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by Sibyl
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Other Orson Scott Card Novels, Stories and Adaptations
Topic: magic. hart's. empire.
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

I've been feeling a little guilty about the response I posted here, and feel a little more clarification is in order. I'd say "Hart's Hope" might be considered Great Literature, given another generation or two for the academics to notice it. But Great Literature isn't always"enjoyable." Either here ...
by Sibyl
Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: Other Orson Scott Card Novels, Stories and Adaptations
Topic: magic. hart's. empire.
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

Re: magic. hart's. empire.

I got the following books from the library but I don't have time to read them all, can you recommend or rank them by personal preference for me? Thanks 1. Empire 2. Hart's Hope 3. Magic Street Sorry, I wanted to add I am not looking for a review, just whether or not you enjoyed them. 1. Magic Stree...
by Sibyl
Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:54 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: G. K. Chesterton: Where do I start?
Replies: 12
Views: 3664

Doesn't this belong in the book section? Or is that the place where new topics have to be started by a bookish mod? Anyway, Chesterton is long enough ago that pretty much everything he wrote, in its original editions anyway, is out of copyright, and well enough known that most or all of it is in the...
by Sibyl
Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Lent
Replies: 47
Views: 14862

ah, ok. we don't have many mennonites around here, so i didn't know much abut that.
Think Amish with automobiles and telephones. Amish are better known in the US mainstream, though we have plenty of Mennonites here too. They're related.
by Sibyl
Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Lent
Replies: 47
Views: 14862

lucky charms... like the japanese ones? Anyway, they are clearly elements of a different religion/s, so they really have no place in the room of a christian believer (unless they go heterodox). "Lucky Charms" in this sense is the name, trademarked, of a presweetened cold cereal, that is molded in t...
by Sibyl
Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Lent
Replies: 47
Views: 14862

it was a close knit community that only would have children with each other, even after immigrating to North/South America. We have a word for that in English, but I'm sure there are many words used to describe it in Canada. Although, I was under the impression that Quebec was where most of the inb...
by Sibyl
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Catholic School Bans Students from Myspace
Replies: 11
Views: 4859

.... Sure there is a risk to having such an account that you will be dumb enough to fly off to the Middle East to me with some guy, but most people aren't that dumb. And most people that dumb probably can't afford to do that, anyway... However, the point isn't anything about the Middle East, it's a...
by Sibyl
Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: photos...
Replies: 6
Views: 4065

Re: photos...

I don't know what this store is, since it was closed, but I had to take a picture. "Petra" is a number of things besides the name of an Enderverse character. Two somewhat more likely to describe a whole store are an ancient city in the Near East carved all out of rose-read stone, and a Christian Ro...
by Sibyl
Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:35 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Lent
Replies: 47
Views: 14862

Anglicans and Episcopalians and Lutherans at least do Lent, and maybe Methodists do (they're descended from Anglicans). (Episcopalians also have a twitch about that word "Catholic" when used to apply only to Roman Catholics, especially since we say and mean the Creeds (the Apostles' is most of our B...
by Sibyl
Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:13 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The FDA vs. The Suffering
Replies: 1
Views: 1844

I think the classic example of the FDA testing might be thalidomide. Back when I was a kid, there was this new drug in Europe that was something of a tranquilizer, and was wonderful for morning sickness in pregnancy. (That might not sound very life-threatening to you, but one of my daughter's classm...
by Sibyl
Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:58 am
Forum: Other Orson Scott Card Novels, Stories and Adaptations
Topic: Magic Street (non-spoilery review)
Replies: 2
Views: 4672

Spoilers!

Spoilers! :!: I have to disagree, but probably I wasn't reading it as a plain novel. To me, from the very beginning, it seemed to be more Myth, but this time a Christological allegory-- the Black American culture only got in the way for me, but it was an interesting setting for it. One thing that s...
by Sibyl
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Other Orson Scott Card Novels, Stories and Adaptations
Topic: Favorite OSC book?
Replies: 43
Views: 24603

I didn't understand a lot of The Worthing Saga . It still kind of escapes me, plus whenever he used a dead baby as stage dressing I was affected probably more than he meant for a reader to be. Similar to his essay about why he removed the n-word from Ender's Game . There can be dead babies, just no...
by Sibyl
Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Audiobook Version of Enderverse novels
Replies: 8
Views: 4986

Nits picked

It's "Foreword" or "Introduction" or "Preface" and "Afterword". The Foreword comes before, and the Afterword comes afterward, but they're both composed of words, or a "word" as in "to the wise". Then of course there are Acknowledgements and things, which may be anywhere.
by Sibyl
Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

God is god, and I am not.
by Sibyl
Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Other Orson Scott Card Novels, Stories and Adaptations
Topic: Favorite OSC book?
Replies: 43
Views: 24603

Every time I finish an OSC book, that one's my favorite--until I've finished another one. This time, it's "Treason". I didn't even like it much as I was reading, and it took quite a while, because when I'd get up to go do something else, I had no powerful urge to go back to it, but the end is so sat...
by Sibyl
Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:51 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: How about that weather, then, eh?
Replies: 1034
Views: 169264

More snow in SE Kansas, maybe 4" yesterday, on top of the remainder of the ice from the big ice storm, (we had a little snow in between, but that melted rather quickly in the newness and flakiness of it, in a couple of days above freezing, while the ice took longer, and wasn't yet gone). More snow p...
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The truth is out there...
Replies: 65
Views: 31203

