Poetry Challenge | 12/100 Proof I Will Be

Show me the proof
in real time,
moments surpassing
sublime stanzas;
each instance
a crescendo:
musical magnificence
allowing growth-
capture the lesson,
endure the while
-ensuring the song
will never cease
but bloom — BOOM!–
by proceeding every
mile crossed
valiantly.

Proof, I will be,
the mark of my life:
a living testimony
of battles and blossoms
to tune, celebrating
eternal verses:
come glory, ensue!

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Poetry Challenge | 11/100 Bravo, Brava

Bravo
they say
to the gentleman
whom loves his wife-
his genuine nature
toward her; a powerful
exterior, preserving
against the world
-speaks fondly
of her
to his fellows,
lifting her name
in praise of
adoration.

Brava
they say
to the goodly lady
whom respects her husband-
her honest nature
toward him; a passionate
exterior, conserving home
in the world
-speaks fondly
of him
to her family,
and lifts his name
in grace of
true devotion.

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Poetry Challenge | 10/100 Redeem the Hour

It was the
remarkable
lesson,
the precept,
courage gained
by forcing wills;
not unto nothing,
but shrugging off
what has already
been maintained…
uplift the standard,
excellence by discipline,
redeem the hour
unto eternal reign.

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Poetry Challenge | 9/100 Countless Reside

 Each of countless
perspective reside,
ever moving toward
colliding consciousness:
the gathered manifestations
of peoples. Names either
filed or forgotten;
perspectives reside
countless of each.

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Names of GOD

EL SHADDAI (LORD GOD ALMIGHTY)

(el shad-di’)
All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. El Shaddaiis first used in Gen 17:1.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 2333

Strong’s Reference: H7706

El Shaddai in the Septuagint: theou saddai – God Shaddai; pantokratôr (for Shaddai) – the Almighty

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning “breast” in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning “mountain,” suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer.

Further references of the name El Shaddai in the Old Testament: Gen 17:1;Gen 28:3; Gen 35:11; Gen 43:14; Gen 48:3

EL ELYON (THE MOST HIGH GOD)

(el el-yone’)
The Most High God

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Elyon occurs 28 times. It occurs 19 times in Psalms. El Elyon is first used in Gen 14:18.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 1624g, 1624h

Strong’s Reference: H5945

El Elyon in the Septuagint: ho theos ho hupsistos – the God most high

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Elyon literally means “Most High” and is used both adjectivally and substantivally throughout the Old Testament. It expresses the extreme sovereignty and majesty of God and His highest preeminence. When the two words are combined – El Elyon – it can be translated as “the most exalted God.”(Psa 57:2)

Further references of the name El Elyon in the Old Testament: Gen 14:18;Gen 14:19; Gen 14:20; Gen 14:22; Psa 57:2; Psa 78:35

ADONAI (LORD, MASTER)

(ad-o-noy’)
Lord, Master

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Adonai occurs 434 times. There are heavy uses of Adonai in Isaiah (e.g., Adonai Jehovah). It occurs 200 times in Ezekiel alone and appears 11 times in Daniel Chapter 9. Adonai is first used inGen 15:2.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 27b

Strong’s Reference: H136

Adonai in the Septuagint: kurios – Lord, Master

Meaning and Derivation: Adonai is the verbal parallel to Yahweh andJehovah. Adonai is plural; the singular is adon. In reference to God the pluralAdonai is used. When the singular adon is used, it usually refers to a human lord. Adon is used 215 times to refer to men. Occasionally in Scripture and predominantly in the Psalms, the singular adon is used to refer to God as well (cf. Exd 34:23). To avoid contravening the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Exd 20:7), sometimes Adonai was used as a substitute for Yahweh (YHWH). Adonai can be translated literally as, “my lords’ ” (both plural and possessive).

Further references of the name Adonai in the Old Testament: Complete list available here.

YAHWEH (LORD, JEHOVAH)

(yah-weh)
Lord, Jehovah

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Yahweh occurs 6,519 times. This name is used more than any other name of God. Yahweh is first used in Gen 2:4.

Variant spellings: YHWH, Jehovah

TWOT Reference: 484a

Strong’s Reference: H3068

Yahwehin the Septuagint: kurios – Lord, Master
despotês – Lord, Master, denoting the omnipotence of God (TDNT), despot, absolute ruler

Meaning and Derivation: Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, is actually spelled “YHWH” without vowels. YHWH is referred to as the Tetragrammaton (which simply means “the four letters”). YHWH comes from the Hebrew letters: Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay. While YHWH is first used in Genesis 2, God did not reveal Himself asYHWH until Exodus 3. The modern spelling as “Yahweh” includes vowels to assist in pronunciation. Many pronounce YHWH as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.” We no longer know for certain the exact pronunciation. During the third century A.D., the Jewish people stopped saying this name in fear of contravening the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Exd 20:7). As a result of this, Adonai is occasionally a substitute for YHWH. The following compound names which start with “YHWH” have been shown using “Jehovah.” This is due to the common usage of “Jehovah” in the English of these compound names in the early English translations of the Bible (e.g., the Geneva Bible, the King James Version, etc.).

Further references of the name Yahweh in the Old Testament: Complete list available here.

