Ronovan Writes Monday HaiKu Challenge pt 2: Forest and Whisper

Hello all you readers and writers. I’m joining the Weekly HaiKu Challenge on Mondays led by Ronovan Writes. Go HERE for the instructions and how to particpate. This week’s Prompt words are Empty and Whole. Here I my entry for this week.

Run to the Forest
Wind thru the Pine Trees

Nymphs of old calling to us

“Quick, run to the Forest!”


Why not have a try? Do you post, drop a link at Ronovan’s and if you’d like to let me know also, that would be fantastic.


Ronovan Writes Monday HaiKu Challenge: Forest and Whisper

Hello all you readers and writers. I’m joining the Weekly HaiKu Challenge on Mondays led by Ronovan Writes. Go HERE for the instructions and how to particpate. This week’s Prompt words are Empty and Whole. Here I my entry for this week.

North comes South

Summer temps give place

Flagstaff minus the pine trees

Valley of the Sun.

The idea was for the reader to fill in the blanks… The wind whispering thru the pines of the northern Arizona forest

Why not have a try? Do you post, drop a link at Ronovan’s and if you’d like to let me know also, that would be fantastic.


Disclaimer and Apology

I promise this blog has not become a virulent anti Jesus or anti Christianity blog.

This is still a books and reading, sometimes writing and thinking blog.

It is also a personal blog and a reflection of my life and who I am. So on occasion, there may be some posts or subjects that pop up in posts that may touch on sensitive issues of religion, Jesus, God, the bible or Christianity on general, since these all have played in the past and to some extent still do play a part in my life.

It’s not my wish or intent to drive wedges or intentionally offend anyone personally. My apologies on advance if you take offense personally when none has been personally intended.

Please accept my apology and I hope you will continue reading here with the ability to “filter out” what may be disagreeable or you find personally harmful.

Thx, -mike

Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Betrayed”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Betrayed. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“What once was Precious, now Lost”

And another to illustrate…

“The Betrayals that Betrayal leads to.”

Who betrays whom?

We think of Judas

One who believed, yet Betrayed-

-The One meant to Die.

A Zealot pre-made

God shaped his own betrayer.

Determined ahead.

Following a script

Set forth from Eternity

Obedient one

Did Judas betray?

Without knowing, he obeyed.

Could he be guilty?

Story set in Blood

Omniscient narrator writes.

Novelized doctrine.

“Buy Truth”, or the truth?

Not the Only “Risen One”.

Once “Found”, but now Free.


Betrayed and Betrayer

Some may call us Apostates. Others Deconverts. Still others “stop their ears” to our stories and past to lable us “never saved” or Atheists… both wrongly so.

Those of us who have asked questions that “must not be asked” or dug deeper than the ‘Answers’ provided that “must not be questioned” feel differently though.

It’s not us who have Betrayed our former Faith or Saviour, it’s our Faith Tradition which has betrayed us by not allowing the possibility that gnaws at the hearts and minds of almost everyone who believes, but the most irrational and separated from Reality. The possibility that we are wrong. That God may exist, but Other than we Believe.

I still believe in God.

I don’t “know” or claim to be able to fully know. But I believe still. If God truly exists, He/She/It is so “Other” as to be beyond our detection by natural means or comprehension by limited minds. I no longer believe we would be able to Know.

We’re the ones who have been betrayed for decades, centuries, millennia, regarding the Foundations of our “Faith Once Delivered”. Apologists try to block the exits, plug the dike, give us “answers sufficient” to keep us calm and confident, but wholly unable to completely disspell the doubt, erradicate the “disease” that threatens to shine the light on the Hollywood Set-piece nature of the “Greatest Story Ever Told”. Apologetics is Big Business and business… is Booming.

Some know what they are saying and selling, as one historian repeats, “isn’t True, isn’t History”, that it’s “just more Astounding Rubbish from the New Testament”, and Tradition passed down thru the ages as Revealed Truth ™.

Some know, but are “bound” by carreer, finances and families to make the best of it anyway, like the “Hirelings” spoken of by Jesus in the Gospel, lest they “lose the World by gaining their souls” and integrity.

