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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our Dog Bobo

WINNIPEG, Manitoba 24/01/2003-02/03/2018

Bobo was our first baby before the baby.  Therefore, that means that Bobo had 10 months seniority.  He was home schooled in Ukrainian.  He knew sit, give paw, give the other, lie down, roll over, go away, be quiet and dance!

His job was to alert us and protect us.  He barked at strangers at the door and the window. His favourite person to bark at was the mail delivery person. He could not wait for him or her at the window from which he would observe the world passing by daily. Most of all, he could not wait for any family member to get home from school, work or from just shopping. He ran after rabbits and squirrels, and barked at his most hated bird the raven.  Territorial I guess. His favourite activity was going for a walk everyday with Mama. They walked 1 hour a day at minimum. Only on super cold days and rainy days would we miss this outing. He played with kids running up and down the house, in the backyard or the park.

Bobo loved good food, and Ukrainian kovbasa, borshch and varenyky were his favourites. No kidding. One thing that everyone could really appreciate is that Bobo was like a domestic assistant around the house, so when something dropped to the floor he would scoop it up, and look around for more!

If he looked like he was resting on the floor while you just zipped to the kitchen for second or two, there was a better than chance that only the buns were left in the hamburger you made. That was Bobo. Clever dog. It pays to be patient. Timing is everything and he knew the rhythms in our house.

Finally, and most important, our Dog gave us unconditional love that no one could ever return in kind. He collected loving kisses and hugs from everyone, and we got the same in return. He was a one-of-a-kind loving and loyal dog. When Bobo died, we got his paw prints from the veterinarian to remember him by but more than that Bobo left his paw prints forever in our hearts!  
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Manuscript of the Three Kings Which Greeted Jesus was Found in the Vatican

"Revelation of the Magi" by Brent Landau
Translated by Ihor Cap and Dariya Dyryk-Cap

A Professor of Religious Studies from Oklahoma University (USA) translated text that reveals new facts about Christmas and the three Magi who brought gifts to Jesus at birth.
Professor Brent Landau deciphered from a dead Syrian language the manuscript which was stored for 250 years in the Vatican library and the origin of which is unknown. 
The text is called "Revelation of the Magi" and is a story about their journey, written in the first person. This is an 8th century copy of the narrative, first recorded in the 3rd century, less than 100 years after the Gospel of Matthew was written- the primary source of history about the "three Kings from the East," the publication notes.
The "Revelation of the Magi" differs significantly from other versions of this biblical story. According to the document, the Magi came not from Persia, but from the land of Shir which is associated with ancient China. "It is reported that they were descendants of Seth, the third son of Adam, and belonged to the sect, who prayed without words" - said the article.
In the traditional legend it is known that there were three magi who came to greet the newborn Jesus. In the "Revelation" it is said there were “dozens.” Matthew makes no mention as to how many Magi there were.
However, Professor Landau doubt’s that the "Revelation" is really written by one of the Magi, but believes that the anonymous authors identified themselves with these mystics and their sect. According to Landau, the "Revelation" states that Seth passed on to his descendants the prophecy about the star that foretold the birth of God in human form.

In the same decrypted text, the discussion follows that Jesus Christ and the Star of Bethlehem – are one and the same. That Christ is capable of transforming himself into everything, and anything.

Translated from Ukrainian

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