A Cyprus researcher believes he has identified a new strain of the coronavirus.
University professor Leondios Kostrikis says he found 25 cases of what he calls the “Deltacron.”
The Deltacron is believed to be a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants.
Israel approves a 4th dose of Covid vaccine for those with compromised immune systems.
Over four million Israelis have received a booster shot, out of a total population of nine million, but about a million eligible Israelis have not. In November, Israel became one of the first countries after the United States to approve Covid vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11, but the initial uptake in that age group has been slow.
Anyone test positive for the Flu or Cold this winter?
If you are reading this –
I wish you peace, long life, happiness, and I urge you to do something kind for another soul.
May it bring you good karma.
Proud of our essential workers, serving a purpose.
May you all continue to grow.
The purpose of thenumber28.com is to serve the greater good – to help and inspire.
So much suffering in the past few centuries, the dark ages, the sickness and death, the wars.
Many were dark, cold, couldn’t see because they didn’t have glasses. We have modern medicine.
Our technology is going to accelerate in the next ten years.
What an amazing time to be alive.
I just want to say if it was not for my faith, I would not be here.
Faith truly does move mountains.
Someone told me that – what if Good and Evil is a part of the same coin. (ying & yang?)
What is Yin and Yang?
Briefly put, the meaning of yin and yang is that the universe is governed by a cosmic duality, sets of two opposing and complementing principles or cosmic energies that can be observed in nature. The yin-yang philosophy says that the universe is composed of competing and complementary forces of dark and light, sun and moon, male and female.
God allows the evil to exist. We cannot have light without the dark.
We have free-will.
But I would encourage all of you, to choose the good. For your children. For humanity. For your grandmother. For our grandfather. And may you be rewarded.You have a choice, do to best you can.
I have studied so many religions, to find the truth. And the truth is, believe – there are still many sources of energy that we do not understand. And things we cannot see, even with technology.
The whole of Einstein’s life’s work was to show that what we perceive as hard matter is mostly empty space with a pattern of energy running through it. This includes ourselves.
And what Quantum Physics has shown is that when we Look at these patterns of energy at smaller and smaller levels, startling results can be seen. Experiments have revealed that when you break apart small aspects of this energy, what we call elementary particles, and try to observe how they operate, the act of observation itself alters the results – as if these elementary particles are influenced by what the experimenter expects. This is true even if the particles must appear in places they couldn’t possibly go, given the laws of the universe as we know them: two places at the same moment, forward or backward in time, that sort of thing.
King Solomon ruled the whole kingdom of Israel, and he still would never be as great as a King that he was, without the grace of God. Solomon married the daughter of the Pharaoh in Egypt to cement his rule. He continued making treaties with all the countries around him, ensuring that his rule would be marked by peace, not war. Solomon authored three books of the Bible: Proverbs, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes.
I only say that I am no longer a religious man, and that isn’t what I believe in anymore – because – these groups, in my opinion, cause quarrels among each other and it causes everyone to fight about it. Imagine if your family has multiple beliefs, they won’t accept each others ideas, causing division. However they all have the same goal.
I just would rather believe what is revealed to me and pray for peace. And using all the books, from all religions, find the truth.
And that is why – I am spiritual.
What does spiritual mean anyway?
Relationship between religion and spirituality
While spirituality may incorporate elements of religion, it is generally a broader concept. Religion and spirituality are not the same thing, nor are they entirely distinct from one another. The best way to understand this is to think of two overlapping circles like this:
In spirituality, the questions are: where do I personally find meaning, connection, and value?
In religion, the questions are: what is true and right?
Where the circles overlap is the individual experience, which affects the way you think, feel, and behave.
Spirituality versus emotional health
You will notice as you read on that many practices recommended for cultivating spirituality are similar to those recommended for improving emotional wellbeing.
This is because there is a connection between the two—emotional and spiritual wellbeing influence one another and overlap, as do all aspects of wellbeing.
Spirituality is about seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself, which can result in positive emotions, such as peace, awe, contentment, gratitude, and acceptance.
Emotional health is about cultivating a positive state of mind, which can broaden your outlook to recognize and incorporate a connection to something larger than yourself.
Thus, emotions and spirituality are distinct but linked, deeply integrated with one another.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” – Thomas Merton
So we have to, evolve, as that is the human soul – and we are now in the future.
Welcome to 2022.
