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Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree …

Yes, this is it…

Hubby cut the angel off at the top. It was a good day. Everyone got up early to go shopping for goodies. I went and bought some new ornaments and a tree skirt for the tree this afternoon.

We decorated the tree and it looks wonderful. I also finished that God Forsaken Sophia paper this evening. All 19 pages of it – if that ain’t good enough then that’s too bad. I also finished my book review. It isn’t a piece of academic prowess, because I can’t use high language, but it will do I hope.

That means I only have my Origen paper to write which is due on the 9th.

That’s all for now.

More to come, stay tuned…

Rainy Days and Fridays …

It’s raining, wet and cold today. Drizzle Drizzle Drizzle … I didn’t want to get out of bed today but alas, I had that appointment with Prof. Scott over my Origen paper. I have done some preliminary reading of a text that I picked up at the library – but even Prof. Scott told me that it would do me no good. So what did he do? We checked the library for texts – none were to be found … so much for a university library stocked with all the latest books and archives.

He then perused his own personal library there in his office and pulled 4 books off the shelf and told me that he would photo copy everything that I would need for my paper… That was very kind. Some of the reading that he copied me was written by our esteemed professor of Theology Charles Kannengiesser, whom I took Trinity with last summer. So it looks like I am on track for this second paper.

We also talked about god forsaken Sophia. I told him that I thought that I had exhausted all of my sources for material and came up 5 pages short of the goal of 20 pages and he suggested that I write a 5 page critical analysis of the material that I used covering the major themes and crucial ideas. I think I can do that. So I will do that over the next couple of days. The paper isn’t due until Tuesday.

I stopped by the library to drop off all the books that I had checked out and wouldn’t you know it, the university has already put up their Christmas trees in all the downtown buildings. I noticed that many of the shops on Ste. Catherine’s Street are decorated as well. It doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, but I know that hubby wants to put the tree up this weekend… OY VEY !!!

I think that’s all for the moment…

More to come, stay tuned…

5 More Pages !!!

What did I do today??? I worked on that god damned paper on The Role of Sophia in Gnostic Cosmogony. I worked all evening long. More than three hours worth of reading, typing, checking and double checking.

I went over all of my quotes to make sure they were in order – I even begged my prof for less pages and he said NO! I need 5 more pages. I spent an hour going through the EBSCO services and JOURNAL features at the library looking for shit to fill 5 pages…

God give me strength …

I also pulled my book review together and I think it is finished to the best of my ability, with that reading at least. It isn’t spot on and I could not compete with the language of the text, I just don’t write that “high” at all. So I may have to reread it and do some quick revisions before Tuesday night.

I am working on Origen. I like Origen, but I need more source material. I spent last night reading a book I pulled from the library, but it only gives hints at the material that I really need – that would be Christology according to Origen.

I have an appointment tomorrow to meet with the department scholar on Origen at 2, so maybe he can help me with my source material.

We are so close to the end I can taste it, but not before I finish Origen. Classes end on the 9th of December. That’s when the last paper is due. I need to squeeze my ass and get this paper written sooner than later … If I get pointed in the right direction tomorrow then I can pull it together. I got some good advice from a few of my readers so thank you all for your academic advice.

I missed the parade today… And I didn’t get to watch any football…

Did you see Glee last night??? Did it make you cry?

Only two episodes left until the very very very long hiatus until April 13th

More to come, stay tuned …

Happy Thanksgiving

Sending out warm wishes to all my readers who gather for Thanksgiving.

Academic Challenge …

I have been writing my final paper for Gnosticism these past two days and I am finding myself academically challenged. I have all my sources here on the desk and I am busy writing and I got to a point that I had to stop because for the life of me I could not figure out how to paraphrase this stuff. I mean I can rip whole passages from a book or my print articles but really … I have no idea how to put into my own words what the book is saying it is just too much for me.

So I am going to talk to my prof tomorrow after class. I am also working on my book report that I started writing at the same time. That’s 30 pages of paper if you are counting correctly … I know how to write 30 pages of paper when I don’t have to quote from a book or article. I guess I need to remember how to write a paper. My brain is starting to ease up now that I took a break…

Things may be a bit slow around here until the end of the week as I finish up these two projects so stay tuned …

UGH !!! I need a vacation … 3 weeks to go …

Symphony of Science Videos…

Symphony of Science – ‘We Are All Connected’ (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)

Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

One down – Two to go

What Is Gnosticism – by Karen L. King

Last night I finished reading this god forsaken book. 237 pages took me forever to read. I spent more time looking up definitions of words than I did reading the book. Now I have to write a 10 page review of the book. I’ve got Sophia in the works and I should get that done this week and then get into Origen. I may be fucked on that topic, I don’t know yet. But I do know, more reading is on the way.

