Quotes and Poems of the day

So I thought I'd make a blog to discuss a few of my favorite things from literature. I think everyone should at least read one poem a day, and that is a new goal I have set for myself.

Quotes

5/20/15

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”

Edgar Allan Poe

5/19/15

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

Vincent van Gogh

Poems

5/20/15

The Song of the Sun

FROM THE ITALIAN OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

O LORD , we praise Thee for our Brother Sun,

Who brings us day, who brings us golden light.

He tells us of Thy Beauty, Holy One.

We praise Thee, too, when falls the quiet night,

For Sister Moon, and every silver star

That Thou hast set in Heaven, clear and far.

For our brave Brother Wind we give Thee praise;

For clouds and stormy skies, for gentle air;

And for our Sister Water, cool and fair,

Who does us service in sweet, humble ways;

But, when the winter darkens, bitter cold,

We praise Thee every night and all day long

For our good friend, so merry and so bold,

Dear Brother Fire, beautiful and strong.

For our good Mother Earth, we praise Thee, Lord;

For the bright flowers she scatters everywhere;

For all the fruit and grain her fields afford;

For her great beauty, and her tireless care.

We praise Thee, Lord, for gentle souls who live

In love and peace, who bear with no complaint

All wounds and wrongs; who pity and forgive;

Each one of these, Most High, shall be Thy saint.

5/19/15

The Day is Done

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of Night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village

Gleam through the rain and the mist,

And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me

That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,

That is not akin to pain,

And resembles sorrow only

As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,

Some simple and heartfelt lay,

That shall soothe this restless feeling,

And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,

Not from the bards sublime,

Whose distant footsteps echo

Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,

Their mighty thoughts suggest

Life's endless toil and endeavor;

And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,

Whose songs gushed from his heart,

As showers from the clouds of summer,

Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,

And nights devoid of ease,

Still heard in his soul the music

Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet

The restless pulse of care,

And come like the benediction

That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume

The poem of thy choice,

And lend to the rhyme of the poet

The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares, that infest the day,

Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,

And as silently steal away.

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Steve McQueen's First Motorcycle

I love vintage motorcycles, and this one in particular, has always struck my eye. It was the first motorcycle Steve McQueen bought before he became a movie actor. Steve McQueen saved up all his money and bought a battered old bike with a side cart. He was so in love with this bike that when his girl friend feed up riding in the bumpy cart, she told him to get rid of the bike or she would leave, he refused. The bike is a 1946 Indian Chef.

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New Additions To My Movie Collection

  • Marlon Brando 4 Movie Collection:
  • The Night of The Following Day (1968)
  • The Ugly American (1968)
  • The Appaloosa (1966)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • The Ten Commandments (1956)

  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky 2 (1979)
  • Rock 3 (1982)

  • Dracula (1931)
  • Dracula's Daughter (1936)
  • Son of Dracula (1944)
  • House of Frankenstein (1944)
  • House of Dracula (1945)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • -Hammer Horror Films
  • Brides of Dracula (1960)
  • The Curse of The Werewolf (1961)
  • The Phantom of The Opera (1962)
  • Paranoiac (1963)
  • The Kiss of The Vampire (1963)
  • Nightmare (1964)
  • Night Creatures (1962)
  • The Evil of Frankenstein (1963)
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My Flower Garden (Week 1)

So I decided I wanted to do a blog about my garden that I'm trying to get started, not only to share with you how to start your very own, but to also document the progress of the flowers for myself. I could use this in future to avoid the same problems that I might face. I will be going through step by step of how I got to week one, if you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. If you have any question, I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability.

Step 1: Buying the right supplies

So I started my garden inside (see pictures below), which is a good way to start a flower garden. Especially around the beginning of spring time. I do enjoy having them inside, because I can check on them anytime I feel like it.

Supplies: JIFFY Seed Starter Greenhouse (x50); JIFFY Organic Seed Starter Mix; Flower Seeds of your choosing. Cost: approximately $15, it will cost more depending on how many seeds you buy.

1 bag of the Jiffy starter mix will be enough for approximately 2-3 Jiffy Greenhouses.

Step 2: Research

Full grown African Daisies

Before planting your seeds into the Jiffy Seed Starter Greenhouse, you'll need to know exactly how to plant the seeds, which means you'll need to do some research. The people at Lowe's Garden Center have been very helpful to me, so try asking them for some assistance. But some things you'll need to look up for yourself. Example: The African Daisy seeds need to be on top of the soil to germinate. Germination means the time period for the seed to turn into a seedling.Germination depends on the seed you have, for the African Daisies it takes between 7-15 days to germinate. If you look at my images below you will see what a African Daisy looks like just after 7 days.

Step 3: Patience, then Maintenance!

You need to be patient, just because you haven't seen the seeds start growing, doesn't mean they will never grow. I had the same doubts too, for a few days I only had 7 or 10 seed pots actually have seedlings growing in them, the other 40 seed pots had no signs of seed growth. I put various different seeds in my Jiffy Greenhouse, and those different seeds required more time to germinate. Now at day 7, most of the 50 pots have seedlings growing in each pot.

