Saturday, November 14, 2009

Could Be Prayer

* Displayer of solutions to all of my problems, show the best way.
* Allow me to see the best way.
* You who has my respect, reverence, and love, help me to love myself, listen to my best advice, and to know your will.
* Show me the way.
Most worthy of respect and reverence, show me the way.
I, take good care of me.
I, let me take what I need.
* Let me accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
* Keep me from repeating painful cycles of ineffectual behavior.
* All of me is yours.
* Help me to examine the probable consequences of my actions before I act.
* Help me to see my defect.
* help me to accurate and useful self-awareness.


Who killed McKinley?
Who made the Winton car?
Who was Mark Hanna?
Who taught John Burrows?
Who was Griffin Pichard?
Who are you?


You can find buskers in Chicago, Ferrara, Coffs Harbour, Whymondham, and where ever men listen for talented poets of 'truth.' But, take care, a busker can be a tricky devil and his vision ma not be yours.

What's buskin brother?

Picaro puede buscar fortuna pura.

A busker may be seeking his fortune and able to contribute to yours.

A talent can busk it.
A busker may be a tricky soothsayer and a danger to some.
Put a fin in the case. Put a nickle in the hat.
Enjoy the show.


Which Pashtun poet has best taught the Wali?

Monday, November 09, 2009

Adult Education

Important parts of our learning often proceed as follows:
From awareness,
to practice,
to mastery;
in an ongoing recycling process.
We never complete any of those three areas of learning.

The areas on which we train our awareness may well be: body, emotion, thought, and, perhaps, 'knowing.'

Part of our practice may best include meditation and contemplation.

As most of us will continue to relate to others in a society, it will help to consider the nature of justice, ethics, morality as part of our understanding.

After some growth and maturity we may want to reconsider the nature of reality.

What do we get?
Well, maybe .....
The the satisfaction of being in the process.
Raised consciousness.
A set of skills.
the pleasure of approaching mastery.
An improved way of being in the world.
A way of educating yourself.
A life of greater meaning.
And, you get growth of understanding.

Bits of Irelands Past

Beneath the peat of County Mayo have been found fields that were cultivated before 3500 BC. Wheat and barley and many other crops were grown in those fields. They may be the oldest actual cultivated fields found on earth to date. There is, of course, much older evidence of agriculture and cultivation on earth, but none that I know that includes in tact fields. It's the peat.

I suspect that there were Sheehans in Bronze Age Ireland long before iron bearing Celts. That might be about 2500 BC.

Who can make the best guess how long Brehon Law has been in Ireland? It's Been long. Some of the terms of the law date back to a time when Welsh and Irish were much more similar. Fenechas, Feni Poets, kept the law in esoteric language. In early Christian times those poets were the social equivalent of Bishops. Changes were made in that law in Christian times to bring it more in accord with Roman and christian law.

Who can tell us a bit of the early history of oats in Ireland?

Let me get a 'comment' from you here. Even a friendly 'Go to Hell' would be appreciated.

May 1st Notes and Beyond

I've wondered what happened to May Day in the U.S. I thought that perhaps the changes occurred in my toddlerhood. Some changes surly did occur then, for I remember May baskets, flower garlands, and stories of recent Maypoles. I see none of of these things associated with the season now.

Lately I've learned that the first among our founding fathers participated in some of those changes. George Washington himself encouraged the transfer of the mirth and jollity of May 1st to "King Tammany" at Valley Forge. The Valley Forge of our history preceded my toddlerhood.

To make St. Tammany Day on May 1st a national day of recognition was proposed by way of Senate Resolution 39 and House resolution 123 at a very early date.

Please help me to learn about this Tammany business and about May Day. Tammany began long before 'Tammany Hall' and May Day must have pre-Christian origins. What might we lean about ourselves through more understanding of this part of our history.

Was there an Ann Julia Hatton of Sait Tammany Parish Louisiana who wrote an opera libretto that turned out to be the earliest dram about American Indians. Was tammany mentioned in that operetic work?

Now it seems like I remember a name like Tammany in 'Last of the Mohicans.'

I believe that New York had a Tammany Regiment in the Civil War.

More questions:
Who was King Tammany?
Did George Washington have something against May Day?
What was so special about King Tammany that made celebrating his day a good replacement for other or addition to May Dy celebrations?
How are King Tammany and St. Tammany related?

The Hyperborian's Education

He was compendiously taught even though his teachers communicated to each only that part of wisdom which was appropriate to him.

There were psychological requirements. One was an easy, perhaps natural, gentleness called culture.

There was a daily program that began with a solitary walk to an appropriately quiet place. The most sacred place handily available was considered the best choice.

Friendship was practiced. The removal of strife from relationships was advised and taught. The younger were taught to subdue their anger when with elders. Elders were taught to correct or admonish the younger softly and cautiously.

Symbols were used in instruction. Their significance and arcane intentions, mostly aimed toward morality and reality, were freed from their enigmatic form.


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