JEHOVAH NISSI (THE LORD MY BANNER)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ nis-see’)
The Lord My Banner, The Lord My Miracle

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Nissi occurs only once inExd 17:15.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Nisi; Jehovahnissi

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference: H3071

Jehovah Nissi in the Septuagint: kurios kataphugê mou – the Lord is my refuge

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes(nês), from which Nissi derived, means “banner” in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel’s banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.

Further references of the name Jehovah Nissi in the Old Testament:Exd 17:15

JEHOVAH-RAAH (THE LORD MY SHEPHERD)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-aw’)
The Lord My Shepherd

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Raah (The Lord my Shepherd) is used in Psalm 23.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Rohi; Jehovah Ro’eh

TWOT Reference: 2185, 2186

Strong’s Reference: H7462

Jehovah-Raah in the Septuagint: kurios poimainei me – the Lord shepherds me

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rô’ehfrom which Raah derived, means “shepherd” in Hebrew. A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea’, is “friend” or “companion.” This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Raah – it can be translated as “The Lord my Friend.”

Further references of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament:Gen 48:15; Gen 49:24; Psa 23:1; Psa 80:1

JEHOVAH RAPHA (THE LORD WHO HEALS)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-faw’)
The Lord That Heals

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord that Heals) is used in Exd 15:26.

Variant spellings: Jehovah-Rophe; Jehovah Rophecha; Jehovah Raphah

TWOT Reference: 2196

Strong’s Reference: H7495

Jehovah Rapha in the Septuagint: kurios ho iômenos se – the Lord your healer

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rapha(râpâ’) means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Rapha – it can be translated as “Jehovah Who Heals.” (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3). Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.

Further references of the name Jehovah Rapha in the Old Testament:Exd 15:26

JEHOVAH SHAMMAH (THE LORD IS THERE)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ shawm’-maw)
The Lord Is There

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Shammah occurs only once inEzekiel 48:35.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Samma

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference: H3074

Jehovah Shammah in the Septuagint: estai to onoma autês – the name thereof

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as “there.” Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration.

Further references of the name Jehovah Shammah in the Old Testament:Eze 48:35

JEHOVAH TSIDKENU (THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ tsid-kay’-noo)
The Lord Our Righteousness

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Tsidkenu occurs 2 times.Jehovah Tsidkenu is first used in Jer 23:6.

Variant spellings: Jehovah Tzidkaynu; Jehovah Tsidqenuw

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference: H3072

Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Septuagint: kuriou tou theou hêmôn elalêsen pros hêmas – the Lord our God spoke to us

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Tsedek(tseh’-dek), from which Tsidkenu derived, means “to be stiff,” “to be straight,” or “righteous” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Tsidkenu – it can be translated as “The Lord Who is our Righteousness.”

Further references of the name Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Old Testament:Jer 23:6; Jer 33:16

JEHOVAH MEKODDISHKEM (THE LORD WHO SANCTIFIES YOU)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ M-qadash)
The Lord Who Sanctifies You, The Lord Who Makes Holy

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Mekoddishkem occurs 2 times. Jehovah Mekoddishkem is first used in Exd 31:13.

Variant spellings: Jehovah M’kaddesh

TWOT Reference: 1990

Strong’s Reference: H6942

Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Septuagint: kurios ho hagiazôn humas – the Lord that sanctifies you

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.Mekoddishkem derives from the Hebrew word qâdash meaning “sanctify,” “holy,” or “dedicate.” Sanctification is the separation of an object or person to the dedication of the Holy. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Mekoddishkem – it can be translated as “The Lord who sets you apart.”

Further references of the name Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Old Testament: Exd 31:13; Lev 20:8

EL OLAM (THE EVERLASTING GOD)

(el o-lawm’)
The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity, The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days

Use in the Bible: El Olam is first used in Gen 21:33.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 1631a

Strong’s Reference: H5769

El Olamin the Septuagint: [ho] theos [ho] aiônios – the everlasting God

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Olam derives from the root word ‘lm (which means “eternity”).Olam literally means “forever,” “eternity,” or “everlasting”. When the two words are combined – El Olam – it can be translated as “The Eternal God.”

Further references of the name El Olam in the Old Testament: Gen 21:33;Jer 10:10; Isa 26:4

ELOHIM (GOD)

(el-o-heem’)
God, Judge, Creator

Use in the Bible: : In the Old Testament Elohim occurs over 2000 times.Elohim is first used in Gen 1:1.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 93c

Strong’s Reference: H430

Elohim in the Septuagint: theos – the standard Greek word for god, “a transcendent being who exercises extraordinary control in human affairs or is responsible for bestowal of unusual benefits” (BDAG). It specifically refers to the monotheistic God of Israel.

Meaning and Derivation: Elohim is translated as “God.” The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from ‘êlwhich, in turn, originates from the root word, ‘wl (which means “strong”). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: ‘lh (which means “god”) in conjunction with ‘elôah (which means “fear”). And still others presume that both‘êl and Elohim come from ‘eloah.

Further references of the name Elohim in the Old Testament: Complete list available here.

QANNA (JEALOUS)

(kan-naw’)
Jealous, Zealous

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Qanna occurs 6 times. Qanna is first used in Exd 20:5.

