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We said goodbye to my mom on Friday in a lovely service.
brentan comments on Sep 16, 2018:
I actually don't know. I just wanted to send you some fellow-feeling. I'm sure it's a tough time.
The frosted over window pane Hides the death of Summer With a smile
brentan comments on Sep 14, 2018:
That's cold.
The 1st I use to love the fall, As leaves fell from trees, Painting earths canvas, time would...
brentan comments on Sep 14, 2018:
It's a fine poem training our sights on death as a pleasant phenomen in nature when it's not specifically us. Did you stop liking it so much when you became more aware of your own mortality?
Before my passions turned me towards Spanish guitar, this was the kind of thing I was doing.
brentan comments on Sep 14, 2018:
I think if she practices hard, she could make a living playing this music.
Sheherazade (excerpt) composed by Maurice Ravel [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Sep 14, 2018:
Interesting! Now I know there are two Scheherazades.
Men's equality vs machismo.
brentan comments on Sep 12, 2018:
You will have to become gay or at least pretend to be.
Hello peeps.
brentan comments on Sep 12, 2018:
Victims, bethehoky - they'd go through you for a shortcut.
anhedonic-- noun...inability to feel pleasure.
brentan comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Maybe 'an' can be prefixed to a few words, like anemployable. I'll check the dictionary.
Yo -Yo -Ma.....Bach Prelude No.1. - Cello [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Sep 9, 2018:
I only know him from his pieces on James Taylor albums. Excellent!
Back off, mofo!
brentan comments on Sep 9, 2018:
Good attitude. The knife might send the wrong message.
Any anti-Feminists here?
brentan comments on Sep 6, 2018:
All yesterday's victims tend to be today's bullies.
@Admin, after realising that i just sent a welcome message randomly to a "believer in jesus - leader...
brentan comments on Sep 6, 2018:
Good grief, they're just people. Lots of used to be them!
fri·a·ble /ˈfrīəbəl/ (adjective) easily crumbled.
brentan comments on Sep 5, 2018:
I didn't expect that definition.
My wife knows her place and I'm not allowed to sit there
brentan comments on Sep 5, 2018:
It's a sign of the end times.
PERSPICACIOUS: per-spi-ca-cious.
brentan comments on Sep 4, 2018:
i wonder who he had in mind at the time.
nepenthe noun 1.
brentan comments on Sep 4, 2018:
We need it because we don't know where the River Lethe is anymore.
VICARIOUS: vi-car-i-ous.
brentan comments on Sep 3, 2018:
Jesus is supposed to live vicariously through the popes, his vicars.
I thought this might give perspective to some...
brentan comments on Sep 3, 2018:
When it gets too toxic to be worth it.
Omniscient - having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all ...
brentan comments on Sep 3, 2018:
He must be a lunatic, and Copeland is nuts too.
So this post is about narcissistic exes and their new beaus.
brentan comments on Sep 3, 2018:
Above all, try to keep cool. Let off steam with the counsellor. I hope a little amount of time will sort out the truth of what's going on.
"We can either be governed by fear, fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of...
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
That is a good example of a non sequitor. It's bullshit, but it sounds great.
I think I may finally be emerging from a prolonged male midlife existential crisis. Who am I?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Is it awful to be ordinary? Or OK because that's what most of us are?
Book titles that should be but aren't
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Laughing At Stalin for The Master and Margarita.
OBSCURANTISM: ob-scu-rant-ism.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Somebody mention Trump. I refuse.
In general, and very simply put, do you think people are basically good but are capable of doing ...
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
My guess is we're bad people who try to be good but it might be a hangover from my Bible days.
It's a big sport day here in Ireland.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Well done - you called it right!
Does society owe lazy or stupid a living?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Eugenics for the stupid, eh? I'm not sure about laziness. My own people, the Irish, were stereotyped as lazy (and stupid). They seemed to be cured on a national level when work became worth doing. I think the same can be said for black people.
China Has Forced 1 Million Muslims Into Reeducation Camps
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I hope that's from some magazine like The Onion.
