a little green frog of hope

Bob Hope, cat
Aka - the Frog Story

So, last Thursday as I was being put into the wheelchair van after my follow up with the orthopedic surgeon, a little green frog hopped onto the front windshield of the van. I do not know where the from came from or how it came to be on the window. Here we were in a mostly concrete parking lot without trees at the height of a wheelchair van front window and smack dab in the middle sat this frog.

After I pointed the frog out to Hector, the driver, we both remarked that it looked like a "coqui" which is a cute green frog that is not seen outside of Puerto Rico. Hector then proceeded to secure the wheel chair and close all the doors which if you have ever seen this done is a noisy process with a lot of jostling of the van but frog did not budge in fact it continued to stare right at me.

When Hector finally had everything secure and it was apparent the frog was not leaving Hector asked me if I wanted the frog to which I said yes. Hector found an empty 'Ensure' bottle in the trash and climbed out to get the frog. We both assumed the frog would jump away as soon as Hector approached it. But to our surprise the frog hopped into the bottle as if it were trained to do so.

At this point I decided to call my sister and her husband who is wise in such things and might know what kind of omen it was. After she stopped laughing at me and the situation she said she had no idea and would talk to me another time. Moments later, though, her husband called me back and asked me to look in at the frog. If the frog tried to jump out we must release him. I peeped in at the frog and while he did not try to jump out, he moved up and looked at me as if to communicate that he wanted out. My brother-in-law then instructed me that we must release the frog somewhere green. So upon arrival at the Kindred Rehab where I am staying to recover Hector released the frog on the green back yard.

I looked up 'green frog as omen' and found...
* Frogs represent transformation of the positive kind
* a positive omen in all ways
* Whether you saw them, held them, heard them, or ate them, they signify happiness, success in your profession, and true friends
* Frogs represent good luck
* Frogs represent forward movement, since they cannot move backward

Frog: Transformation

The frog is the totem of metamorphosis. It symbolizes coming into your personal power. It reminds us not to become bogged down with day-to-day living. It is the totem of water. Its voice calls forth the rains. Emotions are associated with water and a frog totem may be telling you to get in touch with your feelings. People with frog medicine give support and energy where it is needed. They can cleanse the negativity from an environment.

Here's the picture of the frog I took with my iPhone here:
little green frog of hope

long time,no post

Bob Hope, cat
So I am in PT rehab having ripped my quadriceps off from right leg and fracturing the right knee cap. Doc fixed me up with 4 anchors to put the muscle back on the bone and put knee cap back in right place. So Yay! I will heal.

All the time I have been here I have not had a roommate.(2 weeks?!?) Then today a newly widowed elderly lady and her entourage arrived. I am trying to be sensitive but I mean "really?!" ! I want 7-10 folks to follow me around when I get 85+. That is indeed the way to roll up into a place.

I am praying for her in her loss but I wonder what is the message God is sending me. For one I feel extra bad that when my mom was in nursing home that my sister and I could not whip up such a posse. Add to that I have another hour before I can get more pain meds and I swear what I was last given has long since evaporated.

A Geek's Prayer

Bob Hope, cat
A Geek's Prayer

Oh God, you have experienced the interface I am going through in the form of your only user login, Jesus Christ.

Some days I just cannot compile, no matter how many times I try to troubleshoot myself on my own. Come, gentle datasource architecht, and patiently show me my logic errors. Reintialize me to New Life.

In you there are no fatal errors but instead an eternal 'go live' date that exceeds all specifications.

Configure my paths, Great Designer, and I will output your algorithmn of Unconditional Love to all for as long as I am set to loop through this routine called life.


Jan. 30th, 2009

Bob Hope, cat
Having been tagged on several of these things, now...

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

1. LOVE... love comes first in all things for me. God is love and all is love.

2. I am a Melaleucan through and through these days; from my supplements to bath & body to makeup to cleaning the house and even pharmaceuticals.

3. I really wonder why snow is white and ice is clear. They are both solid water after all, right?

4. One is all and all is one, my motto.

5. I have multiple-persona disorder in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism for my non-scadian friends). I am both Signora Rosa d'Oro da Murano and Srimata Suavarranna Kamala. Both names equate to "Golden Rose".

6. My company is named Golden Rose Associates (GRA for short). Our three current employees are Audrey, Rosa, and "Swarna". LOL

7. No really, GRA's mission is:
Golden Rose Associates (GRA) is committed to helping its clients achieve their personal, financial, environmental, social, health and soul-fulfilling goals. In a world and economy full of lack and misery, we are in the business of bringing hope, abundance, and vitality to both the individual and the community. At GRA, our holistic approach to consulting ultimately provides it clients a one-stop solution to total wholeness.

