SET ME FREE

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Set me free I want to see the world from the top of the tree Don’t bind me with forces Don’t force me to do a numerous courses I feel okay with my workplace looking messy My behavior is a bit fussy   Allow me to fly I’ll show you rainbows in the sky Let... Continue Reading →

CHOCOLATES AND WISHES

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First chocolate with a wish of a long life Second chocolate for your mind which I wish may be as sharp as a knife Third chocolate with a wish to be happy always Fourth chocolate to live life in crazy ways Fifth one wishing for a good career Sixth chocolate as a wish to buy... Continue Reading →

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE

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Smart people usually have the same ideas…

FOR MY MOM…

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When she can do anything for me by hook or by crook, Why can’t I become her cook? When she can protect me like a shade, Why can’t I become her maid? When she can be selfless like a tree, Why can’t I do her work of laundry? When she is ready to minimize her... Continue Reading →

Does It Matter If I Read the Bible on My Smartphone?

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We all know that printed, paper Bibles are appearing less and less frequently at church (and in the pulpit). We listen to our favorite Bible teacher and snicker knowingly when he says, “Those of you with Bibles can…. go ahead and switch them on.” We’ve forgotten our own printed copies of Scripture, on occasion, and … Continue reading Does It Matter If I Read the Bible on My Smartphone?

WAGGISH

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Someone who is mischievous and humorous.

November 19 – International Men’s Day ❤

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Speaking about the reality of today’s world, most of us discuss so much about women, their strength, how important they’re to the society, and about feminism. We rarely talk about men and their importance. Just as how a woman play major roles to bring up her family, men take equal and hardest pressure to lift every member in it. If women are strong in one way, men are stronger in many ways.
On an estimation of woman’s achievements, a theme about men should also be contemplated equally.
So, how back-breaking is it to breathe as a man?
It is not just a woman who takes care of the hardships at home, but a man who is being an initiative for all the resources.
If a woman is meant to build her home, a man is building his family. He is running to pay the bills and expenses.
He behaves as an armour to protect his people.
His unceasing efforts are neither seen nor exhibited.
He struggles at workplace. He strives hard for family’s welfare.
He runs the entire family; at the same time, he is being complained about the quality of rice. He enjoys the struggles to satisfy us.
He helps accomplish his son’s future, inspite of heavy burdens inside.
He is too concerned about his daughter’s well-being, just because the world is morally corrupted.
He carries a series of sensations to give a good life to his wife after 60s.
Still, he is judged on things that he couldn’t do.
Don’t hurt HIM. Be sure that you appreciate him for the million little things he does.
Always compliment them, be it a father, a brother, or a husband.
Because,
They care so much but they don’t understand the meaning of expressing it.
He leaves home everyday with a word “Take Care”.
He waves hand while leaving, but turns back once again to check if you locked home and got back inside.
He earns less, but brings home lots.
He says NO first, but later agrees with whatever you say.
He seems rude, but loves you secretly.
He restricts, but for the sake of goodness in future.
He never appreciates, but is always glad about your good work.

I have two special men in my life.
Firstly, my Dad. I’ve seen every little and tons of struggle my dad faced to give his two daughters and his wife the best life. He is a great inspiration and the biggest happiness to me.
Second, my Husband. Right now I see him thinking so much about me, my good and bad days, his career, our future. From being an irresponsible bachelor to suddenly being a perfect husband who started carrying a lot of responsibilities.
How beautiful these Men are!
He ain’t going to tell you “I love you” all the time. He might not be available to you when you need him. He won’t appreciate every meal that you do. He might miss an important plan with you. Understand. Understand his life, his pressure, and what he’s going through. Love him thoroughly with all your heart. Your actions or words shouldn’t add up to the burdens he’s already carrying. Let him know that he can come to you, look up to you, speak to you no matter how harder life gets. You’re his only companion and hope.
Thank the special men in your life every single day. They don’t need a reason to be greeted for. They don’t have a replacement. Amongst other men who rape and disrespect women, there are other gentle-hearted men out there who see a mother’s love in wife’s warmth, treat her well, respect her choices, listen to her broken stories, lift her up when she falls, hug her with silent prayers, and admire the purest beauty of womanhood right since his daughter is born.
Kudos to those lovely kinds! More love and peace to you.❤
Happy Men’s Day. ✨

© Yashica Priya

Do You Love Them?

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How do you know you love them?

