Medieval castle under prison . . .

Archaeologists in Glaucester, England, have opened up a defunct prison’s exercise court to reveal the remains of a Norman Castle that, back in the day, would have rivaled the Tower of London.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3351160/Is-rival-Tower-London-Huge-medieval-castle-discovered-buried-beneath-prison-s-BASKETBALL-court.html

Documentary about “The Eagles”…

I just finished watching a 3-hour long documentary about the music super group “The Eagles”.  You probably know a half-dozen of their songs, even if you don’t know the songs are theirs.  Desperado, Take It To The Limit, The Long Run, Life In The Fast Lane.  Yes – THAT  group.

I didn’t know it until I watched this documentary on Netflix (titled: The History of the Eagles), but Linda Ronstadt was majorly responsible for bringing two of the key band members together, and later recorded a song they wrote that their own recording company didn’t want The Eagles to do.  It was Desperado, so, big thanks to Linda for believing in them.

I’m a huge Eagles fan, and am old enough to remember them from the years I was a teenager.  Most of their music is among the greatest ever made.  For me, though, there is one sour note in their whole catalog, and you’ll probably disagree with me as to which song it is.  In actual fact, I absolutely hate – – – HOTEL CALIFORNIA.  Something about that song rubs me wrong, and it always has.  I would dearly appreciate it if The Eagles would release a double-album sized collection of their greatest hits – that didn’t have that song on it anywhere.  I know, it will never happen.

Could someone build a stereo for me that absolutely won’t ever play that song, even accidentally?  Please?

Reading projects . . .

Here is a list of the books on my “current reading” shelf. Some of the titles below are such personal favorites that I re-read them on an annual basis. For lack of any particular reason to order them in a special way, I’m just going to throw them out here with the newest one first:

A Spiritual Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe
Paul Rademacher
Alternative Spiritual Guidance

The Holographic Universe
Michael Talbot
Metaphysics

Jesus The Man
Barbara Thiering
History

The Superbeings
John Randolph Price
Spirituality, Metaphysics

Stranger In A Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein
fiction

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Richard Bach
Spirituality, fiction

Senior year of High School???

YOUR SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL

[What year was it?]
My senior year was the year Ronald Reagan became president. 1980. I graduated in May and he was elected in November. Before he was elected, I was in the US Army.

[What were your three favorite bands?]
The Go-Gos, Fleetwood Mac, KISS

[What was your favorite outfit?]
t-shirt, jeans, western-styled boots

[What was up with your hair?]
pretty long for a guy in Kansas.

[Who were your best friends?]
Didn’t really have any – I was a transfer student from a smaller town nearby and didn’t know anyone “in the big city” of Emporia.

[What did you do after school?]
Worked at Sonic or sat at home listening to music.

[Did you take the bus?]
nope.

[Who did you have a crush on?]
Kristy McNichol

[Did you fight with your parents?]
constantly – who didn’t?

[Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?]
Kristy McNichol

[Did you smoke cigarettes?]
Yes.

[Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?]
No. I didn’t use books much. I only had 3 classes, and 2 were practicals.

[Did you have a ‘clique’?]
Nope, I was an outsider and a loner.

[Did you have “The Max” like Zach Kelly and Slater?]
i have no idea what that means.

[Admit it, were you popular?]
No

[Who did you want to be just like?]
nobody

[What did you want to be when you grew up?]
US PRESIDENT

[Where did you think you’d be at the age you are now?]
Starting my first term in the oval office.

Egyptology theory . . .

Yes, sometimes my mind wanders. Today I find it tripping lightly across several threads of old avenues of study. Very Old avenues, you might say.

Anyway, anyone who has grown up within a “normal” christian church (which I did) family knows the traditional tale of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. I know I was spoon fed it from the cradle – but have always been willing to look beyond what the “authorities” were trying to tell me was the truth. “Prove it.” That’s been my guide to living.

So, it probably would not shock someone else like that to learn that I have questioned the origin of the people of Israel. Going back about 4-5.5 thousand years.

Here is a theory. It is a recorded and documented fact that there was an invasion of Egypt which resulted in the death of a legitimate Pharoh, and his being succeeded by two dynasties that suffered conflicts with each other. This split lasted around 100 years, and ended with the decendant of the legitimate Pharoh evicting the usurpers, and reclaiming Egypt for his family. But, that wasn’t the end of the trouble – as some time after that a religious group rose to power that wanted to do away with all pan-theistic practices in Egypt and replace them with a mono-theistic society.

This new religious group’s power eventually became so great that they seducced a son of a Pharoh, resulting in his (and supposedly their own high priest’s as well) murder at the hands of a daughter of Pharoh, who then took the throne for herself and reinstated pantheism. She used the mighty army of Egypt to drive all followers of monotheism out of Egypt.

The paralels to the story of Israel’s journey to Egypt, and subsequent departure from Egypt while being chased by the Army of Pharoh are thought provoking. I admit, not conclusive, but still . . .

Consider . . .

Every ancient culture I’ve ever read about, where it anything has been determined about that culture’s religious orientation, was pantheistic. Israel is the first group to introduce a monotheistic religion. Christianity purports to follow that same God, with the caveat that his son and some unseen “spirit” are somehow part of that God while acting seperatly. The Israelites, or the remnant of ancient Israel commonly called Jews (after the tribe of Juda) freely admit, even take pride in, having been in Egypt.

So the question becomes, did they leave triumphantly, at their own (or their God’s) discression – or – did they get forced out by the sister of an heir of Pharoh that they had persuaded to follow the monotheism they teach?

I admit to having no conclusive answers, but my musings may serve to guide the investigations of those who can get the answers to my questions. If nothing else, I would think that those answers would be controversial simply due to how much they could possibly raise the ire of Israel, if it contradicted their official history. Hmmmmmm………..