I will post more later. :)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In music class, I gave a powerpoint presentatation (that's a mouthful!) on Hildegard of Bingen. I found her a very fascinating woman.
Hildegard of Bingen
- She lived from 1098-1179. (a long time!)
- She was the 10th child, so she was tithed to the church at birth.
- At age 8, she went to live with an anchoress, Jutta. Anchors pledge their lives to God and live in a small room with only a window to the outside. Funeral rites are given before they enter the room because they are considered "dead to the world" however they do receive visitors whom they can teach. Hildegard was fortunate to be taught by Jutta.
- At age 15, she became a nun and by 38, Hildegard was Abbess of the convent.
- At age 42, she began having migraines and said "The heavens were opened and a blinding light of exceptional brilliance flowed through my entire brain.”
- She wrote 2 books on her visions:
Scivias (know the paths) which lists her 25 visions of salvation
- and De Operatione Dei (of God’s Activities) also known as Liber Divinorum Operum (Book of Divine Works).
- She founded a new convent in Bingen with piped in water. (very cutting edge in the Middle Ages!)
- She went on preaching tours and wrote her sermons down, so great was their popularity, especially her commentaries on the Gospels & Athanasian Creed.
- She was known as "Dear Abbey of the 12th century." There are over 100 letters to emperors, clergy & nobility still in existence. She always humbled herself to be a poor, uneducated woman. (I believe this tremendously increased her audience in the male dominated society she lived in. They weren't intimidated by her and she earned their great respect when they listened to her sage advice.)
- She wrote lots of religious music. (over 72 songs are still around!)
She wrote the Ordo Virtutum (play of the 16 virtues) set to music
Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum (Symphony of the harmony of celestial revelations). She said: “There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.” and “Words are the body and the music the spirit.”
- She wrote plainchants (Gregorian chants) but her music was highly melismatic (several notes per syllable) and she thought it was what angels would sound like.
- She was a humanitarian and wrote the Liber Vitae Meritorum (Book of Life’s Merits).
She believed in social justice - equality for all. She was against forcing children into monasteries (personal reasons??). She praised virginity as the highest level of spiritual life. She was against homosexuality and the misuse of carnal pleasures. However, she described the female orgasm in her books!
- She combined Science, Art and Religion.
- She wrote the Liber Subtilatum where she went into great details about the four parts of the body:
Fire - heat- choler / choleric
Air - dryness - blood / sanguine
Water - moisture - phlegm / phlegmatic
Earth - cold -black bile / melancholy
We still use her word descriptions: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholy, today.
Part of the Liber Subtilatum was a medical encyclopedia called Physica, where she describes 230 plants, 63 trees, 45 animals, various stones, & metals in detail, with regards to qualities, medicinal values, and applications.
The second half of the Liber Subtilatum was a collection of notes:
Part 1 – external world (human health)
Part 2 – illness & causes
Parts 3 & 4 – cures
Part 5 – symptoms
I get a kick out of the disclaimer she added:
“The medicament given below were prescribed by God to be used against the above named ailments. Either they will heal the person or he will die if God does not will that he be healed.”
She is gaining in popularity, nowadays. Groups are recording her music and songs. Her books have been translated from Latin. She has been beatified and sainthood is pending. September 17 is her official Feast day.
Well, I'm sure I bored you to death, but I found her very fascinating!
Lady Grinning Soul - song: Lady Grinning Soul, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. Ashes are still placed on the penitent's forehead during the service of worship or Mass, usually in the shape of a cross, after being blessed by the minister or priest.
In most liturgies for Ash Wednesday, the Penitential psalms are read; Psalm 51 is especially associated with this day.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
Surely I have been a sinner from birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not caste me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways
and sinners will turn back to you.
Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
The service often includes a corporate confession rite. In some churches, other practices are sometimes added or substituted, as ways of symbolizing confession and penitence. For example, in one common variation, small cards are distributed to the congregation on which people are invited to write a sin they wish to confess. These small cards are brought forth to the altar table where they are burned.
