Monday, February 8, 2016

What an awesome performance by Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl! The National Anthem, being a very difficult song to sing, this is one of the finest voices that I have ever heard! This will be a moment in time that Lady Gaga can always be proud of, that's for sure.
The NFL has blocked these video's from playing on this blog, but just click on the links within the video - it will take you to YouTube to watch...:)



And here is her full Super Bowl interview with NFL:



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tilley Baptist Church

Toccoa River, Morganton, GA

To the left is a photo of the Toccoa River taken from the Shallowford Bridge that crosses the river, connecting Aska Rd to Shallowford Bridge Rd. The sun was going down and the coming darkness would soon cover an area that can only be described as exquisite beauty.







Tilley Baptist Church

The day was a good one. A long ride through the mountains finally brought me to my destination - Tilley's Bend and Tilley's Baptist Church. This was my second attempt to find it - sometimes maps aren't exact in the mountains.

 Tilley's Bend is located at a bend, or sharp curve, on the banks of the Toccoa River. An old settlement in the 1800's, it was founded on what was Creek land. The Cherokee's eventually ran out the Creek's but many who had intermarried, or just grown too old to move, stayed on in the area. It would seem that the little settlement at Tilley's Bend would thrive and every one would live a peaceful life on the river. However, that was not to be.

As the story goes, a half Creek Indian woman by the name of Elizabeth Bradley lived in the community. She was believed to have been a 'witch doctor' for the Creeks and most people were afraid of her. She had two daughters. One married into the Tilley family and the other married into the Stanley family. Soon afterward, around 1895, a feud ignited between the two families - and the sisters became mortal enemies.

One Sunday morning, while the Tilley's were in Church, the Stanley's arrived and starting shooting up the church. The preacher was killed, one of Elizabeth Bradley's daughters were killed, as were several other church members.

It didn't take long for the Tilley's to retaliate. One night, the Tilley's led a raid on the Stanley community, at Stanley Gap, while they were sleeping. Elizabeth Bradley's son-in-law was killed during this raid. A few months later, Elizabeth's daughter died during childbirth.

Distraught and angry over the feud and the deaths of her two daughters, it is said that Elizabeth Bradley put a revenge curse on both families - swearing that no babies would be born to either. Over the next year, many babies from both families were either born dead or died shortly after birth.

On October 26th 1905, the community went to Elizabeth's house and took her to the center of the Tilley Baptist Church cemetery. There they hung her from a Hemlock tree; Elizabeth said before she died that she would come back. When they cut her down, they buried her where she fell - and placed her body facing west.

Soon after Elizabeth's hanging, the babies begin dying again. The community believed that Elizabeth had come back through her sister-in-law, Mary Tilley Bradley. Exactly one year later, on the same date as they hung Elizabeth, Oct. 26th, they also hung , her sister-in-law. Mary's grave is not facing west, most likely because the community didn't find her at fault.

Grave site of Elizabeth Bradley


It didn't take me long to locate Elizabeth's grave, for there is only one big tree in the cemetery, a Helmlock Tree. Underneath its branches, lies Elizabeth, facing west, toward the sunset. Through the years, I've read many times how some churches would bury people in this way because they believed that the person was a sinner or 'without God'. Christians believe that Christ will return via the eastern skies.

It's very difficult to find information on Tilley Baptist Church, although bit and pieces that I have found has been via forums or paranormal sites, even a tv show, but perhaps the most valuable was discovered on Ancestry.com

According to a Stanley family member, Jack Stanley, Elizabeth was born a Tilley, the daughter of Tighlman Tilley and Prudence Pressley. Ben Tilley, the founder of Tilley Baptist Church, was Elizabeth's brother.

While walking through the cemetery, I noticed that Elizabeth's tombstone was not the only one facing west - so was Prudence Tilley's. How that came to be, I have no idea.

Grave site of Pollie Long


Another grave site of concern is that of Pollie Long. Some of the people who are commenting are saying that Pollie was also an alleged witch, although no one seems to know why. Her tombstone is facing east. That said, I see no connection at this time of Pollie Long to this story.







