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Meaning of the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Although first published in England in 1780, textual evidence may indicate the song is French in origin.

Three French versions of the song are known. In the west of France the piece is known as a song, "La foi de la loi," the sequence being: a good stuffing without bones, two breasts of veal, three joints of beef, four pigs' trotters, five legs of mutton, six partridges with cabbage, seven spitted rabbits, eight plates of salad, nine dishes for a chapter of canons, ten full casks, eleven beautiful full-breasted maidens, and twelve musketeers with their swords.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by "my true love" on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

The first verse runs:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The second verse:
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The third verse begins to show some metrical variance, as explained below:
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

...and so forth, until the last verse:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords-a-Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids-a-Milking
7 Swans-a-Swimming
6 Geese-a-Laying
5 Gold Rings
4 Colly Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Some Christians interpret the song this way:

A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
Three French hens: The three theological virtues faith, hope and love
Four calling birds: The four Gospels
Five gold rings: The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight maids a-milking: The eight Beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful Apostles
Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of the Apostles' Creed


ABOUT THE BIBLE... Do you know that...


1.  Psalms 118 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible?
2.  Before Psalms 118, Psalms 117 is the shortest book in the Bible?
3.  After Psalms 118, Psalms 119 is the longest book in the Bible?
4.  That there 594 chapters each before and after Psalms 118?
5.  That if you add up all the chapters except Psalms 118, you get a total 1, 188?
6.  And incidentally, 1,188 or Psalms 118 verse 8, also happens to be the middle verse of the entire Bible.
** The central verse should have a fairly important message don't your think? **

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord that to trust in Man."

You may say that all the above is simply coincidental. But how amazing that directly in the center of all of God's Word is a verse that sums up what the world needs so desperately to do...put our faith in God instead of our abilities. Submission to God is the first step in having a wonderful relationship with Him and his creation

HAPPINESS - EARNED SUCCESS - ENTREPRENEURSHIP


God has granted us the freedom
to become everything we can become.

The Bible addresses economics and stewardship and clearly states that individual enterprise in the spirit of proper stewardship should be the basis of an economic system.

Do you work to bring honor and glory to the Lord? Do not give Him less than your very best.  This is how you avoid the love of money. You love the opportunity and you love the privilege. As  Christians we can say the Bible supports free enterprise and its principles. It doesn’t promote laziness. It doesn’t exalt people who lack integrity.

As Christians, our work for the Lord is not confined purely to the church but rather to everything we do, from a stay at home mom to a doctor to a brick layer—to any vocation.

Arthur Brooks said: "Earned success is the belief that you have created value in your life and in the lives of others through hard work and merit. Research indicates people who believe they have earned their success will empirically be happier than those who believe they haven’t. They will lead more productive, more fulfilled lives. As a result, society will benefit."

Dr. Arthur Brooks has led the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) since January 2009. He is the author of numerous books.

5-Minute VIDEO from Christianity, Values and American Public Policy on EARNED SUCCESS: click HERE (it will open on a separate Window)

The AUDIO below is an one-hour very important message from Dr. Arthur Brooks that addresses HAPPINESS in the context of EARNED SUCCESS and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


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WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?

We would like to discuss what your first thought when you hear someone referred to as a Christian. We mean your very first impression. Not what you think you should say when asked about what a Christian is. We mean the initial thought, whatever that thought might be.

No holds barred. What is your first through when you hear the word ‘Christian’? Why have you come to that conclusion?

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POLITICAL PENDULUM

I am always been amazed by what type of government elections bring in the western democracies: US, Canada (Federal and Provincial), France, UK, Germany, Israel, etc.

They are bringing strong, weak, minority, autocratic and caretaker governments. These governments are sometimes supported by one party, sometimes by an alliance of parties from similar persuasion or even from opposite persuasions.


Generally these governments oscillate as a POLITICAL PENDULUM between the left (Socialism) and the right (Conservatism) avoiding the extremes: Communism or Fascism.

The resting place of a pendulum is the Center. The Center of the Political Pendulum is generally called Liberalism (do not confuse with the term "liberal" that is left-leaning and is positioned in the triangle above between Liberalism and Socialism, but closer from socialism). Liberalism is the belief in the importance of individual liberty and equal rights. It espouses a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but mostly supports such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, fair trade, and the separation of church and state.

