Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Stars And The Moon to Master Ken's  Social Experiment 
The night bears witness to a dreadful incidence 
Ladies are taught to escape a dreadful incidence 


The Stars And Moon (English sonnet) 

The stars and moon where all he could recall
Reflections of the pool beneath his feet
For now reality was in retreat
Towards remnants of a simple lovers’ squall
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She said that all that once was is complete
A fact that he no longer could forestall
He still recalls the coldness of it all
A bitter cold now lying in the street
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Was this the final future of a kiss
Was this the destiny of lovers’ vow
Was this the silence broken hearts have found
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And there the stars and moon he could not miss
Which drift into a nearby gutter now
As he now drops his knife upon the ground 


Madness and the stars and the moon consume this English sonnet. As most sonnets of this type, we are presented with two sections. In the first section we have a confused lover. We are given some clues as to what led to his confusion. The second half deals with clues of the nightmarish conclusion. It starts with a maddening ostinato: "Was this the". The stars and the moon, usually reserved for lovers, bear witness to a gruesome kiss. 

No, I didn't know any murders. The closest was Steve and Muriel. They were a happy couple who lived close to Arlene and I. Their kids went to school with ours. It was nice to have dinners together and enjoy playing a table game or watch a movie together while our kids played. We met because I worked with Steve at Chevron. Muriel also worked at Chevron, but in a different department. Arlene and Muriel shared a lot of the same interests. Everything went along without anything unusual. One day, at work, Steve tells me and our work companions, he's leaving Chevron. He had another job opportunity somewhere else. A couple of days later, Arlene tells me she talked to Muriel on the phone. She and Steve were getting a divorce. Steve went crazy. It was a time when building climbers and building jumpers (with parachutes) were a novelty in San Francisco. Both were illegal. Steve became both of these. Or so he tried. It seems that his attempts were met by guards or police. I remember, the guys at work laughing at one more of Steve's disasters. It was as if he was notifying the authorities of his illegal intentions. The last time I saw Steve, he said he was moving to Houston, Texas. Muriel became a department manager. She never got remarried.

Amazing what stress can do to a person. I am no authority, so I am hardly qualified to tell a person how to handle or avoid theirs. In fact vast research is going on on the subject. The challenge is that there are many forms and types of stress. Not all stress is bad. Good stress, also called eustress, can propel us forward and help us achieve more goals, ultimately leading to more happiness, success, or fulfillment. Some people like stress. in the euphoria they feel when the stress is removed. Some stress is good for the body. Some stress can weaken the immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease. To make matters even more complicated, we are all different. Stress has moved beyond doctors, beyond psychiatrists to stress specialists. If we are worried about or just interested in stress seek out a stress specialist or one of their organisations. Remember, life is to live and Enjoy.

Back to the sonnet: Wojciech Kilar "Love Remembered" 

Knowing how to defend our self helps lower stress 


More than 1500 years ago, Vegetius, a Roman writer on military tactics wrote, “Few men are born brave; many become so through training and force of discipline.” What relevance does Vegetius have for us as self-defense instructors?  A lot.  By encouraging repetition and stress inoculation, we can better prepare ourselves to defend themselves in a real attack. What does this mean?
Let's just follow Master Ken, of EnterTheDojoShow. as he teaches women to defend themselves. "Master Ken's First Social Experiment" 


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29 comments:

  1. Stress sure is a whole can of worms indeed. Can screw up one person and do nothing to the next. Help one person and get in the way of another. Thinking about stress is stressful lol

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    1. Kinda like owning cats, huh Pat.
      Thank you for your stress relief.

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  2. Good stress can propel us forward
    and help us achieve more goals,
    ultimately leading to more happiness,
    success, or fulfillment

    At least there is something to strive for though somewhat elusive!

    Hank

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    1. That is a problem of brilliance. ay Hank
      Thank you for taking us one step further

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  3. As stress is in my life most times I can relate to this. Thanks for highlighting this poem.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I hope it is not all bad.
      Thank you for highlighting our days.

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  4. It's the first I've heard of "eustress" but the concept is familiar: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I like the Moon and stars leaving the sky and going into the gutter water.

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    1. Thank you. Sounds like you gad a good time here,

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  5. Stress, like so many things, can be good or bad. Or at least how we react to it can be good or bad.
    Slightly off topic it reminds me of this quote 'Don't ever give the key to your happiness to someone else'.

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    1. And I don't mean don't find happiness with someone else, just don't give them the responsibility for your life.

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    2. That is a Great Quote. Thank you.
      I really appreciate this treasure of wisdom

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  6. Interesting poem. I absolutely love your life stories. People like Steve seek out these dangerous activities mostly for a thrill I think. Most thrill seekers are young. I am the opposite. Never get a thrill just stress so overtime you adjust your life when you know your boundaries I guess.

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    1. So happy to have held you for a while and that you liked.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They are appreciated.

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  7. Hello, I can not imagine jumping off a building for fun or to relieve stress. Sad poem and a sad story about Steve and Muriel. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. The thing about Steve, we are not sure if he actually did any climbing or jumping.
      Thank you. I'll post more happy stuff.

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  8. A chilling end to this sonnet that leaves us wondering. Love poems where we supply the next chapter.

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    1. I appreciate the insight.
      Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. A wonderful and even epic sonnet. In the first stanza, 'The stars and moon where all he could recall', was this deliberate instead of 'The stars and moon were all he could recall'? Either way both statements blend in with the overall theme. Confusion, and love departed.

    And those are great thoughts from Vegetius.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment and review.
      May I compliment you on your information packed site.

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    2. You are welcome and many thanks kind sir, warm greetings!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you were thrilled and chilled.
      Conventional romance coming soon.

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  11. The poem was chilling and compelling. Interesting about your friends, stress can indeed be challenging.

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    1. Appreciate knowing this grabbed your interest.
      Thank you for everything

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  12. This poem speaks love in an erie way. If that that make any since.
    Lisa

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    1. Erie and scary Auntie Liz.
      Thank you for forgiving me

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  13. "Love a little more stress a little less". Stress can really hurt the body, mind and spirit. When I am stressed out I go to the gym and work it off the best I can. It does compromise your immune system.

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    1. Exorcise is a good release from stress. I use it to lower mine. I like high stress situations.
      Thank you for the good advise.

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  14. A great poem..very interesting read.. captivating from A to Z

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