Monday, November 26, 2007

Malta Stones....

A monument to the monks of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Prague.
More stones are on my other blog site.....

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Left and Right brain dominance

On the blog
they discussed the fact of left and right brain operation....the dancer in the pic above is animated, and spins either left or right, depending upon whether you are right or left brain dominant. As intersting as the idea of dominance is, I use both halves of my brain when I fight...assigning proper tasks to whichever side is most appropriate at the time, quite consiously!
With meditation before and after every single class, I have found this to be quite easy, and it has improved my fighting considerably...or perhaps better to say, it has improved my adaptability to cope with changing circumstances, both on and off the field.
No great hairy assed mystery here...anybody can do this, and should. It isn't unleashing the beast or anything like that, and has nothing to do with concious-unconscious minds so beloved of psycho-therapists and hypnotists. Perhaps it is merely putting names to processes which people have been doing for years. However, hundreds of man hours have devoted to discovering the use of what amounts to two separate brains in one body and why it is so.
I suspect a good self understanding of this situation in your own mind would result in great benefits.


uses logic

detail oriented

facts rule

words and language

present and past

math and science

can comprehend



order/pattern perception

knows object namer

eality based

forms strategies




uses feeling

“big picture” oriented

imagination rules

symbols and images

present and future

philosophy & religioncan

“get it” (i.e. meaning)



spatial perception

knows object function

fantasy based

presents possibilities


risk taking

I have suspected that the observed phenomon of people talking to themselves is a manifestation of the two parts of the same brain working together to create a single mind.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

World War 1

The old front lines.....the stone in front says...."The Devonshires held this line, they hold it still". The mass graves (identifiable by the crowded together headstones) that you see in the picture below were the actual trenches the men fought and died in.

General Directions:
Mametz is a village in the Department of the Somme, 6.5 kilometres east of Albert. Devonshire Cemetery is 800 metres south of Mametz and is situated on high ground some 450 metres west of the road from Albert to Peronne (D938), 6.5 kilometres from Albert.

Mametz was within the German lines until 1 July 1916 when it was captured by the 7th Division, and Mametz Wood, north-east of the village, was cleared on the days following 7 July. The 8th and 9th Battalions of the Devonshire Regiments, forming parts of the 7th Division, attacked on 1 July 1916 from a point on the south-west side of Albert-Maricourt road, due south of Mametz village, by a plantation called Mansel Copse. It was there, on 4 July, that they buried their dead in a section of their old front line trench. All but two of the burials belong to these battalions.
Casualty Details: UK 163, Total Burials: 163

Friday, November 02, 2007


Some fascinating things onold tombstones!
In a Thurmont, Maryland , cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up and no place to go.
In a London , England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old maid but died an old Mann. Dec. 8,1767 =============================
In a Ribbesford, England , cemetery:
Anna Wallace The children of Israel wanted bread, And the Lord sent them manna. Clark Wallace wanted a wife, And the Devil sent him Anna. ===============================
In a Ruidoso, New Mexico , cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast... Pardon me for not rising.
In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania , cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake.Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.
A lawyer's epitap h in England :
Sir John Strange.Here lies an honest lawyer,and that is Strange.
On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket , Massachusetts :
Under the sod and under the trees,Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.He is not here, there's only the pod.Pease shelled out and went to God.
In a cemetery in England :
Remember man, as you walk by,As you are now, so once was I As I am now, so shall you be.Remember this and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone: To follow you I'll not consent ... Until I know which way you went.