6.24.2020


“The irony of vandalizing a monument to those who died to end slavery is lost on the morons who don’t know their history.”   -Joe Walsh, a member of the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park


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Good Morning!  Not sure what today holds for me... I had considered hiking a new trail about an hour away from here but when I checked the weather it says we are going from 40% rain to 80% throughout today.  Yet, at 8:am, I don't see 40% of rain... I see the sun.

Considering it's an hour away, I have a feeling I'd drive there, get stuck in the start of a storm and have to drive an hour home again in a strong pour down.

Plus, Mr. Coffee informed me at 5:22 pm yesterday he had today off. "Giving you a heads up I'm off tomorrow!"  -  a heads up?  He was on his way home.  I guess telling me at 5:22 pm instead of when he actually walked in the door at 5:45 was a heads up??  But him being off always throws me off my game for the day.

So... perhaps, maybe, get started clearing out the basement guest bathroom and taping it off for the painting I keep procrastinating?  Running to Sam's Club for a couple items I need?  Not sure yet.  I'll decide over one more cup of hot, strong coffee.

Quick update to yesterdays post regarding the friend-of-the-family baby watch:  Baby delivered around 5:30 pm by c-section; a healthy little girl. 

Sorry this morning's coffee talk is.... disjointed, and doesn't even really say anything.  I've got two dogs shuffling around me, a husband I hear on the other side of the wall awake and moving around and I think getting ready for the day, and a huge bug of some weird sort flying around the big office window trying to find a way out... looks like a cross between a wasp and a fly.

Concentration is not happening.



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6.23.2020

Happy News: little guy born at just 21 weeks is going home

You can only digest so much negative, horrible, anger-inducing news before it starts to eat your soul.  I've mentioned a few times that over the past year, I only delve into the news in small bites, and only when I can stomach it.

This morning I was clicking around to news sources looking for happy news.  Things that had absolutely nothing to do with... well, everything else.

And my eyes went to this photo because... baby!  And oh how I love the little ones.  Plus, it's fitting as we (collective 'we' here) are on baby watch today for someone we know.  The little one wasn't due until July but Mama had high blood pressure and preecclampsia so they are inducing and delivering early.  She's in labor now (as of this posting) so yeah... babies on the brain!

This is the little guy caught my attention... born at just 21 weeks.  Most hospitals and doctors won't (wouldn't) attempt to save a little one if the Mama is less than 24 weeks along.  Luckily this little mans mom said;  Don't you tell me 'no'... you TRY.

And they did.



Source:  https://disrn.com/



Youngest surviving preemie ever, born at 21 weeks weighing 13 ounces, is going home

When Jemarius' parents, Jessica McPherson and Jemarius Harbor, Sr., came to the hospital in premature labor last December, they remember telling hospital officials that despite the odds, they wanted them to "try."
"I just want you to try. As long as you try, that's all that matters to me. Don't just up and say that you can't do it. Just ‘cause you haven't done it doesn't mean it can't be done."
Now, hospital officials have done what "can't be done," as Jemarius has graduated from the NICU, into the world.

Jemarius' survival eclipses the previous record for the youngest surviving "preemie" by four days. Lyla Stensrud was born six years ago at just 21 weeks and four days. Examples like Jemarius and Lyla reaffirm the conclusions drawn by a 2016 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics that found when provided active rather than palliative care, over 70% of babies can survive a premature birth.


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When I read this, I was remembering a news story from what I believe (?) was the mid 90's.  A little baby girl born early that weighed 12 oz. (I recall her being compared to the size of a can of Coke).  I don't recall if her mama died in child birth or what the story was, but I seem to remember Daddy was the single parent, a truck driver and the size of a small mountain.  To see this itty bitty baby laying in his hand... wow.

Which is probably why I remember this story 20+ years later, right?

Anyway!  So I did a quick internet search and found a great (because it's quick and easy to read but full of information) story about some of the worlds smallest preemies!

Source:  https://www.verywellfamily.com/worlds-smallest-preemies-2748663

Rumasia Rahman

Born September 4, 2004, Rumasia Rahman and her fraternal twin sister Hiba were born at 25.6 weeks gestation, just over 15 weeks before their due date. At birth, Rumasia weighed just 260 grams, or 8.6 ounces3 — about the size of a small cell phone. She was 9.8 inches long. Rumasia's twin sister Hiba was more than twice her size, at 1 pound 4 ounces and 12 inches long.

