Barely Significant or Bearing Witness

“the decision rests with you”

I just read a very beautiful description written by a wonderful Christian fellow blogger about an annual natural event in her corner of the world that is truly breathtaking and deeply inspiring.  Also, her specific story reminded me of a collection of photographs I have compiled over the years in my animal advocacy efforts that fit this idea perfectly.  This fine description of hers triggered some esoteric inner thought regarding the why of life and purpose, which follows!

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Yes these natural ebb and flow events such as this glacier produced iceberg/ice-floes which separate the long cold winter from summer with the rhythm of life on earth, have continued for millennia and never lose their breathtaking majesty like this ebb and flow event of nature!  This to me is a repeated message of just how awe inspiring and great God is to have created all of this wonder for we children of God to behold and witness as we being a conscious part of His plan BEAR a most significant position above all other life to respond to God by means of our direct interactive experience with Him through His magnificent Creation!  This I see clearly is all conducted and allowed so we can get to know Him and finally be with Him as members of the most inner sanctum, or be in the presence of God the Creator; as we now must grow in our understanding and appreciation of His plan and purpose by means of His WORD coupled with this process of EXPERIENCE in order to fulfill our personal obligation of thanks and love for Him, for giving us this Great Gift!

Just be careful of those Polar BEARS as you live in the moment of this great fulfillment, because the bears are predominately concerned with being bears and getting their next meal.  They are a magnificent creature of Gods!

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The title asks which do you prefer to be; “the decision rests with you.”

Lawrence Morra

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How Y’all Like My New Selfie?

“YOU GOT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gROO7xSTxfY

Turns out I was right initially and had a regular cold, which my home remedies were reducing in cooperation with my own immune system naturally; but, then I got anxious and used an over the counter drug to reduce the sinus pressure I experiencing which led to a strong toxic allergic reaction by my body to some components of the medication or in essence, I triggered severe side effects worse than the initial problem, some of which not only effected my sinuses negatively but also my chest making both areas feel like a huge headache, very painful, which led to an autoimmune response with a slight fever!  Sometimes it’s better to let nature takes its course, and let the body mend slowly the way it needs to!  Also, don’t think just because something is sold without a prescription written by an MD that it’s not too potent or has to be benign; because that can be a serious mistake with troubling and even devastating consequences, as it was in my case.  Be sure to stay attuned to your own body’s sensitivities or allergies as best you can.  Good potent homemade chicken soup like old fashioned grandmothers used to make, accompanied with plenty of bed rest are still tried and proven treatment for what ails a person  with simple colds or being a little run-down; if you don’t need a doctor straightaway.

But, speaking of Old Fashioned Remedies, now that we’re all under this lock-down order being holed-up in our abodes I’ve used the isolation time to write and enjoy some “Classic Drama or Comedy Films” to just kick back and take in some real quality entertainment with some of the most iconic names from the show-business past.  One such film was “The Nutty Professor,” Starring Jerry Lewis which had me in stitches!  “Actually” though, as I watched this really funny story unfold on my home movie screen I starting stirring inside as I began to realize that hidden beneath the outer veneer of the story-line and imagery was a real character study, which although an extreme example of the duality that works within us all, this was spot-on with regard to how we all juggle our necessities of practicality with those inner desires to breakout and be somebody; a winner!   That struggle we all have at some time in our lives with overcoming our flights of fancy by carrying on doing what’s expected of us as responsible adults who for better or worse have to conform to standard operating procedures, SOP, in order to navigate just the basics of survival in this very complicated modern world!  I suddenly found myself amidst the laughter starting to have tears of joy mixed with humility hearing my inner voice say, “Hey this Buddy guy, I’m kind of like him, and I’m even a bit of a kooky nerd scientist” in there too; that’s what makes up my own personality!

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But, the Buddy got the Better of Me; because with all of the corona virus worry we have presently I thought it would be better to hurry my recovery from the cold and keep a leg up on my resistance against any such virus infecting me, I just wanted the cold to be gone; but got jammed up.

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I think the Nutty Professor in me had me thinking I can tinker a bit like I did when I was a kid with my chemistry sets in the basement which had gotten me placed in advanced chemistry in high school and college; so therefore equipped with a fair amount chemistry knowledge along with my special tea concoctions that I’m always making, this would have to give me an edge on staying ahead of the curve as they say.  But, sometimes we can get a little too big for our britches or get ahead of ourselves and end up stumbling big time, ending up with many more lumps and bruises than when we started out. Ah, here’s to your health or, ahhh, ACTUALLY I mean mine!

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Sometimes trying to run the race to recovery too fast, may lead to being out of the race entirely; temporarily or maybe even permanently!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-i4YD1lZzQ

We all remember our mothers warning us not to go out to play with our friends so soon after getting over the flu or not to push our luck just because we were starting to feel a little better; full recovery is always best before being put to the test.

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And the flip-side is we can all have a little Nutty Professor or the Cool Debonair that thinks he can handle any contingency Buddy’s other self or our own other alter-ego trying to convince us that we know how to handle ourselves; but it’s way too much for our own good!  The old “Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” complex at work, both of them are pulling us into retreat or way up the road to adventure and fun times, to try burning the candle at both ends, just because we can do it!  Not so fast or so slow is my perspective on all of it, and striking a balance is the ideal thing to do in anything we do, especially when it comes to our own well-being.

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SO NOW YOU CAN SAY, “YOU GOT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH,” or is it “THE ASS”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O3RIpsd_Nc

 

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Lawrence Morra

Ground Zero; Communist China Government

totally and extremely a dangerously incompetent and reckless regime

REALITY CHECK TIME!

This is more very bad news as we now see the scepter of the Dragon rearing its ugly head.  The modern day Gorgon is China’s Evil Communist Regime!  I wish it weren’t true but we must be candid and place blame as well as full culpability where it squarely belongs on China’s government which is corrupt and communist beyond measure, as well they deserve this placement of full responsibility more so because of their nefarious malicious manner of dealing with the Wuhan Corona Virus Pandemic from its beginning!

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Now the pieces of the puzzle are coming together quickly so dramatically pointing out that the Communist Chinese Government is totally and extremely a dangerously incompetent and reckless regime or they have much darker secrets to hide regarding R&D matters in their development of weapons of mass destruction in the realm of biological warfare!  I’ve said from the onset of this whole pandemic that I saw major trouble with the response and handling by the Chinese government of this viral outbreak and how it appeared that ulterior motives and plans were afoot; and not to trust China as far as you could throw it!

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I also placed a photo of a bat in my COVID-19 article because I saw the strong likelihood that this infectious disease most likely had some connection to bats as the original carriers of the virus and like Rabies the cross species transmission of the disease had begun that way; while perhaps the Chinese were working to better understand the potentialities of the illness as a possible weapon but also to get a handle on it as a new strain of virus; which was why people in China started being silenced and disappearing, once the cat got out of the bag as they say; or they lost “full control.

“Stanford Professor John P.A. Ioannidis, the co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at the university, as well as a professor of medicine and population health, released an analysis on Tuesday that argued the world may be overreacting to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A specialist in biomedical data science and statistics, Professor John Ioannidis argued in the report that the response to the pandemic could be a “fiasco in the making” because global governments are making huge decisions based on data that is “utterly unreliable.”

“Ioannidis claimed in the report that the United States, as well as European governments, is likely to be overreacting.”

“In the piece, published by STAT, Ioannidis argued that the virus has been labeled a “once-in-a-century pandemic” but “may also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco.”

https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-takes-hold-we-are-making-decisions-without-reliable-data/

“China Is Hiding Something Big — Government Forces U.S. Journalist Out Of Country ”

By Katie Pavlich March 19, 2020

“Yesterday afternoon the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing announced journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post have been expelled from the country. Journalists who remain are being told to report to the Chinese government.”

“All of these outlets were working on stories about the Wuhan coronavirus, which the government has repeatedly covered up. This censorship led to a devastating pandemic, which is wreaking havoc on the global economy as the virus continues its lethal path of destruction.”

