Anne's Diary
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I was thinking the other day about what a really FUNNY book the Bible is. I've always thought that people take it MUCH too seriously! Because they stick to the flowery King James version, instead of more modern translations, they miss the wonderfully ironic sense of humor that Jesus and the New Testament writers had (The quotations below are from...
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Every year I seem to write an Easter Diary, and I don't see why this year should be any exception. I actually went to church this year, and although I didn't really want to go (and had all sorts of fantasies about what would happen there), I'm glad I did. I don't much care for organized religion and I always tell people, "I don't go to...
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
Years ago, I interviewed a researcher who made a scientific study of what makes some people lucky. When you get into the film and TV biz, you find out that luck plays a major part in it. You have to have talent, good ideas, and good sense of timing. You have to know what's been done recently that's been successful?and what hasn't. You need...
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
Two years ago I wrote about the problem I have recognizing faces since my stroke. This problem is so subtle that I'm not always sure I actually have it, but it has given me some interesting realizations about what is considered "attractive" in today's society. I have another strange legacy as well: I find that the interior of almost every...
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Sunday, January 20, 2008
Last year's Christmas consisted of an unexpected dinner party. This year's Christmas was like a New Year's Eve celebration--and New Year's was like Christmas. But at this Christmas dinner, just like last Christmas, what might be called a miracle occurred. In December, I received another surprise email from the same old friend who contacted me...
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Over the years, I've been amused by the fact that we are spied on from time to time. These spies seem to be from government agencies, either foreign or domestic, and they seem to think they are going to discover something clandestine that we hold close to our chests, while the truth is, as I keep telling these folks, we have NO secrets. We...
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Sunday, December 2, 2007
The more experiences I have in life, the more I realize that everything is made up of stories, from the tales of individual lives to the histories of places and civilizations. Every culture has its own particular legends, and religions are all made up of stories. I think I've finally figured out why this is. In Matthew 13, Jesus, my favorite...
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Monday, October 29, 2007
So many of us crave stability more than anything else, and maybe we shouldn't--maybe we should all be more ADVENTUROUS instead, ESPECIALLY as we get older!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a diary about a taking the Green Man message along on a book tour with Whitley, that I dedicated to an unknown woman named Kari. Now, in another one of those weird synchronicities that have become the fabric of my life, just when we are about to go out on a book tour again, I have once again heard from...
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Monday, September 3, 2007
I got to thinking about ancestors recently. When I lived in New York City, I occasionally dropped into the big public library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, where I would walk past the Genealogy Room, where people sat behind huge stacks of books, looking up their ancestry. I suspected they wanted to do the job themselves, because when you...
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
One of the troublesome things about going on a trip is the huge stack of mail that confronts you upon your return. Some of these are bills, some of it is junk mail, but part of this stack, for me, anyway, is a delightful cache of new magazines to read. As soon as I get unpacked and do the laundry, I make myself a cup of tea, get settled in my...
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Saturday, July 28, 2007
We just came back from a trip drone hunting and going to the California wine country with some good ol' friends from Texas, who were in California visiting their grandson. One problem with visiting vineyards is that you end up tasting wines in the middle of the day, then you have to get back into your car, when all you really want to do is...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A story in the July 11 New York Times reported that "former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations." He said that he was told not to speak about secondhand smoke, stem cells,...
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
I recently went to tea with two people--one of the young girls who just lost her mother and the girl's aunt. The aunt went on and on about how cancer is a choice, which I thought was a particularly inappropriate thing to do in front of someone whose mother had just died from that disease. I've heard this sort of thing from so-called "New Age...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I've written before about evolution. Scientists disagree about whether it's still going on, but I know the answer: it happens whenever you become a parent. Now this diary ITSELF has evolved!
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Monday, June 11, 2007
The subject of illegal immigration is suddenly in the news and as usual during an election season, all our candidates are equivocating about it and our elected politicians are scared to make a decision about it. But I live in two places that are totally dependent on illegal immigrants, so I know what a vital role they play in our economy. in...
