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Date:2009-02-09 18:07
Subject:Writer's Block: Half a Glass
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Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist?
yes.

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Date:2009-02-07 11:52
Subject:God
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Life, and health, as well as peace are granted not on the condition,
but for us to serve.

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Date:2009-02-05 17:05
Subject:Writer's Block: Seven
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Which of the seven deadly sins—sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, anger, envy, and pride—are you most likely to commit?



Gluttony.

definitely :)

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Date:2009-01-25 18:47
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You have to have something before you can give.

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Date:2009-01-17 21:38
Subject:Writer's Block: Clothing Options
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When it comes to clothes, would you rather be comfortable or fashionable?


comfortable, but it's not usually a choice you have to make. You can get beautiful clothes that are comfortable as well, without too much effort.

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Date:2009-01-13 23:54
Subject:"The Secret Life of Bees"
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An excerpt:

"'I want to tell you a story', she said. 'It's a story our mother used to tell us when we got tired of our chores or out of sorts with our lives.' ' I'm not tired of my chores', I said. 'I know, but it's a good story. Just listen.'
I situated myself in the chair and rocked back and forth, listeningto the creaking sounds that rocking chairs are famous for. 'A long time ago, across the world in Germany, there was a young nun named Beatrix who love Mary. She got sick and tired of being a nun, though, what with all the chores she had to do and the rules she had to go by. So one night when it got too much for her, she took off her nun outfit, folded it up, and laid it on her bed. Then she crawled out the convent window andr an away.'
Okay, I could see where we were headed.
'She thought she was in for a wonderful time,' August said. 'But life wasn't what she thought it'd be for a runaway niun. She roamed around feeling lost, begging in the streets. After a while she wished she could return to the convent, but she knew they'd never take her back.'We weren't talking about Beatrix the nun, that was plaain as day. We were talking about me. 'What happened to her?' I asked, trying to sound interested. 'Well, one day, after yers of wanderingand suffering, she disguised herself and went back to her old convent, wanting to visit oe last time. She went into the chapel and asked one of her old sisters, 'Do you remember the nun Beatrix who ran away?' 'What do you mean?' the sister said. 'The nun Beatrix didn't run away. Why, there she is over near the altar, sweeping.' Well, you can imagine how this floored the real Beatrix. She marched over to the sweping woman to get a lok at her and discovered it was none other than Mary. Mary smiled at Beatrix, then led her back to her room and gave her back her un outfit. You see, Lily, all that time Mary had been standing in for her.'
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P.147 "The whole problem with people is - " "They don't know what matters and what doesn't," I said, filling in her sentence, and feeling proud of myself for doing so. "I was gonna say, The problem is they *know* what matters, but they don't *choose* it.

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Date:2009-01-13 22:12
Subject:Random rant about ex-boyfriend.
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When I think about not seeing Toufik again, I feel fantastic.
I have my life back. And the stars still glow.

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Date:2009-01-13 13:49
Subject:Writer's Block: Tricky Questions
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What is your first reaction when someone says "I need to talk to you"?


Coffee shop or my place.

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Date:2009-01-11 11:59
Subject:Writer's Block: Morning Decisions
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Is that *Ever* a dilemma? Sweet!!

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Date:2009-01-08 14:42
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“Perhaps every evil thing has a second aspect—a purification in the course of progress towards the good—and a third which is the higher good.

“We have to distinguish carefully between these three aspects because it is very dangerous for thought and for the effective conduct of life to confuse them.

-Simone Weil,
'Grace and Gravity' (I almost wrote: "Grace and Courtesy", which is a section of the Montessori curriculum :D)It's a book; these particular quotes were lifted from a post at convertme.

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Date:2009-01-02 10:50
Subject:A bit on lieing
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Someone once said: "I'd rather be hurt with the truth than devastated with a lie." This I heard soon after I got back from Korea, and the impression it gave me was that the man was unacquainted with the prevalence of lieing, in perhaps most cultures. He was naive, but I've come around to agreeing with him.

