Sunday, September 24, 2017

Chicago Day 1973

2017 The Destination is There!

Where is my destination?
September 7, 2017
Ravenswood, Chicago IL

My September Bible Verse and Theme.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

September 23, 2017. Day 1973 in Chicago. Eric failing deletions. End of the world? Do not be anxious. 1973 was the year I was born. Anxiety was my September theme. Hello all, this year has been a very ominous one to say the least with a lot going on spiritually and emotionally. In this stage of my life, this has hit me hardest in the heart this Summer. In fact, if this blog reads a devotional, then I'm hoping I did this right! There have been a lot of struggles and it makes me think about the New Year's Theme I used last year, A Letter From The Front, which was a song by Mylon and Broken Heart. That song was about fighting and struggling "in a time of war" which could be a spiritual war. This year I've been really battling and struggling with faith and anxiety...especially more this Summer, and it has given me an idea for my New Year's Theme of 2018, The Battleground is in the Heart. That battle has intensified this Summer especially after my parents came to visit me in July. I think the main reason I chose The Destination is There last December  for my 2017 theme was, not only because of the song by Carman, but because of going back to church and getting back into faith and God's Grace. Last August 2016, I was looking for a home church with my friend Michael Lawrence and the first hit on Google gave me "Destination Church" in Chicago. The problem with that is I procrastinated on attending, which brings me to August 2017 and being "nudged" I think. The last blog I wrote was "Wake up Number 47," and in Chicago now, there have been 50 sightings of this Mothman creature in the city. In fact, I visited my Mom and Dad for Labor Day weekend this month and it was the first time I paid attention to driving out of Chicago which can only be described as a "weight lifting off my shoulders and a veil coming off" with all the anger, anxiety and chaos. So, I don't know what's in Chicago's future, but it's probably a good idea to pray for our city here.

• 2017 Goal: Build my faith stronger and filled with the Spirit. Accountability. Destination Church in Wrigleyville. Thank you, Michael K. Lawrence II.

This blog will have a different tone to it I believe and I've put off once again finishing my Summer blog. Next month I celebrate a birthday and I'll be in England that week with my camera...Life Altering Decision ahead! In case no one's figured out but "Eric failing deletions" is an anagram for "Life Altering Decision," an anagram I came up with in 2011.

A new slant!
September 22, 2017
Chicago River Walk

The Destination is There!

It is Summall. These past months have been filled with a lot of anxiety with "world problems." The opening to this blog sums up what I should be doing from God's Word. This year has been an anxious one. I came to the verses above from prayer and reading God's Word. In my previous blog, "Wake up number 47," I eluded the the uneasy feeling I've had all summer since May. That feeling has not "released" since then. I would say that it's reached a culmination last month on August 4, 2017. Yeah, I remember the day plainly because that Friday night, I had a very fearful dream. It was so fearful that I e-mailed myself the dream when I woke up.

The death dream. The Destination is Destination Church. As you all know, I chose this as my New Year's Theme. I believe it hit its real meaning and climax on August 5, 2017, when I was "scared back into church." It was Sunday morning and I attended my first church service here in Chicago at "Destination Church" in Boystown, not far from Wrigley Field. I hate to say it that way but I think that's what happened that Saturday morning, August 4. In that dream it can only be described as three intense feelings: Abandoned, unworthy and condemned.
-------- Original message --------
From: "Eric R. Chatham" <>
Date: 8/5/17 07:14 (GMT-06:00)
To: Eric Chatham <>
Subject: Death Dream

Was in Living room in house from Maple Heights. Mom and Dad there. I was praying to Jesus for forgiveness. It was the final hour before judgment. I think Dad was there. Mom was sitting on couch and I was on the floor. Cheri was in dream too. I'm calling this dream the final hour.
I prayed when I woke up. I was scared in my dream and was praying for forgiveness. I was relieved when I woke up. That couldn't be a good thing. Should feel joy you'd think meeting Jesus if you're a believer.

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
In the dream, I was in the living room of the childhood house I grew up in Maple Heights OH. I was kneeling and it felt so real. My Mom and Dad were there (at least it felt like my Dad was there only because he would've been sitting behind me in his chair). Mom was sitting on the couch next to me. It was the final hour before Judgement Day, the last hour before we would give account of our lives. It was a very intense moment and it felt so real. We were each waiting our turn to go before the throne. Oddly, our waiting spot was the living room of my house in Maple Heights OH. My brothers weren't there so I'm not sure why it was like that. Parents only. I was kneeling on the floor asking God for forgiveness of my sins. Anyhow, that dream felt so real and when I woke up Saturday morning, I hate to say I was relieved but I was. In fact after e-mailing myself the dream, I asked myself a few questions in a "reply all." I also forwarded the dream to my friend Jeff and Rich.

Am I ready to meet Jesus?
Am I permitted into His kingdom?
Have I asked for forgiveness? He went to the cross and died for my sins. 
Do I believe and His Word and its truth?

Am I ashamed?

That Sunday, August 6, I was back in church with believers. I finally made to Destination Church. The pastor was preaching about Judgement Day as part of his message too, which further made me think about the dream from the night before. I talked to the Pastor afterwards and we prayed about it, and I would later pray and learn about the dream in August. The prayer with the Pastor after the service didn't bring me any comfort immediately but as I mentioned, I later would do some soul searching on my own...

Anxiety is a spiritual problem indicating lack of faith.

Going to church does not make me a believer; however, it's a place where believers fellowship and worship the Lord together. Being a believer is a personal relationship between God and me. That comes with faith, prayer and studying God's word. I would later do soul searching on my own...

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." II Corinthians 10:5

In fact, my friend Jeff Korhorn replied to my e-mail afterwards about "...taking every thought into the obedience of Christ" from II Corinthians. I read the verses and prayed about it. Actually he was referring to the "Revelation 12 sign, September 23" hysteria we discussed previously but I thought about the dream I had on August 5, that scared me back into church. The dream happened, but the feelings I had in the dream were my own. I thought back to that Friday night before bed. It was a busy day at work and we were upgrading our phone system that night. Things weren't working to how we wanted them to and we were all working on the problem well into the night before my Boss said "let's pick it up in the morning." So, we all went to bed that night not knowing [at least me] if it would be fixed and the issue was still broken. Then, I had that dream! So, praying about that and bringing the "...thoughts into the obedience of Christ" helped later. Those feelings were not from God. They were mine; probably because of all the stress from Friday. Regardless, when I woke up Saturday, I was "scared back into church." It could've been God allowing the dream to happen because I was putting off my faith and sinning. Maybe he thought, "Enough is enough! Get back to worshiping me!" Church and fellowship would be a good start to that destination! The Destination is There!

Moody Skies over the Mart
June 20, 2017
Merchandise Mart Rooftop

A Crisis of Faith

I waited for the Lord on High. I waited and He heard my Cry.  As I mentioned, August and September laid heavy on my heart and it started after my parent's visit and the dream I had on August 5. I have learned a lot though and as a start, I downloaded Bible Gateway and Daily Bread onto my mobile devices. What better way to load a useful app on my new Android Samsung Galaxy 8 but by downloading these useful apps. Soul searching began throughout August and I started reading the Bible on Brown Line morning commute to work each day.

A foundation in Grace? What better way but to start with the Gospels and learn about the life of Jesus, Truth in bodily form.

I picked the Gospels as a starting point because I think it's important to understand the object of faith and God's Grace. Reading in the mornings before work helped a bit. The soul searching was still underway though and my sin became an issue. In evenings, when you're alone by yourself, that's when it matters the most I think. A lot of those evenings before bed were spent on my knees before God. I'm not boasting or showing off here! Don't get me wrong but God does bring us to our knees many times and it's nothing to be ashamed about. He is so far above us, almighty, all-knowing and everywhere at once. One day I wrote this poem:

Each night…

The back of my eyelids belong to you O Lord. They see what is not seen. Closed to the world around me but opened up to your throne above the heavenly realms. You wash them with my tears, constantly streaming and renewing my sight before you. They don’t see what is seen; They see what I don’t see by faith. My eyes say, “Fear not, eyelids, veil the world before me, so that I see the grace of Christ, his throne, and the world of the heavenly realms. It is the only way.”

The balls of my knee caps belong to you O Lord. They rest upon the rocky, hard ground before you and they remain unmoved by my spirit and my soul as I seek you on your throne. Though they bear the weight of my being, as I kneel, they proclaim the awesome and the almighty God you are, in which my feet cannot understand. They say, “Fear not, feet, know the power of God, and how awesome He is. You may stand in pride, but we only know the humility from God on knees.”

The clasp of my hands belong to you O Lord. My fingers intertwine and seal the bond I share with you in prayer in the spiritual realms with Christ. They touch the heavenly realms and not things of this world. Clasped together, my hands reach out for your forgiveness, grace and acceptance. For your wrists bear the wounds of my salvation, and my own hands can’t comprehend what that means, but they only beg for good works which you provided ahead of time for them. My wrists say, “Fingers, come together. Fear not, and tighten your grip. God has brought you together by the grace of Jesus Christ.”

