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.


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!!