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Such a cool word!!

Posted: March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Metamorphosis. It is cool right? I like saying it out loud. Every time I do I think about a fuzzy caterpillar changing into a butterfly.  The other day outside I saw a fuzzy catterpillar crawling across the ground and I wondered do you know what is in store for you?  Right now you crawl on the ground looking for food and trying to stay out of the rain but soon, you will soar and be admired and free? A master of the air?  I also wonder what the amoeba thought (if that is even possible) the one that evolved over time and is still evolving today.  Did this simple organism know that they would create complex life?

Life that is capable of amazing things like, music, art, the study of science and love.  It is a  metamorphosis that changes the caterpillar into the butterfly and the salmon  from fresh water to saltwater. In our lives as we experience changes we can feel like it is a metamorphosis and maybe it is. A new job, a newborn baby, a new lover an ex lover. Life changes that seem to alter who you are as a person. The changes seem monumental because they are. I heard someone say something and it made no sense at the time but, as I get older it makes more and more sense. “It is important because it is important to you.” Your change that you are living through is important and like a metamorphosis and should be celebrated.

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You could be feeling anxious, annoyed or maybe upset but don’t forget to feel awe, wonder and joy. These changes as with metamorphosis come because of the nature of life.   Life changes and finds a away to be better. It may not seem like it but that is how evolution works. Life always finds a way.

The change you are going through now will shape who you are and a big part of me can’t help but think you will be better for it. No matter what it is. If not are you really living?

peace

john3c

 

 

 

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Yesterday I went to listen to my daughter Hnnahs school band. They did a great job! They really did. They performed a Madonna song, Like a prayer, a song made famous by Jamaraqui and a jazz number. They really did do a great job!

 

I know the video clip is a short one but I am not the best camera man. The Band and chorus teachers let all of us parents know that March is Music in our Schools month and that this month was time to celebrate and highlight music in our schools.

Music is everywhere all the time and can be overlooked and seemed as unimportant but the exact opposite is true. Music is so important! There was a dstyopian style sci-fi show I used to watch and love called “The Fringe”. In the show our protagonists travel through space and time and there is a time in the future when the human race has evolved beyond the need or understanding of music. This evolved human is cold calculated and not human at all.

One of the heroes lets the evolved antagonists know that they are not truly evolved because they cannot enjoy music.  My mom used to tell me that music tames the wild beasts and soothes the soul. She is right it does all that and more.

Music in our schools is just as important as math, science and literature. A life without music…. Can that be a life?  This link will open a blog post done by a professional musician outlining how even the deaf can enjoy music.

I am a strong supporter of music in our schools and homes. Some of my most favorite memories are that of my dad teaching me his favorite song, “American Pie” by Don Mclean. One of my favorite songs too. Read and sing to your loved ones.

“Where words leave off, music begins.”
― Heinrich Heine

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”
― Johnny Depp

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today is Friday enjoy the weekend and the music

peace

john3c

http://www.musicforall.org/blog/advocacy-in-action/march-music-in-our-schools-month

 

OK, let me take a second to adrress something I often hear, and by the way it makes me kind of crazy or insane (lol).

insanity

  [in-san-i-tee]  Show IPA
noun, plural in·san·i·ties.

1.

the condition of being insanea derangement of the mind.dementia, lunacy, madness, craziness, mania,aberration.
2.

Law. such unsoundness of mind as frees one from legalresponsibility, as for committing a crime, or as signals one’s lackof legal capacity, as for entering into a contractual agreement.
3.

Psychiatry. (formerly) psychosis.
4.

a.

extreme foolishness; folly; senselessness; foolhardiness:Trying to drive through that traffic would be pure insanity.
b.

a foolish or senseless action, policy, statement, etc.: We’veheard decades of insanities in our political discourse.
See that? Next time I hear someone say… “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  I may scream. I don’t care if Albert Einstein did say this he may have been a genius but last time I checked English was his second language.

