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tsargent62 Posted on: 22-Dec-2007, 08:47 PM

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Why yes I do! Actually, I was the Martian swing dance champ.

*Leaning closer to Leenie* I think that dark man was watching you. I think he recognized you from somewhere. You know, we Martians are empathic. I did not sense any malevolence in him, but I sensed that he comes in contact with evil on a regular basis. I don't think you have anything to fear from him, but I would be wary.

Anyways, enough of the heavy stuff, we need to get some music going and dance!
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 06:34 PM

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No, no, don't worry about it. I've used the Slinomar many times. Besides, I completely understand about powerful memories coming to the surface. And feeling an evil presence would shake anyone up. I'm more concerned about you right now. You don't look so well.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 05:11 PM

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*Marvin thinks to himself "My, now that she's relaxed she's getting impatient" and chuckles to himself. He abruptly stops when he notices that Leenie is nervous again, but for a different reason.*

<i>I'm sensing that you are very concerned about something in the pub, but I can't tell what. Perhaps we should try this again later.</i>

*Marvin looks deeply into Leenie's eyes, trying to discern what is troubling her, but she seems to have erected some kind of barrier. Now alarmed, he quickly lowers them back into their bodies. He lifts his hands from Leenie's and breaks the connection between them."

Leenie, what's wrong?
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 02:23 PM

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I like The Wild Rover because I can pound on the table and yell "Right up yer kilt!"
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #224453

tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 01:32 PM

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I get a lot of curious looks when I'm out in public in a kilt. More so in the US than Canada. I think Canadians are a bit more used to it seeing that they're less removed from the British influence. Actually the most trouble I get is from my own family, especially my daughter. When she see's me in a kilt she says, "Look! Dad's wearing a skirt!" She knows it'll get my hackles up. (Why is it we had children? I can't remember)
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #224440

tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 01:02 PM

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On Saturday we got about 7 inches of snow. It warmed up some and a bit melted off but we still have plenty.

Right now it's partly cloudy and 36 F. Oh, and wet.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 12:59 PM

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I think in Peckery's case it'd be more like Space Balls.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 12:44 PM

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Yeah it has! I've started getting busy again the last 3 weeks more or less.

I'll see you around! smile.gif
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 11:47 AM

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*Marvin's empathic senses tells him that the beautiful young knight is concerned for Leenie's safety. He reaches out to her telepathically... *

<i>Sisterknight, it's Marvin. Please don't be concerned for Leenie. I give you my word of honor that she is in no danger. Open your mind, that place were a small, quiet voice whispers. You can use that to communicate with Leenie. That way you can both be re-assured.</i>
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tsargent62 Posted on: 21-Dec-2007, 11:41 AM

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*While Marvin is encouraged that Leenie is willing to trust him during their out of body excursion, he's puzzled by the drum beat. He decides that this will be Leenie's show.*

<i>Leenie, these experiences are largely based on the thoughts or memories of one of the participants. Since we don't use drums much on Mars the so drum beat must be coming from you. Oh dear, I see you are still a bit disconcerted about floating about up here, but maybe this will help.</i>

*Marvin closes his eyes and reaches out with his mind toward Leenie. Although he can sense the warmth around her, he projects a sense of tranquility toward her. Soothing, comforting thoughts and emotions flow gently across their connection. Marvin senses that she is starting to relax.*

<i>I do hope that helped. I'd like you to really enjoy our little adventure. Are you ready? How are you feeling? </i>
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tsargent62 Posted on: 16-Dec-2007, 12:46 AM

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Recently I read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Currently there are 11 books. The last book has been been delayed by the unfortunate death of RJ in September. He left many notes and audio tapes so that the next person to pick up the pen, Brandon Sanderson, can finish the story. Book 12 is due out possibly in 2009.

Anyway, it's about a young man, Rand Al'Thor, who is destined to fight the Dark Lord in the Last Battle. It's a world that is not full of magic, but of people that can wield the "One Power". It is too complex to go into in much detail. I would describe it as Lord of the Rings meets Dune.

It is a rich world full of many twists and turns and extremely well developed characters. If you love fantasy you simply must read the Wheel of Time series.
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #223580

tsargent62 Posted on: 16-Dec-2007, 12:36 AM

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<i>My dear Leenie, I know that this seems strange, but there is nothing to fear. I have done this many times. You see, we developed this technique as a method of scientific inquiry. And, at times, we use it to have some fun. I promise you have not lost your mind.</i>

*He looks over at her. She is mesmerized by the sight of her physical body below. He gently takes her by the chin and turns her head so she is looking him in the eyes.*

Gently he thinks,<i>You can trust me. Take a deep breath and relax.</i>

*He takes both of her hands in his* <i>If you'll permit me, I'd like to show you something wonderous</i>
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tsargent62 Posted on: 16-Dec-2007, 12:25 AM

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C'mon folks! I see a lot of discussion on a number of religions on this forum.

