From Mundane To Mind Boggling!

I have made a mess of my blogging schedule this week. I had a busy start to the week and more training to do (what are they doing to us???) so it was only tonight that I managed to sit down and work on this week’s SHARE-YOUR-WORLD questions.

What an array of questions we have this week…the mundane – food and the weather – to the magnificent – we are talking about the existence of the material universe and eternity!

Universe, Galaxy, Portrait, Double

Our questions come from Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind:

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/10/19/share-your-world-10-19-2020/

Questions

Are You Ready To Order?   What Are You Having (craving) right now?

Meal, Dish, Noodles, Fry, Eat, Food

I am thinking Chinese tonight.

I am hungry after working all day and then going for a walk. I had a sandwich at lunch but now I want something warm and yummy, but not too heavy.

Lots of ginger and spring onions, broccoli and cashew nuts and good helping of noodles.

I used to love our trips to Chinatown to sit around a big round table with a bunch of friends and try lots of dishes. It seems like ages since we have done anything like that (you know why!!!) and I miss it.

Jack is going to love me for tagging this video:


How’s the weather in YOUR neck of the woods?

Not great. It has rained almost all day! I had to go shopping and running errands for the landlords and I got pretty wet even with an umbrella!

Girl, Umbrella, Rain, Park, Autumn, Blue

Ok….I have a rain song for you, but please don’t think it reflects my mood. I am alright. I just love this song! I know there is a happier rain song (I’M SINGING IN THE RAIN!) but my friend and I were talking about this band tonight and now I can’t get the song out of my head.


There has always been something. Before there was something, there was only nothing. Which do you think is more likely?

So, for us humans, we can only really comprehend having a beginning, can’t we. All of us had a start, an undignified horrific start. We had to squeeze our way through into a maternity theatre with the woman we know as mum shrieking.

Baby, Birth, Healthy Baby, Child

So for that reason it may be hard for us to imagine what it would be to always exist, to never have had a beginning. We drive ourselves loopy thinking about “in the beginning” and what was there before then. We seem to want to put up a marker, and suggest that before the “beginning” there was nothingness.

Now I am going to mention the scriptural point of view, only because from a physics point of view it makes a lot of sense, but please don’t think I am having a dig at anyone who does not believe in design, purpose and creation. The very first words of the scriptures “IN THE BEGINNING…” deal with the start of the universe and the earth. But they are made of matter. We know that matter is made from energy….a lot of energy.

You know Einstein very eloquently explained this and provided equations that have provided a basis for even more research into understanding the relation of matter and energy. Was there ever a time when the energy that was used to make matter did not exist? Was there a time when energy did not exist? Was there ever a time when there was nothing, nothing at all? What do you think?

Lobster Nebula, Ngc 6357, Diffuse Nebula, Space, Cosmos

Our awareness, our consciousness of being alive, of existing, and for us as intelligent creatures, the extraordinary ability we have to contemplate time, to try to grasp our physical universe is limited. We know what it is to not exist. We had a start, everything before our personal start, we learn through history books or from the mouths of others. But since we have been alive we have been drinking in what it is to be alive, to be conscious of our existence, through our senses and trying to make sense of our purpose.

It is hard for creatures who had a beginning to imagine what it would be for a life form to never have had a beginning. Yet that is what the scriptures say about our Creator. “Eternal”, “no beginning, no end”, “the King of Eternity”. More than just impressive titles, they are terms and descriptions that make sense.

Some form of vast energy that has always existed, and has the ability and intelligence to use it’s own energy to make matter. I know, I know it is mind-boggling in some ways. But it is in harmony with our understanding of physics.

Cosmos, Dark, Galaxy, Milky Way, Sky

Will we ever really understand what it is like to have never had a beginning? I don’t think we will. Our view of time is always going to be within our understanding of existence. But we have a hunger in our hearts to learn and understand. We have an astonishing ability to contemplate and to try to understand what eternity means.

Never stop learning! Never stop being fascinated by the miracle that we are alive and that the immense mindboggling scale of this universe!