Thankfully, aside from a short stint as a missionary overseas myself, I was never in such a position of making that choice. But I think of those who betrayed me and empathize with them as well, having been betrayed themselves by others and the same system, and betraying themselves everyday to maintain their livelihoods and careers.

Universal Stockholm Syndrome

We have all been held captive to an idea that Captivates as it promises Freedom. Even those whose “Jobs” it is to Apologize, Answer for and Defend what, if Truly True, would not need defending, answering for or Apologetics.

Truth can be Detected for

History, Science, Archaelogy and Biology all tell a very different story. One that can be verified and even challenged and corrected if found later to be incorrect or in need of updating.

Faith neither offers nor tolerates any of those. It demands obedience. I was both Betrayed and Betrayer.

Now… I’m on Recovery. Why not join me?

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.


The Web Of Life

The is no difference or separation between us. We are all part of the same Life. -mike


“The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

-Chief Seattle

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Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Blogging”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. Sadly, we had no other participants from last week.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Blogging.

The World is US

‘There’ from miles away

Connected by only waves

We talk as close friends

Coffee by each side

Minds open to understand

The World’s ‘other side’

What hopes in Europe?

What new Japanese Fashion?

Books in Zimbabwe?

One People, One World

World Wide Web connecting US

Share your life with Words.

“And now, a word from our sponsors…”

As i said in one of my previous posts, this is not my first Rodeo with the WordPress Blogging Experience. I started perhaps 6 or 7yrs ago with a very different kind of blog that reflected who I was and what I was about then. Life changes and interest changes over the years have led to this blog that you read now… at least some people anyway.

Blogging is not everything to me or to most people who do it. We do have other lives off “The Net”. Mine is in a call center in a few hours. But I enjoy sharing my life in books, music, ideas and pictures with you. We all may have different interests and reasons and goals for doing the blogs we do, but it’s important I think to realize that the MOST important thing to remember is that there’s a whole World our there of different people, different ideas, different perspectives, and different thoughts than ours. If we fail to “seek first to understand” only wanting “to be understood”, we fail to see the real benefit of blogging and the opportunity that is The Internet in general.

  • Connection to learn.
  • Connection to communicate.
  • Connection to understand.
  • Connection to each other.

For me, blogging is Connection. Not just telling my story, but also being open to hearing and considering someone else’s from the other side of the World that otherwise I would not have been able to hear. That’s why I love blogging and why I’ve stuck with it for several different incarnations and types of blogs as I have changed too.

Keep on Connecting. Keep on Blogging.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!


Updated: When comments disappear…

You know you’ve struck a chord.

I recently commented with a question regarding a Father’s POST on the Catholic abuse issue. His post was in answer or refutation of someone’s rather rude and profane comment from a previous post (perhaps?)

From the title of his post

Militant atheist: “F*** religious rights!” He asks about Jesus. Look Pope Francis!

Obviously, the person felt strongly, and so did the Father who wrote the Post in response.

My questions were more to where was/is God when the abuse was happening? I can’t copy and paste to show the exact wording, my two comments were deleted without explanation, so I will do my best to duplicate them here, opening the floor for discussion.

I first asked where God was and was He interested in stopping the abuse and protecting the children, rathe than just punishing the perps after death.

I guess both were very similar questions about whethr God was interested, willing or able to prevent the abuse in the first place.

I can understand why no answer. I would have been uncomfortable with the question myself when I was still a Christian. But the comments deleted… As if they were never asked… On a blog supposedly dedicated to… Answering questions and representing God’s mind on these things.

Of course I did ask, in two other deleted comments, why my two previous were deleted. They were not rude nor were they profane. They were just questions that the Father not only didn’t want to answer, but he also didn’t even want to acknowledge their being asked.

So… What would the answer be to my question? From both a Christian and a non-christian theist point of view.

Update 9/26/19

I was able to grab the comments still in moderation from 9/24

  1. My question would be where is god when all this abuse was (is) happening? Is He interested in stopping it, and protecting the children so it doesn’t happen, or just punishing the perps after death?

  2. If I saw someone being abused, especially a child, and could do something about it to stop the abuse in the first place, I would. Free will of the perp be darned. I’d stop it to protect the child. Why does God not seem able or willing to do the same?