Each country seems to have a political centre of gravity, the natural point that inevitably the political pendulum returns to time and time again.  Each nation has it's own centre.  For instance, the Canadian centrepoint is different from the US one and the French or British have different ones.

Governments can try to pull the agenda to the left or right, but inevitably, the public debate will return to the centrepoint. It won't swing to the opposite poll.  It will return to that centre. The centre can shift over decades, but only by small degrees.  It might take many years to move significantly.

The graph below illustrates the shift in the US over the last 50 years (In blue the Democrat gains, in red the Republican gains).  The center of the US political pendulum is somewhat left of the line separating Democrats from Republicans for the period of time depicted in the graph.


The Political Cycles in democracies seems to behave as follows:
  1. A party is concerned about a number of issues, but mostly concerned that they don't have much of a voice.
  2. They bind together working very hard to gain political power in a very unified way.
  3. They gain power.
  4. They no longer feel as threatened and start pursuing their own ends, which mutual contradict each other. 
  5. The party infighting weakens the unity and the individual members get unenthusiastic about supporting the party.
  6. The other side, humbled by being kicked out of power, realizes they need to work together and defeat them.
  7. The party loses power.
  8. Go back to step one.
What do you think? What is your experience?  Please comment on this blog.

Note: Comments supporting or criticizing a political party will not be accepted.  We are interested on your views of the Political Pendulum, irrelevant of your party affiliation or the lack thereof.



We've come a very long way...

The FIRST COMPUTER:
In 1944, the ENIAC filled a 20 by 40 foot room, weighed 30 tons, and used more than 18,000 vacuum tubes (e.g. Radio Tubes).
   

The Computing Hardware we worked with:
  • First computer I ever saw in 1960: the IBM 705 with with a lot of "radio tubes", magnetic tapes and punched cards.  The computer's memory consisted of tiny ferrite cores strung on frameworks of fine wire.
  
  • 1967 in a research lab: Digital Equipment PDP 5 and PDP 8 - Real Time Computing - CPU with 1K or 4K of Core Memory - Programs on Teletype tapes !  Analyzing, aggregating and displaying ionospheric wind patterns. Machine and Assembler Languages.
 
  • 1968 in a research lab: IBM 1401 - variable word-length decimal computer - Computer for small businesses: high speed card punching and reading, magnetic tape, high speed printing, stored program, and arithmetic and logical ability - still a Core Memory.  Hierarchical Database. Decoding, compiling and analyzing data transmitted by a ionospheric rocket. Assembler and Fortran Languages.
  
  • 1969 with a computer manufacturer working in R&D for high-speed peripherals: IRIS 50. Siris 2 Operating System upward compatible with IBM OS/MFT, Memory was 256 K. Machine and Assembler Languages. Minicomputer CII 10010. Machine, Assembler, Pascal, Cobol Languages.

A Debate of the Age..............

We thought that we would have our first blog post to focus on what we consider one of the debates of the age: Can science prove the existence of God?

The past couple of weeks you have probably heard on the news about the book The Grand Design, written by renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist and mathematician Stephen Hawking.


From reports about the book he basically says that one does not need the concept of God to explain science. Hawking never once in his book claims without a doubt that there is no God. And he never gives anyone reason to doubt the existence of God. Nor does he make any claim that would belittle anyone's belief in any God of their choice. He simply explains how the universe could have come into being without God's help. He stated that the origin of everything could be explained by the law of gravity being in existence. However the misunderstanding of what he was apparently trying to say has also revealed the age old debate of faith vs. science.

Throughout history you have seen where in some scientific circles the idea of an outside force having anything to do with the physical world is ludicrous. On the other hand you have also seen religious leaders persecute scientists for discovering things that nowadays are accepted scientific knowledge.

We believe there are people that love science that have no angst against the idea of a God or anything religious. They are just trying to figure out what is going on with the world we live in through the eyes of science. Some scientists that believe in a God may actually try and see if science will ever prove the existence of God.

Since the beginning of the 20th century through research it has been discovered that scientific knowledge doubles approximately every five years. Will this increase in scientific knowledge eventually prove the existence of God?

What do you think?

Introduction to "Let go - Let's go" BLOG

"Let go - Let's go" is a BLOG that addresses and discusses the whole person - BODY - MIND - SPIRIT, our environment, our relationships, the past, the present, the future.
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We are looking to the future with great anticipation.

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