Comment: What a pretty card! Thank you. I love the stickers on the envelope - so cute! I remember my first holidays post D. They feel strange. I hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
Comment: Your p.c.- loved the quilt hanging on the line in the back yard full of blooming flowers. Loved the unicorn sticker and loved that some of your simple joys include “great chocolate and gossip/celeb mags. Thank you 😀
Comment: Julia, thank you for the West Quoddy Lighthouse postcard. Did you know that there are almost 425 lighthouse in New England and some in Vermont?. I bought the book and it is very interesting reading. Shirley
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard of Amish Country, it is beautiful. Sorry for the delay in the rating, but I had a complicated health condition that kept me out of the system for several months ... thanks for your understanding ...
Comment: I just got your mini zine, Julia! Thank you much. I'm a crazy-avid reader too and so enjoyed hearing about some of your all-time favorite books and series. I adore Harry Potter too, and will definitely check out the others you recommended. (And good reminder re: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie--I love it too and have wee little grandsons I need to buy it for. :) <3
I'll let you know by e-mail if/when I read the authors you recommended. (Might be a bit--my to read list is always huge! :D)
Thanks again and happy swapping--and reading!
Comment: Hi Julia! Thanks for the sweet St. Paddy's Day card - it is ok that you sent the same one - if I like something once, I usually like it twice! LOL! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Hi Julia! Thank you for the cute St. Pat's card and stickers! I love, love, love St. Pat's Day and hope to attend a local parade - I have plans that evening with my bestie and she is saying no to the parade because she thinks we cannot behave - sigh! Still trying to convince her we can! LOL! Hugs, Happy St. Paddy's Day and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Hello Urbana! I think I've mentioned to you before I use to live in Mechanicsburg for several years.
Love the Amish postcard, didn't have this one! I love to go to Sugarcreek/Millersburg also! The baked goods and candy are my favorites. I've been to the Pennsylvania Amish and Southern Ohio communities but like Our Northern ones better! Thanks again, Take care, Judy
Comment: Thank you so much for the Harry Potter postcard! It will go nicely in my collection :) LOVE the fantasy draft name haha my team name was Russle & Flow (Like the movie Hustle & Flow) Seahawks fan here! Your stamp is awesome also. I was looking at the Hedwig stamp on Zazzle. Have a awesome day!
Comment: Hi Julia - sorry for the late rating! I was just looking through my spreadsheet and realized I hadn't done it yet. D'oh! I thought I had. The holidays made me nuts. I'm sorry Bea flaked on you for this swap. :( I hope you and the kids enjoyed my angel package. I'm sending warm weather and sunshine from California!
Comment: Thank you â¤Â¸â™¥â™ªâ™«*Â¨*â€¢.Â¸Â¸â¤ for the HAPPY DECEMBER pictures on my profile ;-) ðŸ’— ðŸŽ… ðŸŽ ðŸŽ„ðŸ“· â† â˜ƒ â˜•ï¸ðŸ ðŸŽŽ...I HOPE you have A GREAT DECEMBER & ENJOY a great ðŸ’™ðŸ’šðŸ’›â¤ï¸ðŸ’œ rating! Blessings, cc
Comment: Thanks for a vintage Santa card---they are one of my favorites. I'm thinking of sorting out those and creating a collage from them on a pretty large stretched canvas to display with my other holiday decorations. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!
Comment: I had legit the worst day ever, only to come home and see such a wonderful gift. I really cant wait to use it and that is something I have been wanting forever. it was so very very kind of you to send the seal kit, I use them on every letter and I'm sure the lovelies that I send the seals to will enjoy the new stamp. thank you so so much!
Comment: Julia, thank you for the postcard of the Great Smoky Mountains. I live in Nc but the opposite side of the state. Hopefully by the time the hurricane hits the Smokies it will have petered out. Shirley
Comment: Those jokes are awesome! One of my favorites is from a site called tumblr. "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if ketchup is a tomato smoothie. Common sense is knowing ketchup isn't a smoothie."
