Day: January 28, 2016

Just Jot It January 28

Just Jot It January 28th – Serendipity   Jot -Serendipity Did you know that serendipity is one of the top ten hardest words to translate into other languages?  Interesting.  Despite the difficulty -more countries are using this word. In 1557, Michele Tramezzino of Venice, wrote Peregrinaggil di tre giovani figliuoli del re di Serendippo.  It was translated later, into English -after finding a French translation to The Three Princes of Serendip. Serendip is the Persian and Urdu name for Sri Lanka.  This name was adopted from another name -that translates to golden island. I wondered why?  So, I looked into this question.  I never found a straight answer, as Sri Lanka is actually referred to as the island of gems or island of the ruby. What I did discover that would come close -is  The Golden Temple of Dambulla.  People have lived in these caves for 3000 years.  The outsides are adorned with golden Buddha’s and so much more.  Quite fascinating. Horace Walpole coined the word serendipity, in a letter concerning, his daughters.  He pulled the meaning from The Three …

The Seasons of Our Lives

Finally, I remember! My cousins, wives – father died.  His funeral was yesterday.  L -was a wonderful man, who never said an unfair word about anyone.  He spoke softly, and always offered a smile.  Since I was young, I thought of him more as an uncle -then the neighborhood grocer. During his funeral, the minister spoke of L -as a savior.  At first, I was confused.  Then he explained that we were all saviors of something, earthly.  He was not comparing L to Christ -only in his giving to others -saving them. See, L knew the people who shopped at his store.  He knew when they didn’t buy enough food, they were low on money, needed clothing, shoes, mittens -and he provided.  He was a great representative for Christ, on earth. What struck me, what I had such a hard time remembering, was the ending to his sermon.  It was the seasons -The Seasons of Our Lives. A season to be born; a season to marry, a season to begin a family; a season to die.  Oh, …