My dirtied forehead belongs to you O Lord. For it lays heavily on the ground before you, burdened by the world and its empty promises, weighed down by guilt and sin; you lift of my countenance. Laying heavily upon the ground, you lift it up, and it rests in you and is wiped clean by your love and truth. My brow says, “Fear not, lay your burdens down on God. Rest your forehead in Him. He will give you rest. He sees the dirt on your forehead and washes it away with his love.”

The beating of my heart belongs to you O Lord. It beats out life in communion with you, but it fails me. It beats, but it fails me. You cleanse my heart and you renew it. You put joy in there with hope and promise. It maintains my own blood but it is reminded of the blood you shed for me and how your blood washed me clean of all my iniquity. “Fear not heart, beat to God’s love. Beat to him. Blood flows through you, but receive the beat of God’s heart and allow his blood to flow through you.”

His blood. It washed the back of my eyelids. It washed my dirtied forehead. It purified my clasped hands. It renewed the strength of my knee caps. That is why I can lie prostrate to your throne O Lord.

I think it relates to how I felt on a few of those nights. One thing I really wrestle with in prayer is my heart! We say the things we say to God in prayer, but he searches the heart. Many times, I just find myself saying, "I don't know my heart now and I don't know how to pray." Jesus didn't come to earth with a military. Remember that. He targets the heart; its issues and sickness. So often times, I pray that God quiets my soul so I can "look to Him" and try to understand what's on my heart. I fear many times it's lip service and I struggle and battle for God to know my heart and that it's true before Him, especially when talking to Him. September was a month of anxiety, but I'm hoping the week of September 24th to start meeting up with Destination Church Small Groups.  I signed up for two of them, so I'm looking forward to them and being with other believers. I AM EXCITED!!!!

Tuesday nights: The book of Romans is an expansive resource for what the church should look like. Paul tackles issues of the Christian life and we will be taking an in-depth look at what he has to say.

Wednesday nights: In his bestseller “The Meaning of Marriage” NYC Pastor Tim Keller says that "single people cannot live their lives well as singles without a balanced, informed view of marriage." So, join us as we discuss what the Bible says about marriage and what that should mean for our lives now.

Total Eclipse of the Mart
August 21, 2017
Merchandise Mart Rooftop

Revelation 12, The Woman clothed with the Sun...

In the month of the Eclipse I came across an article about September 23rd being the end of the world or about something bad happening. Immediately, I reacted with anxiety but, with soul searching, God already has stated in His word that we don't know the day or the hour. What caught my attention more was the fact that September 23rd is my 1,973rd day in Chicago. 1973 is the year I was born. I don't know what it means but with some soul searching and prayer, it's not numbers that matter! God speaks to me through His WORD and His WORD alone! In the article a numerologist uses the number 33 and the alignment of stars with Virgo to give "prediction" in Revelation 12. David Meade (whoever this guy is, God only knows) has predicted the world's end on September 23, but as of now today Sunday, September 24th, he retracted that and now is saying in October it will start [with the tribulation period]. My friend, Cheri Foster, shared this article with me, and in fact I told her if that be the case, we need to watch out for a guy who the world worships and says "peace and safety." That would be a bad sign for everyone!

Man who said the world is ending Saturday changed his mind. It isn't actually ending

I replied to Cheri with these words:
I will share my thoughts on the Revelation 12 thing. When I read the Bible, I read it in context meaning I don't just take a couple verses out and make it gospel truth (no pun intended). Instead, Revelation 12 is a prologue. The first few verses talk about the birth of Christ (woman clothed with the sun and moon at her feet, travailing in birth), Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod (the dragon waited for the birth; woman fled to the wilderness). The next verse talk about the war in heaven between God and Satan (the dragon flung a third of the stars to the earth with his tail). Satan took a third of the angels with him and currently is pursuing the offspring of Christ. So, where it gets into the future stuff is actually in chapter 13. Beast of the earth and beast of the sea. This is what I was going to put in my blog and apparently this particular star alignment has occurred a few times since the birth of Christ. I prayed about this and after I read the WHOLE chapter in its context it makes more sense. Plus, the inspired writers of the Bible did not write chronologically. They were wrote as they were inspired to write. Genesis 1, verse 1 and 2 are similar to this. In verse 1 God created the heavens and earth, but suddenly in verse 2 the earth is formless and a void. Verse 2 doesn't contradict verse 1. Verse 1 was an introduction to the chapter. Just my thoughts. 
Oddly, I read this chapter out loud when I had prayed about it because I wanted to understand it too with all the hype this dude was putting on the celestial alignments. Also I was talking to a friend about it (right Jeff Korhorn) and read it out loud. It read exactly like a prologue. One tenant that people forget is that the Lord said we don't know the day or the hour of his coming. We're to be ready for whatever that day might be. The other thing I really prayed about is the NUMBER thing even today being 1973rd day in Chicago. God speaks to us through his WORD. Not through numbers or signs. His WORD only. So if we want to know what God says about something, we look in his Word, not David Meade. I also have since frowned on the astrological portrayal here too since again God only uses his Word to speak to us. Not stars, or numbers or signs. His Word only. Hope that helps. 
The End Times officially started after Christ ascended to Heaven and the Holy Spirit came. It didn't just start in this century. Our timeline is not God's timeline.
So, now in the news we are left with the devastation of multiple hurricanes, earthquakes and two men that can't understand that "Joshua can't win Tic-Tac-Toe." I'm referring to the movie Wargames, which starred Matthew Broderick, but applying this to our President and that of N. Korea; two people I'm very uncomfortable with this month. The devastation of Puerto Rico and Mexico this month has been catastrophic and cataclysmic and a source of anxiety for EVERYONE in the world. The world issues prompted the anxiety theme for this month. These articles were read last August about debunking the September 23 Planet-X end of the world prophecy. These articles may be helpful for anyone in the months ahead as well.

Answers in Genesis: What Will Happen on September 23, 2017?
Escape All these Things: What The September, 2017 Revelation 12 Sign Tells Us

I will share the same thing I shared with others and after praying about it this month. In fact, when some yahoo sets a day, you can best bet it's NOT the day. As of today Sunday September 24, this dude is changing his "prophecies" about the ending of the world and the appearance of Nibiru, and the reports are not consistent. He wrote a few books so I think he feels entitled to continue the lie he had published in his books about September 23.

1. We don't know the day or hour of the Lord's coming. He warned us to be ready because we don't know. This is date setting.

2. I don't think a planet is going to collide. It doesn't fit with the Bible nor does it fit scientifically. We should be able to see this now with the naked eye in the sky. There have been claims that people have seen it by the sun but I haven't see it.

3. The star alignment thing. Virgo is one constellation. So Leo is her crown? Who says we can use stars of another constellation? Also, there are more than 9 stars in Leo. One thing I've learned is people see what they want to see. Jupiter orbits the sun every 12 years. So it spends 1 year in each sign of the zodiac.

4. Jupiter is the "messiah." This is astrology! Also, they are saying that Virgo gives birth to Jupiter on 9/23. How do we know this? Virgo is a constellation made up of various stars. How can we tell what or where her womb really is.

5. Could something happen that day? Ok so here is the unsettling news. Yes. I believe something can and I am unsettled about it. Man can use this day to do something bad, commit an act of terrorism, etc. It could start something bad. So, yeah, if anything, that's what I'm unsettled about. Man can use this day in a terrifying way to promote evil to its meaning.

6. I don't get the Giza and Pyramid mention in this and what that has to do with that. People need to be careful about date setting especially Christians. Remember Harold Camping a couple years ago? The blood moons? The Sun lines up with the equator each Spring and Fall. That's why we have something called Chicagohenge here in Chicago.

7. I believe the Luke verses represent the Great Tribulation. We've had signs in the skies, sun, "churning of seas," moon and stars since Christ's time. It should be interesting to note here the Greek word for Heaven in those words is Ouranos or where we get the word Uranium.

8. Revelation 12. From my own reading of the chapter in its CONTEXT, meditation and prayer, it's a prologue! It introduces the birth of the Messiah during the time of Herod and how the Messiah fled to Egypt at the time of His birth because Herod intended on killing him. Much like Genesis 1 and even John 1, Revelation 12 is prologue. Revelation isn't just future prophecy, it also is past and present prophecy viz revelation.

9. The truth is, none of us are guaranteed another day, whatever that day may be; today, tomorrow, September 23, next year, 10 years from now, whenever. We are called to repent and accept Christ's grace and forgiveness. Since this is a "Bible prophecy" in question here, this is the rebuttal to this.

Alright, I'll share a prophecy about the End of World. Ready???

This is the LAST SIGN, the FINAL SIGN, the GREATEST SIGN before the end of all things. Wait for it...

Jesus said, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14.

It's not my prophecy. Jesus said the Gospel would be preached in the whole world FIRST before the end comes. This is the sign we should [especially believers] pay attention to not David Meade! Only God knows where the Gospel still needs preached right now. There still may be untouched parts of our world which have not yet heard the Good News of the Gospel and about God's Grace. IF that's the case, it's NOT THE END YET!

"...For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:27.

A Solstice Sunset over the Sears Tower
June 21, 2017
Museum Campus Shedd

Fa'afetai, Eric.

I was watching the "My Name is Earl" TV series on Netflix and I got up to Season three where Earl is in a coma. It sometimes becomes quick how distant from God we can get just from watching TV; however, one thing really touched me in the episode, “No heads and a duffel bag.”