Variant spellings: Kanna

TWOT Reference: 2038b

Strong’s Reference: H7067

Qanna in the Septuagint: zêlôtês – jealous

Meaning and Derivation: Qanna is translated as “jealous,” “zealous,” or “envy.” The fundamental meaning relates to a marriage relationship. God is depicted as Israel’s husband; He is a jealous God, wanting all our praise for Himself and no one else. (cf. Exd 34:14)

Further references of the name Qanna in the Old Testament: Exd 20:5;Exd 34:14; Deu 4:24; Deu 5:9; Deu 6:15

JEHOVAH JIREH (THE LORD WILL PROVIDE)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ yir-eh’)
The Lord Will Provide

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Jireh occurs only once inGen 22:14.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference: H3070

Jehovah Jireh in the Septuagint: kurios eiden – the Lord has seen

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.Jehovah-Jireh is a symbolic name given to Mount Moriah by Abraham to memorialize the intercession of God in the sacrifice of Isaac by providing a substitute for the imminent sacrifice of his son.

Further references of the name Jehovah Jireh in the Old Testament:Gen 22:14

JEHOVAH SHALOM (THE LORD IS PEACE)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ shaw-lome’)
The Lord Is Peace

Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Shalom occurs only once inJdg 6:24.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: None

Strong’s Reference: H3073

Jehovah-Shalom in the Septuagint: eirênê kuriou – peace of the Lord

Meaning and Derivation: Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shalom is a derivative of shâlêm (which means “be complete” or “sound”) Shalom is translated as “peace” or “absence from strife.” Jehovah-Shalom is the name of an altar built by Gideon in Ophrah.

Further references of the name Jehovah-Shalom in the Old Testament:Jdg 6:24

JEHOVAH SABAOTH (THE LORD OF HOSTS)

(yeh-ho-vaw’ se ba’ôt)
The Lord of Hosts, The Lord of Powers

Use in the Bible: Jehovah and Elohim occur with Sabaoth over 285 times. It is most frequently used in Jeremiah and Isaiah. Jehovah Sabaoth is first used in1Sa 1:3.

Variant spellings: None

TWOT Reference: 1865a, 1865b

Strong’s Reference: H6635

Jehovah Sabaoth in the Septuagint: kurios sabaôth – the Lord of hosts (sabaôth: Gr. transliteration of Heb. “hosts”)

Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havahmeaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.Sabaoth (se bâ’ôt) means “armies” or “hosts.” Jehovah Sabaoth can be translated as “The Lord of Armies” (1Sa 1:3). This name denotes His universal sovereignty over every army, both spiritual and earthly. The Lord of Hosts is the king of all heaven and earth. (Psa 24:9-10; Psa 84:3; Isa 6:5).

Further references of the name Jehovah Sabaoth in the Old Testament:1Sa 1:11; 1Sa 17:45; 2Sa 6:18; 2Sa 7:27; 1Ki 19:14; 2Ki 3:14; 1Ch 11:9;Psa 24:10; Psa 48:8; Psa 80:4; Psa 80:19; Psa 84:3; Isa 1:24; Isa 3:15;Isa 5:16; Isa 6:5; Isa 9:19; Isa 10:26; Isa 14:22; Jer 9:15; Jer 48:1; Hsa 12:5;Amo 3:13; Mic 4:4; Nah 3:5; Hag 2:6; Zec 1:3; Mal 1:6; Hab 2:13; Zep 2:9

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Poetry Challenge | 8/100 Combat Within

 The battle abroad
amidst the combat within:
fighting airs and errors,
and arrows of fiery whims,
like the murky death of
life uncontended; taking
no stance, a cause
worthy of defending.

Nay! Endure the war,
understand thine arms,
move forward and sound
the alarm; give notice
-what realms bursting
upon us?- spirits unleashed,
admonish! command them,
bind them, bond for service:
finish the story, and
onwards to glory.

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Poetry Challenge | 6/100 I wish

I wish to wonder
yet to notation smartly
beyond current
comprehension,
enriching the soil;

I wish for yonder
yet to sustain infinitely
beyond this self
comprehension,
permission to toil;

I wish to ponder
yet to battle principalities
beyond realms
comprehended
conquering the foil.

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Poetry Challenge | 5/100 Beyond the Worldly

“Yes,” I said slowly, “I’m here.”
In an instant, my view would come
granted full access to the true living
circumstance — to notice
importance had just happened,
myself had been totally changed:
I was allowed to be
beyond the worldly.
“There’s more.”

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Poetry Challenge | 4/100 Purpose and Poise

The message
of hope
declares-

be suited,
stronger
each
day-

I ask for
purpose,
and with poise,
I obey-

a greater sense
of responsibility:
value the ordinary:
it is remarkable
enough-

stand vigilant,
remember and
learn: tough
lessons by
willing ears.

 

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Crochet Mermaid Lapghan

mermaid inspiration

This was my inspiration for my latest crochet project: the mermaid lapghan.

beginning

The project began by choosing a recipient (my soon-to-be 7 year old sister, GG) as well as the color(s) which would best suit her personality.

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Then the waistline.

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On and on, around and around.

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Building the length for the legs.

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Meticulously counting, hooking, and moving yarn into loops.

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mermaid

Until at last the tail was added.

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The project complete. Happy Birthday GG!

Poetry Challenge | 3/100 Phenomenon of Dust Compared

I’ve mentioned a phenomenon
of dust compared over time.
“That’s all I need to know,”
with my worldly preoccupations
out of the way, I now
believe the consciousness
that I will be able to access
in ever a word – one of the
qualities that I received.

