May 31, 2007
Pan, in Greek religion and mythology
Here is what the The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright © 2001-05 Columbia University Press.has to say about Pan:
(pn) (KEY) , in Greek religion and mythology, pastoral god of fertility. He was worshiped principally in Arcadia, and one legend states that he was the son of Hermes, another Arcadian god. Pan was supposed to make flocks fertile; when he did not, his image was flogged to stimulate him. He was depicted as a merry, ugly man with the horns, ears, and legs of a goat. Occasionally ill-tempered, he loved to frighten unwary travelers (hence the word panic). All his myths deal with amorous affairs. In a famous tale he pursued the nymph Syrinx, but before she was overtaken her sister nymphs changed her into a reed. Thus Pan plays the reed, or syrinx, in memory of her. Later, when Pan was worshiped in other parts of Greece and in Rome, he became associated with the Greek Dionysus and identified with the Roman Faunus, both gods of fertility.
Tonight I am watching a movie about Pan's Labyrinth. I love listening to the Spanish language. It is a beautiful plot filled with cruel realities of war in 1944 Spain. Here is a link for that as well. http://www.answers.com/topic/spain-in-world-war-ii But for right now I am just going to watch, listen and learn. Peace now please.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt quotes (American United Nations Diplomat, Humanitarian and First Lady (1933-45), wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US president. 1884-1962)
Similar Quotes. About: Inferiority quotes.
n. pl. sanies
A thin, fetid, greenish fluid consisting of serum and pus discharged from a wound, ulcer, or fistula.
sani·ous (-s) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
1. sanies - a fluid product of inflammation
festering, ichor, purulence, pus, suppuration
bodily fluid, body fluid, liquid body substance, humour, humor - the liquid parts of the body
gleet - a thin morbid discharge as from a wound or especially chronic gonorrhea
May 30, 2007
“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
Groucho Marx quote
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May all beings be blessed.
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May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us, May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.
All I know is that mom is smiling above me....right now.
So Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!!!
And for more blessings see http://inspire.luquette.org/irish_blessings.htm
I got this in my In-Box today. Another reason to check email
A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
raised a glass of water and asked
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."
"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."
Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.
So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.
Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.
Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
*Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.*
*Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.*
*Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.*
*Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.*
*If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.*
*If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.*
*It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.*
*Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.*
*Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.*
*Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.*
*The second mouse gets the cheese.*
*When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.*
*Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.*
*You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.*
*Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once. *
*We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.*
*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.*
Have an awesome day.
May 17, 2007
This is so true.
May 16, 2007
Hugs for now.
And here is a picture of a cute mouse -- I am a fan of mice actually even though I have cats. I like this little fellow and feel bad that rats, mice and other animals are used for laboratory purposes. It seems a shame to kill to test something out. So I am rooting for whatever we can do to find alternative ways to test products before they go onto the market. In my own little way, I try to buy items that clearly state they were not tested on animals. But that phrase 'not tested on animals' in and of itself troubles me. Humans are the only animal that refuses to recognize themselves as animals. And as all the self help books say, until you admit to yourself what you are you cannot find either help or serenity.
The books I use for this prognostication technique vary. Today's book is "The Essence of Zen - An Anthology of Quotations."
Interestingly enough, this is a quote from Robert Browning even though it is in the Zen book. Which only goes to show that some concepts (From Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series, to transcendentalist poet Robert Browning to Zen) are universal.
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Then there is Jennifer Stewart's NeverEndingStory link as well on her website. http://www.write101.com Writing for fun like this is a terrific way to break through dread-lock. Dread of the empty page locks the mind.
Hugs and may you have an easy sleep.
Thinking on it now I am in my 50s I find it even more beautiful. Each of the stages I have grown through -- teenager, 20 something, 30 something, 40 something and now here. And even though the Chambered Nautilus is not a snail I like to think it is because no matter how many chambers the animal has, it still has to haul it around. After all, I am still hauling my own shell down the road. So, Snail on, dudes.
May 13, 2007
George Bancroft quotes
A quote to consider this evening from the 19th century transcendental philospher, George Bancroft. Here is a link to who is George Bancroft as well to view his life in his times.
My sister and I were our small town doctor's first ear piercing victims. He didn't quite have a handle on how to numb the ear before drilling (brrr) through it. I know now that ice cubes with potatoes would probably have been a less painful procedure albeit much more primitive. Since then, I have hated needles. So the option of having a tattoo for closure is not open to me. However, I use embroidery to achieve the same goal. Whenever I lose something I love, I replace it with images. From dogs to my native state to images of steamboats from my first foray in historical research. Today, though, I was humbled to find a store at Fair Oaks selling shirts covered in french knots and crewel stitch embroidery. I was humbled because those shirts were being sold for $28.00. I was tempted to get one for myself as wearable art. I have no use, however, for more things in my place even though these are truly spectacular. I find it shocking that work so carefully done is so poorly reimbursed. This sort of disrespect of craft demeans crafters everywhere.
