Proverb of the week:

 

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have…”

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“  The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part three – As a Pre School kid “

By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 

The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part three – As a Pre School kid

 

The story continues with me as a preschool kid.  Hawthorne, California in the 1950’s was a hub for post World War ll veterans and their families.  My family lived in Hawthorne, California because the jobs were within aerospace and only less than thirty minutes away.  The cost of housing was affordable.  My cousin lived within walking distance, and my grandparents lived across the street.

I never knew I was poor because I had no idea what being poor was.  I learned to compromise and be satisfied with what I had, which was not much. All my clothes were what were then called “Hand me downs”. They came in boxes from people my parents knew.  I never knew other people had worn them, but they were new to me.  Sometimes there were even toys and stuffed animals in the box; it was like Christmas when a box of clothes would come to our house, gifts from people I did not know.

My cousin always had new toys, new clothes, and new shoes.  I was learning envy and desire because my toys were always old and worn out, while his were always new.foot stool

I will never forget my first pair of new shoes.  My whole family went to the shoe store. It smelled like leather in the store.  I wanted a pair of Converse high tops like my cousin.  The salesman, who was dressed in a suit

brought a stool with a slanted side and a foot-measuring device.  I was told to take off one shoe so he could measure my foot.

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I was so excited about getting a new pair of shoes, until I found out I was getting the low top shoes that were on sale.  Even worse, they were blue canvas.  The salesman told me they were just like the Converse, but I knew better.  What I remember most was the way the new shoes felt; they felt like I was walking on air.  The shoes seemed to spring me forward as I took a step.

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I soon forgot about the Converse high tops and was happy to have a new pair of shoes.  I learned a life lesson that day. It is called compromise, an agreement, or a settlement that is reached by making concessions.  I would have never gotten a new pair of new shoes had I insisted on the Converse high tops shoes which were three times as much. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Why was it that my cousin has nice things a room of his own and I ended up with used toys and hand me down clothes, even my first bicycle was used with two flat ties.

Compromise is a form of mitigation or negotiation, a skill that has provided a living for me and has served me well raising a family myself. I learned this lesson in spite of myself. God works in mysterious ways, and everything that happened is for a reason.

Guess what Brother Ron finally got a pair of Converse High Tops and they really are not much better then the old blue canvas low top off brands.p1030066

Next week is “The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part four – As a School Age kid” you will find out how heart surgery robbed me of an education.  How not so well intending teachers and the school system traumatized me and failed me.

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Quote of the week:

 

So possessions arouse feelings of jealousy against their owners, cut off their owners from men better than

themselves, divide families, and make friends hate one another. Possessions, moreover, have no place in the life to

come, and even in this present life have no great use. Why, then, do we abandon the service of God and devote

ourselves entirely to empty trivialities? For it is God who supplies us with all that we need. Human efforts inevitably

fail unless God helps us; while God in His providence bestows every blessing without man’s assistance. What

benefits were gained from their efforts by those to whom God said: ‘You sowed much and gathered little, and I blew

it away out of your hands’ (cf. Hag. 1:9)? And what did the righteous lack, though they gave no thought at all for

their needs? Were not the Israelites fed in the desert for forty years, without cultivating the land? They always had

enough to eat, for in a strange and miraculous way quails came in from the sea and manna fell from the sky (cf.

Exod. 16), and a dry rock, when struck, gushed water (cf. Exod. 17:6); and throughout the whole forty years their clothes and shoes never wore out (cf. Deut. 8:4). What land was tilled beside the brook Kerith where

Elijah hid? Did not the ravens bring him food (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:6)A nd when he came to Sarepta, did not the widow,

despite her desperate need, give him bread, snatching it from the mouth other own children (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:10-16)

All this shows that we should seek holiness, not clothing, food and drink.

St Neilos The Ascetic

Ascetic Discourse

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

 

 

 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Noah

 

Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

“ A scientist is not one who gives the answers, a scientist is one who asks the right questions, and seeks the truth .”

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“  The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part two – As a Toddler “

By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 

The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part two – as a Toddler

As an adult trying to looking back from the perspective of a toddler is peculiar to remember. When I was small, everything seemed so big, and difficult to do, but when I revisit those same places as adults, they seem so small.  For example, I remember one of the houses I grew up in, a small two-bedroom house in Gardena California.  My two brothers and I slept in the same 10 x10 room while growing up, the room seemed so big and spacious.