Gratitude

What is your favorite time of year?  Why?

Summer. I love summer. I love it because I live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This summer was not the best, but I am sure I have a lot of summers ahead of me!

(PS. I suspect this gallery will look pants in the WP Reader…but on the website it might look great!)

My Plan For Wednesday

Cobblestone, Streets, Sidewalk

I made a blunder yesterday. Two posts scheduled to be published at the same time. I normally only schedule one post a day, and occasionally you get an extra post in the evening if I have the energy! Because of yesterday’s blogging blunder, I have nothing for you today – nada, zilch!

So…you are going to get an outline of my plans for today, whether you are interested or not. I am helping the landlords today. That means shopping for them, cooking and freezing meals. Gardening (just tidying up the garden and mowing the lawn) and whatever else they ask of me. I might be doing laundry or office work, it depends on what they need.

It makes a refreshing change from working from the NHS. My fridge is bare. I have some moscato grapes and a lot of salad, but no much else. I need to do some shopping of my own tomorrow.

Jack is at his place. He will come down after I finish work on Saturday and then we are going away for a few days – yayyyyyyyyy!!!! Tonight after I finish work, a friend of mine is coming down to mine and we will go for a walk, because here in London we are not supposed to mix indoors. So we will walk and we are planning to have a drink at a local pub – outside.

I have to say, pubs are weird places right now. Hardly anyone inside, lots of people huddled outside in the cold and dark. The pub we are going to head for had some huge outdoor heaters last time I was there. They are all prepared for this odd situation of us being out in the cold.

Beam Me Up Scotty!

Mountain, Valey, Hill, People, Man, Alone, Dark, Night

I asked Goldfinch recently if he would teleport over to me here in London so I could spend some time with him.

He suggested it might be greener than air travel, however, he said that teleporting technology might also be risky because it could allow crackpot dictators to beam nuclear weapons to different places. I replied that is of course why we need to get rid of crackpot dictators, so that we can enjoy the benefits of inventions without all the bad misuses.

Anyway….we were just waffling (if you hadn’t already figured that out). But I have been feeling that way recently. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong between Jack and me – quite the opposite in fact. I am thinking of Goldfinch because it is coming up to exactly three years since I met him. I am also thinking of him because he is special to me.

Jack is sitting me down for serious conversations about us and the future – which is good – but sometimes I want to be with a friend who supported me through a lot of heartache.

Goldfinch was the one who was there as I emerged from the cage of fear that was holding me back and started to take braver steps. I wish he was around for the big stuff in life.

Compliance

Mask, Surgical Mask, Virus, Protection

Back in the spring I heard a phrase on the news that I thought was valid. It was reported that one of the reasons the timing of social distancing restrictions was delayed in the spring was due to COMPLIANCE. How long would people cooperate with and obey what was being asked of them?

I can only relate what I have seen here in England, and the rest of UK. Now I know there have been a minority who were always going to do their own thing. They seem to think the virus is a hoax and that all the measures being taken are ridiculous. Why they think the government would try to cripple the economy if this was a hoax – I am not sure.

However, on the whole, the majority of people in this country did comply with social distancing requirements in the spring. Most people did what they were asked to, and I don’t think we should ever take that for granted. Most people were unselfish, self-sacrificing and creative in finding new ways to keep their spirits up despite the change in their routines and the restrictions on their freedoms. People knew this was serious and they wanted to do their part to make a difference. And they did!!!! It was very impressive and it made a big difference.

Face Mask, Mask, Coronavirus

During the summer months, restrictions were lifted. For some people life seemed to become more like their normal way of life. Seven months later and now in response to rising numbers of infections and hospital admissions, the government are once again bringing in restrictions. So far, they have been trying to do that in a more targeted, localised fashion.

Half of my family live in Wales. They are going into a full lockdown from Friday for a whole fortnight. But they are ready to cooperate with what is asked of them, as they have done all year.

If you have been watching the UK news, you may be aware that in some areas there does not seem the same level of cooperation as there was back in the spring.

