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Friday After

Friday After

The Friday after Thanksgiving is not “black friday” in my book.  The title is linked to too many bad events in history.  To call a shopping day “black friday” is in poor taste.

I suggested this morning that we go catch a movie and Elizabethe reminded me what it was like the last time we attempted to go somewhere the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Okay.  Nix that idea.

I came out to my office to catch up on my blogging and then thought… I need to take some pictures.

Wandering in to the house I saw something that reminded me of clay.  That reminded me of incense, which reminded me of smoke and THAT gave me a great idea. Take pictures of smoke!

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Smoke

And this one…. tell me what you see?

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Ghostly!

Do you see a figure wearing a hood with arms extended?

I had fun playing with incense and taking pictures of it.  In fact, I’d like to figure out how to control the smoke better.  It’s kind of fun.

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Angel of Resurrection

I’m getting hungry so I think I’ll call it a day.  Visit www.FineArtbyDB.com and you can see some of these for sale.

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With all the talk about Syrian refugees, I thought I would do some research for myself.  First off, being Syrian doesn’t equate to being Muslim.  And, practice of Islam varies from country to country and from individual to individual.  Thus, to equate a Syrian Muslim to being a terrorist would be like saying all blacks are thugs.  It is racist and prejudicial.

I did learn something interesting in all of this, and it is this… Islam is more of an ideology based on the teachings of Muhammad found in the Quran than it is an organized religion.  In fact, it is not organized at all.  (By that, in comparison to Western religions, you cannot point to any one governing body for Islam, whereas you can point to the First Presidency for Latter-day Saints, the Pope for Catholics, etc.  You cannot do that for Islam.)

I found several sources which point to the Quran as the source of governance for Islam.  This is much like fundamentalist Christians who point to the Bible for governance with no form or hierarchy to guide them here on earth.  Both methodologies deny revelation and claim all that is going to be said, has been said, and contained in a single book.

Islam  is not a race, but an ideology based on the teachings Mohammad Ibn Abdallah.  He lived during the 7th Century (A.D.) and to many was thought to be the returned Messiah, and by others a prophet.  The Jews rejected him as either.  What soon followed was Jihad on in that region forcing others to accept Islam as their religion and Mohammed as their prophet.

While history tells us Mohammad died after a short illness in 632 AD, modern Islam preaches a tradition that he ascended to heaven in Jerusalem.  They also claim Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem is where Abraham was told to offer Ishmael as a sacrifice.  Both have parallels in Christianity — Jesus ascending to heaven after his death and resurrection, and Isaac being offered by Abraham as a sacrifice.  Yet, the stories recorded of Mohammad’s ascension are marred by the fact that the Temple of Solomon was destroyed nearly 600 years before Mohammad could have made an ascension from the temple.

My personal conclusion about Islam is this…   It is an ideology of confusion with no governance. In countries where it is strong, governments have given way to permit Islam to function under their own shariah law.  While in civilized countries, shariah law has taken a backseat to constitutional laws of those countries, in uncivilized regions of the world, it has been allowed to festers by allowing sharia courts that treat men and women unequally, and Muslims and non-Muslims unequally.  (Example:  A woman’s life is worth 1/2 a man’s life.)    Punishments in these countries include stonings, lynchings,  floggings, amputations, and beheadings under sharia law.   Islam, on the surface, is an all-or-nothing religion (but more of an ideology as they have no structure) for its members.  In countries where sharia law is permitted, the “nothing” part of it can be a death sentence.

Now, a little about Israel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Islam…

Islam sets Ishmael up as being the chosen son of Abraham to receive the birthright.  Christians and Jews believe it was Isaac.  In either case, that makes us all Sons of Abraham and born under the Abrahamic covenant.

