Saturday, February 18, 2006

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mammie N Pappy tellin' Stories

Ah gon'st't tell y'all sum stories -- true, true blue stories. Like doz dat m' Gram'pa 'N m' Nanee wouda, but cou'nt -- 'cause dey don' lay'd down N dai'd long afor Ah waz born. Dey war folkz I n'er knew -- but dey be ancestors fer me N m' son too.

Pappy sayed, "Ya gosta take half, N' leave half... "
Mammie sayed, "Ya gosta jest cry, N' laff... "
Son sayed, "Wacha ya earn N learn is up to y'all!"
Ah sayed, "Enjoy the gaffe, take yer half."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Love Will Never Die.

As Manon Lescault (from the opera of the same name) says before she dies, "My faults will be forgotten, but my love will never die."

Life is a spiral journey from the known to the unknown.
And so it is...

Saint Valentine

"How do you spell 'Love'?" Piglet asked Pooh.
"I don't have to spell it," said Pooh., "I just feel it."

Happy Valentine's Day !

Historical Note
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine. Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers.