Clear As A Bell

Any person’s death is a loss to all of us, because we are all part of mankind and as John Donne so aptly put, “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  The Funeral tolling of a bell is the technique of sounding a single bell very slowly, with a significant gap between strikes.  The term tolling may also be used to signify a single bell being rung slowly, and possibly half-muffled at a commemoration event many years later.  In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there and he later completed a quintessential novel titled, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’.  Bells often toll to let a gregarious congregation know that they can come to church for a mass, but toll can also stand for a value, price or cost that one is required to pay in order to gain entry.

Quasimodo who worked in the bell tower at the cathedral of Notre Dame is famous for the way he jiggled and joggled the bells.  The answer is Victor Hugo, just in case you ask, “Who invited him?”, as not too many people want a hunchback at a party.  Claude Frollo found an abandoned baby and he adopted Quasimodo and gave him his name which he might have chose to commemorate the day when he found him, or possibly he meant this name to imply that the poor little creature was incomplete and imperfectly molded.  There is a Quasimodo Sunday which is the Sunday after Easter, and it is also called Low Sunday, the first words of the introit (psalm or antiphon sung or said while the priest approaches the altar for the Eucharist) for this day in Latin are, quasi modo geniti infantes and this translates into ‘as if new-born babes’.  Quasimodo is also used in surfing for an act of riding on a wave in a crouched position with one arm forward and one arm back.  I actually posted a story about Quasimodo titled ‘Rings a Bell’.

Edgar Allen Poe wrote a poem titled ‘The Bells’ where he used rhythm and rhyme to evoke sound and mood and this allows the reader to almost hear the tinkling of the bells.  “To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells, From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells  From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.”  The term tintinnabulation is onomatopoeic, because it describes a sound and it means the ringing of bells.  Like ting or tinkle, it means to ring or jingle.

A bell is used in boxing to signify the start of the fight and it also signifies the end of a round and many boxers embrace the sound when they are saved by the bell.  The bell gives the fighter a rest in between rounds of a fight, but if you feel like you can no longer continue, like if someone has rang your bell, than you can always throw in the white towel, which is a way to signify that you have given up and you should never have to plead for the referee to end the fight.

To ‘bell the cat’ is a phrase that is used when someone takes the danger of a shared enterprise upon them self.  This alludes to the fable in which mice or rats come up with the idea of hanging a bell around the cat’s neck, I guess that they would use the cat’s collar as a hanger for the bell, so they will have a warning before it approaches, however it is a difficult task and it is hard to find someone who is willing to undertake the challenge, and it certainly is not for someone who lacks courage.  If you are enthusiastic about attending a party, then you would show up ‘with bells on’ and you would not be lax in your appearance.  I always thought that an airplane hangar would make a great place for a party.  A desert being a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs is completely different from a dessert which is a confectionery course that concludes a main meal.  There is a good chance that you will not hear a bell ringing when you are in the desert but I am always up for the dessert bell to ring signifying that savory items are being served.

I would not even think about writing a post about bells without mentioning The Rolling Stones who are considered to be the world’s greatest rock and roll band, and talking about their hit song Honky Tonk Women and although it is a raunchy song, you got to love that prevalent cowbell that rings throughout the song.  The song Bell Bottom Blues was written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock and it was recorded by Derek And The Dominos who formed a group after Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon worked on George Harrison’s solo album, All Things Must Pass.  Clapton was completely obsessed with Pattie Boyd, who asked him to get her these blue jeans that were called Landlubbers, which were hipsters with two little slip pockets at the front and she requested the flared rather than straight bottoms.  Clapton’s anguish is painfully clear in every note of this song and as he sang, “Bell bottom blues, you made me cry. I don’t want to lose this feeling.  And if I could choose a place to die.”  Bell-bottoms became popular in this country after Sonny and Cher started wearing them on their popular television show.

