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Calabria, and My Garden of Eden

My mother’s village, Santa Caterina dello Ionio, was perched high up on a mountain top. Each day at 5am I begged my aunts to take me with them to my grandfather’s orto (vegetable garden) he had named ‘Giangi’, which was a good half hour’s hike downhill into the gorge…

We came across people who got to their farms way before we even got out of bed. The aroma of baking bread made my stomach growl and I could see the tiny flames glowing inside their brick and stone ovens as we continued down the path.

I knew we had arrived at nonno’s orto when I saw the rivulet, more like a brook, gently meandering through the bottom of his property. One of my aunts lifted hefty boulders to block the water’s flow and create a pool where she would wash our clothes, beating them on the rocks before drying them … Read More

Bible Trivia for Kids: Questions and Answers About the Garden of Eden

Have you ever taken the time to imagine how incredibly beautiful the Garden of Eden must have been? I have seen amazing artwork that takes a stab at picturing this awe-inspiring place, but I have a feeling that no one has any idea of how magnificent it truly was. The beauty alone must have been breathtaking, but the fact that Adam and Eve had unhindered and intimate communication with their Father must have been the greatest part of that one-time garden. The Garden of Eden can be a place that many children will enjoy imagining, but it is also important to point out the tragic history of mankind’s beginnings. I believe it is crucial that our children have a handle on the basics of the topic of the Garden of Eden and here are 11 Bible trivia questions that you can easily integrate into any lesson on Adam and Eve’s … Read More

Paradise Lost – The Garden Of Eden

John Milton was born on 9th December, 1608 in London. Milton very nicely blends the Renaissance and Reformation movement in his great literary works. Some of his literary contributions are “Ode on The Morning of Christ’s Nativity,” Paradise Lost,” “L’Allegro” and “II Penseroso” (1633), “Comus ” (1634), “Lycidus” (1637), “Paradise Regained,” “Samson Agonisttes.”

Milton’s “Paradise Lost” is a great epic. It is one of the greatest English epic of all ages. It brings out the poet’s strong intellectual and creative energy. “Paradise Lost” mainly deals with God, Satan, Adam, Eve, battle for heaven between God and Satan, creation of our first man and woman – Adam and Eve, their happy hours in the Garden of Eden.

We get a very vivid and accurate description of Garden of Eden in Book 4 of “Paradise Lost”. Milton very nicely shows the beauties of Paradise. We get to know that Milton’s Garden of … Read More