Adding my

2 cents worth

A penny for my thoughts? Well, since there are a couple of movies that every columnist in the world except yours truly has opined on, there are a couple of thoughts I'd like to share.

One thought is about the portrayal of Mary Magdalene in "The Da Vinci Code." As a child I dreamed of being a career woman and saw nuns as role models: Women who didn't need a man in order to fulfill their purpose in life. Then in high school, I worked in the nuns' quarters of a Catholic hospital. Each of the 36 nuns had her own silverware pattern and I had to memorize them in order to set the tables. When I asked why they couldn't use the cafeteria stainless, I learned to my dismay that when the nuns took their vows, they symbolically married Jesus and like other brides, they were allowed to choose out a silverware pattern as a wedding gift. I asked my supervisor why they didn't have their names engraved on them. "Wouldn't that make their relationship with their husband rather impersonal?" she asked.

OK. So much for the nuns. But at least I still had Mary Magdalene, a biblical woman who broke the stereotype by making it on her own. What a disappointment that Dan Brown, in his piece of fiction, straps her down with a husband and kids. (I wonder if she got to pick out a silverware pattern.)

Another thought is about "An Inconvenient Truth." Though I support any effort anyone makes to educate people about being good stewards of what God has given us, I'm afraid I can't believe his premise that in 10 years our planet will be ruined beyond repair. Even his Web site, www.climatecrisis.net, which gives dozens of common sense ways we can help the environment, looms of doom and gloom. I prefer the positive focus of our own environmental organization, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, at www.gwinnettcb.org.

But I'm not alone in my thinking. John Charles Webb Jr., an astro-archaeologist (www.templeofsolomon.org), offers his own orbital variance theory.

"The Earth's orbital variance theory is the 'in breath and out breath' of the Earth's orbit over geological ages and the eons. The Earth's orbit expands and contracts over vast periods of time. The orbit is presently contracting. Since we are closer to the sun, we are experiencing a temperature increase, or the condition of global warming," Webb said.

Webb also noted that some scientists believe we are presently at the tail-end of the last (most recent) ice age, which would account for the gradual warming.

Concerning any crisis situation, Webb said, "My thoughts are that nature (God, Goddess, Mother Nature, etc.) has and expresses a transcendent wisdom."

That's pretty much what I think. A penny for my thoughts? Well, there you have it, my two cents worth!

Susan Larson is a Lilburn resident. E-mail her at susanlarson4@yahoo.com.