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text 2018-09-11 17:30
Clash of the titans! LOL
Half a Prayer - Rick Gualtieri

 

Sorta.

 

The group of misfits go up against shape shifting rock monsters that can transform your dead body into a new shape shifting rock monster.

 

Deep in the sewers of Las Vegas.

 

Then on to defending themselves against the egomaniac that is the leader of the vampires, namely Alexander the Great.

 

As the rock monsters swarm the proceedings in a bid for supremacy, Genghis Kahns granddaughter (great granddaughter?) shows up to fight beside her beloved Bill because she's insistent that he can't die until her marries her.

 

We still don't know where Dave took off to.

 

These are really throwing off my tentatively scheduled reads, so, as Bill would say, fuck it!  LOL

 

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text 2018-08-10 07:22
The Do’s and Don’ts of Assembling a Beautiful Home Temple

Since ages, the Indian home has incorporated wooden temples inside their home to receive prosperity, positivity and blessings of God. For this, every home has a separate zone in the home dedicated to praying the god peacefully.
We can’t directly assemble a pooja mandir in our home without taking into account the various vastu tips. As a home temple is for worshipping God, it is essential that this place is the tranquillity zone in the entire home. Assembling this furniture unit correctly will bring health, happiness and prosperity in the home and also to its occupants.
So, let us find out the do’s and don’ts one must follow strictly if they are purchasing a wooden temple for home.

 


Do’s:
1.The ideal direction for worshipping:
The north-east direction ruled by the Jupiter, also known as the ‘Ishan Kona' is the direction of God and thus assembling a wooden temple in this direction is advisable.
Placing the home temple in this direction will attract all the positive vibes. You can even install it in the centre of the home, thus enjoy ample benefits of prosperity and good health.

2.The construction of Home temple:
Wooden material is considered the best material for construction of home temples. According to vastu Shastra, a temple made of wood is more religious and brings prosperity to the abode.
You can find the astounding collection of the wooden home temple at woodenstreet.com. The home temples they have are made of solid wood such as sheesham and mango.

3.Direction while worshipping:
While you stand in front of the wooden home temple, it is mandatory that your face should be facing the east direction. The east direction is considered to endow serenity and calmness.

4.Height at which it must be installed:
The wooden temple for the home should be placed at a particular height from the ground; it should be high enough so that when the idol of god or goddess is set, then the base of the idols should be at the level of one's chest.

Don’ts
1.Photographs of the deceased ancestors should not be placed near the idol of gods and goddesses. It is considered inauspicious.
2.Don’t place two idols of the same god in the home temple.
3.Avoid placing unnecessary items beneath the temple, like dustbins.
4.The home temple is sacred so ensure that the wooden home temple is not affixed on the wall behind which there is a washroom.
5.Go for wall mounted wooden home temple as if the temple is placed directly on the ground it is considered as disrespect of the god.
6.Don't have idols of god that is more than 10inches; it is not considered suitable.
7.The temple should be affixed at a height that it is above the chest of the person worshipping.
8.Go for natural finishes for the wooden temple. And light diya and have flowers in the temple whenever you pray.

Conclusion:
Along with other home furniture, home temples are also an important and beautiful piece of furniture. These were some of the do’s and don’ts one must consider while assembling a new . The vastu tips will bring positivity and calmness in the home and will save you from the negative energies.
If you are looking forward to purchase a wooden home temple online in India, then woodenstreet.com is the ideal place for you. They have an extensive collection of beautiful home temples made of solid wood. You can even customise them according to your requirements.

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review 2018-06-23 22:49
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

A tidbit I learned whilst reading was that much like the narrator, John Wheelwright, John Irving's mother never revealed the identity of his father to him. Apparently this book contains a lot of Irving's biography (well mixed with fiction) which may interest someone, but not really me.

 

The thought experiment: what would it take to make me a Christian? is interesting. And it plays out here in the form of one Owen Meany -- annoying prophetic child who knows, without any doubt, that he's an instrument of God. People who have zero doubt are often very irritating, as Owen can be. Owen hasn't arrived at his doubtless state without interrogating his faith or life, though. He's not full of faith because he refuses to see reality, in fact it's almost the opposite. He seems to have questioned and still believes his fate and purpose. I grew up in the Catholic church and never met a person like this until I was already quite the doubting Thomas. However, I can attest to how discombobulating strong faith can be in the face of endless questioning, and this is what Irving sets up so beautifully, comically and tragically for John and Owen.

 

Along the way we witness a friendship between two boys and young men that is so charming and graceful and appealing that it's hard not to be moved. The comic scenes are pure gold. (I both read and listened to the Christmas pageant scene many times. I bookmarked my audio copy there, and it made me laugh so hard tears rolled down my face, even when I already knew what was going to be said. It's a perfect scene.)

 

This novel is dense, full of little details, flies off on what seem like tangents, and more than once I wondered if there was an editor. Then in one fell swoop every single detail that seemed extraneous, silly or irritating falls into place. Details become symbols. Tangents find their meaning. The topsy-turvy struggle between faith and doubt gets an answer -- at least for John. But Owen's "gift" of faith to John is not without cost. John Wheelwright is bitter and confused and doesn't seem to know his own place in the world, though he's clear on Owen's. So even with an easy answer on the question of God, this novel shows how painful a life of faith can still be.

 

Please read this book if you haven't. I'll evangelize for John Irving's story of friendship, home and faith. Hang in through the unholy capitalization and irritation, your belief in the story will be rewarded.

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review 2018-04-29 17:57
Prayers For Young Children, Martina Steinkuhler

I was impressed with this simplistic book of prayers for children. I received this for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. I liked how it has different subjects like bad moods, loosing someone, and many other emotions. It has an index so they can find it easier or the parents can. Sometimes in our busy lives, we just can't be there for our children or grandchildren. Sometimes we just don't know what they are feeling. I'm excited to pass this on to my grandchildren, to help them realize that we can pray about these issues in simple ways. Maybe learn that this is one way to get peace of mind.

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review 2018-04-28 11:23
Say A Prayer and Close Your Eyes by: Annie46fic
Say A Prayer and Close Your Eyes - Annie... Say A Prayer and Close Your Eyes - Annie46fic

Dr Jensen enters a relationship with mentally challenged adult Jared.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/371446
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