Caligula’s Horse

OK, we need something to balance Hypatia’s unaccustomed bout of depression.  So let’s have some fun thinking what we should call Sniffy Old Joe if his theft of our election is successful (in large part because too many Romneys & Bushes are so quick to drop to their knees — they need to learn how to do the full kow-tow, because the Chinese Communist Party is standing right behind their candidate Biden).

Everyone knows the story about Roman Emperor Caligula making his horse a Senator, although the sources are a little vague about whether he actually did this or only talked about doing it.  There are also historians who suggest that Caligula was not mad, simply making the point to the Senators that they were worthless.  Which brings us back to Creepy Joe.... [Read More]



I don’t know who broke this story.  So far it looks like it was first noticed by Steve Krakauer.  National Review jumped on it early, as did

At the Confirmation Hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, there was this exchange.  Mazie Hirono was on the attack and offered this criticism:... [Read More]


I Am Woman, Hear Me Hyperventilate!

[warning: not safe for work (unless you work at the Moonlite BunnyRanch); parental discretion advised — you probably don’t want your folks to see this; rated XXXX, registered nurses and sterno bums online at the public library only]

She seems nice, I think I’ll make this the new ringtone on my iPhone.... [Read More]


Mordor Across the River

The fires out here have finally blown the virus out of the government topic of the day. Something about imminent danger and the fact that a poor response is immediately visible to politicians and the voting public seems to change the topic.

We here across the river have smoke and foul air but nothing compared to our former home.... [Read More]


Looking over old files….

I don’t know about you, but there are some things that touched me in my life, some things in the digital world, some things that were shared or received in an email . Yep most were discarded with the logic that ten thousand angels on the head of a pin won’t help me if I don’t forward this to ten other people….

I’m a “visual” type of person, I can visualize results of a project before it’s even begun. A lot of the things I saved were images or clever sayings, but some were purely text…

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Ch ch ch ch annnges….

Group effort today- what changes will occur to our society by year one AV (After Virus)?

I will throw a few out to get it started….... [Read More]


Curmudgeonry in the 21st Century

Most definitions of the word are done by people who are not curmudgeons, so therefore have little to no significance in reality.

Mark Twain may have been the best example. A person with experience and insight and little patience to gloss over the silliness most people accept. To most, this comes off as “grumpy , ill tempered old man”. What else could be expected from the safe spaces, participation trophy crowd? (Female Curmudgeonry has a very different persona but shares the outcomes described here.)... [Read More]


Sacred Names

Nomen Sacrum” is the term used for certain abbreviations that are found in ancient manuscripts of the New Testament books. These abbreviations for the “sacred names” are well known by church historians, theologians and text critics but not much known outside of those circles. I thought that Christian Ratburghers would be interested in the way the earliest Christian scribes abbreviated the names for God and Jesus.

This post is a follow-up to my post last month, which was a book review of The Earliest Christian Artifacts, by Larry Hurtado.   That book was a historian reporting on what he found when he spent some time speaking with the papyrologists who study the earliest New Testament manuscripts, and what he saw when he examined these precious fragments of early Christian culture.

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Carmina Burana: Orff the Wall Libretto

In 1935–1936 Carl Orff composed Carmina Burana, a cantata based on 24 medieval poems in vulgar Latin, Old French, and Middle High German.  The work was first performed in Frankfurt in 1937.  It opens and closes with the Latin “O Fortuna”, a poem dating from the 13th century, which is the best known part of the composition.  Since few modern audiences are likely to understand medieval Latin, they’re likely to hear other things, for example:

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For Hypatia

Something I stumbled upon.  I think you like this sort of thing so I am passing it on… (Hopefully all my “text” editing will carry through the posting.)(nope, it just bumbled it all together…)

The Train of Life
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station
our parents will step down from the train,
leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by,
other people will board the train;
and they will be significant
i.e. our siblings, friends, children,
and even the love of your life.

Many will step down
and leave a permanent vacuum.
Others will go so unnoticed
that we don’t realize
they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy,
sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
with all passengers
requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way,
love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this
because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seats empty
we should leave behind beautiful memories
for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
Lastly, I thank you
for being one of the passengers on my train.

(By the way, I am not planning to get off the train anytime soon
but if I do, just remember I am glad you were part of my journey.)