Well, we’re through the first full week of this year’s challenge, and up through the letter J. This week, we’ll be passing the midpoint of the alphabet, and the Challenge, on Wednesday, the midpoint of the coming week. Interesting how that happens, isn’t it?
I want to thank everyone who stopped by last week and left a comment or who “liked” my posts. I think we had some pretty good conversations here.
Easter came a week too early this year, as far as my post on INRI on Friday was concerned. It would have been a perfect post for Good Friday, because that’s when Pilate wrote it to be hung on the cross with Jesus. That’s what a couple of you said, and I agree. A couple of commenters recommended the book Killing Jesus and the subsequent TV special that aired on the National Geographic channel not long ago based on the book. Understanding the politics of the time and some of the forces at play at that time enhances one’s understanding of the events that led up to the Crucifixion. The Kindle version of the book is on its way to my Fire as we speak.
Yesterday’s article about the initials “JMJ” that many Catholics (including Bishop Sheen on his TV show in the 1950’s) write at the top of their papers (or blackboards, as the case may be) indicated to me that it’s a practice peculiar to Catholics in the United States. I can only speculate why that’s so, but there you go. Arlee Bird remembered watching some of His Excellency’s shows back then, although it might have been the reruns that ran on the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) some time ago. (If you ever find yourself in Irondale, Alabama (outside of Birmingham), take a ride out to the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, the convent headed by Mother Angelica, who also put the station on the air, and ask for a tour of the station. It’s quite an experience to see a traditional Catholic cloister with an enormous satellite dish outside.) The original show ran on the Dumont Network, which folded in 1956, and the show ran elsewhere until 1957. Many of the shows are available on YouTube, including one especially famous one, where he denounces the regime of Joseph Stalin, in case you’re interested. I know, he’s a little bombastic and imposing with the clerical robes, but that was the time.
“JMJ” also reminded several people that “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” is sometimes used as a mild curse, particularly when it would be inappropriate to curse in front of children. So, next time you hit yourself in the thumb with a hammer, remember that.
My post on Edvard Grieg seemed to make a lot of people happy, especially those who thanked me for supplying them with music for their Wednesday morning. I just found it on YouTube and presented it for your entertainment. Maybe someone can answer this for me: Grieg is Norway’s famous composer, Jean Sibelius is Finland’s, but I don’t know the most famous composers of Sweden or Denmark. If you know, leave me a comment. One other thing: ever since litening to “The Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Anyone else have that problem?
Then, there were the food posts, when I talked about Marshmallow Fluff and the Fluffernutter sandwich, and about the Heath bar and the difficulty I have finding them in this part of the country. We had some pretty good discussions about childhood obesity, and how food like the Fluffernutter, Heath bars, and other candy were less of a concern when we were younger, because we spent much of our time out of the house, playing and getting fresh air. Things are different today than when I was a kid, when we were told to get the hell out of the house and not to come back until mealtimes, after which we were ordered out of the house again. It’s also good to remember that, while candy was much more available than it is today and was much less expensive, we normally didn’t have the money for it.
Last Monday, which was an eternity ago, I expounded on the fine art of exaggeration. You all came up with some great examples.
All right, so what do we have in store for this coming week? Well, there are a couple of food posts, naturally, and one about a special mealtime. Also discussions of inventory control theory (which features an adorable picture of two of my cats), a rapidly-declining form of social media, and we kick it all off tomorrow with some information about a special tree and the fiber you get from it. If you can’t guess, I guess you’ll just have to come back tomorrow.
Thank you again for your visits and comments. See you tomorrow!