Fortress of Solitude

I open the refrigerator and there are six plastic bottles: three waters, three sodas.

Someone opened and drank them down to 1/4th of the bottle and then re-capped them, crumpled them, and abandoned them to accumulate in the refrigerator.

As a child I didn’t understand.

Now I understand.

I too want a giant house nestled on a silent, inaccessible, deeply forested one hundred acres of land so I never have to see another human being except the ones I like.


Natural Ends

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14

God not taking your calls? Decided the entire universe is the inevitable outcome of a few billion one-in-a-billion lucky ricochets? Demoted everything that terrifies you to mere illusions?

The hour is late.

Check your fear at the door.

Grow up.

Or better yet, wake up.

Labradorite Orb

labradorite sphere

Labradorite is an unusual mineral. It can display a beautiful iridescent play of colors, caused by internal fractures in the mineral that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors. This effect, known as labradorescence, gives Labradorite its appeal and fame. Specimens sold to collectors are usually polished or sliced by dealers to fully bring out this effect. Sliced slabs are sometimes sold by dealers in water, which enhances the effect.

Labradorite belongs to the Plagioclase Feldspar group, an isomorphous solid solution series. Albite is one member, containing sodium and no calcium. The other end member, Anorthite, contains calcium and no sodium. Labradorite is an intermediary member of this series. Labradorite is considered by some authorities as a variety of Anorthite rather then a separate mineral. The acclaimed Dana’s System of Mineralogy lists Labradorite as an individual mineral, whereas the IMA does not recognize it as individual mineral species, but rather a sodium-rich variety of Anorthite.

Chemical Formula

Sodium calcium aluminum silicate. The ratio of sodium to calcium is about 7:3. The amount of aluminum atoms are between 1 and 2, and the amount of silicon atoms are between 3 and 2.

In the Plagioclase Feldspar series, Labradorite contains between 30 and 50 percent Albite (Ab), and between 50 and 70 percent Anorthite (An).

White, gray, light blue, light green, pale orange-red, black, usually with a strong multicolored display of purple, blue, and green schillers. A variety from Finland known as Spectrolite, shows the Schiller effect with dark reds, orange, yellow, blues and green color flashes.


6 – 6.5

Crystal System

Crystal Forms and Aggregates
Labradorite rarely forms in crystals. When it does, they are generally tabular and often twinned. Most commonly occurs massive , grainy , as elongated fragments, as chunky masses, and rounded.

Transparent to translucent

Specific Gravity
2.69 – 2.72

Vitreous to pearly

2,1 – basal ; 2,1 – prismatic ; 3,1 – pinacoidal. The cleavage angle is about 90º.

Conchoidal to uneven


In Group
Silicates; Tectosilicates; Feldspar Group

Striking Features
Play of color, hardness, cleavage, and crystal forms

In igneous environments in diabase, and in contact metamorphic rocks

Rock Type
Igneous, Metamorphic

Popularity (1-4)

Prevalence (1-3)

Demand (1-3)

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One of my favorite rocks.


The Police

Police State

Gone it seems are the days when a police officer actually tried to understand a situation, clarified causes at the scene, cared or could tell the difference between a legitimate criminal committing a crime and someone who was merely experiencing a moment of bad luck, reversal of fortune, or just a torqued instant.

Today, from coast to coast, the police seem more like mob enforcers, shaking you down for the slightest misstep, rather than understanding that — guess what? — it takes money to obey the law.

You cannot obey the law for free.

If someone is having a bad run of fortune, such as lost their job or has been hit with long term illness, there are heavy financial implications to those reversals. A mother will spend money for food for her children long and always before replacing an expired license plate tag or a tail light. And I say this as someone who has had a pretty good relationship with the police, despite the scams they, and our judges, seem constrained to enforce. Today the police are just profit centers, like the tax collectors of old, for bureaucrats who cannot stop spending everyone else’s money while they give themselves exorbitant bonuses and annual raises.

Since our society seems hell bent on ignoring legitimate threats to our nation and other countries from militant radicals around the world, and since the NSA, Homeland Security and the TSA have colluded to brand the entire American population as potential enemy combatants, it often seems our police forces are being malformed into anti-Constitutional hit squads with no-knock warrants who will shoot your dog for barking, raid your house because you uprooted some ginseng, terrorize your family and your children, drive around in military tanks, and will even shoot you for obeying them.

It must be said there are many thousands, hopefully tens of thousands of excellent, ethical law enforcement officers on the streets. They are our silent heroes. For them I have nothing but the highest respect and praise. To them I say “thank you.”

But standing shoulder-to-shoulder next to them are cadres of brain dead, trigger-happy, goose-stepping drones who have been conditioned and programmed into seeing every American citizen as a terrorist… except the terrorists themselves of course. It is like they have had their eyes put out.

I am not sure what clandestine Fourth Reich propaganda has infected our police forces, but it is spooky.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.