My pleasure, Misty! I thought you might like it! How far have you got in your research on religious experience and the brain? I think there is a distinct connection between 'answered prayers' and peoples' psychological ability to connect things that aren't at all connected, even in the slightest possible ways. I hope that's clear, haha!
I saw a comment you posted on Ethan Lofing's blog, and you mentioned religion and the brain. A little off topic, but this is a great article about how religious experiences actually atrophy the hippocampal region of the brain. Great article.
I'm a member of the Atheist Writers group here--have contributed quite a lot to discussions there, in fact; you might have a look, if you're interested.
I earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of California at Irvine and an AB in English Composition from Syracuse University, and I was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford a while ago.
My first novel, HARD FEELINGS (Atheneum, 1977), was an American Library Association Best Book in 1977 and a 20th Century-Fox film release in 1982. My published work includes four other novels, MULDOON (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982), COLD COMFORT (Harmony Books, 2001), THE FIFTH SEASON (Three Rivers Press, 2005), and the third novel in my Hector Bellevance literary suspense series, THE ERRAND BOY (Three Rivers Press). My home page here included the images of the jacket art for those books. I've also published essays and book reviews in a variety of publications, including "The New York Times Sunday Magazine," "The Los Angeles Times Book Review," and "Paris Review."
Two of my screenplay adaptations have been independently produced and released internationally as feature-length films, "Where the Rivers Flow North," starring Rip Torn and Michael J. Fox, and "A Stranger in the Kingdom," with an ensemble cast including Ernie Hudson and Martin Sheen.
My current project is a YA post-cataclysmic epic set in a much-diminished, post-oil, post-climate-change America now governed by evangelical Nazis--the gels--who are the book's villains. If this book gets any attention at all, it could be pretty controversial. It's sort of an American GOLDEN COMPASS, but edgier, with overtones of THE ROAD. My agent likes it. When it's ready to show, we'll just have to find a publisher who's willing to invest enough in the book to get it out there.
Misty... saw your question about Google Chrome in Technophiles. DEFINITELY TRY IT!! I downloaded it out of curiousity and it showed incredible speed and easy usability... as well as a FAR lower risk of malware and cookie invasions than IE. It's Great! ^_^
Greetings Misty - So sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have yet to post my Halloween party pictures... (So much to do and so little time.) The party was a success, but there is a story to be told about what happened that I will post along with my pictures, soon. I see you are planning your Thanksgiving dinner. That curry sauce sounds delish, have you posted the recipe yet? I have begun to post recipes for a Vegan/Vegetarian un-turkey day. You should check it out for some ideas. Personally, I always enjoyed the 'side' dishes far more than the turkey. So what costume did you finally decide on for Halloween? Curious minds want to know.... Any snapshots? Looks like I'm going to start a Winter Solstice group very soon. Hopefully, Jean Marie will be my partner in this venture (?) It's a big job to keep it up and going if no one bothers to add discussions or even comment.... Yet, we do NEED this group on T/A, don't you agree? Be well, and come visit once in a while : )
I think this is their latest cookbook, which I gave to a friend as a present and she LOVES... I still have the first book they published in the early '70's. All 'good hippies' owned it..lol.. Take a peek at the their other books listed as well... If you ever come out my way, I will take you to their restaurant - MY TREAT <3
Just had to stop by and thank you for the sweet comment you left on my page. I think that you are one heck of an intelligent and fascinating young woman, and I have a great deal of admiration for you. Glad we are 'friends'...
I wanted to stop by and thank you for sharing your point of view on meat eating, AND I had to tell you that your profile picture is stunning, and that you are simply beautiful. Enjoy your looks and youth while they last... I didn't.