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Monday, March 19, 2012

On When Seasons Change

South of the Equator, Autumn/Fall will be knocking on our doors early tomorrow. Precisely at 2h14 AM! Actually, it'll be sneaking in for we will all be in bed, so conventional wisdom tells us. 

Now, imagine going to bed with A and waking up with B... Weird, isn't it? C'est la nature... Alternatively, folks north of the Equator will be waking up with Persephone. Make sure you treat Her right, for she has endured hell. 

With this bit of factual information, i hereby offer my apologies to my frequent readers for I have been busy engaged in other "stuff", and consequently unable to pay due attention to my blog. It would've been sassy, impertinent, of me to say that i've "gotten a life"... i wish i could elaborate on that, but i won't. For now...

In the interim, make sure you load up on your vegetables and plenty of fluids to prepare your lovely selves for the Summer. I will be loading up on Vitamin C and loads of the remaining sunshine to stock up on the D. They say it's important.

Here's hoping you engage in all the juicing you can lay your hands on, and to your radiant health, cheers!

P.S.: Almost forgot, go take a walk in the park. Enjoy the Sun.

Friday, March 2, 2012

On When we Know Where we Come From

Very few people, royalty excepted, can trace their ancestors uninterruptedly for centuries. I can. The Paim name you see in the adress bar of this blog goes back to at least a thousand years to a place called Bedford, in England, where our first (?) ancestor originated.

The Paim - Paine- Payne - Payn name comes from Latin Paganus = Pagan. From "Paganus" to the vernacular Paean, Pean, you got the drift... to Paine.

We Paims, erm, Paines, Paynes, Payns, Pagans go back to one Thomas Allen Paine (Payn), born circa 1355, who left England in 1387 to accompany Phillippa of Lancaster, sister of Henry IV, who was to marry king John I of Portugal.

Thomas Allen Paine became "Chomaly" Paim in Portugal and had two sons: Valentine and Robert. Valentine who later married Brites de Vasconcellos, was then our first Paim. From him, to the Azores, to Brazil, and in Brazil, to the states of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Sul whose branch i derive

Our great...-uncle Robert was none other than that very translator of John Gower's Confessio Amantis - or Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins who, as a Canon of Lisbon, was unmarried. Juan de Cuenca did his Spanish translation based on my g...-uncle's translation into Portuguese.

So what, you say, I go back 200 thousand years to one African "Eve". Well, i'm just looking into my genealogy, that's all.

Now with a name like that, make way, for the Paines, Payns, Paeens, Paims are a-coming!