The Heritage of Louth United Church in St. Catharines and Maple Lawn Cemetery

The United Church is reminding their belonging congregations to ring forty-nine bells on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, in solidarity with the families of the victims.

 

We care-take a disbanded church, Louth United, formerly of the United Church, and also the cemetery which is on the church ground.  We’ve done this for about four years, and I’ve helped design a little website for the cemetery, which you can find here:

 

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Sometimes I read the Daily Prompt and the Photography Challenges presented daily, obviously, and weekly, respectively, which make suggestions for blog posts you can write that day (or that week).  This week’s Photography Challenge is an essay on heritage, and since I frequently take photos of our church and cemetery we care-take, I thought I would include one I took June 22, 2015, which shows the driveway entrance to the cemetery, behind the church, and includes the sight of many of the headstones which mark graves in the cemetery.  It is grim but that is where I am about once a week, and I blog in addition to maintaining the small website (above) and also the cemetery’s presence on Facebook:  

Facebook › LouthUnited

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I would be amiss not to thank my mother for her scrutiny of this blog, which is maintained both to feel independent as a member of a not-for-profit and also to show some cool when it comes to bringing life to the Internet, which in this day and age is a given, although somewhat neglected by many small businesses if you check the honest facts.

 

Thank you for reading this post and if you have any interest in visiting elsewhere on the Internet, feel free.  You can also, “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow” if you would like to read more from me (I write this blog almost wholly entirely on my own drawing inspiration from the WordPress prompts and challenges).

Discovering the Man of Steel #DiscoverWP

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The International Day of Democracy is today, 15 September.  I am curating my Conventional Wisdom post.

May 13, 2018

The Internet bid RIP to Margot Kidder, the sixty-nine-year-old actress who was Lois Lane for the seventies’ and eighties’ Superman films.  For 1978’s film Superman, Kidder played Lois Lane near perfectly.

 

I have also watched a few random episodes of Krypton, the prequel TV series for the Superman universe.  The design is quite appealing and the ideas are complex but interesting.

 

15 September

While there are no more new Discover Challenges for WordPress, I wanted to update this post for clarity.

 

In March I borrowed a box of comic books belonging to a cousin and reflected a touch on those stories that I remembered.  It got me catching up on the Innerspace sci-fi news series on Space on cable TV.  Reflecting on their launch of the Superman origins series Krypton, one of the hosts of Innerspace in an episode from earlier this winter reflected briefly but pointedly that Man of Steel is a bad movie.

I take it Man of Steel is regarded many times as such and to counter the perception that it isn’t a good retelling of the thousands of Superman comics available in print, I want to include here from Jun 2, 2014, Exploring Man of Steel on YouTube TWITTER ► https://goo.gl/koijhV which is a go-to for a review in detail about a maligned film.

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Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013)

It is now known that Henry Cavill will no longer appear in the film role of Superman.  You can hear thoughts on Man of Steel in a brief discussion piece about Superman and the rest of the DC Comics Universe.  Henry Cavill Leaves Superman

I have also become aware of the Geeks + Gamers YouTube channel, and I am including here their challenge of the effectiveness of Man of Steel as a Superman film and how the channel doesn’t even believe, at the time of upload, that Henry Cavill is through as Superman.  It’s against the grain.  HENRY CAVILL OUT AS SUPERMAN? THE DCEU IS DEAD TWITTER – https://twitter.com/GeeksGamersCom

Conventional Wisdom

My thoughts on the conventional wisdom of Man of Steel are presented here.

This week’s WordPress Discover Challenge presents the trial of posting a different point of view than what other people have, whatever POV. This appealed to me because I thought of Superman, as a matter of fact, from the films of the nineteen seventies and eighties about the beloved comic book character, and also from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which is what specifically I have a different interpretation to write about than the casual interpretation it often gets otherwise (a great superhero film).

