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happy? - July 24 (Coffee & Christina Astonishing)


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Abby Sale 24 Jul 05 - 10:15 AM
Joe Offer 23 Jul 14 - 04:23 PM
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Subject: happy? - July 24 (Instant coffee)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 24 Jul 05 - 10:15 AM

According to the Nestlé company & most almanacs, "The world's first instant coffee was invented by Nestlé [on 7/24/1938] and named Nescafé." It was also invented in 1901 by Sartori Kato, a Japanese scientist working in Chicago, however it was not marketed commercially.
   1. The Shah he sat on his oriental mat,
        In his harem, High Street, Persia,
        He took a sip from his coffee, just a drip,
        And he says to his slave, "Here, Gersha!
        Gersha! Gersha! Curse yer!
        This is the 'orriblest cup of coffee in Persia!"
                What I want is a proper cup of coffee,
                Made in a proper copper coffee pot.
                I may be off my dot,
                But I want a cup of coffee from a proper coffee pot.
                Iron coffee pots and tin coffee pots,
                They're no use to me, so
                If I can't have a proper cup of coffee
                From a proper copper coffee pot, I'll have a cup of tea!"

                        "Proper Cup of Coffee" (The Coffeepot Song) sung by Anne Dodson which
                        we haven't heard and by Cindy Mangsen which, happily, we have.

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
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Subject: happy? - July 24 (Christina the Astonishing)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 04:23 PM

I hope Abby Sale will forgive me for adding to his "happy?" column, but this is just too interesting.

I discovered this late last night, and I could hardly wait until this morning to tell my wonderful wife, Christina, that the saint for tomorrow, July 24, is...

    St. Christina the Astonishing

    Visionary (1150–1224)
    Christina, a peasant girl born near Liège in Belgium, was orphaned at the age of fifteen. At twenty-two she suffered a seizure so severe that she was pronounced dead. As she was carried into church in an open coffin she suddenly sat up and flew up to the rafters "like a bird," as she later explained, to escape the smell of sin. When the priest coaxed her down she related an extraordinary story—of how she had been shown the souls suffering in purgatory, and then led into the court of heaven, where she was offered a choice. She might either remain in heaven or "return again to Earth to accomplish a mission of charity and suffering," relieving the suffering of those in purgatory and, through her example, inspiring sinners to be converted. Without hesitation, Christina chose to return, and immediately she woke up in her own funeral Mass.
    Christina's subsequent way of life provoked contrasting reactions. She dressed in rags and slept out in the open; she would climb and perch on treetops; she would jump into flames, without suffering harm, or swim in the frozen River Meuse. Viewed by many as mad she was often taunted and persecuted. But others, including the respected Cardinal James de Vitry, regarded her as a holy prophet. She spent her last years in a convent, where she evidently was a model of obedience, and died at the age of seventy-four.
    "O most beloved body! Why have I reviled you? O best and sweetest body, endure patiently."
    —St. Christina the Astonishing

    (from "Give Us This Day" Magazine - saint biographies written by former Catholic Worker editor Robert Ellsberg, son of Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame)
My Christina, of course, is also legendary. Those of you who know my Christina, will recognize many parallels.

If you read stories like these as stories, they can be entertaining and colorful and fun; and they can have some good lessons for us to learn. If you take them as literal truth and view them either critically or uncritically, it can lead you into some seriously problematic thinking. It's really a shame to let the truth get in the way of a good story. Better to just read the story and enjoy it. More Christina stories at

    (Nicholas Edward Cave)
    recorded by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    Christina the Astonishing
    Lived a long time ago
    She was stricken with a seizure
    At the age of twenty-two

    They took her body in a coffin
    To a tiny church in Liege
    Where she sprang up from the coffin
    Just after the Agnus Dei

    She soared up to the rafters
    Perched on a beam up there
    Cried "The stink of human sin
    Is more that I can bear"

    Christina the Astonishing
    Was the most astonishing of all
    She prayed balanced on a hurdle
    Or curled up into a ball

    She fled to remote places
    Climbed towers and trees and walls
    To escape the stench of human corruption
    Into an oven she did crawl

    O Christina the Astonishing
    Behaved in a terrifying way
    She would run wildly through the streets
    Jump in the Meusse and swim away

    O Christina the Astonishing
    Behaved in terrifying manner
    Died at the age of seventy-four
    In the convent of St Anna

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