Colder Than a Well Digger’s Ass

This phrase is a crude reference used to describe an ambient temperature.  Every well digger knows his ass from his elbow and his ass from a hole in the ground, because their job requires them to use a shovel and a bucket to dig down deep into the earth to create a well.  Why is a well digger’s ass so cold?  Could a well digger’s ass be getting cold because they forgot to cover up their ass?  Is a well digger’s ass any colder than a witch’s tit?  Is a well digger’s ass cold enough to freeze the balls off of a brass monkey?  Is it any colder than the handle on an outhouse door?

This phrase is a colloquialism, because it is a saying that expresses something other than the literal meaning of the words.  This is also a simile because it makes a comparison between two things, such as in the saying, ‘as sure as a pig’s ass is pork, until he sits down and then it becomes pressed ham.’  This phrase is also a humorous idiom, because it is an expression where the meaning is not immediately apparent from a literal interpretation of the words.  This would be similar to the phrase ‘useless as tits on a nun’, because they serve no sexual purpose, or ‘happy as a pig in shit’, because pigs seem to be extremely happy and obviously satisfied and carefree when they are in their own environment.

The phrase, ‘cold as a well digger’s ass’, has become cliché because it has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time, it was considered to be meaningful or novel.  Some clichés are stereotypes, and they are often are employed for comic effect.  A cliché is often a vivid depiction of an abstraction that relies upon analogy or exaggeration for effect, often drawn from everyday experience.  Most phrases that are now considered to be clichés were originally regarded as striking, but they have been destroyed by time and they lost their significance, because they have been overused, so they should only be used sparingly.  Being cold as a well digger’s ass may no longer be all that it was once cracked up to be and it now holds about as much meaning as being as busy as a one-armed wallpaper-hanger.

This expression may have originated from the French saying, ‘Il fait un froid de canard’, which literally means ‘It’s a duck-like cold’, but when simplified it just means ‘It’s freezing.’  It is thought to come from hunting in winter time, because the hunter has to stand very still and remain motionless to let the duck come within range, and quite often this duck hunter would get chills from the cold weather.  As far as the brass monkey saying goes, this stems from an old naval expression, where cast iron cannon balls were stacked in pyramids on shallow brass trays that were called monkeys.  When the temperature got really cold, the thermal expansion between the cast iron and the brass caused the balls to roll off.

Wells are extremely important to all societies.  In many places wells provide a reliable and ample supply of water for home uses, irrigation, and industries.  Where surface water is scarce, such as in deserts, people can’t survive and thrive without groundwater.  Well digging advanced once man invented pottery and/or animal skin bag technology that was needed to lift or carry water.  With this development, individuals could enter a well and hand or carry containers of soil or water up to the surface, allowing deeper wells to be dug.  Eventually, ropes were tied to containers to lift dirt or water from greater depths, enabling even deeper wells to be dug.  In order to be in the hole and keep digging with a shovel, the digger’s ass would need to be pressed against the opposite wall of the cold, wet earthen hole.  Digging a well for water would leave the digger wet, and cold, especially if the source of the water is a cold spring.

Joseph Fourier studied the diurnal and annual variations of temperature underground and terrestrial temperatures.  He realized that the surface temperatures on Earth changed drastically, but temperatures of the ground below the Earth remained more constant.  Fourier wrote, “No diurnal variation can be detected at the depth of about three meters [ten feet]; and the annual variations cease to be appreciable at a depth much less than sixty meters.”  At a certain depth below the surface of the Earth, the temperature at a given place experiences no annual variation and this permanent underground temperature becomes less and less according as the location of this place is more and more distant from the equator.

Once you dig deeper than about 10 feet, the ground temperature is a fairly constant at 53 degrees Fahrenheit.  If a well digger’s ass is subject to the ambient temperature of 53 degrees, that would feel chilly, but it isn’t all that cold.  An Olympic ice skater or a bobsledder might have a much colder ass than a well digger.  If the temperature of a well digger’s backside was to be taken rectally, than it would most likely read the same as yours and mine.

