Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Space (part 4) - Mooned in 2021

 


With 2020 hindsight, what will 2021 bring?

Leave it to astronomy to predict all the phrases we will be going through:



( reference: https://youtu.be/8XV2-pmiyAg )

We've been mooned!

How nice.

Here's to 2022!

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Photo: wikipedia.com/moon phases

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

CC4 (part 2) - The Lord's Prayer

 

The Network TV Station Sign Off....

In the days before cable TV, the internet, YouTube, social media, TV network stations were not on-the-air 24/7. 

At the end of their broadcast day--usually around midnight, the network signed off the air. Usually playing a short presentation with a patriotic theme. 

Then came the test pattern and/or the white noise with the snowy screen until 6:00 a.m. 

A new day.

* When TV Stations Signed Off at Midnight

One of my favorite sign offs:

Nez Perce, The Lord's Prayer: Chief Shatka Bear Step offers the sacred Christian prayer in Indian sign language



(reference: https://youtu.be/PhLLHjn5sNc )

This sign off prayer in Native American Indian sign language had moved me since my childhood.

And it was the inspiration for this scene of Book 4, Rainmaker, in The Commander and the Chief series.

From Part 4. Chapter 3: Poetry and a Prayer

The set up:

One Sunday afternoon, the town of Hanging Tree Wyoming was celebrating in Rainmaker Park. Many have gathered to hear Cowboy Poetry, Shakespeare in the Park and the Coyote Calling Contest.  Mayor Bill Clark was the Emcee. 

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Showtime. 

Bill Clark straightened his bolo tie. Decked out in cowboy hat and boots, he took center stage. 

“As Mayor of Hanging Tree, I welcome you all to our week of Independence Day celebrations. First up, Cowboy Poetry. Where some of our finest home-grown artists will share their life experiences and philosophy of the Wild West.” 

Dudes and dudettes recited their works. Some brought their guitars and sang their lyrics. Various versions of Home on the Range. The Cowboy Way. Clingers to their God and Guns. Lovers of Freedom. Ode to Wyoming as to what America used to be.

After the final poem was recited, Bill Clark announced the last act of the set. “I’m pleased to introduce our native son, Anton Orlovic. And our Native American Chief, Nova Orlovic.”
 
The Orlovic Cowboy-Indian duo stepped on stage.

The Chief, Nova Orlovic, and her nephew, Anton Orlovic, are the final act of Cowboy Poetry.

Anton wore cowboy duds with old chaps that had belonged to his grandfather, Nick Orlovic Senior. He also wielded his grandfather’s acoustic guitar. Refurbished. Tuned.

Nova had put on her mother’s beaded white leather dress with matching knee-high moccasins. Her war bonnet of eagle feathers flowed down to her thighs. It had belonged to her great grandfather, Chief Elijah Rainmaker.

Plucking broken chords in a haunting Spanish sounding tune, Anton recited the Lord’s Prayer. In consort, Nova stood center stage and translated the words, phrase by phrase, into Native American Indian sign language:

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not in temptation,
But deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the Kingdom
And the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.
Amen.

Many in the audience teared up as Nova signed a rolling wave— eternity. Then pressed her hands together in prayer. 

A perfect act to follow church that morning.


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And a perfect act to end 2020 and begin 2021. 

With a prayer.

The Lord's prayer.

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Peacemaker, Book Three:

CC3 (part 1) - Peacemaker  (2017)

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Photos:

Rainmaker: DAVIS creative

 Plains Indian Sign Language/wikipedia.com

Sunday, November 29, 2020

CC4 (part 1) - Rainmaker

 

DAVIS Creative


Rainmaker

It's out there and for sale.

Book 4 of The Commander and the Chief is available as paperback or Kindle: Rainmaker

The story continues from Books 1 - 3.

President Todd, after his questionable re-election, weaponizes the US justice department to take down his enemies. And the Commander, Reginald Barrett, and the Chief, Nova Orlovic, are in Todd’s sights. Meanwhile, reporter Kim Chi Li pursues a pair of unsolved mother-child murders tied to the Todds’ rise to power. For Kim Chi, it’s personal.

