Our Lovely World

Reflections, Blessings & Gratitude


Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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The Hero With a Thousand Faces – myth in stories

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Joseph Campbell

Joseph John Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.

In 1949 Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) made a big splash in the field of mythology with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This book built on the pioneering work of German anthropologist Adolph Bastian (1826-1905), who first proposed the idea that myths from all over the world seem to be built from the same “elementary ideas.”

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas “archetypes,” which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious. In other words, Jung believed that everyone in the world is born with the same basic subconscious model of what a “hero” is, or a “mentor” or a “quest,” and that’s why people who don’t even speak the same language can enjoy the same stories.

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Full Moon and Spring or Winter Equinox 2013

Full Moon September 2013

The September Equinox  occurs on 22nd or 23rd September 2013, depending upon where you live.  The Equinox happens when Earth’s poles are the same distance from the Sun.  On this day there are roughly 12 hrs of day and 12 hrs of night.   In the Southern Hemisphere where I live, it is of course called the Spring Equinox as we are in Spring now, heading into Summer.  In the Northern Hemisphere it is called the Autumn Equinox.

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Wax Candle Making, Honey, & Reminiscences

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax Candles from Heathmont Honey

REMINISCING

A long, long time ago I went to the YMCA or was it the YWCA here in Australia.  I know “YMCA” was a song sung by the Village People.  Anyhow, as a younger person I went to younger person’s crafts classes and to something or other at which we visited some wonderful places and did some great things.

For example, we visited a Soft Drink Manufacturer’s place on one occasion and some of us were given a bottle of carbonated drink.  As we sat by the roadside on the kerb waiting for one of our brothers to pick us up, a bottle, that one of my sisters had placed by the kerb, suddenly exploded.  Luckily, nobody was hurt, but as you can imagine, we kids weren’t too pleased at losing that drink and our parents were none too pleased with that Soft drink manufacturer.

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The Pale Blue Dot Again – Professor Brian Cox & the Universe

Part One

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Last night my partner and I went to the PCEC   ( Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre )  to hear U.K. Prof. Brian Cox, Particle Physicist, talk about physics and the cosmos.  The talk ran for 3 hours from 8pm to 11pm.  While we loved the talk and the PCEC and the Riverside Theatre where the talk was held, it was a bit of a torture finding parking and leaving the car park later.

We went into the PCEC car park via Mill Street off St Georges Terrace, where there were Traffic lights.  We drove around for a while, not having driven there before, wondering where the heck all the supposed empty car bays were and wondering which way to go.  Then my partner intelligently saw some bays toward the very back of the car park so we headed that way and got a park.  Luckily, we had left our house at 6.45pm for a journey into “town” as we call it (the City) which only takes about 30 minutes, so we had plenty of time for finding parking.

As usual, I was concerned about finding our car once we needed it again (not surprising given my lack of sense of navigation, e.g. once when I was a student at Murdoch University, I could not remember where I had parked in the many car parks there, and I must have spent 45 minutes at least wandering around looking for my car until I found it).  We looked for a number and found an 8 on one of the columns but amongst the confusion (or stress) we did not take note of the fact that there was a car bay number actually on the ground of the car bay.

Anyhow, happily, we found we were directly in line with a big room with glass windows in which there was a “bank” or array of video cameras, of course being part of the security of the Convention Centre.  We followed the sign to the “Lift and Stairs” and went past the Paying Station and up the stairs, or was it down the stairs?

To my surprise, we emerged outdoors but just around the corner from the front of the Centre, so in due time we went into the PCEC and followed the huge letter signs on the walls to the Riverside Theatre.  We went past a couple of Bars – i.e. stalls or counters set up as bars – at which a few people lingered.

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