Virus, Protection, Coronavirus, Woman

Now it is not my desire to call judgement on that. I work in the NHS, so I am mindful of the damage to physical health, but I am also very aware of how mental health is being stretched.

The concern over people’s livelihoods is a valid one and I am not willing to wade into a very sensitive situation. For those who are hard pressed economically or in debt, anxiety and stress can be a huge threat to mental and physical health. So I don’t think it can be ignored that after already losing income throughout 2020, some are extremely concerned about the prospect of their income suffering even more.

I am more worried about the conversations I have had with some of my patients and friends here in London. I have heard some strange things of late. Some are extreme. There is one patient who I dread seeing because he is so disdainful of everything to do with this virus. He insists it is a hoax, he accuses the government of all sorts of crimes (I am not a fan of politicians but I think this patient us unbalanced in his outlook) and he has gone so far as trying to physically remove our PPE and deliberately coughing to make it clear how he feels about the measures people are taking to protect themselves and other. I wish we could ban him from coming anywhere near us. But generally I prefer to deal with him speedily and efficiently so he can leave us and the rest of our patients in peace.

Bar, Restaurant, Coffee, Black Table

But then there are those who have just had enough it would seem of limitations being put on their social lives. Someone told me the other day that they had plans to go out for meals in restaurants pretty much every day the following week with different friends and family. They told me they would tell the restaurant that they were living in the same household – in other words, they were going to lie in order to be able to socialize freely with whoever they wanted. Right.

I totally understand anxiety over income and why that would make people feel the restrictions placed in certain areas are a further threat to their livelihood. I understand and empathise and I know that there is no easy answer to that issue. But I struggle to be as sympathetic with those who are willing to lie so that they can socialise with whoever they want That is not something I can approve of. The whole idea of a social bubble was to help life be bearable for those who are isolated. So get in a social bubble and stay in it. Claiming to a restaurant that you are in a social bubble with your fellow diner in regards to a dozen different friends is showing disregard for the tremendous sacrifices many are making.

People, Man, Travel, Adventure, Alone

When this person told me their intention I gave them a little food for thought. I mentioned that I had been reading a lot of posts from Canadian bloggers who reported being on their own for Canadian Thanksgiving for the first time in their lives. I asked this person, how do you think people in England would feel if they found themselves alone for Christmas for the first time in their lives?

This issue of compliance is a worry. I think the government do want to keep children and students in education. I think the government do want to keep most businesses open. So that leaves them with the activities that are classified as more under the umbrella of recreational or social, where they can bring in restrictions. The more people take liberties, lie about their social bubbles, just do whatever they want and try to find loopholes to justify their actions, well….everyone is going to pay for that.

Above all – whether you are working or playing – remember that the most effective measures we can take are:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS
  • DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
  • SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS

and if the authorities where you live ask you to then please

  • WEAR A FACEMASK
  • COOPERATE WITH THE RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIALISING
  • KEEP A DISTANCE FROM OTHERS

This is all temporary. It’s hard but it’s temporary. When you are in the midst of a challenge, a trial, you may well wonder, “when will this end?” But when the hardship has ended you appreciate more than ever what really matters and hopefully you will have learnt to develop strong qualities.

Eye, Eyes, Face, Portrait, Woman, Girl

If you are struggling emotionally with the strangeness of this year, please be assured that is perfectly understandable. There is nothing wrong with you! These are challenging times and admitting that you are overwhelmed, or dealing with increasing anxiety is normal. But disregarding the measures being taken and deciding you are going to socialize with whoever you want to keep your spirits up is likely to upset others. Do keep talking though. Phone, email, blogging – it’s a good idea to keep in touch with those who seem balanced and practical when it comes to dealing with life’s challenges. Being completely alone with your worries can put you at risk. So connect, but connect with people who are responsible and wholesome.

Fragile

Do you ever wake up on a Monday morning and think to yourself….

“I DON’T THINK I CAN DO TODAY!”

