Monday, March 30, 2020

Signs of the Times (part 10) - Anywhere vs Somewhere


At the time of this post, the coronavirus pandemic has reared its ugly head. And in a few short weeks, our world has been turned upside down. As nations, states, shutdown. Isolate. Self-quarantine.

For updates, check out this map: John Hopkins Coronavirus

As a result,  some jobs are harder hit than others. It breaks out along these lines:

Anywhere vs. Somewhere

The Anywheres: Those who can work from home, online mostly, anywhere, are the least affected.

The Somewheres: Those who need to go to a place of business where people congregate or interact physically with people are affected the most. Like restaurants, hair salons, libraries, schools, banks, stores, factories, sports, casinos, theaters, conferences, concerts, ...

The video below shows the difference between the Anywheres (globalist) and the Somewheres (nationalist) in the context of the 2016 election:

And many of the somewheres soldier on to keep the rest of us going.

Healthcare workers, first responders, truck drivers, store clerks, farmers, ranchers, factory workers--especially those tasked to produce medical equipment in short supply.

Somewheres are the heroes in a pandemic. And their importance has come to light in these...

Signs of the Times



Photo:  womanfactory1940s/

Thursday, February 27, 2020

10C (part 2) - First Commandment: God and Liberty

Liberty Bell/

I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of Egypt,
out of the land of slavery.

Exodus 20:2 (NIV)

So begins the First Statement of the First of the Ten Commandments.

And nothing illustrates this First Statement of the Ten Commandments better than this scene from the classic movie,  The Ten Commandments (1956) :

This First Statement lays the foundation of Ethical Monotheism

(1) God exists: "I am the Lord your God..."

And without faith
it is impossible to please God, 

because anyone who comes to him 
must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those
who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6  (NIV)

 (2) God delivered slaves from bondage into freedom: "brought you out...of the land of slavery."

So if the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 (NIV)

This video examine this First Statement in light of ethical monotheism:

This first statement, the Creator liberating people from slavery, is echoed in the Founding documents of the United States of America, such:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator 
with certain unalienable Rights, 
that among these are 
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

As well as our sacred monuments such as the inscription of the Liberty Bell:

"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land 
Unto All the Inhabitants thereof."
Leviticus 25:10 (KJV)

Most of all, the Ten Commandments provide a foundation of how free people are to treat each other.

And this will be examined further in this series.


Previous post in series:

10C (part 1) - The Ten Commandments  (2019)


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Write Stuff (part 2) - History of the English Language (in ten minutes)

Old Book/

Words are the building blocks of writing, strung on the thread of grammar and style.

A rich and diverse language, its history sheds light on where many of the English words came from. And below is short summary:

Chapter 1:  Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Vikings
Chapter 2:  Norman French, Latin
Chapter 3: Shakespeare and cliches
Chapter 4: King James Bible
Chapter 5: Science jargon
Chapter 6: Empire and the world
Chapter 7: Dictionary and Dr. Johnson
Chapter 8: America and the Melting Pot
Chapter 9: Internet and techno-jargon
Chapter 10: Globalism and many flavors

Invasions, art, literature, science, tech, world empire, New World, ... English is alive and ever evolving. And it's been estimated about 1.5 billion people speak English. Of a population of 7.5 billion, that's 20% of the world.

Therefore English is the "Write Stuff" for a big slice of the world.


Other post in series:

Write Stuff (part 1) - Give them Hope  (2017)


Photo: Old Book/

Friday, December 27, 2019

Signs of the Times (part 9) - Roaring 20's x 2

Saturday Evening Post/


The Roaring Twenties.

A hundred year ago.

A wild time of changes.

Dress went from ankle length to mini-skirts.

Women got the vote.

People danced to upbeat music like The Charleston.

It was a decade of millionaires and moguls.

Stuff that made The Great Gatsby.


The decade started on the tails of the First World War (1914-1918).

The decade ended that Black Tuesday in October of 1929 with the stock market crash.

Which triggered the Great Depression (1929-1939)

That ended with the Second World War (1939-1945)

Turned the world upside down.

Now it's...


New century.

New millennium.

We're into...

The Roaring 20's x 2

What will this decade bring?

As Mark Twain has been given credit for this proverbial gem:

History doesn’t repeat itself  
but it often rhymes

Hang on, friends.

We're in for a wild ride.


Previous Post in the series:

Signs of the Times (part 1) - Camping in the Parks (2012)

Signs of the Times (part 2) - Layaway (2012)

Signs of the Times (part 5) - Staycations (2013)

Signs of the Times (part 6) - Fear of Missing Out (2015)

Signs of the Times (Part 7) - Leap Second - the new Y2K? (2015)

Signs of the Times (part 8) - #JustPray  (2015)


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Cats (part 5) - Christmas with a cat by a fireplace


Thanksgiving is over...

Winter is coming...

Christmas is coming...

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays from now until New Years 2020.

Time to catch our breaths. 
Watch feel good movies.

Sit by the fire side with a loved one. 
A beloved cat or dog. 

I wish all my readers the best for 2020.

Be in the moment. 
Be warm. 
Be safe.


Previous posts in the series:
Cats (part 1) - Halloween and Cats (2016)

Cats (part 2) - Christmas and Cats (2016)


Photo: Joy/

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10C (part 1) - The Ten Commandments

Rembrandt - Moses with the Ten Commandments/

It was 1956 
and it was a very good year.

The year The Ten Commandments hit the silver screen. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

For it's time, the movie had wonderful special effects. Especially this, showing the finger of God writing in stone. AndHe spoke in King James English.

Much has been written about them. A few words as potent as an atom bomb. After 3000 years, they are as relevant then as now for making a better world.

Ironically, YouTube has been censoring the Ten Commandments with the lamest of excuses: Dennis Prager: YouTube censored my 10 Commandments video for ‘discussing murder’ 

Thus, the motivation of this new thread.

Introduction down, 10 more posts to follow.

So it begins.


Related posts:

Google is Censoring the 10 Commandments (Jul 19, 2019)

Why PragerU 's 10 Commandments Video was Restricted 


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Music (part 8) - Autumn

Maple Trees by Creek/ 


Changing leaves. Harvest.  Fall colors.

And there's special music for this season.


Winter is coming....