Earl’s Dad leans over him in a coma and whispers in his ears:

Fa'afetai, Earl.

Oh, and one more thing.
I never gave up on you, son, and I never will.

That's God our Father after we've been adopted into his family! On a more personal level as it was seen in the TV episode, that's God speaking to me [in a sense], and that's how I related that scene with Earl and his Dad It makes me think of the verse "...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6. In fact, I don't remember why I added this Bible Verse to my YouTube Video about Chicago, and I really don't remember my heart attitude at that time, but I do remember the tearful prayers on the night of November 15, 2011 in Cross Creek Apartments of Brunswick OH. "Remember that day 15 years ago, don't botch it up this time." I think those words mean NOW! I included the Philippians 1:6 verse at the end of this video.

Where are you going?

"Today! It's Sunday September 24, Day 1974, Eric!"

Read Psalm 95 and Hebrews 4 first. "...Today, if only you would hear his voice, 'Do not harden your hearts...' They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’" I had intended watching the movie "Son of God" on Netflix today, but I believe I was inspired to read Psalm 95 beforehand. "Do not harden your hearts." I didn't know what the Psalm was about. God knows his Word, the books, chapters and verses; so, I went into reading it without remembering what that Psalm was about. 

I prayed about this after I read it and showed concern with God for the Psalm. My spirit was troubled. It starts off with praising, worshipping and thankfulness then talks about "...hearts going astray..." and to those God said "...shall not enter my rest." It led me to read Hebrews 4 as well. I prayed, being convicted of the Psalm's message and falling into the category of a "...heart going astray." I only pray that God uses me and knows my heart. Actually, instead of reading the Bible on my phone app, I picked up my old NKJV Bible and read from there instead. I was truly convicted here...

Now, you can watch Son of God. After having prayed about the Psalm, I then watched "Son of God" on Netflix. A bit disappointed how it played out, I think the scene which hit me the most was Peter forsaking Christ at his trial and the crucifixion of Christ. "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." Immediately, I thought of Psalm 95. "Today, if only you would hear his voice..." Again, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do. It is finished." I won't detail how I felt or reacted. Honestly, that is between God and myself! I will just say this:

God is speaking now and tells us to seek him and find him. He goes to prepare a place for us. God spoke through Jesus.

So, I only pray that whomever is reading this understands and God's glory and forgiveness. Look at the life of Christ and know God! Today, I give him PRAISE in this blog for the things he showed me [and you reading]! I am proud to praise the name of  the Lord, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob!

God's Word remains True and stands the test of the Ages.

We have Truth in God's Word and it will live forever and ever: "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope." Romans 15:4

I haven't witnessed the Resurrection with my own eyes, but like the Lord blessing Thomas, who doubted it, Jesus said, "...blessed are those that have not seen but yet believe." That's where Faith comes in TODAY and NOW! This mediation led up to October's theme, CALM THE STORMS, LORD! With the storms we've had this month, what about the storms in our own lives? Anxiety, worries, cares, doubts, finances, life, the heart! They're all storms.

October's life theme: "Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea. “Silence! He commanded. “Be still!” And the wind died down, and it was perfectly calm. Why are you so afraid?” He asked. “Do you still have no faith?" Mark 4:39.

The Last Day of Summer
September 22, 2017
LaSalle Street Bridge

2018 The Battleground is in the Heart!

This is going to my theme for 2018 if it be God's Will. Jesus did not come with a military of a charge of angels. That in fact is what the nation of Israel expected on Palm Sunday when he paraded into Jerusalem; no, in the same manner today, Jesus does not come with a military. He targets the HEART! He was after HEART ISSUES even today in our world, His message is the same! The problem with people starts in the HEART. So, that gave me the idea for the 2018 theme. I felt it was necessary to post this with this blog because I've never been the one that has fit in or been a part of the crowd. In fact, many times, I'm hurt and wonder what's wrong with me. Praying this week about the Small Groups at Destination Church, I still feel this way among people that are believers. So, I'm hoping God will help me to connect to people at church with fellowship. I'm 43 years old and I can't believe I still have to "worry" about making friends [at my age].

Is the worth of what we post measured in our Facebook likes? Did that noise catch your attention? Then, you probably should keep reading. 

I posted this on my Facebook page, because many times, I question if anyone pays attention. Does a post go unliked, if you scroll past and it is unread? Does a tree make a sound when it falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it? Think about this. We all seem to measure the worth of our posting in likes. We all have a lot to say and a lot to share here. Consider what you say here and you can usually see the trend setting in your status updates or likes. How many times do we all put our heart and soul into a post or something you share, but feel ignored? Does a tree make a sound when it falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it? I ask myself that anytime I share or post something here. My comment/liking trending on my friends' page honestly reflects on me and what my morals, standards and who (or what) else is presented in the content of the post (and most times the ties that other friend may have).

I express myself in my words. I'm not the best expressing myself verbally.

Any time I've taken the MBTI test whether by a trained psychologist or online, I always get INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging), but even INFJ is a complex personality trait I'm learning. Everyone of them is different. I have always expressed myself in being honest, kind, considerate, selfless, meek and fair. Yes, I've had my bitter moments and if I seem distant with you at first, it's usually because I'm doing research on you and using the N, F and J in my personality type.

Be yourself, right? One year, some dude told me to my face that I have to be more extroverted. Actually he said this, "you need to talk more and be loud and rowdy like a normal guy of your size." That really pissed me off, that someone would tell me how to live my life and be someone I wasn't. Not only did he stereotype me, but he told me to be something I was not. I've never been the loud, party-goer type. I have HOWEVER stepped outside my Introverted comfort zone and done meetups here in Chicago. Is it uncomfortable? YES! BUT, I go away each time feeling good that I did something with my day and that challenged me to a good end. I'm actually agoraphobic (fear of large crowds). Look where I live? Chicago! In a big city! I get out! I do things -- against my fear of large crowds. Trust me, this is NOT easy many times. Actually, this year, I dropped out of the leadership position of Meetup and my regular attendance has diminished this year except for a few like the "Windy City Wine Festival" and a couple others this year.

So, why are you seeing (or not seeing) this? Be true to yourself. If you're ignored or treated like a doormat, don't let that stop you for being the person God made you to be. Most times, when we are ignored or treated unfairly, we are the strongest, the ones that exhibit the most kindness, humility and meekness, the very qualities God likes to see in us as human beings, qualities lost in this world. 

"The meek shall inherit the Earth."

I primarily say this, because one, when I left my last job, it was like a tree falling in the forest and no one was there to hear it. No one cared or wished me well. There are those few that do miss me and truly people I can call FRIEND. Two, I put my heart and soul into my friendships. It hurts ME when I see one of MY OWN friends hurting and I can't do anything to help. As I said, I'm up at 6am on a Saturday morning. Take these words with you. I will too. The Man who spoke these words has the Title Deed of our planet and the scars to prove it.

Lawrence Avenue Life
Lawrence and Drake
June 20, 2017
Albany Park, Chicago IL

Matthew 5
The Beatitudes
Jesus said:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Where do I go from here? What is my Destination for October? "Be still! Why are you so afraid? Do you still have little faith?" The Lord is speaking. Study. He speaks through his word to me; not in numbers, not in good deeds [although that is fruit of the Spirit], not in signs! HE SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD AND HIS WORD ALONE! Read it! I pray and intend to keep my study in the Gospels and I believe I'm being led to read Colossians too. Pray. I am also praying how I can serve Him; he calls me to be a SERVANT! Serve. I love photography; I love writing; I still have several letters I wrote to inmates from the Gospel House in my storage unit. Maybe I need to take a trip over there and get those for reading. Forgiveness. 2 years ago, I cut someone loose out of my life and I couldn't be happier about it. She was one reason I moved back to Chicago. She was also the same person who said I would fail and move back to Cleveland within 2 years. Yeah, thank you for your vote of confidence. I'd like to just point out but I've lived in Chicago for 5 years now. Each new day is a challenge and new step in my journey. I'm not doing this to prove a point; I'm doing it for a happier life without you in it! I need to pray and forgive.

My earthly father. I never got to share my Father's Day YouTube video. Happy Father's Day, Dad! A midsummer delight. This video is a tribute to my Dad, who taught me love of photography. I compiled the collection in June. I was going to include this in my Summer blog, but it looks like I might be scrapping that one now lol.

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

The Destination is England. Next month I am planning a trip to England so I'm really excited about that. I must admit though, that right hand turn has me concerned HA! I'll be crossing over traffic! Lol. I am nervous about the driving and the flying the most though. Hopefully, I will be able to share more next month if I do another blog.