When you see their tears through text, sense how much pain they bear, know the value of that heart, and you feel everything inside your nerves and want to give the whole lot support of yourself just to see them smile and feel comfortable in your presence, know that you’ve literally fallen for them.

© Yashica Priya

CHAMP (RESPONSE)

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A sweet thanks to a sweet birthday wish. I wrote a poem titled CHAMP for my mamu as a birthday wish last year. I know it’s too late but yes I am sharing this today. He wrote this as a thank you note: Dear Riya, Thanks for the sweetest and the best gift ever, Would have expected this never.... Continue Reading →

Say Sorry!

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Saying sorry is as important as saying I love you. It saves a relationship before it could fall apart. Don’t mind being sorry, irrespective of whose fault it is. It helps. It raises your standard. It reflects your kind heart. ♥

© Yashica Priya

MAN THE SYMBOLIC CREATURE

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“The past is preserved only in darkness, the future is not raised to the level of an image, as something which can be anticipated. It is the symbolic expression which first creates the possibility of looking backward and looking forward… What occurred in the past, now separated out from the totality of representations, no longer passes away, once the sounds of language have placed their seals on it and given it a certain stamp.”

Ernst Cassirer

Goebekli_Tepe Oldest Pictograph

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe could be the earliest known writing. A 12,000-year-old pictograph was found within the ancient settlement of Gobeklitepe in southeast Anatolia, Turkey.

The pictograph, chiseled into an obelisk, reportedly depicts a traditional sky burial whereby bodies are left outdoors to be picked apart by scavengers.

There is speculation that astrology of some form appeared in the Sumerian period in the 3rd millennium BC.

By the 16th century BC, the extensive employment of omen-based astrology can be evidenced in the compilation of a comprehensive reference work known as Enuma Anu Enlil. Its contents consisted of 70 cuneiform tablets comprising 7,000 celestial omens. Texts from this time also refer to an oral tradition – the origin and content of which can only be speculated upon.

Babylon Walls

Enuma Anu Enlil is the principal source of omens used in the regular astrological reports that were sent to the Neo-Assyrian king by his entourage of scholars. There are well over 500 such reports published in volume 8 of the State Archives of Assyria. A majority of these reports simply list the relevant omens that best describe recent celestial events and many add brief explanatory comments concerning the interpretation of the omens for the benefit of the king.

A typical report dealing with the first appearance of the moon on the first day of the month is exemplified by Report 10 from volume 8 of the State Archives:

If the moon becomes visible on the first day: reliable speech; the land will be happy.

If the day reaches its normal length: a reign of long days.

If the moon at its appearance wears a crown: the king will reach the highest rank.

From Issar-šumu-ereš.

Babylon Astrologers

The series was probably compiled in its canonical form during the Kassite period (1595–1157 BCE) but there was certainly some form of prototype Enuma Anu Enlil current in the Old Babylonian period (1950–1595 BCE). It continued in use well into the 1st millennium, the latest datable copy being written in 194 BCE. It is believed that the first 49 tablets were transmitted to India in the 4th or 3rd centuries BCE and that the final tablets dealing with the stars had also arrived in India just before the start of the common era.

Arabic Astrolabe

At this time Babylonian astrology was solely mundane, and prior to the 7th century BC the practitioners’ understanding of astronomy was fairly rudimentary. Because of their inability to accurately predict future celestial phenomena and planetary movement very far in advance, interpretations were done as the phenomena occurred or slightly before. By the 4th century, however, their mathematical methods had progressed enough to calculate future planetary positions with reasonable accuracy, at which point extensive ephemerides began to appear.

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Otto Eduard Neugebauer (May 26, 1899 – February 19, 1990) was an Austrian American mathematician and historian of science who became known for his research on the history of astronomy and the other exact sciences in antiquity and into the Middle Ages. By studying clay tablets, he discovered that the ancient Babylonians knew much more about mathematics and astronomy than had been previously realized. The National Academy of Sciences has called Neugebauer “the most original and productive scholar of the history of the exact sciences, perhaps of the history of science, of our age.”

Otto E. Neugebauer

And what this great  original thinker has to tell us?

In a nutshell, that the Babylonians discovered Algebra, a symbolic, simple today, but at the time a revolutionary Human discovery, and furthermore he thought this discovery was due to the fact the Babylonians were the product of two different people the Sumerian, and the Acadian, two totally different cultures, the Acadians were Semite,.

