9th mo. 2012 Blog Posts (61)

To a Mouse by Robert Burns 1759—1796

On Turning up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
          Wi’ bickerin brattle!…
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Added by Timothy on 9th mo. 30, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

New Blog Post: "The Problem with Thinking"

New Blog Post: "The Problem with Thinking"

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 9th mo. 30, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

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Matt Hisrich: Playing with fire

... we as Christians have failed to the extent that we offer up false smiles and stale certainties in the face real and genuine pain and ambiguity. We fail others and we fail ourselves, and he calls us to burn…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 30, 2012 at 1:59am — No Comments

A second week

It is time to expand on that picture a bit. We will have been here two weeks tomorrow. This week we are fairly busy, involved in the resident students’ orientation week. We started with tea at the Director’s house, which was not the chatty tea party I had been expecting, but was an occasion to share in a deep way, what had been our journey here. Several of the team are fairly new, as well as us and the resident students, so it was helpful to us all to have that sharing time. Today’s…

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Added by Gillian Waddilove on 9th mo. 29, 2012 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 13 and 1 John 3

1 Maccabees 13 – With Jonathan in Trypho’s custody, Simon takes over the leadership of the Jews. He gathers the people, encourages them and rekindles their spirit. He completes the planned fortifications.

 

Trypho assembles his army to invade and sends envoys to Simon demanding a ransom of 100 talents and two of Jonathan’s sons before he will free Jonathan. Simon prepares to pay it more to assuage the desires of the people than anything. He believes it is all a…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 29, 2012 at 7:25am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 13 and 1 John 3

1 Maccabees 13 – With Jonathan in Trypho’s custody, Simon takes over the leadership of the Jews. He gathers the people, encourages them and rekindles their spirit. He completes the planned fortifications.

 

Trypho assembles his army to invade and sends envoys to Simon demanding a ransom of 100 talents and two of Jonathan’s sons before he will free Jonathan. Simon prepares to pay it more to assuage the desires of the people than anything. He believes it is all a…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 29, 2012 at 7:25am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 12 and 1 John 1-2

1 Maccabees 12 – Jonathan decides that it is not enough to be siding with Trypho and his attempt to set the child-king Antiochus up.

 

Jonathan continues to use “triangulation” as a policy; he sends people to Rome and Sparta to build other alliances against the Hellenists. He sends letters and ambassadors to renew or initiate treaties of friendship. The author includes a copy of the letter Jonathan sends to the Spartans. It reminds them of good relations in the past and…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 28, 2012 at 8:14am — No Comments

Extinguishing the Flames

Extinguishing the Flames

 

Dear Friends:

 

There is a famous sermon of the Buddha called ‘The Fire Sermon’:

‘Thus I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Gaya, at Gayasisa, together with a thousand bhikkhus [monastics]. There he addressed the bhikkhus.

"Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?

"The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt…

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Added by Jim Wilson on 9th mo. 27, 2012 at 10:58am — 10 Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 11:38-74 and 2 Peter 3

Maccabees 11:38-74 - The politically complex situation around which the Books of Maccabees are constructed is not easy for modern readers to understand. Generally, in school, history teachers focus on the rise of the Roman Empire in the years we are discussing here. The details of the Hellenistic world simply do no make it into the history books. What is happening here is that the Hellenistic rulers - Ptolemies and Seleucids - are trying hard to expand and…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 27, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

To the Virgins, Make Much of Time. Robert Herrick: 1591—1674.

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

By Robert Herrick

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;…
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Added by Timothy on 9th mo. 26, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

My new poetry collection

I have published a collection of my poetry - a print book, in addition to various eBooks.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paula-puddephatt/inside-my-mind/paperback/product-20410885.html

 

Peace and blessings,

 

Paula. x

 

Added by Paula Puddephatt on 9th mo. 26, 2012 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Experiencing the stopped frames

Taken from Tad Barney's collection of negatives

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Added by Cathy Barney on 9th mo. 26, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Revealing the Bones of Truth

A new edition of Juliet Barker’s 1994 biography, The Brontës, tells a story about Branwell, the brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

In 1834, Branwell began to study painting with a member of the Royal Academy of Art. The student painter sketched a portrait of his sisters and penciled his face in among theirs. When it came time to paint, he…

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Added by Iris Graville on 9th mo. 26, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 11:1-37 and 2 Peter 2

Maccabees 11:1-37 – Ptolemy VI tries to take possession of Alexander’s kingdom even though he is Alexander’s father-in-law. Ptolemy tries to win Demetrius’ cooperation by promising to give his daughter [Alexander’s wife at this time] to be his wife instead. The next sentence says that this actually happens right away.

 

Next, Ptolemy enters the city of Antioch and “assume[s] the crown of Asia” (11:13). When Ptolemy and Alexander finally engage in a decisive battle near…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 26, 2012 at 5:43am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 10:51-89 and 2 Peter 1

1 Maccabees 10:51-89 - Despite the fact that Demetrius defeats the forces of Alexander Balas, Demetrius himself is killed by the end of the day. Alexander then sends agents to Ptolemy VI, king of Egypt, claiming victory over Demetrius and asking for his daughter in marriage.

 

Ptolemy writes him and arranges to meet him in the city of Ptolemais, where Akko is today on the Mediterranean. It is 150 BC when the marriage occurs.

 

Alexander writes to…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 25, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

North Valley Friends Podcast 9.23.2012

After the rather sudden death of our lead pastor's husband this week, we spent the worship service mostly in prayer for their families and for others on our hearts. You are invited to listen to the podcast here.

Added by Cherice on 9th mo. 24, 2012 at 6:17pm — No Comments

The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls. Alfred Tennyson 1809—1892

The Princess: The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The splendour falls on castle walls
                And snowy summits old in story:
         The long light shakes across the lakes,…
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Added by Timothy on 9th mo. 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 10:1-50 and 2 Timothy 4

 1 Maccabees 10:1-50 – The port city of Ptolemais (Acca) is taken by Alexander Balas (Epiphanes). King Demetrius sends Jonathan a conciliatory letter to prevent him from joining up with this Balas against them. He gives him authority to raise an army (militia). Jonathan takes charge in Jerusalem and begins to rebuild the city. King Alexander hears of what Jonathan is doing and approaches him, to make friends with him. He offers to make him “high priest” of his nation. Jonathan then…

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Added by Irene Lape on 9th mo. 24, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. John Greenleaf Whittier 1807—1892

 John Greenleaf Whittier

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.

O…
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Added by Timothy on 9th mo. 23, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

On QuakerQuaker: Indiana train-wrecks and dilemmas of ministry

Every once in a while Quaker bloggers and forum regulars seems to come together to address particular interests. In the last few weeks this has been happening around two issues: the pending break-up of Indiana Yearly Meeting and the financial difficulties of sustaining ministries in the Quaker model.

First off, the slow-motion split-up of Indiana Yearly Meeting continues, with new official recommendations recently released. Doug Bennett posted…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 23, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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