“Can’t You Hear Me Talking to You?”

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Dream: Flashback to Obama’s Second Term

The Second Coming of Barack Obama?

I seem to be a little slow on the uptake. This cover from Newsweek is from seven-and-a-half years ago. I got the image in my dream last night. Was this an answer to my previous post or is it a hint as to what may occur this November?

The sequence was strange, to say the least: starting at the last letter of the alphabet, the viewer had to make a double connection for each letter of the alphabet, working backwards until they reached ‘A’. I went through several iterations of this process, each time being interrupted in my sleep, until, finally, I was able to get through the procedure from beginning to end (or, more accurately, from the end to the beginning).

The ‘second coming’ part is hinted at by having two connections for every letter.

So, what do you make of this dream?

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Great Blue Heron: Looking Down the River Murdock

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Oops! Now I Know How They Do It

Robotcalls

Recently, I’ve been getting calls that appear to present themselves as local cellphones.

I kept wondering how they did that: had they hacked into mobiles in Midland, or what?

Then a couple of calls came through from Japan. Japan? Are you kidding me?

As always I noted the numbers down and blocked them on my cellphone. As I was typing the numbers in, I notice that the pattern was similar to the Midland mobile numbers. The only difference was the leading digit “8”. A-ha!

They’ve been spoofing local mobile numbers to match my area code and first three digits, in order to fool me into thinking it was a friend, or local businesses. By using a Japanese switchboard, they could just leave the “8” off and they would seem ‘real’.

Well, I’ve got their number now…

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In the Misty Distance

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John Lennon’s Been in my Head

Watching the Wheels

For three mornings now, the lyrics of this song have been on constant replay.

I suspect there’s a reason, but I’m not exactly sure what that reason is.

Here are the lyrics in their entirety:

People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I’m o.k. they look at me kind of strange
Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball?

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

People asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there’s no problem
Only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I’ve lost my mind
I tell them there’s no hurry…
I’m just sitting here doing time

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Maybe that’s the reason for the song: I just have to let it go…

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Having My Food Al Fresco

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Tranquil Morning on a River in Canada

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The Greatest Performance of Her Life

Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975)

You might think I’m referencing Ms Hayward‘s Oscar winning performance in “I Want To Live!” but I’m not: instead it was her fight against cancer that she took on, late in life.

The timing of her birth is listed everywhere as 4:01 pm (including on my Kepler 7.0 computer program). Something may not be exactly right about it, but for our purposes, I think I’ll accept it, as is. The stellium of planets in Cancer, in the 8th House (of death) is probably the reason for the choice. The Sun/Pluto conjunction would be enough on its own. And the position of Saturn (the grim reaper) at the 9th House cusp is the clincher.

Her death time is randomized. And yet, there Saturn is again, this time transiting her natal Sun. Death was stalking her for years, ever since her two-pack-a-day smoking habit caught up with her. This is where her grandest performance comes into focus.

This presentation was on April 2, 1974 (and with Charlton Heston, not David Nevin as stated in the Chicago Tribune story, linked above). She had been undergoing heavy chemotherapy, since she now had cancer in her brain, as well as her lungs. And she was suffering from epileptic seizures. 11 months later, the seizures killed her in the end.

Perhaps the words of Barbara Graham kept her alive for as long as they did:

I want to live!

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What Marriage is Really Like, from the Wife’s Point-of-View

The first strip

For Better or For Worse, by Lynn Johnston

From Wikipedia: “For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that ran originally from 1979 to 2008 chronicling the lives of the Patterson family and their friends, in the town of Milborough, a fictitious suburb of Toronto, Ontario. Now running as reruns, For Better or For Worse is still seen in over 2,000 newspapers throughout Canada, the United States and about 20 other countries.”

Today, in history, this comic strip was launched in 1979. It was an eye-opener for me, as I’d never considered what it must be like to be the wife in a late 70’s marriage. (Not precisely true, since I did take care of Amy while Suzann went to work after we first married in the summer of 1978: I definitely preferred going out to work…)

This daily view into the Patterson family dynamic lasted longer than my second marriage. The fact that it was from a Canadian perspective helped keep the home fires burning during the 22 years I lived in England (yes, we got it in the daily papers, there).

Legacy

The strip is perhaps best known for the fact that, unlike most comic strips, it took place more or less in real time for most of its run. Michael and Elizabeth were a young child and a toddler at the strip’s beginning, and by the end had grown into adults, with Michael married and raising his own children while Elizabeth married at the end of the strip. Youngest child April was born 11 years into the strip’s run and was roughly 16 at the strip’s conclusion.

During its run, the strip was also celebrated for its realism, eschewing cartoon stereotypes in favor of a nuanced, relatable look at typical adult, child and teen concerns. A storyline in which a supporting character came out as gay cemented this reputation, as well as various stories dealing with prejudice, bullying, the mentally and physically handicapped, theft, cheating and abuse. The Pattersons were often shown as a good, “normal” family, often forced to deal with others from broken homes or worse situations.

The Final Strip

Thanks for the memories, Lynn Johnston.

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