Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens is Exciting and Gripping

It was a good experience to sit down with Star Wars Episode VII for viewing and see what happened to Han Solo and Leia after all those years. On screen they delivered a good show, and it is a fun and lengthy saga revisited in Star Wars Episode VII.

DMGAAC2TGIThe film represents an astounding amount of excitement. Heralded as the new film in the series which helped make an absolute legion of fans when Star Wars Episode IV, V and VI captured the imagination in the late nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. The story of terrifying villains cementing an iron grip on political power across a faraway galaxy was hugely successful and now in the year 2015 Star Wars Episode VII has returned to take up the story which seemed to have ended in the year 1983. Evil hasn’t finished raising its head and, fortunately for the film audience, an assembly of the good and just will do battle with the enemy and therefore try to take back power in the galaxy.

Actor Adam Driver is Kylo Ren, who wants to destroy MIA Luke Skywalker so that the Jedi of light will never return to restore balance to the galaxy. He is fearsome and helps carry the torch, of evil, that is, because he is the chief baddie who helps lead the galactic power that controls the galaxy. He helms several important missions personally, which is important that he is that kind of leader who is responsible for putting the personal touch on many important missions. For example, personally pursuing BB-8 falls into the hands of Kylo Ren which is instrumental to gleaning nearly-lost information that BB-8, in the tradition of Star Wars Episode IV where R2-D2 carries information with the weakness of the Death Star. BB-8 is also important to helping his human allies get the necessary information to help them vanquish.

What’s so singular about this Star Wars film is that cast members from the original films are returning, with Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Leia, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, along with others. It is excellent seeing how they fare in a sequel many years after the events depicted in the first three films of the seventies and eighties. It is nearly irresistible that these character reappear in film so many years after they resoundingly did the same in the original Star Wars saga.

Curve

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This curve brings you in and lets you go. It is off the freeway, and you can get exactly what you need when you choose this curve. This is the curve I am showing you in today’s blog post.

A curve can do many things. It connects two points, with what’s between them circumvented and avoided. It invites a moment of repose, and this is quite literally illustrated by the idea of curving off the freeway, to find a sanctuary and a respite from a long drive.

There many places around the world where an inviting curve can give you the opportunity to gather what you need. This is a most ordinary curve, but the traffic lasts all day and into the night. It is ordinary because little of note may happen here, but, all the same, it is the kind of curve that invites visitors and also sends people on their way, when they no longer can tarry.

I am sure there are many times when people wish such a curve was near. It is an opportunity to find rest and supplies and to prepare for the remainder of a journey. It may not be an exciting curve here, but it is invaluable for people passing by, and who are making this their stopover where they hold. What goes on may be mundane, but people couldn’t go without. I am sure from time to time it is a lifesaver.

What a curve it is, then, that permits so many freedoms and such change. Each day it is frequently visited, and each day it is left behind many times over. The excitement of the journey requires the pace of time well planned. Those who find the curve inviting are welcome to it, night or day. It is a fine curve away from the freeway, for casual visitors and for those are making an enduring drive.

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Earth

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Thinking about Earth, in a photograph, I saw the bank of a creek, and realized it was a little like how Earth serves in its glory as a point of origin for life. I snapped a quick photo because this week’s WordPress photo challenge is to symbolize Earth with a photo, and I felt I was on the right track to achieving this.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” -Charles Darwin

Earth resounds with life and it stems from the origins of time, as with shells awash on a beach, water gurgling through valleys, or flowers bursting from the soil. Looking at it from a point where running water meets sand, it is a little reflective of life on Earth and its big picture. We have cities and nations that run on resources like oil and transportation and computer technology. These would be nothing if not for the ingredients which comprise life, the basics from which the world springs. There is never anything which the Earth does not contain in its grassy plains and rolling hillsides. In the deserts and in the oceans, in the tundras and in the mountains, life is full of complexity. That being said, in the smallest of places you can find the elegance of simplicity, which is what I hoped to show with my photograph of running water reaching rocks.

If you like my photograph, and my thoughts about this week’s WordPress Challenge, feel free to comment, “like” and/or subscribe. I hope to continue with these Photo Challenges, to think about other participants in the challenge and taking photographs accordingly. Thank you for visiting my blog, and have a great week! All the best to you.

