"The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong." Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (106 BC - 43 BC)
Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus from the fading of passion is there release of awareness. From the fading of ignorance is there release of discernment. Anguttara Nikaya
"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long." --Leonard Bernstein
If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire. -Simone Weil
It is not how old you are, but how you are old. -Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)
“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘you know, that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they actually change their minds and then you never hear that old view from them again. It happens every day, but I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.” –Carl Sagan 1934-1996
Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. --Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
"Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little." —Tom Stoppard
The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask. Nancy Newhall
Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your egotism; do this consciously, voluntarily. -Jean Toomer, poet and novelist(1894-1967)
"Translation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best be only the reverse side of a brocade,—all the threads are there, but not the colour or design." Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea, (Japanese intellectual fluent in English, who helped introduce Eastern culture and art to the US in the late nineteenth century)
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. John Cotton Dana
To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated. Edith Hamilton
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think . . . all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs
However great [one]'s natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once. Rousseau
There is no great writing, only great rewriting. Justice Brandeis
When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this -- you haven't. Thomas Edison
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -St. Augustine (354-430)
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. Louisa May Alcott
"Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion." His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A preacher named Gaskin once said, "Between ego and entropy, there is no need for a Devil." Spider Robinson in Time Pressure
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa
Shalom is the flower that blooms only on the tree of justice, planted near the waters of abundance, warmed by the light of truth and faithfulness. -- Anthony Prete
Prayer expresses out hope and intention to enter into an awe-filled relationship with the Divine. -- Patricia McBee
Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one. George Fox
If our testimonies are cut off from our direct experience of God's presence, they lose their power and authority. Gene Hillman
When we have been seasoned by the Light, our lives will witness to the Divine Life that motivates us all. Marty Grundy
To begin to reach out to others with honesty requires the unearthing of our true selves. Priscilla Berggren-Thomas
Truth and consolation are two facets of the same Divine Grace. It takes both to heal us. Esther Greenleaf Murer
Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. -- Franklin P. Jones
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. - Virginia Woolf
Today is the last day of my break before my last semester here. I found out mid-January that last semester was almost my last semester (but I don't want to go into that right now). I'll be taking Greek and my independent study. Molly has her field ed.
We've had some snow and some cold weather. It is nice to have real winter-type days. Of course, the forecast is for rain on my birthday. I would settle for snow or sunshine :) Fortunately this year, neither Molly nor I have work or class on my birthday. I don't know what our plans are, but it should be good.
I'm looking for another library job. (related to that thing I'm not talking about right now). I'm still working at the MTSO library, but I am looking for something else, too.
Maybe I'll feel less vague and more like talking about everything later. I've been writing lj posts in my head before I go to bed at night, but not writing when I'm here.
And I'll have LOTS of quotes to share with you!
92% Dennis Kucinich
83% John Edwards
79% Barack Obama
77% Joe Biden
76% Chris Dodd
75% Hillary Clinton
67% Bill Richardson
35% Rudy Giuliani
27% Ron Paul
26% John McCain
20% Mike Huckabee
20% Mitt Romney
18% Tom Tancredo
9% Fred Thompson
2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
Surprise, surprise . . . not a Republican!
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Your Result: Social Democrat
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Well, I'm sure it's NOT 100% . . . Though I am relieved that I appear to know something about the Bible, since I am a seminary student!
What a week!
Seventh Generation is helping Women's shelters
Here is a promised picture of Rosie.
Our Holy Union was Saturday, May 26, 2007, and everything went well.
Yesterday at Meijer, a wild sparrow had flown into the main store from the garden center/greenhouse area.
"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page." --Mark Houlahan
"For years, I have looked ahead, searching for holy places down the road and trying to reach them as soon as possible."
"When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it."
Marie de Sevigne
I entered a contest at Young Adult Books Central and wrote an essay about my own experience.
I got this email from him today:
I have finally posted the pictures of the new couch.
Well, I am reassured that you all can read this :) I have at least one friend who rated Genuis Level. What does your blog rate?
A Franciscan blessing:
“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.”
( Some quotes )
1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top fifteen results in your LJ, along with these instructions.
( My top 40 )
And a bonus thought:
"Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style." --Kurt Vonnegut
|Wood type: holly|
Length: 11 inches
Core: Dragon Heartstring
Holly is the strongest of the protective woods. It is used to guard against evil in fact Holly means "holy". Holly wands excel at combat, defense, and protection spells. It is also useful in glamour's and warding. This wand tends to pick an owner who's brave and pure of heart, not to mention has a high intelligence.
Holly's personality is Determined
Wands with Dragon Heartstring cores are excellent for hexes, or for dueling, not to mention fire magic. They tend to choose a witch or wizard who is strong not only physically, but also emotionally, and who usually has very strong opinions on things, though they often tend to be strong willed and thickheaded as well.
You are The Moon
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.
The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
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Here is my little entertainments.
This first quiz appeals to my linguist nerd side :)
Your Score: Akkadian
You are Akkadian, a blend of the incomprehensible symbols of the Sumerians with the unwritable sounds of the early Semitic peoples. However, the writing just doesn't suit the words and doesn't represent everything needed, so you end up a schizoid mess. Invented in Babylon, you're probably to blame for that tower story. However, crazy as you are, you're much loved and appreciated, and remain actively in use by records keepers long after schools have switched to other languages.
|Link: The Which Ancient Language Are You Test written by imipak on OkCupid|
This one is just cute. You should take the quiz just to see the cuteness within the quiz. What do you mean, you don't know what LOL cat is? Look it up!
