Memphis

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Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the state of Tennessee.  Memphis population in the 2010 census was 646,889, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee, the third largest in the Southeastern United States, and the 20th largest in the United States.  A resident of Memphis is referred to as a Memphian.

Memphis

Memphis was founded in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester and Andrew Jackson. The city got its name from Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt which is located on the Nile River.  Memphis was once the largest cotton and hardwood lumber market in the world and in the 1950’s it was the world’s largest mule market.

During the 1960s, the city was at the center of a notably sanitation workers’ strike; a civil rights issue.  The Lorraine Motel, one of a very few hotels in the city that African-American were allowed to patronize also became notable during the 60’s for its role in the civil rights movement.  It was the venue of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, the day after giving his prophetic, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”speech at the Mason Temple. Click here for Memphis Photography

Memphis is well-known for its cultural contributions to the identity of the American South. Many renowned musicians grew up in and around Memphis and moved from the Mississippi Delta.  These included such musical greats as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, W. C. Handy, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Al Green, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Alex Chilton, Justin Timberlake, Three 6 Mafia, The Sylvers, Jay Reatard and many others.  Memphis is also well-known for the Rendezvous BBQ Restaurant, world-renown Beale St, The National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, etc. . .

Memphians are a friendly group of people.  And we ain’t just all BBQ and Blues either.  We git lots of joy when y’all come down to visit us. LOL.

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References

At The Lorraine Motel. (2012). In National Civil Rights Museum. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/Big D’s. (Artist). (2011). Old Women. [Image of painting]. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://jokeyomama.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Old-Women-1.jpg

Cucus, T. (2012). In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. (2012, January 16). In Alpha Zeta Chapter.  Retrieved  October 21, 2012, from http://tcucus.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/in-honor-of-martin-luther king-jr/

Graceland Mansion. (n.d.). In Destination360. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/tennessee/graceland                                  

King, Jr., M. L. (Performer). (2012). I’ve Been to the Mountian Top. [Online sound recording].Lovearth Network. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://tcucus.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/in-honor-of-martin-luther-king-jr/ 

                                                                                                                                                         

Memphis, TN. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis,_Tennessee

Peabody Ducks. (2012). In The Peabody Memphis. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.peabodymemphis.com/peabody-ducks/
 
Peabody Ducks, . (Actor). Cullen, B. A. (Writer). (2008). Ducks Walk [Online video]. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/38451409#!
 
Private, . (Photographer). (2008). Memphis, TN: Bridge and pyramind. [Image of photograph]. US; Ads by Google. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.city-data.com/album/album-Memphis-Tennessee.html
 
Sanders, T. (n.d.). The Story of the Lorraine Motel in memphis. In Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://voices.yahoo.com/the-story-lorraine-motel-memphis-14303.html
 
(2012). In The Peabody Memphis. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://thepeabodymemphis.everyscape.com/#p=1222141&y=248&pi=0&sbm=mwelcome&sbtsi=index
 
 (2012). In Chrles Vergo’s Rendezvous Charcoal ribs. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from http://www.hogsfly.com/

Alien Astronauts

“Momma, how high is high,” Shyrlena, my daughter at 3-maybe-four-years-old asked and dumbfounded me?   Now at 40-years-of age, I hope for her sakes, she has found an answer to that simple question.  If Sydney, Natalia or Emilie, my 2, 4 and 10-year-old granddaughters were to ask me that question today, I would still be as dumbfounded as I was 40 years ago.  That question, like many others, still confounds me; while others that use to, no longer do.  One such question that no longer confounds me is who built the pyramids.  I’ve settled on a response to that one.

As I’ve stated previously in this class, I believe man did not build the pyramids, at least not by himself; but that alien astronauts assisted him in building these massive structures or better yet, alien astronauts built them for man.  And these alien astronauts, I say, were angels.

