11.9.02

I found a lovely piece by Horace in the book I bought yesterday. All about war in Arabia. Have quoted it in

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Picked up my hearing aids today. Everything is SO loud. Will take some getting used to.

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September 11, 11/9, is well on the way to being over. We need to just get past the evening programmes on TV. Not one channel has anything else except stuff about this. I saw something about a media fast for the day. Well, I'll be fasting tonight. It was an absolutely dreadful thing to happen. It was even more horrendous that human beings could plot this and carry it out, even those affected by their brand of fundamentalism. I'm not so sure that at least in Australia such media attention is warranted. I've seen the trailers and most of it is very maudlin. There seems to be little of any real reflection and understanding in what's on offer.

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10.9.02

I went to Ashfield today and walked for some exercise. Only about two minutes from my house, a second hand bookshop has opened up. It's also a book binding business and they buy/sell old records too. I went to inquire what they meant by "old" as I have some very old pressings of Nellie Melba and others from around the time of World War I. That was a bit too old for their requirements although they may be interested in the Melba.

I didn't have much time to look, unfortunately, but had a bit of a poke around and picked up C.S.Lewis' A Grief Observed for $2. I have read the book, but did not have a copy. I also picked up a paperback translation with Latin text as well of Horace's Odes for the same price. I love second hand book shops and could spend hours in them.

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I collect my new hearing aids tomorrow morning early. I am looking forward to being able to hear, but am not gleefully anticipating the adapting process. Not only that, but I loathe things in my ears. I won't even use a walkman or similar because of it. However, I recognise that the time has come when i really must do something. I am looking forward to being able to hear well at seminars now. I'm praying that the adapting to the aids will be short.

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Computer problems last night. Burning smell but nothing more, so I switched everything off. When I rng my IT consultant son, he suggested that it probably needed a good cleanout after all the renovation dust floating around here for weeks. Besides, it hasn't been opened since he replaced a hard drive about 5 years ago. So I opened it up this morning on the deck outside. It was filthy. Cleaned everything out and gave the fan a good clean too. turned it back on and all worked. Then two hours later, the burning smell returned. I have a suspicion it is the power supply on the way out. The computer is basically a geriatric. My son gave it to me when the original "Intel inside" Pentiums first started. So if I am not around here much, it will be because of that. I'm currently using my husband's computer, but won't be able to do that much.

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9.9.02

Bible Study Tools on crosswalk.com

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Greek Bible

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"My life's learning curve is full of chicanes." Graffiti in Ginger Meggs ' comic. The Sydney Morning Herald

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8.9.02

I was reading an interesting article by Stephanie Dowrick in the Good Weekend magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the author of Forgiveness and other Acts of Love and many other books. While some of what she has to say is a bit too "New Age" type stuff for me, a lot is very sound advice, which a Christian could readily agree with. The article I was reading was on respect. She said that many thought that respect had to be earned by a person. She suggests that it is a lack of self respect that gives rise to such things as road rage and tantrums. We can only respect others as we respect ourselves. While I will have to think about this some more, I think that perhaps there is a mixture involved here. Certainly, I know that I no longer respect a certain person because of things done and words spoken by that person. I even have problems giving respect purely on the basis of the position held. However, that is an isolated instance and I cannot think of another person of whom I would think that way.

Perhaps it is because my self respect has been damaged by that person? I'm thinking out loud here, so to speak. While I know that I am NOT any of the things that have been said to me and do not deserve what has been done, nevertheless, damage has been done. I have no problems with other people. I thought that the damage had been repaired. There hasn't been a corresponding rise in respect for the person, however. In fact, I'm not even sure that I want to respect that person in certain areas. I can recognise achievements made and some characteristics, but definitely not all. Does that mean I haven't forgiven the betrayal and abuse? I thought I had and have prayed about it many times. I really believe I have.

Food for thought here. When I started this post, I had no idea I would be led here. It was basically a comment about respect.

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It's been a while since I posted here. Combination of factors. Computer has been a bit dodgy. I've been away as well. I seem to have fixed computer for now, but might have to ask my computer guru son to have a look. I think its basic problem is that it needs more memory. He put it together several years ago for me and gave me a new printer as well. However, more programs need more memory now and I'm sure this needs an upgrade.

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And yet another tool, Blue Letter Bible There are heaps of helps out there on the web for Bible study, some more helpful than others. I have the top of the line software by a couple of groups, but tend to use readily linked on-line programs most of the time, because of ease of access.

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It looks like a morning of links today. Here is another useful tool, The Unbound Bible

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I really like this site, Sacred Space - the prayer site run by the Irish Jesuits. I often go there and just use their prompts for prayer and meditation on God. They suggest spending perhaps ten minutes. I spend much more than that there at times. I find it calming and inspirational and often follow their more detailed prompts in prayer.

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