Holidays, Version 2016?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 — 3.18 am — -3˚C / +27˚F clear and ‘dark’ in Atlantic Canada —

*** Post Script First —  Thursday, December 29th — -1˚C / +30˚F @ 11:11 pm —  Just to start this off with something extraordinarily positive — Wonderful Family Friend and Sister we all would have adopted if we had the choice — Lisa — got engaged to her friend Alan — & he seems to be somebody who loves and values her and will cherish her the way she deserves to be cherished. ((( Hey, the odds were tipped so far in the morbid direction in 2016 – something GOOD had to balance it out — 🙂 🙂 🙂 )))

Sunset today from the parking lot of a local Kent building supply store (kind of a Canadian version of a Home Depot clone with friendly local clerks) The sunset looked better in person than it does here. dark charcoal grey clouds along the horizon had much more detail than the camera captured— but this isn’t that bad —

— The ‘Holiday Spirit’ didn’t hit full blast until Christmas Eve, driving home from an emergency run to get a spark plug and 4 stroke oil for our non-starting snow-blower. It was raining on top of maybe six inches or more of semi-recent snow – made the snow look good – lots of houses were decorated with pretty LED lights. Neighbourhoods with a lot of kids had blow-up minions (snow minions?) in front of a couple houses. There were deer made of light (inspired by Harry Potter books?) here and there and with the rain coming down, we flipped to a rock and roll station on the car radio and got ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ to complete the inspiration. Greg Lake might have added a little with “They said it would snow for Christmas – They said there’d be Peace on Earth. But here it just kept on raining – while we wait for the Virgin Birth-” / “The Christmas you get you deserve”.

— Too many people gave up and left the planet this year. On Boxing Day (the 26th) we heard that 572 musicians died in 2016- as opposed to a more normal number, more like 50 in 2015. Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane and Greg Lake of Emerson Lake and Palmer hit me harder than most. Prince checked out when I was too rattled to totally embrace the depths of grieving. It was like you can only get hit in the head with a baseball bat so many times before you get so used to the jarring and the electric shock waves running up and down your spine that you can almost shrug off the next couple bashes with an attitude something like, “So what else is new? Hey, thou forces of Evil – Is that all ya got?”

— Sigh, and then Leonard Cohen? – ( Ouch! – Too many very personal memories of listening to his records with various people, and a friend who sang “Suzanne” in local church run coffee houses way back in the sixties – At least, that’s where my memory places it. And then the love of my life having a special thing for her country-man Leonard? And I think we tried to sing a couple things together? okay, so she sang and I croaked along? sigh. Well I have only one thing to say about Leonard checking out the way he did, “Well – Hey-ey, that’s no way-ay to say-ay goodbye”!

— And then Carrie Fisher? CBC has been pretty good about broadcasting highlights from her career. One of the other networks up here had to bash us in the soul with repetitions of how much she struggled with drug addiction issues. When you mention drug addiction three times in a two minute piece, that’s rubbing it in. I don’t remember if CBC news said anything about her struggle with her bi-polar ‘disorder’, but they did mention that she was a spokesperson for people with ‘mental health issues’.

— I’m going to quote my cousin here, “Hey, Carrie, Kick Ass in your next life!” and offer a nice friendly hug to who-ever she might be next time I see her- in whatever world, dimension, or state of being. — Ya did good, kid! —