Christmas Eve last year, December 24 of 2016, late in the afternoon my younger brother and his son went with me to my parents’ house for dinner and the Christmas tree. My brother let me know that the two had been in the middle of complaining about Superman, in the movies, and I was surprised that they have this opinion, which is not the same opinion I have. We’re very different people from one another.

Man of Steel presents the Superman character as an alien, which I know he is, as in the story of his life told in the 1978 film about him (titled Superman, naturally). However, whereas in that film Superman is a very human character, who blends in with his peers quite easily, in Man of Steel (2013) Superman is almost an alien monster, considering that while he looks human, he has the mentality of an outsider. This is clear, for example, when he only takes his job as a reporter for the Daily Planet at the conclusion of the film (spoiler), which is unlike Superman (1978), in which his entire time in Metropolis is spent in the alter ego of Clark Kent, a reporter alongside Lois Lane.

What I think about Man of Steel is that Man of Steel is the story of an alien creature living among humans whose fate it is to help the human race. This is like how in ancient Egypt, Egyptian workers built enormous pyramids, which were probably tombs for their leaders once deceased (the Pharaohs).

It is unknown how the ancient Egyptians were able to build these pyramids because there is no evidence that the Egyptians of ancient times had technology which could have made building those pyramids possible. It is a great mystery.

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One theory is that, as in history when impossible feats were accomplished without the benefit of technology, alien forces could have visited Egypt and helped the Egyptians build the pyramids with the help of the alien people’s technology. It is a popular theory among people who believe in life among the stars (Erich von Daniken is one scholar who argues that the theory is based on real history, of Ancient Egypt).

Given that the pyramids would have been nearly impossible to build without technology, consider that aliens visited and lent a helping hand, with an interest in contributing to the prosperity of human beings (as a species). Man of Steel is a little like that because Superman is an alien living among humans helping preserve the human race from dangers that are inherent to people encountering alien creatures.

July 12, 2015
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What I think is that when Superman reveals himself to human authorities, when he is given the ultimatum to surrender by his enemies, it is noted that Superman may be a hazard for human folk merely because his body may contain a disease that could be inflicted on the humans. I say this because it is not immediately the fear of Superman’s powers as a superhero that bothers the authorities, or the details of Superman’s past in the Kansas town of Smallville, but whether Superman’s body could spread illness and death to the humans who meet him. I don’t think that the Egyptians meeting aliens who gave them help to build the pyramids, stopped their alien benefactors to question whether they would become sick from contact.

What I am thinking about Man of Steel, is what if the point of Superman’s existence among humans is that he doesn’t succeed at guiding human beings to a better existence? Every time it is questioned if humans in ancient times had visitors from other worlds among them, there is never evidence that the aliens caused devastation and ruin for people of the past.

What if Superman’s role as a visitor to modern-day people of the world demonstrates good intentions on Superman’s part, but poor planning for the man from Krypton that actually reduces the success of people to safely maintain conditions for life around the planet? When you sit down with Man of Steel, consider the possibility that while the strange realities that led the men and women of Ancient Egypt to construct pyramids, in this film, when Superman is battling and causing destruction in both Smallville and Metropolis, this could be the beginning of events that challenge human’s mastery of Planet Earth and undermine them in a way that will end in defeat and downfall. If Superman for once is the alien visitor closest to human beings in his physical form, could he likewise have the kinds of human weaknesses at the end of human’s reign over their blue and green planet?

Every other time in history that aliens might have come to help humans with the growth of their civilizations, are we, at last, to understand that there is no more? For however Superman feels about belonging to the human race, which is clearly passionate, considering the climax of the film when Superman is challenged by his nemesis how he feels about human life, if Superman is the final alien visitor to Earth, is it because he will eventually destroy us all? That is how I would understand Man of Steel, instead of interpretations that are more along the lines of a visitor from the stars who kindly brings the benefit of his superpowers to help us, folk.

December 18, 2015
The Korus

Thank you for reading and good luck to you, whatever you do. Take care of yourself as always.