“This expulsion of reporters, who have been publishing crucial information about the virus, proves China has more to hide.

“The disinformation campaign that they are waging is designed to shift responsibility. Now is not the time for recrimination.  Now is the time to solve this global pandemic and work to take down risks to Americans and people all across the world,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Tuesday.”

(Copyright © Life And Liberty News. All right reserved, some informational content)

https://lifeandlibertynews.com/2020/03/19/china-is-hiding-something-big-government-forces-u-s-journalist-out-of-cou

https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-takes-hold-we-are-making-decisions-without-reliable-data/

This was an initial report about the virus when it was first acknowledged by the Chinese government.  “A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected more than 200 people since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.  Scientist Leo Poon, who first decoded the virus, thinks it likely started in an animal and spread to humans.” https://cnn.it/2Ga2x6s

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The World Health Organization has been ridiculously anemic in its efforts to get at the actual truth and more interested in gaining political capital as well as mocking President Trump with the MSM and leftist agenda all heading toward the New World Order!  We can’t rely any longer on so called authorities to be the mainstay of our factual information or aiding we citizens with “a concise factual presentation of the truth” in such matters, so, we all should be willing to keep digging for the truth, remaining vigilant in our quest to understand and act accordingly.

Lawrence Morra

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Reptilian Impulse Factor

“Reptilian Impulse Complex”

A fellow Blogger was addressing the issue of anger and people losing their cool.  It was pointed out how that kind of behavior lacked maturity or insight at the very least, and could very well be an indication of much deeper dysfunctional behavior in a person’s psyche.  I began to comment and recall from my own studies and life experience observations over many years to see something that could be a root cause for these over the top reactionary almost inhuman and thoroughly unintelligent responses in highly emotionally charged situations where the stakes are enormous; in primarily the quest for power and control.  What follows are some of my specific thoughts about this societal dilemma we’re all facing on a global scale whether we want to admit it or not!

Perhaps there are too many individuals who by their own volition or just the inability to adjust to an ever-increasing volatile world with so much information and stress being heaped upon the public consciousness by Mass Media or Cyber Space, these people just won’t grow up and mature or get over it; always wanting it their way or the highway; which may very well be a byproduct of the enabling and out of control PC mind-set being employed from toddler age on through adolescence.  Of course we have gratuitous violence depicted in movies or cyber space interactive computer-generated games like Grand Theft Auto and the latest madness Fortnite which has desensitized individuals to the point that they lack empathic response in actual real everyday life!  Also, the fact that the nuclear family concept is now in a shambles where everyone is doing their own thing being quite disconnected from one another which is in stark contrast to past generations when daily interaction such as the entire family sitting down to have a family dinner was standard fare, and communication between all members with genuine love was a given.  Today its more about keep them occupied and in their own little world, while in the process far too many kids today are also being disconnected from genuine family values or interactions, while instead they’re immersed in fake artificial intelligence worlds or social media as a mainstay of their preoccupation.

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I did hear the term “Reptilian Impulse” used in reference to angry, hostile individuals, which makes lots of sense to me.  This Reptilian Impulse may not be the exact or sort of idea I’m remembering reading about years ago, but that along with watching many neuroscience educational programs that covered this general idea of how the cerebral cortex or brain stem function, is in some way similar to basic reptilian response to stimuli, basic nerve reflex.  As I recall, it was more a pseudo-science expression with some people I knew many years ago in college at the time being bandied about in reference to how some men were showing violent, blatant, unthinking rage in certain circumstances, so it was more of a basic brain stem cue or response in those cases, and though it’s been many years since, I have to admit it may have something to do with autonomic bodily function or basic nerve impulses, such as breathing, how extreme anger or hostility could be attributed to this nerve impulse factor, malfunctioning or short circuiting in some individuals.  I thought about this back then as a more zombie behavior or science fiction type monster, a “Frankenstein” if you will behavior.

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Fascinating stuff for sure and I know there are definite impulsive cues or responses built in to our DNA if you will, correlating with the Reptilian Impulse Complex, “reptilian complex, also known as the R-complex or reptilian brain.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triune_brain,  a similarity along the lines of “fight or flight”  response by all complex living organisms that have sophisticated enough nervous systems.  https://exploringyourmind.com/triune-brain-three-brains-one-person/  Some people speak about this in terms of environmental conditioning which includes a wide range of developmental behaviors infused into as I see it now our DNA or life bodily function forces at work within us that are primal, and have much to do with survival or protecting oneself from a hostile environment overall!  We also see by example many times a person who grows up in a very violent always on edge environmental condition, as say on the mean streets with gang-banger’s; that often times these individuals will react to most confrontational situations with over-the-top violent behavior or overly aggressive attitudes to just about anyone that gets in their way, or face as they say!  These modern day behaviors are conditioned and could be potentially suppressed with therapies and biofeedback but in trying to understand the increase in societal violence whether physical or psychological I tend to target those very ancient primitive forces that are embedded deep in the psyche and nerve impulse layers of the brain stem/nervous system.  Like when someone sneaks up from behind and says BOO, we always jump or flinch, and even the fear of being alone in the dark which happens to all of us growing up thinking we see a monster in the closet at night or that a shadow is something more than that!  These innate subliminal fears are on a very basic level of “stimuli response” , maybe more like those studies done by Pavlov with dogs!

This brings me to a general perception of so much hostility in our world today even in politics.  That blogger I mentioned earlier triggered some serious thought on this matter so much in fact that I had to say, “now you hit on a “Nerve,” mentioning the “partisan” politics and actually to me the tribal political “arena”  these days which is a prime example of what I’m driving at here!  Actually I admit I too had a sort of Reptilian Response to the very thought of the convoluted and wicked dynamics of the idea of modern current politics, by just hearing the word Partisan!  We can see plainly the actually madcap and emotionally fueled behavior in how these candidates respond to each other and the citizens in some of the debating or rallies as well as how those camps of supporters carry on, with sometimes accompanying protestors!  To me it’s all about winning of course, but more about the “spoils of war” here, and as we know from any of our history studies “to the victor goes the spoils,”  which is what winning at all costs looks like today politically speaking, in that they lust for power and more control either for themselves or at least their party (like gangs) not actually caring one bit about the constituency; as these patterns have been established for some time now especially by the “Dems” and their radial agenda or worse splinter groups within their own party just pushing the underlying agenda to win, and then after elections they stay right in the same groove of doing basically nothing of any great redeeming or substantive value for those they are supposed to represent or the good of the Nation as a whole, but instead seek out those spoils I speak of.  Biden is the epitome of a crooked, crony, lying, career politician that’s been lying for so long he can’t recall what truth is anymore, besides which he is mentally unstable!  This is a devious twisted devil that claims to be a Catholic but has no problem with full term abortions and as he stated during Obozo’s campaign that he has no problem with same sex marriage; all of which is a huge problem if you claim to be a Catholic or any true Christian believer!  My point is he uses anything even God, to promote himself or the agenda of the Dems.  If that isn’t a devil then this world is an illusion!

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Look at this photo of him screaming at people with his mouth wide open and veins popping out on his temples and neck in a complete out of control RAGE!  That is diabolical!.  The man is evil and a raving lunatic only interested in one thing, holding on to absolute power to absolutely corrupt as a minion of Satan himself!  This creep has lived high on the hog off the backs of American Taxpayers his whole adult life and is nothing more than a human parasite that hasn’t accomplished a damn thing for the American People!  He should be in prison!

