Saturday, June 16, 2007

In the 1700s Healthy Teeth from Fallen Soldiers were Stolen and Used to Make ‘Waterloo Dentures’

Greetings all! Once again I shall speak of my upcoming classes, in part to tell of a few of the many great and exciting classes offered here at OWU, and in part to remind myself what I have to look forward to this fall. I’m taking an English course entitled ‘the English Rennaissance,’ which I recall sounding very exciting at the time I signed up for it. It’s another 300 level course, and will be my fourth such course counting the German that I’m taking, so I’m chipping steadily away at the 15 or so that I need to graduate! Huzzah! Science wise I had hoped to get into geology and botany, but the geology I wanted had filled, thusly leaving me with only botany. Alas! But I despair not, for botany is a love of mine, as is obvious from the ridiculous amount of time that I spend weeding and tending my two gardens.
Two of my absolute favourite plants to tend for are my dear gingko trees, who have grown from the wee seeds I saved from the hundreds dropped by one of the campus ginkgo trees. (So, in a way, I have a piece of campus with me always in these two darling trees.) The eldest tree I have dubbed Toivo, which is Finnish for ‘hope.’ He’s a few inches tall and has a puff of leaves at his very top and a crook in his trunk that he refuses to let anyone straighten, but I think it looks good on him and gives him that fashionable tree look so desired this summer season. Enfys(meaning ‘rainbow,’ a name I let a friend bestow upon her), the younger tree, has no two leaves of the same size, shape or location, and she lets them go for an all-natural look that keeps her chic. They’re currently sporting matching generic green planting pots and are enjoying their summer abroad.

German Word: Blatt can mean either worksheet or leaf, so when singing O, Tannenbaum, be sure to praise the tree’s leaves/needles and not its lovely green worksheets. (O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, wie gruen sind deine Blaetter could technically be translated as either ‘how green are your leaves’ or ‘how green are your worksheets,’ which I fondly recall as a variation whilst caroling with my high school German club.)

Pictures: I went on a trip to the Hocking Hills area of southern Ohio today and took many a photo! Behold the splendor of Ohio’s south! Also featured is a pic of my grandparent’s cabin in Chestnut Grove. They currently run a cabin business there, where one may rent a wee cabin for a stay amongst the trees and nature and such, but enough of my blatant advertising for now.


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Courtney OWU said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for providing not only an articulate but succinct response. I love hearing from people, and critique of all levels is always welcome here. I would, however, delight in hearing precisely what 'this suck' pertains to; perhaps my inability to note the use of a run-on sentence, or,heaven forbid, a split infinitive slipped through? Perhaps my photography skills come across as mundane, trite, or simply lacking? Any assistence to arrest future "suck" from muddying the waters of this blog would be most appreciated.


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