1. Blake Shelton – “Lonely Tonight” featuring Ashley Monroe

2. Jason Aldean – Just Gettin’ Started

3. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time

4. One Direction – Night Changes

5. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin

6. Hozier – Take Me To Church

7. Echosmith – Cool Kids

8. The Script – No Good in Goodbye

9. One Direction – Steal My Girl

10. Ariana Grande, The Weeknd – Love Me Harder


1. The Fan (1996), Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Benicio del Toro, John Leguizamo, Patti D’Arbanville, Ellen Barkin

2. Room 33 aka Fear Asylum (2009), Nina Hauser, Kim Manning, Adam Key

3. Hush Little Baby (2007) Victoria Pratt, Ari Cohen, Johanna Black

4. Fear House (2008),  Aleece Jones, Matthew Stiller, Olivia Price

5. Patrick: Evil Awakens (2013), Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance

6. Alien Uprising (2013), Bianca Bree, Andrew Shim, Sean Brosnan

7. Seed 2: The New Breed (2014), Natalie Scheetz, Christa Campbell, Caroline Williams

8. Junction (2014), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rance Howard, Marisa Petroro

9. Freakshow (1989), Audrey Landers, Peter Read, Dean Richards Wiancko

10. The Monkey’s Paw (2013), Stephen Lang, C.J. Thomason, Corbin Bleu, Charles S. Dutton


Taken from the Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ

ACT I. SCENE I.—VENICE. A Street.

Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would

say,

Directly interest: mark what Jacob did.

When Leban and himself were compromis’d

That all the eanlings which were streak’d and

pied                                                   [rank,

Should fall as Jacob’s hire; the ewes, being

In end of autumn turned to the rams:

And when the work of generation was

Between these wooly breeders in the act,

The skillful shepherd peel’d me certain wands,

And, in the doing of the deed of kind,

He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes,

Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time

Fall party-colour’d lambs, and those were

Jacob’s

This was a way to thrive, and he was blest;

And thrift is blessing if men steal it not.

Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob

serv’d for;

A thing not in his power to bring to pass,

But sway’d and fashion’d by the had of

heaven.

Was this inserted to make interest good?

Or is your gold and silver ewes and rams?

Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:—

But note me, signior.

Ant.                         Mark you this, Bassanio,

The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.

An evil soul producing holy witness

Is like a villain with a smiling cheek—

A goodly apple rotten at the heart:

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

Shy. Three thousand ducats,—’tis a good

round sum.                                    [rate.

Three months from twelve, then let me see the

Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to

you?

Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft,

In the Rialto, , you have rated me

About my moneys and my usances:

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug;

For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe:

You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,

And all for use of that which is mine own.

Well, then, it now appears you need my help:

Go to, then; you come to me, and you say,

Shylock, we would have moneys:—you say so;

You,, that did void your rheum upon my beard,

And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur

Over your threshold: moneys is your suit.

What should I say to you? Should I not say,

Hath a dog money? is it possible

A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or

Shall I bend low, and in a bondman’s key,

With ‘bated breath and whispering humbleness

Say this?—

Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last.

You spurn’d me such a day; another time

You call’d me dog; and for these courtesies

I’ll lend you thus much moneys.

Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,

To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.

(On 12/20/14 – Join me for the continuation of “The Merchant of Venice”,

ACT I. SCENE I.—VENICE. A Street.


Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Arahant”, (Pali), Sanskrit arhat (“one who is worthy”), in BUDDHISM, a perfected person, one who has gained insight int the true nature of existence and has achieved NIRVANA (spiritual enlightenment). The arahant, having freed himself from the bonds of desire, will not be reborn again.

The state of an arahant is considered in the THERAVADA tradition to be proper goal of a Buddhist. Four stages of attainment are described in Pali texts: (1) the state of the “stream-enterer”—i.e. a convert (sotapanna)—achieved by overcoming false beliefs; (2) the “once-returner” (sakada-gamin), who will be reborn only once again, a state attained by admonishing lust hatred, and illusion; (3) the “never-returner” (anagamin), who, after death, will be reborn in a higher heaven, where he will become an arahant. a state attained by overcoming sensuous desire an ill will, in addition to the attainments of the first two stages; and (4) the arahant. Except under extraordinary circumstances, a man or woman can become an arahant only while living in a monastery. Those who become arahants serve as especially efficacious “fields of merit” for those who have not yet attained the final goal.

MAHAYANA Buddhists criticize the arahant ideal on the grounds that the BODHISATTVA is a higher goal of perfection, for the bodhisattva vows to remain within the cycle of rebirths in order to work for the good of others. This divergence of opinion is one of the fundamental differences between the Theravada and Mahayana traditions.

In China, as well as in Korea, Japan, and Tibet, arahants (Chinese: Iohan; Japanese: rakan) were often depicted on the walls of temples in groups of 16. They represent 16 close disciples of the BUDDHA GOTAMA who were entrusted by him to remain in the world in order to provide people with objects of worship.

Arahant

(Comeback on 12/20/14 and continue to learn about religion. Tomorrow you’ll read and learn more about “Aranyakas”.

#ReligiousTopicOfTheDay, #poetsareangels.com, @FelinaSilver


Ratolorum (n.)

Ratolorum means malapropism for rotulorum. Ratolorum is cited in William Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor (MV I.i.8). Slender said to shadow about shallows position as a justice: “and Rotulorum too.”.” Felina Silver Robinson

Act One: Justice Shallow is complaining to Sir Hugh Evans about the presence in Windsor of the unruly Sir John Falstaff, who has been poaching his deer.


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