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ONLINE ETYMOLOGY DICTIONARY
– This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.
– Poetry Chaikhana
Sacred Poetry from Around the World
The Poetry Chaikhana joyfully shares the sacred poetry of cultures, religions, and spiritual traditions from around the world.
There is, however, a definite Middle Eastern theme to the Poetry Chaikhana. This is partly to honor of the centuries of vibrant, ecstatic, devotional, irreverant, and truly profound sacred poetry the region has given to the world. But another important reason for the Middle Eastern flavor of the site is in order to counter the miserably limited portrayal of Middle Eastern cultures and religion we are given in the West.
Although I am not a Muslim or Sufi, it is desperately important to remind the Western world of the rich spirituality the Middle East has given to the world. Perhaps even more important is that we in the West must remember how strongly European Christian traditions, particularly Christian mysticism, has been influenced by the sacred (and poetic!) traditions of the Middle East through centuries of cultural interaction.
As you explore the Poetry Chaikhana, notice the similarity of experience and unity of heart described by Christian saints, Sufi shaikhs, and Hindu mahatmas. While we must cherish the differences within each tradition, those who believe that there is something fundamentally irreconcilable between the spiritual traditions of the world are trapped in misunderstanding and have not yet touched the heart of their own tradition.
It is my sincere hope that the Poetry Chaikhana will open your heart, inspire your mind, and elevate your spirit. May we all fall into the embrace of the Eternal One with ecstatic songs upon our lips!
What is a Chaikhana?
A chaikhana is a teahouse along the legendary Silk Road pilgrimage and trading route linking China to the Middle East and Europe. It is a place of rest along the journey, a place to shake off the dust of the road, to sip tea, and to gather together to sing songs of the Divine…
– Poet Seers is a collection of spiritual and illumining poetry by poets from around the world, including many different spiritual traditions. Every day we try to add a new Poem of the Day selected from the many inspirational poems we have on the site. We are also hoping to keep adding to our collection of poets and poetry.
The great Seer Poets offer a multitude of insights, experiences and inspirations. Through a diversity of paths and language they remind us we are in essence one world family all journeying back to our common source. Their poems are not just beautiful writings but also their inner experiences and realisations and the lofty utterances of these poets have the capacity to give a glimpse of their poetic vision.
The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project
– The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States. This includes all works first published before 1923. The period from 1880 or so until 1922 offers a wealth of material in all categories, including: Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales, Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities.
We offer these resources at no charge and grant permission to individuals to print copies for personal and educational uses. The texts are formatted so that attractive copies can be printed easily, in larger type for younger readers and smaller type for older ones, with illustrations included where possible. Teachers and parents can make use of the readers that are already available, or they can construct their own readers by selecting stories from the existing pool.
We hope that by offering these online texts that more of today’s children will become familiar with the works of Padraic Colum, Howard Pyle, Andrew Lang, and James Baldwin, that were read so widely just a few generations ago.
To guide parents and teachers in their selection of stories for particular children, we plan to include suggested age ranges for each of the stories, both the age at which children first enjoy hearing the story read to them and the age when they can typically read the story to themselves. In addition we look forward to compiling anthologies of stories and lists of books suitable for each age.
The Baldwin Project is named in honor of James Baldwin (1841-1925). In the Acknowledgments included in his The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett declares his indebtedness to James Baldwin among others: “The editor also gratefully acknowledges the endeavors of scholars and collectors such as James Baldwin, Jesse Lyman Hurlbut, and Andrew Lang, who in a past age devoted their energies to preserving some of the best of our heritage, and whose works have supplied this volume with many truly great stories.”
We seek to accomplish in the online arena at the beginning of this century what James Baldwin achieved in the world of print at the beginning of the last century: bringing yesterday’s classics to today’s children.
The Literature Network!
– We offer searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast.
The Quote Garden!
– Welcome to quotegarden.com, a personal collection of favorite quotes and sayings – inspirational,
funny, thought-provoking, motivational, famous, literary. This free, searchable, and ever-growing
website is visited daily by writers, speakers, students, & word seekers worldwide! Find good ideas
for newsletters, speeches, scrapbooks, scrapbook journaling, greeting cards, cute crafts, essays,
journals, taglines, witty email signatures, cool one-liners for blogs, a quote of the day, and clever
things to say on any subject. Browse, search, enjoy the thoughts, inspiration, and beauty of words!