How many alleged UFO sightings have you seen reported on the news lately? Chances are the answer is probably none. In fact I have to go back many years to recall an event which was given a few seconds of news time on mainstream TV channels. And then there was no follow up. Why is this? Have actual sightings stopped? Or have any alleged visitors got smarter at deception? Or are reports being given no publicity traction for fear of ridicule? This is understandable as there are many hoaxes out there, all of them stupid and absolutely pointless – about as useful as hens’ teeth, and saying much more about the perpetrator than any high court judge could. I put hoaxes into the same category as unfounded conspiracy theories, but not to say that because there are many hoaxes the UFO enigma does not exist. In fact, there are many serious and bona fide organisations who collect and publish data on a regular basis. At the end of the day it all depends on the honesty and dependability of the witnesses, as it does with any major incident. With most people owning a mobile phone with camera, surely reports of sightings must have increased over the last few years. Not on the news channels but …
There have been 90,000
credible UFO sightings since 1905, according to the National UFO Reporting
Center in the USA, and a new interactive map on the Metrocosm web site displays
each of them [see link to web site
at end of blog]. The UFO Sightings Map
displays each sighting of as a circle, with the size representing the number of
reports received by the Reporting Center. The larger the circle, the more
people reported seeing that UFO, and as users zoom in on their favourite city,
more circles are revealed. The map also uses pictures and video from the Mutual
UFO Network, the world’s oldest investigative body.
For the past 20 years, sightings have been growing at a pretty steady rate of about 350 additional reports each year. A picture is as good as a thousand words, so:
UFO sightings Metricom
An increase rate like this must mean something!
And in Australia we have
a typical sighting:
Gold Coasters were looking to the sky after a series of UFO sightings over a weekend in September 2015. No reports of unusual activity within local airspace were made by local authorities. According to one witness: “Its colour changed from green to yellow and finally to red and my housemate and I saw what looked like a plane going down and waited for news of a plane crash but nothing came. I went out back to have a smoke and looked up in the sky and the light appeared as bright as the evening star and flashed again before disappearing."
With the advent of
drones and their increasing popularity, UFO sightings at night are no doubt set
to increase even further. Maybe it’s time for more Second Kind events! Here’s a
video of an Australian sighting which could very well be a human controlled
THE BOOT ON THE OTHER FOOT
It would be interesting to think about how humans would approach a planet with known advanced intelligent life. Would we announce ourselves and hope for the best? Would we land with all lights blazing? Would we just land, as ancient Earth explorers did on foreign shores? I do not think so – the old explorers like Cook, Columbus, Cortes and Magellan were armed with an unbelievable sense of superiority, of infallibility even. They were the peak of human technology and they knew it. Not so us going to an alien planet. Caution would have to rule. How would we engage – quickly or gradually – or not at all? A fascinating topic for the next UFO blog.
For those interested in keeping up with UFO events, some of the more serious sites in the USA and Australia are listed below:
http://www.ufoinfo.com/sightings/australia.shtml UFO sighting reports - Australia
http://www.auforn.com/ Australian UFO Research network
https://www.facebook.com/AUFOA/ Australian UFO Action
http://uforesearchqld.blogspot.com.au/ UFO Research Queensland Inc
http://www.openminds.tv/ Open Minds
http://www.nuforc.org/ National UFO Reporting Center [USA]
Hello and welcome. I was planning to write something else for my column this month but words aren’t forming. It’s not writer’s block. It’s different. For the past month and more I’ve been coping with lots of sounds setting off choking, increased pain and other symptoms. I’ve still been doing things but they have taken their toll – a few weeks ago I was guest on a ½ hour radio show; and last week I read a chapter of one of my manuscripts at a literary function … enjoyable, great fun and glad I did them. Afterwards, recovery. Well that was something else altogether. It took about five days to overcome the incredible exhaustion from both events. My brain still feels addled, and the continued tiredness …
Why am I telling you all of this when I’ve said “words aren’t forming”? I suppose, no not suppose, it’s because I want to show that even though it is easier to not do anything, or to fear the consequences of doing, it’s important to build enjoyable memories. When pain and fatigue are all consuming then the ability to get out and make those memories can be non-existent. Sometimes, just sometimes gathering one’s fragile energy to enjoy an experience, an event, an outing however small is worth it. Not fretting the prospect of days or weeks of curling up in your own space to recover is important – that time out is a necessary part of ‘getting better’, vital in regaining your strength and ability to continue coping with your condition. I try not to be upset and disappointed by having enforced ‘rest’ and coping with increased symptoms – there’s a need to decide what to spend limited energy on and pacing during the activity or event. For more on pacing see my columns in Nov 2015 http://octpnpmagazine.webs.com/columnist-page and May 2016 http://pnpmay.webs.com/columnist.
