Saturday, August 28, 2010

Charges being pressed by Mizzou woman

The Columbia Missourian reports that a Mizzou football player is being investigated by the prosecutor's office. The player, D. Washington, was not at the final MU practice, open to the public. This report evokes the realization that fall is here and the cases begin again.

First of all, everyone, get right, stop all your messin, live like everybody's watching-- and
 if you are in this day and age a super-trusting person, get educated and be careful.

The Airspace Around Us Shelley Love Poem

It is nice living in 3-D. Click to enlarge...

Sky on Fire

Blue Ring Around the Moon

Last Night's Moon

A Country Air Road
Last Night's Moon


Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth,
And ever changing, like a Joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

The Indian Serenade
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Has led me-who knows how? -
To thy chamber-window, sweet!

The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream,-
The champak odors fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart,
As I must die on thine,
O, beloved as thou art!

O, lift me from the grass!
I die, I faint, I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.

My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast:
Oh! press it close to thine again,
Where it will break at last!

love poem HERE
more moons HERE

Glenn Beck and the Mainstream Media: After the Rally

My friends and some family along the east coast sent some reports about the Restoring Honor Rally in DC. Friend says, half a million there.
I remember once, Jim Lehrer came to K-State and spoke about the need for strict, professional reporting that allows viewers to see the basics and make decisions on the facts.
That came to mind when an irritated blogger friend sent this:   Media Shovels Viewers Away

 So-exactly what is it about glenn beck that is scaring people?

Glenn Beck and family pic from adoption website

Glenn Beck Rally

Glenn Beck Baby Pic

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sweetest Fridays

Oh, August...

It's good not be a chicken...HERE

Fresh happy farm free ranging chickens.  click to enlarge

Tasty Eggs Poster

Healthy Chickens Make Healthy Eggs

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Begin Today Anew: Reincarnation Every Morning After the Limbo of Sleep

You did not dissipate into nothingness. You did not forget who you were.
You came back to life this morning.
You did not wake in the sweet confusion of unconscious life, like a swallowtail Caterpillar munching the dill like a fraternity man at the beer trough.
You did not wake to blind movement toward light, or
  as a krill unconsciously becoming whale;
You woke to a consciousness-- whatever that is-- and
it is the one you had yesterday.
Freakin Miracle.
You Know you are Alive.
This day,
Each Day
Every Day

you Begin Anew.
Your Reincarnation.
You were not left in the Limbo of Sleep,

Another day
Another Chance
Another obstacle course

Ponder where you did not live up
to who you want to become.
Ponder the Centered place where you want to return.

begin today
like it is a gift
you descended into no control last night.
you're back.

You did not dissipate into nothingness. You did not forget who you were.

You came back to life this morning.


Barnlight Kansas

Monday, August 23, 2010

Justice Delayed and the Mills of God

Justice delayed is justice denied, some say. I have already had several reports of violence this first week of school; some brought trauma from home; some were visits regarding past violence. One relative of a crime victim was really broken up, as he has come to realize that Justice may not be forthcoming.
I want to repeat something i have quoted in the past:
The Mills of God grind exceedingly slow, but they grind Exceedingly Fine.

Dueling Monsters: The Insane Hussein Brothers
   Though the
Mills of God grind slowly,
Yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience he stands waiting,
With exactness grinds he all.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

yeah the only woman is fictional.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS! Mahatma Gandhi

meditate on this a moment.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Life in the Yard: Sphinx or Hawk Moths and a 7-inch Probiscus!

Certain flowers attract these "hummingbird moths" as many call them;
a large bank of 4 o'clocks in my yard is perfect.
They have VERY long Probisci- you may think, why don't they land and drink- but they are drinking; the drinking apparatus is so long they do not land.
HERE is a video i took a year ago of one with what must have been a 7 inch probiscus. (embedded below)
Here is a recent video of several at once; here is a close up.

Sphinx moth at night

Gardening page info on these moths HERE
Sphinx moth by J.e.todd  unretouched
This is a pic my mother took may years ago of a sphinx on a screen. Way Cool!

7-inch Probiscus!

Several at once

close up

After the Storm, Tornado, Microburst: Really Weird Sky

In reviewing some clips on my camera, i found these two very short videos of the sky after the microburst on Friday the 13th, 2010. People i know personally told me they SAW a tornado; between the campus and the East side shopping areas. The weather folk call it a Microburst, which i guess i don't know what that actually means, but i saw evidence of a tornado as well.

Here are the two clips: beautiful and strange. You can watch on youtube for a Big View.
strange sky part one

very weird part II

even weirder

more on the storm HERE

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sweetest Fridays and Cool Bears

Need some Polar Bears to chill out? click pics to enlarge

Sunset Polar Bears

Bears Chillin

Mama Bear

Jumpin Bear

Ride, please

Bear Peek

Bear Kiss

Hector, one of M Vick's ex-Dogs. See more Hector in post earlier today.

Michael Vick's Dogs, Animal Cruelty, Lost Souls and the Sociopath Part IV ( Need to Know Update 2011)

 HERE is video and pics of the Michael Vick dogs today: (video of Michael Vick's Lost Dogs) Cry like a baby:

What happened to the dogs at Vick's Bad Newz Kennels?
Parade Magazine has a story this month about the new book, The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
I am glad someone is following up on this group of dogs. The article states that usually, animals in this situation are put to sleep so we really don't know how rescued fighting dogs can change.

The dog on the parade cover is now a "Reading Dog! That is, children at libraries read to dogs. Did you know about his program? We have it here in Manhattan. It seems helps the kids so much, to read to a dog.

So, the one that got my attention was Hector. He's all scarred up on his chest.

Hector, now certified to work with the sick and elderly!

I think this is an interesting article as it brings up the issue of healing.
Many human children are maltreated by their parents or "caregivers."
 The research shows that about one third of abused kids go on to be abusive; one third have more internal, personal problems like depression; and one third go on to live wonderful lives. Some may even be higher in compassion than the norm--i read a book once, Strong at the Broken Places  about high functioning adults who were abused as children; how we develop strengths specifically from our trials.

Consider bean plants-- how many of you grew small bean plants in grade school? You gave some too much water or light; some not enough light, etc. It was clear that there is an optimum level of gift-giving to the plants. But consider this:
AFTER all the wounding is over, if you take the plant and give it what it needs to heal, the fruits of that plant may be richer, sweeter, than the fruits of plant which were never wounded.
Many folks have adopted a dog who seems to know that they owe life to their benefactor, and shows a gratitude and love they might not have experienced otherwise.
When we study the healing and redemption of these dogs, and the sad loss of some who apparently were too "far gone" to save, we can learn about healing our own species.

Why are some dogs unable to recover? Is it something in the dog, or is it a particular treatment, or an interaction? Can extroverted dogs who were abused but never fought, for example. heal -while introverted dogs who were champions cannot?
The psychological research literature shows that of all human child abuse: sexual, physical, emotional/psychological--the one most difficult to overcome in later adult functioning is the latter. Psychological/emotional abuse attacks the very heart of one's sense of self. In cases of sexual abuse, abusers often praise or reward the crime victim. Abusive episodes may be the one time a child feels any "positive" attention at all. During physical abuse, some children are told, "I am doing this because I love you" or "You need to learn" etc etc...
But insulting and demeaning a person is telling them that they themselves are worthless.

The sociopathic person does not care about all this--their behavior to others is always to get something or feel something. That is what i want to write a bit about next.

Sociopaths, Animal Abuse, Michael Vick and Our Own Hearts:

Part I       Part II        Part III        The Disgrace of Bullfighting

click pics to enlarge.