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It’s 2013! I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start! What are your resolutions for this year? Mine include:
1) Adoration once a week
2) Hire a financial planner (if left to my own designs I would stuff money in my mattress)
3) Take a trip outside the country
4) Start an Etsy Shop (ohh, yes, there is a pile of vintage bags hanging out under my bed waiting for this one)
5) Hike a tiny potion of the Appalachian Trail
6) See historical landmarks including: the Capitol, Monticello, Williamsburg and Gettysburg (it’s about time, don’t you think?)
7) Take more risks (I am not sure what this involves exactly, but as an overly cautious person it sounds like something I should do)
8) Find an armoire for my room
9) Have breakfast in a café once a week
10) Try a new restaurant once a month
I did a pretty good job keeping last year’s resolutions . . .
Check it out! A list of all the books that are mentioned by Rory Gilmore in the TV series Gilmore Girls! I lined through the ones I have read . . . Read the rest of this entry »
Anacostia, it’s like the Narrows of DC – if DC were Batman’s Gotham City. However, despite it’s intimidating atmosphere, where did the name of this area come from?
Anacostia is named after the Necostan Native Americans, also known as the Anacostan Indians. Their settlement on the shores of the Anacostia River was known as Nacochtank. Apparently Cap. John Smith ran into this friendly tribe while he was trying to find the Potomac River. The Anacostia River is one of the main branches of the Potomac River, and the good Captain sailed up this portion around 1608 as he searched for the Potomac.
Anacostia, named after the friendly tribe that lived there, became a neighborhood of DC in 1854, it was mainly inhabited by the blue collar workers of DC, particularly for African Americans and Irish settlers – though both these cultures were initially refused the right own property in DC.
I found this interesting article on street names of Anacostia. Apparently Good Hope Road was used by John Wilkes Booth as part of his escape route into Virginia after he shot President Lincoln.
And now you know the rest of the story!
“Who is Anne Arundel?” I asked my roommate as we drove to her home in Annapolis, MD. We had just past a sign that said ”Entering Anne Arundel County,” or something to that effect.
“Who?” she asked.
“Anne Arundel.” I said.
“Oh, you mean Arundel.” She pronounced the name as Uh-run-dull. I had said Ah-roon-dell. I’m not great with English phonetics.
“Sure,” I said, “however you pronounce it. Who is she?”
“I don’t know.”
So a few months later I’ve taken the time to look it up. Anne Arundel was the wife of Cecil Calvert – the second Lord Baltimore, and a devout Catholic. Cecil Calvert, through the generous funding of his father-in-law, Thomas Arundell, first Baron Arundell of Wardour, was granted a colony by Charles I in what is now Annapolis, Maryland.
Anne Arundel (pictured above) bore the second Lord Baltimore 9 children in their 21 years of marriage. She died at the age of 34. Anne Arundel County was named after her in her memory the following year. From what I can tell, Anne Arundel never actually set foot in America, she is buried in Tilsbury, Wiltshire, England.
Here is what is written on her gravestone:
Epitome of all the qualities of the Phoenix
That there are in flowers, buds and graces
(these being as great as there are in Heaven)
Anne Arundell Lady Baltimore
Farewell. No other Woman’s love in the world was to be so requited
She left this world on July 23rd in the 1649th Year
From the Childhood of God and 34 years of age
This memorial was set up by her husband for his love’s sake.
And know you know the rest of the story! (I promise I am not going to do this every day, I just get a kick out of find out who these people really are.)
I’ve been trying to find the correct abbreviations for the days of the week. I think it goes like this: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. But then one book says to shorten everything to three letters, so you have Tue. and Thu. Personally I like Thurs. better than Thu. – Thu. just looks a little sad and incomplete, it at least needs an “r.”
There, you’ve now witnessed the inner workings of the mind of an English Major.
I found this list from Evelyn Waugh regarding fan mail on Lists of Note. It made me laugh!
I have seen you call things “gorge!” all over Pinterest. It is starting to drive me crazy.
What you are actually saying is: stuff your face with food until you keel over from overeating! There are other meanings too, like: large ravine, the crop of a hawk, the contents of the stomach, and the narrow entrance to the outwork of a fortificaiton. None of these meanings make any sense when you are describing a pair of Louboutin pumps, or, your friends for that matter.
Well, friends, it’s been a year. Actually a little more than a year. A year since I resuscitated this blog. It took a little CPR, but I think it worked. I started Sacred Monkeys of the Vatican several years ago while I was living in Italy. But my occupation at the time didn’t give me any free time, and the internet connection was unreliable at best. But for some reason, I decided to bring it back to life last year. It lives!
I am still amazed at how many people click on this blog everyday, and that I have readers all over the world! Apart from the USA, the biggest followings are in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Spain! The Republic of Korea is right behind this group.
You may also see a little tweaking over the next month or two of the format. Just trying to keep things fresh and neat.
Here’s to another year of favorite things and thoughts! Thanks again for reading!
Every year about this time I start to re-read the entire Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I hope to do this for the rest of my life, because every year I find that the story changes a bit, and the land within the wardrobe gets a little deeper and more mysterious instead of more familiar. Each year Aslan calls the children to Narnia and I find myself learning more from these children’s books than all the WSJ articles I read in a year.
C.S. Lewis wrote a letter to his god-daughter, Lucy, in response to her comments on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. And it encapsulates these books for me.
You’ve got it exactly right. A strict allegory is like a puzzle with a solution: a great romance is like a flower whose smell reminds you of something you can’t quite place.*
For me the Chronicles of Narnia really are like that “flower whose smell reminds you of something you can’t quite place.” As I grow older I am more and more able to place the smell, or I have better idea from which direction the smell is coming, but it remains elusive. And a part of me thinks I would be horribly disappointed to wake up one day and realize I could place the smell of the flower, because it would mean the adventure is over. But the other part of me, the Lucy part of me, knows that once I find out where the scent comes from, the adventure will finally begin! Come further up and further in!
*C.S. Lewis Letters to Children (New York: Macmillian Publishing Company, 1985), 81.