Strange as it may sound, since the beginning of time, Man has been manipulating Man in an effort to keep him from becoming Too successful. Oddly enough the same has happened in Greek mythology and even in the case of our beloved Bible.
Countless numbers in time in history, many things have been edited by the powers that be, even the church in many instances to alter the original writing in an effort to control the masses. Don’t take my word for it but it is proven fact.
Take for instance the story of Icarus.
“Icarus’s father Daedalus, a very talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos’s daughter, Ariadne, a clew(or ball of string) in order to help Theseus, the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur.
Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before trying to escape the island, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared into the sky, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which due to the heat melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea and drowned in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.
This tragic theme of failure at the hands of hubris contains similarities to that of Paethon.”
Even this original writing was changed over the course of history to the point that someone deleted the part about flying to low and just left in the part about flying too high. Trying to make people believe that it didn’t matter how low in life you got but never try to fly too high or you’ll destroy yourself.
As we’ve learned over the span of many years sometimes it is those with the greatest hubris that change the status quo.
Just another Point of View.
Great time to run to the movies with flicks like Glass, The Upside and Aquaman still near the top of the box office.
From Paramount Pictures and “inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy WHAT WOMEN WANT, this film follows the story of a female sports agent (Taraji P. Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar“.
Next, from Columbia Pictures, Canana Films, Misher Films comes Miss Bala. “A young woman battles a ruthless drug cartel to save her kidnapped friend in Mexico. Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Rated: PG13, Run Time: 104 Mins
Many of us have long been awaiting the next film from San Antonio Director Robert Rodriguez. You remember him. He’s the guy who along with local boy Carlos Gallardo rose to fame for their collaboration on “El Mariachi”. Wait no more, the time has come.
From 20th Century Fox, Director “Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) and visionary filmmaker James Cameron (AVATAR) comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.” Rated: PG13, Run Time: 125 Mins.
Truly a must see. So jump into a theater near you soon and check things out as you immerse yourself in to a great adventure on screen At The Movies.
As Always Consult Your Doctor First before making any crucial changes in your lifestyle like what you eat, how you exercise, take medicine and vitamins, etc.
We’ve been talking about the latest craze in weight loss on the trendy Keto Diet for a while now and many folks have decided to give it a try. Could be the be all end all in their Yo Yo Dieting, but is it safe?
First, consider the effects of Keto on your Liver. While on the diet and in Ketosis your liver will be working overtime. After all the liver is responsible for metabolizing the protein you ingest and producing ketones. At least that’s the assessment of Dr David Katz himself and M.D. Who penned the book titled “The Truth About Food”.
Dr Katz and many other experts believe puts a massive extra burden on the liver and could have adverse effect but more research needs to be done before we know that definitively.
What about your Heart? Well, there is good news and not so good news according to Doctor of Public Health Neal Malik who is also Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Bastyr University in San Diego.
Malik says “Short term total cholesterol drops, good cholesterol goes up and bad cholesterol goes down”. He adds, “ Weight loss, regardless of how you achieve it, has heart protective benefits”. But there are no long-term studies on keto and your heart and excess dietary fat may cause the body to produce lipid peroxides, which can damage cells and tissues, including the heart. If you stick with keto long term make sure you, and your doctor, keep and eye on your blood work”.
These are just a few cautionary statements by medical personnel about the Keto Diet and Ketosis. So you decide but first consult with your doctor for advice.
Happy, Healthy Eating.
The most important thing we should all realize about life is that we are Not in control.
Our life is designed that way. Even though we may have limited control over some things many things we will never be able to control.
With that in mind, we should learn to forgive, forget (to some degree) and most of all Move On. In fact, our greatest power in life is, how we rebound from those things in life that do not end up well.
Most of us expect way too much of ourselves and because of that, we live a life of depression thinking that we are not worthy. We must learn to set goals that are in sink with what our life path is currently and improve on that.
Learn to fully appreciate what we have and what we’ve accomplished no matter how great or small that may be, and move forward.
With the exception of GOD, the rest of us, not one of us are perfect. With that in mind, we must learn to share whatever talents and blessings GOD has given us with others on a daily basis.
We must always be conscious of the fact that hating and worrying are just a waste of our time and energy. We learn early in our lives that hating on something or worrying about something NEVER changes the outcome. So why Do It.
Know and understand that from all failures or setbacks in life we are supposed to learn a lesson.
Never forget that the things we pay the most attention to will grow or in some cases fester.
