Not An Organ Donor!

I'm not an organ donor, but I once gave
an old piano to the Salvation Army.

- - Prof Howdy


Professor Howdy said...

You may not be able to find the word capitonym in the
dictionary, but it has been used to describe words that
change their pronunciation and meaning when capitalized.
Here is a selection of capitonyms:

Ares: God of War; ares: Plural of metric unit of area.
August: Eighth calendar month; august: Important.
Begin: Russian-born Israeli politician; begin: To start.
Bund: Federation; bund: Irrigation embankment.

Chou: Chinese dynasty; chou: Type of pastry.
Degas: French painter and sculptor; degas: To remove gas.
Embarrass: River in eastern Illinois; embarrass: Mortify.
Ewe: A people and language Africa; ewe: Female sheep.

Job: Author of a Biblical book; job: Employment.
Junker: Member of Prussian aristocracy; junker: Old car.
Lima: Capital of Peru; lima: Type of bean.
Magdalen: Oxford college; magdalen: Reformed prostitute.

Male: Capital of the Maldives; male: A gender.
Manes: Deified spirits of Roman dead; manes: Plural of mane.
Natal: Region of southeast Africa; natal: Relating to birth.
Nice: French City; nice: Pleasant.

Polish: Relating to Poland; polish: To make shine.
Rainier: Volcanic peak in Washington; rainier: More rainy.
Reading: Borough in England; reading: Comprehending writing.
Said: Egyptian port; said: Spoken.

Scone: Village of central Scotland; scone: Biscuitlike pastry.
Seat: Car manufacturer; seat: Chair.
Slough: A borough in England; slough: Dead skin of reptile.
Tang: Chinese dynasty; tang: Sharp Flavor.
Worms: City in southwest Germany; worms: Plural of worm.

Capitonyms are not really true heteronyms for two reasons.
First, the capitalized forms are proper nouns, and as such
may not be found in standard dictionaries. Second, a pair
of heteronyms must be spelled identically.

Professor Howdy said...

People with a Past
Jill Carattini

I confess that I have never been a student enticed by the subject of
history. Whether studying the history of the Peloponnesian War or the
history of Jell-O, I associate the work with tedious memorization and an
endless anthology of static dates and detail. But this stance toward
history, coupled with our cultural obsession with the present moment is a
powerful force to be reckoned with, and an outlook I have come to
recognize as dangerous. It is a thought perhaps to take captive, lest it
produce in me a sense of forgetfulness about who I am and from where I
have come.

Richard Weaver is one among many who have warned us about the dangers of
presentism, the cultural fixation with the current moment. More than
fifty years ago, Weaver warned of the discombobulating effects of living
with an appetite for the present alone:

Recurring to Plato's observation that a philosopher must have
a good memory, let us inquire whether the continuous dissemination, of
news by the media under discussion does not produce the provincial in
time. The constant stream of sensation, eulogized as lively propagation
of what the public wants to hear, discourages the pulling-together of
events from past time into a whole for contemplation.(1)

Weaver contends that carelessness about history is in fact a type of
amnesia, producing a mindset that is both aimless and confused. For how
can we understand the current cultural moment without at least some
understanding of the moments that have preceded it? History is not a
static bundle of dates and details anymore than our own lives are static
bundles of the same. But instead, history is the vital form in which we
both take account of our past and fathom the present before us.

This point was recently driven home for me in a church history class full
of future pastors. We were studying the fourth century, which was privy
to a great influx of believers who left their communities behind and fled
to the desert in search of solitude. To a group of people called and
passionate about the church as a community, the great lengths some of
these pilgrims went to live solitary lives was hard to understand. Words
like "abandonment" and "responsibility" readily crept into our

But imperative to understanding this flight of believers (and arguably to
understanding a part of our own story) is recognizing that this history
did not come to pass in a vacuum. Up until the fourth century, the church
had been under fierce persecution. Torture and martyrdom were prevalent;
believers were recurrently in danger and often met in secrecy. When
Christianity was suddenly made legal in 313, the church found itself in
the midst of an entirely different set of challenges. People were now
coming to Christianity in droves, and for the first time in the life of
the church, nominal belief and careless faith was a reality. In this
historical context, pursuit of the desert life was an expression of faith
in response to faithless times. For the dynamically committed Christian,
the desert was a way of securing and living out one's convictions.

