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    Archive for May, 2012

    Thursday

    Thursday, May 31st, 2012

    Letters to Children Living in the Present I The nineteenth-century Scottish fantasy writer, George MacDonald, lived in intense poverty. He wrote fairy tales in order to eke out a living for his family. Yet he had a peaceful mind. Said C.S. Lewis about him: “His peace of mind came not from building on the future [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

    Received in an Email Newsletter Nearly half of all Americans live in a household getting a government check, according to the Census Bureau. Of course, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds, since many of the households are elderly. Here’s the breakdown: 15% of Americans live in a household on food stamps 26% of [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

    Bullets I’ve installed a rain barrel. Okay, not really, but I did position four plastic containers on top of my garden closet, just under the eaves of my shed. Collectively, they probably hold seven gallons or so. Of course, we haven’t had rain for so long, it doesn’t matter what mechanism I use. No rain=zero [...]

    Monday

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    Happy Memorial Day. Consistent with past practice, blogging will be light today, since holiday blog traffic is normally very low. * * * * * * * I looked up morning mourning dove on Wikipedia. It appears that they’re a very common bird, so the Jack story (see Saturday) isn’t a great coincidence, but the [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, May 27th, 2012

    “[W]hen there is nothing to stir your wrath, gather up a store of meekness and kindness, speaking and acting in things great and small as gently as possible. . . [W]e must be filled, heart and soul, with gentleness. . .”. St. Francis de Sales

    Saturday

    Saturday, May 26th, 2012

    Autobiographical Corner Whew, a great weekend ahead of me. Why? I have the house to myself. Marie and The Seven left for a weekend of bird watching. Yes, bird watching. I might read Etienne Gilson, G.K. Chesterton, and (starting shortly) Karl Popper, but, relative to my birding family, I ain’t a nerd. I tried “Bird [...]

    Friday

    Friday, May 25th, 2012

    It’s summer time, which means it’s time to get out the gin. I guess gin joints are all the rage these days. New York Magazine has provided a list of these “gin-centric cocktail joints.” Each entry also features one of the joint’s favorites, most of which sound pretty good. . . or interesting: “The menu [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, May 24th, 2012

    Letters to Children: Being in Love When your mother and I first started falling in love, she was living in Ypsilanti and I was living down the road in Ann Arbor. After dating for about a year, I found myself calling her every day and making plans to see her two, three, four times a [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

    Summer Reading Blessed Summer sits 48 hours away. My reading list has more-or-less come together. For your general edification or amusement, here it is: I enjoy few things more than a writer’s random journals. Such prose is particularly well-suited to random Summer days. And it’s Nock. More Nock. This one more serious, but if I [...]

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    An aquarium in the U.K. claims that it has the world’s first vegetarian shark. Either that or they’re playing a really mean prank on Nigel the tank cleaner. Fallon Al Gore has a new girlfriend. Apparently, it’s getting pretty serious. He’s already been over to bore her parents. Leno Andy Warhol said that in the [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    Failbook Last Thursday, a family member had access to Facebook shares at $43 per share (IPO price: $38). I asked him if he could get me in. He looked into it and said he couldn’t. I just shrugged, since I knew virtually nothing about the offering, whether the $38 price was decent, etc. I just [...]

    Monday

    Monday, May 21st, 2012

    Autobiographical Corner Well, the worse of the busy season is almost behind me: the little girls’ soccer leagues are done (I did my final Hell stint Saturday morning, watching back-to-back games in scorching hot field for over two hours; I felt out-of-whack the rest of the day), Jack’s Kalamazoo basketball league is done, First Communion [...]

     


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