While I was growing up I never knew that my mother had been married before; she was in her second marriage when she married my father; if I count the months it is almost to the day in a full term pregnancy that I was born.  Under ecclesiastical cannon law, that makes me a bastard. Under civil law, I have no inheritance rights to the family estate.  Oh, wait a minute there is no estate.

Growing up in Hawthorne California I was near my grandparents on my mother’s side.  The toys I played with were extension cords and sticks.  I do not remember going hungry, but I do remember not having the things others around me had, like toys and shoes.  When I did have shoes, they were either too big or too small for my feet.

Being the eldest of three brothers, I was usually on my own.  We had no television, so I was on my own to develop my imagination and troubleshooting skills,” out in the field” as the intellectuals might say.

As a toddler I remember being happy. Discovering things about myself and the world around me was exciting and not having a lot of material possessions never bothered me when I was young.

Next week is Part Three – As a Pre School kid, You will not want to miss this one it is when Brother Ron gets a new pair of shoes and learns compromise.

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Quote of the week:

 

When the soul is disturbed by anger, confused by drunkenness, or sunk in deep depression, the intellect

cannot hold fast to the remembrance of God no matter how hard we try to force it. Completely darkened by the

violence of the passions, it loses totally the form of perception which is proper to it. Thus our desire that our intellect

should keep the remembrance of God cannot make any impression, because the recollective faculty of our mind has

been hardened by the rawness of the passions. But, on the other hand, when the soul has attained freedom from these

passions, then, even though the intellect is momentarily deprived by forgetfulness of the object of its longing, it at once resumes its proper activity. The soul now has grace itself to share its meditation and to repeat with it the words

‘Lord Jesus’, just as a mother teaches her child to repeat with her the word father‘, instead of prattling in his usual way, until she has formed in him the habit of calling for his father even in his sleep. This is why the Apostle says:

‘Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit

Himself makes intercession for us with cries that cannot be uttered’ (Rom. 8:26). Since we are but children as

regards perfection in the virtue of prayer, we have need of the Spirit’s aid so that all our thoughts may be

concentrated and gladdened by His inexpressible sweetness, and so that with all our being we may aspire to the remembrance and love of our God and Father. For, as St Paul says, it is in the Spirit that we pray when we are taught by Him to cry without ceasing to God the Father, ‘Abba, Father’ (Rom. 8:15).

St Diadochos of Photiki

On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination

One Hundred Texts

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

 

 

 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

NoahGenesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

“A mother never thinks her baby is ugly.”

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part One – As an Infant”

By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 

The truth about living in America with a lower middle class family Part One – As an Infant

 

No one chooses where they are born, when they are born, who their parents will be, or even how they will look physically.  Some are born into a life of privilege, while others are condemned to a life of hardships by the very circumstances they were born into, and by the fact they are there…  How this selection takes place and why, is beyond my understanding and not within the scope of this article.

At age 62 I vaguely remember my infancy, however it is bizarre how I do remember bits and pieces of being born. Opening my eyes for the first time I seem to remember the green all around me and people moving about a room. Then the pain of a slap to my body, on to the circumcision, not as a part of any religious ceremony just tradition.  .

I was born on Tuesday at 9:32 pm, November 17th 1953 AD in Hawthorn California. The hospital is no longer there, it is now a mental intuition. I wonder if that means anything?  Oh well back to the story.

I was born into a German Jewish family of wealthy roots. That makes me a member of the so-called privileged class by birth, not choice.  My grandfather a wealthy stockholder came from Germany and my grandmother was from Wales they both, immigrated to America and lived in Long Island, New York until the Great Depression. During the Great Depression, my grandfather lost all his money he had invested in the stock market when the market crashed. He was one of the few who unsuccessfully tried putting money into the market to save it from collapse.

Keeping it real, according to my father when he was alive, told me that grandpa  died shortly after the collapse of the stock market by suicide.  He had jumped out of a tall building as so many others did during that time.

As a infant I had the advantage of living with both my parents which is rare in the United States today, because the divorce rate is 50% for the first marriage and subsequently  higher for second marriages.

