Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent, poetry, devotional calls

I am sorely disappointed. I was not able to help Paster Alison this morning with Lent at the retirement center. I will not be able to attend the Lenten service this evening, either. However, Alison is coming over to visit me after my doctor's appointment, so I'll get some pastoral care, which is nice. I like being a part of a community where I'm not always the one in charge, responsible for everyone else. I like that I can get sick and have someone else come by to say prayers with/for ME instead of the other way around. I don't mind helping out others - it makes me feel good! But when I'm not well, it's definitely a plus to be a part of a community where other people come and take care of you.

I mean that physically, too. Everyone here has been great, making sure I got food and drink when I needed it, and otherwise leaving me alone. I've been so afraid of spreading this to someone else in the house that I've been avoiding pretty much everyone. I do seem to be coming out the other side finally, though. Today, I had energy again. Not a lot, but some. I felt like making food for breakfast. I made lunch. I spent a bit of time with the kids (a very little bit, but still). I have dinner plans. I still have three doses of antibiotic left, which makes me nervous, but I'm prepared to take them, and be over and done with this.

It's the first day of Lent, and I've given up my online games. Whew. It's an odd feeling, being online and knowing I'm not going to pop over and play with my online zoo, or my silly little cafe or farm. I'm not going to play with my borbles. I'm not going to play Scrabble or online Sudoku. I like doing those things, but in a way this feels very freeing, too.

I started writing poetry today. There are several devotionals in the works right now which I wanted to contribute to, and I am thinking that I will write several Lenten themed poems over this period as well.



For those interested:

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is delighted to announce that we are now accepting submissions for a Pan devotional. Please spread this announcement far and wide.

This devotional will focus on Pan, the Goat-Footed God of healing, panic, dancing, music, etc. All his historical aspects in myth, cult, art and philosophy are fair game. Modern experiences are also desired but they must have the above logical foundation or be clearly labelled as opinion.

Entries on other deities will be accepted if and only if they focus on said deity’s relationship to Pan or historical syncretic realities.

Examples:
  • Faunus (or Sylvanus) as related to Pan
  • The Nymphs, as related to Pan
  • Pan through the ages
  • Pan in literature....
The following types of entries will be considered:
  • Hymns, prayers, poetry;
  • Ideas for rituals, festivals, meditations and divination;
  • Scholarly essays ;
  • Opinion essays and personal experiences;
  • Original short stories.
Non-fiction pieces should be at least 300 words and should not normally exceed 3000 words – if your idea for a submission will be longer than this, please contact the editor. Submissions should be documented as needed; if a submissions states something as a fact, this should be referenced as to source. The editor prefers the Harvard (in text, author-date) form of citation, see:
http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/files/Harvard_referencing.pdf

The editors reserve the right to make minor changes to any submission for purposes of spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, formatting and clarity. The editors also reserves the right to reject any submission that is deemed not commensurate with the criteria set forth above. The final decisions about inclusion for the anthology remain with the editors.

As with all of our devotional anthologies we cannot provide payment or contributor copies, since the proceeds will be used for charitable donations and to help bring out further volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina line. Please read the BA policies: http://www.neosalexandria.org/publishing.htm

Please send all submissions to diotima_sophia@hotmail.com All submissions should be in MS Word or compatible format (.txt or .rtf). All submissions must be sent by email. With your entry please submit a 2-5 sentence author biography. Submissions will be accepted starting February 1, 2010 and submissions will close on 1 July, 2010.



It is a pleasure to announce that I am now accepting submissions for Megaloi Theoi, the Dioskouroi devotional, to be published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Please spread this announcement to all groups and individuals that might be interested in contributing to this work.

This devotional will focus on the Dioskouroi, in Greek, Egyptian and Roman belief systems, as well as their Indo-European aspects. Modern submissions on the Divine Twins and Gemini are welcomed, so long as they are linked to the Dioskouroi.

Additionally, this devotional will examine the relationships of The Dioskouroi with other members of their extended family, including but not limited to Zeus (see below), Nemesis, Tyndareus, Leda, the Leukippides, Helen (of Troy) and Clytemnestra. All historical aspects in myth, cult, art and philosophy are welcome.

