Wednesday, February 27, 2013

stream of thoughts.

there are days where i sit here and wonder, how did i get to this place? i sit and imagine all the different paths i could have taken, not that i regret any choices i have made. to live with regrets is to live miserably. we must all understand the choices we made, and why they were right at the time, take these choices and see what they have given us.

i have realised that a lot of the choices i made over this past year have led me to a place i could never even imagine. i do not love the place i am in right now, in totality, however i am not unhappy. i am content with where i am for the time being and my heart never stops wanting. i am always yearning for new paths, for new choices, for new adventures. i do not see this as a bad thing, some might call it flaky, i think it is wanting of a nicer word, to describe it. i think that when you want so many things it is not greedy, it is wanting them for the right reasons, wanting to learn and explore. to test your abilities. to find out what else you are capable of, or what else lies out there waiting for you to conquer. we are all so enclosed in our little worlds, i find that greedy and selfish. we have a whole universe to explore, and we cannot even explore the world that was given to us. we should be trying one new thing a day. we should be experiencing everything that we can - scary, exhilarating, enlightening. anything that will allow us to explore ourselves deeper and all that surrounds us. experiences build character, they also reveal so many hidden things about oneself.

to this point i will make a vow - i will try one new thing a day. i will make sure that if the option presents itself i will take the risk and do something that takes me outside my comfort zone, that allows for change.

that is all for now.

so much love to you all.

The Antiquities of Religion



"In looking around the internet for some interesting stuff, I came across this letter written to Dr. Laura about how the Bible’s laws and how they relate to our every day life. Who knows if the letter is real or not, it probably just is some urban legend…but every point in here shows why you shouldn't take the Bible literally. Enjoy!"
Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.
a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?
i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.




Source: http://thegoodhuman.com/2006/10/17/problem-with-taking-bible-literally/

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Celebutard

I have such a dilemma with my love for movies and TV shows, because I end up loving the artists. The actors that allow me to feel more connected with the story and characters. They create this false reality for me and I love them for that.

However, I soon become this pyscho that needs to stand outside a movie premiere and take photos of them. People scream and scramble...but to what end? To have a photo of a celebrity who appreciates your immense love for them - but who also probably thinks you are a crazy!

Who are these people that we need to surround them with cameras and holler at them - if I were in their shoes I would be fuckin scared! So as I stand at the premieres of TIFF and as I reach over to try and get a good shot of these REGULAR humans, I struggle with myself a little bit.

The crazy won out on Thursday and here is what I have to show for my night:





TIFF

Morning Cyberworld,

TIFF and the creeping that comes along with it have officially begun!

I have a couple of posts I would like to get up here on various different things that I have written on the subway/bus, and yet I have not found time to type them up and upload them! In due time my friends - however at this point I feel absolutely no one is actually reading this blog. Can I blame them? I have had no real consistency with posting BUTTTTTTTTTTTT (it is a big but!) watch this space and there will be an inundation of posts...celebrity sightings and all!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wajd

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1040925256/wajd-music-politics-and-ecstasy




An old family friend has directed and produced what looks to be a fantastic documentary on music, politics, and religion in the Middle East. The trailer alone was riveting and I cannot wait to see more!

The filmmakers need some money for post production and I am urging those who feel any connection to this video, or the arts, to donate whatever you can and help these young filmmakers make their mark.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 6, 2012

check it out

http://www.lettersofnote.com/

Letters of Note: Nothing Good Gets Away

Letters of Note: Nothing good gets away


In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of WrathEast of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.

Steinbeck replied the same day. His beautiful letter of advice can be enjoyed below.

(Source: Steinbeck: A Life in Letters; Image: Thom and John Steinbeck with their father in 1954, courtesy of UC Berkeley.)

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa