Here’s a shout-out to WordPress’s spam filter, Akismet. Enabling that little program has benefitted my blog in so many ways . . . 351 ways to date. Akismet has filtered 351 Zone blog comments as spam since I signed up with WordPress last summer. I am eternally grateful that my little circle of friends doesn’t have to wade through or be disgusted by the kinds of replies one gets to a blog with “testosterone” in the title. You can only imagine. If I were a true believer and male, my gargantuan penis would be forever erect. Yuck, yuck, and yuck again.
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With apologies to Monty Python (and possibly Hormel), spam is neither lovely nor wonderful. As for the reference in the title of this post, did you know that kismet means “fate” in Turkish, Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic. Did you also know that “Kismet” was a popular 1950’s musical based on the music of Alexander Borodin? Several of the songs originate in Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” the famous theme of which is “Stranger in Paradise”. As fate would have it, my chorale is performing “Polovtsian Dances” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky” this weekend. Although we have been struggling with the Russian for months, singing the Dance of the Maidens (“Stranger in Paradise” theme) is rich and wonderful.
Fate, kismet, ba-shert . . . whatever you call it, I believe. Do you?