a woman. For hundreds of years, only men could play the parts as women in plays. I think it was Milton Berle that was the first to dress up as a woman on television. Many have since tried to do this for laughs and effect. Dustin Hoffman, a brilliant, talented actor and one of my favorites, did so in ‘Toostie.’ I cannot fault his portrayal in any way. I just personally do not like men dressing up in women’s clothes, for whatever reason, unless it is some all men or young men only school!! There are some exceptions to my staunch attitude of men “in drag,” cross dressing, and female impersonation etc. The first is obviously, Jonathan Winters as, ‘Maude Frickert.’ The 2nd was Flip Wilson as, ‘Geraldine Jones.’ The third was Robin Williams as, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’

Many have before and since these three have played women, but not as good. This is of course, my opinion and my opinion is with  reasons.

I’m not as bugged by women playing men as I am of men playing women. Call it my personal thing and we’ll leave it at that.  But the three men above disappeared into the characters they created. To me, there was no Jonathan, Flip or Robin, when Maude, Geraldine and Mrs. Doubtfire took stage. I am not sure who influenced Flip Wilson, but Jonathan Winters certainly inspired Robin Williams. The following quotes are a compilation of recent ‘Tweets’ from Robin Williams on Twitter, the online social media.

“First he was my idol, then he was my mentor and amazing friend. I’ll miss him huge. He was my Comedy Buddha. Long live the Buddha.”

 Robin Williams

Certainly, Jonathan Winters had his memorable characters like Maude Frickert and the farmer, Elmwood P. Suggins from Ohio, but he was also excellent at mimicry and the imitation of famous and familiar voices. Still, none of this was as important to his “genius” as, his talent for improvisation and especially, on a moment’s notice. His greatest contributions were far more profound and yet so very simple.

Today, there are all kinds of humor and comedians; different styles and tastes as unique as every one of us. But perhaps there is something that we can all agree on – that fall from our chair and laughing on the floor kind of laughter? It is spontaneous, often contagious, desirable and rare. But this is what Jonathan Winters did and aspired to promote.

His reasons were quite simple. He did it because it was fun and he believed the practice gave him some measure of control, at least for a little while. When one is standing before an audience, they are looking to you to entertain them, say something, do something; make them laugh. But with this limited control comes with it the potential for complete and total failure if you bomb. Jonathan Winters took risks. Despite the pressures of his craft if he failed, he also had to deal with manic depression throughout much of his life. But to Jonathan Winters, the risks were worth it all.

Besides the potential of getting laughs, he loved and was a master of improvisation. He loved the challenges of just being given a word, a suggestion or a simple prop like a stick or some hats and he made up voices, characters and skits, right on the moment. It made him think.

While many comedians today work from scripts or prepared routines, there are very few that master and deliver, spur-of-the-moment-fall-from-your-chair-and-roll-on-the- floor laughter. Jonathan Winters did this and he recognized that humor is such a rare thing in life among all the species of creatures that live on this planet. It is unique to humans and important to our humanity.

Today, almost everywhere you go – online, to comedy clubs, by television, from radio and at the movies, it is common to hear four letter words, expletives, filthy language and sexual content. Anyone can rip-off and whip-out a four letter word and even one for almost every other word spoken. It’s easy. And it’s easy to put-down others, ridicule others, and even talk about sex, racism and about all the worst angels of our nature. Winters, like from a speech by Abraham Lincoln, lived with the idea of appealing to, “the  better angels of our nature.” Jonathan Winter’s comedy was clean. Any insults or put-downs or pointing fingers, were pointed back at himself and at the characters he made up. For the times in which he was in control and with his mastery of the improv, he chose to make it tasteful and clean and people still fell out of their chairs and rolled around on the floor laughing.

Jack Parr, a past television host, had Jonathan Winters on his show frequently. He once said of Winters, “Pound for pound he is the funniest man alive!” I would agree with this only that he has now left us. I sincerely hope that Robin Williams or perhaps others now or in the future, will continue where he left off! He cannot be replaced, but his principles can be repeated.

One of the funniest skits I ever heard him do began with – “Have you ever been undressed in front of your dog?” You would either have to find the video of this (which is available on YouTube) or just imagine. And this is what Johnathan Winters did throughout his life. He imagined and he made others imagine. He took us away from our troubles and woes for a little while and drew us into his zany and crazy world. He took risks and inspired others to do the same. He thought and made us think. It takes work to think on your feet, keep it clean and still cause others to fall off their chairs and roll on the floor with laughter.

It is written in the Bible, “laughter is good medicine.” Johnathan Winters was good medicine to many and I have often been healed of many things by his prescriptions.

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 Rest in peace dear Dr. of the Ditsy and Ridiculous; Prince of the Improv and Count of Zany & Crazy Comedy. The world is a better place because you were in it! What if we all tried to be more like this?

see also: http://dahni.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/jonathan-winters/

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | March 22, 2013

My Light Bulb Moment

My Light Bulb Moment

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by Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

Now I am not exactly sure if it was a dream, a nightmare, the proverbial light bulb went off in my head or if it was the light from the bathroom, hitting me in the eyes that awakened me from a sound sleep, but I had an idea.

What if all three branches of the Federal Government (every member), were paraded blindfolded into the capitol and strip-searched by TSA (for everyone’s protection)? Members of the media would be present and could not speak, make a sound or take a single picture, just take notes like reporters used to do, and if necessary, dodge stray bullets if necessary (see below). What if C-SPAN were to silently film this event LIVE? What if the president, the congress (representatives and senators) and all nine supreme court justices remained naked and blindfolded and given marijuana (joints, bongs and brownies) and aphrodisiacs (horny pills)? Then after they were all sufficiently “buzzing,” what if you gave them each some kind of gun with just a few rounds of ammunition, with more than sufficient protection to the film crew of course? The media is on their own, but the doors are locked.

Maybe, just maybe the so-called ‘servants’  and media people IN CHARGE, would all experience what WE the People already know, HOW it feels to get screwed?

Well, I cannot guarantee any constructive results or destructive consequences from this idea, but they sure would all be doing SOMETHING and that’s a lot more than most of them have been doing lately, except for screwing US!   :)

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | March 21, 2013

Trust But Verify

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Notable Quotables(s)?

By Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

“Verily, verily I say unto you today, one day, all shall be able to walk on water by Photoshop and YouTube.”

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 Jesus Christ

“I can’t wait until this gets signed and everything written gets interpreted by nearly every one that reads it!”

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Thomas Jefferson

“I thought I was just signing my name to pay for lunch!”

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John Hancock

“The biggest problem of information is TOO much information. The biggest problem with that is hearsay and gossip. The biggest problem with those is, mis-information. The biggest culprit of mis-information is mass media and specifically, newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, cable TV, junk mail, email and the Internet.”

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Benjamin Franklin

“Trust, but verify. It is the attitude and action that all must adopt and take, but it is next to impossible with a mouse, cut & paste and the Internet.”

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George Washington

“The whole reason for the Bill of Rights is that most people won’t or don’t read and can’t believe that “all…are created equal,” means what it says and says what it means.”

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James Madison

“The thing about quotes and information on the Internet is that it is difficult if not impossible to confirm their validity.”

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Abraham Lincoln

“With 100% certainty, I can say that not even Snopes.com is 100% accurate, 100% of the time!”

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Ulysses S. Grant

“Ask not if something is true, google it!”

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John F Kennedy

As humorous as this post might be, there will be some that will either not know who one, more or all  of these people are that have supposedly made these quotes. There will be some that will not get the point. And there will be some that will believe that one, more or all of the above quotes are real. But the words “trust and verify,” is advice given which recommends that if a source of information is considered to be reliable, further research is necessary to determine if the information is accurate and trustworthy.  The words “trust and verify,” was a signature phrase used by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in discussing the relations between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.  But the phrase is thought to have originated with Russian leader, Vladimir Lenin. But I could not verify that.  Smiley

“The phrase was learned by Reagan from Suzanne Massie, a writer on Russia. She told Reagan, “The Russians like to talk in proverbs. It would be nice of you to know a few. You are an actor – you can learn them very quickly” The original Russian proverb is a short rhyme which states, Доверяй, но проверяй (doveryai, no proveryai).”

Excerpts from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust,_but_verify

I am sorry, but I was not able to verify that Wikipedia verified the information, from trustworthy and verifiable sources.  Smiley

After Reagan used the phrase at the signing of the INF Treaty, former and last president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev responded: “You repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered “I like it.”

I am sorry, but I was not able to verify that the above Youtube video is from an original source and/or that it has not been edited.  Smiley

What if no one  ever needed to verify information because, it was trustworthy? What if what is said is what is meant? What if information was not to entertain or mis-inform, but simply just to INFORM?

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

P.S. I was not able to verify whether or not, if ANY of the signatures above are real.  Smiley

D.

Posted by: Dahni | March 19, 2013

Jesus® is Registered

Jesus® is Registered
(What offends you the most?)
  
by Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

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Did you even know that the name of Jesus is legally a registered name? Are you offended by this? Are you offended that a company does truly exist and sells,  under the registered trademark of among other things, jeans since 2007? Or perhaps it has been as early as, the late 80′s or early 90′s in at least Italy and/or the whole EU (European Union)? But wait, I thought jeans, at least ‘blue jeans,’ first appeared in the 19th century US?

Jeans are trousers made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of trousers, called “blue jeans.” These were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss, in the US in 1873. That’s a long way away from 1971, the 1980′s, 1990′s and 2007! Why is there no trademark registration for jeans?

Are you offended that this is not news, but actually a brand that began in 1971? Are you offended by one of their several mottoes as Chi mi ama mi segua – It. “Who loves me follow me” or  “If you love me follow me?”

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Are you offended by this picture? Whose buttocks modeled for this picture?

Did you notice the ®, the symbol for a registered trademark? Well, it is there because, it is a registered trademark, but more on this later.

For context, let us look back to the history or origin of Jesus® Jeans.

In the 20th century, the 6o’s, was a decade of change.

“Not only were those changes evident in fashions, but world events, music of the 60′s, automobiles, toys, and individual self expression…”

excerpt from: http://www.the60sofficialsite.com/

Contemporary flamboyant artists (often controversial), as Andy Warhol and Antonio Lopez were setting new trends in art and fashion. It was in 1967 that Lopez discovered something special about reluctant model, Donna Jordan and insisted she bleach her hair to become a platinum blonde. She became a very famous model under his tutelage and was known as the gap-toothed, brow-less (no eye brows), ‘Disco Marilyn.’

Model, Donna Jordan

Model, Donna Jordan

Also in 1967, ‘Hair,’ the musical was released. ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat’ came out the following year, in 1968. On May 23, 1969, the British rock band ‘The Who,’ released their fourth album, ‘Tommy,’ a double album, and it was overtly billed as the first rock opera. During August 15-18, 1969, the largest outdoor rock concert ever performed, took place on a 500 acre farm in Woodstock, NY. In 1970, a concept album with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, rocked the world with, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ On October 12, 1971, it made its official debut on Broadway (New York City, NY), as a musical. Are you offended that it is reported that no one associated with the album, the musical or the film adaptation in 1973, were Christian or believed in God? Are you offended that much of the material in all forms of J.C.S. cannot even be found in the Bible? Or are you offended that to push the boundaries of self-expression, opinion, social commentary and/or for profit, a clearly religious implied theme was presented, without accuracy or biblical authority?

But there you have some background information on the times which would produce, Jesus® Jeans. And in 1971, the same year as Jesus Christ Superstar, entered one Italian, Maurizio Vitale.

During a visit to New York City in 1971, Vitale happened to walk by a theater poster for, ‘Jesus Christ Super Star’ and came up with the name, Jesus® Jeans. He was Italian, why did not he use Gesù (Italian for Jesus)?

Are you offended that a country that gave birth to the Roman Empire, where its capitol also holds a separate country (the Vatican), the seat of one of the richest world religions at the expense of its people which by percentage, are among the world’s poorest? Are you offended that at the hands of the ancient Roman Italians occupying Jerusalem, Israel, were responsible, albeit some ignorantly, for the death of Jesus Christ? I do not know about anyone else, but if I was an Italian anywhere and especially if I was born and presently lived in Italy, I would be offended that the name Jesus, (whether real or not), was killed or even supposedly killed by my ancient countrymen, was used by an Italian company to sell jeans!