I still opt out of lots, make conscious decisions about what I do, what’s important to me (sometimes to me only, and at other times this also includes what’s important to those close to me). This all works for me … now… however it has taken me a looooong time to get here. So go gently, please listen to your body and be guided by your health professional’s advice re your own condition.
Until next month find something simple that you enjoy, and I look forward to hearing from you about this and anything else you’d like to share with me, to share with all of you.
From Pattimari~ Impressive Suzanne. You are someone I really look up to.
Sometimes it’s Okay to Talk Dirty
A reader, after reviewing one of my mystery novels, wrote that she liked that I ‘didn’t use a lot of profanity’ in my stories. I was happy to get the review, but felt a bit guilty, because that reader was only partly right.
My stories, even the mystery series, which is set in Washington, DC, and is populated by the people who live in some of the city’s less salubrious neighborhoods, are not laced with curse words. But, because I’m writing about people who in fact frequently use some rather salty language, for the sake of realism and authenticity, there will be some language on the page that’s not fit for polite company. The same is true of my Buffalo Soldier series; historical novels about the famous African-American soldiers of the Ninth U.S. Calvary on the western frontier after the Civil War.
Now, I’d like as many people as possible to read and enjoy my work, so I tend to use profanity only sparingly. Now and then, one of my characters will let fly an f-bomb, or, because of the racial dynamics of the U.S., during the frontier days as well as today, will use or be targeted with the N-word. I do this, though, only when it is part of the action or motivation of a scene, or if it’s how that specific character would likely speak in real life. No one expects a drunken cowboy or a modern-day drug dealer to speak like a choir boy. Actually, some of the choir boys I’ve known in my life occasionally need their mouths washed out with soap. But, I don’t have a character use such profanity for page after page, or every time he or she speaks – yes, folks, the ladies curse too. I do it when a character or situation is introduced, to set the scene; and, maybe once or twice to reinforce it in the reader’s mind – but, in a 40,000 to 60,000 word story, I might only do that five or ten times.
So, it might be missed by someone who dislikes that kind of language. Much as it might be missed, or ignored, in real life by the same person. I’d like to think, though, that the character is painted vividly in the reader’s mind, though, by that judicious sprinkling of salt, and that readers appreciate not having it spray-painted all over the pages – like being slapped constantly while you’re trying to concentrate; not a pleasant feeling.
My method is not for everyone. Some writers are quite comfortable with profanity on almost every page – and, some can pull it off. I’m not, and I think most of the people who read my stuff feel much the same. I don’t talk like a saint. I spent 20 years in the military, and during that time I learned some pretty colorful words and phrases. On occasion, when I’m truly provoked, some of them pop out. But, I don’t do it that often, so that when I do let fly, people take notice. Same thing in my fiction – when a bit of profanity appears on the page, people (I hope) take notice. My objective has been achieved. They know what kind of person that character is, or what the situation is turning into, and don’t have to be reminded again in most cases.
Just a thought in case you have ever wrestled with this problem.
I have been holding off sharing this masterpiece, but now the timesacome. Of all the structures spread out throughout our majestic planet, this one holds a special place, perhaps because I spent some time inside and outside taking in the beauty this of one-of-a-kind marvel. If you have never been to this site, you would do well to go on line and enjoy the prolific pictures that will surely hold your interest and challenge your mind to comprehend such beauty and art. What building? Oh, I got so excited, I almost left it off: Saint Peter’s basilica which is referred to as the most revered shrine in Christianity and one of the largest churches in the world. Think it was an easy job to put this place together? According to records, it took 120 years to construct. It began on an old site in 1506 and was completed in 1626. The basilica is cruciform in design, which means having the shape of a cross. No, one artist or architect didn’t do it all; I knew you weren’t going to ask. However, such notables as Donato Bramonte, Michaelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Raphael, and Carlo Moderno were the primary geniuses who put their minds together for this forever structure. What is remarkable is that it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Churches nor the Cathedral of the Diocese of Rome; it is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines coined: the greatest of all Churches of Christendom. The façade stretches across the end of the square with steps on which stand two 18’ statues of the 1st C apostles of Rome: Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The nave which leads to the central dome is in three bays with piers supporting a barrel vault, the highest of any church. It is made of travertine stone. The interior is decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture and gilding. It contains a large number of tombs, just over 100, each considered an outstanding work of art. There are sculptures in niches and chapels, including Michelangelo’s Pieta, said to be the only art work he ever signed. The central feature is the baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, designed by Bernini. This edifice covers an area of 5.7 acres. The exterior is 227,000 sq. ft., the interior being 163,000 sq. ft., and it has a volume of 180,000,000 cu. ft. - the largest Christian Church building in the world. The top of the dome is 448’ which makes it the tallest dome in the world. An interesting finding shows that the method of paying for the structure was granting indulgences – a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins – in return for contributions. I guess the rich got off easier than the poor. Set in niches within the piers supporting the dome are the statues associated with the bacilicus holy relic: Saint Helena, Saint Longinus, Saint Andrew and Saint Veronica.
