Interesting Times We Live In
By: Maria Meadows
SHORT STORIES, MAGICAL REALISM
One day an old man comes into the grocery store. He asks the grocer for all the fish he has. He asks the grocer if he feels alive today.
The grocer replies, “Yes, I suppose.”
The old man says, “Great, me too.”
The old man pays for the fish and leaves the store.
That same day the grocer is walking home from work on the path that he always takes, the one that runs along the river. This river is known for being dead. It has never had any fish in it. It is just water and rocks and mud. While he is walking, he sees the old man who bought all the fish. He is throwing the fish one by one into the river. The grocer stops and asks him what he is doing.
The old man says, “I am bringing the fish back to life. This river gives life.”
“Oh. Okay,” says the grocer. And he keeps walking, thinking that the old man is crazy.
But after walking a distance, he looks back. He sees the old man throwing another fish into the river. Right as he is turning around to head home, he catches a glimpse of a fish jumping out of the water. He looks again and sees nothing.
A week goes by and the grocer does not see the old man. Nor does he see any fish in the river.
He is walking home from the grocery store the next Tuesday along the river and he sees the old man lying unconscious near the river. He bends down and examines him. He has no pulse.
He begins to panic and looks around not knowing what to do.
He remembers the old man’s words, “This river gives life.”
On an impulse he drags the old man’s body into the river just enough so that he is briefly submerged. Then he pulls him along the shore so that his face is above the water.
“Please. Please,” he prays.
He feels for his pulse.
He waits, pouring water over the old man’s face every now and then.
An hour. Two hours. Three hours pass and still the old man has no pulse. He gives up hope in the river and runs to get help.
When he returns with help he cannot find the old man anywhere. He apologizes to the others and they leave.
He stares at the river, wondering.
A week. Two weeks. Three weeks go by and there is no sign of the old man. Not at the grocery store and not by the river.
The grocer has been deep in thought ever since the incident. One day at work, he comes out of his reverie and decides to do something.
He buys a fish, just one, since that’s all he can afford, and takes it to the river.
He looks at the fish in his hands looks at the river, pulls his arm back, and lets the fish fly into the murky depths.
He waits, staring at the river.
“Please. Please,” he prays.
An hour,. Two hours. Three hours go by and nothing happens.
He is about to turn away when he sees movement in the water.
He cannot believe his eyes.
The very same fish that he threw into the river is swimming up to him. There is no mistaking it.
“Wow,” he says. – SOURCE WEBSITE
**Authors Note** I have just upgraded my posting editor and can’t figure out how to change the colors! My apologies! Shouldn’t that be one of the main features??? ARGH – well – it’s October again and we are coming up to the IG Nobel Prize. Here is some background =
Learning new things is always exciting, it drives the human mind. In searching we can open more doors, discover fruitful pathways, harbor new experiences. We all need to break through, somehow, someway. Education is the key, the engine to achieving your destiny to the real journey. And then your given an award… EDIT – FIGURED OUT THE COLORS ^.^
Not just a Nobel Prize… but a “IG” Nobel Prize.
IG Nobel Prize?
- The Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”.
Essentially, they are given to people whose research is highly unusual or seemingly trivial, but none-the-less is interesting and sometimes even important.
The first Ig Nobels were created in 1991 by Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of the Annals of Improbable Research, and the master of ceremonies at all subsequent awards ceremonies. Awards were presented at that time for discoveries “that cannot, or should not, be reproduced”.
Ten prizes are awarded each year in many categories, including the Nobel Prize categories of physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature, and peace, but also other categories such as public health, engineering, biology, and interdisciplinary research.
The Ig Nobel Prizes recognize genuine achievements, with the exception of three prizes awarded in the first year to fictitious scientists Josiah Carberry, Paul DeFanti, and Thomas Kyle.
The awards are sometimes veiled criticism (or gentle satire), as in the two awards given for homeopathy research, prizes in “science education” to the Kansas and Colorado state boards of education for their stance regarding the teaching of evolution, and the prize awarded to Social Text after the Sokal Affair. Most often, however, they draw attention to scientific articles that have some humorous or unexpected aspect.
Examples range from the discovery that the presence of humans tends to sexually arouse ostriches, to the statement that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell, to research on the “five-second rule“, a tongue-in-cheek belief that food dropped on the floor will not become contaminated if it is picked up within five seconds.
