Sunday, 17 August 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
I was thinking of Melek Taus, the Peacock angel, of the Yazidi people. I can understand why they used such a beautiful bird to represent a rainbow Archangel.
There's no denying that Peacocks are impressive birds. The ultimate LOOK AT ME symbol... and all just to impress the peahens! But then nature does this to the males of many species. The male has to impress to "get the girl." So, he puts on the flashy feathers, the mane, the tusks or antlers.
They recently discovered that Red deer females (does) go for the guy (stag) with the deepest voice. Red deer roar in autumn. Scientists did an experiment - they taped and deepened a stag roar. Turned him from a Tenor to a Baritone. When they played the tape (from a woodland thicket) all the does ran towards the recording. They left their stags and were gone. Fickle hussies!
The poor stags were left running in bewildered circles.
Male animals know females are choosy. Females only want the best. She wants to be impressed. And that in turn leaves the male constantly insecure. Because he knows his female/s will leave the moment a better prospect arrives. No wonder males started to fake it, like the peacock with his thousand eyes only for her.
We think humans are different to animals, but we are not. Human women want to be impressed. The real irony is that many women despise men who overdo it. They ones who are all ego - puffing out their chests and doing the macho thing. We despise the fact that they believe their own act - that they ARE the feathers and not the runty bird under them. ;-)
But we created them! Our female-animal instinct of choosiness made our males insecure. Because that insecurity worked in our favour. It allowed us to pick and choose the "best" mate. Men will not stop acting to impress until women stop making them feel insecure. Or until men realise women make them feel insecure.
We don't just need women's lib. We need Men's lib as well!
Last month we had smashing weather and I went on a photographing spree. I have about 200 photos of local countryside and places. I need to sort them into order, make up a few panoramas. Once they're done I'll post the best ones here. :-)
Here's a "taster" for now. ;-)
Here's a "taster" for now. ;-)
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Today I was listening to one of my favourite singers - Alanis Morissette. I found a song I hadn't heard in ages on You Tube. Yes, she is naked. Do try to get over it. ;-) It's all about the words and the people around her. All life is an experience to be thankful for - even death.
How bout getting off these antibiotics
How bout stopping eating when I’m full up
How bout them transparent dangling carrots
How bout that ever elusive kudo
Thank you india
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence
How bout me not blaming you for everything
How bout me enjoying the moment for once
How bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How bout grieving it all one at a time
The moment I let go of it was the moment
I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down
How bout no longer being masochistic
How bout remembering your divinity
How bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How bout not equating death with stopping
Sunday, 10 August 2014
A friend shared a fascinating link with me recently. it was about Melek Taus, the peacock angel.
To cut to the important bit. Melek Taus is the archangel worshipped by a group of Kurdish people called the Yazidis. This has led to them being persecuted, because the peacock angel is also known by another name - Shaitan. Yes. Melek Taus is an ancient form of Satan. But his followers are not devil worshippers!
In their version of the story this archangel rebels when God demands that all angels and archangels bow to Adam. Melek Taus refuses to accept this new creation as being better than he is. He is thrown from God's grace... but he redeems himself. He eventually realises his egotistic mistake. He makes amends.
Is that why the Yazidis admired him? Because he was the rebel who went too far, but realised it? He wept for 7,000 years. He took responsibility for his mistakes. He grew up.
Quite an awesome variation!
I really like this different perspective on an old story. It has lessons we all could learn from. We all are capable of making mistakes in anger or ego. No matter how big that mistake might be, the only thing that matters is how we deal with it.
Friday, 8 August 2014
A friend sent me his latest addiction - online jigsaw puzzles! I've always loved doing jigsaws, so I was quickly hooked. Whenever my brain gets tired of words - I go do a puzzle. ;-)
I have two places I like the most:
the jigsaw puzzles has a huge assortment of choices...
It allows you to decide if you want normal shape pieces or weird ones. It also lets you set how many pieces. So you can go from really tricky 200 piece ones to quick and simple 50 piece using the same picture.Another nice feature is that it will allow you to do the edges first. Makes large puzzles a lot easier.
jigsaw planet has a really nice feature. You can upload any photo or picture you have and create your own puzzle. You can also save your puzzles and share them with others. :-) Here's me trying my book cover artwork as a puzzle...