Many devout faithful fast on Ash Wednesday and choose to "give up" something during the Lenten period as a way to show penitence. A newer tradition is to work on self improvement during this time rather than sacrifice.
Roman Catholics fast often during Lent and do not eat meat on Fridays. In Victorian England, theatres refrained from presenting costumed shows on Ash Wednesday.
Did you recognize the day of penitence, Ash Wednesday?
"Bless me Father, for I have sinned..."
Ashes to Ashes - song: Ashes to Ashes, artist: David Bowie, album: Scary Monsters
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We worked on lateral flexion. She leans hard on the forehand and I'm used to a flexed neck. I want her to give a little more with her neck and not balance so hard with it. I don't feel comfortable with 6 foot reins. If she should decide to go into a bucking fit, she has her head. I also feel that when she spooked with Lisa, there was no way for Lisa to gather her up and stop her. I like a low head but not too low!
I feel like we had a good ride. The first time I rode her 8 months ago (has it been that long?) she wouldn't take any leg from me without pinning her ears and crowhopping. Now she accepts a little leg pressure easily.
I did lots of cirles and bending, like serpentines. When I ride, I always choose exactly where my horse will place their feet. It's like a little game. I head for this rock or that manure. I go to this place in the fence or around that barrel at exactly this distance from it.
I think we had a good ride although I definitely need to work on my equitation. It's hard when there's a camera along! anyway, photos from my ride are at Lisa's blog, LaughingOrcaRanch but I decided to include pictures I took up at the barn of her animals. Enjoy!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Then, while driving around the Bosque del Apache park, I decided to call up my friend, Lisa, at LaughingOrcaRanch to get some directions to a letterbox that was on one of the trails there. (She turned me on to letterboxing last year, but she has been laid up from recent knee surgery. She had an unfortunate riding accident back in December, while we were riding our horses around our neighborhood. Her horse spooked and she twisted her knee as she fell off. She has not been able to get around since and I miss her companionship. I went out letterboxing by myself and gave up, on two different attempts.)
So, I walked the 2 mile trail until I came upon a place as described in the clues. I looked and looked for the box. I was so frustrated trying to solve the clues. I was ready to give up, but she told me to try one more time. She talked me through it again and again, and then, with dear Lisa's help, it all made sense! I finally clicked and found the box in the "fork". Here's the clues she told me:
Stop when you are flanked with great sittin’ logs right and left. One of these has a neighbor standing at its side, a harbinger of misfortune. Behind the bearer of bad luck stands a row of four medium-sized cottonwoods. Walk to the second in line. Ten steps in a westerly direction will bring you to the letterbox, nestled in a fork.
I knew I was in the right place when I saw this tree next to the sitting log which was across from the other sitting log. But then, I refused to believe that it could be so simple. There were rows of trees in every direction.
I looked around every tree "fork" and base until it finally clicked. So, thank you dear Lisa, for giving me the clues over the phone, and for the fortitude and perseverence to continue searching. It felt just like you were there with me! We solved this one together. haha!
Then I got the small red box - song: Red Money, artist: David Bowie, album: Let's Dance
This past Friday, we visited the aquarium before going on our hike. We saw giant Moray eels.
Believe it or not, in this picture, there are 2 fish! One is buried in the sand at the bottom. You can just about make out his shape down below the striped fish.
Then we walked 3 1/2 miles along the Rio Grande river to some ponds. Besides learning the names of all the fish at the aquarium, I am learning the names of the different ducks, geese, and cranes. This time I stayed at the rear of the group to make sure no one got left behind. Sometimes, it's hard keeping 45 school age kids, parents, and teachers on track. They get stretched out along the trail for up to a half mile or more.
It was such a beautiful day that when I got home I rode Nadia out and around. We rode over to another neighborhood for a change. We saw a windmill, dumpsters, horses, dogs, mailboxes, plastic bags, and so many other "horse eaters," but she was her good little self and just enjoyed the walk with me.