Butterfly, Nature, Animal, Flower

Some days I feel fragile. Perhaps you do too.

We are fragile at times. But at other times, our inner strength can be remarkable. It’s often when we are doing what we know is right.

I know there are times I feel ever so fragile. Sometimes I amaze myself at the inner strength that comes from a mysterious source. But it tells me that although I am sometimes intimidated by the storm clouds building, although I sometimes want to curl up in a ball and hibernate until the end of this system is over, I need to keep going. Soon…the storm will have passed and this earth and it’s creatures can breathe a sigh of relief.

No, No, No

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: NO/YES

I chose a song that I love, but find it a little hard to listen to. I don’t want to bore you with another personal drama…but basically, after my first boyfriend and I broke up, I heard this song a lot. I remember being over in Houston, Texas and for some reason this song seemed to be on the radio a lot. My American friends and I were singing along to it. In some ways it was good for me to be dancing and singing and laughing with friends…

…but inside my heart was breaking.

Fast forward around four years later. I moved to London. There were a lot of young people and although we were working hard, we also made time for lots of socialising. I remember going to a party in an apartment a few minutes from where I lived. The guy who hosted it loved reggae and the music that night was fun to dance to. Anyway….at one point I turned, and…can you imagine how I felt to see my first boyfriend there?

Caucasian, Model, Fashion, Female, Woman, Young Woman

Right on cue, Dawn Penn’s amazing track “No, No, No” started up. To be honest – it was absolute agony! I wanted to bolt. But I tried to dance. He danced with me. We did not speak while we were dancing. As soon as the song finished, I moved in the direction of the kitchen to fetch a drink. I was going to tell the guy who was hosting the party that I had to leave…when he came in (my ex boyfriend). We had a chat. It was enough to make me stay.

I soon realized he was living about ten minutes from me. Very mixed feelings about that. But I will say this, he was a big support to me and proved himself a true friend.

So….to relive the agony….let’s give Dawn penn’s sensational track another spin:


No no no
You don’t love me
Yes I know now

Coz you left me
Baby
And I got no place to go now

No no no
I’ll do anything you say boy

No no no
I’ll do anything you say boy

Coz if you asked me
Baby
I’ll get on my knees and pray boy

Written Bu: Dawn Penn, Bo Diddley and Willie Cobbs

Heart Songs

CARAMEL'S CORNER

This week I am very pleased to be reviewing a collection of poems that I was deeply touched by. Many of you will know of Michelle, a blogger with a beautiful heart, the creator of Mws R Writings. The first poetry book I bought from Michelle’s collection (I believe she has published four poetry books so far) was “Heart Songs“.

I think Michelle is on exactly the right track with the titles of her poetry books. “Heart Songs“, like her other poetry is totally heartfelt from start to finish. If you already follow Michelle as a blogger, you probably will be to an advantage in reading her poetry. She has shared her heart on her WordPress blog, but does so even more poignantly in her poetry.

woman sitting on bed while holding book

Her poetry book made me feel so much affection for her. On a personal note, I love that she employs so much rhyme. I am very partial to songlike poems with rhyming verses. I enjoyed Michelle’s style of poetry so much that I read her book from cover to cover, before I went right back to the beginning and read each poem more slowly.

I know from her WordPress blog that Michelle has reasons to have sadness in her heart. Sadness is one of the strands of”Heart Songs“, but throughout her collection, her poems reveal her efforts to rise above sadness and to focus on healing, finding joy, loving, living. There is a line from the very first poem in this collection that I hope Michelle is happy for me to share with you:

"....I am just a poet with a heart full of either hurt or joy..."
red roses on book

Hurt and sadness…joy and strength…but above all a desire to love. There are times when you can sense that it is taking a lot of effort to not let sadness rule the heart of the poet. But this heart is victorious. She sings!

What resonated with me is that effort to not to be swallowed up by sadness. Some of Michelle’s poems contain reasoning, as if she is persuading her own heart. Sometimes we have to do that. Sometimes we have to battle with our own hearts, our own negative feelings, gently steering them in a more positive, helpful, nourishing direction. I appreciate that some of Michelle’s poems are almost like therapy, a mini-counselling session, but penned in a song-like poetry that will help you to remember the lesson learnt.

