Hi There! I'm a 37 year old nerd-boy that lives in lovely, lovely New Jersey. (center of all known reality) My current job offers me lots of time to play on the web, so I usually respond to e-mail and LJ comments fairly quickly. I'm also a librarian, so feel free to direct your research questions here. I'm an irrepressible flirt, but I'm happily married to a truly wonderful woman who puts up with my evil, Satanic ways, and makes a damn good tortellini salad.
People sometimes ask me why I always put "Hi There!" at the head of all my responses. It happened thus: I just always like putting a greeting on top of my messages. It feels naked without one. For a long time, "Hi There!" just became a basic, inoffensive, yet friendly greeting.
Now it's pretty much muscle-memory. Whenever I see a blank text window, my fingers just go to the H-i-T-h-e-r-e-! keys.
I also do this so that when some Alien Shapeshifter comes to earth and kills me to assume my idenity, my e-mail acquaintences can have that m elodramatic sci-fi movie moment when they stop and say: "He didn't write "Hi There!", KILL HIM, it's evil!!!"
Other people ask me why I look so much like Tim Robbins. I wish I knew. :)
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When the Church says, "This is God and we have this God defined in our creeds and spelled out in our doctrines and dogmas," what you really have is an absolute expression of idolatry. -- John Shelby Spong.
[Homer can't stop the monorail] Marge: I've brought somebody to help you. Homer: Is it Batman? Marge: It's a scientist. Homer: Batman's a scientist. Marge: It's NOT Batman.
" Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -- Marianne Williamson.
"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask for something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure" -- Bill Scheel, as quoted by a Starbucks Coffee Cup.
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"There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck. Fall in love whenever you can." -- Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
"The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly colored and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, 'Hey – don't worry, don't be afraid ever, because this is just a ride ...' And we ... kill those people. Ha ha, 'Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real.' It's just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter, because – it's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."