Written for Linda Hill’s October 14, 2017 Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where the prompt is well.

Save Your Money in a Safe

There should be no confusion between the words ‘save’ and ‘safe’, because these words are not homophones.  They are pronounced differently and one is spelt with a ‘v’ and the other with an ‘f ‘.  Save is mostly used as a verb (an action word), and it can also be a noun.  Save is used as a verb to describe an act that rescues someone or something from harm or danger.  Save is also used to refer to the act of guarding against loss, destruction, or injury.  Save can be used to indicate putting aside like money or something else for storage.  Save can be a noun when it identifies something, such as the goalie made a spectacular save, or the relief pitcher in baseball got another save, or I hit the save button on my file.  Safe can be an adjective (a describing word) however not before a noun, and it can also be a noun.  Safe as an adjective, is connected to a feeling of being free, protected, or shielded from any possible danger, harm, risk, threat or trouble.  Safe as a noun refers to a coffer or a strongbox where you would keep valuables.

Both of these words are often used by insurance companies in connection with describing driving tips. You can save someone from harm or danger, while something or someone can be safe when it is secure or free from harm or injury.  Is a penny saved really a penny earned and can someone really be saved by the bell?  Can you save face, while you save your own bacon and save your own skin and save your ass?  I would like to save the day, but maybe I should just save my breath?  It is a safe bet that you will be safe and sound when you stay on the safe side, especially if you play it safe and dwell in safe hands.  Your secret is safe with me and it is better to be safe than sorry.  If I scrimp and save, I can save up for a rainy day.

The difference between save and safe can be compared to the difference between make and made, or had and have.  It is common to save for something, but you can also use the words save for instead of saying except for, or make an exception of, or with the exception of.  The other day when my computer was acting up, I was forced to reboot and a dialog box came up asking me if I wanted to start in safe mode, so I did that and I was able to save my file.  In our baseball game the other day the umpire signaled the runner to be safe, although it was a close play.

Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt which is: save/safe.  Use one or both.  If you start and end with either of them, you’ll get bonus points.   I did use both words and my title starts with one and ends with the other.

It is All Relative

Donald’s famous Nephews were named Huey, Dewey and Louie and they were a bit screwy at times, but they are not actually his nephews, they are his first cousins once removed.  The young duck triplets had identical appearances and personalities, featuring white feathers and orange beaks and feet.  Donald received a letter from his cousin, Della, just before the boys arrived which said, Dear Donald: I am sending your angel nephews Louie, Huey and Dewey, to stay with you while their father is in the hospital. A giant firecracker exploded under his chair.  The little darlings are so playful. I hope you enjoy them. Your cousin, Della”.  Della was correct in her letter, as the appropriate name for addressing your cousin’s child is niece or nephew, even though they are actually first cousins once removed.

Kinship terminology may be hard to follow at times, as it could include terms like your aunt-by-marriage or your paternal grandfather and if someone is once removed, what are they actually removed from.  A cousin is the son or daughter of your uncle or aunt and a first cousin is defined as the children of your parents’ brothers and sisters.  Most people get confused when they try to figure out the difference between a first cousin once removed and a second cousin.  If you are a first cousin, then your children will be a first cousin once removed to your cousins.  Thus a first cousin once removed can be either, your first cousins’ child, or your parent’s first cousin.  A second cousin is the child of your parent’s first cousin and they will be in the same generation as children of first cousins.  First cousins, second cousins, and so on belong to the same generation, while cousins across different generations are removed from each other by one or more generations.

Two individuals are considered to be relatives if they have a common ancestor and therefore by definition, all humans are relatives. However, in practice, the word relative is restricted to individuals who share recent ancestors.  For example, you and your first cousin have the same grandparents, while you and your second cousin have the same great-grandparents.  With regard to DNA the term relative refers to individuals who share recent ancestors, and when it is said that two individuals are unrelated, it means that their common ancestor is 9 or more generations back.  It is thought that a substantial proportion of men in the world are direct line descendants of Genghis Khan.  Direct line would mean that they carry Y chromosomes which are only passed from father to son, that would mean that the Y is a record of one’s patrilineage.