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My father God rest his soul grew up on the streets of Chicago with my grandmother.  Joined the Army Air Corps then flew 69 missions over Germany . Was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War ll by the president of the United States the highest metal awarded to an enlisted man serving in the armed forces for his bravery in battle.  He never talked about the war except in those rare moments when tears were running down his eyes and then so briefly that I knew he didn’t want to talk about it. I know from my own experiences  that feeling, it is even hard for me to write this. No one who has seen battle ever survives. Only those who know will understand. But this is something I will share later in another post.

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My mother God rest her soul was a beautiful woman who spent her life caring for her family. She never learned to drive, walked everywhere she went.  A deeply religious woman who prayed for me all time. It was my mother who feed me, changed my dippers, took care of me when I was sick. She transferred her knowledge into me so that I could survive in the world.

My father worked as a Air Frames and Power Plant mechanic for North American Air Craft Company.  My family lived in a middle class suburb called Hawthorne in California about 3 miles from the ocean and 15 miles from Los Angeles.

I am a true, native born and raised Californian.

Next week the story continues with Part two – As a Toddler.

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Quote of the week:

 

we are all of us called to carry the law

of the Spirit written on the tablets of our hearts (cf. 2 Cor. 3:3), and to attain like the Cherubim the supreme privilege

of conversing through pure prayer in the heart directly with Jesus. But because we are infants at the time of our

renewal through baptism we do not understand the grace and the new life conferred upon us. Unaware of the

surpassing grandeur of the honor and glory in which we share, we fail to realize that we ought to grow in soul and

spirit through the keeping of the commandments and so perceive noetically what we have received. On account of

this most of us fall through indifference and servitude to the passions into a state of benighted obduracy. We do not

know whether God exists, or who we are, or what we have become, although through baptism we have been made

sons of God, sons of light, and children and members of Christ. If we are baptized when grown up, we feel that we

have been baptized only in water and not by the Spirit. And even though we have been renewed in the Spirit, we

believe only in a formal, lifeless and ineffectual sense, and we say we are full of doubts.

St Gregory of Sinai

On the Signs of Grace and Delusion,

Written for the Confessor Longinos

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\Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

 

 

 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

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And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

BR Voive of an Outsider Newslettr

 

Matthew 24:37

Proverb of the week:

 

“Truth is the property of no individual, but is the treasure of all men.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Truth is more entertaining than fiction” By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…

 

Story one

 

Truth is more entertaining than fiction

My perception of truth is a belief in what I have experienced firsthand, through my five senses in combination with the memories of what I have been told by others.

In reality I am 62 years old;  in my mind I still believe I am twenty and still think like I’m twenty, however, my body accepts the reality that I am 62 by the fact that I am limited in the physical activities that I can participate in.  I shouldn’t use the words ”participate in” more like excel in.  I sometimes now feel like a blind man trying to cross a river I have never seen.  Knowing that across the river is a better life, although never really seeing that life myself.

I have no point of reference or standard in place to guide me to the other side, or even the first hand knowledge that there is another side.

Truth is an abstraction of reality that is subject to evidence, relevance, jurisdiction, and opinion to get others than myself to understand or believe.

Yet I spend countless hours of my life seeking the truth for myself with no perceived benefit to myself other than the knowledge of reality.

Who I am is who you believe I am to you alone; others may believe I am someone else.  Who I am is not, who I used to be, because I change continually.

At 62, I am a surfer, martial artist, philosopher, law student, artist, author, father, teacher, and husband of one wife.  My greatest accomplishment without a doubt is staying married for 44 years.

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In my life, no one accomplishment has ever been the result of any one action.  My greatest accomplishment was a result of hard work. The hard work that leads to what I consider my greatest accomplishment was a lifetime of compromise and dedication.  Without a doubt, the greatest accomplishment has to be my 44-year marriage.

Being married for 44 years was accomplished partly by my having the good fortune in finding the right person to marry.  The work that is required to make a marriage last is done in three ways: putting God before yourself or your family, loving your spouse before your kids or yourself, and finally, loving your kids before yourself.  First, let me show you how I learned to put God first.

Being raised in a predominantly Christian culture I knew, but rarely practiced, Christianity.  My true conversion came on the battlefield of Viet-Nam.  There is nothing like facing death to remind you how temporary life truly is. I made a promise to IMG_0022God that I would live according to the rules laid down in the Bible. The fear of God was truly the beginning of all wisdom. When I married my friend we didn’t have to make a decision to love each other 50/50, we both gave 100 percent to the other person because we both loved God more than ourselves. One of the ways our love for each other manifested was in the respect we shared for each other beliefs. I learned to compromise in our selection of place to worship God, and I dedicated myself to make sure our choice worked without complaining.

