Musings: What Time Is It?

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever…” Isak Dinesen Musings: What Time Is It? Recently, on the NY subway, a man turned to me and asked, “What time is it?” I looked at him, not sure if he really wanted the time or was just using an old pick up line… I guess I didn’t react ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” George Santayana Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons… Fall Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons… Winter Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; Changing Seasons: I remember when I first moved to New ...

An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE

“If we continuously maintain self awareness, we will be able to experience peace and happiness.” Mata Amritanandamayi Devi An Invitation: Join Us For FOCUS: PEACE FOCUS: PEACE – Peacelights and We, The World are partnering to offer a series of Free daily tele-seminar phone calls from December 7 to December 21 at Noon Eastern Standard Time. Every day we will gather virtually for 20 minutes to meditate together and be the peace we wish to see in the world. Calls will start ...

Inside The Box

Conclusion of The Mystery Box The box had occupied space in our garage for as long as I could remember, and even though it was off-limits I’d allowed Ricky Delgado, my best friend, to talk me into opening it. My heart sank when I didn’t see a Japanese flag or a chunk of scorched scrap from a kamikaze. Only boring papers and old photographs, just what Dad had said was inside. Black and white snapshots of a remarkably young Dad in ...

Inspiration: When Love Beckons…

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were” Kahlil Gibran Inspiration: When Love Beckons... Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Song of Love XXIV by Khalil Gibran I am the lover’s eyes, and the spirit’s Wine, and the heart’s nourishment. I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and The virgin kisses me and places me Upon her breast. I am the house of true fortune, and the Origin of pleasure, ...

Light your Garden on Fire with the Flame Lily

Scientific name: Gloriosa  superba Other names: fire Lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily It’s a showstopping flower that will ignite your passion for gardening. The flame lily is a climbing vine with showy, wavy yellow and red flowers that resembles flames, hence the name. In bud, the pale green petals face downwards. As it matures, the petals elongate and wrinkle, while arching backwards to reveal a gorgeous 6-petaled flower. The stamens are just as visually stunning as the petals, spreading outward ...

Haiku: Time Capsule…

“We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.” Alfred Hitchcock Haiku: Time Capsule… For my Time Capsule… I’ll gather what honors us hope, love, life, good deeds “It’s almost a snapshot in time…  He was in this one position all that time. It’s like opening a time capsule — what did he have in his pockets? What did he have with ...

Inspiration: A Taste For Balance…

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” ― Rumi Flavor: (1)Distinctive taste; savor (2) A distinctive yet intangible quality felt to be characteristic of a given thing: “What matters in literature . . . is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or color of a particular human ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 8

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered to win the most recent iteration of the contest a few weeks ago. The competition was tough – so I had one of our longhair, Ragdoll cats walk around the caption entries I had laid out on the floor and the entry that she regurgitated a hairball on would be the winner! That lucky winner was Ken Hagerman see his caption below. “I told you I didn’t want ...

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Sisal

What could tequila and a sisal floor rug possibly have in common? I know. There are so many great punch lines that could follow, but there’s actually a legitimate answer. They both have the same origin: the Agave plant. Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Sisal is highly durable and strong, and has been used in the making of twine ...

Habits – From Quirky to Annoying After “I Do”

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~ Rita Rudner Before a couple is married, it’s easy for them to think living together with another human being 24/7 will be a breeze. After all, if they could survive growing up with people with whom they had no prior input as to whether or not they cohabitated, then living with their spouse by their own free will ...

Ritual Without God: Like a Cone Without Ice Cream

Ritual Without God: Like a Cone Without Ice Cream

Could a religious framework -- without a supernatural aspect -- help atheists live more meaningful, emotionally connected lives? "Religion's ideas are so intelligent, so subtle, they are not fit to be abandoned to the religious alone," said Tim Harford, in a provocative talk on bringing religious culture and traditions into secular life. Apparently this idea of ritual absent "God" appealed to many of the TED attendees and drew a thunderous standing ovation. Unfortunately, ritual without divinity is like eating a dry, empty ice cream cone shell. What do ...

Forever Carded

When a store clerk asks me, “Do you have our rewards card? “ I can never remember if I do or I don’t. So…out comes the over bulging wallet as I sift through the random contents looking for a card that I may or may not have, while the people behind me shuffle and sigh with annoyance. I finally give up; hoping my phone number will work in place of the card. The clerk then tries my home phone, cell ...

Three Cups of Tea Author Cleared in Civil Suit

Image: AP Photo/Central Asia Institute, Sarffraz Khan A tweet this morning by Publishers Weekly alerted PW’s followers to an AP article (click here to read it) about the dismissal of the civil lawsuit against Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea. I’m very happy for Mr. Mortenson and relieved for all his readers! This was one of those books that I’d had no interest in reading because I let the cover sway me. I thought it was a book about women ...

3 Tips When Considering a Face Tattoo

Hip Hop Star Gucci Mane's head-scratching face tattoo I'm no stylist to the stars or savvy metro-sexual maven, but here's my top recommendation regarding your appearance to ensure your best chance at getting a job. Do NOT get a tattoo on your face!! Call me old fashioned, but nothing says "unhirable" quite like permanent ink above the shoulders. [see photo insert of hip hopster Gucci Mane's triple scoop ice cream cone with lightening bolt accents.] This little rant of mine was sparked by my commute ...

Conjuring Halloween

The thing that I’ve always liked about Halloween is that it temporarily demystifies evil, giving us permission to laugh at, and perhaps even celebrate, the dark side of everything. The common bat with its leathery wings, hyper-flapping against the tranquility of twilight, becomes a prop for hauntings and mayhem as we mimic devils, zombies, and vampires, sucking up their dark powers and using them for sport. We get to poke fun at our greatest enemy, death, by dressing as ghosts and ...

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Charles Redfern - The Alternative Mainstream
June 30, 2011, 9:19 am

For no rhyme or reason …

Supposedly, this blog is devoted to theological-sociological-spiritual-cultural-environmental proclammation.  Nuts to that for now.  I loved this video of breaching whales and I’m passing it along.  God is fun and he loves it when his creatures have fun.

Charles Redfern - The Alternative Mainstream

Charles Redfern - The Alternative Mainstream

Exploring a multi-dimensional world with a multi-dimensional Gospel. The Alternative Mainstream offers commentary on culture, religion, and poltics from the "new evangelical" viewpoint: God cares about social and environmental justice as well as the family -- and Jesus cannot be stuffed into any American political party.

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