Daily Archives: July 18, 2018

Delusion or truth. Again.

Hallucination or Vision? Age 17-ish

Midnight, I’ve walked to the top of a local hilltop, Twm Barlwm with my best friend. The news headlines the evening before was a new Middle East war. Despite not being religious we decide to pray for peace. I do this with the Lord’s Prayer, silently to myself. At the end of this I feel a firm hand on my right shoulder. I assume it’s my friend but on opening my eyes I see he is some distance from me.

A thick fog has enveloped the hill, with a visibility of just a few feet. We are on a hilltop with fog and darkness all around us. There’s the sound of a sheep, or a lamb, which we decide to follow. It leads us all the way down the hill, bleating continually so we can follow as we’ve not seen this creature.

Getting back to the house in the early hours of morning the radio says a ceasefire in the war has just been declared.

 

 

Vision or hallucination? Age 17-ish

Late at night, I have just left my girlfriend’s house to walk the half a mile home. It’s a clear night, bright and dry. Fifty yards from her house I stop still as there is a bright light in the night sky – not a star, but the planet Venus. I don’t know how long I stop there, transfixed. Several minutes, not that long.

The star tells me a story: the meaning of Love. I return to my girlfriend’s house, make myself unwelcome as it’s quite late now. In the kitchen I proceed to tell her all about Love as transmitted to me. This takes an hour or so of manic speech. I eventually leave, and run home – ecstatic, full of intense energy and happiness – jumping off walls, climbing over obstacles, unable to wear myself out.

Some years later I discover this story was a re-telling of Plato’s Symposium, something I’d obviously never read at that age and indeed had had no exposure to.

 

 

Finally

I finally sat down and made out my new syllabus.  I added a lot more authors to the end since I cut down on some of the historical discussion.  So that was good.  And the last day is clear for the final exam discussion they will inevitably want to have.  So that was a big load off of my shoulders.  I’ve sent it to print at the office and will go pick it up next week. while my youngest is gone to see my parents.  I need to set up my syllabus in the online interface.  I dont’ really remember how to do that so may schedule a session to have that done on either Monday or Friday next week.  I will have to see.

Slow day so far.  I’ve accomplished the above and done some laundry and not much else.  We have a meeting tonight about the church youth event next week so that will hopefully be informative and I’ll get a schedule of when she needs to leave and get back and etc.   I hope it goes well and she learns a lot.

Got some more rejections.  I am really getting frustrated with my writing.  I can’t seem to break through anywhere that pays for articles.  They are just now sending out payments for my novella and it’s no more than a token payment–I am going to go along with what they want me to do as far as marketing within reason so that maybe they will look at me for a book publication in the future.  But that is so far out into the future.

Hope everyone is having a good week and is already looking forward to the weekend.  I have doctor appointments tomorrow and Friday so  I will be getting up early for those.  Not much else is going on.  Have a good rest of the week!