I would like to quote another genius to counter the incorrect definition that has become one of the most overused cliches in the world. “Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI

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The only thing constant is change. Everything we know see and are is in a state of constant flux. When someone mentions doing the same thing and expecting different results I would love to remind them that nothing is the same thing ever. Every second of  every day is different than the previous or the next. There is something that did change. The degree of change may be minuscule, but it is present.  To call someone insane for attempting something again and expecting a different result is insulting you and their intelligence and proves that you do not truly undertand the nature of.. well everything.   Wait a minute is it possible that Albert Einstein didn’t understand the changing quality of the universe we all inhabit? Or is it more likely that this quote was never made by Albert Einstein?
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I think the later may be the case. What do you think? (I mean besides me being insane?)
peace
john3c

The first episode of “The Cosmos” covered briefly the life and martyrdom of Giordano Bruno. Firstly, if you are not you should be watching “The Cosmos” on Fox. Really good show. Secondly, in case you are not watching The Cosmos, I will explain who Giordano Bruno is.

Giordano Bruno was, a friar who was involved as a monk for 11 years until he finally went on the lamb. He left because he supported the Copernican system of the solar system. The Copernican system states that the sun is the center of the solar system and was in direct conflict with the teachings of the church. Later in life Bruno was imprisoned tired and executed for not conforming to the dogma of the church. It seems from his letters and speeches that Bruno remained a believer and was doing his best to try and convince his fellow believers that  god was far greater than they were giving god create for being.

Bruno loved to read the forbidden texts of his time and looked for answers that the church had already deemed answered yet were not. The idea that the earth is the center of the solar system is scoffed at now, mostly because of the telescope, so how did this idea have so much traction that it disbelief in it could cause an execution?

I really couldn’t tell you. There are parts of scripture in the Judea Christian faith that mention god making the sun stand still, what seems to me and you as literary devices have been interrupted into literal descriptions of the solar system.

We would like to believe that this could never happen but currently it is happening. Yes that is right there are segments of the population who believe in a younger earth than the one scientists have estimated because of scriptures. Bruno was known for telling his fellow believers that there god was too small.  That the god he worshiped was not confined to one solar system, that not only was the sun the center of our solar system but that there were also many other solar systems out there with other suns. Today I see the church and mainstream religion limiting god again and again. Not just with creationism but other debates as well.

It is imperative to not limit god or our ourselves.  Just look at how far man has come in his short existence here on earth. Now imagine how much further he will come and how much further he could be had it not been for events like the Roman Inquisition.

We should always question try and prove. We should do this with respect and dignity I can’t help think that Madam Marie Curie had it right.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

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I finally finished reading a book. Yeah I did it I read the book. Usually I read at what I like to conisder a quick pace but this book I recently finished took some time. I tell myself it was because of my busy schedule but when I thing about it, I really think it took so much time because of how engrossing and engaging the story was. The book is 12 years a slave. The story is the one of, Solomon Northup. Solomon was born a free man when slavery was a legal and common practice in the United States. He married had children was working when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. You can imagine the story forn there but your imagination will not do this story justice. This was one of the best books I have ever read. When you get a chance read this book!

The man was a lover of life and myusic.  He played violin  and he would mention how this would help to “calm his soul.”  The life of a slave on a plantation is a violent and fearful one that seems to have few if any bright spots. Despite all that this man Solomon Northup found solace and kept a disposition that I think few would be able to have.

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One of his secrets was his violin. Solomon spoke about finding pleasure in songs he played on his violin. Music is one of the most powerful mediums I have ever experienced. Music will make you dance, cry smile and it works across generations and culture. Singing and listening to songs can help liven our spirits and make life better. With the right perspective life is a dream.

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”

Ronald Reagan

I don’t know what you are dealing wit,h but if you want some help, and you cannot play an instrument, why not switch on the radio?
peace

john3c

 

There really is a reason for everything isn’t there. Last week I read an article about a scientist who discovered why the earth has remained habitable as long as it has. Let me explain. Our Solar system has 9 planets of the nine so far it looks like only one makes it possible to support life. There is still discovery happening on the other planets but as of now they seem to be uninhabitable and inhospitable. So the question is what makes the earth stay habitable for as long as it has been.

