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Friday, June 13, 2008

And for my 1,113th luminous post here (drafts included) - the number *13*...!


Zombie Baby
Zombie Baby

Zombie Baby video, click above to see it -
read on for the explanation as to its presence here!
Whoever it is who said that George Romero
needs not look elsewhere for his next star
was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!
But I am digressing here...


Is there any other number (in lower decimals - none. Maybe "666" comes close - none other) that comes even remotely close to rivaling the sheer ominous aura of the number 13...? Of course not! On the "good side" there is 7... The Orient attaches nearly as bad an influence (if not worse) to the number 4 - but we, foolish Caucasians, know better than that: number 4 is... Bobby Orr! The greatest player to ever play the game of ice hockey! Okay, his career was cut short and of the, ah, 4 championships he assuredly should have collected, he only got half of them... But that is nothing compared to the horrors many imput upon the number 13 - so leave number 4 out of this here, will you...?

E.W. Bullinger writes:
"As to the significance of thirteen, all are aware that it has come down to us as a number of ill-omen. Many superstitions cluster around it, and various explanations are current concerning them. "Unfortunately, those who go backwards to find a reason seldom go back far enough. The popular explanations do not, so far as we are aware, go further back than the Apostles. But we must go back to the first occurrence of the number thirteen in order to discover the key to its significance. It occurs first in Gen. xiv. 4, where we read 'Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and the thirteenth year they REBELLED.' "Hence every occurrence of the number thirteen, and likewise of every multiple of it, stamps that with which it stands in connection with rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption, disintegration, revolution, or some kindred idea." (Bullinger, E.W. Number in Scripture, Kregel Publications, (c)1967, p. 205).

Bullinger makes a compelling case -with The Word as support, no less- but really now; some rebellions are actually not only necessary but WHOLESOMELY GOOD! And rebellion, revolution and even defection are not always synonymous with corruption or disintegration - au contraire, they lead to new beginnings! Still, apostasy is not a good thing at all; abandoning a "system" is not always akin to abandonment of true Faith though. After all, what earthly system, political or economical, can claim to be perfect? Actual apostasy is abandoning the Perfect Plan Set by God Almighty - and that leads straight to ruin, certainly. But what is the link here to the number 13...?!? The comparison to Chedorlaomer...? He was not God! Neither were Che Guevara or any other great leader figure you can think of that might have been abandoned by a good chunk of their once-ultra-faithful followers - so, case closed! But enough about Bullinger's bull...

On many a site out there the number 13 is given worse than a bad rep - it is made out to be the surefire sign of ill omens, impending doom and disaster just waiting to happen! (No wonder Space: The Imagination Station, always at the beck and call of its rabid fans, chose to premiere "Land of the Dead" on their Friday the 13th edition of "Friday Frightmare" - so named because "Fright Night" was already taken I suppose... A whole night of scary movies - what an original concept. Not just once in a while, but every single Friday night! And, coincidentally, just the preceding week, to satisfy the particular tastes of the aforementioned rabid fans that love the undead, they had shown the Canadian un-classic per excellence (?) "Rabid" again - but that was just a coincidence, surely... And I am digressing again, also...)

The truth is another one entirely - the number 13 has some powerful resonance (just like the combination of "9" and "11" now does) but the power it has is only "bad" if you make it out to be...! It can be a significant date on the calendar and in history - but only a finite number of times per its occurrences! Ultimately ANY NUMBER AND ANY DATE are equal harbingers of the same things - ask Jim Carrey, he had a thing about the number "23" quite recently too...!

And it isn't true either that the 13th one on that table was the traitor - the Last Supper scene and the Gospels don't indicate this. Judas wasn't the last recruit of the Original Apostles! And if anybody should be counted 13th, it's JESUS Himself, Who Said that He Had Come to SERVE - and proved it by washing His apostles feet and then DYING FOR THEM ALL (AND US ALL) ON THAT CROSS...! You can chose hence to count Him as 1st or 13th - either way, Judas wasn't either...!

The 13 Apostles + Christ "gang" are a GOOD THING as Martha Stewart would say - the BEST thing that ever was! The Apostles spread the Good News - and Christ supplied our salvation! Nothing bad about that number 13 combination! Nothing bad about Judas either - for I tend to espouse the notion that, his "betrayal" actually reeks of awesome faith and Christ was HELPED OUT by it in order to go through that excruciatingly painful process that NEEDED TO BE... So you see - even if he was "number 13" - he was really not that bad and helped out, truly in a CRUCIAL WAY!