8. I am the youngest of two and I suspect that birth order has a lot to do with my values and the way I see the world.

9. Some favorites:
color: cobalt blue
scent: tea rose
taste: savory
texture: refined silk
temprature: 80 degrees farenheit
Apostle: Peter (often speaking before thinking, kinda like me)

10. My registered coat of arms is: Paly Wavy, Asure and Argent, four roses Or - two and two

11. I love that the most important mineral for humans in the world is salt. If you doubt this, either add or remove salt to anything.

12. My current two cats are Bob Hope (White) and Honey White. Bob was named thus because the folks at the Auburn Cat hospital where I got him thought he was a girl and named him Hope. When I got him they made me promise not to change "her" name. After his first visit to the vet it was clear he was not a girl (you'd think they could've figured that out at the Cat Hospital,but...) so I added Bob as he has such a gregarious personality. Honey is named thus because aside from being honey colored, when I brought her home the top of her head smelled like clover honey. Even now years later it still does, go figure. Before Bob and Honey I had an all white cat named Spot. He was named after Data on STNG's cat and first joke.

13. Yes, I am an old time trekkie. My dad and I would watch every episode together. My dad always watched standing up with his arms on his hips. As a little girl I would try to emulate him and my mom would roll her eyes at the two of us standing and watching tv together.

14. I have been a member of the SCA for 11 yrs now. I started out in the Canton of Aschehyrst, Barony Carolingia, East Kingdom, were I was both Chatelaine and later Seneschale. For my non-scadian friends I will now translate that last sentence: I lived in metro-west Massachusets and belonged to the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. I was membership officer/public relations officer and later became chapter president aka the local group's "mama".

15. My life is divided into concentrations that most people would find mutually exclusive. I am a professional musician and have played one instrument or another since the age of 4. I am also a professional computer geek who was initiated into the mysteries of writing code at my dad's side starting around the same age. I am liberal and a pacifist as well as a Deacon in my church while being a Warranted thrown weapons marshal and an avid brewer. I love animals and nature but I also enjoy target archery.

16. I have many allergies. Folks who don't have allergies really don't get that they are both a "huge" deal and don't matter all at the same time. For instance, I have to consider every unmarked thing that I eat because I have very little time before I die if it has shellfish or aspartame (yes, nutra-sweet and all its friends), but other foods that I am allergic to I crave like chocolate, ice cream, and apples. I am allergic to temperatures below 20 or so degrees and go into anaphalactic shock if exposed to the cold for more than short periods (including swimming in water that is too cold for me). When I was little I was allergic to the state of Indiana according to my mother. I have fewer allergies now but new ones still show up from time to time so I am both cautious and careless.

17. My hair: When I turned 40 I had a major inner struggle over my hair. To be a Black American woman means your hair and how you chose to wear it is an insanely huge deal. Most of my Caucasian American friends have no idea what we go through with our hair. Consider for a moment that little Malia (sp?) one of the first kids, had to have her hair relaxed for the inaugaration. That means a 7 yr old had to have caustic lye applied to her scalp and left on it until the chemical burn likely brought tears to her eyes. After long consideration I finally chose to start my locs. Note that they are "locs" and not dreadlocks as dreadlocks were named so as to inspire "dread" in Caucasians. I desire no such thing. I am just choosing for the first time in my life not to worry if my "ethnic" hairstyle "scares" Caucasian people. Now I openly admit that I am "Black" much to the amusement of those who can see me.

18. At the age of 5 I first declared my choice that I would never bear children and that choice remains true today. I have however changed my prepubescent opinion of marriage and am hoping my future mate will show up before I reach 50.

19. Books I recommend everyone read: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, the Tao Te Ching, the Koran, The Bible, Rhetoric by Aristotle, the Enders Game series by Orson Scott Card

20. Unappreciated movies: Scrooge (1970), The Wiz (1978),Serenity (2006)

21. I have performed professionally on 3 continents and in a country that no longer exists-Yugoslavia. Countries I have performed in include: Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, USA, and Canada.

22. Playing under Leonard Bernstien, Eiji Oue, and Gunther Shuller have been my pinnacle experiences as an orchestral player so far.

23. Getting to conduct the New Hampshire Philharmonic in a dress rehearsal of the 1812 overture with cannons and church steeple bells was probably a once in a lifetime experience I will always treasure. Note to self - start with the cellos!!! Doh!

24. I am not only left-handed but I am also extremely left bodied. I have lazy eye and it is my left eye that is the "rogue" eye that wanders off by itself.