Russia Is Opening A "Jurassic Park-Style" Research Lab In Siberia [iflscience.com]
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
No end of skeletons out there.
Chekov's Russian Misconceptions - YouTube
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I thought it was about the playwright but very enjoyable anyway!
IMAGINE - apologies to Lennon Imagine there's no levels; It isn't hard to do.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Lefties ruin everything!
Why during christ lifetime wasn't there any mention of him by any scholar of the times
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Tacitus (56-120 AD) wrote about him in his Annals. Here's the core of it: Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa.
Do you make the distinction between being skeptical vs. cynical?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I'm skeptical. I wised up to the evil in the world very, very slowly and now I think it would cost me too much to become cynical.
Pregnant woman who killed intruder in justified shooting now faces felony gun charge due to previous...
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Marijuana? The horror!
As the Christian Church Crumbles, is Humanism Ready to Step Up? - TheHumanist.com
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I think the RCC will leave a moral vacuum that humanism isn't ready to fill.
But he used bible verses to justify his actions: [patheos.com]
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
She must have been very evil.
1:30 AM and I have been watching a movie on Netflix.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Yes, I loved that film too. The one that had me teary-eyed for the whole second half of the film was Goodbye Christopher Robin.
BOWDLERIZE: bowd-ler-ize.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I read that schools prefer to use Julius Caesar because it has no dirty jokes in it. I've just finished Antony and Cleopatra and it is loaded with them.
I just watched a film that can only be described as “insightful,” a directorial masterpiece that...
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
The Brazilian version, I guess.
Did anyone see "Bishop" Charles Ellis III fondle Ariana Grande.
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
Charles Ellis the Turd.
He's constantly peeping..24/7
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
Well, he's only human.
There are hiking trails all over the Columbia Gorge, but I favor a particular two mile hill climb ...
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
I went there twice, once to see James Taylor and then to see a combo of Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. When the sun goes down over the gorge, it is absolutely beautiful!
Hello September Everybody !!! ?
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
Hello to you too from a sunny September 1 in Ireland!
I had my first ever dealings with the morons, I mean Mormons, yesterday .
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
If they were Catholics, they'd be bishops!
I'm on my way!
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
I tell myself I'm on the road less travelled!
The Bible, the old and new testament.
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
I see the Bible that way too. For me, the history of thought, culture and morals comes first with myth, then religion, then philosophy. One thing that needs to be kept in mind is that although it covers everything from the beginning of time in its own way, supposedly written by Moses around the 13th century BC, it was probably started around the 6th century BC.
I received a message today from the CEO of a Christian youth program nonprofit.
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
I think your conscience would be troubled day in day out. I felt uncomfortable enough just being in a Christian choir. In your case, you get the pleasure of doing some good. In mine, I got to sing some of the loveliest songs around. So it's a tough call.
Hi, I figured I should let everyone know that I’m new to this group, and would love to hear the ...
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2018:
Hello and welcome. I take meds myself. I'm 63 and have been on them all my adult life. There were a few times I thought I could get by without them. I say never, never, never give up your meds.
I let out a trump today in a meeting.
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Trump has taken over from Hitler and the Nazis as the comparison that makes everything else OK. I accept you didn't mean to fart but don't use me to condone flatulence as a way of life just because Trump exists in the world.
Does Notre Dame’s Mascot Trivialize The Heartbreaking Genocide Of Leprechauns?
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Ah, the fightin Oirish! Are dey dyin de det or doon de despoilin'?
I feel like praying for something gives a person the impression that they no longer need to actively...
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
I think you're right. It's a lazy, disconnecting perspective that not only works on the personal level to do nothing useful, but also on the global level, where taking care of the earth is pointless because God will sort it all out when he comes.
Nothing says Catholic love like a Cardinal telling the victims of sexual abuse by priests to shut ...
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
That was a very crude version of 'let him who has not sinned cast the first stone'!
Sigh.
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Oh, the power!