Comment: Hi Julia! Thank you for the lovely flag postcard. Like you, I am so looking forward to a colourful outdoors again! I do like winter but I think I'm ready for the warm weather now! Take good care :)
Comment: Hi Julia! Thanks so much for the fun share about what you would do for a goof off day! I have never heard of Berlin, Ohio but it sure sounds fun and I would be all over the pie and other wonderful foods! I love pie and my family doesn't - grrr! Sounds like a fun day and maybe something I should check into for a long weekend! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the fun ATCs. Love all the embellishments, especially the way you did the hot air balloon! BTW, this was not an easy challenge for me either. But it was great to stretch the mind! Thanks again! p.s. I love your sticker on the back of the envelope!
Comment: Perfect card! Love it! :) Thank you :) Last week Northern Lights were out bright and dancing across the sky...very beautiful :) Hope you get to see them at some point :) Thank you again for the awesome card :)
Comment: Hi Julia! TY for the fun St. Paddy's Day card and the stickers! I love St. Paddy's Day and am hoping to make the parade on Saturday until old Man Winter strikes - grrr! They said a chance of snow - yikes!! Yep, I'll be wearing green so there will be not pinching! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I really liked your story. That is so cool that you both did drag racing! What an awesome hobby! Do you still race? Thanks very much for telling it to me, and sending me the story on a car-themed postcard! Cheers. :)
Response: We don't race as much as we used to before having kids. Too expensive! Lol
Comment: Thank you for the great card, its a great addition to my collection as I have very few Massachusets cards. I enjouyed hearing about all the great things you did this summer. Whaat fun for you.
Comment: Hi Julia, thanks so much for the kitty cat card. I love all your "happy's" too except the dirt race! lol Only, because I've never been, so I'm not knocking it until I've tried it. So I just will have to try this out! With every good wish, Jane
Comment: I love to read books and you sent such a lovely pc of a woman sitting on a beautiful porch reading a book. What a pleasant surprise! The Bible verse is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing it with me.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor card (I'm hoping she is in the queue for forthcoming Legends of Hollywood postage :) and for sharing more about yourself -- I also loathe people who lack common sense, love mashed potatoes, but dislike heights. I have also always wanted to play an instrument in a band, chamber ensemble, or orchestra -- I sort of envied the camaraderie my instrumentalist classmates had, although I guess I had something similar with my fellow voice majors/choirmates. What is your favorite frog and/or rock in your collection? HOpe you are having a good week!
Comment: Thanks for the card, note, and goodies. My little one says THANKS too! I was trying to keep one of his bear cubs, but he wouldn't let me. :-/ He did allow me to scan them and make my own stickers with them though. :-D
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I have thought about digital scrapbooking. I have SO many supplies and would feel SO guilty not using them. I haven't scrapbooked in so long and already feeling guilty about the supplies :)
Response: I am thinking about donating some of my supplies to the local kids after school program. They are always doing art projects. :-)
Comment: THANX for joining & thanx FOR THE pretty & BEAUTIFUL Unicorn pictures you sent for this swap!
THEY were real! ;-) I hope you ENJOY 5 hearts for an awesome swap! â¥ â™¡ ðŸ’— ðŸ’˜ ðŸ’› ~ ....Blessings, cc ~A little info that may be interesting to you too ;-)
Unicorns in the Bible?
by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on February 6, 2015...
To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean Godâ€™s Word, which is true in every detail.
