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Pope Francis – My Opinion vs Maureen Dowd’s


I was reading an article on Flipboard this morning about Pope Francis and it brought me back to when I was 12 and 13.  You see during the first part of my life I was Southern Baptist, even baptized at the age of 11, while I lived with my father and his third wife.  

When I moved back with my mother at the age of 12, I was inducted into the Lutheran church, finding myself more comfortable in a church then I had ever felt.  Yet, due to suffering from very server PSTD from the abuse I had suffered during my younger years at the hands of my father’s third wife. I was also introduced to our Native American ancestry and Native American spirituality. My mother took me to see my aunt who was a medicine woman, in hopes to help me with my PSTD.  

Roughly a year later my mother moved us to the Catholic Church, you see she studied religions too, and was always looking for the right one for her. I realized their was not such a HUGE difference in the Lutheran church and the Catholic Church but their was a difference in enough that once again I wasn’t feeling all that comfortable in church, yet my mother was very comfortable and felt like she had come home.  I found myself at the age of 12 and 13 wanting to study all religions and see the similarities and differences between them,

I tell you this back story because today I am a non-denominational ordain mister who still studies religions and spirituality.  I also follow what is going on with the Catholic church because of my mother and because of my interest in religions and spirituality.  I do not because I consider myself Catholic any longer, but my mother considered herself Catholic up to the moment she breathed her last breath.

With all of this information I you will better understand the rest of this blog better and why I have such a deep interest in Pope Francis and what is going on with him.

I was reading an article by Maureen Dowd from Flipboard this morning and she stated within the article “the biographer said that, for him, Francis’ “slow progress on sex abuse” and his lack of forward motion on women are “his huge areas of weakness.”  She goes on to state how she feels Pope Francis’ would be the perfect 19th-Century Pope because of his popularity with the crowds, his outlook on capitalism, but also his “close mindedness” on women in the church.  –  Yet, with in her own article she mentions he is not fully mindedness about this subject, that he has even approached women friends of his and spoke about how to fix this issue, but is unsure of how to go about it.  That he speaks on the fact that women are the back bone of many societies, and nuns are the back bone of the church, etc.    But, she seems to focus on the one statement where he stated “The church has spoken, the door is closed”  

Now, let me point one thing out to the readers: The Pope is much like the president, in that he can not FORCE the church to abide by his ruling, he isn’t a dictator.  He may feel one way, but the inner workings of the church may feel another and all he can do is speak on what he feels is best for the church and speak out for the church and the nation.  Which is in my opinion what he is doing and what is making him so popular.  – your opinions?

Been awhile – bringing good news:


Greetings viewers!

I bring good news! You will be able to view this blog now here at www.whirlingmindandwonderingthoughts.com BUT you are also able to view it at www.trinityhawkphotography.com our new website that is being constructed.

I will continue to let my whirling mind wonder where it will on different topics and will able to post from my phone too, as I am doing now, so that I should be able to keep on top of posting my thoughts AND my artwork / projects.

That is right, I will be posting my art work and the wondering thought projects that are in the works here too! That way my viewers only have to follow one blog and not multiple blogs.

If you have any suggestions please throw me an email or comment on this post! I am always glad to hear from my viewers.

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Homeless Jesus:


On top of the news of the Supreme Court passing the law to give all GLBT individuals the right to marry, my wife and I were texting this morning about a statue that is downtown it is at one of our local bus stops, near a church, the statue titled; “Homeless Jesus”.  It is a figure of a person curled up on a bench with a blanket over him and all you can see is his hands holding the blanket and his feet sticking out.  His hands and feet both have holes in them.  

It had me wondering: has the Bible story of Jesus been told in true context and not  translated it to mean to themselves.

Jesus was a homeless man partly by choice do to traveling and speaking the world of god, but also because that when he did seek shelter, many times he would be turned away by those who did not believe and saw him as nothing more than a beggar.

Those who valued their THINGS and their money over humanity instead of helping another human being in need, choose to turn a blind eye on who this man at their door was, and saw just a dirty beggar instead of God’s Son who was here walking among his people preaching his father’s word, studying to reach enlightenment himself. For he said many times; “I will live and walk among my people”  So, who were his people? The rich that valued their THINGS and money, that turned away those in need? Or those who were poor and welcomed others with open arms, was welling to share what they had even if it wasn’t much?

