Friday, December 2, 2016

constant observation of nature

How can we teach unobservant people to notice what nature and life are trying to show them? First of all, they must be taught to look at, to listen to, and to hear what is beautiful... Nothing in life is more beautiful than nature, and it should be the object of constant observation... And do not shun the darker side of nature. Look for it in the marshes, in the slime of the sea… and remember that hidden behind these phenomena there is beauty, just as in loveliness there is unloveliness. - Constantin Stanislavski


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

pearls of wisdom

If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse. - Anthon St. Maarten inn "Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny"

Wishing all my readers a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving - Dominique

Image: Pecos Valley Diamonds by Dominique Allmon©2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

happy st. martin's day

St. Martin's Day or Martinstag is celebrated on November 11. It is a religious observance in Germany that is very popular with children. It is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, or Martin le Miséricordieux, and celebrates modesty and altruism, values that are commonly associated with Saint Martin.  

St. Martin is known as a friend of children and patron saint of beggars, wool weavers, soldiers, vintners and innkeepers, and the geese.

The celebrations usually involved evening processions with handmade paper lanterns, but the celebrations were suspended in 2015 in order not to offend the migrants from the Middle East.

This holiday was traditionally followed by a fast that lasted until Christmas, so normally St. Martin's Day would center around good food. Martin's Gans, or the roasted goose served with dumplings and fragrant red cabbage stew, is one of the many dishes that people in Germany enjoy on this day. 

History of the tradition

"Saint Martin of Tours (316 - 297 CE) initially worked as a Roman legionary but was later appointed the third Bishop of Tours. According to lore, he was a modest and altruistic man. The legend about his saving a homeless person from freezing to death by giving him half of his cloak is known to children in all parts of Germany. 

The tradition to eat a goose (today often replaced by a duck) on St. Martin's Day is thought to be based on the medieval tax system. November 11 was pay day, and often the tax debt was paid with a goose. It is believed that this is also the reason why geese play such an important role in legends about the Saint. Another popular story is about a flock of geese who betrayed Martin's hiding place as he was trying to hide from the people of Tours when they wanted to make him a bishop."

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