Weird Weekend – Atlantis and Ancient History

From the website: http://www.librarising.com/cosmology/images/atlantis.jpg

How Much History Do We Know?

I have always been fascinated by the legends of Atlantis.  I find the idea that an entire civilization could be ‘lost’ intriguing because in school we are told we know everything about man’s progressive rise.  From the hunter-gatherer, to the city-states in the Fertile Crescent, through the Victorian Age up until now the entire trend is laid out in a slow continuous climb, with the odd dip here and there, such as the Dark Ages.

In the halls of academia, the idea of any organized human settlements or civilization outside of the accepted timeline is dismissed, with anything from scorn to laughter.  The rise of humanity and civilization has been chugging along in gentle ascent, building us up to the pinnacle we now occupy, with our iPhones, plasma TV’s and central heating.  After all, we already have the sum total of all knowledge that ever was or will be.  Right?

The thing is, knowledge is always growing, expanding.  Old ideas are discarded as new evidence supplants the outdated.

For example, around the time of the invention of the steam locomotive, it was widely accepted that the human body could not withstand speeds greater than around 25 m.p.h.  We’ve kind of blown past that one, haven’t we?

Astronomers and space scientists for years have been telling us there is no water on the Moon, that Mars is an arid, dead planet and there is no life other than Earth in the solar system.    Up until just a few short years ago if you suggested that there was water, or (gasp) life on Mars, or one of the more remote outer planetary-type bodies you would be laughed at, ridiculed.  Worse, people would ask if you enjoyed your alien probing.

Today, discussion of life on Mars, or of sending a submarine probe the water ocean on Jupiter’s moon, Europa is reported in mainstream media.  No one’s asking about tinfoil hats now.

In light of this, is questioning our own history here on Earth so very Earth-shaking?  Is there any evidence of an ancient civilization?  Maybe more than one?

In the Dialogues of Plato we read about Solon, who traveled to Egypt and was told by an aged priest that there have been not one, but many deluges that have nearly wiped out human civilization.  Atlantis, destroyed around 9,000 years before Solon heard the tale, was only the most recent.  The priest tells Solon that the Egyptians have recorded many such deluges, in which humanity is knocked off whatever pinnacle of civilization it has risen to, and survivors are reduced to hunter-gather levels.  Also, the Turin Papyrus documents over 36,000 years of Egyptian history, going back to the First Time, or Zep Tepi.

Currently, humanity is considered to have transitioned from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to concentrating in villages and then cities and city-states between five and six thousand years ago.  This occurred in four separate regions, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the India and China.

From this site: http://jcolavito.tripod.com/lostcivilizations/id17.html

Except what if that timeline is wrong?  In Fingerprints of the Gods, by Graham Hancock he describes how a conference of geologists were shown pictures of erosion in a rock formation and asked to identify what type of erosion it was.  They were easily able to tell it was caused by heavy rainfall.  Then the geologists were told the photographs were of the Sphinx.  There hasn’t been heavy rainfall on the Giza plateau for more than 10,000 years.

The ruins of Tiahuanaco, lie at the south end of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia.  Originally thought to date to 4,000 years ago, mounting evidence has pushed this date back to 12,000 and even 14,000 years ago.  Huge blocks, some weighing anywhere from 150 to 440 tons are carved with machine-like precision to interlock perfectly.  Tiahuanaco, like Egypt, appears out of nowhere, a fully formed society that builds monolithic structures that would difficult if not impossible to recreate with our current technology.

Gobekli Tepe. From this site: http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2010/06jun/RIR-100624.html

Now consider Gobekli Tepe, in Turkey, discovered in the last twenty years.  Again, giant monolithic temples constructed of huge blocks.  However this collection of ruins is accepted as dating to 12,000 years ago!  Archeologists are conflicted because this is the ‘hunter-gatherer’ period and nobody at that time is supposed to have the skill or technology to construct these sorts of structures.  So how to explain this?

Unless, there was some unknown, or lost, civilization that now only persists in myth and legend.  One that had an advanced technology as evidenced by the structures that remain after so many centuries.  Atlantis.  Does it really seem so impossible now?

What do you think?  Is it possible we need to revise our current perception of human history?  Could we be ‘missing’ a large part of our past?

Please visit these sites for more information on these topics:

Gobekli Tepi      http://gobeklitepe.info/temples.html

Tiahuanaco     http://www.viewzone.com/tiax.html

Ancient Egypt and Zep Tepi    http://alternativearchaeology.jigsy.com/zep-tepi

Plato’s Dialogues on Atlantis     http://atlantis-today.com/Atlantis_Critias_Timaeus.htm

 

Wild Wednesday – Look! Zoo Animals!