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The earth is habitable because of the environment but there are gasses at work that destroy the environment and cause hell with the eco system. There has to be some way to make sure the climate stays balanced and working properly.

The article I read speaks to the importance of mountains and their role in protecting the enviroment and eco system. In short, the mountains on earth act as absorbers for some gasses tht work to destroy the enviroment.

See their really is a reason for everything. Aristotle agreed with  and introduced the idea of everything happening for a reason.

‘Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.’  -Aristotle

I think the most fun and sometimes hardest part of life is figuring out the reasons for… everything.

peace

john3c

 

The secret to life is….

Posted: March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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There is this amazing book called “Life at the speed of light“.  I have written about this book before on this blog, it is a really great book. Written by Graig Venter, the book details genetics and the journey man has been on with genetics and life.

In the beginning of his book Dr. Venter tries to define life. Think about it. Can you define life? It is tough right? Scientists, philosophers and layman, have all, despite experiencing it everyday,  struggled to define life. Everyone has their own opinion about what life is. Have you ever heard the expression “now this is living”? For the purpose of this post let us define life as the animation of matter and the sense of self. Or the state of being sentient. Makes sense right?

Now this state of animation does stop that is the end of life, for this post purposes, there is always the debate about the after life, but for now here this moment this is life and it is defined as stated.

So now that we know what it is, what is the secret to life? What can we do that makes it well worth living? Is there one thing we can do to make our lives richer and fuller? You see people who seem to “life above the rat race and nonsense that consumes us.” How do they do this? Is it one thing that makes a difference? Is there some secret that they know and we don’t?

WWII was dubbed the war to end all wars . Every nation on earth was involved. There was almost no soul alive at the time that was not in some way affected by this war.  The death toll was catastrophic. The leader of Great Britain at the time and the Allied forces was none other than Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill was not that popular at home many of his constituents did not agree with his actions or policies but he led the Allied forces to victory against one of the greatest evils this world has ever seen and his secret was simple.

“… we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be,we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”  -Winston Churchill

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“Never, never, never give up.”
― Winston Churchill

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When you think about it, I mean really give it some thought. That is the secret isn’t it? Never giving up. We can apply it to all facets of life.

I would like to end today’s post with a speech given by Winston Churchill.

We do not yet know what will happen in France or whether the French resistance will be prolonged, both in France and in the French Empire overseas. The French Government will be throwing away great opportunities and casting adrift their future if they do not continue the war in accordance with their Treaty obligations, from which we have not felt able to release them. The House will have read the historic declaration in which, at the desire of many Frenchmen-and of our own hearts-we have proclaimed our willingness at the darkest hour in French history to conclude a union of common citizenship in this struggle. However matters may go in France or with the French Government, or other French Governments, we in this Island and in the British Empire will never lose our sense of comradeship with the French people. If we are now called upon to endure what they have been suffering, we shall emulate their courage, and if final victory rewards our toils they shall share the gains, aye, and freedom shall be restored to all. We abate nothing of our just demands; not one jot or tittle do we recede. Czechs, Poles, Norwegians, Dutch, Belgians have joined their causes to our own. All these shall be restored.What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

I know I said I would end the post with that speech but I lied. I only posted the last two paragraphs of it here and I am not done yet. You may know the speech if you do good for you, if not learn these two paragraphs. Teach them to your children. In these two paragraphs the leader tells the nation that The French may or may not succeed but it doesn’t matter what the French do or don’t do.  We can be tempted to blame some people for what has happened or is happenig to us but it doesn’t matter what others have done or are doing for our life, unless of course we allow it to matter.

Finally in the last paragraph he lets the nation know that right now is all that matters and they most bond together and give it all they got and never quit.  I don’t know where you are or what you are doing but don’t quit and do the very best you can!

peace

john3c