Not What I Thought


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I’m glad I looked this one up.  I was surprised by its origin, and how it has changed through time.  It comes from two Greek words:  pan, meaning all; and hopla, meaning arms, or weapons. A well-armed soldier was a hoplites. 

The original sense was of a heavily armed soldier, one who had all the necessary gear for both defense and offense. It was used in the well-known passage in Ephesians 6:10-18 that describes all the armor needed for complete protection in spiritual warfare, the “whole armor of God.”

We use the word today to refer to a complete, splendid collection or array, such as a panoply of Christmas lights; the panoply of stars  spread across the sky, or even such things as an amazing panoply of insults or sarcasm.

I’ll think twice before I use this word again. It has a whole new meaning for me now. It would apply, for instance, to the collection of gold and silver implements in the Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are on display—a panoply of riches. Breathtaking, hard to stop looking, fascinating–and extremely well guarded by a panoply of Beefeaters in their unique costumes.


See?  Words mean things!

Mozart and Twinkle


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I’m doing a study right now on the history and political meaning behind nursery rhymes and fairy tales, so it was a quick connection to go do a little research on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  I went first to Wikipedia, and learned that the poem dates back to 1806 and was written for a collection of children’s poetry by Jane and Ann Taylor in their book Rhymes for the Nursery. 

The melody goes back even further, to  1761.  It has been arranged by several composers, the most notable being Mozart, who wrote twelve variations on the little melody.

And here is the complete poem, because I know you’ve always wanted to know the rest of the story:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny sparks;
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

So.  I’ve learned something new already, and it’s only 8:14 a.m. 🙂

Just Call Thousands of us “Linda”!

Your Number One

What was the #1 song when you were born? (not sure? you can find out here.) Write about how the song relates (or not!) to your personality.


Wow. Two new prompts in a row.  Things are looking up!

Okay.  The chart says the number one song when I was born was Chi-Baba by Perry Como.  I’ve never heard it, so I’m going to move right along to the one my mom loved that she was thinking of when she and Dad named me.

Also, there was a popular actress during the ’40’s named Linda Darnell.

So how has my name affected my life?  Well, there are zillions of us in my age category, Baby-Boomers all.  You don’t meet very many young Lindas these days, although the name does seem to be resurfacing here and there.

When I was 8, in third grade, there were five of us in my class.  The poor teacher must have gone bonkers trying to keep us all straight.  I do remember that she  always put us in different rows when she set up a new seating arrangement.

And here’s a little different take on the song, which was written in 1942. Interesting how musical styles change over the years. I’m not sure when this one was recorded, but I’m guessing maybe during the ’80’s:

I was way off.  They did this record in 1963 🙂