Health and Fitness

Longfellow And Emerson - Friends?

So what's the real deal on Longfellow and Emerson? Were they friends or not? They were both members of the literary group, The Saturday Club, of course, and although Emerson was not a member of the Dante Club that met at Longfellow's home in Cambridge, Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club, characterizes Emerson as a friend of the group in his book. According to author/professor Charles C. Calhoun, Emerson and Longfellow were good friends, but not close. In letters to each other, and in public, according to Edward Waldo Emerson, in The Early Years of the Saturday Club, they praised and supported each other's efforts. In fact, at the Saturday Club they often chose to sit at the same end of the table. But as to what they thought about each other in private, that's another story, according to Calhoun, who wrote Longfellow, A Rediscovered Life. In fact, said Calhoun, "Longfellow and his wife attended several of Emerson's lectures in Boston, admiring his rhetorical skills but often finding themselves puzzled afterwards as to what he had actually said!

And I Cried

In Africa it a well known fact that our culture plays an important role in the way we take decisions and relate to people, we believe in a sense of community and any child born into a family does not only belong to that family but to the entire community.Therefore the upbring of such s child is not only the duty of the immediate family but of the community. I can wake up in my home and decide to pay a visit to a friend that i have not seen in a long while, without prior notice to him or any form of invitation.Many lives have been saved because of this, many suicide have been avoided due to this sense of community based relationship.But whenever i hear of divorce or death due to loneliness in the develop countries of the world i will only attribute it to lack of closeness or the formality attached to relationship, you-can not visit a friend without notifying him first so even if the friend is sick and dying of loneliness you will not visit because you have not notify him before. I firmly believe that whatever is wrong with Africa now is as a result of the incursion of the foreigners into our land in the name of colonization.

History and Use of Dungeons

The dungeon has been a disturbing thought to many individuals, as they picture a dark, humid underground prison full of toothless criminals, foul smells, chains and rats. The word "dungeon" is derived from the Old French word "donjon", which originally came from the "dominus" in Latin, although "dominus" means "lord". Donjon, in France, actually means the "keep" of a castle (which is a tower). The French word "cachot" would have actually been more appropriate, as it means "a type of prison". So as for its original meaning, the "dungeon" was the castle Keep, which is the main tower. This Keep was the last position of defense for the garrison and a place they could retreat to if the outer fortifications were breached. It was to be a safe and comfortable place for the Lord of the castle to stay. It turned out to be a safe place to keep prisoners as well. At some point more luxurious housing was commonly built for the Lord, and the dungeon was used exclusively for prisoners. Over time, the term evolved to mean an underground prison.

Nairobi, Kenya's Capital Gradually Changing Face

The capital city of the Republic Of Kenya is gradually changing its face. After years of neglect and poor management in the 1990's, Nairobi is now reclaiming its lost glory. By the year 2002, the city was characterized by heaps of garbage in every street. Insecurity was rife with most street lights not functioning. There were gangs of street boys who were living in the streets almost unchecked. They were unpredictable and could turn on visitors and locals at will. It was impossible to get a decent public toilet. Indeed anywhere near the toilets was a no go zone due to sheer mismanagement. All that has since changed. After taking over power in 2002, the Kibaki government initiated a parking boys rehabilitation programme that got rid of many street families in Nairobi. The boys and girls were taken to national youth services institutions, where they were trained in various skills. The streets lights have since been repaired. Roads inside and those leading to the city have now been re carpeted or are in the process of being repaired.

Celtic Symbols - Meaning and Use

The meaning of Celtic symbols is not always easy to determine. There are few, if any written records detailing the meanings. Many of the meanings have been added in recent times and the original meaning is unknown. It has been identified that 8 basic knots form the basis for all other Celtic knots. No evidence has been found to tie any of these knots to a religious or philosophical meaning. At some point Wicca cultures adopted various knots and attached meanings of their choice to the knots, but these meanings hadn't existed before. The only possible significance as to the meaning of the knots probably lies in displaying how capable humans are of intricate artwork. That in itself may have been a tribute to a higher being. The Triquetra is a popular Celtic symbol. It really only means "triangle" and refers to any Celtic three cornered shape. Commonly it is seen as three long interconnecting loops with one circle that goes through the middle of each. It has been found on early stones in Germanic pagan areas and apparently had some "religious" meaning, now lost, but may have been associated with the Germanic God Oden.

