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August 13th, 2015

Answer for question 4483.

How do you feel about online dating? Do you think it is easier to meet people online, or would you rather have the experience of meeting them in person?
This is purely hypothetical for me as i am highly unlikely to date again. The people i know who met their partners online have done very well. Caution: these were all people in their late thirties, forties, or early fifties who had previously dated, and even married, people they had met offline. It seems to me that it is difficult to make "social media" personal, and dating is very personal.

A Morning Prayer In Old Age

By St. Ephream (4th Century. Read more...Collapse )
Sorrow on me, Beloved, for these (Mary and Abraham) fell on sleep and with all confidence have gone their ways to God, whose minds were never set on the business of earth, but on the sole love of God.  And i, unapt and reluctant  in my will, abide, and behold winter hath come upon me and the infinite tempest has found me naked and spoiled and with no perfecting of good in me.

I marvel at myself, beloved, how i daily default, and daily do repent; i build up for an hour and an hour overthrows what i have builded.  At evening i say: "tomorrow i shall repent," but when morning comes, joyous i waste the day,  Again at evening i say:"I shall keep vigil all night, and i shall entreat the Lord with tear, to have mercy on my sins;" but when night has come, i am full of sleep.  Behold, those who received their talent along with me,strive day and night to trade with (it), that they may win the word of praise, and rule over ten cities; but i in my sloth hid mine in the earth, and my Lord makes haste  to come, and know not excuse to bring.

Have mercy upon me,... And now be mindful of me, Lover of men, and lead me out of the prisonhouse of my sins....  Remember me that am without defense, and save me, a sinner; and may Thy grace that was in this world my aid, my refuge, and my glory, gather me under its wings in that great and terrible day.  For Thou knowest, Thou who doest try the hearts and reins, that i did shun much of evil and the byways of shame, the vanity of the impertinent ans the defense of heresy.   And this not of myself but of Thy grace wherewith my mind was lit.  Wherefore, Holy :Lord, i beseech thee, bring me into Thy Kingdom and deign to bless me with all that have found grace before Thee, in magnificence, adoration, and honour.  Father, Son  and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
American Pie (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I must apologize, but whenever i hear or think the words, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," the very first thing that comes to mind (even if i'm in Church) is the song "American Pie" whish is presumed to be full of allustions to Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beetles, the Rolling Stones and other popular and less popular.  McLean himself has admitted only that when he learned that the plane carrying Buddy Holly and two other  musicians crashed February 3, 1959, he was folding newspapers for his paper route; and John Lennon's name actually occurs in the lyrics ("And while Lennon read a book of Marx, the quartet practiced in the park.)  But the song is packed with references to  fifties and sixties popular music.

But who are The Father, Son, and Holy Ghoost?.  I thought the "father" might be Hank Williams, and if he had died after Buddy Holly, rather than six years before, i might have been willing to put some money on it.  If "took the last train to the coast" means they were deceased (before 1971) somebody should have outed them. ?"??

Or maybe its JFK, RFK, and MLK?  (But they were not known as musicians.)

Or maybe "last train to the coast," is not a reference to death..  Who did McLean admire? Pete Seeger?  Jim Croce? Vincent Van Gogh?

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