Category Archives: This and That
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
In 2011, there was 1 new post, growing the total archive of this blog to 697 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 826kb.
The busiest day of the year was December 4th with 418 views. The most popular post that day was Would you believe it??.
I never heard my mother utter a swear word. One Christmas we were driving to my grandmother’s house and our car broke down – in a blinding snowstorm; my father was outside with the car hood up, head hidden from view – trying to fix the problem – and I heard him utter the D_ _ _ it word. That was the only time I ever heard my father utter a curse word.
. . . But swear words aren’t quite as simple as they seem. They’re paradoxical — saying them is taboo in nearly every culture, but instead of avoiding them as with other taboos, people use them. Most associate swearing with being angry or frustrated, but people swear for a number of reasons and in a variety of situations. Swearing also serves multiple purposes in social interactions. Not only that, your brain treats swear words differently than it treats other words.
Most researchers agree that swearing came from early forms of word magic. Studies of modern, non-literate cultures suggest that swearwords came from the belief that spoken words have power. Some cultures, especially ones that have not developed a written language, believe that spoken words can curse or bless people or can otherwise affect the world. This leads to the idea that some words are either very good or very bad.
. . . A lot of people think of swearing as an instinctive response to something painful and unexpected (like hitting your head on an open cabinet door) or something frustrating and upsetting (like being stuck in traffic on the way to a job interview). This is one of the most common uses for swearing, and many researchers believe that it helps relieve stress and blow off steam, like crying does for small children.
. . . Swearing and the Brain
Your brain is a very complex organ, but there are only a few things you need to know about it to understand how it approaches swear words differently from other language:
- In most people, the left hemisphere is in charge of language. The right hemisphere creates the emotional content of language.
- Language processing is a “higher” brain function and takes place in the cerebral cortex.
- Emotion and instinct are “lower” brain functions and take place deep inside the brain.
[excerpt from article “How Swearing Works” by Tracy V. Wilson in “How Stuff Works]
eating out and enjoying it . . . with good service . . . makes a difference . . .
With the speed of internet lightning, it takes only seconds for rumors to spread. I remember that silly game with the players in a circle and the first one in the circle whispers something to the next one . . . you know what I’m remembering . . . you probably played that game, also. By the time the whispered remark comes to the last person in the circle, it had no semblance to what was initially said.
Such are the internet rumors.
Some Christians are so willing to believe rumors that reflect well on their heroes and poorly on their opponents that they abandon even a modest concern for the veracity of the rumors. Yet the Bible clearly prohibits “bearing false witness” and spreading rumors and gossip. Perhaps Christians who spread such rumors think they serve a greater purpose, as if the end justifies the means, some ethicists speculate.The key to confronting such bad habits among Christians is proper spiritual formation on the ethics of truth-telling, gossip and rumor-spreading, experts said.
I love to inhale the outdoorsy aroma of sheets and throw rugs . . . and curtains . . . and . . . that have been drying in the sun. We always had a clothesline (didn’t always have a dryer, though) until we moved into a ‘restricted’ subdivision in Denver that prohibited clotheslines. Still miss that clean sunny feeling when one climbs into a bed with bedding that has been in the sun. It so soooo relaxing . . .
Needless to say, we’re not allowed to have clotheslines where we live, now (although with such a small garden home – and tiny yard – there may not even be room!).
Heard a very interesting talk today about dreaming and sleeping by Michael Czuchry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at Texas Lutheran University.
His talk provoked a great deal of discussion and questions and was very insightful (and he spoke at ‘our level’ – bless his heart!).
According to Jung, dreams are a way of communicating and acquainting yourself with the unconscious. Dreams are not attempts to conceal your true feelings from the waking mind, but rather they are a window to your unconscious. They serve to guide the waking self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to a problem you are facing in your waking life.