In brief, hence, ENOUGH ABOUT NUMBER 13 NONSENSE!

The only ones who dread it must be the actually "bad" ones - I knew a man once who claimed to be highly superstitious about it, and he turned out to be EVIL INCARNATE... I suppose he dreaded all the good connotations the number 13 has - "secret" connotations that, like that silly "Da Vinci code" fictional crap, are all under our noses - we have but to see them and acknowledge them for THESE are NOT fictional in any way.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Luminous Dice Throwing...




It's like throwing the dice of Life
when one decides to believe in Love
and throw all caution to the wind
to devote and dedicate oneself
to that one person that means a LOT...



It is just like throwing the dice of Fate

when we settle on a single path to follow

and swear to remain on it until old age...



But it is truly like throwing a dice into the Infinite

when one decides to Believe

in a God... in an Afterlife... in a Reward...

For most people, these days, this would be

the single act most akin to gambling of all

on any single human being's Journey...



Why is it so perceived?

Even by the elderly, who have lost Faith...

By the younger generation, who cannot have it

since, for the most part, they have not even seen

what it is like... what it can be...

And in a day and age,

where men and women in power

seek to be the know-alls

and take out any last reference to God

from every last temporal human remain -

this last dice-throwing experience

is bound to become rarer still.



For the record,

I am a Luminous Gambler!

And the Odds

are stacked in my favor!

See my luminous bet

and raise me brillantly now!

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Monday, June 09, 2008

All Eyes On Luminato Now!



I would be remiss
if I failed to make a colorful
mention as well as "plug"
for LUMINATO
an event I can truly consider
a "brother" to the Luminous Blog
(or at least some undefined
kinship is definitely there -
somewhere...!)


No tomayto/tomahto
Luminato/Luminous Luciano
analogies, this year...
No...


Just a list of contemporaries
that I could dub
"luminous artists"
and "luminous minds"
who will be a part
of this year's Luminato -
a festival of luminescence
in arts, primarily,
it is after all...!

"Dan Zanes and Friends
During his Luminato residency
Dan Zanes will engage
with the Toronto community
through a variety
of sing-a-longs,
workshops
and other related events."

"Exploring the Science of Music
at the Ontario Science Centre
Saturday, June 14, 10:30am
In partnership with
the Ontario Science Centre,
Luminato will offer
an interactive workshop
where families will experiment
with unusual materials
to explore the science of soundwaves,
frequencies and vibrations,
and hear Dan perform
a few of his signature songs
(free with admission to
the Ontario Science Centre).
Following the workshop,
Dan Zanes will also engage
with other areas of the Science Centre
through informal and interactive
family sing-a-longs."

"Storytime with Dan Zanes
at the Toronto Public Library -
Riverdale Branch
Tuesday, June 10,
2:00pm-3:00pm
Multicultural storytelling
and sing-a-longs will entertain
families of all ages.
Storytime with Dan Zanes
at the Toronto Public Library -
BlackCreek Branch
Wednesday, June 11,
1:00pm-2:00pm
Multicultural storytelling
and sing-a-longs will entertain
families of all ages."

"Dan Zanes at Luminat'eau -
Harbourfront Centre
Saturday, June 14 -
Vichy Healthy Skin Centre, 3:00 p.m.
Music Workshops & Family Jam Session
Local artists will work with families
to make simple percussion instruments
out of recycled materials,
followed by a
‘How to Grow a Family Band'
jam session
using the instruments created."
Now THAT is what I call
being LUMINOUS!
Not for anyone to think that
Luminato is just
the "Dan Zanes show"...!
Other luminaries present include
the world famous
Count Basie Orchestra,
the incomparable
Molly Johnson,
Marika Bournaki,
Luke Doucet,
Ron Sexsmith,
Kim Stockwood,
Karen David
and many more!
PLUS:
free events
moderated by
luminaries such as
poetess Jane Urquhart -
this cannot be beat!





Long Live Luminato!

In T.O.

and in our hearts!

Way past June 15th!

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