decipherment


decipherment – The analysis of documents written in ancient languages, where the language is unknown, or knowledge of the language has been lost.

Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.  ~Paulo Coelho

One thing I love about my job is having the opportunity to travel to and live in different countries long enough to really grow in my understanding of that country, its culture and history to how it has changed throughout history to form its present state of being.

My current position still has me traveling to different countries, but the time frame of staying is likely to be from a few weeks to a few months tops.  This puts a significant amount of pressure on my nature to find ways of gaining the 2-3 years of knowledge and experiences about a country into a shorter time-frame.  This will require me to find more spontaneous and eclectic ways to gain deeper insights.  Though decipherment refers more specifically to the written language, I like to think of it as an all encompassing visual, written, oral, and textile experience in a country.

Country 1 – Doha, Qatar

Lucky for me I am currently working with a group of girls that are as incentivized as I am to see as much of a country, as quickly as possible, from every angle and time period that we have here.

First idea – (not mine) take the metro.  Find your way from point A to point B with minimal knowledge of where we were going or what we would end up doing.  Brilliant that led to so many questions that we had to pick apart to fully understand.  A super insightful way to begin to understand how a country operates.  Destination – National Museum.

So you think you can understand something if you just look at the pictures.  Also, all directions were in both Arabic and English.  Easy peasy .. right?  First off, the yellow picture above was mistaken for an alien .. possibly part of a police force.  Apparently that just means train.  Uh.. duh..  I knew that.. … …

We bought general day pass tickets to use the train.  We get to the metro loading dock and have an option to go into the “standard”, “gold” or “family” doors.  Hmmm.. well.. we are friends but not family.  The gold door was obviously not what we paid for so it seemed “standard” fit the bill.  Except.  Only men stood at this door.  Nope. Not standard.  We followed a group of women into the “family” train.  Phew.. we made it.  Super clean and very quiet.

Then we arrive at the National Museum stop.  I could have spent half a day just walking around the outside of the building.  Just like many buildings in Doha, incredible architecture.  Multi-layered.  Reminded me of a Dr. Seuss book but in an incredibly subtle and balanced way.

The Importance of Architecture
At its roots, architecture exists to create the physical environment in which people live, but architecture is more than just the built environment, it’s also a part of our culture. It stands as a representation of how we see ourselves, as well as how we see the world.

All of this.. before we even enter the museum.  Due to a significant amount of construction going on around the city and at the museum, we were told that a fairly large part of the museum was closed.  We debated going in but then thought that as long as we were there we might as well see what we could see.  I am so glad we did.  From the moment we entered the museum, the mood was set. Music, lighting, audio and visual effects, that set the stage for an emotional journey.  Surprising as this was not my heritage or my country.  The setting was alive and vibrant in every area we entered.  Starting with this stark video image (mixed with many others) on the first wall.

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” – Charlotte Bronte

“Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.” – Samuel Richardson

“The eyes shout what the lips fear to say.” – William Henry

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – Victor Hugo

Anyways – So many quotes about eyes.  But there was so much more to see.  There was a movie playing in one area that I wanted to just sit and watch. Only music, no words, but the size of the screen and the images presented so clearly told a story that words were unnecessary.  At the end of the museum as we were about to leave, we were invited to visit the “special” room that consisted of glass beads and sculptures hanging from the ceiling that changed colors based on the music being played.

There were so many other installations within the gallery that included a children’s section that we took over and completely enjoyed, old cars, old phones, clothing and jewels from different eras, and interviews from the people associated with creating and building Doha.  Absolutely amazing and enlightening.  A must stop and see if you ever make it to Doha, Qatar.  So many more pictures but really, I’m going to let you discover this when you take the plunge and travel here.

In every country and region, there are practices and ways of living and culture that have been handed down from ancestors. Naturally, I feel that these should be respected. Shinzo Abe

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. Cesar Chavez

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. Albert Camus

Diverse cultures: Understanding Culture; Disdain for Culture and the road to Fascism;The Value of Acceptance: Saying ‘Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything’; Around the world in 182 days: Namibia; Is it hard to make friends in a new country?; Lessons from Taoism: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times; Five Life-Changing Gifts of Travel; Tote Bag and Other Thoughts;  Give Peace a Chance;The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts; Acceptance;  A Guide to Belgium’s Customs & Culture

Superannuate


Superannuate

Meaning:

  • (Verb) The formal slang of letting someone go professionally and with a pension.

They said I was too young.  They said I would get bored.  They said I would not have enough money to live comfortably.  To them I say,  I think not!

Random Misadventures of a not yet retired grammy.

Still working.. though it sure didn’t feel like it today!

Cheers!

Serendipity 2


Serendipity (noun) Origin: English | ser·en·dip·i·ty  Finding something good without looking for it.

Just this morning, walking in my new ‘hood I came across an art festival. Very serendipitous. A lot of amazing finds! To think i was only out for a cuppa joe!  Interesting art, good conversations all started by the serendipitous choices I have recently made.  Never made it to coffee, but found some great jewelry, art, furniture, and had some random conversations ranging from artistic stylings and color choices to Memorial Day meanings and the sacrifices people have made throughout history in a variety of different ways.  I love unexpected surprises!

