day 14

Two weeks. Based on the President's press conference yesterday, it seems that we can count on at least four more. I hope he's right. People are already stir crazy. As the weather gets nicer across the country, it is going to be harder and harder to convince people to stay at home. Also, one of … Continue reading day 14

day 3

"There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature." Thoreau can lay it on pretty thick, but I don't think there's any doubt of the healing power of being in God's creation. Today was sunny and warm, pleasant enough to momentarily forget about some of … Continue reading day 3

silicon valley’s frankensteins

There is a critical scene in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that has Frankenstein's monster hiding in a hovel adjoining an out-of-the-way cottage. A hovel is an appropriately chosen abode for the monster. The image of a hovel brings to mind a solitary and wretched existence. "Wretch" is a favorite word of Shelley's. She uses it 38 … Continue reading silicon valley’s frankensteins

faith and feelings

“Keep his mind on the inner life. He thinks his conversion is something inside him, and his attention is therefore chiefly turned at present to the state of his own mind--or rather to that very expurgated version of them which is all you should allow him to see. Encourage this. Keep his mind off the … Continue reading faith and feelings

how to have a happy new year

Recently, our culture has become rather obsessed with turning "Merry Christmas" into some bizarre political football. This was the year where seemingly every issue or special interest quickly morphed into an obsession over night only to dissipate into vapor mere days later. In a year of the silly, ridiculous, and borderline insane the Trumped up … Continue reading how to have a happy new year

do not be afraid

We have reached that point in the year where people grow reflective about "the year that was." There is no shortage of people lining up to tell you how to feel about the past year which strikes me as more than a little presumptuous for at least a couple of reasons. First of all, everyone … Continue reading do not be afraid

too much information

The other day my son came walking upstairs where I was working, and I could tell he was agitated. He was sighing and pacing back and forth. Normally (especially this year) I would assume that something bad had happened during the Cubs game, but I knew they didn't play until that night. "What's up, buddy?" … Continue reading too much information