Friday … Fragments

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I have finally entered the digital age. Max is a fantastic computer, because he can do many things all at once, in the blink of an eye. The processing speed is unlike any computer I have ever had.

I had not opened I tunes yet, fearing that it was going to be as wonky as it was before, but I was pleasantly surprised. Before Rafa arrived, I fired up my I tunes, and like lightening, the computer (read: I tunes) scanned my entire Hard Drive, looking for music, and brought it into my I tunes. It found stuff I had long forgotten was there.

So in the end, in total was more than 800 tunes, some in album form and over 200 in single form. There were duplicates of much of my library that we had to delete and organize. Right now I have more music on my phone than I know what to do with.

We are synced with the wifi and from the computer to the phone so any additions will automatically transfer from one to another, without me doing anything. It is all automatic.

Last night, on the way home, I was passing through the Forum (read: Cineplex Theatre) and a song was playing in the room. The melody was familiar and I stopped to listen to it as it played, and I wondered if I had that particular piece in my library.

This afternoon, When I looked in the library, it was there …

I am very happy with new technology. I had files upon files of music, I had folders inside of folders, in many places, where I categorized music for the old drop and drag system in my old phone ( read: HTC ) So it was scattered all over the place.

I tunes knew exactly where to look, and pulled all of it together, in one spot.


Rafa and I headed out to the meeting. Tonight, unlike other nights, was very cathartic. Sometimes that happens. We talked about “Fragments.”

Slogans, One Liners, Sayings and simple mantras.

Things we hear in the rooms ad nauseum. Fragments, like readings, are repetitious. They are hung on the walls, they are shared about in meetings. They are probably tacked up in every meeting room around the world.

One, because they are familiar sayings
Two, because they are useful
and Three, you might not know you will need them until you really need them, which is why they are there.

  • Live and Let Live
  • Easy Does It
  • But for the Grace of God
  • Think, Think, Think
  • First Things First
  • Do the Next Right Thing
  • Stay in your Day
  • One day at a Time
  • This too Shall Pass

These are but just a few.

Tonight, after the read was read, the discussion was fast a furious. Funny, how our young people are learning their lessons, and are USING the tools. These fragments, short sayings and slogans, are simple to memorize because we hear and see them every night.

And we know back in the days of Marcus Aurelious, Roman Scholar, Emperor and Military leader, employed this kind of practice, ages ago. One of our guys studied philosophy and he told us this story about him. Amid his busyness, and role as emperor, and military leader, Marcus, needed to still his mind, when things got crazy for him.

And back in the days of ROME, he was repeating mantras, and fragments, to still his mind and center himself. This is not a new practice whatsoever.

I love the practice of Stay in Your Day. That was the one that took me ages to learn how to do in the beginning. And I use it to this day. And my “people” use them as well, even when they don’t want to, because bringing back simplicity into their lives, things make sense and they can think on their feet, and stay grounded in the day or in the moment.

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Zealot – The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
By Reza Aslan

I started reading this academic text a while back, and put it down for a time, and over the past few nights, I have been reading religiously. Pardon the pun …

In the book is an entire chapter devoted to the end of Jesus’ life. His entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the Garden and his eventual crucifixion.

Appropriate that we are approaching Holy Week very soon.

And if I read this correctly, he cites 2/4 Ezra and the Similitudes of Enoch. In addition the gospels, that were all written after the fact, by authors living in a particular city, writing for particular people, for a particular reason, a long way away from the story.

He tells us that not many scholars know the mind of Jesus, nor what he thought about himself, as in being, “The Son of God, or The Son of Man.” Where did these saying come from, and who are they attributed to.

Jesus uses phrases, but we don’t know the particulars about what HE was really thinking about himself. You just have to read the book, because there is so much to write.

The story I came across last night, talks about Easter Weekend. From the Garden to the Cross. There were, in reality, certain Jewish proscriptions, and prohibitions, as to personal conduct, prohibitions of actions, legal rules based on Jewish texts, the Mishnah and Sanhedrin laws, on certain days, that were sacrosanct.

Each Gospel writer tells his story, mind you, writing to a particular community of their time, for specific reasons. The Synpotics are similar, but John is not one of them.

We read that probably, NONE of the things the bible tells us about that night/next day took place. Based on Jewish ritual and practice. Then the entire scene before Pilate, and the supposed conversation that was had between Pilate and his wife, Jesus and the Jews in the crowd, were embellished.

The fact that we read Pilate giving Jesus, specific attention, and having particular conversation with him, he wanted to free Jesus, but in the end washed his hands of it, and freed bar Abbas, and sent Jesus to the cross.

Read: For Sedition…

This read turns the entire read of the bible and just what really happened, based on Jewish Law, the Mishnah and Sanhedrin practice.

It turns Easter weekend on its ear.

The read continues …

Some things make you go HMMMMM….


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