Reena’s Phrases

Reena’s Exploration Challenge gives us a list of ten phrases this week to take us on a journey of inspiration. I will attempt to write something about the first four phrases.  Maybe I will do a part two later, but this ended up taking more time than I thought it would.

  1. pockets of stillness
  2. question your maps
  3. cynical assertions
  4. lost alphabet
  5. was that really me?
  6. crumbling thoughts
  7. undulating patterns
  8. free-flowing bonds
  9. pregnant pause
  10. potential of emptiness

Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility.  Early astronomers thought large bodies of water were present on the moon and this section Mare Tranquillitatis was named in 1651 by astronomers Francesco Grimaldi and Giovanni Battista Riccioli in their lunar map.  I imagine that when you are on the moon, you could feel tranquility, serenity and inner peace because of the pockets of stillness, stunning views and moon shadows.

Since the Earth is a three-dimensional shape, it is impossible to make a map on a flat sheet of paper.  A map presents information about the world in a simple, visual way indicating natural landforms and water-ways and it is supposed to show the shape, size, direction, distance and scale, but no map is perfect.  They are all distorted in some aspect, making a trade-off between the various properties, so you should always question your maps.

The Arab-Israeli conflict started when Sarah started fighting with her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar who bore Ishmael as a son for Abraham.  God promised Abraham offspring, saying that he would be the ancestor of a multitude of nations, but Sara was old and still childless and Sara thought that she could obtain children from her slave.  After Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, Sara felt like Hagar was treating her in a contemptuous manor saying that she was barren because God rejected her, which spelled trouble for the city of Hebron.  Sara began to torment Hagar and make her work harder than necessary and when Hagar could no longer tolerate this she fled.  Eventually Sara conceived Isaac, a son for Abraham when Ishmael was fourteen.  When Isaac was five years old Ishmael intended to slay him with a bow and arrow.  Sara saw this and she told her husband to cast out Hagar and Ishmael.  All of this trouble started with Hagar’s cynical assertions.

The modern English alphabet is a Latin alphabet consisting of 26 letters, each having an upper- and lower-case form.  The Romans only had 23 letters lacking J, V, and W.  In the Middle Ages after book production started, literacy began growing. Only 12% of the people in the world could read and write in 1820, and today the literacy rate for all males and females that are at least 15 years old is 86.3%.  English has always been a living language, changing and evolving with use and over time some of the letters got dropped.  We used to have the letters Eth (ð), Thorn (þ), Thorn with a stroke (Ꝥ), Wynn (ƿ), Yogh (ȝ), Ash (æ), Ethel (œ), Insular G (ᵹ), Long S (ſ), Eng (Ɲ). Tironian “OND” (ꝛ) and ampersand (&) which is still on keyboards today.  These obsolete 12 letters make up our lost alphabet.  The long S became the integral sign for calculus.  There is some talk about eliminating the letter z from the alphabet, but then the Zorro movies would not make sense any more.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #112 where the prompt is a list of phrases.

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