Your Score: Longcat
80% Affectionate, 36% Excitable, 44% Hungry
Protector of truth.
Slayer of darkness.
Longcat may seem like just a regular lengthy cat, but he is, in fact, looong. For proof, observe the longpic.
It is prophesized that Longcat and his archnemesis Tacgnol will battle for supremacy on Caturday. The outcome will change the face of the world, and indeed the very fabric of lolcatdom, forever.
Be grateful that the test has chosen you, and only you, to have this title.
To see all possible results, checka dis.
|Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid|
Your Score: The Prioress
You scored 5% Cardinal, 84% Monk, 55% Lady, and 27% Knight!
You are a moral person and are also highly intellectual. You like your solitude but are also kind and helpful to those around you. Guided by a belief in the goodness of humankind you will likely be christened a saint after your life is over.
You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you can be happy that you're an individual.
|Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on OkCupid Free Online Dating|
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You scored 66% intellectual, 54% laid back, and 90% liberal!
You are smart, laid back, and liberal. You are Seattle, Washington.
It is spring break week, and Molly and I have been busy. Unfortunately we were scheduled for LOTS of hours at work, because only a few people were around to work. However, we've also been busy working on some of the stuff for our Holy Union, to be held May 26th. We're working on invitations. We are gathering addresses and designing the invitation. I set up an event on Facebook. We registered at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond! That was fun -- dreaming of what we might someday want :) Plus there is schoolwork to get done, etc. Work has been somewhat more stressful than it had been for a while, since the old catalog ends tomorrow, and our supervisor hs been very stressed getting things transferred to the new system. Meh -- blech!
Our other news is Rosie! I will post pictures soon, but Rosie is our new gerbil :) She is very sweet and inquisitive and intelligent. We got her last night. She has a purple cage that sits by our computers so we can spend time with her. The cats, esp. Sparky and Zephyr, were fascinated. We need to train Zephyr how to interact nicely with Rosie and try to keep him from knocking her cage down or crushing it from above. She was very curious about them, too. She has wonderful whiskers =..= I will get pictures soon.
That was fun!
Been busy with the end of semester and papers and presentations and all. Blech! I had to take extensions on two papers, so I am STILL working on stuff. Meh. . .
We are heading to Michigan this weekend for Cathy's wedding -- should be fun! Hopefully I'll be able to update more often soon. I will be in Iowa a few days over New Year's, so I need to get planning on that, too.
Plus the sinus infection that will NOT quit. I am on my fourth antibiotic, and the next step is a CT Scan if it still isn't cleared up. GRRR! Plus continued abdominal pain. I see the surgeon again next week for that. He's suggesting a colonoscopy -- oh joy.
Take care, everyone!
| Rupert Giles|
54% amorality, 45% passion, 81% spirituality, 63% selflessness
| Utterly calm and resolute in the face of danger, utterly devoted to his loved ones and comrades in arms, and utterly willing to do what is necessary to ensure that good overcomes evil. Giles knows the score, he knows that sometimes virtue relies on good men getting a little messy, and he's willing to take that on himself, largely so that others don't have to.|
You might share some of that.
You most closely resemble one of the most popular heroes in the Buffy universe.
If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback! Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in the following:
Nerds, Geeks & Dorks
Thanks Again! -- THE 4-VARIABLE BUFFY PERSONALITY TEST
|Your Vocabulary Score: A|
Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.
|Your Aura is Blue|
Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.
The purpose of your life: showing love to other people.
Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah.
Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor.
Oooh, scary coincidence. Same color as Molly's!
Well, we're back at it after a week off from the regular school grind. Molly and I went camping at Hocking Hills State Park for four days. We had been afraid that it would be rainy the whole time we would be able to go camping, but the weather was mostly sunny, though a bit nippy at times. We left on Thursday; we drove through some snow flurries. We got to the campsite and found that it was almost full. It turns out October is their second busiest month. Most people were in RVs. We have a nice tent. We managed to find one nice tree-y, somewhat secluded campsite. Thursday night the temperature dropped below freezing, so we huddled up in the tent with three sleeping bags and a down comforter and manged to stay warm enough. The skies were clear, and we were able to see many beautiful stars. On Friday we went hiking at Rock House. When we camped at Hocking Hills last summer (2005), we hiked the Old Man's Cave gorge. On Saturday, along with many, many other people, we hiked at Cedar Falls and Ash Cave. Ash Cave was amazing -- incredibly expansive and beautiful. I can't wait to get my pictures developed, so I can post some here and some on my flickr page. The leaves were turning, and we enjoyed the winding country roads on our way home. The trip was relaxing and restorative. I didn't get much reading done on reading week, but I am catching up this week.
The whole school thing is a bit much, just thinking of everything I need to do and read and write before the end of the semester. However, I keep in mind the quote from Julian of Norwich (whom I am studying for one of my projects): "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." We will pull through. We've been getting our exercise by doing some dance lessons at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio that opened up by our apartment. I signed up for two free lessons at our school's community day fair. We so enjoyed those lessons, we signed up for four more, plus a group lesson and a party. We've been learning to foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, tango, mambo, etc. It is great fun!
Anyway, it is late now, and I want to go to bed. We are going to see the Indigo Girls tomorrow night!!! Very exciting! We like the new album. I'll let you know how it goes :)