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It is in a sense a sham or con game and some of these career politicians are extreme con artists pulling the same wool over the eyes of the public as best they can each election cycle to perpetuate their own crooked existence!  To me it’s all sunken to the miserable level of just being “Political Warfare” or what’s typically referred to as political mudslinging!  Very bad sign of the times and to me a very ugly thing to be stuck witnessing time and again; especially by the same two-faced crony self-worshiping bigots!  Or in essence this is what I said earlier about a reptilian behavior in plain sight, albeit a psychological violence over a physical one, nonetheless doing actual damage to the society and process that is much worse than if it were actually physical violence with someone getting more lumps than the other guy like ancient tribal peoples did to one another when duking it out!  What we have here in the USA now is enormous power grabs and untold material wealth to be had which is a giant temptation; that I’m sure the evil one is working within because of the global effects and consequences of keeping one particular agenda going full steam ahead over another, namely the destruction of the human race!  As Christians we are charged with the responsibility to discern and as I observe I interpret as much as I can what the underlying facts or motivations are at least so I’m aware and as best informed as I can be; but getting involved is a total waste of time and I found that out the hard way when I put my neck out in a highly corrupted Blue Crony Dem State to attempt in speaking out for harm being done to my community and absolutely got myself targeted for an adjustment by those in power.  They came after me and we all know now how adept the Dems are at constructing weaponized accusations to destroy or at least derail the best of them.  What I speak to here is the very dark underbelly of nefarious operatives within these political power grids not unlike in more ways than one what the old Mafia was like before government intervention broke it down from its hay days, only to be replaced by government political thugs and cronyism on steroids, sub groups of individuals within that new form of deep corruption to rule with impunity.

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This all reminds me of more ancient times when monarchs where those that had all the power and the masses who had zilch, and that to try and resist meant certain death; case in point “Brave Heart” the film that did a good job of depicting what some of the harsh realities of living in those times was actual like for the common man, in that case how William Wallace the Scotsman paid the ultimate price for his rebellion.  In contrast after WWII the age of affluence and opportunity did bring about mostly wonderful change in modem times that seemed like it would just go on being better and better, but as we now know the curve has been a down trend ever since bringing us to this extremely volatile political climate we see all around the world.  Not a healthy thing to have with so much risk and potential harm sitting in the balance and as I said before to me this is a form of that Reptilian Factor at times taking the lead unfortunately.  I have observed that most people in my community don’t touch any of this trouble as they either don’t have time or they are put off by knowing how much these factions have in the way of power already and figure it won’t do any good at all, and so they fear those in power!  It really is a matter of “letting the chips fall where they may” for most people, and then there are those that cozy up for favor and “go along to get along” becoming one of them!  The old adage of “if you can’t beat em join em!”  This guy will never join any of that and they know that about me for sure already, so that is why I’m an outcast and someone they despise!  I’d prefer to be that and a “Brave Heart” than a joke or a little rat that crawled into its little hole when they snapped their fingers or Yelled at me, which they did in a variety of ways all not comfortable or pretty, using their corrupt power to cause pain and suffering!

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As another current case in point of this political corruption I can say how Bernie who never worked an honest day in his life and after his marriage went to Moscow for his honeymoon has spoken to and promoted Marxist Socialistic values and agendas incessantly since his college days, and how those that have so much earned wealth should be giving up much of their own to the masses; while he has gone on to become a millionaire off the backs of the same taxpayers he is preaching to!  And, how in 2018 Bernie earned 1Mil and gave away to the needy 10K.  If that isn’t a two-faced bigot phony I don’t know what is!  Like I say this hood never worked for a living but instead has fed off the public like a parasite; he doesn’t know what real work is and is oozing and seething with sin!  Then consider the hundreds of millions and even billions that are being spent to make it happen for one’s own self or camp, tribe; that by its self should speak volumes to how wicked and sinful the whole charade has become, and I might add; in my mind’s eye very “Reptilian!”   This is all one very sick society and the wickedness is seething out of this madcap political arena like there’s no tomorrow!

God must be very displeased with such bigotry and worship of self or earthy power by such corrupted, sinful humans.  I see it as too bad that so much was allowed to go haywire for so long while many of the most sinister among us sunk in their roots and fangs, gaining too strong a foothold; and so another adage applies now, in that whatever anyone would think of doing to counter this force, “it would be too little too late.” So we have, “a world going to hell in a hand basket” unless of course God Himself decides to step in before it gets that far!  Perhaps this is exactly the way His plan is meant to unfold, after all He knows everything!  Up to the Man upstairs now!

Lawrence Morra

Supplemental info: Speaking about humans displaying reptilian behavior and Sci-Fi, there was an episode of Star Trek that to me was a fantasy based on this concept of we humans having some reptilian tendencies of aggression only it wasn’t a human battling his own inner demon or alter-ego but here in this case Capt. Kirk was dueling in a fight to the death with an extraterrestrial reptilian creature named Gorn; which I include for your pleasure and perhaps to stimulate your own imagination in this realm of human behavior!

“Arena” is the eighteenth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek. Written by Gene L. Coon and directed by Joseph Pevney, the episode was first broadcast on January 19, 1967” Wikipedia  

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Star Trek Kirk vs Gorn – YouTube

Will You Follow Me?

The purest human heart that has ever existed

While I was writing my blog as a Lent Offering today I received a notice which turned out to actually be about a very nicely written article by a fellow Christian blogger about Lent Season, which helped to inspire me to focus my writing upon this subject with fervor and try my best to explain what my personal perception about Lent is, and making such an offering to our Father in heaven during this Lent Season.

Good advice here and words of wisdom.  This got me thinking about the difficulty of separating ourselves from sin especially those sinful little pleasures we grow so accustomed to throughout the years.  Such a huge challenge at times because why?  Well the basic truth is we are fallen and not in a pure state of grace or good enough as we are to be in the presence of absolute holiness which God is and we are not.  The good news is He created us in His image having an eternal spiritual nature within us to make us heirs, to become all we can be as members of His glorious eternal kingdom in Heaven. The gap between here and there is huge and impossible a chasm to cross on our own and another huge culprit in all of this is temptation which you helped me to think about right now during Lent!  My dad would always tell me as a teen and on into my mature years, that there is too much to be had out there and it doesn’t take much to get into trouble real fast if we don’t strengthen our faith continually.  And that is where you came in with this very nice blog which speaks to the directive or marching orders put before us, these orders or the edict is simple and clear; Will You Follow Me?  Good Lord knows I want to and have tried and failed often enough like all of us do, sometimes appearing to be so messed up that if we had tails we certainly would be chasing them!  But here is the good news, God made it so simple and guaranteed that we can be where He is in splendor and peace forever, if we as my mom always said, just keep trying our best because Jesus took all sin away and tossed it into hell where it belongs and He knows if we have sincerely tried our best or not.  The purest human heart that has ever existed, completely perfect and without any sin is pleading to us to follow and does all the pleading of each of our cases before our heavenly Father to forgive us for our transgressions or lack.  See that is the amazing thing God does through Jesus Christ He is searching out every heart to know it perfectly as to whether that heart belongs to Him or is running a scam or charade playing both ends against the middle, like having the best of both worlds if you will, to party it up for the short term appeasement this world can offer which the evil one uses continually against those of us who figure as far as heaven goes I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, because Jesus is so loving and will cut me enough slack to get through the gate.  Many of the politicians we actually witness these days are a prime example of this folly and deception they play with grabbing all they can now while they cause nothing but ruin and misery around them.  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23 Any self-serving or becoming puffed up with one’s own interests and worldly power or pleasures is guilty of this transgression from God and will never reach His kingdom following that path to perdition and eternal damnation.  The polar opposite of this is what Jesus himself stated to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)

I refer now to a faithful servant of Jesus who dedicated his life to serving God’s will on earth, Rev. Billy Graham.

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“What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I’ve heard people talk about a problem they have and say it’s a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?”

A:

“No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross.  He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death.  What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us.  He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life?  Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life?  Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day”.  billygraham.org

Reading Rev. Graham’s words to others who desire to know and serve Christ reminded me of something my grandfather would say many years ago when I was a boy, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”  Which leads my thoughts back to what I believe this other blogger elicited in my thoughts about lent;  And that reminds me of what you’re saying here, how Lent Season should be looked upon; how we are not to waste this golden opportunity to get into alignment with the Lord!

