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The Froggy Saga

It was late in the evening. I came to the garage to get the shopping from the car trunk. As the hood went up, I saw a tiny, green frog perching in a corner. I jumped, and shrieked at the sight of it. The frog looked askance at my discovering its’ new home. With heart palpitations, I was now wondering what to do? If I tried to shoo it out, it would jump right inside the car.

Son was as usual miles away in a another state. That only left my daughter in law. Knowing she was an even bigger coward than me ( I’m not making it up. She runs a mile if she sees a small bug) I realized glumly the only person left to help me was myself. Hoping the frog won’t move, I hurried to get a brush from the opposite corner of the garage.

My strategy was to hold the 🐸, and flick it out. My eyes went shut involuntarily the moment my brush reached it’s target. It wasn’t there where I last saw it last. Afraid that it might have jumped right inside, or it might have jumped out, I didn’t know the outcome.

Next day I was at Costco. I opened the trunk, and there it was looking at me with his buggy eyes. I shrieked again at it’s sighting. I’m thankful there weren’t any shoppers nearby. I didn’t have anything to push it out. I tried to get a twig from the nearby bushes. It wasn’t a big one, and it crumbled right into my hands.

Espying workers cleaning at the far end of the parking area, I went to them. They spoke Spanish, and I English. When I asked them to help me, they shook their heads all the time saying no, and no. I begged ‘Please’. Probably they understood the word, and followed me to my car. The critter was still there. One of the men smilingly captured the 🐸 within his hands, and put it on the ground. I thanked them for their help, and hurriedly drove away, apprehensive at the thought that it might decide to join me on the journey home.

Now that wasn’t the end. Next day was daughter in law’s checkup day. There were only fifteen minutes left to get her to the appointment. I opened my side to find another one perched right there. The involuntary shriek happened, but it didn’t faze the thing. It kept staring at me with it’s bulging eyes. I didn’t have time to do anything about it. I slid into the driver’s seat over it, praying it won’t jump inside the car, and closed the door.

Visitors are not allowed with the patient inside, so I waited for d in law in the car. By this time I had forgotten my adversary beneath my car door. I had thought to lose it at the hospital premises. Whether it came back to home with me, or not, I haven’t seen it again.

Are We Guinea Pigs?

Last year we had hoped that soon we people would be over Covid-19, and we will be out of the quagmire in which we found ourselves. This year that hope is no longer there. The vaccine which came along further became a nightmare. People who got vaccinated got sick again with further variations of the dreaded disease.

The vaccine is not effective. The other thing which is terrifying is, that it is not really a vaccine. It messes up with our DNA. Have we become guinea pigs for our rulers to be experimented upon? Why isn’t FDA approving Novavax which is not mRNA based like Pfizer, and Moderna?

Reading romance novels, I often come across the paragraph where the hero buries his nose in the heroine’s hair, and loves doing so. Alas! That was not quite the case with us. 😢 . By us I mean my late husband, and I. He would rudely say, “Cover your hair, it tickles my nose, and I can’t sleep.” It would effectively kill any romantic thoughts I would be having towards him.

I was quite young. I disappointedly used to wonder that something must be wrong with the hair I had upon my head. I was dejected. It’s recently I’m able to see his view point. My hair has been falling intermittently. Sometimes they land upon my face, or arm. They tickles the skin annoyingly. No wonder my poor husband felt irritated with my hair.

And another thing I have realized is that whatever the romance writers write is never the truth.

The Land of the Free

Divided we stood. Nola (daughter) alone on one side, and all of us on the other side. Nola was (is) all for Trump, while we wanted Biden to win. M1 (granddaughter) threw up her hands in a victory stance on hearing that Biden had won.

It’s still uncertain whether Trump will accept his defeat. Let’s hope he comes to his senses, and not create further turmoil in his bid to hang on to the Presidency.

The Neighborly Thing

When Son, and I occupied the house (where we live now), I would be found (most of the times) digging up weeds in our front yard. However hard I tried to get rid of them, you could be sure that they would be in a jiffy sprouting back again. I would devote two days of the week to the task of removing them, but with vengeance they would make a re-appearance. Son wanted me to use a weed killer but I was going the old fashioned way.

It appears I was doing the right thing. Son used a weed killer in one part of our backyard. The weeds are back in great profusion, but there is no grass.

On the days I was working in our front yard, a lady would pass by on the side walk. We would exchange smiles, and greetings. One day, Son brought in a sweet dish from the lady. She lived in the street which was at the back of our house. Son pointed out her home to me in case I wanted to return her friendly gesture.

A few days later I made Karhee. After deciding to take some to her, I filled a bag with snacks just in case she didn’t like my dish of Karhee. I’m terrible at remembering. I had forgotten which house belonged to her. I went upto a house, and rang the bell. When a man answered the door, I hesitatingly asked, “ Does the Turkish lady lives here?” No was the answer.

I didn’t remember the lady’s name. It really was embarrassing. The next house I visited, I quickly looked at the mail lying beside the door. The surname on it was Brown, so it definitely wasn’t her. I hurriedly retraced my steps back to the street. Entering the driveway of the third house, I saw the American flag flying in the front. So it certainly wasn’t her home. I went to the next house, and rang the bell. After a while two cute children answered the door. I asked, “ Is your Mom Turkish?” I heaved a sigh of relief when they both answered yes.

A few days later she came to visit me. I got her name, and phone number. I told her my tale of how I found her house. We laughed together. She wasn’t home the day I was trying to find her. Being a mother, she had instilled in her children not to answer the door when she wasn’t there. She had scolded them, “How could you open the door to a stranger.”

Their answer, “Mom, she was carrying food.”