I am not saying all the poor and none of the reach were his people.  No – there were some rich who gave to the poor and welcomed Jesus into their homes, let him rest, eat, and bath.  These people received the same blessings that those who he lived and walked among.   But, remember Jesus said in Matthew 19:24; “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

I do not consider myself Christian but I think no matter who you are, to be “his people”, it does not matter where you are in life, what does matter is; are you willing to accept and love all man kind, no matter who they are, how much money they have, what race they are, what religion they are, or who they love.

Since I study religions and consider myself spiritual and more Buddhist then any other religion, consider this: As Buddha choose to travel an forsake all worldly goods in search of enlightenment, to preach life’s lessons.  So did Jesus, choose to travel and forsake all worldly goods in search of enlightenment, and to preach his father’s word/ life’s lessons.  Because both choose to travel and forsake all worldly goods, it made both homeless.  Both, were holy men but were forsaken by some, yet both denied that they were God, and said they were just prophets seeking enlightenment and preaching  life lessons. However; Jesus said he was preaching the word of his father, the one true God: While the study of Buddhism does not believe in a supreme creator.

The realization that he, like anyone else, could be subject to different forms of human suffering drove Siddhartha into a personal crisis. By the time he was 29, he abandoned his home and began to live as a homeless ascetic and five followers joined Buddha on his journey, much as Jesus had his prophets who followed him. Buddha means; as a person who has awakened from the deep sleep of ignorance. The Buddha, preached about embracing sympathy and a deep concern for the poor and the oppressed. He preached in favour of equality of all men and opposed inequalities and abuses of the caste system.

Buddhism has eightfold path which we follow while Christians have 10 comments they follow.  The eightfold path leads to extinction of suffering and impersonality of all beings, it leads to enlightenment within one’s spirit.  These are the lessons that Buddha taught, compared to the lessons’ Jesus taught on his travels.

I am not saying one is better then the other, I am not, as I stated above I study religions, myself I think they are both equally important and true.  For if both religious leaders teach peace, compassion, acceptance and shows that it is the road to enlightenment is to show these traits in ourselves and in humanity, how can these lessons be wrong, how can these religions be wrong?

Just where my mind wandered this morning – Whirling mind wondering thoughts …..

Where is your mind wondering? What is your whirling thoughts?

 

 

 

If you like to know more about Buddhism here is some

Philosphy of Buddism

Buddism in a nutshell

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Glorifying or Equalizing:


A friend of mine stated about plus size models being used as models and the fashion/advertising industry glorifying fat individuals, using Tess Holliday as an example.

His post is what has prompted me to write this blog:

I work for a Fashion Photographer doing blog posting <Fashion Maniac> , been posting for her off and on for about year and half.  During this time I have seen a large change in the models walking the runways and in the modeling industry.  I am very happy to see this change, it has been a hard battle for models who weren’t rile anorexia thin.

My friend wanted to know why we glorify plus size models – my question is why are we body shaming those with larger bodies? When the average woman is a 14 not a size 12 and below.

thin-fashion-modelSo does this look healthy?  In New York Fashion Magazine they followed four people 7 day food diaries within the fashion communities. This is the sample of a 21-year-old model:

10:00 A.M. Home
One bottle Kombucha tea. It’s a fermented Chinese tea. Supposedly it has all of these properties for the immune system, metabolism support, digestion. One apple.

1:45 P.M. Clinton Street Baking Company
Bowl of lobster bisque. I only stared at the biscuit that came with it.

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Two gyoza, one piece scallop (no rice), one spicy scallop roll, one Clinton roll. Again, low-sodium soy sauce. I love sushi. It’s lean protein, it’s good for you. About a liter of water throughout the day.

In 2007, Israeli fashion model Hila Elmaliah died of anorexia at 34-years-old. She had dwindled away to just under 60 pounds when she passed.

via The Huffington Post:

The law’s supporters hope it will encourage the use of healthy models in local advertising and heighten awareness of digital tricks that transform already skinny women into seeming waifs.

“We want to break the illusion that the model we see is real,” said Liad Gil-Har, assistant to law sponsor Dr. Rachel Adato, who compared the battle against eating disorders to the struggle against smoking.

The law won support from a surprising quarter: one of Israel’s top model agents, Adi Barkan, who said in 30 years of work, he has seen young women become skinnier and sicker while struggling to fit the shrinking mold of what the industry considers attractive.

