A Song Of Ice And Fire A Game Of Thrones

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Advantages: Complex characters, plot told from different viewpoints, realistic morality Disadvantages: Depressing The first book of the Song of Ice and Fire series is my first foray into George R.R. Martin’s world. Before I was introduced to his work, I was mainly a Robert Jordan fan. Upon reading A Game of Thrones, I realized that […]


The Dark Side Of Camelot

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What if that magical world of Arthur had really existed? What if we only had part of the story? What if Camelot still existed? No longer in the hands of Arthur or his knights, but in the hands of Morgen le Fey and her court who are determined to reconstruct the Round Table and use […]


Quest For The Source Of Darkness Book Review

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Quest for the Source of Darkness, Patricia Perry’s first novel, has an action fantasy story line with a strong mystery theme and an interesting romantic twist. This is no short novel, at 422 pages you’ll be kept entertained for quite a while. The main hero character is a strong and gifted woman who is stricken […]


Born Evil Book Review

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Author of two books and many short stories, J.P. Ransom is busily writing a series of books called Colla’d Greens and two more upcoming books including a sequel to Born Evil. Born Evil is a compact, 150-page book that is printed on acid-free paper – which may be of interest to the environmentally conscious consumer. […]


Goku Friends The Invasion Of Dragon Ball Z

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Dragon Ball Z is an anime show that has gone from cult following to smash sensation in the United States. What started out as a cult following among high school and college students has spread to enjoy a more mainstream popularity among these younger groups, while continuing to expand through other demographics. A Japanese creation, […]


Narcissist Vs Psychopath

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We all heard the terms “psychopath” or “sociopath”. These are the old names for a patient with the Antisocial Personality Disorder (AsPD). It is hard to distinguish narcissists from psychopaths. The latter may simply be a less inhibited and less grandiose form of the former. Indeed, the DSM V Committee is considering to abolish this […]


Birthday Cards A Brief History

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Have you noticed just how large the card section at your local grocery store has become? Did you know that there are entire businesses devoted to the selling of cards? One of the biggest occasions is someone’s birthday, and the sheer volume of available cards leaves many a would-be customer somewhat breathless in the attempt […]


Why Do We Celebrate Fun Birthdays

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Apart from the obvious answer about why we celebrate fun birthdays… have you ever stopped to think about this age-old tradition? Birthdays date way back in history to a time when people originally feared evil spirits. These evil spirits were thought to be more active on the day of your birth. Family and friends would […]


Woody Allen S Match Point 2005

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The very first line I ever heard Woody Allen speak was a joke on the Tonight show concerning theological issues, about how, during a divinity test, he cheated by “looking into the soul of the girl sitting next to me.” I believe that he used a clip from such a stand up routine in one […]


The One You Love To Hate

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Many of the best stories in fiction have both an antagonist and a protagonist. The protagonist is the main character or hero that we cheer on and hope conquers all. The antagonist is the story’s villain. The best bad guys are the ones we love to hate. We don’t need to know why they are […]


Who Is Evil

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The world is made of good and evil people. There are some, who are nothing but emperors of evilness. Hitler was one such person. There are many like him. But we also have evil persons in our society who are generally not considered evil, but are evil. Let me give my thoughts on such people. […]


Americas Falling Morality

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Americas Falling Morality. 2 Corinthians 11:13-11:15 Americas Falling Morality. Morals in America have been on the down-cline in the past 20 years. Today we read of sex scandles from Catholic Priest, one right after another. Presbyterian Churches are considering, embracing gays as Ministers, Episcopalian Church accepts gays as Priest, and will vote on making Bishops […]


Why Does God Allow Suffering In The World

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Evil, pain and suffering are never far from us. Why does God allow it? Can a loving God allow suffering? Why does God allow suffering? How do we reconcile a caring god, a god of power, with a god who allows evil to happen? * Tragedies and suffering flood the news. Why? * Evil and […]


Narcissism And Evil

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In his bestselling “People of the Lie”, Scott Peck claims that narcissists are evil. Are they? The concept of “evil” in this age of moral relativism is slippery and ambiguous. The “Oxford Companion to Philosophy” (Oxford University Press, 1995) defines it thus: “The suffering which results from morally wrong human choices.” To qualify as evil […]


Is Self Esteem Contrary To Christianity

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The philosophy of self-esteem is probably the most influential doctrine to arrive on the scene in Christendom’s recent history. At least in my lifetime, it has had as much affect, if not even more, on evangelical Christianity than the modern tongues movement that surfaced in the late 1960’s. Not only has self-esteem psychology crept into […]


The Malignant Optimism Of The Abused

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I often come across sad examples of the powers of self-delusion that the narcissist provokes in his victims. It is what I call “malignant optimism”. People refuse to believe that some questions are unsolvable, some diseases incurable, some disasters inevitable. They see a sign of hope in every fluctuation. They read meaning and patterns into […]