In 2010, Sir Andre Geim became the first person to receive both a Nobel Prize and an individual Ig Nobel prize
Throwing paper airplanes onto the stage is a long-standing tradition at the Ig Nobels. In past years, physics professor Roy Glauber swept the stage clean of the airplanes as the official “Keeper of the Broom” for years. Glauber could not attend the 2005 awards because he was traveling to Stockholm to claim a genuine Nobel Prize in Physics.
The “Parade of Ignitaries” brings various supporting groups into the hall. At the 1997 ceremonies, a team of “cryogenic sex researchers distributed a pamphlet titled “Safe Sex at Four Kelvin“. Delegates from the Museum of Bad Art are often on hand to display some pieces from their collection too.
The prizes are presented to the winners by actual Nobel laureates. One person, Sir Andre Geim, has actually won both an IG Nobel Prize (in 2000) and a real Nobel Prize (in 2010). He won the IG Nobel Prize for an experiment where he and another scientist successfully levitated a frog using magnets. His actual Nobel Prize was won “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”.
During the ceremony, each IG Nobel Prize winner is given 60 seconds to explain their research. If they go over the time, a little girl, “Miss Sweetie Poo”, will walk up to them and yell “Please stop: I’m bored” continually until the speaker stops. It was also once traditional for audience members to throw paper airplanes at the stage while the ceremony was taking place, but this practice has died out in recent years due to safety concerns.
Mid September 2018 – Today I learned more about purple and violet. How color hits our eyes and we create the picture based on color
wavelengths sent to our eye. I like learning things, and in particular I like violet better then purple for a number of reasons. Here is what you should know about these colors.
The individual difference between ‘violet’ and ‘purple’
People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s take a look at the two colors in comparison (there are various shades of purple and violet, and the following picture shows some of the more common ones):
So, purple is more reddish and saturated, while violet is more bluish and less saturated. Case closed, right?
There is more in it than the eyes can see (quite literally). To understand the difference, we have to take a look at how our eyes work first.
The electromagnetic spectrum is a continuous range of wavelengths, only a tiny part of which is visible to humans:
We see neither the ultraviolet wavelengths and shorter, nor the infrared wavelengths and longer. How do we see the rest? We have three types of color-sensitive cells in our eyes, so-called cones.
The cones don’t perceive just a single wavelength; they are activated by a whole range of wavelengths, and the signals received from the cones are then processed by the brain in such a way that every color can be thought of as composed of three different elementary signals.
The following picture shows approximately how the brain perceives different spectral colors (the higher the curve, the higher the intensity of the elementary signal the brain receives):
For example, when you see monochromatic (pure) red light on the very right side of the spectrum, only the “red” signal path is activated, which tells your brain to create the impression of red. On the other hand, when you see pure green light (in the middle), both “green” and “red” paths are activated, but your brain knows that “a lot of green activation and a bit less red activation” is in fact just a pure green color, which is what you see.
When a mixture of photons that have different wavelengths hits the retina (creating a ratio of red, green, and blue activation different from any spectral color), the brain will perceive it as an entirely different color. For example, there is no white wavelength. What we perceive as “white” is in fact just a mixture of many different spectral colors.
What happens when violet light hits the retina?
The “red” signal path has an interesting additional property. As you can see above, it has a small bump of activation around the short-wavelength (violet) end of the visible spectrum. When violet light hits the retina, both the “blue” path and (much less) the “red” path are activated. The brain interprets this kind of input in a specific way, which we call “violet”.
It is worth noting that the pigment in the “green” cones themselves also has a small peak of absorption around violet wavelengths, but the brain seems to ignore it (it is not possible to simulate the perception of violet by a combination of green and blue light).
Purple is not a spectral color
As we noted before, many colors we can see are not in the visible spectrum. When you see an object, typically a mixture of different wavelengths reaches your retina, which causes the cones to be activated at a ratio not achievable by a spectral color.
Our brains are very good at interpreting this mixture (it would be silly to simply throw away a part of the incoming information and make everything look like the closest spectral color), and, as a result, we are able to see several million different colors, most of which are not present in the spectrum.
As we noted at the beginning of the article, purple looks more “reddish” than violet, and that’s absolutely correct. Purple is formed by mixing red and blue at a ratio close to 1:1, whereas violet is perceived by your eyes as containing more blue than red.