All in all, it was a great Friday the 13th!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Born: 12 February 1809
Birthplace: Near Hodgenville, Kentucky
Died: 15 April 1865 (assassination by gunshot)
Lincoln is on the U.S. penny and the five dollar bill. In 1864 Lincoln named Salmon P. Chase to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Chase is on the ten thousand dollar bill. Lincoln was preceded by James Buchanan, the only president to remain a bachelor for life. Lincoln was the first president to be born outside the original thirteen states. He was the first president to wear a beard while in office. Lincoln's oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was present at three assassinations: his father's, President Garfield's in 1881 and President McKinley's in 1901. A famous (and enormous) biography of Lincoln was written by 20th-century author Carl Sandburg.
What do you want to keep doing when you are older?
I want to ride horses, travel, and hike!
Never get old - song: Never get old, artist: David Bowie, album: Reality
Sunday, February 8, 2009
More and more, I've been trying to live my life this way. Although I will say no sometimes, and I'm usually reluctant to commit to "hard and fast" plans in the future, I really want to do as much as I can with my life.
You can see from the skies how threatening it looked.
Scout turned and sort of looked back for this shot. The little heart charm turned so all you can see is the ring on the side of the browband.
This time I got to the concert hall two hours before showtime. I waited for the ticket window to open and I bought a ticket. I got first row, Mezzanine, just off center for $8.00 instead of the regular price of 65.00. Gosh, it pays to go as a student and alone! At least, I keep telling myself that.
The concert was awesome! There were three vocalists accompanying the orchestra. The vocalists were great, two women and a man. They sang songs from Broadway musicals, Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many others. My favorites were the medleys from Jesus Christ Superstar and Mama Mia.
I think I will try again later in the month to see the "Sounds of New Orleans" and also the upcoming Beethoven Festival. This is a nice perk for going to school!
Time is waiting in the wings - Song: time, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I got dressed up and drove into town on Saturday night arriving around 7:00, an hour before the scheduled showtime. I had trouble finding the hall, in the dark, because a big parking structure has been built since I was last there, and it is not on the main street, but set back from the road. There are no signs for the place either. Oh, did I mention that it's on the University campus? As luck would have it, on this night, the concert started at 6:00 and all the people milling around were on intermission!! On Friday night the show started at 8:00, so much for my 35 minute, 25 mile drive to town. The man in charge said that it was too bad, too, because there were several empty seats. He told me there was exactly 1 ticket left for the Sunday afternoon performance because it was being held at a smaller venue. Hmmm, should I make the trip to town again to try to get that one ticket?? I think not!
I think this was the start of my run of bad luck that I mentioned the other day.
So, this weekend, the NMSO is doing a celebration of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and friends. I triple verified that it started at 8:00 and made plans to go on Saturday night.
To be continued...
And push your luck - song: Teenage Wildlife, artist: David Bowie, album: Scary Monsters
Friday, February 6, 2009
There were two zoo employees and three volunteers, besides myself. Three classes of third and fourth graders came from a local elementary school for the field trip. Some of the kids have never been to a natural habitat like this, so hiking was a real treat for them. We gave them a paper with things (birds, tracks, plants and animals) to look for along the way. We went on a 3-1/2 mile hike down into the bosque (woods) along the Rio Grande river.
We came upon a sandy beach where we found shells!
I was surprised to see porcupines high up in the trees. They climb up there and eat the bark.
We saw a bald eagle flying around searching for food. A crow flew up to it and actually seemed to attack it. Then they flew together for a while until we lost sight of the strange pair.
We found the scattered remains of one unlucky rabbit right along the trail. The kids really liked seeing that!
We found all sorts of animal tracks and then we had lunch at Tingley Beach and watched all the ducks and geese swimming around. One gaggle of eight Canada Geese swam around like imperial stormtroopers. They honked as they swam in and cleared out the other birds. It was funny. Well, maybe you had to be there. I finally remembered that I had a camera on my phone so I took a picture of the ducks and geese but I wished that I'd taken a photo of the porcupine.