I wore bell-bottoms back in my hippie days and I also had a pony tail and love beads.  One thing that just makes my blood boil is when I see people continue to wear outdated fashions.  I wish that rap music would disappear for good along with Justin Bieber.  Other things about society that annoy me are the way President Trump kisses up to Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un.  Sometimes the prompt words are difficult to string together into a coherent post and when this happens it does upset me, but I always seem to get over it.

Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Plead, for FOWC with Fandango – Quintessential, for July Writing Prompts – Jiggled and joggled, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Tintinnabulation, for Ragtag Community – Embrace, for RayNotBradbury Cool Writing Prompt – ‘Game On’ 5 things about society that annoy you, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Double Take – lacks/lax hangar/hanger for Scotts Daily Prompt – Desert, for Swimmers the New Community Pool prompt – Fight, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “blues, rock and roll and country”, for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write Sentence Starter 36: “Who invited him?” and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Gregarious.

Indiscriminate Reflections

It is about time that I write a post today, as there is no time to lose and there is no time like the present.  Sometimes I have my moments but for the time being I need to kill some time, because time flies and in the long run I can never make up for lost time.  Time runs out on all of us and the third time may be a charm and it might be better late than never, but it is said that time and tide wait for no man and although my days might be numbered because I can’t turn back the hands of time, in the blink of an eye all of us that are here today may be gone tomorrow.  Time can get confusing as there is a time to laugh and a time to cry, but does time really change everything and does time heal all wounds?  It’s high time that ship has sailed, I hope that I finish this post in the nick of time before the eleventh hour, but before I call it a day I need to say that I was not born yesterday.

Newton thought that, “Absolute, true and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably, without regard to anything external”, but Einstein proved, time is part of the fabric of the universe.  A time warp is a hypothetical anomaly, discontinuity, or suspension that would interfere with the progress of time.  If time can be warped, then is there a way to straighten it out again?  The idea of a gigantic wormhole being detected could change our perception concerning the measurement of time, and give us a window or a gateway into another world or another level of reality and this should be enough to make a person gambol or run or jump about playfully.

The summer is here, but gone are the days when people used to lay on the beach and soak up as much sunshine as was humanly possible.  It was not until 1956 when Henry Lancaster made the initial connection between ultraviolet radiations from exposure to sunlight to increased incidence on melanoma and since the 1980s incidences of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have doubled.  Modest swimwear is any clothing that is appropriate for the beach, water park or pool, but what is considered modest varies from family to family, person to person, and it also may depend on religion.  The burkini is a type of swimming costume made for Muslim women to wear, which covers their arms, legs and hair and should maintain their modesty, but the pressure to cover up is only making some women more defiant.  The times they are a changing and declining concern over modesty in swimwear undoubtedly resulted from watching movies and television, which tend to popularize fashions that might otherwise not have been introduced or accepted in certain regions.  Today many Arab men want an obedient woman who doesn’t seek attention, but there is such a thing as a fashion-forward and edgy Muslim girl and she has to deal with fashions that conceal the shape of a woman’s body, especially her waist, hips, and chest, as well as her hair.

Good deeds have a way of backfiring, beneficial actions often go unappreciated and they can be met with outright hostility. No good deed goes unpunished, as who would ever think that you could get arrested for volunteering to take a large stockpile of trash from a church to the local dump.  This actually happened to Arlo Guthrie as he did not realize until he arrived at the dump site that it was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The blind justice described in Alice’s restaurant is evident when the judge comes into the courtroom accompanied by a seeing eye dog.  Another Alice always dreamed of a singing career but it never panned out.  She had a son named Tommy and they headed west to start a new life.  Her car broke down in Phoenix, Arizona, so she rented an apartment and got a job working for a cook named Mel who owned a diner.  When Tommy grew up, she left Mel’s Diner and went back on the road again to pursue her singing career, but I don’t think that she ever got a singing contract.

