Thought since things have changed a lot here on the blog, I should probably put up a ‘sticky’ so that people have an idea of what’s going on. Otherwise, it might be kind of confusing.
I’m Anna. I’ve been blogging since December of 2000, (first Xanga, then everything imported here that WP would transfer). There is a TON in the archives, and up thru July 2015, everything is viewable. I used to blog completely publicly. It was nice for everyone else, but not for me.
These days? I put up a mix of public and protected posts. Pretty much it’s like this: anything homeschool, spiritual, craft-ish, or that I really need to share, is public, and can be viewed by everyone. Everything related to my family, my feelings, our personal activities? It’s all private. Partly because on-line people are just plain vicious and have abused my willingness to be open, and also because people I don’t want having access to my life (IRL) lurk up my blog, and that just doesn’t work for me.
Why protected and not private? Because I do have a handful of friends that I like to share with. So it gives them access, and keeps out the people I don’t want snipping at me (or snooping up my family). Everything on the sidebars is there for use, everything in the homeschool archive is pretty much up to date, and I’ll keep adding to it, as I blog. But not everything is viewable. If it asks for a password, it’s not for you.
Just a heads up, in case there are any questions.
All new items will follow this post – this will stay at the top. Theoretically.
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Off our Axis
So…! I’ve been three weeks trying to figure out if the Earth is truly off it’s axis. There was this dude who made a video (hahahaha…) who says that the Earth isn’t where it’s supposed to be, and that we can tell because the Sun is rising/setting way to far north. The Sun moves along a set path, anyhow – the analemma – and is more southerly in the winter and northerly in the summer. But he’s right – I read the article a month ago, and already the sun was way north of due west. And yes, it should’ve been – about 8 degrees north of west. It looked way more than 8 degrees, to me. I should go out with an analemma chart (click to enlarge) and figure it out with the kids. Kind of a science project.
Anyhow, he held that the earth moved 23 degrees, as a result of effects of the Chilean, Indonesian, and Japanese massive earthquakes in the past five-ish years. I’d read science articles that said YES – the quakes shifted the Earth’s axis. But I had no idea what the sum amount might be. I thought maybe four degrees, tops. But if there were several events, and each shifted us…? I don’t know.
I do know that weather patterns are off. That it’s significantly warmer in places that were cool, and significantly cooler in places that were warm. The past three days, SpaceWeather has posted about the Earth’s magnetosphere changing, so that it’s thicker over the mid-section of the Earth, and almost non-existent over the poles. Which – IMHO – explains this [ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/08/the-melting-of-greenland-and-antarctica-isnt-just-raising-seas-its-changing-the-earths-rotation/ ] Except to add that there is MORE shifting of the Earth’s axis confirmed in that article, too. So is the video dude wrong? Not so sure.
What does it mean, though? I can’t seem to go further with it than this, at the moment. Without knowing exactly how far off we are, I’m not sure. MORE… if the quake dude (and previous articles) is/are right about the axis changes caused by terra events, and the WP article is right about the magnetosphere changes causing further axis changes (as well as weight distribution changes – melting of the ice puts more water into the oceans, resulting in a) a loss of massive freshwater stores and b) heavier oceans and off-kilter weight distribution, this will further disrupt the axis of the earth… I don’t know.
I may not be getting the snow I was used to, before, anymore.
Or… it might explain the snow mid-May, two days in a row. Things that make ya go ‘hm’.
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There’s this guy I read on a semi-weekly basis on-line who is all about hanging out at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem), and getting people to put on tefillim (It’s… complicated.). The difference between what I believe and what Jews believe is that in my case, practices like the feasts, the tefillim, the sacrifices, etc were all given thousands of years in advance to prepare and symbolize what was/is to come. Because Messiah Yeshua came, we do them now to keep Him close to our hearts/minds, ‘do this in remembrance’, you see? To a Jew, though – they aren’t symbolic, because their Mosiach hasn’t come. So to me, tefillim is symbolic, and to a Jew, if you don’t ever put it on, you will never belong to Yehovah. I’d call it legalism, but it’s FAR deeper than that.
Anyhow, this guy likes to find Christians and Messianics who come to the Kotel, and then slam them. Christians are easy – they’re absolutely clueless and have NO answers. Messianics were more difficult to debunk. His newest (and most successful) thing is to ask the Messianic, “Messiah is prophesied to come from tribe of Judah, right?” and when the person says yes, then he says, “But your Messiah Yeshua, he was born of the Holy Ghost. His father’s line is of Yehovah, not the tribe of Judah.” And I’ll admit… that one has REALLY bothered me.
Well, this morning, a guy (I think he’s a ‘Jews for Jee-zus’ person) actually answered it. Well, he dodged the issue but zinged the blogger right back with more hair-splitting… and it really is splitting hairs, don’t you think? Because the conclusion I’ve come to is that Yehovah created the Tribe of Judah. He set Mary (of the tribe of Judah) up to be Yeshua’s mother, and Yosef (of the tribe of Judah) up to be his honorary father. And to say that the Spirit is not of/in the Tribe of Judah is to shoot yourself in your own foot, y’know? Just stuff I’ve been trying to work thru, the past few months. My conclusion is, “Why would a follower of the great Adonai Elohim try to limit his God that way? Cannot Ha’shem do *ANYTHING*, be *ANYTHING*? Then can He not also be of the Tribe of Judah?
Just my take on it… as someone outside of Messianic Judaism, Christianity, and ‘legit’ Judaism.
My take as a Torah observant follower of Truth.
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Story of the World II: Chpt 5
~~~~ Skandagupta! ~~~~
Another fun art project! This week we’re back in Ancient India, taking a look at the dynasties of that country. Some beautiful things, too. The first part of the chapter is about Skandagupta (and Chandragupta) of the ‘Gupta’ dynasty, obviously! But the second part of the chapter is about the Indian religious caves. In case you’d like a really cool look at them? Look here.
Having said, we decided to try something that I’ve always liked – melted crayon art, done Indian style. I have to apologize in advance – I didn’t take a picture of all of our art, colored. But you’ll get the idea. What you need to do this is poster board (I cut one sheet in six even pieces for us), a heat gun, a glue gun, and printouts of this elephant, in any size that you’d like. We made ours pretty small, because we wanted a lot of room for our melted wax.
Use the hot glue to stick the crayons to your poster board, at about the height of where you think your elephant’s trunk will be.
Using the heat gun (which… not sure how a hair dryer would work – it blows air. This just heats up HOT, with no blowing, and I happen to have one). Anyhow, move the paper around a little as the crayons melt. It helps the wax mix and fill in the spaces. Just be careful of your fingers. Mine tingled the whole rest of the day!
Try to keep your kids away from using too much red. Owen’s actually turned out okay because of the green and yellows, but it still has a little bit of a ‘nose bleed’ look to it, which is just disturbing. But the rest of them turned out really well, don’t you think? And they did color them, after. I just took the pictures, first.
Don’t be too disappointed with the crayon not going where you want it to.
We do our best, and mostly the result is beautiful.
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There are more Pesach posts on the sidebar than you can shake a fist at. Posts about the seder, about the four cups, with a Passover Lapbook, with thoughts on Chametz and prophecy… you can get my Omer countdown printout. I’m not going to repeat all of it. Look to the right column for more information.
But I did have a thought, this year: First set of plagues (before the Exodus) were three sets of three, with a final redemption. In the book of Revelation the latter set of plagues are three sets of seven (instead of three). So… when Messiah gave up the ghost, He ministered to the saints that had gone for three days, with a final redemption, after. My thought is… in the latter fulfillment, would that ministering be seven days instead of three? If so, that would be the length of the Marriage Supper in Jewish tradition. Revelation talks of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, right? And I need to also add that Pesach is a 7 day celebration.
Interesting to note/consider, anyhow!
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