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February 2015

UNBREAKABLE

Growing up we had everything we needed. 5 kids – at times in private school – on a cop and secretary’s salaries. Now as an adult, who with my husband at times have struggled financially because I stayed home – with 2 kids – I have no idea how my parents did it. But I am grateful EVERY SINGLE DAY for the sacrifices I know they made to support and love us.

 

HernandezThrough all the extra jobs and all the boxes of hamburger helper because it went the farthest, through the fear of not knowing where the money would come from, because I’ve been there too, I am grateful. Through the hugs and encouragement because it’s what they had to give – not the money to buy name brands, but what they could afford. None of that stuff matters, it all ended up in the trash, or at goodwill, or who knows where? But the hugs and the love – the unconditional love we were given and Continue reading “UNBREAKABLE”

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This is fun…Is it Gold and White or Blue and Black – Perception over a Dress, and “Real” Life

Ok which did you see?  Gold and White or Blue and Black – It’s all about perception – Wired story to follow…

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Let’s play a game, let’s “Lay” the Gold/White, NO!  Blue/Black argument over ANY situation in life.  People are seriously going crazy about this.  I saw the picture and and said Blue/Black.  Actually it was more like Lavender/Black.  I showed Jim, same response.  I marveled over it for about …. 5 minutes.  Then I forgot about it and moved the F on.  I opened FB today and saw it trending…still.  It made me think of how long we have to hold onto our arguments, and how people jumping on one side or the other just perpetuates those arguments.  Just read ANY article on FB’s comments to see this.  And not just about dress color, things we “perceive” as the BIG STUFF!  Open Carry is a big one right now in the great state of Texas – so I’ll work with that.  Each side has their perception, and knows, absolutely, 100% sure they are right.  I’ve had my own opinions, but why does it matter?  It makes as much sense to argue about it as it does about this dress.  Especially in comments.  You can sit behind the keys of a computer and spew whatever your thoughts are all day long, whether Liberal or Conservative and it matters about as much as the color of this dress.  For some reason people have to attach to something – a perception that is RIGGGGHHHHHTTTT and profess it, attach to it, hold it up for everyone to see.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!!  LISTEN!  THIS IS RIGHT!!!  YOU ARE STUPID, PORK CHOP – yes, I actually read this a couple of days ago.  Pork chop.  But actually he spelled it wrong, he said Pork cop.  Kind of lost the zing…and made me laugh.  It just reminded me
this is all words, attached to perceptions.  And they are all about as important as if this dress is white or blue.  Depending on what computer you are looking at, the color changes.  Depending on what pic the person posted the color changes.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s fun, to think about for about a minute, but don’t lose your mind thinking about it.  Just see what you see, have fun with it, instead of arguing about it, and just move the F on with your day.  Don’t attach all your attention to what ends up being a perception.  Don’t get mad, don’t fight.  Just look at it, say, huh, interesting.

Keep your opinions to yourself, Pork Chop.

Have a happy day.  Here is the Wired story below.

The original image is in the middle. At left, white-balanced as if the dress is white-gold. At right, white-balanced to blue-black.

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation.

(And yes, it’s blue.)

The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, peopleacross social media have been arguing about whether a picture depicts a perfectly nice bodycon dress as blue with black lace fringe or white with gold lace fringe. And neither side will budge. This fight is about more than just social media—it’s about primal biology and the way human eyes and brains have evolved to see color in a sunlit world.

Light enters the eye through the lens—different wavelengths corresponding to different colors. The light hits the retina in the back of the eye where pigments fire up neural connections to the visual cortex, the part of the brain that processes those signals into an image. Critically, though, that first burst of light is made of whatever wavelengths are illuminating the world, reflecting off whatever you’re looking at. Without you having to worry about it, your brain figures out what color light is bouncing off the thing your eyes are looking at, and essentially subtracts that color from the “real” color of the object. “Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance,” says Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington. “But I’ve studied individual differences in color vision for 30 years, and this is one of the biggest individual differences I’ve ever seen.” (Neitz sees white-and-gold.)

Usually that system works just fine. This image, though, hits some kind of perceptual boundary. That might be because of how people are wired. Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.” (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)

We asked our ace photo and design team to do a little work with the image in Photoshop, to uncover the actual red-green-blue composition of a few pixels. That, we figured, would answer the question definitively. And it came close.

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In the image as presented on, say, BuzzFeed, Photoshop tells us that the places some people see as blue do indeed track as blue. But…that probably has more to do with the background than the actual color. “Look at your RGB values. R 93, G 76, B 50. If you just looked at those numbers and tried to predict what color that was, what would you say?” Conway asks.

