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Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Posted by:florilegia.
Time:9:02 am.
No one appears to be using the book club LJ site, but I thought that I would attempt to post info here which really only pertains to those who are interested in spiritual paths and why people choose them. Came acoss a movie today which sounds very much like What the Bleep... minus the physics. Not that I mind physics, just that I think that movie tried to present too much information with inadequate presentation of the facts.

So here's a movie in which there are admittedly just opinions.


Some of the questions it asks include:
1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
3. Why are so many people depressed?
4. What are we all so afraid of?
5. When is war justifiable?
6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
7. How does one obtain true peace?
8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
9. What is our greatest distraction?
10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
11. What happens to you after you die?
12. Describe Heaven and how to get there.
13. What is the meaning of life?
14. Describe God.
15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
17. Non-verbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
18. What is your one wish for the world?
19. What is wisdom, and how do we gain it?
20. Are we all One?
Comments: Read 4 orAdd Your Own.

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Subject:A request... :)
Posted by:tinsoldier.
Time:10:27 am.
Since it looks like I'll be moving the weekend of July 29-31 and a number of the KC tribe have offered to help, I was wondering if we might move the book club meeting for July to another night.

I'd probably be well convinced to make sure that I attended this one since I'm asking if it could be moved. I might also be convinced to make munchables or drinks or something... ;)
Comments: Read 3 orAdd Your Own.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Subject:Pneumatic--because I still cannot reply to the KC Tribe List
Posted by:florilegia.
Time:6:54 am.
Mood: contemplative.
Pneumatic. From the Greek, pneuma, for air and breath and spirit.

Fits topically into our book club discussion in a very broad sense, perhaps more so than other book we have read.

For some reason, I have a mechanical definition in my head also, perhaps from pneumatic drill, where the motion requires air but is slightly static and prefunctory in its motion. This also applies to Brave New World.
Comments: Read 2 orAdd Your Own.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Subject:"Dancer in the Dark"
Posted by:tinsoldier.
Time:11:03 am.
Mood: tired.
"Dancer in the Dark"

If I could, I'd suggest this film as a Book Club Movie Night movie. It's an incredible film and should really be watched by a wonderful group of friends, and be discussed afterwards, not in the middle of the night, alone, right before going to sleep.

...an incredible film, but one which leaves a person with some very disturbing thoughts and dreams.
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Monday, April 11th, 2005

Subject:Spiritual Profile
Posted by:tinsoldier.
Time:11:30 am.
Mood: thoughtful.
I've been working on this, at least mentally since I saw it posted as a request. My spirituality is rather easily defined, but difficult to pin down to a specific belief. As such, I've found a deep dislike for organized or structured religion. I've seen that path polluted and corrupted far too often by the greed or fanaticism of my fellow human beings. Much of what I've come to believe has come to me from my own experience and perceptions.

That said, I tend to believe that we each exist in our own shells of personal experience. While my system of belief works for me and gives me solace in moments of pain, it may not do the same for any one person. Much like the metaphysical writers I tend to believe in a single unifying force in the universe. Some call it God, others call it Allah, or Vishnu... I tend to just call it Nature. Because I don't think that the human mind is capable of defining something of that power into a single name.

I also don't believe that Nature is in trees, leaves, or just plants. Nature is in everything. It's in the car I drive, the laptop I'm tacking away on, and in the coffee I'm drinking. In that, Nature talks to everyone, and it's up to the listener to hear the conversation. There is a balance in the symbols and metaphors that come to the person who can sit in silence and hear the whisperings of the force contained in all things. Over the last few years, I've let Nature guide a lot of the impressions I've had. I've listened deeply to all things.

Some of this began, when I sat at the grave of my father and prepared the earth that he'd be buried in. At that moment, there was a seed of this belief, but no tangible system of beliefs. I let the wind that was rustling past me on that day guide my hands to do what I felt needed to be done. When I was finished, I could feel a presence near me. Now, I watch and listen to the whisperings that always exist. Sometimes it's as simple as listening to a bird sing in the early morning air. Other times it's difficult to focus the chatter of humanity around me into a palpable whisper of one single voice, but it's always there.

One of the most tangible times I feel this, is when I'm in nature and performing some form of Qigong. It's the taking in of what surrounds me and feeling the energy in the world. I don't completely believe all of Qigong, in that I think that the energy in all things has it's purpose and nothing is strictly polluting. Some things just require more distilling and digestion than others.