Genghis Khan should be due some credit for being a Prolific Lover as this fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century, may have done more than rule the largest empire in the world, he may have helped populate it too.  A recent study found that nearly 8 percent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry Y-chromosomes that are nearly identical.  That translates to 0.5 percent of the male population in the world, or roughly 16 million descendants living today.  Scientists think that the unique set of circumstances surrounding the establishment of the Mongol empire led to the spread, being a clear example of how culture plays a very big role in patterns of genetic variation and diversity in human populations.

Back in these times harems and concubines were the norm and after a conquest, looting, pillaging, and rape were the spoils of war for all soldiers.  Khan’s eldest son, Tushi, is reported to have had 40 sons. During Khans reign he always got first pick of the beautiful women.  His grandson, Kubilai Khan, who established the Yuan Dynasty in China, had 22 legitimate sons, and was reported to have added 30 virgins to his harem each year.  Genghis Khan chose his women after every conquest and he liked them with small noses, rounded hips, long silky hair, red lips and melodious voices.  He carefully measured their beauty and if he rated them below a certain number, they were sent to the tents of his officers.  He is known to have said, “The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth and see those dear to them bathed in tears, to ride their horses and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.”

Mongolia is one of the last places on the planet that still has a society made up of nomads.  A Mongolian ger is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.  Mongolians were known to strap their ger to their trusty horse or camel and ride off to follow their grazing livestock to the next hidden valley of wild grasses.  Mongolia has grueling winters, with temperatures plummeting well below -45°C, so Mongolians must keep a constant fire going in their ger stoves to survive the winter.  With all that open grassland, slow-burning fuel can be hard to come by. When wood and coal aren’t readily available, Mongols keep their ger toasty warm by collecting the dry dung from their livestock.  Mongolians needed to be able to start a bonafide poop fire, thus they were required to understand how to collect the best doodoo.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s September 30, 2017 Stream of Consciousness Saturday, which is being hosted by Dan Antion today because Linda is on a book-signing tour.  The prompt is Due/Dewy/Doodoo.

Red Hot Women And Ice Cold Beer

The New Riders of the Purple Sage are a seminal cosmic outlaw country rock band and they are sometimes referred to as American’s premiere psychedelic cowboy band.  The group emerged from the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco, California, in 1969, and its original lineup included several members of the Grateful Dead.  The band is sometimes referred to as the New Riders, or as NRPS.  The New Riders of the Purple Sage were initially formed for Garcia, Lesh, and Hart to indulge their tastes for country music.  Their original lineup consisted of Jerry on pedal steel, Lesh on bass, songwriter John Dawson on rhythm guitars and vocals, David Nelson on lead guitars, mandolin, and vocals, and Hart on drums.  The New Riders quickly evolved, with Dave Torbert succeeding Lesh, and ex-Jefferson Airplane member Spencer Dryden following Mickey on the drums.  They frequently opened up for the Grateful Dead, and Jerry continued as an official member until November 1971.

With 27 albums, New Riders are a prolific and longstanding testament to the allure of countrified rock jams.  By the early ’80s, the New Riders had disbanded and their members were off pursuing other interests, though in the years that followed Dawson would periodically front a band under that name.  The New Riders current lineup consists of David Nelson, Buddy Cage, Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), Ronnie Penque, and Johnny Markowski, all highly established and reputable players breathing fresh life into this legendary group.  Singer and songwriter and guitarist Michael Falzarano has been a working musician for over 45 years, and he is most notably for being in Hot Tuna, the famed offspring of The Jefferson Airplane and The New Riders of the Purple Sage, a spin-off of the Grateful Dead.  Ronnie Penque has been playing music for over 30 years.  Johnny Markowski formed the band Stir Fried and they have been together for nearly twenty years performing their blend of swamp groove, psychedelic improvisation, and hook laden visual songs.  They were originally formed around the songwriting talents of founding member John Markowski, whose father, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, was a legendary producer and songwriter in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Red Hot Women And Ice Cold Beer was on the album ‘Who Are Those Guys?’, which is the eighth studio album and tenth album overall by the country rock band.  This was the first New Riders album to feature Stephen Love on bass guitar and other members of this group include John ‘Marmaduke’ Dawson who plays rhythm guitar and sings vocals, David Nelson lead guitar and vocals, Buddy Cage on pedal steel guitar and Spencer Dryden on drums.  Red Hot Women And Ice Cold Beer was written by the composer Cy Coben.

