Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another One

Don’t Cry for me

Don't cry for me now I have died, for I'm still here I'm by your side,
My body's gone but my soul's is here, please don't shed another tear,
I am still here I'm all around, only my body lies in the ground.
I am the snowflake that kisses your nose,
I am the frost, that nips your toes.
I am the sun ,bringing you light,
I am the star, shining so bright.
I am the rain, refreshing the earth,
I am the laughter, I am the mirth.
I am the bird, up in the sky,
I am the cloud, that's drifting by.
I am the thoughts, inside your head,
While I'm still there, I can't be dead.
Author unknown.

a bit more on wisdom

 Wisdom is bright and unfading. She readily appears to those who love her. She’s found by those who keep seeking after her.She makes herself known even in advance to those who desire her with all their hearts. Someone who awakens before dawn to look for her will find her already sitting at the door. 
~ scripture

jpr: why my obsession with this topic?  Try living
 with an individual who finds wisdom inconvenient!


for John Knott, of Sheffield, England: 

"Here lies a man that was Knott born, 
His father was Knott before him, 
He lived Knott, and did Knott die, 
Yet underneath this stone doth lie." 

Appalachian snow storm

jpr: . My pup loves to get into the snowy woods. Remember one storm back years ago dropped ~50 inches.  Nothing moves when the snow gets near10 inches, including the deer.

Native American Poem

I give you this one thought to keep - 
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone - 
I am with you still in each new dawn.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Knights of Malta 900 years later

Knights of Malta at ceremonies marking the 900th anniversary of the order

a dog in a snow covered wood

jpr: my pup deserves equal billing...he's a good boy...most of the time.

Friday, November 28, 2014

In the Bleak Midwinter

by Christina Rossetti (1872)

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.


What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

jpr: This is a redo but the woman is just superb!

horses in winter


The white horse with,
its feathery mane,
eyes of black night,
gallops on the soft snow,
which is the tapestry,
covering the treasure chest,
of hidden, unseen miracles.

the angel without wings,
from heaven, The pacifist,
in a lonely battlefield,
rides its chariot,
in all the directions,
searching for nothing,
aiming for nothing.

the snowman in the solliloquy,
seldom wonders how many,
horses, pads its foot,
on the delicate snow,
without leaving a trace........................ 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

St Augustine Confesses

In his teen years Augustine and  friends entered an orchard and stole several pears. Later in life the man wrote several pages on this adolescent event. He explains the theft was a act based on comradeship, and laughter. The pears he explains were not eaten, or needed. in fact they were fed to some nearby pigs.

Then his act was seen as a good among friends. Later he confesses that his act was a lesser good as the farmer and his family were cheated of their rewards. The Saint warns that all sin is held as good by the sinner when a higher good is lost.

ancient Celtic Design

This ancient Celtic Design is taken from the Celtic Burial Mound at New Grange in Co. Meath. This design pre-dates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland by some 3,000 years. It is thought to be the oldest Celtic symbol and is supposed to represent the 3 stages of man: Birth, Death, Eternity. Available in Black.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'm for it!!

Executive Order - Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving Day

"Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart."

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – AD 65) 

doing good

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Mohammad Ali

Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.

 To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. 
Mahatma Gandhi

 If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. 
Lao Tzu

 Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. 
Mother Teresa 

 No man lacks the price to doing good.

pileated woodpecker

Had me three of ’em red headed peckers in my backyard this am  fussing up a storm calling “yip yip yip yip yip yip yip” at one another. They’er said to be very rare birds????


One-Question IQ Test

Here's a one-question IQ Test to help you decide how you should spend the rest of your day ...

There is a mute who wants to buy a toothbrush.  By imitating the action of brushing one's teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Now, if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses, how should he express himself?  Think about it first then follow the jump..

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A single lightning strike on 5.1.12

A piece wise linear fit shows the classical shape of wave dispersion for the transient magnetic flux from a lightning strike with a peak range of +/- 0.2 ╬╝Tesla over 1.68 min duration. Captured on our magnetic telescope. Not bad for a high school physics class project!

7 Foot Nile Monitor Lizards in Florida

In the early 1990s, reports started surfacing concerning the sightings of gigantic, monster sized lizards in the Cape Coral area. Cape Coral a burgeoning development community of 400 square miles of waterways, homes and undeveloped land, was the original focal point of lizard resettlement.