Most historians have suggested that Sumer was first permanently settled between c. 5500 and 4000 BC by a West Asian people who spoke the Sumerian language (pointing to the names of cities, rivers, basic occupations, etc., as evidence), a non-Semitic and non-Indo-European agglutinative language isolate. It was not an inflected language, contrary to its Semitic neighbors.

They had a hell of a time to understand each other, the usual language and text of the Sumerians, so in order to understand each other they got to acquire new mental skills, and thanks to these efforts Babylonians were the first  in getting to understand the meaning and use of an abstract symbolism.

Assyrian Room Pergamon Museum

Every Algebraic operation says Neugebauer, presupposes to understand certain fixed symbols, both for mathematical operations and for the mathematical quantities to which they apply.

In the absence of this conceptual symbolism, it would not be possible to combine quantities that are not numerically determined and designated, nor to derive new combinations from them, but a symbolism presented itself immediately necessary in the writing of the Acadian texts … Therefore the Babylonians had a more important instrument for proper and adequate Algebraic development.

Babylonian Map of the World 700-500BC

I am aware that Science today its dismissive of the Symbolic thought, however it escapes them how these accomplishments of the Babylonians, not only provided the basic Algebraic for mathematics, but also a rich Symbolism that escapes them on the Ontological subjective nature of Man.

That like a undercurrent submerged within our psyche, it pours a torrent of symbolic images into our dreams, desires, and behaviors to which, no matter the amount of objectivity, and concrete mind it is impossible to bury forever, in the annals of time, since It is an integral and inseparable part of our Human nature. Just as the eternal feminine is the counterpart of the masculine, and our right cerebral side, the counterpart of the left.

 

Babylon Lives Pergamon Museum Berlin

AUTOPHILE

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A person who loves solitude, being alone A car enthusiast

It’s Fall Good

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Over the last few months my focus has been setting the tone for a successful school year, keeping a foster care routine, and getting settled into my new home. It is important to set high expectations and to remind my Smootents of them daily. Students cannot learn in the midst of chaos. I don’t do chaos or clutter.

People often ask me if I still run. The answer is: Yes. I will always run as long as I am able to. I average three to four miles a day with a 5-6 miler on the weekend. Regardless of mileage, a proper running shoe is mandatory.

The Brooks Ghost and Glycerins in my rotation were on their last cushion. I used some GO365 bucks to order the Glycerin 17 from Amazon. The newest model would not let me “run happy.”

I went to Fleet Feet for a foot scan. I learned from the Volumental 3D foot scan that my feet are almost in the narrow width. After trying several brands, I decided to go with the Hoka Clifton 6. They are very lightweight despite the heavy cushion.

Hoka One One Clifton 6

Cute running gear makes the time on my feet more fashionable and enjoyable. I don’t know how long Goodr sunglasses have been around, but I discovered them last summer. I bought a pink and green pair called, “Flamingo on a Booze Cruise.” I needed a Fall neutral, so I picked up these:

The last weekend of daylight savings time was the perfect opportunity to visit my Grandma. I treated her to a day pampering with a pedicure, hair cut and eating all the shrimp she wanted from Red Lobster.

Chillin’ with Grandma Lucy L. Smoot
The Little Coal River steps from my family’s property.

My visit happened to fall on the same weekend of the Marshall University Marathon/Half Marathon. I did not want to risk injury of pushing through 13.1 miles without the proper training, so I registered for the 5k.

The race website mentioned how all 5k participants would receive a finisher’s medal and only the Top 3 male and female would win additional awards. I drove from Madison to Huntington with no expectations of winning anything. Boy was I wrong.

The MUM and half races started at 7:00 a.m. with 31° temps (28° real feel). There were runners from 44 states. I spoke with a lady from Florida who needed a WV race for her 50 State Challenge.

Marathon and Half Marathon runners braving the cold temperatures.

I warmed up in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium parking lot before the 5k started at 7:15. We took off and right away, there was a young lady putting in work by my side. We were neck and neck for 1.5 miles until she stopped for water.

Next, I had my sight on a lady in green. I was feeling confident about being able to pull off a strong finish. I didn’t want to hawk her down too early though. The last half mile of the race took us through the campus of Marshall University. I saw the Memorial Fountain that stands as a tribute to the lives lost in the 1970 plane crash.

