Sunday, January 19, 2020

Write Stuff (part 2) - History of the English Language (in ten minutes)

Old Book/wikipedia.com

Words are the building blocks of writing, strung on the thread of grammar and style.

A rich and diverse language, its history sheds light on where many of the English words came from. And below is short summary:




Chapter 1:  Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Vikings
Chapter 2:  Norman French, Latin
Chapter 3: Shakespeare and cliches
Chapter 4: King James Bible
Chapter 5: Science jargon
Chapter 6: Empire and the world
Chapter 7: Dictionary and Dr. Johnson
Chapter 8: America and the Melting Pot
Chapter 9: Internet and techno-jargon
Chapter 10: Globalism and many flavors

Invasions, art, literature, science, tech, world empire, New World, ... English is alive and ever evolving. And it's been estimated about 1.5 billion people speak English. Of a population of 7.5 billion, that's 20% of the world.

Therefore English is the "Write Stuff" for a big slice of the world.

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Other post in series:

Write Stuff (part 1) - Give them Hope  (2017)

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Photo: Old Book/wikipedia.com

Friday, December 27, 2019

Signs of the Times (part 9) - Roaring 20's x 2

Saturday Evening Post/wikipedia.com

1920s

The Roaring Twenties.

A hundred year ago.

A wild time of changes.

Dress went from ankle length to mini-skirts.

Women got the vote.

People danced to upbeat music like The Charleston.

It was a decade of millionaires and moguls.

Stuff that made The Great Gatsby.





1920

The decade started on the tails of the First World War (1914-1918).

The decade ended that Black Tuesday in October of 1929 with the stock market crash.

Which triggered the Great Depression (1929-1939)

That ended with the Second World War (1939-1945)

Turned the world upside down.

Now it's...

2020

New century.

New millennium.

We're into...

The Roaring 20's x 2

What will this decade bring?

As Mark Twain has been given credit for this proverbial gem:

History doesn’t repeat itself  
but it often rhymes

Hang on, friends.

We're in for a wild ride.

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Previous Post in the series:

Signs of the Times (part 1) - Camping in the Parks (2012)

Signs of the Times (part 2) - Layaway (2012)




Signs of the Times (part 5) - Staycations (2013)

Signs of the Times (part 6) - Fear of Missing Out (2015)
 

Signs of the Times (Part 7) - Leap Second - the new Y2K? (2015)


Signs of the Times (part 8) - #JustPray  (2015)


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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Cats (part 5) - Christmas with a cat by a fireplace

Joy/everystockphoto.com

Thanksgiving is over...

Winter is coming...

Christmas is coming...

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays from now until New Years 2020.



Time to catch our breaths. 
Chill. 
Watch feel good movies.

Sit by the fire side with a loved one. 
A beloved cat or dog. 

I wish all my readers the best for 2020.

Relax. 
Be in the moment. 
Be warm. 
Be safe.

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Previous posts in the series:
  
Cats (part 1) - Halloween and Cats (2016)

Cats (part 2) - Christmas and Cats (2016)



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Photo: Joy/everystockphoto.com

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10C (part 1) - The Ten Commandments

Rembrandt - Moses with the Ten Commandments/ wikipedia.com

It was 1956 
and it was a very good year.

The year The Ten Commandments hit the silver screen. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

For it's time, the movie had wonderful special effects. Especially this, showing the finger of God writing in stone. AndHe spoke in King James English.





Much has been written about them. A few words as potent as an atom bomb. After 3000 years, they are as relevant then as now for making a better world.




Ironically, YouTube has been censoring the Ten Commandments with the lamest of excuses: Dennis Prager: YouTube censored my 10 Commandments video for ‘discussing murder’ 

Thus, the motivation of this new thread.

Introduction down, 10 more posts to follow.

So it begins.


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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Music (part 8) - Autumn


Maple Trees by Creek/wikipedia.com 



Autumn

Changing leaves. Harvest.  Fall colors.

And there's special music for this season.





Enjoy!


Winter is coming....


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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Cats (part 4) - Enya, music, seasons, and cats

White Cat/wikipedia.com
Fall is coming.

Change of season. New rhythms.  Life goes on and on as expressed in song...


Every summer sun
Every winter evening
Every spring to come
Every autumn leaving
You don't need a reason
Let it all go on and on





There's something about this song with the fleeting scenes of a white cat.

The beauty. The mystery. The freedom. The wildness. Living in the moment.

And a cat that captures that spirit.


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Previous posts in the series:
  
Cats (part 1) - Halloween and Cats (2016)

Cats (part 2) - Christmas and Cats (2016)



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Space (part 3): Apollo 11 Golden Anniversary

Aldrin Apollo 11/wikipedia.com


September 12, 1962

President John F Kennedy offered this vision for our country: Go to the moon!



"We choose to go to the moon," the president said.
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade
and do the other things,
not because they are easy,
but because they are hard,
because that goal will serve to organize
and measure the best of our energies and skills,
because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept,
one we are unwilling to postpone,
and one which we intend to win,
and the others, too."

Reference: JFK's 'Moon Speech' Still Resonates 50 Years Later

July 20, 1969

We aimed for the moon.
And before the end of the decade, 
we hit our target. 

Watch Restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk - Original NASA EVA Mission Video - Walking on the Moon below:




50 years ago...

Apollo11Bootprint/wikipedia.com
That's one small step for [a] man,
one giant leap for mankind
Neil Armstrong
  


For more information on Apollo 11:  Apollo 11 Mission Overview

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Other posts in the series:
  


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Photos: Aldrin Apollo 11/wikipedia.comApollo11Bootprint/wikipedia.com