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Are thorns happy?
Friday, December 1, Bounce showed Steven Seagal’s Above the Law.
He always plays opposite some eye candy, a term I learned from a Doonesbury strip about Uncle Duke’s presidential campaign. In Above the Law, it was Sharon Stone. In On Deadly Ground, it was Joan Chen, a Chinese actress cast as a Native American, with no real function but to look nice and follow him around.
“Eye candy” isn’t a mere phrase. I saw again that when I see a pretty woman, such as Stone in that scene, I get a sweet taste in my mouth. This is a physiological reaction, and potentially raises lots of questions about how we respond to beauty — or ugliness.
Related: For us.
I have much the same reaction whenever I see a rose.
Which recalls my interactions with that rose bush in the garden. Continue reading Why do roses have thorns?
(Originally posted 05/18/12 at Trojan Horse Productions. Reblogged 02/12/14.)
To get from Point A to Point B, you must move.
At this moment, as I write this, I am living in a pit.
I am homeless.
I face a choice: do I want to get out, or stay here?
Continue reading Work
The point of this lesson is to get used to alternating hands. Each of these words begins with an “on” letter (I’ll explain “on” and “off” later.), and alternates hands until the end.
Step 1: In the “Practice area” below, type these words as is. Alternate back and forth between left and right hands, with each letter. Continue reading Lesson 2: Easy words
At Christmas, Christians celebrate the event in which they say God became a human being.
Without this event, according to traditional Christianity, there would be no salvation, and no hope for you and me.
What is called “incarnational theology” tells us that Jesus’ power to save and competence to save both derive from the incarnation — God’s having become a human being.
By virtue of the incarnation, God obtained first-hand experience of everything we human beings have to deal with — all the trials and tribulations we go through from day to day. In Jesus, God came face to face with physical suffering, pain, bitter cold and burning heat; hunger, anger, lust and love. The Bible does not tell us all the details of Jesus’ life, but I am convinced he went through it all. There is no circumstance you can come into, that he hasn’t faced. Thus he can be present to you, no matter what your circumstances.
In the spiritual (emotional) world also, there is nowhere Jesus hasn’t been. He can be present to you no matter where you “go” emotionally.
God is with you and for you at all times.
(Originally posted 12/25/13.)
This is a template for my typing lessons posts. I have to publish it, or WordPress won’t let me copy it correctly.
Continue reading Lesson __:
Part I: Issues with upcoming posts
If I’ve learned anything in the past two years, it’s this:
(1) The Way of Peace works, and my calling is to walk this way. But it takes work that I’m not always willing to do. Call it cross-bearing.
(2) A large portion of the poor will inevitably be poor forever.
(3) No one can prescribe another person’s dreams.
Continue reading Issues with upcoming posts II
(Originally posted 02/10/14.)
To get bail, money talks
Polar bears aren’t all warm fuzzies.
Private planes are nice, but won’t make you happy
A Jewish view of charity
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Bottom line: all across the country, tens of thousands of men and women are behind bars who are not guilty of any crime.
They’re there because they couldn’t post bail.
Continue reading Polar bears aren’t teddy bears; etc.
The introduction to the course, and Lesson 1, have appeared here:
New lessons will be released, as they become available, on Tuesdays. At this writing, the best format for presentation is still up in the air; so that may change as we go along.
I hope someone finds this useful!