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Gone by tbolt
Gone
As I think on about what Memorial Day means here.  All the sacrifices of the men and women who came before me.  The stories I have heard from fellow soldiers who were "there"...

Was it worth it?

Where are we going now?

I am also struck by the changes I have seen even in my own lifetime.  Things I took for granted when I was a boy.  Things I thought were impossible, or at least too difficult to be worth the effort.  What will get better?  What will get worse?  What will begin?  what will end?

this quote I originally heard from one of my favorite lecturers, Ravi Zacharias.  He adds his own tag on to this, and I think it is appropriate...

Behind the debris of these solemn supermen, and self-styled imperial diplomatists, there stands the gigantic figure of one, because of whom, by whom, in whom and through whom alone, mankind may still have peace: The person of Jesus Christ. I present him as the way, the truth, and the life.
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Apologies this is a vent...


I got a call from my uncle this morning.  He's sick and needs a large sum of money up front to go to the hospital.  Uncle, why did you leave the US!?!?  The US is all about free health care and hospitalization.  We have the resources here to help you, excellent facilities.  This is not available to a foreigner 3000 miles away!  I feel terrible because what you need is far beyond my ability to send.  how do I even know that it even reaches you?  You were kind and generous to our family, now I feel like a wretch in that I cannot help you in your hour of need...  COME HOME FOR PITY'S SAKE!
  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Esther
  • Watching: WoT
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
Flee for your life! by tbolt
Flee for your life!
(To the tune of Dream Weaver)

It was straight up fight, but then

You're hit by the Dream Eater train

Ghost Types amplify the worries of the day

Silently kick your behind



ooOOooo Dream eater

Do you think you can flee throughout the night?

OooOOOooo Dream eater

Do you hope you could see the morning light?


Drop you high from in the lonely skies

Or maybe to an algebra test?

Public speaking of grave import

Why did you forget your pants?



ooOOooo Dream eater

Do you think you make it through the night?

OooOOOooo Dream eater

Don't you wish you could see the morning light?


Will the end be coming soon?

The Gengar's feeling fine

Stuff your tail into some vappy pantaloons?

Standing in the bus stop line!


ooOOooo Dream eater

Gengar's tummy is getting full tonight!
OooOOOooo Dream eater

Gengar will take a nap in the morning light!




Sometimes the bullies you thought were alone have friends, and they come back with them ready for a fight.  In that case the best option might be to flee...

Been too long since I drew something, so I dusted off the tablet before the next windows update makes it unusable! =^^=

If you don't know who pokemons belong to, you are living under a rock! :P =^^=
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What do you agape?

I've been doing a little thinking this Christmas Eve.  I pray that peace will find you at some point in time this season, despite what the holidays have become.

What is Agape? (Pronounced ah-GOP-pay, as opposed to uh-GAPE, that's just standing there with your mouth open! =^^= )  Agape is a Greek word.  It refers to a selfless love.  It is considered the highest form of love in that it seeks the benefit of the beloved without the desire of anything in return.  The fact that the beloved is better off is reward enough in and of itself.  It needs not even to be reciprocated.

Today, it seems that love has been cross-linked with sex.  That somehow the two are interchangeable.  I remember watching an old French film about a couple that died "prematurely".  They were supposed to fall in love and become a couple, but because they were murdered that did not happen.  Since it was so unfair, heaven decided to allow them to resurrect and meet.  The first thing they did of course was have sex.  Ultimately it meant nothing because they immediately abandoned each other to try to get payback against the people that murdered them, instead of trying to make some sort of relationship.  Long story short, they promptly ended up dead again and nothing was gained anywhere .

That wasn't love.  That was a co-dependent relationship at best with each actor hoping that the other could somehow fix their problems.  Or at worst, that problems can be solved by simply running away from them.  Overall I didn't see too much "love".

