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Entries from September 3rd, 2007

As I Lay Dying

An Ocean Between Us

September 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

An Ocean Between Us

Long before As I Lay Dying was headlining tours with some of metal’s most recognizable bands, news of their mic snapping, monitor crushing live show was spreading like wildfire. After stints with Ozzfest and numerous appearances on Fuse and MTV2, AILD released Shadows are Security in 2005. Since that pivotal release [...]

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That Tickles

Dave Chung lightens moods with his off the wall paintings

September 3rd, 2007 · Written by · 2 Comments

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A graduate of the College for Creative studies in Detroit, MI, Dave Chung enjoys using his artwork as an avenue to express those aspects of life that are meant to remain private. [...]

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It’s Time to Evolve

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Let’s be humbly honest. We don’t really know what folks are describing when they use words like God or Allah or Oneness. None of us can be absolutely sure if the beliefs entire afterlives are gambled on are the least bit valid. And even assuming the unlikely scenario that one of the world’s religions is right about everything it purports, what are the odds that you’re lucky enough to be counted among its adherents? Certainly not very high, considering the number of possible choices.

Why then are most of us so sure about things we can’t possibly be sure about? [...]

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The Meaning of Life

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Why are we here? What is our purpose? Mustn’t there be a point to this vast, remarkably complex drama being played out on this relatively tiny little speck in the cosmos? In short, what is the meaning of life?

By definition, there cannot be a more important question. Surprising, then, how little attention it receives. Most academics will scoff at attempts to approach the issue in a scholarly context. [...]

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Week of the Steeple

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Once a week, Quinn walks up the hill to visit Arbelia. He brings her chocolate bars and inquiries. Quinn is 25 years old. Born in a big room in a small town, brought round the states, ‘sbeen soaking it up and wringing it out. Arbelia is 80 years old. A poet, shaman, songwriter, biker, gardener, mother and grandmother, she has been incarcerated for 25 years. Quinn has been learning to sail. Arbelia has been painting landscapes.

It has occurred to me that I might be able to get in there as an outsider and unify and belong but to not stop belonging to anything, everything and nothing.

They were introduced by a mutual friend and have been visiting for a year and a half or so. They have created a cushion of mutual respect. A true place to start to speak from. They’ve been calling it traveling. With work and play and wordplay long the way. So once a week, Quinn heads down to the prison for a brief and precious visitation and he and Arbelia hit the road together.

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