Purple and violet look similar only to humans
To us, humans, purple looks like a more saturated shade of violet, but violet objects in nature are fundamentally different from purple ones. Purple objects are “red and blue at the same time”, whereas violet objects are… just violet.
If you take a look at the distance between violet and blue in the picture of the spectrum above, it is about the same as the distance between green and orange. Purple is a mixture of red (which is at the opposite side of the spectrum than violet) and blue (which is relatively far from violet), so it is, in terms of wavelengths, a completely different color.
The reason why purple and violet look similar to us is because they stimulate our cones in a similar way, but most other animals don’t share the same types of cones and “post-processing”. This means that to other animals, purple and violet may look completely different!
Now imagine a violet flower petal with a purple pattern on it. Depending on the particular shades, this pattern might be completely invisible to us, while many other animals could see it as clearly as we can see an orange pattern on green background. Even common consumer cameras wouldn’t help us; they are designed to capture the same red-green-blue information as our eyes do, so even taking a photo of the petal and editing it in Photoshop would not uncover the pattern.
This post is dedicated to Fawn M. Brodie
Born – September 15, 1915 – Died – January 10, 1981
She would have turned 103 years old – if any of you like to read and want a good book – I mean, a book where YOU REALLY get into it – Please pick up one of hers!
Here is a quote Fawn:
She has written some incredible books. IN FACT – I really enjoy her writing style. Very brilliant. I wish I could have met her.
Fawn Brodie’s father was LDS Prophet David O. McKay’s brother. She was known nationally for her historical works on Thomas Jefferson and Richard Nixon, but among the Mormons was best known as author of “No Man Knows My History”, a biography of Joseph Smith, Jr.
This interview is adapted from an audio taped interview by California State University – I posted a sample of this HERE =
Q: What was your mother’s reaction to your disbelief in Joseph Smith’s divine calling as a prophet?
A: Mother was a kind of quiet heretic which made it much easier for me. Her father had been nominally devout but as president of the Brigham Young University he had brought in people like G. Stanley Hall and John Dewey as lecturers, and philosophers and psychologists who were fascinated by the Mormon scene. He was a very open minded man and a fine educator. Some of this rubbed off on my mother and so I say, “My grandfather was not a heretic, but his children were,” or rather some of them were.
Q: What about your brother and sisters?
A: Well, my brother is still a devout Mormon but my sisters are all, what we call, “Jack Mormons,” since they are still technically in the church but they are not active and they don’t go along with the Mormon dogma. They still count themselves Mormons.
Q: Do you?
A: Oh, no. I am an excommunicated Mormon. I was officially excommunicated when the biography of Joseph Smith was written and published. About six months after publication, there was a formal excommunication.
Q: Would you care to explain more about that?
A: I was excommunicated for heresy–and I was a heretic– and specifically for writing the book. My husband was teaching at Yale at the time and we were living in New Haven, CT. Two Mormon missionaries came to the door and presented me with a letter asking me to appear before the bishop’s court in Cambridge, MA to defend myself against heresy. I simply told them, or wrote a letter telling them, that I would not go because, after all, I was a heretic. So then I was officially excommunicated and got a letter to that effect.
Q: This was because of writing the book “No Man Knows My History?”
A: That is right.
Q: Were you allowed ample access to records and manuscripts when you were writing the book?
A: Almost all of the material in the book came from three great libraries. At the University of Chicago, where I was working after I married Bernard, there was really a great collection of western New York State history so by going through the material I was able to find out something about the sources of Joseph Smith’s ideas, particularly the ideas which went into the writing of the Book of Mormon. I finally ended up going to Albany, NY, where all the newspapers were kept which were published in Joseph Smith’s own hometown in Palmyra, NY. So I was able to read the newspapers he had read as a young man. This turned out to be an absolute gold mine!
A lot of the theories about the American Indians being descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes and the descriptions of what were being found in the Indian mounds were in the newspapers. The speculation was there. That was extremely important as was the anti-Masonic material. The anti-Masonic excitement was very strong at that time. Then I went to the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. The New York Public Library has the best Mormon collection in the country outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
I did go to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Independence, MO, and I did go to the library of Salt Lake City for some periodicals, early Mormon periodicals that I couldn’t get anywhere else. I was permitted to see those, but I was not permitted to see any manuscript material.