So…kind of orange-y?

“Right,” says Conway. “But you’re doing this very bad trick, which is projecting those patches on a white background. Show that same patch on a neutral black background and I bet it would appear orange.” He ran it through Photoshop, too, and now figures that the dress is actually blue and orange.

The point is, your brain tries to interpolate a kind of color context for the image, and then spits out an answer for the color of the dress. Even Neitz, with his weird white-and-gold thing, admits that the dress is probably blue. “I actually printed the picture out,” he says. “Then I cut a little piece out and looked at it, and completely out of context it’s about halfway in between, not this dark blue color. My brain attributes the blue to the illuminant. Other people attribute it to the dress.”

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Even WIRED’s own photo team—driven briefly into existential spasms of despair by how many of them saw a white-and-gold dress—eventually came around to the contextual, color-constancy explanation. “I initially thought it was white and gold,” says Neil Harris, our senior photo editor. “When I attempted to white-balance the image based on that idea, though, it didn’t make any sense.” He saw blue in the highlights, telling him that the white he was seeing was blue, and the gold was black. And when Harris reversed the process, balancing to the darkest pixel in the image, the dress popped blue and black. “It became clear that the appropriate point in the image to balance from is the black point,” Harris says.So when context varies, so will people’s visual perception. “Most people will see the blue on the white background as blue,” Conway says. “But on the black background some might see it as white.” He even speculated, perhaps jokingly, that the white-gold prejudice favors the idea of seeing the dress under strong daylight. “I bet night owls are more likely to see it as blue-black,” Conway says.

At least we can all agree on one thing: The people who see the dress as white are utterly, completely wrong.

Are you seeing Miracles? Start by SEEING EVERYTHING.

Miracles are going on all around us and although there is no degree – although we tend to start small.  We start with what we can – or allow ourselves to see.  So the question is – Are you seeing Miracles?  If not, why not?  Here are some answers.  And if you keep reading, you’ll see a little miracle, after all the gunk that is….

CLUTTER.  Mind clutter.  I’ve noticed a pattern with people lately – One I used to fall into, and still do on occasion, but now I catch myself.  I’M SOOOOOOO BUSY.  But take a second.  Think about it.  Are you?  ARE you?  how much time are you spending on things that DO NOT MATTER or contribute to your (and the people around you’s) quality of life.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Reading about celebrities – people you do not know and do not know you.  I’m not saying don’t use those things, but use them less or pick 1, only 1.  Notice when you start and when you stop.  10 minutes is more than enough.

DRAMA.  Yours or other people’s.  Doesn’t matter.  Getting down and dirty into someone else’s, or needing to tell your drama story – again, this is KEEPING you away from true quality of life, the true RICH experiences you deserve.  Drama is not a rich experience.  Drama is perpetuating foolishness.  It’s that simple.  Once you take a few steps back you can REALLY see it.  Drama creates DRAG.  Bags dragging on the ground is what I see.  Roots intertwined, creating a suffocation and inability to grow.  Do your friends stress you out?  Do you call them only to bitch, and do they call you to do the same?  It’s time for new friends.  You are holding yourself back from miracles. So many people have told me, “But wait!  What if that person is my MOM/SISTER/BROTHER/DAD??”  Oh yea, I hear that all the time.  ALL the time!  Should the fact you are related to this person have anything to do with the fact you are allowing the relationship to hold you back from miracles?  (Notice what I said – you are allowing the relationship to hold you back from miracles.  I didn’t say  THEY are holding you back from miracles.  See what I did there?  See what you are allowing?  BAM!

Here’s the flip of those:

CLEAN OPEN SPACES:  Clear out the crap.  Then do another sweep and clear out some more.  I’m in the process of doing this, in my home.  Clean it out and DON’T IMMEDIATELY GO LOOKING FOR MORE!  Don’t replace what you just cleaned! We all do it, notice it, and stop.  It works the same way in life.  Instead of buying more disposable crap, get rid of it all and get one GOOD thing that does the job.  You only need one.  (I only need one, maybe two black t-shirts.  Do you know what I pick up the most when I go shop?  PUT DOWN THE BLACK T SHIRT!  YOU ALREADY HAVE 10!)  See how this carries over to FB, Twitter, Instagram, TMZ, You don’t have to read Every Article on FB.  Pick one.  Move on.  DON’T read the comments.  They will only piss you off and contribute to that mind clutter.  Leave some open space – for spontaneity, to do something different, stop and chat face to face with a friend…great things can happen in that “open” space.  Take your kid for an ice cream, throw the ball for 10 minutes, you get it.  There are no screens in open space.  (Sorry)