He thought he’d be smart and post a separate POST without actually answering an of my previous questions.

Here are my comments to his second post.

  1. My comments didn’t go into moderation. You deleted them after they showed up on your post. I saw them one by one post, then I saw them one by one disappear. You should be honest.

  2. Oh. Now I see you didn’t fully delete them, you just took them to moderation. Where they still are on your original post. Days ago, your not holding them because you haven’t got to them. You’re just holding them. Be honest.

  3. Release the other comments to others can make a fair evaluation of both sides of the conversation

Here’s the deal with both posts

The Father is not being honest with my questions, he’s still not being honest with his answers, he’s not being honest in how he’s charachterized my questions or my posts and he hasn’t even been honest in how he hs labeled me an Atheist. He hasn’t asked, I didn’t offer, but he assumed that I am because I am no longer Christian, as if all non christians or former Christians are automatically in the Atheist bin.

By the way Father, I’m not an Atheist. Just no longer Christian, partly because of the type of responses I have received in the past like yous from Christians, ministers and apolgists like you to honest questions.


He’s still hiding my comments, and the second post received a comment from an “Aussiemom” that again misses the point. She an his readers should be allowed to see the whole story, but I guess he’s not really into that. I responded to the Aussiemom but again, its in moderation to hide me and my side. I post my response here as well.

“It’s not kind of you or the father to lable me as atheist when I’m not. Please visit my blog for the other side of the story on our ‘conversation'”

I encourage all to read the posts he did with my comments. What do you all think?

Update again 9/27/19

And now apparantly he’s removed the both the second and the first post altogether.

I get a page not found when I go there. How about you?

Down in the bucket. You know what to do.

“I know what I know, if you know what I mean…”

“… Do ya?”

The Dunning Kruger Effect says the less you know about a subject the more confident you are about your mastery of it, and the more you “don’t know what you don’t know”.

There are so many more of US out there that need to go into Recovery from “Knowing It All” yet don’t know it yet. It affects how we treat each other, how willing we are to listen and consider the other’s point of view, and how ready we are to accept when we are shown to be wrong about a particular subject.

I think it comes from an inate desire to see ourselves as better than we are and perhaps better than those around us. It may go back to childhood where for decades we’ve been told we’re the best and the brightest by parents and adults who tried to boost our efforts by boosting our self esteem. Or it could be centuries of being raised in Faith Based environments that sold us on being The Chosen Ones, or Kids of the King.

Either way, it’s really just prolonged childhood and refusal to grow up into full adulthood. Many experience the D/K Effect and even learn about it… yet STAY Eternal Children out of Fear of the unknown and “Loss of the Gloss” of having a secure and stable “knowledge” or Faith Community to fall back on.

It’s scary to feel like you’ve been wrong for years… decades even… and have to leave the Plato’s Cave you’ve known for the Reality that you don’t really Know what you thought you did. It’s scary, but it’s necessary. We aren’t meant to be Children and Immature forever.

If you are confronted with your own version of The Dunning Kruger Effect today… It’s time to grow up. It’s time to accept you Don’t Know what you think you Know. It’s time to realize that you don’t even Know how much you don’t know.

It’s time to enter the Recovery from Knowing It All.


In Other Words: “Peanut Butter”

Image by Mabel Amber, still incognito… from Pixabay
Welcome to my Weekly Participation Post here for In Other Words prompted by Patricia at her blog. I learned about it from another great BLOG. Why not visit there too? This should be fun.

I’ll let her explain the rules:

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word repair as inspiration
Link back to this post
If you are on WordPress this will create a pingback.
If you are not on WordPress put a link to your post in the comments.
You can also post your story or poem in the comments.

Here’s my entry for this week:

One for Every Tree

Parrots can be amazingly intelligent and inquisitive when they want to.

This one’s name matches her favorite treat.

She doesn’t care for the crunchy kind, but seems to prefer the super rich and creamy peanut butter that only comes in the large plastic jars.

We even figured a way to recycle them for reuse so it doesn’t impact the environment.

One for Every Tree in the neighborhood.

Now it’s your turn. Give it a try. -mike