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  1. geolarson2
    09-15-2008 03:15 PM
    geolarson2
    General studies is a good idea--you can work on your GE requirements and get a sample of what's out there. I started, quit, started, quit in part because life was disorganized at home (my Mom was getting a divorce, my younger brother was having problems and so on). I was single-minded when I started, planning on studying biology but after a semester I'd taken some psych courses (to fulfill my GE) and wound up changing majors. Then I changed to anthro, and then to history where I focused on Britain & Europe. Looking back now, there were some classes I dismissed as a waste of my time (philosophy, for example--in Calif. there's a requirement to take a philo course called "Critical Thinking"; it comes in handy). that have proven to be of more value than some of the courses I wanted to take. And then there's the courses I wanted to take, but was too much in a hurry to follow my heart. "Time be thine, and thy best graces spend it at thy will!" (Hamlet). Advice I should have followed, which I hope you will, for your sake.
  2. geolarson2
    09-15-2008 04:11 AM
    geolarson2
    By the way, I meant to ask what you're studying this winter?
  3. Mattchat
    09-15-2008 02:31 AM
    Mattchat
    June 14, flag day! I guess maybe its easier to talk to you here instead of myspace? haha
  4. geolarson2
    09-14-2008 11:15 PM
    geolarson2
    A few years back, after I'd finished work on my MA, I was set to send in my app & GRE scores to Berkeley Theological Union. There was just one hitch--you have to apply to a specific religious school, or in the case of Christianity, you have to apply to a denominational school. If I remember right, there were schools for Judaism (which I'm not), Buddhism (which is probably closest to me), Methodism (which I was raised as), Lutheranism, Presbyterianism/Calvinism, and then the Catholics had 3 schools of their own (Augustinian, Jesuit and Benedictine, I think). Raised Methodist but by then very unorthodox in my beliefs, I couldn't in good conscience apply there; sympathetic to Buddhism but not truly a dedicated Buddhist, I couldn't apply there, and none of the others came close, so I delayed and delayed, and then life moved on in a different direction. Actually, in a weird way, it might have been a better way of learning how to let go of the dross and just live and let live (more of the Taoist way--tell me, when you drink vinegar, do you wince or do you smile? I'm learning to smile--after all, what would you expect vinegar to taste like besides vinegar?). Back in grad school, I took a seminar hosted by a professor who had actually written a book about the women in a branch of my great-grandma's family, a section of which was identifying your own biases and prejudices and confronting them to test their validity. I've had a lot of time to do just that the past few years, and the vast majority I've let slip away (except for those gosh darn teenagers--they won't stay off the grass, dag nabbit!!! ha ha.). I've read a lot of theological texts, from the Christian Bible (in various translations), the Jewish Talmud (which is an eye-opener, especially when you see how Rabbis debate the meanings of the Torah as opposed to how Christians of various denominations view those same passages), the Qur'an, Tao te Ching, Upanishads, Baghavad Gita, the Gnostic Gospels (i.e., the Nag Hammadi library, Dead Sea Scrolls), plus other words like Eisenman's James: The Brother of Jesus (960+/- pages of text plus endnotes & The Historical Jesus by Crossan (which is actually a discussion of 1st Century Judea and Hebrews (at the time they still saw themselves as Jews, Benjamites, Levites, Danites and so on). I set that study aside a few years back because it, frankly, started hurting my brain! I've never studied the Satanists, but I have been quite intrigued by the Wiccas (maybe has something to do with my Salem connection--scarcely a day goes by that I don't think of Rebecca or Sarah). Right now, with a 2 1/2 year old niece, I'm reading more Dr. Seuss than anything, other than my Smithsonian & Nat'l Geographics. For me, the theological studies went hand in hand with my general interest in how people build social and cultural structures, including politics, and how they're all founded on the basic family structure. I took a lot of cultural anthro & social psych courses in my early years at college. By the way, I heartily recommend Black Elk Speaks if you find an interest in Nativa American and specifically Lakota Sioux beliefs--there is a large part of me that is animist, somewhere between what I understand of Shinto & what I gleaned from Black Elk Speaks. I'm a hodge-podge of mixed beliefs, but it seems to work more or less for me. Tomorrow, when my sis-in-law's off and I have some quiet time, I'll start my day with some Tai Chi, then maybe unroll my bean bag (my yoga matt--its cotton batting in a hemp case--like a big, firm pillow) and just work on posture and breathing for a while and let my mind wander here and there and un-knot itself. I can use it, too--there's only so much the meds I take can do for me (like I said, life threw a monkey wrench at me and I've had to learn how to adapt a bit).

    Cheers--geo
  5. geolarson2
    09-14-2008 10:43 PM
    geolarson2
    This coming Friday, 9/19. I'm a year behind LeoRex, right between Apollo 11 & the end of the Beatles. A cousin of mine in Michigan was born I think it was during the Apollo 11 landing, while another cousin in NY was born right around the time Abbey Road came out (maybe it was Let it Be). By the way, I noticed you liked horseback riding. I have a 2nd cousin who teaches dressage, German technique (she used to compete). Her mom owns the horse farm in N. Calif. she teaches at. I have never, as far as I can remember, ever ridden a horse--maybe one of those ponies at a park when I was little. I have, however, ridden an elephant and a camel. Stinky buggers, but way cool. That was when I was maybe 6 or 7 at a safari park under close supervision. Doesn't matter--I rode 'em, and that's what counts! ;-). Oh, and Leo, if you read this, too, I have a cousin who builds bikes in Sta Cruz CA (I think he's still building them anyway--he could have retired actually).
  6. T-bone Thomas
    09-14-2008 08:18 PM
    T-bone Thomas
    My b-day is August 9th.
    I don't play soccer anymore, I'm too old for that, lol. But I love watching soccer live at the stadium.
  7. Ryan
    09-14-2008 07:30 PM
    Ryan
    Oh, just the normal one. But, you know, that might've made all the difference; maybe sometime I'll buy a different one - maybe try the "Speed Bump" or "Super Ribbed," lol. Here's Lia's, by the way. http://www.fleshlight.com/flg/lia19/

    Also, while I'm writing ya, Danielle, I thought I'd take a moment to personally thank you for the video log - that was awesome; you totally rock. But you've set something in motion, 'cause I'm kind of tempted to make a video log of my own now and post it - say 'hi' to everybody and maybe do a magic trick. We'll see!
  8. LeoRex
    09-14-2008 05:51 PM
    LeoRex
    My b-day is on August 14th - just had my milestone 40th birthday - I am sure that the mid-life crisis is not that far behind - before you no it I will be out there pricing motorcycles To bad that I will have to wait almost a year for my b-day video - although I would not be opposed to a happy belated birthday video

    It is so great that you love history - The Tudors is one of my favorite shows as well - it is just so beautifully made and it's dedication to capturing the period is awesome.

    In watching your candid videos see that you don't have a TV - definitely should invest in a wide screen plasma - no better way to watch sci-fi TV or DVDs
  9. DWM222
    09-14-2008 01:38 PM
    DWM222
    My birthday is September 3rd-just missed it
  10. ugo
    09-14-2008 09:09 AM
    ugo
    Oh thanks for me, Danielle. If Ugo can be that strong, I believe to take back. And' beautiful to be here with true friends. And to have known a beautiful and good girl as you, Danielle.
    My heart speaks to me, and saying: the girls of Rob are fantastic. The worth to be able to make a good figure to You, Danielle. But the respect for the other friends. I was born on January 29 (zodiac: aquarium).

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