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Friday, August 19, 2005


Last week, when I was searching for free goodies on birthdays, I stumbled on this nifty site. DealCoupon.com lists web deals, discount codes, and in-store savings. Nice. You can also look for deals by store name here.

One Day Only Jo-Ann's Discount Code

This code is good today only. Here is Jo-Ann's page of other sales and discounts.

Purses With Panache

I love interesting and unusual purses. Sure, I have a lot that are plain and common but I always get a little giddy when I spy a purse with personality. In the first pic you can see my growing collection of special handbags. Starting with the white one and going clockwise, I'll give a little info on each.

The White Wicker Purse - It's not wicker but plastic coated wire. I never have to worry about it breaking. I did have to straighten it out a bit after D sat on it as a toddler. Bought it on clearance at Dillard's about 9 years ago.

The Import - This wooden purse opens completely like a clam. Small with leather straps. Cute and has a cool closer. H bought it recently on clearance at a mall import store.

The Baby Purse - I have always had this purse. I carried it around everywhere when I was 4. It's so 70's. Rope macrame with wooden beads and wooden hoop handles.

The Flashy Triplets - These three bags I got from my MIL recently. Very '80's. I love their circa-Dynasty flash. I'm thinking of wearing them with casual clothes to offset their age.

The Wooden Bucket, AKA Nana's Purse - This was my Nana's. My mom gave it to her in '79, I believe. I love it very much. I would enter a burning house for it. It has local attractions painted around it. My mom gave it to me several years ago.

The Sybil - The purse in the center came recently from my MIL. It has multiple personalities, hence the name Sybil. (See pics 2 & 3) It's an ivory beaded purse which come with an attachable cover. The cover is reversible: one side is black and the other ivory with pink flowers. I really love this purse. It's adorable and so very "Mrs. Happy Housewife."

William Butler Yeats

The Song of Wandering Aengus

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire aflame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

William Butler Yeats

Believe it or not, I had never read any Yeats until about 3 years ago. Being that Yeats was white and male made him a persona non grata of sorts in my local school system. Not to say no white, male author was ever read, just that they were greatly outnumbered by what the census calls minorities. I didn't read Yeats outside of school, either. As far as poetry goes, I'm more an Emily Dickinson/Robert Frost sort of person. My introduction to Yeats was courtesy of the now-canceled Star Trek: Enterprise. (Sometimes TV is educational, I suppose.) Come now, this is no revelation, I've admitted before to being a Trekkie.

Anyway, in one episode Scott Bakula quotes Yeats' The Song of the Wandering Aengus. I had never heard of it and, although I didn't know the title or author, I looked and found it on the internet. I think it is a very simple, yet beautiful poem. I also enjoy When You Are Old, The Second Coming, and Brown Penny. The part I like best of The Second Coming is this:
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The couple behind my favorite conservative film blog, Libertas, must like it too because they quoted it today.

The Da Vinci Code: A Comment and A Response

Comment: Anonymous said...

This book is fiction. I thought it was a good read and I am a Christian. A lot of Christians read Harry Potter...a lot of Christians go to movies and watch television shows that are very anti-Christian....You could take any movie/book/television show and find a verse that will make it offensive. Maybe you could one a day.



Yes, many Christians, including myself, do things we shouldn't. We sin - that is true. That is why Christ died and rose again - for our sins. The Da Vinci Code portrays our Christ as just a regular man. If He was not God and did not die and rise again for our sins, then why are we Christians (followers of Christ)?

I believe the plot of this book is blasphemous - it "speaks of the Supreme Being in terms of impious irreverence". The chief end of man is to "glorify God and to enjoy him for ever." This book doesn't glorify God; it denounces our Holy Scriptures as lies, our church fathers as deceivers, and the current church as a facade. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and I fear, love, and respect my Lord too much to read a book or see a movie which denies His Godhood and the salvation He bought for us.

When I stand before God on Judgment Day, I will have many, many things to answer for. I'll not let reading a book that denies Christ be one of them. That's my choice, part of the old free will thing, you know. Whether you read and approve of reading The Da Vinci Code, or not, is part of your own free will. It doesn't affect me and is between you and God. I'm entitled to my opinion and you're entitled to yours under God's law and man's.

To refer to my previous post: "...The Da Vinci Code is not a book I think I should be reading...What each Christian reads, though, is between him or her and God and has nothing to do with me. What does concern me is that The Da Vinci Code (directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks) is coming soon to a theater near you and the Church is assisting with the filming." If you visit my blog, you're going get my opinion. I don't mean that harshly, just frankly. As Mrs. Blessed says on her blog, "If this site really, really irritates you, do what I did in a similar situation and get your own blog."

A final note to clarify: I'm not angry, just reasserting my position on this book. Opinions differing from mine are not prohibited from this blog but please be careful alluding that I am twisting Scripture to suit my own opinions: "You could take any movie/book/television show and find a verse that will make it offensive. Maybe you could one a day."