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Source: (consider it) Thread: Time for shore-leave: Gamaliel bows out for now
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Brothers and sisters. It's time I bowed out for some shore-leave. I won't leave the Ship entirely but I will fast from it for a while.

I owe a lot to people here and I have a lot of time for all of you, even those I clash with regularly.

I meant to 'fast' from the Ship during Lent but didn't. So I'm going to do so now.

I won't go into detail but I've started seeing a 'spiritual director' and even though they didn't 'tell' me to do this or anything of the kind, I felt a sense of confirmation (yes, EE, some 'experience if you like, but based on lots of other criteria and not simply a gut instinct [Biased] ) that I ought to give the Boards a rest for a bit.

This is going to require some will power and may be difficult - particularly when there're discussions about events in my old home-town etc and when I patently like the sound of my own voice.

But there is a time for silence.

And this is it for me.

I may browse but will aim not to post. If you want to bid me a decent shore-leave or even (justifiably) tell me where to get off, please feel free but I feel that I need to discipline myself not to get drawn into online chat for the time being.

If I have offended anyone, I apologise.

And I will be back (whether or not your find that a good prospect or not).

But in the meantime, God bless the Ship and all who sail in her.

May God bless and keep you all.

Let us with a gladsome mind
Praise the Lord for He is kind.


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The peace of Christ to you. Enjoy your land-lubbing!


By grace are ye saved through faith... not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath ... ordained that we should walk in them.

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Oh! As a newcomer to the ship, I'd just like to say I've enjoyed your posts and I'll miss you.
Hope your time away is more fruitful than you could ever have dreamt it would be...
Every blessing

"It is better to be kind than right."


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Ship's broken porthole
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Not a "flounce" but a "stroll". [Biased]

May good things come of it, and may you return refreshed. [Votive]

ETA: you do realize that you've posted in Purg instead of All Saints? I know Purg is your native board but still.... [Two face]

[ 13. May 2013, 17:22: Message edited by: Lyda*Rose ]

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Wishing you all the best. I for one, will miss your posts, which to my mind, have a lot of good sense in them.

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The Rhythm Methodist
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I'll really miss your posts, Gamaliel - make it a short break! [Waterworks]
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Ship's dog
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Good luck. Hope your break goes well.

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Golden Key
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[Votive] and best wishes.

From what you've said, might be worth trying an occasional fast from *reading* the Ship, too. Go for a walk, look at some flowers, or read the XKCD site and some of its affiliates.

Blessed Gator, pray for us!
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Ship's Foolwise Unperson
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This is not a purgatory thread.

Purgatory Host

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Enjoy your time out, Phil. Looks like a timely move. Hope to see you around.

Who is it that you seek? How then shall we live? How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?

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Sioni Sais
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Enjoy your time out: I'm sure you have good reasons. Good to see you will be lurking so we won't forget you.

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(Paul Sinha, BBC)

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Emendator Liturgia
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Enjoy your time ashore - just remember to give time for your sea-legs to adjust!


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I wish you a happy shore leave, Gamaliel. Be sure to skim past a Certain Person's post if you are lurking!

Come back when you are ready, refreshed and revitalised.


Garden. Room. Walk

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Blessings on you in your break

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l8rs dude

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Have a good break, and I look forward to seeing you back again when the time is right.

I always enjoy your posts, which you call "sitting-on-the-fence"--ish sometimes, but I call "seeing both sides of the question with wisdom and maturity."

(Maybe because I too love the top of that fence!!)


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I will miss you - but enjoy your break, and return refreshed, revitalised and everything else you wish for.
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Cheers, Gamaliel! Enjoy the break, and enjoy having been able to make the decision to have one. May it feel like a gift to yourself.

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Ship's Arboriculturalist
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Blessings and good wishes from me too.
Look forward to seeing you back when the time is right.

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Welease Woderwick

Sister Incubus Nightmare
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We're not overly fond of farewell threads here on the Ship and this one has run for just under 24 hours so I shall close it now.

Blessings and peace Gamaliel.

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I give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
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