The problem with writing about this marvel is that the story goes on and on. I can’t possibly cover the inside because it is so extensive. Although it was quite some years ago, I will never forget my experience that took place way up in the dome. I stood on one side, and my wife stood on the other side, 180 degrees apart. I put my head against the wall and whispered a message to my wife, who heard it and responded. Please go on line and take in the beauty of pictures inside and outside this beautiful and awesome building.
Now for the real meat of this presentation. Picture yourself on the ground floor and your working partner is elevated just 300’ above you yelling down to you: “Hey Louie, throw a rope over that 18’ statue; I’m ready to hoist it up and set it in place.” “Got it ready Angelo; pull away.” I use 300’ because that’s the length of a football field which most of you can envision. Now move it up a bit to the top, at 448’ and imagine something from the ground floor being placed at the very top. A helicopter would have been handy or perhaps the mastery of the 432 Hz cosmic key, the resonant vibration of the universe and all human cells. Were acoustic means available to aid Angelo and Louie, and all the other builders in hoisting giant cut and shaped stones and works of art, as in this case, almost 500’ straight up? Talk about having dizzy spells; just thinking about the incredible task of putting this site together has me on my knees in submission.
The Beauty Of Each Season
With the autumn season fast approaching I couldn't reframe from reflecting on the beauty of nature that is displayed in each season. Each season has its specific purpose and colors that are arrayed in magnificent colors. One can stand in awe of the sovereignty of our creator. All creation operates as designed while obeying commands and each season of the year is no exception.
If a survey were conducted asking, what is your favorite season? The answers would vary, because we all sea beauty differently; colors and seasons are no exception. It is noteworthy to say that each season is filled with many different colors that depicts that season.
For me, autumn is my favorite time of the year; simply because when I look at the changing of the leaves on the trees I know soon these leaves will have fallen. Another reason autumn is my favorite time is the year is because the temperature is of such there is no need for a heavy coat for those of us who live in parts of the country where a heavy coat is needed during the winter. Autumn also reminds me of harvest-time and sitting by a warm fire in the fireplace while sipping a cup of tea or coffee watching the leaves fall to the ground in their array of colors.
Personally, I enjoy taking long drives through northern Michigan just to see the changing of the colors as they display their beauty. I stand in awe and say what a beautiful sight to see knowing full well that pretty soon the trees that are now showing their fall colors will be snow covered shortly until spring when these same trees will be arrayed in green that signal the beginning of a new cycle of four seasons.
Whether you have a favorite season or nor, each season is beautiful in its own right; therefore, see them for what they are; nature displaying its beauty.
Comments are welcomed.
J. House's Relationship Column
In relationships we must remember to ALWAYS be in tune with our mate. By this I mean that we should listen, and continue to show our mate we still love them. The word love is okay, but action is much better. Flowers are good, but a wink across the room, or a gesture across the room to our mates make a big difference; allowing our mate to feel loved and cared for.
Failure Can Lead to Valuable Life
Whether it’s reality or a dream? The reality is you want happiness and peace. Most of all, you want happiness and peace with success. The goal is you want to achieve a balanced peaceful and happy life. Yet you still want to dream and succeed. You’ve failed a thousand times, been rejected a thousand times. You question, Why me? Why did I fail again? Now years have passed and you say that rejections don’t matter - I’m just going to do my duties. I am just going through the journey to get to where I am destined to be. Then you say; I’m getting stronger. My failures have taught me what to do and how to do it. I’m finally here in the present, balanced and focused, I’m calm and still. I am completely focused. I may say I’m stuck. I had my dance class; I felt I spent several classes learning the same step. I wasn’t focused; I didn’t practice, nor did I say the steps. Then one day I’m a sleep.
I remember my dream when I wake up. In the dream I am saying write the steps over and over till I have it memorized. Say the steps over and over till I remember it. Then practice the steps. Yes, now we have moved from one dance step class to another; dance step class easily. In reality that dream confidence of writing the steps over and over again has come true to having the first step to succeed in dancing. The next dream is teaching dance steps. So you see yourself as not the student but the teacher teaching the steps. Then you look at yourself in the mirror and practice the dance steps. When you watch yourself in the mirror you see every move and you see when you are making a mistake. That’s how you get your dream confidence to move ahead and succeed.
I read this recently~
5 Ways to (Respectfully) Disagree
It's easier to agree than disagree. But we can learn a lot from conversations where we don't see eye to eye — if we can listen and talk rationally, that is.
Unfortunately, many us either shy away completely from disagreements or lose it when things don't go our way. These 5 tips can help keep disagreements constructive — whether you're talking to a parent, friend, or anyone else:
Respect goes beyond difficult conversations, of course. Being helpful and considerate toward family members, teachers, or coaches in our everyday actions helps all of us (again, parents included!) establish a foundation for those times when we might disagree.
Making sure we know where our children are at all times is very important in today's times.