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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A little knowledge...

St. Isidore of Seville, 560-636Today is the feast day of my chosen patron saint, St. Isidore of Seville (560-636). This 6th-century Spanish bishop was one of the great scholars of the middle ages, and is a Doctor of the Church - one of his best-known works was the Etymologiae, a 20-volume encyclopedia of sorts collecting all knowledge available to him at the time - nature, medicine, classical knowledge, etc. The Etymologiae was one of the most popular collections in medieval libraries and remained in use into the Renaissance - about 900 years.
He's also been proposed as the patron saint of the Internet, and of computer folks. I first heard about him while I was in the process of converting, and the more I read about him, the more he seemed a lot like me, and so I adopted him as my patron. How could you not like a guy who loved to learn about everything?

DH jokingly refers to him as "St. Isildur", and came up with this gem this morning:
Saint Isildur of the Encyclopedia...

One Book to rule them all, One Book to find them
One Book to bring them all and in all Wisdom bind them
In the Land of Madrid where the data lies

Using the Tolkien reference to segue to another Inkling, I'm about halfway through C.S.Lewis' Miracles, the third book enclosed in his Complete Signature Classics omnibus. I said I'd finish the entire thing by the end of Lent, so I need to get reading! Lewis is always an enjoyable read, but I've been spending more time stitching lately. After I finished Laura's square in February, I decided I enjoyed doing small pieces. I started keeping a small project in my purse to fill spare minutes, and have already finished three things this year!
My first finish for myself this year was Sweetheart Tree's "Wild Violets" (with a few mods).
Sweetheart Tree 'Wild Violets'
March was spent on two shamrock-themed pieces, the second of which I finished last night:
Sweetheart Tree, "Tangled Shamrocks" (with mods).
Sweetheart Tree 'Tangled Shamrocks'
Sweetheart Tree, "Celtic Challenge" (with mods).
Sweetheart Tree 'Celtic Challenge'

Other than spending more time stitching than reading, I've been doing pretty well on my Lenten resolutions. I've managed to avoid the snooze button...and let me tell you, that has been a major challenge since Daylight Screwup Time hit Sunday. I'd gotten used to it being light when I get up! I've gotten a lot better about not yelling at DD, although I have slipped up a few times. I still need to work on that a bit more.

So basically, life is good. Although I'm still rather far short of sainthood.

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