What if Germany Marketed Hitler Jeans with the motto, ‘Today Germany Tomorrow the World?’ Would Germany want to be awarded a registered trademark, associated with its worn past?

Are you offended that a modern age Italian, inspired by a poster for a controversial and non-biblical musical, conceived Jesus® Jeans?

From 1971 through at least 1973, the brand made a tour of Italy and those times are considered to be one of the most important events in the history of Italian advertising. Sex sells as evidenced by two of the brand’s advertisements, the scantily clad and butt-cheek-showing, of model Donna Jordan, and the shirtless male model in jeans, unbuttoned at the edge of his pubic hair.

Controversy sells too, by the brand name Jesus® Jeans with mottoes such as, ‘If you love me follow me,’ ‘Have no other jeans before me.’ and ‘Freedom inside.’

How about the advertising glue of what is taboo, thought too sacred or too accursed to ordinarily undertake? Are you offended that we as individuals are often influenced to do something we may believe we should not do, but are still captivated by such attention arresting techniques?

Can there be any doubt that there are other perhaps subliminal suggestive tactics employed to market and sell the brand? What about the name and the material combined? Could it not be suggested - ‘I want you to get into my Jeans,’ or perhaps as an artist has implied by placing a number of pairs of jeans without bodies on liquid, ‘Jesus® Jeans Can Walk on Water?’

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Are you offended by the company’s attempt to justify and explain the use of the name Jesus, as it is just a common name throughout the world and really, the Jesus of the Bible has nothing to do with Jesus® Jeans? Don’t even think about dis-associating Jesus of the Bible from this brand! If there was no connection implied, then why not instead have registered the name as Gesù® Jeans or some other name?

Can anyone fault or be offended in any way, as to the effectiveness of the brand’s marketing and advertising strategies? They are actually, quite brilliant! But are you offended by not what could be done, but whether or not such, should ever be done?

The brand seemed to diminish in the late eighties and perhaps due in part, to the death of its founder. Perhaps the brand was crucified by lack of sales and just died? Would you then be offended by its resurrection?

The parent company, which included Jesus® Jeans, was auctioned off and sold for the sum of 21 billion Italian lire (about 14+ billion US dollars). Entrepreneur, Marco Boglione which became owner, claimed as trademarks, Jesus® Jeans, among other brands. Boglione founded the group ‘BasicNet.’ Are you offended that in 1999, BasicNet, including the Jesus® Jeans brand, was listed on the stock exchange? Are you offended that BasicNet is headquartered in Turin, Italy? Surely you recall the still controversial, ‘Shroud of Turin?’ Are you offended by any potential connection to the shroud?

Attempts to trademark ‘Jesus’ were turned down in countries including Turkey, China, Switzerland, Australia, Norway and Cuba. Are you awed by the countries mentioned or offended by those that are not listed, but did NOT reject the brand name? In 2003, Britain’s patent office rejected its application as “morally offensive to the public.” But as a round-about, are you offended that Jesus® Jeans registered ‘Jesus’ through the European Union as a ‘Community Trademark’ and is valid across the whole European Union, including Great Britain?

Are you offended that the country’s Patent & Trademark office, the country that supposedly stands for Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and The Bill of Rights, awarded Jesus® Jeans with registration for trademark in 2007?

Are you offended that Jesus® Jeans has reportedly warned dozens of other apparel start ups in the US against using Jesus® in their brand since winning the trademark? Are you offended that an Italian company would threaten US companies in this country? Are you offended that this country has allowed this Italian brand to be registered here and would protect it against infringement? Are you offended that other companies in the US would also want to use the name of Jesus® to market their products as well? Or are you offended that the Italians, just got there first? Would you be offended if a church or religious related group wanted to use the name Jesus® to sell their products, even if for non-profit purposes?

When Michael Julius Anton, from Virginia, wanted to patent his company, ‘Jesus Surfed,’ he found the Italian jeans label had already beaten him to it. Lawyers have told Mr Anton he cannot trade commercially using this name. And why not? It is because the name of Jesus® is already, a registered trademark!

Others to have been warned include: ‘Jesus First,’ ‘Sweet Jesus,’ and ‘Jesus Couture.’ Intellectual property lawyers opine that there is nothing against companies owning century-old names. OK, but the name Jesus® is about millennia, not just centuries. Would you be offended if your name is Bill or Mary and I owned your name? Are you offended over not if it is legal to use the name of Jesus® for commercial purposes, but rather that it should have never been made legal in the first place?

“If somebody—small church or even a big church—wants to use ‘Jesus’ for printing a few T-shirts, we don’t care,” said Domenico Sindico  the general counsel for intellectual property at BasicNet, but when companies like ‘Jesus Surfed’ want to make money from their products, “that’s a concern,” he said. Lawyers have warned Mr Anton that he can only use the name Jesus in ‘descriptive, religious, free speech, ornamental sense’ and that he should withdraw his trademark application. Mr Anton said in preparing to fight this case, “Jesus® Jeans has absolutely nothing to do with anything biblical. I didn’t think it would be that big of a hassle.”

Are you offended over the name of Jesus®, being used to sell products? Are you offended because it should not matter and the very suggestion that it should or could matter is, offensive to you? Are you even offended at all or are you still looking at or thinking about those possibly sexy female or male pictures above?

After all, is not all fair in love and business or was that war? Are not businesses kind of at war with each other, with their customers and anyone that might dare to stand in their way? Isn’t the bottom line the bottom line and whether or not something can make or turn a profit? And as to after-the-fact or back ended motives, why think of the jobs and possibly, many other benefits the brand affords many people? It is just the means to an end? And in the end, it is success or might that makes right, right? Should it even matter to you whether or not you are a Christian? Perhaps, if you are a Christian, you might adopt the what-difference-does-it-make attitude because, at least the name of Jesus® is being used and thought about?

Jesus® might have been the first to use such tactics to sell their jeans, but even Calvin Klein® employs many of the same marketing strategies as Jesus® and I am often offended by their ads, just not as offended. At least Calvin Klein® is a registered name for Calvin Klein the fashion designer and he and his company may not necessarily and directly be trying to offend Jesus®, but probably competing with Jesus® for ‘followers.’

Are you offended by the use of the name Jesus® or should you be offended just because many millions of people worldwide may be offended?

Quite frankly, I am offended that everyone is not offended over this whole matter, whether or not you are, or are not a Christian. Go ahead and argue the once original concepts, now mostly corrupted and labeled with the word progress, yet still called freedom of speech and self-expression. Does not common sense and even the law, at least in the United States, prohibit anyone from yelling in a crowded theater, something like, ‘Oh Jesus®, your jeans are on fire,’ unless they really are?

Those Italian jeans should never have been even thought about, registered, marketed and sold anywhere, by anyone; any time!! Profit be damned, it is just morally offensive. And if you do not agree or are not offended, shouldn’t we be offended, just because there are many that take offense? But Jesus® Jeans exist because insufficient numbers of people that care, are outnumbered by those who do not. That’s the real offense to me, because apathy affects everyone, Christian or not!

“Give us clear vision, that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.” 
~ Peter Marshall, US Senate Chaplain 1947

Note: If you would like to argue over the originator of the quote in sum and substance – “stand for something or fall for anything,” so be it. It has been attributed to British, Alex Hamilton and erroneously to US, Alexander Hamilton. Malcolm X is said to have been the first, and Dr. Martin Luther King, among others. But isn’t the point not who said it, but isn’t it the words and that it was said? Is not the point, not that those jeans could and do exist, but that they never should? What if you and I; all of us took a stand…

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | September 14, 2012

Election 2012 – In Times of War the Law is Silent

In Times of War the Law is Silent

By Dahni © 2012 all rights reserved

Besides the most obvious question which is, what do the words “In times of war the law is silent” mean, what war is this post referring to? Both are intelligent questions, both questions you should be asking and both will be answered here.

As a context, from today (9/14/12) there are only around 50 days left until Election Day, November 6th, 2012. Yes, I am about to get political here, but in the purest sense. The word politics, police, polls, poling and many other words and even the word polite have as its origin, an ancient Greek word, which is the word polis. A polis was simply a walled city designed to protect the people of the city from enemies not from within, but from without. Each inhabitant of the city would in essence be polls or people of the polis. Today, we are each a poll of a polis or a city. We are political and this post is of utmost importance to all of us collectively and individually. We are, WE the People, E pluribus unum (Latin: “out of many, one”).

This post is the beginning of a series of posts from today until November 6th. This post and others to follow are not intended to influence you to vote for a particular person, persons, platform, policy or party, but HOW to vote and why WE should.

Let us begin this journey together by understanding the meaning of the words: “In times of war the law is silent.” These words are translated from the Latin, “Inter arma enim silent leges.” The words are attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicerro,  January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC. Cicero was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist.

["Inter arma enim silent leges" is a Latin phrase meaning "For among [times of] arms, the laws fall mute,” although it is more popularly rendered as “In times of war, the law falls silent.” This maxim was likely first written in these words by Cicero in his published oration ‘Pro Milone,’ although Cicero’s actual wording was “Silent enim leges inter arma.” Given Cicero’s in depth knowledge of Greek political history, it can be argued that his notion on war and law was inspired by Thucydides’s opinion on the violent nature of war and the realist approach in international relations.

At the time when Cicero used this phrase, mob violence was common. Armed gangs led by thuggish partisan leaders controlled the streets of Rome. Such leaders were nevertheless elected to high offices.

In the United States, President Lincoln’s request for an opinion on the suspension of a basic right, to habeas corpus, during the Civil War resulted eventually in the decision, in Ex parte Merryman (1861), of Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a judge of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Maryland, that: “1. That the president [...] cannot suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, nor authorize a military officer to do it. 2. That a military officer has no right to arrest and detain a person not subject to the rules and articles of war [...] except in aid of the judicial authority, and subject to its control.” The Supreme Court explicitly referred to this maxim within its ruling on the case Ex parte Milligan, when it remarked that “these [amendments of the Bill of Rights], in truth, are all peace provisions of the Constitution and, like all other conventional and legislative laws and enactments, are silent amidst arms, and when the safety of the people becomes the supreme law.”]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter_arma_enim_silent_leges 

The words “In times of war the law falls silent” was referred to again, after the conclusion of the military tribunal that convicted and sentenced to death, Mary Surrat, the mother of John Surrat. John Surrat had at least conspired with John Wilkes Booth to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln. John Surrat had fled the country about two weeks prior to the assassination of the President, leaving his mother and sister to be subject to guilt by association as both were in the home where John Wilkes Booth had been known to frequent, along with other conspirators.

At the last hour, the attorney for Mary Surrat secured an order for habeas corpus and presented this to the Secretary of War, an order by a judge that Mary Surrat was to be presented to his court for a new civil trial. The President, Andrew Johnson, suspended that order and Mary Surrat was ultimately executed (the first woman in the history of this country). Devastated by this decision, her attorney was told by the chief prosecutor for the state, “In times of War the law is silent.”

For reference see:

‘The Conspirator’, Directed by Robert Redford

 http://www.conspiratorthemovie.com/

It may be reasonably argued that the United States Constitution alludes to these ancient Latin words where the following words are contained: “extraordinary Occasions…,” and “if the public safety requires it…” Today, we are perhaps more familiar with the terms – “military necessity,” “state of emergency” and among others, even “Homeland Security.” It is logical to conclude that a family, a business, the military, and a country do not and would not act or react in the same manner during some crisis or emergency as each would ordinarily or normally as they do under ordinary occasions. Another way to understand these terms are with yet again, additional phrases from Latin. One is government “de jure” (“pure law” i.e. the Constitution) and government “de facto” (“in reality or presently”). When government de jure is interrupted or suspended due to some perceived or actual emergency, government de facto is in force and effect.