Rumasia and her twin were delivered early because their mom suffered from severe preeclampsia,4 which can cause babies to be smaller than average for their gestational age. Although she was very tiny at birth, Rumasia grew to be a normal school age child. She had laser eye surgery for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and wears glasses, is smaller than other kids her age, and has mild motor delays, but shows no other long-term effects from her premature birth.

Melinda Star Guido

At the time of her birth in August 2011, Melinda Star Guido became the second smallest baby in the U.S. and the world's third smallest baby to survive long enough to leave the hospital. Melinda was born at 24 weeks because her mom had dangerously high blood pressure. She weighed just 9.5 ounces at birth.5

She used supplemental oxygen at home to treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and had to have surgery to repair a patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) and laser eye surgery for ROP. Her brain is free from any bleeding from intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), an excellent sign for her future. She went home after 16 weeks in the hospital, weighing 4.5 pounds.6

"Tom Thumb"

Perhaps the world's smallest surviving baby boy is a German baby nicknamed "Tom Thumb" because his parents prefer to keep his identity secret. "Tom" was delivered in June 2009 at 25 weeks gestation. He weighed 275 grams, just over 9.7 ounces.7

Madeline Mann

Born in 1989, Madeline Mann was the world's sixth smallest surviving preemie, born at 26.6 weeks gestation. Although she weighed just 280 grams at birth (9.9 ounces), Madeline is a healthy young woman who attended college.8 Although Madeline is only 4 feet 7 inches tall, wears glasses, and has asthma, she has no other long-term effects of her premature birth.

Kenna Moore

Kenna was smaller than a soda can when she was born on Jan. 9, 2012, at 9.6 ounces9 . She was born at 24 weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina after her mother suffered from high blood pressure. She came off her feeding and oxygen tube at the age of 3 and is a healthy, thriving little girl who wears glasses.10

World's Youngest Preemies

The babies listed above have all had remarkable outcomes, and show no major developmental delays. It is important to note that these babies, although all very small, were all born at 24 weeks gestation or later. At such a young age, every day spent inside mom is very valuable and helped these babies to mature beyond their small size.

Medical science is improving all of the time, but babies born at 24 weeks or earlier are at risk for a number of long-term effects of prematurity.

The outcomes for micropreemies are not always as good as for those born later, even if they are smaller. There are always miracles, though, as proven by the world's youngest surviving preemies. A few 21-week gestation preemies have survived, including these two cases:

James Elgin Gill

James Elgin Gill, a Canadian man born at just 21 weeks 5 days in 1988, set a record when he was born for world's most premature baby.11 James was born so early that he was expected to die at birth or — if he survived — to have multiple and severe handicaps. James beat all of the odds, growing to be a healthy adult.

Amilia Taylor

American baby Amilia Taylor was born at 21 weeks 6 days in October 2006.12 Because Amilia was conceived by in vitro fertilization, her gestational age can be pinpointed exactly, an impossibility for most infants. Although she needed oxygen at hospital discharge, was anemic, and has mild osteopenia, she is otherwise healthy.






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On the same page as my 'happy' news of the babies, I did see a list of trending stories.  Sigh.

This.
THIS.
T H I S.

'Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.' - G Carlin




6.22.2020

The circle of life... goodbye little birds

I wish Mama Bird had built her nest in a higher place - because this morning as I stepped out the front door I saw a bit of the nest on the ground in front of the planter and I knew immediately what I would find.... yep.  The nest was ripped apart and empty.

Well, empty save for one broken egg.  But the two baby birds were gone.




I checked back on the security camera and I had no movement alerts during the night - although, because of the placement of the camera, the night vision sucks on this particular house cam.

It 'reflects' off the brick ledge during the night and shrouds everything else in pitch black.  Unless there is light (even a speck) or something walks in front of the landscape lights to make them flicker, I wouldn't have had an alert.

Although I couldn't see what or when the nest was attacked and emptied, sadly I see the moment when Mama Bird discovered the murder scene.

Video shows her arriving at the nest at 5:39 am with a big 'something' in her beak to feed the littles.  She hops up, stops, looks around and spends the next 3 minutes continuously looking around before giving up and flying off.