When I was in the Navy and I sailed the seven seas
Lots of time the swabbies and me would sit and bat the breeze
We talked about the things we missed just two things I recall
And this is what those two things were that we missed most of all
Red hot women and ice cold beer
And enough of both to last a year
What’s paradise like is my idea
Red hot women and ice cold beer
My Uncle John he went and died and left me all his dough
And he was known as a ladies’ man and a playboy you know
His will read dearest nephew you’re just like your Uncle John
I’m leaving you my money cause I know you’ll spend it on
There was a King of Egypt and his name was King Faroukh
And they called him a sex fiend and a camel riding coot
He collected porno pictures and he caused quite a stir
When he told reporters that his favorite hobbies were
What’s the other place like is my idea
Ice cold women and red hot beer

Written for Linda G. Hill’s September 23rd, 2017 Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “hot/cold”.

Volumes of Fun

This is my 312th post since I arrived at WordPress way back on April 23rd of this year.  I had no idea of what to expect when I joined this community, in fact I was not even aware that WordPress was a community.  I discovered WordPress when I wanted to publish a book that I had written and I read that I should get an author platform, because I was planning to self publish.  Self publishing only came to be an option after the dozens of rejection letters that I received from publishers that I pitched my book to.  This author platform would be a way for me to get involved in selling my work, and doing promotion for my book.

The WordPress community welcomed me and WordPress is my author platform, however my book still has not been published.  I moved into WordPress in the dead of night and nobody knew me here, but I had plenty to say.  It was easy for me to make friends here, as I probably read more posts when I first got here compared to the ones that I wrote.  I currently have 95 followers, but when I first started writing, I don’t think that anybody read any of my posts.  WordPress lets you track the LIKES that you get on your posts and there are 20 posts that I wrote which go no LIKES at all and these are, Why Facebook, I Don’t Like to Follow Rules, Blowing in the Wind, Down the Home Stretch, Empty Bed Syndrome, Graveyard Shift, Three Topics to Avoid, Building Castles in the Sand, Venting Frustration, Teach Your Children, I just joined Twitter, Silliness, A day without you, All pink on the inside, It is you, that I want to pursue, Why do people search for True Love?, Understanding Loneliness, How Time Flies, Inspiration and It is possible that I drank too much that night.

If you want to read them and show me some LIKE, I would be fine with that, but that is not the reason that I write.  Writing is VOLumes of fun for me.  I am not looking for followers, or for LIKES, I enjoy expressing my opinion and doing research, so I can learn things and then relate what I learned to my readers.  I am a long winded writer and many people probably quit reading my posts before they get to the end and I understand that, as there just isn’t enough time in this busy world that we live in.

This post is not supposed to be about me or WordPress, so let me get to the point, ‘The malevolent revolting volleyball player acted frivolously volatile in that convoluted evolution while eating provolone covered in volcanic ash.’

This September 16, 2017 week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill says that we are to find a word with ‘vol’ in it, use it in our post and have fun with it.

The Story of Cain

In the US criminal law looks for the concepts of means, motive, and opportunity which are the three aspects of a crime that must be established before guilt can possibly be determined in a criminal proceeding.  Respectively, they refer to the ability of the defendant to commit the crime (means), the reason the defendant committed the crime (motive), and whether the defendant had the chance to commit the crime (opportunity).  Opportunity is most often disproved by use of an alibi, which can prove the accused was not able to commit the crime as he or she did not have the correct set of circumstances to commit the crime as it occurred.  Some crimes are motiveless, however proving motive can often make it easier to convince a jury of the elements that must be proved for a conviction.  Detectives often establish these facts through interviews and statements gathered during the course of an investigation.