My England Trip 10/13/2917

Chicagohenge. Each equinox in Chicago, the city's grid system aligns with the sun. So, on any East/West street downtown, photographers love to capture the moment of the setting or rising sun between the buildings. Keep Alignment with God. Just as September 23 marked the first day of Autumn and the equinox, God wishes to keep our hearts and souls aligned with Him. A special praise to God for being blessed on September 23. He used the year I was born 1973 for the amount of days I was in Chicago and to coincide with a day that many would falsely proclaimed as the end of the world. PRAISE HIM! Only he [God] could be so perfect to make the days line up the way they did on September 23! He deserves the praise and attention for this!!!! Look to Him! I praise Him for this blessing. Truly. I thought about it afterwards! Thank you Lord for that blessing!!! 1973! My birth year! It's a blessing! Not something to be anxious about! This points to His Awesomeness that goes beyond all understanding or comprehension! I pray this helps others. Why? Because I admit I was very anxious about this day to begin with but it turned into a blessing afterwards! I've had that timer running on my website since I moved [back] to Chicago. A true testament to God and how He works. Help me to keep my eyes on YOU, the Resurrected One!

"Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?" Psalm 8

Day 1975! We're not supposed to ask for signs in our life, and I hope I've never asked for one, because I certainly didn't expect September 23rd, Chicago Day 1973, the way it happened. The Pharisees in Jesus' time asked for signs. God calls us to Faith. This section here is looking hindsight now on September 23. This day was a blessing for me not a sign, not even a warning! Many heralded that day as the end of the world [and yes I was anxious about it]. It's truly amazing how GOD works. He used the amount of days I was in Chicago to line up as the year I was born! BORN not END! 1973. This is a true testament to Him! Only He could be so perfect to line those days up like that. It's not an accident. I've had that timer on my website ever since I moved [back] here. Count your blessings from HIM; This was mine. He knows what we EACH need. PRAISE HIM! It made me think of Psalm 139. And this thankful post is to point you all TO HIM btw! It took a train ride home today to come to that realization about the date thing and recognize how great God truly is and makes us turn our attention to Him [well it did for me]. Lol. I thought about the November 15, 2011 tearful prayer -- November 15 is my Chicago-versary btw. I also thought how April 29, 2012 fit so well into His plans. I'm truly just awed right now! TRULY! This is NOT about me! By no means! After making the connection like this. It's about HIM. God used this to point my attention to Him and Him alone. Oh Lord, How majestic is Your Name in all the Earth!

Psalm 139: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
...all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

September 23, 2017
Jackson and Michigan Avenue.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wake Up Number 47!

2017 The Destination is There!

Bloody Skies over Chicago
June 21, 2017
Adler's Front Porch

We have an eclipse on Monday, but what really is happening in Chicago, and does next Wednesday have anything to do with it? #mothman #eclipse #blacksky

Continue reading at your own risk and if you dare...

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. John 11:25
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. I Corinthians 15:51-52

Stay off the bridges in Chicago.

Ever since May, I've had a feeling of dread and felt a strange heaviness in the air here in Chicago. I originally had started composing a Summer blog for this year but I put that on hold after May when I just started feeling off!  I remember plainly telling a friend how I felt back in May and I tried so hard shirking it off. I wrote a similar blog back in 2015 after the Super Blood Moon in September. So, now, with an oncoming of an solar eclipse event on Monday, I just had to get this off my mind.  Plus, in the previous blogs I did for this year, I referenced some kind of cataclysmic event in each blog.

• The Destination Is There! (February 4, 2017) it was an asteroid. This was Happy New Year blog.
• Head in the Clouds! (March 12, 2017) it was a CME from the Sun. This was my Spring blog.

Here we are nearing Summer's end. My Mom and Dad came and visited me on July 21 and 22. On that Saturday, we spent the day downtown. We went up to my office in the Merchandise Mart, explored the Bean, Grant Park, had lunch at The Gage, and a nice boat cruise on Wendella Boats. It was a lot of fun and I had a great time with them, even having a very tearful departure that Saturday night. Like me, my love of photography comes from my Dad, so he was taking pictures just as I was. Well, it wasn't until later when reviewing my photos where I came across this in one of my photos...

Yeah, I like X-Files too, but this photo had me scratching my head. Why? Well let me explain. I took 3 shots of the same thing -- in a row. My lens/sensor wasn't dirty; if it were an airliner, it would show up in the other shots; instead, it appears out of nowhere. Each shot was less than a second from the next. It just so happened THIS shot revealed this. So what did I do? I contacted MUFON and Lon Strickler. Here is the E-mail I sent to MUFON on July 29th and it's still being substantiated by them. This photo here is zoomed in to its fullest (from the original raw photo on my camera).

MUFON Sighting Report (85470): 7/29/2017

I live in Chicago. I don’t know if there were any reports of UFOs over or near Chicago on Saturday, July 22, 2017, but I was out on the Chicago River (at the crook of the N/S branches) before sunset and I captured something in one of my photos. I’ve never reported anything like this before but I am curious to know if there might’ve been others that witnessed something in the skies over Chicago around 17:40 CDT. I am attaching the photos to this so you can see that near the building in the middle (300 N. LaSalle) near Trump Tower, there is a black object there that I can’t describe. I didn’t notice it until I reviewed my photos later. I usually take multiple shots in a row and in the previous two, it’s not there. Unfortunately this object is in the last burst shot (for 1/400sec). It’s not a dirty lens/sensor, because I would’ve seen that in the previous shot. Upon zooming in the photo, it doesn't look like a jet, helicopter or even a dirigible; it's nothing identifiable. It has a cone shaped top and bottom. Please can you help me identify this object? After I reviewed my photos and saw this, I was at a loss of words. I didn't notice this outside of the photos, just after I reviewed my photos. The “object” doesn’t behave or look like a normal airplane or drone I know of. There is no evidence of the object in the other photos. If it were an airplane or drone, you’d see it appear from behind the other buildings in the other photos. Instead it appears out of nowhere. I submitted a case to MUFON a week after the photos but it’s not been substantiated yet. 
I attached the two photos; however, here is a screen shot of the one photo zoomed in. The 2 photos are converted to JPG from the original Raw files of my camera (which I have).  PLEASE let me know if you get the two photos ok? I would like to remain anonymous if you investigate or share my story.
Thank you,

This was the e-mail I sent to MUFON. So what happened after I submitted the case? I was led to MUFON's website where I started reading these: MOTHMAN-TYPE CREATURE REPORTED OVER CHICAGO

"...In Case 83325, the witness was out on Lake Michigan with her husband and two other couples celebrating a friend’s birthday. 

“We were about two miles out on the lake, just off of Montrose at about 10 p.m.,” the witness stated. “We were enjoying ourselves when I happen to look up and saw what looked like a giant bat, and not like a fox bat (which I looked up and saw was the biggest bat). This bat was as tall as my husband, who is 6-foot, 4-inches, or even bigger.”

The witness described the creature. 
“It was solid black with eyes that seemed to reflect the moonlight. This bat was blacker than the surrounding night sky and was perfectly silhouetted against the moonlit sky. This bat circled the boat three times in complete silence before heading off towards Montrose. It quickly blended into the night sky and was gone in seconds.”

And this from a woman jogger and her dog at Oz Park, Lincoln Park...

As we rounded the sidewalk to head south with the garden to my left, I heard what could only be described as the flapping of wings. I really didn’t give it a second thought as I assumed it would be some passing Canadian Geese that I’ve seen in the park recently. As we came toward the clearing where you would find the Baseball fields, something caught my eye and what I saw still scares the crap out of me. I saw a large man, probably 7 feet or taller standing on the ground. It was solid black, but what really stood out were the large, and I do mean large pair of wings that were folded behind him. These wings stood taller than the man by at least a foot and a half and jutted out of his back. I could not see it’s face as it had its face turned away from me and probably didn’t notice me at first. It finally turned and noticed me and I saw the bright, ruby red eyes that appeared to glow from within. It was at this time that it turned and faced me and I got to see what it really looked like 
So as I started reading the articles from MUFON's website, the "strange heavy feeling in the air" started to make sense. Bear in mind, that starting on July 29th, I found out all the other stuff so how I felt in May seems to correlate with the strange sightings here.

Wake up number 47! 

Ok, I'm not a doomsayer but Chicago area residents have reported at least 20 sightings of this mothman creature since April. I don't expect anyone to even pay attention to this, but it's my wall and my timeline. The last sighting of this creature was on August 9 near LSD and Schiller. Sometimes you ask yourself, "what does it all mean?" I think it's human nature to try and solve mysterious cryptids. I don't expect anyone to react to this (let alone even read it) but I've had a very "bad" feeling since May before even learning about this stuff. I know of one friend I told this to and it was just before the Manchester terrorist attack in England. I thought maybe that was it but the feeling persisted beyond that. Then, I photograph what appears to be a UFO a couple weekends ago. One other known place in American history experienced the same type of phenomena; UFOs, Men in Black, Grinning man, and of course, Mothman. It ended in catastrophe with the collapse of a bridge. Point Pleasant W.Va. Since 1966, there have been multiple sightings of this creature like at Chernobyl, 9/11, Freiburg Germany, and even the I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota. none of these events had a good outcoming.

You see these things, you wonder, and you try to understand its meanings. WHY? We have an Air Show next week which coincides with an Eclipse. There was also a solar eclipse on November 12, 1966. You start thinking about things, and as humans, we shrug it off. "Nah, it'll be ok." Will it? I have learned over the years to listen to my "gut." And when I started feeling a "strange heaviness" in the air in May, it bothered me to the point it was upsetting me, trying to shirk it off as just nothing. However, more and more now, I'm starting to wonder what this all means with recent events. I didn't hear about the creature sightings until AFTER I filed a case with MUFON on 7/29 regarding my UFO photo and it was the first time I made a connection to how I started feeling in May. So, ya, just sayin and I don't expect anyone to understand. Some of you know about these "strange feelings and dreams" I get. So, some of you might understand.