The second way I worked hard in order to make a good marriage great was to put my love for my spouse before the love for my kids. My wife and I agreed early in our marriage that we must come first. It was our example to our kids that gave them the understanding of love; the way we talked to each other, the way we looked at each other, and the way we treated each other. Our kids knew love, not by us talking about what love should be, but by us living it every day. I was dedicated to the marriage and our family.

family 1980The third way I worked hard to have a long lasting marriage was to love my kids before myself. The way I achieved this was to make sure I was at every school meeting, and showed up to every swim meet on the schedule. My career and my life were second to my family. I dedicated everything I had to the family God had given me. I compromised my career by passing up promotions because travel would get in the way of going to my kids’ school events. I finished a bachelor degree at night so as not to interfere with my family. I started law school in the 80’s but had to quit because it would take too much time and dedication to be successful. I did not want to take this time away from my family.

Jamie and meIn conclusion, staying married for 44 years is my greatest accomplishment. This was accomplished through hard work, dedication, and compromise. I put God first, my spouse second, and third I put my kids before myself. The road was not paved, and there was no map to show me how to get to here, but the journey was worth the trip because now I have eleven grandkids who are my friends.

Certain events, during particular times in my live have shaped me into the man I am today. The truth about this is entertaining for that reason I would like to share mine.

It might be interesting for some and particularly to a multicultural and multinational audience to understand the influences and circumstances that went into the foundation of me as the artist that some are willing to spend large sums of money to collect my paintings.

Who is Brother Ron the Artist and Seeker?  Where did he come from, who are his parents and where did they come from?  What did he do in his life?  Circumstantial and synchronistic events that in 1953 started a Lower Middle Class American baby boy to become the legion in my own mind.  The truth is more entertain then fiction.

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Quote of the week:

 

When a man outwardly praises someone, while accusing and disparaging him in his heart, it is hard for the

simple to detect this. Similarly a person may be outwardly humble but inwardly arrogant. For a long time such

men present falsehood as truth, but later they are exposed and condemned.

St. Mark the Ascetic

On the Spiritual Law

Two Hundred Texts

Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, father, teacher, and philosopher.

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 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

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And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, it is those who can best adapt to change.”

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Free Drink Tomorrow” By: Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week

 

Story one

 

Free Drinks Tomorrow

I witnessed a minor societal breakdown firsthand over the weekend.  A storm in the Laughlin, Nevada area brought rain and lots of water.  So much water and runoff from the storm that the Colorado River became polluted and turned brown from the run off.Brown River

People along the river were told to get out of the river; they did not understand why they were ordered out of the water or the dangers of Cholera and other water born diseases they would be susceptible to if they chose to stay.

 

The roads were impacted with angry people who wanted to get back to their hotels.  Traffic laws were often ignored….  When we arrived at the hotel, there was a note under our door explaining that the water was unsafe for internal use and that if we were to drink the water it must first be boiled.

The ice machines were shut down and tagged.  In the morning, there was no coffee except for small coffee makers that brewed coffee from bottled water.

Nothing more than a minor inconvenience for us, but it was a wakeup call for what might have been real trouble.

If a real natural or unnatural disaster struck, you are on your own.  All that matters is the here and now.  All you have is what you are wearing and carrying in your pockets.

As we were leaving town I saw this mural painted on the side of a building.  It demonstrates the fact that tomorrow never comes.20150719_105810

During the little inconvenience described above, nothing in the past seemed to matter, and future hopes and dreams faded away into what we do next? 

Your trust and belief in God is in your heart at the time of the disaster there is no time to find it when disaster hits. Many will cry out to God during this type of trial. Although there will be no time for those who perish at the onset of a disaster.

 As the five foolish virgins found out in the gospel of Matthew; there is not enough oil for everyone when the bridegroom comes and they were left behind.

You might be interested to know that we bring a small coffee pot for just these types of emergencies; thankfully, there was electricity to run the coffee pot.

As for me, if I can stay focused on the situation in front of me and adapt to my surroundings, I might be able to increases my chances of survival during a real disaster. 