The Nile monitor lizard is a remarkable and adaptable animal. It can quickly climb trees, walls and houses. It  is a proficient swimmer and can remain underwater for up to an hour. It can run at approximately 15 miles an hour (faster then most humans). It can dig tunnels and underground burrows with ease. The Nile monitor is also a prolific breeder and female lizards lay up to 60 eggs every two years.

most popular tattoo for the ladies

        Easy to cover????

Monday, November 24, 2014

Shakespeare on aging

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
Sonnet 73

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snow flakes. by Emily Dickinson

I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town,
And then I took a pencil
To note the rebels down.
And then they grew so jolly
I did resign the prig,
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshalled for a jig!

deer hunter

"There must be some deer nearby!"

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not sure what I'm gonna do with this or where its headed?

there are basically 6 emotions, emphasis on basic; all other feelings spring from them. some think there are more, some less, as many as 11, but that's not the point here.there are about 500 words in the english language identifying feelings. Illustrate.
It is healthy to have an awareness of your emotions, to acknowledge them, and to identify them, especially in recovery. Why is that? In order to manage them better. Feelings often lead to behaviors and for the addict the default behaviour is boozsky.
  • love
  • joy
  • anger
  • sadness
  • fear, and
  • shame

What's it progress

I live inside my head Most times, and I have since I was two. how about you.
What’s it like In there? Under that hair? tell me what’s the weather like. Quiet and calm?
Like a Snowy lane Sun shines bright Snow goes away. Or stormy and gray One stays pale that way. What’s the tempo like in there Are you free to do as you like Away from the crush Of mean folk Hunger and affected mush? What kind of place is it In that storied noggin.
Is it as nice as I imagine Is there whiskey and gin Can you let your work go til you're ready to begin again Can you sing, can you dance, is there plenty of chance to play with your friends.
Or is someone hoggin all the fun.

Wisdom 7:22-8:1

There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible,beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.

For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.

For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.

For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.

Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

JPR: worth the keepnig.

Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

I ask good things that I detest,
With speeches fair;
Heed not, I pray Thee, Lord, my breast,
But hear my prayer.

I say ill things I would not say -
Things unaware:
Regard my breast, Lord, in Thy day,
And not my prayer.

My heart is evil in Thy sight:
My good thoughts flee:
O Lord, I cannot wish aright -
Wish Thou for me.

O bend my words and acts to Thee,
However ill,
That I, whate'er I say or be,
May serve Thee still.

O let my thoughts abide in Thee
Lest I should fall:
Show me Thyself in all I see,
Thou Lord of all.

jpr: also worth the keep

Friday, November 21, 2014

7 Foot Clown with Golden Voice

Mother Teresa

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa

May you live a long life

May you live a long life
full of gladness and health
With a pocket full of gold
as the least of your wealth,
May the dreams you hold dearest
be those which come true,
May the kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you...

Happy Birthday Pappy McD.


Researchers at RMIT University and Australian National University have finally quantified the voltage output of piezoelectric nanofilms — thin film materials capable of converting pressure into electrical energy. Imagine a laptop powered by typing or clicks. Or shoes that charge your iPod while you work out.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why I sleep on the floor...rem sleep behavior disorder

RBD is characterized by the dreamer acting out his or her dreams. These dreams often involve kicking, screaming, punching, grabbing, and even jumping or falling out of bed.  Just what I need - another problem behavior.   

Famous people with Dysprosody

Humphrey Bogar

Truman Capote, lisp

Claudius, Roman Emperor

Camille Desmoulins, journalist in the French Revolution; stutter
Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States — lisp
James Earl Jones, actor — stutter
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

A Mother’s Lament for her Son’s Death by Robert Burns

FATE gave the word, the arrow sped,
And pierc’d my darling’s heart;
And with him all the joys are fled
Life can to me impart.

By cruel hands the sapling drops,
In dust dishonour’d laid;
So fell the pride of all my hopes,
My age’s future shade.

The mother-linnet in the brake
Bewails her ravish’d young;
So I, for my lost darling’s sake,
Lament the live-day long.

Death, oft I’ve feared thy fatal blow.
Now, fond, I bare my breast;
O, do thou kindly lay me low
With him I love, at rest!

jpr: for Robert James, and Mark Ronan

The Irish Funeral

A man was leaving a convenience store with his morning coffee when he noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.

A black hearse was followed by a second black hearse about 50 Feet behind the first one. Behind the second hearse was a solitary man walking a dog on a leash. Behind him, a short distance back, were about 200 men walking single file.

The man couldn't stand the curiosity. He respectfully approached the man walking the dog and said:"I am so sorry for your loss, and this may be a bad time to disturb you, but I've never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?"

