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John C.

"Welcome to the Lava Pit"

Tucson, AZ, USA
male, age 62
married, 1 child
Speaks: English
Joined Sep 11, 2004
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The Church has said that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow upon the Moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church.
                                Ferdinand Magellan








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It is difficult to undo our own damage, and to recall to our presence that which we have asked to leave. It is hard to desecrate a grove and change your mind. The holy mountains keep their silence. We doused the burning bush and cannot rekindle it; we are lighting matches under every green tree. Did the wind used to cry, and the hills shout forth praise? Now speech has perished from the lifeless things of the earth, and living things say very little to very few. Birds may crank out sweet gibberish and monkeys howl; horses neighand pigs say, as you recall, oink oink. But so do cobbles rumble when a wave recedes, and thunders break the air in lightning storms.I call these noises silence.It could be wherever there is motion there is noise, as when a whale breaches and smacks the water-and wherever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God speaking from the whirlwind, natures old song and dance. The show we drove from town.

Now it is all we can do, and among our best efforts to try and teach a given human language, English, to chimpanzees.

In the forties an American psychologist and his wife tried to teach a chimp to actually speak. At the end of three years the creature could pronounce, in a hoarse whisper, the words, “mama,” “papa,” and “cup.” After another three years of training she could whisper only “mama,” “papa,” and “cup.” The successes of at teaching chimpanzees American sign language are well known. Not long ago a chimp told us, if we can believe that we truly share a vocabulary, that she had been sad in the morning. I’m sorry we asked.

What have we been doing all these centuries but trying to call God back to the mountain, or failing that, raise a peep out of anything that isn’t us? What is the difference between a cathedral and a psysics lab? Are they not both saying: hello?

We spy on whales and interstellar radio objects; we starve ourselves and pray till we’re blue.

Annie Dillard

Teaching a Stone to Talk



 
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Groups American Coyote Awareness, Astrology Graphics Of the 12 Characters and Meaning, Global Alliance to Ban GMOs, How Popular Psychology, Psychiatry & Social Work May Harm You, NATURE PROVIDES, Off the Beaten Path, THE LEFT THE RIGHT AND BEYOND, The Round Table, The Town Crier, The World's Food Basket, ThePetitionSite Center, Truth, Politics, and Life, Witchcraft Ezine Discussion Group
Hometown Bronx, NY 
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Birthday March 31, 1952  
Languages English  
About Me Learning to master the art of harmonizing chaos
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  Lifestyle
Pets 3 cats, 5 dogs  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Moderate
Religions Spiritual but not religious  
Eating Habits Coffee - Now!  
Wild Fact About Me I grow cactus gardens and desert trees for fun.
(you try it!) I am a tracker by profession, and earn my living through my hobby as a mechanic.
My Philosophy You can tell a persons ambitions by what tempts them. Their character by what does not.
What Gives Me Hope People who take responsibility for the life that surrounds them
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by To show each polarity that they own what the other needs. (cooperate!)
What/who changed my life and why "LopEye", a villager in Laos, taught me my philosophy.
What Bugs Me sacrifice offered foolishly  
Passions making things that don't work, go anyway  
Inspirations living against the odds  
What Scares Me inabiity to appreciate  
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Role Models My muse  
Quotation Times of crisis bring out the higher qualities of the good and the great, but they will never change the nature of the vicious and the selfish. Abe Lincoln
Interests religion, READING!, Spirituality/Philosophy, Astrology, Geneology, pets, Wildlife, Archaeology, Architecture, Aromatherapy, Artifacts/Traditional Pieces, Feng Shui, Gardening/Farming, History, Landscaping, Meteorology, Mythology / Folklore, Paleontology, Pets  
Books I'm pretty well read. Trust me  
Music Mostly New Age I guess, though Evanescence made an impact  
Movies Last of the Mohicans, Tolkien's trilogy, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile  
TV Shows At my age, the weather channel & discovery  
Favorite Foods Anything on the water smoker  
Favorite Places These days, home  
Can't Live Without Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit  
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    Simone D. (1481)

    Dear John,
    Happy Belated birthday dear friend.  I hope you had a wonderful day.

    Happy Birthday


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    John, All of us "critters" want to wish you a wonderful birthday, and many more!  I hope your day is fantastic!
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