Friday, October 17, 1856
. Took a pleasant walk to the Fort with Mr. and Mrs. P.[utnam], Mr. N.[ell] and Sarah [Cassey Smith], —Had a game of whist. [+]
#65100-BIRTWHISTLE, #543-CHARLOTTE, #8077-HOYLE (codified whist rules; "according to Hoyle" means "by highest authority"), #21014-DAISHI (Great Teacher), #3315-CHANT.
yesterday looked up 17-Oct entry in Charlotte Forten Grimké's journals & played some mental whist (a tariki kinda thing). when i stopped chanting in 1994 & returned my gohonzon i thought that door was closed for good. so the last week has been very interesting. Four of Wands ~ Completion is an opportunity to look at the past in a new way (zange). two issues came up. someone told me that no one believed i actually chanted a million daimoku (believe me, i totally empathize rejection). i practiced from 1983 to 1984, this occurred in the first year. realize now part of me knew then how pathetically impossible it was to get that million daimoku prayer answered, but i chanted anyway. the response wasn't a total surprise—hurtful—but not a surprise.
second thing. yesterday came across Os Guiness' The Striptease of Humanism: an effective alternative, a credible alternative ... appreciate the need for an alternative ... chart the alternative ... alternatives must grapple ... [there's a third way] realism without despair, involvement without frustration, hope without romanticism. developed this "black hole" strategy toward the end of my practice. i would work at a company in such a way that when i left i'd leave a big hole. totally into it, very effective & empowering. did this for a couple jobs (kept doing doing it even after i stopped chanting) until starting a company with a family member & suddenly ... knew how destructive it was. absolutely clueless about how to generate myself. short story: things did not go well.
these two things are connected & still causing me problems.
so what was i chanting for? black girls (this was the 70/80s) don't get to direct hollywood blockbusters & i knew i didn't have the necessary psychological makeup to break down any of those walls. it was tough for women period (still is). think it was Joan Churchill who had a hard time joining the US Camera Guild (think the guy literally said, "over my dead body"). what i'm deeply grateful for today is having a place to put my impossible desire & now (finally) taking a real good whack! at my #3811-KARMA.
i add new asteroids to the 827 List at these turning points. i've got a good list going this time, but i need some help allowing something to come in on my i don't know side (i know i'm missing something!). currently on this list are the names of my family, elnigma's Great Aunt Dottie (#9721-DOTY) who passed away 31-Oct-2005, brianberge's one-year old nephew J.M.M. (#10195-NEBRASKA) who passed away 02-April-2006, #18679-HEATHERENAE for mr_six's & Heathenry &c. Lenin is on here, i'm on here, Marx is too & everyone from Wonderland.
i invite everyone on my friend's list to play a little virtual whist with me & expand this hypersigil. select one asteroid (comets & stars ok, check against current list) & give me a brief description about what it means to you. if you write something in your journal i'll link to it. this is also open to everyone including Anonymous. we live in interesting times & #916-AMERICA is about to vote (#10961-BUYSBALLOT). what's important to you? what are you passionate about? what makes you see red, green and/or all the colors of the rainbow? what needs saying, what needs hearing? what am i missing?
[DEADLINE] :: Sunday, 22-Oct @ 5AM PDT; plugging in new asteroids for Cycle #36 (Eureka).
Mr. Wickham did not play at whist, and with ready delight was he received at the other table between Elizabeth and Lydia. At first there seemed danger of Lydia’s engrossing him entirely, for she was a most determined talker; but being likewise extremely fond of lottery tickets, she soon grew too much interested in the game, too eager in making bets and exclaiming after prizes, to have attention for any one in particular. Allowing for the common demands of the game, Mr. Wickham was therefore at leisure to talk to Elizabeth, and she was very willing to hear him, though what she chiefly wished to hear she could not hope to be told, the history of his acquaintance with Mr. Darcy. She dared not even mention that gentleman. Her curiosity, however, was unexpectedly relieved. Mr. Wickham began the subject himself. He required how far Netherfield was from Meryton; and , after receiving her answer, asked in a hesitating manner how long Mr. Darcy had been staying there. [+]
ACROSS the land a faint blue veil of mist
Seems hung; the woods wear yet arrayment sober
Till frost shall make them flame; silent and whist
The drooping cherry orchards of October
Like mournful pennons hang their shrivelling leaves
Russet and orange: all things now decay;
Long since ye garnered in your autumn sheaves,
And sad the robins pipe at set of day.