Archbishop Alleges Pope Francis Long Knew About Abuse, Calls On Him To Resign : NPR
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
The YouTube blogger Church Militant claims Cardinal Wuerl has gone into hiding and will be secreted out of Washington to gain immunity in the Vatican.
"President Trump told Evangelical leaders that there will be 'violence' if Democrats take control in...
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
I guess he wants to point towards the violence of the left, as demonstrated by Antifa in physical ways and then the general negativity of the left which has nothing to offer except tearing down the institutions of society.
Four Great Religious Truths ?
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Well, I'm relieved to hear these things. I thought all objective truth was gone!
Anyone seen the film The Foreigner? It's so awful it's embarrassing to watch!
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
I liked the way Pierce Brosnan played the Gerry Adams-type character. I'll say nothing about the rest of the film because I'm not a critical movie watcher in general.
Two German sopranos that reached the peak of their careers in the 1950s were Elisabeth Schwarzkopf ...
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2018:
I hadn't heard anything by Humperdinck before. That was really nice. I will get around to listening to the whole opera soon.
We're all just walking each other home...
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
It's a lovely picture, and then I thought of Hansel and Gretel.
The sad state of education in the US
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
If you took down the outside clocks, you could fool the weather into thinking everything was normal.
My dads entire life he was an Atheist.
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
She did a bad thing for what she thought was a good reason. I would forgive her. She must have cared for him.
I called to wish my grandma a happy birthday, she's 90, devout Catholic.
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
When i was a Jehovah's Witness, I thought nothing was more important than truth. Nowadays I'm convinced that was wrong and kindness should be the priority.
Facebook profited by selling data that helped sway the US Presidential vote in 2016.
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
I don't think people will leave FB for moral reasons. I'm pretty sure it will only happen when it doesn't serve a need anymore. Forums like this will probably drive nails into FB's coffin.
Following Outrage, Retiring Bishop Won’t Move into $2.3M Home Bought by Church | David G. McAfee
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
The apostles would turn in their graves.
That's Life ?
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Life is a chequered experience.
What is a book that has been important in the development of your worldview?
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
William Horwood's Duncton Wood has a great influence on me as a young person. It is a series of stories about animals in a wood. On another level it is about culture, history, identity and spirit.
Which do you think is more important ?
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
If I remember right, the commandment said something like 'honour your parents so that you will live long on the land'. I think it meant your parents would get to live longer because you would help them, and then your children would do the same for you. But it would be daft to think all parents merit honour by their family position. Not enough counsellors advise children to get away from their toxic parents.
Something I've noticed on almost every Disney film
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2018:
I recommend watching Jordon Peterson's YouTube lectures on Pinocchio. He explains the psychology behind the story. Here's a relatively short one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YhVruKGkjs
A referendum to repeal the Blasphemy Law is to be held here in Ireland in October.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I hope so. I can only see Muslims complaining.
Hi world glad to join. So hard to keep friends once they find out u r a non believer
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Hello and welcome!
After this life
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Not many come back after death. So far, none of them have said what it's like in the afterlife. I think that's because life after death is so good, people on earth would start topping themselves in their thousands. I'm going to make a big effort to get back and if I manage it, I'm going to tell everyone all about it.
So what are your plans for Labor Day?
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I'm glad at least one country honours women giving birth.
Je Suis Charlie
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Hello Charlie. Welcome to the forum!
Sastrugi Noun (plural) Parallel wave-like features caused by winds on hard snow, especially in ...
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Isn't that strange? Just like sand.
Honesty is the best policy
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Oh gosh, yes, fuck 'em! But you can't fuck 'em when your family needs the cheque.
When I was in ballet, my first toe shoe solo was set to this piece.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Works like this are the height of human aspiration. We are carried away on a wave and then return to the shore. I'm glad you had that moment!
One of my favorites - Verdi- Nabucco - Gefangenenchor [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Nabucco is my favourite opera. I love the stirring tunes. Opposed to them, there is the very plaintive song Nabucco sings near the end of the opera when he gets sense and begs God to help him save his daughter. This is my favourite version of the song sung by Renato Bruson. It's called Dio di Giuda, which probably means 'God of the Jews'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tds4znmgnFs
Women are bi
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I think that's written on a mirror in an Irish pub called The Glen Bar.
