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SERMON: Choosing

Before graduation from high school, Amala lived at home with her parents. Sometimes it was a strained relationship, but most of the time it was great.

Graduation brought some freedoms that she didn't have before; and that was good, she felt. The pressure to find a job was over. But, it was looking like a job with low pay and no benefits was going to continue for a while.

Finding an apartment, for the amount of money she could pay, hadn't been easy either.

As time went on, she started to yearn for the good old, secure days of high school; she missed home, too. More...

EDITORIAL: Women Against War

Aristophanes was a satirist who wrote the story Lysistrata around 411 BC, when the news came of Athens's warships having been destroyed near Sicily. Lysistrata was the third of three plays in which Aristophanes attacked the war; the entire ideology that war can be productive in any way.

The play, in its spirit of nonviolence and female empowerment, promotes peaceful relations through ironic protest; the women of Athens take charge as only women can.

In the play the women of Athens, led by Lysistrata and supported by women from neighboring cities, are determined to make a difference by taking matters into their own hands and forcing the men to stop the War.
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OPINION: On The Role Of Suffering In Making Us Better People

Suffering can be a beneficial thing. It can lend deeper meaning, and ultimately greater happiness, to our lives.

This statement may appear foolish to you. You may be thinking: "This guy is deluded. He's a masochist."

Give me a chance, though.

I have thought carefully about this subject, and I believe that what I have said is the real truth.

Consider the following: "No pain, no gain" is a common saying in our society and is this truism not true?
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GOOD NEWS: COOLpix Puzzler: Egyptian Camel Ride

The Great Pyramid is the oldest and the largest of the three pyramids in Giza bordering what is now Cairo, Egypt in Africa.

(Cairo is one the world's largest cities and Giza, now, is a huge city itself and starting to encroach on the Necropolis (burial ground).)

The oldest remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is believed to have been constructed over a 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC.

Our photograph was taken in Giza from the back of a camel riding from the Great Pyramid down to the Great Sphinx.

The Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest, the most famous and definitely, the most photographed of the Egyptian temple guardians and is sited at the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River facing due east, a propitious direction.
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FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 106

The orange stripe stared at her and began to laugh. He did not remove his paw from Buddha's neck. "Nice work, girly. Couldn't have done better myself," he said with a deep guffaw. "Reinforcements should be here any second now."

"You're a Rogue Feral," Rue Shadow said moving shoulder to shoulder with Red Pearl. Fawn Doll slithered up and crouched behind them.

"Very observant," something hissed behind them.

The kittens swung their heads in the direction of the voice.

A large, full-furred, black and white cat with huge paws stepped out of the shadows.
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ADVICE: Dear Angel

Our baby is getting married and we want her to have a memorable but subdued ceremony. So much of the traditional wedding service is being changed every year, we no longer know what is proper. We are not sticklers for proper, proper but we do not want our daughter or her husband to be or her in laws or, lastly, our family to be embarrassed by an obvious no no.


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

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

" To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To get profit without risk, experience without danger and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born."

A. P. Gouthey

"At last God caught his eye.
Epitaph"

Harry Secombe

"Knowledge is rooted in all things -- the world is a library."

Native American proverb

"We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light."

Earl Nightingale

"If you are not happy every morning when you get up, leave for work, or start to work at home, and are not enthusiastic about doing that, you will not be successful."

Donald M. Kendall

"Taxation WITH representation is pretty tyranical, too."

Kingsley-Miller

"My school has my future inside it."

Kingsley-Miller

"No crime is so great as daring to excel."

Winston Churchill



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