Posts Tagged ‘celebrations


6.11.13 … Iona: 1450 years since arrival of Columba …

Iona, celebrations, bucket list: 

An ecumenical service took place on Iona on Sunday as part of celebrations marking 1450 years since the arrival of Columba on the tiny Scottish island.

Iona is regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. It was where Columba, an Irish monk, arrived in 563AD to bring the Gospel. A monastic community was established, which flourished as a centre for Christian learning and played a major role in spreading Christianity throughout Scotland.

Centuries later, Christians from around the world continue to visit Iona to deepen their faith and grow in relationship with God.

The celebratory service was joined by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Reverend Lorna Hood.

“I was delighted to be involved in the celebrations which were deeply humbling and moving for me. Without the work of Columba who knows where our faith and belief would be today,” she said.

“Iona is still so relevant to us all and especially the Iona community who continue to live out the Christian message of hope. Without hope we have nothing and it is a central tenant of our faith.”

The 1450 celebrations coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Iona Community, an ecumenical community promoting peace and justice from a Christian perspective.

via Iona service celebrates 1450 years since arrival of Columba | Christian News on Christian Today.

And a few excerpts from How the Irish Saved Civilization:

and henceforth, all who followed Columcille’s lead were called to the White Martyrdom, they who sailed into the white sky of morning, into the unknown, never to return. In this way, the Irish monastic tradition began to spread beyond Ireland. Already, the Irish monasteries had hosted many thousands of foreign students, who were bringing back Irish learning to their places of origin. Now, Irish monks would themselves colonize barbarized Europe, bringing their learning with them. Scotland, their first outpost, was peopled by indigenous Picts and Irish colonists who had already established themselves in Patrick’s time.* Never interested in impressive edifices, Irish monks preferred to spend their time in study, prayer, farming—and, of course, copying. So the basic plan of the Iona monastery was quickly executed: a little hut for each monk; an abbot’s hut, somewhat larger and on higher ground; a refectory and kitchen; a scriptorium and library; a smithy, a kiln, a mill, and a couple of barns; a modest church—and they were in business. Soon they found they needed one more building, the surprising addition of a guesthouse, for the never-ending stream of visitors had begun—Scots, Picts, Irish, Britons, even Anglo-Saxons—attracted by the reputation of the larger-than-life abbot of Iona.Read more at location 2344   • Delete this highlight

They began to pour into this remote island, and many of them never went home again. Thus, the indefatigable Columcille began to dream of opening new monasteries. Among the rugged Scots and the scary Picts, especially, Columcille’s reputation spread like wildfire. (There wasn’t, after all, much going on up that way.) He made one hundred fifty monks the cutoff number for the Iona community, and after they had exceeded that, twelve and one monks would set off to establish another foundation in a new setting.  Fresh applicants kept arriving in droves.

via Amazon Kindle: Your Highlights.


1.20.13 … I love Sunday dinners with friends …

Sunday Dinners, NFL, Falcons, Celebrations:  Well, Rise up, Falcons! On second thought next year … at least we had a delightful time with the bestest of friends as my second favorite NFL team failed to rise up … Thank you, thank you Carol and Mark and Joni and Bob! What a nice way to start off my birthday celebration period. 🙂

Happy early Birthday Aunt Dennard! Enjoying time with my many moms, family love 🙂

Photo: Happy early Birthday Aunt Dennard! Enjoying time with my many moms, family love :) Photo: Happy early Birthday Aunt Dennard! Enjoying time with my many moms, family love :) Photo: Happy early Birthday Aunt Dennard! Enjoying time with my many moms, family love :)


 Sunday, TV, Downton Abbey, Dexter Dexter and Downton do not mix. But this is the best quote of the night imo …

“You’re a woman with a brain and reasonable ability…”

NASA, ISS,  2013 Inauguration:  National Mall from Orbit …

Astronauts on board the International Space Station captured this view of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area on Sunday, Jan. 20, one day before the public Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

via via NASA – National Mall from Orbit.

LOL:  Source: Global Secular Humanist Movement


5.7.2011 … Run for the Roses … it’s time for the Kentucky Derby …

Coca-Cola, celebrations, history, public art, Atlanta: OK, I need to make it down to Atlanta this month to see the building and celebrate 125 years!

Coca-Cola's Atlanta headquarters is illuminated Friday night to celebrate the company's 125th anniversary.

