Scoop. I think of a scoop of flour out of a wooden barrel. Mixed with eggs, yeast and salt, and baked to a golden brown. Slathered with butter, accompanied by a slice of Romano cheese or dipped into a big green salad, made with lots of tomatoes and cucumbers…drenched in olive oil and vinegar. The meal is finished with this and a tall glass of rich, red wine. After dinner, we go outside to play hopscotch with the rich, neighbor kids, and they wonder why we are giggling so much, and sometimes missing our toss or losing our lucky piece.
The Egyptians gave far more credence to the heart than the brain. The Egyptians believed that the heart, rather than the brain, was the source of human wisdom, as well as emotions, memory, the soul, and the personality itself. They scooped out the brain with a long, thin, hooked tool that they stuck up the nose. The brain was mushed around a bit, then extracted. It was mixed with some sweet berries and eaten by the scullery personnel. With today’s reliance on the brain for selling products and thrusting new pharmaceuticals on us, the brain is more exalted and prized.