A FRESH START…

Kintsukuroi (Original Image c/o Wikipedia Commons)

Kintsukuroi (Original Image c/o Wikipedia Commons)

2014-06-16 @ 06:10 CDT

With any grace, the above photograph and caption – which I found on Facebook – will be the perfect summary of my life as I portray it on this blog. (Wikipedia’s article on the Japanese aesthetic philosophy itself is well worth reading.)

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CHERRIES & ALMONDS: THE ENCLOSED LOVE POEM

Cherries & Almonds (c/o Chocolove.com)

Cherries & Almonds (c/o Chocolove.com)

2015-02-08 @ 13:30 CST

From Don Juan

Now see prolong’d her visits and her talk
(For they must talk), and he had learnt to say
So much as to propose to take a walk, –
For little had he wander’d since the day
On which, like a young flower snapp’d from the stalk,
Droopy and dewy on the beach he lay, –
And thus they walk’d out in the afternoon,
And saw the sun set opposite the moon.

It was the cooling hour, just when the rounded
Red sun sinks down behind the azure hill,
Which then seems as if the whole earth it bounded,
Circling all nature, hush’d, and dim, and still,
With the far mountain-crescent half surrounded
On one side, and the deep sea calm and chill
Upon the other, and the rosy sky,
With one star sparkling through it like an eye.

– George Gordon, Lord Byron

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CARL ROGERS ON PERSONAL GROWTH

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Thanks to Yisraela on Facebook for this quotation…

Originally posted on Island, Sea, and Sky:

Becoming a Person - Carl Rogers (c/o Facebook)Becoming a Person – Carl Rogers (c/o Facebook)

2015-01-29 @ 18:00 CST

Wherever this graphic originally came from on the Web (the image was made by someone on Quozio.com), whoever put it originally on Facebook as you see it, it came to my attention there thanks to my friend Yisraela.

Every so often over the years, I’ve heard of the late American psychologist Carl Rogers. His perspective here is essentially that of another Carl – Carl Jung, whose insights into perception and decision-making form the foundation of so much I hope to do on this blog.

One can see the same basic lesson about “being true to oneself” in the Bible, on the essentially human level. Some people in the Bible try to be more than they are – King Nebuchadnezzar being a famous example. Some actually try to be less – not many realize this was…

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NEVEL AND KINNOR: THE SEMITIC LYRE 01 – HANDEDNESS

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Once again, tossed out to a wider audience… :)

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-01-21 @ 12:30 CST

This extremely amateurish video is the first part of a series of short lectures I hope to give on the Semitic lyre, and especially those types called nevel and kinnor in the Bible. This is about the *kinnor, which consistently was played with the bass strings nearest the player. If you were right-handed, the bass strings were on the left; if you were left-handed, the bass strings were on the right. Why was all this so? Because 1) the lyre player wanted to feel the resonance of the bass strings and 2) playing the lyre in this fashion allowed the body to be an additional resonator and thus make the lyre sound louder. You can actually hear the difference on the video.

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SCREWTAPE SOUNDS OFF ON “CHRISTIAN FICTION” (PREVIEW)

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Because once again, I think this is worth wider exposure… :)

Originally posted on Tales of the Undying Singer:

Screwtape (c/o Google Images)Screwtape (c/o Google Images)

2015-01-19 @ 10:30 CST

[N.B.: This is a preview of a guest essay to be posted on The New Authors Fellowship on January 24. Because a close friend needs this perspective sooner in my judgment, I preview my text here and now.]

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(With apologies—up to a point—to C.S. Lewis)
(Artist’s satirical illustration of Screwtape c/o Google Images)

My dear Wormwood,

It is always heartwarming to read your occasional reports on how that Human author, Lewis, posthumously transmits the disinformation about us which we so subtly put into his hands. Even more heartwarming—down to the very Pit of the Lowerarchy—is that Lewis’ fellow Humans believe so much of that disinformation. Most Humans still don’t realize that we will speak a thousand truths to sell one lie. Imagine it, Wormwood: your lamentable failure to snare an English “patient” (snerk) during what they call World War II…

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2014 in review on this blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NT TYPES – PART 01

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Additional thoughts on the broad topic of personality type preferences…

Originally posted on Island, Sea, and Sky:

MBTI Project: The NTs (c/o Glaceau @ DeviantArt)MBTI Project: The NTs (c/o Glaceau @ DeviantArt)

2014-12-29 @ 10:30 CST

Without a whole lot of discussion this morning, I present the other full panel by glaceau.deviantart.com, that of what she calls “The Intellectuals“: the four NT types, presented as cartoon figures (full-size and miniature “chibi” size – a more direct discussion of “chibi” in manga and anime is found here). I don’t know young people in real life, save perhaps for a female (probable) ENTJ, to make close connections between them and these portrayals. I know some “oldsters” :) who are like these characters in essence. I also have fictional characters which suit these portrayals very well. My creations’ type characterizations are true to the mark, compared to what is found here.

One thing is crystal clear, by comparison to the above as well as to genuine, confirmed INTJs in the…

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NF TYPES – PART 01

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

This re-evaluation on my part could change everything in a very important area of my life…

Originally posted on Island, Sea, and Sky:

MBTI Project: NFs (c/o Glaceau @ DeviantArt)MBTI Project: NFs (c/o Glaceau @ DeviantArt)

2014-12-28 @ 18:30 CST

Some time ago, while looking on Google Images for charts, graphics, real or fictional personages, and so forth who could illustrate the 16 personality types, I found this illustration in what turned out to be an incomplete art project. (All of the types are in fact illustrated, as both men and women – just not all in full sheets such as this one.) And yes, I left three comments (under the member name “Rakkav”). :D

MBTI Project: William (ENFP)MBTI Project: William (ENFP)

I’m deeply impressed by the artiste’s ability to see and portray the personality type preferences so well. It is perhaps the best and most self-consistent, single demonstration in cartoon art I have ever seen.