It made me so very, very sad. 


I know it's the circle of life and all that.  But it still hurts my heart.  

As for what might have gotten to the nest?  The list is long.
Yesterday I noticed a murder of crows in our front yard and trees.  They were insanely loud and obnoxious.  I watched them a bit and wondered what in the world was in the area to make them gather here and go nuts, and hoped they would fly off and find somewhere else to gather.  Intelligent, but horrible birds.   We have a number of any and every kind of bird here but I don't really think it was a bird that got the nest.  

During the night we regularly have raccoons, armadillos, skunk, cats, coyotes, bobcats, oppossum, squirrels, rats and flying squirrels.  I have a flying squirrel on the security camera from two nights ago - dropping in, landing on the brick ledge in the photo you see above, looking into the camera and turning and scurrying off to the right. There's a good chance it was a raccoon or a squirrel that attacked the nest.  (Yes, squirrels, especially gray squirrels, love to eat eggs and baby birds... even mama birds if they can get them).   

And now, I'm off to sip some coffee and start my morning.  A bit sad but trying to remind myself it's how the world works in nature. 














6.21.2020

Well, hello there baby birds!

Like many people, the layout of our home means we primarily use the garage/basement door to enter our home, not the front door. Because of this, I don't often look at the two large planters I have decorating the stairs and front entry.  Luckily Mother Nature usually sends enough rain to keep the flowers and greenery in them alive, but sometimes she goes a couple weeks without sprinkling us with moisture and the planters get dried up and mostly... dead, before I remember them.

Yesterday I was expecting a delivery and my phone app said it was 6 stops away, so I thought I'd take a rest and sit on the front stairs to wait.

As I walked out the door and glanced down at the planter, I realized it was dry.  Very, very dry.  As in... almost all the flowers were brown, dead and laying flat on the cracked soil.  There were a few signs of life in the pansies and snapdragons, but the only thing still standing tall was the Dusty Miller in the middle.

I went into the house and filled up two empty gallon jugs to water my poor, neglected planters; hoping most of the flowers would bounce back with some fresh moisture. 

I started to pour water into the center of the planter, right on the Dusty Miller plants.  As I poured, I realized there was a bit of a build up of old dried leaves and pine straw, etc. gathered in the center around the stalks of the plants.  I decided I'd better grab that little rat's nest of dried refuse and pull it out.

As I poured water with my right hand, I was started to grab the 'mess' with my left, all the while was lost in thought about other things... just mindlessly doing the task while my thoughts were busy elsewhere.

That's when my eyes finally the got message through to my busy-brain that there was a bit of moss in that 'mess' and I stopped mid-grabbing to take notice.  There was moss and pine straw mixed in with the dried stems and leaves because I was currently "watering" a little birds nest!  

Poor little guys!  They just got a nice bath... ha ha.

I carefully pulled back the sticks a bit, saw some movement, a little bit of 'new baby bird' featherless skin, a few more of the scrawny ugly new 'feathers' that are so ugly and uneven as they start to grow.  I was trying to touch and move the nest as little as possible so I couldn't see well, but there seemed to be two newborn little birds in there, and at least one of them moved.

I quickly pushed the 'mess' back in place and hoped my fumbling wouldn't cause Mama Bird to leave the nest for fear of her safety now that a human had discovered it.

I emptied the water into the sides of the planter and went back into the house to watch for my delivery guy, but also for a Mama Bird.

About 5 minutes later I opened the front door to stand and gaze around, hoping to see a little Mama and sure enough there was a very upset and LOUD little tiny bird flitting around on the branches of a small landscape tree about 15 feet away.   Yay! I closed the door and watched through the window.

I watched as a cute little bird hopped around the stair landing, the tree, the ground... and soon was stealthily getting closer and closer to the planter with a large bug or grub in her mouth.

She was being all Ninja like!

Two steps, look around nonchalantly... a couple more steps...  la la la... don't mind me, I'm just a little bird dancing around on this front landing.... a couple more jumps in the general direction of the planter but not looking at it.... ho hum, move along all you other mean birds and various animals, nothing to see here....  two more hops.... now to the other side of the planter near the brick corner and... she disappeared.    I didn't see her.  Did she fly away?

