Tuesday, July 07, 2009

She's the girl friend...

...of the whirling dervish. Before I knew what one looked like, long ago in my child mind I imagined a whirling dervish was an animal akin to the tazmanian devil from the old Bugs Bunny cartoons. Just goes to show you that the old cartoons are only semi-educational. Although, I think I was watching a cartoon the first time I actually heard that phrase - Porky Pig once sang the words, "she's the girlfriend of the whirling dervish..." Only he probably said, "d-d-d-d-d-dervish."

Historically, the act of whirling is a spiritual ceremony practiced by the Dervish; it is in the whirling that the Dervish throw off what encumbers them. We have a similar concept in Christianity - there is a verse that says, "let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin which so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." (C'mon - you knew there would be a reference to running right?!)

So even though I am neither a Dervish nor a Sufi, metaphorically I'll be doing a little whirling myself this summer. It's already been a whirlwind of a trip to Oregon (yeah - you knew I was here. Why else would I be blogging? On dial-up, no less!). And I've only begun the soul searching.


laughingwolf said...

good onya, jana... hope it's all fun!

did you enter jason's contest yet?
link on my page above my entry, or 'j evans' in my sidebar

hope to see you there :)

Aniket said...

Run Jana Run!

I have a feeling you'll find a good friend here:


Thanks for stopping by at my site. The troubles had more to do with me updating it than your poor connection. Sorry about that.

And like ol' friend laughingwolf says See you over at Jason's.

We did have a blast last time around. :P

(I haven't submitted mine yet.Still working on it. )

Jane D. said...

you're in oregon but I haven't seen you - wtf? (Andy thinks I should put "mate" after "wtf")

anyway, i don't believe you. it's not really real until i see you.

(That might be the rum talking.)

Just know...that I will see you very soon and I love you very much.

Oh and KP says: "Please drink wine." (That is the wine talking)

Dalene said...

Funny how summertime is "soul-searching" time. Seems I'm at that place as well.

I keep thinking that if we could just move away from this PLACE, I could find the geographical cure. Not so?


JR's Thumbprints said...

I certainly wish I had the summer off. Enjoy!

bluesugarpoet said...

@jane d. - see you this weekend!

@dalene - no, sadly, location is not a factor. age follows a person everywhere she goes, and methinks that has more to do with it than anything...

@jr - and enjoying every second of it! (although there are days when dealing with four kiddos seems to be much more *work* than dealing with 5 sets of 35...). Still my 4 and 5 X 35 are a walk in the park compared to your daily rotation!

pjd said...

Dalene, I think that would be Seoul searching you're thinking of. In that kind, location does matter.