Oct 18, 2017

At the end of the day are Kelly and Tillerson bigger men than donald trump: The Bill Press Show - October 18, 2017

They made an interesting comment today when they talked about Tillerson and Kelly running very large corporations and being a very esteemed general yet having to take orders and constantly be insulted by an ingrate like donald trump.

Even though one would not agree with the republican policies these folks are pushing does this mean that these individuals are indeed more of a man than the donald and care more about the well-being of the country than their selves that they are willing to stay on and suffer the indiscretions of their post and their boss.

behavior or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgment.

well, what do you think.........

Oct 17, 2017

Bessie Ida Arnim Varley: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to a wonderful Grandmother.

Bessie Ida Arnim Varley:

October 17, 1897--July 16, 1981

Her blouse is so beautiful.  Did she make it--she always did a lot of sewing.

F. C. Arnim, her baby brother at their house in Orange, California--about 1910.

Frances Charles Arnim and his mother, Helen Virginia Laidley Arnim still in Texas.
She would be so happy to see her house today.  She loved her family and the house her mother built when she came out to Orange, California from Texas after her husband, Grandma's father, passed away.

This house had two kitchens--a summer and winter kitchen.

Grandma, her mother and her sister Hezena Arnim Rowley, Aunt Zena

Grandma was so excited when we visited Orange on Mother's Day.

This was her cat, Pinky.

Coco waiting in the car at Fairhaven.

Chlo Langendorf is spending quality time with Grandma and Pinky right now.

The Yellow Rose of Texas

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Remembering the yellow bird of Texas today.

Oct 16, 2017

The Jesus Christ Show by Cortney Fielding from Watt Way

Jesus Will Return...
After These Messages. 
A radio talk show host poses as Jesus,
and wins a loyal, sometimes critical, audience.
By Cortney Fielding

esus was a carpenter.

Now, apparently, he works for Clear Channel. While once he roamed the desert spreading his father’s word, today, the son of God stays put inside a Burbank office complex, where he plays host to his own call-in radio show. Let the people come to him for a change.

      Every Sunday from 6-9 a.m., Jesus comforts the afflicted, engages atheists in theology debates and doles out free advice to the lovelorn like some holy savior-Dr. Joyce Brothers hybrid.

     And with close to 130,000 listeners so early in the morning, he is number one in his time period.

      No, it’s not a joke.

      The voice behind “the Jesus Christ Show” is Neil Saavedra, a 36-year-old, tattooed Mexican-American punk rock ex-Catholic who spends his earthly time as the marketing director for KFI-AM 640, the Los Angeles talk radio station that airs his show, designing promotional billboards for Dr. Laura and home-town Libertarian-bent news personalities, John and Ken.

      Tall, trim, fashionably dressed with a shaved head, manicured goatee and bulky metal jewelry adorning his body, he's been characterized as everything from “sexy” in the press to  “someone who looks like he could absolutely kill you at any moment,” by co-workers. Bottom line- he doesn’t really look the part.
      Saavedra’s candor is just as unlikely as his appearance. While he plays the son of God three hours a week, he's remarkably down to earth the remaining 165. Listen to him talk about past flirtations with godlessness and hear him riff about a nine-year relationship that culminated in a less-than-one-year marriage, and one wonders what makes this guy think he has the right to be  the Easter bunny, let alone Jesus.

      Off-air, he is the first to admit he’s just as human and confused as the next guy – he’s even dating an atheist.

      But on air, his charismatic, no-baloney, compassionate Jesus is attracting a fan base far broader than what he once had as a host on Christian radio – from which he defected out of boredom in the 1990s. 

Saavedra’s Jesus is outspoken, and his positions aren’t always in line with conservative Christians. They don’t always jive with liberals, either. He despises the way gays are treated in the Church (although he believes homosexuality is a sin akin to overindulgence in food or drink), and isn’t afraid to voice either opinions.

      While his show attracts the traditional, older, church-going Christian radio audience, it also reaches those who feel disconnected from the church, young adults, gays, atheists, and even the occasional Rabbi.  They’re all tuning in. 

No. 1 in his time slot, Saavedra is a charismatic, no-baloney, compassionate Jesus – and he admits he’s just as confused as the next guy.
      It’s 5:58A.M., on a Sunday morning. Saavedra, wearing a distressed suede button-down shirt and boot cut jeans, is sealed tight inside KFI’s state of the art soundproof production booth with his elbows on the table, hands covering his eyes as he rocks back and forth to Jewish rapper Matisyahu’s “King without a Crown.” Music is how he gets in the Jesus zone.

      Laying next to him is the same stack of books he brings into the studio every week. Among them are his study Bible, its black imitation-leather cover well worn, “The compact dictionary of doctorial words : Easy to understand definitions of theology words for all who study” and the “The Jewish book of why.”

      He recites a silent prayer as a pre-recorded voice goes out over the airwaves.