Fog, and For the Future

Fog

 

Cryptic sounds on the radio showed up the road as much as our lights

Descriptions of the future, or mystery put into words and music

Fog on the land, a shroud in my mind and in the detail of what was to come

Never would the spreading mist clear; it was a dark path to never

 

Scratchy noise in the music descending as though I needed to be humble

It seemed there was enough to go around, and shadows stayed at bay

It might have been as light shining down on me, and so much the merrier

The night ate my karma, never realized.  Don’t play music in the fog

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For the Future

 

To spite the spirit of the masses as I understood them

Over the shoulder was propped a pack with my book

Perhaps it will serve, no mere dumb thing’a rhythm

That I would trade for a mere gift of thy look

Whether quietly I might prefer to be

To another cold night lonely but free

If my rapt mind could so easy be shook

It might be best that my attention took

To when again I had returned home

The book shelved in its place, the pithier tome

With that volume resting, I know time will allow

That other version of me, that persona does take its bow

It is true the stage is dark

I will think again before I try this lark

The end of the day’s reflection

Never heard him but the once. Seldom there
His gravelly low voice uttering words that were rarely subtle
The number of times I could relate was rare
When I set to thinking on his claims it always seemed the hurtle
Tonight by the fire did I bring up his pictures
I sat them down alongside my chair and began to then remember
Distinguished he was, with oddly vexing features
Whatever he said, I admit, left me something I could infer
I never wanted much to do with the man with the message
I was there a bit and was gone, and took with me my book
It was what no matter where I went I put in the baggage
Maybe in younger years his sermons might have me shook
I didn’t like the man too much and I will soon put these away
If you know the man, don’t tell him. Tomorrow’s another day

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This week’s WordPress photo challenge is to illustrate a landscape.  Each week the WordPress blogging website suggests a photo challenge event with a specific theme for the week’s photograph.  I like to play with blogging and a little with photography so I took a look around and made one.  I wasn’t sure that would be enough to interest you so I wrote a poem as well, hoping to add a little mystique to the decision to blog on such a classic idea like the landscape in art.  I never know if anyone will notice my post, but the odd time someone sees it, and I hope it brings a moment of pleasure for the sake of the time spent looking within it.  You’re welcome to click “like” and/or “follow” (or to write a comment).

Photo Inspired by Numbers 32:13-15

13 The LORD’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.
14 “And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the LORD even more angry with Israel. 15 If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction.”

http://www.listenersbible.com/devotionals/biy

A reading of the Bible includes Numbers 32:13-15, narrated by Max McLean, with a complete reading of the entire Bible over the course of twelve months.

These verses resonate with me. They remind me of the destruction of Israel in Numbers 32, which inspired for me this photo of shopping carts by the side of a street. In the photo, few people are on hand who need them. As the shopping carts speak to absence, so too in Numbers 32 it is recounted how the Israelites are lost for so long that a generation was lost.

Reminders that the Lord is a vengeful deity are important because it is known today that Earth as we understand it may be at a crossroads for future generations. If Numbers 32:13-15 recalls the Lord’s burning anger at Israel, it is important that we remain optimistic but realistic about future generations of human beings surviving.

What’s relevant, I decided to argue about the photo I have taken, is that the shopping carts have been abandoned by the shoppers who filled them. Likewise in Numbers 32:13-15, Israel lost an entire generation by resisting the influence upon them by the Lord.

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Its Still Okay!

Lots of material for ideas, twenty-four hours in the day.  #ItsStillOkay

Challenges help in connecting the thoughts! They give us the perceptions and they put us deep. Its good to do the challenges now and then!

Are you in for #ItsStillOkay Challenge?  okay

 

https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/its-still-okay/

The task is to write a
paragraph/phrase/one-liner/poem/story/haiku/photograph/anything-else
which ends with the #ItsStillOkay and marks a perfect end to it!

 


Here is my take with a one-liner:
K, how did okay become ok ? #ItsStillOkay


 

Feel free to nominate yourself for the challenge if interested.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy the logo and description
2. Write your perspective for #ItsStillOkay
3. Spread the challenge by keeping open nomination or by nominating at-least five fellow bloggers.