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  1. Twinky

    Events relating to Holy Week

    And could have been more. Maybe a lot more. The Romans were in the habit of mass crucifixion, as a means of terrifying the locals. Quote from Wikipedia, but same information also noted on a number of other websites: We know from Gospel records that the prisoner Barabbas was released instead of Jesus. In Matt 27:16 Barabbas is called a “notorious prisoner.” In Mark 15:7, echoed in Luke 23:19, he was “in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection” against the occupying Roman forces. John 18:40 describes him as a bandit. So it may be that there were plenty of others being made a terrifying example of, on the day of Jesus's murder, if the Romans chose to also execute some of the others involved in the insurrection (perhaps that's who some of the "malefactors" were?). A couple of dozen, as a "gentle reminder," would probably suffice to deter many people from wanting to join future rebellions. No need to mention them all, just sketch in a couple of details here and there, as in so many Biblical records. We all know that the Bible cannot, and does not at any time purport to, record every detail of every event.
  2. Twinky

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    How much of the journalism on this did you do, Raf? (You must have done some, you're very proud of it!) Regrettably, I can't read your (or anyone else's) stunning prose. Tell your newspaper to make itself more widely available (at least to those who'd never have an opportunity to see it otherwise).
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    Congratulations, that was worth the wait. Washington Post was in the same category; your newspaper beat them! Well done. Wish I could read the articles, but their website isn't available in Europe.
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    Soooooo..…. what's a-happenin' in 6 hrs time? At 3pm Miami time? This'd better be worth the tease, Raf!
  5. Twinky

    Events relating to Holy Week

    Bread shouldn't be roll or bun. They contain yeast (leaven) which shouldn't be present.
  6. Twinky

    Events relating to Holy Week

    Candles, what candles? I never heard anything about candles of any color. And I missed the bit where Jesus says, "Light a candle in remembrance of me."
  7. Be not too quick to see everything through "western" eyes. Other cultural arrangements work differently. However, I do think parents should "pat themselves on the back" if they have managed to raise a child or children who are confident in their world and environment, children who have grown into adults who are considerate for other people and living creatures; who can contribute well to society; can reach a thought-through opinion, and voice that opinion without fear of damaging criticism; who can hold their own without feeling "put down" or taking it personally; and who can take responsibility for their own actions and their consequences. Prov 10:1 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. Prov 15:30 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Prov 23:24 The father of a righteous man will greatly rejoice, and he who fathers a wise son will delight in him. Prov 31:17 (of a good mother) Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!  And many more proverbs besides. If parents can do that, they have succeeded in their parenting. And then it's befitting to consider what opinions their children have, and why they have those opinions; why they take the actions they do, etc. If parents have integrity and have raised their children with integrity, why should that be a problem? Those children can "bring joy" to parents as they grow in life. Parents generally hope their children will "do better" than they themselves did, so why should it be a threat when the children actually do do better? However, if parents have lost their integrity... ah well.
  8. Twinky

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    Thanks, DWBH and Skyrider. You remind me. It's not chocolate cake, but a delicious light fruit cake that I suspect has some interesting additions/fruit soaking liquid. Anyway, it's delicious and I think I will treat myself to a piece right now.
  9. Twinky

    Lurker for Years, Joiner at Last

    Leah - welcome (again). You are brave to announce yourself here. Nobody holds anything against you or your siblings; you've all always been strictly off limits. In some respects you are "nobody special" here - we all escaped with greater or lesser damage. In other respects, you are "very special," because you really have been in the heart of the madness, and thus probably have much more to overcome. I hope there are some good times that you can recall with your Mom and Dad - though I don't doubt that there were hard times too. I recall your dad used to love to display your flute-playing ability at concerts and events. Do you and your children see either of your parents? Penworks can help you a lot, and can point you to a lot of material that might be balm to your soul (and your husband's). The book "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse" was like lifting the lid of TWI for me - I was in residence early 90s right after the "fog years," when things were tightening up - and I think things got worse after that. I thought the authors might have been TWI-escapees, but there isn't any connection at all. Learn to like yourself. To love yourself. Welcome to becoming YOU!
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    Thanks, Raf. Had a really great day.
  11. Twinky

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    Thanks, Waysider. What I'd like to do. Hmm. After some pondering, I think I'll say: Stay alive, and be thankful. Certainly got no plans to "retire" or stop working just yet.
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    No, I turned 65 yesterday.
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    No-one wonders about my post?
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