Saturday, January 14, 2017

Be Prepared!

I was reading a blog post about the 2nd Coming and it reminded me I needed to write about a little piece of paper found in my neighbor's yard.

"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."--Matthew 24:44.

My neighbors' house blew up, literally, from a gas line. The sweet elderly couple had just come home and sat down in their chairs when BOOM! Their lives and their entire house was blown away, in the blink of an eye. At the time I was at a funeral home 15 or so miles away (my aunt had passed away). I saw the smoke as I was leaving town. As I neared home I met firetrucks and other emergency vehicles. I stopped at my son's house (next to mine) to see what was happening. BOOM! the explosions continued. The air was filled with strange colored smoke and ash. My daughter in law was home with the baby, but her husband, my son, a fireman, was at work in town. My other son was there, though. They both told me how scary it was, how their houses shook when it happened. Tiny pieces of insulation covered my nearby neighbors' yard. There was nothing discernible in all the grayness, save one tiny piece of paper.
Always Be Prepared
"Always Be Prepared" it says. The torn paper shows two bracelets (I think) made of pearls with jewels.... "Free shipping".... to the pearly gates? Or do the bracelets symbolize the two who passed away? Were they sending a warning? Why was this the ONLY thing found in a huge yard filled with ash? My pasture and my son's yard were also covered in the insulation/ash, but nothing else. It gave me chill bumps when I heard about this.
A closer view
Some people think that the "end times" are here. There is so much division in this country--racial, religious and political! People are murdering, looting and burning to protest what they see as police targeting black people; Neo Nazi and white extremists have murdered good Christians and harrassed multi-racial families. School aged kids have bullied other kids on social media to the point where they commit suicide or shoot down other students in our schools. People have used social media to make criminals seem innocent or heroic; some football players refuse to stand for our National Anthem, and liberals have burned our precious US flag, as well as our president-elect in effigy, to protest their disapproval of a legal election. People should instead pray for our new president. People have forgotten that love heals all. People have forgotten to be KIND to each another!

I believe that fear is a big factor in our country's divisions---fear of a president who is not a politician, fear of violent hate groups, both black and white, and fear of Isis. The media perpetuates these fears. Some people think there will be a black and white race war. Some actually think the new POTUS will throw them out of the country just because of their race. In the name of religion people have been beheaded. Some believe that Isis could be the beast in Bible prophecy. Escape All These Things's post, Is Isis in Bible Prophecy. Yes, Their End! states the opinion that "Islam's role ends when the Antichrist arises, just like all religions and ideologies roles will, including Communism. They must because with the help of the last pope, the Antichrist convinces the world that he is God (2Th 2:4) (not Christ). The religion will not be worship of Allah, but worship of the Antichrist himself as God on earth. The government will not be communism either but obviously a religious dictatorship or (twisted) theocracy."

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins. in Matthew 25, five virgins were wise and had oil for their lamps. They were ready when the groom returned at midnight, while the other five virgins were foolish, away buying oil. When they returned it was too late, the door was closed.

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."-- Matthew 25:13, King James version. 

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Garden of Eden at Göbekli Tepe?

Religion brought about civilization, not the other way around. Why not? The first Olympics were centered on the arts and religion. Some think they have yet again found the Garden of Eden. The Bible says Eden is where the 4 rivers come together, and such a place is Göbekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill), a point in SouthernTurkey near the Syrian border. Stones, part of a vast ancient structure larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza have been found. The Urantia Book’s account of human history stated that no animals were killed inside the Garden of Eden. In fact, only birds were allowed inside. Theorists think the fact that wild game bones are discovered in abundance here points out Adam and Eve's dismissal from the Garden. There are all kinds of theories, but only about 5% has been uncovered after 20 years!




The aeiral view of Göbekli Tepe (pronounced Guh-behk-LEE TEH-peh) reveals a site not for living or domestic settlement, but strictly for worshipping purposes. It predates the invention of the wheel. 7000 years before the pyramids. It is carbon dated at about 9500 BC, some sites say older, anyway it's the oldest structure in the world, and Pre-pottery Neolithic A.. Machinery for moving these is not thought to have existed at that time. It's older than the oldest cities.