“They look like dead girls,” Barkan said.

Anorexia is the professional disease of many catwalk models which leads to depression, weakness and too much more serious health problems, the amount of death cases caused by anorexia continues to grow.

Which in my opinion is one of the reasons we need to see more “average” and “plus size” or larger people on the cat walks and in fashion magazines. Up until this past year and half Models in magazines were not far away from cat walk models, the difference was if they didn’t fit into the “look” the could be Photoshopped and made to look thinner.  So what is the issue with glorifying plus size models?

Actress Jamie Brewer walks the runway as first down syndrome model

Actress Jamie Brewer walks the runway as first down syndrome model

Perhaps; Because the fashion world, the advertising world, and the world; as a whole are realizing that body shaming is causing way more issues not only with those who are looking at the modeling world but with the models themselves then letting healthy models of all sizes, shapes, colors, and different abilities to share in some of the lime light!

I know many say it isn’t good to glorify someone who has health issues. Will if we are going to focus on POSSIBLE health issues; “There is nothing sexy about someone grabbing their arm and begging their photographer to call 911 in the middle of a photo shoot.”  With this frame of mind this would mean only the VERY FIT and could be models – make sure they go through physical!

Perhaps the cat walk models shouldn’t be allowed to model or be within the fashion industry either because they are prone to may have heart attacks, seizures, depression, anxiety, and many other health issues including with their teeth and breath.  According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health; after reviewing more than 50 earlier studies, the researchers concluded that excessively underweight people were almost twice as likely to die, compared with those of normal weight.

Muscle Injections Almost Cost This Man His Arms

Father-of-one Romario Dos Santos Alves, 25, (pictured) used the potentially lethal cocktail to pump up his biceps to 25in and he now faces a catalogue of serious health issues.

Then their are the Body Builders; have issues with body cramps, heart issues, as well as, other health issues.  Sure body building is a great way to exercise, but it will put great strain on your heart and require it to pump enough oxygenated blood to feed your activity. And…this is a good thing when your heart is healthy.  The problem with bodybuilding and heart disease is that too often they train with the sole goal of getting big fast, at the risk of their own heart health. They take lots of different types protein, creatine, steroids,  powders and pills in various forms to achieve instant bulk or shrink-​​wrapped abs with the least amount of effort in the least amount of time. Or/and they do not eat appropriately and the rest of their health suffers while they build their muscle so the heart is working over time to help build the muscle the rest of the system is struggling to keep the body functioning properly.  For many bodybuilders seeking muscle doesn’t seem like a “problem” at all until they are lying on the operating room table. (I use to be in the body building world – I have seen so many things people would do to their own bodies just to get the muscles they desired).

Those who appear to of good average size, lower in weight can be in just as much danger of grabbing their arm and begging for someone to call 911. How do I know this? Because I was the one calling 911 while my mother who was an active middle age woman weighing in at 110 lbs, at 5’1 grabbed her arm and needed that call made!

“…doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.

“Being thin doesn’t automatically mean you’re not fat,” said Dr. Jimmy Bell, a professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London. Since 1994, Bell and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to create “fat maps” showing where people store fat.

According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. “The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined,” said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council.”

No matter what size you are one must have a healthy system and life to some extent – This means: eating clean, drinking enough water to flush your system, making sure you keep your Cholesterol levels under control (LDL is the bad cholesterol levels it needs to be lower than your HDL).  As someone who is diabetic I know how important it is to make sure you keep track of your blood glucose healthy level.

The American Diabetes Association suggests the following targets for most non-pregnant adults with diabetes. More or less stringent glycemic goals may be appropriate for each individual.

  • A1C: 7%
    A1C may also be reported as eAG:
    154 mg/dl
  • Before a meal (preprandial plasma glucose): 70–130 mg/dl
  • 1-2 hours after beginning of the meal (Postprandial plasma glucose)*: Less than 180 mg/dl

tesshollidaySo, if not allowing someone like Tess Holliday to model then why allow the run way models who are size 10 and below model?  That is JUST as unhealthy.   Why are we not hearing an out cry and people blasting their photos all over the place?  As I stated above, I work with in the  fashion world and I am happy to see the fashion world change slowly.  I am happy that the fashion world is finding a medium somewhere from EXTREMES. Believe me Tess Holliday is not an extreme on the obese side.