 

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Poetry Challenge | 2/100 Conquering Passion

Crossing the river of doubt,
the waters of
associated fears: the work,
the progress, the success;
things which are prominent and promised.

This is a conquering
passion as much as
it is a promise to endure,
a chance to move rapidly,
trying to capture the unique
functionality – this gift
sustaining my ways.

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Poetry Challenge | 1/100 The Statement

It is often
the efforts,
such a tendency
to champion the necessary
time; a mark across
existence, this movement
of vernacular
on a life vocation.

If I may pursue
chambers of another’s
mind, maybe I can
prove worthwhile
exercise of my own
writing: those long hours,
the life, these days
within the statement of
my voice.

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Love in the Dark | Music Interview

You know when you discover a new band and you simply must support the ever-loving *bleep* out of them? That’s exactly what happened when I got to know the Love in the Dark band.

First, allow me to introduce the lineup of outstanding musicians:

Lead Guitar: Rob Bugos
Vocals/Rhythm Guitar: Mitch McLaughlin
Bass Guitar: Chris Kenney
Drums: Otto Gomora
Piano/Keyboard: Massimo Onesto
Saxophone: Cathy Gende
Trombone: Keegan Bramlet

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I was fortunate enough to snag an interview with the bandmates of Love in the Dark. Here’s what they had to say:

When you did you start developing your musical talent?

Rob Bugos:  I began to play the music with the saxophone in 5th grade band and continued that through the end of senior year. However, I had always really wanted to be able to play guitar so I began learning the instrument when I was In 8th grade and have been just playing since.

Mitch McLaughlin: My mom and dad surrounded me with music, whether it was Guns n Roses or Joni Mitchell; both were drama and choir kids growing up. I’ve been in musical theatre/plays since I was 5, and joined choir in 5th grade, guitar in 7th, and put it all together freshman year when I started writing songs for a folk project I wanted to create. Everything sprouted from there.

Chris Kenney: I started developing my musical talent when I picked up the guitar at 9. I wanted a guitar for christmas; my parents said I had to learn a song first before they would buy me one. So I had one of my brother’s friends teach me “Smoke on the Water,” and as result, I earned my first guitar!

Otto Gomora: I began playing drums when I was about 8.

Massimo Onesto: I began developing my musical talent when I was 10. It started by playing guitar.

Cathy Gende:  I started playing 8 years ago in 4th grade, and started actually excelling my 7th and 8th grade years at competitions.

Keegan Bramlet: I started playing the trombone in fourth grade, yet I never really took it seriously. In fact, I wasn’t even going to continue on through high school.

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When did talent become passion?

Rob Bugos: I really found a passion in music once the band starting sounding half way decent and I realized how much I love to write and perform. I also began to understand just how much there is to know within music and as a guitar player; I’d say much of my time up till this point has been a quest for knowledge and chops.

Mitch McLaughlin: It has always been a passion. I remember watching American Idol when I was super young and just getting pissed I couldn’t audition the next year. Hahah. Yet the last four years have been a progression of passion, where everyday I wake up wondering how we- as a band- could outdo ourselves as well as the musical community, pushing us to strive harder. Like competition in the best way, only to motivate and not get lazy within our own scene.

Chris Kenney: I really started developing a passion for music when I started playing with other people. It was over time, yet playing with others and making your own music firsthand showed that music was a way to bring people together: I loved that and I still do. For me, bringing people together turned the hobby into my passion.

Otto Gomora: I didn’t really get way into playing the drums until I joined my first band near the beginning of high school.

Massimo Onesto: That talent transformed to passion around my Freshman year of highschool as I became a more advanced musician: able to play songs of greater complexity.  

Cathy Gende: My talent became a passion when I was placed in my school’s top ensemble Sophomore year. That’s when you could say I became more “musically intelligent”.

Keegan Bramlet: On step-up day for the band program, I was introduced to amazing musicians. Music changed for me, and since then I have always strived to become a better musician like those I have seen passionately proceed me.

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Do you see yourself pursuing a life-long musical career?

Rob Bugos: I do see myself pursuing music all of my life. I don’t necessarily plan to make being a musician or performer my career, but I am going to college to major in music business and minor in music; so I am hoping to at least work within the industry. Playing, however, will always be a cherished hobby for me.

Mitch McLaughlin:  I certainly do. Hell if I know what album or song or concept will do it, but I know I can’t walk away from music. I’ll be going to Nashville in the fall to major in songwriting, and minor in music business. So its for sure a career path.

Chris Kenney:  I  do see myself pursuing a lifelong career in music. Majoring in percussion performance at NIU starting Fall 2015, I enjoy the idea of opening my own percussion studio in order to give lessons to those wanting to begin their own musical journey of sorts.  Playing and performing into old age is also a hope of mine.

Otto Gomora:  I feel like I will at least always play my instrument with others.

Massimo Onesto: I do not see myself having a career in music; however, music is still an important part of my life and will always stay with me.

Cathy Gende: I’ve always seen myself majoring in music but that might change.

Keegan Bramlet:  I do not foresee myself with a career in music, yet the passion will always be there. My dream is to open a restaurant (with live music of course). Whether or not Love in the Dark someday plays there, love for music will always be a part of my life.

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What is your favorite aspect of performing?

Rob Bugos:When you look out at the crowd and know they’re loving it. That means  your music has gone beyond just you and has really communicated with other people. I enjoy knowing there are those appreciating the noise we make.