Q: Are those church archives open now? I read a comment indicating that it was believed that your book would open archival material.
A: It had the reverse effect. The archives were largely closed to scholars after my book came out. But in recent years they have become open again. The new man who is head of the church historian’s office, Leonard Arrington, a fine historian, is much more liberal in his attitude than the older historians. The younger scholars are now being given access to the archives in a way they were not before. I think this was long overdue but a very good trend.
Today is 9/12/2018 – a few days before her birthday. I enjoyed her books so much, I want you all to look at her work – her pictures – and know this women was beautiful !
In God We Trust – USA Forever – Do something nice for someone today !!
Dedicated to the Sis Stars and Warriors of Christ.
God created love – true love. Real. Powerful.
I love my grandmother, my grandpa who is no longer with us. I love nature – the birds, the trees, the gardens. I love the smell of Pine. I love rain and storms, I love the humming birds. I love my family. I love the galaxy, the stars, the planets, and our universe.
What do you love?
God bless you !
Greetings my friends – In all my travels – I wish you long life as our dear friend Spock has. In telling you about him, it brings back – memory.
We want you to say this – with all your heart
Speak inside your conscience – and say
“I have free will, I can do what I want, and I – will kneel before the Lord. Not because I have to, but because I want to. Because God loves me, and I will love back. With all my heart.”
Read your bible – take the good – leave the rest.
Our time here on earth is short. What you do every single day creates your path.
Just read it – and believe.
In all I have done in my life – God has never forgotten me.
And he will remember you.
No matter what you have done, start today – do the right thing. And when it gets hard, impossible – take a minute and pray.
8-15-2018 – 9:19PM PST – West Coast United States of America
August is here! Thank you so much for visiting this website. If anything makes you smile, think, feel more alive – then God bless you!
It is a collection of my dreams. My ideas, and I hope it helps someone in life. I have been to hell’s entrance when I died at the hospital (ask me) – but it will be okay – we can fix it !
Help me, fix our planet. Fix our people. Make it just a little better then when you found it.
“It is only to the individual that a soul is given” – Albert Einstein
NELSON MANDELA TURNS 100
Today it is my HONOR to post on my website, that one of the greatest men who ever lived would have turned 100 years old today.
Writer, President (non-U.S.), Civil Rights Activist (1918–2013)
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 to December 5, 2013) was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999.
Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942.
For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
Beginning in 1962, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for political offenses.
In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system.
For generations to come, Nelson Mandela will continue to be a source of inspiration for civil rights activists worldwide. (SOURCE)
You know – if you really look into history, this was truly a great man. He spent 27 years in PRISON for Political Offenses – then got out, became President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
What a great example, of someone, who after 27 years in a Prison, was able to come out – and change the world.
Let’s continue to learn, inspire, love, and make 2018 one of the Best Damn Year’s to be alive.
NEVER GIVE UP – and MAY GOD ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER !!!
Awesome Song to hear, I’m promoting the Old-Sk00L Tr0N from 1982 – this song is from the reboot.
Remix from Daft Punk.
LISTEN TO IT NOW !
Does it Make you FEEL GOOD?
The reboot movie is pretty cool, but nothing beats the nostalgia of an old Disney movie from the 80’s.
I like old stuff, I like history – and I love my country and my faith.
I encourage you all to seek God and the higher power – and to take each and everyday as a blessing.
We just passed the half way point of 2018 – what an incredible year.
Please email me directly with any thoughts about the website – 7/13/2018
firstname.lastname@example.org <—– My Email !
It cost them dearly.
They could never see their wife again, not the children, not their beautiful home again. They are with God now. So I honor them today on earth, and say –
Thank You for your Service. We will never forget your sacrifice. God bless America.
Listen to this cool song, I thought it fits perfect on the site. Once it’s here, I never remove content. (editing happens)
We are the United Spirit of America and we want you to live long, have a beautiful family, and to be rich with God. I wish you a wonderful life. Live the dream. Stop and smell the roses.
Let’s all start winning at life again.
Strength and Honor
I dedicate this song to Lou and Myrna Donato. God bless you my loving friends.
- Admin 28 and family
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Music I resurrected from Summer 2015. This is very enjoyable. The picture is from Life is Beautiful 2016.
Strength and Honor. In God We Trust. Getting ready for summer 2018.