thinking about the future

It is so TRUE:  You can’t have a better tomorrow if you don’t stop thinking about yesterday… 



Family joke

Here is a cute joke, you probably heard it before, but so what, as long as it makes you smile… 😉


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A child asked his father, “How were people born?” His father answered: “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.” The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.” The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me!” His father replied, “No son, your mom was talking about her side of the family.”

Can you please name two or more biblical records that relate to actual history?

Dear Angelica,

I am working on a special school project and I can use some help. Can you please name two or more biblical records that relate to actual history?


Dear Angelica Answers:

Dear Overwhelmed,

This question is hard to answer as the Bible is truly full of historical references.  So here we go:

1) Isaiah 20:1 speaks of an Assyrian king named Sargon. Until the discovery of Sargon’s palace in Khorsabad it was believed there was no Assyrian king by that name since his such name did not appear in any other record.  The events mentioned in Isaiah 20, the capture of Ashdod, was even recorded on the palace walls. Furthermore, fragments of a stelae which memorialized the very same victory were found at an archaeological site in Ashdod.

2) Belshazzar, king of Babylon, was named in Daniel chapter 5. However the last king of Babylon on record was Nabonidus. Tablets were eventually found which show that Belshazzar was Nabonidus’ son who served as co-regent in Babylon. Belshazzar could therefore offer to make Daniel “third highest ruler in the kingdom” (Dan. 5:16) for reading the handwriting on the wall as recorded in the account. Third highest was, in fact, the highest available position in the kingdom, as it was brought out by the discoveries of archaeology less than 100 years ago

There are many other facts of history that relate to the Bible. Roman rulers, such as Augustus, Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Claudius and others. The mentions of Roman taxing and census and military organization. Descriptions of places and roads leading to them etc… And we have not even touched on the historical references that were mentioned even before they actually happened. That is the case with Persian King Cyrus, one of the most tantalizing historical figures linked to the Bible.  King Cyrus was named in the Bible at Isaiah 44 and 45 as the one who would conquer Babylon by divine appointment. And he did. The greatest peculiarity about that is the book of Isaiah, which includes the statements about Cyrus, was written almost two centuries before Cyrus was born.

The Bible itself, as a book written by surviving many centuries has become a piece of human history.   Written over the time span of about 1,600 years by vastly different writers, it consists of 66 books that talk about history, prophecy, poetry, and theology. It covers a time span Despite their complexity, differences in writing styles, historical  time periods, and the places in which they were written, the books of the Bible agree well in theme, facts and cross-referencing. Could a human being have planned such an intricate combination of books over a 1,600-year time span? I guess each one of us will have to give him/herself an honest,sensible and educated answer.

And lets’ not forget that some of these books were written even before the ancient nation of Israel existed and some after it had been, in effects, dismantled. Bible manuscripts (and please remember, there were no printing presses until 1455) have survived in spite of time, weather, and persecution only to inspire millions who have never met their original writers and yet appreciate their messages. Countless human being have lived and died for it and the writings have survived in ancient and modern form for over 3000 years now. More than any other book ever written it continues to attract attention and criticism and to elicit a variety of strong responses. Presence in itself, as I mentioned earlier, should account for something when it comes to history.
I hope this helps you with your project.

Best Wishes,


The Olive tree and its many products

The olive tree dominates Italian life and it is a symbol of the Mediterranean life style in general.

It can safely  be affirmed that the olive is one of the plants most often cited in literature.

Olive oil has long been considered holy or sacred.  It was used for the burning of sacred lamps in temples and often used to anoint kings.  Winners of the Olympic games in Greece were crowned with olive tree leaves.  Even today, it is still used in religious ceremonies and on certain Christian Holidays, continuing to be a symbol of peace, glory, fertility, holiness and wisdom.  The olive tree and its fruitage is mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible, in both the Old Testament and the Gospels.  A significant instance, and one of the first times it is mentioned, is found in the book of Genesis, written by Moses. There it is reported that after Noah sent out a dove, she returned carrying an olive tree sprig, sign of hope and rest for the small remainent  of  humankind under the protection of their God.   And the Mount of Olives, to the East of Jerusalem in the land  of Judah was mentioned several times in the Gospel in relation to Jesus’ ministry.

The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidant substances.  And it is also endowed with a rich, smooth taste that is unmatched.  And have you tried using olive oil as your night time face lotion? I can only say: try it!

The olive appears in cooking, paintings, sculpture, woodwork, mosaics, ceramics and of course jewelry, which can be a touch tricky to make.

Again, as I often say in relation to Italy and  all Italian things, feast your  senses (especially your palate) !!


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