— sigh –,

— Happy New Year, Happy New Life, Happy New Attitude —

— Hey, God, have we suffered enough yet? Can You just kind of move the bad guys into their own nasty dimension and let them believe they’re still here? And let the good ones move on up to a New Heaven, New Earth?  — Are we there yet?

~~~~~ Jim

Monday, Monday –

Monday, October 17, 2016  — +13˚C / +54˚F @ 6:46 am in the damp and dark in Atlantic Canada — Cousin Karen’s Birfday & Long Time WPKN – FM General Manager Harry Minot’s Birthday too —

Book Cover?

This is probably the book cover in its nearly final state- After another 4 hours of messing with the 3D world building software yesterday.

— This is before I added the title and my name to the right of the avatar/’model’ there. There is more green ground cover below where I cropped it here, if I can figure out how to cover her ‘gear-axe’ I might think about using more of that – I love her expression, and the final touch that made this look really good to me happened when I moved the bar to make it look like the sun was shining from the lower right hand corner off-camera here. That happens if you select the correct setting and set the time to after midnight.

— Saturday I went browsing and searching for a photo of what one of the main characters described as a ‘Stone Lake’ in the novel I started writing in 1987, picked up a couple times, might have tried to re-write from the beginning half a dozen times and got pretty far, um, this would be the third time. The latest working title would be “The Stone Lake Revelations”. Several acres of forest land were blasted away to reveal nearly flat rock. The farmer who discovered this thought it was done by what was described as a massive tornado that touched down there in a freak storm and tossed whole trees miles away. But, um, not to give anything away, that is not what happened….

Switserland?

I think this tweet from yesterday’s browsing is a photo of something somewhere in Switzerland, but I’m not 1,000% sure about that.

— I should add the not-quite-so-tightly-cropped photo here later, but for now —

Wolf Painting

My aunt Carol loves wolves, and here’s a painting of a wolf named ‘Carol’ – hmmmm —

— And –

"Imagine Peace Tower"

The Peace Tower is lit.

— I wonder what this looks like from space? [ Thank you, Yoko – ]

Cover Photo semi-cropped

And here’s the book cover screen shot after I cropped the directional schnarr away and before I cropped the axe out of the picture.

— This avatar is actually a builder character who’s been messed with using facial and body morphers and dressed up so she isn’t running around half naked.

— Happy Monday?

~~~~~ Jim

Book Covers :

Saturday, October 15, 2016  — +5˚C / +40˚F @7:36 pm in the dark in Atlantic Canada —

Possible book cover

You wouldn’t believe the trouble I had loading this up at facebook –

— I couldn’t get a decent screen shot of her face without a cloud overhead. Schnarr! –

— Only took me all freakin day to put the above together in a 3D game building application. But there it is – Something like this might end up being a book cover if I get the danged thing finished in time to ‘submit’ it to a contest.

“Oktember”

Saturday, October 15th, 2016 —  -2˚C / +28˚F Grey, chilly and ‘forlorn’ looking out there in Atlantic Canada @7:43 am —

Hungarian Guard Dog

“Hungarian Guard Dog” – I don’t think I’d mess with one of these guys – I might ‘soil me armor’ if something like that moved, especially if it was moving toward me. I’d think it was a monster from some not very friendly parallel universe —

— I told my nephew I’d find this picture and send it to him. Only took me two full weeks?