Let me clarify something. I am not a Muslim. After talking to some Muslim coworkers I decided to investigate it and very nearly converted. I learned a lot about Islam and the similarities it has with Christianity.

1) Muslims revere Jesus (Josa in Arabic) and believe in his immaculate conception.
2) Muslims believe that Jesus will return and preside over judgment.
3) Muslims believe that Jesus was the messiah of the Jews.

The difference is that according to Islam, Jesus was not crucified or ever died, but was taken up to heaven in his physical form.

Another difference is that they do not believe in the Trinity. They believe that there is only 1 God and he needs no partners.

And, of course, there is Mohammad. He is believed to be the last of the prophets. Mohammad wrote the Quran.

Allah is the Arabic word for God. It is, however, a very specific word. In English, the word god can mean many things, depending on context and capitalization. But in Arabic, the word Allah can only refer to the one God, the God of Abraham. Allah is not a name, but a very specific word used to refer to and call out to Almighty God.

So, now I have clarified some things and possibly supplied some answers you may have had about Islam. So let's talk. There have to be some things we can discuss.
  Forum: Philosophy, Science & Religion  ·  Post Preview: #223571

tsargent62 Posted on: 16-Dec-2007, 12:04 AM

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*Marvin senses that Leenie is not feeling right. He hopes he did not take her too far her first time with a Slinomar. Suddenly she tries to drop the cube, but Marvin holds on to the Slinomar and her hand. He also puts an arm around her shoulders to steady her.*

<i>Leenie, are you alright? We can stop if you want to.</i>

*Marvin quickly tries to explain what's happening.*

<i>I should have warned you about what was going to happen. We are having what you on Earth would call an "out of body experience". The reason the place looks familiar is because it's the pub, but seen from a slightly higher view point. If you look down you'll see that our bodies are still at the bar, holding the Slinomar and each others' hands. If you're ready, I can take you places you never dreamed of. Places that we could not physically go.</i>
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tsargent62 Posted on: 14-Dec-2007, 08:12 PM

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*Marvin smiles to see that Leenie has discovered the secret of the Slinomar. *

Take a deep breath. Good. Now look deep inside the Slinomar. Look not just with your eyes, but reach out with your mind.

*As Leenie holds the Slinomar, Marvin puts his hand on top, closing his hand around both the cube and her hand. He projects his thoughts to her...*

<i>Now we are telepathically linked. I will guide you through this experience. Are you ready?</i>
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tsargent62 Posted on: 14-Dec-2007, 04:37 PM

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So true. I tried a few things out before I finally settled into where I am. Actually, I'm still doing a lot of questioning and searching. To me the important thing is this: Do what gives you peace. I've explored many different Christian denominations and even Islam. I've taken things from each that strike a spark in my soul. And Druid_of_Ark, you'll be happy to know that I do have a very healthy love and respect for nature and her wonders.

As long as we live peacefully, don't judge each other's life style and help each other as we can, whomever you decide to worship will be content.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 14-Dec-2007, 04:19 PM

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*Marvin sits in the command chair of his ship, looking at the ship's screens. As he monitors the instruments he sips at a Guiness, freshly drawn from the keg he just tapped in the ship's galley. He tries to think how to spice things up in the pub. "What can I do? Hmm.... What did I bring wih me? Oh, yeah! Now where is it?" He returns to his cabin and roots through the cabinets. Finally, "Ah ha! Here you are!"*

*Bright, multicoloured lights appear in the middle of the pub and start to swirl. A shape shimmers into focus. As the lights fade, Marvin is standing there. He sees the little wombat sleeping by the fire. The lovely young lady is still sitting at the bar. The dark figure in the corner seems to have left. Marvin walks over to the bar, asks Hamm for a Guiness and a shot of Dewars and takes a seat next to Leenie.*

Hello, there! Guess you've been here all day and night. And our little friend there must've been really tired. By the way, who was that dark man in the corner? You seemed to know him. He was... very mysterious.

*Leenie seems to be a bit reticent about answering, so Marvin reaches into his pocket, brings out a small cube, about 2cm square, and sits it on the bar in front of her. The cube seems to be of multiple, muted colours, slowly swirling about inside.*

Go ahead. Pick it up. It's called a Slinomar. I think you fill find it, well... pleasantly surprising.

*Leenie picks up the Slinomar and the light from inside starts getting brighter, and she appears to hear some kind of rhythmical sound coming from it.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 02:35 PM

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By and large I agree with what you have said. And believe me, I'm not condoning the riches of the Catholic church or any televangelist who got rich preaching on TV. And yes, there are many Christians who believe what they are told and adhere strictly to the Bible.

