voice of the heart

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It’s 9/11…again

Nothing new to say. Some posts from the past for any interested:
People in the Sky
A remembrance dedicated to the victims
A poem

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13 Hours:

the secret soldiers of Benghazi. Watched it last night. Now I really hate her.

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The Great Egret …

..pays a visit. Click (maybe twice, to get to full size) so that he can look you in the eye.

He and the Great Blue are sharing space, sort of.

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The Religions of Peace

Speaking of that terror attack on the French Catholic priest (notice how quickly it’s disappeared from the news), the leader of the world’s largest religion shared his thoughts:

Speaking on the papal plane en route to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day celebrations, Francis said the world had been in “a piecemeal war” for some time. He said Tuesday’s killing of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, in St.-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, was one casualty in this conflict. “The world is at war because it has lost peace,” he said. “There is a war of interest, there is a war for money, a war for natural resources, a war to dominate people,” he continued. “Some might think it is war of religion. It is not. All religions want peace. Others want war.”

And thus does the martyrdom of Rev. Hamel get dissolved by his own Pope into the general array of conflicts that beset mankind – the ‘fog of war,’ so to speak – and the Reverend’s Catholic faith melted into the pre-biotic soup of religious relativism.

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The Republicrats affirm the sexual flexicrats in their…whatever

[update at the end]

Peter Thiel ( I think his name was), founder of PayPal, gave a speech last night during which he announced how “proud” he was of being gay. (That means ‘homosexual’ for you linguistic revanchists). I am heterosexual, but have never been proud of it. I was glad of it, once I figured out what it was good for, but never proud, since I was in no way responsible for possessing it. When I say “I am heterosexual,” I mean that it is intrinsic to my very being. When a man says he is homosexual, isn’t he saying the same thing? So why then is he proud of it, as though it were some sort of accomplishment, when in fact it can only be a gift from God? If it is a gift from God, why do I never hear homosexuals thanking Him for it?

Later, Donald Trump reached out enthusiastically to the “LGBTQ community.” He was very pleased with the crowd’s approval of Thiel’s speech. Now, I don’t think that Mr. Trump, prior to the speech, would have known to put the ‘Q’ into the community without proper instructions from a speechwriter. I don’t think he knew what it stands for. Just guessing, of course. It’s kind of funny, too, since during the campaign Mr. Trump found occasion to roundly denounce Mr. Romney as a loser, but in their attempts to suck up to that ‘community’, they sound a whole lot alike .

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Some recent camera sightings

Click to enlarge.

Sandhill crane owns the driveway

Great Blue still hanging around

Not sure what this is

Snowy Egret prepares for lift-off

Thunderhead at sunset

Sunset on Lake Conway

Sunset storm

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In case you’ve been thinking that the See of Peter is empty…

Zippy, on the nature of authority:

An authority which you are obligated to obey only when you agree with his decisions is no authority at all. And that is just the way modern people like it: consent of the governed and all that.

There you go. [ An edit: I moved the word "only" to where it belongs.]

As to the broader implication: embraced with sufficient passion by sufficient numbers, civilization will end. The kind you would like to live in, at any rate. We’re getting there.

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Hiatus from “the healing”

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A few people show up here looking for something to read, something of at least minor substance. However, there won’t be much of that for the near future. Most of my time these days is occupied caring for elderly parents who need protecting from themselves and the outside world. So that’s that. The commandment to honor thy father and mother puts most of the pleasures of life – reading, writing, painting – the life of the mind, in other words, out of reach. And as I said to Paul Cella via email, the commandment comes from God, while God himself seems far away.

Because I live in Orlando, I’ve received inquiries about my reaction to the local massacre at the Pulse nightclub. But I don’t really have much to say. My reaction is pretty much what it was to San Bernardino, Ft. Hood, Boston, Brussels, Paris, et al: murder of the innocent is a terrible thing; I feel bad for the victims; and the West is under attack but doesn’t have the cajones to do what must be done. This latest attack differs somewhat in that most of the victims were homosexual. That most were also Hispanic doesn’t get as much play. There are rumors that the killer was a self-hating homosexual. Thus, this could have been prevented if we were a more accepting society. There’s a lot of sloganeering in the air. A voice on WDBO FM keeps telling us that we have discovered that our greatness is in our diversity. I don’t know what the hell this means. There’s a sign downtown by the interstate that reads: ONE LOVE: Orlando Strong. So they’ve ripped off the Boston slogan and, again, I don’t know what the hell ‘one love’ is supposed to mean. There’s also a lot of “healing” in the air. I don’t know what that means either. There’s also a lot of narcissism in the air (Google ‘Anderson Cooper interview with Pam Bondi’).

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More photo fun-2

[Update: I've added one more pic of a bird I believe is called a limpkin. Took some searching to hunt him down.]
The Easter lilies did not live up to their name this year. They bloomed in the middle of May. Then we have a Sandhill crane strolling through my dad’s driveway as if he owns it. (The whole series of Sandhill photos is on this page). If, btw, you kill one, you can be arrested, fined, and thrown in jail. Next is the giant oak tree (3 of them, actually) beside the Tap Room at Dubsdread golf course, and finally a great blue heron behind my dad’s house. It is the largest heron in North America, with a wingspan up to six feet. All shot with the Canon Rebel T5, except for the Sandhill photos (Canon Power Shot). Oh yes, click to enlarge.

Easter Lily

Sandhill Crane

oak trees

Great Blue Heron


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