“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it.” Matthew 7:13

So yes it is a difficult road we travel but we can make it much more difficult than it need be and indeed impossible to overcome or we can make it a journey of “Fulfillment and Victory” over all that is against us, yes even death itself; to become champions at being His “humble servants” though Jesus Christ for God who is in heaven, our Father Who is waiting to embrace us in our everlasting New Life when we join Him there.

Jesus is still here leading us to the Father by His Holy Spirit, to our New and Everlasting Life if we will just follow Him our Good Shepherd. 

God Bless You and Keep You.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script continuation Part II

I needed to share here a potion of what I had to say to another fellow Christian blogger yesterday while having a conversation about a dog I rescued and this too also serves as evidence demonstrating how, Jesus is the Master Potter and He will shape our lives to suit what purpose our Father sees as best for each one of us as long as we turn our lives over to Jesus and are truly letting Him lead us by our right hand.

Thank you so much for having the interest in Penny and sending out all of the good thoughts you do!  Yes, she was a very confused panic stricken animal when I came along, that was about to have her life taken away by a too busy not always caring world, but God gave her a chance by allowing me and Penny to act as a message of “Salvation and Hope” when God brought us together, so in time that example would be observed or even duplicated through the hearts and minds of others that hear about her story!  God gave me a chance to serve as an instrument to that end appreciating life and every little blessing even more this example of Penny, because having her as a friend has actually changed me for the better too!  God’s power and infinite love is at work all around us and that is where our attention should be focused as much as we possibly can.

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https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/03/18/a-god-sent-ray-of-hope-and-light-on-thanksgiving-for-a-dog-and-a-man/

I do believe that we children of God are much like Penny in that when she had no direction or hope, feeling that way because of her confused and lost emotional state when I found her, through what I know was “God’s deliverance and Divine Intervention.”  To move from despair to hope and onto salvation!  This is an example of God’s daily handiwork in our lives to shape each of us to bring about His Great Plan which is unfolding every second, He does actually have; “the whole wide world in his hands!”

The other thing that immediately captured my attention in your comment was when you mentioned Brother Lawrence and his writing who I actually never heard of and this was very intriguing to me, so I actually got to thinking about him a bit looking him up here online as I was telling you about the seagull I rescued, and now I want to read about his beautiful, as I see it methodology of communing with God continually from a very basic simple focus and complete openness with due diligence, being able to know His presence first hand and in the way that God allows one to manifest a very close relationship with Him, in what I would call a state of attuned connection with the Holy Spirit moment to moment, sort of being on the same frequency, by being free and trusting through genuine belief that He will talk to you if you are willing to let yourself go and allow Him to lead, trusting Him by faith alone.  You and I do this because now I know we were meant to converse, and little special dots are being connected as we just do like this, whereby you told me about this fascinating Monk Lawrence that I’m so inspired to read about now, and will get this book of his,  “The Practice of the Presence of God.”

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“The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite friar, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort.  The compilation includes letters, as well as records of his conversations kept by Brother Lawrence’s interlocutors.  The basic theme of the book is the development of an awareness of the presence of God.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_the_Presence_of_God

“Brother Lawrence retreated to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value.  ‘I (Brother Lawrence) began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.’  Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.

Christianity Today International

So, as always God is in control and we are continually being guided and molded to suit His purposes for each of us and if we pay attention and are willing to let Him lead the way it will become all the more apparent as we move forward. spirituallyhungry.com/christian-challenge/

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“I regard myself as the most wretched of all men, stinking and covered with sores, and as one who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King.  Overcome by remorse, I confess all my wickedness to Him, ask His pardon and abandon myself entirely to Him to do with as He will.  But this King, filled with goodness and mercy, far from chastising me, lovingly embraces me, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the keys of His treasures and treats me as His favorite.  He talks with me and is delighted with me in a thousand and one ways; He forgives me and relieves me of my principle bad habits without talking about them; I beg Him to make me according to His heart and always the more weak and despicable I see myself to be, the more beloved I am of God.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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Post Post Script continuation part III

Just today I had spoken with a sister about some events in the news and my “Lent Offering” blog which she said inspired her not only because of how it was written but that as usual I had prayed to Jesus to help me with the body of the article, from my most genuine thoughts, feelings, and desire with my heart through Him, to know what words to say and even the right photos to add which seem to come along easily.  Then today an email notice had arrived at the same time my sister and I had talked, which was about one of the very topics we had been discussing since my writing the “Lent Offering” article and how this article that addressed the unfairness of President Trump’s impeachment had definite tie-in to what we discussed; but most remarkable was the fact that the photo I felt directed to add to my blog when I wrote it was of Rev. Billy Graham taken many years ago in the early days of his evangelizing which now along with the photo that accompanied the article I received about President Trump connected profoundly in my way of seeing these two photos and men; especially in spirit and intent of both men being called to a higher purpose in order to serve God for their fellow man!  I see dots being connected all of the time lately as God sees best, in order to reach and help each of us to see Him and the truth he is revealing over time about our personal journeys in serving Him; our unique part that each of us has in His plan, day by day and bit by bit or as I say “dot by dot!”  I’m adding the photo for your discernment and I appreciate how we are so richly blessed to be able to share this way in fellowship for Him, especially when we consider how often times we actually make it through the gauntlet of life here on earth each and every day!  3/2/2020

Trump Gesture like Billy Graham

 

 

 

 

“The Salvation Stone”

 “they will walk and not be faint.”

Early this morning I had a conversation with one of my sisters in which we talked about just following Gods will each day by praying to Jesus and asking His Holy Spirit to guide while we just do our best to serve and love Him.  After having the conversation I was by force of habit going to make some breakfast and usually I feed my dog hers first but she didn’t seem interested once I had put some food out for her which was unusual because she always eats immediately, but this time something felt more pressing than eating our breakfast!  So I looked at her and said, walk, you want us to go for our walk first then we can come back and eat, is that it!  Her ears perked up and she started mulling around in the room a bit so I said OK let me get my boots on and as I did she got all fired up and chomping at the bit in a sense.  So off we went for a brisk morning walk and I decided to be sure to let her take the lead letting out some extra leash.  She led us in the direction of the cove we often like to walk around and then hike on to some other sites in that area.  We were coming up on a fairly busy secondary road which wasn’t as busy as it can often be but all the more unusual was that immediately there was a good break in the light approaching traffic so we hurried across the road and as we began to proceed on our walk I suddenly noticed a nice new pickup truck just about to pass us and saw that it was a neighbor who doesn’t live in town anymore and moved out of state but occasionally visits family here.  We waved at each other and then my dog and I continued on in the usual direction.  When we got to the next cross street my dog seemed not as typically wanting to head straight on toward the cove and then like a flash I realized the neighbor does have a dog that was in the truck, and with the direction they were heading the most likely place they would be going to is the park and how it does have paths that go along the shoreline too, so I suddenly had a feeling I should be heading to the park which was further away yet a nice long walk especially because when we got there we could walk along the trails and bike paths to another shoreline spot that I actually love.  My dog was very eager and so we picked up the pace and continued on until we got to the gate into the park.  As we went through the gate and walked about another 150 feet I looked to my left at a park bench and immediately something caught my eyes attention.  It was a nearly triangular shaped stone almost the size of the palm of my hand.  It was beautiful looking as it had been painted and had some distinct appearance right away as I noticed Biblical Scripture written on it and as nobody was around, because I really gave a good look in all directions, I decided maybe this stone was meant for me to see and pick it up for keeps.  I put the stone into my jacket pocket and continued walking down the main driveway through the park waiting to pick up one of the trail entrances further along into the park.  Just at the point along the way where I was about to turn to enter onto a path I saw the neighbor just getting into the truck and driving away and we had that brief moment to actually say hi and have a nice day!  So my dog and I continued on to where there is also a fenced dog park area off of the path we were following that many people like to bring their dogs to let them run loose with the other dogs in the enclosure.  My dog barks too much at other dogs and actually had far worse issues at the time I rescued her when she was about a year old, bad enough that she’s not even supposed to be alive, because when I found her at the animal shelter late one afternoon by a mysterious set of circumstances and I believe even directives, when she was slated to be put down first thing the next morning and when I saw her I was taken aback how beautiful and full of energy or even personality she had.  Long story short here; through an act of God I know was divine intervention the very next morning I was taking her home in my Jeep to give her a life when all hope had been lost, and that was a first because the committee and Chief of Police that have to sign off on euthanizing the animals had never backtracked and cancelled an order and this dog was determined to be un-adoptable, having issues making her supposedly unsuitable!  Thank God I got to her in that nick of time because she’s been so amazing and full of love, giving me a true friendship.  I spoil the heck out of her and feed her the best food, basically that I actually eat; you name it as long as there’s no toxicity concern for dogs involved she eats it whether sockeye salmon, sea scallops or chicken dinner she eats like a queen, all of it along with a high grade kibble.  Anyway I digress, as we continued on past the dog enclosure I rounded a corner on the fenced area and saw down in front of us on the grass a stone just about the same shape as the painted one but this one was just a blank stone.

