The work outdoors I do, weather permitting, is to tend to a small cemetery on the outskirts of the city where I live. I am frequently there once a week, mostly year round, and in decent or good weather in the outdoors tending to the ground.
Somewhat casual as this employment is, I take it upon myself to develop my own interests apart from my work at the cemetery and also to reflect what it is I carry out in the hours I spend working at the cemetery, Maple Lawn Cemetery. Of course, in the 2010’s, I think it is quite acceptable to maintain a blog which shares the odd insight into what is happening with us, the bloggers, and I picked WordPress for its policies of inclusivity which lend themselves to my ideas about faith, of which I hang a tapestry.
We have a website for the cemetery, tiny much like the cemetery itself, and you if have an interest in what I’m saying you can start by visiting here:
This Is the history page for the church and cemetery where I help out, which I didn’t write myself but to which I applied edits.
Everyday WordPress offers a Daily Prompt and if I feel like blogging any given day, I reflect on the Daily Prompt should it be something I feel is relevant to what is happening in my life. They often are relevant, and I suspect they reflect what’s happening in the international news and also reflect common concerns for WordPress bloggers, as well as reflecting themes which appeal to members of the blogosphere. Today’s Daily Prompt is the word, “final,” which took me somewhere mentally because I participate in final arrangements, both playing a part and helping keep lovely. The final curtain on life is so often accompanied by grief, that I retreat a little and work behind the scenes, but many rituals that accompany the fall of that very final curtain help bring enormous relief to people who loved the departed a lifetime.
That’s all I want to say, but if you want to see the website for our church and cemetery, the link is above. If you relate to this, perhaps you should click, “like,” so I know you were there, or “follow” and/or “comment.” You don’t have to take any of these steps, but if you’re kind, you may want to subtly acknowledge this, because it is in the spirit of generosity.
If you’re a blogger, you may have had the experience of finding out that you’ve been away too long, when you haven’t been posting and all of a sudden you try to return to it.
In the past my blog has had its origins in a few different sources, and I see the point of doing research to try to sound accurate, but the sense of whimsy I have keeps me returning to the WordPress Daily Prompts and the Weekly Photo Challenges, because they are a ready and enduring source of ideas. I want to briefly touch on the point that yesterday was a Star Wars Day, which was fun because countless man hours were lost to the myriad of Star Wars source material and inspiration which is similarly enduring to WordPress, and definitely a lot bigger.
I now have 1K followers on Twitter, which I will work to preserve as that is the voice I have in this world, and I will wield it responsibly and ethically. Lately, I’m tweeting a lot about Hulu, which I think is the up-and-comer in Internet television, which is where television audiences are going when they want television programming (the Internet). I’m also touching on content as an idea in itself, which is what you’re probably quite familiar with, the information and material posted on the Internet with the intention to attract attention and interest in it. Lastly, I’m making a few references to blogging and to social because I feel that represents that I have my hand in these areas, even if I am working on an amateur level.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “lifestyle.” WordPress is a blogging platform which promotes inclusion, and it goes hand-in-hand with social because a ready way to share blog posts is on social, and if you have good SEO you can get traffic from around the world wide web. I don’t do this for the traffic, but there are times here and there I get feedback from readers that makes my day. The culture of social and blogging, hand-in-hand with other cultural activities like having an affection for Star Wars, or being part of the video game community (such as taking part in Twitch), are interrelated on many levels, and those are the levels, the levels almost of “consciousness,” really, that I have, which I don’t think are untypical of someone my age and with my background.
I don’t want to say too much today, except that I am beginning a new time in my life on social, which is having the 1K following on tried-and-true Twitter (which is somewhat maligned), and also being in the era not just of mobile and video but also of the return of Star Wars in a big way, which when all added up together make me feel like the loose ends of my life to date somehow correlate and make sense to me, when I am reflecting on what is happening in my awareness. I am basically returning to recap some of what I am doing in my personal life, and if you have feedback for me, the question I think I might put to you is whether to be commenting on fellow WordPress blogs. I am not sure whether the practice of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is a good idea or not. To me, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done, and I know that many, many people are in that boat, too, and there are numerous advisors who have counsel on what It takes to structure more activities in the course of the week. Occasionally I offer advice, but not all the time. Mostly I sound what’s on my mind when I take the time to blog. If you happen to read this, and you enjoy it, feel free to, “like,” “follow,” and/or comment. Have a nice day and all the best to you. Thank you! Cheers.
I haven’t blogged since Valentine’s Day. It’s been a long time. Gone but not forgotten, I hope. Why not today, I think, to resume? I am checking out the site changes for the first time in a while. Happy Easter to you.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word “climbing.” In addition to being Easter time, this has also been the weekend of Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. So I reflect… what is going on at the WordPress offices? Why has a word like “climbing” been opted for as today’s prompt?
Climbing, to me, suggests a few different things, but the notion of climbing I want to hone on is the idea of social climbing. Social climbing is when you network upwardly. It’s when you reach out to people higher up on the food chain with the hope you will join the ride. It’s pretty common. What’s all this business with social media? It’s the definition of social climbing. A friend request is seldom just a friend request. But maybe I’m cynical… or a little too honest.