A long, busy day, but I am determined to keep up my Wild Wednesday posts.  Today I made chicken dinner, a whole lot of chicken dinners, actually.  When I started the day, I had 15 of these:

Cornish Crosses

Now I have this:

A full freezer

And this:

Delicious honey-lemon chicken

But nobody really wants the details on that, and I’m too tired at this point to wax eloquent on any subject.  Instead, I’m going to let my pictures do the talking.  Let me introduce to some of the animals I used to work with:

Kubali
Mickey
Harpo
Honda

I am really looking forward to sharing some of their stories with you, but you’ll have to come back and visit again.  I have a lovely 4-day weekend coming up, so I’ll make it up to all of you with the next installment.  And, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Weird Weekend!

Ready to sink into my comfy chair with a good book.  Goodnight all!

Weird Weekend – Today’s Eclipse, The Mayan Prophecy, And Extraterrestrials

Website where I found this image: http://www.museumoftheweird.com/2012/05/12/mayan-calendar-extends-well-beyond-2012/

So today’s post was going to be something completely different, but then I remembered what today is…it’s May 20th, 2012!  And something incredible will take place in our skies.  If you’re east of the Mississippi, well, sorry, it won’t be visible to you, but for us west coasties and desert dwellers we will be treated to an annular eclipse of the sun.

What’s that mean?  Annular and total eclipses of the sun occur when the entire disc of the moon passes in front of the disc of the sun.  With a total eclipse, the sun is completely obscured and it becomes nighttime dark.

This video shows a cool ground view, with inset of the moon’s transit across the sun:

 

 

In annular eclipses, the moon does not completely obscure the sun, but leaves a bright ring of fire, and the darkness is not as deep.

As I write this, it’s due to start in just a few hours.  Here’s the path it will travel, timetables, and the website where I found this map:

 

 

http://earthsky.org/tonight/annular-eclipse-of-the-sun-china-to-texas-on-may-20-or-may-21

 

From the purely scientific it’s a pretty cool thing.  Here in Puget Sound we won’t get the full, annular view, instead it will look like a partial ring with the open ‘horns’ pointing toward the lower left.  Actually, I’m unlikely to see anything at this point.  After weeks of gorgeous clear weather, the usual Seattle rain has settled back over the skies in an unwelcome blanket.  While my garden is a little thirsty and the moisture is welcome, the timing couldn’t be worse!

Throughout the centuries, eclipses have been viewed as deeply mystical events, feared or welcomed.  Sacrifices and prayers were made to ensure the safe return of the sun.  Ancient Chinese, Mayan, Egyptian and other cultures made studies of the sky and were able to predict their occurrences.  Diverse cultures from around the globe tell stories of the sun being consumed, native Americans say a bear, the Chinese, a dragon, Nordic cultures tell of the sun being chased and eaten by wolves.

This eclipse carries an added, mystical significance.  It marks the alignment of the sun, moon, galactic center, and the main star of the Pleiades star cluster.  This group of stars is significant in both the ancient Mayan and Egyptian cultures.  Depending on which website you read will find that this day will see a huge energetic surge in the process of uplifting the Earth and her peoples in their evolutionary progress.

Much of the furor surrounding 2012 concerns not an end of the world, apocalyptic scenario, but rather the Earth moving into a higher vibrational state.  This alignment supposedly represents opening a doorway to these higher states, which the Earth will slowly move into.  Some have called this upcoming time the Age of Aquarius.

In the astronomical sense, we are at the cusp of precessional movement from the Piscean age into the Aquarian age.  This alignment is one that only occurs every 26,000 years, and pinning down an exact date is not an easy thing,  with many conflicting reports.  Determination of which age we are in is calculated by the position of the rising sun on the spring equinox and which astrological sign is seen behind it.

Movement through each age takes roughly 2500 years, and defining characteristics of each sign are said to correspond to Earthly events; for example, during the Taurean age, worship of the Apis bull in Egypt rose.  The Piscean age saw the rise of Christianity, Buddhism and other religions, and is to represent humanity’s deepening spirituality.  Others go further and claim that we have allowed the ego to take over and bury our spiritual nature beneath dogma.  In the Aquarian Age, this and other illusions are supposed to be removed, allowing for greater group awareness and expanded consciousness.

