Here I sit on a rock and broken-hearted, tried to rise but only started. Soon I heard a voice softly calling, saw a crab in the sand quickly crawling. Then I fell asleep and dreamed of a perfect place far away and quiet.
Ici, je m’assieds sur un rocher avec un cœur brisé,
puis je me essayé à lever, je ne peut pas a commencer.
bientôt, j’ai entendu une voix doucement,
j’ai vu un crabe dans le sable ramper rapidement.
puis je me suis endormi et
j’ai rêvé d’un endroit lointain et tranquille.
Work hard, play harder and rest when you can, is advice that would have made Ben Franklin healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Maybe Ovid, the Roman poet, said it best, “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” Einstein thought best while walking or playing the violin and Sherlock Holmes likewise liked to think and play his violin. Rip Van Winkle slept a bit too much. Sir Isaac Newton dozed and when an apple struck him on the head, he composed the three laws of physics. Hamlet, when perplexed sought to sleep, and perchance to dream. Leonardo da Vinci observed, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.”
Today, kids are sentenced to 9 months of reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic; and, let’s hope, a topic that will prepare the little tykes to take over when parents are ready for the easy chair. It is time to think about how we are going to pay for those college years.
Back-to-School Day, what a relief.
Super-moms and Super-dads celebrate the day Stresslessly.
Let us go to Mérida, capital of Spain’s Extremadura, founded by the Romans, whose ancient buildings include the Teatro Romano, the Puente Romano, and the stunningly beautiful Temple of Diana.
The Roman colony of Emerita Augusta (today’s Mérida) was founded in 25 BC by Emperor Augustus. It was settled by soldiers discharged from two veteran legions of the Cantabrian Wars: Legio X Gemina and Legio V Alaudae, (Tenth and Fifth Legions). These wars, which Augustus personally supervised, were the final stage of Rome’s two-century long conquest of Hispania; and the ten-year long campaign against the fiercely independent tribes: the Cantabri, Astures, and Gallaeci.
The Temple of Diana was built as part of the city forum in the first century AD. It stands on an elevated rectangular base. The facade has six granite columns with Corinthian capitals. Archaeologists believe a garden and pond lay beside the temple.
The attribution of the religious temple to Diana is uncertain.
Soldiers of the Tenth Legion famously followed Julius Caesar in his invasion of Gaul and Britain, and in Greece to subdue Pompey the Great at the Battle of Pharsalus. Later, Augustus, then Octavius, used them at the Battle of Philippi against Julius Caesar’s murderers. The Fifth Legion was also formed by Julius Caesar and fought with him in Gaul. It was the first Roman legion composed of provincial soldiers, as opposed to Roman citizens. and Caesar paid the soldiers with his own resources before the legion was recognized by the Roman Senate.
Fourteen hundred years later the progeny of these soldiers would find their fortunes in the New World as Spanish conquistadors. Their names are known to history: Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, Gonzalo Pizarro, Juan Pizarro, Hernando Pizarro, and Hernando de Soto to name a few.
Did we mention that Stressless recliners are shipped all over the world from Ikornnes, Norway? Made in Norway – a fitting statement for this sleek and comfortable chair.
If you would like to pick up the chair yourself in Ikornnes, Sykkylven Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway, here are the directions:
From Oslo by car it is eight and a half hours to Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal county on the Storfjorden. Along the way, stop, if you are inclined, in Lillehammer, home to the 1994 Winter Olympics.
By boat take your time and enjoy the spectacular views of the fjords, named best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. Eventually, follow the Sykkylvsfjorden, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of Tusvik, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Straumgjerde, and about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of the municipal center of Aure via the Sykkylven Bridge.
In winter come early as the sun sets about 4 o’clock.
Y0u can enjoy your Stressless recliner in all the colors of the aurora borealis.
No one makes a recliner like Stressless. Since 1934, manufactured in Norway, where the winter nights are long and relaxing is always on one’s mind. Stressless recliners in all the colors of the Aurora Borealis.
The Voyager recliner by Stressless – something to inspire, something to still the soul, more than a symbol, a great place to relax.
“Whew, glad that is over.” That is what I imagine Santa saying right now. That and its time for a bath and good-night’s sleep.
Then again, here are some other thoughts for Santa in 2015:
1. Help wanted
2. Let’s see, start at midnight in Maine, spend no more than one hour and go west; it will still be midnight in the Midwest. Repeat three times and I can have the America filled with gifts and joy in an hour. That is how I do it in case you were wondering.
3. Donald Trump said I couldn’t fly where?
4. Does anyone ever write a thank you note?
5. Give peace a chance, please.
6. God’s gift, an infant child.
7. Never quit believing that one or a few caring people can’t change the world.