There are rectangular and circular temples found since 2005.
It all centers on circles that may represent a portal. In the center of each temple are two T-shaped pillars with 10 or 12 others surrounding them. These are cleanly carved limestone pillars that towered 10-18 feet high, weighing 16 tons. The earliest rings were the most sophisticated. As time went on they became less so, and smaller. (source http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/gobekli-tepe/mann-text)


They are engraved with engravings of animals like bulls, boars, foxes, gazelles, donkeys, snakes and other reptiles, insects, arachnids, and birds, particularly vultures. Such pillars have also been found in Neolithic sites at Nevali Çori, Hamzan Tepe, Sefer Tepe and Karahan Tepe. In some Neolithic cultures, vultures and other carrion birds were believed to take souls to heaven. On the pillars at Gobekli Tepe  there are a few engravings of humans--one a crouched, naked woman, one a decapitated man with an erection. Ancestor worship often included decapitation, or possibly an early form of sky burial such as practiced by Tibetan Buddhists and Zoroastrians of India. They found it an efficient way of getting rid of the body--letting birds have it. 
Pillar 2 from Enclosure A (Layer III)
Gobekli Tepe, Urfa. Wikimedia 
Commons
2 huge monoliths in the circle on the right look, to me, like chairs facing each other. The Urantia Book claims that Adam viewed Eve as an equal, and some theorize these chairs symbolize their counsel. While some think this may be a celestial calendar, the portal aligns with celestial bodies, like a Gateway. It seems to point to Cygnus, the Celestial Swan. Some think this is an entrance or exit to "sky world." 



Could this be Eden when Adam and Eve worshipped? Could God and his angels have created this? Is this the portal through which the angels came? Extra terrestrials? I think we need to hold off until more of the excavation is complete. At any rate, it is hard to believe mankind was capable of building such a place so many thousands of years ago.

Andrew Collins compares these two pictures and suggests perhaps  nineteenth-century artist and poet William Blake, who saw his first angel when he was 8 years old, had a vision of these T shaped pillars at Göbekli Tepe. How could Blake have seen this place that was buried for so many centuries? Collins purports that spooky physics can explain."Quantum entanglement provides a scientific basis for everything from telepathy to past lives, premonitions and, of course, glimpses of the past." 





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Welcome Baa-ck to Moo-sic Class!

 Our school's theme is Western this year. I teach elementary music, so here is my door!

Door is covered in red paper which I taped heavily at edges, the white paper trim is laminated. I hot glued the "hay" on the window sill. I printed the words on computer and glued them to a red laminated sheet. I drew the cow and sheep on white paper and used markers to paint on the cow spots and lamb nose/ears pink. 

I have 8 bookshelves. Here are 3. I used tablecloths and bandanas for shelf covers, alternating colors.

Getting rid of the TV, but here is my pitch ladder!!
Lookout for the snake in the hat!
My desk was ugly gray metal and has a big dent in the front. I covered it with cood look contact paper, from Big Logs. $5hot glued rope trim and burlap (I didn't take my time so it isn't really pretty), sunflower heads and the plaques were from the Dollar Tree. I covered them with blue paper and the sign in the center was a Fall fest one from DT also. I cut out a light wood look contact paper rectangle to cover the top slat and burlap to cover the bottom one and added my own words.

I covered these bookshelves with an old quilt look bed throw.


This wagon was handmade by an elderly man. There is metal around the wheels, the side container opens and the brake works!
book ends and candle cacti!


A start on my bulletin board. Learn the ropes (staff).

Bought metal sign with red paper to show it up.

I had the wood plaque already and added the pic from a music sale book.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Blacklist of Journals Who CHARGE for Submissions

"The job of publishers is to publish, and that involves not only creating a physical product but also marketing it. The job of writers is to write and submit the results to publishers. If writers pay submission fees to the publishers, publishers have less incentive to find an audience for what they publish." -Louie Crew Clay, Rutgers

Here is a blacklist of journals who charge for unsolicited submissions in order to fund themselves. This article blasts them as "vanity" publishing. I am shocked by some of the big names on this list! And most likely the unpublished are the ones paying for costs of publishing more well-known poets.

http://englishkillsreview.tumblr.com/post/102013807776/the-submission-fee-blacklist
Add Minerva Rising who charges $15 on submittable, although they pay $35.


The post also states that Submittable, who can charge up to $29, is in part responsible for journals passing on their fees to starving poets and writers!
"Journals that have free, open submission periods during the year have been excluded from the list. Contests have also been excluded, except where the only way to submit to a journal is through a contest entry." posted by English Kills Review (on Tumbler)



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Calls for Poetry Submissions 2016

2016 


Koru Mag 
Theme: Beginnings
Deadline: July 31, 2016

VQR

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Snapdragon
Theme “Forgiveness”
Deadlin: July 31, 2016