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I got interested today in something I was discussing with a friend. It was about the U.S. Prison System and a hearing I listened to last year that was alarming. The link above is to the entire hearing but I have excerpted and bolded the sections I find alarming. For ease of reference those sections can be found in their entirety on pages 88-96.
Material Submitted for the Hearing Record
STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMMERCE TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE . . .
FPI in the Free Market...Our free market system is essential to achieving and maintaining a vibrant and productive economy and is a necessary foundation of political and social freedom. The United States government is responsible for enforcing laws that promote competition in the marketplace and ensure a level playing field among competitors to benefit American consumers. Monopolies do not belong in a free market economy. ... This is exactly the situation with respect to FPI sales in the federal market. The federal government-the consumer in this case-is paying above market prices for lower quality goods and in doing so, is squandering American taxpayer dollars while completely ignoring the very rules it enforces in the commercial market. ...
The Need for Reform...In 1934, President Roosevelt established FPI as a government-owned corporation. FPI was given special ''mandatory source'' status in the government procurement process, forcing government agencies in need of a product to purchase that product from FPI. No consideration can be given to a private sector competitor unless that agency asks FPI for an exception from its own monopoly. It is ironic that there are laws prohibiting the U.S. from importing goods that are made by prisoners in other countries, yet we have laws that require our own federal government to buy goods and services from prisoners in this country.
Recent aggressive expansion by FPI into the services arena has caused great concern in the business community. Even though FPI's authorizing statute does not specifically mention services, FPI has interpreted that it is a ''preferential source'' for services and used this to enter into sole source contracts with Federal agencies for services. They are quickly expanding their services portfolio, which includes printing, environmental testing, recycling, mapping and imaging, distribution and mailing, laundry services, data conversion, and call center and help desk support.This expansion is alarming not only because it adversely impacts the private sector but also because it is wholly inappropriate to allow inmates access to classified or infrastructure information used in mapping projects or the personal or financial information of private citizens used in call center operations. We should be extremely cautious with the information we arm our federal inmates with in preparation for life beyond bars. ...FPI's desire to expand into the commercial marketplace is an alarming development that is seen as a call to arms by industry. The Chamber opposes FPI's move into the commercial marketplace for four reasons. First, the decision to expand into the commercial marketplace is in conflict with the clear language of FPI's enabling legislation and beyond the discretion of the Board. Second, it is a reversal of more than sixty years of public policy. Third, FPI has claimed this authority for itself without any specific legislative authority from Congress. Finally, the creation of a state run enterprise, competing with its own citizens, is a policy so at odds with the role of government in a free society that it is a decision best left to Congress.
The U.S. Chamber and the business community appreciate the Subcommittee's examination of FPI's impact on the private sector and urge quick consideration of H.R. 2965 by the full committee. Businesses rely on an efficient, fair competitive process to provide the federal government with goods and services to maintain and grow their businesses.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit this statement for the record.
STATEMENT OF ROGER F. COCIVERA, PRESIDENT AND CEO, TEXTILE RENTAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
May 9, 2007
There are no coincidences in my life on line. I was getting ready to write about my perception that deploying state national guard units outside of the United States is illegal. And in checking through my facts on whether it is actually illegal or not I ran into this article about the reaction to last weekends' tornados through Kansas. I can only reflect as well on the fact that Katrina showed this deplorable theft of our states' reserves first. We couldn't respond faster locally because no one was home to respond. I am just sure as I can be that this deployment of troops is wrong. One wonders whether Bush would have served in Vietnam if his unit? in Texas had been called up the way he is calling up our states' units now. These policies are short-sighted in the best of worlds and if they aren't illegal today, somebody in Congress needs to get a bill onto the Floor to make them illegal. Somebody needs to do that today!!! For more reading (albeit biased) here is a link to CodePink. http://www.bayareacodepink.org/actions/cng-facts.htm And final link for this article, folks, here is an article discussing the legality (hah) of deploying these troops in the first place. http://www.etherzone.com/2007/brow041207.shtml
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May you find purpose in your life.
Tarot images reproduced by permission
"Namu Amida Butsu...
it is the song of gratitude
not of my finding the Buddha,
but Buddha finding me."
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General Meaning: Traditionally, the card known as the Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. This energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed. This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.