 

 

Quote of the week:

 

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and women _ten_virginswent out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.  But at midnight there was a cry, “Behold!  The bridegroom is coming!  Come out to meet him!”  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise answered, saying, “What if there isn’t enough for us and you?  You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.”  While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us. ” But he answered, “Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.” Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

— Matthew 25:1-13,

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

 

 

 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.                                                                                                      Genesis 6:4   noah

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

                                Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

She cries out at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 

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Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“What You See” By: Ronald L. Riedell

Story 2

“Interdimensional Travel” By: Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

 

Story one

 

What you see

 

I met a 37-year-old gulf war veteran with diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder today on the train coming home from Los Angeles.  He shall remain anonymous because he is still going through the healing process.

He did not have to tell me, although he did,  that he was a veteran because the scars and wounds that were still scabbing all over his body.  The wounds were obviously caused from shrapnel imbedded all over his arms and legs.

His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was 92G, or plainly speaking, a cook.  His first deployment unit was to Mozambique.

He explained to me that he still hears the crying babies who were starving to death in Mozambique; tears were flowing from his eyes.  He kept telling me that he did not want kids because he cannot handle kids when they start to cry.  Moreover, he does not want to bring anyone else into his world, which will never be the same.

I know firsthand the same reality because I saw people willing to eat what I put in the trash in Da Nang.  Young people are never prepared for what they witness.

Young soldiers are being trained for war on the battlefield just the same as we train engineers on the job in a factory, as if it is just another job.

There were two constant themes that he kept repeating:  first was freedom, and secondly was reality.  By freedom, I was under the impression he meant peace of mind and the ability to come and go as you please.  By reality, he was referring to not what was said or read in a book, but what was experienced firsthand.

He told me that the truth is what heals. By telling the truth about things that happened during his time in the field, he was able to cope.  Most of his friends are in denial, and have resorted to drugs and alcohol.

He told me one friend he was talking to on the phone that night shot his seven-year-old son in the head, then turned the gun on himself.  He was the last person the friend talked to.

I felt the pain and suffering this person was going through.  All he wanted was someone to listen without trying to fix him.

All any veteran wants is to just be welcomed home, and to know that when they stood up to do what they thought was right, have the reasonable belief that the people who sent them will not abandon them as they heal from the memories that last a lifetime.

Church, prayer, and money is not fixing the problem. What combat veterans need is someone who understands their pain and will listen without trying to fix something that is not broke, they are just worn down mentally and need justification for things they saw and did as a result of a moment to moment decision in a situation most of us may never understand. Making those decisions sometimes without thinking about consequences.

If we,  as a society, want to fix problems among our combat warriors do not send them to war.

If we do send our boys to war, send the ones who want to feel the joy of killing the enemy with no mercy and do not fear death.

Although I am not a trained psychologist, I believe that the problems of most psychological injuries will diminish over time; however, the addition of a new set of problems might arise. Like for example what do we do when our combat warriors come home from war?

I am sometimes overwhelmed by the trust these men have for me. It is as if I need to learn something from them, which I always do.  In most cases I learn how many normal looking people are hurting inside, and how spiritually starving the world really is.

My major concern is that a starving man will eat anything. The profiteers will seek them out to extract government benefits and leave them in the street where they found them when the benefits run out. May God have mercy on us all.

Story 2

Interdimensional Travel

I talked to a couple of graduates in computer science of a major California University this week about quantum computing.  A big smile came to their faces.

Quantum computers

My question to them was: Have you ever heard of quantum computing?

Of course, they did and they explained that quantum computing is theoretical. In other words they only exist in the minds of those who believe they exist.

They told me not to try to buy a quantum computer, and that if someone offers one for sale to run the other way.

However, if you need grant money just mention quantum computer and they will give you lots of money!

Quantum computers are different from digital computers based on transistors.  Whereas, digital computers require data to be encoded into binary bits, each of which is always in one of two definite states, on or off (1 or 0). Quantum computation uses quantum bits (?), which are nonexistent other than the imagination of the scientist.

I do not find quantum computing hard to believe at all.  It is kind of like prayer. I send thoughts into interdimensional space, not really understanding the process. Then I expect an answer within a reasonable amount of time.

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Icons are just that, like mini quantum computers. By lighting a candle and incense in front of them, they take on a sacred spiritual interdemensial existence only present to the viewer.  The icon is a vehicle in which the viewer can choose to travel into a non-visible dimensional space,  prayer is the interdemensonal travel into the spirit world.

Quote of the week:

 

‘You shall not make an image of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth below, or in the sea’ (cf. Exod.