Some people claim the Bible is a book of fairy tales because it mentions unicorns. However, the biblical unicorn was a real animal, not an imaginary creature. The Bible refers to the unicorn in the context of familiar animals, such as peacocks, lambs, lions, bullocks, goats, donkeys, horses, dogs, eagles, and calves (Job 39:9â€“12).1 In Job 38â€“41, God reminded Job of the characteristics of a variety of impressive animals He had created, showing Job that God was far above man in power and strength.2
Job had to be familiar with the animals on Godâ€™s list for the illustration to be effective. God points out in Job 39:9â€“12 that the unicorn, â€œwhose strength is great,â€ is useless for agricultural work, refusing to serve man or â€œharrow (plow) the valley.â€ This visual aid gave Job a glimpse of Godâ€™s greatness. An imaginary fantasy animal would have defeated the purpose of Godâ€™s illustration.
Modern readers have trouble with the Bibleâ€™s unicorns because we forget that a single-horned feature is not uncommon on Godâ€™s menu for animal design. (Consider the rhinoceros and narwhal.) The Bible describes unicorns skipping like calves (Psalm 29:6), traveling like bullocks, and bleeding when they die (Isaiah 34:7). The presence of a very strong horn on this powerful, independent-minded creature is intended to make readers think of strength.
Courtesy: Domenichino, Virgin and Unicorn, [working under Annibale Carracci], Fresco, 1604â€“1605, Farnese Palace, Rome)
The absence of a unicorn in the modern world should not cause us to doubt its past existence. (Think of the dodo bird. It does not exist today, but we do not doubt that it existed in the past.) Eighteenth century reports from southern Africa described rock drawings and eyewitness accounts of fierce, single-horned, equine-like animals. One such report describes â€œa single horn, directly in front, about as long as oneâ€™s arm, and at the base about as thick. . . . [It] had a sharp point; it was not attached to the bone of the forehead, but fixed only in the skin.â€3
The elasmotherium, an extinct giant rhinoceros, provides another possibility for the unicornâ€™s identity. The elasmotheriumâ€™s 33-inch-long skull has a huge bony protuberance on the frontal bone consistent with the support structure for a massive horn.4 In fact, archaeologist Austen Henry Layard, in his 1849 book Nineveh and Its Remains, sketched a single-horned creature from an obelisk in company with two-horned bovine animals; he identified the single-horned animal as an Indian rhinoceros.5 The biblical unicorn could have been the elasmotherium.6
Assyrian archaeology provides one other possible solution to the unicorn identity crisis. The biblical unicorn could have been an aurochs (a kind of wild ox known to the Assyrians as rimu).7 The aurochsâ€™s horns were symmetrical and often appeared as one in profile, as can be seen on Ashurnasirpal IIâ€™s palace relief and Esarhaddonâ€™s stone prism.8 Fighting rimu was a popular sport for Assyrian kings. On a broken obelisk, for instance, Tiglath-Pileser I boasted of slaying them in the Lebanese mountains.9
Extinct since about 1627, aurochs, Bos primigenius, were huge bovine creatures.10 Julius Caesar described them in his Gallic Wars as,
. . . a little below the elephant in size, and of the appearance, color, and shape of a bull. Their strength and speed are extraordinary; they spare neither man nor wild beast which they have espied. . . . Not even when taken very young can they be rendered familiar to men and tamed. The size, shape, and appearance of their horns differ much from the horns of our oxen. These they anxiously seek after, and bind at the tips with silver, and use as cups at their most sumptuous entertainments.11
The aurochsâ€™s highly prized horns would have been a symbol of great strength to the ancient Bible reader.
One scholarly urge to identify the biblical unicorn with the Assyrian aurochs springs from a similarity between the Assyrian word rimu and the Hebrew word reâ€™em. We must be very careful when dealing with anglicized transliterated words from languages that do not share the English alphabet and phonetic structure.12 However, similar words in Ugaritic and Akkadian (other languages of the ancient Middle East) as well as Aramaic mean â€œwild bullâ€ or â€œbuffalo,â€ and an Arabic cognate means â€œwhite antelope.â€
TO THINK OF THE BIBLICAL UNICORN AS A FANTASY ANIMAL IS TO DEMEAN GODâ€™S WORD, WHICH IS TRUE IN EVERY DETAIL.