Now look at all of these terms again: “extraordinary Occasions,” “public safety requires it,” “military necessity,” “state of emergency,” “Homeland Security,” and, “In times of war the law is silent.” These all form the mathematical axiom, “things equal to the same thing are equal to each other.”

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Lieber Code. This writ is the rules of engagement and occupation of one or more countries invading one or more countries or even places within its own country or countries. Its origin dates all the way back to ancient Roman law. The Lieber Code deals with international or inter-nation law, and is often associated with admiralty law or maritime law. In fact, the Lieber Code can be found on record, at the International Court of Law (International Criminal Court – ICC) and in the US War Department, ‘The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.’ Clearly the imagery of all of this and of this post is war and specifically here, what we know as the Civil War between the Union and Confederate forces. But the Civil War was never technically called or a declarted war.

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article One, Section Eight,

“Congress shall have power to … declare War”.

“To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;…”

There have only been five times in the history of the United States that any so called declaration of war by Congress has ever occurred:

Ÿ The War of 1812, June 18, 1812

Ÿ The Mexican-American War, May 13, 1846

Ÿ The Spanish-American War, April 25, 1898

Ÿ World War I, April 6, 1917

Ÿ World War II, December 8, 1941

Is it a curious thing that the American Civil War is not included in the previous list? Technically, this was never a war. It was called a war, looked like a war, felt like war and for all practical purposes it was a war. But the Confederacy was never recognized as either a legitimate government or a sovereign nation. There were only, military surrenders.  There was no formal peace treaty ever signed between the Union and the Confederacy. Neither the president (Abraham Lincoln) nor any other president (‘Commander and Chief) since 1863 has ever rescinded the Lieber Code of 1863! No Congress since 1863 has ever cancelled the Lieber Code! No Supreme Court since 1863 has ever overturned the Lieber Code!

The U.S. Constitution as the law of the land was written of, by and for the people to protect our unalienable rights “that among these are, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” It is a legal document of limits; of checks and balances that is designed to limit the powers of government. As such an intended and limiting legal document, it was not and is not intended that “extraordinary Occasions,” “the public safety requires it,” that habeas corpus be suspended, that “military necessity,” a “state of emergency” that “in times of war the law is silent,” was or is perpetual!!!! But this is precisely how the government (de facto, in reality or as it is presently) has and is operating ever since the American Civil War!!!

The United States (are) entered the Civil War as several, independent and sovereign states. The United States (is) exited the Civil War as a sovereign nation. This was and is not the intention of the U.S. Constitution. This anomaly has another term. It is called, ‘Legal Fiction.’ It is legal because it proceeded from the Constitution, but it is fiction because it does not exist. Even the term Legal Fiction by its own definition was and is limited. It was and is not intended to be perpetual.

The election of 2012 is not about a person, persons, party, platform or policy. It is or should be about resetting the government of the People, by the People and for the People to ordinary occasions. It is or should be about the intended limitations of government and returning all other un-intended power back to the US, WE the People, the authors of the Constitution and the BOSS of the servants which are to serve US, WE the People!

“In times of War the Law is Silent,” does NOT apply to our current situation. We are NOT under threat of invasion. We are NOT being invaded. No such “state of emergency” exists. There is no such “military necessity.” There is no such military or otherwise, any need to occupy these several independent and sovereign states. This is all, “Legal Fiction,” and isn’t it time that WE the People know and understand what ‘Legal Fiction” is? Isn’t it time that WE the People return to ordinary occasions?

So what is this post really saying?

“In times of War the Law is Silent,” the American Civil War and the term ‘Legal Fiction,’ form another mathematical axiom – “things equal to the same things are equal to each other.” One way to understand the term ‘Legal Fiction’ is by the words “as if.” From the beginning of the American Civil War in 1860/1861 up to today, September 14, 2012, over a hundred and fifty years later, it is “as if” the Civil War never ended. This is precisely what has occurred and is presently occurring. But it is all, ‘Legal Fiction!”

Next time:  Election 2012 – Legal Fiction

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Just I-Imagine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | August 25, 2012

The Solution

By Dahni © 2012 all rights reserved

Are you tired of having to admit?

Is it difficult for you to sit?

Do your clothes not fit?

No one is attracted to it?

Well my friend, you probably are suffering from the dreaded disease known as:

No-Ass-Atol

Are you tired of all the ridicule?

Are you tired of all the poking-fun by even your best friends?

Yes, yes, are you just sick and tired of being the butt or the no-butt of others jokes!

Do you just get No RESPECT; have you no SELF-RESPECT?

You are not alone! I too am one among the many that suffer from

 No-ASS-ATOL!

Rest assured the answer is near -

Find it here!

Remedies range from the painful and expensive; bulky and uncomfortable to the so-simple why hadn’t I thought of it before.

First, you could bear (pun intended) the painful and expensive, surgically altered butt-implant. Please do your research and find a qualified surgeon that is skilled and experienced in proportion and balance. You don’t want your no-ass-atol to become too big to get through a door or so misshapen that you sit with a lean.

Another current trend are the padded panties for the phillies and the bulgy briefs for the brutes.

These can become quite uncomfortable. They can get the wearer all hot and sweaty and not the hot and sweaty you might like.   :)

They can also cause embarrassment if someone grabs, pinches or slaps your ass, only to find your bums are fake. Bummer! (Yes, that was an intended pun too.)   :)

For comfort while driving, you might want to try this brand new product called: ‘iTush.’ Don’t let the simple design confuse you as it being just a square donut. This is high technology at its finest. It has a USB port for charging in your vehicle and little digital/electronic/electrical fingers constantly move and massage your tush while driving.   :)

iTush

But (again, pun intended), :)

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you have ever experienced a blown tire, you most likely are already familiar with this wonderful product. Now with a special formula, you too can instantly ‘Fix’ your ‘Flat’.

Just insert gently and inflate slowly to your desired size and firmness. Have an accident during some strenuous physical activity or from being overly and strongly slapped on your firm and tight ass? No problem, just re-insert and re-inflate. It’s just that quick and easy; nice and pleasy! Now in just seconds you can always have the butt you have dreamed of!

Fix-A-Flat – Ask for the No-Ass-Atol formula. Fix-A-Flat, it’s not just for tires anymore.

Paid for by: The No-Ass-Atol Foundation, The Society for Bigger and Better Butts, The Assless Organization, and The Ass-Not-Butt-Not No More Club. We approve of this message.
 
 

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | August 10, 2012

Good

© 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

Good Morning..
as we greet,
 
Good day..
as we move on through,
 
Good afternoon…
when we meet,
 
Good evening…
when we say adieu.
 
Now if should I die before you wake, 
I’ll not leave you in the morning to guess,
These words from me please take
“Good night…
 
and May God Bless!”
 
Every moment that we live,
Is a moment that we could,
Find a way to share the day and give,
It matters not the time, the season or the reason
Day through night, Life is…
 
Good!
 
Note: the line, “Good night and May God Bless” was the sign off for years by Red Skelton on the Red Skelton Show.

‘Good’ 1-5, sm. image and poem © 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

 
Posted by: Dahni | August 9, 2012

Choices

‘Choices’ © 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

Choices

© 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

We all want to see the stars
and like them we desire to shine,
with a brightness uniquely ours,
for what glitters we perceive, is everything that is fine.

Life is full of choices
and we must learn to live with what we choose,
life is full of voices
and not only, just to win or lose.

Do we do what we love
or love what we do,
do we seek the lonely fame above,
while the heart remains untrue?

I could aspire to be the best, each and every day
and end up shining like a star,
it’s nearest light, perhaps light years away,
for it must be lonely, out so far.

Do we choose to live and be
where the heart cannot deny,
the bright lights that we see,
shine from every eye?

Close, we live with lights that warm,
for stars we all, already are,
each a unique and individual form,
ever close and never far.

If my choices are to be a star,
if I do what I love and love what I do
and shine somewhere away and far,
it is no choice that I could live with…

being far from you.

just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | August 6, 2012

August Rush – (link)

© 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

click the image above

 

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Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | August 3, 2012

Pieces of the Masterpiece

From whence we came
Here we are
Pieces…

‘Pieces of the Masterpiece’ art & poem © 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

Please click on image to enlarge and read the poem, the click again when the page opens for full view.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note: The original poem has slightly been edited here by me and was originally written for my Mother-in-law, Ethel Lovatt (Lovie) Meech - March 27, 1926 – July 25, 2012 . It was read at her memorial service by her daughter, my wife Susan. It was themed by Ravnsong and written by Dahni © 2012, all rights reserved
 

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 29, 2012

The Pink Rose

The Pink Rose

© 2012 by Dahni

We shared a love for roses you and I.
   You loved pink and in our backyard along the old wood fence, roses grow.
I remembered and would take you a bud or some buds and blooms, in their time.
   On a Wednesday, I wanted to take you one, but the roses were all spent and, out of time; just a thought or a simple prayer for just one, it matters not which, but all things in their time; not always in mine.
 

On Wednesday – ‘Spent’

On that Wednesday, you opened your eyes; Your eyes were drawn towards everyone speaking to you around you; surrounding you.
   You knew them, loved them and knew that they knew, how much that you loved them.
You closed your eyes and like blossoms, faded peaceably to sleep, in your time.
   On that Friday, one new pink rose bud appeared, just one; I remembered and knew it would be ready and blossom, in its time.
 

On Friday – ‘One New Bud’

On that Sunday, we gathered to remember You and the pink rose is ready, in its time.
   That Sunday brought forth an answered prayer, in His time.
That Sunday, new growth and new buds were coming, all in their time. I will remember that whenever and wherever pink roses bloom, You are, The Pink Rose.

On Sunday – ‘The Pink Rose’
For my Mother-in-law, ‘The Pink Rose,’ Ethel Lovatt (Lovie) Meech
March 27, 1926 – July 25, 2012
all Photography and Poem © 2012 by Dahni, all rights reserved

 
 
 

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Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 21, 2012

Squeeze

SQUEEZE

By Dahni © 2012 all rights reserved

When life squeezes beyond measure
and pains swallow up every pleasure,
When troubles, turmoil, trauma, terror, and tears times time surround
and frights and fears astound
We gather -

Hold hands a little stronger
Kiss a little longer
Til’ the burdens pass or are just a little lighter
We squeeze each other, just a little tighter.

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 3, 2012

American exceptionalism

By Dahni © 2012 all rights reserved

Footprints By Dahni © 2012 all rights reserved

Note: Click the speaker icon for the Audio post of author reading the poem to follow:


Footprints

By Dahni, July 2,  2012

From shining sea to shining sea
WE came;
set aside the individual and our pride
and for each individual, WE Unified.
 
And bound together unalienable rights
and set it in writing, for all to see,
for all have the right to Liberty.
 
For what is life;
what happiness any
to any without – Liberty’s Light,
not privilege to the few,
but to all an unalienable right.
 
No gift of human
or divine right of royalty,
but a gift of equality
For all, Of all, By all -
sovereign to each below from above
or Nature’s God,
a gift to all of love.
 
And thereto WE pledged our lives;
OUR fortunes and sacred honor
and served to serve in anticipation
and won the right of celebration.
 
WE struggle in OUR humanity;
WE struggle with equality,
not perfect, but to its end WE resolve,
in forming til’ – WE evolve.
 
And there WE left footprints to follow,
in the times of sand;
footprints to follow,
for every Woman, Child and Man.
 
And this is the United States
of American exceptionalism -
many United for a single cause;
whose future footprints will be left pervading
or forgotten – and soon fading.
 
Will WE walk;
what future are we leading,
will WE leave OUR footprints,
those not yet born are pleading!
 
*********************************

On Monday July 2nd, 2012, WE the People marked the 236th year of the Declaration of Independence. On Wednesday July 4th, WE celebrated or spent this event in OUR many different ways.

If my poem, if the words above; if the image above has touched you – moved you, inspired or enthused you, I make this opened ended offer to you and each and every one of US. I appeal to you and each and every citizen of voting age in every state and territory of the United States of America.

In the midst of so much uncertainty, bobbing up and down within the seas of speculation and at the whim of wind and wave of the vast oceans of doubt that surround US here, I am asking each one of US, WE the People to invest $2.62. I am asking each 1 of US, WE the People, to see and be, the hope and change we need.

