February is the cruelest month
Dropping snow upon the dead land
Mixing memory and regret
Stirring thick mud with winter slush.
Those familiar with the Waste Land might notice the resemblance. I've never held much disdain for April, but February is certainly the worst of the months from my perspective. Luckily for me, it is the shortest month.
I am approaching an anniversary, one which I observe every year. One which I wish I didn't need to observe. Truly troubling times lie ahead.
B'tzelem Elohim, Elohim etz chaim
I am not a strong person. I am not a brave person. I am not always a sane person.
I will always bear this burden for my friend who can no longer bear it himself. May his rest be Eden and his memory be blessed.Read more >
Among the things Molly Mae couldn't change...
It's funny the way we think we would drastically alter the present if we were to travel back in time to the past. The slightest change could devastate the present we know and love. Think about the future, though. Your actions today, small or large, won't drastically alter the future. Time is liquid. Sure a splash can cause ripples and waves down the line, but it all settles back to status quo.
...were the past...
I've recently been dealing with a lot of personal issues (as are we all). Sometimes I think I worry too much. Sometimes I worry that I worry too much.
I often lie awake at night while trying to fall asleep. I think about different lives and different worlds, I recall all of the inj…Read more >
Terry Pratchett, a hero of mine, had a view of people he expressed through Death (the character). "HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE."
He goes on to deliver my favourite line in any Pratchett work: "TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET--AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED."
Pratchett is a very quotable author. I enjoy quotable authors. Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Herbert, Pat Rothfuss. They're quotable because they have something to say and they've found a m…Read more >
Both armies faced each other at the camps of Toro resulting in an indecisive battle. But while the Portuguese King reorganised his troops, Ferdinand sent news to all the cities of Castile and to several foreign kingdoms informing them about a huge victory where the Portuguese were crushed. Faced with these news, the party of la Beltraneja was dissolved and the Portuguese were forced to return to their kingdom. -p61 Historia del Cristianismo Tomo 2 Parte II
Tanto monta, monta tanto, Isabel como Fernando
I should probably mention my respect for Queen Isabella I of Castile. Her accomplishments make her a legend. She has been canonised by the Vatican. She was the first woman on a US stamp. She was also the first woman commemorated on a US coi…Read more >
Have you ever stopped to consider your assumptions and biases? It's funny (both odd and humourous) the things we assume to be true. Let's step out of our comfort zone for a minute to assess a few of them.
Religion: God vs Satan, the Maker against the Destroyer. Christianity (and other varying religions) has taught us that these two forces are locked in a state of perpetual spiritual war, fighting for the souls of humankind.
But is that true? Aren't they actually working toward a common goal? If humanity has free will and makes a choice, isn't God the Judge and Satan the Executioner, the Warden of an eternal fiery prison? Are they not working for the same judicial system governed by the same spiritual laws? Sure, one might prefer redem…Read more >