Everything that can be shaken / 2018-Dec

Train Ride

As I came home this evening,  got on the wrong train. I intentionally did so as I did not want to wait around 10 minutes for my train.

Missed my jump off.  And, got off on the next one.

Switched directions and was good.

A young man was talking to himself and in between played his music a bit loud.

Made sure not to look in his direction.

And, doubly made sure “No eye contact”.

Finally, eye contact was forced as he intentionally bumped into me on his way to the “Standing Room” on the Train Bus.

The eye contact was affectionate and affirming. The way things are supposed to be.

He made ruckus with a few people.  Stared into an older man and threatened to beat him, if he hears anything.

As he got off the train, he spoke of looking forward to the day we get to see him on TV.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Takes me back to Thanksgiving dinner at my big brother’s home. Made friends with a man visiting from a foreign country.

He told me how bad things are in his country of origin.  A made man, yet he was scared about forthcoming elections. He deployed all the corruption and said that there will be wide unrest if things don’t get better.

I asked him if faith, specifically the religion we share can help.

He replied NO, and continued that he does not think so; the problems are simply too big.

Bruce Springsteen

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“A lot of what’s going on has been a large group of people frightened by the changing face of the nation,” Springsteen told Esquire magazine in a separate interview. “There seems to be an awful lot of fear.”

The founding fathers were pretty good at confronting their fears and the fears of the country. And it’s the old cliché where geniuses built the system so an idiot could run it. We are completely testing that theory at this very moment. I do believe we’ll survive. But I don’t know if I see a unifying figure on the horizon. That worries me.”

I don’t know if there is a way to really bring those jobs back and I think that’s what’s causing so much anxiety to so many Americans,” he said.

Springsteen talked his father’s experience to illustrate what he understood as reason for the  frustrations of voters.

“My father worked as a 16-year-old floor boy in the rug mill, then went off to war,” Springsteen told the Times. “When he came home, they shut the rug mill down, and he went to work on the Ford Motor plant line in New Brunswick. He worked in the Nescafé plant in Freehold. Worked in the plastics factory in town, he was a truck driver, a bus driver, drove a taxi.”

“I don’t know precisely what I’m going to do this time, but I tend to think the more you make yourself available, perhaps the less weight your word carries,” he said.

Bible Verses

Hebrews 12:26-29 ( Link )

At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe

2nd Peter 2:10-11 ( Link )

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble

Abigail Adams :- “Remember the Ladies”

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In a letter dated March 31, 1776Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams, urging him and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain.

The future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

Nearly 150 years before the House of Representatives voted to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, Adams letter was a private first step in the fight for equal rights for women. Recognized and admired as a formidable woman in her own right, the union of Abigail and John Adams persists as a model of mutual respect and affection; they have since been referred to as “America’s first power couple.”

Their correspondence of over 1,000 letters written between 1762 and 1801 remains in the Massachusetts Historical Society and continues to give historians a unique perspective on domestic and political life during the revolutionary era.

Abigail bore six children, of whom five survived. Abigail and John’s eldest son, John Quincy Adams, served as the sixth president of the United States.

Only two women, Abigail Adams and Barbara Bush, have been both wives and mothers of American presidents.

Ending it all.

Bearing the news

I ran into a friend this weekend.

He tapped my shoulders and fessed that I might not see him much longer.

He continued that he is thinking of ending it all.

He caught my attention and I looked him straight.

My look must have betrayed my feeling.

The immediacy of my thinking as to why.

He responded that he has AIDS.  His HIV had transformed into full blown Aids.

He furthered that he takes 24 pills a day.

Sharing the news

He said he called his mum and told her there was no more reason to stay here, alive.

And, that the next world must be better than this one.

He spoke of being so dispirited as he opens up and shares the news.

And, how the part that pains him the most is how people kept him at bay and how they no longer wanted to shake his hands.

Yes, some people embraced him.  But, they did not want “Skin to Skin” contact.

 

Losing the Glow

He spoke of being destruct.

The only thing he felt good about is keeping AIDS at Bay.

But, now that his HIV status has transitioned to full AIDS he no longer even has that.

I asked him how he found out and he said that he knew something was wrong has he started losing weight and that he has already lost 50.

 

Listening to

  1. Blaine Larsen
    • Blaine Larsen – How Do You Get That Lonely
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  2. Ronan Keating
    • When you say nothing at all
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Summary

I like it when there is nothing to say.