Much of my system of beliefs is why I connect with Whitman, and what he wrote in "Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking". It's why I say that I listen to the sea. The words are out there, we just have to sit quietly sometimes to hear them. It's why I see significance in the striking of lightning and why I find pleasure in sitting in the rain and letting it fall on my face and soak my hair. It's somewhat of a communing of me with my "God". However, it's hardly as simple as all of that, but this is likely as simple as I can make it without taking someone into my mind to feel and see what I do.

I'll be cross-posting this to my own journal.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Subject:Powwow in St. Louis?
Posted by:tinsoldier.
Time:11:28 am.
As an aside, I think I've finally come up with the way to answer the "Personal Faith Profile" posted by wyckedgood. I'd not ignored it, but I was coming up with the proper answer.

ka_ni, I heard something in one of my classes today about a Powwow being held this weekend at one of the local colleges in St. Louis by Haskell Indian College. Is that something that Joseph will be a part of? If so, please let me know. If you all will be there, I want to make it a point to come out and see you. :)
Comments: Read 7 orAdd Your Own.

Monday, March 28th, 2005

Subject:Blook Club Calendar - Six Months
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:9:31 am.
Book Club Six Month Calendar: March – October 2005

Book Club Social Night – April 15th

Movie 1 – Book Club Meeting - April 29th
What The Bleep Do We Know?
Product Details
Starring: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, See more
Director: Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT
be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
Run Time: 90

Editorial Reviews
The unlikeliest cult hit of 2004 was What the (Bleep) Do We Know?, a
lecture on mysticism and science mixed into a sort-of narrative.
Marlee Matlin stars in the dramatic thread, about a sourpuss
photographer who begins to question her perceptions. Interviews with
quantum physics experts and New Age authors are cut into this story,
offering a vaguely convincing (and certainly mind-provoking) theory
about... well, actually, it sounds a lot like the Power of Positive
Thinking, when you get down to it. Talking heads (not identified
until film's end) include JZ Knight, who appears in the movie
channeling Ramtha, the ancient sage she claims communicates through
her (other speakers are also associated with Knight's organization).
What she says actually makes pretty good common sense--Ramtha's
wiggier notions are not included--and would be easy to accept were it
not being credited to a 35,000-year-old mystic from Atlantis. --
Robert Horton

Book 1 – Book Club Meeting - May 13th
Brave New World
Author : Aldous Huxley
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-06092-9871
September 1998
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
268 pages
Theme I: Conflicts & Dualities, Human Qualities & Behavior, Literary
Genres & Types of Novels, Medicine & Health, Politics, Settings,
Society & Social Issues
Editorial Reviews
Other Editions: Hardcover | Library Binding | Hardcover (Large Print)
| Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Audio CD (Unabridged) | Audio
Download (Audible.com) | All Editions

"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's
utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to
fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most
popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates
the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence
and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing
and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to
be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley
foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted
today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he
predicted aren't yet to come.

First Sentence:
A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories

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Book Club Social Night – May 20th

Book Club Social Night – June 17th

Movie 2 – Book Club Meeting – June 24th

The Rapture
Product Details
Starring: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, See more
Director: Michael Tolkin
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT
be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
Run Time: 100

Editorial Reviews
Once upon a time, in the 1980s and early 1990s, American independent
movies did not seek to merely ape Hollywood formulas. They were more
than just feature-length resumes for shrewd, enterprising filmmakers
who had nothing to say, but dreamed of saying it with a big-studio
budget. Back then, independent films provided a different kind of
movie experience; they challenged and provoked audiences--and none
more so than 1991's The Rapture, written and directed by Michael
Tolkin, the man who wrote the screenplay for The Player, Robert
Altman's scathing anti-Hollywood comedy. Mimi Rogers plays Sharon, a
lost soul who gives up her hedonistic life of sex and drugs when she
finds God and becomes a fundamentalist Christian fanatic. Her
pilgrim's progress, presented in a deadpan, nonjudgmental style,
culminates quite literally in the title event--the Second Coming, the
Apocalypse, the end of the world, or whatever you want to call it.
Rogers's fearless performance becomes all the more provocative when
you recall that the actress is a lifelong member of the Church of
Scientology. The Rapture is a mind-boggling, wildly ambitious movie
that's open to myriad interpretations. But no matter what you make of
it, it's sure to leave you engaged and shaken. --Jim Emerson --

Book Club Social Night – July 15th

Book 2 – Book Club Meeting – July 29th
Harlot By The Side of The Road
Author: Jonathan Kirsch
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 3, 1998)
ISBN: 0345418824
Other Editions: Hardcover (1st) | Audio Cassette (Abridged) | Audio
Download (Audible.com) | All Editions
First Sentence: The stories you are about to read are some of the
most violent and sexually explicit in all of Western literature.

