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Signs of the Times: The K Word

12-4-13

I wonder if you have noticed how frequently the K Word has been appearing in books, media and movies in recent days. Can you guess what K Word I might be referring to?

No, it’s not Kardashian nor Krauthammer.

Not Kansas or Kentucky.

Nor is it Knockout, but you’re heading in the right direction.

No, it’s not even Kennedy.
Although JFK has been in the news a whole lot and has more than a bit to do with the K Word.

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Well, the K Word is Kill or Killing. It seems to be everywhere and not just because of Killing Kennedy.

Killing Kennedy has been a hot topic for days as the assassination of JFK on 11/22/63 has been remembered and remembered.

Killing Kennedy has been on TV in a number of ways. Before that Bill O’Reilly came out with his Killing series which has grabbed great attention and helped put Killing as a top media word.

First it was Killing Lincoln, then Killing Kennedy, and now Killing Jesus which is the biggest selling book in the world as of October.

Interestingly at that time, Chris Matthews sat in on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” to talk about his own new book “Tip and the Gipper.” He took the occasion to mock Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” book series saying, “When are we going to have the book we’ve really been waiting for, Killing O’Reilly?”

So, there was first Killing Lincoln - an O’Reilly book, now a movie with Tom Hanks, and a TV production by National Geographic.

Then, Killing Kennedy - another O’Reilly book, TV movie by Nat Geo, lots of commentary and secondary programs on TV and the Internet.

And now, Killing Jesus - a so-called History book again by O’Reilly, to be made into another National Geographic TV movie.

One has to wonder if there are any more Killing books and movies in O’Reilly’s or others’ plan.

Regardless Killing in word and deed are popular these days.

There is a Killing Games website, with movie in development.

There was a recent Killing Season - DeNiro and Travolta - film in 2012.

Top movies of the last two years (per Google) don’t have Kill in their titles, but many of them certainly give hints in that direction as prominent parts of story lines.

Top movies of 2012 - The Avengers, The Dark Night Rises, Skyfall, Argo, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Linings Playbook, The Cabin in the Woods, Zero Dark Thirty, Prometheus, Moonrise Kingdom

Top Movies of 2013 - Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, World War Z, Fast and Furious 6, Monsters University, Elysium, Pacific Rim, The Wolverine, Despicable Me 2, Oz: The Great and Powerful, This is the End

What might all this Killing stuff mean? What does it say to you? Words are not just words but also symbols. What does the plethora of the K Word symbolize?

Address comments to theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Thanks.

PS I just got stuck on the NY Times website. The front page wouldn’t load and the Chrome browser gave a choice of Wait or Kill Page.


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12-10-13

Friends and Neighbors.

Kathy - with a K - in Idaho responded to my note about the K Word as a Sign of the the Times. She was hoping that K stood for Kindness. Kathy said that Kindness is what she is working on. Shouldn't we all be doing that?

Kindness sure "beats" the other K Word - for Killing - which has been so prominently around us and in the media. Maybe if we promote and act out Kindness we will see less of the other K word.

What if we learned to deal with others - friends and strangers, neighbors and enemies - by "Killing with Kindness"? Isn't Kindness, Friendliness and Goodwill what we really need to create Peace on Earth?

What do you think about that?

Maybe you have thoughts about Kindness vs. Killing. Comments are welcome.

Good Winter to you, Robert

PS Kathy - with a K - Ruyts directs the 8th Street Center for Peace in Buhl, ID. You can read about Kathy, Kindness and Peace at http://theportableschool.com/Lessons/Lesson05.html


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12-16-13


Friends,

I may have gotten more responses on the last email about K for Kindness - thanks to Kathy Ruyts - than any note I have sent out ever.
Synchronistically last night, I happened to watch an old black-and-white movie from 1947 called The Bishop's Wife - with Loretta Young, David Niven, and Cary Grant.

The final scene has David Niven, the Bishop, unknowingly reading a sermon which had been written by the Angel Dudley, played by Cary Grant. He finishes the message with reference to all the gifts given at Christmas, yet the Christ child is still waiting for his stocking to be filled simply with "Loving Kindness, Warm Hearts, and Stretched Out Hands of Tolerance."

Responses follow, send further comments to theportableschool at gmail dot com.

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NICE! I like it.....thank you! K

Love Kathy’s idea of working for Kindness, sometimes a single, specific and clear objective and action are the most effective. Best, Nic

We will never have real peace  until we have inner peace.  Gary Renard has written a book "The Disappearance of the universe"    This is two Spirits that came to Gary for 17 times over 9 years.  They make "The Course in Miracles", understandable.  They teach how to forgive. I have been working on it now for several years and am now much more peaceful.   However I find I still judge  and have to forgive.   It sure helps..  This thought system of the HOLY SPIRIT Sure makes more sense to me than anything else I've read. Merry Christmas Dorothy B

One mind….that was the word I thought of after reading your article. Susan O

"Killing with Kindness" Love it! Cynthia M.

I love email about kindness!  I so agree with you - we must commit constant and continuous random acts of kindness :)
I am sending you the email of a friend - a flight attendant for Delta who has been focusing on kindness for many years now.  She operates the QKindness Café in St. Paul and it is an amazing place with a sharing of many ways to promote those acts of kindness.
Please check out her site www.kinactor.com
I send you wishes for wonderful holidays filled with blessings and love! Laure E-Y

I agree with Kathy,  Kindness is the perfect word and something I have tried to live by.  Great email. Ma Bear

Kindness, Amity and Unity to all.

Robert


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