SPECIAL OFFER COMING SOON CLICK HERE!

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | January 24, 2011

New Year’s Dissolutions

Did you make any New Year’s dissolutions this year? Excuse me, I meant resolutions not dissolutions or did I?

Did you, like many others, have just a wee bit too much of  the midnight, the following midday or even an alcohol moment and have already forgotten them? You are not alone. Most of us at some time or another have participated in this phenomenal event. Why so phenomenal? This is partly due to the fact that so many regularly engage in this practice or ritual, at least once a year. There is nothing wrong with wanting more, to do more or to become more. There is nothing wrong with desiring to excel. It is in our nature to want to succeed. But combining the numbers of people so engaged, along with the few that ever realize these resolutions, that’s a phenomenon.

First off, if something is resolved or resolute or it’s a resolution, how could these ever become dissolved,  dissolute or dissolutions?

I believe deep down, most of us know the answer, but leave it to psychology and psychologists to come to our rescue. And they study this, often with federal, state, and local grants (our money) to basically explain what we already know. If something is not working, it’s just not working right? Do we really need to know why it not working or should we just stop doing it?

Well psychology, has decided to call this a syndrome and stamp it with its own special name. Please do not misunderstand, psychologists at least have the legal right to counsel you while trying to figure out their own phobias and their own psyches. But when something gets a label from professionals, it kind of takes the responsibility off of us and places it upon the syndrome. Like a disease, it’s not our fault. But anyway, psychology calls our New Year’s dissolutions: ‘The False Hope Syndrome.’ *

According to psychological years of study and research, many people repeat this practice every year with often the exact same resolutions (dissolutions).  Now why would anyone need to do that year after year if last year, they received what they were resolved to accomplish the previous New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?

Some may think of this merely as a definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result. I’m sure I’m not insane and quite confident that most of us are not.

We want we want and we need what we need. There is nothing wrong with that. Hope is for something that we want or need, but is not presently available. There is nothing ‘false’ about that.

We are not sick or insane. We do not have false hopes. We are not foolish, stupid or weak! What then is the problem?

* As many as 90 percent of attempts at change fail, yet New Year’s resolvers are undeterred. In a 2002 report in the journal American Psychologist, University of Toronto researcher Janet Polivy and a colleague came up with a name for this “cycle of failure and renewed effort”: the False Hope syndrome.”

Others have suggested that before the end of the first quarter of a new year, most of our New Year’s resolutions have dissolved. Then our same lists become next year’s lists.

The answer is quite obvious. All we need is a way to get what we want and need. We need a map. Like gears, we need something that just works. We need a PLAN!

After all, a PLAN is how our homes and places where we live were built.  So if you need a plan, I just might have what you are looking for. If not, isn’t it worth resolving to just find out what it is? Ask me.

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | December 31, 2010

Announcement

What is yet undefined and unknown for what 2011 will be

Begins later at near midnight for any and all to see!

Please join us later, to begin Our 2011 New Year’s Pages!

Click Here

Posted by: Dahni | November 25, 2010

Shhh

Our 17th annual online Advent calendar

has now pre-opened!

http://www.i-imagine.biz/Thanksgiving.htm

 

Posted by: Dahni | October 26, 2010

Ruby Red Slippers Upgrade

© 2010 by Dahni

Perhaps like you, I have always been intrigued by the Ruby Red Slippers made famous by Dorothy Gayle of Kansas in the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. And no, I don’t and never have worn women’s shoes! :)

I just think these are cool!

The movie, by the way, came out in 1939 when my mother was just sixteen years old. Just imagine seeing this for the very first time in warm sepia tones. Then all of sudden, it changes to full color when Dorothy walked out of her Kansas farmhouse into the Land of Oz!

I still think some of the costumes, special effects and the many elaborate and hand-painted backgrounds rival techniques used today, over 70 years later.

But what about, the Ruby Red Slippers?

As was customary for important props, a number of pairs were made for the film, though no one knows exactly how many. Five pairs are known to have survived. An original pair is on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Another was stolen, sometime on the morning/night of August 27 – 28, 2005. Michael Shaw’s original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz was stolen from the Judy Garland Musuem in Grand Rapids, Minnesota [Judy Garland's hometown]. The shoes were insured by the museum for $1,000,000.00 Whew, and no actual rubies were used in their construction!

Specs of the original Ruby Slippers

 

 

To me, the symbolism of the Ruby Red Slippers, beyond their fashion statement, is whatever is ‘comfortable.’ What could be more comfortable than the words Dorothy Gayle uttered when trying to get back to Kansas, “There’s no place like home!”

Now I’m no girl, but the Ruby Red Slippers might be OK to walk around in, in the Land of Oz, but I don’t think they were too ‘comfortable’ to run in. If Dorothy was heading out to Oz today, surely her slippers would be upgrades to reflect our modern times.

I had an occasion recently, to see such a pair of Ruby Red Slipper upgrades. They were beautiful red patent leather with synthetic flexible soles. They were worn by our niece Laurie. Laurie could easily be a modern-day Dorothy, complete with Ruby Red Slipper upgrades and her band of 3 characters in tow. No, not the Scarecrow, The Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, but her three munchkin-like boys, Ian, Chase and Gavin.

Ruby Red Slipper upgrades (blue socks and gingham dress optional)

 

 

As for running in these Ruby Red Slipper upgrades, I’ll let Laurie tell you like it is.

“Remember these shoes?  I still like them a lot. But they are not good for running full speed across an airport while pushing a stroller, pulling a suitcase, carrying a diaper bag, and stopping 2 or 3 times to pick up that &%^*# monkey that Guy [son Gavin]  kept slinging overboard in order to make your flight because you forgot your wallet in your Grandma’s car in Walworth, NY and it is impossible to get it in time and therefore had to go through Special Security Clearance because your ID is in said wallet and you have exactly 1 minute to get on the plane because it is the last one leaving for JFK that will make it to your connecting flight [to Charlotte, NC] that evening.”

From a blog post by our niece, Laurie (Meech) Maddex

 

 

See: http://ianandchase.blogspot.com/2010/10/fyi.html

 

 

Just I-magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | October 20, 2010

Literally

October 16th, 2010 WEST NEWTON, Mass. – President Barack Obama said Americans’ “fear and frustration” is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that threatens to derail the Democratic agenda. “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. “And the country’s scared.”

Excerpt by Carol E. Lee

Politico

Read more:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43706.html#ixzz12ta0T2V6

Sometimes one can measure their importance by the measure of an insult and from whom the insult has come. Since I am part of the country that is supposedly “scared” and unable to “think clearly,”  I have just been insulted by a lawyer, a professor of Constitutional Law and the President of the United States.

Perhaps you did not know that the President said these things recently? If that is the case, we have the media to thank for that.

The President has been known to frequently blame the previous administration for our present problems and his inability to fix them. He has used such words as “inherited,” “mop up,” and “plug the hole,” to the problems he has acquired since entering office. And now he apparently has blamed us all.

Perhaps you agree with his assessment of our country? Perhaps you agree that we are not thinking clearly, are afraid and refuse to accept “facts and science and argument?”

Perhaps we are just mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore?

Whatever you and I believe, we are all included in his explanation of our nation’s problems with the words –  “And the country’s scared.”

The only other possible conclusion is that I am -

 

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | October 10, 2010

10-10-10

by Dahni

© 2010

Here we have a calendar with a unique day, a unique month and a unique year. First of course is today – 10-10-10. Next and only occurring every 823 years we have a month with:

Ÿ •5 Fridays Ÿ •5 Saturdays and Ÿ •5 Sundays

Enjoy!

 

Just I-Imagine,

Dahni

 

Posted by: Dahni | August 15, 2010

You’ve Got Rude

by Dahni

© 2010

Since AOL (America Online) first introduced it and the 1998 movie with the same name popularized it, “You’ve Got Mail,” became the motto, for how we communicate today.

While technology has evolved, apparently, common courtesy has not.

Most e-mail servers now offer SPAM filtering. This can be automatic or often manual choices we can make as to what we do not want in our primary IN box. But just like junk mail deposited into the regular mail boxes of our homes and businesses, we still have to delete it. Spam like junk mail usually outnumbers the regular mail we receive. The difference between the two is primarily that we receive more spam than junk mail, it comes everyday instead of 5 or six days a week, it can come 24 hours a day and even though there is no paper to throw out, spam still takes up a lot of our time to sort through, before it is deleted.

Then of course, spam is not subject to the same rules as regular mail. A lot of spam, if sent through the regular mail would either be subject to the commission of some felon or it would at least have to be sent in a plain brown wrapper, to protect children and to let you know it is some form of adult content.

Even though we have e-mail notifiers on our computers, cell phones and other communication devices and even though we have spam filters, technology has not been able to completely meet our needs. If we are not going to take care of our own, then technology must take care of us.

Even though spam does not distinguish much of anything or anyone, it is all pretty much just unsolicited, un-asked for or unappreciated junk we do not want, need or think we deserve. But I will say this, spam senders are able to find us, whom they may have never met and may never know, when those we do know or send mail to, apparently cannot locate us or have not heard from us.

Spam needs to be filtered either automatically or manually by us and we preferably would rather it be done automatically. How should our mail be filtered?

Well, first of all, there is the MAIL Box. This is the stuff we receive from those we know, would like to get to know or it was sent to us by the recommendations of those we know or want to know.

Next is the SPAM Box. This is all the unsolicited, un-asked for and unappreciated stuff that shows up daily and often much, much more than our regular mailbox receives. This we either wait for about 30 days until it is automatically deleted by our mail servers or we must delete it manually. After all, the email server is not human and does not know us personally. It does not know what spam we might want or not want. It might have even accidentally marked the mail as spam that really isn’t.

Being curios, we have a tendency to open the spam, just to see what it is. But spam needs to be separated into other categories to help us sort through it all.

We need a CRAP Box. Crap contains all the stuff no one wants. If you are a male and not interested in females, you probably are not interested in female sexual enhancement products and services. If you are female and are not interested in males, you are probably not interested in male enhancement products and services. So, the crap filter must contain ‘crap’ that is not oriented towards our sex, personality, race, color, religious beliefs or lack thereof and etc. For example, crap in an atheist’s mail box would be anything about God. The crap box would also contain crap that has nothing to do with our particular culture, lifestyle, economic status and all the other stuff in our personal biographical information settings. The crap box also contains all the get-rich-quick schemes, messages  from some person pretending to be a someone in need of help or a representative of some deceased person that left a boat-load of cash and our help is needed in getting the money, promising us a hefty fee in return.

We also need an IGNORE Box. This would be a handy little feature that can both ‘receive’ and  ‘send.’ On the ‘receive’ side, this allows us to know that the mail we sent to someone was or is being ignored. If the mail we sent is or is not opened after a certain amount of time, we receive this automatic message which basically means that we are being ignored. These automatic messages could be carefully constructed so as to offer some logical reason (excuses) as to why we were ignored. These could read like the following:

The recipient’s mailbox is full
(only used if re-send is requested/suggested)
The recipient cannot respond to every message
(The recipient is too cool, too important and too busy to respond to you personally and who are you anyway?? Generally, this automatic message is the only one you will receive from the recipient, so you know you have been ignored, only in an automatic, impersonal,  and fictional-courteous way.)
The recipient’s server crashed
(only used if re-send is requested/suggested)
The recipient’s computer is malfunctioning
(only used if re-send is requested/suggested)
The recipient’s is away from e-mail access, out of town, out of country, on some deserted island, in a cave, on another planet, is dead and/or could not be reached.
Even though their mail was forwarded, they do not want you to know that. Please note: There is no possibility of knowing if or when these circumstances might change. This is very useful since it does not inspire confidence that you should try and re-send your mail at a later date, because you will probably be ignored then as well. This feature also protects the sender in not directly telling us that we are being ignored, as if they were actually concerned with not wanting to hurt your feelings.

Of course, the ‘send’ function of the IGNORE Box has the same type of built-in automatic messages as the ‘receive’ side. This protects us in not having to reply to e-mail and without actually notifying the recipient that we are ignoring them.