Wikipedia: "On November 12, 1966, five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia, claimed to see a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads. This is often identified as the first known sighting of what became known as the Mothman.

Shortly thereafter, on November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, told police they saw a large black creature whose eyes "glowed red" when the car headlights picked it up. They described it as a "large flying man with ten-foot wings", following their car while they were driving in an area outside of town known as "the TNT area", the site of a former World War II munitions plant."

And, yeah, I noted the dates here too so I'm a little more creeped out. I wrote about this thing in my stories once and it was a foreboding messenger of a coming cataclysm where evil rules and the sun was dispelled -- literally. That realm was Arden; albeit, a fantastical realm, but the "winged prophet" or mothman makes an appearance before the coming "black sleep," a period of that realm's darkness and where life was oppressed by evil and ruled by the night. The good news there is that life does prevail in the end but at a cost. Ourias the Warrior of Sri conquers the darkness and meets the Faceless God on an Altar, referred to as the Concordant Summit.

The day in the story which the creature first appears is Nissan 1 or September 1st (or New Year's Day by the elves of Arden -- when the Virgin is at maximum and aligns with Exiv). I wrote this back in the Summer of 2004 and I think it probably had to do with the fascination of the movie with Richard Gere in it. Who knows though? In the story, the only way this creature is appeased by a lock of red hair from a Lady. Her vanity keeps the creature in the realm and because of her vanity, the creature puts a curse on her and on the realm. Just a story here but it's what I wrote. In that same story, the sun "dies" on October 31, and it begins the dark, evil time. In the mean time, the Lady is pregnant with Ourias, the one who will restore Arden to its grandeur. Bear in mind as well but the realm fictionally exists between Genesis 1:1, 2. The Gap.

"The creature first came upon her on September 1st, the first day of the first month (that is, Níssan 1), the day she conceived the two children of King Iórdh III. The creature came down from the Celeste from the memory of Áish, the Red Elfin-Warrior of Casóimhar. “Terror from the skies, terror from the air, terror from this Arden will haunt this world and all who exist in it. Terror of the Wraiths will bring Black Sleep to the dwellers of this world,” the Winged Prophet whispered and spoke as a chant to the Lady in her ear. “Two children, one from the herb and one who will seal the realm and gates of the heavenly places, so that all who dwell in this world will not despair or fail.” The Winged Creature unfolded his wings to reveal a sudden doom to the Lady in her dreams. “You will see the Rock of Beauty in time. I will meet you there in that day, when it is built. It will stand against the terror from the skies, the terror of the air, and the terror of Black Sleep in this Arden. The Terror of the Wraiths will fear the fire that falls on the Beautiful Rock.”

The Lady was full of fear, seeing the blackness of the creature, his staring red eyes and the images under his wings. Immediately she blinked her eyes out of meditation, and focused upon a bleak, redness swelling around the black creature. She was awakened and quickened. “What realm is yours, vile thing, that you come to me as I meditate out of this realm?” The Lady gasped. “You fill me full of fear and distress. What do you desire from me? Do you desire my children, which I have conceived on this day?"


The creature came upon her, forcing her back onto her bed. Her chamber was filled with the eerie, red glow from the creature. “Give me a lock of your red hair, Lady.” He urged her, looking deeply into her eyes. “I will not harm or appear to you again. Give me a lock of your red hair that I may have safe passage to Elliós, which is of the Celeste.” He whispered and spoke at once. “Darkness is nigh.”"

You know what? It's probably nothing...

...however I can't help to wonder and pray about it. I can't also stop thinking about the line from the movie Mothman too: "Whatever brought you there, brought you there to die." Then, I look at the dates again. Man! November 15. So, to be honest, I'm a bit creeped out. I don't expect anyone to understand either. I know of maybe one or two people whom can relate. I've never gone wrong with my gut feelings...

Some interesting links:
Episode #004 | Chicago Mothman | Mythic Radio, paranormal, unexplained (made with Spreaker)
• Episode #005 - The Mothman | paranormal, unexplained, podcast (made with Spreaker)

My stories:
Omen of the Winged Prophet
The Birth of Twins

Latest Encounter:
Winged Humanoid Confronts Shocked Chicago Witnesses

• Interactive Google Map of Mothman. Number 25 was a couple blocks from my apartment!

"Whatever brought you there, brought you there to die."

The day to really be concerned about I guess is the Wednesday August 23, and the possibility of a "Black Sky Event." According to EIS council's website, there is going to be an exercise that day.

August 23: Emergency All-sector Response Transnational Hazard Exercise.

Remember the mass power outage in August 2003? Our government is rather underhanded and when I see FEMA attached to things like that, it's not good. Whatever this "exercise" entails, Black Sky events are listed on that same website: "events to bring society to its knees." This indeed very well may be a conspiracy theory but this somehow sums up that foreboding feeling I've had ALL summer long. With this information, on top of how I've been feeling AND these weird Mothman sightings all over the city, it's hard not to feel something bad is going to happen here. Sorry if this scares anyone but I just had to get this off my chest. So, bottom line ya maybe it's overreacting but maybe it's not. I am not going to the air show this weekend. Instead gonna gas up the car, do some shopping, and take some money out. I put this out there. Read, ignore, scoff, whatever. Bottom line is we're not told everything.. We have hope in Jesus Christ, the sacrifice for our sin and His glorious resurrection! He asks us to believe Him.

Remember this as well. The media and world is really hyping up the American Solar Eclipse on Monday. 1918 was the last time the US had one. So while out viewing it, let's remember to show a little humility and reverence for this. Too many times we don't consider how big things really are. We forget. So I'm just saying let's have a little respect for the sign but also have fun. Ok? I plan on taking some pictures, fitting my camera with a nice ND Filter to block out the rays of the sun. Just remember to be kind to others.

Chicago: "The eclipse begins at 11:54 a.m., reaching a maximum at 1:19 p.m. and ends at 2:42 p.m."

Total Eclipse of the Mart (added later)
Monday, August 21, 2017
Merchandise Mart

So if I were to conclude this blog, I guess it all sums up to being extra vigilant. I don't know what the next week'll bring here. I just pray that I'm worthy to face the Lord in whatever time is mine to face Him...

2 Timothy 2:19-24. This is what I reflected on today (with all the hype being spread with the Charlottesville incident):

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

The Forgotten
Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Chicago Spire

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Head in the Clouds

2017 The Destination is There.

Mystical Pond
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Darien IL
February 18, 2017

To Serenade A Rainbow by PM Dawn.
Rock the Shamrock.

Hello everyone! Welcome to a new month. The destination is there. I hope you all are enjoying the new year. So far, the new year has started off rather well, but there is still plenty to accomplish by the end of it all. I have been going back to my goals for this year and looking at what I've been doing to keep those goals moving along. February was a busy month and a lot of the "routine" things I do for fun in February/March changed. I normally go the the Chicago Auto Show, Chiditarod and the River Dyeing. I've done these the last four years. I think this year it was time to take a break from those. I don't have to do this every year. I'm hoping to achieve some life-changing goals for this year, like owning a home, traveling outside the US, and career! After all, the name of this blog is "Eric Failing Deletions," which as some of you might have figured out by now is an anagram for "Life Altering Decision!" 

Chicago Auto Show
McCormick Place
February 12, 2017

This year has started out with a lot of challenges, a lot of late hours and weekend warrior work for my job, which actually I am NOT complaining about. It's a great feeling to make something work though! March was that month. So, a lot of that tough after hour weekend warrior work has paid off, especially in March. In March 2 of my friends started NEW JOBS! This is probably the greatest news I've seen from my friends! Getting or starting a new job supersedes any Kid photo, Spouse/SO photo, Pet photo or whatever. I have another friend who is going to an interview soon, so I'm hoping THREE friends start new jobs this month. I can truly relate with friends trying to find work and how tough it really it is! I've been there and I truly empathize with people that WORK HARD to earn respect. Getting a job is the best feeling in the world. You have a great feeling of worth and dignity! I also talked my friend Dena in Cleveland too, and I'm really hoping for her too as she has struggled forever with career choices. I hope this year is good to her too! She DESERVES a new change in her life!

Wolcott and Hubbard
March 4, 2017

This month was a very tough month as I stated. I had been working on a hybrid project at work and finally this month that hard work paid off.  You might be wondering about the headline for this section, "To Serenade A Rainbow by PM Dawn." Not only was the first-ever CD album of mine to own, it was also the name of my project at work! Our office was upgrading its environment to the Cloud, Azure and Office 365! We made it to to the cloud ala #theflyingjalopy! This one is a "Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome" reference lol.

Things are looking a little brighter this year on the financial horizon as well! I paid my car off, renewed my AAA membership (and approved for AAA Credit Card). I am also close to paying off one off my student loans. Next destination will be owning my first home! I also had some good news with health and doctors this month as well.  As most of you know, I suffer from an Autoimmune Disease and I've faced many challenges with overcoming the worst of it. I wish there were a cure for this, but like other incurable diseases, we have to learn to be our own coach.  This means diet, exercise, mental state of mind, and other environmental variables.

