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I read a very disturbing story today online. It was about a 12 year old girl who told her mother she was being molested by her stepfather. The mother did not want to believe the girl so instead of telling the police she took her daughter to First Missionary Baptist Church to get counseling from a preacher.

The preacher, Rev. Daryl P. Bujak,  brutally spanked the girl because he thought she needed to learn not to lie. Bujak would tell her to “bend over and grab her ankles” then he would proceed to hit her at least 15 to 25 times with a piece of molding he kept hidden in his office. On many occasions he left her covered in whelps and the mother knew about it! The number of hits from the preacher would be determined by how many lies the mother said the young girl had told since her last counseling session.

Eventually the mother started to believe her daughter’s story and the stepfather now faces 5 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. The young girl’s mother did not report the rape to police until the stepfather had filed for divorce which is all too convenient. The really sad part is that Bujak was barely punished at all. He was fined less than $400 and did not get in trouble for failure to report the rape to police. Bujak was convicted of two counts of battery but won’t serve any jail time.

The girl is now 16 and she had to testify against the preacher in court. I think the mother should face charges as well. She put her daughter through Hell simply because she didn’t want to believe what she was being told. That little girl was sexually abused at home and then beaten at church. She even said that she had to sit on her hands during normal church services because of the whelps on her bottom. She was let down by her mother, her biological father, her stepfather, the church, the preacher, the other members of her family and the justice system.  She’ll be in my thoughts  for a long time. I’ll pray that she finds kind, caring and supportive people to be in her life and help her through this tragedy.

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I am frustrated and a bit annoyed at all of the 11:11 theories popping up all over the internet. The 11:11 phenomenon has been in my life for 12 years now. I have talked to as many people as I possibly could to figure out what it means in my life while also listening to the experiences of others. The number one thing that I have noticed over the years about 11:11 is that it shows up in everyone’s life differently and no two people have the exact same experience.

This means that all of the sites that say 11:11 is a wake up call is only true for some of those who experience it. To others it might be a warning, a signal from a spirit guide or have any number of meanings attached to it. It doesn’t make the 11:11 phenomena less credible but it does mean that research and gathering information about it is more difficult.

Most psychic experiences stand out and that is why you are more likely to pay attention to them. They don’t happen all the time or we wouldn’t be able to distinguish a psychic thought from a normal one. The 11:11 phenomena however does happen frequently and that is exactly why it stands out so much. Its different from our normal thoughts and experiences yet it happens at such a pace that coincidence and chance can often be ruled out within a short time period.

There is much more for us to learn about why we see 11:11. I have yet to find one answer that would fit everyone so I think we should all keep looking. Read the advice of Uri Geller, Solara, etc but don’t think that what they say must be true for you. Their answers will only work for some people, not all.

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Here are some videos I found on college humor. They will make you laugh…a lot.

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1904125

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1903846

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1903309


I would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center. I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and you enter
it as easily as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.

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I loved the recent Daily Show when Jon Stewart crushed Jim Cramer on his show. It was the best. In the beginning I thought Cramer would come out fighting because Stewart had made a few zingers before Cramer came onto the set but that didn’t happen. Cramer kept apologizing for his show, promising to “do better”. It was funny yet sad at the same time. Stewart let him have it. He told Cramer that he needs to be more professional and stop giving people bad advice with their money. Cramer even admitted that information on his show, which is supposed to financially help people, is sometimes taken at face value and not fact checked before they use the information on air. The biggest issue Stewart had with Cramer and with CNBC is that he claims CNBC knew about what was going on with Wallstreet but did not tell the public. I recommend looking up this Daily Show episode on google or YT and watching it or at least the part with Stewart interviewing Cramer. Its funny and informative at the same time. Stewart can now rightfully say “victory is mine!”.

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“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

“To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.”

“What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?”

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

“The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.”

“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.”

Read this story, despite what path you are on in life

The Three Trees Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!” The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it’s way to the ocean. “I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!” The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.”

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain. The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his ax, the first tree fell. “Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!” The first tree said. The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his ax, the second tree fell. “Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. “I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!” The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me,” he muttered. With a swoop of his ax, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river; instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. “What happened?” The once tall tree wondered. “All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”

Many, many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox. “I wish I could make a cradle for him.” her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. “This manger is beautiful.” she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew she was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything. It had made the first tree beautiful. It had made the second tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

GLENDALE, AZ—With their hilarious put-downs of each other and classic back-and-forth bickering in front of neighbors, local married couple David and Sheila Holt are quietly becoming one of Glendale’s favorite comedy teams, sources reported Monday.

