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Here Comes The Sun April 20, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness, Nature, Poetry.
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An early morning
Up before the dawn, we yawn
As the full moon shines

Colors swirl and mix
in tropical tones and hues
as the sun appears

Brilliant sunshine drips
on pristine morning beaches
Shadows fade away

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Sun (WP Prompt)

Everybody Plays The Fool Sometimes April 20, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.
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Wikipedia ~ Will Sommers (in Public Domain)

Kate delved into the past with her signature finesse in a recent post, Yorick Unplugged, which touched upon King Henry VIII and his favorite Court Jester, Will Somers.

That’s Will Somers in the 17th Century engraving to the right –>

Having watched The Great Castles of Britain (which highlights the rapidity at which Henry VIII cycled through wives, one of whom still roams the Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court), I thought:

How brave to jest when in the midst of ill-tempered kings prone to swinging axes!

Kate returned my volley with the reasoned and reasonable conjecture that the bravado of Court Jesters may have led to the crafting of the word . . . “foolhardy.”

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Wikipedia ~ Court Jester (in Public Domain)

FUN facts about FOOLS: 

* European monarchs employed jesters, jokers, jokesters, fools, wit-crackers, pranksters, or buffoons to tell jokes and provide general entertainment.

* Fools came in two flavors:  natural and  licensed.

Natural fools were nit-witted, moronic, or mad.  Licensed fools acted the part with leeway given by the court.

Both were excused for their behavior ~ the first because he “couldn’t help it,” and the second by decree.

* In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Feste the jester is described as “wise enough to play the fool.”

Wikipedia ~ Court Jester (in Public Domain)

* The tradition of court jesters came to an end in Britain when Charles I was overthrown in the Civil War.

As a Puritan Christian republic, England under the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell had no place for such things as jesters.

English theatre also suffered and many actors and entertainers relocated to Ireland where merriment fared better.

* In Tarot decks, Death is often shown in Jester’s garb because “The last laugh is reserved for Death.”

Just as Jesters ridicule everyone, Death humbles everyone . . . regardless of social standing and class.

Everybody plays the fool sometimes ~ there’s no exception to the rule.

But, before you do anything rash (i.e., foolhardy!) . . . Dig This!

Aah . . . that’s better!