#DemocracyDay

Photo Challenge Entry, Ambience at Our Quiet Church

In the spirit of photographic art, many, many people have their hand in at taking digital pictures.  Life is routinely captured visually in an electronic format, and even if you, like me, are somewhat rudimentary in your ability to take a good photo, it doesn’t mean that inspiration never strikes.  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is a blog series that offers help when it comes to gathering your wits at the sending end of a photograph.  Drawing inspiration from the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges is useful, because both are you becoming part of a state of awareness surrounding photography and also that you are elevating your ideas to the level of relative expertise.
This week’s Challenge is on the subject of ambience, which is explored as a route to bringing up the mood of your audience by rendering photos which are full of excitement, as with light, for example, that can be enjoyed with the sense of sight and also reflected upon.  This week’s Challenge invites the post of an ambient photo, which for me is ideal as I always feel lucky when something I’ve snapped shows comparative ambience (to something duller).  I’m part of a nonprofit where I take photos of our grounds, because I’m there routinely, and I’m familiar with the place.
There’s a church and cemetery, to get to the point, where our nonprofit handles the caretaking and other duties.  We have a webpage:  http://maplelawncemetery.org
I’m also blogging, as you can clearly see, which is taking in interest in our operation in the capacity that it functions as a small business, and while we’re firmly a not-for-profit, it is the work we do of which we’re proud.  All this being said, I’ve selected a photo I took which is dated October 9, 2013.  Without much more to say, I present it here as part of this week’s photo challenge and it is below.  While I am not exclusively discussing our work as a not-for-profit, I will continue to blog regularly and if you have an interest in this, feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or subscribe.  Thank you.
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New Horizon: 2017 and the quest for skyward glory

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This week’s WordPress photo challenge asked participants to explore New Year’s Resolutions.  With the change happening with the momentum of a mountain avalanche, it must be with sails set we investigate the future.  There’s never been better opportunities to get in the game.  Whatever our potential, it is the ponderous acumen to get in alongside our peers and our mentors, that we stake our individual claims in 2017.  However and whatever we understand it to be, the glory of a better tomorrow will take hold in our respective imaginings if we understand that we have our grip on what’s tremendous in the mindset of our personal crux.  We have everything to do and, for all intents and purposes, one year to do it in.
Star Wars reigns in this day and age, if you are of a heart that’s dear to the galactic battles originally envisioned by George Lucas.  Once more the call comes down to vanquish Darth Vader and the Empire.  If you have been enthralled by the science fiction opus all along, you will want to summon your reserves of imagination in order to once more seize the day with Star Wars Rogue One, giving wind to flights of fancy which will carry you into the year 2017.  The future looks brighter if you are of a mind to embrace the science fiction of Star Wars.  It’s never been a better time to do so.
The other force for good is social. Social and branding on social is triumphantly becoming ever the more expansive as we come to a better understand of ourselves as a people joined collectively by the best intelligence on social and by the propulsion of travelling impossible distances as we brand ourselves online.  It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that everything we represent in ourselves to our peers becomes as fantasy meets reality as content and social continue to evolve in 2017.
Times will always have their share of troubles and there will always be gaps in our freedoms.  Turning our attention to the Internet and also outer space means that we will avail ourselves of woe and of turbulence to come out the other side running.  Thanks to technology and to the creative spirit that beats in the heart of mankind we have this year, 2017, in which to make it a go.  If you think you see the spirit of what I’m decreeing, given that the WordPress photo challenge this week asks us to reflect, by all means, please “like” and/or “follow” and comment.  Thank you for reading, and Happy New Year.  Good luck in the year 2017.

5 Reasons You Should Be Talking about Hulu

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Benjamin Faust

I’d thought that television and film on the Internet was getting to be conscientious. Consider that joining a service like Hulu, which is inexpensive and is comprised of both original and established programming, is a step you can take to keep yourself involved in enjoying entertainment that is among what you can think of as the going thing. After Christmas shopping, dinners, decorations, and other necessary evils of this special time of year, you can easily find yourself bills paid, gifts purchased, letter to Santa safely penned… with little left in your pocket. That being said, with your Hulu subscription, some “you time” with the streaming video service could be what you need to keep the holiday cheer. So here you are with what I’m thinking you can say about Hulu.