Stone both side by side.jpgNow the funny thing is this; I was planning on posting a short blog today because I had a feeling about the Holy Spirit telling me that there was something I was going to need to mention or write a blog about since yesterday; and today’s date being quite novel meant I really should get my butt in gear and find some time to put out a blog, no if’s and’s or but’s, so without trying something special happened here putting what to write the blog about right on my proverbial lap!  My dog and I did our trail blazing and a few hours passed, then finally when we arrived home I put out some fresh cold water for her; and as I would be cooking an early afternoon dinner and needed to do some chores first, I got cranking along.  Later as the dinner was just starting to cook I checked in online and saw that at the very top of my email inbox was one that arrived about a blog at exactly 2:02 PM, on this date of 02 22 2020!  Now that caught my eye just as much as the Special Stone had, so I opened it and it was about a song I hadn’t heard in ages by a very poetic and at times quite spiritual soulful recording artist with much passion of soul in his music.  This is the song and artist, “A Passing Ship” By Gordon Lightfoot (1986).  This song and the video imagery fit to a tee many of the things I was feeling and thinking about over the last couple of days, and in a way some passing ship had arrived, during the walk by the shore!  But, getting back to the Stones I had happened upon, when at home during careful examination of them I found on the back of the hand painted stone that it had a faintly painted inscription which said “Post On,” then “Salvation Stone” in the center!  Of course you saw the feature photo of this stone which has the Biblical Scripture painted on it, which I’m listing here for your convenience, followed by the link to the Music Video which I’m sure you will enjoy!

Isaiah 40:8

8“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.

9 You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[a]
 lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Feb 22 at 2:02 PM  Arrived!

A Passing Ship By Gordon Lightfoot (1986) Gordon Lightfoot

A Passing Ship – Gordon Lightfoot. Video by Bob Perkins

Gordon Lightfoot Lyrics

“A Passing Ship”

A passing ship
I have found the open ocean
Give me no lip
The waves roll by as I pass on
A snulit  sea
On the first day of April
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me when I’m gone
How many words
How many songs still unwritten
How many ships
Of the line have come and gone
In the good old days
May they never be forgotten
They had heavy wind
Or they had no wind at all

A passing ship
It is midnight on the ocean
Had a real long trip
I have been at sea all winter
When my ship came in
I was givin’ up the ghost
I think I should be
Leavin’ those passing ships alone

When the sea runs high
The sea runs wild and I’m unsteady
And I think of you
In the warmth of your home and family
When love is true
There is no truer occupation
And may this gale
Blow us to the ones we love

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Another day
Another ocean
Give me no lip
But stand aside as I pass on
A sunlit sea
On the last day of October
How fresh the wind
Will you miss me from now on
I guess I should be
Leavin’ passing ships alone.

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Later on after eating early dinner this entire spiritually inspiring course of events today brought me to remember an old tune I hadn’t heard in a while, “Straight Down the Line.” by Gerry Rafferty.

I did some praying and thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ for being with us and guiding us; thanking Him for every precious moment.  Then I went into my music archive and selected that old tune and my dog went to sleep having a nice nap, as I kicked back and took in the song remembering some special times!  I left it on loop for a good hour!

God Bless.

Lawrence Morra

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Photo of the Burra Homestead.  Dave And Deb

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“The Miracle Mourning Dove, the Miracle Continues; Release Update!”

“we should instead be inspired by their symbol of hope, peace and the Holy Spirit.”

Today was the day to free the Miracle Mourning Dove from a captive and protective environment back into the great outdoors or the wild elements.  As it turned out the Dove had made an adjustment to being confined and time was on its side to rest long enough to fully recuperate from the harrowing ordeal of blasting through a glass window pane which surely must have left the poor little fine feathered friend with some aching body parts to say the least; as the impact should have broken the fragile hollow bones of the bird leading to some compound fractures and torn tissue or internal injuries!  But, our friend was a Miraculous Special Bird that happened to make it through that even and to then be found by me on the garage floor not moving and initially taken for dead. With chard’s of broken glass strewn all over the floor and on a car parked in the garage it to me was a forgone conclusion that no small bird could be traveling with enough velocity to blow out the glass window pane with feathers lying about and the bird motionless, it seemed easy enough to surmise it had broken its neck!  But, I was to find out that appearances certainly can be deceiving and making assumptions with such an occurrence isn’t unexpected under the circumstances, but still isn’t the right thing to do; because as it turned out this was a “Miracle Mourning Dove” not just a bird.

I would say that in comparison if one of us were to start running as fast as we can and then with our head aimed directly at a fixed panel or two of sheet rock or dry wall with the intent of blasting though it unscathed that would be similar to the dynamic physical forces applied to such an event and what it would feel like to do what the Dove had done.  Needless to say if not very seriously injured requiring a trip to the ER that would be amazing enough for one of us to accomplish, but even if that were the case or not, either way anyone doing that would be extremely sore for days if not weeks probably hobbling around like a near cripple; if at all possible!  But, this bird was remarkably intact and functional although very sore I’m sure so the rest and TLC it got from December 11 to today January 11 turned out to be “ample and timely” because the outdoor temperature had dropped for the foreseeable future now that we are heading into mid-winter and the milder daytime highs were long gone since the crash though the window. And the Dove living in a comfortable 70 degree home my concern was mounting for too much of a shock  for the  bird with subfreezing and down toward zero temperatures on the way!  That is until this weekend, because a January thaw just kicked in this morning and the daytime high got up into the mid 60’s F. For the last week or so the temp barely got into the low 40’s and at night freezing hovering around 32 degrees and lower some nights.  So an acclimation or transitional temperature variance was available it turns out today and tomorrow to give the Dove a smoother adjustment to the elements and getting back into the swing of things.  I was very pumped up how this all by fate or “divine providence” was working to the advantage of the Dove, so that a poor little bird that shouldn’t even be alive was now going to have the best shot at getting back into its groove or the flow with all the other Doves that frequent this area around my home.