The motive for a murder may fall into a number of categories including: jealousy (which might involve love, lust, sex, frustration, hate, evil spirit, ego and loathing), revenge or a personal vendetta, profit (money and greed), keeping a secret or concealing another crime, or even being ignorant and possessing a lack of intelligence. Other reasons could be because of a property dispute, a political disagreement, a class conflict, narcotics, other felonies or the urge to protect. Some people have been murdered for their internal organs so others could harvest them.  The Book of Genesis does not give a specific reason for the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.  However most people believe that the motive was jealousy and anger due to God rejecting Cain’s offering, while accepting Abel’s.

It must have been a dreary, unhappy day when Adam and Eve had to move out of the garden.  Nobody knows what it was like for Cain and Able being the only two boys on Earth, but it is thought that they both enjoyed not having to go to school, as all they really had to know was how to grow crops and raise sheep.  Adam taught Cain how to care for the various kinds of plants, how to water them, how to till the soil and pluck out the weeds.  Adam taught Able how to find the best grass and water for his sheep, and also how to take care of them when they got hurt, or became ill.  Eve taught her sons not to belch, while they were eating and she told them not to play with their belly buttons, because that might make them sick.

What is so special about Cain?  Is he the first man to ever marry his sister?  Is he special because he committed the first murder?  Is he the first person to ever lie to God?  What makes Cain such an interesting person, is the things that we don’t know about him.  We have some information, but the missing parts of his story must be put together by making educated guesses.  Most of the women in the scriptures are only identified as being the wife of, or daughter of, or the sister of some male who is given a name.  The scriptures do not state that Cain and Able are the oldest children of Adam and Eve, but we must assume that they are the oldest sons.  We do not know how old Adam and Eve were when they were in the Garden of Eden, but it is stated that Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when his third son Seth was born.  Women were insignificant at this time and most of the women that existed in these days are never mentioned in the scriptures, with the exception of Eve.  Cain could have had many siblings in the eight hundred years after Seth was born and before Adam died.

In the beginning of the scriptures, before the flood, the average age that man lived to was around 700 years old, people also got married very young in these days, normally in their early teens.  If they start bearing children when they were 12 and they had kids every few years till they were about 100, then they would have a lot of descendants.  Adam and Eve were thought to have lived in the Fertile Crescent near the Tigress and Euphrates rivers and it is thought that early man may have marked a new year every time the rivers overflowed, so did these early Earth inhabitants really live such long lives?

We need to assume that Adam and Eve were made as adults, as there is no mention of them being infants and needing to be cared for.  Perhaps, Adam was 16 when he was made and if he had a wife named Lilith before Eve, then we need to assume that Adam was possibly about 25 when Eve was made and it is likely that she was about 16 when God created her from Adam’s rib, so maybe Adam was about 9 years older than Eve.  There are stories that say Adam and Eve had 63 children, 33 boys and 30 girls, so if this is true, then they were very busy procreating.  I guess Eve could have been over two hundred years old, while she was still bearing children.  My best speculation is that Adam and Eve shared at least fifteen years of happiness together in the Garden of Eden and that Eve conceived Cain when Adam was about forty years old.  I suppose that Cain was about ten years older than Abel.

The story of Cain cannot be told without considering what is good and what is evil.  God did not issue His commandments until the time of Moses, so was it wrong to kill, at a time when there was no law against it?  If there is no Evil can there still be Good, does one need the other, in order to exist?  In order for hot water to exist, cold water must also exist.  God is good and Satan is evil, which makes everything relative.  Would we even know what good is, without knowing what evil is?  If we did not know what actions were evil, would we know what actions are good?  If good cannot exist without evil, then evil cannot exist without good.  If we take one away, then would we be taking both away?  Mankind is made up of a complicated energy that consists of both positive and negative charges, and since God gave everyone freewill and since Adam and Eve both ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, every man must know that moral goodness is a condition where a person fulfills their duties, acting in a manner that they are supposed to act.

