March 23rd, 2009

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

The right side of the bed -

This morning I decided to get up on the other side of the bed than I usually hop out of.  I always get out on the left side of the bed but this morning I hopped out on the right, and then,  I thought what is this about getting up on the "wrong side of the bed," so thanks to Google, here it is.  So, by this account, I usually get up on the wrong side of the bed, and yet, most of the time, I don't believe I am a Grumpy Gus.  

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED - "The wrong side of the bed is the left side, according to a superstition that goes back to the time of the Romans. People have been saying other people 'got up on the wrong side of the bed,' 'awoke surly or grouchy,' for well over three centuries now, usually not knowing the real meaning of what they are saying, but the equally old expression 'got up left foot forward' tells the story. The supposedly sinister nature of the left is reflected in many English superstitions and expressions, such as the belief that it is unlucky to put your left shoe first, or to walk into a house left foot first. The Romans, especially Augustus Caesar, were very careful that they got up on the right side of the bed, but there is no evidence that they were less grouchy than anyone else." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

Some consider the right side of the body to be the conscious side and the left side to represent the unconscious, so by that accounting, it is best to rise with awareness which makes sense, though, as I say, I have been rising on the left side for years.  Perhaps, I choose to keep my unconscious light!!

May this day shine with joy.   Spring is here!

great blue heron flying

Patrick Henry -

This comes from Writer's Almanac today:

It was on this day in 1775 that Patrick Henry gave a speech to the Second Virginia Convention, proposing that the colony arm itself against the king to fight for independence. Almost no one spoke openly of armed rebellion because it was considered treason against the king. Those convicted of treason could be sent back to England to be hanged.

Patrick Henry spoke against the king as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. When he compared King George III to Brutus, the assassin of Caesar, someone in the House shouted, "Treason!" Henry responded, "If this be treason, then make the most of it."

He took the floor on this day, in 1775, and made his most famous speech. No one actually transcribed his words, but the speech was reconstructed later by people who had been there, including Thomas Jefferson. Patrick Henry said: "There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free ... we must fight! ... Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! ... Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"