In researching this, I found a number of websites that added an extraterrestrial component.  Some state that this date, this eclipse were predicted by the Mayans as the return of the gods from the Pleiades.  Others showed crop circle formations that decoded to indicate this date as significant.  Not sure how a crop circle is decoded, some claim the aliens making them are using a binary code.  Interesting reading, but not one I can have a firm opinion about.

Here’s some of the sites I visited:

 

http://www.thetruthbehindthescenes.org/2012/04/30/annular-solar-ring-of-fire-eclipse-of-may-20-2012/

 

http://www.hogueprophecy.com/2012/05/annular-eclipse-2012-and-earthquakes/

 

http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/preparing-may-20-eclipse-and-ascension-trigger

 

http://www.ourufosociety.com/ufo-news-articles/galactic-alignment-may-20th-2012/

 

http://www.astrodynamics.net/Articles/Cycles/Age%20of%20Aquarius.htm

 

Are you somewhere you can see the eclipse?  Will you be partying in the shadow or hoping to feel the energetic surge?  Will you let me know if you do feel or see anything?  Because here in the Northwest, even if aliens do plunge out of the sun, I won’t be able to see it.  However, if my Wild Wednesday post doesn’t go up, blame our new ET overlords.

Lastly, do you think 2012 is a time of transition, as the Mayans and others claim?  Or will this year come and go with nothing more exciting than the political comic drama currently taking place?  Hope to hear from you!

Wild Wednesday – Taming The Wild Garden

A gardener’s work is never done, but even if you let things slide you can still reclaim what you’ve neglected.  I certainly neglected a corner of my garden.  It looked awful; scruffy and overgrown with weeds and grass.

This is half-way tamed.

See how long and luxurious that grass is back behind my grape and trellis?  Now picture that grass spreading all the way across the rest of the picture, surrounding the grapes and filling in wherever there’s dirt.  That’s what I started with, this is about half-way done with getting rid of the grass and weeds.

Have you ever pulled out a thick carpet of healthy grass by hand?  It’s not easy, I definitely got my workout today!  But what to do with all that grass?

Wild Wednesday Chicken Tip:

You can feed your weeds to your chickens, as long as you haven’t used any pesticides or weedkiller around them.  Hub and I call it ‘giving them some chicken salad.’  Okay, maybe that’s only funny to us.  Anyway, chickens love dandelions and grass, luckily two things I have in abundance.  They best part is you don’t even have to knock all the dirt off the roots, they love to scratch through it for bugs!

Araucana chick playing queen of the hill.

It took me all day, but I managed to transform my cluttered, scruffy neglected garden corner into this:

I had stared at that corner for weeks thinking, I gotta do something about that, but wasn’t sure what.  Aside from the obvious need to remove the overgrown sea of grass, I wanted to make it a useable space, but I didn’t know what I wanted there.  I was dealing with other projects, and because I wasn’t ready to do anything with the raised bed in that part of the garden either, I just sort of shrugged my shoulders at it.

As I tugged on grass, sifted the rocks out of the dirt, and carried each and every one of those pavers, it occurred to me that gardening is good for a number of things.

It teaches me that it’s okay to prioritize things.  That corner could have grown quietly for another week or two if need be, and had gone to the wild side while I took care of more critical projects.  Did the heavens fall from my neglect?  Heavens no!  One of the best lessons I ever learned was that perfection is not necessary.  I learned to let go of the obsessive perfectionism of my youth, and it’s done wonders for my stress level.

It keeps me active and physically fit.

It gets me outside, closer to nature.  I’ve learned to appreciate the movements of the seasons, and it gives me a deep sense of spiritual satisfaction to take my garden through the yearly cycle.  Gardening is a very spiritual experience for me, the physical activity is fairly routine, and this frees my mind to practice certain meditative techniques.

I take time to appreciate the beauty surrounding me, and say a little prayer of gratitude.  Does that sound cheesy?  Take a few moments with the flowers in my garden and see if you still feel the same.

I’m kind of into purple and pink, and it shows in a lot of my flower choices.

Gardening also teaches me patience.  Somethings are really worth the wait, the time and the care you put into them.  Even if you don’t get immediate dividends, the waiting itself can be a positive experience.

For example, I started an asparagus bed.

That’s not very exciting at all, is it?  Asparagus is best started as a crown, every little mound there contains one of these little beauties:

Kind looks like one of those face-hugger beasties from Alien, doesn’t it?  I’m lucky to live in a place where asparagus will grow like a weed…once it’s established, which is the tricky part.  You can see I’ve dug down (well to be honest, loving Hub dug the bed for me) made little mounds and lovingly placed each crown on it’s own little pillow of dirt and compost.

Cover them up, water and watch them put up little spears, adding more dirt as they grow upwards until the whole bed is filled in at the end of summer.  I’ll watch them put up little spears, which will turn into little ferny things, waiting for the bed to establish itself.  During that time, I’ll still have to maintain them, keeping their bed weed-free and watered.  I’ll do this for the next three years, only then can I enjoy my delicious, home-grown asparagus.  No, that’s not a typo…three years until I can harvest.  Once that bed is established though, it will produce for up to 30 years.  It’s a good thing Hub and I love asparagus, huh?

One of the best things my garden has taught me, is the value of delayed gratification.  It’s helped me develop my patience and, as odd as it sounds, an appreciation for waiting.  Think about that.  We all spend, or waste, time waiting…in line, at a stoplight.  Do you spend your time building your irritation, and focusing on how tense you are?  What if instead you gave yourself permission to let go of your anger and frustration?  Give yourself permission to take one or two deep breaths, and relax.  Focus on something you’re grateful for…your kids, your husband, your dog, your health, the list goes on, instead of concentrating on how angry you are to be sitting in traffic.

Try this a few times and see if it doesn’t put you in a better frame of mind.  I’m really curious to hear how it works for you!  Please drop me a comment and tell me if you found sitting at stoplights or standing in line a little more bearable if you take a few seconds to breathe, and relax.

Weird Weekend – How Real Is The Paranormal?

It’s all just in your head.

You have a very active imagination.

You should pay attention to the real world and not a bunch of made up ‘stuff.’

I use the word ‘stuff’ here because the actual word involved male cattle and their end products.  I get that a lot of my interests are found on the fringes of normal.  I love a good conspiracy theory, and I read books that many would dismiss as pure fantasy.  I’ve been told everything above more times than I can count.  If you read back through my blog you’ll see that I’ve had plenty of encounters with the otherworldly.

When does a first-hand account matter, and when is it dismissed?  Is the only evidence necessary that which we see or feel?  Does something have to be measurable by current technology to be valid?

What happens when science starts to catch up to theory, or myth?

Have you heard of Michiu Kaku?  He is the co-founder of string theory which is said to bridge the gap between classical and quantum physics.  Dang, I sounded smart just there, didn’t I?  I’m not much of a physicist, so I rely on sites like this one to help me through.  Parts of string theory rely on the existence of other dimensions than the four we are used to; height, length, width and time.  I have to ask, if there can be extra dimensions, why couldn’t there be worlds, or intelligences that exist within them, just as we exist in the dimensions of the ‘real’ world?

Do you want to automatically say No?  Why?  Do you see the possibilities and also wonder?

What if our myths, legends and religious tales stemmed from breaks in those dimensional barriers, and those other beings crossing over?  What if some people here on Earth were able see through those dimensions, to the worlds beyond?

Have you seen a ghost?  What if tales of things such as demi-gods, werewolves, vampires, or other paranormal creatures like centaurs and dragons were glimpses into dimensions just next to ours?  Are people who report, and consider such things merely delusional?  Why have such stories persisted through the centuries?  Have you seen something you couldn’t explain, and didn’t report because you were afraid people would think you were crazy?  Will you share it with us here?  Were you peering through the walls that separate those dimensions we’ve not yet learned to measure?

Wild Wednesday – How To Raise Chickens In The City

What You Need To Raise Chickens

 

1 month old Araucana pullet

 

At work, I am affectionately (I think!) known as the Crazy Chicken Lady.  Not many people raise their own meat and egg-producers, and as someone pointed out, “You know, they sell eggs and chicken at the grocery store, you don’t need to go to all this work.”  Yeah, I did know, thanks!  I raise chickens because I really enjoy knowing that some of the food my family and I eat is raised, and killed ethically, treated humanely and that I provide them with the best life possible while they are with me.

But that’s not the only reason…chickens are fun, they give you eggs, they’ll rid your garden of pests, and they’ll eat your weeds.  With the right handling they can even be affectionate.  Really!  Okay, I also know not everyone wants to commit to this level of urban farming, and no worries, it’s not for everyone.

One of my Dark Brahma’s looking like a baby pterodactyl. Complete with ‘prey’ in her beak!