So make certain you are always focused on things that are important and positive in your life.
What we fail to realize is that We Don’t Need More To Be Happy.
Too much, managed incorrectly, will bring us nothing but sorrow.
So learn to give from the abundance of our blessings to others who need the help.
Remember those material things may serve to distract us more than they help to make us a better person.
Truth, Love, Peace, and Helping are the things that should guide our life path.
Be Well, Be Blessed, GOD Speed.
Just Another Point of View.
New research results show that Wine Reduces Vascular Risk.
It showed that low-to-moderate consumption of Red Wine (up to 150mL daily) may help protect against vascular diseases by keeping your blood vessels healthy when combined with a healthy lifestyle and a good low-carb diet.
In a TWO Year Study, Wine was shown to Benefit those with Type 2 Diabetes
It found that patients with controlled type 2 diabetes (controlled by medication) who had about a five-ounce serving of red or white wine at night with dinner, and along with a Mediterranean diet and no calorie restrictions, noticed improvements in high-density lipoproteins. That’s the one know as the good cholesterol and glucose metabolism.
The study also showed that daily, moderate wine consumption can also lessen, by up to 30%, your chances of getting type 2 diabetes and that women who were drinking wine had a 70% reduced risk of developing obesity.
Other studies show that moderate daily use of Red Wine also Helps Fight a Common Cold.
Lessens Chances of Liver Disease, Promotes Mental Health, Stops Fat Cells from developing, Fights Food Poisoning, Has Anti-Aging, Improves Brain Function and Mood, Protects Your Vision, Reduces Some Cancer Risks and even Fights Inflammation and Improves Digestion.
So, Happy, Healthy Eating and maybe drinking wine too.
(Disclaimer: Remember, All our articles seen in this publication are intended for informational purposes only. They should never be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your Doctor or Medical Professional before making any changes to can affect your health.)
There is a Himalayan Tree that is know as a disease fighting Super Hero. The Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera) has been used in South East Asia for centuries. Moringa can thrive in most tropical and subtropical regions.
It’s seeds can be used to help purify water. It’s leaves can be used as Bio-Fertilizer.
It’s one of those trees that every single part of it can be consumed.
Most recently scientists have started using it’s unique properties to treat serious illnesses.
The Moringa tree’s fresh leaves are crushed to release a powerful compound, then dried into a powder. It can be used to treat Obesity, Cholesterol, Diabetes, and Bowl disorders. The leaves are also highly nutritious. Once harvested and dried, they contain 30% protein, all essential amino acids, and have abundant levels of vitamins and minerals.
The Bioactive compounds in Moringa are called isothiocyanates (ITCs) and are similar to ones found in broccoli and cabbage. These compounds ability to reduce chronic inflammation, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders in both cellular and animal models has been proven.
The leaves and seed pods of the Moringa tree have unique chemical compounds which help defend the tree itself against environmental stress and pests.
Moringa is most commonly found in India and the Philippines but its cultivation is rapidly increasing throughout Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Moringa tree’s have been known to survive droughts and grow rapidly in harsh conditions that would mike it harder for other trees to survive. Not surprisingly Moringa Trees are quickly being considered the world’s newest Superfood.
Moringa products and companies are on the rise, but caution for high quality products is needed. Most herbal products in the US and Kenya are not strictly regulated, leaving room for additions, alterations, and contamination. Additionally the soil, farming techniques, and processing of the leaves can affect its quality and nutrient content. Finding a high-quality Moringa powder may require a little research and contacting the company. Or you could buy some seeds and grow your own superheroes trees at home in your garden.
Happy, Healthy Eating
It amazes me at times how so many of us have so much and yet feel like we have little or nothing at all. I have trouble putting that together. Trying to figure out why so many of us have so many voids in our lives at times.
We sit in our nice apartments or houses, with our nice late model cars or trucks in our driveways, watching something on Cable or Satellite on our nice, Big, Flat Screen Tv’s and while looking something up on the internet on our Tablet or Smartphone though our high speed WiFi and still we seem to think we’re in sad shape? Where has all the family gone?
Some of us have just spent a recent holiday with close family and even with a few extended family members that we may only just get to see every now and then but, when you stop and think about it, we are the lucky ones. There are all to many others of us who grew up with family around us even next door or just down the street and those family members don’t even make an effort to reach out to us at all anymore.
