The Silver Screen

popcorn

 

18 May 2017 Thursday 2:30pm

 

“Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup, another alarm that woke me up this morning. But no worries, I went back to sleep.

What time is your real alarm anyway, child?

I have two actually. One is at 4:45. And the next one is at 5.

Why do you have two alarms?

There was this one day when I went back to sleep after my 5am alarm went off. And needless to say when I woke up an hour later, I went into panic mode. I had to get my son ready for school within half an hour!

So what happened?

All’s well that ends well, I guess.

Did it happen again?

No, not really. These days, I get enough sleep. Maybe it’s my new bed.

That’s good to hear. Or maybe because you’re at peace with yourself?

Yeah, You could say that too. I guess when you accept and bless everything all the time…well, not all the time. Most of the time, you’ll be at peace with yourself. With your soul…Um, God?

Yes?

We forgot about the alarm. That statement we’re supposed to discuss?

Ah yes. “Nobody imagines the screen too big.”

Yup. That one. Are we talking about the silver screen again?

Why do you call it the silver screen?

I dunno. Let me look it up…Okay. Urban Dictionary says “The real name is called silver lenticular screen, is a type of projection that was popular in the early years of the motion picture industry. The term “silver screen” originated in reference to the actual silver content embedded in the material that made up the screen’s highly reflective surface. The term “silver screen” has passed into popular use as a way of referring to projection screens in general and motion picture projection screens, and also known for being used in theaters.”

Did you know about that?

You mean about the projection screen having silver content embedded in it? No. But when You asked me to look it up, the thought came to mind even before I looked it up. Two plus two equals four kinda thing, You know?

Word association, you mean.

Yeah. That’s what life is all about. Or rather what soul language is all about. Soul language is all about word association.

Like your name.

What about my name?

Joy.

Yes, that’s my name.

Are you—

Oh no.

Oh no what?

Oh no, don’t associate me with the word “happiness”.

Why not?

I’m not happiness. All the time, anyway.

When was the last time you were sad?

Major sad?

Yes.

When Dad died.

And since then?

Since then…maybe one and a half months ago?

Why?

Um…never mind. There are some things a girl likes to keep to herself, is that okay?

That’s perfectly okay, child. So we can establish the fact that even though you are called Joy, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happy all the time.

No, I don’t want to establish that. Let me just say that to me, the word “joy” isn’t about being happy all the time. To me, it’s about being at peace. Isn’t God also called joy? So I prefer that we establish the fact that God is joy because God is peace. God is love. Love and peace seem to go hand in hand with joy. Am I right?

Yes, you’re right. You keep using the word “establish”. Do you know what it means exactly?

That’s what dictionaries are for. Establish can mean “to show to be valid or true; prove.” Sample sentence is “to establish the facts of the matter.”

What else does it mean?

There are eight of them!

Read to Me the first one.

“To found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis.” So what’s this got to do with the silver screen?

Oh, yes. The silver screen. Nobody imagines the screen too big…Okay. So what’s the latest movie you’ve seen lately?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 last Sunday.

How was it?

Honestly? Noisy.

How come?

I was a little bit overwhelmed with the special effects. You know, the CGI.

Then why did you watch it?

Well, the kids like it. I thought of buying them tickets and they can watch it by themselves. But we all might as well coz we were gonna have dinner out together. Family bonding sort of thing…So anyway, we still haven’t established the “silver screen” thing.

Ah yes. So do you think the special effects or as you call it, CGI, too big for the silver screen?

Um, no. In my opinion, filmakers would be short-changing us if they didn’t go all out to get as creative as they can when it comes to what they want the audiences to watch. And learn for that matter. Because I believe all films are lessons for everyone who’s watching them.

But you must agree that there is a thing called censorship?

Yeah. Google says the meaning of censorship is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc., that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” I guess filmmakers know what is acceptable and unacceptable. And they work within that paradigm. (Ooh, big word.)

So do you agree with our alarm statement?

Nobody imagines the screen too big. Hm…I don’t know. Too big for what?

For miracles, my child. The silver screen is now being used to portray life in the past, present and future. So do you think nobody imagines life too big for miracles?

I don’t know. If we don’t believe in miracles then what else can we believe in?

Precisely.

Why Do People Act The Way They Do

airplane

15 May 2017 Monday 2:56pm

Do exactly what we tell you to do or get out.

This is basically what’s going on with a couple of viral videos about passengers getting kicked out of oversold flights. One even forcibly. I watched that one a few weeks ago. And just now, another one of a family of four. Mum watches them on her newsfeed on her Facebook page.

Did the family of four get kicked out forcibly as well?

