Hmm... December 2006

A Christian is not a Christian simply because she agrees to conform her life to some set of external principles or dogmas, or because at a particular moment in her life, she experienced a rupture and changed herself entirely. She is a Christian primarily because she acts like one. She loves and forgives; she listens and prays; she contemplates and befriends; her faith and her life fuse into an unself-conscious unity that affirms a tradition of moral life and yet also makes it her own. In that nonfundamentalist understanding of faith, practice is more important than theory, love is more important than law, and mystery is seen as an insight into truth rather than an obstacle.

Andrew Sullivan,
TIME, Oct. 9, 2006

The 9/11 attacks had no lasting impact on Americans’ faith according to research from the Barna Group. Initially there was a spike in church attendance, and many Americans said that their faith had helped them cope with the trauma caused by the atrocities. But by January 2002 churchgoing was back to normal levels. Religious beliefs stabilized even more quickly and are now identical to those held before the attacks. In a footnote, the authors also note that the number of Muslims in the US is unchanged from the number before 9/11.

Confidence that one is of value and significance as a unique individual is one of the most precious possessions which anyone can have.

Anthony Storr

Poverty is not natural. It is man made and can be overcome by the actions of human beings.

Nelson Mandela

  • Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • Cats do not have a collarbone, which allows them to fit through any opening the size of their head.
  • Their field of vision doesn’t extend directly below their nose, and that’s why it’s sometimes hard for cats to find tidbits on the floor.
  • Meowing is reserved for humans. A cat will almost never meow at another cat.
  • A frightened cat can run at speeds of up to 31 m.p.h., slightly faster than a human sprinter.
  • A group of cats is called a clowder.
  • Like humans, cats can be either left or right-pawed.
  • Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, about the same pace as an idling diesel engine.
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