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Banned From the Bible: Books of Enoch

2014 October 24
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Documentary produced by History Channel about the Books of Enoch, an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) date from about 300 BC, the greater part (Book of Parables) probably dates to the end of the first century BC.  It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Beta Israel. Most Christian denominations and traditions may accept the Books of Enoch as having some historical or
theological interest or significance, but generally regard them as non-canonical or non-inspired.  However, it is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, but not by any other Christian group.

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Daily Thoughts for October 24, 2014

2014 October 24
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Meteoric climbs to the top often stop abruptly and throw you back to where you came fron.  Be prepared to meet the same people again and again and you will win...forget that wisdom and you will be lost more times than not.

Last of the Free - History of Scotland

2014 October 23
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At the dawn of the first millennia there was no Scotland or England. In the first episode of a series exploring the history of Scotland, Oliver reveals the mystery of how the Gaelic Scottish Kingdom Alba was born, and why its role in one of the greatest battles ever fought on British soil defined the shape of Britain in the modern era.

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Daily Thoughts for October 23, 2014

2014 October 23
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Powerful people seldom worry about what you think, but to rise that high they had to figure out what you would do if you were in power, too.  To skip over the work of another in order to rise above him or her is obviously a way to insure you will fall one day and not be able to count on them helping you up again.

Scotland's 5,000 Year Old Temple in Orkney

2014 October 22
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Long before the Egyptians began building pyramids, Neolithic European man built a vast temple complex at the very north of Scotland.  Neil Oliver investigates the recent discovery of a 5,000-year-old temple in Orkney. The vast site lay undisturbed until now. Built 500 years before Stonehenge, the temple has triggered new thoughts about the beliefs of Neolithic people, turning the map of ancient Britain upside down.  So far there have been incredible finds, including the first ever discovery of Neolithic painted wall decorations and even the pigments and paint pots used by Stone Age artists.
 

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Daily Thoughts for October 22, 2014

2014 October 22
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Morose and moody people are surely the most likely to be malighned--most of the time...but what if they are right and all wise people should be concerned about what is going down now?

The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch

2014 October 21
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We are re-viewing this inspirational speech by Dr. Randy Pausch given to his last class at Carnegie Mellon University in my hometown of Pittsburgh.  Here he is on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  His advice: "Don't complain, just work harder—you can choose to take your finite time and effort and spend it complaining,or you can spend it playing the game hard."

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Daily Thoughts for October 21, 2014

2014 October 21
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Love is not the end of your response to another who is better than you are, but there is no better way to advance your life than to develop a taste for being with those who can teach you much about life--and about love.

Sandra Aamodt: Why Dieting Doesn't Work

2014 October 20
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In the US, 80% of all girls have been on a diet by the time they are 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies.  She explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She provides ideas for intuitively living a less diet-obsessed life.

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Daily Thoughts for October 20, 2014

2014 October 20

Creating a new being is not as difficult as achieving a high degree of integrity within a society that is determined to hide its brightest lights behind policies that are designed to blight large portions of their people most of the time.  Until you can stand alone and feel at home, you cannot be as you would wish to be.