Next, we need a FLAME BOX. This mail should be separated into two sections. One is personal flame and the other is impersonal flame. The first would be from those you know and the 2nd is from those you do not. The Flame Box or “flaming” as it is called, are messages coherent or usually incoherent which contain insulting and derogatory words. They are often full of expletives or just foul-language. These messages are demeaning and full of vitriol (poison, porn, hatred, pis and vinegar). They are designed to reduce you to tears or to something far less than vermin and lower than dirt. These could come from someone you know or from those you do not. The ‘Impersonal Flame Box’ would really be a useful feature for blogs and on-line social media sites where comments are allowed.  The ‘Impersonal Flame Box’ usually contains messages from someone you do not know, but are somehow able to disguise their true identity and give fake e-mail addresses. For example, I received the following (edited) comment recently, on one of my blogs. It was purported to be from Henry Winkler, the same actor that made ‘Fonzie,’ or ‘The Fonz,’ a character from the television sitcom ‘Happy Days,’ a household word.

Even the mail server was legitimate – @happydays.com. But there is no such account as hwink or hwinks @happydays.com. But anyway, this is the sum and substance of the flaming comment I received.

“Holy F–k! You’re out of your f—ing mind. You must be living in the Matrix to actually believe this bullsh-t. Put down the moonshine and wait for your vision to straighten back out, then try typing.

Henry Winkler

hwinks@happydays.com

Question: Is ‘hwinks’ code for “hoodwinks,” i.e. deceive, mess with etc?

Now if this was really from Henry Winkler (the Fonz’) which it was NOT, or if made by an anonymous person that it was, what is the point to this flaming comment? There is none! If you lack the courage to give your real name or if you vehemently disagree with something I have written, why even bother leaving such a comment in the first place? Why not communicate an alternative? If I am insane, why would it matter to me that this message was sent? Why, because this is typical of a lot of communication among people today. Instead of agreeing to disagree, instead of actually having a ‘conversation,’ instead of actually caring or trying to help, the low road is to tear down anyone and fight anything that dares to disagree with you or your beliefs.

By the way, I have never had “moonshine” and I do not know how to “type.” I hunt and peck. I hunt for the letters and peck them out maybe 35 words a minute. So this person is not only NOT who they pretend to be, they do NOT know me and they certainly do NOT care about offering me anything helpful.

Finally, the last box we need is the RUDE Box.

Depending on the amount of mail you send, this could be the largest box of all the mail you receive. It works just like sending regular mail with a return receipt. After a certain period of time, you are notified that mail was delivered.

It did not come back as undeliverable or that the address was incorrect.

It is not returned as spam unless it was spam sent in the first place by you.

And it is not returned as crap that no one wants unless it was sent as crap by you.

It is not mail that was ignored, because you were not notified by some automatic responder that the recipient was away from their desk, out of the office, out of town, on vacation, out of the country, on some remote island, in a cave, on another planet, they are just too cool, too important, and too busy to respond to you and who are you anyway?

It is not mail suggesting that their email server crashed, their mail box was full, they have computer problems or that they are dead.

It does not contain information like Thanks, but no thanks, please do not write again, you are insane, go away or just die.

It does not contain flame like, I hate your guts, stop sucking air, go die etc.

No, the RUDE Box just informs us that the recipient lacks common courtesy.

If the ‘rude’ is from celebrities, famous, professional or very important people, then they lack professional courtesy.

The RUDE Box does not distinguish people. The RUDE Box could be from anyone – family, friends, associates, or really, anyone.

But the RUDE BOX has two very important functions: It lets you know that the albeit honest and courteous mail you sent, is being rejected, because the recipient desires to personally be rude to you, because you are unimportant to them.

The RUDE Box especially informs you that the recipient is just rude, lacking common courtesy.

We read about people everyday that ‘go-off-the deep-end,’ bonkers or just plain nuts. Although each of us are responsible for our own actions, often some people just ‘lose it’ over something so simple as the lack of common courtesy.

The other function of the RUDE Box can help build one’s self-esteem. Well, kind-of help in a twisted sort of way. If you do get invited to say, some party and you cannot drop names of important people you know, perhaps you can just drop names of important people that are rude to you. Personally, I have a nice little growing list . My rude list (incomplete) contains such notables as:

Oprah Winfrey – Rush Limbaugh – Bill O’Reiley – Sean Hannity
Gene Simmons (of KISS) – Jewel – David Letterman – Jay Leno
Karl Rove – Glen Beck – Elizabeth Taylor
Many other famous and important people (local, state, national and International)
Many other professional businesses and organizations (local, state, national and International)
My own mayor of Rochester, NY (but he is, after all, too busy running for Lt. Governor of New York) - Bob Lonsberry of WHAM1180 – Beth and Rick of WHAM 1180 – WHAM 1180 - My own state senator, Joe Robach – A neighbor that happens to be a judge - Family – Friends and Associates

Why would I want to mention these names? Do I drop these names to make me feel better? Is it because they hurt my feelings and I am a revengeful sob, looking for some pay-back? Maybe I mention these names so you don’t write to them and if you do and don’t get a response, you won’t have to feel like -

“You’ve Got Rude?”

Now I know these people have my e-mail address, home phone number and mailing address, as I receive something from many of them a lot. I have tried to respond to them, but usually the e-mail is returned as “Do Not Reply.” It really wasn’t from the person it was sent from or to whom I tried to reply. When I call the number left on my caller ID, the person that called me cannot be contacted. It is only a taped broadcast message after all. The phone is just a bank of phones where basically they are telling us, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” IF I reply by regular or snail-mail, there is seldom ever a response.

For crying out loud, these people have staff and resources the ordinary person does not. There are such things as automatic responders, rubber stamps with signatures, digital signatures and form letters which can all be edited to fit the person and the situation. Do I and should I or you expect a response – absolutely. I don’t care how many millions of people write to them everyday. There is a way to answer everyone. If you or they are not going to respond, then do not make it available to contact you in the first place.

But I can usually make contact with someone representing someone or something, if I buy something or contribute to something they are interested in. But reply to my communications? Not too often. I just get a lot of RUDE.

Does this all seem way too complicated? Apparently, so is common courtesy.

There are no excuses anywhere, anyplace, anytime or from anyone, that excuses one from common courtesy!

If you don’t hear from people in a short time, perhaps you are being ignored or they are just being rude. Here is a concept, try sending them this -

“Hi, I haven’t heard from you in awhile. How are you?”

But, if you are not known for the value and the contributions you make to society, perhaps you can measure the effectiveness of your life, by the volume of numbers of people that are rude to you.

Then again, these several special mailboxes and this blog post would not be necessary, if there were such a thing as common courtesy.

What if there was only one box – a mailbox?

What if we received new messages or replies from those we send messages to  like–

“You’ve Got Mail!”

What if because of common courtesy, these messages do not contain spam, crap, ignore, flame or rude? What if we responded in a timely and courteous manner?


Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 31, 2010

PURPLE HAZE

UPDATE 10/21/2011

Dear Friends, Family and UN-aliens,

If you are have ever thought that there is something seriously wrong in this country, but could not quite put your finger on what ‘it’ is, you are in for at least (4) surprises!

For one thing, many people have felt or feel this way. You are not alone. For another surprise, there is an answer as to exactly what ‘it’ is and when ‘it’ started. Third on the list is that there is actually something that WE the People can do about ‘it.’ And finally, it is really simple (not easy) but simple and it will not take a lot of OUR time.

What is an UN-alien? Well if you are are a citizen of the United States of America, you are an UN-alien.

According to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, WE the People are endowed with -

“…certain unalienable rights that among these are

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

excerpt from the Declaration of Independence 1776

I had previously written a book called PURPLE HAZE “An UN-alien’s guide to finding OUR Republic” Book 1: Concealed & Revealed. I have been published many times before, but this is my first book. As a new or first-time author, I NEED your help in publishing this work. EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY should read this book!

This is not just me saying this. Once you read it, you will agree with that statement.

Well, it was unpublished. It has been, re-edited, re-titled, has new cover art and is almost ready. Plans are for digital or eBook available by December of 2011. Print, hard copy with full cover dust cover maybe by January 2012. Audio in the works. The new name is RESET “An UN-alien’s Guide to Reset Our Republic” - Concealed & Revealed.Here is a sample of the cover:

You are personally invited to find out more information. Please check out:

www://i-imagine.biz/Reset.htm

Thank you for helping me, help you help US, WE the People!

1 of WE,

Dahni
an UN-alien
Posted by: Dahni | July 4, 2010

Day of Liberty


Push Play

Philadelphia July 3d. 1776

…But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. —

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Printed in Adams Family Correspondence, 2:29-33

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 1, 2010

Good Evening America

Good Evening America,

WE the People are just a few days away from celebrating OUR Independence. I want to send out these greetings that everyone has a great fourth of July!

I am actually writing this and sending it to my blog by way of email, which is either a brand neither feature at Word Press or it’s new to me. So this is my test-run.

If you did not already know, I have written a book. Actually it is one of three in progress. But one is finished. I am just waiting on the editors (I have 5) and some formatting issues soon to be resolved. Yes, you read it correctly, I have five editors. One is the mayor of my city in Rochester, NY, one is a senator from my state of New York, and another is a county Supreme Court judge for the county of Monroe where I live. I guess you could say I have the branches of government spectrum covered. Their contributions from an executive, a legislator and from a judicial point of view are important as the book spans government, politics, history and fiction, ‘legal fiction’ to be precise.

My other final 2 editors are a dear friend and my wife. Janet, actually has the only original draft copy in print. Bless her heart it was sized for easier editing and is double-spaced, large type and even though printed on both sides of the paper, it is still way over a ream of paper. (250 sheets = a ream). My wife Susan is the final editor. Believe it or not she emails me revisions chapter by chapter. Sometimes I watch her send them to me. :) Yes, we are OK. Yes we are still speaking to each other and yes, we are in the same home and often, even the same room.

Between Janet and Susan, they are the spelling, grammar and does that make sense, does it read well editors.

Originally, I wanted to release this book appropriately, on the fourth of July. But this is not going to happen. Right now it looks like August or early September. It definitely needs to be released and read by everyone in OUR country before the November elections. No I’m not bragging, it’s just that important!

The name of the book is PURPLE HAZE “An UN-alien’s guide to finding OUR Republic” Book 1: Concealed & Revealed.

Book 1? Yes there will be a second book and in fact a third book is in progress concurrently, but it is a book of fiction based on:

PURPLE HAZE “An UN-alien’s guide to finding OUR Republic”

Book 1: Concealed & Revealed. COMING SOON

PURPLE HAZE “An UN-alien’s guide to finding OUR Republic”

Book 2: Detect & Correct. FUTURE

The book of fiction is called” An American Eagle “When Imagination becomes real”

You can read excerpts at:

http://anamericaneagle.wordpress.com/

‘An American Eagle’ is a work of fiction and it is based on PURPLE HAZE which is based on fact. It just seems to often read like fiction, but it’s not.

You can see more details about PURPLE HAZE at:

http://www.i-imagine.biz/PurpleHaze.htm

Please check it out. I just today, recently updated this. Yes, I did all the work and in fact, I am doing most of the work in publishing and bringing this to print. Now I’m not blowing my horn about this, these are just the facts. The facts are, this is my first non-fiction book and I’m sure you realize how difficult it is for new authors and unknown authors to initially get published. Since I am not Bill Clinton that recently received the highest advance ever in the publishing industry, for 12 million dollars, I have to use other methods besides my name, credentials or financial resources. I could use your help and there will be more about this in a later post and/or web updates.

But let me say that just because my resources are limited and my name is virtually unknown, if you knew me, you know I will not release anything to the public that is less than the best and that includes quality of materials, professionalism, but most importantly – the CONTENT!

If you have ever wondered or thought something is not quite right in OUR country, The United States of America, PURPLE HAZE is a must read for several reasons:

1. It answers these questions and much more

2. You will see some amazing stuff WE were never taught in school about this country
3. It reads like fiction so you just might enjoy reading it
4. It has the solution to restoring OUR Republic and do you know what that means? It means:

“Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!”

