Monthly Archives: August 2010

Like olive shoots

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. You shall eat of the labor of your hand. You shall be happy and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine … Continue reading

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God in our image

“What use will your prayer be to God?” ask the swarthy workers of the earth. You speak rightly, sons of earth. What use is the mariner’s telescope to the North Star, when it sees the mariner even without a telescope? … Continue reading

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From the Oasis

Do you know, my child, how a mother can feed her children without nourishing them? By not singing a song of love to them while nursing them, but a song of hatred toward a neighbor.

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P.D. James, The Children of Men

Netflix a while back sent me (at my request) the 2006 film adaptation of P.D.James dystopian The Children of Men. I actually had time to watch it tonite. I’m not really into thrillers, and there was too much of that for my … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of …

From John Cleese comes advice on writing, creativity, getting in the zone, and interruptions: While we can all use tips on such things, I made a connection that I don’t think is too eisegetical: 

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Missions accomplished (I think)

My July 9 announcement of likely decreased blogging has expired, so to speak. The big exam was today. My parent left the nursing home Monday. Life is sorta kinda back to normal. It’s amazing how much there is to master … Continue reading

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Burning Witches and Stoning Adulteresses

C. S. Lewis, one of my greatest influences, opined that we don’t burn witches because we don’t believe they exist or that they can harm others. If we did think that people were casting efficacious spells of black magic to … Continue reading

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The “Ground Zero [Whatever]” and Fred Korematsu

I’m not impressed with the quality of the “debate” (i.e., battling brain-dead monologues) over the Islamic Center near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

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As the California SSM case sinks in

When a judge takes a hotly-contested definition of marriage and labels it a “finding of fact,” we have not discovered an ingenious end-run around the turmoil of our culture wars. We have simply witnessed another volley in those wars. Tempting … Continue reading

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A few links to others’ comments on same-sex marriage decision

First, Stephen Chapman, conservative and supporter of SSM, shows how extremely libertarian his position is (he would legalize polygamy) but also make good points about the “who decides” issue and the likely backlash. Second, a Yale law professor (one of … Continue reading

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