Was the Methodist church right to censure a female minister for being a lesbian? Hell no! Churches in general are man made institutions. Even the Bible was assembled according to the dictates of the Roman Catholic church. Yes, assembled. There are many texts that were left out because it did not fit their view or purpose. (Mary Magdeline, the wife of Jesus? Gasp!) Don't get me wrong, what's there is for the most part, I believe, divinely inspired, but I can't trust that it hasn't at least been tainted in part by men with purposes of their own. The only holy book that I know of that was written from start to finish and still exists in its original for is the Quran.

I don't believe that Christianity is corrupt in general. However, I do agree that the way it is run is more to suit the designs of man than to serve man.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 02:00 PM

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The past is the past. You keep referring to things that happened hundreds of years ago. You are putting all Christians in a nice, neat little bundle and seem to think that none of us have ever considered what you are saying.

Certainly the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials are dark spotches in Christian history that all of us wish have never happened. But they did. There is nothing we can do about it except learn from it.

Your line of reasoning towards saying Christians are Pagans is on a slippery slope. "Many Christian holidays and traditions are based on Pagan holidays and traditions, therefor Christians are Pagans." Way to simplistic. You are ignoring the basic tenets of both religions.

Let me say one more thing. Yes I'm a Christian, but I'm not a big fan of organized religion. I'm not a member of the Roman Catholic church, I've only used it as an example because it's the oldest surviving Christian church. I have my own beliefs, have had some very profound religious experiences and do not need anyone to believe in what I do or approve of it. If you really believe what you've been writing, I suggest you do a little more research and find out what Christianity is really about. I think you'd find they we are far more tolerant of you, than you seem to be of us.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 01:43 PM

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I live in a suburb of Detroit. One of the other suburbs, Dearborn, has the highest population of Arabs and others of Middle Eastern descent in the world outside of the Middle East itself. On 9/11, there were Imams (Muslim clerics) all over the air waves denouncing the attacks. The entire Muslim community in the Detroit area in general was outraged. I have seen many, many outreaches by Muslim leaders. I myself considered converting to Islam over the summer because there is a great beauty and spirituality to it. When I visited a local mosque I was greeted warmly with open arms. Everyone told me "Salaam Aleichem" which means "Peace of God be with you". Did I mention I'm a fair complected white man with blue eyes?

Anyone who hates Muslims just for the fact that they are Muslim really needs to get their facts straight.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 01:28 PM

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I understand that people have had to fight for religious rights. That's nothing new. I know that Wiccans, Pagans and Druids have all had to struggle to get their religions to be seen as legitimate. I'm not trying to downplay any of that. Believe me, I'm one of the most open minded, free thinking Christians you will ever meet. But please don't make us out to me mindless dolts who can't make up our own minds about what to believe.

What do you care about when we celebrate the birth of Jesus? The date is unimportant. It's the celebration that we care about. Just because some Pope decided to have the celebration on a Pagan holiday to mollify newly converted (or soon to be converted) Pagans centuries ago doesn't give you the right to look down on millions of people. What would you have us do? Rework the timetable of society to have Christmas on a day that may or may not be closer to his actual date of birth? A date we have no way of knowing is correct?

We really need to try to keep this a friendly discussion. I'm all for that. But the minute you start denigrating someone for their beliefs, something you yourself are sensitive to, the friendliness goes right out the window and we're reduced to sniping at each other.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 12:57 PM

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QUOTE (Druid_of_Ark @ 13-Dec-2007, 02:30 PM)
So true John so true, btw Heathen means one that lives by the hearth. The hearth represents home and the fires of warmth so when a Christian calls me Heathen I thank them profusely and they go away puzzled...poor unenlightened clones.

To refer to Christians as "unenlightened clones" is a bit unfair. Outside of Pagan or Druid circles the term heathen means something completely different than the way it's commonly used.

I think you have to go back to the roots of the Catholic church. While adopting many Pagan holidays and customs, the church was trying to make paganism seem evil. Much the same way that they made Mary Magdeline out to be a prostitute, although there is no scriptural evidence to support the claim.

In short, the term heathen was redefined by the early Catholic church to mean someone who is without God, savage, etc. So if most Christians use that definition, it is through centuries of the church's influence to do so.

BTW: I seem to remember you being upset about Christians coming to the grove and cast aspersions on Pagans and Druids.
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No New Posts  Islam
tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 12:30 PM

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Islam

It's a word that means different things to different people. Right this very moment you may be experiencing a reaction to the word.

Thoughts?
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 08:20 AM

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QUOTE (piobmhor piper @ 13-Dec-2007, 09:26 AM)
Todd, sorry to hear that you are a drummer.  Drummers are a necessary evil for pipe bands.  I was trained at a young age as a drummer but when I was 16 I decided to become a musician. biggrin.gif

I <b>are</b> a musician! But instead of playing <i>blat snarf burl burl</i>, I play <i>plup plup drrrup buddup zzzzzzzzzp</i>.
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tsargent62 Posted on: 13-Dec-2007, 06:50 AM

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Trying to get my mind set to start my work day. Ugh! Feel like cold haggis!
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