25. Ok, big finish... Facebook and other social networking has brought me in touch with family that I thought I would never get to talk to again, friends I thought were too far away to keep up with, and past acquaintances who I know consider true friends. Take care of yourselves!

cool science

Bob Hope, cat
Heart as brain (information published in 2006/2007) from:

The heart has receptor sites for, and manufacture, peptides that are identical to the neurotransmitter message carrier molecules inside the brain. It is now crystal clear that the heart is a very important endocrine gland, making and releasing the major hormone, ANF (atrial natriuretic factor). ANF has a profound effect on the brain’s limbic structure and function. The limbic system is the seat of the emotions and stress survival reaction, and is also called the emotional brain. The limbic system includes the hippocampus where the memory, learning and control centres for the entire hormonal system resides. 60-65% of heart cells are neurons (nervous system cells), and not muscle cells as previously believed. These neurons are identical to brain neurons. 50% of the heart neuron cells translate information from the whole body to keep it functioning as a harmonious whole. The other 50% have a direct, unmediated neural connection with the emotional brain inside the head, with a 24/7 heart-brain-heart dialogue we are completely unconscious of. The heart is a powerful electromagnetic generator that creates an electromagnetic field that encompasses body and extends 3-5 meters away from it. One can actually take an ECG (electro cardiogram) reading 1 meter away from the body, with no wires attached! This electromagnetic field has a profound effect on the brain, furnishing radio wave pattern from which the brain draws material to create an internal experience of the world. Ultimately everything in our lives depends on our emotional (i.e. feeling) response to events.

Stress accelerates your heart rate through secretion of the adrenal stress hormones adrenalin, noradrenalin and the long term stress hormone cortisol. Stress is initially experienced as emotions or feelings within the limbic system of the brain. ANF influences not only the heart muscle contraction, pressure in blood vessels and kidneys, but also the mood-influencing adrenal glands, as well as the brain. In the brain, parasympathetic or sympathetic impulses coming from the heart help trigger the onset of either calming or excitatory thoughts and emotions. Research also shows that by focusing on, or visualising feelings of love, peace and gratitude, breathing and heart rate slow down, and become synchronised and harmonious. Regular meditation practice has a similar effect. In emotionally healthy people, there appears to be a strong tendency for the heart and brain to have a smoothly functioning dialogue, and to remain synchronised, or entrained. Entrainment reflects a positive frame of mind, but also helps create it, in part by enhancing the balance of the autonomic nervous system (parasympathetic / relaxing, and sympathetic / excitatory system). The body, clearly, can help heal the mind. But what gets this healing process started? The mind itself! Your mind, when focused on appreciation, love and peace, has a limitless power to trigger physical and emotional healing.

According to Candace Pert in her new book ‘Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d’, neural nests that form pathways after repeated firing in specific patterns (compare this to wild animals treading the same pathway to the water every single day), form memory not only in the brain, but also in the heart, spinal cord, immune system – actually all systems linked by autonomic ganglia and part of the psychosomatic network. This information network comprises the firing between neurons in the nervous system (only 2% of the information system), the link of ligands (peptides, hormones, neurotransmitters) to their receptors (98% of the information system), and the matrix, or intricate spider web of collagen fibres that link throughout the bodymind, and extending into every single cell. According to James Oschman in his book ‘Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis’, the living matrix can be compared to a liquid crystal and it is a physical entity explaining how energy healing works, and also instantaneous, or miraculous healing. Through instant transmission along the matrix, new molecules of emotion can bind to receptors, with an immediate healing effect. On the surface, this is the benefit of repeating positive affirmations and on a deeper, spiritual level, the epiphany or transcendent moment the mystics talk about, of finally being able to let go and release old, buried emotions of past core emotional trauma, from the cells of your body, especially the heart, and creating new pathways of health and wellbeing, new ‘elsewheres of thought’ as Ramhta (JC Knight) said in the movie ‘What the Bleep do we Know?!..’.

Need a new job

Bob Hope, cat
I am seriously searching now. Anyone know of a Java Developer or Programer possition? My resume is online at http://urbanstrings.org/res.html

My current job is officially killing me (Doctor and I agree).

Is Las Vegas trully Hell incognito?

I will end you, bonnet
First off, we did not know that Mercury went into retrograde in Scorpio on Friday as we traveled to Las Vegas.

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What happened there will stay there but suffice it to say it was not the place we thought it was going to be.

Fun was indeed had. Especially on Saturday my actual birthday! Also lovely relaxation and spa treatments were enjoyed :) .

Today's Horoscope

evil, star wars, Pope
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Came into work in s*** storm. Why must we shoot ourselves in the foot. When I woke I contemplated staying in bed instead of getting up. I should have gone with my first impulse.
Simon Tam, going mad
Audrey wants to spend $50 on Worcester trash bags to clean her home. Large bags come in sets of 5 and small bags come in sets of 10. Both types cost $5 a set. If Audrey buys $20 of small bags, how many large bags can she buy and how many small bags will she have?

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