Mitch McLaughlin: Easily, my favorite aspect is convincing the crowd to enjoy themselves. People our age seem a bit weary about going to concerts as usually they’ve only seen famous acts who have a giant team to make then sounds perfect, look beautiful, and act correctly. So when our first chord strikes and I’m dancing, I know people think it’s silly, but I’m having so much fun; within minutes I can tell mostly everyone has forgotten about the venue: it suddenly becomes the perfect environment for listening and enjoying.

Chris Kenney: Performing is cool because you really get a chance to give others something great. And also, you get to put to the test all you’ve learned since you started your journey. Whats better than that?

Otto Gomora: At last playing the music for an audience and hearing the interaction that goes on between our band and them.

Massimo Onesto: Entertaining crowds of people alongside some of my best friends.

Cathy Gende: Definitely NOT soloing; the rest of the band will assure you of that. Shaping the lines of music appropriately and blending with the band to make an awesome sound: this is my favorite part. I also enjoy seeing people who get into the music.

Keegan Bramlet: I don’t have one aspect of performing that I like the most because I love every bit of it. If I had to narrow it down though, I would have to say I love soloing. I love playing loud and making the crowd get into the music. However, it’s an amazing feeling when you are jamming along on stage and you get into what musicians call, “the pocket”, when every instrument is like a little puzzle piece and it all just fits in together to make one perfect, complete sound. That beats soloing every time. I love seeing people’s first impression of our band, because at each venue there are at least two people who say “Wait, there are horns in this band?”. One of them is usually Chris.

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If you wanted your fans to know one thing important about your role or view of the band, what would it be?

Rob Bugos: I’d say that I would want people to know that I recorded our first album myself and it was the first real set of recordings I had ever done. Anything else I did was for fun and usually didn’t involve more than capturing just a guitar or two: there was definitely a learning curve involved during the process.

Mitch McLaughlin:   I want everyone to know that without our guitarist, Rob “Bobby B” Bugos, our songs would not exist: flat out, no arguments, never would have happened. He’s one in a million. And without Otto supplying his basement, we’d never have the “following” we have today. Both are honestly the best parts of this band, and I say this while still acknowledging the incredible talent of each band member. Those two are specifically standout players for me personally. Yet I love this group as a whole: we’re like a 2 -dimensional triangle, in a 3 –dimensional world. Together, we just manage.

Chris Kenney: Everyone has their role and must work together to form something greater than the sum of its parts. I am just the bassist. There are six other human beings that make up Love in the Dark, and each of them bring their unique personalities to the plate which is what makes the music. Its all a collaborative effort. Without rob, our songs wouldn’t be nearly as well put together as they are: he masterminds everything. Without Otto, we wouldn’t pay nearly as much attention to what’s going on around us musically, because he really stresses that. Without Cathy, wed be missing a great improviser (although she claims she doesn’t like to haha) that also blends perfectly into a song, no questions asked. Keegan gives us sheer power, and really knows how to push a song to make it sooo exciting. Massimo offers a full, complete sound, just by adding the keys. And finally, without Mitch we wouldn’t have any idea the direction to take our music. None. Zip. Nada. My message is to not get into the feeling one person is ever more important than another because that just ain’t true. While everyone has their own specialized jobs, your band is completely changed with the alteration of just one member. Understand that.

Otto Gomora: I think I just want them to know they’re welcome to dance and groove with me during the shows.

Massimo Onesto: We have a unique sound by a good variety of instruments, making us a memorable band.

Cathy Gende:  That I came into this project rather late and pretty much just play what I’m told (unless I’m improvising) which is fine by me.

Keegan Bramlet: I think each person has their role, but we are a band. Our job is to take our role and and make it work with everything else. There is a lot of compromisation, as well as collaboration. Having said that, I want our fans to know that we are more than a band, we are brothers… and a sister. We may not be related through blood, but we are family through our collective love for music: and I think that’s just as strong.

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Check out their facebook page: Love in the Dark 

Download Love in the Dark Album from Bandcamp

Beautifully Flaw3d | Charlotte

We ladies of Beautifully Flawed are coming together, taking glamour shots, and telling the story of our personal battles with self-image in a society which would call us flawed by its standards.

A book will be published as the end result.

This crowdfunded event is something I think may intrigue you.

Livid Expression by LaKeshia Stigall is both project developer and photographer.

I believe sincerely you would benefit from this project greatly. Allow us to tell our stories, feel lovely, and let all those pains from the past have a beautiful purpose that could potentially inspire others.

A project to support positive and healthy body image and mind.

A project to help other realize their own value and beauty.

If you would like to support this project, visit:

GoFundMe.com/BeautifullyFlawed

Plethora of Posts | An Overview

 Most excitingly, I’ve comprised a list of some points of intrigue upon MI website. I hope you stay away, explore, and find something worthy of changing your day into the incredible experience I hope you achieve.

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Social Media Connection

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Poetry

Intonation Satisfaction, echos of respect ascertained

Love Within Friendshipthe countless truths
moving through the air

Picture Perfect, I waited to see as to understand

Pure Intentions, consequences act as reward: a purposed path aligns obstacles, each maneuver maintained

Team Awesomelearning and creating are just gifts from the creator

 

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Short Story

Silent Mission, our planet was rapidly evacuating, and hardly anyone knew of it

Remarkable Inquirywe could conquer the sequence of life

OFF,  Everyone thought the zombie apocalypse would have been caused by… 

Beautiful Peoplewhen one friend endures the trials of their faith, another friend is there to comfort the pangs of enduring

Honestly, I bid thee HonestyHow else then does the Spirit move? Over still waters? In the blossoming of flowers? 

