Sunday, August 19, 2007

Festina Lente

I should probably explain my title on my first post. I hate naming things, just to let you know.

"Festina Lente" was the "motto," so to speak, of the Roman Emperor Augustus (63 BC - 14 AD), successor and (grand) nephew to Gaius Julius Caesar. It is easily said that Augustus was the most important and most successful leader of the empire. Why? Because he was responsible for setting the precedent for every other emperor to follow him. He never accepted the title of king, though it was offered, and instead wanted to be called "Princeps," or, "First Citizen" of Rome. He was a clever leader who used propaganda in a highly devious and successful manner. The Republic of Rome was dead but he refused to destroy the traditions which comforted the people. Therefore.....festina lente: bring change slowly and it will be better accepted by the masses.

Doniamarie does not like change. I like routine and predictability, therefore this title seems appropriate. My life is undergoing some interesting changes at the moment. I have been back in Texas for a year after a two-year graduate school hiatus in Michigan. I am enjoying my job and trying, slowly, to get a life. Ha! I am not exactly what you would call a social butterfly: I balk at the thought of social gatherings and being the center of attention. So, I could more appropriately be called a hermit...with a job and a cat.

And now I'm blogging. I am not a technologically savvy person, so this is quite an excursion from the ordinary. My life is not all that exciting but that's why there's history... There's just so much to choose from there! And knitting!

This is going to be fun!