I really did love Michelle’s heartfelt poetry, particularly because it showed in a beautiful way that even when you have genuine causes for sorrow, sadness does not need to control you or define who you are. Hope, joy, and love are still within reach.

Book, Love, Heart, Read, Paper, Romantic

After a beautiful, heartwarming, inspiring of song-like poems is the last page: Michelle’s Biography! What a beautiful heart she has! A heart that tasted deep sadness but can sing, she can sing songs of love and joy!

Thank you Michelle – for sharing so much of your beautiful heart with us through your gorgeous poems.

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You can find out what Caramel has been reading in her very own little reading corner, as she published book reviews of books written by WordPress bloggers each Saturday.

If you have any recommendations, please leave a message in the comments below.

CARAMEL’S CORNER

Relax, Read, Silhouette, Woman, Dog, Hang, Tree, Pet

What Did Suzie Have To Say About It?

For a start, you may ask, who is Suzie?

I shared a flat with Suzie, Tina and Marta for three years.  Suzie was always very easy to get on with.  The dynamics of our flat were amusing to many.  Everyone said Marta was papa bear, I was mama bear and Suzie and Tina were baby bears.  Or as another friend said, Marta bought everything for the flat, I cleaned everything in the flat, and Suzie broke everything in the flat, Tina was just little and cute.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is susgyfgtktd.pngSuzie and I got on as soon as we started working together. We both loved to laugh. Suzie is an amazing dancer. She has always been very popular because she is fun loving and loves parties. She loves shoes, she had a ridiculous amount of shoes which were stacked on top of each other in a pile that took up half of her wardrobe. Some of her shoes I liked, some of her shoes I thought were bizarre, but whenever she wore the shoes I thought were strangest, she received a bundle of compliments about them.

By the time I was living in a flat with my ex-flatmate – you know I have been thinking that is is becoming quite confusing talking about him all of the time as my ex-flatmate. So I am going to make up a name for him.  There is no way I would say his real name. Let’s call him Jack, erm…Jack Barnes.  Right, I hope you are awake, because from now on I am going to call my ex-flatmate (the one who crushed Caramel) Jack Barnes.

Suzie was married by the time I was living in the same flat as Jack. I had moved out of the flat we shared into another flat in the next road. Suzie and I used to spend so much time together before she was married, but I felt it best to give her some space when she was married. I did go round for dinner and loved that her husband cooked amazing jollof rice and plantain. I have loved plantain ever since I spent time in Ghana.

Suzie and I would try to meet on a regular basis after work to run home together. We lived about three miles away from where we worked. We could lengthen the distance we ran for by taking a circuitous route. I loved running. At that stage, I was running at least three times a week. I would do one long run of around 8 miles and two shorter runs of around 4 or 5 miles each week. The run home with Suzie was an extra and I enjoyed it because we used to chat almost the whole time we were running.

So what did Suzie have to say about the situation with Jack? Hmm, I think I have to go further back in time.

monopoly

Suzie was one of the first people who said I would be perfect for Jack. She had known him for years and their parents knew each other. I know that besides the fact Jack and I were both devoted to working as volunteers on various projects and were both known for being studious, people loved that we both had the same fondness for what we did in our spare time. We were very keen on karaoke and monopoly (not at the same time). That seemed to be everyone’s main focus for a while. I laughed, I just commented that if two people both love monopoly and karaoke, what else is there to worry about? I mean what else could ever be an issue? Karaoke and monopoly are clearly the foundation of a successful relationship!

In addition you probably need to know that Suzie’s husband was a very close friend of Jack’s.  They socialized together a lot.  He also seemed to think I would be perfect for Jack, but he warned me, Jack is not very sensitive to women and can come across a bit ignorant. He told me of several women who had been more than offended by him. He told me Jack is like a teenager and has never really learnt to understand women.