However, the linguistics of the text cannot conclusively prove how many horns the biblical unicorn had. While modern translations typically translate reâ€™em as â€œwild ox,â€ the King James Version (1611), Lutherâ€™s German Bible (1534), the Septuagint, and the Latin Vulgate translated this Hebrew word with words meaning â€œone-horned animal.â€13
The importance of the biblical unicorn is not so much its specific identityâ€”much as we would like to knowâ€”but its reality. The Bible is clearly describing a real animal. The unicorn mentioned in the Bible was a powerful animal possessing one or two strong hornsâ€”not the fantasy animal that has been popularized in movies and books. Whatever it was, it is now likely extinct like many other animals. To think of the biblical unicorn as a fantasy animal is to demean Godâ€™s Word, which is true in every detail.
Editorâ€™s note: Originally published in Answers in Depth 2 (2007), https://answersingenesis.org/answers/in-depth/v2/.
Comment: thanks for telling me a little bit about yourself Julia! Enjoyed it! Have been to Dayton Ohio! Thanks for the PC from Dayton too! Hope you make your trip thru route 66 from start to finish! Living your dream!
Response: One of these days I hope to do just that... it depresses me that most of that Americana has been left to the elements and not cared for.
Comment: Thank you for the Bette Davis card and for sharing more about yourself! So cool -- I love Julia Child and road trips (my family used to take one every summer to see museums and landmarks en route to visiting family or attend a work-related conference). I have toyed with accounting since I have had to do minor bookkeeping in my jobs. A recurring dream of mine is waiting in the wings for an opera or musical that I don't already know/have memorized and having to go on -- but I wake up before I step onstage :p Happy Monday!
Response: We did the same thing... our road trips always involved camping also. We would head out and travel around. I thought everyone did that... until I met my husband and I told him and he thought I was crazy.
Comment: Hi Julia! Thanks for the great pc and quote! The daffodils are blooming and look great - I only had one crocus and it did not last but a minute - sigh! We had a heavy frost last night - Mother Nature is not being cooperative with spring breaking through! LOL! Hope she is nicer your way! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I love crocus but have never ever had luck growing them.
Comment: Beautiful blooms! Are they Texas Bluebonnets? Yes, spring has arrived here in PA, too. Trees and flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and I'm sneezing. No worries, though. After a dark, cold winter I'm glad for brighter, warmer days. I love your quote, too. Thank you for a wonderful swap! â™¥â™¥â™¥
Response: I'm sneezing too! I cannot wait until the nice weather is here to stay!
Comment: YES!! Thank you so much for the great Wigwam Motel postcard. We took a trip last year from Jacksonville, Florida up through Northern North Carolina. There was a similar motel there I had hoped we got to stay at where the rooms were shaped like wigwams as well, but sadly it had been closed down for many years and deteriorated. Love the cute robot sticker as well! Many thanks!
Comment: I love the ATC, it is too cute and definitely an extra special surprise! I also have a hard time finding what to write in letters! Love the sentimental circus paper, just so you know Shappo is the cute bunny character. I'll definitely write you back! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the hilarious sticky notes and the care with all the awesome information about yourself! The sticky notes fit me very well, haha. Having twins sounds like a lot of fun. It is so neat how you met your husband! I don't know much about drag racing, but I love going to dirt track racing to watch races.
Thanks again! You've definitely made my day!
Also, your snail mail stamp is awesome!!
Comment: Hi Julia! Your card had me giggling so much!! I sure needed that on this crazy work Monday!! Thanks for the fun Happy Mail and the great stickers! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: The Mickey Mouse Clock card arrived today! Thanks for the extra effort to make it profile based with the clock! Thank you! UPDATING 2/17/16 THE RESEND ARRIVED TODAY. THANK YOU FOR SENDING IT OUT SO QUICKLY AND BEING SO GRACIOUS ABOUT IT. SORRY THE FIRST ONE ARRIVED IN BETWEEN! I WILL PM YOU -- THINK OF SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE FROM ME IN RETURN!