However…if you’ve ever thought you might like to try your hand at chicken ranching in the city, go for it!  I’ll bet you find it’s easier and more rewarding than you thought.  Here’s what you need:

 

  1. Some chickens
  2. A safe place for the chickens to sleep and lay eggs
  3. A safe place for the chickens to spend the day
  4. Chicken food
  5. Water

 

See?  Simple, but, of course there is also the time commitment factor.  Expect to spend some time every day with your flock, feeding, watering, gathering eggs and cleaning their pen.  It’s important to get to know your birds, so spend some time observing their behavior and how they interact.  If you know how your girls act normally you’ll be able to quickly spot if one starts to exhibit signs of stress or illness.  On workdays, I take between 5 and 10 minutes in the morning to let the girls out and make sure feed and water is full for the day.  I take 15 minutes or so in the evening after work to check each one, gather eggs, top off water and food, and close them in for the night.  Weekends and days off I move them to different pens for variety, clean pens and scrub feeders and waterers.

Where do you get your chickens?  I ordered mine from McMurray Hatchery but most feed stores will have live chicks in the spring, or you can search online through places like Craig’s List or even the newspaper will likely have a pet or livestock section.

 

Chicks Or Older Girls?

Ball of fluff?

Or teenager?

This is entirely up to you.  Chicks are fragile and require extra care, can die easily and often without warning or sign of sickness, but they will be the least expensive option.  For best success you should keep them indoors, in a draft-proof pen (I used a large cardboard box) and a heat lamp is a must.  They won’t start to lay until they’re around 4 months old, so you’ll have to be patient, but you’ll get the most eggs out of a bird in her first year or so; after about 2 years, egg production drops off.  Pullets (hens under 1 year) or hens will be anywhere from $8 to $20 per bird, but less likely to die on you spontaneously.  You’ll have the instant gratification eggs almost immediately, but if you buy older girls, you may have slower egg production.  You might consider this a bonus if it’s just you or one other person and you don’t know what you’d do with a bunch of extra eggs.  I just sold my 2 ½ year old hens, 4 of them, to a family that wanted to try chickens but didn’t want to bother with chicks this year.

 

Where Chickens Come Home to Roost

Literally. This is where my chickens roost at night to sleep.

Hens need a henhouse; someplace they can sleep at night, with nest boxes for egg laying.  A henhouse needs to be secure from predators; things like foxes, coyotes, cats, raccoons and even rats love to find henhouses with easy access.  Chickens shut down in the dark.  Their eyesight is poor at night and they know that lots of things out there in the dark like to eat them, so their instinct is to find a safe place to roost when the sun goes down and not move until morning.  If a night-roaming predator makes it into your henhouse, your girls will not have a chance, and the predator will have an easy meal.

Nest boxes should be big enough that your hens can stand up, 12” x 12” x 12” should do.  Make them easy to access for egg collection and cleaning.

Chickens also need some land they can forage around in during the day, but you still need to protect them from wandering predators.  Cats, hawks, roaming dogs are all a danger to your flock.

There are plenty of online chicken supply sites.  Check out places like My Pet Chicken, Omlet, or Backyard Chickens for more information on breeds, chicken coops for sale, plans to build your own coop, feed and equipment.  A plethora of chicken information is available to you.

You should check your local laws regarding keeping chickens in your town.  Some have limits on how many birds you can keep, and many prohibit roosters.  You also want to be a good neighbor; let yours know you plan to add chickens to your yard.  Generally, free eggs help smooth things over.

Luxury! An indoor henhouse, no standing in the rain and snow to clean!

This is my henhouse.  It’s in my garage, so my hens are doubly protected from the elements.  It also means I can clean it in the coldest and wettest seasons and still stay dry.  The nest boxes are on the left, the perches are on the right, and there is a door cut into the garage wall that gives them access to their enclosed run.  The run is roofed over with chicken wire, and it runs on two sides of the garage, giving the girls plenty of room to roam.  They are safely enclosed in the run, and I don’t worry that the neighborhood cats are stalking my hens while I’m at work.  I’ve never,  ***knocks on wood***, lost a bird to predation.  Also, I have two other pens that I can rotate my flock to during the day to give them some variety and a change of scene.

Easy access to nestboxes, and perches.

 

Note how the door to the outdoor run is blocked with the metal bar to prevent any predators from pushing into the henhouse at night.

The litter tray pulls out, making cleaning easy.