Grave site of Gilbert Falls


 Buried next to Pollie Long is a veteran of the War of 1812, Gilbert Falls. Born, June 9, 1794 - died, July 14, 1880.











Tilley Baptist Church is said to be haunted and is one of the most famous haunts around Blue Ridge. The church is very isolated and if you're not a local, it is very hard to find.

Often listed as being in Blue Ridge, it is actually in Morganton, right outside of Blue Ridge, on Old Dial Road. The easiest way to get there from Ellijay:

Go north on 515/76 to Blue Ridge.
Turn right on East 1st St [also known as Old Hwy 76]
Turn right on Industrial Blvd
[Industrial Blvd will turn into Mineral Springs Rd]
Turn right onto Aska Road. After you pass the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant on the right, look for the big steel Shallowford Bridge on the left. This bridge goes across the river and once you get to the other side,
Turn right onto Shallowford Bridge Rd.
Turn left on Old Dial Road. The church is on the left.

Another way - but it's longer:

Go north on 515/76 to Blue Ridge.
Turn right on East 1st St [also known as Old Hwy 76]
Turn right on Industrial Blvd
[Industrial Blvd will turn into Mineral Springs Rd]
Turn right onto Aska Road
Turn left on Newport Road
Turn left on Old Dial Road
Go a few miles, this will bring you to the Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area.
Keep going past here, the pavement will end, the road will eventually be gravel. Continue on, you will see Tilley Baptist Church on the left.


Shallowford Bridge

I suppose my readers are wondering if I saw anything strange while I was at Tilley Baptist Church - or if my camera picked up anything that I'm not showing on this post....

Actually, I found it to be a peaceful place. The church has been remodeled and everything was nice... Not to mention a patch of wild blackberries that were growing next to the fellowship hall across from the church. I had fun eating on them, they were delicious!

However, I did have a swarm of bugs following me around the cemetery that were quiet annoying...and upon leaving, I noticed that sitting up on a power line were 6 or 7 black crows watching me drive by and leave...or maybe that's just my wild imagination.




More Pics of Tilley Baptist Church




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Five Honorable Men



Four US Marines killed by an Islamist terrorist in Chattanooga, TN /July 16, 2015 and one Navy Petty Officer who died from his wounds on July 17, 2015.

[L to R]

Sgt Thomas Sullivan
[Hampden, Massachusetts]

Lance Cpl Squire "Skip" Wells
[Marietta, Georgia]

Sgt Carson Holmquist
[Grantsburg, Wisconsin / Jacksonville, North Carolina]

Sgt David Wyatt
[Hixson, Tennessee]

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Randall Smith
[Paulding, Ohio / Rossville, Georgia]


*Prayers and condolences to all of their families and their friends.*



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

 I got this recipe from an employee at ETC - the cake is delicious. [My copy says that it is 'slightly stolen' from Donna Pierce and Paula Deen]...:) Although I prefer my pound cakes plain, or with strawberries, the kids always love the icing. And a cream cheese icing can be used for many different cakes. Just go easy on it.....:)


Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks of Parkay butter @ room temperature
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of plain/baking flour [I use White Lily - remember: use plain - not the self rising!]
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
  • 5 large eggs @ room temperature
  • 1 [8 oz] package of cream cheese @ room temperature
  • Dash or pinch of salt



Directions:

Cream butter, sugar, and cream cheese until light and fluffy [about 5 minutes]. Add salt and vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Slowly mix in flour. Continue to mix all ingredients well, then pour batter into a floured, 10 inch, tube/bunt pan. Bake @ 325 for 1 hour [may be less or more baking time, depending on oven and altitude]. Don't over cook cake, it will be done when the middle is firm and the top is lightly browned.






Cream Cheese Icing


Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of Parkay butter @ room temperature
  • 1 [8 oz] package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 box of confectioner's sugar



*notes*

If you buy the bags of confectioner's sugar, use 3 1/2 or 3 3/4 cups of sugar.

This recipe for Cream Cheese icing will cover two or three cakes - so if you are going to make just 1 cake, half the recipe.


