Rosa was a beautiful girl. Her long, pale, oval face, long neck, and a certain slow grace in her movements had made some of the villagers call her “the swan maiden.” Her raven hair was worn in a thick braid down her back. She had a long nose and full lips. But her most striking features were her eyes. Dark lidded, framed under the strong, black arch of her eyebrows, they were huge, blue gray, and luminous; and they gazed solemnly out at the world like those of a figure in an ancient mosaic.
(Russka, Edward Rutherfurd, page 764)
Put some #spring in your step all month long!
FIRST STEPS yellow school bus, Hanson Place between FlatbushAvenue/Ashland Place and Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, March 1, 2017 (the day of the announcement about Jon Huntsman might be the next ambassador to Russia)
Forest and Steppe
The steppe was quiet that night. So was the forest.
Softly the wind moved over the land.
In the hut—one of the six that nestled together in the little hamlet by the river—the sleeping mother lay with her child.She had no sense of danger.High in the starlit summer sky, pale clouds passed from time to time, drifting in a leisurely procession, glowing softly in the reflection of a crescent moon that rode to the south.
Like horsemen they came from the east with their billowing white canopies, from who knew what endless steppes—sweeping majestically over the little collection of huts by the river’s edge and continuing their journey behind the hamlet over the dark forest that very likely was also without end.
The hamlet lay on the southeastern bank of the stream. There, the woods of oak and lime, pine and birch grew thinner, gradually giving way to glades and the broad stretches of open grassland that were the outermost edges of the mighty steppe. Across the small river, on the northwest, the forest was thick, dark, and unbroken.
The three families who inhabited the place had arrived five summers before and, finding there an ancient, deserted earthwork enclosure overgrown with scrub, had cleared it, put up a wooden palisade on the low earth wall, and built half a dozen huts inside. Nearby, two large fields cut untidy swaths into the trees. Farther into the woods, a messy patchwork of smaller clearings appeared.A few hundred yards downstream, the land on both sides became marshy and remained so for a couple miles.(Russka, Edward Rutherford page 1)
Mengu watched her.
He had ridden out from the camp at first light and before long had come to a low rise that gave him a good view. Across the open steppe, ten miles away, he could clearly see the line of trees and he had seen the little figure even as she emerged from the wood.
For while Yanka’s eye were sharp, the eyes of the man of the steppe were far keener.
In the clearness of early morning, before dust or haze have risen, the men of the dessert and prairie can make out a man at fifteen miles and more. Even at four miles, such warriors can spot the arm of a man hiding behind a rock.
So Mengu, like a falcon, watched the little girl as she ventured out onto the steppe and then went back.
Then he smiled. How easy it had been.
(Russka, Edward Rutherfurd, page 147)3andEasy EVENT
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Steppe is an ecological zone consisting of plains generally lacking trees.
Steppe may also refer to:
- Eurasian Steppe, the Eurasian steppe reaching from Mongolia to Hungary
- Harry Steppe, a Jewish-American Vaudeville actor
- The Jewish Steppe, a documentary about Soviet Jews
For other uses, see Prairie (disambiguation).
Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type. Temperate grassland regions include the Pampas of Argentina, southern Brazil and Uruguay as well as the steppes of Eurasia. Lands typically referred to as “prairie” tend to be in North America. The term encompasses the area referred to as the Interior Lowlands of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, which includes all of the Great Plains as well as the wetter, somewhat hillier land to the east. In the U.S., the area is constituted by most or all of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and sizable parts of the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and western and southern Minnesota. The Central Valley of California is also a prairie. The Canadian Prairies occupy vast areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
In agriculture, a field is an area of land, enclosed or otherwise, used for agricultural purposes such as cultivating crops or as a paddock or other enclosure for livestock. A field may also be an area left to lie fallow or as arable land.
Many farms have a field border, usually composed of a strip of shrubs and vegetation, used to provide food and cover necessary for the survival of wildlife. It has been found that these borders may lead to an increased variety of animals and plants in the area, but also in some cases a decreased yield of crops.
Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky by Vincent van Gogh, July 1890
(Mormon Church of Satan Bible Gateway, https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/John%204%3A35)
About Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the first creation of Jehovah God, the faithful and true witness. (Revelation 3:14)
About Jehovah’s Witnesses. This week in Kingdom Halls across the nation and around the world, Jehovah’s Witnesses (Isaiah 43:10) will study the same information; they are fed the same spiritual food (Matthew 24:45).
God’s Kingdom Rules!
Results of Preaching—“The Fields . . . Are White for Harvesting”
FOCUS OF CHAPTER
Jehovah has made the seeds of Kingdom truth grow
1, 2. (a) Why are the disciples puzzled? (b) Jesus speaks about what type of harvest?
THE disciples are puzzled. Jesus has told them: “Lift up your eyes and view the fields, that they are white for harvesting.” They gaze in the direction to which Jesus gestures, but all they see are fields that are, not white, but green—the color of recently sprouted barley. ‘What harvest?’ they likely reason. ‘It will take months before the harvest takes place.’—John 4:35.
2 Jesus, though, is not speaking about a literal harvest. Instead, he is using this occasion to teach his disciples two important lessons concerning a spiritual harvest—a harvest of people. What are those lessons? To find out, let us consider the account in more detail.
(Watchtower Online Library, https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/gods-kingdom/preaching/harvest/, some of the CIA, DIA and FBI agents who’re pretending to be Jehovah’s Witnesses, gave me permission to post this information. cc all Mormon attorneys)
By Judy Hallingstad, Shared byRevelation 14:14 describes a scene of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” It is very clear that this text is talking about the coming of Christ, as many times the Bible describes His coming in clouds accompanied by all of His angels. He will come as King of kings with glory and power wearing a golden crown upon His head. Interestingly, He will come not only as a King, but also with a sharp sickle in His hand. A sickle is a tool of farmers, so why will Jesus come as a King of kings, and at the same time come as a farmer?The season in which the farmer uses his sickle is at the time of harvest. Jesus Christ is coming back with a sickle in His hand because the second coming of Christ is the time of harvest. The harvest is the children of God, those who reflect His image. “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Verse 15. A similar picture is seen in Mark 4:29: “But when the fruit is brought forth [ripe], immediately he puttethin the sickle, because the harvest is come.” These verses give us an idea that Jesus is coming back as soon as the earth is “ripe.”With this in mind, who is waiting for whom? Is the farmer waiting for the fruits, or are the fruits waiting for the farmer? Are we waiting for Christ, or is Christ waiting for us? Christ is waiting for us to be ripe, although we can also say that we are waiting for Christ as well.
Virginia and South Carolina are two of the fruit growing states in the United States.(Steps To Life, https://www.stepstolife.org/php/view_article.php?article_id=2582 )