Orson Hyde in his dedicatory prayer on the Mount of Olives said, “O Thou, Who didst covenant with Abraham, Thy friend, and who didst renew that covenant with Isaac, and confirm the same with Jacob with an oath, that Thou wouldst not only give them this land for an everlasting inheritance, but that Thou wouldst also remember their seed forever. …  Let that nation or that people who shall take an active part in behalf of Abraham’s children, and in the raising up of Jerusalem, find favor in Thy sight. Let not their enemies prevail against them, neither let pestilence or famine overcome them, but let the glory of Israel overshadow them, and the power of the Highest protect them; while that nation or kingdom that will not serve Thee in this glorious work must perish, according to Thy word — Yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”

The 11th Article of Faith states, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

While there are Islamic practices that trample God-given rights of people living in other countries, I personally see the hysteria in our own nation being a smoke screen for freedom threatening issues we face here.  (i.e. Removing the 10 Commandments from court houses, not allowing students to say prayers at school functions, not allowing the Pledge of Allegiance to be said because if its reference to “one nation, under God”, etc.)  It is also a smoke screen for graft, sin and corruption all around us.  So, as long as Muslims can live peacefully, respectfully among us, without forcing their ideology upon us, I’m okay with that.

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

It is Thanksgiving 2015 and I have a lot to be thankful for.  While my gratitude extends beyond this list, first and foremost, I’m thankful for a Heavenly Father who loves me, my wife who is my best friend and eternal companion, my children and grandchildren who bring me joy beyond measure and all the bounty God has blessed me with.

Elizabethe and I have great plans for the day.  Today we are going to do absolutely nothing.  Yup, you heard me.  We are just going to lay around and be lazy.  No fancy meal.  No going anywhere.  We’re just going to enjoy each other’s company all day.

I did pick up my phone and noticed I had nearly 100 new e-mails.

Seriously?

Am I getting that many e-mails of gratitude on this day of Thanksgiving?

I looked and sure enough, they were all Black Friday invitations.  I saw them as invitations to “opt out” of their e-mail campaign.  I despise the entire “Black Friday” sales thing.  I dislike getting all of these emails too.

We bing-watched one of Elizabethe’s favorite TV shows that had recorded on the DVR.  After a couple of episodes we both commented on how unrealistic the entire show is.  I think the highlight of the TV watching was BYU TV’s Joan of Arc.  What a wonderful documentary.  I highly recommend it.

After a while, I got bored and picked up my phone and looked at Facebook.  Big mistake.

What is it about people that makes them turn to stupidity when they get on social media?

For example, one person was posting about how Christopher Columbus started Thanksgiving… huh?  Another posted an absurd list of companies that with a little research (i.e. typing the claim into Google)  would show them the list is making erroneous claims.  And those two examples don’t even begin to touch on some of the political claims.

At one point in the day I started to laugh.  Elizabethe asked what was so funny.  I looked at the clock and said, “It’s after 5pm and it is getting dark and we’ve done absolutely nothing today.  We haven’t got a single thing accomplished.”

In her sweet and loving way, she assured me that she’s enjoyed just spending the day together talking and … doing nothing.

So, I put my phone away and realized I was bored with doing nothing and suggested to Elizabethe we call it a day.

White Friday

I think today would be more appropriately called, ‘White Friday’.  The snow outside is beautiful.

White:  presence of all colors, light, life, purity

White: presence of all colors, light, life, purity

I really dislike the phrase “Black Friday”.   In the last decade or so, it has become the name given to the day after Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, a holiday commissioned by Abraham Lincoln, is a day of giving thanks to God.  Then, the media and commercial world turns around and dubs the day after this beautiful holiday, “Black”?

Black is devoid of color and light.  It reflects nothing, and consumes all light that hits it.  It doesn’t exist in the spectrum because it is void of photons.  Hence, it has been known to represent death, despair, darkness, loneliness and evil.

While we live in a world where employees at some companies are punished for saying, “Merry Christmas”, we have no problem dubbing a day, “Black Friday”.

I for one don’t participate in so-called “Black Friday” sales.  I’d rather not deal with the rude crowds and loss leader sales.  I’ve yet to ever get a really good deal on Thanksgiving weekend that was worth the time.  Instead, I’ll get some work done in the office.

No Turkey

There is an advantage and disadvantage of not fixing Thanksgiving dinner.  The advantage is, no leftover turkey.  The disadvantage is, no leftover turkey.

I refuse to participate in this commercial money grab they call, “Black Friday”.  In fact, I find it offensive to those who lost all they owned on the REAL “Black Friday”.  But, let those who want knock themselves out.  I’m staying home.