"My wife's."
''What happened to her?"
"She yelled at me and my dog attacked and killed her."

He inquired further, "But who is in the second hearse?"
The man answered, "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog turned on her."

A very poignant and touching moment of brotherhood and silence passed between the two men.

"Can I borrow the dog?"

The man replied, "Get in line."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Did Van Gogh really kill himself?

A number of thinkers doubt that Vincent van Gogh committed suicide.  The romantic idea of a troubled genius taking his own life; the subsequent spike in sales; and the worldwide endearment to this myth, make it difficult for one to be taken seriously if you don't buy into the story.

A couple of prize-winning writers (Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith), and a well-known handgun forensic expert (Dr Vincent Di Maio ) have studied the limited extant evidence.  Based primarily on the forensics of the shooting itself there is no doubt that Vinny was shot in a manner other than suicide.

a mother's humor

jpr: surely these photos will grow in enjoyment  year after year.

World Toilet Day

 Nov 19th is World Toilet Day,  an effort by the UN to draw attention to the 2.6 billion people who do
not have basic sanitation.  Grandparents had indoor plumbing but insisted we use the family outhouse.  While in St. LUCIA half the population had no plumbing and you could watch the people emptying their pots in the rivers every morning.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

sir john falsatff

He's fat, he's round, his social footing is unsound. Not only that, Sir John Falstaff is drunk, dishonest, debt-ridden, whining, manipulative, self-deluding and cowardly. Mind you, he is witty and sly as a fox.

Does he not fit the politics of our...nah anyone's day?

Monday, November 17, 2014

martian sighted

"The illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator. At last... " Marvin

jpr: This should dispel  all skepticism.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

landing on an asteroid

(LEFT) The 510-kilogram (950-pound) Hayabusa spacecraft rendezvoused with asteroid Itokawa in September 2005.  This was second time in history a spacecraft descended to the surface of an asteroid but the first to return with soil samples. (NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous-Shoemaker spacecraft landed on asteroid Eros on Feb. 12, 2001).

(RIGHT) The ESA scientists calculated that  (european) Rosetta spacecraft lander's  first bounce, lasting nearly two hours, carried it about a kilometre away from the original point of contact while the second smaller bounce lasted for about seven minutes, carrying it several metres further.  It landed on two of three legs in shadow of a near by cliff.

jpr: These be exciting times for good (responsible) space exploration.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Science gives not a tinker's damn about "consensus"

The meme is that 97% of scientists agree that man-made global warming is a fact.  I am unable to ignore this nonsense.  I believe that a minuscule amount of warming is due to human activity but i do not believe that global warming has been established.*  More than 31000 climate scientists signed a letter as well as a petition to Congress that global warming is NOT supported by the facts. Again I assert that the global warming panic is Politically driven and if left unchecked will redistribute funds in the form of taxes and price increases from the underclass to the government and the corporate capitalists.

Here's one link global warming scam.  I can provide additional info if requested.

I do believe that human activity has deleterious effects of an  ecological and geographic nature. 

on the porch in appalachia

Visited my aunt on her 91st BD. No porch but she led us all in singing "You are my sunshine.

Happy Birthday, S.H.E.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

monoliths of mars

Several rectangular stones, monoliths have been detected on Mars moon called Phobos. As you can see the monument is part of a geomarker on Mars, not just a single monument alone. This image was drawn from the map corrected image from the MOC, and indeed the marker points due North. 

One of these monoliths periodically transmits radio signals which have been detected by satellite probes visiting Mars.

jpr: we report you decide soon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

structures seen from space

One is from Mars (left) with squares the size of 10's of kilometers, the other (right) is from a desert in China sized about 1 mile.
jpr: we report you decide.

Monday, November 10, 2014

nuclear radiation on Earth and Mars

nuclear pollution spreading across the Pacific
Radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been found in tiny sea creatures and ocean water some 186 miles (300 kilometers) off the coast of Japan (above).
About 180 millions years ago million megaton atomic detonation(s) is supposed to have scattered radioactive dust all over the planet. The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and this pattern radiates from a hot spot. This nuclear disaster was centered in Mare Acidalium (below).

Portion of the Mare Acidalium quadrangle on Mars

jpr: its a bit much to assume the Mars explosion(s) as a natural event only. Perhaps?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Now that the tailgating is done....

"A recent survey of  North American males found 42% were overweight, 34% were critically obese, and 8% ate the survey."  - Banksy

day and night

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

my hero section....didier drogba

A native of the Ivory Coast, Didier plays soccer in England.