Chicago River Dyeing
Streeterville, Chicago IL
March 11, 2017

I'm also thankful that I have friends and family (though a lot of them distant, including my folks) that support me and my decisions. This month, I planned a trip to visit my folks for my Mom's birthday! The PTO has been approved! The last time I saw my folks was for Thanksgiving. I didn't see them Christmas -- I went on a date here in Chicago in Chinatown. Each passing day, I love them more and more and I try to call them each weekend. I regularly text my Mom! Never take granted your parents! Mine live in Cleveland and they're not around the corner, so it will be a tremendous blessing to see them again.

• 2017 Goal: Find a new home! Yep, as much as I like my neighborhood (Albany Park), the apartment I live in has several faults, including kids that don't care about other neighbors in the building. 401k. Pre-Approval on mortgage.

Another great thing I plan on doing soon with my DynDNS and DuoCircle renewal is upgrade to Office 365 Azure at home! I've had my computer network running since 2008 with Active Directory, ESXi, Exchange Server, my own website, and other goodies ala Oakbrook 17-102. With all the efforts done at work, I think it's time to do the upgrade at home too. Ever since I started my home network, it's been a basic sandbox for testing things at work. Actually, by having the home sandbox, I've used it for projects at work and it's really helped me do my job better! With my Microsoft account, I did manage to sign up for Azure last year. I just haven't added anything to it. So, hopefully when I renew my DynDNS and DuoCircle subscriptions, I'll add Azure. With that, I hope my goal is to setup a backup server in the Cloud for backing up to. My backups at home don't go off site. It will also be cool to setup AD Connect and sync my Active Directory to the Cloud!!!

Room information for my Apartment
Via Draco Argenteus

So, this year I'm hoping to be pre-approved for a mortgage so I can buy my own home! The destination is there! I'm hoping that very soon, I'll pay off one of my student loans and some (very little debt). If there is one thing I remember the most is the year 2007 when I worked myself to death with THREE jobs, while going to school, AND PAYING MY OWN BILLS! I truly empathize with people that work very hard to make a living in life, and yes, even those Single Moms that still manage to find time to take their kids to soccer practice. We're not meant to coast by with ease! This goes back to the 2 friends this year that got jobs!!! Anyone who gets a job deserves the utmost praise and attention! Those that think getting a boyfriend/girlfriend, engaged, married, having a baby or whatever is! Not in my mind! When you get a job, it's the greatest achievement done by anyone. You have a feeling of self-respect, dignity, and worth! You feel that even more when you get that first paycheck! People have marriages, engagements, kids everyday, but when you get a job, it's a whole different kind of world! In a world of unemployment, lack of jobs, and people struggling to get by, getting a job changes all that! I didn't come into this world with rich parents! My brothers and I had to earn that respect, earn that self-respect and we had tough love. Generation X all the way! So, when I look at the kids now (even my folks have remarked on the upbringing of Millennials now), it's entirely different kind of world. My lease is up in August. I just hope and pray I have different living arrangements by then. I'll tell you that it's not been easy getting on the train each night worrying if my building is going to be quiet. I go to bed at night. My building USED to be quiet when I moved here in January 2014. It's time to own a home! Ever since I moved back to first shift, I get up at 7am now and go to bed by 10pm. I shouldn't have to feel guilty about that. I've watched people in my building; we all have jobs to go to!

Avebury, England
A place I hope to see!
I did not take this picture.
October 13, 2017???

Silent Running by Mike and the Mechanics
Skype Hybridization Project at Velocity

Another thing I'm trying to do this year is travel to the United Kingdom hopefully around my birthday this year. My birthday also falls on Friday the 13th this year, lol! Getting a US Passport for the first time is something I've never done and I didn't know you could get one without travelling. The destination is there! My friend Chris Johnson is from England and he's been a tremendous help to me planning my UK trip. I told him I've never been outside the US more than a day lol. Back when my family camped every weekend with the Maple Heights Camper's Club (Maple Heights OH), we went to some interesting placed to camp. I'm not sure that club is around anymore, but we did a lot of camping with my family when I was a kid. One of those camping excursions took us to New York near Buffalo. My Dad drove us into Canada that day to Niagara Falls. We spent the evening there, BUT we were there only for an hour or so ha! So, that sums up my travel outside the United States.

Chris has been helping plan places to see in England like the "Cliffs of Dover," Stonehenge, London, Nottingham (Sherwood Forest), etc. I have a lot of family history in the United Kingdom and Ireland. So, when it came down to planning trips, the UK stood out the most. I'd love to visit China next! No, not just because of my weakness with Asian women lol! It just looks like a very interesting place to visit and experience the culture! So, UK is the destination! Nottingham is where the Chathams came from in the early 1900s, when the name was Cheetham. Before that it was Inverness, Scotland when the name was MacCeattannach (Clan Chattan). Ireland predominates my Mom's side, so that would be another location to visit especially Co. Dublin, where my Mom's family hails from.

My favorite Winter Constellation, Orion.
Front stoop of my apartment building with Chicago light pollution
Albany Park, Chicago IL
March 10, 2017

I told Chris that I'd love to visit Avebury in England too. He asked me why. I admitted to him that it was due to a childhood dream! When I was a kid in the early 80s when Nickelodeon first aired, at the birth of Cable TV, there was a series that aired called "The Third Eye." It aired before "You Can't Do That On Television." If you're Gen X like me, then you might remember when Nickelodeon first aired, it shared network space with the A&E channel! Then, Nickelodeon had its own channel later. In the "Third Eye" sci/fi show, there was a series called Children of the Stones! Watching that as a kid, I didn't understand it but I was fascinated by it because the town of Avebury, England was used in the plot. This is also where my love of stargazing began (not just with my Uncle) but they featured the Big Dipper as part of the plot in this series. Since that time, I always wanted to visit that town they used in the series. The stone circle supposedly sits on a "ley line," shared with the Pyramids of Giza.

• 2017 Goal: "Happy Now? Happy Later?" Happy Now! Todd, if you're reading this, you remember when you said this to me 10 years ago, and I said Happy Later? I'm making it a goal in 2017. I still don't know to this day why you asked me this, but it has made me think about my own happiness lately.

This month, I started the process for filling out form "DS 11" for a US Passport. This is the first time I've done this, and I should've done it earlier had I known I could have a passport without travel plans. Nonetheless, I'll finally get that done. I visited AAA on Michigan Avenue on a lunch break to get my photos done. When I visit my folks, I'll get my birth certificate and by then, I'll be able to go to the post office and submit my application! This is really exciting, and the bonus? I was approved for an AAA Credit Card which I can use OUTSIDE THE US internationally!!! This will definitely help me plan my trip better and I'm looking at trip pricing to the UK. Chris has told me to fly into Manchester instead of Heathrow London to help save money. And, if I'm planning my trip, he recommended around my birthday in October. Fares will be cheaper!

VelocityEHS IT Family (Merchandise Mart)
Employee Appreciation Day
March 3, 2017

Striking Matches by Squeeze. 
Striking matches with explosives so near...

Ok by now you're probably reading this and asking why the song titles, lol? I have my job to thank for this.  Our work projects and meetings are done by song title sand album names. As I mentioned, the beginning of this year was very busy with work and projects. It's good to know that this month we've had some success! "Silent Running by Mike and the Mechanics" was specifically chosen for my Skype for Business hybrid project. If you're a dork, you'll get the meaning ha! Last year, I joined the team of VelocityEHS and it's been a great experience. The destination is there! Sometimes, a job just chooses you; and, you don't. This was Velocity.

• 2017 Goal: I want love and it's out there. Love and acceptance have been areas of my life I've battled with.

This year started off great with them and it's still going well! It is a great feeling to complete projects with success and learn later you are eligible for a pay raise and some of the bonus from the previous year. I wasn't expecting anything like this for the first year of employment, let alone the first couple months! When I discovered how important I was to the team, it was a joyful, tearful moment.  Tearful moment? Well, I finally understood what that meant on Employee Appreciation Day at the Shamrock Club! After work that day, our team had drinks there and had a great night together. I learned that night how valuable I was on the team from my other teammates. I also learned that night how my "drink to drunk ratio" has decreased. Losing weight, I get drunk easier lol. In fact, something good came out of that night. The last time I was actually drunk was my 40th birthday. I don't drink like this often, but that night something happened. 

Tonia's last picture in my wallet finally went up in flames! The destination is there! Thank you, Sarah!

Mind you, in an age before digital photography spun-off, I have no pictures of her on my computer! Backstory on love: In 2001, just after September 11th, I fell in love with a woman. Her name was Tonia. We met, planned on an exciting future together. She had kids from a previous marriage; I was ok with that. However, in that relationship, I wanted to have my own as well. You don't always understand things in your life, and this was the first time I fell head over heels for a woman; the first time I was so lost and deeply in love! It ended. In 2002, I learned something out of that which broke my heart. She was not able to have children anymore. She never shared this with me while we were in the relationship. It hit me hard! For the next 15 years, I built walls up around my heart after that. We broke it off completely by 2003. In that short of time, I was hurt. I have written many fantasy stories. "She" was written about in one of those stories [The Birth of Twins]. Well, that night, while in a "weakened" state, her picture went up in Flames! For the longest time, I had been meaning to burn it, but just couldn't.