The only thing that bothered me was when I brought the “temporary container home” for the dove outside to release it the wind suddenly picked up and just at the second I was preparing my video camera to record the “Miracle Mourning Dove” leaving the container and taking flight, which I was hoping would be a nice gentle walk out onto the surrounding ground and getting its bearing, then thinking to itself, I’m FREE and in earnest flapping its wings happily rising up out of the immediate area not feeling confined or restricted in this man-made prison that it had  to call home for a month anymore; it would dart on up into the beautiful trees that it had so often sat in waiting for the right time to fly down around my home getting various seeds that I lay out for them all; or other times how for long periods it would just be roosting up there in one of those large trees about 150 feet away with many other mourning doves. Well, my expectation was immediately shaken to the core, when a huge gust of wind perhaps as much as 50 to 60 MPH came blasting through the area taking the plastic container lid off and flinging it like a piece of paper, then the whole container lifted up and flipped over before I could hardly react; and I had only turned the camera on at that very second and getting lined up, focused and steady was virtually impossible, but I also found that the direction that the Dove  flew as it exited the container just as it began to tumble over was straight up into the direction of the bright Sun as it broke through some clouds; so the glare in my eyes blinded me for that moment and I had to hope that at least a few frames of video would give me a view of the Dove’s departure.  As it turns out, I believe I have a frame of the bird a good 100 feet into the air with the powerful gusts of wind ruffling its feathers as it fought its way through the  waves of fast moving air, sort of how we play in the ocean surf, and with all that heavy resistance the bird was being put through the hurtles fast but as my sister later told me; “God gave it a boot in the butt to get back to reality,” which I agreed and added back, into the wild world of survival; out of the lap of luxury or soft life of pampering that I had provided for my beautiful fine feathered little friend.

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I admit I felt sad about that part because I think I love all animals so much and want to pamper or baby them giving them a break, and lots of TLC; but that isn’t natural and they won’t make it out in the real world if they get used to my ways and will become an easy target for only God knows what!  But, to my glee after I got to looking around I saw a couple of Mourning doves sitting in one of those trees and then suddenly another one joined them making that special number 3, which to me was the acknowledgement I needed to say in my mind and heart that everything is going to be fine; and it’s in the hands of God!  He took over where I had to leave off.

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So, Yes I miss my little fine feathered friend and wish I could still be keeping it home-bound and letting it know I care what happens to it while providing all the basic essentials too!  But that isn’t what it was meant to live like and actually gyps or robs it of the instinctual predicate of sailing through the air high in the sky and being with its own kind as tough as it can be at times in the harsh elements, that God made it capable of fitting into that ecosystem and performing some amazing feats of existence; and yes even once in a while becoming a “Miracle Mourning Dove!”

God’s Blessings!

Lawrence  Morra

A split second before the powerful wind came to bring the bird back up into wild sky!

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“Fight Back Like a Fire Breathing Dragon; I Will Not be Defeated”

I won’t be defeated by lies or nefarious weak devils, who want to destroy me, no, no, I will turn into a fire breathing dragon

Yes, someone sparked my imagination and I just had to let this out!!!!   Part me, Part what the world did to me!!!

Life can be complicated or simple and usually we get some of both regardless of our disposition!  I used to be called a procrastinator by my Dad but then I could just decide, that’s it I’m going to LA and toss my suit cases and tool boxes into my car trunk and in a few days I was in LA checking out the beaches and then UCLA!  Then right from that I was in the WB Studios or Burbank Studios as well.  As far as knowing more than I say; in my case it was a match I know a lot to be honest but I talk about stuff I know just as much as I think it, which means I’m almost none stop mouth piece built into my brain.  I think I shoulda gone with the suggestion of “Radio DJ Talk Show Host” I got thrown at me a few times or the other was, laugh here; auctioneer!  I do notice a lot too, but did miss a few very important signals a few times and “got burned big time,” so that is a big one to be sharp on!

That people hating how you show them up for how dumb ass they are did happen; or outright jealousy did get in my way but not as much as life did sometimes, so it’s all about rolling with the punches I would say now!  You know; get up, brush yourself off, and get moving on to the next chapter, and just be better prepared next time!

I think the control issue isn’t so bad with me I really prefer to be congenial and kind but just being so sure of myself and what I will or won’t do can make me seem hard or controlling even.  But, I’m good with admitting when I’m wrong and want to try hard to fix things always!

OH, I’ve had fire in me plenty of times, passion or ambition came and went but just like romance and infatuation did too!  Life is like that, because people are fickle and unpredictable if you know what I mean; unless you get a steady as a rock almost saintly one, which is harder to find in the modern day fast paced me, me world!  I know my grand’s and other old-timers would tell me stories about the simple times way back when and it does seem beautiful in many ways that there was way less pressure to prove shit for them back then, but they had more time to grow slowly in their work and family through genuine love and daily, sweat of the brow.  Not this overly competitive trying to get more and do better than the next one asinine worldly BS!

Oh man; so I know about what someone’s lies can do and they did to me, then the truth was all that could set me free, from the pain and headache or heartache the liar can cause!  This is the worst area of your piece here, the lies and backstabbing some rotten people do to another; and I mean life altering horror!  Not quite Edgar Allen Poe, but, A Little House of Horrors, perhaps?

But, when the going is tough the tough get going, and that is my story, I won’t be defeated by lies or nefarious weak devils, who want to destroy me, no, no, I will turn into a fire breathing dragon, if I must; to push back to the edge of the earth if need be!

Ohhhh, this next one about doing it to myself I sure did and in more ways than one!  Yea, and once you do that to yourself I learned it isn’t always easy to undo it to myself.  Most of it was bad shit too, so I think doing that to yourself isn’t all it’s cracked up to being; at all!

Well, I’ll exit stage left here as I know I’m on a rant and if it keeps up you’ll really think I’m crazy if you don’t already!  Ya catch my drift!  CIAO!  Or is it Meow!!!

Tiger of the neighborhood

Lawrence Morra

PS If I didn’t bore you completely and you have a bit of Tiger in you just continue another moment and read my comment below! I decided to not add this additional commentary to the body of the Blog, but to instead separate some this way to leave an option! Which life doesn’t always give to us; or are our options what we decide they are?  Hey, at least I’m giving you one this way upfront!  Fair enough wouldn’t you say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Miracle Mourning Dove

“we should instead be inspired by their symbol of hope, peace and the Holy Spirit”

Yesterday afternoon just as the sun was setting I was doing some typing when I thought I heard a sound just outside of the house but it was so faint and quick I continued on until I needed to get another bowl of my homemade chicken soup I had just made earlier.  About a half hour later I was in the kitchen straightening up and saw that I needed to shut off a water drip I started at the bird bath out back in the morning because the temperature had gotten well above freezing so I wanted to provide the birds with that opportunity for the day after the recent snowstorm and icy conditions the previous day.  I took care of that and turned to head back in through the garage when I saw a pane of glass was smashed out of the overhead garage door and immediately upon going over to see what had happened I saw shards of glass all over the floor and on the trunk lid of an old antique car I have on that side of the garage.  Looking further even though it was just about dark now I saw a dove lying on the floor just below the rear of the car completely motionless with the broken glass all around it, and realizing what amount of force it took to propel through that window and birds being so delicate boned it was a forgone conclusion it was dead.

Dove after going through window and falling off carSo I turned to go back into the house to get some duct tape to cover over that window area until I could buy a piece of glass at the hardware and repair it.  I no sooner got out there again and began taking long lengths of tape, applying them like a sort of bandage over the opening when my foot almost stepped on the dead bird but in the nick of time I felt my foot that very split second coming down on something other than the flat concrete floor when simultaneously there was a sudden flurry of wings flapping and the thought to be dead bird was trying to flee from my foot and got over to the other side of the garage!   I walked over to the dove and promptly spoke gently to it and scooped it up in my hands, and to my amazement the bird was alive and showed no signs of any major feathers missing but just some of its smaller downy ones had gotten torn away and surprisingly there were no bloody wounds either!  More amazing its neck had not broken or one of its wings which should have snapped like a twig in the impact.  Its eyes blinked as I spoke softly to it and said you hang on now you poor little baby, I’m going to bring you in the house and give you a place to rest and recuperate until tomorrow!  I had rescued a pigeon in the area last year so I had bought a large Tupperware storage container and made air vent holes in it which was actually stored away in the garage, so I went over to the shelf and grabbed it with one hand while I kept the bird with my other hand close to my chest and started to head into the house.  Once inside where it was well lit I could see the bird looked totally intact and so I placed some newspaper in the container for catching its droppings.  I put the bird in closing the lid and setting the temporary home in a quiet area of the house.