William the ENFP in particular – and here my ENFP biases definitely show through – is spot-on. (Yes, all the others are too, but I…

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OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE VIEWS OF THE PSALMS

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

An essay which I’ve needed to write for a very long time… here brought to wider public exposure.

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

Psalms 29:1 (Accents Only)Psalms 29:1 (Accents Only)

2014-12-22 @ 12:00 CST

In my promotion of Suzanne Haik-Vantoura’s (SHV’s) awe-inspiring discovery – the “canonically inspired” music to which Hebrew Scripture was sung in antiquity – I inadvertently, and all too frequently, create a misunderstanding in my hearer’s minds. Here I’ll try to set the matter straight once and for all. Then, when the misunderstanding arises again, I can point them to this essay.

My title focuses on the Psalms, but what I discuss in fact covers the entirety of Hebrew-Christian Scripture. All of it – in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek – was meant to be read aloud in public or in private study, and all of it may be sung aloud. There are two special notations which made this possible, and together, they comprise the most important part of the “canonically inspired reading tradition” of the original-language texts.

In Hebrew Scripture, there are twenty-four…

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LOOKING BACK ON THE BOEING CLIPPER

Inside the Boeing Clipper

Inside the Boeing Clipper

2014-12-21 @ 12:00 CST

The following text comes from an email forwarded to me by a friend. A slideshow of the accompanying photos is here on Photobucket. I add to the text references to the photos, as it’s just too time-consuming for me to insert every photo here (sorry, truly).

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AMAZING HISTORY

PHOTO 01: Every once in a while, it’s good to look back. If you thought air travel was luxurious in the 1970s, check out what it was like aboard the 1938-40’s WW2-Era Boeing Clipper.

PHOTO 02: Clipper passengers took their meals at real tables, not their seats. For most travelers in the 21st century, flying is a dreary experience, full of inconvenience, indignity, and discomfort. That wasn’t the case in the late 1930s, when those with the money to afford a transoceanic flight got to take the Boeing Model 314, better known as the Clipper. Even Franklin Roosevelt used the plane, celebrating his 61st birthday on board.

Between 1938 and 1941, Boeing built 12 of the jumbo planes for Pan American World Airways.

The 314 offered a range of 3,500 miles — enough to cross either the Atlantic or Pacific — and room for 74 passengers on board.

Of course, modern aviation offers an amazing first class experience (and it’s a whole lot safer), but nothing in the air today matches the romanticism of crossing the ocean in the famed Clipper. Thanks to the Pan Am Historical Foundation for sharing its photos. The foundation is currently working on a documentary about Pan American World Airways and the adventure of the flying boat age. Find out more here [the link is missing].

The Model 314’s nickname Clipper came from an especially fast type of sailing ship, used in the 19th century.

PHOTO 03: The ship analogy was appropriate, as the Clipper landed on the water, not runways.

PHOTO 04: Here’s a diagram of the different areas of the plane.

PHOTO 05: On Pan Am flights, passengers had access to dressing rooms and a dining salon that
could be converted into a lounge or bridal suite.

PHOTO 06: The galley served up meals catered from four-star hotels. If you want to sit at a table to eat with other people these days, you have to fly in a private jet.

PHOTO 07: There was room for a crew of 10 to serve as many as 74 passengers.

PHOTO 08: On overnight flights, the 74 seats could be turned into 40 bunks for comfortable sleeping.

PHOTO 09: The bunk beds came with curtains for privacy.

PHOTO 10: On the 24-hour flights across the Atlantic, crew members could conk out on these less luxurious cots.

PHOTO 11: Unlike some modern jets that come with joysticks, the Clipper had controls that resembled car steering wheels.

PHOTO 12: Navigating across the ocean used to require more manpower in the air.

PHOTO 13: The lavatory wasn’t too fancy, but it did have a urinal — something you never see in today’s commercial jets, where space is at a premium.

PHOTO 14: The ladies’ lounge had stools where female passengers could sit and do their makeup.

PHOTO 15: The Clipper made its maiden Trans-Atlantic voyage on June 28, 1939.

But once the US entered World War II, the Clipper was pressed into service to transport materials and personnel. In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt celebrated his 61st birthday on board.

Check out this video: The Boeing 314 Clipper.

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FOR THE SKEPTIC – PART 01

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

The first brick in the edifice of what I hope to illustrate over time about how our human thoughts, emotions and actions work together…

Originally posted on Island, Sea, and Sky:

The Temperament WheelThe Temperament Wheel

2014-12-15 @ 18:00 CST

There is a great deal of misunderstanding, misinformation and even disinformation out there on what personality type psychology involves. Understandably, such confusion leads to skepticism on the part of many – just as the sheer religious confusion in the world understandably breeds skepticism on religion and even on the existence of God.

Disconcertingly, people fall into definable categories of skepticism in both fields of study. What makes this disconcerting is that by their very brands of skepticism, people confirm both the essential veracity and the predictive power of the very models of reality about which they are skeptical.

Consider the following: Since at least the time of ancient Greece, and from indirect evidence even in Semitic antiquity before that, there have been concepts of “temperament“. The idea that their are four distinct temperaments – no more, no less – shows…

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