      “Two thousand years ago, he walked this earth -teaching, guiding, loving and preparing to make the ultimate  sacrifice…  “what if today you could talk to him, laugh with him, cry with him, not Just through prayer, but through the radio.. You’re listening to the Jesus Christ Show..”
      “And now here’s our host, Jesus Christ.”
      After a musical introduction he’s on. For the next three hours. Neil only exists on commercial breaks.

to be continued........

here is a link to the page if you want to finish reading the whole thing right now:


Neil Saavedra, The Jesus Christ Show, Cortney Fielding, Watt Way,  

Oct 10, 2017

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosey Talks Birth Control in the age of trump

Check out this very imformative clip from The Bill Press Show talking about birth control and the ability to choose the best method for a particular individual in the age of trump.

Seriously, this is a health care issue not a political isssue--everyone deserves the best healthcare available.

Longing for our former President.

from Obamaite--Chloelouise

Oct 9, 2017

The Jesus Christ Show on @TheRonnieRe

Always listening to the radio...........

The 10/1/17 show was a particularly interesting broadcast.

Thanks, Neil, for sharing your thoughts with us.

Well done.

Finding Jesus at The Jordan River:  Bike Palestine

Oct 8, 2017

Is Melania Trump really fluent in five languages?

Published on Aug 3, 2017


Melania Trump claims to be fluent in five languages (English, French, Italian, German and Slovenian). But is she really? AMERICAblog editor John Aravosis, who actually does speak five languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and English), looked into the issue, and what he found raises questions about just how well Melania Trump truly speaks French and Italian. Why does this matter? Because just this week, Donald Trump announced a new immigration policy whereby potential immigrants with skills, and fluency in English, will get favored treatment. So the issue of whether Melania Trump, America's most famous immigrant, even spoke English when she got here, and whether she's telling the truth about her overall language abilities, matters. Because her husband made it matter. And finally, this goes to the larger issue of this administration being one continuous ongoing lie. If they lie about the little stuff, imagine what they're doing with issues that really matter.

Oct 7, 2017

Nomadic Matt has good travel tips.......

Hey ,
When I left for the open road in 2006, I knew nothing.
I had read some guidebooks and looked over some Internet forums, but back then, there were no travel blogs, Twitter tweets, Facebook fan pages, or the vast amounts of travel information on the Internet you see now. To compensate for this lack of wisdom, I followed my guidebook religiously and got my feet wet with small group tours. I was young, I was inexperienced, and I made a lot of rookie travel mistakes.
Now, if I could sit myself down on the day I left for my world trip, I would give myself — and YOU — these 11 tips:
1. Don't be scared. Fear is a powerful deterrent. Taking the leap into the unknown is scary, but you aren’t the first person to travel the world. You aren’t discovering new continents or exploring uncharted territories. I’d say this to relax you: There is a well-worn travel trail out there and people to help guide you along the way. If millions of people can make their way around the world each year, so can you. You may feel scared and nervous, but you’re just as capable as anyone else.
Read this for moreHow to Overcome Your Fears
(Me taking in the scenery on a hike through Patagonia)
2. Don't wait too long. Tomorrow never comes. Too often we try to wait for the perfect time to travel, that time when all the stars align, but that time never comes. You will never have enough money, and there will always be someone's wedding, birthday, etc. etc. Don't wait. When you want to go, just go. The Dutch have a proverb: "He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him." Those are words to live by.
Read this for more: There's No "Tomorrow"s in Travel
3. Avoid packing too much. Buy a small bag so you aren’t tempted to pack everything under the sun. You’ll have less to carry. If you truly need something, you can pick it up as you go. Trust me, you won’t need as much gear as you think!
4. Stay connected to your new friends. You meet a lot of people on the road who are all going different ways, and you may find that your paths will cross again. However, it's hard to plan events by email. Did they get it? Will they be there? I don't know! Invest in a cheap phone so you can stay in touch with people better. Plus it comes in handy in an emergency.
5. Go with the flow. Want to stay longer? Leave sooner? Change hotels? If you pre-planned your trip, that's something you can't easily do. When every day is planned out and there are timetables to follow, you get stressed. Very stressed. You rush. And when you plan too much, there’s no room to experience the happy accidents of travel. Plan one or two activities and let the rest of the day happen. It’ll be a more enjoyable and less stressful experience.
6. Take it easy and slow down. It can be tempting to try to see it all. With limited vacation time, we are always trying to squeeze everything in — rushing through 20 cities in 20 days, or 100 countries on our round-the-world trip. In the end, all we have to show for it are photos, stress, and a whirlwind of experiences, but no real knowledge of the places we went. After you try to rush through Australia, you’ll be burnt out and realize you saw everything — but nothing at all. You’ll wish you did it slower. Don’t rush your trip.
(Me wandering through rice patties in Vietnam)
7. Avoid giving banks your hard-earned money. ATM and credit card fees can really add up. For years, I just assumed that it was a cost of traveling. Then I got smart and started looking deeper into it. I haven't paid an ATM or card fee in over five years — and neither should you. You can avoid paying ATM fees by either joining a bank in the global ATM alliance or, if you are American, Charles Schwab (no ATM fees). Don't forget to check a local bank too.
8. Know you can rest your head anywhere. When you start traveling, you often think that you either have to stay in a hotel or a hostel. But there's a lot more out there: you can Couchsurf; rent apartments via Airbnb, Homeaway, or similar sites; stay in monasteries; work and stay on farms; or find small, non-chain budget hotels. In short, there are a lot of options beyond a hostel or a giant chain hotel.
9. Learn to maximize your miles and fly free. When you travel a lot, you fly a lot. I didn't get into the mileage game for a long time, and by not signing up for loyalty programs (airlines, hotels), I missed out getting thousands of free points that I could have used for future free travel. Always sign up for a rewards program. Even if you don't think you will use it, you might in the future, and there's no cost to sign up.
10. Budget well. People get blindsided by stuff they should have anticipated. "I didn't expect to drink so much!" "This place is more expensive than I thought." You hear these comments on the road a lot, and my response is usually "Why? What did you expect to do on the road?" If you do your research well, you will know exactly how much things cost and you can plan your budget accordingly. I know I will eat and drink a lot so I budget accordingly. (Do I go over budget? Sometimes. I make it up on other days.) Do research before you go, keep track of expenses as you go, and watch your money last until the end.
Read this for moreHow to Make Your Money Last
11. Don't skip insurance. I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is a huge mistake too many travelers make. They think "I'm young — I won't get sick." Or "I won't be doing dangerous activities." But you never know what can happen on the road, and travel insurance is more than just health insurance. It covers your gear, trip cancellation, delays, and emergencies. It covered my camera when I fell into the sea in Italy, it covered my lost bag from Africa, and it covered my punctured eardrum from diving in Thailand. 
So, remember these 11 lessons and you will always travel better, cheaper, safer, and happier.
Until next time, travel often and travel wide.
Nomadic Matt
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Sep 27, 2017