I also knew that Suzie’s husband and other friends who were very close to Jack had started to tease him about me. Especially a young man named Jamal. I will tell you more about Jamal in another post. But, I know that the teasing started with Jamal, Suzie’s husband and a group of their friends. Young men who were fun, popular and addicted to their phones…which is all how it started. I am sure that none of them had any intention of the explosion of invasive interest and insults that developed.

Suzie’s husband was one of the first to cotton on to the fact that what had originated with innocent teasing was starting to get out of hand. He took the time to discuss it with me and realized I was becoming alarmed at the comments I was receiving from complete strangers. From then on, Suzie and him tried to be as supportive as possible in a situation that was going to advance beyond anyone’s expectations. At the end of the day they cared for both Jack and me, and they tried their best to resolve the situation.

So much happened, it would take pages and pages to tell you everything Suzie said to me at every stage of the challenging situation that developed. It all makes up a huge tapestry of “he said this” and “she thought that” and is endless! So what did Suzie say after Jack sat down with me and made me a cup of tea?

Joggers, Women, Road, Run, Jog, MovementSuzie and I ran home together one evening that following week. First of all, she wanted to know if I was alright. I told her how happy I was with Jack.  Suzie seemed surprised.

Her main concern was my reaction to what everyone else was saying about Jack and I. She confirmed that the consensus of opinion was that Jack and I were now a couple, but she also said that even she was shocked at what she had heard and seen during that week.

I am sick of gossip and rumours Suzie. Other people have piled so much pressure on both Jack and me, it has ruined the atmosphere in the flat. I just want to be able to feel relaxed in my own home and for Jack to feel relaxed. I honestly thought that by now, people would have become bored and moved on to gossiping about someone else, but it doesn’t seem as if that is ever going to happen. So I only have one choice, to ignore what is being said and not to let it interfere with my life and life in the flat.”

Well done Mel. I think you are right. All you can do is ignore it. I just want you to be happy. You only deserve to be happy. So does Jack. If you could try to ignore the rest of the world, and don’t worry what anyone else thinks, maybe… just maybe, things will be easier between you and Jack.”

But even Suzie asked me if I thought there was any possibility, after all the damage, that anything more might develop between Jack and I.

Much as I loved Suzie, and loved spending time with her, the truth is I no longer trusted her with my feelings about Jack. I suspected she would share whatever I said with her husband and it would then go back to Jack. I truly wanted it to be Jack and I alone who discussed any possible prospects for a future relationship. So I tried to throw cold water all over the idea that anything could ever develop. I said I really did want to enjoy being friends and flatmates. That was all that mattered to me.

Suzie asked me if I knew what Jack wanted next. Now, how would I know what Jack wanted next?

I shrugged my shoulders and said that since the conversation the weekend before we had not had another heart to heart, we were just enjoying each other’s company more. Suzie then told me that Jack was making it known to his friends and colleagues that there was something between he and I.

Suzie, if he has something he wants to talk about to me, he knows where I live.  I am not going to worry about it. We have only just started to get along again. I am in no rush to jeopardise that.”

That’s fine Mel, just be prepared. He thinks you like him a lot.”

More to come:

via Circuitous — Word of the Day Challenge

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/your-daily-word-prompt-consensus-september-4th-2018/

https://fivedotoh.com/2018/09/04/fowc-with-fandango-tapestry/

Metaphysically And Hypothetically Blogging

Sometimes there are questions that are hard to answer. Sometimes there are questions that are hard to understand to begin with, making it even harder to answer them. So brownie points to me for trying!

Melanie the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind, has asked us some pretty tough questions this week! Here is her original SHARE-YOUR-WORLD psts:

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/10/12/share-your-world-10-12-2020/

Earth, Earth Hour, Time, Nature, Global

Questions:

Are we “here” or do we just think we are? Can you prove your point of view?

Baby, Child, Father, Parent, Guy, Man

I have a passion for physics, but metaphysics is a bewilderingly blurry field for me. Yes, we exist. Is that what the question means? Yes we exist, and we exist because someone chose to share life, and to create intelligent creatures with similar capacities as He has.