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Memoir

On the InsideI was confounded when I heard this “well-understood” opinion of myself.

MI oh MI, Easter in MichiganThe family grows daily larger in love

Thank you LHS I had the most delightful opportunity to encounter and engage the students of my local Lemont High School; many of them were creative writing students, while some of them were home grown writers

– Throwback Thursday, Recalling and RealizingThere is so much I have learned over the years, and yet, I know there is much more to be obtained in the time ahead.

MI Royal TypewriterIn the past eleven years since my first typewriter, I’ve gone through a number of machines; it seems I fluctuate between the fluidity of an electric and the freedom of a manual.

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Photography

– Lovely Day to Walk About
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Black Partridge Woods
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Sneak Peek, Jilley’s Boutique
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Redefine Normal
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Runyon Park
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MI Books

– This PlaceWritten with pen and paper while camping in a remote location, “This Place” is a long poem with dynamic phrases, meant to inspire as well as challenge the hearts of readers to take on a new perspective.

MI Life Book 1To those who still teach me words, and the Word, and the continual application of each; and to those who know truly: we all have a story worth telling.

– MI Life Book 2As my hopes achieve the manifestation of tangible aspirations, my dedicated efforts continually prove true: exponentially eliminating fears, I declare my claim to courage throughout the year of 2014.

– MI Life Book 3Once again, I invite you to share my documented anthology of a life well-lived, celebrated in the highest, and regarded as truly beautiful

 

Know Day and Hour | Greek Bible Study

I’ve set out to examine closely a particular biblical passage,  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36). This is in reference to Christ’s second coming, the return of our King.  Many people preach the impossibility of knowing when Christ will return, quoting this exact passage.  Today, I want to explain my own understanding based on the Greek origins of this passage.

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Here is the verse in context:

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And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Now let’s look at something:

Mat 24:36 But of that day[G2250] and hour[G5610] knoweth[G1492] no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

DAY
ἡμέρα
hēmera
hay-mer’-ah
Feminine (with G5610 implied) of a derivative of ἧμαι hēmai (to sit; akin to the base of G1476) meaning tame, that is, gentle; day, that is, (literally) the time space between dawn and dark, or the whole 24 hours (but several days were usually reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the parts of both extremes); figuratively a period (always defined more or less clearly by the context): – age, + alway, (mid-) day (by day, [-ly]), + for ever, judgment, (day) time, while, years.
Total KJV occurrences: 389

HOUR
ὥρα
hōra
ho’-rah
Apparently a primary word; an “hour” (literally or figuratively): – day, hour, instant, season, X short, [even-] tide, (high) time.
Total KJV occurrences: 108

KNOWETH
εἴδω
eidō
i’-do
A primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent, G3700 and G3708; properly to see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perfect only) to know: – be aware, behold, X can (+ not tell), consider, (have) known (-ledge), look (on), perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand, wist, wot. Compare G3700.
Total KJV occurrences: 664

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Without question, many people assume this passage means that there is no way to approximate when Christ will return.  Other’s claim to know, based on stars, blood moons and Hebrew calendars, exactly the day when Christ shall return: the Day of Atonement, September 22 – 23, 2015.

While I take neither stance, let me explain from the definitions above, what I do consider possible with this particular verse.

I believe this passage means no man can fathom the enormous moment when Christ returns, Judgment begins, and the end of days will at last be over, ushering in the new millennium, Christ and his heirs ruling all.

Christ gives us many signs to be aware of his return. GOD has been perfect in his calendar forever.  Why would we be utterly oblivious of his return, surprised of his coming? I do not believe obscurity to be the meaning of Matthew 24:36; instead, I believe we cannot imagine the massive impact of his coming, opposed to ignorance of his arrival.  Just because the parable says we believers will go on with daily life does not disqualify patiently awaiting his exact return. It is solidified in my heart: Christ’s true followers will not be caught unaware as the Holy Spirit will forewarn, remind, and assure what we’ve been prepared our entire walk to do: be with Christ forever.

Alley Kittens to Ally Cats| Katzen World Submission | Cat Photography

First Day

©Miranda Innaimo

When the boys were just five weeks old- still in need of milk formula and bottle feeding- we rescued them from the alley life. While the two, palm-sized baby boys were exactly the same age, miraculously, they were not from the same litter; my husband and I had seen their two separate clans- the tabbies long-bodied and golden, and the oreos squat and broad- wandering around our historic neighborhood, behind shops and within alleys.

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Mother’s Day 2013 ©Miranda Innaimo

I became a nurturing kitty mama.  As I worked from home as an Independent Author I was able to monitor their growth full time.

Their names- solely decided at first by me- were Nikotemo (the golden one) and Ennio (the B&W), but those names didn’t stick. So my husband and I decided together…

6 weeks

6 weeks ©Miranda Innaimo

Rico (front) and Charlie (back).

These two boys were brought into our lives after prayers and hopes had been put forth for months and months, waiting for just the right pair.  We had always wanted two boy kittens so we could raise them together.  My husband and I firmly believe all animals need a companion, else they suffer during their isolated lifetime.  So our boys became our family, and we were blessed.

