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You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you?
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.

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July 9, 2015 at 11:04am
July 9, 2015 at 11:04am
Blog City image small Prompt: What's the coolest thing you have ever seen in a museum?

I especially liked the Persian and Egyptian sections since I was working on my novel, Apex Project at the time. But, all of it is amazing. We stayed in a small, hotel very nearby and went to the Louvre many times for many hours. Still never got to see everything. Certain days are free so they are very crowded.

I liked the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum in New York City. To walk down the spiral to see the continuous display of the current exhibit is not like any other museum. What a building.

I also enjoyed the Versailles Palace in Paris. and the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The Museum of Modern Art in Tehran, Iran has an outstanding collection. The Getty Villa in Los Angeles is someplace I always remember. And you should see the Iolani Palace in Honolulu.

There is not just one cool thing. There is so much art, history, culture from so many ages of man. It’s all cool. The thing is---you could go every day for the rest of your life---and never see it all!

Once in your life, you should see these treasures...>>>iggy

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July 7, 2015 at 8:58am
July 7, 2015 at 8:58am
Blog City image small How often do you look back into your life? Does it ever bother you or are you afraid to?

It seems that a lot of the recent prompts have asked about our lives for one reason or another. I have no problem looking back, but find it kind of boring. You know, been there, done that?

I've had so many different jobs in so many different places. And with each new opportunity, I learned something new. When I was 15 or 17 and working, I was a different person than I am now. I loved my friends and coworkers and will never forget them.

And many times, I was close to the power, the top dog, but being a Virgo, I am in service of others, not myself. Those people trusted me and so I will never write about them.

So the idea of looking back as part of a written, public record? Never happen. I'm not afraid of it, I cherish the memories, but they're just for me.

Bits and pieces of events, locations, skills, and people show up in my books totally fictionalized. So my life, looking back is a very valuable resource.

Write on...>>>iggy

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July 6, 2015 at 8:37am
July 6, 2015 at 8:37am
Blog City image small “I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food,” said Erma Bombeck.
What are your feelings about food?
How much do you love it? Or do you fear it?

(Sorry, this is another rant)
I believe ignorance about food is the major cause of illness and body failure. Traditional styles began with unadulterated, organic sources, which now, generations later, are processed, bleached, enhanced, possibly genetically modified---so the old grandma recipes are deadly over time. The ingredients are simply not safe to use. And unless you have your own greenhouse and farm where you control everything, including the quality of the soil and water, better rethink, regroup and start some new traditions with a lot of education and research. Just a couple examples of the extreme changes that have happened are:

>>>The story is that most of the wheat, before it is harvested, is sprayed with Roundup or similar herbicide, to speed the drying. So what does that do to the bleached white flour used in so much food?

>>>The common denominator between Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease7 is forcing natural herbivores to eat animal parts.
Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are major warehouse-style growing facilities where animals are crowded together by the thousands, and fed a completely unnatural diet of glyphosate-containing genetically engineered (GE) grains mixed with antibiotics. That alone is a recipe for out-of-control spread of disease, both among animals and humans.

>>>The food industry loves sweeteners, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), as they make every type of food more palatable – from soup to bagels, ketchup to bread. As a liquid, it is also easier to blend and transport. In particular, it is used in low-fat foods, which have coincided with a rise in obesity and related illnesses.

So you see, food has changed drastically. You can't eat what you used to eat with out serious consequences. If you have not educated yourself about today's food---then you should fear it. Think who benefits from sick people? How much do they spend to keep you uninformed and misinformed?

You have to be very sure about what you are preparing and eating to love it!

Healthy humans are very smart...>>>iggy

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July 4, 2015 at 10:56am
July 4, 2015 at 10:56am
Blog City image small Create me something-- anything using these words: Heat wave, bubbly, laughter, red, white, blue and fire fighter. Pick some or use them all but let your creativity take you where ever.


The firefighters in their protective gear line up in front of the fire house under the draped red, white and blue banners while the president of the Ladies Guild for Responsible Ethics poured the bubbly. Because of the heat wave they had decided to hold the ceremony early before it got too hot. One of the old men played the Star Spangled Banner on his harmonica. The waiting firefighters began to sweat under their heavy gear, and five-year-old Jimmy Smith waved his little flag.

In the background the news radio reported that the Pentigone had just announced that the US Military was stockpiling thirty-ton Bunker Buster bombs in case Iran nuclear talks failed. Sitting inside behind the firefighters, where the cold air was blowing, ninety-year-old mister Jensen listened to the broadcast with his good ear.