Sadder still, it’s not that some of our relatives don’t know where we are because they know we’re on Facebook and know what city we live in but what a horrible upbringing we must have had that they instead decide to shun us. You guys know exactly who you are or who these people are. The same people that sat on the porch with us while we played with little plastic soldiers or ran around the house with us playing Indians and cowboys. The same people that walked to school with us down the railroad tracks every day or came over on the weekend to play with our dog and us.
Sometimes we are so caught up with our every day stuff and our own close family that we just tend to put distance between us and all that family we once were part of early on in our lives. Somewhere along the way, some of us realize this and, we try to reach out. Sadly some of us don’t go far enough in trying to reach out and before we know it those brothers, sisters, cousins, etc, have big families of there own. Family members that may never know of us until someone mentions their going to our funeral? After that it’s just too late.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all those extended cousins, nieces and nephews even knew who we were and what we’ve done in our lives even if only for reference. What a much nicer family it could be. Unfortunately many of us will never know unless someone makes an effort to reach at some point and often. Happy New Year and GOD Speed.
Just Another Point Of View.
We’re approaching the downhill of the, oh so short, Holiday season and the movies are still becoming you to a nearby theater.
Have you had a chance to see any of the season’s latest? Yes ? No?
Did you catch Jaime Fox in the latest version of Robin Hood? Rated: PG13 from Summit Entertainment, this latest adaptation of the classic tale
Robin of Loxley, played by Taron Egerton, a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander who is played by a one armed Jamie Foxx. Together they mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.
Be prepared though, this script portrays the church as the greedy, money hungry, controlling entity some truly believe it is. One which created Hell and it’s demons to keep the flock in check.
Runtime is; 116 Minutes.
What about the latest with Liam Neeson, kind of, WIDOWS?
I say kind of because Liam’s part though integral to the story is quite short overall.
“From Academy Award (R)-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar (R) winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.”
From 20th Century Fox “Widows” runs 128 Minutes.
Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year at The Movies.
Can’t we just all get along? More and more these days it seems that we worry too much about what others say and do and trying to be as politically correct as possible instead of worrying about the things that should truly matter to all of us. It would seem that we waste so much valuable time and hour, days, weeks and months of our lives addressing things that are so unimportant ion the larger realm of things.
Recently anther person was fired for what she said that did not seem to be politically correct with respect to race. Even during a Halloween broadcast recently
Al Roker also got in slightly hot water based on the fact that he dressed up as a white man as a holiday costume, but really.
Until We All Figure Out A Way to Become Civil About Things related to The Color of Our Skin or Our Ethnic Origin Will We Be Able To Live As ONE PEOPLE In This World And The World Would Be Such A Much Better Place By It. I believe You should have a Right To Not Like People Dressing Up In Black Face Just As I Should Be Able To Not Like People Dressing Up Like Red Skins BUT, We Should Be Able To Discuss Such Things In A Civil Manner. Make Others Understand WHY Such Things Are Not Right BUT DO NOT Seek To Destroy Them Because They Don’t Understand Why. That In ITSELF Is The Biggest Racist Act Anyone Can Participate In And Will Only Continue To Divide Us.
Isn’t it time to try to start working to a solution to this and other similar issues that cause us to just waste valuable time on thinks that we should have been able to come to terms with long ago.
Even that GOOD Book has much to say about the subject.
Psalm 133:1-3 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. “
1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” Mathew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 1 John 3:11 “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
I could go on and on but we should all get the picture now. Live, Let Live and above everything else, Love. GOD Speed.
Holiday Movies have been out for a few weeks now and for the most part most of them seem to be doing quite well.
The latest in the Harry Potter series is here. Fantastic Beast, The Crimes of Grindelwald hit screens all over the world recently and even though it did not do as well as has been expected id did well enough at the Box Office to come up with the number one slot.
Johnny Depp may or may not have had a bit to do with that Box Office since he played a major role in the film, the role of Grindelwald himself.
The film starts off with Grindelwald in custody and about to be transferred to Europe to answer for his crimes there as well. Quickly things go wrong and Grindelwald is loose and on the lamb.
Certainly a Must See if your a fan of the series itself and even if your not.
Fantastic Beast, Crimes of Grindelwald is from Warner Bros. Pictures, Rated PG13 and Runs 134 Minutes.
The QUEEN Bio Pic Bohemian Rhapsody from 20th Century Fox, a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek), who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Bohemian Rhapsody, Rated PG13 and also Runs 134 Minutes.
Time to escape a dull reality and duck into your latest adventure At The Movies. Enjoy.