Thursday, 27 September 2007

Kindred spirits

Nana sent me to Zach Braff's (promotional??) blog (better don't ask!) and the first thing I found was something I could have written myself:

Hi friends,
Sorry I have been gone for so long. There has been so much going on and I can procrastinate better than anyone in the world. We could probably hold a procrastination contest, but we’d never actually get around to planning it.

Hehehe. (need to find a nice laugh icon/image to insert here, and I will, but, you know, later.)

Great fanfiction news

Anime Gher is writing again! And with new site, where I discovered plenty of yummy art (why hadn't I seen it before??!) I'll save it all later, but wanted to link it here with the proper banner - I'm looking into how to use it in the sidebar, haven't done it since the new layouts system.

Anime Gher
Edit: I'm a whizz!! Already wrestled the banner into the sidebar, and also managed some modifications I'd wanted for some time.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007


Well, forgot to tag this place, JigZone, full of puzzles, plenty of settings and pics. Registered.
Now, here's one of my faves:

Click to Mix and Solve

Edit: should be visible! *weep*

Monday, 17 September 2007


Here are two sites I've used (once each), for literary research:

The Phrase Finder: Meanings and origins of sayings and phrases - List of (English) sayings - Idiom definitions, examples, origins , meanings - List of idioms - Idiom dictionary
World Wide Words: Michael Quinion writes on international English from a British viewpoint - Articles, turns of phrase, weird words, etc.

Monday, 3 September 2007


Last for today, by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

The Serenity Prayer

For, of course, the previous one leads inevitably to this, used in numerous 12-steps programmes, I'm told. Double again - original by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) (found here and here).

The Serenity Prayer

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


And in Spanish,

Oración de la Serenidad

Dios, concédeme la serenidad para aceptar las cosas que no puedo cambiar, el valor para cambiar las cosas que puedo cambiar y la sabiduría para conocer la diferencia; viviendo un día a la vez, disfrutando un momento a la vez; aceptando las adversidades como un camino hacia la paz; pidiendo, como lo hizo Dios, en este mundo pecador tal y como es, y no como me gustaría que fuera; creyendo que Tú harás que todas las cosas estén bien si yo me entrego a Tu voluntad; de modo que pueda ser razonablemente feliz en esta vida e increíblemente feliz Contigo en la siguiente. Amen.

Plegaria de un Padre

This will be a little long - and an exercise in translation, with the original English and the well known Spanish translation, from Gral. Douglas MacArthurs's speech (May 1952).

A Father's Prayer

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee ?and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, have not lived in vain.

Plegaria de un Padre

Dame, oh Señor, un hijo que sea lo bastante fuerte para saber cuándo es débil, y lo bastante valeroso para enfrentarse consigo mismo cuando sienta miedo; un hijo que sea orgulloso e inflexible en la derrota honrada, y humilde y magnánimo en la victoria
Dame un hijo que nunca doble la espalda cuando debe erguir el pecho; un hijo que sepa conocerte a Tí... y conocerse a si mismo, que es la piedra fundamental de todo conocimiento.
Condúcelo, te lo ruego, no por el camino cómodo y fácil, sino por el camino áspero, aguijoneado por las dificultades y los retos.
Allí déjale aprender a sostenerse firme en la tempestad y a sentir compasión por lo que fallan.
Dame un hijo cuyo corazón sea claro, cuyos ideales sean altos; un hijo que se domine a si mismo antes que pretenda dominar a los demás; un hijo que aprenda a reir, pero que también sepa llorar; un hijo que avance hacia el futuro, pero que nunca olvide el pasado:
Y después que le hayas dado todo esto, agrégale, te suplico, suficiente sentido del buen humor, de modo que pueda ser siempre serio, pero que no se tome a sí mismo demasiado en serio.
Dale humildad para que pueda recordar siempre la sencillez de la verdadera sabiduría, la mansedumbre de la verdadera fuerza.
Entonces, yo, su padre, me atreveré a murmurar:"No he vivido en vano".

Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann

Not from 'The Old St Paul's Church, Baltimore, AD 1692', but from Max Ehrmann's pen (circa 1920) (according to this site), an English version for my enjoyment -looking for that prayer I found some rather well remembered writings.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep

This is sad, but so beautiful... From standard fanfiction, a sometimes-funeral sometimes-song prayer with many versions, probably written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1904-2004) - for more info, google it. Now, one version:
Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.