Then I saw the tall Dusty Miller wiggle and move... Mama Bird had snuck in the nests back door with dinner for the littles.  Yay!  My clumsy human fingers pawing at the nest didn't keep her away.

This morning as I sipped my coffee I opened the front door and looked down at the planter.  I wondered if the little birds were still there, still ok.  I gently tried to look in through the small opening but I couldn't tell.  I used one finger to move the leaves and stems just enough to get a peek... and something wiggled.

They are still there and still alive.  You can't seem them well in the photo, but I've bothered them enough. 




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For those wondering about Mama Bird.......


Mama Bird looks (and sounds) like she is a Carolina Wren. 



The Carolina Wren is a small rusty-brown bird with a prominent white eye stripe and a very loud voice. Their call is a loud melodious “TEA-kettle TEA-kettle TEA-kettle” or “cherry cherry cherry.” To avoid predators, they prefer to nest near humans, in planters, decorative door wreaths, or even in an old boot. Carolina wrens will call at any time of the day or year.

The Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is a small bird in the family Troglodytidae. It is approximately five and one-half inches in length with a deep rusty-brown colored back, buff colored underside, light colored throat and prominent white stripe above and beyond the eye.

FUN FACT: Carolina Wrens form pair bonds at any time of the year. After finding a partner, the two birds remain paired for life.










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6.16.2020

Protests, Riots, BLM, Looting, Attacks, Statues removed, schools being renamed, Seattle, CHOPS... my give a damn's busted.


Protests, Riots, BLM, Looting, Attacks, Companies kissing ass on social media to be politically correct, media telling lies, misconstruing facts and pushing their own agenda while ignoring facts. Demands by protestors (see Washington DC), attacks on innocent white people (see the 92 year old woman attacked by an asshole that's been arrested 103 TIMES and still not in jail), killing innocent cops that had nothing to do with any of the situations, leaving children without a daddy and wives without husbands; statues removed, schools and even pancake syrups being renamed.  The white guy in Texas buying some groceries that was attacked in the parking lot by 5 racists blacks, beaten and then told "... kicked me in the face and said, 'Black Lives Matter, [expletive]." Seattle, CHOPS....

Yeah... my give a damn's busted. I have zero respect for you.






"My Give A Damn's Busted"

Well you filled up my head with so many lies
You've twisted my heart 'til something snapped inside
I'd like to give it one more try
But, my give a damn's busted

You can crawl back home, say you were wrong
Stand out in the yard and cry all night long
Go ahead and water the lawn
My give a damn's busted


I really wanna care
I wanna feel something
Let me dig a little deeper
No, sorry, nothing

You can say you've got issues
You can say you're a victim
It's all your parents' fault, I mean after all you didn't pick em
Maybe somebody else has got time to listen
My give a damn's busted

Well your therapist says it was all a mistake
A product of the Prozac and your codependent ways
So who's your enabler these days
My give a damn's busted

I really wanna care
I wanna feel something
Let me dig a little deeper
No, still nothing

6.13.2020

This is what happens when you reply to spam email - James Veitch

Hilarious!  KitKat, Gummy Bear, Giant Gummy Lizard.... you'll 'get it' after you watch!

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? 

Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.
 


AND PART TWO - WHICH IS EVEN BETTER
:)




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Immigration to America: making sure no one was “…..an idiot, or imbecile or a feeble-minded person, or insane person or a pauper, or is likely to become a public charge, or is afflicted with tuberculosis or with a loathsome or dangerous, contagious disease, or is a person who has been convicted of, or who admits having committed a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude..."


This morning I woke earlier than I would have liked, and not being able to get back to sleep, I did what I always do... grabbed a book.

This morning I was immersed in Viking history.

Some I already knew, some I had forgotten, but I always pick up a new fact or tidbit and I love learning new things.  Funny, I hated history when I was in school.  I enjoyed it way back in elementary days and even junior high but by the time I got to high school I did quite poorly in my Freshman history class.  Pondering this now, I realize it was probably the teacher of my 9th grade history classes coupled with the text books we were forced to use.  (A creepy older man who loved to rub the girls shoulders, sit with his legs wide open and his crotch on display, and try to peer up skirts...coupled with dry, boring, poorly written and often times misleading or wrong text books - which has only gotten disgustingly worse.  Mandatory text books today are... well, a whole other post for another day!)  Since then, generally speaking, both the teachers and the mandatory text books have become failures in this topic. Even much of the fighting going on today is based on misinformation and lack of education in the topics.