Into The Void Magazine 
We accept poems of all forms and styles, from sonnets to free verse to haikus. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes. We accept:Poems of up to 120 lines. There is no minimum line count. We love one-sentence poems–send ’em!We will take a select few pieces that didn’t make it into the magazine and publish them on the website
.Deadline:  June 25th, 2016.
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The New Romaniticism: challenges much of contemporary literature with a return to passion, nature, feeling, the mother, duende, the grotesque, vespers, prophetic visionary verse, quietude, a quietus, the inchoate, suchlike. Send unpublished poems and stories toneckpress@gmail.com or 313 Noriega St., San Francisco, CA 94122. Responds in 2 weeks. Decisions made late spring.
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Up the Staircase
Our annual themed issue for 2016 is 90s Pop Culture. We will be accepting poetry and artwork involving and inspired by 90s music, TV shows, movies, fashion, games, technology, food & drink, and trends.Submit one to six themed poems to poetry [at] upthestaircase [dot] org. More info on site.
Deadline July 1st, 2016.
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It’s Not Personal is a new project inspired by the female dating experience. Looking for art and writing submissions that are related to the topic of dating. The final project will be a magazine or book with a likely publication date of Fall 2016. 
Deadline: July 15, 2016.
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Room Magazine
Theme: Food. Possible angles: eating for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. Could relate to cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. No submission fee. Payment: $50+. Also Room Magazine is accepting entries for their annual Poetry Contest. Prize: $1000 plus publication. Judged by Marilyn Dumont (poetry). Room’s contests are open to women, trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people.
Deadline for both: July 31, 2016.
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MAIN STREET RAG Publishing Company will consider poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and photography for 2 upcoming themed anthologies. Theme 1: Fast food. Theme 2: Bar life. Submission period: May 1 through July 31. No reading fee. Submissions are e-mail only. Detailed guidelines: www.mainstreetrag.com or e-mail: editor@mainstreetrag.com.
Deadline: July 31, 2016.
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3Elements Review
Accepting submissions for Issue 12 (released Oct. 1). The following three words must be incorporated into your poetry submissions: Relic, Passageway, and Kiss.
Deadline: July 31, 2016.
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Chrysalis (Canada)
Theme: Future. Send submissions to chrysaliszine@gmail.com.
Deadline: August 23, 2016.
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Flytrap Uprising
a new quarterly is accepting submissions for their second issue. Looking for Noir themed writing. Editor’s note: Noir is more than detective stories. Seeking “your dark, your discouraged, your hopeless, but also your light at the end of the tunnel.”
Deadline:August 31, 2016.
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Vine Leaves Literary Journal is now open for November Issue #18 vignette submissions. A vignette is a snapshot in words that focuses on one element, mood, character, setting, or object. We accept prose, poetry, script, and artwork/photography for the cover and/or interior of the issue. Pays $5 for one issue, regardless of how much work is accepted.
Deadlline August 31, 2016
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The Chattahoochee Review: Off the Record
Disappearing remarks. Invisible people. Music that isn’t there. Intuition. Gut. Unclaimed, unofficial, uncategorized. A record respects the broadest possible audience. Off the record, your audience awaits. What you don’t want to write. We want to read. Note the call in a cover letter. Deadline September 15 or until the issue fills
Deadline: September 15, 2016
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Mainstreet Rag

Send 1 or 2 poems for the next anthologies: one theme being BARS, the other using FAST FOOD as its starting point. Please note that each has a specific email address to which the submission must go and the live link to this is buried in the middle of the guidelines. These do not have to be ABOUT a bar or fast food restaurant, but as long as it plays a part in the dialog or scenery.
Deadline: September 15, 2016
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New Rivers Press
Anthology--Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan
Poems, either published or previously unpublished, that are inspired by the life and work of Bob Dylan. There is no limit to the number of lines per poem. Please keep to five submissions per poet.
Deadline: September 15, 2016
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Violet Rising
is accepting nature-inspired submissions.New online Tumblr-based zine publishes poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, art, and mixed media. 
Deadline: Rolling.
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Poetry Breakfast 
seeks submissions on an ongoing basis. Seeking poems and poetry-related creative non-fiction (letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, etc.). Submit 3-10 poems. 
Deadline Rolling.
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 The Indianola Review 
is open to submissions of poetry (3-5 pieces). Paying market.
Deadline: December 15, 2016 
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Crack the Spine 
You can read the last issue to get a feel for their flavor.
Rolling submissions.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Do What You LOVE! Have faith!




Please take time to watch it; you won't be sorry! Who knew he is so deep? After all his fame and glory he had to find his purpose.  "Try faith. Not religion. Not hope. Hope walks through fire. Faith flies over it." I have come to dislike the word hope. In my view, hope is weak. It implies sitting back and waiting for some future event that may never happen while NOW is passing by. I prefer faith. It is strong. It makes you get up and move forward without fear.

I don't think he is speaking against belief in God when he says "not religion," but the institution part of it. He said the body is on loan, and compared it to a car. He implied that we have to learn how to drive it, and figure out where we are going. 

About Me

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984048324/