It has been a quiet weekend here. The grind for the end of term is on and I am working every day to finish these projects on time. I have been told that as a Graduate Student I can ask for an extension if needed, but I am trying to stay on course.

Happy Sunday …

November 20 2009

5 years of wedded bliss …

Who Knew …

Oprah Winfrey to end talk show in Sept 2011


Oprah Winfrey will announce on Friday that her popular daytime talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will end its run in 2011, Tim Bennett, the President of Harpo, announced in a letter released to ABC affiliates on Thursday.

“Tomorrow, Oprah will announce live on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ that she has decided to end what is arguably one of the most popular, influential and enduring programs in television history,” he wrote in the letter, obtained by Access Hollywood. ” The sun will set on the ‘Oprah’ show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011.”

Bennett said he was sending out the letter to keep the affiliates from being surprised at tomorrow’s announcement.

“Before she speaks to her loyal viewers, we wanted to share her decision first with you – our valued partners for more than two decades,” he wrote.

And he urged the stations to “share this news this evening with your colleagues and viewers.”

“Oprah’s personal comments about this on tomorrow’s live show will mark a historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come,” he added.

Just a few weeks ago, a rep for Oprah said the TV queen planned to make an announcement by year’s end about whether she was planning to make a leap from her current daytime talk show to her previously announced cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

It appears the decision was one that was made only recently. Just two weeks ago — at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City — Oprah’s best friend, Gayle King, said Oprah was still weighing her options.

“I know she’s thinking,” Gayle told Access. “I know she’s thinking.”

But Gayle said she wasn’t playing advisor over the decision, just longtime friend.

“Listen, Oprah and I have been friends since we were 21 and 22 and now we’re 54 and 55,” she said, citing her and Oprah’s ages, respectively. “We talk about everything but she’s a big girl. She will make the decision that is right for her. No question about that. Whatever that is. It’ll be the right decision for her.”

Previously, at the September Toronto premiere for “Precious,” a film Oprah executive produced, Oprah revealed she was still putting in the deliberation hours.

“I haven’t made a decision yet and I have until the end of the year,” she said. “But you know I think that deserves more thoughtful consideration than a red carpet.”

No details were available about the rumored move to OWN and a rep for Discovery was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Access.

Sophia …

“I am the Protennoia, the Thought that dwells in the light. I am the movement that dwells in the all, She in whom the All takes its stand among those who came to be, she who exists before the All… called by three names, although She exists alone, since She is perfect, I am invisible within the Thought of the Invisible One, I am revealed in the immeasurable ineffable things. I am intangible, dwelling in the intangible. I move in every creature.”

Sophia is coming to fruition now…

Sunday Sundries…


It has been a very productive day today. The weekend has been very quiet and uneventful. We have been busy reading… That’s all we have been doing, reading like mad men. Thank God for electronic library systems. I needed more articles from my bibliography for my Sophia paper, so I logged into the system, and for some reason I did not have any problems accessing the massive main frame on campus.

I was lucky today in finding the articles that I did because they were right on the money. I think I am closer today than I have been as of late to beginning to write that paper. I am feeling a little more confident than I have been lately. I have to follow the paper outline that we were given and that should be ok.

It has been wet and cold here, it rained yesterday and today and it was foggy last night which is always interesting because we live so high up in a tower here, the clouds seem to hug the building tops coming down from the mountain.

Not much else going on here today. I’ve added the new geo-locator function to the blog.

Time to go for now… more to come, stay tuned…

DOH !!!

sleeping boy

I spent all afternoon on campus today looking for books and articles for my term papers. We can search the stacks from home because we have electronic access to the library so that is what I did last night. Look for books and request them for pick up.

Origen of Alexandria was becoming a pain in my ass because I could not find any texts of what I needed, so I went to the department again today and then I thought that I could ask one of my prof’s if they had a copy of Origen’s On First Principles, which he does, so I am going to pick that up on Friday.

I went back to the library to double check my sources and I thought that if i put a title into the generator that it would tell me where to go look for it in the stacks. So that’s what I did. I haul my ass up to the stacks and find a stool to sit on while I look up the shelves for my books, I had my reference numbers on hand and I had written them down incorrectly. I was in the right spot but the book seemed invisible. So I walk back down to circulation and ask a librarian for help to find it. As we were walking back up to the stacks I said to her, “watch you are going to walk back up here and find the book right where I was looking to begin with – and there the book will be.”

She told me that her record was 80% positive that she finds every book that she looks for and wouldn’t you know it, right there on a low shelf tucked in between two old volumes was the book I wanted … I was so embarrassed.

Me so Dumb …

I came home and started to peruse my books to see what was in them, I did not think the look through the six books I checked out before I left the library. I decided to stick with Origen so I did not need any of my Irenaeus texts. I looked over the other five and decided that I would keep three of them and return the others.


I got an email from one of my customers who was freaking out about a package that I mailed last week, what a nightmare … I spent an hour on the phone between Canada Post, the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Customs trying to figure out where my package was. nobody had an answer, but they gave me a target date of the 17th before I could file a lost package ticket. People want their packages quickly and the holidays are coming and the mail service going to other countries is already beginning to back up. I’ve got two going Canada Post and one going Fedex. All are in the pipe and I am powerless over them right now and that’s what I told my client today. I don’t think she is happy, but she hasn’t requested a refund for her purchase yet, so that’s good. I need the hundred dollars right about now, and my account won’t release those funds until that package is delivered or I refund the payment. So we wait for the 17th to roll around …

After I got that out of the way I went back to my books and started reading through them a little bit. Hubby came home and I got dressed again and walked back up to the library to return the books I did not need. You don’t sit with books on the dining room table during paper season. If you don’t need your books then turn them back in. I made two trips out to campus today, thank God it wasn’t that cold out.

I think I am ready to work on my “What is the role of Sophia in Gnostic Cosmogony” paper and my “Christology and Origen of Alexandria” paper.


Tomorrow is Friday the 13th …

I think that speaks for itself. People are getting crazy before hand and I can’t get caught up in their insanity. One must remain detached and level headed. On the way home from campus I went to do a little supermarket safari for dinner. I haven’t been in the mood to cook, so I got a box of chicken for dinner, everybody likes chicken finger… Last night we went to Micky D’s for dinner, I could not be bothered to cook.

Well, that’s that for today …

Wait for it … a little video blast from the past…

Depeche Mode – Strange Love US ’88 HQ

Wednesday Words…

sleeping boy

My arm is still hurting from that shot I got on Monday. And I am feeling tired mostly, I have hit the sack early for the last 3 nights. Today is Remembrance Day and all over Canada we stopped to remember those who have fallen, and also for those who serve. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood for people to gather at various monuments and parks across Canada.

I spent the day doing research for my two papers. I spent a couple of hours at the Department going through all the research books that we have available to us there. I started working on Irenaeus and that led me to Eusebius of Caesarea which led me to Origen of Alexandria. I have to come up with a paper based on someone from the first millenium, and after doing all the reading I did today, I might move from my original topic of Irenaeus and work on Origen, since I am already familiar with his work from my Trinity class over the summer.

I think I can pump out a 15 page paper on Origen and Christology. I am working on compiling articles and journals, I went to the library to look up more books… I already have a stack of books here on the dining room table that I am reading through now and put a few more on reserve at the library.

I am also working on my paper on Sophia and her role in Gnsotic Comogony. I have worked from my bibliography today and reserved more books on the topic. I am reading Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza’s Jesus, Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet – feminine theology. So much reading so little time.

So that was my day in brief …

I will have more tomorrow. More to come, stay tuned …

Healing Words …

Do you believe in Love

Luke 17:11-19

Ten Healed of Leprosy

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Where are the other nine???

Jesus has several encounters with people called the Samaritan’s – the woman at the well, the ten leppers and other instances. The Jews and the Samaritan’s were not on good terms, yet Jesus, as was written, treated them as he would treat others on his journeys.

John 4:4-42

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

The Disciples Rejoin Jesus

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Many Samaritans Believe

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Healing is the theme for this post and I like to share this other passage from the Gospel of Mark Chapter 5 … Mark 5: 25-34

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Remembrance Day …

o_Remembrance Day