I just oredered a used book (via Amazon) ($3.79) - it's a paperback copy of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Don't know why. I've never read any of her books, and have only heard of her and her novels in short blurbs. Golly Gee! I do so love to read.
But . . .
The task of creative writing has become such a tiresome endeavor for me that it will probably again be soon abandoned. The product of my latest attempt... well... it sucks.
The Pleasure of Changing My Mind is the title of Sam Harris's latest blog post. As is almost always the case, it is both entertaining and enlightening - to me, anyway. Not of any real import, though.
The Pleasure of Changing My Mind
Of course, I often change my mind. Always have. About stupid things.
Did You Know . . .?
The Church of Satan does not "worship" or believe in Satan, nor does it believe in gods.
The plot was well planned. On the evening before, two men, dressed as police officers, pulled the depot manager, Colin Dixon, over as he was driving in nearby Stockbury. They convinced him to get out of his car, and forced him into their vehicle. At about the same time, two more men visited Dixon’s home and picked up Dixon’s wife and eight-year-old son; eventually all three Dixons were taken to a farm in West Kent, where the gang threatened their lives if Colin refused to cooperate with the robbery.
Police continue to investigate the case, and more than 30 people have been arrested, though there have been no convictions.
WORD FOR TODAY
1. the recognition or worship of Satan or the powers of evil.
2. a travesty of Christian rites in which Satan is worshiped.
3. diabolical or satanic disposition, behavior, or activity.
Satanism is a broad term referring to a group of Western religions comprising diverse ideological and philosophical beliefs. Their shared features include symbolic association with, or admiration for the character of Satan, and Prometheus, which are in their view, liberating figures. It was estimated that there were 50,000 Satanists in 1990. There may be as many as one hundred thousand in the world.
The Church of Satan is an organization dedicated to the acceptance of the carnal self, as articulated in The Satanic Bible, written in 1969 by Anton Szandor LaVey.
(Feb 22, 1732 - Dec 14, 1799)
George Washington was the first President of the United States (1789–1797), the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
(born February 22, 1975)
Drew Barrymore is an American actress, screenwriter, film director, producer, model and author who is a descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors, and is the granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore. Barrymore first appeared in an advertisement when she was eleven months old, a 1978 episodic television debut The Waltons as Melissa in season 7: episode 4 and her film debut in Altered States in 1980. Afterwards, she starred in her breakout role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and quickly became one of Hollywood's most recognized child actresses, going on to establish herself in mainly comic roles.
(Feb 22, 1932 - Aug 25, 2009)
Ted Kennedy was the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and was the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history, having served there for almost 47 years. As the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family for many years, he was also the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassination; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.
(born February 22, 1929)
James Hong is an American actor, voice actor and director and former president of the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (AAPAA). A prolific acting veteran, Hong's career spans more than 50 years and includes more than 350 roles in film, television, and video games.
But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?