Anyone would any sense would be doing that kind of social climbing, in fact, because unless you are of a lackadaisical mind like me, you certainly should mean business. You are a somebody, I think. In fact, and I guarantee little about life, but if you are looking at this humble blog post of mine, I would venture to say that you are indeed a somebody. I don’t get a lot of blog traffic, which is generally the opposite intention of publishing a blog, but I will offer you this, in exchange for your time: if you are seeing this post, you indeed matter. I’m not the only one who will propose this to you, but in your case, at this moment, rest assured that you are of importance. So climb away.
I’m being a little facetious, but if you liked this post, feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or “comment.” See you in the revision stage.
Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “expectation.” An expectation, as I understand it, is of a nature that something of which you’re aware is coming to you. Being Valentine’s Day, you may have the expectation that your significant other will be giving to you a memento that both remembers the special occasion and pledges romance to you. However, I am sure there are many for who the idea of remembering Valentine’s is a somewhat discarded idea, while at the same time there many a number of folk for who it is among the best days of the year.
Having an expectation, which is to receive something you are due or which you feel is second-nature to you, means that there is some likelihood you will actually encounter the expectation which is yours. If an expectation, which you feel you are owed, is somehow frustrated, you will feel tangible disappointment and possibly even anger, as you feel short-changed by the event which falls short of your expectation. A remedy for this may be to re-evaluate your expectation so that your attention turns to how and why it is you feel to you your expectation is due, and you are less disappointed when your expectation goes unfulfilled.
Another tactic which might be effective, in the case of an unfulfilled expectation, is to leave room for error, so that when your expectation is thwarted, you aren’t left in the lurch, and might counter so that some aspects of your expectation may possibly be fulfilled. If you feel something owed to you falls short of the mark, giving yourself other options, which might both satisfy your expectation and give you breathing room by which you might find again your expectation is met, may be the answer when what you feel is owed you comes up short.
If you enjoyed these thoughts on the Daily Prompt, “expectation,” feel free to “like,” “comment”, and/or “follow.” This is what I reflected on when I sat down to write about the expectation. If you’re amused, the expectation is fulfilled.
This week’s WordPress Discover Challenge presents the trial of posting a different point of view than what other people have, whatever POV. This appealed to me because I thought of Superman, as a matter of fact, from the films of the nineteen seventies and eighties about the beloved comic book character, and also from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which is what specifically I have a different interpretation to write about than the casual interpretation it often gets otherwise (a great superhero film).
Christmas Eve last year, December 24 of 2016, late in the afternoon my younger brother and his son went with me to my parents’ house for dinner and the Christmas tree. My brother let me know that the two had been in the middle of complaining about Superman, in the movies, and I was surprised that they have this opinion, which is not the same opinion I have. We’re very different people from one another.
Man of Steel presents the Superman character as an alien, which I know he is, as in the story of his life told in the 1978 film about him (titled Superman, naturally). However, whereas in that film Superman is a very human character, who blends in with his peers quite easily, in Man of Steel (2013) Superman is almost an alien monster, considering that while he looks human, he has the mentality of an outsider. This is clear, for example, when he only takes his job as a reporter for the Daily Planet at the conclusion of the film (spoiler), which is unlike Superman (1978), in which his entire time in Metropolis is spent in the alter ego of Clark Kent, a reporter alongside Lois Lane.
What I think about Man of Steel, which is different than how other people see it, is that Man of Steel is the story of an alien creature living among humans whose fate it is to help the human race. This is like how in ancient Egypt, Egyptian workers built enormous pyramids, which were probably tombs for their leaders once deceased (the Pharaohs). It is unknown how the ancient Egyptians were able to build these pyramids because there is no evidence that the Egyptians of ancient times had technology which could have made building those pyramids possible. It is a great mystery.
One theory is that, as in history when impossible feats were accomplished without the benefit of technology, alien forces could have visited Egypt and helped the Egyptians build the pyramids with the help of the alien people’s technology. It is a popular theory among people who believe in life among the stars (Erich von Daniken is one scholar who argues that the theory is based on real history, of Ancient Egypt).
Given that the pyramids would have been nearly impossible to build without technology, consider that aliens visited and lent a helping hand, with an interest in contributing to the prosperity of human beings (as a species). Man of Steel is a little like that because Superman is an alien living among humans who has the fate of helping preserve the human race from dangers that are inherent to people encountering alien creatures.
What I think is that when Superman reveals himself to human authorities, when he is given the ultimatum to surrender by his enemies, it is noted that Superman may be a hazard for human folk merely because his body may contain a disease that could be inflicted on the humans. I say this because it is not immediately the fear of Superman’s powers as a superhero that bothers the authorities, or the details of Superman’s past in the Kansas town of Smallville, but whether Superman’s body could spread illness and death to the humans who meet him. I don’t think that the Egyptians meeting aliens who gave them help to build the pyramids, stopped their alien benefactors to question whether they would become sick from contact.
