Friday, April 29, 2016

Do what is a Wine Camp

Last time I was here, I posted a list of 16 things I'm grateful for in 2016. One item was Wine Camp, with a promise to explain it.

Dear hubby and I have hosted a Wine party the weekend before Thanksgiving practically every year since the year we got married. Why that weekend? Because that is the weekend that the New Wine is released (Beaujolais nouveau) and is considered the start of the New Wine year. So we call it our New Year's party.

Last Summer we found a wonderful rental house in Northwest Michigan on Sutton's Bay. A community that is surrounded by some of the best Wineries in the state of Michigan. It was a three bedroom with plenty of space. We invited our usual group of party attendees. While only two other couples came up, the six of us had a wonderful time. Hanging out and sampling the wines at a few different wineries every day for eight days. Gourmet dinners cooked in the house by various members and fire side views of Lake Michigan made for the perfect vacation.

That brings us to this year. In an attempt to find a rental in the Windsor, Ontario wine area I may have goofed and rented a place too far north. Except hubby pointed out that this place puts us close to Stratford. We will get to insert at least one play, plus explore wineries in Canada.  I am really looking forward to this trip.

And the actual details will be for another Blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

16 Grattitudes

Guess it's that time of the season. Political season that is.  When I need to start turning off all my information feeds to save my sanity.

Problem is this year I really think this thing is a ticking time bomb and all reasonable people need to stay focused and ready to fight those who would destroy our country with their hate filled rhetoric.

In light of trying to avoid, yet again, more politics.  Here is my list for 2016 of those things I have  gratitude for;  So here are all 16.  In no particular order

1. Hubby's job has saved us from yet another horrible tax year.  Yeah Ford!

2. This year's tax process was way less painful than I thought it would be.

3. My medications seem to be on point in terms of treating my chronic pain conditions and multiple  chemical sensitivities.

4. Grand baby #1.  Did I forget to mention that last September I became a Grandma!

5. LifeBook 2016 - An online year long art class I gifted myself with this year is a spectacularly wonderful experience. (http://willowing.ning.com/)

6. New people who inspire me are entering my life at a break neck speed.

7. Peace of mind is achievable.

8. Looking forward to a bunch of fun Summer activities (Wine Camp II - Needs some explaining but that's another blog.)

9. Post doctorate degree hubby's cooking skills are finally returning to what they were like when we met. Lots of Yummy food.

10. Bells especially outside on a breezy day.

11. Bird song, especially in the spring

13. Crocuses in my lawn.

14. Spring

15. New job opportunity

16. Time & money to do what I'm moved to do.

This is my raw unsorted list of what I'm grateful for in right now in 2016.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Language of God

I’m not usually known for my theological dissertations.  I leave that kind of stuff to my dear husband, the Astrophysicist, PhD, Book writing, Lay minister.  My comfort zone is in the day to day.

My favorite “religious quote” is; “Preach the gospel and if necessary use words.”  This so explains why I seek to put my faith in the things I do with my hands, feet and heart.  Sadly lately I’ve felt like my feet are not working well and my hands are too sore to lift many up.  Needless to say I’ve felt like I had not been “preaching” much anymore.

Then the other day during one of our drives around town that my son and I disguise as errands, we began to talk about our faith and what we believed in from a spiritual point of view.  I will spare you a longish repetition of these revelations for now.  As I tried to explain to my son how I had come to this point in my life where I now refer to myself as a “doner”.  That is, I’m done with organized religion, but how this has not negatively affected my faith life.  I struggled to explain to him how I believe that in the end everyone’s god is God.  Bear with me here, there will be a chart.

Everyone in the world does not speak the same language.  We all of us grew up with different “cradle tongues” that is the language we grew up hearing and intuitively understanding. Even if we learn a different language later in life we will always struggle with translating the words we know into the words of our newly adopted means of communication.  Because it is very difficult to hear the words in your head that you want to say in the language you need to say them in. Your head wants to tell you those words in your cradle tongue. Just ask any linguist.

And then there are our cultures. Those myriad of traditions, sacred beliefs and histories that uniquely identify as belonging to that culture we are each born into.  Now a day’s people talk about cultural appropriation because people from different cultures feel they are being disrespected when someone imitates some part of their tradition, behavior or dress. These cultural aspects have as much influence on us as our cradle tongue.  Being yet another filter through which our brains consider what is going on around us.

So if you take into consideration the language and cultures that populate this world you begin to realize that there are thousands of ways of looking at the most simple of things, like the names for everyday items.

Every language and culture has a different word for the most common of things and in many cases many different cultural beliefs and traditions surrounding these common things.

If you look at the chart I’ve inserted below you will see that I have taken 5 common English words and translated them into 4 other random languages. (Armenian – A language far enough away from the common German, romance language influence found in English. Chinese (Simplified) - A world away from common English speaking cultures. Hindi – A language surrounded by so much cultural history. Spanish – Because everyone knows Charlemagne spoke “Spanish to God.”

I’ve listed each language’s translated word for a common item and included a very short cultural tradition note for each item in relation to that language.  Except for one, I did not attempt to find or would even begin to be able to list all of the cultural traditions surrounding the word god.  

With but a few minutes of Google searching May I present.

Language
English
Translation
Cultural Tradition
Armenian
Puppet
Տիկնիկային   (tiknikayin)
Children’s Learning, historical
Chinese
Puppet
木偶  (Mù'ǒu de)
Performing Art
Hindi
Puppet
कठपुतली  (Kaṭhaputalī)
A string marionette story telling
Spanish
Puppet
Marioneta
Folk art
Armenian
Wall
Պատ  (pat)
monumental defensive walls and city gates
Chinese
Wall
  (Qiáng)
information barrier
Hindi
Wall
दीवार  (Dīvāra)
Varied Functional & decorative traditions
Spanish
Wall
Pared
Art & Imagery
Armenian
Veil
Քող (k’vogh)
Wedding traditions
Chinese
Veil
  (Miànshā)
Red bridal veil
Hindi
Veil
परदा  (Paradā)
Middle Eastern head covering
Spanish
Veil
Velo
Mantillas & wedding tradition
Armenian
Child
Երեխա (yerekha)
Numerous cultural traditions
Chinese
Child
  (Háizi)
Numerous cultural traditions
Hindi
Child
बच्चा  (Baccā)
Numerous cultural traditions
Spanish
Child
Nino
Numerous cultural traditions
Armenian
God
Աստված  (astvats)
 
Chinese
God
  (Shàngdì)
 
Hindi
God
परमेश्वर  (Paramēśvara)
 
Spanish
God
Dios
 

But think about it, we all call God by a vast number of names because we have all come to our beliefs and the names we call it from where we started or in some cases from where we ended up. In the end no matter what traditions surround God, we all still believe in some power or entity of a divine nature. Even atheists believe that these cultural, linguistic beliefs are just beliefs and not evidence. But that is a topic for another blog.

So couldn’t it be possible that no matter what we all call God we all still have a God to believe in and shouldn’t that be the place to start?