Examples of acceptable submissions include, but are not limited to:

· The Dioskouroi as:
1) saviors;
2) warriors;
3) horsemen;
4) patrons of athletes and the Olympic games;
5) attendants of Hera;
6) Argonauts;
· The Dioskouroi and Sparta/Laconia/Dorian peoples;
· The Dioskouroi and Sobek;
· The Dioskouroi and the Kabeiroi;
· The Dioskouroi and other Greek twins, Idas and Lynkeus (the Apharetidai), and Amphion and Zethos;
· The constellation Gemini;
· The relationship between the Dioskouroi and modern ‘Divine Twins,’ such as in the Feri tradition;
· The Indo-European ‘Divine Twins’ as the cultural ancestor of the Dioskouroi;
· The Vedic Asvins, Lithuanian A┼ívieniai, the Latvian Dieva deli, and any other sibling Indo-European Divine Twins compared and contrasted to the Dioskouroi;
· The Dioskouroi as the Roman Castor and Pollux;
· Tyndareus and Leda;
· Nemesis, either in Greece or Rome;
· Phoebe and Hilaeira (wives of the Dioskouroi) as priestesses of Athena, Artemis, or Apollon;
· The Leukippides, including Phoebe, Hilaeria and their sister Arsinoe;
· The Cult of the Leukippides;
· Sons of the Dioskouroi;
· Helen and Klytemnestra;
· The Indo-European ‘Daughter of the Sun’ as the cultural ancestor of Helen;
· The Cult of Helen of Troy.

Readers are encouraged to explore these and other topics related to these deities.

The editor is looking for one entry on Zeus with a specific Dioskouric relationship. The editor reserves the right to add more if a quality submission is received. However, Zeus is not the focus of this devotional.

The following types of entries will be accepted:

1) Hymns, prayers, and poetry;
2) Rituals and/or festivals involving any of these deities;
3) Meditations and divination;
4) Scholarly essays;
5) Opinion essays and personal experiences;
6) Original short stories;
7) Artwork, as defined below.

Artwork must be original, and must at least 300dpi at full print size and grayscaled. Color submissions for the front cover are encouraged. In the case of multiple submissions, the editor intends to hold a contest to decide the front cover.

Non-fiction (short stories, opinion essays, personal experiences, scholarly essays) should be at least 1 full page in MS Word. Endnotes, in-text citations and footnotes are acceptable and encouraged in particular for scholarly submissions.

The editor reserves the right to make minor changes to any submission for purposes of spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, formatting and clarity. The editor also reserves the right to reject any submission that is deemed not commensurate with the criteria set forth above. The editor may request that submissions be modified or expanded if the editor deems it necessary.

As with all of our devotional anthologies we at Bibliotheca Alexandrina cannot provide payment or contributor copies, since the proceeds will be used for charitable donations and to help bring out further volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina line. Please read the BA policies: http://www.neosalexandria.org/publishing.htm Submission to the editor assumes that the author has read the BA policies.

Please send all submissions to dioscuridevotional@gmail.com. Submissions will be accepted starting October 1, 2009, and ending July 1, 2010. The editor will acknowledge all submissions, but does not guarantee any submission inclusion in the devotional for the reasons stated above.



I am delighted to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the Zeus devotional. Please spread this announcement far and wide.

This devotional will focus on Zeus, King of the Hellenic gods. All his historical aspects in myth, cult, art and philosophy are fair game. Modern experiences are also desired but they must have the above logical foundation or be clearly labeled as opinion.

Entries on other deities will be accepted if and only if they focus on said deity's relationship to Zeus or historical syncretic realities.

Examples:
  • Jupiter as the Roman equivalent of Zeus
  • The Indo-European Sky Father as the cultural ancestor of Zeus;
  • Tyr and Indra compared and contrasted to Zeus:
  • Zeus-Ammon;
  • Serapis embodying aspects of Zeus;
  • Hera as sister, wife and queen to Zeus.
  • Hermes as herald to Zeus.
  • Apollo as oracle of Zeus.
The following types of entries will be accepted:
  • hymns, prayers, poetry;
  • ideas for rituals, festivals, meditations and divination scholarly essays ;
  • opinion essays and personal experiences;
  • original short stories.
Non-fiction should be at least 1 full page in MS Word and should not exceed 10 pages. It should be documented as needed. The editors prefer endnotes or in-text citations to foot notes.

The editors reserve the right to make minor changes to any submission for purposes of spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, formatting and clarity. The editors also reserves the right to reject any submission that is deemed not commensurate with the criteria set forth above.

As with all of our devotional anthologies we cannot provide payment or contributor copies, since the proceeds will be used for charitable donations and to help bring out further volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina line. Please read the BA policies: http://www.neosalexandria.org/publishing.htm

Please send all submissions to zeusdevotional@gmail.com. With your entry please submit a 2-5 sentence author biography. Submissions will be accepted starting October 1st, 2009 and ending on March 31st, 2010.
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