What’s In A Name?

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First and foremost a name is an identity.  While there may possibly be millions of other people, sites, things, ideas and even animals with the same identity, given said labels much is excluded from the overall totals.  Two entities or more with the same identity can be near each other in some cases most certainly, but as a rule it’s a good thing. 

Unless it is adjusted to a severe extent, one thing in any surname is a heritage.  Any basic occupation (like farmer) pretty much is the same (and the same heritage if it’s one that’s been handed down since time immemorial), but to the extent that there are linguistic differences that heritage also has national forms making them strange elsewhere. 

A recent sports story bit of advertising on display had an Eastern European name in a prominent spot.  The thing seen was the “vich” on the end, and all other thought fell away with the question:  “What is it?”  If the name had carried something closer to English (like “sen” rather than “son”) maybe that advertising value would not have been lost. 

While the language here may be English, that’s a universal kind of language full of foreign stuff especially surnames where there’s some historic reason.  Yet it happens that a line of thinking can be diverted by a simple identity that isn’t really that remote.  Converting things to English is not a bad idea, depending on various everyday factors.

Names can have power.Alien                       

Especially For Overseas Friends….

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The world, of course, isn’t getting smaller, as some would say.  Inventions have just made things like transportation much faster than in the day of the horse.  Today, ordinary people look to travel around the world.  A place seemingly fascinating to many is the United States.  A few odd notes about “America” can be good even when reading about it. 

Although the U.S. is a nation as such, by definition, that word “state” signifies a nation, and the individual states should not be thought of as provinces.  Even the structure (organization) of state governments can vary from state to state.  Sometimes they are similar.  For example, many are based on English common law but that’s not true of all. 

Another thing to consider is that sometimes there can be a lot of confusion with general (historic) descriptions.  An example of that which is rather choice is the identity Old Southwest.  The current “southwest” is states like Arizona and New Mexico.  Technically (historically speaking), “Old Southwest” is/was the likes of Alabama and Mississippi. 

Depending on things like migration patterns, in many areas there’s a definite concentration of population having some given ethnic background which has spilled over into living ordinarily on an everyday basis.  Everyone is an American, but elements in the way of life can be very different from place to place, such as what food is readily available. 

Wandering around can lead to the unexpected.AutoSchool busAirplane 

Busy Week: Ides Of March … Saving Time … More …

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There are a couple of things on the calendar in the days ahead, as well as the restart of Daylight Saving Time in the world of business today, all of which merit words of consideration.  In fact, any one of them is enough for a full line topic.  In addition to the titled Ides and the time, there will surely be an Irish parade and Spring. 

In the coming week there are personal events as well, in the form of two birthdays.  The proper remembrance these days for the one on Wednesday would be at least visiting the cemetery.  That’s so remote a possibility it’s never even a thought.  The one tomorrow is a sort of milestone and a few quiet doings are planned for the apartment. 

At one point in time, for the average American, March 15 meant Income Tax Day and not something many folks wished due.  Birthday celebrations were on the farthest of back burner.  Given some historic knowledge there’s also that eventful Ides of March of Roman Empire times.  After the suffering through those to adulthood, a bright spot: 

Now, the bottom line here is, if one looks hard enough a chance exists a bright spot can be found in miserable or negative implications.  It said March 15, in the nation, Hungary, is considered Independence Day and a holiday of major proportion.  And amid the assorted blood that’s in the veins there’s some said to be Hungarian (Magyar). 

Happy St. Pat’s Day to the Irish.Birthday cake 

 

Christian Heritage – 2 (Small Village – 13)

Roman Catholic Church of the 18th century

The notes say 18th century.  (There’s another in back.)

So, (continuing with thoughts from last week) a grappling  with a way to convey a way of life to the people resulted in a form of communication, and both of those have lasted through an assortment of history to today.  It is a small village in a small country, so narrow in some places that one might drive from one side to the other in a couple of hours it has been said.  (Even the biggest town according to the population statistics for the country is less than half of a million people.)  But, a place of worship there is like many in ordinary places in the United States.   

