Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend


Yesterday, I spent time with local friends. Today, I'm off to be with family in NJ (as the morning fog burns off). Tomorrow, if the rain holds off, I'll be here watching the annual Memorial Day Parade with neighbors as it passes here and continues into the park for hours of entertainment. Wherever you are, I hope you're enjoying good weather and having fun.





Gregg Allman, another entertainer who influenced the world of rock, died Saturday. As with most of the other musicians who died in 2016-2017, there was a history of substance abuse which takes us to mental illness - we all know the pattern. I remember Gregg Allman when he married Cher and had a son, Elijah Blue, who at 40 is a musician following in the footsteps of his famous parents.




Last week, Hillary Clinton seemed to compare Richard Nixon to Donald Trump during her commencement address at Wellesley College. As I watched her on the news, my thoughts seem to echo the words of the news anchor ... "The last thing we need is a repeat of Clinton vs Trump from 2016. The election is over." Both candidates were flawed as people sought change without realizing we are forever programmed for destruction in physical reality. Toda,y we see the flaws and expect the realization of issues means things can be fixed, but unfortunately they can't. It's mostly about money, but goes deeper into the emotional and mental states that permeate the grids.




The summer is just ahead which takes us to climate - from physical to emotional. Trump is back home with increasing issues and questions that go to policy and conspiracy which will take a long time to resolve if ever. Remember its conspiracies that drive this reality. Trump will will discuss his first trip abroad as president saying it was tremendous and productive.





You have to admit there were some humorous moments ...from Melania slapping Trump's hand when he tried to hold hers, Trump's awkward handshake with French President Macro, and funniest of all pushing the prime minister of Montenegro aside to get to the front. Can you imagine the jokes about him after the Trumps departed.

Melania, on the other hand was at home in Europe displaying style and confidence as FLOTUS. She was a welcome distraction from her husband's shenanigans. Melania will shine again as she and their son, Barron, move to the White House next month. Donald and Melania are generations and worlds apart on all levels.





May 28, 2017

Indianapolis 500

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Ramandan Begins

May 26 - June 24, 2017

Ramadan Begins

Young Muslims From Across the World on the Challenges and Joys of Ramadan  
Time - May 26, 2017




Back Story from the NY Times




The annual G7 Summit begins today in Taormina, a town on the Sicilian coast perhaps best known for being described as "a polite synonym for Sodom" by Sir Harold Acton, a British aesthete, scholar and writer. It became a hub for gay men after Wilhelm von Gloeden arrived there from Germany in the 1870s and pioneered the nude male photograph.

Many writers have stayed in Taormina, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway, who once described it as so pretty "it hurts to look" at. Looming over Taormina is an active volcano, Mount Etna, which has also made a literary appearance: Cyclops lives there in Homer's "Odyssey."

Locals hope Etna, which erupted in March, does not interrupt the G-7 meetings. "We hope everyone will put their differences aside and come together here, and we hope that Mount Etna cooperates," said Pippo Perdichizzi, the owner of an ice cream shop in Taormina. If the volcano does cooperate, Mr. Perdichizzi plans to serve "Coppa Trump," made with red, white and blue gelato and topped with an orange swirl, in homage to President Trump's "tuft."




Just One More Post


The stories out of the White House just keep coming and coming like a snowball out of hell. Just when you think things couldn't get worse and you want to take a mental break from all of this it draws you back in. Looking at this from outside the box, what is the point? We don't really know what's behind Trump's ridiculous behavior as we sit back and shake our heads in disbelief. If the plan is to keep us confused and perhaps for some disoriented, it appears to be working. As for me I'm just sitting back and letting things unfold. Some days I watch the news ... other days I pass. Sometimes I wonder if my computer is going to crash, or go on strike, if I put up one more Trump post.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How we react



As we approach Memorial Day weekend - in the energies of a Gemini New Moon (Supermoon) tonight - rain continues in the northeast with Saturday the only scheduled dry day. It doesn't feel right to complain about the weather, or anything else, as so many grieve for the lives lost in Manchester and what most of us sense is ahead. Yesterday I listened to many of the entertainers who perform in concert here and abroad. Some have cancelled their performances while others say they will not let fear rule. The way humanity deals with the built-in mechanism of fear varies from person to person and situation to situation. Water (rain) affects emotions.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Remembering Roger Moore


October 14, 1927 - May 23, 2017




English actor Sir Roger Moore died Tuesday.
I remember him best as James Bond.
Though he may have starred in the most Bond films,
Sean Connery remains my personal 007 favorite.

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89  
BBC - May 23, 2017




May 24-30, 2017

Fleet Week NYC

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Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week's festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States.







May 24, 1883

Brooklyn Bridge Opens   Wired

Brooklyn Bridge   Wikipedia

  Brooklyn Bridge Opens Google Videos

A friend named John Klein told me his grandfather helped build the bridge - his name carved on it along with other workers.


