Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Then it's a gift."








What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough
to embrace the whole truth: life always
spills over the rim of every cup.

-- Boris Pasternak

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You are now in Bedford Falls






Peter Pagan

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Bell's of St. Mary's




Specially for some of you guys out there, corresponding,
and you know who you are . . . ;-)

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Piece of me




Thomas Ivasaki

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The golden bough




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True colors




The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red,
the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses.
It is the modest color of the unpublished blood.

-- Alice Meynell


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Unconquered

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Sol Invictus


"Birthday of the Unconquered Sun"
by Linda Murphy / The Saatchi Gallery, London


There is no evidence scripturally or secularly that early Christians in the first century commemorated the birth of Jesus Christ. In fact, in keeping with early Jewish law and tradition, it is likely that birthdays were not commemorated at all. According to The World Book Encyclopedia: "early Christians considered the celebration of anyone's birth to be a pagan custom." (Vol. 3, page 416) Rather than commemorating his birth, the only command Jesus gave concerning any sort of commemoration of his life actually had only to do with his death (Luke 22:19). It was not until several hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ that the first instances of the celebration of Christmas begin to appear in the historical record. According to the new Encyclopedia Britannica, some who later claimed to be Christian likely "wished the date to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the 'birthday of the unconquered sun'." The festival was celebrated with similar customs (gift giving, feasting) that are done to celebrate Christmas today. / source (verbatim)



Bryan Thomas





Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity.
-- Don Cupitt, Christian non-realist


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Broke

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Totally



Jon Micklow




The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.
-- Ralph W. Sockman

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Goldman Sachs



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Joe. No.

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