Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Course in Marigolds

In 1988 Michael Stillwater published his book A Course in Marigolds.

Stillwater's book is a gentle and humorous parody of the ever-popular A Course in Miracles, coupled with a warm wisdom of its own.  Needless to say, Stillwater used the garden metaphor to the maximum.

Stillwater's book is now out of print, but it is still available in the used book market

Monday, October 12, 2009

Marigold: A name for the flower

The name "Marigold" is derived from "Mary's Gold", and the plant is associated with the Virgin Mary in Christian stories. — Wikipedia - Marigold

The Latin name for marigolds is "Tagets," after the ancient Etruscan prophet Tages. Tages was a founding prophet of Etruscan religion. He revealed a cosmic view of divinity and correct oracular methods of ascertaining divine will concerning events of public interest. Divination was undertaken in Roman society by priestly officials called haruspices. Political officials also, such as the augures, were constituted with some responsibilities for divination. — Wikipedia - Tages

The sacred texts recording the revelations of Tages were called by the Romans the Etrusca Disciplina. None of these wrtten works survived the Christian book burning of the Fifth Century A.D.

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Tom Fox
Louisville, Kentucky

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Imagine Marigolds at Unity Louisville


Part of the Marigold Millennium is to beautify abandoned or neglected public spaces with marigolds.

I nominate the I-65 embankment on Brook Street directly across from Unity of Louisville.

Please email the location of your imaginary marigolds in the Louisville, Kentucky area here: 
marigold.millennium@gmail.com


Remember:  It is better to plant one marigold than it is to curse the landscape.





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Louisville, Kentucky

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Millennium - the definition

Millennium: A hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice.

A millennium is usually thought of as a span of one thousand years. Or, it is thought of as a thousand-year period of holiness mentioned in Revelation 20, supposedly during which Jesus and his faithful followers are to rule on earth. The first definition given here, "a hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice" is not a measurement of time, it is a measurement of people.

A millennium is the number of people needed to assure a period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice, however many people that may be.

Maybe it is only a thousand people. Maybe a thousand united in heart and mind are enough to make joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice prevail. But, maybe it only takes two, you and me.

I'll do my part. Please join me in this aspiration.

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Tom Fox
Louisville, Kentucky

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