Congrats to Charles for finally coming out as Reading Bear's benefactor!
Books... by name-brand authors.
I think I should write a book one day, in my own special way.
We had a blast in Memphis at Burke's! Thanks for showing the love! And Bill, you nailed it -- how could they pin the murder on the guy carrying the shotgun, when it was a single bullet that killed Helen Spence? This is the crux of the mystery...
I wish I could be at Burke's tonight!
"A shotgun was fired, and a bullet pierced the back of Helen's head." Really? Gun Control advocate that I am, and firearms novice that I remain, I know better than to stipulate a bullet being fired from a shotgun.
What an incredible story. I will definitely pick up this book!
Corey Mesler is truly a genious.His books just draw you in and make you feel like you are right in the story with the characters.The way he describes every little object can make you see it in your minds eye so clearly.Things we wouldn't even think to put such detail into.Myself personally have never been a reader at all.He has now opened a whole new world for me.This man actually got me interested in books and that quite a feat in itself.I am lucky enough to have met him and become a friend of his through his books.For this I am grateful.Can't wait for the reading tonight to see the man in action.
Leonard - Thanks very much for reading and reviewing the book. It is a disturbing book, isn't it, for the content certainly, but also in how disconnected it is from Shimmer, let alone from my life as a parent, publisher and host of a TV show.
Personally, I've given up on trying to make coherent sense of it all. But if someone else can that for me, it'd be much appreciated.
(By the way, here's a direct link to the blog post you were kind enough to highlight and praise: http://www.ericbarnes.net/blog/2009/10/13/…)
Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
I saw some fine examples of her work in..
It is nice to hear of someone who professes to be an atheist but isn't an anti-theist. Chris Stedman could undo my opinion that all well-known atheists are just as intellectually challenged and hateful as their fundamentalist/evangelical counterparts.
I've worked hard at reconciling my Christian faith to being gay for a number of years now. It is possible to do, given a willingness to excise chunks of evangelical belief. At a certain point, it becomes questionable whether it's worth the time and effort. I would love to throw out Paul while retaining Jesus, but that begs the question of whether such an attempt is valid or honest when undertaken by someone who calls himself a "Christian".
I don't think the correct answer is to abandon spirituality. That sounds like a tragedy -- an amputation. Currently, I'm reading "Seeing, Knowing, Being" by Memphian John Greer. It's Buddhist, and yes, that seems to be the direction I'm headed. But I'm never giving up Jesus, whatever happens.
Flyer, where is your humanity? If CHG reads this, his head is going to explode, and upon your heads be it. Which is gross, as well as evil.
It has been my experience that there is very little real common ground. There's a good deal of pleasant, polite ground upon which to exchange essentially meaningless ideas and try to work together to build bridges to nowhere and pat ourselves on the back for setting such a shining civic example of bridgebuilding.
But at the end of the day, one side thinks the other side richly deserves to be tortured by demons for all eternity in the blackest pit of hell, and the other side thinks the first side are willfully blind mental and emotional children who never got over their fear of the dark.
That is a great utopian ideal, but it's never going to happen.
I've spoken about that before with regard to race. We probably are 500 years away at most from the majority of the world's population being some form of mixed race.
If the vast majority of people are racially unidentifiable, racial discrimination will be next to impossible.
Let's say the same was able to happen with religion. Let's say that there was some concrete form of proof of the origins of life, heaven/hell, all those concepts, and no one could dispute the proof. I know that's impossible, but if it were possible, it would in theory eliminate the ability to divide based on religious.
However, human nature even in absence of those tried and true divisions would seek other ways to divide ourselves We feel more comfortable being able to divide ourselves into groups of "like" people. It's in our nature.
I don't think it's a bad thing either necessarily. What's bad is hating others because they don't belong to your group.
It's rather amusing somewhat, that a decade ago Chris might have been labeled nothing more than a moderate.........I think the world needs more young men like Chris. I long for the day we can do away with the labels that divide us.........."believer, non-believer, atheist, agnostic, faitheist..... it's all "tribal" speak.
Personally,, I prefer the human being tribe.........we're all encompassing.
Refreshing to read this perspective.
I hope we can get to the point where the religious and non-religious can find common ground and the same can happen between religions.
Hate never helped anyone. I'm not saying we all have to agree, but you can find common ground with anyone and at least not hate those you may disagree with the most.
Personally, I don't care what anyone believes religiously, as long as you have a solid moral compass.
I'd love to get a hold of the RFAA, but I can't seem to find them anywhere online. In any case, way to bring in an excellent speaker! I'm sure the event is going to be very interesting.
I would love to read "Six Flags Over Jesus". I saw the Pastor attacked in the pulpit once, when it was still a Midtown church. But I never saw a body in the baptistry. Interestingly, the former minister of baptism was fond of telling hesitant people, "I've never lost anyone in the baptistry."
Working with other writers is the hair-pulling-out part, not writing novels.
I need to learn more of the notes and notes names and where they are on the staff. I really don't know any notes. If I could learn the notes I would be so happy and excited. I want to jazz so much. I hope you can understand me and help me in my guitar lessons...Do visit:
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