Tess makes it a point to let those of her fans, who follow her, be aware that she works out with a personal trainer four times a week and enjoys walking, swimming, and hiking in her free time. She avoids soda and drinks a lot of water. She cooks healthy and indulges in moderation like any sane person would.  I know a lot of people are going to say “if she was really eating healthy and working out so often she would be skinny”  This is not true, there are many health issues that make losing weight a very difficult matter.  Unless you are a doctor who is working with said individual you can not make any such declarations!

Just remember – Before you point those fingers maybe find out about the person you are pointing your fingers at – there are some who are heavy yet have a very healthy routine.   I do believe that if you are putting a strain on your body and it is an easy to move, then you need to lose weight, if you

have issues health wise, you need to lose weight. BUT – the same goes true with any other size and health issues.  No matter what size someone is be healthy, live healthy and learning that no matter what the size healthy is a choice.  There are people in this world of all shapes, sizes, colors, and different abilities that live healthy lives and people in the world need to see this.

To see an interview with Tess Holliday click the link below:

#EffYourBeautyStandards

FTL MODA made a bold statement at New York Fashion Week, hiring disabled models for the runway show on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Photo Credits Getty Photos

FTL MODA made a bold statement at New York Fashion Week, hiring disabled models for the runway show on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Photo Credits Getty Photos

Glorifying or Equalizing – To me it is both.

The Fashion and Advertising industries are equalizing across the board all Shapes, Sizes and differently able. They are glorifying the average person, what ever that is, thin, body builder, plus size, fat, different able.  Why is plus size models being glorified? In the past month not only Plus size models being “glorified” but so are differently able models. Why glorify them? Perhaps it is because they realize to not do so is to perpetuate the body shaming that has gone on for years, the bullying towards anyone who does not fit into what the fashion world had air-sprayed and starved into the minds of our young as what is “healthy” ,”right size”, or seen as beautiful.

Maddy's mom, Roseanne, said she is modeling to spread awareness about Down syndrome.

Maddy’s mom, Roseanne, said she is modeling to spread awareness about Down syndrome.

Read about Madeline Stuart here she is a young teen aspiring model who happens to have Down Syndrome and is reaching for her dream  to become a model, but she also vows to change the world’s views of what Down Syndrome is and how it affects each person with Down Syndrome, as every person who has Down Syndrome is as different as you and I.

Please feel free to comment – leave your thoughts on any part of this blog – just remember be civil.

 

 

On The Duggars


This part is my statement about the whole Josh Dugger thing:  It is DISGUSTING!!!  The only ones who are clear of any disgust in the whole situation is the victims and the children.  Jim Bob the father has proven himself to be not only a lier but a hipacrite;  in 2002 while running for a set in the Senate he made this statement; (paraphrasing here), all rape and insest should be treated as a capital crime and all pepertrators should be put to death. Yet, when his own son is the pepertrator excuses are made!  Even though their is a police report made on Josh, nothing is done! Yes he was a 12 year old boy, a minor, but look back on history and their have been many other minors who have been proscuted as adults due to their molestation of another child and their crimes! Why not Josh Dugger? According to attorneys at Wallin & Klarich law firm children / minors can and have been charged as adults for molestation on other children/minors.  So I say again why not Josh Dugger? Why was his crimes hidden until years latter and it came out on television show? Because for some disgusting, misguided reason they thought it would boost the ratings?

I say we all should speak out for these silenced women and children who have no voice, not just Josh Dugger’s victims but molestation and rape victims all over the world who have no voice, or feel they have no voice – let us speak out and say it is NOT OK – for any age man/woman to molest or rape another human being!!!

The part below has been re-blogged from What a Witch

 

What a Witch

Sexual Abuse Silence

I don’t want to talk about the parents.

I don’t want to talk about how they raised their children in a cult.

I don’t want to talk about Josh Duggar.

He’s a child molester.

I don’t want to talk about his “reform.”

Josh and his parents insist that he is no longer a danger, but Josh and his parents are also the people who hid his sexual assault.

So maybe their word is not so valuable.

Oh wait, I’m sorry, I misspoke. (mistyped?)

Their word means less than nothing and I would be perfectly happy if they would shut the fuck up.

I don’t want to talk about the family’s connection with Hobby Lobby.

I don’t want to talk about the fact that the place that Josh was sent to for “counseling,” the place wherein the family claims that Josh underwent his “reform” was run by a man who is…

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