Easter Eggs

So with Easter right around the corner, I thought it might be fitting to write about unexpected surprises. Kind of like opening Easter Eggs. By the way, how many of you know the Urbandictionary.com alter meaning for Easter Eggs? Well here it is:


Easter Eggs are hidden links or files coded into software or websites.
In the end, they are useless gags that programmers include for fun.
Did you find the Easter eggs in phantastyk.ca?
No, but I found the easter eggs in Adobe Photoshop 6.0.

Towards the end of last year I had the extreme good fortune to meet two new and very special people with whom I have been enjoying the exchange of philosophical ideas. I met them both through work, and it was an instant bond, though they have never met. I am arranging that soon. I meet with them over delicious meals, and we talk about all sorts of things besides politics, religion, sports, and the weather. They both possess such wisdom, and I am still marveling at how strange it was that they both came into my life- or was it I who came into their lives- at nearly the same time, but I am so glad they did. And their first names rhyme :-) So I have decided to share some of their wisdom with you for the April Muse. Mini muses within the muse to amuse :-)

Charite Ordonnee Commence Par Soi Meme

In English, this closely translates to the proverb "Charity Begins At Home". From Wiki Answers:

Be generous to your family before helping others. For example, She spends hours and hours on volunteer work and neglects the children, forgetting that charity begins at home. This proverb was first recorded in English, in slightly different form, in John Wycliffe's Of Prelates (c. 1380); "Charity should begin at himself."

This means that family members are more important than anyone else, and should be the focus of a person's efforts.

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME -- "One's own family (or country, etc.) comes before any other responsibilities. The idea of the proverb can be found in the Bible. The proverb dates back to the time of the Roman comic playwright Terence (about 190-159 BC). In 1383, John Wycliffe wrote: 'Charity should begin at himself.' Five hundred years later Dickens said that 'Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.' First attested in the United States in the 'Winthrop Papers' (1628).'." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

I had heard this proverb before but had never really given much thought to it. And then it seemed to keep coming up in conversations. My mom and I talked about it, and my Mentor and I also talked about it. He is from France and explained that the French version of this proverb literally translates into something more like " Organized Charity Begins With Oneself." He mentioned that it is his philosophy that in order to be able to truly love others, we must first learn to love ourselves so much that we have left over love to share. Just as we must first feed our families before giving food to others, must first pay our bills before donating, etc. I found this to be so profound, and well, logical too! I had never thought about love in this way. You must have enough to share! What a concept. So if you are a self loathing type of person, you will only have loathing to give. If you are a happy person you will have happiness to give, if you are a smart person, you will have knowledge to share, and vice versa :-) and if you are a sad person you will have sadness to give. So simple yet so true. So the bottom line to this lesson is that if you want to be good to others, you must begin by taking care of your own needs so that you can then give full attention to the needs of others. Kind of goes along with the clean up your own back yard before your complain about mine, etc. Intriguing.

Fun With Words:

My other friend is so utterly interesting that it is always a treat to spend time with her. She lives not far from me and we met through a mutual friend over a work related matter of Travel Insurance. We met for lunch and it was an instant friendship. She is so full of wit and wisdom that she has plenty to share and I am right there to receive it! We almost didn't want to spend the time to finish our sentences as we found we had so much to talk about besides work and the 2 hour lunch was just not going to cut it. I learned that she had been a teacher and had traveled the world. We both share a love of themes and she arrived to the restaurant wearing a rare piece of jewelry from Argentina since we were dining on Argentinean fare. She also analyzes handwriting and perused a sample of mine, which was really fun. We decided to meet for monthly lunches with the restaurant having something to do with the month- so January was Jasmine for Thai food since they both begin with "J's". By the way, it is in Porter Ranch and I highly recommend it. She arrived in a vest with "Ties" on it to go with the Thai theme. I completely missed the connection, and felt foolish when she had to point it out to me. We really Thai'd Tied one on! She loves language as much if not more than I do and we had such a punny time. She writes the most delicious emails.. Just a feast for my mind with all of her word play. She is keen on finding words within words- something I had never done. For example there is an "ow" in grow, and pow, and wow and throw. Here is another example of her fun with words which I am publishing without her permission:

Notice the word "spirit" has two i's which means the "i" is compounded nestled between the "r" as we are two "individuals" (inner and outer). Did you know that the letter "s" has the most English words starting with "s". Sincerely, sister-in-spirit

Here is another:

I didn't want you to be without some interesting stuff this weekend. And this "is" (i for interesting s for stuff).

And another:

Blog=brilliant, logical, omniscient, genuine

One last one because it is getting late!

Why are the words love and loathe so close in spelling? Also, hello a greeting is the opening to love: hel-love. Yet goodbye is a contraction of God be with you. And love can't be instant. It has to evolve and therein is the word love again. Feeling low can turn to love if "ve" really vant it and vill vork at it!!!!

Our pun fun is endlessly amusing and possibly confusing to outsiders not in on the thread of the thought process.

Taking Out Your Trash

This is another lesson from my French Mentor who was sharing with me some past experience that did cause him anguish. It was a subject we seemed to revisit often, and I asked him why he was having such difficulty putting it behind him and his eloquent response made a lasting impression on me. He used the analogy of taking out your trash as an analogy: sometimes your trash pile is just too heavy to take out by yourself, and you need someone to help you carry it out. Might happen once, twice or many many times until it is all out.

So to wrap this up quickly, because I had to interrupt my creative flow in order to put dinner on the table, and then my computer was jacked by someone who had left important homework that was due tomorrow until late this evening, and I didn't regain access until 11:30P.M., and I am exhausted now- never mind my hypocrisy at procrastinating composing this blog- but my excuse is that I do need to wait for inspiration to take hold-( does this win for a super long run on sentence?) life is so full of surprises. I hope to keep meeting and eating and yearning for learning. Unlike the urbandictionary.com definition of Easter Eggs, in that they are amusing but useless gags employed for fun, my two new eggs are not scrambled or fried, but just good eggs and extremely useful to me. They are full of surprises that keep getting better with time, and I seem to be holding the basket!

Happy Healthy and Blessed Easter from Jewel!

Yogi I will post the Asparagus recipe tomorrow as I need toget to bed now :-)

More Cicero Quotes:

The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death.

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The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.

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The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
(Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex)

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The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.

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There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.

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There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.

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To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.

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To each his own.
(Suum Cuique)

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We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.

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We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.

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We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.

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What we call pleasure, and rightly so is the absence of all pain.

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When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.

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Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

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While there's life, there's hope.

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A friend is, as it were, a second self.

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The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.

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There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

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Let the punishment match the offense.

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The people's good is the highest law.

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Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

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Endless money forms the sinews of war.

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Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

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History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.

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A letter does not blush.

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A man of courage is also full of faith.

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A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.

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A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.

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Ability without honor is useless.

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According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.

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Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.

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All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.

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An unjust peace is better than a just war.

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An unjust peace is better than a just war.

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As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.

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As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.

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Before beginning, plan carefully.

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Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

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Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

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Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.

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April 2, 2012

Cicero Quotes

A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.

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A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.

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A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.

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Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

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All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.

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Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.

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As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like."

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Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger.

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Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.

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Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

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He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.

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He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.

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I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature.

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If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.

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In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.

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In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.

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It is a great thing to know our vices.

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It is a true saying that "One falsehood leads easily to another".

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Laws are silent in times of war.

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Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.

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Let your desires be ruled by reason.
(Appetitus Rationi Pareat)

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Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

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Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

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Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.

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Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

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Nature herself makes the wise man rich.

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Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.

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Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

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No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.

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Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

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Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.

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Our thoughts are free.

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Reason should direct and appetite obey.

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Strain every nerve to gain your point.

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Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.

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The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.

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The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness.

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The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.

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The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.

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