"Oooh I'm striking matches it's morning again
I look in the mirror I still look the same
I'm striking matches it's morning again
I look in the mirror I go up in flames

Striking matches getting a flame on the stove
There's some of her in the teeth of my comb
Dirty clothes piled up on the bathroom floor
She's silently sleeping, I half close the door
I see her beauty laying on my bed
I'm warm from within me with what she has said
Her love is my balloon, I won't let it down
For ever and ever I'll always be proud."

Striking Matches by Squeeze
Babylon and On

That song was specifically chosen for this event before I joined Velocity IT; however, I have Velocity IT to thank for helping me out of this pit! The only thing I really remember from that night is pulling that picture from wallet and showing it to my teammate. 

She grabbed it from me and she said, "I'll be right back." I had no idea she was going to go outside the pub to light it on fire! She came back in and said, "...I took care of it."

"What do you mean?" I said.

"She's gone. It's time for you to move on. You can't do this to yourself anymore." She stated this in the sincerest and gentlest way. Her picture was finally was gone...up in flames. At the moment when I was my weakest, I was my strongest. It was a tearful moment. I can't believe she was finally gone after all those years! It took help for this. So, when I say "tearful moment," this is it. Up in smoke. Recently, I've learned much from this group and I can't thank Chris Johnson enough for leading my path into Velocity last year. The destination is there.

• 2917 Goal: Stop being snubbed or ignored! You may think this is a selfish goal, but really it isn't. I never stand out and I'm often brushed aside, ignored and forgotten.  Far too often in my life, this has been a serious problem, and I never do anything about it.  Some people in my life get FAR too much praise, attention and adoration than they actually deserve, including cohorts, friends and family. So, meekly stand out.

I woke up Saturday morning to this!
Velocity Slack
March 11, 2017

Hard work pays off! This month, I'm also wrapping an intense project involving Exchange/Skype Hybridization at work. This was one of my projects for 2017 at Velocity. There is still a lot to test and a lot to expand on; it's only the beginning but the destination is there. It was nice to get some attention from the teammate I was working on the project with. Admittedly, I woke up in the morning and saw this in one of the the slack channels we use for work. Going back to that goal about being "snubbed or ignored," it's not a selfish goal. It's good to "meekly stand out." Speaking of which, I recently e-mailed my former boss Sergey Galchenko from Broadvox and told him all the good news with the new job, telling him that my new manager reminds me of the good in you, and that the new job has brought back so many fond memories of working at Broadvox.

Kimball Station (Kimball/Lawrence) 07:47
Mornings, going to work on the Brown Line
The destination is Merchandise Mart

Tubthumping by Chumbawamba.
Password Resetting at home

The month of February and March had me doing a lot of "resetting." What I mean by this is not only due to my "lost phone" at Kimball at the beginning of the year, but in life. I've been striving to keep positive in my life. Might I also add, but I think I finally figured out the trains in the morning for work. If I get on the 07:47 departing train at Kimball, I make it to work with no "bumps" or "snags" in my commute. My phone was never recovered here either after I lost it running to the train one morning. I just felt like that needed to be stated ha, but back on topic of resetting. Up til now, not only have I been resetting all my passwords (since my phone had a copy of my KeePass pwd file on it), I've been doing this in my life too with people and situations. The destination is there. Unfortunately, I've learned that my personality type has me absorb a lot (being an INFJ). I've looked at several of the greatest friendships I have are still in Cleveland. I've lived in Chicago for some time now and I have not met anyone yet that truly lives up to my "Cleveland friends." NEVER take your folks or your friends for granted! I've learned this over the course of my time living in Chicago -- not only in 1994, but when I moved back here! I celebrate those friendships, the friends that inspire, the friends that I hold dear, the friends I worry about when I go to bed at night (yes, this happens). The friends I think about when I wake up! Never take your friends for granted.

• 2017 Goal: If there is one thing Chicago has taught me is resilience and a certain kind of stubbornness. So, continuing on to not be a door mat and have a little dignity is not a bad thing either. Thank you, Karen Sobolewski for always being supportive of my decisions and pointing me in a self-respectful lifestyle!

Michigan Avenue
Mag Mile, Chicago IL
February 11, 2017

Chicago has taught me a lot about resilience. Actually, my favorite structure in Chicago is the Water Tower at Michigan Avenue and Pearson. In fact, Karen Sobolewski's name is attributed to this 2017 goal. If there is one friendship I hold dear, it's hers. We crossed paths at Broadvox in Cleveland in 2008, almost 1 decade of friendship and she's been an inspiration to my lifestyle here in Chicago. "Stop letting people walk over you. Have a little respect for yourself." I remember her telling me that one year. At first, it hurt, but when I moved back to Chicago, it made sense! Thank you, Karen. The most recent time I thought about this was recently with noisy neighbors. I have had enough knocking on a neighbor's door to turn off the bass notes at midnight. "Show a little self respect." I've done enough calling the landlord about it. So, the next step was calling the police. At first I felt guilty about it (taking the police from real issues like actual crime and not mitigating noisy neighbors), but I stopped and thought. I pay rent here too. If I'm not getting what I pay for, and I'm unhappy, I need to do something about it. Yeah. Sounds mean, you think? It's not. "Stop letting people walk over you." I don't put up with crap anymore. I'm getting too old for it. I'm a nice and forgiving person, but I have my limits just like the next person. Loud bass notes in the middle of the night is crossing my limit!

• 2017 Goal: Grace, mercy, kindness, generosity and charity. Continue to put friends first when the situation arises.

Speaking of forgiveness, I had a tender moment this past month with one of my friends. Shannon Kuehn is an amazing friend, very professional and kind! I interacted with her recently at one of her meetups on Azure Site Recovery, which she hosted at the Civic Opera House Building. We worked together at IPsoft on 155 N. Wacker for awhile and I always valued her knowledge and experience in IT. She was a positive influence at IPsoft on our team, and I still feel to this day that she should've been our Team Lead but then we have Office politics! Shannon currently works with 10th Magnitude and has many success stories with Azure, Cloud Solutions and much more. She recently gave me some tips and pointers for my hybrid project at work.

We met for lunch at Naf Naf Grill on W. Washington Boulevard for lunch one day. We agreed to meet up half way from our offices! Little did we know but that would put us near 155 N. Wacker lol. During lunch, I was blessed to learn the true meaning of forgiveness. When we both worked together at IPsoft, we worked with a couple teammates that were very negative, snide, spiteful and hurtful. As many times, I tried working on my shift with these team members, life was sucked out the room when they were there. It was hard to focus, concentrate and do my job. I never said anything about it. The team members would make fun of me and belittle me or my experience. It really hurt! How does this fit in with Shannon? I explained this to her and she thought I was overacting and jealous -- at first. I told her that wasn't it all and she didn't see how I really felt about, still thinking I was being jealous of them.

We met for lunch and she revealed to me something that made my heart sink!!! The same two teammates I had encountered a problem with also had hurt her! They hurt her in pretty much the same way they hurt me. She revealed this to me privately before we met for lunch. Hearing that news really upset my day to say the least and it was hard to work that day, because I felt really bad for her. That pain came back. In the "gap" we had in our friendship, it bothered me how she was treated, since I had already been there. So, I was ready to listen to her and how she felt at lunch. "I am sorry I didn't understand how you really felt," she admitted. "I understand now how you felt."

Shannon Kuehn
"It's all good."
February 15, 2017

It felt good to say to her, "it's all good." That's colloquial for saying I forgave her, because at that point, I did. I saw how much she felt sorry! There, it hit me about real forgiveness! People might do us harm, but it's NOT UNTIL THEY ARE TRULY SORRY FOR WHAT THEY DID AND ASK YOU TO FORGIVE THEM where the real forgiveness is at. My friend Jeff Korhorn and I have had this discussion many times, and now I truly see what that means. That's Christianity right there -- in a nutshell! Jesus commanded us to forgive "...70 times 7." It's the same as when we are sorry for our sin and ask God to forgive us. Being truly sorry. That means indefinitely. People often misunderstand what real forgiveness is. Although Shannon and I were meeting to discuss Azure at lunch, I mainly met for HER, for her to "let it out." I listened to her, and I truly empathized how she felt and how she was a victim of "emotional bullying." I reassured her not to feel guilty about her success and to keep on being her!  Keep on succeeding I told her. I reassured her that I never felt ill-well with her and always had nothing but positive things to say when she wasn't near. She needed to hear that for herself. Since then, we've been talking more professionally and personally.

