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In Her Own Words

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O Come, Emmanuel

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July 30, 2012 · 20:00

by popular request – more quotes from the Beautiful Audrey Hepburn

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  • “Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”
  • I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”
  • I’ve been lucky. Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.”
  • Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.” 
  •  “It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so ‘don’t fuss, dear; get on with it’.” 
  •  “I have learnt how to live…how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch.” 

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Disappointment

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

Mark Twain

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God and Eve

From an Article in the Global Village

‘God, I have a problem.’

‘What’s your problem Eve?’

‘I know you created me and provided this beautiful garden and all these wonderful animals as well as that hilarious snake, but I’m just not happy, ‘

‘And why is that Eve?’God and Eve Joke

‘God, I am lonely and bored and I’m sick to death of apples.’

‘Well Eve, in that case I shall create a man for you’

‘Man? What is that, God?’

‘A flawed base creature with many bad traits. he’ll lie, cheat and be vain. He will revel in childish things. he’ll be bigger than you and will like fighting, hunting and killing things. He won’t be too smart so will need your advice to think properly. He will have a limited emotional capacity so will need to be trained. He will look silly when aroused, but since You’ve been complaining of boredom, I’ll create him in such a way that he will satisfy your physical needs and you need never be bored again.’

‘Sounds great’, said Eve but what’s the catch, God’

‘Well, you can have him on one condition.’

‘And what’s that, God?’

‘As I said, he’ll be proud, arrogant and self-admiring, so you’ll have to let him believe I made him first. And it will have to be our little secret. You know, woman to woman.’

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x4 Gospels

x4 Gospels

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July 30, 2012 · 07:12

Moby Dick – the Pulpit (thanks to Owain Jones for this)

(This passage was read by the Rev Owain Jones on Sea Sunday (29 July 2012)

Like most old fashioned pulpits, it was a very lofty one, and since a regular stairs to such a height would, by its long angle with the floor, seriously contract the already small area of the chapel, the architect…had… finished the pulpit without a stairs, substituting a perpendicular side ladder, like those used in mounting a ship from a boat at sea. The wife of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely headed, and stained with a mahogany colour, the whole contrivance, considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad taste. Halting for an instant at the foot of the ladder, and with both hands grasping the ornamental knobs of the man-ropes, Father Mapple cast a look upwards, and then with a truly sailor-like but still reverential dexterity, hand over hand, mounted the steps as if ascending the main-top of his vessel. 

The perpendicular parts of this side ladder, as is usually the case with swinging ones, were of cloth-covered rope, only the rounds were of wood, so that at every step there was a joint. At my first glimpse of the pulpit, it had not escaped me that however convenient for a ship, these joints in the present instance seemed unnecessary. For I was not prepared to see Father Mapple after gaining the height, slowly turn round, and stooping over the pulpit, deliberately drag up the ladder step by step, till the whole was deposited within, leaving him impregnable in his little Quebec. 

I pondered some time without fully comprehending the reason for this…

No, thought I, there must be some sober reason for this thing; furthermore, it must symbolize something unseen. Can it be, then, that by that act of physical isolation, he signifies his spiritual withdrawal for the time, from all outward worldly ties and connexions? Yes, for replenished with the meat and wine of the word, to the faithful man of God, this pulpit, I see, is a self-containing stronghold

Its panelled front was in the likeness of a ship’s bluff bows, and the Holy Bible rested on a projecting piece of scroll work, fashioned after a ship’s fiddle-headed beak. 

What could be more full of meaning?—for the pulpit is ever this earth’s foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world. From thence it is the storm of God’s quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favourable winds. 

Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow.

 

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Oscar Wilde on Living

Oscar Wilde on Living

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July 29, 2012 · 11:30

Exorcism

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It’s not something that the Church of Scotland does, but on a couple of occasions – a long time ago – I was asked to visit two particular houses “as there was something ‘not quite right’ about their respective bedrooms

At the first home, I simply said a prayer with the family and that seemed to help them; in the second case I was told to go upstairs to the bedroom to “see for yourself”

I did, and,honestly, there was a chilly atmosphere – not pleasant at all.  I stayed for five minutes and stood in silence in this cold, creaking, unpleasant atmosphere, before rejoining the family in their sitting room.

I explained what I had experienced until it was pointed out to me that I’d gone into the wrong bedroom….. and said the lady of the house, “We really must get the gap between the skirting board and wall fixed; it’s so drafty and cold up there!” 

{I think that “skirting board” is known as “baseboard” in the USA}

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The Occult Games

looney comment in one of today’s on-line newspapers(29 July 2012)  regarding the Olympics:

No wonder there are so many seats empty at the games. Clearly Christian people purchased them then when the watched the build up it was clear it would not be acceptable as a spectacle to them. As a Christian Nation I would like to ask, why are all the symbols for these Olympics of the Occult? Thelittle representative Olympic Mascots figurines have the one EYE withon the forehead a small triangle with an all seeing eye in it. TheShard that was required to finished for the Olympics isrepresentative of the power of the occult and Satan. The dominantcolours of the stadium are purple.

The lights over the stadium are in theform of a seeing eye where the lights are on top of the triangle andunusually a space is left below for the all seeing eye. The ringingon bells in churches and homes on the 27th July 12 is andoccult action to request Satan to take up his throne here.

The London Eye is another symbol..

If you watch the creepy video promotingthe occult oops I mean the Olympics the birds and things are allrepresentative of spirits while they have little flying things thatare triangular with the single eye. Even the 21 ton bell has occultwords written on it.

Not one Christian symbol anywhere to beseen but plainly seen are all the symbols and colours of the occult. 

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