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SERMON: On the Elusiveness of Evil

Evil is a very tricky thing to figure out, indeed.

One of the reasons why it is so hard to understand, is because it is always showing up in new ways or masquerading as something other than itself.

Also, it commonly looks so similar to other, essentially benign things that we are often inclined to think that evil is occurring when, in fact, it isn't.

Because of all of this, we humans-in spite of our extraordinary, innate ability to distinguish between "right" and "wrong"-continue to be baffled by the phenomenon of evil. More...

EDITORIAL: Love In All Its Splendor

We are going to go out on a limb and publicly acclaim the greatest and most powerful "FALL" any one of us can ever experience.

We've all felt it at some point or another in our lives (or perhaps, much of the time for those Don Juan, hopelessly romantic, hyper-lover-types out there).

We are going to assume and hope (or not --- as the case may be...) that we have all felt the insatiable flame that perpetuates the 'falling' in love with another.

It's like diving into an oblivion of renewable energy; a truly revolutionary act, really. We throw away restrictions and embrace the rawness of loving in all its inscrutability. Boredom lifts and passion replaces it. A compulsive need to act runs through a former highway of complacency. A sense of emptiness or incompleteness is now bounding with meaning and vision.
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OPINION: That Time We Flew Around The World, Part 3

After the scene was shot we were skillfully moved to another "sound stage" which happened to be the offices of the studios where they were using the corridors to shoot a television soap opera.

The halls and offices were threadbare, in need of a good scrubbing, paint and much work on the flickering fluorescent lights.

And there were two hospital gurneys in the hall since that was the setting of the soap opera's hospital sequence and the hall was subbing for the operating room.
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GOOD NEWS: Secrets At Hearst Castle

There is a special 'behind the scenes' tour of Hearst Castle, the fantastic dream of William Randolph Hearst (W. R. to almost every one close to him).
We get to go places no regular tour goes and learn some secrets. We even visit the connecting bedrooms - never slept in - of W. R. and the beautiful love of his life.

W. R. called this 'castle', 'the ranch' although he formally named it "La Cuesta Encantada" ("The Enchanted Hill").

The castle name came from some P. R. genius for the State of California which owns and runs this fantasy on the hill as a California State Park.

Our guide tells us that this is the second highest grossing of all California State Parks. Guess what the highest grossing is. The answer is at the end of this tour. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 88

Fawn peered at Viker out of the sides of her eyes. He was busy wrapping up the last of the equipment. "That's dogwash, isn't it, Viker?" she said.

"Like the myth of the Kelpys?" asked Shadow licking the water from his fur. Viker paused and stretched his muscular hind legs before answering. "Like I said, no one alive today has ever seen a Kelpy," he said. "But legend has it that once they were a large and influential part of the lake culture."

"They were even revered, weren't they?" asked Pearl moving to help Viker with the last of the gear.
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ADVICE: Dear Angel

While we were driving around town last week, my boyfriend, Rod, and I stopped at an ice cream place cross town from where we live. While we waited to get our ice cream cones, we both sort of raised eyebrows and I whispered as we got our cones, "We'll eat in the car." He nodded agreement. The place was creepy looking and the customers and the wait staff were weird, also. We sat to eat our cones in Rod's dad's car.


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"God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers."

Rudyard Kipling

"It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists."

Georg C. Lichtenberg

"Life is the childhood of our immortality."

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted."

Ruth E. Renkl

"A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years."

Harry S. Truman

"Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage."

Benjamin Disraeli

"The greatest poem is not that which is most skillfully constructed, but that in which there is the most poetry."

L. Schefer

"Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying "I love you.""

Judith Viorst

"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."

W. Somerset Maugham

"People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened."

Nicholas Murray Butler



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