Palestine on the ground || WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING!

Well Done. 

I am convinced The West does not really understand the Palestinian issue.  On the news it is just portrayed as a war zone.  We went on a tour:  Bike Palestine--the resorts were lovely, the food was delicious and the people were very hospitable.  It was a grand trip for an education, history and politics.  I would recommend it to everyone. 

It would be nice if the whole picture of Palestine could be more acuratly painted in the media.

Does Walking Equal Meditating: "Little Insights" from Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel on life's "little insights" and his "intense" relationship with Paul Simon

Art Garfunkel's voice helped shape some of the most famous songs in American music. As half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, his pipes dominated the pop charts with hits like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Cecilia" and "Homeward Bound" and multiple No. 1 records.
Later he moved onto a successful solo career. The acclaimed singer told "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday that he never planned to write a book, but after years of jotting down insights in a small notebook he keeps tucked in his back pocket, he decided to put together a memoir.
"What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man," chronicles his life, career-defining moments and tumultuous relationship with Paul Simon.
"I've walked the United States and I've walked across Europe. As I walk, little insights occur to me, some of them are big and I get a notion of a first line and I go, that line has rhythm and it means something to me. It touches the theme I've thought about all my life," Garfunkel said.  
Garfunkel's voice helped Simon & Garfunkel earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Early on, Garfunkel knew he had a gift and often sang at his temple as a young boy – a place that influenced his style.
"It gave me a spirituality connected to singing right from the earliest age. So you share it with others," Garfunkel said. "The temple had a big high ceiling with lovely wood walls so the reverb was wonderful and that became a big thing for me. The echo which puts tails on your notes and extends them, I was entranced with that sound."
After Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, it was his voice that gave him confidence.
"I didn't know if the world would accept me, but I knew I could sing without Paul," he said.
He described the duo's relationship as "intense" and "like a marriage."
"It has summers and winters. It waxes and wanes, it is best not talked about. You leave it alone. Sometimes you get a call from Paul or I from him, and out of nowhere something funny goes on and you laugh and you go, I miss him, and then you hang out, you have a dinner," Garfunkel said. "It's standard to be asked, 'Do you think you'll work together?' And I've always said, 'Who knows, life is a surprise.' We don't know what comes next. Nowadays, I say, 'No, we won't.'"
Asked what the "luminous" referenced in his memoir's title means, he said, "It's as if you're walking and you are so entranced by the beauty of everything you tear up and in the blurry vision of tearing up, what is it all but luminous? It's a poet's notion."
In the book, a travelogue of sorts, he described the songs that changed his life, including songs from The Beatles and one of his own.
"'Scarborough Fair' felt to me like the best, most flowing, most organic thing we ever recorded." 

copied from cbsnews.com

Walking, Walking Walking........
Every evening, same time, same place, same bushes, same lines in the sidewalk in even 9 patch squares, same pace, same gait, same pauses--yet an amazing epiphany of thoughts.
How can this unsuspecting enlightenment occur while walking the dog.

Does walking equal meditation?

Your thoughts..................

Ronnie and the Age of Enlightenment