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Saturday, June 2, 2007
A recent altercation at our local Farmer's Market got me to thinking about how segregated the world has become. While everybody on National Public Radio celebrates the "Rainbow Coalition," and George Bush tries to get the Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites to kiss and make up, I notice that I am friends with fewer black people than I used to be. I...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
When we were visiting our good friend in Texas, saying goodbye, Whitley overheard some of her caretakers saying, "We can't let Whitley speak at the funeral." He assumed they were afraid he would mention one of the last the "taboo topics" in our society? UFOs and close encounters?so we decided not to go. This got me to thinking about the...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
When we think of the Virginia Tech killings, we immediately have the urge to try to figure out what could have caused a lonely, beleaguered student like Cho to commit such violent acts. We want to place the blame somewhere--such as our weak gun control laws, on violent video games and movies. One thing that science has learned during the past...
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
In an earlier diary, I wrote, "The goddaughter of our dying friend is kind of a stray cat." That reminded me of how Coe (our Siamese cat) visited me in the hospital (despite the fact that he was dead at the time). Whitley recently found himself wondering about the afterlife and he had a dream about Coe, so that cat has become a sort of...
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Everyone who reads this diary knows that I've been nagging them to get a colonoscopy. We recently flew to Texas to make a last visit a friend who is dying from colon cancer. It was a sad trip, of course, and I tried to figure out what my role was supposed to be in this situation--what was my piece in this particular jigsaw? I assumed it was...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
In the past, I have written about what it's like to experience some glamorous events: the opening of a major feature film, sitting in the Green Room while your husband is on national TV, being in the audience while your husband is one of the guests during the filming of a TV pilot and what it's like to be in a porn film without taking off your...
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Monday, April 2, 2007
Five years ago, three years before I almost died, I wrote a diary titled Is There Life After Death? That's a relevant question to ask at Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of their shaman. It was brought home to me in a big way this year because someone I was close to recently died?and another close friend may be about to. As...
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace is the highest ranking military man in the US. He recently made the statement, "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts." This made me realize that most of the gay men I know have served in the military, so...
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Saturday, March 3, 2007
After reading that fluorescent light bulbs have now been mandated in Australia, and hearing on the radio that they are now being used exclusively in US government buildings (despite the current resident's reluctance to acknowledge global warming), we felt had to make the switch.
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Sunday, February 18, 2007
I think I should start with a disclaimer: no one under 21 should read this. An alternate title for this diary might be: "How to star in a porno film and still keep your clothes on." About 6 months ago, I wrote a diary about a trip back to New York City, in which I mentioned meeting some porn stars who appeared in a friend's book and HBO...
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007
I have just finished a Dreamland interview with the extraordinary Maureen Caudill, who told me about discovering so many new incredible synchronicities in her life after her studies at the Monroe Institute. Jesus often exasperated his listeners and disciples by speaking in parables, when what they wanted was the PLAIN FACTS. Matthew 13 says...
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Friday, January 26, 2007
Two close friends of mine are about to go to a talk by a well- known UFO researcher, and I am filled with trepidation about them. I've warned them not to tell this person that they know Whitley and me, because he has lashed out at us personally many times in the past. He is a major proponent of the "evil alien" theory.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
Many years ago, a psychologist contacted us who was an expert on near death experiences. From countless interviews with people who felt that they had died and returned, he had discovered that while many of them met deceased friends and relatives, others met the dark-eyed beings that Whitley calls the Visitors. He wanted to send out a...
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Monday, January 8, 2007
I've lived through some exciting times in the past few years that I've shared with you: What it's like to go to the premiere of a major motion picture and the premiere of a small one, and what it's like to sit backstage while your husband is on a late night network talk show. Now I'm going to tell you what it's like to be in the audience...
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