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A Trip to the Past – Flying Dutchman Review

A review I wrote for the SmokingJacketMagazine, sharing a little of my other hobbies/passions.

Smoking Jacket Magazine

by Greg Wolford

flying dutchmanSeveral weeks ago on a “junk hunt” at some antique stores I happened across this old Flying Dutchman tin. Being a fan of old tins, nautical stuff and it being priced well I snapped it up. As an added treat I found a few crispy bowls worth of tobacco inside: a vintage blend I’d never tried free with a cool, old tin! Of course I’d have to rehydrate it before I could smoke it but that wasn’t a big deal.

I looked the blend up on TobaccoReviews.com and found this information;

“Rich and aromatic. An old favorite. Burley, Cavendish and Virginia, ribbon-cut, no longer in production.”

After rehydrating this vintage tobacco I found I’d inadvertently made it too moist. I left it in a plastic container to slowly dry back down over the last two weeks. Today it was, to my tastes, perfect for smoking: not too…

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Today I practise

This was just a soothing and well-times read for me this morning.

MEANINGS AND MUSINGS

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Today I practise silence
Silence of the age-old sage
Silence that rings far and wide
Silence that holds a thousand dreams.

Today I practise patience
Patience of an old soul
Patience that carries many faiths
Patience that embraces its own truths.

Today I practise stillness
Stillness of the prayerful nun
Stillness that transcends worldly knowns
Stillness that reaches deep within.

Today I find calm before unknown.

– FlorenceT

 

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The secret to a positive day.

Though I am guilty of falling off the proverbial bicycle here, if I do what Ronald suggests and I almost always have a much better day. Incidentally, I generally like to start my day with reading at least a few verses of scripture, if not studying on a particular topic.

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I wanted to do a Throwback Thursday Post, but I have so many I found it difficult to sort through them all to find one to share again. I did find this one in my folders on my computer. I didn’t find it in my posts and thought why not share it now. This is a favorite topic of mine.

How do you start your day? Yeah, I know, we all hit the bathroom first usually, but let’s say everything is set and good to go, what do you do?

More than likely you are beginning your day the wrong way. The way you start your day has an impact on the way you live your day.

“Bull, Ronovan. Other people dictate my day!”

I don’t want to hear it. When I wake up in the morning, I am the one in control of my thoughts and actions. I am…

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One Family Race. My #BeWoW post.

So eloquently said, you really need to read this!

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There has been a lot of violence lately in the US based on racial problems. There are even now reports of gangs, very prominent gangs, stating they are now going to be targeting the police. Apparent members of those gangs have since stated that is false.

I’m not one to describe races. I see skin tones and some physical differences but that’s not a different race. There is no such thing. I am greatly disturbed at the lack of response to curb the behavior of what’s happening. On one side, if you are an government employee you become a neutral party. There should be no need for anything said, but there is a need.be-wow-blogger

Some police officers, all the way up and down the chain are stupid. You can take that to the political arena if you like. Then you have the citizens. For some reason there is an environment…

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Redemption

One of my favorite entries for this prompt.

thoughts and entanglements

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Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #45, The Beatitudes

The challenge was to write a haiku inspired by the Beatitudes.

REDEMPTION

blessings bestowed

paves the path to redemption

ongoing journey

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4/28/15

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

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Pebbles Thrown

Karma, a concept that goes back in time farther than we really know and called by many “names”, both ancient and modern. I read a very good short treatise on this on another blogger’s site this morning; take a look for yourself to see what he has to say. 

  

Insignificant?
Even the smallest pebbles
Make ripples when thrown

Ripples have consequences
Radiating far and wide

Repercussions for 
Our actions and inactions
Are felt forever

This was inspired by the CDHK challenge Karma.

My Hope

This relates to my haiku from CDHK’s challenge I wrote last night and I wanted to share it here, too.

Loose Him and Let Him Go

I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. (‭Psalms‬ ‭130‬:‭5‬ NLT)

If your hope lies anywhere else, you are hopeless. I thought I’d this last night when I penned this poem for a challenge. (The original post and challenge details can be found here.)

Life can be dismal
Filled with depression and dread
My faith is my hope

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CDHK Challenge #697 

When I saw this challenge from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I thought something was wrong: “I already did this” I thought. Well, I was half right; there was recently a challenge using the word “weep” which I used to write a haiku on my weeping willow tree. And now “weeping willow” is a new challenge. 

In that earlier post I lamented the fact I wasn’t able to access a photo at the time, thinking this would be a very good subject for a haiga. Well, it seems I’ll get the chance for that haiga after all; I hobbled, literally, out and took this photo of my tree this evening. The storms of this past winter have been hard on the old tree and I fear her health may be in decline, as you might be able to see here.  

 Lush, green, tall and strong
My old weeping willow tree
Shows the toll of time