Hey, I’m back! It’s been a long time and I’m looking for some ideas. I have a short story I’m working on that features a fictitious ancient religious sect. I’m looking for generic ideals, dogmas, virtues, and tenets that are largely common among world religions. Tell me what you think would be representative of most religions? What do all religions have in common? Maybe throw in values that might be misconstrued as empowering members to oppress or persecute non believers. I’d love to hear your ideas and get your perspective.
The DeHart household is a little somber today. My wife just realized that ten years ago today we bid our final farewell to Big Red. Lois was very fond of Big Red, and I don’t think she’s ever truly allowed herself to go through the grieving process. Sometimes she’ll see or hear something that reminds her of Big Red, and her eyes will get all misty. Just between you and me, I didn’t really care that much about Big Red. Oh sure, it was fun taking her for a ride, and I remember how Lois and I used to wash her out in front of the house. We’d get her all soaped up and the two of us would end up just as wet as Big Red. Yes, we had some good memories with Big Red, but she took up a lot of space and needed a lot of attention. It seemed like there was always something wrong with her. It soon became more expensive to take care of her than she was worth. I know, I know. That sounds cold hearted. Like I keep telling Lois, Big Red is in a better place now. In the end I think it was all for the better that she left us when she did. We were only prolonging the inevitable. Sooner or later you just have to accept the fact that they won’t be there forever. Now matter how much love and money to put into them, eventually your favorite car is going to give up the ghost.
So what do I do when I have a three-day weekend to spend with my family? I make a movie! Beth came up with the story line, and I helped her develop the script. Beth and Elanor took the leads while Lois and I coached them through the process.