Next time, I'll have to remember to bring my camera.
I didn't get to see any cormorants, but I did see lots of different ducks, geese, cranes, and a heron.
With it's cormorants and leaves - song: She'll drive the big car, artist: David Bowie, album: Reality
First, I had to take my tax preparation certification test. It was hard! And to think that I'm just volunteering! Well, I got my results back right away. I got 250 out of 300 points. I thought to myself, "Oh no, I flunked!! You have to score 280 to pass." So I dawdled around. Why bother going to the volunteer center when you're not even good enough?
I finally got in my car and drove to town. As I was driving through the canyon. I figured I'd call the zoo about the volunteering position again. I need to volunteer 30 hours so I can pass my Biology class. I could only leave another message. sigh! When I finished the call I dropped the phone, as I always do, down in my lap, until I could put it away.
I was drinking coffee while I was driving and had about an inch left in the cup. I had the cup in between my legs. The phone plopped right down into the coffee cup and the inch of coffee. I quickly fished it out and coffee dripped from the number pad. Oh no! I kept dabbing at it to dry it. The phone was still on but then the screen said, need sim card. It went to a black screen. I pulled off the back and took out the battery pack and the sim card. I dried them off and kept draining out the number pad. The top part of the battery didn't get wet so I could only hope that it didn't short out. I wrapped the battery and the sim card in a napkin and set the phone case down at an angle, hoping it would dry out. All this was done while I was driving. You can do an awful lot at stoplights. (I once crocheted a sweater at stoplights! Really!)
When I got to school I drove around and around looking for a parking place that was not two miles away. It's like a game of chance, getting a good place to park. You have to be in just the right time and place and have luck on your side. I think "the Secret" a lot when I'm looking for places to park. Finally I found one! It does work a lot of the time.
Since I was having such a BAD day, I figured I had better change my luck. So, I began to think "the Secret."
When I got to the TaxHelp center and told her about my score she laughed and said that 240 was the lowest score you could get. We looked over my test and I had missed one question about inherited stocks always being long term regardless of when you acquire them. This caused me to miss 4 others. I missed a couple of other questions too. So, she asked me if I wanted to start. I said yes, I had a class in an hour but that I could probably do one.
The first person had been married last May and his wife was in another country. Unfortunately, I could not help him. We sent him down to the IRS office. Wow! That's starting off well, isn't it?
I was able to do the next return though. By the time I finished and had it checked over (there were issues with disability pay) it was 11:30 and my class was starting.
Fortunately, my class was just around the corner in the same building. The teacher hadn't taken attendance yet, so I wasn't even counted late! How's that for good luck?
After class, I went back to my car to check on my soggy phone. I put it all back to together and said a little prayer. I had visions of having to buy a new phone and losing all my phone directory.
It turned on okay and everything was good. Thank you, Lord! It's a good thing that New Mexico is so dry! It completely dried out in the warm car.
To celebrate, I went to McDees and bought a green chili double cheeseburger and a coke. I sat down at a booth, inside, and copied all my contacts and their phone numbers into my little notepad. Not going to lose those!
Then I called the zoo back and she told me to come on down in the morning for training. Yay!!
I changed my luck!!
Pour me out another phone - song: Drive In Saturday, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Only $6.99 on sale!! Aren't they cute?
And then, the next time I went to Target they had these on sale:
These were $7.99, down from 29.99! They are fleece lined and the woolen band unrolls so I can roll it up my leg on snowy days and not get snow down my boots (which usually happens when the snow is higher than the boot top).
I'm so happy with my boots. I use them for walking the dogs as well as going to the barn so they get worn several times a day. Sorry for the poor photos.
And Mud of Many Acres on Their Shoes - song: Come and Buy my Toys, artist: David Bowie, album: Deram Songs