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  1. The Rate of Progress

    Lately I have been watching season 2 of the delightful British series "Lark Rise to Candleford", and also reading Upton Sinclair's "Oil" (which the movie "There Will Be Blood" was based on). Now "Lark Rise" is set in the 1880's and "Oil" opens in the year 1912. Only 30 years separates them but what a difference those 30 years make! "Lark Rise" is still very much in the horse and buggy, pre-electricity era; with "Oil" we are seeing the start of our own era. There is much that is familiar...
  2. Paul in the Twenty-First Century: A Fantasy

    One day the Apostle Paul and his companions were walking along a dusty road in what is now Turkey when all of a sudden a bright light shone around them and Paul fell to the ground. When he awoke, his companions were nowhere to be seen. Instead, he found himself in a city. But it was like no city he had ever seen. There was absolutely nothing familiar about it at all. Strangely dressed people were passing by, talking in a language he couldn't understand. Many of them appeared to have a...
  3. How About Some Magic? (Acts 13)

    When we last left our merry band of apostles they were all down at Cornelius' villa on the Mediterranean enjoying a pig roast and potluck and eating all kinds of things they'd never thought of eating before. Since then there have been some big changes. Peter is now out of the picture and the focus is increasingly on Paul (formerly known as Saul). We join them now on Cyprus, at yet another Roman villa, this one owned by the proconsul Sergius Paulus. Now Sergius is an actual historical...
  4. A Theory of Everything

    I have been watching a series of videos entitled "The Elegant Universe" about the quest to find a theory of everything. Now, math is definitely not my strongest subject and I get hung up even thinking about atoms and their constituent parts, so this is way over my head. If I understand the question correctly, there are at least four forces in nature; three of them agree with each other and the fourth stands on its own and won't fit in with the other three. The three that agree with each...
  5. Mick Avory is an aspie in my eyes

    After a lifetime of being dedicated to The Kinks and after reading about AS from many sources, I have a hunch that Mick Avory is a possible Aspergian. He looks very young for his age. He has a larger than average head. His eye-contact is a little on the weak side. He never really looked at the photographer's eyes or the camera, unless it was a very rare occasion. He usually looked out of the left or right corners of his eyes, depending where the photographer was standing. He never...
  6. This is the better site

    This is the better site. It's more colourful. There are also these added perks like awards and the option to post a personalized graphic at the bottom. This is also a good place for me to start over. I don't have to prove anything to anybody here. There's also no need for me to spam my interests because most of you are getting to know me as I truly am today, instead of getting to know a different me, three years ago. :)
  7. A little confused.

    So I've been dating this guy, and I am really starting to fall for him. He is very sweet, but is moody like I, and does not understand how hard communication is for me. I have told him about my son being on the spectrum, and he knows a little about it but not in depth. I have not told him I am scared to because of what previous people have said once I told them. I am finding it difficult to have conversations about my emotions,when on the inside I am crying out and screaming them. I...
  8. Diversity

    It is funny how life seems to run in patterns sometimes. The other day I blogged about a sermon I heard that disturbed me because I thought it was sending misleading messages about communicating with people, and today my employer held a class on listening skills! It was called "Listening in a Hectic World" and was comprised of short videos illustrating typical on-the-job situations which the class then discusses and analyzes. Being Aspie, I find these classes very helpful because they...
  9. Disturbed

    Well, I returned to the little church I have been attending off and on, and at first it started pretty encouraging. I was talking to one of the members about my conflict between faith and science and how it relates to my Aspergers. It turns out he is a teacher and has several Asperger students in his class. Instead of giving me standard canned answers, he seemed to genuinely listen and was not shocked at what I was saying. Then came time for the pastor's sermon. Now I have heard...
  10. The Futility of Talking to Whirlwinds

    Thinking about Lamentations has made me start thinking of Job. Personally, I think Job is far and away the most subversive book in the Bible. I am really surprised that it made the final cut for both the Jewish and Christian versions, because if you read it carefully, it turns a lot of assumptions on end. Job starts out with a barroom bet between God and Satan. God is bragging on how faithful "my servant Job" is to him and Satan says, "Aw, that's just because you're good to him. Take...
  11. From Morning Till Night They Make Fun Of Me

    This morning I returned to the little storefront church to hear my friend preach. You could tell he was a bit nervous, this being his first time, but I think he did a good job. Much better than I would in the same situation. I was expecting him to preach on Acts, since that was where I left them two weeks ago, but for some reason he chose the third chapter of the Book of Lamentations. Now, Lamentations, like Job, is not an "easy" book. If you are looking for "Chicken Soup" you will...
  12. Singled Out

    One of the things that many of us have problems with is being singled out. It seems we are never singled out for anything good; it is always something bad, like reprimands. To this day I inwardly cringe when someone (especially a supervisor) says, "I want to talk with you a moment." Yet this is something we need to learn to deal with, because while being singled out may diminish in time, it never really goes away, and can crop up at the most unexpected times. And you just have to...
  13. Mercury

    Every morning when I log on at work I like to check the Weather Channel to find out what is going on. This morning when I logged on it was showing the first close-up photographs ever taken of the planet Mercury. I wanted to call over to my co-workers, "come here, you need to see this," but of course they wouldn't understand how significant this was. So I just sat there in stunned silent wonder. Most of the people here on this forum seem to be pretty young, so you've grown up in an era...
  14. Food Fight (More about Cornelius)

    In my previous blog I wrote about Cornelius the Roman Centurion who appears in chapter 10 of the Book of Acts. I'm really having fun with this guy so bear with me. The big deal about Cornelius joining the church was that he was a Gentile and the others were all Jewish. That meant that they couldn't eat with him, or he with them, which is kind of a downer when it comes to potlucks. But then Peter, the leader of the early church, had a vision in which God said that he was repealing all the...
  15. Cornelius The Centurion (Acts 10)

    Last Sunday I did something I don't normally do. I went to church. It was a small storefront evangelical church that opened up a few years back, and I had heard that one of my co-workers was going to be preaching there. It turned out he wasn't scheduled to preach that Sunday, but I stayed anyway. They had been studying the Book of Acts in the New Testament and were now up to chapter 10. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Acts (or Acts of the Apostles) is an idealized history...
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