We may not understand the motives of those who chose to live their lives
in caves of prayer and solitude, but I believe it is quite possible that
God continues to set apart remnants who stand in the midst of time "like
dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or
linger for mankind" (Micah 5:7). Refusing to be historians, we miss truths
such as these: we are people with a past that locates us in the very story
we live today.

For the Christian, history is all the more a sense of hallowed ground, for
it is ground where God has walked and our faith is kept. We believe that
history resides in the able hands of the one who made us to live within
time. We believe that who we are today has everything to do with events
we have not seen. And we live as a people called both to remember and to
be ready, for we look to the author of the entire story, who was and is
and is to come.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences (Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1984), 111.

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Professor Howdy said...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Prosopagnosia (sometimes known as face blindness) is disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize objects may be relatively intact.

Few successful therapies have so far been developed for affected people, although individuals often learn to use 'piecemeal' or 'feature by feature' recognition strategies. This may involve secondary clues such as clothing, hair color, body shape, and voice. Because the face seems to function as an important identifying feature in memory, it can also be difficult for people with this condition to keep track of information about people, and socialize normally with others.

Some people also use the term prosophenosia, which refers to the inability to recognize faces following extensive damage of both occipital and temporal lobes.[1][2]

Professor Howdy said...

"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.
All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to
us through this book." -- President Abraham Lincoln

"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill.
The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal
falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and
so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we
shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world."
--John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and
the Bible." - President George Washington

"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a
power that conquers all that oppose it." - Napoleon

"That Book accounts for the supremacy of England."
- Queen Victoria

"If there is anything in my thought or style to commend ,
the credit is due my parents for instilling in me an early
love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principals taught
in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper;
but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority,
no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and
bury all our glory in profound obscurity." - Daniel Webster (Founding Father)

"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
- Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)

"The Bible is the anchor of our liberties." - President U.S. Grant

"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.
The principals of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom."
- Horace Greeley (Editor)

"That Book is the rock on which our Republic rests." - President Andrew Jackson

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me
light and strength." - Gen. Robert E. Lee

"Bible reading is an education in itself." - Lord Tennyson (Poet)

"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin
to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful
citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for
many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."
- President John Quincy Adams

"The existence of the Bible, as a Book for the people, is the greatest
benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to
belittle it is a crime against humanity." - Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)

"The New Testament is the very best Book that ever or ever will be
known in the world." - Charles Dickens (Author)

"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of
confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the
Sacred Scriptures." - Sir William Herschel (Astronomer)

"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in
any profane history." - Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)

"Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences
progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human
mind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevation
and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels,
it will not go." - Goethe (Author)

"I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time,
and of these eight-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible
is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable
distance separates it from all competitors."
- W.E. Gladstone (Prime Minister)

"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply
due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me
a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart."
- John Ruskin (art critic and social commentator)

"The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed.
The human race is not in a position to dispense with it." - Thomas
Huxley (Author & Scientist)

"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever
growing influence of the Bible." - W.H. Seward (Secretary of State)

"America was born a Christian nation. America was born
to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness,
which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scriptures.
Part of the destiny of Americans lies in their daily perusal
of this great book of revelations. That if they would see
America free and pure they will make their own spirits
free and pure by this baptism of the Holy Spirit."
--President Woodrow Wilson

For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate
expressions of love, and the supreme demonstrations of
God's mercy, faithfulness, and redemption. Since Christ's
miraculous Resurrection on Easter, more than 2,000 years
ago, Christians have expressed joy and gratitude for this
wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of freedom for
the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and salvation.
--President George W. Bush

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this
great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians;
not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this
very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum,
prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
--Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)

Anonymous said...

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12 NKJ

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