Palliative (of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the ...
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
My father got that care shortly before dying. It seems to be very skilled work, walking a tightrope between practicality and compassion.
A hard drive
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Yes indeed. Are we there yet?
Hyperglot: a person who is fluent or proficient in at least six or more languages.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I would love to be able to do that, not just for communication but to have some insight into how people with other languages think. I'm learning Spanish almost all my adult life and forget more than I pick up.
In regards to uncommon words (not one in particular).
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Keep the language alive but remember the poor guy in the movie Idiocracy when he used big words. They called him a faggot!
I was raised Catholic and always questioned why priests and nuns could never get married.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Yes indeed, and what about women who cannot have children. Should they and their partners abstain from sex?
Made a group recently for any WNYer's ( g:559 ). Are there any out there?
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Have you guys got a certain way about you - idiosyncrasies or mannerisms - like New York Jews perhaps?
I posted this video last week in World Music Group, but it had hardly any views.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Oh my poor debilitated libido did well to survive that. I thought I had heard it before but thought it was a bit like The Handsome Family's 'Far From Any Road'. But no, it goes back to 1967.
One of my favorite pieces of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Summer. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Excellent. Lovely, lively piece of music!
What is your Idea about the "SUPREME BEING"?
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I think there might be something out there. I'm not as certain as you are. It might be a cosmic consciousness, as per Eastern thought, and that probably means we are also part of that eternal consciousness. I have no idea what that could mean in terms of morality.
Just got back from a 1600 mile ride up the California, Oregon coast beautiful ride 55° to 65° F.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I have very fond memories of Highway 101, over to Eugene and then on up I5 to Seattle. We had travelled from Seattle to Disneyland via I5 and I wanted to see the Pacific Coast in case I never got the chance again.
Does anybody else want a Viking Funeral?
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Yes but I want to be dead first.
The S.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I never know whether to sympathise with people who miss their parents or envy them. I don't miss mine but I doubt my apathy is a good thing. That is a nice prose/poem.
John Williams. - Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto de Aranjuez (adagio) [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Real men don't play gittar sitting down but I guess he's not too bad!
Where's the love?
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
It's understandable to think of love in the OT in terms of love for God or love for his commandments and apart from that see nothing but hate for those who don't accept that god or break his laws. You can see lots of evidence of hatred in Leviticus and Deuteronomy where the curse is laid out for those who won't live according to the law. Very few people comment on the blessings. And even fewer talk about the laws demanding right behaviour towards the alien residents in the land, along with the duty towards widows and orphans. One of the most enlightened laws concerned the freedom from servitude which came about legally during years of Jubilee. According to the OT, the laws were not obeyed so that the love of God could shine through and that's why they lost the blessing and suffered the curse of annihilation or exile.
Wasn't sure I wanted to post this here or in the Gun Control group but since I decided it's more a ...
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
"Was he mad or was he furious'? I fear labelling these perpretators as mad seriously holds up a proper understanding of the problem. We could get away with such lazy conclusions when very few commit these atrocities, even though we might still be wrong. I think we need to think in terms of a social malaise that engenders fury. I feel the malaise is the lack of meaning in the lives of people that takes them from bitterness to nihilism to mass murder.
cordwainer = a maker of shoes
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Cobblers!
Greetings from Genesee country
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I always wanted to visit Italy!
Today in Kansas: Dude breaks his wife out of prison, gets in a fire fight with deputies while ...
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I hope that's 2.30 in the afternoon.
It better rain
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Absolutely - honest Injun!
I heard the Salvation Army are saving 'fallen women'.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Sin is enjoyable but exotic sin is delightful.
If "god" made me in his image, he/she must be a real ass!
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Don't worry , all is not lost. You just need Jesus in your heart and you'll see God in your mirror!
PARADOX: par-a-dox.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2018:
An ingenious paradox from Gilbert and Sullivan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7FsoMXqENw

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