Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hello Cedartown.

Hello Cedartown. I'm so glad you took time out of your busy schedule to visit my blog.

As soon as I read the insulting comment on my blog, I knew at once that it could only be you. I went to Google Analytics and checked my stats, and sure enough, I had a visitor from Cedartown.

It's ironic. You tell me to "Get a life"; but yet, you are half a world away and still feel the need to insult and harass me.

Again, I want to thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a good day.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

'Pope Francis effect' boosts Church says survey.


"The personal charm, homespun wisdom and liberal overtures of Pope Francis have boosted the popularity of the Catholic Church among Italians to a record high, a poll said Friday."

The media have been reporting on the "Francis Effect" since almost the very beginning of his pontificate. There's no question that Francis is more "popular" with the unchurched than Pope Benedict XVI, but the question, for me is whether this increased popularity has brought about an actual increase in Mass attendance. Stories from 2013 (Time - the guardian) suggest so.

I'm a little more skeptical, however. It's purely anecdotal, but from my personal observation, I've heard more than one unchurched individual speak highly of the Pope but that admiration has not led to a repentance or conversion.

The media have portrayed Francis as someone who will bring about a great deal of change within the Catholic Church, and unbelievers have taken to this enthusiastically, though not enough to convince them to change their behavior.

I'm sure that as the years roll by, and the doctrines of the Church do not change, the Progressives will fall out of love with this Pope.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stevie Wonder's Odd Statements.

I was not in the least bit surprised when I read that Stevie Wonder recently opined that opposition to President Obama and his policies are "because of hatred towards him because of his skin color".

Wonder's support of Obama is based on the color of his skin, so naturally, he would believe any opposition to Obama comes from racism as well.

However, I was surprised by one comment attributed to Stevie Wonder in his eulogy at AndraƩ Crouch's funeral.

"Yes, I truly believe in freedom of speech, I really really do believe in that," he said. "But I think if we don’t put some limits to us being able to give praise to that one that we hold sacred, we got a problem."

I've read and re-read that comment several times, and I can't figure out just exactly what Wonder is trying to say.

Is he saying we should put some limits to us being able to give praise to God? That's how it comes across to me, but I can't get my head around whatever point Wonder is trying to make.

Monday, January 26, 2015

POTUSBO Brings Together China and India.

It's not often that arch enemies, India and China agree on anything. They have been unable to get along, at least as long as I've been alive......quite probably even much longer.

But now, POTUS, Barack Obama has done what I never thought was possible; he's actually brought the people of the two nations together.

The Times of India is reporting that Obama is being slammed by social media in India for his show of disrespect by the "ungainly sight" of  "US President Brack [sic] Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday."

It was just this past November that the Chinese criticized him for the same faux pas.

According to the White House, POTUSBO isn't being rude, or insensitive, but merely chewing on nicotine gum because of his addiction to cigarettes.

If  POTUSBO was chewing Nicorette while in China, and assuming he had only started using the gum then, he should have kicked the habit by now (late January). I was once a heavy cigarette smoker who had an extremely difficult time stopping until I tried Nicorette. I'm here to tell you that the stuff is pretty good and it shouldn't take more than about 2 months to break someone of smoking.

I guess, if you really want the gum to be effective, you have to want to quit smoking. I suppose POTUSBO quits smoking like he does everything else - halfheartedly.

Dream a Little Dream.

I heard, or read somewhere or other, that we all dream every night and that those who say they don't dream simply don't recall the dreams upon waking. Who I am to argue?

From my own perspective, for many years I've awoken from sleep having forgotten my dreams, but it seems that during the past six more or so, I've awoken with memories of very bizarre dreams. I won't go into the details of the dreams, but they've always been disturbing.

I've never cared for dreaming or the "dream state". As long as I can remember, my dreams have been unpleasant. To me, the words "dream" and "nightmare" are synonyms.

These dreams or nightmares don't have monsters and things that go bump in the night. I think it is the fact that the dreams are so illogical and so not down to earth that makes me so anxious.

In wikipedia, some of the possible effects of frequent nightmares is that those of us who suffer "experienced abnormal sleep architecture and that the results of having a nightmare during the night were very similar to those of people who suffer from insomnia. This means that, like insomniacs, people who suffer from nightmares do not get as much rest as those who do not suffer from chronic nightmares. Therefore, they experience a lesser quality of sleep than others."

I can say that I certainly don't get enough rest from sleep.

One website I came across while looking into dreaming, gives "15 Interesting Facts about Dreaming. Note - not all 15 are very interesting, but I digress.

#7 on the list is "Emotions. The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones."

OK, but that doesn't make me feel better.

#6 "Dreams are Symbolic. If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself."

Well, if my dreams are telling me needs working on in my life, well, it'd be nice if the dreams were a bit clearer and easier to interpret.

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