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Questions
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  1. Very first question: Does anyone read this? If so, please drop a comment.

  2. I've been living with Paddy and the kids for almost 2 years now. It's been an interesting ride. Where'd the time go?

  3. Those two years have been some of the most eventful and stressful of my life, yet I'm incredibly happy. What's the deal?

  4. How do normal people manage their finances?

That's about it, for the moment.
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State Capitals
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Ok, so here's the list of State Capitals I've been to:


  1. St. Paul, MN

  2. Madison, WI

  3. Des Moines, IA

  4. Springfield, IL

  5. Lansing, MI

  6. Baton Rouge, LA

  7. Jackson, MI

  8. Indianapolis, IN

  9. Columbus, OH

  10. Harrisburg, PA

  11. Albany, NY

  12. Augusta, ME

  13. Montpelier, VT

  14. Lincoln, NE

  15. Bismark, ND

  16. Pierre, SD

  17. Cheyenne, WY

  18. Helena, MT

  19. Denver, CO

  20. Boise, ID

  21. Salt Lake City, UT

  22. Salem, OR

  23. Atlanta, GA

  24. Dover, DE

  25. Trenton, NJ

  26. Boston, MA

  27. Providence, RI

  28. Hartford, CT

  29. Concord, NH


What's left?


  1. Honolulu, HI

  2. Juneau, AK

  3. Olypmia, WA

  4. Sacramento, CA

  5. Carson City, NV

  6. Phoenix, AZ

  7. Santa Fe

  8. Austin, TX

  9. Oklahoma City, OK

  10. Topeka, KS

  11. Jefferson City, MO

  12. Little Rock, AK

  13. Birmingham, AL

  14. Tallahassee, FL

  15. Nashville, TN

  16. Frankfort, KY

  17. Charleston, WV

  18. Richmond, VA

  19. Annapolis, MD

  20. Raleigh, NC

  21. Columbia, SC





Journal posts
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Hi folks. I don't do a lot of posting on here anymore. I do most of my stuff on Facebook and Blogspot now.

You can find me here: https://www.facebook.com/tandu

or here: http://eighthsermon.blogspot.com

[Lent] - Psalm 6
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My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, ADONAI, how long?
Turn, ADONAI, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?


A few days ago, I read this: The Seven Penitential Psalms.

And it brought to mind not only biblical references to the dead, but Jung's gnostic Seven Sermons to the Dead, which makes explicit the fact that the dead are not literally, physically dead, but literally, spiritually dead.

And who praises ADONAI from the grave?

I know that this idea is important. I know it's something that needs consideration for a long while. I know that right now, I myself and going through a dead period. I look to the resurrection and the life. I cry out the anguish of my soul, "How long, ADONAI?"

The very idea itself, is a small green shoot, pushing up through the dark black soil.

There are seven Penitential Psalms listed in the article. I'm going to explore them all during Lent, which ends on April 8th with Easter.

Thanks giving
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Thanks. Thank you. Merci Beaucoup. Gracias.

I'm not going to divvy my thanks up. Just, thanks.

mobile blogging
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I can post from my new Android tablet!  Neat!  Expect more craziness of posting.

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

now trying to edit from a different app. Seems to work better.

Happiness
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"Happiness is essentially the process of becoming honest with yourself and the world. You see yourself for who you are: good, but imperfect, and capable but not beyond error. You see that the world is a good place, but not a perfect place. You accept that billions of things will happen in your presence during your lifetime, and that not all of them will be exactly what you wanted them to be. You understand that your mood is the product of your reactions to external forces, not the forces themselves. With practice and will, you can ply those reactions to match your logical and honest view of the world." --Tynan, The Order in which I'd Tackle Life

Mendacity
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Today, I bought breakfast for a homeless kid on my way to work.

It broke my heart. His name is Wes. He's probably 22. Poor family. Foster Care. Homeless. Radial nerve damage, so his right hand doesn't work correctly. No drugs, no drinking. $800 in court fines (auto related issues from his brother). No way to get a job, because there's no address. No way to do manual labor, the hand simply doesn't work. He can't get in the hostels because there's a lottery.