A vigilant person is awake and watchful, they give careful attention to a particular problem or situation and they concentrate on noticing any danger or trouble that there might be there.  A vigilant person lets nothing escape their notice, they are aware of their environment scanning the people and situations around them and this allows them to be survivors, especially in a time of need.  A vigilant person does not think that time is on their side, they will not put things off, most of them are as honest as the day is long and they don’t go around blaming others, they take responsibility for their own actions.  A vigilante is motivated by a desire to seek justice outside of the state-enforced judicial system and usually their own personal conception of justice doesn’t match up with what the majority generally considers to be what is fair, honest and righteous.  A watchful person may feel the need to seek justice and if this person becomes serried or gathered in close together with like minded individuals, in a tight formation, standing close together possibly in a row acting as a group, could be known as vigilant vigilantes.

Carpe Diem can mean that there is no tomorrow so you should make the best of things, work like you need the money and do that until the cows come home.  Try not to lose track of time as there is never any spare time.  I had the time of my life writing this post, I did not feel pressed for time, so I took my sweet time and never in a million years will it stand the test of time and it could quite possibly have been just a waste of time.  I hope that I did not give anyone a hard time as time went by I just wanted all of you to have a whale of a time.  If I could put time in a bottle, the first thing that I would do is get some prompts that match up better with my story.  I will leave you with the Grateful Dead live video of High Time that was recorded in Grugahalle, Essen, Germany on 10-17-1990.

Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Gigantic, for FOWC with Fandango – Contract, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Gambol, for July Writing Prompts – Vigilant vigilantes, for Ragtag Community – Serried, for RayNotBradbury Cool Writing Prompt – Modesty, for Scotts Daily Prompt – Straighten, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “Alice, Mel and diner” and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Exposure.

Star Challenge

He was born on August 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California and while suffering from drug addiction, he died of a heart attack on August 9, 1995 in Forest Knolls, California. His father was a Spanish immigrant from La Coruña, a port city in northwest Spain that is known for its Roman lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules and his mother was an American of three quarters Irish and one quarter Swedish descent.  His father was a musician and bar owner, and his mother played piano.  He loved music from a young age and was encouraged by his music-loving parents to pursue his passion.  At the age of five a wood chopping accident in the spring with his older brother at the family cabin caused him to lose most of the middle finger on his right hand and later that winter his father drowned while on a fishing trip.  He studied piano as a boy but turned to the guitar in his teens.  His brother introduced him to the blues and rock & roll of John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and Chuck Berry.  He was a trouble-maker as a teenager and was notorious for skipping classes and fighting with fellow students.  At 15 he began smoking marijuana and attending art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and later on in his life he produced paintings and a line of psychedelic neckties.

He dropped out of school at age 17 and served nine months in the U.S. Army before being discharged for poor conduct.  He began to play folk and blues guitar alone or with pickup groups in clubs within the San Francisco area while working as a salesman and music teacher in a music store.  He was part of the hippie movement that involved drugs like LSD and he became known as Captain Trips back in the days of the Ken Kesey acid tests.  He said that LSD made him feel freer to live outside a conventional lifestyle.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and he was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’.  For all his creativity and talent, he had a dark side, being a heavy smoker and he was a diabetic, and his health suffered greatly because of his addiction to drugs.  The American musician was a cultural and musical icon and it is said that he had a net worth of $40 million at the time of his death.   It was a long strange trip for a man with crazy fingers.  If you think you can guess who this article is written about, then take a crack at it.

Written for RayNotBradbury One Day with a Star Challenge

  1. Describe a very famous person (preferably historical, or well known – to everyone!).  Include the details in your story so people can guess who is that STAR, but do not mention the real name.
  2. You can add 1 photo-detail (non obligatory).
  3. The style and the genre of the writing – any.

The Healing Stones

The world is so confusing now, in this human-offshoot or posthuman age of superhumans, inhumans, metahumans and mutants.  Although inhumans, metahumans and mutants may all be classified as being superhumans, there is a stark difference between them.  Mutants who are also known as the ‘homo superior’ race are an offshoot sub-species of humanity that were born with genetic abnormalities that grants them abilities, an appearance, or powers beyond the normal variation expressed in the human genome.  Mutants have a genetic mutation called an X-Gene that causes their bodies to develop abilities that regular humans are not able to do.  The first X-Gene appeared on Earth about 5,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until World War II that scientists started experimenting to create a race of mutants that they could employ as genetic soldiers.  Common mutant powers may include telepathy, telekinesis, flight, energy projection, accelerated healing and enhanced physical strength, agility, or some type of superior use of their senses.

