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The God I Don't Believe In
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 7/24/2006
|Topics: #Spirituality #ReligiousPolitics||Page Views: 114|
|Let's examine the connection between abused children and their need as adults to rely on an Authority figure to give their lives meaning.|
One of the most perplexing issues faced by people is how a "Christian" can claim to accept the teachings of a man who said to turn the other cheek to an enemy who smites you, and then invade and destroy a country in his name! —But the understanding that abused children grow up to be abusive and religious allows this apparent paradox to be seen as parts of the same, cohesive whole. After all, God as an authority doesn't in fact exist; so people who "accept" God as an authority are really just accepting the authority of someone claiming to speak for God—as many abusive parents do, and as more than one politician has done.
Dominic in Key West
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 5/10/2017
||Topics: #Family #Dominic||Page Views: 141|
|Pictures and paintings of my grandson taken during my recent trip to Key West.|
My daughter, Jenny, has moved to Key West, taking my grandbabies with her. But that's okay, because I've been able to visit almost monthly to see them. The below digital paintings of Dominic were made from photos taken on my most recent trip in March/April.
Gianna in Key West
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 5/10/2017
||Topics: #Family #Gianna||Page Views: 147|
|Pictures and paintings of my granddaughter taken during my recent trip to Key West.|
My daughter, Jenny, has moved to Key West, taking my grandbabies with her. But that's okay, because I've been able to visit almost monthly to see them. The below digital paintings of Gianna were made from photos taken on my most recent trip in March/April.
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 5/3/2017
||Topics: #Autobiography #Metaphysics #Health||Page Views: 200|
|How a long-ago trauma causes me to continually injure my left leg.|
Since I was a kid, my left leg has been subject to some pretty horrendous torture. Sure, I started small with the usual scrapes and bruises but by the time I was in 6th Grade I had to wear a cast for weeks, then a brace (you can imagine how that contributed to my popularity in a new school). The worst, of course, was the year I spent in hosital and convalescing after I almost died from flesh-eating bacteria…in my left leg. But just a few weeks ago, I broke that same leg while house-hunting in Key West, and I've decided enough is enough! —I'm going to figure out the karmic causes to this so I can stop it from happening any more.
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 4/27/2017
||Topics: #Autobiography #Phoenix #KeyWest||Page Views: 132|
|Pondering an upcoming residential move.|
It's a small, enclosed patio, a garden, really, though my gardening skills are meager at best and now that I'm recovering from a leg broken in two places, non-existent. Yet it's my favorite part of this condo. It feels so sheltered and safe despite its location in Central Phoenix. There may be crime occurring within a square mile, but here, it's quiet but for the sounds of birds and the hum of distant traffic from the freeway. But nothing is more constant than change, and it appears that Keith and I will be moving to a condo in Key West come October. It too has a porch, overlooking the inner row of condos and, possibly, a glimpse of the Gulf.
Incredible Journey Comes To Shiprock
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 4/26/2017
||Topics: #Travel #Shiprock #NewMexico||Page Views: 133|
|Not all who wander are lost.|
This past weekend, Keith and his brother Chris and I drove up to Shiprock to visit their family. (Actually, since I'm still recovering from a double-broken leg, Keith did nearly all the driving while I kept my leg up on the dashboard.) It was just a quiet, relaxing visit along a route we've taken many times before; so I wasn't expecting to be taking much in the way of photographs. But then we started getting visitors, including an animal family consisting of one dog and four various cats.
Our Little Home In Key West
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 3/25/2017
||Topics: #Autobiolgraphy #KeyWest||Page Views: 208|
|Keith and I will be moving to Key West in October, and this is the place we'll be moving into.|
My daughter, Jennifer, moved to Key West late last year and, as I did some years back when I moved to Arizona and encouraged the rest of the family to join me, Jenny is now encouraging us all to move to Key West. Keith and I both love the Keys, so it wasn't too hard to make the decision. So we picked a place, and got a batch of photos that will have to do since the condo is currently being rented. (It will be available for us to move into in October.)
Key West Boating
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 3/23/2017
||Topics: #Travel #KeyWest #Florida||Page Views: 217|
|All the photos from our boating trip from Key West to Boca Grande.|
Key West is an island, and a pretty small one at that. So the residents and visitors spend a lot of time on the water; and, as a new resident, my daughter, Jenny has a boat but very little boat experience. So she found a local captain to show her the ropes, so to speak; and today we made a two-boat expedition to Boca Grande, an even smaller islet due west of Key West.
Organizing Your Photos
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Posted: 3/15/2017
||Topics: #Photography||Page Views: 188|
|How to arrange and tag your digital photos so you and your descendants can find the one you're looking for.|
On a recent visit to Key West, I met my daughter's mother-in-law, Snow, who has an enormous and well-organized library of photo albums filled with pictures taken throughout a long life spent traveling all over the world. There must be thousands of pictures in those binders. And yet, when she wanted to find one, specific photo of her sons and my daughter, she had it in her hands after less than a minute spent searching. Sadly, few people can claim to be as organized. In the days of film and paper prints, the majority of people stored their precious photos in shoeboxes; in these days of digital photography, when every phone is also a camera and everyone has a camera on his or her person during every waking hour, there are more photos than ever; yet, without a method of organizing the pictures, most people can't find any picture they've taken without a lengthy search—and sometimes, not even then. I'm here with tips as to how you can accomplish that organization.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Occurred: 3/13/2017
||Topics: #Travel #Arizona #Pine #TontoNaturalBridgeStatePark #Photography||Page Views: 239|
|All my photos of the world's largest travertine natural arch.|
In Eastern Arizona, between the city of Payson and the town of Pine, is the largest Travertine natural bridge in the world. Discovered by a Scotsman in 1877, it is now a state park and a lovely place to spend an afternoon.