Maintenance, I recommend putting 2-3 seeds in each each pot to ensure you get the most out your seeds. This way, when you have a few empty pots with dead seeds in them, you can transplant your seeding into that pot. You only need one seedling in one pot, so once you don't need to transplant any more seedlings, go ahead and start plucking seedlings out of the pots until only one remains in each pot.

Be sure to always keep the soil damp with water, this may mean watering them a few times a day. If soil is dry, it needs water. Remember not to over water them.

My Flower Garden: Week One

Fully Grown Marigolds

I didn't organize my seedlings properly so I had to make a complicated list of where I planted the seeds and what I planted. It is a good idea to label your seeds so you'll know which is which. And to organize them so it won't be such a hassle once you have to remove them to plant outside or to plant in a pot. I did a better job at organizing my seeds in my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Greenhouse.

I planted Black Eyed Susan Vines, African Daisies, Marigolds, Shanta Daisies, Chinese Forget-Me-Nots, and Lupines. The images below are in order of this list.

Expect a second blog on week 2 of my flowers on April 8th

200 pots in all! :O

I started 3 more Greenhouses on March 31st, expect a blog on week one of these three Greenhouses on April 7th

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Is Vivien Leigh the most beautiful actress?

Viven Leigh (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) is one of my favorite actresses. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Gone in the Wind and in A Streetcar Named Desire. Viven Leigh played Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire 1951, which is one of my favorite movies and books written by the playwright Tennessee Williams. I do think she is one of the most beautiful actresses I've ever seen, and who is quite talented as well! I plan on watching all her works in the near future.

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Top 5 Relationships I Hope to be in

5. Rebound

I almost got someone right out of a relationship with another guy before, but she ended up getting back with him before I got my chance. It was too bad, I could have scratched off rebound of my list :/

4. FWB

I just think it would be interesting to see the end result, I mean it couldn't end too badly right? Right??? I didn't think so :D

3. Co-dependent

I want the craziest chick who just can't spend one second without me, if she's not trying to burn my house down every other week and drawing my name all over her legs, then what's the point of being in love?

2. May-December

I want it both ways, I want to be with a woman who is in her late 30's, and when I'm in my 30's or 40's I want to be romantically involved with a girl whose in her early 20's. But that just depends if I'm still single when I am that old, at least I hope not :(

Who wouldn't want to be with a more experienced woman? I mean they at least they know how to keep a relationship going. And older women probably wouldn't be on her phone the whole time while they're with you.

1. The Mistress

Becoming the mistress, or umm the mastress... <_< >_>

Sneaking around behind another man's wife sounds fun right? Well it does to me, it's like the ultimate goal in life, to steal another man's woman right from him. If you had the chance to steal the first ever Superman issue from another comic fan, wouldn't you at least attempt it?

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Jared Leto serving as WWF Global Ambassador

You heard right, Jared Leto the Academy Award Winner, actor, musician, and newly owner of secret military base will serve as WWF Global Ambassador. As the WWF Global Ambassador, Jared Leto is tasked to bring awareness to wildlife crimes. Leto traveled with WWF to South Africa to learn more about the poaching of Rhinos and of WWF efforts to save the rhinos populations in South Africa and Asia.

WWF, with the help of Jared Leto, will raise awareness of the poaching of the Rhinos and other endanger species such like elephants and tigers, and to reduce the demand for rhino horns in Africa and Asia. In 2014 there were 1,215 rhinos killed in South Africa, the highest recorded numbers in recent decades. In Asian countries, rhino horns are believed to cause some health benefits, due to this perception it has caused a dramatic rise in poaching of rhinos. In 1960 there were 65,000 rhinos, today there are approximately 4,000 left, in the '90's there were only half of that left numbering in the 2,000's. So far there have been 40 rhino calves to be born at the translocation sites, and only 3 of those have been killed illegally.

The country of South Africa has increased enforcement, making 386 arrests last year.

“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always. Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats. I’m committed and passionate about doing all I can to help ensure that these endangered animals survive, and will continue to encourage others to get into action as well,” said Leto.

“We must join together and protect these powerful yet extremely vulnerable animals from all the senseless slaughter and double our efforts to restore their populations across Africa and Asia. It can and – with a focused global effort – will be done. I’m honored to join with WWF and the global conservation community and do my part. I hope you will too."

“The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF-US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilize the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.”

Mr. Leto also joined WWF's Black Rhino Expansion Project veterinarian Dr. Jacques Flamand and other biologists with the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to tag and collar three southern white rhinos for the translocation program. Later this year, 100 rhinos will be moved to undisclosed locations to help with the breeding efforts.

During the trip Jared Leto brought along notecards from U.S. children to give to the wildlife rangers thanking them for what they are doing to protect wildlife.