Through his charitable foundation, Ivory Coast captain and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will help fund the construction of five clinics specializing in children and women's health spread throughout the country. The announcement was made by Didier Drogba Foundation secretary Guy Roland Tanoh, who said that the projects are being funded by the organization's London galas and Drogba's personal contributions.

The main goal of the Didier Drogba Foundation is to provide financial and material support in health and education to the African people. And the former Chelsea striker is also engaged in the fight against malaria since early 2012, alongside United Against Malaria (UAM), starring in a new campaign to fight this disease, which still kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds.

jpr: The man contracted malaria  while playing soccer in African Nations Cup.

Friday, November 7, 2014

acorns and the weather

Many people believe a large acorn crop is a predictor of a harsh winter. The truth is, the acorns on the ground today are the prediction of weather conditions two or three years ago; Scientists argue.
Favorable weather conditions for acorns mean a bumper crop two or three years later, the crops of 2013-2015 may bring some of the largest crops yet.  "The production of acorns definitely is not forecasting but hindcasting the weather."
jpr  Let's see if hill folk know best as they claim lots of acorns be falling now. They see a snowy winter.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

fall caterpillar

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk,
Or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot.
No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.
~Christina Rossetti

jpr:  Hill folk predict the coming winter from the bands of this caterpillar: Dark for periods of  harsh winter,  light for mild.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

our presence from the future

artist rendition of early Mars

Current travel time from Mars to Earth is ~150 days.
 We have sent space satellites to there on many occasions.
jpr: Probability that our ancestors where from Mars is non zero, i.e. our presence on  Mars may truly be a return to our future.
Early Earth may have been like the  interior of  present day Iceland

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

cost of that shack in applachia

The price will depend on numbers of acres on top all those layers of coal, gas and oil. Could easily be $50,000 an acre today.  The building is free!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Passing of A Classic

Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk.
Tom Magliozzi, co-host (with his brother Ray) of NPR's 'Car Talk' for 35 years, passed away this morning at 77 from complications of Alzheimer's. An auto mechanic with a PhD in finance, he brightened my day every Saturday with his wit, insight, and outrageous humor, plus some great car and relationship advice.  A real character and a class act, I will miss him. Fortunately, the old shows continue to be rebroadcast.  RIP Dr. Magliozzi.

prospector amanda adkins

Amanda spends her summers above the 14000 ft level in the Colorado Rocky Mts while gem hunting.
A widower with seven children who takes her work quite seriously. Born into a West Virginia mining family, it comes natural like.

jpr: Mikey we'll grub stake you!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Tower's Poppies

From 5 August 2014 to 11 November 2014, a major artistic installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' sees the Tower of London's famous dry moat filled with over 880,000 ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The ceramic poppies were on sale for £25 each with net proceeds, hoped to be in excess of £15 million, to be shared equally amongst a group of carefully selected Service charities. At the exhibit's close the poppies will be resold.

Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.  WWI ended on 11.11.11. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

 The National War Memorial at Islandbridge, Dublin is dedicated "to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914–1918. This casualty rate is ~30% and twice that of all others.

John Hagee Humor

"The only person who has all his problems behind him is a school bus driver."

"Is a man who speaks alone in the woods where his wife cannot hear still be wrong?"

Caller :          "My wife's contractions are  every 3 minutes ..send and ambulance!"
911 operator  ":Is this her first child?"
Caller:            "You idiot... this is her husband!"

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Calling all Scientists!!!!

we are from the future?
if you will indulge me, watch this video (the last half a little frenetic) which posits an interesting quantum physics notion related to life.  JP and any else ones, is this accurate?  If so it is mystical; if not, then oh well..

Remembering Luther

Tradition holds that Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk,  posted his 95 Thesis on this day in 1517, supposedly nailing them to the door of a cathedral.  In reality they were mailed to Bishops and because of the availability of the new printing press widely distributed.  His intentions were not be break away from Rome but to address abuses by the Curia, specifically the Church's selling of indulgences, to absolve past, present and future sin, the money earmarked for renovations in Rome.  His basic premise was that the Church establishment exceeded its authority in a variety of ways.  He was excommunicated and thus Lutheranism.  Imagine what he would have to say today. 

all saints..all souls day

All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en). It is a feast day celebrated on 1st November by Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, believers are required to attend church and try not to do any servile work.

Charon's "last judgement" is the Sistine Chapel
Shakespeare " So shalt thou feed on Death, that feeds on men,
                      And, Death once dead, there's no more dying then