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SERMON: The Absence Of Light

There is a Buddhist saying that, "In the absence of light, darkness reigns supreme." Albeit a bit on the melodramatic side, it is a very powerful proverb. It vocalizes the idea that evil will prevail when good people stand idle.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, there is darkness and there is evil in this world. From where it comes can be disputed endlessly, but the fact of the matter is that it exists. It is within each person born into the world, and it is a devious thing everyone struggles with throughout their lives.

This is the great struggle, and it is a struggle because there also exists the light, and the ability to do great good. More...

EDITORIAL:The Joy Of Exercise?

Oh the misery! The time consuming drudgery!

Must we exercise to stay in shape and maintain a good looking and healthy body?

What is it about working out that always seems so very painful, so very tedious and very uninviting?

The question would be more appropriate if it simply asked you to make a long list of reasons.

Countless studies have been done on this subject, from how to get the best results, to how long and how frequently a person should engage in physical activities.

Somehow, no matter the results of the research, or how minimal the requirements they suggest, most people find it to be very dreary to have to work out.
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OPINION: Compare And Contrast

Compare And Contrast: Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and Edna Millay's Recuerdo"

"The Story of an Hour" is a short story written in 1894 by Kate Chopin, a famous American writer, and "Recuerdo" is a poem written by Edna St. Vincent Millay, a talented American poet. "Recuerdo" was part of the poet's second volume known as A Few Figs from Thistles, which was published in 1920.

"The Story of an Hour" is about an unhappy marriage, and "Recuerdo" is a poem that rekindles the memories of a happy romantic night the poet had experienced with her sweetheart during the time she lived in Greenwich Village, New York.
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GOOD NEWS: Abu Simbel In Egypt

Abu Simbel is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser southwest of Aswan.

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh (pronounced Fair Row) Ramesses (pronounced Ram Ess Sees) II in the 13th century BC (yes, that was thirteen hundred years before Christ was born), as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors.

However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan dam reservoir.

This relocation was made necessary to avoid the ruins being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 72

"Sounds like a cinch," Shadow retorted. "Then what?"

Viker glared at him. "Then we'll be perched on top of this giant rock toadstool that's nearly impossible to get off of and that gives us the perfect vantage point from which to see any and everything that is going on in this great cavern," he said with his paws on his hips.

"Okay," replied Rue Shadow with a mighty slash of his fluffy tail. "But how do we get off of it when we're finished?"

Viker and his father exchanged glances. "Ropes are the fastest but make us vulnerable," Ferallon said.

"We'd be pretty hard to miss," added Viker, "rappelling off that thing." More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

As I understand it, the bride's parents should shoulder the cost of the wedding and the groom's parents should pay for the rehearsal dinner; the groom pays for the engagement ring and the honeymoon; the bride pays for nothing.

Do you feel that this traditional way of paying for a wedding is the best way when all is said and done?

I wonder in this day and age, with many women earning equal or better than men, why the bride gets off Scot free. Shouldn't the bride and groom split the cost of the ring and honeymoon?

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"The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it."

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Seven days without prayer makes one weak."

Anonymous

"Life is a long lesson in humility."

James M. Barrie

"Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same."

Helen Keller

"Love is its own reward."

Helmut Thielicke

"A man grows most tired while standing still."

Chinese proverb

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

Epictetus

"Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable. "

Charles Caleb Colton

"In Boston they ask, "How much does he know?" In New York, "How much is he worth?" In Philadelphia, "Who were his parents?""

Mark Twain

"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."

Henri Nouwen



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