Another (previously shown) view: 

village Square

Some things withstand a lot.Note   

 

Christian Heritage – 1 (Small Village – 12)

Much of humanity has a Christian heritage, in some places of course more so than in others.  Anyone regularly given Roman Catholic Sunday reading regularly heard/hears names two of which are St. Cyril and St. Methodius.  Methodius, especially, is a rather memorable name, but why those two and others were/are in at all might never be defined.  It seems it’s just a case of they were to be recalled all of the time.  While digging around in the matters about that small village in a strange land, among the things learned was (perhaps) the why of at least those two names.

The information available isn’t that great (it was over a thousand years ago that they were active). And, making it even more remote, the places discussed may be familiar to some people descended from those places, but sure not all who have heard the mysterious names.  Reportedly, Cyril’s actual name was Constantine.  (That does makes sense in a way.)  He renamed himself Cyril before he died.  It’s the “Cyril” that is actually written in history (and life) as the Cyrillic alphabet.  The two were brothers out to take the Christian message to the Slavs in their own language. 

A lot of people use Cyrillic be they Christian or not, so that alone makes them known.  While they didn’t start out in the “strange land” per se, they were generally in that area eventually.  One can figure Christianity was carried there more than a thousand years ago in a language of the people and not any current governance, which has included different nations.  Christianity is fundamental, although at times it may have been rather underground.  Today it’s above ground and even small villages have their Christian churches with spires reaching into the skies.

Some things tend to be long-standing.Clock

 

Columbus Day

Where would we all be without Columbus?  An answer by the Native Americans in some places might be “right here” and they might even add “and maybe better off.”  For others a reply might be an equally easy “over there,” perhaps with an additional assessment that could be good or bad.  Many might have an easy breakdown like, “I’m half Irish and on the other side a mixture of Jewish and German, so half of me would be in Ireland but the rest is unknown.”  Lastly, there are those with such a mixture there is nothing that can be clearly identified.  Maybe they wouldn’t exist. 

Well, Columbus did happen along, so everyone is as is and wherever that might be.  Although not outright certain, a good chance exists that this desk would be sitting in the small village in the strange land (as already suggested), but equally likely not another thing would be the same or even near the same.  The land is pretty and all that, and there are surely parts of the U.S. that are comparable in different ways. The missing factor is the industrial base that has been around for over a century.  Traditions such as foods were carried over, but they’re too much trouble. 

The day is noted on standard calendars and some companies (as well as the like of elementary schools) carry on some kind of commemoration, especially in Italian settings.  A number of unexpected places, notably some U.S. States, do not, however, recognize Columbus Day, the world not being what it is apparently beside the point.  It does not seem like it would be better without Columbus’ arrival.  There are, of course, the claims of the prior arrival of Viking ships and so forth, but the fact remains that development as it is came with the Europeans after Columbus. 

It’s not rare for folks to have their own interests.Airplane

Topics, Topics

There are several things that might be ordinarily covered in these pages.  The village in a strange land (ancestry, in essence) is one that can be discussed a lot more since there are actually two villages that might be brought out as there’s one on each side of the family.  In this world of today that’s in two different countries.  But ancestry “over there” is not all there is to it.  There is special ancestry in these United States as well, some by marriage and some by recent heritage. 

In addition, as has been seen here and there, there’s the ordinary living in the old folks’ home (properly known as a senior retirement community).  This might be worthwhile to anyone looking for a family member or themselves.  The ordinary living always comes to mind when fire department crews are around, which is often, sometimes a couple days  in a single week.  Someone younger just living in a house on a street, etc., is not used to seeing emergency people around all of the time and other unique facets. 

Those aren’t the only lines of thought possible.  The big problem is to put enough variety into things that regular viewers get a mix of tales and discussion, rather than an endless rambling on one topic, to allow for a possibility of having a few words sometime about this special part of the country for outsiders.  The Great Lakes region is the known area, and it’s rather unique in the world.  It is a thousand miles or so inland.  In addition the apartment’s by a river system to the Gulf. (More some other time.)

The world is full of things.Airplane