20:4), in such a way that you worship these things and glorify them as gods. For all are the creations of the one God,

created by Him in the Holy Spirit through His Son and Logos, who as Logos of God in these latter times took flesh

from a virgin’s womb, appeared on earth and associated with men (cf. Baruch 3:37), and who for the salvation of

men suffered, died and arose again, ascended with His body into the heavens and ‘sat down on the right hand of the

Majesty on High’ (Heb. 1:3), and who will come again with His body to judge the living and the dead. Out of love

for Him you should make, therefore, an icon of Him who became man for our sakes, and through His icon you

should bring Him to mind and worship Him, elevating your intellect through it to the venerable body of the Savior,

that is set on the right hand of the Father in heaven..

St Gregory Palamas

A New Testament Decalogue

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 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

No amount of science or evidence will convince those who do not wish to be convinced.   

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3D map of the large-scale distribution of dark matter, reconstructed from measurements of weak gravitational lensing with the Hubble Space Telescope.

“Hubble Maps the Cosmic Web of “Clumpy” Dark Matter in 3-D” (Press release).  NASA.  7 January 2007.

If I were to say: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters…”,

most would say, “Oh boy, here we go again another religious fanatic’.”

But if I was to say:” Dark matter is a hypothetical kind of matter that cannot be seen with telescopes but would account for most of the matter in the universe.  The existence and properties of dark matter are inferred from its gravitational effects on visible matter, radiation, and the large-scale structure of the universe.  Other than neutrinos, a form of hot dark matter, it has not been detected directly, making it one of the greatest mysteries in modern astrophysics.” ,

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everyone would consider me a well-educated scientist.  Consultants from Universities would be standing in line to give me grant money to begin my research into the reassess of the unknown and the utility of dark matter.

Words absolutely matter, and it is not the words I say, it is how I say them.

I am not English major, or even a good writer.  However, I believe what I am saying needs to be said, because there is a void in spiritual thought today.

Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Verification.”  By: Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

 

Story one

 

Verification

 

I am looking for Verification of my beliefs, to establish the truth with accuracy.  However, God holds those who believe and have not seen in higher esteem.

Everywhere I turn lately, the people I meet are uncertain about their futures.  They are working at jobs they tolerate and are willing to compromise beliefs to appease a supervisor or customer in order to maintain an account or a job they do not like.

Almost to the point of disparity, they are thrown into situations at work that make them feel uncomfortable; they say nothing and overlook the consequences, in order to keep the peace.  Why?  Is it because they have been told; that is what a good Christians would do.

I have been taught that unless I give until it hurts, I cannot expect to receive the blessings of God, and that I am living in poverty because I have not learned how to give enough.

I am being taught how to live in the world, to gain wealth and prosperity in the here and now so I can give to others and help them.

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I have not found anyone who teaches his or her followers how to escape the world.  That teaches how to avoid the lusts and desires of the flesh in the world. There are thousands who teach about prayer and intentions to gain wealth that kill the very soul of humankind.

They teach it is OK for me to go to foreign lands and fight wars and kill innocent people, yet it is not OK for them, but they will go as officers and remain behind to cheer me on.

While the ones who start the wars are far from the battlefield and somehow seeming to profit from the wars, this hardly verifies the truth and does not make a whole lot of sense .

I come home from war myself and find nothing has changed, I am still poor and struggling, and the wealthy are still in charge.

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I find it interesting how others believe that I should accept the things that I cannot change as divine providence and Gods will for my life.  Yet, it is my own choice to continually attempt to verify the truth while doubting the very existence of God evidenced by my own actions.

I look for the verification of my own beliefs and sometimes compromise my beliefs for the sake of others or through the fear of reprisal.

I have found it is through the verification process in my mind, and my lack of faith that hinders me from finding union with the divine. The contradictions I find in life while attempting justifies them lead me down a path of disillusionment. The very verification I seek is the obstacle that prevents me from finding the divine nature.

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Quote of the week:

 

Those who aim to practice the life of virtue and holiness should not incur condemnation by pretending to a piety, which they do not possess.  However, like painters and sculptors they should manifest their virtue and holiness through their works, and should shun evil pleasures as snares.

A wealthy man of good family, who lacks inward discipline and all virtue in his way of life, is regarded by those with spiritual understanding as under an evil influence;

Likewise, a man who happens to be poor or a slave, but is graced with discipline of soul and with virtue in his life, is regarded as blessed.  In addition, just as strangers traveling in a foreign country lose their way, so those who do not cultivate the life of virtue are led astray by their desires and get completely lost.

St Antony the Great on the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life One Hundred and Seventy Texts

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 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

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Matthew 24:37

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Proverb of the week:

 

“Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work.”

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“God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”                        Genesis 3:4

 

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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“My choice is all I have” By: Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

 

Story one

My choice is all I have

I was born into the world of time.  Time never remains the same, time changes continually. Where I am from, and why I am here, are questions that cannot be answered by me with certainty.

My parents lived in a geographic area that as a youth I was confined. There was no hope of escape, not even the knowledge that I could escape, or even leave that area.

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It was the circumstances of my surroundings, by no choice of my own that taught me what I was willing to learn by choice.  Again, as I grew older people came into my life through circumstance through no choice of my own.

Influences of proximity persuaded me to believe that certain things were true;  such as, family values, religion, patriotism, ect… The influences of proximity were also instrumental in convincing me to think about my own self image and self-esteem.

I discovered that emotional choices made by me with passion where usually latter regretted by me.

My choices seem to be regulated by the path I am on, and I chose that path. The wider the path, the more confusing it becomes and the choices are endless. The narrower the path, the more direct my choices become.

The closer to the present or the here and now I become, the less choice I have but the simpler my life becomes and the happier and freer I become. I heard a story the other day…

A man entered a monastery to find enlightenment.  He asked the senior monk to teach him how to become enlightened.  The old monk asked him if he had eaten his rice.  The man replied yes.  Then you had better wash your bowl.  At that moment, the man was enlightened.

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It is not that simple for me, but I have found that the more simplified my life is, the happier I become. The more choices I make free of emotion and imagination the less I regret having made them.

I discovered true happiness is being satisfied with who I am, and being able to share unconditional love with those I have chose to keep in my life.

Unconditional love refers to my state of mind in which I have the goal of increasing the well-being of another, despite any evidence of benefit for myself.

Unconditional love is knowing all about you and keeping you in my life.

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 Quote of the week:

 

The Apostle teaches us the same thing when he tells us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17), and to

‘pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without anger and without quarrelling’ (1 Tim. 2:8). We are thus left with

the choice either of never praying, and so of disobeying the Apostle’s commandment, or of trying earnestly to fulfill

his commandment by praying without anger or rancor.

St John Cassian

On the Eight Vices

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Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

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Exodus 32:34, God says to Moses: “my angel shall go before thee.”

         

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Pipe in the road” (Video) By: Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

 

Story one

Guardian Angel

 

Pipe in the Road


 

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Quote of the week:

 

Gluttony tries to destroy self-control; unchastity, moderation; avarice, voluntary poverty; anger, gentleness; and the

other forms of vice, their corresponding virtues. But when the vice of pride has become master of our wretched soul,

it acts like some harsh tyrant who has gained control of a great city, and destroys it completely, razing it to its

foundations.

The angel who fell from heaven because of his pride bears witness to this. He had been created by God

and adorned with every virtue and all wisdom, but he did not want to ascribe this to the grace of the Lord. He

ascribed it to his own nature and as a result regarded himself as equal to God.

The prophet rebukes this claim when he says: ‘You have said in your heart: “I will sit on a high mountain; I will place my throne upon the clouds and I will be like the Most high. High.” Yet you are a man, and not God’ (cf. Isa. 14:13-14). And again, another prophet says, ‘Why do you boast of your wickedness, 0 mighty man?’ and he continues in this same vein (Ps. 52:1).

Since we are aware of this we should feel fear and guard our hearts with extreme care from the deadly spirit of pride. When we have attained some degree of holiness we should always repeat to ourselves the words of the Apostle: “Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me’ (1 Cor. 15:10), as well as what was said by the Lord:’Without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5). We should also bear in mind what the prophet said: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it’ (Ps. 127:1), and finally: ‘It does not depend on-man’s will or effort, but on God’s mercy’ (Rom. 9:16).

St John Cassian

On the Eight Vices

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Proverb of the week:

“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

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“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
Matthew 7:1

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Contents this week
Proverb of the week:
Story of the week:
“Pathways to Justice” By: Ronald L. Riedell
“Quote of the week

Story one

“Pathways to Justice”

My journey this week was to Los Angeles to attend a “Pathways to Justice” conference. It was encouraging for me to find a group of Attorneys and Judges who genuinely care about the less fortunate. It should not be a surprise that the poor are an underrepresented class of people in California Courts. There were fascinating statistics mentioned by the Key Note speaker; such as: there is one lawyer for every five hundred people in California. However, statistics also show that there are six lawyers for every 10,000 people or about one lawyer for every two thousand people. The analogy given by the speaker was like filling Dodger Stadium with people and having six attorneys to represent them all.

My passion is for the victims of Domestic Violence and survivors of both sexes who have suffered abuse both verbal and physical, mostly women, who by one way or another, feel helpless to do anything about their situation and the abuse. Their children are subjected to abuse and suffer abused too, thru no fault of their own.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends
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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends

These are not just any women, they are our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.

Domestic Violence is not a distant statistic we can rationalize away. These people are innocent victims of crime that is being swept under the rug. Domestic Violence is a dirty little secret that victims of it hide, because of their fear or the unwarranted guilt they place on themselves.

When someone has the courage to come forward after surviving a traumatic life changing experience our community has a ethical duty to help them.

The life they save by coming forward may be your own or someone you love.

Domestic Violence

— In the United States, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds by a spouse, boyfriend or other assailant known to her.

–Many women in domestic violence situations are assaulted an average of 7-10 times before seeking assistance.

NATIONAL STATISTICS
• 1.5 million Women in the United States are assaulted by their intimate partners every year.
• One in three women experiences sexual violence in her lifetime.
• One in twelve women will be stalked in her lifetime.
• Nearly 30% of female homicide victims are killed by their husbands, former husbands, or boyfriends.
• Women of all races are equally vulnerable to attacks by intimate partners.
• Domestic violence causes more injury to adult women than cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
• 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year.
• 25% of women and 7% of men experience rape or physical assault within their lifetime.
• 33% of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
• 84% of spouse abuse victims are female.
• Over 1 million women and over 350,000 men are stalked annually.
• 34% of women become victims of sexual coercion in their lifetime.
• People 18 to 24 years old account for 11% of the population but account for 42% of domestic violence.
• 50% of battered women, who are employed, are harassed at work by their abusive partners.
• Children exposed to violence suffer symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome.
• 60% of injuries by family violence are reported to the police.

86% of the women who obtain a restraining order against a violent partner report that the abuse either stopped or was greatly reduced.

This information is collated from reports by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, Surgeon General Reports, the U.S.D.A., and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Revised 01/06/09.

These Web Pages are provided for informational purposes and are not intended as legal advice, nor should it be construed or relied upon as such.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association maintains a “Domestic Violence Project” in the Court House staffed by attorneys and paralegals who volunteer their time to help.

Here is a link below if you would like to help support the LACBA DVP.
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With the economy worsening the abuse is becoming more noticeable and moving into the middle class and wealthy neighborhoods. Domestic violence has always been in middle class and wealthy neighborhoods but it is now reported more often.

There are many speculations as to the cause. However, the solution to domestic violence is clear at least to me. By overcoming, the primordial desires of pride, lust, fear, and humbling myself to the reality that the only person I can control is me. I can then release myself from the frustration, blaming others and the stress and proceed to free myself from the torment of my own actions by my own admission that others are not the reason for my reactions to situations. If we could all do that, the problems would go away.

Unfortunately, the world is a dangerous place to live.

Another statistic that did not surprise me was that even with all the lawyers in California. Pro Per or the self-represented in family law cases, as Divorce, Probate, and Custody are almost 95 percent in California Courts.

These are Family Law cases most of the poor get themselves tangled into and can’t afford an attorney to help them navigate the legal system. The state of California recognizes the problem of equal access to justice and is attempting to find a solution, which was at least encouraging to me, because there are those who are willing to help both financially and physically and do make a difference in the lives of the widows and orphans who need my help most.

“You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
John 12:8

When I pray and ask God, “If not me who? If not now when?” I understand the eternal here and now and realize there is no one but me. The Pathway to Justice is a journey, not a destination.

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Quote of the week:

If one becomes angry with one’s neighbor on account of riches, fame or pleasure, one does not yet realize that
God orders all things with justice.

St Maximos the Confessor
Four Hundred Texts on Love
First Century

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And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:5

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