Earlier this week I was re-visiting one of my 'reading for fun in the evenings' topics;  Emigration to America.  I love to read through old passenger and crew lists of the ships arriving in New York in the late 1800 and early 1900's.  I also love to read historical documents (not the picked apart and misconstrued versions being taught in schools today, but the actual, real sources), as well as census documents, government reports, studies, biographies, 'how to' manuals and more...  you can find almost everything and anything if you research and a great place is archive.org - I love that site.

The original emigrants and visitors (even if you are a returning American citizen) had to have arrival interviews that included medical interviews and proving they had monies in their pocket at that time and a place to go - be it a relative or sponsor and proof of who paid their passage fee.   You had to prove you were coming to America to work and be responsible for yourself and not come expecting any charity or handouts.

Your name, where you are from, and even your height, eye and hair color.
By whom was your passage fee paid?
Are you in possession of at least $50?
Are you joining friends or relatives?  If so, what is their complete address and name?
Have you ever been in prison, an almshouse or supported by a charity?
Are you a polygamist?
Are you an Anarchist?
Condition of your health - both mental and physical.
Are you deformed or crippled?





The affidavit of the master or commanding officer or first or second officer would be filled out and signed and dated, regarding the passengers health, intent and criminal backgrounds of the vessel; 


“…..no one of said aliens is an idiot, or imbecile or a feeble-minded person, or insane person or a pauper, or is likely to become a public charge, or is afflicted with tuberculosis or with a loathsome or dangerous, contagious disease, or is a person who has been convicted of, or who admits having committed a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or is a polygamist or one admitting belief in the practice of polygamy, or an anarchist, or under promise or agreement, express or implied, to perform labor in the United States, or a prostitute, or a woman or girl coming to the United States for the purpose of prostitution, or for any other immoral purpose….”





If the passenger was returning to America after being overseas for whatever reason, they filled out an "OATH OF RETURNING CITIZEN".

"I have been abroad temporarily and am now returning to the United States with the purpose of resising and performing the duties of citizenship therein."

 

I love to look over the names on the passenger lists, especially of the families.  I also sometimes choose random names or addresses to look up to see how this person fared in their new country, where they chose to make their homestead, what industry they went into and their family tree.

Another fun thing, which you can see here, is to look up the address of where this person lived in say, 1900, and then look up the address to see what it looks like today. Many of the addresses were in New York, Philadelphia and Boston and are still standing today.






6.12.2020

Over 30,000 fans who attended the Rose Bowl this year had secret cameras scanning them for facial recognition testing....

News Source



Over 30,000 fans who attended the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., this past January were being watched before they even got to their seats because their features were captured by facial-recognition software from a company called VSBLTY.

As fans showed up to see the Oregon Ducks take on the Wisconsin Badgers, there were four hidden cameras underneath digital signs near the FanFest activity area that were secretly scooping up data on those who passed by, according to OneZero.

Cameras reportedly analyzed their age, gender, if they were carrying a weapon or not, and if they were on any government watch lists. 


VSBLTY, based in Philadelphia, issued a statement calling the exercise "an audience study," which helped obtain data that would be used to enhance the consumer experience.

"Traffic count and other venue data collected, when combined with machine learning, can help improve operational efficiencies and venue logistics. Facts about fans, their habits and actions—in addition to demographic and psychographic information—will help plan audience activities as well as serve as a tool to validate the value of on-site advertising impressions to sponsors," the statement read.

"High tech video cameras combined with video display signage were strategically placed in front of the stadium where pre-bowl game fan activities were staged to collect key audience information through signage analytics," the message continued. "Along the pathway to the stadium, four cameras were deployed at different locations among “Fan Fest” activities that included two FESCO units displaying archived videos of Rose Bowl legendary players and advertising messaging."







6.07.2020

Elmer Fudd is now going to go all middle Eastern on Bugs Bunny's ass with a scythe... because, 'gun violence'



Knee-jerk reactions and decisions are never, ever a good idea.
Ever.

Minneapolis City Council announces veto-proof push to disband police in George Floyd aftermath

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  Be very, very quiet... we are hunting rabbits!

No more....