Bigfoot - Face to Face

It all began about 2 years ago while I was living in Denver, Colorado. I had recently graduatedwith a degree in digital photography. I was excited. I was also having a tough time. I had notfound a job yet. My student loans were about to hit me. It was all I could do to survive. I waspractically living day to day. Then I was offered a project. Go deep into the mountains andtake some pictures of the wilderness that few had seen. I jumped at the idea. This was my chance. A chance to prove myself. In addition, it was the opportunity to get away. Time toclear my head and find myself. I agreed. The journey into the mountains was long. I hiked for days. It was late summer and the mountainswere not yet blanketed with snow. I was alone with myself and the wild. It was scary and yet I found solace in my surroundings. This air was crisp and clean. The mountain streams so pure and refreshing. The views were inspirational. The photos snapped freely. All was good. Then, one night as I set by the camp fire, the situation took a surprising twist.

Arthur Charles Clarke The Man Behind The Voice

Did anyone really know Arthur C. Clarke? Such a diverse man with so many interests in the world, space, ocean, people, controversy, knowledge and last but not least imagination. What an interesting life he lead, Not only was he a great Scientist and a Mentor for many, he also traveled the globe and spoke to many Universities students spreading his ideas as he roamed across the planet. But Who was Arthur C. Clarke Really? Born: 1917 Dec. 16, Minehead, UK.Parents: Charles Wright Clarke (Lt. Royal Engineers, Farmer) & Nora Mary (Willis.) Married Marilyn Mayfield 1953; divorced 1964. Lived in Sri Lanka since 1956; First non-citizen to become 'Resident Guest' in 1975. Author of 100 books and over 1, 000 articles and short stories. Laid To Rest at Borella's General Cemetery in Colombo, Srilanka on March 19th 2008.Okay everyone knows the details' they are everywhere! Type in Arthur C. Clarke and hundreds of pages appear with details of his life and death. I married my husband Mohamed a native of Srilanka in 1987 and as we prepared for our first trip to Srilanka in 1992.

Famous People From Kenya

Across history many famous people from Kenya have made their mark on its lively history and evolution from a country of nomadic tribes peoples to a full democracy competing in the global economy with Europe and America. In fact, the Kenya you see today reflects these famous people from Kenya's history in its monuments and statuary. In the village of Malindi, near Mombassa on the Eastern seaboard, the Portuguese pillar built from coral still bears the cross of Lisbon stone. Vasco da Gama first visited Mombassa in 1498 as he explored shipping routes across the Indian Ocean. Contrast this centuries old monument with the modern statue of another of Kenya's famous people, the freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi who led the Mau Mau uprisings of the 1950s and ultimately helped Kenya achieve independence. Kimathi is honoured in Nairobi's City Centre by a bronze statue. The struggles of the Mau Mau gave rise to the Republic of Kenya which was recognized in 1963 when Jomo Kenyatta, an African of Kikuyu descent, was declared the first African president of Kenya.

The Danish Legacy in Bangkok

The Danish legacy in Bangkok dates back to the reign of King Rama IV (1851 - 1868). Save for one prominent landmark, there's little to remind a visitor of the early Danish presence. However it took an event in April 2008 to trigger a search on the contribution of the early Danish pioneers in Bangkok. On 26 April 2008, HM Queen Margrethe of Denmark celebrated her 68th birthday. The Royal Danish Embassy in Bangkok commemorated the occasion with a grand function which also marked 150 years of diplomatic relations between the two kingdoms. Unlike relations with Britain and France, Danish relations with Thailand were not soured by colonial ambitions. The Danes came as friends and many contributed their services to the kingdom. In reviewing Danish Thai relations, three prominent Danes come to mind. In 1865 during the reign of King Rama IV, two Danish sea captains started a hotel on the Chao Phraya River to cater for seafarers and traders after a long journey from Europe. The history of this hotel turned a new page with the arrival in 1786 of another Danish mariner, H.

China Says - No Meddling!

China says for all the folks in the world, "No meddling, " they are at this juncture referring to Burma, and I say Burma, because the country is still legally Burma, but why would China say that? Although it has been their policy for ages, actually, not until right after WWII, is when they formed that police. It sounds like a good philosophy, but coming from China, and referring it the Burma makes a person stop and think. This morning I woke up and this of all things was on my mind. I thought it was like someone saying, leave the fly that is caught in the spiders web alone; no meddling, we'll talk to the spider about it later. Recently they, meaning China, was sending arms to Zimbabwe, and said the same thing, and I thought why are they not looking at the harm they may do at this particular time, I mean we have again the spider and the fly, and the flies are caught in a big spider web and being beaten for their resistance. Perhaps they are like one another, you know: one like one, or as they say: two peas in a pod.

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