Monthly Archives: December 2013

Don’t You Wanna Stay Here A Little While?

One of my more consistent habits is the habit of getting a haircut whenever the back and sides of my hair are getting a little shaggy [1]. Since my hair tends to get a little unmanageable when it gets long, … Continue reading

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2013 in review (Part One)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 92,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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I Long For Those Who Say Yes For Yes And No For No, For A Light Without Shadow

In 1941, as the Soviet Union sought to enlist Polish support against an unexpected invasion by Nazi Germany, a formerly imprisoned Polish army officer named Jozef Czapski spoke with a fellow Pole and quoted some of the words of a … Continue reading

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Survival Is Victory

For a variety of reasons, I am fond of stories that deal with mankind at the end of his tether, in extreme conditions. Those who are well-equipped to survive have a knowledge of what can be done and what resources … Continue reading

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Table Topics

[Note: This is part of my series on Spokesmen’s Club [1] in the UCG Portland congregation.] Before tonight, my previous experience with table topics was not a particularly good one. It was around the time of the Strawberry Festival, an … Continue reading

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Nostalgia For An Imagined Past

Several times yesterday in conversation the subject of art criticism came up with regards to one particular painter who I am fond of for reasons that are rather deeply personal and intricately related to the general tenor of my times. … Continue reading

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Psalm 67: Let All The Peoples Praise You

One of the rewards of taking a close examination of the Book of Psalms is a realization of how universal the biblical ideal was from the very beginning. It is commonly and mistakenly thought that the Mosaic covenant (popularly, but … Continue reading

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Do Not Let Your Reach Exceed Your Grasp

There is a commercial that, rather intriguingly, shows a car as being like a very big baby. Babies, being young and very inexperienced, quite typically are unaware of the effect their actions have on others. A little toddler can cause … Continue reading

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To Reflect His Glory By Living Well In A Pocket Of His Kingdom

Today I finished a book that I greatly enjoyed but whose review will have to wait until February. Nevertheless, I thought it fitting to discuss at least some aspects of the book in the meanwhile by meditating a bit on … Continue reading

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That Hypocrite Smokes Two Packs A Day

In their classic anti-establishment rap “Fight For Your Right,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act the Beastie Boys sang the following lyrics: “Your Pop caught you smoking, and he said, “No way!” / That hypocrite smokes two packs … Continue reading

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