— Um, let’s see, I was looking through some recent very beautiful photos that have come at me through the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ – I wanted to pretty up the screen that pops up when I fire up the computer that doesn’t do much more than grab and keep most of my email. There’s some other stuff that goes into orbit, and I don’t even look at it. But anyway – I also wanted to work on this blog and see if I can pretty it up a bit – [ shrug ] I found this instead and here it is.

~~~~~ Jim

 

Goodbye September —

Friday, September 30th, 2016 —  -1°C / +29°F foggy & frosty @ 7:07 am in Atlantic Canada — Kayla Yetman’s Birthday 🙂 —

Sun Streaks.

— Sun Streaks —

— This looks more like a sunset than a sunrise to me, but –

Virtual Sunrise?

— This Sunrise looks like Virtual Reality —

— This morning’s foggy start didn’t look anything like the above – Of course, I was closer down in it than up at the point of view in the above shot or work of art or both.

2016-09-30-onepipelineistoomuch

— The above is a screenshot of the cover of an article written & published on ricochet –  https://ricochet.media/en/1423/one-pipeline-is-too-many-its-time-for-a-united-east-west-opposition – If you go check that out I think you click on the “v” to get to the article.

 

Waterfall over a cave.

I was quite inspired by a couple photos of waterfalls in this morning’s twitter feeds.

— I have no idea where that is, but I think I would like to be there, relaxing to the sound of falling water.

--- And this one --- waterfall in the back - feels like a canyon or cliff side up closer ---

— And this one — waterfall in the back – feels like a canyon or cliff side up closer —

— With the black rocks and their surface patterns, I don’t think that’s anywhere I’ve been.

 

"No TTIP" Flag going up.

— Looks like GreenPeace is upping its campaign against the TTIP —

— TTIP = TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. { I capitalized the A in Atlantic – they didn’t. }

River + Canyon.

— & Here’s another inspiring look at another river and the canyon it might have carved. —

— The above river and canyon might be in Portugal. { or maybe the tweeter is in Portugal? Or both? } But that looks like another wonderful place to go for a boat ride.

Peter Caode, cool weatherman, is retiring.

— Peter Coade , a weather person with a comforting, character-filled voice, is retiring. He is out of Nova Scotia, and we heard him giving morning weather forecasts for our section of New Brunswick enough to appreciate him. —

— A favourite local weather person is retiring, today would have been his final pre-retirement broadcast. I really liked his voice and his delivery. This guy sounded like a best friend and valued neighbour. He earned his retirement, but I’ll miss hearing his forecasts.

Diversity at the theatre.

— { “Cultural Diversity enriches everybody -” – Me. } I grew up in a hostile environment and I didn’t have as many strikes against me before I started as lots of people did, who continue to need to struggle against intense opposition to glean any little bit of self-esteem they can beg, borrow or steal in this world. Nobody should have to beg, borrow or steal their self-esteem, it should be a natural birth right.

— Of course, even in a day filled with inspiring photographs, we are reminded that not everything is peaches and cream. And not all that peaches and cream isn’t poisoned with Genetically Modified Ingredients. –

 

Each tear is a teacher.

— Each tear is a poet, a healer, a teacher? — This may be true if someone in your environment is a nurturer. —

— Nice sentiment, but with the epidemic of youthful suicides – especially in First Nations/Native American communities, too many tears don’t get a chance to teach anybody anything but intense pain. I believe it’s time to pray that all people in distress get enough loving attention to pick them up and pat them on the back and convince them way down deep that they are loved, that they are valued, that they mean a lot to all of us. Forget the hate-mongers.

 

--- Smile ---

Let me see if I can remember this one:
“- The world is a braided pumpkin          
– sitting on the shoulder of a worm    
– Your smile just saved a million lives
— Isn’t Love Outrageous? —  “

— I wrote the ‘poem’ in quotes after reading about a form of Chinese or Zen poetry. The first line makes a statement. The second line expands on the first. The third line introduces something else entirely. And the fourth line ties it all together. I knew I scored with this poem when a serious musician friend read it and nearly fell on the floor laughing. That was before ‘rotfl’ entered our consciousness as a thing.

 

Moon Rise

— As a child I was slightly afraid of the dark. As a young adult I thought, ‘Most monstrous humans are peacefully asleep at night.’ Now I kind of embrace the idea that night time can be almost all things to all people. Wonderful, terrifying, peacefully inspiring & any number of other things. —

— Looks like somebody had fun with World Building Software. 🙂 Or they photo-shopped the heck out of the above…

 

Shooting star over the giants' causeway.

— “Shooting Star over the Giants’ Causeway?” —

— Um – okay, I’ll admit it, I sometimes have trouble seeing photos of this place without hearing strains from Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” album. But this is one ‘cool’ photograph.

Nature = Wisdom?

— This is from a couple days ago, but it kind of fits this section of this post. —

— Um, I don’t think the people living in Pompeii the day of the eruption thought Nature was all that wise. That statement may have had some kind of Karmic poetic justice behind it, or brought some really tough lessons for those who didn’t survive – But, other than that, yeah, Nature and Wisdom go hand in hand, 99% of the time, and human ‘consciousness’ will doubt that connection during the other 1%.

Happiness IS THE Way.

— I should end on a happy note with this. But will I? —

— Yeah, I’ll let nature and some busy photographers do most of my talking today. It’s a beautiful world, Don’t Frack it up. —

~~~~~ Jim