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Snuggle 1 ©Miranda Innaimo

Snuggle

Snuggle 2 ©Miranda Innaimo

Baby Charlie

Baby Charlie ©Miranda Innaimo

Baby Rico

Baby Rico ©Miranda Innaimo

Baby Rico 2

Baby Rico 2 ©Miranda Innaimo

Growth Sleep

Growth Sleep ©Miranda Innaimo

Watching our Rico and Charlie grow up has been a wonderful journey.  Since the very beginning, those two have cared for each other as true brothers.

Rico Windowsill

©Miranda Innaimo

Charlie Coffee Table

©Miranda Innaimo

Three Sleepers

Three Sleepers ©Miranda Innaimo

Nearly Grown

Nearly Grown ©Miranda Innaimo

Pile

Cat Pile ©Miranda Innaimo

New Home

2 years. ©Miranda Innaimo

Here are our boys in recent days, now 2 years old. My husband and I hope to have a full life with these boys, Rico- sometimes called Reekey- and Charlie- called Charles.

Scratch Bed Rico

Scratch Bed Rico. ©Miranda Innaimo

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Charlie and my bass guitar. ©Miranda Innaimo

Happy Sunlight Boys

Happy Sunshine Boys. ©Miranda Innaimo

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Tummy Rub Tuesday Submission | Cat Photography

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Sunshine tummy rub, Charlie cat, June 2015 ©Miranda Innaimo

This is a submission for  katzenworld and their Tummy Rub Tuesday #TRT
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Kittens’ Snow Walk

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Typewriter Kittens

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Kitten Castle

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Birthday Walk with the Kittens

Michigan Cats | Charlie and Rico

Rico and Charlie ponder the light
Yes brother, let us ponder the light and the air with the birds; yonder is a squirrel, and so we shall enjoy the morning day.


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The music of the household is made by string and wood, matching in color Charlie and his black and white fur. Sitting poised waiting for tune, he would sing a Charlie song, especially if it were morning meal or evening supper.

Holding Paws
Brothers thrash, then rest, their paws at embrace, spending their moments after the chase in subtle positions of loving breaths panting.


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Let me tell you, dear brother, a truth in your ear; I will tell you the story so as to reveal. Listen closely, I want you to hear, I love you, I love you, I love you.

Help Me Eradicate a Mistake

Let’s all face it.  I’ve got the Bipolar.  When I’m ill, I’m mostly a manic person and flare ups act like windstorms ravaging my life like a stack of newspapers on the sidewalk.

Last Summer was hard.  Manic episodes, rash decisions, bad decisions, worst decision.  I’ve resolved most issues in the past few months, yet there is one wretched mistake lingering over my head.

My facebook author page.

The url or link to my page is terribly, terribly long, and contains four of my names, two of which I no longer claim due to matrimony.

Under the terms of facebook, I can only change my url or link once I reach 200 hundred likes; I am currently only eight likes away at 192.

Today, I ask for your help.

Like my author page so that I may eradicate a mistake from the past:

Author Miranda Innaimo

facebook.com/authormirandalynettegothardinnaimo

UGH! Look at that link… *hangs head*

Thanks again pals! Only eight more to go!

Silent Mission | short story

I pitied the public in my spare time. I felt sorrow for the oblivious when I remembered to do so. If I had a minute of downtime, I realized that our plan was happening plain in their faces while every day unfurled steady progress. The ordinary citizens were powerless, too busy technology-crunching or fast-food-munching to do more than pander their days away consuming. They didn’t have a clue what was happening, and it was my job to assure they never found out.

I considered myself special. I was on the inside. My people were quiet and our project was discrete. Coordinating the shuttle flights, I oversaw the team which worked the remote areas for departing and returning passenger crafts.

While I managed the flight logs, my buddy over in media saw to the meticulous care of blasting insignificant stories on repeat during news broadcasts; occasionally something (I considered transparent) would slip: a senator retiring without justifiable cause, a soap opera star leaving the set after years in the limelight, the highest ranking city officials not running for reelection.

Yet even these stories would never give us away.

Entire planes gone missing, the supposed assassination of key politicians, elite families abducted by recently-emerged terrorist groups: these things called more public attention and were assigned greater interest by news anchors; these stories trended seventy-two hours and then faded away in the blur of new stimuli dropped by the media.

Our planet was rapidly evacuating, and hardly anyone knew of it.

When the Vatican telescope confirmed the impending arrival of impacting asteroids- a confirmed thirty-thousand bits of galactic boulder heading our way- it was decided to keep the public unaware. No plan could be executed to save us all. The lists and diagrams were formed, week-long committees held, and at last, names were put on flight logs from our planet to Space Station.

While the public thought to mourn the loss of some over-dosed celebrity, I was shaking the starlet’s hand while they boarded the space craft. I saw all sorts of people come through: new money, old money, the famous, the brilliant, those afraid to leave, all afraid to stay.

Yet with every flight I saw depart, I should have demanded my way onboard. I suppose I always assumed one crew would be back in time to take me away.

You’d think that when I found myself unemployed, I would be full of the same pity I felt for the common citizens, myself now one of them; instead, I was lost in silent pandemonium, awaiting destruction: no true government in place, no entertainment stars coaxing us into a stupor. It seemed only a matter of time before civilization crumbled. You’d think I would have been beside myself with remorse.