Food for thought = Do you think we reincarnate after death or do we survive as a spirit, or are you just, as they say, dust to dust?
We need to bring Dr. Strange on here with some multi-verse ideas to teach the new generation that all things are possible with God. But – the religion – privileged to live in the USA, to have that Freedom (to choose what is best for the individual), and BTW I love international people and ideas.
We need to immigrate more international people from around the world with science and new ideas.
For example, the variant that emerged in India is not popularly known as B.1.617.2. Rather, it is known as Delta, the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet.
There are now seven “variants of interest” or “variants of concern” and they each have a Greek letter, according to a W.H.O. tracking page.
Some other variants with Greek letters do not reach those classification levels, and the W.H.O. also skipped two letters just before Omicron — “Nu” and “Xi” — leading to speculation about whether “Xi” was avoided in deference to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.
“‘Nu’ is too easily confounded with ‘new,’” Tarik Jasarevic, a W.H.O. spokesman, said on Saturday. “And ‘Xi’ was not used because it is a common last name.”
He added that the agency’s best practices for naming diseases suggest avoiding “causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.”
“Never in my life have I seen such hysteria from the “educated” community.
If someone would have hypothesized this scenario to me, two years ago: only one unvetted, experimental shot, would be the impetus for the reestablishment of segregation, unconstitutional treatment of patients, broken families, illegal immigration, depopulation, massive unemployment, social divide, fake medical claims, etc.. I would have said the American public is just too smart to fall for this propaganda, BUT, here I am today, no extended family left to talk to, children pulled out of school, planes flying over head literally every minute (most likely carrying immigrants), medical community ignoring hippocratic oaths/common sense and killing patients in hospitals, racial and medical segregation is acceptable, and EVERY country is in on it—-“
This was a question that I asked a few guys. Here is some of the answers I got.
From Basil =
At first we look for a person who matches our selfish specifications. A partner that satisfies all the requirements we have for the perfect catch! This is the business deal. It works like this….
No…. it is a business deal that evolves into a selfless obsession
I will deliver the sex you require in return for continued loyalty, attendance and attention
I will display my personality so long as you accept and celebrate it.
I will support you if you support me.
I will communicate nice with you as long as you communicate nice with me.
I will share your interests if you share mine.
Once the relationship gains maturity it becomes….
I know you have human sexual needs and I commit to relieving you
I accept the anomalies in your personality because you tolerate mine.
I support you because I care.
I will talk to you nice because I always get the same back.
I look forward to sharing more quality time with you because it’s always fine!
So…. In the beginning it is a trade off, we decide if we are receiving what we need from a relationship. We evaluate the viability of co finance on the basis of personal benefit. This is the business of love!
In the end it becomes a mission of service. We simply look after the happiness quota of our partner.
From Ron =
Love is a BLOOD SPORT. It takes no prisoners for very long, sooner or later she will rip your heart out and feast on it right in front of you.
From Anonomous =
Life is too short for us to keep important words, for example, ‘I love you’, locked in our hearts. But do not always expect to hear the same words back. We love because we need to love. Otherwise, love loses all meaning and the sun ceases to shine. A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears. The sun asks: ‘Aren’t you tired of waiting?’ ‘Yes,’ answers the rose, ‘but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.’ And yet, even when Love does not appear, we remain open to its presence. Sometimes, when loneliness seems about to crush everything, the only way to resist is to keep on loving. Our one true choice is to plunge into the mystery of that uncontrollable force. Then we discover, when we go home, that someone was there waiting for us, looking for the same thing we were looking for and experiencing the same anxieties and longings.
Because love is like the water that is transformed into a cloud: it’s lifted up into the heavens, where it can see everything from a distance, aware that, one day, it will have to return to earth. Because love is like the cloud that is transformed into rain: it is drawn down to the earth, where it waters the fields.
Love is only a word, until we decide to let it possess us with all its force. Love is only a word, until someone arrives to give it meaning. Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the keyring that opens the door.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We all know this phrase from the Declaration of Independence. It’s been drilled in our heads from civics classes to speeches, especially around each July 4th holiday – and rightfully so. Since our nation’s founding, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have defined the American dream.
We all strive to be happy. Relationships are tough. I wish you all success in finding joy in the world, because, it is out there. Be kind to others. Learn to forgive.
”Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore
”Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran
“If we must part forever, Give me but one kind word to think upon, And please myself with, while my heart’s breaking.” – Thomas Otway
“Falling in love is like holding a candle. Initially it lightens up the world around you. Then it starts melting and hurt you. Finally it goes off and everything is darker than ever and all you are left with is the.. BURN!” ― Syed Arshad
“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn
I like her voice. What other talents can she offer? More than a few? And could you trade one skill or quality in exchange for more than one? And who determines these values in a relationship and does that suddenly or casually change during a relationship/partnership?
When I think about a strong women – I think about mom.
Who will wake up early, get the kids up for school? Make breakfast? Help them get to school and the homework? Then take care of the house, the meals – and make passionate love – and be a strong reinforcement partner to his success.
When I think about it, that is how I see a successful women and dance partner. A strong women. But hey, its 2021, what do I know. Just remember some are compatible – but select based on the inside.
Be kind to others. Learn from your mistakes.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
So you wanna be riding around with your new bitch That’s real cute And you know what? I just got tickets to the Lakers game anyway Yo, you could neverIf I ever made you angry, girl Just know that it get better over time (time) They say time heals (they say time heals) She can’t see her life without me, she so blessed still (so blessed still) Fuck that, you can tell him that you’re mine still (that you’re mine still)And she don’t wanna go to sleep she angry Latеly she been noticing he ain’t meI wish that wе can change places Don’t want no new, new faces She got my heartbeat racing They say time heals (they say time heals) Don’t go build no life without me ’cause you’re mine still (you’re mine still) Oh, and I don’t wanna go unless you make me Lately I’ve been gone, I’m feeling crazyYeah, I’m from the bricks, we gotta whole lot of bricks You gotta whole lotta tricks and I wanna see what you do with them I just saw you in Miami, girl, what you doing here? (What you doing here?) I hope you with your girlfriends (girlfriends)I ain’t pay attention to your heart, I played ya Now she fell in love with an NBA player Had her on the stage, now she ballin’ at the stadium Matter fact I hope you stay with him ‘Cause I don’t wanna go unless you take me I know you feel the painAnd she don’t wanna go to sleep she angry Lately she been noticing he ain’t meI wish that we can change places Don’t want no new, new faces She got my heartbeat racing They say time heals (they say time heals) Don’t go build no life without me ’cause you’re mine still (you’re mine still) And I don’t wanna go unless you make me Down on my knees hoping you take me Better tell that brotha you mine Heard you’ve been trying to tie the knot, girl, tell me you lyin’ Let me beat that pussy up one more time Let me beat that pussy up one more time I know that you feen for this I know that you did not forget So don’t go to sleep And she don’t wanna go to sleep she angry Lately she been noticing he ain’t meI wish that we can change places Don’t want no new, new faces She got my heartbeat racing They say time heals (they say time heals) Don’t go build no life without me ’cause you’re mine still (you’re mine still) Oh, and I don’t wanna go unless you make me Lately I’ve been gone, I’m feeling crazy
“Lovers’ Infiniteness”: The poet complains that he does not yet have “all” of his beloved’s love, despite using all of his resources to woo her. She should not leave some love for others, nor should she leave herself open to wooing by others later. Yet, he also wants her to keep some of her love for him in reserve so that they can enjoy a constantly growing relationship.
BY JOHN DONNE
If yet I have not all thy love, Dear, I shall never have it all; I cannot breathe one other sigh, to move, Nor can intreat one other tear to fall; And all my treasure, which should purchase thee— Sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters—I have spent. Yet no more can be due to me, Than at the bargain made was meant; If then thy gift of love were partial, That some to me, some should to others fall, Dear, I shall never have thee all.
Or if then thou gavest me all, All was but all, which thou hadst then; But if in thy heart, since, there be or shall New love created be, by other men, Which have their stocks entire, and can in tears, In sighs, in oaths, and letters, outbid me, This new love may beget new fears, For this love was not vow’d by thee. And yet it was, thy gift being general; The ground, thy heart, is mine; whatever shall Grow there, dear, I should have it all.
Yet I would not have all yet, He that hath all can have no more; And since my love doth every day admit New growth, thou shouldst have new rewards in store; Thou canst not every day give me thy heart, If thou canst give it, then thou never gavest it; Love’s riddles are, that though thy heart depart, It stays at home, and thou with losing savest it; But we will have a way more liberal, Than changing hearts, to join them; so we shall Be one, and one another’s all.
