Weird Weekends Return!

Credit where credit is due: http://www.allnewsweb.com/

Our world is a lot stranger than you might think.  Ghosts, UFO’s, Bigfoot, Atlantis, the Loch Ness Monster and more have been a part of our society’s framework for decades.  But have you ever noticed that when any of these extra-normal topics surface, people tend to lower their voices, as if they were talking about something shameful?  There’s still a social stigma attached to ‘those types’ of discussions.  You can find on the interweb as many who disbelieve and debunk as those who have eyewitness, firsthand, or photographic evidence.  My goal is to try and break up that stigma.

What is the truth?  That is something we all have to decide for ourselves.  No, not every sighting, picture or video is real.  Obviously.  But with the body of digital data and eyewitness events growing by leaps and bounds, is right to just dismiss everything out of hand?  I’d like to offer up that we should instead be looking at and considering this rapidly growing body of data.  Science can hold the key, but science does not have all the information.  We are not reaching for the peak of all we can know, rather it is an ever-expanding pool.

Personally, I have firsthand knowledge that there is a larger reality than is currently accepted, because I can see and talk with those who live on the ‘other side.’  With Weird Weekends, I want to bring to you the strange, the out-there, the unbelievable, and the mystical.  I hope you will look at these with a fresh and open eye.

Can we talk about aliens?  It’s one of my favorite subjects.  When I was a kid in grade school learning about the solar system, I was taught that ours is the only planet with water, with life.  I was even told that it was highly likely that Earth was the only planet with any life.  That life was so incredibly complex, and the conditions on Earth just so unique that the odds were against it developing anywhere else.  I was told there was no way to travel between the stars because of the incomprehensible distance separating them.  There would be no light- or warp speed.  Childhood dreams crushed under the vicious bootheel of scientific reality.  Sigh.

Not really.  The dreams just matured.

We have managed to lob satellites to fly by all the planets and moons circling our little sun.  We’ve even dropped landers on some of them.  Guess what our little robot friends are finding?

This is not Earth, this is Mars. Pretty, isn’t it?
Credit where credit is due: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jan/27/mars-snow-space-technology-nasa

Like Curiosity on the Martian surface.  Just this week, it sent back pictures of an ancient streambed, verifying that at one time water flowed freely on Mars.  Satellite images returned from orbit show what is likely seasonal flows of water on the surface.  And as we already know, where there’s water, there’s life.  I think it’s pretty cool that within my lifetime we’ll likely have verification of life on other planets.  That’s pretty incredible when you think about it; in just 3 decades we’ve gone from being certain we were alone, to postulating life on some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

We are only one system on the outer rim of a galaxy comprised of billions of these systems.  The Kepler Mission is finding that planets circle nearly every star it looks at, and Kepler is only looking at one tiny segment of the sky.  It is only a short time until they find Earth’s twin circling a distant sun.  It is not just likely, but probable that advanced, intelligent life has evolved ‘out there’ in the cosmos.  The next question then is, have they ever come here?

That’s just one of many ‘best of’ ufo videos out there.  I particularly like the footage of the discs in the sun.  Are they real?  You decide.  Some of the clips are more compelling than others.

Why would they come here?  Why not land and introduce themselves?  Seems kind of stupid to fly a bajillion miles across interstellar space to just draw a design in the grass and fly back.  Right?

Credit where credit is due: http://mysteriesandsecrets.blogspot.com/2012/06/crop-circles.html

Why not?  It’s not as if we don’t do the exact same thing, right here on Earth.  We don’t ask permission of the wolves, or sharks or elephants when we radio tag them to track their movements.  We don’t even try and communicate with fellow denizens of our own planet that use sounds to communicate, understand grammar and syntax, and whose own vocalizations and behaviors demonstrate name recognition.  (Dolphins, in case you were wondering.)  It is entirely possible that to a visiting alien species, trying to talk to a human would be like trying to discuss physics with your cat.

It is interesting that most Americans believe in UFO’s today.

What do you think?  Are UFO’s all some crazy person’s delusion?  Or is the Earth is being visited?  Could we have been visited in our past?

Speak up!  Don’t be shy!  I really love to hear your thoughts, so tell my why you agree, or disagree.  All viewpoints are welcome.

Sorry I’ve Been Gone So Long…

I took the summer off, sort of.  I still had to go to the day job, of course; bills and mortgage…you know how that goes.  I had surgery in late June, and that was pretty much the last time you heard from me.  It’s not that anything bad happened, but it was this really transformative experience on multiple levels.

At some point in life, you’re going to reach a point where you realize you can’t do it all.  I know that everyone’s journey through this life is different.  We all face difficulties, and I thank Spirit that, while I’ve had my hard times, mostly my life has been very blessed.  But also, that our journey through the adventure that is life is uniquely our own.  I reached a point where I recognized that I’d taken on too much, and something had to give, that something was my blog and social media networking.  I’m not very technical, I deal better with warm bodies, so when I found myself falling asleep in my chair at 8:30 p.m. over dinner night after night, I knew I had to let the blogging and writing go for the summer.  I had other things I had to focus on.

In retrospect, I can see that my exhaustion was part of my healing.  It didn’t help that right after my surgery, I found I couldn’t sit to write for protracted periods, it was just too painful.  So I fell out of the writing habit in a few short weeks, and then the garden exploded.  Not literally, but my part time hobby was not so part time any more.  It’s totally been worth it!  See:

The one well-kept corner of my yard.

And then there’s the girls.  Remember my little chicks?  They’re all grown up:

The flock out enjoying some time in the play area.

Isn’t she a beauty?

They only just started laying a few weeks ago, but it’s so nice to have fresh eggs once again.

Frankly, summer up here in the Northwest really has been awesome.  We’re looking to break a record, we’re approaching 51 days without measurable rain.  That is unheard of for Seattle!  It feels like being back in SoCal, with sunny days and temps in in the high 70’s.  Gorgeous.  I mean really, it doesn’t get any better than this:

Or this:

I also realized I needed to do some work on myself.  With the surgery, and going through my healing process, I realized I had to make some changes.  I’m active; at work, in the yard, but it’s not enough to maintain health, so Hub and I joined a gym.  I’m not the weight-lifting gym rat that I was in my 20’s or even 30’s, but I’m going.  It was a bit disheartening to recognize how out of shape I drifted, but I also was gratified that I can still get on the cardio, and my body still remembers the proper form for deadlifts and squats.  I’m eating healthier too, more greens, more salads, less junk food.  Even though I still so WANT to run and just get a yummy burger and fries at time.  Still do, but FAR less than I used to.

I’ve tried in the past to get healthier, exercise more, yada, yada, blah blah.  This time, it seems to be sticking, at least for the last few months.  The key, for me, was realizing I’m not perfect.  I gave myself permission to fail.  We’ve all seen the memes running around Facebook with the inspiring quotes about getting back up, and making mistakes, right?  The most important lesson I learned this summer is this:  It really doesn’t matter how many times you fall down.  What matters is that you get back up.  Bounce back up, ease back up, ask for help back up, it doesn’t matter, so long as you get back up.

So this is me, getting back on the blogging horse.  I may be rusty, but I’m back.  Nice to see you, and thanks for reading.