We talked about the fines. His brother died in a hit and run, and the perpetrator fled to Mexico. Because of this, he has not been charged. Because of this, the family cannot claim any victims benefits from the state. Even a 'reckless driving' charge would allow them to make the claim. But a year later, no charges are filed. He got the fines while at home for his brother's funeral, using another brother's car, and the car having some sort of issue with it.

I gave him breakfast and some money to stay in a hostel tonight. All people tell him is 'Good Luck', and even though I vowed not to say it, I ended up doing it anyway. What else can I do?

What breaks my heart is that this story is repeated, ad nauseum, in this city. There are hostels, housing missions, and city programs, and it's not enough. There's not enough. In a city with empty houses, open store fronts, even a homeless village, there's no place to put people. This kid could have a chance, with some resources and some opportunity. There's none to be had.

The other day, I posted in jest on my Facebook Wall: ‎"The United States should invade the United States and win the hearts and minds of the people by building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, and putting locals to work." I'm no longer certain this is a jest. Of course, the US doesn't have any oil anymore.

I learned a great word today (from Oral Robert's gay grandson, Randy Roberts Potts: Mendacity. An untruthfulness in pursuit of making things all right. I think that if we ignore that we have some huge issues to wrestle with, we are being mendacious. I'm one of the worst at it.

Randy Roberts Potts closes his sermon with this wonderful bit: "In every lie there is a yearning for the truth. In every lie there is a yearning for a world in which things get better. In every system of mendacity, there is an optimism that is expecting a miracle, there
is a sense of hope. Hang on to that hope, live in your truth honestly and openly."

When I was telling Wes good luck, I was engaging in mendacity. I was hoping the universe would take care of him, when I know it probably won't. I was hoping someone else would step up and help him more than I could. They probably won't. I was thinking that things will turn around for him, and they probably won't.

Well, perhaps I can't help him, but maybe I can help someone else. Maybe the optimism and hope in my mendacious replies will turn into action. For this we pray.

Here is one resource I've found about homelessness. I'll be referring back to it later: http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/index.cfm?c=30140

Thank you, whymc, for sharing your unease at our current situation. I think identifying the problem is the first step.

Top 50 best SF list
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This list is from :http://www.blackgate.com/2011/08/14/the-50-best-sff/

It's a response to NPR's Greatest 100 list, but I like this one better because I've read more of it.

I've bolded what I've read, and struck what I disliked. In all, I've read 33 of the series/novels on this list. I like it.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Dune, Frank Herbert

3. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
4. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
5. The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse
6. Watership Down, Richard Adams
7. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
8. The Secret Books of Paradys, Tanith Lee
9. The Sprawl Trilogy, William Gibson
10. The Cthulhu Mythos, HP Lovecraft


11. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, jr.
12. The Discworld Saga, Terry Pratchett
13. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
14. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

15. Conan the Barbarian Saga, Robert Howard
16. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detection Agency, Douglas Adams
17. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
18. The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury
19. The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke
20. The Ender Saga, Orson Scott Card
21. The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander
22. Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlein
23. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov

24. The Magic of Xanth, Piers Anthony
25. The Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons
26. The Harper Hall trilogy, Ann McCaffrey
27. The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge
28. The Hitchhiker’s trilogy, Douglas Adams
29. Cryptonomicon, Neil Stephenson
30. Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
31. Animal Farm, George Orwell
32. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
33. Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein
34. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen Donaldson

35. Saga of the Pliocene Exile, Julian May
36. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
37. The Dragonflight trilogy, Ann McCaffrey

38. A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin
39. The Amber Chronicles, Roger Zelazny
40. The VALIS trilogy, Philip K. Dick
41. Sandman, Neil Gaiman

42. The Diamond Age, Neil Stephenson
43. The Black Company, Glen Cook
44. The Giant’s Novels, James P. Hogan
45. Dragonlance Legends, Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman
46. The Culture Series, Iain Banks
47. The Belgariad, David Eddings

48. The Hound and the Falcon + Alamut, Judith Tarr
49. The Atrocity Archives, Charles Stross
50. The Illuminatus Trilogy, Robert Anton Wilson
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Merry Christmas
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"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

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