Then terrorists strike at the Barrett-Orlovic reunion in Wyoming. Sabotage of oil and gas wells and the western power grid spark Armageddon in the West. With trust in government at abyssal levels, will the ensuing destruction ignite another Civil War? It will take a Rainmaker and a miracle to quench these fires and serve justice on behalf of the living and the dead.

The video below givesa taste of what is to come in Book 4. From November 27, 2019 news of wildfires and rain in California:



( reference: https://youtu.be/8uPb5YT1Ui8 )


Cold cases, Cold War relics, 
revenge served cold. 

All spark fires of biblical proportions 
that only a Rainmaker from heaven can quench.

For the rest of the series: The Commander and the Chief

Your readership is appreciated.


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Peacemaker, Book Three:

CC3 (part 1) - Peacemaker  (2017)


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photo: DAVIS Creative

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Nostalgia (part 9) - Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas Strip/wikipedia.com

Social Distancing


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the lockdowns began. Asking citizens to stay at home and practice social and physical distancing.

Before this time, there were so many everyday pleasures we took for granted. Especially human contact. Gatherings. Schools. Religious ceremonies. Going to various stores and restaurants and shows. 

Once such social activity is expressed in this hit song by Petula Clark, Downtown, released over 55 years ago, in November 1964.


Nostalgia. 

A song longing for contact with the community.  

Meanwhile, we wait for the day when Downton will fully re-open again. And relish the simple pleasures of living.


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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Civics ( part 3) - Suffrage and the Equality State

 




One hundred years ago...

August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment passed.

“The right of citizens of the United States
to vote shall not be denied or abridged
by the United States or by any State
on account of sex”
and
“Congress shall have power
to enforce this article
by appropriate legislation.”
(reference: 19th Amendment Adopted )

It was a hard and long fought battle, summed up as follows:


But Wyoming had them beat by 50 years.

"In 1869, the Wyoming territory passed the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Act, the first in the nation to grant women the right to vote, without restrictions like marital status, property ownership, or monetary requirements—something that changed women’s history forever."

... 

"According to the Louisa Swain Foundation, on September 6, 1870, Louisa “Eliza” Swain made history as the first female voter when she cast her ballot in Laramie, Wyoming."

Women's right to vote.

The reason Wyoming is called...

The Equality State

( reference: Wyoming


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Photo:  Flag of Wyoming

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Patriots (part 6) - World War II from Start to Finish

 


The first days of September marked the start and finish of the most deadly war in recorded history:

 World War Two: September 1, 1939 -  September 2, 1945 

Below,  the causalities are shown by country:


(reference: https://youtu.be/7cgRwDkP6vk )

And as of this posting (August 29, 2020) we are near the 75th anniversary of the end the World War II.

Below is a tribute to the patriots who fought against tyranny:



(reference:  https://youtu.be/1svtYOukRp4 )

God bless all those who sacrificed 
to preserve our freedoms 
and kept us safe, 
home and abroad!

On a personal note, my father-in-law was one of those who fought in that war. After his death, his family found a memoir of some of his adventures over there: 

World War Two: Memories of North Africa


In the 21st century, the greatest generation is passing from the scene. 

As King Solomon wrote:

One generation passeth away, 
and another generation cometh:
 but the earth abideth for ever.
Ecclesiastes 1:4 (KJV)

And eventually, there will be Peace on Earth!

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Photo: Yalta Conference (Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin)/wikipedia


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Faith (Part 5) - Amazing Grace around the World


world/wikipedia.com



50 Countries Affected By COVID-19 Sing Amazing Grace:





After this I looked, 
and there before me was a great multitude 
that no one could count, 
from every nation, tribe, people and language, 
standing before the throne and before the Lamb. 
  
They were wearing white robes 
and were holding palm branches in their hands.

And they cried out in a loud voice:
 “Salvation belongs to our God, 
who sits on the throne, 
and to the Lamb.”
 
Revelation 7:9, 10 (NIV)


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