Though David and Sheila remain unaware of their comedy duo status, friends and family members maintain that the couple’s uproarious act, including their famous “It’s all your fault—this whole stupid mess is your goddamn fault” routine, is more than enough reason to check them out.

“They’re like the perfect odd couple,” said neighbor Michael Pecore, a self-described fan, who has watched the Holts perform countless times from his living room window. “Whether they’re arguing over home mortgage payments, or delivering one of their trademark ‘Jesus Christ, what more do you want from me?’ zingers, David and Sheila never disappoint. I can listen to them all night long from across the street and not get tired of it.”

According to neighborhood sources, David and Sheila are best known for their rapid-fire exchanges, impeccable timing, and ability to play off each other’s insecurities for hours on end. Witnesses claim the duo also excels at a wide variety of comedic styles, from observational musings on why the godforsaken lights are always on in the house, to more slapstick fare, such as the time Sheila threw David’s new rotary saw into the pool.

The married couple also often works blue.

“They do this thing where they’re having a fight and both of them are yelling at each other, but they’re each yelling about completely different things, and, like, they don’t realize it the entire time,” said close friend Samantha Meyers, who has attended a number of dinner parties at the Holts’ home. “I think I’ve seen that one bit maybe 10 times now.”

In addition to their sidesplitting, off-color fights, David and Sheila are famous for several different characters they play. These include Sheila’s my-mother-was-right-about-you-all-along homemaker and David’s boozy drunk, a reoccurring character who comes home late from work, spends the next three hours silently consuming alcohol in the den, and finally tumbles down the stairs before uttering his wry catchphrase, “Fucking life.”

“Sometimes it’s not so much what they say, but more their physical mannerisms that crack me up,” said Harold Baker, a mailman who often passes the married couple’s home on his route. “Last week, Sheila was in the driveway and she asked David if he had remembered to check on the dryer like she asked, and well, David shot her this deadpan look that was absolutely priceless.”

“I like David,” Baker continued. “He’s my favorite.”

The husband and wife team, together now for almost 20 years, reportedly performs all around the Glendale area. In the past month alone, David and Sheila have done their act in the dairy aisle of a nearby supermarket, in line at the bank, and wherever David happens to bring up the fact that other men don’t have to spend every waking moment next to their suffocating wives.

“They were doing all their tried-and-true stuff at Home Depot yesterday,” said Steven Weathers, an employee at the home improvement store. “You know, the old ‘push the cart where I need you to push the damn cart’ number, and that great bait-and-switch thing where David says he has to use the bathroom, but then takes off for half an hour.”

“Well, I was watching them, when all of a sudden they roll out this amazing new bit,” Weathers continued. “I don’t remember it exactly, but it started with Sheila accidentally dropping a vase on the ground, and then, I think, David, he just lets out this monster sigh, which makes Sheila really angry, so she—and this is the crazy part—slaps him in the face, and David looks at her, and he’s almost crying, and he says, ‘I want a divorce. I’m not happy. I haven’t been happy for years.'”

Said Weathers, “Man, how do they come up with this stuff?”

Despite their popularity, rumors about the couple’s future have spread in recent days, with some even speculating that the legendary twosome may be thinking about calling it quits.

“I can’t believe they’re breaking up—they were so great together,” neighbor Michael Rosenbloom said. “I wish I had known they were having problems. I probably could have done something to help.”

The Onion

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I stumbled across this site the other day. I think its very creative. You can see more of these pics at their website

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This is their intro:

Borrowing from science fiction and science fact, Insect Lab customizes real insect specimens with antique watch parts. From beetles to butterflies to scorpions, every work is a celebration of the contradictions and confluences between nature and technology.

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we need to find another way
of being who we are
we’ve punch holes in the canopy
there is no blanket of protection
from the elements now

the only consolation I have
is that the past does fade
new weavers will come
to mend the broken pieces
of life’s intricate fabric

beads of water will glitter
in the warmth of new sunsets
new growth will emerge
like a phoenix from the ashes

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