In The Beginning…. And Then…

2016-03-20_11-22-18.pngIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He created the birds of the air and the fish of the sea and the beasts of the land.  And then he created man,  and it was down hill from there on out….

Forgive me that this is not an exact quote from any bible but for the purpose of this post you get the idea where I am going.

The very first family that God made ended up with a murderer. One brother killing another. That wasn’t a very good start to humanity. It seems that the seven deadly sins were created at the very beginning.

A few generations down the line God threw up his hands and decided to start over again. Not with everything, just with people. He was determined to get it right this time but it is obvious he didn’t make much of an improvement the second time around either. I know all the theologians can give thousands of reasons for it that don’t challenge the idea of God’s perfection. They have honed that skill through a couple of millennia. If you work on something long enough you will eventually cam come up with enough excuses to rationalize almost anything you want.  I’m talking about the theologians here not God.

It kind of make me wander, if things were so perfect  before man came along and he is made in the image of God just what kind of shape is God himself in? Now before any of you start flaming me I am saying this in 90% jest. And then there is the other 10%..  😉

To keep things in perspective I take the bible as a collection of stories about man’s relationship with God. The absolute truth thing came much later by human theologians. That keeps me from having to make up excuses for God and how his creation turned out.  I kind of think that God did get all this started in some fashion but then he left it up to us to carry on from there.

Another aspect of the bible being stories is that it is kind of like “Downton Abbey” which was such a hit on  PBS recently.  It was about British Aristocracy and the distinct divide between the ruling class and everyone else.  The story line was fascinating but anyone who know much about it realizes that it showed almost exclusively the fairy tale side of British life in those years.   The bible is kind of like that, it tells the good side for the most part but eventually some of the bad stuff shows up to confuse things.

The Bible is certainly an interesting book to try to read…

 

I’m Dreaming About … Folk Music

I guess you could say that folk music is an acquired taste and it seems to have fallen out of favor these days. In my earlier hearing years I almost lived and breathed folk music.  One of the original founders of that music genre was Woody Guthrie and one of my favorite museums is the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa OK. The museum is small but packed with the archive of all his music.

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His most famous song “This Land Is Your Land” should be our national anthem. It relates more to the character of America than a naval battle some one hundred fifty years ago.

I’m Dreaming about … Mountain Hiking…

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I took the picture above in 1977 when I hiked there with my best buddy. I don’t remember the name of the mountain but it is located in southwestern Colorado.  The mountain top lake shown here was at 12,000 feet so the breathing was hard even for the 31 year-old that I was. You could say the view was literally breathtaking!  This pic remains in the 5 star category in my Lightroom library. We camped there for three days before heading back down.

 

Eating To Live vs Living to Eat…

2016-03-24_10-18-44.pngMy wife seems to constantly have one “food” show or another on her TV during the day. I don’t sit down and watch any of them but I am exposed to them as I move from one room to another.  It is amazing to me how much money is spent concentrated on food, especially food that is not really good for us.

The last couple of years seem to be the “year of the cupcake” on cable TV.  There were so many shows about making them, eating them, and competitions of how to display them, it was insane to me.  Cupcakes are basically just sugar, flour, and fat in one form or another. I have never been much of a lover of sweets but still managed to gain more and more weight because of my sugar intake as the years have passed.

Eating to live is of course a very necessary thing. We human beings expend energy by just breathing and thinking. We need a constant energy source in order to replenish ourselves. Eating to live also means that we have to eat the right things in order to keep our bodies healthy. We need to make sure that we get enough vitamins and minerals in our diets.

Much of the world struggles with just getting enough to eat on a daily basis. And then there are those who live to eat.  They are so focused on food as to make it a major part of their attention.   They fixate on food. Some even spend hundreds of dollars for one sit down meal at a fancy restaurant and deem it well worth the price.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about enjoying what you eat. I have come to appreciated a good bowl of soup as a regular dinner item lately. Some of it is healthy and therefore good for me and some contains too much fat and not so good. But I figure if I keep a balance between the two everything will work out.  Balance, I am coming to discern in my elderly years is what life is all about.

The U.S. is becoming the “Obese” nation of the world. We all tend to eat much more than we really need. In that regards we are often the center of jokes by the rest of the world about our “supersized” portions.  We need to get over our living to eat mentality and put our minds to more noble things…. 🙂