There are some stories that say Cain was not of Adam, and that Eve conceived him from the seed of the Serpent, after Satan seduced her, but I think that these are just wild crazy stories, that were made up by people that were trying too hard to interpret the scriptures.  Some people just try to make things more complicated than they have to be.  There are other stories that say that Cain killed Abel because he was caught cheating with his wife, but there is no mention that Able ever had a wife, so I tend to discount these stories also.

I like to go with the story that Adam had intercourse with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain.  Eve was delighted and she said that she had acquired a man with the help of Yahweh.  She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain.  Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil.  God let Satan tempt Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and now He thought that it was time to test Cain and Abel, to see how they would show their love for Him.  God devised a plan to test the brothers and He called this a sacrifice.  God asked both Cain and Able to each make a sacrifice, which means that He wanted them to give up or lose something that they cared about, and to place their object of love on an altar before Him.

Cain, being a farmer brought some of the produce from the soil that he worked as an offering, while Abel brought the first-born of his flock and some of their fat as well.  When Cain saw his brother approach the altar first, he shoved him away, so he could be the first one to place his gift on the altar.  Cain cried out to God to accept his offering, but nothing happened.  Then Abel placed his gift up on the altar and he prayed to God to accept his offering.  A divine fire came down on Abel’s offering and consumed it on the altar.  Cain got very angry and he opened his mouth and he blasphemed God, for not accepting his offering.

Yahweh looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but He did not look with favor on the offering that Cain placed on the altar.  Cain was upset and he got very angry, because his brother’s gift was more pleasing to God.  Yahweh asked Cain, ‘Why are you angry and downcast?  If you are doing right, surely you ought to hold your head up high!  But if you are not doing right, Sin is crouching at the door and it is hungry to get you.  Know that you can still master sin.’  Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let us go out’, and while they were in the open country, Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.

It was clear that Abel had passed the test and Cain had failed.  Cain was not just mad because of his failure, but he was also mad because of his brother’s success.  Cain could not hold his head up high, because he thought that he was better than his younger brother and now he had to face the music that Abel was outshining him.  God wanted to give Cain another chance and He told Cain that he could still do good, but first he would have to master sin.

Another question that needs to be answered is, was God looking for an animal sacrifice?  No, I do not think that is what God wanted.  A person could bring any offering to God, but if it was done mechanically just going through the motions without putting your whole heart into it, or reluctantly, or irreverently, or arrogantly, then God would not accept it.  A sacrifice is not good without the meaning and God saw into Cain’s heart and God knew that Cain’s offering was not sincere, as Cain did not exhibit passion in his sacrifice or make this sacrifice out of an affectionate, unconditional love.  God was not looking for an animal or some grain, as He did not need either of these things.  God was looking for Cain and Abel to show their love to him.  Abel did this, but Cain did not and this was not about what Abel did, it was more about how Abel felt when he made his sacrifice, that made God accept it.  Abel had faith in God and that is what allowed him to offer God a better sacrifice than Cain did.

Again, more questions arise, why did Abel go willingly out into the field with his brother?  Did Cain tell Abel that he wanted to discuss how to make a proper sacrifice, or did he tell his brother that he wanted to debate religion and God?  Did Cain kill Abel, just to watch him bleed?  Did Cain think that he could use his brother’s blood as a sacrifice to God?  Abel went with Cain because he trusted his brother and perhaps Cain used the pretence of asking Abel to help him move some large stones from his field to get Abel into a secluded area, where his premeditated murder would take place.  Cain was consumed by envy when he lured Abel away from the family and murdered his righteous brother.