I will use the Bible to support my view; again, not as proof but merely as Biblical facts that show the possibility of angel involvement.  I will not argue or debate these facts.  I’m simply stating the Biblical truths that lead me to my personal beliefs about the building of the pyramids.  These facts are:

  • Angels are purely spiritual beings that do God’s will (Psalms 103:20, Matthew 26:53).
  • Angels sometimes assume human appearances when they visit earth.  “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrew 13:2 New International Version)
  • Sometimes, angels are invisible, as Colossians 1:16 reveals.
  • Man at one time, directly interacted with angels. Genesis 16:7-14, Genesis 18; Genesis 19:1-22 & Genesis 22:11-18.
  • God gives man knowledge, skill, ability and craftsmanship; Exodus 31.  He gives man talents and skills.
  • God gave angels power that humans don’t have, such as knowledge about everything on earth, the ability to see the future, and the power to do work with great strength.  Click here for Scriptures.  But angels are not Omniscient, Omnipotent or Omnipresent as God is.

Additional facts:

  • God flew. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. (Psalms 18:9-19 New International Version).
  • Man flew:  Who are these that fly like a cloud, and like doves to their windows? (Isaiah 60:8 New International Version)
  • Angels fly:  Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people. (Revelation 14:6 New International Version

Whether man did or did not build the pyramids with his sole power and knowledge, or angels assisted him, the fact still stand, whoever built them left no definitive proof.  The Bible makes some things clear though,: angels were here on earth and are still here on earth; angels were created a little lower than God and with vast knowledge and power; man, at one time interacted with angels in face-to-face contact; angels assisted and are still assisting man: protecting him, guiding him and telling him things past, present and future.  The Bible also speaks about the building of temples for pharaohs and kings.

Some scientists and archeologists say that the pyramids, many of which, are a 1000 to 6,000 years old and some even older. Artifacts 1,000’s of years old have been found scattered throughout the earth, some even in the Americas.  Some of which are crafts that resemble modern-day airplanes, spaceships, ships and helicopters.  Drawing like these artifacts, have also been found on cave walls throughout the world.  Who created these artifacts and why?

One other Biblical fact to ponder is, when Mary and Martha came to Jesus’ tomb there was a giant rock blocking its entrance and prevented them from entering it.  Who does the Bible say rolled away the stone; none other than an angel?

          There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  Matthew 28:2:

As I aforementioned, I don’t intend to nor am I trying to prove anything because   I and neither do anyone else know who built the pyramids.  But I will leave you with this, the words of Peter Marshall, US Senate Chaplain, 1947.  Mr. Marshall said:

“Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”

And with that I say, “I won’t fall for the idea that slaves moved 1000 pound stones, 100’s of miles and then rolled those stones uphill to build these colossal structures whose mathematical percssion are so precise that modern man with all his high technology still find difficult, if not impossible, to emulate.

Farther more, as Wernher Von Brauns, a rocket developers and champions of space exploration said:

 “Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe.  It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living thing in that enormous immensity “(Wright, n.d.).

I agree with Mr. Von Brauns’ statement and anyone who believes otherwise, I feel, might only be fooling him or herself.  

Addendum:  I feel compelled to add this note, though has it little to nothing to do with building the pyramids; but a little “childlike” unanswered question that may resurface in some of your minds after reading this post. And that is: if angels are so highly intelligent and yet going about this earth doing God’s will, aiding man, then why is there so much pain and mayhem in this world? There is an absolute answer to that ‘my dear, dubious minded friends’. God gave man abilities, as well as, free will to use those abilities as he pleases. Man has the God-given ability to come to the aid of every child, woman and man who are hurting, harmed and/or are in danger. Many times God intervenes. Many times His angels intervene. Many times these hurting souls are left under the control of Lucifer, the fallen angel and his host through by the evilness and heartlessness of man’s own heart. If God intervened in every situation, then man would not have free will. It’s man’s job to stop the mayhem. He has the God-given talent and free will to do so. We have no one to blame but ourselves.  Dr. Charles Stanley, Victim or Victor.

References

          Catalyst, F. (2008, March 28). Who Moved the Stone?. In Bible Meditation Shop Thinking into the bible. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://biblemeditationshop.wordpress.com/2008/03/28/who-moved-the-stone

          Copeland, M. A. (2009). “Ministering Spirits” Angels In the Old Testament . In executable Outlines. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.ccel.org/contrib/exec_outlines/angel/angel_02.htm

          Fowler, R. (n.d.). God’s Good Gift of Creativity. In Ray Fowler thoughts on God and life from a Christian Perspective. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.rayfowler.org/sermons/gods-good-creation-series/gods-good-gift-of-creativity/

