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Friday, November 23 2001

A hard week for topics

It's been a difficult week for coming up with topics. That could probably be attributed to the distractions of the holiday yesterday, the short work week, the break in the routine. Tuesday's entry, "November '63," was, I thought, exceptional...a case of an essay produced from real inspiration...a burst of ideas born almost whole, just waiting to be put on paper or, more accurately these days, the computer screen.

But it wasn't produced this week. It came to me and I wrote it last Thursday for Friday's entry. Later that day, I received two publishable worthy responses to the hunting thread begun on Thursday, November 15, so I substituted them for the already prepared item on mentally flashing to November '63. Saturday and Sunday were filled by David Caldwell's regular contributions, and Judy Rose's "Where Are They Now?" feature was in place for Monday. So I rest my case: this week has been a difficult one for coming up with new topics. I feel like saying I have nothing for today but a cold. (Not only has Thanksgiving been a distraction, I've developed my worst head cold in over a year.)

If you're not creative, in a slump, suffering writer's block, or the muse has deserted his post, write about the writing process. You can also try "housekeeping" (see next item).

All caught up?

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And please forgive my oversight. A large backlog of emails were recently deleted by my Hotmail program, without any previous notice, and they may have contained letters warranting changes on the site which were lost forever. My apologies for this, and please know that nothing sent has intentionally been omitted, and accept my plea to try again. Some 20 page changes were completed last weekend, and many other new pages have been added in the past two weeks (we're now at 2020 page files online), so please check first. But if you don't find what you're looking for, please write me and let me know. Clicking on my "signature" below should cause your computer to launch an email form already addressed to the proper address.

Many thanks.

Kids say the funniest things (last in series)

This comes from a Catholic elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. The following statements about the Bible were written by children. They have not been retouched or corrected (incorrect spelling has been left in).

21. The people who followed the lord were called the 12 decibels.

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22. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

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23. One of the oppossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.

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24. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

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25. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

—Sent by Sallie Covolo

Advent thought for the day

He appeared among us in order to give His entire Self, so that we might live a divine, heavenly, Christian life. He taught us how to do this. Experience the Lord and you will realize what the words in the Acts of the Apostles mean: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." These are the words of the Savior Himself. Know the Lord and you will discover the joy of self-sacrifice, the joy of serving your neighbor, that is, those whom you come in contact with.

By such a life, we learn that eternal life is not only when we pass the final boundary which separates us from death, but something we can experience even now. It is like a star, like an inextinguishable fire that flows from us during our earthly existence. Burning in the darkness of our earthly path, it will guide us to the unending space of God's kingdom, when our mortal bodies are no more than dust. Eternal life-this is life with God, in God, in His love, His mystery. To His divine love there is only one way to respond, with a return love. This love for God and others is indicative of our knowledge of the Lord and a hallmark of eternal life. Amen.

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Jim Martin

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