Day Sixty Four (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 81–90

If only they would’ve put their faith in Allah and in the Prophet and in what was revealed to him, then they would’ve never taken (idol-worshippers) for allies. However, most of them are disobedient. [81]

(Muhammad,) you’re going to find that out of all the people who hate the believers, the Jews (of Medina) and the idol-worshippers (of Mecca) are the strongest (in their hostility). However, those whom you’ll find to be nearest to the believers in love are those who say, “We are Christians,” for among them are priests devoted to learning and monks who have renounced the world, and they’re not arrogant. [82]

When they hear what was revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflow with tears for they recognize the truth of it. Then they pray, “Our Lord! We believe! Record us among the witnesses. [83]

What can hold us back from believing in Allah and in the truth that has come to us, since we’ve been constantly yearning for our Lord to admit us to the company of the righteous?” [84]

Allah will reward them for what they’ve said with gardens beneath which rivers flow – and there they shall remain – and that’s how Allah rewards (those who do) good! [85]

However, those who reject (the truth) and call Our (revealed) verses nothing more than lies will be companions of the raging blaze. [86]

All you who believe! Don’t forbid the good things that Allah has allowed for you. Just don’t overindulge (in lawful things), for Allah has no love for the overindulgent. [87]

Eat from the resources that have been provided for you by Allah, and be mindful of Allah – the One in Whom you believe. [88]

Allah won’t hold you to any unreasonable things that you (foolishly) swear (to do), but He will hold you to account for your serious pledges (that you make and then fail to fulfill). So to atone for breaking (an unreasonable or foolish) pledge, you must feed ten poor people with what you would normally feed your family, or you may clothe them, instead, or free a bonded servant. If all of these options are too difficult for you, then fast for three days. That will make up for the (foolish) promises (you made but cannot keep) – but safeguard (all) your (solemn) promises! This is how Allah explains His verses clearly for you so you can be thankful. [89]

All you who believe! Truly, liquor and gambling, stone altars (dedicated to idols) and (making random choices to decide distributions of goods by blindly picking marked) arrowheads (from a bag) are all the disgraceful works of Satan, so forsake them so you can be successful! [90]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Explanation for Ayat 82:

Ayat 82 when revealed was the reality of the Prophet Mohammad’s time. Peace be upon him.

It doesn’t mean that all Jews are bad people, or others like Christians, Muslims are the same. Good, and bad exists among all sects. It’s up to an individual as to how he lives his life.

Ayat 82 which addresses the Prophet directly doesn’t imply that all Jews will hate Muslims for all times, or that all Christians will love Muslims for all time. It’s a reflection of certain realities in the Prophet’s time. This verse is incorrectly applied to contemporary realities. The truth is interfaith relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews have risen, and fallen through the centuries.

Day Sixty Three (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 71–80

They didn’t think there would be any dangerous repercussions from it, so they became blind and deaf (to faith). Yet, even then, Allah kept turning towards them (to give them more chances), though many of them remained blind and deaf (to faith). Allah was watching what they were doing. [71]

Those who say that Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary – they’re covering over (the truth)! The Messiah, himself, said, “Children of Israel! Serve Allah, the One Who is my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever makes partners with Allah, well, Allah will forbid him entry into the Garden, and instead the Fire will be his home – and the corrupt will have no one to help them. [72]

Those who say that Allah is one of three (in a trinity) are covering over (the truth, as well), for there is no god but the One God. If they don’t stop what they’re saying, then a painful punishment will overtake those among them who suppress (their awareness of the truth). [73]

So why don’t they turn to Allah and ask for His forgiveness? Allah is forgiving and merciful! [74]

The Messiah, the son of Mary, was no more than a messenger, and many messengers passed away before him. His mother was an honest woman – they both had to eat food (like any other mortal human being). Do you see how Allah is making His proofs clear for them? Yet, look how they’re deceived away (from the truth)! [75]

Ask them, “Are you going to serve something besides Allah – something that has no power to bring you any harm or benefit? (Well, then remember that) Allah is the Hearing and the Knowing.” [76]

Then say to them, “Followers of Earlier Revelation! Don’t go beyond the boundaries in your way of life without any justification, nor should you follow the fickle whims of the peoples who went astray before you, for they’ve misled many from the even way.” [77]

Those who suppressed (Allah’s truth) from among the Children of Israel were cursed by David’s own tongue and also by Jesus, the son of Mary, for their disobedience and constant violation (of Allah’s law). [78]

They rarely discouraged each other from the immorality in which they themselves used to indulge, and their actions were quite evil! [79]

Now you see many of (the Jews of Medina) turning towards the faithless (idol-worshippers for alliances), and the deeds that they’re sending ahead for themselves are quite evil, indeed! Allah’s wrath is upon them, and they will linger in eternal damnation. [80]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Footnote:

The Quran is pointing out that both Mary, and Jesus had to eat to live. They were both dependent upon God for their daily bread. So how can anyone claim that one, or both of them were of divine origin. The fact is that Jesus was a mortal, and not a god in the flesh.

Jesus taught monotheism. However Apostle Paul introduced Greco-Roman trinitarian-ism without any authority into the Christian world. There were many pagan customs incorporated into Christian culture. The Roman holiday celebrating the god of sun into Christmas. The theology of god born on earth was lifted from Greek, and Roman mythology. Greek mysticism was melded into the early Gnostic sect which had influence on the Book of John.

The idea of redemption by the suffering, or death of a god goes back to the stories of Heracles, who suffered madness after killing his children before salvation was allowed. Cultural trappings such as festive mistletoe, Easter eggs, decorated Christmas trees are actually forbidden in Jeremiah 10:1-5. Halloween, the significance of the number twelve, choosing Sunday over Saturday for a Sabbath, the celebration of Christmas have their roots in the paganism of Babylonians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, and Egyptians.