So again, please check out:

PURPLE HAZE

click above

Well, that’s a wrap. This has been my first email-to blog post. Until next time, Happy Fourth of July!

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | April 9, 2010

Mental Exercise

by Dahni

© 4/9/2010

There are three reasons for exercising our brains.

  1. Keeps us sharp
  2. Keeps us sharp so we don’t repeat ourselves
  3. I can’t remember the third reason

Note: Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program, to determine if thinking is right for you.

Just I-Magine,

Posted by: Dahni | April 7, 2010

Racism

by Dahni

© 4/7/2010

If you don’t want to talk to someone, call them a racist. If you don’t want to answer an honest question, call the other person a racist. If you cannot or will not honestly debate something, call the other person or party a racist. But if anyone does not or will not agree with you, then by all means and especially under those circumstances,  call them a racist! Then you can become a part of the promoting of racism.

The government is the promoter of racism.

A few among the many are truly brazen examples of racism.

The media are the reporters and carriers of racism.

Are you a racist? Am I? Are WE the People? How about the government that is supposedly of, for and by US, WE the People? Well then explain to me WHY the hell the 2010 census wanted to know what my race is or yours?

Congress, Media and all others - shut up with all this racist crap and spend your time to eliminate race from OUR government. All are “created equal” remember?

WE the People have the government not that WE deserve, but the one WE allow!

From the 2010 Census

Just I-Magine,

Posted by: Dahni | March 30, 2010

The All American Mutt

by Dahni

© 3/30/2010

WE need not be so divided. WE are not a nation of black, white, red, brown, olive and all the colors of the rainbow. WE are not a nation of him or her, us and them. WE are not the red states and blue states. WE are not the two-party system of the elephant or the donkey, the dumb ass or the jackass.

No, WE are mutts.

WE may not be too smart, but neither are WE just plain dumb. OUR nose might be too big for OUR face and it might even be crooked. OUR ears might be two different colors, just like OUR eyes. Nothing may match. WE are a little bit of this and a little bit of that. WE may not be too pretty, but WE aint’ ugly either. WE are not perfect and it may sometimes seem like WE are more trouble than WE are worth. WE may not be any big deal, but WE are a faithful friend.

WE are just the all American lovable mutt.

It just works and that’s what makes US great!

Just I-Magine,

Posted by: Dahni | March 28, 2010

Susan – bouquet de fleurs

Susan Hayden, bouquet de fleurs

(bouquet of flowers)

You may not know this and my wife Susan may never say a word, but I thought everyone should know about this. Susan is retiring this year as a music teacher, after 30 years.

Since the early 80′s, Rochester, NY has held an annual All-City Concert to showcase the talents of instrumental and vocal musicians.

On Saturday March 27, this event was held at East High School. Over 300 musicians participated in a packed audience; standing room only and people were in the outside hall, waiting to get in or to hear.

Over 1,000 people attended (maybe 1,000′s) and they gave the entire event, a standing ovation.

The City School Director of the Arts, called out Susan, mentioned her retirement, presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers (French – bouquet de fleurs) and thanked her for thirty years of faithful and exceptional service to the education of our youth, to which the audience whole-heartedly applauded.

If you think the numbers recognizing her contributions was large or small, it cannot compare to the impact she has made on the lives of so many. In 30 years, Susan has easily taught over 10,000 students of many ages and probably much more. Susan took her love for music and placed a little bit of herself and her love into the lives of so many.

Susan truly did “like” and has tried in 30+ years, like a line from a song,

“…to teach the world to sing.”

I am; WE the People that love you, are so proud of you Susan!

And WE thank you for enriching and touching and loving our lives! WE are the music and the flowers in the bouquet of your life!

Susan taught for 30+ years for -

“She loved the teacher’s task, in eyes that opened and minds that asked!”

Just I-Magine,

Posted by: Dahni | March 25, 2010

P.O.P.

by Dahni

© 3/25/2010

Shortly after the United States House of Representatives passed the Senate Health Care bill on Sunday March 21st, 2010 and after the president signed it into law and the vice president said it was a “Big f—ing deal,” I received an email.

The email was an invitation of sorts, to join a new political party. It was called the ‘Pissed off Party,’ the P.O.P or POP for short.

This party seemed to have only one objective or a single agenda. Regardless of party affiliation, members of the P.O.P. are encouraged to vote out all incumbents in the next election.

Now this idea might appear to have some merit. I thought about this for a bit and initially focused on the words, “pissed off.” These words are indicative of the emotional state of being very, very much angry. Unchecked anger could lead to violence, as recent reports of threats upon certain members of Congress and a particular member whose office had a brick thrown through the window, implies. Perhaps a better name for the P.O.P. would be the Punch out Party?

But the stated purpose of the P.O.P. is to vote out all incumbents. Would not a better name be instead, the Push out Party?

I am not an advocate of violence. There must be a better way to respond to situations and even people that influence frustration and discontent among others. So after much thought on these matters, it was decided to call the P.O.P., the People only Party.

The P.O.P’s only agenda is to affect positive political change. Merely voting out one person of one party for another person of another party is not good enough.

So, the candidate for any office – local, state or national must be qualified. The qualification process must be simplified and verified.

First, all candidates must successfully answer (1) true or false question and choose the correct response from (1) multiple choice question.

True or False Question

The government of, for and by the People is not WE the People, but Me the People? T or F

(please circle either T or F above)

Please Note: A monkey has a 50-50 chance of getting the right answer. But monkeys are not eligible to apply.

Multiple Choice Question

You have 3 apples, owe 10 apples to pay for those 3 apples and 20 other people want apples. What do you do?

  1. Borrow more apples?
  2. Fix the books to show that you have paid off all debt, given away 20 apples and have a surplus of apples?
  3. Print more pictures of Apples?
  4. Cut costs, pay off debts and only give apples if you have them?
  5. Replace apples with oranges and call them apples?
  6. Keep three apples for yourself?
  7. Produce an apple budget based on apples that don’t exist or don’t exist yet?
  8. Sell the 3 apples you have?
  9. Loan the 3 apples?
  10. Trade the 3 apples for oranges?

(please circle the number from 1-10 of your answer above)

Please Note: A monkey has a 10% chance of selecting the correct answer. But monkeys are not eligible to apply.

All candidates regardless of any party affiliation, education, socio-economic status, race, color, creed or sex must clearly demonstrate:

  1. Prior to consideration, all candidates must have a complete ‘physical,’ psychological profile and psychiatric evaluation. It must be paid in advance by the candidate and the candidate must submit their paid receipts. Their attending physician must in writing state,“that thinking is good and healthy for this candidate.”
  2. They can speak, read, write and understand English.
  3. They cannot physically or otherwise, be able to speak out of both sides of their mouth.
  4. They understand what is, is.
  5. Must understand when the cameras are rolling and the microphone is on, while in public.
  6. Must understand that public life is like living in a fishbowl, especially in this age of technology and nearly instantaneous information. If candidate does not want the public to know what they do in private, then it is highly recommended that they do not engage in private, with what they do not want God or their Mom to know about.
  7. From the smallest child to the smartest mind, everyone can understand what you say and that, what you say, is what you mean.
  8. All candidates must understand and demonstrate that an alien or an immigrant that is not a citizen in this country is an illegal alien, an illegal immigrant or someone approved to be here for only a specific period of time. Identification and verification is a perfectly legitimate request of such an individual to prove and have verified.
  9. Regardless of educational background, all candidates must be able to prove that they are common people with common sense.
  10. Any legislation proposed must be read, must be able to be read and must be able to be understood by anyone of, for and by whom it is proposed.
  11. All candidates graduating from any institute of higher (lesser) learning with a major in political science are not eligible.
  12. All candidates must know, understand and have verified that they understand the difference between: agreements and deals; compromises and bribes; truth and spin (that spin is a lie); service and being served; rights and privileges; responsibilities and welfare and that there aint’ nothing in life for FREE!
  13. All candidates must enter into service (if chosen) and exit their limited term of service, richer for the experience in having served apples and not richer from being served apples.
  14. All candidates must have proven and verified experience in working with apples.
  15. No candidate that has ever served in politics in any capacity on the local, state or national level is eligible.

Note: The success of this pilot program with common sense; common people, has an equal if not a greater chance of succeeding, than using the current system of candidates that are highly educated ignoramuses or useful idiots.

P.O.P.

The People only Party

And now a word from our Sponsor – Murphy’s Mortuary, makers of ‘Fab Slabs’

‘Monuments and Markers for the Moment You Meet Your Maker!’

“In the monument and marker business,” said Bill Murphy, C.E.O of Murphy’ Mortuary, “there’s a bit of folklore people need to understand.”

“In cemeteries and parks, statues of soldiers on horses are often found. Some believe there is some type of secret code which tells of how the rider met their demise. For lack of a better description, call this, the ‘Hoof Code.’ The ‘Hoof Code’ may be mostly true in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and perhaps other areas depicting the Civil War period. But except for a few exceptions, the ‘Hoof Code’ is mostly not true or merely a folktale. Here is how the story unfolds.”

  • If the rider is on a horse with both front feet raised in the air, the rider died in battle.
  • If the horse has one front leg hoof raised, the rider has died from wounds sustained in battle.
  • If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the rider died of natural causes.
  • If all four legs of the horse are suspended in air, you need glasses, new glasses, to stop drinking or to stop taking drugs (perhaps all of those).
  • If there is no horse and only a statue of a person, it is most likely a politician with both hands in your pocket and both feet (hooves) in their mouth. They have died from unnatural causes.

When the moment matters most, meet yor’ maker with a ‘Fab Slab,’ rather than merely saying, “I was here.” Yall’ come see us, just not too soon!   :)

Wily Bill Murphy, C.E.O – Murphy’s Mortuary

Just I-Magine,

Posted by: Dahni | March 24, 2010

Evolution of the Black Market

by Dahni

© 3/24/2010

You are alone and walking along some darkened alley. Perhaps you are a little nervous, but it is after all, in the daytime. All of a sudden; out of the shadows a stranger approaches. The phantom-like figure is wearing a black hat, a black trench coat and dark sunglasses.

He speaks.

“Wanna buy a watch?”

You do not want to be rude and hurt his feelings, but you just cannot keep from laughing.

“Well of course not,” you answer, “It’s 2010; I have a cell phone.”

You move on, but you cannot help but feel sorry for the guy. He did have a lot of watches. The black market must not be too profitable.

Later in the day, you find yourself again, walking down a dark alley. You’re still not afraid as it is a beautiful and nicely warm day. Out of the corner of your eye, you notice some shadowy movement, coming towards you. You’re a little startled, but continue walking forward. Suddenly, a phantom-like figure wearing a black hat, a black trench coat and dark sunglasses, steps in front of you.

He speaks.

“Wanna buy some pot?”

You do not want to be rude and hurt his feelings, but you just cannot keep from laughing.

“Well of course not,” you answer, “its 2010; I’m from New York; Marijuana is legal and I have a license to grow it.”

Note: Believe it or not, my state governor is considering legalizing medical marijuana to raise revenue for our huge state deficit crisis.

You move on, but you cannot help, but feel sorry for the guy. He did have a lot of pot. The black market must not be too profitable.

A few minutes later, you come upon a large public park. It is crowded with people. Everyone seems to be standing around and in line for something.

In the center of the park stands a phantom-like figure wearing a black hat, a black trench coat and dark sunglasses. You work you way through the crowd and occasionally have to assure some that you are merely taking a walk and not trying to cut-in-line.

After several minutes, you draw close to the dark stranger and within earshot.

He speaks.

“Wanna buy some health insurance? I can get you insured cheaper than the government. If you don’t want or need insurance, I can get you a certificate that proves you have some.”

“Well of course I do,” you answer, “its 2010; I have to have it!”

You do not want to be rude and hurt anyone’s feelings, so you go to the end of the line and wait your turn. You cannot help, but feel sorry for yourself. He did have a lot of insurance to sell and it seemed like no end of customers . The black market must be really profitable. You’re not laughing anymore.

