Rich Engle

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  1. The header is enough to get it. rde Come, Tool, roll over, get the stick.
  2. OK, I got started back up on this one because I was attempting to joke around with one of my music partners, Lesley--she runs the folk group I play in known as Silver Branch. I have no idea whatsoever as to why this came out of me; perhaps it was the sheer trauma of the situation. So I will hold forth: Back around the late seventies, and extending into the early eighties, I was working at two music stores, one of which I started working at when I was 18 years old. I bounced around the two stores, but the primary one was a small, highly-developed boutique guitar store: Oh, you know, we sol
  3. It's very much OK, I think. It is quite basic, but I find that fine, in that any type of spiritual practice (which this is, accept it or not) that resonates to atheists is a very good thing. I would say this: understand the word "Blessed" when using it. If it is only cynical in application, not such a good thing. It is, in fact, a very heavy word; one of the heaviest ones out there. Very good, though! I like it! In the UU church, I would say that, although the diversity is amazing, more or less you have a very large contingent of secular humanists. And, secular humanists are some of
  4. Rich Engle

    The Big Fib

    I used to be comfortable with the idea that most myths are based in fact. Somewhere. It serves me well, and often, even nowadays. But, if there were ever a writer, or a movement, or a philosophy that would actually manage to be ill-served by this . . .even this . . ., it has to for sure be the Objectivism. In the end, after all these fucking years, I still see pretty much only two manifestations. One is newly awakened, via the liberation that reading Rand can give. The other is a very blind type of state that resembles religion, while attacking religion. Those are the two big boys. It is
  5. Nothing like statistical density.

  7. You never experience the universe unless it flows through your body. And you have to notice when that happens. So, pricky Objectivists, go be miserable. Be miserable bastards, by trade. rde
  8. Yep, great book. Some weird Rand loving musician from Florida recommended that I read it! Thanks again. Rich. By the way, the Roku box with Netflix is phenomenal!!! Adam Oh yeah, she gets it done. r
  9. Well, I don't even find good words, but I will try. Michael is one of the most beloved, brilliant, kind human beings I have ever met in my life. I love him dearly. And, he's funny! Belated though it be. I kind of waited. Celebrate, Maestro! Namaste, rde
  10. If you read the Dali's most recent books, it gives you a better perspective. His unique position. There are so many, but I like this one a great deal: The Universe in a Single Atom His anecdotes alone are worth the read. Blessings, rde
  11. Mike Hill just shared this on Facebook. Sort of a recap of the whole thing on Lake Erie. I remember when this first started. You'd go out in Mike's back yard, sit on lawn chairs, and wait. All about 5 minutes from my former home.
  12. Fuel, fire: Worst Country Song Titles * If You Don't Believe I Love You Just Ask My Wife * Timber, I'm Falling in Love * You're the First Time I Thought About Leaving * Love Will Beat Your Brains Out * You Can Tell the Man Who Boozes (By the Company He Chooses) * I Think I'll Drink Myself Into the Past * I Got Tears in My Ears From Lying on My Back Crying on My Pillow Over You * Sleeping Single in a Double Bed * The Pint of No Return * Your Negligee Has Turned to Flannel Nightgowns * Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart * It Ain't Love but It Ain't Bad * Thank God an
  13. Yes, yes, and yes, I think. I saw the Starland Vocal band open for John Denver--many years ago, don't ask. They were a nice little band, but yeah, on silliness.
  14. You've shared so much about yourself lately. It all clicks together now, after all these years. rde Wonders about the cruise destination. Intergalactic, no doubt.
  15. It would explain a lot about how effed up Jersey has always been. And before anyone starts, I had to grow up there--'65-'69--so I have rights, dammit. Napoleon's Brother in New Jersey? Is it urban legend? I have vague memories of hearing this before. Dunno but surely a fun read. rde
  16. Well, science has proven the Bible dating (and that is a whole topic unto itself) to be completely wrong. If you want, look at all the scientists that are coming together in the integration work between spirituality and science. Michael Dowd hosts a lot of their work. There is a lot of work being done on both sides of the fence, and it is quite positive. One does not preclude the other! Yeah, the Santa Barbara thing is amazing. Thanks! rde
  17. Just saw this this a.m. --my buddy Mike Hill is getting in the news, again: Article here-Daily Mail
  18. That's because I have a thin skin. --Brant Yeah, I guess that is kind of how it works, if you think about it . . .
  19. I have, as many do, a love-hate relationship with television. I want it, and sometimes actually need it, but I don't have the time to let myself get too involved, which is addictive--you find yourself watching things which, while edifying, really aren't what you should be doing. And you have to watch a bunch of crap to get there. Even if you have a DVR box, you are now a slave to the FF button. The cable companies are savage rapists, and the satellite companies are really not much better. Mostly, I am interested in film, but of course look at many other things. Here in Florida, Comcast run
  20. A lot of the abduction stories can be attributed to sleep paralysis.
  21. It's a really good series. If you want to review the whole UFO situation, there are ample free resources. Two online over at Snag Films, for instance: Top 10 UFO Sightings The Best UFO Cases Ever Caught On Tape Snag Films is an excellent resource for documentaries, ranging across wide categories. --They have about 2100. rde
  22. Now don't go scaring the fellow, Michael . . .that could happen soon enough. This is great--someone with a fresh degree in international affairs! Welcome! rde
  23. Yeah, it is horrible. By the time I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, take out the dog, make coffee, then stumble back into the office I'm ready to call it a day.
  24. I loathed this. The destruction it caused was formidable. One thing that happens if you are a working musician is that you know you are about to get stuck doing the turd. It causes anxiety. Now, as to the suggestion of the Pat Boone/Crazy Train thing, I think that is a breach because it is Pat Boone that ruined it. As far as rockers go, Crazy Train is as good as any of them. BUT, here's one that might be suspect. I started thinking of it after I got done watching a documentary on Aleister Crowley. On the other hand, you can think of it as a novelty song. Jury out.