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”   ― Lois McMaster Bujold

“You be you and I’ll be me, today and today and today, and let’s trust the future to tomorrow. Let the stars keep track of us. Let us ride our own orbits and trust that they will meet. May our reunion be not a finding but a sweet collision of destinies!”
Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl

RanDomnEss: Random Fantasy; Chance Meeting;  Serendipity? Brilliance? Diligence?; Dreams: Poem; Reveal.; The Start Of An AdventureA STROKE OF SERENDIPITY; Serendipity Hangover; Had I Only Dated the Weiner Mobile DriverRandom tidbitsA Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That, and a Random Video; RANDOM VIGNETTES FROM MY LIFE STORY; Inspirational street art; chance meeting;

Gubbins


Gubbins.  Sometimes referred to as a collection of things. Objects, bits and pieces, scraps that has little or no value and is also referring to a gadget or device. It can also refer to odds and ends or rubbish.

1 dialectal, British : fish parings or refuse broadly : any bits and pieces : scraps. 2 British : gadgets, gadgetry the gubbins for changing a tire all the navigational gubbins— J. L. Rhys. 3 British : a foolish or futile person : simpleton you silly gubbins.

related words for gubbins, like: doohickey, gizmo, widget, thingamabob, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, Glicksohn, crud, Woodring and doodad, paraphernalia.

Comes from an old French word for a bite of food or a piece of something. Crossing over into English was translated as “gob” things associated with the mouth.

Collection of reflections or gubbins I lubbins

I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are. Jay-Z

A shadow of a reflection of an image of an illusion.  ~~ Chuck Palahniuk

There is just something about having things.. any things .. pretty things.. bits and pieces and scraps of things.. things to hold on to.. things to roll about in your hands.. things that will inevitably make you forget or remember.. just things… preferably pretty things.. 

Man is a luxury-loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, sluggish creature, barely energetic enough to obtain a bare subsistence. A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.  ~~ Eric Hoffer

Random things of no value to anyone … except maybe me

“As a historical novelist, there is very little I like more than spending time sorting through boxes of old letters, diaries, maps, trinkets, and baubles.”  ― Sara Sheridan

Even a collection of movement or expression.

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”  ― Martha Graham

“She writes things with her movements that I for the life of me could never write with a pen.”  ― Christopher Poindexter

cOLlECTiOnS of WOrDs

“Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.”  ~~ Anne Carson

“Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.”  ~~ KushandWizdom

“Raise your word, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~~ Rumi

“Words: So innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”  ~~Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words can not only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.”  ~~ Tony Robbins

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
~~ Markus Zusak

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” ~~  Cassandra Clare

Pieces of things: Mirror. Tea with a Pirate A Photography Collective Just a few photos Sun Flare at the Lake  my favorite things Bird If You Were Looking at tiny stars A Journey Called Life …Be kind!  Land of Confusion  perspective Memories Through Touch A Collection of Fall Photography My rock collection  Purrsday Poetry The Overthrown Queen gubbins

Word Break


I am about 63 words in to my only defining words year.. only words defined year.. a year of words definitions.. uh.. my annual word challenge?  Anyways.. Any way …

I am taking a one day break to present to you my second challenge.  Actually it wasn’t really a challenge, it was a necessity for me.  2020 was a tough year.

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Right when I started to feel more than slightly over-whelmed…. when I hit the wall of, “I just can’t do this any more.” My best friend from high school started this song exchange with me.

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.”
― Johnny Depp

I’m honestly not sure if it was an intentional “I want to start passing songs back and forth through eternity.” Or if it just started as an idea and bloomed into what I now consider a necessity to start each day.  All I know is we have reached the magical number of 500. (I’m not sure that is legally a magic number or just something I made up.)

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
― J.K. Rowling

I’m not talking 500 songs total.  I’m saying, on my end, I have sent her 500 songs.  This means that she has likely sent me at least 500 songs.  Out of 1000+ songs exchanged.  We only have a couple of repeats.

“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.”
― Hannah Harrington

What this really means is that even though it was to be a daily one song exchange, there were obviously days we became carried away with the song, the follow song, and the song that might have led to five other songs.   It also means that this was not what you would call a one hit wonder and move along jack.  It was something we started that became a something we do thing.  Sometimes we talk about the songs we have sent and sometimes I will wake up to just one song to which I will reply with one song and that is enough. It gets me going every single day.

“Music is the soundtrack of our lives.”  ~Dick Clark

The songs chosen range from songs that inspired us in youth, to new songs that we had no idea existed until we received or gave that song away.  The songs have made me laugh, cry, and wonder .. deeply wonder.. about the talented folks who have been the sound track to my life.

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
― Hunter S. Thompson

Some songs brought me back to specific times that only I know about while others caused me to stop what I was doing and just dance.. songs that were intrinsic to road trips I took with family.. high school dances.. couples roller-skating.. and even the deaths of my mom, my dad, and some very dear friends.

“Music is life! It’s physical emotion – you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.” – Isaac Marion

“I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.”
― Chuck Klosterman

These songs listed below, are songs that carried me through a very difficult 2020 and into a slightly less difficult but still difficult 2021.  These songs reminded me that despite everything, I still have music.  These songs have assured me that no matter how many songs I have heard, or will here, there will be a thousand more, a million more, songs into infinity, that will carry me through the next difficulty.

Pick a song.. share a song.. sing a song.  You might be .. you will be amazed at how it will transport you from whatever you are doing to whatever you need to be doing.  Or it will stop you from doing what you shouldn’t be doing.. or cause you to forget what it was you were doing.  Just pick a song.  share a song.. sing a song.  Just because….Cuz it just makes you feel like a movie star, a dancer, a singer, or an out and out rock star!!!

Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar
Hmm, hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar ~ Nickelback – Rockstar

“When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
there will be an answer. let it be.

Let it be, let it be, …..

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,
shine until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, …..”
― Paul McCartney

Soothing my soul: joyfulgoff; balroop; william; brenda; jim; paula; kait; mishmash; writer; tracey; colinandray; bluebird; pelgris; luisa; sandra; telltale