When they brought him a plastic cup of the bubbly, he asked the giggling lady who handed it to him, “What kind of nation threatens another nation with bombs if they want the guys to sign an agreement? Don’t it make ya feel like a hypocrite? His question stopped her laughter, and she just looked confused.

America on July 4, 2015

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July 2, 2015 at 4:57pm
July 2, 2015 at 4:57pm
Blog City image small Prompt: What are the most memorable things you have ever got in the mail?

That’s easy. I got a letter from the Selective Service saying, “Greetings. You are ordered to report to Fort Carson, Colorado on.... That was just a couple days after my 22nd birthday, On that day I had auditioned for the part of Baby John in the first national company of West Side Story on tour. I think I got the part, but had to cancel the call-back because I’d be on my way back to Wyoming to say goodbye to my folks.

That letter changed my life.

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July 1, 2015 at 9:29am
July 1, 2015 at 9:29am
Blog City image small Prompt: What is the most foolish thing you have ever done at work?{{/c}

I once started a new job back when computers were big and slow and ran old windows software. Trying to deal with an even older 3rd party accounting software, I accidentally pushed the REFORMAT DISK button---and couldn’t stop it. *Shock*

It was a very clean computer, and I had to re-enter EVERYTHING for the past two years. Took a while and learned a valuable lesson. Ha!

Now, my little rant:

I cannot understand all the whoo-haa about the Supreme Court decision about gay marriage. IF ALL THAT ENERGY were put to objecting to the American foreign policy of war first and forever. The bigger rule, I believe is; Thou shall not kill. Doesn’t that supposedly come from God? In our name people are dying every day, our kids and theirs, and for what? Is it the fact that the marriage objection is safe and politically correct---and objection to the powers that be is considered possibly dangerous and involves personal risk? Everything feels out of balance. Follow the money and listen to the silence. If the silence is your own...
Just a thought...

Peace and Love...>>>iggy

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June 30, 2015 at 1:51pm
June 30, 2015 at 1:51pm
Blog City image small Prompt: In the Washington Post today: “New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain.” What do you think about this finding, and do you take nature walks at all?

I have two extremes in my life---To be on a sailboat in the Caribbean surrounded by fluid nature---And to be at the Farm (we call it a farm), which is about twenty acres of pure jungle except where it’s cleared around the house and roads. Every window on all four sides open onto pure green. Palm trees, Banana trees, Papaya, Fan Palms, Coconut Palms, huge flowering trees, little flowering trees, and all filled with dozens of species of birds. I guess I should add there are swarms of mosquitos as well.

On June 19 I blogged: Wind Song House, about the house itself and another part of nature, the trade winds.

I went out yesterday and walked around the square of wild jungle that has been left untouched in the middle of the subdivision. There is just a narrow trail in to the center where the owner maintains a small water drip to keep a birdbath sized tank full of water. When we have weeks of dry weather, that’s the only fresh water for the creatures inside this habitat. Inside the jungle the ground is usually dry with dead wood and brush and leaves, since no sunlight reaches the ground. Overhead the trees soar thirty to fifty feet with everything reaching for the sun into a dense canopy.

I’m sure if one sat still long enough they would see the snakes, lizards, scorpions and maybe an iguana, small deer and different insects. The birds raise a ruckus if you walk too near their nests.

The thing about this subdivision is that it is almost totally overgrown and no other houses. Overgrown cane fields and more jungle surround on three sides with the highway on the other. This environment, like the ocean is excellent for my brain, for anyone’s brain. I also get at least half an hour of sun everyday, unless it’s raining. But then rain in the jungle is different from rain in the city.

Nature is not a concept that should be separate from humans. Being isolated in a man made city is not totally correct, especially if there is no contact with the natural world. There are rhythms and cycles that are part of this Earth, and we as humans are part of that, even if sometimes we pretend we are not.

Be happy, take a walk! (or a boat) >>>iggy *Boat**LeafG*

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June 29, 2015 at 5:26pm
June 29, 2015 at 5:26pm

Blog City image small Prompt: What do you think is the bonus quality in celebrating the anniversary of a long-term relationship of any kind, be it in a love relationship, work relationship, sticking with a hobby, or in being a WdC member?

There is something comforting with the security of anything that is lasting. That is, if there is care and love, positive feelings and satisfaction of sharing. This is the year my partner and I celebrate forty years (40) together. It is a very long story that probably will never be told.