          George, D. J. (n.d.). God’s Holy Angels. In Orthodox Research Institute. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/misc/george_gods_holy_angels.htm

          Hopler, W. (n.d.). Angels of the Bible. In About.com. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://angels.about.com/od/AngelsReligiousTexts/a/B-H3-Angels-Of-The-Bible-H3-B.htm

          How does God’s sovereignty work together with free will?. (n.d.). In Got Questions. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.gotquestions.org/free-will-sovereign.html

          Martell, J. (Narrator). (2007). Ancient Technology (Part 1) [Online video]. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mHe211mLV0&feature=related

          Peter Marshall on Truth. (n.d.). In Christian.com. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/christian-quotes_ochristian.cgi?find=Christian-quotes-by-Peter+Marshall-on-Truth

          Wright, M. (n.d.). Biography of Wernher Von Braun. In MSFC History Office. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://history.msfc.nasa.gov/vonbraun/bio.html

          (2011). UFOTV® Presents : Technologies of The Go [Online video]. UFO TV Studios. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__cda1WLXMQ&feature=relmfu

Merida,Mexico Vacation

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The New 7 Wonders Foundation, a private organization established in 2001 prepared a global contest via the Internet, asking, “What the New Seven Wonders of the World” should be.  Internet users all over the world voted.  The contest’s results included Chichen Itza, a pyramid previously inhabited and built by the Mayans people 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.  Chichen Itza is in the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mérida, Mexico.

Thousands of people from all over the world visit Chichen Itza each year.

I and two accomplishes: my daughter,  Shyrlena, and my granddaughter, Alexis

visited Chichen Itza in April of this year.  We also visited other pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula area.

Many say man built these massive structures.  But just as many say man did not build them.  I say what the latter group says, that man did not build these structures.   Of course none of us has any proof.

I’ve heard and I’m sure most of you have also, that some scientists and archeologists say man could not have built these massive structures because he did not have the knowledge or tools to do so during the time it is suspected they were built.  And this group of scientists and archeologist also say, man with all his present technology and knowledge today still could not build such a structure today.   Others say,  man could and did build the pyramids and to do so 1000’s of slave laborers were used.

But just for the sakes of argument, if man really didn’t build the massive orifices in Mexico, Egypt, Asia, China, Bosnia, Greece, Philippine, Peru, Bolivia, and the Monk Mound, located right here is the good old U. S. A. in Collinsville, Illinois, then who did?

My groups say Alien Astronauts, whom I call angels and the other group who use to say slave laborers built the pyramids, now say, the pyramids were constructed by laborers who were loyal to the Pharaohs.

Are both views preposterous to you?   Do you find one more believable/unbelievable than the other?  If you want to tackle the phenomenon, go right ahead and feel free to do so.  And also feel free to upload pictures you think others might enjoy, but be sure to keep them “G” rated.

In the meantime, CLICK HERE to enjoy pictures of my vacation in Mérida, Mexico.

Enjoy!
Cherris

References

          Difuion, M. (2010). Equinoccio en Chichén-Itzá [Online video]. Retrieved September 30, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq8OC2lGfJQ&feature=related

Flying Vehicles and Advanced Technology in the Bible. (n.d.). In Bible UFO Connection. Retrieved September 29, 2012, from http://www.bibleufo.com/subjects.htm

          Kratovac, K. (2010, January 12). Egypt: New Find Shows Slaves Didn’t Build Pyramids. In US News Science. Retrieved September 29, 2012

          Mysteries of the Mayans . (n.d.). More on Indians. Retrieved September 29, 2012, from http://www.indians.org/welker/mystery-of-the-mayans.html

          (n.d.). Mexico, Yucatan, Campeche, Merid, Vallado [Online video]. Sascovas Channel. Retrieved September 29, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gk0qEFCaX0&feature=related

          The Ancient Alien Astronauts Theory. (n.d.). In World-Mysteries. Retrieved September 29, 2012, from http://www.world-mysteries.com/aa.htm

          The Official New7Wonders of the World. (2007, September 7). In World of New Wonders. Retrieved September 29, 2012, from http://world.n7w.com/new-7-wonders/the-official-new7wonders-of-the-world/

           (2007). Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico [Online video]. http://www.cancuncd.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012, from http://world.n7w.com/new-7-wonders/the-official-new7wonders-of-the-world/