“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (>>)
“On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
” ‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she told him, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.’
“And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. ‘The Teacher is here,’ she said, ‘and is asking for you.‘ When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.” (>>)
“Like a man with a bad head cold, he has mostly lost his sense of taste and smell. He knows something’s wrong with him, but not wrong enough to do anything about. Other people come and go, but through glazed eyes he hardly notices them. He is letting things run their course. He is getting through his life.” (>>)
“I can’t actually play an instrument … well, except for those years spent learning scales on the piano and organ, which has resulted in a supreme distaste for the metronome. And I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Never wrote a song in my life. Which is highly irrelevant when you are part of the Soundtrack Generation. Knowing the how does not matter as much as the why of music. It runs through my veins and my memories like wine through water.
“I listened to music until it became the backdrop of my life.” (>>)
MARTIN: I’m wondering how you’ve been. How you are. I’d like to catch up with you. If it’s possible.
DEBI: Okay. Let’s catch up. You go first.
MARTIN: Well, there’s not much to tell.
DEBI: I’m sure you’ve done worthwhile things in the last ten years. You’ve had experiences.
MARTIN: Bad experiences.
DEBI: You met people.
MARTIN: Bad people.
DEBI: Watched television?
MARTIN: Bad television.
DEBI: Marty. You’re pathetic. It sounds like you need a Shockabuku.
MARTIN: What’s that?
DEBI: It’s a swift spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever.
MARTIN: That’d be good.
“Two of my favorite authors are C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. They share great British wit, skillfully vivid descriptions, the power of brilliant argument and many other things–but the one that impresses me most is the pervasive sense I have in both their writings that they are totally convinced. They are not hiding secret doubts. There is a sense in both their writings that if one were to lay out all the facts that fill this world on one huge table, then, seen in context, these facts would all point straight to the one true God. Lewis even noticed this quality in Chesterton’s writing. It is about Chesterton he is said to have commented, ‘If one wishes to remain unconverted, one should be careful what one reads.’
“It is the honest questioning in art that makes it powerful. In order to have Chesterton’s or Lewis’ un-defensive certainty, their honest assurance, you have to follow the path they did. And that is true in painting as much as it is in writing, as much as it is in living. You cannot start out assuming the answers or your questions will be dishonest and you will never find real answers.” (>>)
Ok, that was really just plain cruel.
I got a letter in the mail today from UD. A letter, not a 9×12 envelope. So, ok, I’m screwed now. I didn’t get in, and I’m going to spend the rest of my life as a door to door rug saleman, living in a van down by the river, right? Well, maybe; maybe not. It wasn’t a rejection letter, just a letter about their “all students have to buy a laptop” policy. What the hell is that? They haven’t even told me if I got in yet. What kind of sick jerk thought that up?
“Marx fails to see that the issue confronting mankind isn’t so much an external issue of what political system they live under, but rather a crisis of the heart and soul which is a deeply internal matter. Marx basically replaces the bourgeois with the state. The net results are largely no better than before the revolution. The bourgeois were selfish, corrupt and exploitive, and so were the members of the state who replaced them. He kicked out one set of crooks, and replaced them with another set of crooks.” (>>)
“Hope begins in the dark. The stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing the dawn will come.
You wait and you watch and work. You don’t give up.”
— Anne Lamott
“It’s appropriate that Michael Moore would borrow an expression from Al Franken. I have not seen any of Moore’s movies and I have not read any of Franken’s books. After seeing both of them speaking in various venues, I have no interest in either one. They both strike me as being highly irrational with no interest in any ‘truth’ that doesn’t support their overly-emotional, foaming-at-the-mouth fantasies – basically they are the left’s answer to [Ann] Coulter, who is just as psychotic.
“I really think it’s unfortunate that any of them get the attention they do, but people like a spectacle. I suspect that the majority of Americans are mostly middle-of-the-road. Watching these nutcases go at each other is about like watching a Godzilla movie or Jerry Springer for the politically-interested.” (>>)
This post from Reckless Abondonment is very good.