Why do we say Bless You when someone sneezes? It is habit or plain superstition. I did a bit of research on about sneezing and it all stemmed from the great plague in 6th century.
National Geographic reports that during the plague of 590 AD, “Pope Gregory I ordered unceasing prayer for divine intercession. Part of his command was that anyone sneezing be blessed immediately (“God bless you”), since sneezing was often the first sign that someone was falling ill with the plague.” By 750 AD, it became customary to say “God bless you” as a response to one sneezing.
National Geographic : From Piazza San Pietro, proceed down the broad avenue across from the Basilica, Via della Conciliazione (commissioned by Mussolini to add grandeur to the site), to (4) Castel Sant’Angelo (Lungotevere Castello 50), a round-walled, battlemented structure that today serves as a museum. Commissioned as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D., it was completed in 139 A.D after Hadrian had already died (his body was eventually entombed here). Within a hundred years the building was transformed into a fortress to help protect Rome from Germanic invaders. It got its current name in the sixth century—a time when a plague was devastating Rome—after Pope Gregory the Great had a vision of an angel hovering over the structure, sheathing its sword. The vision was interpreted as heralding the end of the plague, and a statue of Archangel Michael, the rescuing angel, was placed on top of the structure (the present bronze statue dates to 1752). In 1277 the fortress was connected to the Vatican Palace with a covered walkway and became a refuge of choice for successive Popes. It also harbored special prisoners, including the acclaimed goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini, who was accused (apparently falsely) of embezzling pontifical gems. Exhibits in the museum today include weaponry and artifacts related to the building’s long, colorful history.
Source: God Bless You: Wikipedia
Fireflies in the Garden
An allegory between the stars and the fireflies:
We may want to shoot for the stars and be like fireflies to shine like the stars but I say just be yourself, you will shine with your inner light.
Image credit to: Ionut Burloiu of Italy for having chosen as one of the best contributors of “After Midnight” Your Shot assignment at National Geographic. Thank you Ionut for allowing me to share your photo of my memorable childhood.
Being in a dental surgeon’s office and part of their experiment (yes, I tend to place myself a lot as a guinea pig), there were two surgeons working to plant one tooth, additional two dentist watching and two dental assistants. That’s a total of seven people, including me, in the room to work on just ONE tooth!
I could hear them say, Oooohhh – Aaaaahhh. That is really good, Vincent. Let me take a photo on that one. Hey you guys, take a look at this. Isn’t that a beauty?
That is just so annoying that I can’t even see what they were doing. I wish they have installed a mirror on the ceiling. Not only that, they have taken thousands of photos of me and I did not get to see my selfie.
One year felt forever and it was the longest time of my life. Missing two Christmas dinners and New Years bash, plenty of birthday celebrations, Easter party, other lunches and dinners. Most of my meal was practically baby food, no chewing involved.
For now, I am giving my mouth a rest and close it for a year. I have one year to decide if I want to have the other front tooth done. Besides, I have a lot of eating to catch up.
Photograph by Wesley Thomas Wong posted at National Geographic.
“I was at the Museum of Natural History in Beijing with my daughter checking out the ‘contemporary life’ exhibits one day when I saw this scene. I thought the mouth display actually looked a lot better with people looking inside of it like in this photo, than it did without ……so I left a message in the comment box for the museum telling them my suggestion although I’m sure they probably ignored it….. particularly since I wrote it in English…… ;-)”
I know how to let my soul out of the business it’s tied up in. I hear my blood singing and boiling, I’m light-headed. And this matter which is my own somewhere on the border of slow disturbance recombines in a chain of primary links.
There in the unbiased ether our essences balance against star weights hurled at the now just trembling scales. The ecstasy of life
lives at this edge – the body’s memory of its immutable homeland.
– Osip Mandelstam translated by Barbara Einzig from “Collected Works” by Osip Mandelstam ed. Struve and Filipoff (Washington D.C.: Interlanguage Associates, 1967) via Parabola
Photo Credit: Stephane Couture ~ Published at National Geographic Daily Dozen on December 19, 2013
“I love to see people standing on the side of the ocean at sunset witnessing this unique moment. We don’t really know if they are day dreaming or just simply enjoying the mesmerizing colors. I was one of them when this veiled lady passed in front of my lens dancing to the sound of the waves with her veil moving to the tempo of the wind. I feel very fortunate to have captured this moment when everything falls into place at the perfect time.”
谢谢你 (xièxienǐ )
Hello to the People of Republic China
I am thinking of you from Vancouver, BC, CANADA.
I understand that China is a beautiful country.
How are you?
Where are you from?
Photo Credit: National Geographic
‘Cayenne’ in the back, six months old :) one of the twelve puppies we fostered for the BCSPCA animal shelter in Squamish, British Columbia Canada…’Raine’ in the front, also a rescued dog….almost two years old…we love them both! Cayenne is very easy-going, calm and very grounded…on the other hand, Raine is quite active, full of energy and a bit of a handful. After playing with the ball…a step sister embrace ~ Maria Vanesa Acuto
Photographing pets give me an immense soul joy!, discovering their personalities and capturing with an image their world, little expressions and movements…
I volunteer my time as a photographer to the SPCA Squamish Branch, BC Canada. Some of my clients include Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital, Paw in Hand Services.
This union, their love of each other is evident in your photo. It is lovely. I had two whippet that were devoted to each other, one older by 6 years. It was a painful separation when my older whippet passed away. Your photo reminds me of their interdependence. Mine too were quite different. The stoic older dog took a lot of heat and got attacked defending my sometimes rude younger girl whippet but they supported one another. Sorry, for my going down memory lane. ~ Robin Schwartz
Another winner of National Geographic: Your Shot Assignment “The Animals We Love.” I receive so much joy in sharing people’s talents and passion in helping animals.