Guard Your Heart

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The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

~ 1 Samuel 16:7

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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So I Was Thinking…

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While making breakfast the other day, I was thinking:

I wish they’d just cut the bagel all the way through.

Am I the only one who finds it annoying that the bagels you buy at the store aren’t cut all the way through? They’re cut mostly through, but just enough is left on both sides of each bagel that you can’t pull it apart — you need an actual knife to cut it.

WHY??

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A Time For War, A Time For Peace

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 

a time to be born and a time to die, 
a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
a time to kill and a time to heal, 
a time to tear down and a time to build, 
a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
a time to mourn and a time to dance, 
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 
a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 
a time to search and a time to give up, 
a time to keep and a time to throw away, 
a time to tear and a time to mend, 
a time to be silent and a time to speak, 
a time to love and a time to hate, 
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Frankenstein Lives!: 200th Anniversary BBC Radio Program

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic horror tale “Frankenstein” celebrates 200 years of life in this, the year of our Lord, 2018. It is arguably one of the most important literary works of the past two centuries, and led to the creation of one of the world’s most beloved movie monsters, thanks to a very different interpretation by Universal Pictures and legendary horror actor Boris Karloff.

Earlier this year, I published Feeding or Fighting the Monster Within: The True Message of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. If you haven’t read it yet, I would of course love for you to do so, as I personally feel this is one of the best posts on my blog. The Frankenstein Monster we know from films is very different from the one Mary Shelley created in her book, and in this post, I explore those differences and take a very real-world look at this polarizing Creature, and discuss why one version deserves our sympathy, while the other does not.

Being a very visual, book-type learner, I’m not someone who enjoys listening to things like audio books or podcasts — especially when they’re clocking in at a full hour of listening time. I much prefer to read words on a page than listen to someone speaking them. But when I saw a BBC audio program called “Frankenstein Lives!”, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, I decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Creepy Cartoons: The Pink Panther, “Pink Plasma”

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Who knew that the Pink Panther had a Halloween episode?? I sure didn’t. But honestly, I’m so glad I found this.

Clocking in at just under 7 minutes, “Pink Plasma” first aired on August 8, 1975. It’s the third episode of the eleventh season of “The Pink Panther Show”. Much in the same, ahem, vein, as Bugs’ Bunny’s “Transylvania 6-5000”, this episode finds our rose-coloured jungle cat in Transylvania, spending the night in a vampire’s castle, thinking it’s just a regular lodge for travelers.

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Creepy Cartoons: Bugs Bunny, “Transylvania 6-5000”

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In 2016, I started a blog series that I thought would be a lot of fun for the Halloween season. It’s called, “Creepy Cartoons”. The first installment was “The 10 Scariest Episodes of Scooby Doo“, which continues to be one of my highest viewed posts to date.

The second post was a slice right out of my childhood, featuring one of the quirkier cartoon bumpers that used to play on the USA Network’s Cartoon Express, “Monster Bash“.

Somehow I didn’t get around to adding a Creepy Cartoon post to the collection last October, but this year I have a few good ones for you to watch. Don’t worry, they’re short!

“La de da da da da da da da da da da da da da Abracadabraaaaaa…”

Okay, be honest, how many of you immediately knew the cartoon that little jingle is from? You should know, because it’s from THE best ever episode of Bugs Bunny. Well, it’s at least my personal favourite.

“Transylvania 6-5000”.

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Hate What Is Evil, Cling To What Is Good

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“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

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The Tell-Tale Pop!: My Custom Edgar Allan Poe Funko Figure

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You might think that as someone who works in the art field, I should want to spend my free time taking a break from doing anything “creative”. But telling a creative person to stop being creative is like telling Dracula to stop drinking blood and meet you at Tim Hortons for an afternoon iced cappuccino.

It’s just im-Poe-sible.

Hmm, “Poe”? Poe? POE. What kind of a pun was that?

That, my frightful friends, was an Edgar Allan Poe pun, because he is the subject of today’s post.

When I’m not creating art for clients, I can still be found holed up in my studio, hunched over the desk, playing with paints, clay, pencils and too much glitter. The irony is that client art is not something I typically think of as being a “creative” process. It is, of course, but when you’re working for someone else, there are all sorts of constraints and rules, and when it comes to commission artists especially, your job is less about being creative, and more about bringing someone else’s vision to life. I love it, but it’s work. It’s not “fun” in the sense that you can play around and just try something for Creativity’s sake.

Regular Seeker of Truth readers will remember the custom Twilight Zone Funko Pop! figures I designed a few years ago.

Now that was fun. Designing these creepy critters was one thing. But customizing an actual Funko Pop! was something else entirely.

A number of years ago, I picked up a Pop! figure that I thought had potential to be transformed into a custom Rod Serling. I still have plans to do that, but when I saw this American Gods “Mr. Wednesday” Funko Pop! a few months back… I knew what was going to be my very first custom Funko Pop! figure.

Instantly, I imagined this figure with a dark suit, sad, melancholy eyebrows, and a lopsided mustache.

I saw Edgar Allan Poe.

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Happy Howl-oween Month, Ghosts and Ghouls!

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If I had a nickel for every time someone complained about seeing stores loading shelves with Christmas decorations in November, or crabbed at me for decking my halls before December 1, I’d be so rich I could literally buy the North Pole and become a real Ms. Claus, giving away toys to good girls and boys.

But I noticed something interesting this year.

These same crabby people have been bombarding my Twitter timeline with in-store Halloween decorations, pumpkin-themed hauls, mood tables, etc., etc., etc….. since early AUGUST.

*sniff, sniff* Hmm, what’s that smell? It sure ain’t pumpkin spice, let me tell ya! Let’s do a bit of math, shall we?

August 8 (I saw the Halloween stuff begin) – October 31 (Halloween)
= 86 days
November 12 (I start decorating for Christmas) – December 25 (Christmas)
= 44 days

Uh huh. And that, my friends, is the overpowering smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

So to those people who like to moan and b*tch that we Christmas-loving folk get into “the spirit” too early? Ahem, you know what they say. People in glass haunted houses shouldn’t throw lumps of coal…

ANYWAY!
🎃 Happy October!  🎃

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, it’s time for our yearly shift to the Dark Side, as October ushers in the official Halloween season here on Seeker of Truth, as well as over on my Twitter page, @WendyLovesJesus.

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Trompe l’Oeil Painting: More Than Meets The Eye

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Have you ever seen those amazing paintings where it looks like a person or an object is about to step right out of it? If so, then you’ve admired a trompe l’oeil painting.

If you’re not an artist yourself, you may not be familiar with the term “trompe l’oeil” (pronounced ‘tromp-loi’ or ‘tromp lo-ay’).

Trompe l’oeil is French for “to deceive the eye”, and is a type of painting which creates the illusion that what the viewer is looking at is real. And it goes a little beyond simple hyper- or photo-realism.

Trompe l’oeil paintings create an incredible sense of depth and dimension, despite the fact that all of the painting’s elements are painted on a single plane. Even though all the objects are painted on the same plane, the artist’s skill makes it appear as if there are different planes in the picture. Continue reading