I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Rune and I took our granddaughter, Arleen, and her little friend, Maddy, to Stephen F. Austin State Park where Arleen brushed up on her biking skills having just learned to ride a couple of says ago, and all of us enjoyed hiking the many trails. We hiked down to the river, and on the bank, we saw evidence of where an female alligator had clearly tried to carve out a nest in the sand. On further exploration, right at the water’s edge, we found an alligator egg.
Ever the daredevil, Maddy wanted to climb down the cliff to retrieve it thinking it would make a great show-and-tell item, but of course I said no. Surely the mama was waiting nearby to turn her into a tasty hors d’oeuvre. Furthermore, the cliff was steep and slippery, and if she slipped into the swift river, it’d be impossible to save her. Still, she kept insisting that she wanted that egg and was willing to take her chances. It’s amazing how invulnerable kids are, and it reminded me of all the sad experiences I had with young patients who met with tragedy because of their foolhardiness. One, for example, dove off the San Luis Bridge near Galveston into shallow water and broke his neck. At 14, he was doomed to be paralyzed from the neck down forever. Every time I saw him in the NICU, it broke my heart to see the anger in his face and the tears in his eyes. If only those neural pathways would grow more quickly. If only they’d listen to reason. If only they’d heed their intuition. So, no egg. No harm. No foul.
I should find out soon if the first of our weekly radio show will be this Thursday or next. I was going to use Spreaker.com to air the show but was recently approached by a radio network called liveparanormal.com. Through them, you can talk to Erik via regular, audio and even video chat. I’m just waiting for them to let me know which day we’ll start as well as where you guys can go to listen and interact. All I know for certain is that it’s going to be every Thursday (barring death, dismemberment or vacation) from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CT. Start thinking of some questions!
Last announcement: I’m uploading the first of the three-part Bigfoot interview series to my YouTube channel right after I finish this post. Please be sure to share it with your friends and on all your social media channels, and tell them to subscribe so they can be alerted when the other parts are published! The more subscribers I have, the better. Right now, I don’t have as many as I should!
Patrick has graciously interviewed another notable figure for us. Marie Antoinette of “Let them eat cake” fame. Enjoy. Thanks, Patrick. Remember that if you search his name (Patrick De Haan) you’ll find his eBook that contains many celebrity channelings.
Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna (1755-1793) the last Queen of France, was born an Archduchess of Austria, the fifteenth and penultimate child of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa. She became Dauphine in 1770 and Queen when her husband Louis XVI ascended the throne in 1774. Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French came to dislike her, accusing “L’Autrichienne” (literally the Austrian [woman] also pronounced as the Austrian bitch) of being profligate, promiscuous and sympathetic to France’s adversaries, particularly her country of origin Austria. She became known as Madame Déficit because of lavish spending during famines. The French Revolution saw Louis XVI deposed in 1792, the monarchy abolished and the royal family imprisoned. Eight months after her husband’s execution, Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine.
Q: Madame Marie, if this address is okay with you.. .
MA: It is.
Q: The story of your life and death fascinates a good many people even now, nearly two and a quarter centuries after your execution. I only asked you forward because of this.
MA: I know this and understand your revulsion at the manner of my death. Be not concerned for the way I was released and returned home. The timeline of Earth allows what is finished to be finished.
Q: The way humans are fascinated with memories…
MA: …this is a reflection of reality, where all memories and times are able to be recalled and understood, without the blur of time Earth creates. You all know and remember this, thus memories seem so precious. They are your substance…but you can finish them, for now. Box them up, store them.
Q: Do you believe the image of lavish spending was accurate?
MA: Yes, royalty has always been this way, through the ages, creation and existence of royalty.
Q: My scant knowledge of the French Revolution tells me a good deal of envy and resentment lead to the deposition of royalty.
MA: Blame is easy to assign when challenges face humanity.
Q: Was your rise to the throne and your husband’s deposition your life plan?
MA: Yes, certainly.
Q: Your execution?
MA: Yes, also. The possibility I would have been spared was available; fervor for revenge and to sweep away the object of any residual sympathy rose very strong.
Q: The accusations of treason?
MA: I did not have this authority and even by influence of the position, I did not commit any. It did not matter; resentment and desire to place blame and then punish were strong. A lesson for humanity.
Q: Could you expand on this?
MA: As you have thought often yourself, how is punishment going to correct the event for which it is given? It is understood it cannot, so the punishment is to create new hurt? New fear? Deterrence?
Q: Capital punishment has always seemed to contain a large revenge component; the victim is almost always gone.
MA: The crimes for which human society executes can be avoided nearly completely. The solution is to make all of yourselves belong. The sensations of membership valued remove the emotions which might eventually create the crimes.
Q: As you were paraded through the streets before execution, what were you thinking?
MA: I was both numb to surroundings and in a way, looking forward to seeing my husband. I prepared for the day as I dreamed over the several nights before; I had no awareness at the time this had happened. I only realized it after returning home.
Q: Is this common with a subject of execution? Does it create the stoic indifference and almost acceptance seen in the condemned?
Q: Of what were you most proud as Marie Antoinette?
MA: My children, of course.
Q: What would you have done differently, given the chance?
MA: Nothing; I was given the chance. I planned my life. I lived it nearly as I planned it.
Q: Was the elimination of the monarchy in France part of the trend then to eliminate royal power?
MA: Certainly and a lesson in public policy was contained in the revolution; humanity will only allow constraint to a certain point.
Q: What observations do you have of the world today, as compared to the events leading to the revolution in France?
MA: We have seen many examples since then, of power leading to conflict. In many nations, acts have been carried out by leadership never able to pass muster, as it were, with the citizens of it. Had all participants and potential victims been asked to consider then vote, none of these occurrences would have proceeded. I refer to Vietnam and southeast Asia, the Bolshevik Revolution, World Wars I and II, Korea, Rwanda, Bosnia and many others.
Q: A popular referendum about war?
MA: Yes; I assure none would pass.
Q: We would never see this happen.
MA: When willingness and courage to do it become common, no need will there be.
Q: What message and what advice do you have, not for humanity as I normally ask, but for the readership of this website, this blog?
MA: Quite a personal question, and I will say this. You who read with regularity what appears here are seeds. Have you planted yourselves yet?
Q: I’ve been considered crazy, nuts even and confess I almost enjoy the description.
MA: Concern for being considered crazy is the strongest evidence against the condition.
Q: Madame, merci beaucoup!
MA: Un honneur de visiter; you are welcome.