It’s important to your friends that you’re having a good Christmas.

You know it was worth it. Everything you put into Christmas, the gearing up for the most expansive holiday of 2016, which is to say the scramble, the mad dash, will most definitely pay off when the calendar gets to 2-5. Until then, with the carols, the repeated last-minute visits to the mall (and to the liquor store), and tip-toeing through the nuisance moments every Christmas brings, it might be right to get cozy with Hulu, so that if anyone comes to you asking, “Where were you?”… you can answer in all honesty that you’ve found the best thing to watch in your downtime. This is a conscientious thing to do.

Moving off television (and Blu-Ray) to Hulu means you’ve found fun, quality programming, thrills and what whets your appetite for more distinctly different styles of pictures.

The channels on television are unwieldy compared to the organization you enjoy with Hulu. On Hulu, you have access to both quality video and a goodly number of movies you may simply not have heard of. If you are shy, you can probably pretend to be watching the best and the most acclaimed, when you are really indulging… whatever it is that leaves you feeling conscientious.

Making small talk about what’s best in original content on the Internet is more impressive if you have some familiarity with originals on Hulu.

Hulu doesn’t just present what’s already been seen. There is original programming exclusive to Hulu. Some of it is prestigious. While there is rampant competition in original TV series, Hulu is comparatively inexpensive, for the value it offers. Bear in mind, if you have been tinkering in the realm of the competitors to Hulu, when you are talking with Hulu subscribers, the best advice for you might be to politely acknowledge the subject and then to move to the next drink table.

As Santa gets ready to ride all around the world, you can join in the journey by picking from great videos. No one can accuse you of being a snob. You can sound like you’re an experienced viewer though you’ve never come close to Cannes.

You will be able to find your own peace and quiet in your own corner of the world watching video with Hulu. No matter what this year’s Christmas festivities bring, you have an instant reprieve that you need to get back to the show.

If you enjoyed what I have to say, let me know by “liking” this post. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back!

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Luis Llerena

Lofty Ambitions are Nothing But Daunting, At the Start

There is nothing wrong with having lofty ambitions.

I should get honest with you here, that I am not very successful in my career if I have to identify where I’m at. I work part time at a church and cemetery, which is a not-for-profit which is operated by my father Peter and I. Now we have some shortage of business sense between us if I am to be completely frank. We have some troubles getting on the same page long enough to play a strategy which will be more effective than how we’re operating now and which will take us to the next level as a not-for-profit. My extra time is spent updating our Internet presence for the church and cemetery, which we use to communicate back and forth with people who are interested in what we do at the cemetery.

http://maplelawncemetery.org/

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I am also active on Twitter with an interest in being active on WordPress as a blogger and learning from other people with whom I cross paths on the unique social media site (Twitter). I blog as a hobby, and occasionally I do a little writing, while I am mostly unpublished and therefore prone to feeling as though I am pursuing lofty ambitions, which for the most part I am, as writing is an honest-to-goodness difficult occupation, one which I fall short at carrying out successfully.

I am an employed content writer, but the work comes in slowly, and I don’t make a lot of money doing it. I found this work with Freelancer, the platform for freelancers and employers to connect and to work together. If you are considering taking on work as a freelancer, Freelancer is one to start that might give you the courage to jump off into the sphere of freelance work.

https://www.freelancer.ca/

If any of this information interests you in what I am doing, or if this helps you make the decision to go ahead and explore the freelance work platform, Freelancer, feel free to let me know by clicking “like” on this post, and/or following my blog and leaving a comment. Good luck to you with your own lofty ambitions, and all the best to you, as you carry out your own passions, which are specific to you.

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