"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, April 07, 2014

A-Z 2014 Challeng F = Fuego

The Glass Forge in Grants Pass Oregon 
February 2014

Fuego = Fire
The A-Z Challenge requires that we
post a blog each day in April except
for Sundays for each letter of the 
alphabet. Today the letter is D.
Here's the link to other bloggers:
A-Z 2014 Challenge


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I learned a new word today!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Oh! I know this one.

My father was born on a tiny island called "Fogo" off the coast of Newfoundland. Legend goes that the island was originally called "Ilha de Fogo" by the Portuguese fisherman who originally discovered the place (which I always confuse with the Spanish "Isla del Fuego", and is why your post made me think of this).

Anyway, the island got its name not because of some cool myth or aboriginal creation tale, but because the original settlers thought the best way to clear the island for framing was to burn down all the trees. They literally lit the entire island on fire.

Of course, once the trees were gone there was nothing to hold the soil and all the earth was eroded away, leaving Fogo a giant barren rock in the North Atlantic. And yet people continue to live there hundreds of years later for some reason.

My ancestors were really good at naming stuff. Just not so much at agriculture.

Kathe W. said...

Alex- a new word every day!
CD- thanks for the very interesting facts about the island of Fogo. Deary me about buringn down all the trees....eeek!

Sandee said...

I too loved the history about Fogo.

Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

Celia said...

New word for me too. Fascinating about Fogo! At times, we humans are just not our own best friends.

messymimi said...

Watching glass blowers and their fires is fascinating!

Robin said...

Aha. I did know this one.

However, I also enjoyed C.D.'s story. I love how blogging works... everyone sharing their experiences!

Stephen Hayes said...

I always wanted to learn how to blow glass but never found time.

Anonymous said...

When I was seven my jazz song was called Fuego and every time I hear this word it gets stuck in my head. ;)

achieve1dream said...

This is one I already knew! Cool!