No. They conceded.

Why?

Why? It’s sort of complicated.

I have all the time in the world, my child. Literally.

Oh-kay. From the article that I read together with the video, the dad bought four tickets. He has two kids, one is under the age of two. So together with his wife, he was supposed to have bought four airline tickets. The airline employee explained that there is an airline ruling that stipulates that any child under two is not allowed a seat to himself or herself and should sit on a parent’s lap during the flight.

Do you know about this ruling?

No. My kids haven’t been two since they turned three. Anyway. The article explained that Dad actually bought that particular seat for his 18 year old who he sent home on an earlier flight. So it only made sense for his toddler to occupy that seat that he paid for. But the airline staff insisted that his toddler must sit on Dad’s or Mum’s lap. Otherwise the plane will not take off. “We can sit here for four hours,” was the airline staff’s words in the video.

Who was taking the video?

It looked like it was the wife’s phone. The airline wasn’t aware of it either.

I see. So how was it resolved?

The staff gave them an ultimatum. The airline went about in a round-about way but basically meaning, “Do exactly what we tell you to do or get out.” Those are my words, by the way.

So what did the family of four do?

The article said they got out. They had to fork out $2,000 for a hotel stay overnight and another flight the next day. But eventually, I guess they got to where they were going. Dad’s only angst is that there must have been four passengers who paid for four tickets on an oversold flight who sat in their seats. What he probably meant was that, the airline got paid double for four airline seats. But that’s just my opinion. Only the airline will know exactly who paid for what and how much.

What about the other incident? What happened there?

There was blood in that one. I think the poor chap had to be hospitalized or something. He was dragged out of the plane. Literally. So what is this all about, God?

You have two incidents. One was forced and there was hospitalization involved. And the other, one side gave in and they reached their destination, maybe with lighter pockets, but everybody is safe and sound.

Ya, we all know that. So what does it all mean?

There’s another video you haven’t mentioned.

Oh yeah. This one looked like the Pacquiao and Mayweather fight. Shirts were torn and everything. But you know who I admire the most in this video?

Who?

The flight attendant. She put herself in between these two I’m-gonna-bash-your-head-in-crazy guys and tried to separate them. I thought she was so cool. So why am I telling You this, God?

You’re not telling Me anything, child. You are actually asking Me why people are acting the way they’re acting.

Yes! Yes! Precisely! So why do people act the way they do?

Only they can answer that question, dear one.

 

 

Indestructible

supergirl

14 May 2017 Sunday 7:43am

“Educate teachers.”

This was my alarm this morning.

Sorry to wake you.

God is apologizing to me. To…me. People reading this will definitely be sure I’ve gone bonkers.

Do you care?

Nope.

Well then. Let’s not dwell. Let’s talk more about your morning alarm this morning.

Yes, let’s…Educate teachers…Right. Teachers are already educated. Otherwise, how will they be able to teach?

That’s not necessarily true, my dear. And you know it. How about you?

What about me?

Do you consider yourself a teacher?

No. I consider myself a trainee messenger. I learn as I go along living life. And as I go along living life, I put it out there on the Internet. Whoever stumbles upon whatever I post out there might learn a thing or two about how to live life. Mistakes included.

So you admit you make mistakes?

Like, ya! I’m human! Like everyone else. Whoever has not made a mistake has never been born. Am I right?

Yes, you’re right.

So what’s mistakes got to do with educating teachers?

Are teachers perfect?

If You’re referring to messengers as teachers, then my answer is no. In fact, in my opinion, the more mistakes messengers make the better.

Why is that?

So people can learn from our mistakes. Just ask Neale. (Sorry Neale. To me, you’re perfect in every way.) So I ask again, what’s mistakes got to do with teachers?

Messengers are teachers, my dear. As you say, the more mistakes messengers make the better. But that doesn’t mean you deliberately make mistakes to the point of suffering.

But You must admit, there are people out there who may have an idea that they are making a mistake way, way before they do the mistaken deed. I’ve experienced that plenty of times. Not so much on a serious scale. But things like being aware that I’m holding a knife in a position that I have an inkling may cause me to cut myself. Or standing on a stool I’m aware is not so steady to reach for something. That’s my number one bad habit at home. Reaching for stuff, contorting my body to a position, which I have an inkling may cause some damage.

If you have an inkling of causing damage, why do you still do it? Contort your body to a position that may cause damage?

Well, I also have an inkling that contorting my body into that position will not cause damage. Sometimes, I think I’m Superwoman.

That’s just it. Sometimes, you fancy yourself as indestructible.

No, I don’t.

I’m not talking about you.