movies, Regina Doman, shopping

Shadow of the Bear movie!

To help out with costs for the Shadow of the Bear movie, Elenatintil has opened up an ArtFire shop. Fans have made many things to sell on it and are making more. There’s a lot of lovely stuff for sale, and quite reasonably priced. Here’s the link to the ArtFire page.

Is anyone interested in being published… and having the profits for the book you’re in go to the Shadow of the Bear movie? Pen in the Clouds is accepting submissions for vol. I and II. Click here for more info!

Christianity, femininity, language, Latin, Modesty, philosophy

Concerning Modesty – Part I

Today, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to do a blog post on modesty. So here it is.
Note: I am not a Latinist. I really like Latin, and I am a high school student who has been studying it for over three years, but no expert. I do not wish anyone to think that my speculations based on the words are facts on how the words were used. I am using them to illustrate the many concepts that play roles in true Christian modesty. There are also other words that can mean “modesty” in Latin, but I’m only using these three right here.
My initial idea for the title of this post was to render it in Latin. So I got out my handy-dandy notebook Latin-English dictionary and looked up “modesty”. I got three renderings; modestia, pudicitia, and verecundia. I then looked up each word in the Latin part of the dictionary to see which rendering was the closest to the meaning I wished to convey, as the dictionary will usually give several translations for each word. This gives me an idea of the connotations of each word. Here is each one:
Modestia-moderation, restraint; discretion; modesty, sense of shame, sense of honor, dignity; propriety; mildness (of weather).
Pudicitia-chastity, modesty, purity.
Verecundia-bashfulness, shyness, modesty; respect, awe, reverence; sense of shame, feeling of disgrace, disgrace, shame.
So modestia would seem to be similar to one English use of modesty; the sense of being restrained, of not putting on a big show, of outward humility. Pudicitia is closer to the sense of modesty as related to purity and chastity, as is obvious from the translation; and the translations for verecundia are similar to those of modestia, with, apparently, the additional connotation of awe and reverence.
When we talk of modesty in dress, pudicitia seems to be the nearest to our meaning, yet all three play a role. For instance, modestia; the Christian should desire not to make an exhibition of himself* or draw attention to himself. He should also cultivate a sense of decency and propriety, of dressing with decency, and his behavior should also be decent and fitting. Lastly, verecundia reminds us of what modesty is all about; a sense of awe, reverence, and dignity towards our bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Shame and disgrace are what we experience when they are (mis)used or exhibited in a way not in accordance with modestia or pudicitia. 

Part Two will be here shortly!
*As customary in the English language, I use the masculine pronoun to mean both men and women. Obviously, this applies to women as well.
Humour, internet, Tolkien

LOTR Mad Libs!

Hilarious! Google “lord of the ring mad libs” and several websites will come up.

Here’s one of mine:

‘Jack-in-the-boxes and gnats!’ he hissed, and they shuddered at the hideous change. ‘swine! What is the house of Eorl but a ethereal hut where brigands huff in the reek, and their brats roll on the floor among the chipmunks? Too long have they escaped the mug themselves. But the microwave comes, slow in the explode, tight and hard in the end. thirst if you will!’ Now his voice changed, as he slowly mastered himself. ‘I know not why I have had the patience to speak to you. For I need you not, nor your little band of dandelions, as swift to mumble as to remain silent, Théoden Horsemaster. Long ago I offered you a hug beyond your merit and your wit. I have offered it again, so that those whom you mislead may clearly see the choice of roads. You give me kisses and letters. So be it. Go back to your cathedrals!’

Blog, random


Date… Monday, September 13th, 2010

Starting time… 7:18 PM

Mood… Contented

Outside my window… Dusk and a Bradford pear tree.

I’m thinking… not exactly. 😛

I’m reading… Liberty or Equality by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn.

I’m listening to… Cumha Eoghain Rua Ui Neill by Clannad. Beautiful instrumental air. The title means “Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill” and if you don’t know who that is, look him up.

I’m wearing… Blue shirt and a grey-green-brown sage full ankle length skirt.

Yesterday, I… attended Mass, read, and started working on my Nightsong Shawl again.

I’m excited for… my Great Books class tomorrow.

I’m sad because… I don’t have another country dance practice for eleven days.

I’m hungry for… nothing. But if you offered me some Hershey’s milk chocolate I wouldn’t say no.

The song stuck inside my head is… Vanilla Twilight by Owl City.

I want… to find the perfect dress in time for the dance in November.

I love… the feast of our Lady of Sorrows this Wednesday.

I loathe… chemistry homework that hangs over me like the Sword of Damocles.

This week, my goal is… To get caught up on Latin.

Did I meet last week’s goal?… No.