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Depression

Depression

Everyone feels sad from time to time, but depression is an intense sadness, you feel helpless, hopeless, worthless or even emotional numbness lasting for long periods of time. Becoming depressed could result from loss, low self-esteem, or many other life struggles. Depression is more common than aids, cancer, and diabetes combined, in the US nearly 400,000 attempt suicide every year. Even though it's pretty common, many people don't know much about depression and suicide.

Creativity and Depression

Creative types tend to think more, and they'll even think about their own thoughts and what it means to think a certain way. When ruminating, we tend to think about our own lives and what is essential to our own health. Creatives are more likely to think about experiences dealing with pain and suffering, they think about those painful experiences more so than others.

People tend to think about a stressful event over and over in their heads, think about the good and bad, and what they could have done differently, and how those events might affect their lives, etc.. But creatives tend to look at those events and try to understand them a bit better by replaying them in their heads over and over again.

Focusing on negative thoughts such as pain and suffering or finding themselves in a moment of deep reflection will lead that person into depression.

Many famous creative types are plagued by depression. Tennessee Williams a famous playwright and one of my personal favorites suffered from depression, as did some of my favorite artist such as Vincent Van Gogh (Starry Night) and Edvard Munch (The Scream). Go ahead and look up one of your favorite writer or artists, most likely they suffered from depression.

Vincent Van Gogh's last words were ""La tristesse durera toujours" or "The sadness will last forever".

Risk Factors of Suicide

  • One or more prior suicide attempts
  • Family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
  • Family history of suicide
  • Family violence
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Keeping firearms in the home
  • Chronic physical illness, including chronic pain
  • Incarceration
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Often thinking about death
  • Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
  • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Talking about suicide or killing one's self
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

Types of treatments

For any information relating to drugs I would advise you research it yourself or consult a doctor.

Types of Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): The way it works it it shows how negative thinking can affect your mood. Your thought patterns could be contributing to your depression and the therapist shows you new ways change them.

Psychodynamic Therapy: You talk about unresolved conflicts and identify unresolved problems that could be causing your depression.

Interpersonal Therapy: The main focus is building your self-esteem to improve communications, so you can interact better with family and friends.

On a personal note

“Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged.”

― Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

I often find myself thinking about my life, or just stuck in my head thinking and thinking, always introspective. But as hard as I've tried to think positively about the future, present ends up looking bleak. Happiness comes and goes, sometimes I do think the sadness will last forever as Vincent once wrote.

Even found myself wanting to get hurt just to seek attention from others. Sounds selfish and crazy I know, but when you start to feel lonely even with family and friends around, it just seems like an easier option, to test them and see if they really care.

In my instance it was wrecking my car, thinking of ways to make it look like an accident, slightly letting your hands of the car steering will and letting it drift closer and closer to the edge of the road. These thoughts would be going through my head while driving, but these thoughts haven't been in my head for awhile now.

But my biggest problem I have is feeling lonely, I used to get bad anxiety when I was with my gf and she wouldn't return my texts for a long period of time (like not saying goodnight for ex). You feel empty, sad, and when it all becomes too much to handle you become emotionally numb (emotionally detached). A feeling of not feeling anything at all, it's like walking around with your brain on but heart turned off.

You become more focused and can think more clearly, and in a way it really helps you manage your life. I've been emotionally numb now for about 3 weeks. I feel like a hollow man walking around and when I'm around other people I feel mean, not that I act aggressive toward them, I just feel mean with a fake grin on my face.

Death is an easy topic to start thinking about, especially when your depressed or a family member dies. People think about it, and it's normal to, but if you ever do think about taking your life please call the numbers below to a Suicide Hot-Line.

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Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

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Innate Fears & Innate Learning (Psychology Series)

What is fear? Fear is the feeling we all experience in the face of danger, once the danger is gone the rapid feeling of worry soon subsides. Fear is an emotion that helps us survive, it is an evolutionary trait designed specifically for that reason.

What is innate fears? Most fears like of snakes, bugs, or a fear of strangers is a fear that is learned, but innate fears is a fear that we were born with for survival purposes. We have two innate fears, the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.

Fears can be learned, this is known as innate learning, babies learn by watching their parents behaviors and interpreting their actions in a situation. Babies aren't born afraid of snakes, so if you give a baby a rubber snake it will play with it. But if a parent shows the worry and quickly removes the snake, the baby will show the same fear that they learned from their parents. Researchers and Behaviorist agree that most fears are learned not innate. Animals are the same way.

Racism is taught to the children by their parents, people are instilled to hate at a very young and vulnerable age, they learn to hate a specific race as if their lives depended on it for survival. It then becomes an unconscious action to fear or to hate those who are black or of another race. A parent could instill the fear of black people into kids, teaching them they are dangerous and to stay way. As an adult one could feel uneasy around black people as if they were in a dangerous situation.

Religion follows the same process, we are taught at a very young age to believe in a God and a set of moral values of that specific Religion. The Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, one parent teaches it to their children as a sin, but not to hate them for it. Yet another parent could very well teach a child that these people are to be hated and shunned for it.

Here is a short video from the movie Mr. Nobody (2013) showing the innate fears in baby gooses.

Next blog: What is Depression?

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