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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ides of March

Hello everyone,

Today is The Ides of March - and just what does that mean you ask? Well in the Ancient Roman calendar the days of the month are not numbered sequentially. Each month had three division days- kalends, nones and ides. Ides occurred on the 15th of the month (or on the 13th in months that had less than 31 days)
This system was used all over Europe until Pope Gregory introduced his new Calendar in 1584 Which is the universally used calender in use today.
So when Shakespeare wrote the his now famous lines in his play Julius Caesar - Beware the Ides of March everyone in his audience knew what he meant.

Today is also listed as Brutus day - (the dear friend of Caesar who participated in the plot to assignate Caesar.)
It is meant to be a reminder to all that in every office / group or gathering there is always a lot of intrigue, plotting and back-biting. Et tu Brute’ (and you to Brutus). Be ever vigilant - even a friend - may really be an enemy.

Not to be forgotten it is also True confessions Day. They say confession is good for the soul - as it frees one of guilt and regrets.
So I thought I’d confess/share a few unknown or little known facts about me.

I Just love going to auctions - and some times I can’t control my arm from going up to bid on something. It had a mind of it’s own - I’d swear to it. I am posting a few of the things that I bought at Last Saturdays Auction as eye candy among all the writing - it’s just there to be pretty and add contrast and has no relevance to the post.

I love reading History books. Not those sugary Historical fiction type things but real history - This is where my love of the Renaissance began - and why my husband and I love our shift in time and become Ren rats during the summer - visiting all the Different Ren Faires in our area.

Although I guess that since I am confessing - I need to be honest and say I did get totally caught up in one set of those romantic historical fictions. I read the entire Outlander Series by Dianna Gabaldon. And enjoyed it.

I am also a big fan of mystery books. I love to read well written murder mysteries my favorite authors being: Patricia Cornwell, David Baldacci , Elizabeth Lowell, Harlan Coben, and James Patterson. My all-time favorites for light reading in this genre are the Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun and the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.

I 'd like to believe I live my life by the Golden rule.: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
I find that it’s not always an easy thing to do - especially when people are mean to you - but I do it because I believe that the wheels of Justice move slow - but they move and Karma can be a real *itch when it all starts coming back to you threefold.

I have little use for corporations, groups or people who maintain a double standard - one for themselves and their friends and another for the others who are not like themselves or their friends. I proved myself to be quite the dreamer when I figured all this kind of petty nonsense ended in grade school or High school at the very least. The very fact that People felt a need to have a Brutus day gives testimony to the fact that it never ends.

I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue and Depression (A very unholy trinity of syndromes) all of which I was lucky enough to inherit from my family. Overall deep muscle pain can be bearable during the daylight hours - but at night they become intolerable - so one gets less sleep - and this of course increases depression - add to that a long hard winter -and Seasonal Affect Disease (or cabin fever as most call it) .
I was told recently that my feelings must be too fragile to handle blogging and in the spirit of honesty and true confession I have come to believe that this may be a true statement.

Now I need to decide what I need to do about it. If I close my blog down and retreat into my own little world - Keep my blog open - but only to friends and family? - I wish I knew . I guess this gives me something to think about



Brian said...

That was a good post with good info...until the end. I hope you don't close your blog, I'd sure miss visiting!!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We agree with Brian. That is a tough combination to battle but we'd hate to see you close down your blog or retreat.

Lena said...

Hi Penny,

I just wrote you a long comment, but blogger said it couldn't be published. I'll try again.

First, what a lovely cat you have! He's quite a handsome fellow. You probably noticed our cat Miss Luna while visiting my blog. She's quite spoiled too, but we love her.

I'm so sorry to hear that you have struggles with depression, SAD, and fibromyalgia. I know they often come as a package. I use a light for my SAD, and it has helped me a lot. Depression can be hard. I take medication for that, and manage quite well these days, but I can remember some very difficult times. I wish you well.

Oh boy, the whole blogging thing. I know, it can be hard too, sometimes. You know, I've been blogging for over 5 years now, and it seems to me, that the people who are happiest as bloggers, are those who do it because they enjoy sharing. If you do that from your heart, the rest seems to take care of itself. I know it can be hard though. I've had hurtful moments when I've stepped back from blogging too. I think that's ok. It probably is a wise thing for all of us to do from time to time. I've actually started my blog over a few times too. I've had large numbers, and small numbers. Ultimately, I've found I'm happiest when just a few sincere and kind people drop by now and then. Right now most of my commenters are a group of people who have visited over the years and have come to know one another. It feels friendly I think. Everyone is always welcome there. I hope you'll drop by again sometime.

Take care.