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09 February 2015

Caedmon

Caedmon, 1st Anglo-Saxon Christian Poet      Have you ever felt you didn't fit? Everyone else had a bike but you didn't...everyone else seemed able to work the Rubik's cube but you couldn't...everyone else could pray out loud but you were too afraid...you were always the last chosen when team players were picked...

     That is how it was for Caedmon. He was a stable-hand at the monastery of Whitby in the seventh century. The Anglo-Saxons loved singing. It was common for men to gather of an evening and share tales through song. Everyone was expected to contribute. Caedmon, however, slipped away because he was either too shy to sing or simply had nothing to share.

     According to the church historian Bede, who was born about seven years before Caedmon died, Caedmon slipped out of the hall one night to tend the animals while the others sang. Afterward, he fell asleep. A man spoke to him in a vision, saying, "Caedmon, sing me something."

     Caedmon replied that he could not sing. That was why he was out here, not in the hall. "Yet you could sing," said the man, and suggested Caedmon sing "the beginning of all things." In his dream, Caedmon began to sing his great Hymn of Creation:



Now let us praise the guardian of the heavenly kingdom,
the power of the Creator
and the counsel of His mind,
the works of the Father of glory:
how He, the eternal Lord, originated every marvel...

    
    When Caedmon awoke, he found he remembered the verses perfectly and was able to sing them. The monks were convinced he had been given a gift by God. Whitby's famous abbess, Hild (Hilda) convinced Caedmon to become a monk.

     Although he never learned to read or write, Caedmon listened as the monks told the Bible stories and then he turned them into Anglo-Saxon poems that the common folk could understand. Many others imitated him in this, with the result that Bible teaching found its way to the people as it had never done before in England.

     Caedmon was the first poet to produce vivid Christian verses in the Anglo-Saxon tongue.

     Unfortunately, only a few of his lines survive. He died around 680. The people of England remembered him as a saint. His feast is on this day, February 11.

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Embracing

"If there is a sin against life,
it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life,
as in hoping for another life,
and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life."
-- Albert Camus

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04 February 2015

WONDER BUT NO COMMON SENSE: The Democrats urge totalitarianism, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chris Matthews:  Hillary 

"Could Really Rule This Country,"

"This Country Needs Somebody To Get Control of It." 

Chris Matthews praised a potential Hillary Clinton presidency where "she could really rule this country" as a result of a decisive electoral victory. "This country needs somebody to get control of it," Matthews said about a Clinton presidency on the Monday broadcast of his MSNBC show. "I think she should go for a 55% victory, 54% victory because then she could bring the House in, she could bring the Senate in and she could really rule this country. This country needs somebody to get control of it," Matthews told his Hardball audience.

 CHRIS MATTHEWS: I don't think Hillary Clinton should go for a close election. I know you're not saying that. But I think she should go for a 55% victory, 54% victory because then she could bring the House in, she could bring the Senate in and she could really rule this country. This country needs somebody to get control of it. Somebody's got to win this election; I don't want another split down the middle. And I think -- so, I'm more conservative, I would think she should go more to the center. People who say, follow Elizabeth [Warren] off to the left. I would say there's a way not to get 55%. Go to the hard left.

From COMMONSENSE AND WONDER

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