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Daily Happiness Journal #70
15th October 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Go home and love your family
  • Picture of the day: Yellow Rose
  • Daily Funny: Witch Baseball
  • Daily Happiness: Ramp
  • Daily Quote by Shannon L. Alder
  • Writing Blog:- Ahmes-Nefertary

    I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. (I will post these during weekdays between Monday-Friday when I have to time to write them from my MA studies and day job)

    Food for Thought

    Go home and love your family

    If you want to change the world, go home and love your family

    - Mother Teresa

    I was planning on having only a short break during summer from writing Daily Happiness Journal. And return to it refreshed, full of ideas what to write about.

    Then the proverbial... thing... hit the fan.

    My brother's eldest child called me in tears. She managed to tell that my brother had suffered a severe stroke and was taken to a hospital. It was so severe we feared for his life. He was kept in a coma, part of his skull had to be removed to give room for the brains to swell. He spent a long time at the ICU and we were worried sick.

    Then my mother got health issues (thankfully temporary), adding to the worry. 

    So I was not in a mood to write much. 

    But now, after two and a half months, he is home again. He has a long road to recovery, but he is alive and finally surrounded by his family who were not allowed to visit him because of the covid-situation. His wife, however, was allowed in his room and she sat there every day by his side. 

    My brother lost his ability to speak and write, but wanted to show his wife how much he appreciated the love she showed. But how to show your love if you have no words?

    One day she came to the hospital and my brother had found a way to express his emotions. Look at the Picture of the Day in this letter to see how. 

    When things like this happen, you learn what really is important in life. It is the people in your life, your family perhaps most of all.

      Picture of the day
      Yellow Rose

      The yellow rose my brother gave to my sister-in-law who sat by his bedside for two and a half months every day. Being paralyzed he could not talk or write, but there are ways to express love and gratitude without words...

      Daily Funny
      Witch Baseball

      "Why did the witches' team lose the baseball game?"

      "Their bats flew away."

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      Today's Happiness


      Here is a picture of a ramp. And not just any ramp. When the word of my brother's stroke spread, help arrived. 

      He has been active in the scout movement for to decades and now the scouts came and built him a ramp he can use with a wheelchair. My brother's children then painted it and it looks really good. Makes me so happy to see how people are willing to help.


      What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.

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      Daily Quote

      “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

      ― Shannon L. Alder

      Writing Blog / Ahmes-Nefertary

      My MA in Egyptology studies have begun again at the University of Manchester. My last year of studies, completed as a distant student. 

      Yesterday I spent over four hours with my Egyptology books after my day job and had no time to write. But I am working on Nephilim Quest 4 / The Book of the Dead and Space Witches 3 / The Mirror Witches is at editing & proofreading stage now.

      I am preparing two essays and my dissertation. I am planning on writing about Ahmes-Nefertary, one of the legendary queens of ancient Egypt. Researching her life is so interesting - I can see a novel forming... 

      The very strong role of the women at the beginning of the 18th dynasty (1550 - 1295 BC) of Egypt is fascinating. (The same dynasty gave birth to  some of the most famous names of ancient Egypt you probably have heard of, among them Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamun). 

      These Theban Great Royal Wives defended the country after their husbands died in war. Egypt was threatened from both north and south - by the Hyksos and Kushites (or Nubians) respectively. These iron ladies kept the reins of power tightly in their hands when their sons were still too young to ascend the throne. 

      When the sons became old enough to handle matters of the state, as kings they respected their mothers and wives to a degree unprecedented in the ancient world. They arranged highest religious titles and roles for these women, commemorated them in temples and stelae. They listened to their advice in matters of state and gave these royal ladies lavish burials (very important for the Egyptians who believed in the afterlife) and rewarded them in many ways for their bravery.

      As a result of the respect felt for these royal women there even was a female king, Hatshepsut, who ruled the land for twenty years, and ruled it well. There was no such word in ancient Egypt as "queen" in the sense we call a female ruler. In ancient Egypt the ruler was per-aA,  the same title for both men and women. The title translates as "Great House", much like we have the "White House".

      Ahmes-Nefertary and her son Amenhotep I  established the village (these days knows as Deir el-Medina) whose workers built the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The royal mother and son were worshiped as deities in later centuries and were especially popular among the populace of Deir el-Medina.

      This picture of Ahmes-Nefertari is from Wikimedia Commons, the photographer is Rama.

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