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What did you go out to see?

The alarm went off at 3:30. That's 0330. That's before 4 in the morning. That's early. And I didn't have work, or an appointment or anyone I had to meet. I had to go 20 kilometres away and be there by 4:15 am. I wanted to see the moon. Tonight it was full. And then the longest lunar eclipse of the century took place. I didn't see it all as the clouds barricaded the moon away from me for a time. 

Then it happened, the white moon turned blood red. They call this phenomenon the "blood moon." The moon was at its apogee (the farthest point in its orbit around Earth), so the moon actually appeared smaller in size. Unlike the Super Blue Blood Moon, where it appeared much bigger in size. 

Even so, the moon was extremely present, and dominant to the cloud-filled sky. At just the right time, the clouds rolled back and the white eclipsed moon, turned red. It was quite a sight to see. 

I had my camera and many lenses. I was ready. But really I wanted to enjoy the moment…

Random thoughts to ponder

One-liners are often used in comedy by such greats as Henny Youngman and not-so-greats like Steven Wright. Calling us to think outside the box, and imagine things a different way. What about philosophic memes which abound on social media feeds in the last decade? They are fortune cookie commentary with accompanying artwork vying for my smile or acknowledgment of wrong.

In fact, any famous old one-liner could be nothing more than a cliché in modern vernacular. It takes two to tango. His bark's worse than his bite. Where there's smoke, there's fire. OK, you get it.

What about some of these? I encourage you to ponder... don't read quickly, but read one, and stop, pause, reflect, consider. Don't be in a hurry to repost or copy and paste or to dismiss either. And if you think you have seen one of these before, and maybe you are right, then know that I've taken these on board. I apologise for apparent forgery; there is nothing new under the sun. (There's another…

If I could speak with Ari Hershkowitz

I had never heard of this man. Not until this year. The Times of Israel had a major article about him, and his departure from his religious roots. Anything about religion, especially the Jewish religion, often captivates me. Satmar Hasidim are a subset of ultra-Orthodox Jewish people and it was from them that this Ari Hershkowitz departed, leaving Brooklyn NY 3 years ago. The article is here.

He now calls himself a "culturally Jewish atheist." And gave up drugs and many other substances about 15 months ago. He revealed much about himself to Henry Greener from Melbourne on The Shtick. I remember Henry interviewing me there some years ago. He's a delightful man with keen insights.  (The Shtick - S53-05 Seg.3)

Ari is becoming well known in his own right, and he is one of the featured 'leavers' of Hasidic life in the movie/ Netflix documentary, "One of us." 

In an interview with three fellows online (Epistemic Ep. 18), Ari says, "For the record God hasn&#…