I thought there was another woman who was with the speedy runners who jolted out of my view after the first turn. I ran onto the football field a few steps behind the woman I tailed. She didn’t take the football, but I did.

Volunteers handing out footballs as runners enter the field.

Running with the football gave me a super charge. At that moment I wished I was wearing cleats. In my mind this was not a 5k; I was on a punt return. I did not want to slip and fumble on the AstroTurf. Once I made that loop towards the end zone, it was all she wrote. My running tights rolled down on me and everything.

A volunteer told me I was the first woman to cross the line in the 5k. I was like, “Nah, there was a lady in pink way ahead of me.” Again, she said she was sure I was the first one. I checked the results, and 24:11 was enough for me to win it all! Ten men finished ahead of me, placing me at 11/316 overall.

Blenko Glass Award. 1st Place Female overall 5K: Kelsie Smoot. I thought I was Serena Williams holding my award.
2019 MUM Shirt, Medal and Overall Award. Marathon/Half Runners received jackets and custom Goodr glasses in their packets.

I ran the MUM Half Marathon in 2016 and placed 2nd in my age group. This course holds my personal best record of 1:41:54. I felt very accomplished on the ride back to Louisville. I was able to brighten my Grandma’s weekend and this race experience was a bonus.

‘Til next time. Expect the unexpected.

🍃🍂 Kelsie Lou 🍂🍃

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T-Team Series–Top of South Australia

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Mt. Woodroffe

[This time, the T-Team with Mr. B scale the heights of the highest mountain in South Australia, Mt. Woodroffe. Even back in 1977, Mt. Woodroffe being on land owned by the indigenous people, we needed permission and a guide. Don’t know what happened to the guide back then, but we had permission. The situation has changed in the 42 years since we climbed…more about that later.

Many thanks to Mohamad Al Karbi for the opportunity to share the T-Team’s adventures in outback Australia.]

The sun climbed over the horizon, its rays touching the clouds in hues of red and Mount Woodroffe in pink.

MW1c-the goal Mt W[Photo 1: Mt. Woodroffe, our goal © C.D. Trudinger 1981]

In the golden light, packs on our backs we filed up the gully. The narrow creek in the hill-face gave way to the slopes leading to the summit. With no defined track except for euro (small kangaroo) ruts, we picked our way through the spinifex. Rick carried his .22 rifle in the hope of game for dinner.

MW2-CA77Lee002c[Photo 2: Hiking up the creek © L.M. Kling (nee Trudinger) 1977]

‘You’ve got to watch that spinifex,’ Dad said. ‘If you get pricked by it, the needle stays inside your body for years.’

‘Years?’ I asked. ‘What does it do there?’

‘It works its way through your body and eventually it comes out through your hands or feet or somewhere.’

‘Yuck!’

‘Ouch!’ Rick screamed. ‘The spinifex just stung me.’ My brother stopped and pulled up his trouser leg to inspect the damage and then muttered, ‘Next time I’m making shin-guards.’

‘I guess one should be careful when one answers the call of nature out here,’ Mr. B said.
Matt sniggered.

I gazed at the acres of spikey bushes and decided to resist the call of nature.

MW3-sting of spinifexCDT81[Photo 3: The sting of Spinifex © C.D. Trudinger 1981]

 

For more of this adventure click on the link below:

Top of South Australia: Mt. Woodroffe continued…

 

© L.M. Kling 2019


Or check out my travel memoir available on Amazon

Trekking With the T-Team: Central Australian Safari

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WE ARE SORRY

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Animals and gardens, For pollution, we ask pardons Flora and fauna We are sorry for our karma Let’s switch to e-newspapers and e-books To improve our nature’s looks Use less plastic Don’t give a can, a kick Let’s make it pretty again Raise it as an issue main It’s not a game Nor a joke... Continue Reading →

Too Young to Be Taken Seriously?

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Are you tired of hearing that your student is too young for a summer intensive? Tired of not being taken seriously? A new summer course has been designed for your child!

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MANGATA/MOONGLADE

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Mangata- The reflection of the moon on the water Moonglade- The track of moonlight on water

LOOKING FOR A FRIEND

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Looking for a friend Who’s love has no end I need a blend Of kindness, sweetness and good time to spend She shouldn’t be selfish We will share every favorite dish Lots and lots of hugs and kisses And a slight love for fishes We’ll help each other Won’t notice what others may bother A... Continue Reading →