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This bird had really gone through an unbelievable ordeal most likely with a hawk in hot pursuit when its fight or flight instinct kicked in and it flew like a bat out of hell to get away in such a panic and as well as it being dimmer light out there so late in the day, while putting every bit of its energy into escaping the deadly hawk, it must have just turned the wrong way and slammed itself into that glass window pane going completely through it and onto the car in the garage which took a lot of force, enough in fact that in my estimation from my science knowledge of physics it should have at least broken its neck not to mention the multiple shards of glass all over the place, with a high probability that at least one of them should have ripped or gashed and even impaled the poor unfortunate bird!  But, I have to say “miraculously” the little dove is looking like it has a good shot at beating all of the odds with my intervention.  So, calling it a day I headed off to bed and hoped for the best saying a prayer for the “mourning dove;” wondering what “morning” would bring.

Dove by Curtian.jpgThis morning after a quiet rest all night I checked in on our little fine feathered friend and it was completely alert and a bit feisty, so I gave it a tray with water and another with bird seeds that I keep around to feed the many birds that come to visit each day as long as I’m able to do it.  All day the bird was calm in its protective little house I provided and I had checked in a few times again noticing how the dove was walking a little and ate some seed.  The condition of the bird was amazing to say the least and it did seem to be fully functional as it occasionally was flapping its wings!  So as the afternoon progressed and the daylight was fading fast I decided to chance a trial with the dove to see if it was in a big hurry to get back to its normal life, so we headed outside.  I placed our fine feathered friend down on the ground and it hesitated a few seconds but then started flapping its wings again as it did earlier in its temporary home.  This time it got airborne and flew about thirty feet down range but only a couple of feet off the ground, so it just didn’t have the power or strength to fly high into the sky at this point and the risk paid off because now we know the dove can fly but will need some serious recuperation and time to overcome its most likely sore and bruised body or muscles; but the prognosis is good.

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Meanwhile here is some very interesting background information about these special little birds.  I know this bird came to me for a reason!

Lawrence Morra

 



 



 

What Did the Skunk Tell Me and You?

having Faith is always the key to never give up the ship

I bet you like me would never have thought that a skunk would give a person a valuable lesson or message.

On Saturday September 28th at approximately 2 AM I awoke from a sound sleep to the overwhelming pungent odor of a skunk having sprayed something which I thought must have been a nocturnal battle between a skunk and some other animal because it had to be an all-out attack of some kind as the windows were all sealed up tight, so for that odor to permeate the home inside to such a degree meant the skunk had to have released “all its got” upon the adversary.  I put on the AC to cut down on the odor and went back to sleep.  After waking again around sun rise I got up and made some breakfast for both me and my dog and soon after instead of heading outside for a morning walk I instead decided to make a trip to the super market early, and on the way back would stop at a discount store to buy some suet cakes for the birds because I had ran out of them and like to put them out for all the birds that come around my home.

I was just getting back after the errands and pulling up in front of my house when suddenly this guy who also lives in the area and walks by often with his Chihuahua yelled out, “hey Lawrence I just saw this skunk over there near that old car,” which is parked by a neighbor’s home and some open space next to some large hedges separating the properties.  I told him thanks for the heads up and went on into my house to get my dog so we could have a morning walk, when I noticed that another neighbor down the road had come outside and was talking to the fella that advised me of the skunk which in turn led these other neighbors to call the police who dispatched an animal control officer.  When I got back from the walk the animal control officer was looking around near the old car so I put my dog in the house and went out to talk with the officer!  I told her that over the years I’ve noticed the occasional skunk or raccoon during the twilight or early morning hours in the area mostly foraging and then as suddenly as they appear they usually disappear probably moving on as they tend to just pass through the area.  I mentioned how during the night hours I had woken to the skunk odor so maybe some animal tried to tangle with this skunk and this skunk will probably just be moving on, but that I’ll keep an eye open during the day just in case; if there is an issue with this animal I’ll let them know.  The officer looked around a bit more and then she decided it looked like that may have already happened and the skunk disappeared.

After I had gone into the house and taken care of a few chores inside I again headed out to do some chores around the property so with my dog by my side we went out front when suddenly I saw the skunk heading toward us from across the road.  I quickly brought my dog inside to avoid her becoming agitated and of course didn’t want to get the skunk feeling threatened and possibly my dog or me getting sprayed.  After putting my dog inside I went out to investigate and suddenly the skunk started out from some large shrubs along the front perimeter of my home heading straight for me as though it had intent on coming right up to me!  I’m very friendly with all of the wildlife in the vicinity of my home and especially in the winter when the animals are stressed with the ground frozen and covered with snow I like to put out seeds and nuts for them at the base of trees so that any squirrels, rabbits, birds or whatever little critter is hurting for a meal can stop by for a free one.  Sometimes when out there putting out a few treats with my dog, as I often do I will be talking to my dog and because the animals know my voice and scent of  course  they  start coming out or down from the trees and approach me, but not usually the skunks because they are more nocturnal and we don’t even have much opportunity to run into each other except on an occasional evening when I might be sitting out back with my dog who is very used to accepting all the animals well enough to sit calmly with me and won’t budge unless I say to.  During daylight hours sometimes a squirrel, rabbit or bird will practically come right up to us and be looking for a treat.  But with this skunk I knew this wasn’t the reason it approached especially during daylight hours, so of course I knew something was wrong but because there is the potential of the animal being rabid I had to be stand offish, along with the possibility that some other factor of territory or fight/flight reaction was in play and I sure didn’t want to get sprayed.  That actually happened to one of young dogs long ago and in just washing the powerful odor out of my dogs coat I became as permeated with it for days, a lesson well learned so as not to let my pup go running into a neighbor’s property when off the leash doing some business and tangle with a skunk that I hadn’t seen but the dog did!

But, what I became aware of as this all unfolded and I watched from outside and when inside my home as well, was that the odor at 2 AM wasn’t due to a fight between animals but that this frantic skunk I had been observing had in fact had a mate that was hit by a car during the early morning hours and that the injured skunk had somehow crawled off the road after being struck or the mate dragged her into these bushes that I was now beginning to notice him doing as the afternoon progressed but he was actually dragging his dead mates body under the old car and once there he began digging, I’m sure to cover her from the predators or any scavengers which was heart breaking to watch.  I decided right then to help and knew I needed some mint oil I could buy at a local Ace Hardware store so I jumped into my Jeep and drove there right away!  While there I ran into a guy I used to be acquainted with who worked for an International Corporation that I used to work for and we just talked about those good old days and how there were lots of great guys we knew working there and got caught up a bit. This guy Jeff knew one particular guy I used to work with out on the road driving interstate for some years on and off and how he was a great family man who also liked helping nature and animals so I felt this all added up to being a God Sent to keep on; that this was the right direction and that God wanted me to keep following this path!  We said good bye after checking out of the store and had exchanged numbers so we can talk again sometime.

