Talking about amazing books is an occupational hazard… moving from the general to the specific to the intimately personal brings a whole new level of discourse. #10 life-changing books was the twitter challenge from a friend … wow!
Just ten, was the first thought that came to mind, followed quickly by this could be fun and not bad for the blog. I need to wave a neon banner saying there’s the no…
Odd confession of the day – when I am at a loss for words, I sit and type, “In 1814, we took a little trip along with Col. Jackson on the mighty Mississipp…. We took a little bacon, we took a little beans and we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans…” Yep, the Battle of New Orleansis my inspiration song. It depends on how much my brain needs shaking loose as to how many verses get…
North Carolina summers run hot and sticky, and somewhere in the middle you’re not sure they are going to end. As a kid, I lived for thunderstorms… watching them blow up, creeping dark across the sky like I create a gradient fill on the computer screen. The air would green and cool, and lay across your skin like soft muslin, not heavy just there. The anticipation made the waits between them seem…
I could hear the thunder rumbling in the distance as I packed boxes of books — as I climbed on the stool, and stretched my fingers to bring that last stack closer to the edge, the room went black. So, clutching a stack of books, balanced precariously in the dark, there I was — let’s call it a life metaphor or it could be an insurance claim….
Injury, if not insult, when the lights flickered on and…
You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life.
The link above takes you to some magical doors from the wide world…. my favorite is probably the last, such vast scope for the imagination. Doors don’t necessarily need to be painted and themed to usher you into other realms.
Open or closed, entry or exit — all portals offer a choice. One doesn’t always see the decision as you are making it — it is just the passage between here and there.…
Does anyone ever wonder what Sleeping Beauty thought waking up to some dude kissing her and telling her that they would live happily ever after? Why didn’t Cinderella think it a little off that her true love was so attached to her shoes that he would only marry someone who fit his fetish? And wouldn’t Snow White have a little PTSD after finding out her stepmom wants her heart andher throne? A…
Walking the dog the other morning the air was heavy with the sweet, sticky scent of honeysuckle warmed by the morning, the humidity laying the fragrance across my skin like a caress. It’s such a part of my sense profile, that I’ve never imagined a world in which those fragrant vines didn’t spill from a wood’s edge, or tumble over rocks and stumps.
Yet, a year or so ago the girls and I were…
The Nine Worthies
The Nine Worthies are nine figures from history/scripture/mythology who were set up in the Middle Ages as archetypal heroes who personified the ideas of chivalry and virtue. All nine were deemed “Princes,” each being leaders in some form or another. In French, they are Les Neuf Preux, meaning “Nine Valiants,” which gives a more particular idea of the sort of virtue and all-around goodness they were meant to embody. The idea of setting up the Nine Worthies was that the study of each of them would form a good education for aspiring princes regarding their chivalry and radness.
The Worthies were first described in 1312 CE by Jacques de Longuyon in his Voeux du Paon. The idea was that good ol’ fashioned Christian virtue predated the coming of Christ, and was present in Pagan and Jewish societies as well. I bet you’re just dying to know who the Worthies were, huh? I don’t blame you. Let’s get to it. They were divided into a triad of triads, as follows.
Hector, the champion of Troy, who fell honourably to the mighty Achilles.
Alexander the Great, who conquered much of the Mediterranean and Persia, spreading the wisdom of the Greeks, as the medieval scholars saw it.
Julius Caesar, who was the progenitor of Rome’s Empire, that would become the bed of Christendom.
Old Testament Jews:
Joshua, who became the leader of the Israelites after Moses, and led the conquest of the holy land, Canaan.
David, the anointed king and Messiah of the Hebrew people, who slew Goliath and whose line was forever chosen by God (Yahweh) to lead his people.
Judas Maccabeus, who led the revolt against the Seleucid empire, and restored the Jewish faith to the Temple at Jerusalem.
King Arthur, who in Christian myth was the idyllic king in pursuit of honour, justice, and the holy grail.
Charlemagne, the King of the Franks who turned his kingdom into an empire that would encompass most of western Europe and be the protector of Catholic Rome for centuries.
Godfrey of Bouillon, a medieval Frankish knight who was a leader of the First Crusade, and became the first ruler of the (short-lived) Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Time for another Frankie video! For this video it’s quiet time to watch Frankie the Fluffy Corgi play in his dreams. He probably dreams about treats, too. And chasing the cat.
Hopefully, we can get back on the every-two-week video schedule with this new video. Drop a comment about any questions you might have for Frankie! He might answer them in an upcoming video.
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There are few things more delightful that watching a father and daughter together. Whether it’s a soccer dad tentatively balancing the very pink swaddled infant against his shoulder, a toddler pulling daddy toward herdestination talking 100 miles an hour to explain why it’s the most important thing he will ever see, or the bemused father hanging in the background of a 16 year old’s selfie — each…
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