What I am thinking about Man of Steel, is what if the point of Superman’s existence among humans is that he doesn’t succeed at guiding human beings to a better existence? Every time it is questioned if humans in ancient times had visitors from other worlds among them, there is never evidence that the aliens caused devastation and ruin for people of the past. What if Superman’s role as a visitor to modern-day people of the world demonstrates good intentions on Superman’s part, but poor planning for the man from Krypton that actually reduce the success of people to safely maintain conditions for life around the planet? All I’m asking you to do is that when you sit down with Man of Steel, consider the possibility that while the strange realities that led the men and women of Ancient Egypt to construct pyramids, in this film, when Superman is battling and causing destruction in both Smallville and Metropolis, could this be the beginning of events that challenge human’s mastery of Planet Earth and undermine them in a way that will end in defeat and downfall? If Superman for once is the alien visitor closest to human beings in his physical form, could he likewise have the kinds of human weaknesses that will result in the end of human’s reign over their blue and green planet? Every other time in history that aliens might have come to help humans with the growth of their civilizations, are we, at last, to understand that there is no more? For however Superman feels about belonging to the human race, which is clearly passionate, considering the climax of the film when Superman is challenged by his nemesis how he feels about human life, if Superman is the final alien visitor to Earth, is it because he will eventually destroy us all? That is how I would understand Man of Steel, instead of interpretations that are more along the lines of a visitor from the stars who kindly brings the benefit of his superpowers to help us mortals.
If you have an interest in what I am thinking, you’re welcome to “like,” follow, and/or subscribe. Thank you for reading and good luck to you, whatever you do. Take care of yourself as always.
WordPress thanked their bloggers for everything they did on the platform in 2016, I saw. It was affirming, which is good if you enjoy ready validation. I have to conduct myself with a degree of decorum which is necessary for all intents and purposes. I don’t regret this at all.
Matthew matthew903.wordpress.com/2017/01/15 nominated me for a challenge, and while I am certainly late, I don’t mind posting something that is responsive. It’s a growing experience, all the more because of what WordPress let us all know, and that is that they are inclusive.
l First, 2016 in 3 words… Disheartening. Winding. Dire. Why do people like to characterize time with little descriptors like those? They are a bit hard to think of.
l Second, who are the people who most moved us in the year behind (2016)? I won’t name names, but I would offer up Ashtur-as, who is a bit imaginary and who accompanies me when I am out to count the steps I take. I’ll think a little about Zop, too, which is a nickname for someone I hurt by mistake.
l Third, where have I seen beauty in 2016? It’s typically the cemetery where I caretake the grounds. I’m part of the operations for the spot, and that’s the reason I have to observe a level of respectability which I feel genuinely reflects who I am.
l Best food, ha, maybe my parent’s dinner dessert of chocolate cherry frozen yogurt. I know I’m round.
l The event, fifth, that most affected my sense of consciousness about the world where I live (the one we’ve got) was Rogue One. Everybody seems to have a lot to say about it. I am preparing myself with reading material and the like before I even try to enter that universe mentally.
l The sixth avenue of inquiry, so to speak, is the finest purchase I made in 2016. I’m not a materialist, I’m part of a not-for-profit. I think this was the year I bought The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. That was a good read that I took on a couple of times.
My three good intentions, as the questions go, are to keep up the blogging I’m doing and remaining aware of our website at http://www.maplelawncemetery.org and to aim for more tweeting, even after February 3. I want to get to a local branch of the public library in 2017 and I want to eat a St. Patrick’s Day milkshake again this year.
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In the spirit of photographic art, many, many people have their hand in at taking digital pictures. Life is routinely captured visually in an electronic format, and even if you, like me, are somewhat rudimentary in your ability to take a good photo, it doesn’t mean that inspiration never strikes. The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is a blog series that offers help when it comes to gathering your wits at the sending end of a photograph. Drawing inspiration from the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges is useful, because both are you becoming part of a state of awareness surrounding photography and also that you are elevating your ideas to the level of relative expertise.
This week’s Challenge is on the subject of ambience, which is explored as a route to bringing up the mood of your audience by rendering photos which are full of excitement, as with light, for example, that can be enjoyed with the sense of sight and also reflected upon. This week’s Challenge invites the post of an ambient photo, which for me is ideal as I always feel lucky when something I’ve snapped shows comparative ambience (to something duller). I’m part of a nonprofit where I take photos of our grounds, because I’m there routinely, and I’m familiar with the place.
There’s a church and cemetery, to get to the point, where our nonprofit handles the caretaking and other duties. We have a webpage: http://maplelawncemetery.org
I’m also blogging, as you can clearly see, which is taking in interest in our operation in the capacity that it functions as a small business, and while we’re firmly a not-for-profit, it is the work we do of which we’re proud. All this being said, I’ve selected a photo I took which is dated October 9, 2013. Without much more to say, I present it here as part of this week’s photo challenge and it is below. While I am not exclusively discussing our work as a not-for-profit, I will continue to blog regularly and if you have an interest in this, feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or subscribe. Thank you.