Today in the Northeast we are in the midst of what the weather folks are referring to as an “epic” storm. Here in western Long Island we’ve received just over a foot of snow, while the east end of the island is predicted to get 2-3 feet of snow.
A few years ago I would have been joining in the general grumbling and complaining about this major inconvenience. But it’s funny how your perspective changes as you go through life. Last week I heard the most wonderful news: my metastatic breast cancer is officially “in remission.” This is as good as it gets. They don’t consider the cancer “cured” because they believe the drugs are what’s keeping it from becoming active and spreading again (just as MS patients and others with chronic diseases are never really cured, even though they can experience periods when their disease is in remission). But for now, I’ve been given a reprieve and so this white stuff falling on my head sure looks like celebratory confetti from heaven!
And now we’re ready to get back to exploring life and having fun and we thought the best way to escape the winter weather today would be to take a virtual trip to the Nile area of Egypt. We recently saw a very interesting show on PBS that talked about the Sphinx and the three Pyramids of Giza.
To begin with, the three great pyramids have been found to be aligned with the three stars in the belt of the constellation Orion, and hieroglyphics mention one of the Egyptian gods, Anubis, as having a connection with the center star of the belt.
Hmm, as mentioned before in this blog, I’ve noticed that a certain bear’s outline has a remarkable resemblance to this constellation:
Then there’s the mystery of the sphinx. Recent research has raised the question of whether the head of the sphinx is original to the sculpture, or whether an ancient pharaoh destroyed the first head and replaced it with his own.
Our friend Paul did some research and sent me this picture he found in an ancient text:
I honestly can’t remember where Stretch came from, I just know he was sitting on my shelf one day when I was drawn to pick him up and put him in a pocket on my purse on the way to a doctor appointment. Since then, he has slowly taken on a life of his own. Maybe I should contact some of those researchers and suggest that I may hold a clue to the ancient secrets of the Egyptians.
On the other hand, Stretch is enough of a pawful already with his worldwide fan club. I wonder where he is this morning; he’s usually at his desk on my desk offering comments as I work on a blog post . . .
Oh, the Emperor Stretch has declared it’s a snow day and you’re all invited over for hot cocoa and cookies.