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Kirsch, an attorney and book critic, retells some of the juicier
stories of the Bible in contemporary language. He expands upon the
original biblical text to make the stories highly readable and
includes with each the original text in modern translation and a
brief sketch of the scholarly research and the speculation
surrounding it. For those to whom Bible stories suggest "Disneyesque
animals and simple uplifting moral lessons," this book may be a bit
of a shock. Kirsch shows that the Bible is not a children's book.
Then, as now, rape, incest, prostitution, murder, and strange
religious cults were a part of life. As Kirsch says, "The Bible is a
map of the human heart, and no secret chamber or hidden passage is
left out." Kirsch contends that returning to the Bible can offer
insight into modern issues. Mostly, however, he offers an
irresistible popularization of some unfamiliar stories. Some readers
will enjoy it; others will be highly offended. Recommended for public
libraries.?C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to
an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description:
"The stories you are about to read are some of the most violent and
sexually explicit in all of Western literature. They are tales of
human passion in all of its infinite variety: adultery, seduction,
incest, rape, mutilation, assassination, torture, sacrifice, and
murder. . . ."

Sex. Violence. Scandal. These are words we rarely associate with the
sacred text of the Bible. Yet in this brilliant book, Jonathan Kirsch
recounts shocking tales that have been suppressed by religious
authorities throughout history. Kirsch places each story within the
political and social context of its time, delves into the latest
biblical scholarship to explain why each one was originally censored,
and shows how these ancient narratives hold valuable lessons for all
of us.

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Book Club Social Night – August 19th

Movie 3 – Book Club Meeting - August 26th

Product Details
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, See more
Director: Eric Till
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT
be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
Run Time: 113
DVD Features:
Available subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Original theatrical trailer
From IMDb: Quotes & Trivia
ASIN: B0002C9D9U

Editorial Reviews
Like The Passion of the Christ, Luther is the story of a spiritual
leader, German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), in opposition to
the religious orthodoxy of the time (in his case, the 1600s). His
goal--to bring God to the people and to take money, fear, and shame
out of the equation--made him a reformer to some, a heretic to
others. Released around the same time as Mel Gibson's blockbuster, it
failed to attract the same degree of attention--or controversy.
Granted, it's a different film, but not radically so. Directed by
Eric Till (Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace), Luther isn't always easy to
follow or as emotionally involving as it could be. That said, it's a
fascinating story and Fiennes receives solid support from Alfred
Molina (Frida), Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire), and the late Sir Peter
Ustinov (Spartacus), in his final film role, as Frederick the Wise. --
Kathleen C. Fennessy

Book Club Social Night – September 16th

Book 3 – Book Club Meeting - September 30th

The Alchemy of Illness
Author: Kat Duff
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Harmony/Bell Tower (November 21, 2000)
ISBN: 0609899430
Other Editions: Hardcover | All Editions
First Sentence:
I lie sprawled across my bed, as if thrown aimlessly aside.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Drawing on her own experience with CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune
dysfunction syndrome), the author of this collection of eight essays
explores the mystery of human pain. "Illness is a familiar yet
foreign landscape," she writes. "It remains a wilderness . . .
despite its continuing presence in our lives." Duff spent "the better
part of two years" in bed; during her sickness she read widely and
voluminously, pursuing "the meaning and purposes of illness."
Bringing together insights from psychology, religion and
anthropology, and explicating the words of shamans and philosophers
from many cultures, Duff tracks the universality of illness and the
curious contradictions--the sense of freedom, for example--that
emerge in its midst. Her own healing, achieved through "tedious,
tenuous and life-giving labor," is a model of hope. Duff is a
counselor in northern New Mexico.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.—

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Book Club Social Night – October 21st

Book/Film Selection Night – Book Club Meeting – October 28th

1. Everyone is limited to two suggestion for a film and two
suggestions for a movie.
2. In order to suggest a book or film, you will need to have
either the book or film at the meeting OR a printed out description
of the book or film that can be passed around at the meeting.
3. Remember to please make sure your book suggestions are
currently in print.
Comments: Add Your Own.

Subject:Book Club Project - Personal Faith Profile
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:9:30 am.
At last nights meeting we discussed possibly choosing a theme to follow
for the next six month meeting. In other words picking films and books
that followed a theme like divination or mysticism.

Marisa brought up the fact that she didn't know what everyone believed
or what kind of path they were following and would like to find out
more about what our membership believed as far as religious
paths/divinity/spirituality/personal life philosophy towards the
universe goes.