 

Feeding.  There are lots, and lots, and lots of commercially available chicken feeds out there.  I give my girls a locally milled, non-GMO, organic feed, but your local feed store should have a good selection or be able to answer any questions.  You can also give your chickens scraps:  left over greens or fruit, plain yoghurt or cottage cheese.  They love to hunt for bugs; if you turn them loose in your yard to forage they will help control pests.  However, if you have delicate or valuable plants, you will want to protect them from scratching chickens.  Laying hens need extra calcium for making shells, be sure to provide plenty of oyster shell (again available at feed stores).  I just fill up a feeder and leave it to the hens to eat it when they need it.  I figure they know better than I when they need more calcium.

Hens drink more water than you think.  Provide them with plenty of fresh water daily.

Enjoy those fresh, delicious and good-for-you eggs!  Read here about why your eggs will be healthier than those produced by factory farm chickens.  Yes, there is a difference!

Have you raised chickens?  What are some of your favorite breeds?  Do you long for some little cluckers of your own?  What else do you think you’d need to make your fowl fancies come true?

I always enjoy reading your comments!  Thank you for stopping by and please share your thoughts with me.

All pictures are taken by and under copyright to me.  Please ask permission before using. Thank you!

Weird Weekend – Vampires, Werewolves, and Bestsellers, Oh My!

So I’ve got to work on the consistency thing, but it seems that for the first time in a long time I’ve bitten off way more than I can chew.  Getting the garden going, managing feeding, watering and cleaning up after 29 chickens takes up the little time I have after work.  I found myself falling asleep at my computer!

But with the weekend comes extra sleep and some free time, so here is my next Weird Weekend installment.

Source: http://www.dvd-ppt-slideshow.com/blog/get-free-twilight-saga-new-moon-powerpoint-backgroundstemplates/

On my breaks at work, I’ve been reading New Moon.  I’m sure this will cause legions of girls to hate me…but I was not impressed with Twilight, and didn’t get its appeal.  There must be far too many years between me and my angst-ridden teens.  And while I was deep in their throes, yes, I fantasized about odd things, but nothing about snuggling up to an icy cold, sparkly dead guy sounded awesome then or now.  So I mostly yawned through the pages, irritated by Bella perpetual klutziness and self-deprecation and Edward’s arrogance and obsession.

I picked up Twilight in the spirit of research.  I’ve written my own urban fantasy novel about werewolves, and for the two years I was constructing my own world, I avoided the genre.  I’m a hardcore geek, former RPG’er, and life-long sci-fi fantasy reader, watcher, but by the time I came up for air and looked around, I was astonished by the sheer volume of choices out there.  It is staggering, and I decided to start with this vampire/werewolf series, and try to figure out what was Twilight’s ‘IT’ factor?

Is this hot, or not? Source: http://digitalcitizen.ca/2009/12/30/twilight-and-new-moon-wallpapers-1024-x-768-pixels-part-1/edward-cullen-poster-1024×768/

I finished Twilight a few months ago and was baffled by ‘IT.’  A friend told me that the devotion Edward had for Bella was the hook for her, “I just wish I could find someone to love me like that.”  To me, a stalker-ish dead guy with control issues is not sexy, it’s scary.  To tell the truth, I found his character unlikeable, and Bella irritating.  I was somewhere between 30 and 50 pages into New Moon when I realized ‘IT.’

I guess I am on Team Jacob, because he is so much Edward’s complete opposite; Stephanie Meyer emphasizes his warmth and Bella calls him the ‘sun.’  I never understood Bella’s attraction to Edward, but Jacob is another story!  And somewhere in Bella’s mental maunderings I began to hear echoes of my 16-year-old self.  I realized that if I were 16 right now, I would be devouring these books whole again and again.  I wouldn’t have been into Edward, but I would have been all about Jacob.  I too, would memorize every word, and treasure them up like gems.  I was in a fair way to disliking the series, and somehow Stephanie Meyers managed to connect me to a person I thought I’d left far behind, my teenage self.  I got ‘IT’!  In Bella’s self-talk I could hear echoes of the young girl I was, sifting through every word said and expression change.  What teenage girl has not thought that she was nothing special?  Not pretty enough, not graceful, and always managing to say or do the wrong thing?  Bella does all that and more and yet she still manages to get two (well, ONE, in my opinion) awesome, not to mention legendary guys to fall for her.  How can that not cause hearts and minds to race, and imagine, just for a little while that you are that one, who, as my friend said, is so utterly loved?   I even felt a little guilty that a declaration of devotion from a teen pre-werewolf could make my heart beat a little faster.  I guess shapeshifters are just my thing.

Source: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/twilight-series/images/17273251/title/jacob-black-wolf-wallpaper

What about you?  Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?  Do you get ‘IT’ or do you not understand the appeal of these books?