Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Colonial Etiquette as Transcribed by Young George Washington

Photo used with permission by Victorian Adventures and taken at Colonial Camp held at Southern Oaks in Fayetteville, GA

Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation
(the original spelling errors are left unchanged)

All are good but here are some of my favorites:
1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
3d Shew Nothing to your Freind that may affright him. (snakes, snails & puppy dog tails)
7th Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Drest. (This rules out swimsuits doesn't it)
16th Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close. (Tsk! Tsk! I can no longer be a lip biter!)
32d: To one that is your equal, or not much inferior you are to give the cheif Place in your Lodging and he to who 'tis offered ought at the first to refuse it but at the Second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.
47th ...and if you Deliver any thing witty and Pleasent abstain from Laughing there at yourself.
52d In your Apparel be Modest and endeavour to accomodate Nature, rather than to procure Admiration keep to the Fashion of your equals Such as are Civil and orderly with respect to Times and Places.
72d Speak not in an unknown Tongue in Company but in your own Language and that as those of Quality do and not as the Vulgar; Sublime matters treat Seriously.
73d Think before you Speak pronounce not imperfectly nor bring out your Words too hastily but orderly & distinctly.
74th When Another Speaks be attentive your Self and disturb not the Audience if any hesitate in his Words help him not nor Prompt him without desired, Interrupt him not, nor Answer him till his Speech be ended.
87th Let thy carriage be such as becomes a Man Grave Settled and attentive to that which is spoken. Contradict not at every turn what others Say.
91st Make no Shew of taking great Delight in your Victuals, Feed not with Greediness; cut your Bread with a Knife, lean not on the Table neither find fault with what you Eat.
92d Take no Salt or cut Bread with your Knife Greasy.
94th If you Soak bread in the Sauce let it be no more than what you put in your Mouth at a time and blow not your broth at Table but Stay till Cools of it Self.
97th Put not another bit into your Mouth til the former be Swallowed let not your Morsels be too big for the Gowls.
98th Drink not nor talk with your mouth full neither Gaze about you while you are a Drinking.
105th Be not Angry at Table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, Shew it not but on a Chearfull Countenance especially if there be Strangers for Good Humour makes one Dish of Meat a Feast.
110th Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.
To read the entirety of the transcription click here.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

TV Psalm 23

The TV is my shepherd, I shall turn it on,
it maketh me to lie down on the sofa.
It leads me away from the scriptures,
it ravishes my soul!
It leads me through the paths of ignorance and violence
for the sponsors' sake.
Yea, though I walk in the shadow of my responsibilities,
There will be no interruptions
for the TV is with me.
Its cable and remote control,
they comfort me.
It prepares a commercial before me
It plants lies within my mind;
It anoint my head with materialism,
my coveting runneth over.
Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell
in the house watching TV forever.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A mans got to do what a mans got to do...

Here is an example of what manhood looks like!

"I had looked around the plane for help, and all the younger guys had averted their eyes. When I asked the guy next to me if he was up to it, all he said was, 'Retired captain. USMC.' I said, 'You'll do,' " Hayden recalled. "So, basically, a couple of grandfathers took care of the situation."

Hayden's wife of 42 years, Katie, who was also on the flight, was less impressed. Even as her husband struggled with the agitated passenger, she barely looked up from "The Richest Man in Babylon," the book she was reading.

"The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading," Katie Hayden said. "Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end."

Read the whole story here.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Psalm 71

Thanks to the helpful and very wonderful instructional CD, "O Sing a New Psalm" produced by the Genevan Foundation for cultural renewal, and Sam Coleman who has taken on the daunting task of teaching our church how to sing (and what a treble clef is amongst other things), I was able to create this...Please click here.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Puritans on Providence

There are three things in providence: God's foreknowing, God's determining, and God's directing all things to their periods and events.
Thomas Watson
Why God's providences are often misunderstood?
Take a straight stick, and put it into the water; then it will seem crooked. Why? Because we look upon it through two mediums, air and water: there lies the deceptio visus; thence it is that we cannot discern aright. Thus the proceedings of God, in His justice, which in themselves are straight, without the least obliquity, seem to us crooked: that wicked men should prosper, and good men be afflicted; that the Isrealites should make the bricks, and the Egyptians dwell in the houses; that servants should ride on horse-back, and princes go on foot: these are things that make the best Christians stagger in their judgments.
And why? Because they look upon God's proceedings through a double medium of flesh and spirit, so that all things seem to go cross, though indeed they go right enough. And hence it is that God's proceedings, in His justice, are not so well discerned, the eyes of man alone being not competent judges thereof.
Thomas Fuller
When it is providence versus promise?
God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His promises. God promised David to give him the crown, to make him king; but providence turns contrary to His promise; David was pursued by Saul, was in danger of his life; but all this while it was David's duty to trust God. The Lord doth oftentimes, by cross providence, bring to pass His promise. God promised Paul the lives of all that were with him in the ship; but now the providence of God seems to run quite contrary to His promise; the winds blow, the ship splits and breaks in pieces; and thus God fulfilled His promise; upon the broken pieces of the ship, they all come safe to shore. Trust God when providences seem to run quite contrary to promises.
Thomas Watson
Their wisdom:
God made meat before mouths.
John Trapp

Monday, June 04, 2007

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Straight Arrows

The Bryan Henderson Family.
The Henderson children accompanied their father in 3 songs in his soon-to-be-released CD project. More info to follow!