Only, I was too busy laughing to feel sorry for myself. For weeks past, I saw the arrogant, the prideful, the money-hungry and the savage board their evacuation shuttles without even a glance back at the society they were leaving to die. I couldn’t help but laugh when the sky became dark, the light of the sun obscured by a field of asteroids; I laughed, and laughed, our planet unharmed, as the space station appeared as another shooting star, massive explosions, flying overhead.

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Unpacking Adoration | Short Story

Unpacking Adoration
by Miranda Innaimo

 

It would seem by the contents of her luggage, the trip had been a success: there were trinkets obtained at memorial sites, receipts from extravagant restaurants, museum pamphlets, and a signed copy of a music album.  Yet these things were tossed aside, and sorted garments of clothing brought swelling emotions to the woman’s heart.

A pale blue cardigan with a sleeve spotted by champagne: the woman could still recall the handsome man handing her the tall, slender flute, his eyes sparkling joy beyond the bubbly.  They had sat near each other while upon the flight oversees, his elbow gently brushing against her own, her breath fluttering not only from the altitude. After sharing a bottle, it soon became obvious the woman would not use the services of a tour guide; the gentleman upon flight 403- with a relaxing personality, carefree poise, and with well-founded understanding of their destination- he suited her standards for exploration far better than whomever the travel agency had chosen as her guide.

A silk handkerchief, embroidered with his initials: attending an opera in a language neither could understand, quietly whispering their interpretations of the saga; the woman occasionally silently laughing to tears while the pageantry’s storyline unfurled in hushed giggles. He put his arm around her, the handkerchief slipped into her purse.  Now, fingers tracing the embroidered letters upon the silk, and she bit her lip with the desire to be held like that again.

An evening gown, the shoulder strap broken at dawn after an evening of dancing: they had commemorated their final night overseas by swinging together upon a rooftop dance floor, the city lights shining upon them as they moved together. They were radiant, and the entire crowd melds together as a fading glow compared to their shimmering happiness. Held close, the woman felt his breath upon her hair while hearing him whisper sincerely, “I’ve never felt like this before.”

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That morning at breakfast, the woman looked languidly across the kitchen table. “More coffee?” she asked. Her husband slid his mug towards her and continued scanning his business files.

After another moment of silence, she asked, “Would you like to go kayaking this weekend? We could go downstream, camp on the shore and see the stars come out.”

He lifted his chin from the manila folder, “We don’t own a kayak.”

“How about we attend a lesson Thursday evening? I’ve always wanted to learn swing dancing. There is a big band performing.”

Between sips of coffee, he casually reminded, “You know trumpets give me a headache.”

She continued, trying, “we could see the Hungarian movie playing at the theater tonight?” After he had consumed several bites of toast while putting a note in the margin of his paperwork, she nudged again, “the Hungarian movie, darling?”

He looked up, snapping close the file. “I’m working on a special account this evening, so I will be home later than I would like.” Her husband rose and left the table.

Bidding him farewell at the door, the woman placed the silk handkerchief in his breast pocket.  “Thank you again for our lovely vacation,” she said, her fingers trailing the embroidery initials on the cloth.

“Hmm?” her husband gazed into the foyer mirror, adjusting his tie and straightening his collar.  “Oh, yes, you’re welcome.” He smiled, “I’ve got to go.”  With a hurried kiss, he was out the door for the remainder of the day.

The woman shuffled her feet into the laundry room: the clothes from their trip clean and dry without as much as a spot upon them; no lingering stain of adventure embracing the cotton, no scent of the exotic airs they gasped together in romance.  It seemed that all residue of their experience was washed away, yet, she knew, the adoration unpacked would reside forever.

Flicking the light off, she carried the laundry away and went about her daily routine.

 

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Remarkable Inquiry | short story

The question proposed to me was like the diamond on my hand; taken with a blush and a gasp, extended towards me with vigorous love.  I knew nothing else for a moment, but the sheer brilliance of glimmering promises.

To answer, I was mute; ideas flourished, abounded so greatly, no one particular statement offered assurance by voice; my heart enraptured, traded on a string, a chord binding our agreement; tied so tightly no unraveling could achieve our demise.  We were blissfully bound, tangled together; achieving the subtle satisfaction capable of completing my response.

When silence gave way to sing-song reply, I knew- with certain caliber of comfort- my life would never be the same.  The remarkable inquiry managed to shake me like an earthquake; my perspective as an environment shifting, the map rearranging, my path forward veering now toward profound destiny.

If I could carry such concern- amounting to greater value than gemstones or metal-our love would surely sustain: encountering adventure, our mutual respect maintained by valiant struggle: we could conquer the sequence of life, overcoming any obstacle endured.

“Will you marry me?” he asked.

 

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Intonation Satisfaction | a poem

I gander with awe
at your persona,
the refelction
of your character:

pristine humility,
loyalty, and strength;
seen viably- I am
assured openly

of your dignity
(promising maturity),
confidence in
a glance-

my eyes behold
the glorified union,
stares of adoration:
our marital state.

I hear intonation
satisfaction, the valiant
vibrations of life:
ours to discover;

sustaining upon
my heartstrings,
perfect pitch plucked
by your hands-

which hold justice
with balance,
a harmony maintained-
capable of chords:

audible acceptance
between two unique
individuals, echos of
respect ascertained.

 

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