He wielded energy to form matter. We are made of matter. Our Creator is unlikely to be made of matter, because to have the power to be able to harness vast amounts of energy into such incredibly ordered material entities is astonishing.

Hands, Macro, Plant, Soil, Grow, Life

I still am not sure what the question was asking. But yes we are there, we can think whatever we want. But we are here. This is not The Matrix and this is not The Truman Show. We are here. This is real. We are still in very early days of human history. There is a lot to look forward to!

This particular part of our reality sucks – but don’t worry, this was predicted. Human rulership is soon going to end forever and then things will get a lot better!!!

From an identity standpoint, which would be the worst for you personally to lose? Your face, your body or your voice? Which do YOU identify with most strongly for your own sense of self?

Eye, Blue Eye, Iris, Pupil, Face, Close Up, Lid

I think I read this question a bit too literally to begin with. I was trying to imagine how you could be alive if you lost your body. Is this on more of a hypothetical level? Is the question more, if I woke up tomorrow and found myself in someone else’s body, or looked in the mirror and saw someone’ else’s face, would I feel like “ME”?

My sense of ME is much more than my face or body. I am sure this past year, life and work have been so hectic, I get little time to look in the mirror. Me is made up of my thoughts, emotions, reasonings, experiences, memories, dreams, values and so on. When you look at my body, or my face, or even hear my voice that is just the tip of the iceberg of who I am.

Which do I identify with most strongly for my sense of sense. Perhaps my voice. People comment on my voice all the time. I used to do commercial voice recordings. I speak a lot everyday to patients and colleagues. I know my voice is soft, calming, kindly. If my voice altered significantly it would be interesting to see how people reacted to me.

Do you have a ‘song’?  If you’re part of a couple, you could use “your couple’s song” OR a song that’s just always resonated with you.

My song is…

Our song is…

I am not going to bother answering the other question. I am tired, so I don’t have the energy to be diplomatic about deceitful, manipulating wicked spirit creatures who perpetuate lies, mislead mankind, and play games to frighten people. They will die permanently and they know that. Soon the demons, the spirit creatures who oppose truth and want to see humans suffer the same judgement they have (non-existence) will be gone forever.

As for humans who have died. They are not conscious of anything right now. But they are safe. They are safe in the perfect memory of our Creator who is longing to wake them up. But first he has to get rid of wickedness and make sure the earth is clean.

Moraine Lake, Mountains, Canada

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always strictly optional)

Please free free to share a moment of gratitude you experienced over the past week.

Jack and I have deep conversations that nourish my inner heart. He has a beautiful way of looking at people and the world. He is the such a great person to spend time with.

Lake, Couple, Trees, Man, Woman, Pair

I am grateful of course for his love. It’s wonderful to have someone to feel you belong with. However, what I appreciate most is who is inside. Jack has a beautiful mind, and a wonderful heart. I could not ask for a better man.

Jack is going to take me away soon. I have a week off work soon. Excited!

Melody Finch – The Writer, Not The Bird

I had a surprise the other day. I was showing a colleague at work how they can find my books on Amazon and next to my book appeared what seems to be a brand new children’s eco-fantasy book entitled “Melody Finch”. I read the description….a girl turns into a bird…and her educational adventure focusing on Australian wildlife.

Now, simply on the basis that they have given their book the best possible name out there, I will be buying and reviewing their book. Look out soon for a CARMEL’S CORNER post devoted to “Melody FInch”, the children’s book!

Anyway, I just want to make clear, I am the writer Melody Finch, I am not a girl who has somehow been transformed into a bird. I am Caramel and I generally write romantic comedy mixed with learning about life, about ourselves, about relationships and about how to overcome challenges and thrive.

You see….that is who I am. Melody Finch – the epic adventurer who seems to have come through challenges with pizazz and not only has lived to tell the tale, but can sing it out with gusto!

Melody Finch books include the following: