Friday, November 20, 2009

At The Juncture

At the Juncture

An informal definition of a juncture is when things come together, and there is a connection, then one must act wisely. Literally, it is some point in time where a critical decision must be made. A crisis.

Crisis from the same root makes the word “cross,” is simply being in a situation where a decision has to be made – like standing at a crossroad. Some people cope very well in crisis. They know which road is the best and march along it with confidence. Still some people just can’t do anything. By doing either nothing or the wrong thing, they make the crisis worse.

Here are self-help tips from different people in all walks of life:

1. Don’t rush.

Awareness is the key. See the outcome in your mind and take responsibility of your actions. Pray for wisdom the Holy Spirit gives. Prioritize life over money. Move forward, honestly, in the hope of getting to your goal, but never greedy for a win-win outcome.

2. Keep calm.

If you panic, the situation will become worst. And more people will act the same as you do, or bad guys will laugh out loud. Calmness will attract common sense and wisdom.

3. Get help.

We are endowed with talents as we are different parts of one body. A body in perfect creation of God works well if parts of it work together. For example: In an accident, you can be more of use as a help-fetcher, and let an expert do saving a life (doctors, police, nurse, medical staff, etc.)

4. Plan Ahead

You have to be aware of your next action after. Yes, after the first action like playing chess.

Here we learn lessons. Any situation can happen to anyone. We’re just on different boats and different points in time. Remember: As long as there is breath, there is life. As long as there are good people, there will be solutions. As long as there is God, we will find a way out - in whatever way or miracles at the juncture. This happens.

/rose flores martinez, 11.20.2009

Random Thoughts: On Service, Rules, Procedures and More

November 20, 2009

Random Thoughts: On Service, Rules, Procedures and More

There has always been a division between the rich and the poor, the employer and the employee, the government and its people. Why? There are no perfect solutions.

If mother nature has its way with things like ruining possessions and devastating lives (storm, earthquake, global warming) - humans/people can in some way, accept ideal and basic solutions which is love, work, and prayer. Here are points to ponder from a survey.

1. Love comes in service and various forms of work. Pay comes only as secondary factor. Pay is a form of work’s reward. Pay and benefits must be just to both parties. Life must be the priority in any form.

2. There is no justice in slow procedures. Remember slow procedures are acts of thieving. It is stealing one’s time, and one’s capacity to work in an office or his own home.

3. Capitalists and big businesses gain from unfair labor practices. They use poor people and do not even care if they could have decent homes and education for their families/children.

4. Most politicians are usually “spoils,” says Rene Azurin in his book “Power Without Virtue.” I agree that most of them are intoxicated by power. Only a few would be willing to die for the poor. As such, US, the working class and the poor must be cautious in bad guys greedy habits. They, the powerful - have friends who scratch their backs, too.

5. Red tape can never help. It is a form of power play, a source of corruption, and a hindrance for better outcomes.

6. Those who aspire for power seem to show their pious poses. Take note of the Pharisees in the Bible.

7. Those who care for the poor would respect the universal laws of justice, love, and sacrifice. Nature would bring forth wrath to souls who deny the poor.

8. Today, we not only have to know (we could not completely know), but to feel more about the bad guys. We have to correct wrong actions that favor only a few.

9. Good laws and procedures do not favor anyone, it is benefiting everyone.

10. There is always a way to fix things as day breaks. There are rules, and people have to move freely with these rules. The three basic and ideal answers – love, work, and prayer explain and give meaning about service and living brightly.

Rosalinda Flores – Martinez, 2009
Modified for a 2nd article

Work of Art Links

November 19, 2009

Work of art links. The oldest art examples found on the walls of the caves, were interpreted and used in connecting people - culture, heaven - earth, life- death, time- space, GOD – man. These connections come with rituals and magical ceremonies many thousands of years ago, and had been improved as part of fine art. These paintings, lines, forms, and signs express and communicate life.

Art was developed on a grand scale by the Ancient Egyptians. The Sphinx, the Pharaohs, their structures, some of which still survive today. In about 600 BC the Greeks produced realistic statues of human form, Romans followed the Greek tradition, and during the Romanesque and Gothic periods sculpture used wood as a basic material. One of the greatest changes in art was brought about by French artist Rodin who used sculpture as form of portraiture and to capture movement. The tendency of modern sculpture is towards the abstract. Majority of public art is sculpture. Many sculptures are laid in the garden and parks that usually pay homage to respected artists, heroes, and historical icons, among others.

Painting consists of colors. The colors can be mixed with a medium which is water, oil or resin, then applied with a brush or a substitute like leaves, sticks or fingers. In the 14th century, Fra Angelico painted The Annunciation. Then Boticelli produced two pictures Spring and The Birth of Venus. Other famous paintings are Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michaelangelo’s decorations of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Music makes the world go round. The Hebrews believe that it came from heaven. Children think angels use the harp and sing to GOD. Church leaders developed music in temples for worship.

Classical music revolves around time. Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolgang Mozart, and Franz Schubert are among the world’s best musicians. Elvis Presley, and the Beatles became a legend, too, time recommending Beatles study be part in Fine Art programs.

Literature, the study of permanent records in writing describes work which has value in any form – books, manuscripts, letters, scrolls and presently, weblogs (internet /blogs, journals) produced by the newest technology.

The Roman Catholic Church preserved the ancient manuscripts. The earliest forms of literature were stories and narrative poems. Writing Masters attest that the Holy Bible contains the best form of poetry in the Book of Psalms.

For all time, work of art links. Art as God’s gift of expression, communication, freedom and felicity, bring the mysteries of life tangible to every human being, today and forever.

/rose flores - martinez, 11.20.09,