Ellie at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge - December 2015


Brooklyn Bridge Alien Abduction

Philips Coppens: The Linda Napolitano Alien Abduction 1989




May 24, 1967

Eric Close is an award winning American actor. Filmography

Eric Close played the alien in Steven Spielberg Presents Taken

  Eric Close Google Videos


We all play many roles in life. I'm always looking for something different.

Eric Close Quotes




Sometimes I think I was guided to live at the foot of the Verrazano Bridge for a reason




The energies always feel right ... I'm home.


Do you remember the days before cell phones when we searched for a pay phone ...
or even further back in the Superman days of phone booths?
I couldn't resist taking pics of the fate of these side-by-side phones.
The one on the left is just a face with nothing inside.
The one on the right is totally stripped down with a souvenir.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Madness in Manchester



Another horrific attack, in a long list of chaos permeating the human condition in end times. Security is stepped up here in the city though no reported threat. It's always sad to read about acts of violence throughout the world and for many the fear of not knowing what's coming next. The investigation in Manchester continues, the word grieves once again, and for most life continues on.

  Manchester suicide last - Live updates   BBC - May 23, 2017

Just as the lights were coming on and pink balloons were dropping at the close of Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device. At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured, including children from the 23-year-old American singer's adoring fan base. The terrorist attack is the deadliest on British soil since the 2005 London transit bombings. Children were among 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain's Manchester Arena. Officials said 59 other people were wounded, including some who suffered life-threatening injuries. Many others remained missing early Tuesday. The incident sparked a nightlong search for loved ones as frantic parents tried to locate their kids. One witness told NBC News that she saw "a red-orange-looking flash" and heard an "incredibly loud bang" which triggered chaos.




May 23, 1946

H. Paul Shuch

H. Paul Shuch is an award winning American scientist
and engineer who has coordinated radio amateurs to
help in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. SETI


We seek to answer a fundamental question that has haunted humankind.
Are we alone?

H. Paul Shuch


May 24, 1883

Brooklyn Bridge Opens   Wired

Brooklyn Bridge   Wikipedia

  Brooklyn Bridge Opens Google Videos


Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions

In his 1996 Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions, artist and UFO investigator Budd Hopkins presents his third book recounting stories of people who claim that aliens from outer space abducted them and conducted medical and breeding experiments on them. The book focuses on the travails of one women, Linda Cortile (pseudonym), at the hands of both alien and human tormentors in 1989. While the author boasts that this story proves that powerful, nonhuman intelligences have long been at work on a covert agenda involving thousands upon thousands of traumatized men, women and children, the case is as weak, if not weaker, than those he has presented before and so hardly supplies such proof. Read more

Philips Coppens: The Linda Napolitano Abduction




Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump in Israel



It's 7:00 AM EDT as Trump's arrival in Israel plays in the background while inserting video clips and commentary from his speech yesterday in Saudi Arabia. Trump is hoping to seal the ultimate deal to bring stability, security and peace to the Middle East, and defeat terrorism. Not so easily done as his words change from moment to moment and that is not our programmed experience. I suppose in his heart he would love to be the one to achieve what those before him could not, but the world is simply not ready for compromise especially from such an unpopular American leader. As you known Trump is all about optics and the theater of politics.

Polite formalities continue ...

Trump's two-day visit in Israel will include separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that Trump feels like there's a moment in time here to advance peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. With unprecedented security for his massive entourage, Trump will also go to landmarks like the Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.

After running a decidedly pro-Israel campaign and taping three Orthodox Jews to top positions, Trump's visit to Israel should have been one of the easiest stops on his first overseas trip. But as the new president is learning, nothing is easy and he doesn't really call the shots. From the White House choice of words over the location of the Western Wall to uncertainty over whether or not the U.S. will move its embassy, there are many diplomatic landmines Trump will have to navigate in the Holy Land.

Back at home ... dramas heat up as late night talk show hosts create story lines and monologues.




Back Stories



If you are holding onto personal information from your past that triggers negative emotional responses and blocks your clarity, remember that the brain is a computer and it's time to "clear your memory". The past, in streaming consciousness, is just another grid you observed and "jumped" into for experience.


Back story today from the New York Times

On this day in 1849, an Illinois lawyer named Abraham Lincoln was issued a patent for a flotation system to lift riverboats stuck on sandbars. According to the National Museum of American History, Lincoln started boating as a teenager, along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. His device was never built, but a model of it that he had made is now housed in the museum.

Lincoln remains the only U.S. patent holder to have occupied the presidency. That made us wonder: Which other presidents held unusual titles?

In an 1862 obituary, The Times called John Tyler "the most unpopular public man that had ever held any office" in the U.S. But the presidential historian Robert Dallek isn't sure Tyler could claim that distinction: "There are plenty of rivals," he said.