DON’T PLAY:  Divert Divert Divert.  Present positive conversations instead of negative ones.  Thing is, sometimes that doesn’t work.  Be ok with that.  Just don’t return those phone calls, or if you are able, let that person know you can’t have that conversation anymore, but say it with love – Literally – tell them, listen, “I love you, but I just can’t talk about that anymore”.  Or simply say “That doesn’t work for me.”  Simple.  To the point.  Not a lot of words, and more importantly NO EXCUSES.  I learned that from my Mother In Law Years ago – and I still use it to this day.  No Judgement, no fluff.  I share it with people all the time and see that light bulb go on…wow.  Yea, that DOESN’T work for me!  You’re welcome.

Some people will feel judged by that, but remember, you are trying to see miracles, don’t let that stand in your way.  Invite them to see miracles too!  Some will take you up on it, some won’t.  That’s just the way it is.  Maybe the invitation plants a seed that you will never see grow.  But the seed is there none the less.  Pretty cool.

Do these things and then…going through your day, notice EVERYTHING.  Let your vision open.  Use the peripheral.  REALLY use the peripheral.  Here’s an example – a couple of days ago I went out back to let my dogs out.  The sun was shining on the grass, and I noticed a twinkle.  I’d been standing on the back porch just looking at…well, nothing.  Just looking around the yard, when I saw that twinkle.  Can you see them?  bigger picture blades of grass

They caught my attention because I WASN’T REALLY LOOKING FOR ANYTHING.  I was just in open space.  I wasn’t trying to accomplish anything, or make something happen, fill the time with something.  But when I saw that little twinkle, I thought, “huh, what’s that?”  and I walked over.  This is what I saw.

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blades of grass

And I was amazed.  Each blade that held a drop and almost all of them did – was beautiful in its own right.  But together, they were stupendous.  And they were everywhere.  I took a few minutes to take the pictures and just enjoy them.  I felt like each one was smiling at me, happy to be recognized.  Miracles are HAPPY to be recognized.  This was a beautiful shared moment.  The picture cannot express the feeling I felt being connected just momentarily to these tiny sweet blades of grass.  I looked out later, and the drops were gone.

Open space allows for miracles to be seen.  Tunnel vision does not allow for miracles.  When I work with kids I tell them, SEE EVERYTHING.  We practice it.  I tell them look at me, but notice – not by looking – but by using your peripheral vision – tell me what color socks the kid next to you is wearing.  It freaks them out that they can do that.  I tell them, practice seeing everything.  When you train yourself to “see everything” you start catching the little things.  And that’s where a lot of the miracles are.  That’s where we start seeing them anyway.  Connections happen, in the little miracles.  When you start connecting to the little things, you start CONNECTING the little things.  You notice synchronicities.  Then you notice more.  And when you notice more, you start to talk about them, then you talk less about drama.  This is the way this happens.  You are open to the new and forget, simply forget about the old.  You are ready for experiences that SERVE you, and in turn you can SERVE others.  Remember the clutter?  Does it serve you?  If it doesn’t get rid of it.  Does the Drama serve you, so you in turn can serve others?  You know the answers.  See the connections.  They will only get bigger and more frequent.  See EVERYTHING, and you will inevitably SEE MIRACLES.

And when you repeatedly see miracles, you start to TALK about miracles.  Then you talk about miracles more and more, and the only conversations you have are about miracles.  And they spark other interesting conversations and connections.  Believe me, I see it EVERY DAY.  Sure you still go to work, but you see it differently.  You still have to  go to the store, get gas, drive your kids around, but you live it DIFFERENTLY.  You begin to see things differently, then you begin to do things with intent.  You still go  on Facebook, but for shorter periods of time, because your life is fuller with good stuff.  People start to send you stories like this one.  And you know where I got it?  My Mom – sent it to me….on Facebook.

If you have time read the article and watch the video, but definitely read the article – it lists way more miracles than the video does.  And please note: this is not about religion.  This is about a direct connection, synchronicities that cannot be denied, and a little boy who was dead for 45 minutes who came back to life.  It’s that simple.  If you enjoy it, or feel lead to, please share.  Let’s talk about Miracles.

http://penews.org/Article/Doctors-Say-John-Smith-is-Bona-Fide-Miracle

Have an amazing, miracle filled day.

 

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