Bake smart:
Double your Pound Cake recipe and bake two cakes - eat one now and put the other one in the freezer.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Prophecy of the Popes

Back in the fall of 2012, while cruising around on youtube, I ran across what I now consider an absolute treasure. That treasure is Dr. Chuck Missler. Over time, I've also discovered a few of his associates/friends, and the one that is the center of this post is Dr. Thomas Horn.

Growing up, I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church. In later years, my step family were Catholic. Many people might think that would make for very interesting days, but it really hasn't. A difference in Christian religious doctrine was never an issue - weell, there were a few smirks... Over the years, I've read many prophecies but never did I read/hear anything about the Prophecy of the Popes until last year when I ran across this video of Dr. Horn speaking at the Strategic Perspectives Conference 2013.

[An excerpt from Wikipedia:]

According to an account put forward in 1871 by Abbé Cucherat, Malachy was summoned to Rome in 1139 by Pope Innocent 11 to receive two wool palliums for the metropolitan sees of Armagh and Cashel. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases. This manuscript was then deposited in the Vatican Secret Archives, and forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590, supposedly just in time for a papal conclave ongoing at the time.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a contemporary biographer of Malachy who recorded the saint's alleged miracles, makes no mention of the prophecies, nor are they mentioned in any record prior to their 1595 publication.

Several historians have concluded that the prophecies are a late 16th‑century forgery.

[end of excerpt]


*The full text of the Prophecies of St. Malachy*



But are the prophecies really a forgery/fraud? Dr. Horn gives a dynamic presentation. During the first half of the video he speaks on the Prophecy of the Popes. In the second half of the video, he goes even further to discuss the Vatican Observatory that has been built in Arizona on top of Mount Graham, a mountain that is considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Indians and who fought hard to keep the Observatory off of the Mountain.

[An excerpt from Apache Creation Folklore]

In the beginning nothing existed....no earth, no sky, no sun, no moon, only darkness was everywhere.

Suddenly from the darkness emerged a thin disc, one side yellow and the other side white, appearing suspended in midair. Within the disc sat a small bearded man, Creator, the One Who Lives Above. As if waking from a long nap, he rubbed his eyes and face with both hands.

When he looked into the endless darkness, light appeared above. He looked down and it became a sea of light. To the east, he created yellow streaks of dawn. To the west, tints of many colors appeared everywhere. There were also clouds of different colors.

Creator wiped his sweating face and rubbed his hands together, thrusting them downward. Behold! A shining cloud upon which sat a little girl.

"Stand up and tell me where are you going," said Creator. But she did not reply. He rubbed his eyes again and offered his right hand to the Girl-Without-Parents.

"Where did you come from?" she asked, grasping his hand.

"From the east where it is now light," he replied, stepping upon her cloud.

[end of excerpt]


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Dr. Thomas Horn - Strategic Perspectives Conference 2013
The Secret Vatican and Alien Connection

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See also:

Mount Graham Coalition

Making a Mountain into a Star Base

 
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Monday, February 2, 2015

A Dream of Chaos

Back around November of 2014, I had a very vivid dream, so frightening that it awakened me. I refused to go back to sleep because I knew that it was a possibility that the same dream would continue, like a movie that was put on pause. Having continuing dreams happens to me a lot.

 In the dream, I was riding in a car down Veterans Memorial Hwy in Mableton. The car was right in front of Hawthorne Plaza. All of a sudden it came to a stop. Riding in the back seat, I got out and looked in front of the car. There was a person [I think it was a man] lying across the road, in our lane. Several people were standing around the front of the car; it was apparent that the person was dead. As I looked up, I noticed that thousands of people were lined up on both sides of the street, as far as I could see, in both directions. I also noticed that the traffic was heavy - but no vehicle was moving - the engines were off and they were just parked in the road.

I know the weather was warm and it was day time, perhaps afternoon. A few people were talking but I couldn't make any sense of what was being said. All I could focus on was the dead person in the road and all of the people...

 It was right here that I woke up. I've wondered if this dream was the result of things that were going on at the time. The protest marches, Ferguson, MO., etc. It is very possible. It is also possible that it is a premonition. But this is one of those dreams that will have to sit on the back burner for a while.

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