May 28

Jostling the brain cells.


Randomness…. From THIS Day in History:  May 28.

In 585 BC ……a solar eclipse occured.  It was predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales.  This occured while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in a big, mean, nasty battle..  Wouldn’t you know …. the very sight of the solar eclipse lead to a truce.

This whole deal…. marks one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.  Yep.  Some Peace On Earth… and it came from the stars above.

A notable birthday…. In 1818,  P.G.T. Beauregard was born.  He was an American Confederate general.  A ladies man.  Dyed his hair black.  Dapper fellow.  Defended the Port of Charleston during the Civil War.  I know this… because he lived right up the street.  Headquarters.  They say his ghost still haunts the City Courthouse.  Why there….?  I guess he had unfinished business in this life.

And another good birthday.  From the year 1888…. Jim Thorpe.    He was born into the American Indian Tribe….Sac and Fox.   His given name was Wa-Tho-Huk. It translates into “Bright Path.”

He was probably the greatest American athlete of all time.  He won Olympic Golds in the Pentathlon, the Decathlon.  He was played professional Football, Baseball, and Basketball.  The first biography I ever read was a book about Jim Thorpe.  I was captivated by this story as I kid.  As fate would have it, the Bright Path dimmed for Thorpe.  The end of his life turned out to be pretty tragic.

And final birthday is that of Xīn Qìjí (28 May 1140–1207).  Say that three times fast.

I am sure everyone   Now this guy was a Chinese poet.  Also a  military leader, and statesman during the Southern Song dynasty.  But the guy could pen a poem.  His beat one was this…..

“众里寻他千百度,蓦然回首,那人却在灯火阑珊处。” -《青玉案·元夕》

(Whew.  YOU should try writing that line above…..  )

Anyway….. that all  means…..
“Having almost exhausted my energy searching for this person (vague), I suddenly turned my head, and there he was, standing at the far end of the street where the candlelight is the dimmest.”

Now that should shed some light on things for you.

I will translate further just in case you want more clarification.  If the ball rolls down the steps without bouncing, you can have cornflakes for breakfast the next morning, and not be ashamed.   The white duck may quack uncontrollably.  Be not afraid.

Got it?  Good.  I know I feel smarter already.  If you take nothing else from all of this….   remember…  feel good about your breakfast cereal.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” –  Oscar Wilde

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” – Albert Einstein