I decided to make a Birthday Wish List so that I feel better about turning 57 next week because this temp job just ended. No one is under any obligation to do absolutely anything but if you were thinking about it here are some suggestions.
Money for rent
A new tire (the metal is showing thru on one and another is bad too)
Gas money – on the good side it’s down to 3.95 this morning from 4.35 at the cheap station.
Tokens for the Orange line busline
Fancy Feast cat food – if she eats anything else, she’s at the vet
One of my generic prescriptions at Target
Suave Body wash – Mango Tangerine – 2.00
Crest toothpaste – no spearmint – it makes me hurl
Oral B battery toothbrush heads
Dell or Penny Press Variety Puzzle books
Niacin for my ears
Bag of David and Sons sunflower seeds
Jockey for her underwear Size 7 or 8, I’m not sure, I’ve been shrinking
(Frenchcut or hipsters)
Socks from target
Amazon gift certificate
Krusteaz cinnamon coffee cake mix
Red Rose tea or Twinnings Prince of Wales tea bags
AT&T Go phone card
Vacuum cleaner bags for an Electrolux upright
Scotts Toilet Paper
Email for me firstname.lastname@example.org
Useless and out of date skills I was remembering, not ones you would ever put on a resume:
How to operate a mimeograph or make the templates. (Remember the smell?)
Same with a ditto machine, they weren’t the same thing.
How to set graphics using an exacto knife, adhesive graphics and blue graph board.
How to develop and enlarge a photograph
How to load my own film in a completely dark room, especially UV film
How to make a blueprint/sunprint with ammonia and blueprint paper
How to sew using a pattern and using an uncomputerized sewing machine
How to use an encyclopedia, the many volume paper kind
How to use a phone book
How to dial a rotary phone
How to read and orient a map
How to purify water using a black plastic bag and a bucket
How to replace a phonograph needle
How to operate a phonograph
How to use a card catalogue
How to put up a canvas tent with wood bars and rope lines
How to put up a tipi
How to use a blue pencil to edit
How to use a single edge razor blade
How to replace a double edge razor blade
How to load a Bell & Howell Movie projector
How to load a slide projector
How to use a phone with no phone number and only a party line
How to use a 110 film camera
How to use a Polaroid camera
How to use a Flash bulb/cube
How and when to use Kodachrome 25 and 64 film
How to use a cash register with push down keys
How to count change back to someone
Edit: How to use a typewriter, change the ribbon and use correction tape while typing.
“Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:28)
Always interesting this verse was included in the many rewrites on the Bible. Maybe the person hearing it wrote it down incorrectly? But there are several problems with that if Jesus in considered infallible then he was wrong when he said this and therefore not infallible because they did all die. Because the books of the New Testament were created long after the alleged events are they wishful thinking? But the main problem with apocalyptic thinking is its lack of responsibility for the planet and for other people.
If you believe you are going to be taken away you don’t have to care for other people. You don’t have to care for the planet because your god is going to pick you to be special and remove you from having to be responsible. One problem with this view. Everybody from Jesus to Paul to Harold Camping has been predicting the end of days and guess what it hasn’t happened and the planet’s ecosystems get more and more screwed by people convinced it’s the end of days.
People are looking for excuses to avoid doing the hard work of stepping up to take care of what we have and when Gaia philosophies are mentioned it scares the holy hell out of them literally, because OMG, what if they are wrong and we actually have to live here and breathe the air they felt so comfortable polluting.
We saw a lot of this panic around Y2K, and guess what? The world didn’t end. My computer didn’t even crash. Every time the artificial Christian designated millennium rolls around the Western world has crapped its collective pants. Humans can be such selfish lemmings. People like me would have been burned as heretics for being a voice for common sense a couple of hundred years ago.
But as a pagan, Druid, witch etc. I do have responsibility for the Earth I live on and the way I live on her. I do have to recycle and not pollute. I do need to make a smaller foot print. To take only pictures and leave only footprints. I have responsibility to the people of the Earth as our spaceship moves through the cosmos. I can’t say God’s gonna take me away so all of you aren’t important. And if the apocalypse does happen and if I’m left behind to clean up. I’m handing out trash bags the next morning. We can start at the beach and move inland to the rivers and forests. We can make this world a better place. A cleaner more loving place.
And what if St Thomas was right in the Gospel of Thomas (one of the books conveniently excised by the early church) that heaven is here on Earth and life is what you make of it?
Because the biggest thing wrong with the Apocalyptics is that it removes hope for a better tomorrow from life’s equation. I couldn’t believe in any god that was that cruel to remove Hope from the world. Even Pandora had Hope in her box. Oh, wait I don’t believe in a hopeless cruel, selective god. I love a Goddess in all her magickal, brilliant earthly glory and hope for tomorrow and I believe in us.
If you ask me this is an excuse for abusing your children. They so don’t want to take care of their family they are blinded by their phony belief system. I say phony because the Bible says “you shall not know the hour nor day of my coming”.
Obviously Mathew 23:36 http://bible.cc/matthew/24-36.htm was missed in their Bible Study. Or Mark 13:32 or the Acts of the Apostles 1:7 and I haven’t been in a Bible Study in 40 years and I still remember this?
And what if it did end tomorrow, I would miss some people I have loved in this life but at least the people around me that I love would be with me and we could start the clean up of the Earth. However at one point in Revelation (which was probably written about Nero and not anything contemporary to us). It says something about 144,000 and it seems to me 144,000 isn’t going to be noticed much when there are so many more people not missing in the world.
Anyone ready to start picking up the trash left behind on Sunday?
On a personal level some kind of adjustment or interaction has taken place. The keyword here is ‘responsibility’. We must, as individuals, constantly observe the rules and regulations of society, and these can fluctuate as the views and knowledge of civilization change.
Whether on a political or moral level, we subconsciously know when a realignment of our perceptions is due.
This is a time to welcome the Justice that has arrived with the coming of spring and the fire of creation. Face the coming season with honesty and integrity and trust to right and appropriate action.
Justice is a strong and powerful ally; a guide to a wise balance between action and defence.
I never really felt poor until the laptop died last week. Somehow this is the cut that really hurts. Now when I can’t pay the cable bill going to the library won’t be an option. And even though I was using a back up harddrive it wasn’t getting backed up so I lost all the pictures I’ve taken this year and all the stories I’ve written since Dec. I lost the books I was editing and I lost the final covers of BunniHoTep and Miss Kat’s and I lost the final edited content for BunniHoTep . It’s got all my research for stories, saved rituals, random story ideas, my income tax info for this year and a hoard of things I’m sure I won’t remember until I need them. It had my life on it. I wish now I had checked to see that it was really backing things up but for some reason it stopped at the beginning of files labeled MA which means all My Video and My pictures etc. My poor little faithful Fujitsu.
Per the Notebook shop it would cost $550 to replace the motherboard where the graphic card resides at the moment that is quite unattainable especially since I need 2 new tires much worse. And there are probably other things wrong too because the USB ports were evidently cranky too. I can’t even get the hard drive recovered until I get a job.
So I’m grieving a good friend and it really hurts. I never would have thought losing an inanimate object would hurt so much but it’s been my window on the world especially in between temp jobs the last few years. It made me feel part of the world. I got my news that way. It was my access to creativity and new friends. It added colour and dimension to my life in a way I never imagined it would when I bought it.
My old PC is slow awkward and hasn’t got much memory, it does email and that’s about it. This morning it wouldn’t access the net at all for some reason. And for some reason sitting at a PC seems like work and just writing where ever I was, was play.
So I’m as I said grieving an old and faithful friend.