Just I-Magine,

Posted by: Dahni | March 20, 2010

Helping Others

© 3/20/2010

by Dahni

Most of us love others. Many of us love to love others, give to others and help others. The United States in particular, we are among the most charitable (in dollars, resources and time) people on planet earth.

Many Christians, many non-Christians and many non-religious people are familiar with and have used the following concept in writing and speaking:

“Love your neighbor”

Sometime this is followed by the rest of the verse from which it comes.

“…Love your neighbor as yourself.”

From the Bible: Book of Matthew 19:19b

Those quoting part of this verse, seldom see the words “as yourself,” or understand the logic. The love extended to our neighbors hinges upon the love we have for ourselves.

There are other ways, to communicate this truth.

We cannot teach more than we know.

We cannot lead others any further than we have been led.

We cannot communicate or articulate in words (written or spoken), what is we do not understand.

We can not give away something we do not have (unless it is borrowed and we pay interest on what we give away.) Can you imagine applying for a Love Loan at your local bank  :)

This is the reason why this stuff has to be FREE – freely given and freely received. No one can afford it otherwise and especially not the compounded interest.

If we want to communicate the measles, we must first have some good cases of the measles ourselves.  :)

And as far as helping others…

If you are interested in a full size print of this image let me know

(I am currently using this as my desktop display)



Just I-Magine,


Posted by: Dahni | February 28, 2010

Be a Chile Pepper

by Dahni

© Copyright 2/28/10

all rights reserved

With the recent earthquake of 8.8 in Chile, the country has been declared a disaster. Many People would like to help. I designed the following image which could appear on many different products from hats, T- shirts, hoodies, mugs,  postcards, posters, children and toddler apparel and even shirts for the pets. Buy something cool for you or others and help the people of Chile. For every purchase made, donations will be made to the American Red Cross for the people of Chile. Be a Chile Pepper Upper!   :)

Let me know if you are interested in any product using this design

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | January 29, 2010

Politicians & Pizza

© 2010 by Dahni

all rights reserved

If only…

…If only politicians were like pizza.

WE could order whatever WE want. If they don’t deliver it or if the service is lousy, WE don’t have to pay for it. If they’re late, WE don’t have to pay for it. If it’s crap, not only do WE not have to pay for it, they’ve lost the chance to serve US.  And I’m not sure about you, but I usually try another service and it doesn’t take 4 years.

Just I-Magine,

Dahni 1 of WE

Posted by: Dahni | January 8, 2010

The Liberty Pen

© 2010 by Dahni

all rights reserved

The word freedom in this country or anyplace in the world means nothing, unless one is at liberty to enjoy that freedom. Without liberty, any freedoms are merely matters of privilege or some form of payment. If freedoms are by privilege or payment, they can also be denied or refused by the powers that be which granted them. These are not freedoms as there is no liberty to enjoy them.

I have a friend, a Chinese friend that has been a citizen of the United States for many years. He came to this country for opportunities and he is quite successful here. What really shocked me was that some day, his goal is to return to China to live. Now why would he want to do that? He was born in a communist country that does not afford the liberty, enjoyed in our country. If he or anyone coming to this country had it so great, why did he or does anyone come here in the first place? The only answers are privilege and payments of some kind made to afford them. If my friend returns to China, either his former status or his new success would afford him the privilege or by payments he would be able to enjoy some measure of freedom in China. What is given may be taken.

What makes the United States of America unique in all of the world? There are only three things:

1.   As a people with one voice, it was unanimously declared that all people have god-given; inalienable rights to independence, not just from England in 1776, but independence from all powers foreign and domestic and for all time. This declaration was in written form in 1776.

2.   By June 21st, 1788 nine of the first original 13 states ratified our written constitution. By December 15th, 1791 the first 10 amendments, the ‘Bill of Rights,’ became the law of “WE the People.” Our willingness to declare independence and put it into writing and our constitution also, put into written form, are two of three things that make us stand out among all the nations of the world.

Every man woman and child desires liberty. All people think about it, dream about it; many pray for it and most talk about it, but we had it written into the law of the land!

But what about the third reason which makes us shine out as a beacon to all other nations?  How is this liberty to continue and how are these rights and freedoms protected?

3.   The answer was written over 200 years ago. It is seen in the first three words of our constitution, “WE the People.” Not only is this the last ingredient to this cake of liberty so to speak, it is also what makes it work or bakes it into a cake, for all to enjoy.

Today, as it was when this part of the world was first colonized, it was then and it is now, made up of people who have come here from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and even different races. WE are fifty United States, not fifty separate states with each one for a separate race, color or belief and so forth. What makes this country truly great is nothing short of our willingness to make of one nation out of many and that all work together for the same end and that is for LIBERTY! If we are not at liberty, then our freedoms mean nothing to most of us, only to the privileged or those able to pay for them.

So if this country and this liberty are dependent upon “WE the People,” being united, what can divide us?

While the very words of the Declaration of Independence were being penned and even before the ink dried on our original constitution, forces were at work to divide and conquer. Segregate and separate the ‘haves from the have-nots,’ into the ‘me’s, myself’s, and I’s;  you, they and them and there is no more a WE, but separated peoples of singular interests, divided. But still, no matter what, this liberty was penned over 200 years ago – end of story.

Civil rights were not settled in this country by Dr. Martin Luther King and yes, even President Lyndon Baines Johnson. They were not settled when President Abraham Lincoln signed the ‘Emancipation Proclamation.’ Regardless of whether this person or that person considered this person or that person a person or property, at any time in world history, does not negate the truth. The race issue was settled and put into writing in, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Constitution of the United States of America in 1788 and the ‘Bill of Rights’ in 1791. The race is over and WE won!

Today we have iPods and iPhones and all kinds of things marketed to the individual - me, myself and I. We have multiple languages, multiple faiths or non-faiths, celebrations of world holidays, black history month, this and that and all of this, under the divisive disguise of not wanting to offend anyone or leave anyone out. This is political correctness and it is promoted by politics. Politics by the very nature of a two-party system, purported to give us a choice, only divides us. This is all unnecessary, as liberty and justice for all, was already decided and penned over 200 years ago.

WE the People,” are on a slippery slope and have been since 1861 and specifically since 1873, when the United States of America became, The United States, Inc. Yes, a legal corporation, set up in the District of Columbia. This is unconstitutional law, passed by an illegitimate congress. It’s like living inside the movie called the ‘Matrix’. It just looks like WE live in the United States of America and all the state names remain (basically) unchanged.  But WE are not living in the country written of in our founding documents. Physically we are, but not politically. What does the geography matter if there is not liberty?

Look to the one place in the entire world where people seek to come to more than any other place. Despite the opportunity to prosper here or to destroy, why people come here? What was so often the very first thing many of our forefathers first saw when they got of the boat in New York harbor? Did they see the statue of freedom? No, it was and remains the desire of all for LIBERTY! Freedom means nothing without liberty.

If what I have written here is true, then my challenge to everyone is to find out. Prove it to yourself or refute this. I would love to stand corrected if I am wrong. But if I am right, it is not a matter of getting a new party into the government or electing all new people. It’s not about starting a new party. It’s not about court challenges or a military takeover. And it is certainly not about you or me. It’s all about “WE the People,” -legally throwing out this corrupt corporation and demanding that Our money and Our power to be returned to us, and Our rights and Our liberty upheld by our founding documents, WHICH WERE WRITTEN for that purpose!

This restoration could be accomplished in 1 to 2 years on a state level. It must be done by property owners by affidavit, demanding that their new governor be legally ‘seated’ as, the governor (regardless of political party) of -

‘The Common Wealth State of…

(name of your state)

Those exact words are important and must be used!

The legally seated governors, can each legally seat their two U.S. Senators (regardless of political party). A majority of the U.S. Senators can legally seat the president of the United States (regardless of political party). At that exact moment, the U.S., Inc. becomes null and void and must vacate the government, pay us back all the money due us (plus interest) and our system of government returns to pre 1861. I’ll not get into all the ramifications of this at this time, but think about what we had and did not have before 1861, good and bad.

I urge you to read and write and speak about ‘The Liberty Pen in 2010.’ Visit the other blogs (i.e. The American Eagle Service) listed here for more information. Visit our annual New Year Pages at:

http://www.i-imagine.biz/HappyNewYr2010.htm

Get involved. Send me an email. Post a comment. Subscribe to my blogs. Tweet me on Twitter. Get in my Face on Facebook. Tell a friend or anyone that loves liberty. There is nothing we can do as long as, we are divided. There is nothing WE cannot do together, if “WE the People,” are united!

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | October 28, 2009

The Tree of Liberty

by Dahni

© copyright 10/28/09

Once upon a time, not so long ago in a land not so far away, a founder of a country and a president understood and said…

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time

with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Thomas Jefferson

Today, this same tree – still rooted, trunk-ed, limbed, branched, and twigged grows, for it is alive. But parasites also, live off its life.

Its leaves once green and teeming with life are now green with envy, selfishness and greed.

It’s fruit once abundant, flourishing and more than enough to provide for its future, are now the fruits of lust for power and for control.

Ignorant and blind, WE once the People rise no more to challenge or to care. OUR throats are throttled by – ‘me, myself and I.’  And WE are led by the nose as some beast or pushed along by cattle prod.

When WE no more serve one another, the little wee of us remaining, are shackled slaves to self and to each other. And at our backs…

…the whips of masters.

Once the tree was founded upon the rights to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Now it is as if, the tree had fallen by feller’s ax, cut and pulped to paper, and are now shelved books – forgotten, unread, unsung and unknown.

And if this tree becomes no more even a whisper in the night of obscurity or a dead ember in the memory, it will still grow albeit changed, until there is no more life in it, for…

TreeOfLiberty

The Tree of Liberty by Dahni © 2009 all rights reserved Watercolor print available for sale

…The tree of liberty must be refreshed

with the blood of patriots by the hands of tyrants.

Dahni

 

If you care or still care and if you dare, see:

http://theamericaneagleservice.wordpress.com/


Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | October 20, 2009

I am…

by Dahni

© Copyright 10/20/09

all rights reserved

Breathing

'Breathing' by Dahni

I am a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, grandparent, great grandparent, godfather, godmother, uncle, aunt, cousin, lover, friend.

I am someone’s child.

I am a poet, writer, artist, musician, songwriter, composer, singer.

I am a doctor, a nurse, a lawyer, a minister, a business person, a student, a learner, a dreamer, a visionary, an inventor, a leader, a worker, a planner, a thinker a do-er.

I am one of WE the people.

I am a human being.

I am breathing, therefore I am.

What we are or to that for which we aspire is what we do. How often do we breathe?

Just Imagine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | October 19, 2009

What Matters Most

by Dahni

© Copyright 10/19/09

all rights reserved

“There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters, Who never did, Who won’t anymore…
And who always will. So, don’t worry about people from your past,
there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.”

-unknown-

“In the end what matters most is…
how well did you live
how well did you love
how well did you learn to let go.”

-unknown-

WhatMattersMost

‘What Matters Most’ – Kanji by Dahni

“What matters the most

to silk worm and to lotus

is what they become.”

Haiku by Dahni

Just I-Magine,

Dahni


Posted by: Dahni | October 6, 2009

Life As Football

By Dahni

© Copyright 10/6/09

all rights reserved

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Now many people may not like or appreciate the sport of football, but in the United States, we are well into the ‘season.’ And so I thought some parallels of ‘Life as Football’ would be apropos.

We each have a finite number of ‘seasons’ – spring, summer, fall and winter to play our best in this life, just as there are four quarters to play in the game of football. When the game is over and our lives are complete, it’s over! There may be ‘instant replays’ recorded, but there are no repeats or do-overs.

Each of us have the potential for greatness; to be become ‘stars,’ and to shine as the best of the best through our individual and unique talents. But often the measure of this potential and greatness comes to light and is demonstrated in the concerted and collective efforts of many, as in the concept of a team in football.

Individuals in life, just as in football may become MVP’s (most valuable players), as a running back which scores the most touchdowns or the quarterback which throws them. These may receive the most glory; the greatest accolades; fame and fortune, but what are they; what are we, without the help of others? How does that running back score without the carefully executed pass from the quarterback? How does the quarterback deliver these expert passes without the blocking and protection of others and others to catch those passes?