Donne is firmly within the camp of metaphysical poets–those poets for whom considerations of the spiritual world were paramount compared to all earthly considerations. While a master of metaphysical expression, Donne achieves this mastery by refusing to deny the place of the physical world and its passions. He often begins with a seemingly carnal image only to turn it into an argument for the supremacy of God and the immortality of the soul.
I am not religious. I respect them all.
I belong to no group.
I am spiritual.
I had a recent death in my family, currently I grieve of his loss. When I saw him, he was happy, he was laughing, and
I love you cousin.
RIP Bryan 10/2/2021
When you see your loved ones, give them a hug – tell them you love them.
‘Celebrities are crazy,’ basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal declares: ‘I denounce my celebrity-ness’
Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal told the New York Post that he is denouncing his “celebrity-ness.”
“Celebrities are crazy,” he said. “How they treat people, what they do, what they say.”
But Shaq noted, “That’s never been me,” and said that he does not want to be viewed in that way.
O’Neal does not believe that his wealth and success make him better than other people. He described himself as a “regular person,” who “made it.”
“But just because I made it don’t mean I’m bigger than you,” said the 7-foot-1 NBA legend. “Just cuz I have more money than you don’t mean that I’m better than you. I’ve never been that way and I never will be that way.”
Shaq said “celebrities are goin freakin crazy,” noting, “I don’t wanna be one. I denounce my celebrity-ness today.”
His down-to-earth take could be refreshing to many Americans who have grown weary with celebrity culture in the U.S. and the haughty spirit exhibited by some stars.
A terrible storm descents on a country town. Eventually the streets are flooded, and the water is rising fast. The town preacher is standing on the steps of the church, praying for deliverance, when a guy in a row boat comes by. “Better get in the boat, preacher! The water is rising fast!”
The preacher waves him away. “No. I have faith in the Lord. He will protect me.” And so the guy rows away.
The water keeps rising, and the preacher has to retreat to the bell tower. At this point, another guy comes by in a speed boat. “Get in, preacher! The dam is going to break, and we’ll all be washed away!”
Again, the preacher waves him away. “No. I have faith in the Lord. He will protect me.” And so the guy guns the engine and zooms away.
The flood waters keep rising, and the preacher is forced to climb to the very top of the steeple. About that time, a police helicopter flies overhead. The cops drop a ladder to the preacher and shout at him: “Grab the ladder, preacher! The dam has broken, and the water is coming this way fast!”
The preacher waves the chopper away. “No. I have faith in the Lord. He will protect me.”
Not long after the helicopter flies away, a huge wave of water comes rushing in, and the preacher drowns. He goes to heaven, and he is taken to see God. “My Lord! I had faith! I prayed to you! Why didn’t you save me?!”
And God says, “WHAT DID YOU WANT FROM ME? I SENT YOU TWO BOATS AND A HELICOPTER.”
Compassion begins with the awareness that we suffer and the other people suffer, but that’s not nearly the end of the story. Of course it matters that we recognize this. If we can’t, we may feel isolated and alone, or we may feel pity, contempt, or even anger. Once we connect with the awareness of our suffering and the suffering of others, we have some jobs to do.
First: Consider that there is something we can do to address our suffering and the suffering of others.
This isn’t necessarily easy, especially if we’ve been hurting for a long time and feel overwhelmed by the scale of the pain we feel and witness. It can be very, very hard sometimes to remember that, whatever our situations, there is always something we can do to be kinder and more compassionate to ourselves and others.
Second: We then have the chance to look inside ourselves and decide if we are willing to do what it takes to address our suffering and the suffering of others.
Again, it may not be easy, but this is not a low-stakes game. This is your one-and-only life we’re talking about. You’re stronger than you imagine you are, and your willingness and intention to take even tiny steps toward addressing your suffering and the suffering of others matters—a lot.
Third: Once you can recognize the fact of suffering and feel willing to do something about it, the real work of compassion comes in moving your hands and feet.
Do something about it. The smallest, subtlest thing matters, Little things build quickly.
Will we put an end to suffering? No. And we probably wouldn’t want to if we could. The rose’s perfume is as much the result of its thorns as anything else. The love we feel for our lovers and our children is all the stronger because of the realization that our time with them is not without limit. Our suffering and the suffering of others is an invitation for us to fully be who we are: kinder, more caring, and more sensitive instruments for living.
Persistence. Continue to reach your goals. Have compassion and faith. Check out this great motivational video.