Response: I think that's the first one! Lol. You will be getting the replacement soon.
Comment: Hi Julia! Thank you for the awesome Singin' in the Rain PC! I love it so much! Sorry for the delayed rating. Due to the holidays I have been traveling more than usual and just received all my accumulated mail. Legoland sounds like a pretty awesome vacation; I hope you and your family get to go there one day! Happy swapping! <3
Comment: Thanks so much for the funny twin pic, yes I do remember people always asking that except for me,because I had a 10month old daughter as well, they would ask are they triplets! LOL
Response: The best one is when we were eating our first HOT meal in ages at a restaurant and this lady walked all the way across the restaurant to ask if they were twins. I was tired... I was hungry... I was pissy. She then turns to my husband and asks if he is the dad! I looked her dead in the eye and said, "Well, he's the dad of that one. The other one is my boyfriend's." She got huffy and walked away. Bet she never does THAT again.
Comment: Thank you so much for the My Little Ponies on my profile! I'm pretty much a G1 girl with Medley being my favorite. I haven't really gotten into the FIM much. It's on Netflix, though, so maybe I'll check it out. I hope your husband is doing much better. I'm hoping we can start figuring out what's going on with my husband on Monday. I hate seeing him not feeling well and knowing there's nothing I can do about it! :(
Comment: Thanks for the nice card of California :) Our bucket list is a bit similar because I also plan to drive somewhere to visit my elder sister who live far away from my place ;) Hope you will achieve this soon! Good luck in 2016!~
Comment: Julia, thank you for the yummy Italian recipe. I love zucchini so I will definitely be making this recipe soon. Also thank you for the super cute recipe and journaling card :) By the way, love your snail mail stamp!
Response: I found it on Etsy... pretty cheap. :-) I love zucchini too. My favorite is to saute it with onions and garlic salt.
Comment: Awesome ATC. Love the layered look. Givens more depth to just two colors. We have taken the route 66 trip. The start is Santa Monica which is only 2 hrs from our house. So we started our trip from home to Chicago. Was a wonderful trip. Thank you Sharon
Comment: Thank you Julia, for your really interesting cards and explanations. It's always nice to get some background information. Avon Lake is a western suburb of greater Cleveland. I'm actually in another county, but close to all the action. I love my new condo and this area after living in another busier suburb. I hope we swap again soon. :) Joy
Comment: If you ever visit San Francisco, try to visit Walzwerk. They serve East German food in a before-the-curtain-fell ambiance and it is *good!* They do a veggie schnitzel that my boyfriend adores. Take care! -Rhonda
Comment: Hi Julia! Love the pc - that church looks lovely! First let me say that I am so sorry for your loss. I think that would be a wonderful ability and I am sure your brother and your children would have loved it! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely Ohio calendar -- I was excited to show it to my mom, who is from Ohio and was familiar with several of the locations on it :) It was fun to look at with her -- what a treat to have a few minutes with her talking about Ohio.
Comment: Thank you Julia for the excellent postcard showing Main Street (love seeing Main Street photos of towns & cities.) You are so fortunate to go there, to the hamburger place, seeing the Christmas decorations. Happy November!
Comment: Thanks for your list. I haven't read any of the books you listed, though I'll probably get to the Patterson at some point, I've read a ton of his stuff. I hope you'll enjoy the books when you get to them.
Comment: I'm going to guess....that you didn't jump off a garage and break your legs.....
Response: Nope. Totally freaked out by heights. I can't even get on a ladder. The truth is I met David Hasselhoff at the Indy 500 and could not think of his name to save my life. I kept calling him Michael Knight from Knight Rider.
Comment: Thank you for your really nice comment. I think you're right I need to start writing. I mean it won't be perfect but it'll be something and something is a start. So thank you for giving me the drive to try and hopefully one day you'll see my book in a store or library somewhere. Thanks again!