Often in life as in football, there are injuries, hurts, pains and other circumstances which take players and persons out of the game; out of the pursuit for excellence. The game or the challenge does not end there. Though no unique person can ever be replaced, they must be replaced for the end – the goal is greater than the individual. The whole is the sum of its individual parts, but the whole must endure and must fulfill its chosen destination, with or without its individual parts.

Life, just as in football is made up of many obstacles and challenges. Sometimes these are in nature and sometimes they are other people who block our way and would tackle us and prevent us, from reaching our destination. It is at this point where the help of others which share the same goals as us, become absolutely necessary for these goals to be realized!

Just as in football, there are rules in life to follow and there are penalties and consequences when we do not.

There are four downs or limited chances to move closer to the goal. The only way to move closer towards the goal is, to move towards the goal. If you cannot run through, over, around or under the challenge in the allotted time, sometimes you throw the opportunity away, with the hope that the opportunity will be pulled again, ‘out of the air.’ If nothing seems to work, you kick the opportunity away so as to not just make it more difficult for others to seize the opportunity, but with hope again, that you will recover the opportunity.

Each person and each player must have discipline, belief in themselves; their abilities, their coaches and leaders and others on the team or those working to the same ends, along side of them. Each player and each person must have the commitment to endure the many obstacles and challenges and their own physical and mental limitations. This push beyond what is believed to be possible is not possible without hope – hope to see the end before the end is realized and without love – love for self; for others, love of the game or the pursuit of excellence and love from others.

This love from others is seen on the sidelines, in the box seats and the ‘nosebleed’ cheap seats of fans, friends and family in the stadiums of our lives. The collective roar of the enthusiastic crowd draws the individual best from within each person or player. It draws it up. And it draws it out!

There is an unbreakable bond between those that love and those that are loved. There is energy; incredible energy in the stadiums and the stadiums of our lives. This energy is transferred from those that love to those that are loved and it continues to circle in this way, for the duration of the game or until the end – that ‘goal post’ at the finish of every life.

Players and persons come with high expectations to excel – to give their individual and collective best. Fans, friends and family come expecting to receive excellence. There is no one in the game of life – player, coach, leader, staff, family, friend or fan which is not transformed by the pursuit of excellence or the game of football.

There is transference as when one or others together accomplish something great or a team wins, all win in one way or another. A team may not win; a goal may not be realized, but all will be transformed, even if it is just for a time. The memories may fade and the players and persons all pass away, but the essence endures and will be picked up as football, to run with, kick or pass to others tomorrow.

In a sketch by comedian and actor Andy Griffin entitled ‘What It Is, Is Football,’ he humorously summed up the sport as follows:

“The goal of football seems to be, to run from one end of this cow pasture to the other, without either getting knocked down or stepping in something.”

To those that believe or think that football is just a game and not life, this is only true according to how it is played. We could for the entirety of our lives, just play with life and never live. Or, for four quarters or the finite seasons of our lives, we could individually and together give our all. For that single moment or for those times, we truly ‘LIVE!

Just as no individual or player is most important, neither is the coach or the leader in the game of football or life. Each of the individual parts makes up the whole. Each part has his or her job, position or purpose to fulfill. But how important is the leader or the coach; what is their job?

Vince Lombardi was named “Coach of the Century” by ESPN. He is remembered for his dedication and infectious enthusiasm. He took a losing team and molded them to think and act as one champion. When there were no other challenges to meet and overcome, the Super Bowl unofficially became the next mark of Vince Lombardi on football and on life.

“The history of the Super Bowl starts with two things: the merging of the American Football League with National Football League, and a bouncy rubber ball.Football2

The NFL - AFL World Championship Game was created as a piece of the merger agreement between the NFL and the AFL in 1966. During the negotiations between the NFL and the AFL, Kansas City Chief owner, Lamar Hunt, thought of the name “Super Bowl” for the Championship game, after observing his daughter playing with her toy Super Ball.

The first Championship took place in 1967. With the official title being quite a mouth full, the fans as well as the media took to the short, unofficial name, Super Bowl. In 1969, the name, “Super Bowl” became official.”

Excerpts & Edited from:

http://www.superbowlhistory.net/superbowl/index.php

With Vince Lombardi as their coach, The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls convincingly!

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“Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is!”

“Excellence must be pursued – it must be wooed with all of one’s might and every effort that we have. Each day there is a new encounter. Each week there is a new challenge. In all of the display and in all of the noise and all of the glamour and all of the color and all of the excitement and all of the rings and all of the money, these are the things that only linger in the memory. But the spirit – the will to excel; the will to win, these are the things that endure.”

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Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | September 26, 2009

Love Candy?

Candy1aDo you Love Candy, but are concerned about your health? Do you need to watch your sugar intake – Need to loose weight?

Perhaps healthy teeth and gums is your thing or you are worried about cholesterol levels? Maybe you just like magic or miracles? What if there was a brand new candy which could do all of this? There is good news – No, There is GREAT NEWS!!!!

Does this look familiar to you…

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Well, what if there was a secret to having all the candy you want and what if you never needed to be concerned about your health? This secret I am about to reveal to you is so simple you will think it is magic or a miracle. Here’s all you need to do – just simply flip the package over…

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…and Presto-Change-O, you have some brand new candy! Enjoy!

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Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | August 29, 2009

Poema

Poema_web

Poema

(to do or to make)

Life is a fragile gift to each of us,

A finite measurement

With a beginning and an ending.

What we make of it is,

the music; the art and the poems

of our lives

or else an empty canvas,

a wordless parchment

and a blank sheet of music.

For it is the memories

which are the essence

the notes; the drops of ink and color

that are these gifts

of life.

- Poema -

© 2009 by Dahni & Imagine

all rights reserved

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Prints, framing packages, note cards and legal postage stamps of this work is available at: http://www.dahni.com/ArtScapes3.htm

Posted by: Dahni | May 29, 2008

Jonathan Winters

© 05/29/08

By Dahni

Images: www.jonathanwinters.com

    One of my all-time favorite comedians is the genius, Jonathan Winters. Maybe there is no one greater at characters, facial expressions and accents ‘on the fly,’ than Jonathan Winters. Even Robin Williams favors and is said to have been influenced by, Jonathan Winters.

   Perhaps beginning with Milton Berle back in the ‘40′s and ‘50′s, many male comics and actors have dressed up in women’s clothing as a part of their act. Personally, this has always been and remains distasteful to me. There are three exceptions. The last was Robin Williams as ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ in 1993, which was preceded by Flip Wilson’s ‘Geraldine,’ in the ‘70′s. Perhaps Winter’s was the first  and the best of these 3, with his portrayal in the ‘60′s as ‘Maude Frickert.’ Even though William’s character was British, it could be argued that ‘Mrs.Doubtfire’ was patterned after Winter’s ‘Maude Frickert.’

   Often Jonathan Winters appeared on many television shows. As a guest on both The Tonight Show and The Dean Martin Show, neither Johnny Carson nor Dean Martin ever knew what Winters would do!

   For those familiar with the comedic genius and masterful improvisation skills of Jonathan Winters, many (including myself), may not know he is both an accomplished writer and an artist. His career path was actually begun as an artist.  My favorite piece of his work is beautiful. Even the title is funny to me and reflective of the mind of, Jonathan Winters.

‘Trolling in Outer Space,’ By Jonathan Winters

   Now around 80 years of age, this brilliant artist, comedian, writer, Emmy award winning, television and movie actor continues to bless the world. He lives in California where he paints, writes, performs and is believed to be working on his autobiography.

   May we live to grace others as Jonathan Winters has and continues to do.

 see also: http://dahni.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/jonathan-winters-iii/

Just Imagine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 23, 2013

Go with Flow

By Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

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Two wolves met one morning to discuss the day’s possibilities. Without mentioning their color, backgrounds, personalities or sex, they are simply Go with Flow.

“Good morning Go!” 

“Mornin’ Flow, what’s on the menu today? 

“Whadda’ feel like Go, Mouton or Beef?” 

“Well Flow, I’m pretty hungry as I did not eat much yesterday.” 

“Really Go, and why is that? 

“I miscalculated yesterday. You know how the sheeple all follow each other. Well, yesterday, they were all protesting something. So I figured it would be easy picking to go to their homes and get their lambs, but they took the lambs to the protests with them.” 

“Wow Go, you must be starving? But you should’ve known, you can’t find one without all of them!” 

“Yeah Flow, you’re right, the sheeple are pretty stupid. It’s the same thing with the herd.” 

“Go, if these dumb animals ever figure it out, we’d starve a lot!”

“Like that’s gonna ever happen Flow!” LMAO

Meanwhile, as the sheeple gather to discuss their activities for the day. Two sheep named Right and Wrong, start their own conversation. 

“Hi yah Right, what’s shaking?” 

“My tail Wrong, top of the morning to you.” LOL

“What do you want to do today Wrong?”

“Do you see those two wolves up yonder on that hill, Right? They look like they’re staring at us. Let’s go check them out and demand that they stop chasing and eating us.”

“Sounds like a plan Wrong. Let’s go.”

Before long, a couple of other sheeple decided to follow Right and Wrong. Then a few more and then finally, all the rest were just blindly following.

“Hey Go, are you believing this?”

“Wow Flow, these sheeple are really dumb, they are heading right for us!”

Now there was a herd of cattle close by and they saw the sheeple heading towards the wolves. Two of them were named, Everybody and Else.

“Hey, Else, look at all the sheeple!”

“Yeah, Everybody, let”s follow along!”

Soon Everybody, Else and the whole herd followed the sheeple.

“Go, get the salt and pepper ready, here comes breakfast!”

“Flow, this is awesome, I’m thinking sheeple and herd omelets!!!” DROOLING & WIDE EYED

It’s really easy to do the WRONG thing and go with the flow, especially if everybody else is doing it.

It should be easier to do the RIGHT thing, even if if no one else will!

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Posted by: Dahni | July 18, 2013

In the Clouds

By Dahni © 2013, all rights reserved

Surely there is a scientific explanation. There must exist, the technology to capture, store and analyze the data.

·Weather fronts and cloud circuits

·Relative humidity and barometric pressure

·Gravitational pull

·Orbits

·Latitude and longitude

·Refraction and refraction

·Hemisphere

·Mean Time

·Spell check and grammar check

·Talking dictionary to pronounce

·Consensus of data, speculation and opinion

·Copy and paste

·Text and message

There are those or we are those so smart enough to see what is there or smart enough to search for, find and use all the available tools. They can or we can or the impersonal digital assistant can, computer programs can or apps can interpret what it is we see. Or it is too much information so it must be abbreviated (TMI) or too exhausting or we are too busy to see.

Meanwhile, the brain is exhausted not so much from too much information/stimulation, but from lack thereof. Chances are that we may only glance at briefly and really never look. Too much information, too exhausting, too much other more important things to do, too similar or too common to look, we may never even look and never really see.

Meanwhile, the mind is starved for stimulation. Starved neurons make little or few synapses or connections, atrophy. There is DANGER that the brain and the mind will not continue to develop. There is great GREAT DANGER that our progeny will be born without a part of the brain that evolution has decided is no longer necessary. Whole thoughts and thinking wane. Ebb slows and ceases without flow. We become like reactionary and instinctual toads that sleep by day, stay up all night and just wait until when and if ever, something flies by to eat another day. And overhead we never see because we never look, but what do you right now? What do you see in the clouds?

Rather than suggest or influence you, just comment and tell me what YOU see! I’ll post what I see another time.

ManInTheClouds

Just I-Magine,

Dahni

Update: 7/19/2013

It has been suggested that seen in the clouds is a man’s profile with one opened eye and a snoring old man. It does not matter what I see. What matters is what you see! Congratulations! If you see anything in the clouds it means that you can think and you can imagine and your right brain is working. To articulate what you see is proof that your left brain is working. Your twin-brain working together, you are able to produce clear thinking and whole thoughts!   :)

Just I-Magine,

D

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