146 – Blood

Although time constraints seemed to be my theme during July, the time has come for a planned blog break. See you in September.

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Some may think blood is a gruesome topic because it associates with vampire bats, vampires, and murders. To others, blood is a spiritual fluid – a soulful liquid of life serving as a commonality across humanity regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and age.

Yes, blood – that body liquid that is a noun, an adjective, and a verb; the latter; as in to stain, to initiate, and to expose.

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Blood – We have 1.2-1.5 gallons (4.5-5.5 liters) of this precious liquid – a liquid we associate with pressure, cuts, clotting, transfusions, donating, tests, sugar, iron, cholesterol, and more.

Blood – That red liquid circulating the body within blood vessels – a liquid we link to courage, bravery, tenacity, and strength during adversity.

Blood – That red liquid we associate with life. Almost 50% of our blood plays a role in dissolving and transporting nutrients and body chemicals around the body.

Blood – Flooded with enough red blood cells that transport a necessity for cell life – oxygen. Millions of red blood cells occupy a single drop – yet these red blood cells typically live only 120 days.

Blood – That vitally rich substance is complete with an identification marking a uniqueness that we associate with blood types and transfusions – yet most don’t know of Karl Landsteiner – the gifted doctor receiving a Nobel Prize for his work about blood types.

Blood – Our link to family, relatives, lineage, and kinship – our flesh and blood – hence the implication that blood is thicker than water. Yes, blood can tell the family story. Biological blood brothers are related at birth, but other blood brothers are two unrelated males vowing to treat the other as a brother forever and ever.

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Blood – The term we associate with courage, strength, battles, tenacity, sweat, and toil – yes – blood, sweat, and tears.

Blood – The temperament or disposition. Blood boils when passionate or lost with temper, yet can be cooled and controlled for the calm and collective.

Sometimes we associate blood with violence – in cold blood, bloodshed, having blood on their hands, and the blood running cold – even blood and guts to describe a movie or even an all-out effort.

New Blood can signify the young, the formable, or just the new – but they are different from Blue Bloods – those born to nobility, wealth, privilege, and/or power – but for some, Blue Bloods can be too rich for their blood.

We can make wounds by drawing blood or signifying trouble with blood on the carpet – but we also associate drawing blood with going for victory by probing a weakness when tasting the opponent’s blood – which may not be the team that drew first blood.

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Getting blood out of a turnip signifies cheap or trying to get from someone something they don’t have – or having similar difficulty as getting blood out of a stone.

Bull’s Blood is a Hungarian wine whose name originates with a 16th-century legend of Hungarian soldiers gaining strength in their battle with Turkish soldiers from the wine mixed with blood from bulls.

We occasionally see a blood moon, have hostility with bad blood, use blood money as payment for killing, or simply have something ingrained in their blood.

The blood of lovers may not be the same, but their blood and love pursue each other to become one. The blood of lovers may not be the same, but it’s the blood that moves the love throughout the body, spreading the special feeling from head to toe.

The blood of love is hot when the love is passionate. The blood of love is the glue during good times and bad.

As I look out over the vast water, I wonder; is water Earth’s blood? I’m thinking yes.

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Blood is something to think about on this day. Yes – blood is a simple term, but its meaning is deep and carries many meanings. Blood is one of the great metaphors in our language with many connotations.

Blood is more than a random thought because it signifies many moods, symbols, and thoughts. Blood is also worth thinking about while walking on the beach. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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70 thoughts on “146 – Blood”

  1. From Godfather parlance . . .

    Solozzo considered blood to be a big expense.

    Sonny chose his own blood over strangers. And he shed plenty at the toll booths.

    And Michael ended up with too much blood on his hands in the end.

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  2. You are so right that blood has so much significance both literally and metaphorically.
    There have been horrible things done in the name of blood over history–and, here’s a weird one for you, it was once believed that mother’s milk was purified and transformed menstrual blood.
    Enjoy your break, Frank! I hope you get to do some fun things.

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  3. Ah yes, the older we get the more blood tests we need. Not only does it reveal information about our physical well-being, it can be life-giving and life-saving. And a useful poetic metaphor to boot. Enjoy your break! 🙂

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  4. What a fascinating topic, Frank. When my mom was in her final days and requiring platelets be transfused daily, it became my mission to donate them whenever possible. It was easy and knowing those contributions made life possible for someone who desperately needed it. There is such a shortage that is not very well known but your topic for this walk allows me to remind people to give the gift of life. They’ll be glad they did.

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  5. I see blood as the mark of salvation – first to the Israelites who marked their door frames with lamb’s blood so that they would be spared in the plague visited on the Egyptians. Secondly as the blood of the Christ shed to save all of mankind from themselves! Hope your vacation is relaxing!!

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    1. Jo,
      You description as “poetic” is quite the thrill. Thank you! It came to me that I rafted this walk immediately after drafting a “Heart” walk. After all, the two are related and it was on my brain. Meanwhile, blog breaks are good!

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  6. Lots of interesting stats here today, Frank. Some might quake at “Blood” for a topic, but I for one am glad to be reminded of my early science courses (and to see how much I’d forgotten, ha!) Enjoy your nice long break, my friend. Hope you’re going somewhere and doing something fabulous!

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  7. Frank, first thing that came to mind regarding this subject was blood testing as well. Not because it is such a frequent thing for me, but because one time several years back I was being tested for something (can’t even recall what it was) and they had to take multiple samples. Pretty weird when they are swapping out and filling up multiple vials. You start to think…don’t I need SOME of this to STAY? Have a good break, and we’ll take a walk when you get back!

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  8. If the red liquid pouring through our veins is our life’s blood then it stands to reason that the oceans are the earth’s blood, it’s life force. After all both liquids have a high salt content. Isn’t that where we originated? Have a wonderful break. We will miss you and look forward to your musings in the fall.

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    1. Tina,
      Sometimes an unexpected topic delivers a surprise. I recall writing this one shortly after writing one about the heart. My mind was on circulation, so I went with it. Meanwhile, Resa (above somewhere) left me the video for See You in September. 🙂

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  9. Wow, You caught me off guard with this one! LOL!

    Getting blood out of a turnip – that made me LOL! Never heard that saying before.

    Where I work and now with all the hoopla about pandemic issues, we are very aware of blood-borne illnesses and the transmission of them as well.

    Blood and the symbol of it, in red wine, is of great religious significance.

    Thanks for another interesting post, Frank.

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    1. Ingrid,
      Join the crowd of those who I surprised with this topic. With blood having a negative connotation, I enjoyed taking the positive side while also trying to be thought provoking and relaxing. Meanwhile, given your work, blood is a big deal in a variety of ways. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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