I drove back home and I went to that neighbor that has the old car parked by the hedges and pointed out what actually had happened in detail now that I had all the pieces to the puzzle and we watched from a deck staircase area as I explained and pointed out where the skunk was.  Then as he heard our voices talking he came toward us I’m sure because he recognized this voice of mine like animals do here and I think he was seeking my help or at least something to give him a sense of direction. perhaps even comfort as I’m sure he felt crushed inside to be sporadically traumatized seeing his dead mate; from how peacefully things had been before this fateful previous night.  The neighbor hurried back inside wanting to make certain of not being sprayed as I watched the little guy and said, “Just don’t spray me; I’m going to help you with this now.”  As he walked around just a couple of feet from me under the wooden steps to the deck I sprayed some mint oil around into the air and near the steps which did act as a mild repellent and he went off toward my property and out of sight behind some fencing.  I jumped into action and ran home into my garage and got a shovel and sprinted back to the car because I knew the skunk could be back any moment and being confused perhaps not understanding what I was doing with his mate he may very well instinctively spray me.  I had asked my neighbor already if I can retrieve the dead skunk from under the car and could I just dig a hole a few feet down to bury it and probably that will end this dilemma doing us all some good and she said, “by all means sure, absolutely!”  I did it quickly and mission accomplished in time, because then as I continued to monitor the situation I saw that the skunk was spending time on my property and then on some adjacent land, which seemed to indicate he may have caught on to my intervention and was making some kind of adjustment internally and felt a good change coming or in the air.  Also, after the burial I had ran back home and on my concrete driveway I dossed the shovel with gasoline and lit it up to sterilize it and just as it lay burning which drew most of my attention there to it, the skunk came hobbling or almost lumbering as they do as fast as he could toward me and the burning shovel catching me by surprise.  I was a bit startled just as he must have been to see fire dead ahead of him; and never having seen it or known what it is or how dangerous, it still went up to it until the heat and reality of a danger struck him in the face.   He didn’t run from it but to my surprise walked as close as he could to it like a fighter to face it and then went around it and on to his continued trek up and around the front of my home as I called to him saying, “its going to be OK now little fella!”  As a sister of mine said to me in a conversation about battles we face in life and some I personally have in recent years and how she thought I have brass ones, which I have to say I think the skunk does too or at least he does now after interacting with me for the short time he did, “knowing I was there the whole time to back him up” but still maintaining a distance all the while my watchful eye wouldn’t be going away and ultimately “we worked together” to get through this difficult time and in the process learned so much more about each other!

So night would be coming soon and things were calming down when as I walked around the front of my home toward the road I looked up and perhaps a hundred feet away a man was walking in my direction and yelled out, “hello!”  He had a paper in his hand and I said, “what are you selling,” and said, “nothing,” when all of a sudden I realized I know this guy and we used to talk several years ago when he would walk by on his way from his parent’s home about a mile away to one of the Catholic churches about another mile away from my home.  I said, “oh wait it’s you John wow; I haven’t seen you in ages and how are you?”  He said, “Yes I’ve been away and lived in Boston for a while and still working toward becoming a priest!”  I told him, “fantastic and so good to see you again,” so we talked there about the ordeal I just experienced and he said while we talked he saw the skunk just as we began talking and I hadn’t mentioned it yet, so he thought it was like a pet because it got up fairly close behind me as if it was used to me and belonged there, so he didn’t think anything odd of it, as it then went off into the bushes and shrubs.  I went on to tell how the skunk kept sadly circling around all afternoon and I buried his mate but he many times during the experience kept coming right at me and John said, “aw he wanted some love,” and I said, “you know you’re right he just wanted to get some consoling and to know he is loved!”  I didn’t want John to be late to church so I said, “hey if you don’t mind I’ll take the walk with you to the main road which isn’t so far and going in your direction so then we can get caught up on the way!”  We went over some of the major events that had occurred with me and how had to do a lot of studying and work with the church and now was back to stay here at least for a while and we agreed to keep in contact better from now on.

Later after nearly a couple of hours had passed since parting ways with John and nightfall was approaching, when I went outside after having a little dinner and caught the young guy with the Chihuahua again who was walking passed my home, so I had to let him know how it all worked out and how the skunk apparently was adjusting back to his more normal behavior and that he wouldn’t have to be too concerned when walking by that old car with his little dog but just to keep an eye open until we’re sure.  I was then talking to this guy about God which actually came up naturally in the conversation and how with faith we get though all things this life can toss our way and God is in charge so we just need to try our best to follow His will.  Suddenly coming up on the road behind me as we talked as I had just turned slightly to see if the skunk was still being resolved now as it was getting dark and he may be more prone to show up following his paths again; when who shows up behind me this time not the skunk but it’s John going back to his parents from church.  At that instant I said, “and speaking of God as we just were, this is another man I know John,” and introduced them to each other as they shook hands.  It seems like the God connection to every bit of this daily journey was complete, but as we all realized it was getting dark and need to call it a day we all said have a good night and John and I talked a couple of minutes and then he walked off.

I went inside my house and got ready to install a new garbage disposal under the kitchen sink and as I got into it I had to stand up and get another tool when I see out on the open property to the rear of my home a dog running like the wind all over the place and noticed a van with the obvious owner standing by it so I wanted to check to see who it was as it was very low light and hard to make out who it was for sure from the distance we were apart; but no matter who, I was going to mention the distraught skunk and to keep an eye open so they don’t confront each other.  When I approached I could see it was another old neighbor going way back who I hadn’t seen lately but he has family living nearby even were the skunk had  made some paths.  Turns out he wanted to see what had happened with the skunk after hearing about it via his relative and brought his dog an Irish Wolfhound for the ride and was letting it stretch its legs as it did occasionally near his own home.  I thought there seems to be some freedom and natural order in the air now and this dog just showed us the joy of life that God created to cap off the day!

This led me to of course contemplate the day’s events and again being an animal lover as I am, appreciating all of God’s little creatures and this Joy of Life we and they feel I couldn’t help but focus again on my little skunk friend!  How he went from being lost and frantic reaching out to a tough and even cruel world for some help or like John said, “aw he wanted some love.”  That little creature went through the full spectrum of emotions or what it is to be happy and sad all in one day!  I could now see clearly he had needed to find balance again!  But he was feeling so much loss and separation and seemed to be aimlessly wandering and wasn’t; he was retracing all of his recent footsteps and paths that he walked in the night with his companion or mate and was truly stuck in that mode to be doing it in broad daylight when he is a fairly slow moving target for predators or anything else that might come up in the man-made world; but even so he was compelled to search and not give up trying.  He like all the animal critters  in my immediate area for at least a quarter mile radius know me as the friendly caring human  that talked to the wildlife when  they are being close up and more personal toward me, knowing I have rewarding treats like getting a free snack the way we humans starting as children to adulthood like a piece of pie or free fruit and candy, so too the animals can appreciate something they don’t get easily on their own or at all; but is so delicious they can’t pass it up.  So they overcome general instinctual distrust or fear and give hope a chance to take root.

While this traumatized mammal walked it seems aimlessly over and over again all the trails it followed nightly on its foraging expeditions it was seeking balance and as it saw me out there it kept trying to come to me for what the man John I hadn’t seen in a few years said when he saw was going on; it was “looking for some love,” a helping hand in time of need!   Yes, as the animal actually knew of me and didn’t feel lack of trust but believed enough in me to know I would do him no harm he kept looking for me as he went in what seemed circles struggling to make heads or tails out of a horrific traumatic end to his happy relationship with his mate.  As the day progressed I did get closer but never so close that I would do what I wanted to do which was to cuddle and pet the little guy and tell him everything will be fine in time you will have a mate again and you will have young kits of your own to enjoy with your mate and help a new generation begin.  But him knowing I took care of the deceased mate gave him comfort and he didn’t have that dead body in his face reminding him that something tragic just happened and how ill equipped he felt or was to fix it all.  That is us too; without our Creator we are suffering and at other times so happy to be alive and when in doubt or confused and broken in our hearts we seek out the one we know will do right by us and never would harm us, our Maker!  We are all learning and helping each other to learn what God wants us to learn, yes even sometimes from a skunk!  I see a demonstration in this event of God’s telling us that having Faith is always the key to never give up the ship as the Captain would say and we all know that perseverance and hanging in there is first and foremost to anything that lives so I was there to reassure the little critter in a time of great need and then he was able to carry on and do what God intended he do which is to live his life out as a skunk the best it can and just accept the good with the bad so that the optimum good will be derived from that life and in the end result of all of this world God will have the final say in every single thing, no two ways about it; He is the all-knowing and all powerful Creator who will have His accounting for everything He made out of His eternal infinite love!  Trust in the Lord and turn it over to Him so you can each day get up and say, thank You God for all You have given to me and this world, I thank You in the name of Jesus Christ as I have complete faith in You and that You will direct my paths until You are ready to take me from here to where You dwell forever!  Amen.

Lawrence Morra

What did the Skunk tell me and You; not Peeyew!