At least two presidents had Native American honors: Calvin Coolidge, or "Chief Leading Eagle," was made a member of the Sioux in 1927, and Barack Obama was 'adopted' by the Crow Nation.

Grover Cleveland acted as the hangman at an execution while serving as a county sheriff.

Herbert Hoover was a mining engineer.

Lyndon B. Johnson taught elementary school.

Donald Trump: You fill in what you think he'll be remembered for. Hey ... watch your language ... remember your "Mother" board is watching.




Ellie's Gazebo Adventures in Brooklyn


Today, I returned to the Gazebo in Cannonball Park, across the street, with a client/friend named Joe after we finished his reading. There, we discovered an interesting painted wooden object which looked liked chakras to Joe and balanced stones to me. We don't know were it came from, but interesting things are often left there. George and I once hung a clear quartz crystal from the top a few days before I did a crystal workshop in the park.






Sunday, May 21, 2017

Surreal



I usually find interesting science articles to report but last week that was not the case as focus remained on the adventures of President Trump here and abroad. Most of what was reported in the science journals was redundant. There's always another dinosaur story, another exoplanet, healing and awareness, and pretty much the types of stories we've read in recent years. We go with the flow which is rapidly becoming a tsunami. A storm is coming ... or is it already here.

Trump was able to get away, at least physically, from a cascade of developments in Washington that have made a tumultuous political landscape even more turbulent. The first stop on his nine-day trip was Saudi Arabia, where he received a gold medal from the king - talk about bling! Jared Kushner helped negotiate a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudis beforehand. Critics worry that his diplomatic interests and his family's interests may become entangled which is also redundant. The president will continue on to Israel, Italy and Belgium though I'm sure the main focus of conversation is events back home.

From the Saudi Kingdom to Trump who would be King ... this experience seems surreal ... maybe that's the point.




Saving the best for last



In our crazy topsy-turvy reality   'SNL' finale had Baldwin's Trump singing and 'The Rock' running for POTUS -... and then there's Tom Hanks. Though not a fan of SNL, the finale was worth watching. Check out the video clips ... then stay tuned for the late night hosts on Monday as the humor continues. Last week Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) talked about running for president with Jimmy Fallon. What do I love about Dwayne? It's his upbeat personality and sense of humor.

From CNN: "Saturday Night Live" has come full circle. They brought back Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump as well as many of the characters from his White House to open its season finale Saturday night. The NBC variety show referenced itself by having Baldwin's Trump, as well as Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway, Scarlett Johansson's Ivanka Trump and others in the administration sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at a piano to open the show. This was reminiscent of how the show opened its first post-election episode with McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the song at the piano. "I'm not giving up," Baldwin's Trump said, echoing McKinnon's words from November. "Because I didn't do anything wrong."




'Trump, servant of God': How Saudis are viewing his visit   BBC - May 21, 2017

In stark contrast to the upbeat statements of Saudi officials concerning US President Donald Trump's visit to the kingdom on May20, many Arab Twitter users have taken a more skeptical view of the trip. At one point on Saturday, though, the term "Trump's daughter" in Arabic was the top-trending topic worldwide on Twitter. Many have taken to satire, posting images referencing negative comments by Mr Trump about Islam and Muslims. Their reaction comes ahead of his much-anticipated speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on Sunday.



May 21, 2017

Sun in Gemini

Happy Birthday to the Crystalinks readers born in Gemini.

Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by Mercury




May 21, 2017

Billboard Music Awards

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday

Insanity: Craziness prevailed yesterday here in the city as a man plowed down 23 people, with one fatality, at Times Square setting the scene for terror and panic. Heat and humidity could have added to his behavior, though he seems he be another mentally ill, drug addicted young man who went postal. His behavior could be a result of viewing vehicle terrorist attacks on TV. Death also found Roger Ailes of Fox News fame and musician Chris Cornell who helped forge a form of rock that used all its power to question rather than to exult.


Finales: As my favorite TV shows come to season finales - there was a sweet mix of emotions setting the next for the fall season. Thursday night The Blacklist and Scandal as always had brilliant writing and performances - each series airing two episodes back to back. I looked ahead at the summer schedule finding little of interest. It's all about Reality - not my thing


Politics: On the political front, you are probably up to date on local chaos, as we follow Trump abroad when he sets off today on his first trip overseas since taking office. First stop ...Saudi Arabia, which is negotiating a $100 billion arms deal with the U.S. Foreign leaders are sharing tips on meeting with Trump, including keeping their conversations brief because Trump has a short attention span. Yes, indeed ... we live in crazy times.


Royal wedding: For those of us who enjoyed Princess Kate's wedding ... On Saturday, Britain will have its closest thing to a royal wedding this year (barring any surprises from Prince Harry), when Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, marries.


142nd Preakness: I'm going with Always Dreaming again but Senior Investment looks like a good choice to place.