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Gandalf

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The Salmon Pink Rose

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News From Rivendell

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Sci Fi Wire

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Life

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

--- Joseph Campbell

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The Path of the Magician

The Magus is characterized by two things, the power to be still and wait, and the power to stand absolutely alone. Until we know how to be still, mentally as well as physically, we cannot handle power. – Dion Fortune

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Love & Compassion

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. – Dalai Lama

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The Huffington Post

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My Friends

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Something Else to Meditate On...

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
-- Frank Herbert in Chapterhouse Dune

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Gandalf's Recent Activity

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Feeling Philosophical Today

No man can step into the same river twice,
for the second time it is not the same river,
and he is not the same man.

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Farewell to Lorien

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Galadriel

"Galadriel was the greatest of the Noldor, except Feanor maybe, though she was wiser than he, and her wisdom increased with the long years."

J. R. R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth, Part II, Chapter 4: The History of Galadriel and Celeborn

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The Beauty of Autumn

Autumn Red Maple Leaves Frame the Silvery Trunks of Birch Trees
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there,
Had worn them really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference!

Robert Frost (1874–1963) was an American poet who incorporated scenes from rural new England life in his poetry to portray complex issues, exploring philosophical and social themes. Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes. He is buried in Vermont. Perhaps this is fitting for a poet who showed such an obvious sensitivity to his surroundings.

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The Autumn Rose - The Rose of Compassion

The Autumn Rose - The Rose of Compassion!
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Something to Contemplate and Meditate On

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
-- Carl Jung

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The Golden Phoenix of Re-Birth!

"Just passing through on my way to Heliopolis!"
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Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant

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Christian The Lion

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Return to Middle-Earth

Casting underway for Hobbit movies!
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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

--Robert Frost, 1923

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Her Royal Majesty Cate Blanchett!

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Gandalf's Profile

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Little Ashes - Kissing Scene

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Chalice Well at Imbolc

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Glastonbury / Avalon

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Hope & Promise

Galadriel presenting Aragorn with the Elessar (Elf-Stone)!
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Orson Scott Card on the Lord of the Ring

“The closest thing to true communication between two human beings is story-telling, for despite his best efforts at concealment, a writer will inevitably reveal in his story the world he believes he lives in, and the participatory reader will forever after carry around in himself and as himself a memory that was partly controlled by that other human being. Such memories are not neatly sorted into fiction and real life in our minds. I know, of course, that I never stood at the Cracks of Doom and watched Gollum die. But that faith in the distinction between my own actions and the actions of fictional characters is merely another story I tell myself. In fact, my memory of that event is much clearer and more powerful than my memory of my fifth birthday.”

-- Orson Scott Card

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TOWLEROAD A Site With Homosexual Tend...

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Real Blue Roses!

Genetically Engineered!
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About Blue Roses

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Something to Brighten Up Winter...

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Gay Penguins 'Best Parents in the Zoo'

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A Little Humor To Lighten Your Day

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The Downside of Cartesian Philosophy

René Descartes walks into a bar.

The bartender walks up to him and says, “Would you care for a drink?”

Descartes replies, “I think not.” and disappears.

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Me! I Gotta Be Me!

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The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-- William Butler Yeats, January 1919

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Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene!

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A Joyous Lughnasadh / Lammas To All!

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Saruman Would Like to Play Smaug!

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Will there really be a "Morning"?

Will there really be a "Morning"?
Is there such a thing as "Day"?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Men from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called "Morning" lies!

– Emily Dickinson

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Close Encounters of the 5th Kind!

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Lines Written in Early Spring

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Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Tribute

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Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun

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I am really looking forward to this!

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I am REALLY looking forward to this!

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Muppet Rhapsody

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Gandalf's Red Book

I've been pretty upset for the last few days because of Senator Kennedy's death. I finally found a link that summed things up for me. I will light a passing candle for you my friend in spirit. I am truly sorry you are gone.

Senator Ted Kennedy Eulogized, Laid to Rest: Clips

www.towleroad.com/2009/08/n...clips.html

UPDATED: Arlington clips added.

Four U.S. presidents (the elder Bush did not attend) and hundreds of the nation's political leaders gathered at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston this morning to bid good-bye to Senator Edward Kennedy before his body was flown to Washington to pay a visit to the U.S. Capitol (above) before being buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to his brothers.

A selection of video clips from the funeral and journey to Arlington, can be found at the above link.
Mon, August 31, 2009 - 10:22 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Senator Edward Kennedy Dies at 77; LGBT Tributes Pour In

towleroad.typepad.com/.a/6a00...6970c-pi

I for one am very depressed about this.

Please light a passing candle for Senator Ted Kennedy. Last of the four Kennedy brothers, and next to the last of nine siblings, he lost his battle with brain cancer today. He has been called both 'the lion of the senate' and also 'the last lion of the senate'. He will be missed.

Here are some obituaries that say it better than I can:

www.independent.co.uk/news/pe...659.html

seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/7569

www.cnn.com/2009/POLITIC...dy/index.html

Peace to his spirit and to his family,

Gandalf The Grey
Wed, August 26, 2009 - 9:25 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
www.towleroad.com/2009/08/d...or-pr.html

Harry Potter and Equus star Daniel Radcliffe has made a major donation to The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide suicide-prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth, the group announced today:

Radcliffe "The 20-year-old actor joined The Trevor Project’s Circle of Hope, a community of major donors which plays an essential role in providing the financial leadership that makes the organization’s lifesaving work possible."

Said Radcliffe: “I am very pleased to begin my support of The Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work. It's extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top three killer of young people, and it's truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. I deeply hope my support can raise the organization's visibility so even more despondent youth become aware of The Trevor Helpline's highly trained counselors and Trevor’s many other resources. It's vitally important that young people understand they are not alone and, perhaps even more important, that their young lives have real value.”

Said Charles Robbins, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project: "We’re incredibly grateful to Daniel for his truly inspiring and historic generosity and support. He is setting a meaningful example for millions of young people around the world by embracing diversity and demonstrating that he cares deeply about the well-being of LGBTQ youth."

The Trevor Project Official Site: www.thetrevorproject.org/home1.aspx
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"Jedi" Claims Religious Discrimination

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Scroll to the bottom!

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International Trailer: X-Men 1st Clas

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Gods, Why Can't I Attend This School!

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Aaron Ashmore & Kevin Zegers <sighs>

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Shawn & Aaron Ashmore

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Cute Couple Kevin Zegers & Shawn Ashmore

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X-Man Getting His Canadian Pride On!

One Hot Iceman Helping To Heat Up Your Spring!
 
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