When they got out in the open country, where Cain knew nobody would be watching, although Cain did not consider the all seeing eye of God, then Cain set on his brother.  Cain approached Abel from behind and he beat him with his staff, blow after blow, until Abel was down on the ground crying out, ‘Cain, my brother, have pity on me, don’t beat me to death with your staff.’  Cain laughed at his fallen brother and he picked a large stone, and smashed his brother in the head with it, until Abel’s brains oozed out.  Cain was bitter because God did not accept his offering and he was jealous of his younger brother, because God found favor with him.  Cain was the farmer, but he understood that smashing in someone’s head with a stone would cause blood to spill, which could result in death.  Cain showed no remorse for what he did and Cain buried Abel’s body, because he was trying to hide this murder.

Then the Lord God cursed Cain saying, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’  Cain replied, ‘I do not know.  Am I my brother’s guardian?’  Yahweh asked Cain, ‘What hast thou done?  Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.  Now you shall be cursed and banned from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands.  When you till the ground it will no longer yield crops to you.  You will be a fugitive and a vagabond on earth from now on.’  Cain complained to Yahweh, ‘My punishment is greater than I can bear.  You drive me from the surface of the Earth, I am forced to hide from you, and be a restless wanderer on Earth.  Those who come across me, will kill me!’  God responded, ‘Very well, I will prolong your life, by issuing a decree, that whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.’   Yahweh put a mark on Cain, so that no one coming across him would kill him.  God drove Cain out from the land, to live in the land of Nod, which was to the east of the Garden of Eden.

Cain was the first human to tell a lie and to make things worse he tells this deliberate lie to God, when he was asked if he knew where his brother was.  Cain tried to cover his intentional murder and conceal it from God and when Abel’s blood cried out to God from the ground, Cain denied the crime stating that he was not in charge of watching over his brother.  Cain planned out this murder and he considered some of the consequences, but he thought that this curse which God placed on him was excessive.  Cain complained to God about his punishment, he did not want to be dead like his brother.

I am sorry, but in order to read the rest of this story, you will have to purchase my new book titled the Ancient Book of Eli which I expect to be published very soon.
The prompt for September 9th 2017 Stream of Consciousness Saturday from Linda G. Hill is ‘motive’. The challenge is to use the word motive, in any form, in your post.

More Homophones

Homonyms can be confusing words and the pair of words birth and berth are a special type of homonym called a homophone, where two words have the same pronunciation, but they are spelled differently.  The words birth and berth are easily overlooked when you are proofreading, because their spellings differ by just one letter and this mistake will probably get by most Spell Checkers.  The pair of words “flower” and “flour” are also homophones, because they are pronounced the same, but you can’t bake a cake out of daffodils.  A woman gave birth in the ship’s berth, as it was docked in the harbor berth and then she named her baby Bert.  Both words birth and berth may be used as a noun or a verb, but the word birth may also be used as an adjective.

A berth is  the place where a boat or a ship moors such as the allotted place at a wharf or dock, or a fixed sleeping place like a bed or bunk usually aboard a ship or train or some other means of transport, or a position in a sporting event or sporting organization, or a job, position, place, listing, or role that is an especially enjoyable.  Berth related terms are berths, berthed, berthing Birth is the act of bearing the young like the arrival of a baby (the emergence of an infant from its mother’s body), or the fact of having been born, the start of life as a physically separate being, possessing ancestry, or the beginning of something.  Birth related words are births, birthed, birthing and birthday.  As a verb, berth means to bring something (usually a ship) into a place where it can stay.  As a verb, birth means to be born or to give rise to something.

Let’s make some sentences, to help us understand these words better.  The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.  I just got a luxury berth on the Orient Express and if I end up getting murdered, I hope that detective Hercule Poirot is able to solve the mystery.  She won her third match and she clinched a berth on our tennis team.  Being the cabin of a ship is a cozy berth.  A common idiom, ‘to give a wide berth to’, refers to shunning away from or keeping or remaining discreetly positioned from, so you are able to avoid someone or something.  You would give someone a Wide Berth to keep well away from them.  The baby weighed six pounds at birth.  There were five births at the hospital yesterday.  He has been blind from birth.  We studied the birth of capitalism in civics last week.  Fandango is of noble birth.

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill.  Writers are supposed to write something using either of the prompt words ‘birth’ or ‘berth’.