Now do ye dream of Spring when greening shaws
Confer with the shrewd breezes, and of slopes
Flower-kirtled, and of April, virgin guest;
Days that ye love, despite their windy flaws,
Since they are woven with all joys and hopes
Whereof ye nevermore shall be possessed. [+]
Let nice Piquette the boast of France remain,
And studious Ombre be the pride of Spain;
Invention’s praise shall England yield to none,
While she can call delightful Whist her own. [+]
Whist Partner: Great Caesar's Ghost. A woman! In the Club.
Phileas Fogg: My dear, I must ask you to leave these precincts at once. No woman has ever set foot in the Club.
Aouda: Why not?
Phileas Fogg: Because that could spell the end of the British Empire. [+]
DEAR VANITY, —Just a year ago last Christmas, two young ladies—smarting under that sorest scourge of feminine humanity, the having 'nothing to do'—besought me to send them 'some riddles'. But riddles I had none at hand, and therefore set myself to devise some other form of verbal torture which should serve the same purpose. The result of my meditations was a new kind of Puzzle—new at least to me—which, now that it has been fairly tested by a year's experience, and commended by many friends, I offer to you, as a newly-gathered nut, to be cracked by the omnivorous teeth which have already masticated so many of your Double Acrostics. [+]
In the game of "Whist for two," usually called "Correspondence," the lady plays what card she likes: the gentleman simply follows suit. If she leads with "Queen of Diamonds," however, he may, if he likes, offer the "Ace of Hearts": and, if she plays "Queen of Hearts," and he happens to have no Heart left, he usually plays "Knave of Clubs." [+]
THE POPULARITY of bridge whist began a quarter of a century ago with the older people and has increased slowly but steadily until it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that those who do not play bridge, which means "auction," are seldom asked out. And the epidemic is just as widespread among girls and boys as among older people. Bridge is always taken seriously; a bumble puppy game won’t do at all, even among the youngest players, and other qualifications of character and of etiquette must be observed by every one who would be sought after to "make up a four." [+]
The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. [+]
But cards are war, in disguise of a sport. [+]
A combination of two high cards of the same suit separated by two degrees, such as the king and jack of hearts, especially in a bridge or whist hand. ETYMOLOGY: French, from Spanish tenaza
, tongs, tenace
, from tenaces
, pl. of tenaz
, tenacious, from Latin tenax
. See tenacious.
Holding or tending to hold persistently to something, such as a point of view. 2.
Holding together firmly; cohesive: a tenacious material. 3.
Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive: tenacious lint. 4.
Tending to retain; retentive: a tenacious memory. ETYMOLOGY: From Latin tenax, tenac-, holding fast, from tenre, to hold. See ten-
in Appendix I.
:: To stretch. Derivatives include tendon, pretend, hypotenuse, tenement, tenor, entertain, lieutenant, and tone. I.1.b.
portend, from Latin portendere
, "to stretch out before" (por-, variant of pro-, before; see per1), a technical term in augury, "to indicate, presage, foretell." 2.
Suffixed form *ten-yo-
. from Greek teinein
, to stretch, with o-grade form ton-
and zero-grade noun tasis
, a stretching, tension, intensity .... 4.
Suffixed full-grade form *ten-tro-
tantra, from Sanskrit tantram
, loom; b.
sitar, from Persian tar
, string. 5.
Basic form (with stative suffix) *ten-e-. tenable, tenacious, tenaculum, tenant, tenement, tenet, tenon, tenor, tenure, tenuto; abstain, contain, continue, detain, entertain, lieutenant, maintain, obtain, pertain, pertinacious, rein, retain, retinaculum, retinue, sustain, from Latin tenere, to hold, keep, maintain ("to cause to endure or continue, hold on to"). 6.
Extended form *ten-s-
. Suffixed zero-grade form *tns-elo-
, from Sanskrit tasaram
COME unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands:
Court'sied when you have, and kiss'd,—
The wild waves whist,—
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
The watch-dogs bark:
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting chanticleer
Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow! [+]