Xmas. The abbreviation has been in use since the early times of Christianity. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as “Christ”. The practice of using contractions
The Crown. The Queen. The Crass. Ordinary moments from her later years for Queen Elizabeth II. I had several, but pared it down to a couple. Interesting images because of the subject, and fine photography. I associate her with an immensely important grand history, challenging socioeconomic questions and the Pistols. As an American I am
My leading man has gone. See my tribute to him from my post on what I feared would be his last birthday, Peter O’Toole lá breithe. A more proper tribute. He has left so much for us to enjoy and savor, it will be as if he never left. Entertainment both on screen and off. Always an
This is the official tribute of Nelson Mandela from the American people at the time of his death. An amazing poem. Beautiful and serene, read by Maya Angelou who has a captivating voice. I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to listen. Reading is optional. A poem by Dr. Maya Angelou, from the
A sea of clouds filled the Grand Canyon a couple of weeks ago. A gorgeous phenomenon. A rare weather event called “total cloud inversion”. Image by Erin Huggins/National Parks Service See more: From The Atlantic Magazine: http://theatln.tc/1cZFeVS Edited with BlogPad Pro
Time to battle! In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them. Including pieces from children. In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning to write filled these scraps with alphabets and short texts.
I began to prepare this post for images only. But I needed to know what lead to life in prison. About the first half of his life. An interesting paradox. An intensely tolerant, inclusive and compassionate man. Rightly celebrated as a great man of peace. He was also part of an armed revolutionary movement aimed