Feeling Depressed vs. Clinical Depression

This post is an update from an earlier post.

In a comment I made on the excellent thought provoking blog RUM-PUNCH-DRUNK

  I was explaining how I felt about depression. This video explains how clinical depression works.
~If someone has a reason for sadness like a death in the family it is not clinical depression.
~If someone has no reason to be sad but is sad without an explanation this could be clinical depression.

I hope you find this video useful. 
The video is from the Mayo Clinic website.

Here's the link to the Mayo Clinic website:

My Hardy Snake Plant

I've had a lot of luck with this plant. I cut the end of a leaf (I think you call them leaves?) once to give it a shape. It worked.
Another time a leaf fell off so I just stuck it into the soil and it grew into a new plant.
I let the soil dry out then flood it with water. It works great!


     I love the color and pattern of each leaf and how it grows right out of the ground.

The only problem is the leaves get so long that the plant falls over.

To prevent this I'm trying a metal ring near the base to hold things together.

This should work.

Exploration Today Versus Centuries Ago

This post is from an earlier one. I lost the photos but now I have them back! Enjoy!

The other day I was thinking about modern exploration. Now I suppose the land is pretty much mapped out except if you count people hiking on trails. The ocean bottom still needs to be explored. "Space the final frontier” as the Star Trek show put it, is still open.

But think about it. Now there is always contact with home base. After the invention of the radio it was relatively easy to communicate if you met with any trouble on your journey. You had access to expert advice. If needed you could call for help.

Back in the days of Columbus once sailors set out to sea they were on there own. The only human contact was with their own shipmates. If they ran into rough weather there was no call for a rescue crew.

If you sank no one would know for months and even then they had to just assume you were “lost at sea“. In my opinion they were much braver taking greater risks than any explorers today.

Except for the astronauts. But at least you would soon know if they met a tragic end. I don’t know but maybe if they went far enough away to lose communication with earth then they would be in the same situation the old sailors were in.

Kryptonite vs Krypton & Superman

The real life Krypton is a colorless gas, exhibiting a whitish glow when placed in a high voltage electric field.
Here is the link that explains the facts:
May 30, 1898- Krypton Discovered, Decades Before Superman Arrives

                                                Sir William Ramsay, the discoverer of krypton.

Kryptonite is the fictional element that takes away Superman's super human powers. 
The real element called Krypton has nothing to do with the Superman story.
Krypton is an inert gaseous element occurring in trace amounts in air and used in fluorescent lights and lasers.
The name is derived from the Greek word for "hidden".


If we find someone who is living in own imaginary world, we still need to respect that world.  That world may intersect with the "real" world to produce a "real" effect.

This video demonstrates such an event:

A Portuguese Love Song

Just As Well

Just as well
That I met you now
I really don’t know
What I did to deserve
Because no-one
thought I was worth it
The ones who did, I wasn't interested
I didn't even believe
In myself
My heart
Was already used
To loneliness
Who would say that next to me
You would be
You who came to stay
You who who makes me happy
You who makes me sing
Like this
My heart
Was already retiring
Without any illusion
It had been mistreated
Everything changed
Now that you’re here
You who makes me happy
You who makes me sing
Like this


Ptolemy and Freud

This post is from February 2012.  I deleted the original illustrations by mistake.  So here is the updated post with the images. 

Earth Centered model of the universe according to Ptolemy

Subconscious  ID, EGO, SUPEREGO model of the mind by Freud

A few days ago my daughter Laurissa sent me an email asking about my thoughts on Sigmund Freud's psychological theories.  The astronomer Ptolemy came to mind.  I told her I believed that Freud's theories can only sometimes explain and predict how a person will behave. It may seem to make sense, the same way Ptolemy's explanation of the universe with earth as the center, seems to make sense.

Even today, Ptolemy's theory accurately explains the motion of the planets. Planetariums still use gears and circles to project the image of the stars and planets using his calculations.

Even though not related in any way; Ptolemy's cycles, epicycles and deferents, sound similar to Freud's Ego, Id and superego in that they try to explain how something works without using scientific proof.

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Potting Top of My Zebra Plant

The top of the plant fell off one day. I put it in a small shot glass filled with water. When It did not wither and die I decided to try planting it. The photo above shows the top replanted. I used the two white plastic plant labels for support.

Below is the plant without its top.  The top was a bright yellow until it started to fade then fall off.

Here is the link to my original post about this:

The Top Fell Off My Plant!

In the shot glass of water:

Close up of the plant top in the shot glass. See how green and full of life it is? I couldn't throw it in the garbage!

I didn't see any sort of root at the bottom end:

A closeup:

I'll just have to wait to see what happens.

Dismal Manor by JFM

Short Story and ACEO Painting by JFM
I enlarged this miniature painting to show the detail.
Note: (c) Copyright belongs to JFM

Tonight I listen to the howl of the wind as it swirls around the manor trying to find a way in through the cracks and crevices of its ancient stone walls.  Looking out of the tower window I  watch the winter storm blow in off the ocean waves below.  The surf is pounding against the shore and the jagged rocks on the beach, trying to climb the bluff and leaving an icy world on everything in its path...I also see something else!

Then the sounds begin. The mournful sound of wailing that starts outside of the windows and then reaches inside these ancient manor walls. As has happened many times before, I hear the slow, steady shuffle of someone climbing up the stars from the floor below. Whatever is out there on the stairway gets closer to the old tower room where I went when the storm began. A soft moan reaches my ears and my hands tremble as I keep trying to lock the door before that "thing" gets inside the room with me!

Finally, I am able to lock the heavy oak door as I hear him whisper on the other side, "Please, let me come in for I am cold, and need the warmth of your hearth." But, I know that he will never be warm again, and that I will not...cannot let him enter into my room, or I will become as doomed as he...I will then share in his fate.

Finally, as the storm abates, I hear his slow steady shuffle as he turns away from my door, and goes back down the stairs, goes back outside to the sea from whence he came, and will come again, and again whenever the next storm blows over "Dismal Manor". I slowly open the heavy door, and look out into the hall. As he has done before, and as he will do over, and over again, he has left seaweed and seawater where he walked, and where he stood outside my door. Neither of us will ever have peace as long as with each tempest that blows in from the sea, no matter the season, he will keep rising from the cold, dark waters of the abyss to enter Dismal Manor searching for warmth, and shelter inside these...the ancient walls of his old home~~~

I recently found this blog. I think you'll like it.

Here's the link to her site:

Giordano Bruno

I enjoyed watching the movie Red Lights a few days ago.
After hearing Simon Silver played by Robert De Niro say:
"We called Ptolemy insane, we spat in the face of Galileo, we burned Giordano Bruno... What did we need? What do we need in order to learn?"  

I decided to do some research on Giordano Bruno, the less famous of the three.
Bruno believed that the stars in the sky were really other suns with their own planets.
He said that support for such beliefs in no way contradicted scripture or true religion.

From Wikipedia:
"Giordano Bruno lived 1548 – February 17, 1600. was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer.
His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in proposing that the Sun was essentially a star, and moreover, that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds populated by other intelligent beings.
(My highlights)

After the Roman Inquisition found him guilty of heresy, he was burned at the stake.
After his death he gained considerable fame, particularly among 19th- and early 20th-century commentators who, focusing on his astronomical beliefs, regarded him as a martyr for free thought and modern scientific ideas." From Wikipedia.

Interesting Isn't it?

A Hummingbird's Nest

From one of my favorite blogs. Here's her link:  Teresa Evangeline

Original source:

The Vatican Swiss Guard ~Not Just Ceremonial

"I swear I will faithfully, loyally and honorably serve the Supreme Pontiff, and his legitimate successors, and also devote myself to them with all my strength, sacrificing my life to defend them if necessary. I take on these same duties with regard to the Sacred College of Cardinals whenever the See is vacant. Furthermore, I promise to the Captain Commander and to my other superiors respect, fidelity and obedience. This I swear! May God and our Holy Patrons assist me!"

Now that a new pope will soon be in the Vatican, I was curious about the Swiss Guard.  I thought they were only for parades but they do protect the Pope and with modern weapons.  They often work undercover in plain clothes.  

Some Details:

Guards must be at least 5' 8", under 30 years old, unmarried, attended Swiss military school and be Catholics with a good reputation in their parishes.

"Swiss Guards travel everywhere with the Holy Father; the plainclothes bodyguards you see around the pope can consist of various agents, depending on what country the pope is visiting, but there are always two Swiss Guard officers among them."

Swearing-in ceremony:

More about the history:

Musical tribute:

A final thought: I wonder if the bright colorful uniforms help distract any potential attacker from the plain clothes guards hiding in the crowd, carrying the more lethal modern weapons?

Backyard Clouds

I edited my photo of one of those decorative plastic snow flakes that stick to the inside of a window.

Some clouds floating across my backyard:

A Foot Long Bow Tie!

My first Holy Communion outfit.

I saw some old black and white photos on the ~Stonehouse Cottage Potpourri~ blog and I remembered wearing a large white bow tie at my first Holy Communion.

My Mom and Dad and Brother Anthony.

I searched through the basement until I found this photo. Notice the matching white shoes. Imagine wearing that outfit as an adult! It would definitely be more embarrassing than it was back then!

My father's hands on my shoulders gives me a warm comfortable feeling.  I must have felt his love and protection and my mom was always there for me whenever I needed her. My brother was my steadfast companion. We had some arguments just like all families but I was lucky to have them.

One day I intend to organized all the old photos but right now it's not a top priority.

The Top Fell Off My Plant!

This is the top part of my plant.

It's a "Zebra" plant.
Aphelandra Squarrosa is the official name. 
I'm not familiar with the botanical names of plants. 
The name was on the tag that came with the plant .

This is where it was attached.

Here is a closeup. 

I put the top in some water.

Is this what's supposed to happen when the plant grows or is it a disease? 
Originally the flowers were bright yellow. 
Will the top grow into another plant?

If anyone knows please leave a comment.


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