I have friendships that are over 70 years lasting. I have a lot of Swedish, Laplander blood---and my people live a long time.

Years ago, our regional theater in Carmel Valley lasted for fourteen years, plus our children’s theater toured almost all of California giving hundreds of performances. That was a long time for one job that I loved every minute while it lasted.

Now within WDC I have good friends that I work with at WYRM. When you review every chapter of a long novel, you get to know the author very well. Plus there are bloggers and other writers that have become friends over the past two years. Very cool.

Thanks and appreciation to everyone who reads my stuff!

Peace and love...>>>iggy *Boat*
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June 26, 2015 at 10:58am
June 26, 2015 at 10:58am
Blog City image smallThe Mind and Thought and the Brain
(Something to think about)

What exists INSIDE you (self) is not what exists OUTSIDE you (self). Think about it… What you receive from OUTSIDE are reflected light off all physical objects or direct light from sun or artificial. The eyes are receptors of light waves. Our brain translates (correctly or not) what those light waves mean.

Similarly out ears receive sound waves, vibrations from OUTSIDE, and also from within our physical body; usually the movement of air or fluids.
Our skin receives signals of temperature and touch or contact with other physical elements, including our own body. Hands and feet and genitals are even more sensitive.

Our nose and mouth sense temperature, air and liquids even more than skin plus taste.

Add motion related to gravity, balance, coordination, kinetic responses.

ALL of this is a constant occurrence that begins at conception and ends with death. And how much existed within the egg, sperm, DNA. How deep does it go for YOUR ENTITY? Energy can be transformed but it cannot be destroyed. That’s a discussion about reincarnation that is another thread.

Our brain feeds our mind with all of this ALL OF THE TIME but we are usually not aware of any of the unbelievable complexities that are part of the state of being alive. If we CONSCIOUSLY focus on any of these sensors we instantly have complete aware feedback. But try to keep it all in your conscious awareness AT THE SAME TIME and you will fail.

Then comes a higher level that is instinctual such as sex drive, parenting, hunger, survival. Some is shaped by experience, some seems to be inherited like skills and talent.

More conscious levels include language(s), physical skills, and social behaviors. Still ALL determined by how the brain receives those light and sound waves and translates them into meaning. If you focus on any one outside source you can override brain decisions and make a new or corrected (right or wrong) determination as to meaning.

Then think about DREAMING. It happens INSIDE, there is no outside stimulation for many dreams (short of noise, temperature, touch) but we live them as real and some become memories that are more lasting and vivid than real life events. Where does that come from?

I agree with the image of the brain as a glass window letting in the sunlight. It is ALL OUT THERE ALL THE TIME. We are just not aware of our place in it or relationship to it. Is the soul out there on the other side of the glass? I’ve read all your ideas and had to drop mine in as well. This is a very interesting discussion!

I hope it continues... >>>iggy
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June 25, 2015 at 9:51am
June 25, 2015 at 9:51am
Blog City image smallPrompt: Would you rather have 12 published paperback books or 5 published hard cover novels in your life time?

Well, you present the problem of physical books made of paper. I am a person who travels and have often moved from country to country and back again. To own books you have to have a place---like I did in San Francisco, and Hawaii and Wyoming and Iran. Each place I had many books, and often big reference and art history books. (I love books). But each time I had to leave them behind.

Now with air travel the weight is prohibitive, and living in a sailboat-yacht the space is very limited and the moisture and termites destroy books very fast. So I have no books now except some very worn paperbacks of dictionary and thesaurus, navigation and charts. Everything else is digitized and on hard drives.

Books are on my Kindle Reader and just Rich Text copies of stuff I’ve collected. And all of it can fit on a tiny USB ssd or flash. My novels and all the work files and images and years and years of photos, and music...all there. I’m careful and keep lots of copies of those files in different places---and upgrade as technology changes.

This is a different world we live in folks. And I don’t trust cloud storage as they get hacked and changed too often. And if we lose electricity, I have solar panels to charge. The electric sailboat needs those too. And if all else fails, there is still pencil and paper. But I suppose that should be stored in air-tight water proof bags.

I had hard copies of my published books in Tehran. They are still there, sealed in a bag. Now I do have one copy of my new book, Apex Project. I take it out and hold it once in a while. Of course, I think it looks better on Kindle, and you can enlarge the print size.

Still a printed book is a thing of ancient wonder.,,>>>iggy *Boat*
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