Individuals are cannibalistic. Species are not. I disagree. Humans are a cannibalistic species because individuals of our species occasionally eat each other and we have the capacity to engage in cannibalism. I'd say we are one of the few truly cannibalistic races simply because we acknowledge what...
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

Still leads to God deciding who lives and who dies. By answering prayers that deal with life and death.
We all die. Every last one of us. It's part of being human. No decision necessary.
by Sibyl
Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Hug Thread
Replies: 488
Views: 111868

*hugs Pweb* I missed you!
Ditto!
by Sibyl
Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

Thats because we havne't had anyone talking to God who didn't prove themselves crazy anyways for about two thousand years. If it happened even moderately often, people would take it a lot more seriously. Lots of very sane people talk to God all the time, and nobody considers it crazy: it's called "...
by Sibyl
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:31 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

Then "getting stuff" or "miracles" or complaining or "making yourself happy" are not the only reasons for praying. Study, Bible reading, meditation, are also forms of prayer, as well as the classic forms, Praise, Adoration, Petition, Intercession, Contemplation, Contrition, Confession, Thanksgiving....
by Sibyl
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

Wait. Sybil, are you saying God only answers prayers if they won't have a major effect? I'm saying that he answers prayers if they are in accordance with His Will, and if they will actually be blessings (e.g., a kid wants a new bicycle, but if he got it he might feel superior to his friends, and sh...
by Sibyl
Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

Wait. Sybil, are you saying God only answers prayers if they won't have a major effect? I'm saying that he answers prayers if they are in accordance with His Will, and if they will actually be blessings (e.g., a kid wants a new bicycle, but if he got it he might feel superior to his friends, and sh...
by Sibyl
Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:50 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Determinism.
Replies: 130
Views: 46588

Re: Determinism.

Was wondering everyone's thought on this subject. Personally I hate the idea of none of my decisions being truly my own decision. I also think that if there is a god then determinism must exist. If God knows everything then he certainly would know how our entire lives are going to play out. I don't...
by Sibyl
Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Power of Prayer
Replies: 150
Views: 40200

Re: The Power of Prayer

I've never understood this: God has a master plan on how everything is going to work and how everything is going to turn out. He has a master plan, and presumably a good one. However, if someone prays for intercession, which amounts to asking God nicely for a favor, He'll change his master plan (i....
by Sibyl
Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: If you had infinite power, is it possible to only do good?
Replies: 43
Views: 13140

So I would defer to the more accepted literal sense of the word, instead of a less rapidly assumed metaphorical meaning. Erm "immeasurably great" is the first definition of infinite in the dictionary..... Yes he does have limits, not saying he doesn't. But how many people do you know who can send 2...
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: If you had infinite power, is it possible to only do good?
Replies: 43
Views: 13140

No president or prime minister or even absolute monarch or dictator has anything like infinite power. Did you ever read about King Canute and the tide? Or do you know the meaning of the word "infinite"? According to the dictionary, infinite means, "immeasurably great". Compared to the average perso...
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: If you had infinite power, is it possible to only do good?
Replies: 43
Views: 13140

lol I had two different questions is all. Infinite power such as a president or prime minister. Or super power such as a super hero. If there truly was a Spider-Man, would he really care about fighting criminals for the rest of his life? Do presidents really care about the people? Other than to get...
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: If you had infinite power, is it possible to only do good?
Replies: 43
Views: 13140

Sibyl, I'm confused--why does great power mean that great wisdom follows it? I should have expanded (and I was talking _infinite_, not "great" power), and didn't mean that the wisdom _followed_ it, but that if you were going to do _only_ good, you would need to have infinite wisdom with it, because...
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: What if...
Replies: 22
Views: 9759

If I'd been a small child in the EnderVerse, I still wouldn't have made it into Battle School. Like Val and Peter, I'd probably have made it on IQ, but failed the personality tests. IQ wasn't all there was to those tests!
by Sibyl
Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:51 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: If you had infinite power, is it possible to only do good?
Replies: 43
Views: 13140

I'm pretty confused by the question, because in the heading you asked about "infinite" power, and you'd definitely need infinite wisdom, too, like God, to control _everything_ and see what all the consequences would be, if you change one thing, and then there's the question of what "good" is. "One m...
by Sibyl
Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: What if...
Replies: 22
Views: 9759

Re: What if...

If this were the Enderverse, then what would your place be in the world?
A fat old woman on a donkey.
by Sibyl
Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: What super power would you like to have?
Replies: 38
Views: 11373

Root power on the source repository for the universe, which is well commented.
Here

Of course, totally full documentation includes coordinates of every atom, particle, and wave in the universe, together with vectors, at the "present" moment.[/url]
by Sibyl
Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:51 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Out of Curiousity
Replies: 13
Views: 3755

Ratesjul is from New Zealand. Jebus is from Ireland. Yebra is from England. Jotabe is from Galicia. A bit of a grammatical point here: I am _from_ Kansas. I am also _in_ Kansas. I have been _in_ many states since I was conceived in Kansas and born in Missouri and brought home to Kansas from the hos...
by Sibyl
Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: What super power would you like to have?
Replies: 38
Views: 11373

Telepathy

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