I have another friend, Michael, who has AIDS, as well.

And, he always reminds me of “Perfect Love“.

Drake And Lessons in Life

Background

For me there are so few people that I can actually journey through life with.

Drake with his vulnerability happens to be one of them.

Videos

  1. Album :- Scorpion
    • Inspiration
      • Videos

Quotes

  1. Drake
    • Into You
      • I took that energy and put it into me
    •  Career
      • “I think maybe one of my biggest concerns in my career is just to figure out how to exit gracefully,” Drake explains. “I’ve watched people overstay their welcome, and I just don’t ever want to be that guy that’s addicted to the feeling of victory, addicted to the emotion of people digesting something that they love, and get to the point I’m just feeding them something and they’re just like, ‘Yeah…'”
        • Videos
    • Chris Brown
      • Drake Says He Doesn’t Want To Be Associated With Chris brown
      • Quotes
        • In an interview with GQ Drake is asked about the altercation with Chris Brown, he said: “I hear he has everything he could want now. I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen.”
        • Date Published :- 2013-June
        • Links
    • Meek Mill
      • “This really gave me peace of mind tonight. Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career,” he wrote. “@meekmill I’m happy that you are home and that we could find our way back to our joint purpose.”
  2. Jayceon Terrell Taylor
    • I know all about losses

 

Closing

Nice for what
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Trees Planted Along A River

Background

Our pastor was able to get together a few of us to visit our local Jail on Tuesday evening.

It was a very good service with hymn singing and a pastoral word from him.

Though only six of us went from our Church, but as other churches were invited and stayed behind for the entirety of our time, we were received in the fullness of he who gathered and sent his Church.

 

Trees Planted Along A Riverbank

Jeremiah 17:8

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Psalm 1-3

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Isaiah 61:3

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Numbers 24:5-6

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Ezekiel 47:12

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Ezekiel 19:10

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Hosea 14:5

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Job 29:19

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The River and the Tree of Life, Revelations 22:1-6

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References

  1. pInterest
    • Trees Planted Along A Riverbank
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  2. Rev. Jeremy F. Simons | Bryn Athyn College
    • He Shall Be as a Tree Planted by the Water
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The Skin Deep

 

Videos

  1. You Must Always Protect Your Body | {THE AND} Luna & Hollie
    Luna & Hollie, daughter and mother, share more than just a love for creepy cold case documentaries; after reflecting on their shared sense of humor, Luna implores her mother to be more open to adventure, and Hollie gives her daughter some very important advice about keeping herself safe.
    Channel :- The Skin Deep
    Published On :- 2017-Dec-6th
    Added On :- 2018-Jan-10th
    Link
  2. Why Did You Adopt Me? | {THE AND} Cyrus & Calvin
    Cyrus and Calvin, son and father for 13 years, can’t deny the similarities between them; both coming through broken homes to find a loving family in adoption. Cyrus speaks openly about where he comes from and his new possibilities, while Calvin steps back to admire his family and take the necessary steps to be even closer with his son.
    Channel :- Skin Deep
    Published On :- 2018-Sept-17th
    Added On :- 2018-Sept-26th
    Link
  3. {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah
    • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah | Being Muslim in America is Hard Sometimes
      Francesca & Azzah, close friends and recent graduates, discuss the shifting social climate in the United States and its impact on their friendship. Azzah shares growing concerns about her identity as an immigrant and Muslim woman to Francesca, who relied deeply on Azzah during the rough patches in her life. Filmed in July 2016, this dialogue between two young women of color is more relevant now than ever.
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Published On :- 2017-Feb-8th
      Link
  4. {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
    • How Will We Raise A Biracial Kid? | {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
      Keisha & Andrew are back with {THE AND} after a year, still laughing with and at each other. But things get real as they confront their fears of the future, like having a biracial child in the #BlackLivesMatter era (Part 1 of 2)
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Link
    • Keisha & Andrew return to {THE AND} a year later, and are still learning more about each other. When mentioning Keisha’s serious health problems, the two tearfully confront the ticking clocks they have with their soul mate (Part 2 of 2)
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Published On :- 2016-April-13th
      Link
  5. Deciding to Separate | {THE AND} Mishal & Elliott (Part 1)
    Channel :- Skin Deep
    Published On :- 2018-April-4th
    Added On :- 2018-April-5th
    Link