What we would like is for each member on this list to write up a
Spiritual profile about their belief system and post it to the list.

This should be very interested and make for some great disucssion.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Comments: Add Your Own.

Subject:Book Club - Announcements From The Friday March, 25 2005 Meetings
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:9:29 am.
Book Club – Announcements From The Friday March 25, 2005 Meeting


We met last evening to decide on our readings and viewings for the
next six months. We also had a discussion about how we might
continue to improve upon our meetings and our discussions as we are
an unusually large Book Club and this requires a little more work
than with a small Book Club. In an effort to continue to make Book
Club the best meeting experience possible we will be implementing a
few changes in our structure. At the end of this next six-month
period we will re-visit this discussion and see if we believe that
the changes helped and if we have any new ideas for the Club.

1. Book Club Social Night
It was suggested that one of the reasons we have so much extraneous
and tangential conversation at our meetings is because we just don't
get to see enough of one another. So we will be implementing Book
Club Social Night the Third Friday of each month!

2. Book Club Meetings
We want to encourage everyone to be better listeners. We are all
great at talking but in order to have good, deep, sincere
conversation, we need to be as good at listening as we are at

a. To help facilitate better listening we will be following a
conversation out line at our meetings with scheduled breaks. The
breaks are to encourage people to remain seated during the book
conversation and to keep side conversations down until the breaks.

b. In order to persuade everyone to read the books and to allow
those who actually read the books to be the primary speakers, the
first portion of the evening's discussion will be limited to those
who have actually read the book. We will qualify reading the book as
having at least read half of it. This will allow for both the readers
and non-readers to participate but keep the conversation centered on
the book choice.

c. On Movie nights we would like to keep the MST3K comments down
so that people can actually hear and view the film.

d. We would like to encourage everyone who wishes to continue in
the book club to make an effort to attend at least ½ of the meetings
in a six-month period in order for us to get a little consistency
with our discussion groups and the size of our meetings.

Thank you to everyone for your suggestions and thoughts on our
meetings. I hope these changes will help us to make Book Club an
ever improving experience.

3. Volunteers
We are looking for people who are willing to volunteer to host some
of our social nights and for volunteers to bring the movie for film
night. Please e-mail the list if you wish to volunteer for one of

4. May
Dates were changed due to the Holiday. If anyone sees a major
problem with the dates please let me know.

Comments: Add Your Own.

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Subject:Book Club Cancelled
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:7:23 am.
As Ive only had 2 RSVPS for this evening and Ive been sick all week.
We are going to cancel and re-schedule.

Sorry I didn't realize sooner so many folks were out of town,
Ive been trying to die from the flu this week.

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Subject:Book Sect - This Friday
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:10:35 am.
From: "middnightclear" <middnightclear@aol.com>
Date: Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:15 am
Subject: This Week - Book Club!


Howdy Kids!

This Friday is the big selection night :) YAY!

1. I would like a show of hands of those planning to attend, pretty
please with sugar on top.

2. Learning from the last time we did this....
* We will have the list of previously suggested stuff on hand.
* Please limit yourself to 3 suggestions for a book and 3 suggestions
for a film per person.
*If possible, please bring the film or book you are suggesting. If
you can't, please bring a printed description of your suggested books
or movies that can be passed around. You can get descriptions off of

3. Bring something snacky to share.

I think that is everything, questions? suggestions? random thoughts?

Comments: Add Your Own.

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

Subject:TONIGHT: Christ on a Stick
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:6:38 am.
I keep calling this movie The Rapture instead of The Passion, don't know why.

Anyways..lets see how this flies.

9:30 PM
(Dory said last night "I don't get off work till 7". Translation, if you dont show up Ill hunt you down and it won't be pretty :P)
Cinemark Merriam
Passion of the Christ

This was the date we agreed upon lest you have forgotten.

Are we still up for this?

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

Subject:from American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Posted by:zerself.
Time:8:57 am.
I loved this rant that one of the characters goes on, the rhythm of it as much as most of the content. Been thinking about it with book club night approaching, since belief and the power of belief as it relates to deity is something of a theme in the book. cross-posted with love to both my journal and book_sect
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Friday, February 6th, 2004

Subject:other activities
Posted by:zerself.
Time:2:17 pm.
So, since christine said i must post, post i will.....