Coca-Cola Co. lit up its headquarters tower on North Avenue tonight at about 9:00, turning the 26-story building into a giant projection screen showing contour bottles in honor of the brand’s 125th anniversary. The illumination will be on display every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening in May.

The building is 402 feet tall and is entirely covered in “scrim,” or white sheeting. The projection surface area from all four sides of the building is more than 210,000 square feet. Coca-Cola said it will be the world’s largest single building illumination, using 45 industrial-strength projectors for a toal of 1 million lumens of light.

via Updated: Coca-Cola tower turned into giant projection screen  |

137th Kentucky Derby, souvenirs:  This article is a list of things to know … but 2 of the 5 are things to buy … but I thought they were funny.

Mother’s Day gift

For the procrastinators among you, consider the first-ever Beefcake Thoroughbred Jockey Calendar featuring 12 of the nation’s top jockeys. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. To order: Contact Black Liner Productions,

Last place, no problem

Making the 20-horse field for the Derby is an honor, even if you finish last. And last-place finishers are celebrated, getting their names on the Unofficial Cup, also called the Losers Cup, a plastic, 20-ounce cup produced annually listing every horse bringing up the rear since the pioneering Gold Mine in 1875. The cup, the brainchild of Louisville catering manager Mike Cecil, is even sold at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.

via 5 things to know about the Kentucky Derby | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

137th Kentucky Derby, investments, kith/kin: Don’t think I’ll ever make the investor list … but I have friends.

Behind the Champagne and floppy hats of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, ultra-wealthy horse owners are competing in a much longer race: to become the new kings of a Thoroughbred industry wracked by crisis and falling prices.

In September, health-care tycoon Benjamin Leon Jr. made the winning $4.2 million bid for a prized colt at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. To him, it was a steal. “That same horse would have cost me more than $11 million in 2006,” he says. “Fortunately for me, I am getting into this business during a time of crisis. Otherwise, I might not have gotten in.”

Low prices are relative in the rarified world of Thoroughbred horses. Yet with the titans of the business pulling back, and with prices down by more than 30% from their peak, the Sport of Kings is seeing a changing of the guard, from big spenders to bargain shoppers.

via The New Breed of Racehorse Investors –

137th Kentucky Derby, fashion, history:  I do like the clothes!

When Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. (grandson of the explorer) held the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, he modeled it after the European races, expecting attendees to dress for the occasion. Although there have been interesting interpretations of Mr. Clark’s dress code since then—last year, for example, figure skater Johnny Weir wore a black wide-brimmed sun hat with plumage and a fitted bouclé jacket—we suggest sticking to the basics: seersucker for guys, and an airy garden-print dress and hat for ladies. But no matter if you go for a classic look or break away from the pack, the most important decision of the day is betting on a winner.

via Kentucky Derby Day Duds | What to Wear There –

137th Kentucky Derby, betting, favorites:

Mint juleps aren’t the only thing to make on this, the first Saturday in May: It’s also time to make order out of chaos.

It’s been a long, strange trail to the 137th Kentucky Derby, which gets underway Saturday (6:24 on NBC). The prep races have seen upset after upset. Several strong contenders have dropped out, and on Friday, last year’s two-year-old champ Uncle Mo was scratched with a gastrointestinal infection. The rains, intense as they’ve been, may still return.

Since there’s no easy, clear favorite, this is the sort of year that those of us who consider ourselves once-a-year railbirds need to do some actual research. If you’re not careful, this can become a life-warping vortex of hours vaporized on the Internet.

With 19 horses in the field, the most rational way to pick a Derby horse is to whittle the field down by eliminating the horses who have the most compelling arguments against them.

via Nineteen Horses, One Impossibly Tough Decision –

Iraq War, icons, iconic photographs, follow-up:  Again, a picture is worth a thousand words.

The image of Samar, then 5 years old, screaming and splattered in blood after American soldiers opened fire on her family’s car in the northern town of Tal Afar in January 2005, illuminated the horror of civilian casualties and has been one of the few images from this conflict to rise to the pantheon of classic war photography. The picture has gained renewed attention as part of a large body of work by Chris Hondros, the Getty Images photographer recently killed on the front lines in Misurata, Libya.

The photograph of Samar is frozen in history, but her life moved on, across a trajectory that is emblematic of what so many Iraqis have endured. In a country whose health care system has almost no ability to treat the psychological aspects of trauma, thousands of Iraqis are left alone with their torment.

Now a striking 12-year-old, Samar lives on the outskirts of Mosul in a two-story house with four other families, mostly relatives.

via Iraqi Child in Acclaimed War Photo Tries to Move On –

art, journaling: If I had one ounce of artistic ability I would keep an art journal blog …. and I would so take this class … more local teaching news – pamgarrison.

Seve Ballesteros, RIP: Loved Seve.

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died after a deterioration in his condition, having undergone treatment for a brain tumor in 2008, the Spanish television channel TVE said on Saturday.

Ballesteros, 54, who won five majors in his career, had been recuperating at his home in northern Spain after a series of operations and a course of chemotherapy.

via Seve Ballesteros, 54, dies of brain cancer – – Golf.

Osama bin Laden death, covert operation:  The Army’s elite force was there too …

The SEALs did the shooting inside bin Laden’s compound, but an elite Army unit called Task Force 160 flew them there and back, and the pilot of one of the Blackhawk helicopters may have been the difference between success and failure, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

The SEALs were about to fast rope into the courtyard in front of bin Laden’s house when the Blackhawk lost lift. Imagine what would have happened if it had crashed into the courtyard with all its SEALs still aboard.

Chris Marvin doesn’t have to imagine. It happened to him in Afghanistan.

“How close did he come? As close as any helicopter pilot can, maybe closer,” said Marvin, “but he had or she had the talent and skill level to land the aircraft safely and let everybody off without injuries.”

via Blackhawk pilot’s quick thinking credited in raid – CBS News.

Osama bin Laden death, obituary:  The Economist’s obituary is very eery to me …

Somewhere, according to one of his five wives, was a man who loved sunflowers, and eating yogurt with honey; who took his children to the beach, and let them sleep under the stars; who enjoyed the BBC World Service and would go hunting with friends each Friday, sometimes mounted, like the Prophet, on a white horse. He liked the comparison. Yet the best thing in his life, he said, was that his jihads had destroyed the myth of all-conquering superpowers.

The price set on his head for more than a decade never bothered him, for Allah determined every breath in his body, and could ensure that the bombs dropped on his hideout at Tora Bora, or on his convoy through the mountains, never touched him. His martyr’s time would come when it came. The difference between pure Muslims and Americans, he said, was that Americans loved life, whereas Muslims loved death. Whether or not he resisted when the Crusaders’ special forces arrived, their bullets could only exalt him.

via Osama bin Laden | The Economist.

Osama bin Laden death, words:  Was it an “assassination?”  US press avoids that term …

Definition of ASSASSINATE

transitive verb

1: to injure or destroy unexpectedly and treacherously

2: to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons

via Assassination – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Reaction to Post coverage of bin Laden’s death

Published: May 6

The May 2 lead story by Scott Wilson and Craig Whitlock on the death of Osama bin Laden was well written and reported. But on the continuation, the story referred to the deadly attack as an “assassination.”  It was not.

Executive Order 12333 prohibits but does not define assassination. In 1988, as a civilian attorney in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army, I researched the issue to define assassination. I coordinated my draft opinion with the judge advocates general of the Navy and Air Force; the general counsel of the Defense Department; the general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency; and the legal adviser of the State Department. In 1989, the Army’s judge advocate general signed an unclassified memorandum defining assassination to provide clarity to the prohibition. It was provided to the House and Senate intelligence oversight committees and was published in the State Department’s volume of significant international law documents.

Assassination is murder committed for political purposes. The killing of enemy military personnel in time of armed conflict is not assassination.

Nor is it assassination to attack the leadership of armed non-state actors such as Osama bin Laden who have been and remain engaged in planning and executing armed attacks against a sovereign state. Because bin Laden was a lawful target, the attack was neither murder nor assassination.

W. Hays Parks, Lorton

via Reaction to Post coverage of bin Laden’s death – The Washington Post.


‎7.21.2010 … everybody is good!

faith:  I don’t cross the road nearly often enough …

Crossing the Road for One Another

We become neighbours when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is so much separation and segregation: between black people and white people, between gay people and straight people, between young people and old people, between sick people and healthy people, between prisoners and free people, between Jews and Gentiles, Muslims and Christians, Protestants and Catholics, Greek Catholics and Latin Catholics.

There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the street once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might become neighbours.

via July 21, 2010 – Crossing the Road for One Another.

Apple Apps:

Glancing through a beautiful catalog or magazine reveals on each page a new group of thoughtfully assembled images and words. That pleasurable experience, sorely lacking on most websites, has been duplicated on the iPad, which makes reading digital magazines more like the real thing.This week I tested Flipboard, an iPad app that is a personalized digital magazine made up of content that relates to you and your life. A Flipboard is created when the app automatically gathers social-networking updates from your Facebook and Twitter accounts and displays them on attractively formatted individual pages.

via Flipboard Digital Magazine Review | Katherine Boehret | The Mossberg Solution | AllThingsD.

NYC, food: Another reason to go to NYC!

At first glance, the Plaza Food Hall by Todd English can be slightly overwhelming.

There’s The Dumpling Bar, The Ocean Grill and Oyster Bar, the Cheese and Charcuterie counter, the pizza station, tapas, Asian noodles and sushi, for starters.

Celebrated American chef Todd English, a fan of European food halls, brought his love of the high-end food emporiums to The Plaza Hotel’s lower level last month. Part market, part restaurant, the 5,400-square-foot space recalls KaDaWe in Berlin or Harrods in London, where foodies can feast on a variety of produce, baked goods and meats from local purveyors.

Diners can sit at one of the eight white-marble “bars” and watch roasted-chicken pizza ($12) being made in the wood-burning oven or chat with the chefs who assemble Mr. English’s prime-rib sliders ($16), the most popular item for lunch. The food hall, which displaced the hotel’s laundry operations, have already drawn a steady stream of residents of The Plaza and nearby business workers at lunch, but foodies in the know pick up takeout.

via Lunchbox: Todd English’s Food Hall –

celebrations, favorites, pi day: Think Geek is one of my favorite catalogs … never bought anything … but love to look.  Saw these pi ice cubes and recipe for pi-tinis.  So next year I think I will have pi-tinis for pi day rather than pie!

ThinkGeek :: Pi Symbol Ice Cube Trays.

bookshelf, Apple apps:  sounds cool … but not working so far … wait a few weeks then try it.

When best-selling author Ken Follett wrote The Pillars of the Earth in the late 1980s, he could hardly have imagined his novel, about cathedral building in the Middle Ages, would become a first-of-its kind “Amplified Edition” electronic book.

“You would need a science-fiction imagination to come up with the idea of reading a book, pressing a button and seeing a movie of the same story,” Follett tells USA TODAY.

via Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’ becomes a packed Apple app –

free speech, Apple: Amazingly dropped from the media radar …

A brewing free-speech debate touched off by a lost prototype of Apple’s iPhone has ended quietly with a blogger’s agreement to cooperate with investigators.

via Free speech fight ends quietly in lost iPhone saga –

bookshelf, cookbooks: As many of you know, I hate to cook but love cookbooks … and it is genetic … I swear I think my mother had one of these.

“What you want is just one little old dependable thing you can do with a chop besides broil it,” she wrote in the original introduction.

But Bracken confessed her mom was not a white-bread kind of gal. “She was ahead of her time. We didn’t have white bread or iceberg lettuce smothered in ranch dressing. We had whole wheat and romaine with oil and vinegar. Mom really ate very healthy.”

She also had the utmost respect for good cooks.

“Her famous phrase about them was, ‘Invite us over often, please,’ ” writes her daughter. ” ‘And stay away from our husbands.’ ”

via 50 years of love for ‘The I Hate to Cook Book’ –

Chicago, travel, bees:  I love Chicago in the summer!


Meet the Bees

See what all the buzz is about at the Garfield Park Conservatory’s “Meet the Bees” on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This event celebrates the summer honey coming off the hives. Participate in “buzz worthy” family activities, purchase honey made by the Conservatory bees, listen to live music and sample some tasty honey. Admission is $3. Ages 3 and under are free. Visit the website for more information.

Sandtastic at the 63rd Street Beach

Do your kids love playing in the sand? Families are invited to build sand sculptures together on Saturday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 63rd St. Beach. Sand sculpting tools will be provided; just bring your imagination.Visit the Chicago Park District website for additional details.

via Two great Chicago Park District events coming up this weekend – School’s Out!.

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