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I think he's back, mac...smiles.. 

My mind loves wandering too, and I've struggled too with that sacrficing of the son of God.. how profoundly moving it can be when that truly hits home at Communion.. and once it does, you kind-of 'get it'.. we wouldn't be truly human without both joy and sadness.  For me, life is all about being kind and compassionate where you can - when you are fit and able.  

And.. we have the alcoholic version.. though now the wafer is dipped in the wine by the priest, to minimise the risk of spreading swine flu... Christianity has always had to move with the times...


posted by mneme on November 23, 2009 at 4:41 AM | link to this | reply

Thank you again sam444.  I'd already looked the book by Peter Rubie and the late Gary Provost up on Amazon and it seems very interesting. 

posted by johnmacnab on October 6, 2009 at 3:25 PM | link to this | reply

Re: sam444
The ISBN # 0-89879-809-4 should make it much easier to find! Have a good day! sam

posted by sam444 on October 6, 2009 at 11:00 AM | link to this | reply

As you can appreciate, BC-A, the post was rather tongue-in-cheek, and it matters not a whit were God's son sits, or even if he ever sits.  You only have to stand in a garden for a few minutes, or watch the night sky to know that the birds, insects, flowers, stars and galaxies didn't just happen. I'll leave the Tarzan yell until I find a jungle vine.

posted by johnmacnab on October 6, 2009 at 10:54 AM | link to this | reply

Thank you sam444.  I'm going to check up on 'How to Tell a Story.'

posted by johnmacnab on October 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM | link to this | reply

Autumn extravaganza, Buck-oh!
Imagine this Spring!

posted by majroj on October 6, 2009 at 9:31 AM | link to this | reply

 These questions have crossed my mind too but with God all things are possible the Bible says. Not to mention that the knowledge of humans is nonsense to God to that effect. And the literal God’s right hand’s not important but it’s who He is and what He’s doing in heaven. By him being there we can feel assured of what He’s done for us on earth. And, I look forward to seeing Him. I guess that the question of God’s ego that’s certainly consistent with the first commandment: Thou shall not have any Gods before me has to be considered within our place in the universe and the odds of us being here if it wasn’t for Him. Now let’s hear you do the yell of Tarzan sir! Enjoy! BC-A, Bill’s RLJst


posted by BC-A on October 5, 2009 at 8:01 PM | link to this | reply

That is a very interesting take on communion! Also, I have used a book called How To Tell A Story, the secrets of writing captivating tales by Peter Rubie and Gary Provost! They do a great job of breaking it down! sam

posted by sam444 on October 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM | link to this | reply

I'm not a coffee aficionado Pat, but I must try your 'cup of joy.'  At the moment we percolate Tim Horton's fine grind but I don't know its source.  My instant coffee is rich Colombian.  A large Starbucks has me twitching, but I must agree that coffee is necter - especially the very first one in the morning.  I'm toying with the idea of rising earlier than normal starting on November 1st.  Juan Valdez is now on my shopping list.

posted by johnmacnab on October 5, 2009 at 3:43 PM | link to this | reply


As I was waking up this morning I found myself working out a plot line.  This isn't unusual, as I often try to figure out where the plot of the book I'm reading is heading.  This time I awoke with a buzz when I realised that the plot line I was trying to work out was mine - my nano attempt.  It was exhilarating.  I have a hero and that's it so far.

I've read up to page 48 of Chris Baty's book, and was pleasantly surprised when i found out that hiis book is approx 50,000 words long.  (You can see I'm practicing the no correction mode, but I don't know if I can do it without driving myself crazy) 

There is one sentence I must cut out and paste up on the PC, but I can't remember where it was.

posted by johnmacnab on October 5, 2009 at 3:32 PM | link to this | reply

Oh. Almost forgot... the "cup of joy."
To me a joyful cup contains the nectar of perfectly roasted Columbian beans hand-picked by Juan Valdez... The best part of waking up is coffee in your cup... is that one of those subliminal "bells" that whet the appetite?  I have to say that part of the ritual, "this is my body, take, eat" creeped me out. As for drinking metaphysical blood, ewww...

posted by Pat_B on October 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM | link to this | reply

I've been champing at the bit for NaNo myself.
I've got the characters, a semi-formed story line. Kind of an outline, but as Chris Baty says, you can count on your characters going off in their own direction after you get the thing going, so don't fight it. Just go with the flow.  And no actual writing before THE day.  It's like an itch you're not allowed to scratch. It's stirring my brewing crockpot of crazy.

posted by Pat_B on October 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM | link to this | reply

LOL.  I'm trying to get myself into that excited frame of mind, Taps.  I've got 26 days to figure out a plot, hero, ending and etc., before I put pen to paper.  My mind tells me to run away, but my heart has me thinking about NaNoWriMo every minute. 

posted by johnmacnab on October 5, 2009 at 10:37 AM | link to this | reply

I hope you will be doing that Cup of Joy Tarzan yell each day when you complete your daily writing quotient in November.

posted by TAPS. on October 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM | link to this | reply

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