 

Instead of hunting like a normal, red blooded American hunting rabbits, we are now going to go all middle Eastern on Bugs Bunny's ass with a scythe... because, 'gun violence'.  (WTF?)

Elmer Fudd will not use a gun in new 'Looney Tunes' cartoons

 (screen shot from the article below)

6.04.2020

A group of D.C. protesters now has a list of demands??? WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH YOU!?????



Source: yahoo of course (idiots)

A group of D.C. protesters now has a list of demands

The group’s three leading organizers, Aalayah Eastmond, 19, Seun Babalola, 22, and Ty Hobson-Powell, 24, plan to unveil their demands, which they shared exclusively with Yahoo News, at a protest in Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

Their list of 10 demands, which the group is set to announce at Lafayette Park across from the White House at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, includes police, criminal justice and government reforms at both the national and local levels, charges for all four officers involved in Floyd’s death, decriminalization of marijuana and statehood for the District of Columbia. They are also asking for charges against those responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed on March 13 when police stormed her home and shot her during a drug investigation.

“We are simply concerned citizens of Washington, D.C. We want to bring organization to the White House protests while bringing us all under a common goal,” an introductory statement accompanying the list said. “Seeing as all of us as protesters want justice, we the people have formed a list of demands that we would like both the local D.C. municipality as well as the federal government to address with swift action.”





6.03.2020

Always remind yourself: Just because you believe it's true, doesn't mean it's the truth








You should watch: "THE CHOSEN" series - the apostles and Jesus are real people - with personalities - quirks - tempers - and you can watch for free


Last weekend one of my brothers, who isn't religious, doesn't go to church, etc. told me I should watch this series about the bible.

I hesitated.
I told him I wasn't interested in watching any tv series.

He told me it wasn't on tv.  It was a 'crowd funded' mini series - completely paid for by private funds.  That it was available for free on YouTube so I could watch it on my computer.

I wasn't really interested in watching a bible series.
He told me it was different.  It told the bible stories in a different way - more realistically.

He sent me a link to the very first "pilot" episode which wasn't actually a pilot at the time.

The Shepherd (link) was a short film a man (Dallas Jenkins) had made for his church of the birth of Christ.  Filmed on his friends farm in Illinois, he made it to show on Christmas Eve to his church family. It was of Jesus' birth but told from the perspective of the shepherds - not from Joseph and Mary and not just a dry, word by word direct from the bible.

It was amazingly well done.  It was real.  It was different. I watched it and was hooked right off the bat because my brother was right, it WAS different.

Bible series shows can be... boring(?)  The characters speak directly from the King James bible, you don't get to see their personalities, their lives, their jobs.  You know the stories because they've been told the same way for 2000 years.

But Jesus, the apostles and all the people of the bible were... real people. Just like you.
 
When you picture the Apostles, do you just picture a bunch of cookie-cutter guys who followed Jesus around, silent except when they are speaking words taken directly from the historical documents of the Bible?  Mostly, yeah, probably.  Because that's what we've seen or read.

But what if a series brought their stories to life and you got to see the Gospels showing the other side of their lives?  An Apostle with heavy debt and arguing with his wife?  An Apostle that possibly had hints of Asperger syndrome?  Jesus with a sense of humor? 


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https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen




The show is available to stream in every country, on The Chosen app and their site. The series has already been downloaded and streamed in more than 142 countries (impressive since I think there are 195 countries at last count?).

“The Chosen”  is the number one crowdfunded media project in history.

You can watch the trailer here... or on Youtube.

But if you get a chance, even if you aren't 'all that religious' (or if you are!) just watch the first few episodes... for entertainment?  History?  Spiritual uplifting?  Research?  Whatever reason you have... just watch the first season at least.  It's 8 episodes (plus check out that original short THE SHEPHERD film that is kind of the pilot for the series, by default).







READY TO WATCH EPISODE ONE?

You might be confused at first...  and even a little bored.
Sorry all you ultra-religious people, but true. I found myself doing other things while watching the first 10 minutes.
And at one part, was confused as well as a little bored.
I know the bible story they are portraying and even I was a little confused for a bit and thinking "I don't really get what's going on here..."
But then you do.
And that is kind of when you first realize this is not your typical bible story show.....

Get used to different.


(Personally I think it's a little boring until about the 6th minute when you 'meet' Matthew, so give it a chance)