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Canonical Hours

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Anyone who is writing a novel set in the medieval era, will need to refer to the Canonical Hours. In the days before clocks, keeping of Canonical Hours was one way to tell time as it was based on the sun rising and setting. Canonical hours are divisions of time, developed by the Christian Church, serving as increments between the prescribed prayers of the daily round. A Book of Hours contains such a set of prayers. Canonical hours are sometimes referred to as "offices" because they refer to the official set of prayers of the Roman Catholic Church. These prayers are also known as Divine Office. This is a sundial found in Italy depicting the Canonical Hours: Today, the Catholic Church in North America refers to these hours as the Liturgy of the Hours and as Divine Office in the British Isles. Religious houses such as monasteries and convents, in addition to Churches, followed these hours of prayer. In my research, there are variations to the start and end ti

Natasha Richardson

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I am deeply saddened by the loss of actress Natasha Richardson this month in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Mother, wife, daughter - a vibrant woman who had much to offer the world. Although I am not a skiier, I live near the Canadian Rockies and I have many friends and family who frequent the slopes. May everyone take that extra step and wear a helmet, no matter the slope, no matter the mountain. Rest in peace, Natasha. You will be missed, but you will live on through the films you have left the world. Your beauty will never be forgotten. NATASHA RICHARDSON 1963 TO 2009

A most notorious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

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This is perhaps the most infamous oatmeal chocolate chip cookie because it is a recipe based upon revenge and as we all know, revenge is always sweet! So I tried the recipe and it is one of the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted in my life. It's a little bit more work than usual, but well worth the effort. Here is the story, taken word for word, by the original email I received. The recipe will follow after that: When decent people get screwed over, this is the result! A little background: Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already, is a very expensive store; I.e., they sell your typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00. Let's let them have it! THIS IS 20 A TRUE STORY! My daughter and I had just finished a salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas, and we decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the 'Neiman-Marcus cookie.' It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the wait

Agnodice - First Woman Gynecologist

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Born in 300 BC in ancient Greece, Agnodice wanted to practice medicine in an era when women were legally prohibited from the healing arts. According to legend, Agnodice was a noblewoman born with a passion for medicine. The only way she could achieve her dream was to cut her hair and wear men's clothing. Encouraged by her father, she Dressed thusly and soon become an avid student of the famous Alexandrian physician, Herophilus where she earned the highest marks. After she finished her studies, as she walked the streets of Athens, she heard the screams of a woman in the throes of labor. Agnodice rushed to assist her. The woman, believing Agnodice to be a man, refused to allow Agnodice to touch her. Desperate to convince her otherwise, Agnodice lifted up her clothes and revealed that she was a woman. The woman allowed her to deliver her baby. Women everywhere soon flocked to her. To evade the authorities, she dressed as a man, not only during hr studies but also when she practiced