@Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arts

(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

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Spiked Battle Hammer

Saw this at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and thought this was a notable weapon/art piece. 


It’s a War (Battle) Hammer with a spike on one side and an animal head for the hammer on the other. 


TV shows like Vikings and Z(i.e. zombie) Nation have made these sort of famous again.


It’s sort of crazy the things people used in the past to fight and kill with. 


Imagine getting clobbered with one of these…ugly!


But before guns, when the battle was up close and personal, what choice did people really have to defend themselves with.


It was life or death…and many in the most gruesome ways ended up the latter. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cat Nap

What a great place to take a cat nap!


So many gorgeous cats in Israel. 


They don’t run away either. 


So friendly and happy. 


Sort of got a feeling like they were old souls inhabiting these cats. 


Old souls are very often wise souls.


Cute and wise cats.  


Enjoy!


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

Life Cycles For Carnivores

I thought this was interesting-funny in terms of the the food life cycles for us carnivores:


For meat, it’s:

“From farm to fork.”


And for seafood, it’s:

“From boat to throat.”


Either way, we end up eating it. 


Just plain hungry or only the strong survive. 


Vegetarians and vegans can ignore this post. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

@Sawgrass Mills Mall

Thought these alligators were pretty cute at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida. 


Sawgrass with over 300 stores and outlets is the 10th largest mall in America. 


And much of it is very upscale–apparently, the economy is very good for some people.


By the time, we got out of there, my head was spinning with sampling the stores and merchandise.


It was a delightful retreat to pass some nice outdoor eateries by the Colonnade with these creative and colorful alligators. 


Remember most of this place was built on Everglades swamp, so there are plenty of real alligators to go around. 


My favorites from these:


#4 – Forever Glades


#7 – The colorful blue, pink, and orange gator.


#9 – Relax and Rejoice


What are yours?


Not sure, why I took #1–the watermelon alligator–in the other direction, but it adds effect and I hope you enjoyed these. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Chocolate Turkey Delight

So this is the kind of dessert turkey that will sweeten your Thanksgiving dinner.


Gobs and gobs of white, milk, and dark chocolate.


And they actually shaped it all like a turkey.


Sort of cute, but also sort of sugary disgusting, no?


Generally, I’m not a huge fan of eating turkey either.


Maybe when they boil it in oil, and it’s cooked through and through, it actually comes out juicy and not so bad.


But give me a nice piece of beef, and I’ll be your pal forever!


A colleague who was a veterinarian and worked inspecting meat plants overseas told me some things about the cleanliness though that made my skin crawl.


“The cleanliness outside of the U.S. is WAY DIFFERENT than here!”–and not in a good way.


Even in places that do maintain clean facilities and healthy animals, the way that “they make the sausage” sounded so unappetizing.


It made me think of all those PETA and other commercials that show the chickens and other caged birds in those crowded and filthy (and diseased) conditions…even aside from the cruelty, it’s enough to make you cringe.


He said they mash the meat until it’s like just a pink paste that gets shot into the tubes for hot dogs and things like that.


“It looks disgusting!”


Also, they put parts of the animal in that are basically leftover meats from the head and other parts of the animal that did NOT sound desirable at all. 


I’m thinking to myself…FROM THE HEAD.


Uh, no more hot dogs for me, thank you.


I think that I’ll stick with a nice steak or burger or something KOSHER and palatable.


You can have your turkey and your sausage and eat it, but not me! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

G-d Created Evolution

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So I’ve been thinking a little bit about evolution.


And I don’t see any contradiction between evolution and creation.


In fact, G-d created evolution!


You see, in His infinite wisdom and love, G-d made his creations with the ability to change over time. 


We are not static creatures, but we are able to evolve, adapt, transform, and grow ourselves, our species, and our world over time. 


But, but, but…there are fossils hundreds of millions years old…how could G-d have created the world less than 6,000 years ago?


Well, who says G-d created the world at time horizon zero–if the world was fully formed with trees and plants, and fish, birds, animals, and people–then these could all have had age associated with and built into them already. 


Boom…G-d just created Adam and Eve–was that from the point of conception, day of birth, or fully grown adult?  Similarly, how old is the tallest mountain or the fullest forest when it was created? 


Time is not a function of G-d who is timeless. 


And the formed world appears at the blink of G-d’s eye and it can disappear that way too. 


Similarly, we learn in the Bible how G-d created the world in 6 “days” and rested on the 7th, but who says a day is literally that.


Couldn’t a day as in 1, 2, 3, etc. be phases of creation…where a day could be anything from a split second to a millennium or even a hundred million years.


To the G-d who Was, Is, and Will Be–what is a day, but a span of infinitesimal to infinite time to create His children and the world to teach and grow them. 


We are here in a infinite universe enveloped by the love of a limitless G-d. 


Evolution is no more a constraint on G-d then time or space is–to the contrary, evolution is a blessing of G-d that lets things develop and mature from the image of G-d to the imagination of His mind’s glory. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)