This month has had me refocusing on the GOOD in my friendships, and never to take them for granted. Next week, I'll get to visit some of those close friends again when I go and visit my folks in Cleveland for the week. Friends like Richard Trigg  [An Epiphany of Sorts] with whom our families were linked before our births unknowingly. Some of my friends want me to take pictures for them too haha. One friend asked me how much I charge. I said, "You? You're a friend. I don't." I'm sure that tune might change in the future but I'm not a professional photographer. Several of my Cleveland friends took a long time to make. I don't just make friends right away. Until you really know who I am and understand who I am, then I make friends fine. That's been really difficult here in Chicago. There are a lot of people here, but I have managed to make some trusting ones. Oddly, I just found out that my friend Chris is also an INFJ. We discussed it over lunch last month. He admitted it to me, and said that is why we are probably friends. INFJ is a rare personality type and even more rare in MEN! I've learned to be who I am though and keep true to myself, a lot more lately.

John Hancock's South Porch Window
Streeterville, Chicago IL
February 11, 2017

True Faith by New Order
Life altering decision

This month was a tough month with being sick! Three times already this year, I've gotten sick, and I've had two migraines. This weather is part of the problem (too extreme hot/cold), but the medicine I take for my Autoimmune Disease is the other. I watch out for sick people for the most part, because the medicine inhibits immune function in my system. I am one of those people that after I hop of the train in the morning, the first thing I do is WASH MY HANDS with hot water and soap at work! I watch for people that sneeze and cough on me too, especially on the train. The train is literally like a moving petri dish! I am again getting over being sick at this very moment. It's not been easy, but 3 other team members have both come down with the same sickness at work. I found out that "Patient Zero" was probably a bad bottle of whiskey we all shared! The good news? I'm still losing weight, and once again, I'll have to drill another hole in my belt! Very soon!
• 2017 Goal: Continue on with the diet and exercise and maybe join a gym next year. So far, I've been doing stuff at home and getting off at Damen instead of Kimball for cardio (2 extra miles of walking). I'm at a weight I was at in my early 20s now. That's the first time I've been at this weight since.
I went to the doctor in Februrary for a check up. I go to Advocate Medical Ravenswood. I asked the doctor about my migraines and my Psoriasis. It's starting to come back. He told me that I will need a new agent. For the migraines, he said since they're not frequent, to keep taking Advil or Motrin BEFORE the headache ensues. I've pinned the migraines to extreme change in the weather from warm to cold. Event this week, we're expecting snow in the forecast, and we had a warm period last week. I also got new prescription for contact lenses recently too. I ventured back to my old stomping grounds in Darien to spend the day there.

The last time I drove my car anywhere was back in November when I last saw my folks. I don't normally drive around in the city. I rely on walking, public transportation, and Uber. In fact, last night I used Uber to get around. Parking on my street is awful and it's probably the main reason I don't do a lot of driving. The yearly parking permit is worth it though. So, driving to the 'burbs in February was nice to do. We had nice weather that one Saturday. The Saturday I spent in Darien, I got my car repairs and vision taken care of. I usually take my car into Continental Honda on S. LaGrange Road, and since I was waiting for my car, I walked over to Walmart Vision to get my eye exam.

Car Repairs and Doctors
Countryside IL
February 18, 2017

This year was a change of guard for me. The general things I've done the past years here in Chicago, I stopped. After the Chinese New Year Parade this year, I stepped down as head organizer in "1001 Things To See In Chicago Before You Die." I have stayed on as a member, but I'm doing what I want this year and I've joined and attended several photography events in Chicago. I think stepping down was an eye-opener to several, and a lot of people support me, but a lot of people were disappointed I did that. I felt it was time to make that change in favor towards more photography this year. I am striving to go out on photo shoots and do more portrait photography. For the time being, my co-workers and some friends have been a help with being "subject matter" in my shots, and I'm learning a lot, especially with my new lenses. Meetup organizers struggle with one thing; I've seen this in other meetups. It's attendance and no-shows. This was the major factor for me stepping down as head organizer. It's hard to plan an event when you need head counts and only a handful of the people show up. It's the "meetup syndrome." Other organizers have the same problem. Rather than wasting my time with it, it was time to step down.

• 2017 Goal: More portrait photography in my portfolio next year. There is still a lot to learn. First item on my list to purchase is a lens with faster glass. Thank you, James Baranski.

Lensflare Photography at Bauwerks Studio
Bucktown, Chicago IL
March 11, 2017

Since then, I've had more freedom to explore my photography and practice more. In fact, I've been meeting with a new startup group called Lensflare that meets in Bucktown! So far, the organizer has been really thorough with his information and provides us with enough to operate our cameras. I never has anyone show me how to clean my camera. This group has! Down to the sensor itself! Fascinating! I've attended a couple of the courses and you get to interact with each other and demonstrate with our cameras. The meetup is done right in a photography studio, so it exposes us to equipment, different types of lighting and more. I plan to do more with the meetup especially when Spring finally arrives. 

Lensflare Photography Group
Bauwerks Studios in Bucktown
March 11, 2017

I also booked a meetup with Naperville Photography Group called "Fantasy Photoshoot At Fabyan Forest Preserve." I can't wait to go. I already told the organizer that I'm practicing with my new portrait lenses, although having some problems with chromatic aberration. I'm hoping there isn't a problem with the lenses. They're brand new. I'll tell you what though, I'm learning really fast about Depth of Field and to be very careful with how shallow it is. I was shooting co-workers and noticed a few shots where one co-worker was standing behind the others and he was out of focus. Luckily, I DID think about that problem while I was shooting them and fixed that by closing the aperture a little more.

I feel so extraordinary
Something's got a hold on me
I get this feeling I'm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
The chances are we've gone too far
You took my time and you took my money
Now I fear you've left me standing
In a world that's so demanding
I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

True Faith by New Order

Dogwood Estate
One of the first homes of the Chathams
908 Mattingly Road
Hinckley OH

Final Song by MØ
3rd Generation American. Chathams

I am offspring of legal immigrants. My family, on both sides, have come over to the United States as legal, documented immigrants. That's how it should be done. That's my stance on it. The Chathams come from Nottigham, England. The name was changed to Chatham by my family for a more professional touch. It was Cheetham in the UK. It was changed in the 1920s here in the States. My Mom's side comes from Ireland. I recently learned though from a Great, great Aunt before her passing of our Ashkenazi Jewish heritage from her family. I wish I got more detail on that, but her family fled Ukraine and went to England before WWI. That is all that is known beyond that. The name was changed in England and there is nothing more than that. My Great, great Aunt lived a long life, had a very sound and clear mind, and was a tough woman. She could recall every detail of her childhood and every story and nuance in our family. Unfortunately she passed in 1994, and I never did get to ask her any more of our Jewish ancestry from her side of the family.

"EE isn't just one person." John Koestler
Everyone else...

October 2016 – SPACE – Solar storms threaten Earth about every 100 years and experts warn we are overdue. Now, researchers have released the first ever map that shows which areas of the US are at high risk of being hit by the next intense storm. The map was built using geomagnetic storm measurements and data from magnetic materials beneath the Earth – revealing Minnesota is particularly at risk of being blasted by solar material.

Solar storms have the ability to disrupt Earth’s magnetic field and wreak havoc on our electric power grids. Officials warn that the massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from solar flares could cause $2.6 trillion in damages across the globe and bring an end to modern civilization as we know it. Solar Storms are eruptions of magnetic energy from the sun’s surface. Hot gases are accelerated when this magnetic energy is suddenly released and travels quickly towards the Earth. A solar flare’s killer electrons’ can travel at up to several million miles per hour towards Earth...

One massive CME ends the Information Age.
It's not global warming!

Laugh and scoff all you want. Last month, I posted a "news event" related to comets striking the earth, but we should never under-estimate our own universe. We see the and enjoy the sun here on Earth -- its warmth and brightness, but our own sun can be our worst enemy. According to the research in this article, we are due for an intense CME from the Sun. I'm not a doomsayer, but we all should wake up and think of the things we take for granted especially with the technology we have today. One massive CME from the sun ends that! The Information Age ends!  An EMP with great magnitude has that ability.

It's not global warming! The sun has had unusual activity which is driving this odd weather. We haven't had a "normal" solar maximum (11 year sunspot cycle). Brace yourself for solar flares. I've read several articles about the unusual solar activity and the lack of intensity in recent 11 year sunspot cycles.

Secret Meeting of Sol
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
February 18, 2917

My favorite photography subject is the Sun, but we take it for granted.  We see it here as a small orb from a distance. It's not. It's a raging ball of furious gases, fierce and strong enough to destroy us. Funny but the movie "Knowing" (starring Nicholas Cage and Rose Byrne) popped in my Netflix queue and I watched it last night. Bear in mind, but one huge CME from the sun has the power to knock us right out of the Information Age! We rely on technology so much. Think about that. 1859 was the last time Earth experienced this as a solar flare knocked out Telegraph. Think about it. This article was merely something to think about. We are not the center of the universe.

Well, thank you all again for taking a moment to read my blog for this month. I do hope that you all continue to have a great new year. I am going to try to do this same thing again in a month. So, until next time, take care...

Day 1778.

Be glad it doesn't look like this for this year.

Waterfall Glen Apartments
Darien IL
February 25, 2013

So don't let this be our final song
So hear me out before you say the night is over
I want you to know that we gotta, gotta carry on
So don't let this be our final song

Final Song.

Connect to me elsewhere at your own risk.

My Life starts at the Chicago Water Tower!
Mark 0, 0, 0, 0. The last 0 is for the time parameter
Keeping a train of thought and keeping on track.