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Monthly Archives: November 2012
We had a substitute teacher today. The first day we had him, he walked in with an Irish accent…then proceeded to tell us that it was only fake because it was an interesting way to get the class to listen to him. Ha!
Usually, he starts the day off with a joke or some other funny anecdote. Well…today he didn’t. He decided to start things off on a more serious note. He asked “What are the two most important days of your life?” Kids were blurting out “graduation” “the day you get married” and things like that…until someone said “the day you’re born!” His face lit up as he said “that’s one of them. The other is the day you find out why. The day you find out your purpose in life. The day you find out why you were put on this earth and what you are supposed to…
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Okay, it is time to cut to the chase! The tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been our life since the beginning, yet we are beyond beginnings and ends. The truth is we are divine beings made in the image and likeness of God. The duality of good and evil has been the human condition since Adam and Eve, causing humans to run from problems and hide any hint of imperfection from ourself and one another. The truth is we are not who we have convinced ourselves that we are! We are also so much more than religion has taught us to believe. We are so much more than our false, separate self has convinced us. God is also way more than we have believed. God was always thought to be anything that seemed more powerful or mysterious than we are: nature, the elements, the sun, a…
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Apparently, there is some psychology behind the way you eat an Oreo cookie. To learn what the method you use to eat an Oreo, choose one from this list:
- The whole thing at once.
- One bite at a time.
- Slow and methodical nibbles examining the results of each bite afterwards.
- In little feverous nibbles.
- Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee, etc.).
- Twisted apart, the inside, then the cookie.
- Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie.
- Just the cookie, not the inside.
- I just like to lick them, not eat them.
- I don’t have a favorite way because I don’t like Oreos.
1. The whole thing at once.
This means you consume life with abandon. You are fun to be with, exciting, and carefree with some hint of recklessness. You are totally irresponsible. No one should trust you with their children.
2. One bite at a time.
You are lucky to be one of the 5.4 billion other people who eat their Oreos this very same way. Just like them, you lack imagination, but that`s okay, not to worry, you`re normal.
3. Slow and methodical.
You follow the rules. You`re very tidy and orderly. You’re very meticulous in every detail with every thing you do to the point of being anal retentive and irritating to others. Stay out of the fast lane if you’re only going to go the speed limit.
4. Feverous nibbles.
Your boss likes you because you get your work done quickly. You always have a million things to do and never enough time to do them. Mental breakdowns run in your family. Valium and Ritalin would do you good.
Every one likes you because you are always up beat. You like to sugar coat unpleasant experiences and rationalize bad situations into good ones. You are in total denial about the shambles your life is in. You have a propensity towards narcotic addiction.
6. Twisted apart, the inside, and then the cookie.
You have a highly curious nature. You take pleasure in breaking things apart to find out how they work, though not always able to put them back together, so you destroy all the evidence of your activities. You deny your involvement when things go wrong. You are a compulsive liar and exhibit deviant, if not criminal, behavior.
7. Twisted apart, the inside, and then toss the cookie.
You are good at business and take risk that pay off. You take what you want and throw the rest away. You are greedy, selfish, mean, and lack feelings for others. You should be ashamed of yourself. But that`s ok, you don`t care, you got yours.
8. Just the cookie, not the inside.
You enjoy pain.
9. I just like to lick them, not eat them.
Stay away from small furry animals and seek professional medical help – immediately.
10. I don’t have a favorite way because I don’t like Oreo cookies.
You probably come from a rich family, and like to wear nice things, and go to up-scale restaurants. You are particular and fussy about the things you buy, own, and wear. Things have to be just right. You like to be pampered. You are a prima donna. There`s just no pleasing you.
I was asked by some of you which category I fit into. I eat my oreo cookies in a slow and methodical fashion. Yes, the description for No. 3 does match my personality.
This is the time of year that various cultures have holidays and celebrations to honor and remember the dearly departed. Two days ago, it was All Hallow’s Eve (a.k.a. Halloween), yesterday was All Saints’ Day, today is All Souls’ Day. I celebrated Día de los Muertos, known to English speakers as Day of the Dead, today and yesterday. The traditionally Mexican holiday begins on November 1 and ends on November 2, combining All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
In most regions of Mexico, November 1st is to honor deceased infants and children, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2nd. The former is known as Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) and Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). The latter is referred to as Día de los Muertos and Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead).
This holiday finds its roots in paganism. The Catholic Church created All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day near Samhain as one way to convert pagans. There is also pagan ancestry from Mexico itself. Rituals honoring deceased ancestors have been observed by the indigenous pagan cultures in present-day Mexico for as long as 3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.
On the Aztec calendar, the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month (about the beginning of August). It was celebrated for the entire month. The Lady of the Dead, a goddess, was the one who the festivities were dedicated to.
The skull, specifically sugar skull, is the common symbol of this holiday. In Spanish, skull is calavera. People wear skull masks, called calacas. Some of the holiday’s traditional food are sugar or chocolate skulls (for both the living and the dead) and pan de muerto. Pan de muerto is a sweet egg bread made in various shapes.
People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.
Families will offer trinkets or the deceased’s favorite candies on the grave. Ofrendas are also put in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and sugar skulls and beverages such as atole. The ofrendas are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased. Some people believe the spirits of the dead eat the spiritual essence of the ofrendas food, so though the celebrators eat the food after the festivities, they believe it lacks nutritional value. Pillows and blankets are left out so the deceased can rest after their long journey. In some parts of Mexico, people spend all night beside the graves of their relatives. In many places, people have picnics at the grave site too.
Some families build altars or small shrines in their homes. They usually have crucifixes, statues or pictures of the Virgin Mary, pictures of the dead loved ones, candles and ofrendas. Families tend to spend time at these altars or shrines praying and telling stories about the dead.
Have a blessed Dia de los Muertos! May all of your ancestors and friends rest in peace!