I was thinking that it might be a fun thing for us to get together for a potluck/game playing night on a regular basis....since we seem to be game playing folks (and i'm not talking RPG....i'm talking cards and board games....in particular i'm developing a Fluxx and Munchkin fixation myself). We also seem to have quite a few good cooks in the group....and i thought this would be a great way for us all to share in that too.

as to date, i've been thinking about that. Christine mentioned, and rightfully so, that March 12 was the date we picked. Originally we had talked about making this an event for a late Sun afternoon, and then we ended back on Fri night. i wanted to put it back out to the group, if we alternated it with the lawrence gaming crew (meaning if you all gamed on the 2nd sun we'd meet on the 3rd, and vice versa) would that work? i'd just like to see us be able to get together sometime when we're NOT rushing in from long days at work....

just a thought.

(also posted on yahoo)

~ dory
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

Posted by:hurricanedeck.
Time:9:04 am.
Mood: chipper.

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Sprinting on the cliffs, swinging a meaty axe, cometh Sprkysgrrl! And she gives a low howl:

"I'm going to flog you into a new dimension of pain!!"

Find out!
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Thursday, July 31st, 2003

Subject:The Shop Girl by Steve Martin - Comments
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:11:55 am.
This book was recommended by Brian B. I picked it up and read it
recently, and since it is in our database (just a reminder we do have
a book and movie databases that you can paruse and add to at any time)
I thought I would comment on this.

This was one of the most depressing books Ive ever read, much to my
surprise. The story is a simple one about an average girl who works
in a department store.

The lives depicted in this book are tragically mundane. Even the
ending, which I imagine was supposed to be somewhat positive, seemed
abismal to me.

I did not enjoy this read at all. The only redeeming quality of this
book was the language itself. Steve Martin has a beautiful way with
the English language. Unfortunately that did not balance out this
morose tale.

This isn't a grab your box of tissues depressing, it is more along
the lines of how can I end this misery depressing.

I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Id give this 1 Star. Barely

Im sure Brian will vehemently disagree and now proceed to argue with
me at length.
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Friday, July 11th, 2003

Subject:Book Sect Vote
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:10:38 am.
Voting Instructions:
A. Please vote for one book and one book only.
B. Please do not email me with...oh I don't care Ill go with
whatever...(rasberries to you all ).
C. Voting Closes on Monday

*As I didn't hear back from Dory, I just took the first book off her
list for this month's book vote.

1. Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic
by Phyllis W. Curott

2. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

3. The Education of Little Tree By Forrest Carter

4. The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis
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Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

Subject:Book Club
Posted by:otterdancing.
Time:11:34 pm.
Mood: sleepy.
We will be glad to host the book club on Friday June 27. Gather at 7pm. We figure this will be the only way we can actually see all of you!!

The food/drink theme is Summer. Bring whatever succulence reminds you of the golden abundance of Summer solstice. The Dalai Lama would be proud.

Directions from Lawrence and all points west.
Drive to K-7. Drive to Shawnee Mission Pkwy. Turn east..go to light at Monticello. Turn left and go to 64th St. We are big blue house on left. 6400 Payne

Robin and Sean

Directions from all points EAST:
Get to I-35 or 435. Find SM Pkwy. Go west past 435 towards K-7. There is a light at Monticello. Turn right..go two blocks to 64th st. Big blue house on left. 6400 Payne
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Wednesday, June 11th, 2003

Subject:The Dalai Lama - Ethics for the new Millennium - Ch1
Posted by:wyckedgood.
Time:12:47 pm.
This is our book club book for the month.

The first chapter is entitled "No Magic, No Myster".

The Dalai Lama makes a few suppositions that I found very interesting and good points for book club discussion so I am noting them here now in order to have them for the meeting.

1. Unethical people are not happy people and do not lead happy lives.
2. Actions driven by negative energy lead to chaos and disruption.
3. All humans seek love, shelter and happiness.
4. Western civilization leads to isolated living.
5. Ethics and Spirituality do not need to be related to religion.
6. Compassionate actions lead to happier lives.
7. A spiritual revolution would greatlhy benefit society.
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Subject:Movie suggestion...
Posted by:mesniu.
Time:1:29 pm.
"The Body" starring Antonio Banderas.

Premise: a Palestinian wishes to expand and remodel his boutique. Upon knocking down a wall, a crypt is discovered in which is found the 2000-year-old skeleton of a man in his mid-30s, with rusty holes in the wrist and ankle bones. The Vatican sends a priest (Banderas) in to investigate and report his findings. All the while, political unrest between Israeli/Palestinian factions escalates to near apocalyptic levels.

Lots of groovy twists and turns. Great ending that no one would expect (unless you've already seen it).
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