Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2301, December 19th, 2012

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Every week we accept articles, notes, scan over letters to the editor or pick commentary worthy of attention. Recently I came across a poem that is worth sharing. It is written by Nanticoke resident Rita Jarolin and is something you should take a look at. 

Phoenix Rise
To a Universal Sign
Of Mythical Design

Phoenix rise
From your ashes again,-
So you can recreate
Your power from within.

Phoenix rise from your flames,-
Acquiring strong power
From your
Predecessor’s reign.

Live your own eternal life,-
By envisioning your desires
And your own dreams.

In 6th to 7th century times,-
‘The royal bird’ and ‘the purple one’,-
Were Isidore’s associations
So you, the ‘Phoenician’.
Your strong persuasion,-
Meant to become a bird
Of influential tradition.

In ancient Egyptian lore,
Called you ‘Bennu’ and ‘Heron’ via hieroglyphs,-
And your word-ly ‘weben’ design, -
Denoting you as a source of power,-
“To rise brilliantly” or “to shine”
With your constant renewal of time.

Persian-time presence,-
Significant essence,-
Called ‘Huma’ or ‘bird of paradise’;-
Your beauty is more than physical,-
Allowing you to evolve
To break all your limitations,-
Without having said pretense.

Greek-period elegance,-
’Bennu’ adaption renamed ‘phoinix’
Purple-red or crimson color;-
Compared to a peacock or an eagle,-
And your strength is like no other.
Greek sun god, Apollo in his chariot ,-
Listen to your worldly song.

During Oriental times,-
In China, you are ‘Feng-huang’,-
Symbolizing music, colors, nature,
Yin and yang- you are ‘absolute’.
You represent peace, fire, the sun,-
Justice, obedience and fidelity
Of world peace and prosperity- so astute.

During Christianity,-
You too, phoenix, resurrected from death
Blessed as brand new and pure,-
Serving as a historical metaphor,-
Within Medieval and Renaissance Christian literature,-
Entwining classical myth and folklore,-
For Mary’s virginity and Christ’s resurrection.

Symbolic of many religious
And naturalistic persuasions
Now of ancient and modern-day designs,-
You universally represent
Death and rebirth,-
And human aspirations
That resonate to all.

Phoenix fire,
Strong desire,
To re-create,
The pure love
You’ve made,
Times after times.

Poetry by Rita Marie Jarolen
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning Students,

I am sorry that I have not been available for classes as of late. I was once again on a business/pleasure sabbatical in sunny California, although the occasion was marred by the tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut. As it is nearly Christmas break, I ask that you all take the time to pray for the young souls of children lost and the souls of the educators. There is nothing more responsible in this society than being an educator. We deal each day with problems of administration, ergonomics, and unfortunately ingrates. One thing for certain, it is becoming quite clear that a new problem has arisen for us to deal with and that is mortal combat. And I would like to lecture this morning on what has happened and what we can do to solve the problem.

The business of this classroom goes forward…….

Students, we have seen the talking heads of TV news participating in an orgy of “story seeking delight” without checking facts all week long. If there is one word I would wish to have associated with me long after I am gone it is (as you know) RESEARCH. Sadly, research has been missing throughout most of this disgusting story. We are told that if we suddenly ban assault weaponry that overnight we shall awaken to Nirvana. All will be right with the world and the children will be safe. BUNK!!!!!!! This slug, ingrate, waste of life who committed this awful act would have accessed the proper weaponry regardless. The subhuman does not think like normal human beings. For God sake, he makes you slackers look like valedictorians!!! So, then the obvious answer is how do we get out??

Well, we must understand one fact that is important. Each one of these slugs who has committed mass violence from Columbine to Newtown received his elementary education in the 1980’s and early 90’s. This era (still persisting) when no child was ever permitted to experience the gift of failure. All children in either sporting or academic events receive an award. “No medal left behind”. Therefore, each child is brought up to believe he/she is the most special person in the world. Infallible, impervious to anything other than success. Unfortunately, this type of attitude does not bode well in the real world. When I speak of the “gift of failure” I refer to the idea that if you do fail (and we all do) at one time you have the drive and intensity to get up off of the floor and aim to succeed the second time around. That success gained is an enormous benefit to a child’s self-esteem and ability to manage in the adult world to come. The problem being that these spoiled, all about me children are now becoming adults in a world where they are NOT special. Some cannot cope with this fact and to put it in words you apes would understand, “Flip Out”. The fact that many are also medicated at an early age is also a contributing factor.

So, instead of trying to ban or confiscate assault rifles we need education reform and medication reform. Unless a youngster has a specific physical affliction why should we be providing them with psychological medication? And why can we not let children learn the joy of competition????? Perhaps if we can start now, in another twenty years we will no longer see the carnage we have been experiencing these past several years. It will take a while, but we made our beds and that is the price. It can be done and not at the expense of our personal liberties.

Something to think about this morning………
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a love born once
will soon be born again.
a spark that burned and died leaving cinders to be fanned by flame.
flames impassioned by a moment's burst..
tell me friend, why do you stand aloof from your own heart?"

Peter Townshend

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

D@mn Professor I hadn't heard the medication angle put so well and incorporated into the competition/self-esteem debacle.


While I've never been referred to as an "ape", my self-esteem allows me to ignore it for the inherent message.

"I think I'm sophisticated
'Cos I'm living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me everybody's multiplying
Till they're walking round like flies man
So I'm no better than the animals sitting in their cages
in the zoo man
'Cos compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees
I am an ape man"


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