So what is love?  I remember listening to a radio show talking to a couple that wrote a book entitled "The five Love Languages".  From listening to them, I found some deep wisdom there and more than a few insights into myself.  The love languages are:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Receiving Gifts
Quality Time
Physical Touch

How do you know You are loved?  Is it when someone tells you?  Is it when someone helps you?  Is it when someone gives you some token of affection?  Do you just like to be with someone, even in silence?  Or is it when someone gives you a hug, or a pat on the back?  How do you express love to someone else?

My dad was "old school".  You never head the words "I love you" come out of his mouth.  He was never affectionate with mom as far as we the children could see.  However,  he took his role as provider with great seriousness.  Our house was the first to be paid off in the neighborhood.  If a "new" car was purchased, it went to mom.  Dad drove the older vehicle until it fell apart, then mom got a newer vehicle and dad took over the older car.  He even took a smaller pension to ensure that if mom outlived him, she'd have a little extra income even after he was gone.  Dad didn't encourage me much when I built my first blackpowder firearm, but he was willing to give me assistance whenever I asked for it.  He built me shelving units for my books and models, and even pigeon hole organizers for my handloading equipment.

I took that for granted, that he wsa bored and had nothing better to do with his retirement.  Thank you, father, you did excellent work.  I'm sorry I didn't say that while you were still alive.  You were a good man, and did the best you could with the tools and resources that you were given.

Agape is the highest form of love.  It is a love that inspires one to sacrifice one's self for one's beloved.  So, what would you be willing to die for?  A scientific theory?   A political party? A nation?  A specific person?  A lifestyle? A moral / ethical code?  When I say die, I don't mean on the battlefield surrounded by burning wreckage and heaps of the slain.  No, I mean quietly going to take the punishment intended for someone else.

Could I even do that?  Just something that I am pondering on this Christmas eve...

Peace be with you.
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Samuel
  • Watching: WoT
  • Playing: PMD
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
Hallowection 3! by tbolt
Hallowection 3!
And the returns are in the vote tallies as follows:
Tiggy the Fluffycrat wins with 19 votes!

Tiggy:  Yay!  A victory for cute loving squishiness!  As apex predator I promise to celebrate by eating everyone that voted against me! =^w^= 
But first there's a little something i need to take care of....

Draggy came in second at 15 votes..

Draggy:  It was a hard fought campaign.  I humbly concede to...   AUUUUUGH! GEIITIFFME GETITOFFGETITOFF!

Blue sadly came in third place with only 11 votes

Blue:  ...  *is flat*
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Apologies this is a vent...


I got a call from my uncle this morning.  He's sick and needs a large sum of money up front to go to the hospital.  Uncle, why did you leave the US!?!?  The US is all about free health care and hospitalization.  We have the resources here to help you, excellent facilities.  This is not available to a foreigner 3000 miles away!  I feel terrible because what you need is far beyond my ability to send.  how do I even know that it even reaches you?  You were kind and generous to our family, now I feel like a wretch in that I cannot help you in your hour of need...  COME HOME FOR PITY'S SAKE!
  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Listening to: Poke BGM
  • Reading: Esther
  • Watching: WoT
  • Playing: Pokemon
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea

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Ssgt. Rothman Alistair Smerlsban
Artist | Hobbyist | Other
United States
Current Residence: Pittsburgh, Pa
Favourite genre of music: Variety
Operating System: XP
Shell of choice: .44 Magnum =^^=
Wallpaper of choice: Personal Photo
Skin of choice: That which I was born with!
Favourite cartoon character: Darkwing Duck
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Letrune Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
How things go, dear friend?
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tbolt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Heh, super stressful.  Without going into details the phone is Chinese water torture...
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Letrune Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
:( Could I help?
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tbolt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the concern, the issue seems to have gone away for now.  But it is something that could crop up again at any time, so it seems... ^^;
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Rennon-the-Shaved Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Happy birthday, Tbolt!
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Letrune Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Happy birthday, dear friend! Hope things go all right.
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Snowfyre Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday old friend :D
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy Birthday!
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fuchsia-neko Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Tag a quality deviant, You’re it! Quality doesn't mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them!
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Slowtho Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!
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