Stories and life

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Gibbs, redheads (and Kate)

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0915 NCIS: Los Angeles 2x01

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0915 Rizzoli & Isles 1x09

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0915 Castle 2x01

Ten books which have impacted me over the years

1. The Bible - living in a nation very much impacted by Christianity and its hundreds of thousands of variations, its influence goes far, far beyond the time I’ve read it and tried to apply its teachings to my life, when I’ve tried to figure out what’s actually truth and what’s the opinion of some fundamentalist/evangelical with their own ulterior motives.

2. Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconnelli

3. The Shack by William Paul Young

4. Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

These three books helped me hold on to Christianity at a time when I realized I couldn’t jump through all the fundamentalist/evangelical hoops and be a ‘true believer’. 

5. God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

The first book I recall reading that was written by an atheist. I may have thought I was going to get hit by a bolt of lightning.

6. Ball Four by Jim Bouton

Read this as a kid and was impressed by the unglossed realism of the author’s tale of the 1969 Seattle Pilots baseball team. Coming from an American, white male athlete’s perspective (and from the late 60s), it’s raw, profane, somewhat vulgar and real, and not for everyone (my dad was really offended by it when I showed him my library book copy as a teenager)

7. Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

I never fully understood all of the concepts the author conveyed when I read this classic as a kid. But I was into sci-fi, and I guess it seemed accessible enough to me to pique my interest. It definitely helped further my love of the genre.

8. The David Kopay Story

Stumbled across this one years and years ago in the public library. This autobiographical tale of the first openly gay player in NFL history (not to be confused with Michael Sam; Kopay came out after he retired). A definite eye-opener.

9. Legion of Super-Heroes

My favorite comic of all time. It furthered my love of both comics and sci-fi. I began reading as a little kid (because my favorite hero Superboy was involved). Its glory years were in the mid to late 80s, when Paul Levitz and a host of artists (including Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle and Greg Larocque) wove multiple storylines encompassing a host of genres, including soaps, fantasy and superheroics. My only regret is outside of Crisis, the LSH never crossed over with the JLA or the Titans. What New Teen Titans were to many people, LSH was to me. 

10. The Stand by Stephen King

Although this book is as thick as the Bible and War & Peace (or does it only seem that way?), it took me no time at all to read through it. Set against a backdrop of a virus that kills 99 percent of humanity, this tale of good and evil has stayed with me over the years

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oldgray:

fromseveralroomsaway:

leannewoodfull:

lutefisktacoandbeer:

kittymudface:

It gets better—the guy is deaf, and he taught his cat the sign for “food.” So the cat’s not just saying “put that in my mouth,” it’s actually signing

Not only that, but if you notice at the beginning, the cat *gets the man’s attention* as any person who wanted to talk to a deaf/hoh individual would (well, and vice versa IME). I’ve done sign since I was 5, and generally, w/o eye contact initially, you wave a hand or lightly touch the arm (if that’s ok with the person you’re trying to converse with, of course). Generally, adult cats meow mostly to humans, but this cat has figured out that’s not going to work and has adapted. Animal companions! They are INCREDIBLE.

Amazing.

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND LOOK AT THIS CAT.

this is pretty remarkable 

oldgray:

fromseveralroomsaway:

leannewoodfull:

lutefisktacoandbeer:

kittymudface:

It gets better—the guy is deaf, and he taught his cat the sign for “food.” So the cat’s not just saying “put that in my mouth,” it’s actually signing

Not only that, but if you notice at the beginning, the cat *gets the man’s attention* as any person who wanted to talk to a deaf/hoh individual would (well, and vice versa IME). I’ve done sign since I was 5, and generally, w/o eye contact initially, you wave a hand or lightly touch the arm (if that’s ok with the person you’re trying to converse with, of course). 
Generally, adult cats meow mostly to humans, but this cat has figured out that’s not going to work and has adapted. Animal companions! They are INCREDIBLE.

Amazing.

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND LOOK AT THIS CAT.

this is pretty remarkable 

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0907 Rizzoli & Isles 1x09

0907 Rizzoli & Isles 1x09

0907 Castle 2x01

0907 Castle 2x01