Archive | April 11, 2014

Spring 2014 Has Finally Sprung In New Hampshire Lakes Region — OFFICIAL.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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springneaaaFor the first time this year I was able to go for my huffing, puffing, wheezing, groaning, creaking (painfully slow) slog up Prospect Mountain Road without my thick woolen hat to keep my ears warm.

That to me is the first sign of spring up here.

Yes, there is still some snow around BUT much more has gone than I had expected.

It was 28°F yesterday morning when I work up. It was 43°F. Forecast looks promising. Haven’t seen any of the lakes recently. Assume that they still have some ice cover.

But, spring has sprung. There are buds on the trees. Teischan noticed them 4 days ago. I saw some green grass in the yard.

I have been running in just two sweatshirts on top, rather than a ski jacket, all this week. Soon it will be down to one sweat and by June I hope to be running just in shorts, bare chested. That to me is Summer. Best part of running in the Summer. I will keep you posted.


City Of Rome Unveils Special 48 Hour Tourist Passes For The April 27, 2014 Canonization Of The Two Popes.

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“Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia”
Kindle eBook FREE April 13 – 14, 2014
for Sinhalese New Year.


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This makes a LOT of sense. They are expecting millions to show up for the dual canonization, though 85% will be there for John Paul II (#265) as opposed to the even more saintly Good Pope, John XXIII (#262).

Father Anthony Churchill, STL, from the U.K., who wrote the Foreword for my “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia”, will be there. He is taking group with him. He studied in Rome for many years — hence the STL. He goes to Rome often (and as a priest can stay at some of the Colleges in Rome). He is taking my book with him to Rome.


Sinhalese New Year 2014: The Background …


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by Anura Guruge


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Time and calendars as I have already confessed are among my active topics of study and interest.

I have actually started writing a book about calendars, and with luck, hope to have it published next year as a part of my “101 Facts & Trivia” series (after a book on popes and asteroids).

That said I am woefully ignorant as to the details of how the Sinhalese New Year came to be on April 13 – 14. Yes, I have read some of the explanations BUT I really need to dig into this. That it happens on a fixed day (or a fixed 48 hour period) intrigues me given that it is meant to be an astronomical New Year — like the Chinese (and theirs drifts all over the the place). Why it is April also doesn’t make sense to me given that we are talking TROPICS where there is no real Spring per se. But this is something I need to do as part of my intellectual research. Don’t worry about it for now.

Just enjoy. Happy New Year.


Sinhalese New Year.

From the Sri Lankan ‘Ministry of Culture’ (a dept. that I used to be very familiar with growing up in Ceylon). Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. The huge LION PAWS at the top left is what is left of a lion statue at Sigriya with the topless frescoes I talked about in the April 4, 2014 post. You actually climbed to the top of the rock through the lion’s mouth — though all that remains now (and we are talking for centuries) is just the two huge paws. Just wanted to give you a heads up on that. P.S., Love the reference to the food. Makes it sound like a Jewish holiday: ” … now lets eat”.

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Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access. A more detailed, even somewhat scientific, description. Well worth reading. Enjoy.

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Sinhala New Year 2014: Ordered New Year Cake (From Kapruka) For A Cousin In Sri Lanka.


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>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka
>> Independence Day 
— Jan. 26, 2013.
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This was what I was trying to send.

Just loved the detail on the betel leaf and the ‘Temple Tree’ flower
(the name coming from the fact that the tree produces these
whitish flowers ideal for offerings at Buddhist temples).

That is the hallmark of Sri Lankan cake makers.

My adoptive mother (who died in 1992, aged 62) was
a master cake maker. She could make cakes like this.
Which explains why I grew up FAT and still have,
despite taking handfuls of  Liptor a day,
killer high cholesterol levels
(which is why my doctors laugh at me everytime
they see me and go: ‘still around?’).

Well, I went to all this trouble to capture these 4 pictures
to share with you. Getting the last three were an hassle.
They only had the thumbnail and I had to do quick
screen scrapes.

I guess WHILE I was doing that they SOLD
the last of these cakes.

So, I am capturing these pictures … then
I go to hit BUY and it says
“SOLD OUT”.

A first for me with Kapruka.

But, I can understand.

So, I ordered another — one of my
standbys over the years with Kapruka.
A  very rich, very dark brown (like me)
chocolate cake.
Yes, we all like chocolate cake.
I am convinced that I am this shade of chocolate
BECAUSE of all the chocolate cake I ate
growing up.
Something “… Green …”. It was cake shop/cafe
in Colombo. Can’t remember the name.
Made the most amazing

chocolate cakes. I was addicted to them.
I was indulged.

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Anyway I sent a cake to a cousin.

My oldest cousin living in Sri Lanka.

She lost her husband of 40 years a few weeks ago. Pancreatic cancer. Everything that they say about that form of cancer was true (though I gather that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been at the end).

I didn’t know anything about that type of cancer till then. Learned a few things. Unexpected, adult diabetes is a RED flag for this type of cancer.

This time last year he told me that he had been unexpectedly, out of the blue, diagnosed with very severe diabetes. We didn’t think it was anything else. On September 4, as is our wont, we exchanged phone calls. I was told that ‘Ernest‘, that was his name, wasn’t there because he had gone to hospital with very bad stomach pains. That was the beginning of the end.

I did send him a basket of fruit through Kapruka when I heard that he wasn’t eating. He liked that.

For years now I have been sending them, always through Kapruka, cakes for BOTH New Years: Jan. 1 & April 14.

I wasn’t going to break the tradition.

Ernest married into the family. He was a teacher. Taught agriculture. Cool guy. Was 75 — which, I think, is a good knock for any Sri Lankan.

He will always be dear to me for what he asked me in 2008
when he heard that I had written
“Popes and the Tale of Their Names”.

He has the elder of the cousins in Sri Lanka
e-mailed and asked me
WHY I HAD INSULTED AND SULLIED THE NAME
OF THE FAMILY!

Cracked me up.
I laughed so much.

Me, the black sheep of the family,
and my biggest SIN is that I wrote a book about Catholicism.

Funniest thing … and I am not sure he appreciate this.

His wife’s paternal grandmother was a Catholic. She, a wife of a prominent doctor, had a Catholic shrine with candles and stuff in the house that they all lived. My first exposure to those flickering red lights under bleeding hearts.

His wife lived with my surrogate father and his wife (my adoptive aunt), so she could attend school in Colombo. He was a Baptist! He was one the greatest influences in my life, and I now realize that I am more like him in my attitudes and behavior than anybody else.

So it isn’t as if my adoptive family didn’t have Christians among them. Actually we had more, including a cousin whose mother was a Christian (not sure what flavor).

But, to me that, so beautifully, summed up the Sri Lankan confusion with life and religion.

I am SO GLAD though that as far as my Sri Lankan relatives are concerned that the biggest sin I have committed was writing a book about popes.

I had always thought that I was the black sheep because of the number of white wives I have had.

Anyway.

Happy New Year.


P.S.:
As I said yesterday I am in NO WAY affiliated with Kapruka. Don’t even know who owns. Though I have used them for over 12 years I have NEVER received anything from them. When I place the orders I see that theier is a PROMO code that you can enter. Never received one of them. Doesn’t matter. Compared to U.S. prices their prices are dirt cheap. Even I can afford them. But, just wanted you to know that Kapruka is not rewarding me for all this sterling publicity.

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