MAJOR SHAKEUP — PLEASE NOTE!

In order to make better use of my computer time, I am suspending operation of Trojan Horse Productions indefinitely.

Please do follow me at my other blog, The Homeless Blogger.

Peace!

(The Trojan Horse Productions Library will remain intact.)

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* Announcing: “Recycling Wednesdays”

In work on recent posts and posts scheduled for release in the near future, I am finding many, many old, forgotten posts that actually remain current.

Newer readers aren’t likely to have seen these, however, nor are they likely to see them — unless I take ACTION!

So, I’m launching “Recycling Wednesdays.” Every Wednesday, I’ll re-post some “oldie but goodie.”

That’s all, folks.

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* Jesus’ outrageous parables

(Transcribed from an e-mail I sent my mother 24 August 2010.)

Jesus said any number of things in large part, at least, for shock value.

Their outrageousness is easily lost on 21st Century students, for two reasons. First, we have heard or read these things so many times that any shock value they might have at first had for us — when we first heard them, say, perhaps at age 4 or age 5 — has long since worn off. We’re not likely to remember it, and also not likely to give the opinions of our 4- or 5-year-old selves, the credit they, in this case, deserve.

Second, by virtue of “respect for authority,” for centuries students of Chrstianity have trained themselves to ignore, deny or suppress any outrage they might feel at anything The Teacher says. Instead, one expects oneself and all one’s fellow students, approvingly, to “tip my hat … take a bow … smile and grin …”[*]

[*]The Who, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again.”


“BLESSÈD ARE YOU POOR.”
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Test of colors and formatting

A Follower advised me that the “aqua” font I’ve been using to set off extended quotes is hard to read against the white background of e-mails.  This presents a dilemma as (1) I don’t like WordPress’s “blockquotes” — italics aren’t easy to read — and (2) the background of the blog itself is very dark gray, so the “aqua” appears fine there. It will be hard to find a color that works well in both places.

So here’s a test of some things I might do. I will need Followers to let me know whether they appear in e-mails the way I describe them here. Or, someone could forward me a copy of the e-mail, and then I can see for myself.

Sample 1: Table cell with aqua font on dark gray background

Table cell with aqua font on dark gray background

Sample 2: Table cell with black font on yellow background

Table cell with black font on yellow background

Sample 3: Paragraph with aqua font on dark gray background

Paragraph with aqua font on dark gray background (and a bunch of fluff stuff put in to see how things look with multiple lines.)

Sample 4: Paragraph with black font on yellow background

Paragraph with black font on yellow background (and a bunch of fluff stuff put in to see how things look with multiple lines.)

I complained to the same Follower that writing is taking up a lot of my time. She advised me to keep at it, as it will advance my career. That was a big morale boost! Thanks!
 

* When you can’t get what you want

There is a song from The Sound of Music that relates; it concludes, “… I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.”

Wednesday morning I stood outside McDonald’s having my last smoke before leaving.  I considered that as soon as I got to the library, I’d need to count my pennies and plan spending for the rest of the week.  I pondered whether or not to buy a soda on my way there.  I’d had some unusual spending earlier in the week, and faced some more unusual spending in connection with the 4th of July (The library’s closed.).  The wisdom of having bought or not bought a soda at this time would depend on the outcome of that planning.

I decided not to buy a soda at this time.  If I had enough cash left, according to the plan, I could enjoy a soda later in the week.

This isn’t sacrifice; that’s a topic I must discuss in later posts.  It’s a matter instead of delaying gratification; a decision to forego a pleasure now for the sake of possibly having the pleasure later.  This is an important strategy in learning stewardship (right management of one’s resources) and in improving one’s lot in life.

It still leaves me without a soda, when I want a soda.  What to do?
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* Rainbows

Baltimore is more likely than other places, to have weather when you can see rainbows. We are coming now into a period when this is especially so. We will probably have another such time again in September.

The key to seeing rainbows is, three things have to happen at the same time:
(1) The sun is shining
(2) while it rains, and
(3) there is blue sky somewhere.

If you happen to see the sun shining while it rains, then turn your back to the sun and look for blue sky straight ahead of you. That is where the rainbow may appear. The lower the sun is in the sky, the bigger the rainbow will be. The brighter the sun is, or the harder it’s raining, the brighter the rainbow will be. You may even see two or three rainbows, one inside the other.

Lessons from the rainbow

At the time of Noah, God decided to wipe out all life on earth and start over. God made it rain for forty days and forty nights, until the whole surface of the earth was under deep water. When dry land appeared again and Noah and his people left the ark, God promised them that God would never use a flood like this, to do this, again.

God had a bow and arrows, like hunters use. As a sign of God’s promise to Noah, God said, “I have put my bow in the clouds,” so that when it (the rainbow) appears God will remember this promise.

Another important part of this story:  In our world of social turmoil — back-stabbing, injustice and crime — it can be easy to lose hope, and wonder if there is anything in the world that can make sense. God’s promise to Noah includes an important reminder of the fundamental order God has built into creation. God said:

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night
shall not cease.

There are things you can count on.

(Reblogged 2014-08-27.)