Thursday, February 18, 2010

Karma



How's this for Jungian synchronicity -- I pull out my children's book on Jim Jones Monday so I can use it for the blog. I notice for the first time that Jim and Marceline Jones were the first white couple to adopt an African-American child in the state of Indiana, Jim Jones, Jr.. Two hours later, I'm at the gym and catch a commercial for Oprah. Jim Jones, Jr. is her guest for Tuesday. I seldom watch Oprah and never know who is going to be the guest. Cue Twilight Zone music. He escaped because he was playing basketball a hundred miles away from Jonestown on that fateful drink the flavor-aid night.

I found Jim Jones, Jr. to be incredibly thoughtful. Oprah asked him why he didn't change his name given all that had happened. He said that he went by James for a long time, but when he got his dream job, there were too many titles for his door to fit so they had to abbreviate his name back to Jim and he thought, that's who I am, Jim Jones, Jr. His contention was a simple yet profound one -- to disown parts of ourselves is to be forever running away from those parts, giving them even more power than they have originally. We all have a legacy and a story that we shape over and over again based on the skeleton keys we feel compelled to give each other. Like the sign over all the dead bodies in Jonestown said, Those who can't remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you're hating part of yourself." Elvis Presley

Cocktail Hour
Anyone interested in Shutter Island? Looks like the kind of thing that will give me bad dreams for a few days.

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Thursday!

5 comments:

jodi said...

OMG Michelle! I too, caught the Oprah interview and found Jim Jr. and very well balanced individual--all things considered. Also learned many facts that I hadn't yet read about Jonestown. Amazing... xo

Anonymous said...

The latest rap on Scorsese is that his suspense is disjointed. Based on my take of "The Departed," I tend to agree. Wait for DVD.--Oscar Winner

the walking man said...

Wait, ok cool that Jim Jones Jr. is cool and all but if you're at the gym to burn calories, isn't that offset by watching Oprah?

YVY Mag said...

Hi there,
We would love to trade links with you. Please let me know if you are interested


Best
Marcello
www.yvymag.com

Anonymous said...

I sell a boat-program which will help you to outwit auction and to win, initially the boat was created for the Scandinavian auction http://internet-aukcion.ru/ but now the program can work with similar auctions: gagen ru, vezetmne ru and with ten.
The program-boat stakes for you, i.e. for this purpose it is not necessary to sit constantly at the monitor. The boat can set time when it is necessary to stake, thus you as much as possible will lower expenses for rates, and as much as possible increase the chances of a victory.

The price of the program a boat for the Scandinavian auctions 20$

For the first 10 clients the price 15$

To all clients free updating and support.

Behind purchases I ask in icq: 588889590 Max.