Inhumans are a specific breed of humans that date back to our Cro-Magnon ancestors who were experimented on by the Kree to overcome their evolutionary stagnation, and to create a powerful mutant race of soldiers that they could use to fight against their foe the Skrulls.  Their experiments successfully created a strain of humanity that had extraordinary abilities.  The inhumans appear as regular humans until they are exposed to Terrigen mist.  When inhumans bodies are altered from the mist, this is called Terrigenesis, and this gives them their strange and unusual powers.  The mutagenic Terrigen Mist gives them various powers, but it also causes lasting genetic damage and it often created deformities.

Metahumans, commonly shortened as metas, are individuals who acquired powers and abilities unlike those of normal humans after experiencing mutation of their bodies.  Their DNA double helix spiral was shaken up due to a particle accelerator explosion and that is how metahumans got there powers.  A strange fluctuation of particles started to release an uncontrollable high-energy microwave radiation that instead of rapidly accelerating the particles towards a series of rings, they escaped the shielding and created a myriad of dangerous explosions.  It was thought to be safe and the particle accelerator was supposed to be used to further the advancement of the science and medicine.  This situation also created something similar to a time machine.  A mouse was the first to pass through the gate that opened up on this time machine and instantly mysterious things began to happen as it underwent a remarkable transformation.  The term metahuman was coined by the Dominator alien race, and it is used to describe any human being that has super powers.  The prefix meta-, in this context, simply means ‘beyond’, as they are thought to be beyond regular stability, on the verge of collapse which could occur at the slightest disruption, thus, metahuman simply describes persons who have abilities beyond normal human limits.

Summing this up, mutants gain their powers from the X-gene, inhumans have to undergo Terrigenesis to obtain their weird powers and appearance, and metahumans need to experience something traumatic which might stem from listening to computer generated sheet music that would be painful to their ears and alter them on a genetic level.  The desire to treat and cure everybody with equal regard and respect, created an island of camaraderie that attracted some of biochemistry’s brightest young minds.  We might blame the clone for the advancement of stem cell research, as eventually this became an accepted way of life that furthered our scientific knowledge.  It was during mitosis, that the chromosomes started duplicating, so they could condense and attach and spindle their fibers to pull one copy of each chromosome to opposite sides of the cell.

Scientists were eventually able to create this stone pit that had unusual healing powers.  People originally laughed at this thinking that it was some type of comedy, until they saw the results that this pit was not only able to heal severely injured people, but it could also bring people back from the dead if they were placed in it soon enough.  The pit was named the Energy Muse, because it was designed to balance the body using the healing properties certain stones and crystals.  For thousands of years, ancient civilizations have utilized the power of crystals to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages, thus facilitating a free flow throughout their bodies.  On a cellular level, our bodies along with the quartz crystal are both made up of the mineral silicon-dioxide.  Humans are naturally receptive to the vibrations that are formed from these healing stones which transmit, reflect, store light and receive energy.  When a human body is placed into the Energy Muse, a powerful vibratory effect surges from the healing stones into them.  Their body lays dormant except for their thoughts, which direct energy and this energy serves as a tool to help heal their body.

Written Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #219, for thehouseofbailey Destination Dreams Scotts Daily Prompt Employ, for Daily Addictions by rogershipp prompt Ancient, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt: Situation, for FOWC with Fandango – Stark, for Ragtag Community Shaken, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “mouse, sheet music and comedy” and for Tales From the Mind of Kristian Word Prompt Camaraderie and for Ray NotBradbury Cool Writing Prompt based on ‘the clone’ using 3 related words DNA double helix spiral, chromosome and mitosis.