Lies devastate, they actually mislead the person and causing them to act in a way not in concordance with reality, bring that person to harm. The relationship will also be harmed, not usually initially (because your disposition towards them of being *willing* to lie has not changed with your lieing, only manifested, and at the start they are not aware of your lie) but when the lie is discovered.People most often lie to protect themselves, but lieing is not necessary. Truth, a bit at once, is the way to protect relationships, and relationships of course, include the self.

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Date:2008-12-28 12:42
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my worlds resolve

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Date:2008-11-02 10:19
Subject:Spanish love...
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Con Dios, tengo todo!

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Date:2008-09-24 22:04
Subject:Don't see Burn After Reading!
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I went to see "Burn After Reading" this afternoon. It's as vacant as Brad Pitt's eyes. The famous actors, while for the most part being good actors, are type-cast, so what we see from them is same-old, same-old. The story lack a beginning, coherence, development, content, and an ending. I can't think of anything a human being could put before their eyes with less mental stimulation. The funniest thing was Brad Pitt's slap-stick goofiness that he really seems to put effort into. It just gets old after the first twenty minutes. Blah.

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Date:2008-09-12 11:33
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My world shattered
And it was awhile before I could see
How the splinters caught the light.

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Date:2008-09-09 23:28
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EH, I feel sick, and everything hurts. :P There's that feeling where even my hair feels scratchy on my face if it brushes. Also, I sprained my ankle Monday.

Feel sorry for me.

-Angela

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Date:2008-07-26 00:03
Subject:Spoiler Alert! Batman movie.
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I just watched "Batman". It's a long movie and very dark, with a lot of violence. It's on my mind, and I'm a bit wired, so I'm going to analyze it before I go to sleep. Spoiler!















When we are first introduced to the Joker, played by Heath Ledger that is, he tells a story about a horrific childhood. We are made to feel sorry for him, to feel some compassion. In my mind, I'm juggling this while looking at a face and eyes that seem wild. (Awesome acting by Ledger). I was pondering this, watching the rest of the movie - how to put someone like that into my schema. I just concluded to myself that one makes one's own choices and is responsible for their own life, when a twist was thrown on the screen. The Joker tells another story to another person, completely invalidating the first story and making us know he is a liar. From that point on, he is presented to the audience as a symbol of chaos.
The 'good' guys - if any can be called such in this dark story, are all about imposed order. They find their security in plans and put their trust in rules. The joker exposes this, mocks it. He is without a doubt the most intelligent character in the movie, hands down, no contest. Beyond that, he also has the most integrity, by which I mean that his character is consistent, and the way he lives is entirely in alignment with his professed world view.
The Joker confronts people with their irrationality, points out their fear and corruptibility. And the people *are* irrational, fearful, and corruptible. There was a single scene which I felt was good in this movie. The joker creates a situation where two boatloads of people are given the power to blow each other up by a certain deadline. Both refrain. This, however accidentally, gives the best message I think this movie offers. It is when, in the midst of chaos, in the midst of fear, with no hope apparent, a whole host of people irrationally *trust*.
The movie ends pathetically. It's getting late, so I won't go into it.
The movie could probably cut out an hour of fighting, too.

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Date:2008-04-13 22:18
Subject:Quote of the Day
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Having heard my dog bark, I went to the front door. I found my sister dancing to ipod music only she could hear, on our front step with her back to me. When she finally turned around (and was surprised to see me!) I asked her what she was doing. "Well," she said, "I knocked on the door and no one answered so I danced." I like her so much. :)

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Date:2008-03-31 14:52
Subject:Writer's Block: Sick Day
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What is your favorite thing about being sick?


My favourite thing about being sick is:

-How all-over good it feels to lie down. You never appreciate rest like when you really need it!

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Date:2008-03-17 23:42
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I had a really yummy supper tonight: croutons from the box, strawberries, cottage cheese, and decaf English Breakfast tea. Mmmm :)

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