Being Tutored by the Expectation of Elders [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.When I read this week's selection from Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus, I was particularly struck by the way Pope Francis makes a connection between Simeon's age and his prophetic role.  Pope Francis writes: … [Read more...]

Here’s what I was beeminding this winter/spring

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It took a lot of time in coffeeshops to get that line filled out.And it will be my pleasure to show you what all those points added up to tomorrow morning. P.S. for those who don't know, Beeminder is a service that makes it easier to do in the short term what you want to do in the long term.  You take out a contract on yourself, promising to pay a bounty to Beeminder if you don't stick to the rate of exercising, writing, going to sleep on time that you promised.Personally, … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween from the Sun Summoner!

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Just as an FYI, if any of y'all are local to DC, I'll be one of the five minute lightning talks at tonight's Hack and Tell meetup, to present on my Accelerometer Controlled Light Gauntlets.I had a lot of fun dressing up as Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, from Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising).The pattern for the jacket is McCall's M6818 (with the torso substantially lengthened so that it would reach my waist).The antler collar … [Read more...]

The Ahistorical Pharisee [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.The most striking line I found in this week's meditation from Pope Francis came as he discussed the righteous Pharisee (the one from Luke 18:9-14). Prayer is born out of history and life.  To pray is to reread in the light of faith … [Read more...]

Update on Vaccination/Fundraising Drive!

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Yowza, you guys!  One week ago I asked you to let me know if you'd gotten a flu shot and, in return, I promised to make a donation for every needle jab and mist poof that you guys had gone through in the name of herd immunity.I promised you that I'd donate $5 per vaccination to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (one of GiveWell's top-rated medical charities).That way, the local good we're doing, by building up herd immunity in our local communities, gets to trigger good works for … [Read more...]

I’ll Match Your Flu Shot with a Donation

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Happy flu season, everyone!This year, when you get your flu shot, there's an added bonus to the usual benefits ofBeing much less likely to get the flu Virtuously protecting the elderly, the babies, and the immunocompromised through herd immunityBecause flu symptoms (fever, achiness, etc) are similar to the initial symptoms of ebola, you're also forstalling any anxiety you, or people around you, may experience as the result of the onset of your flu symptoms.  The news media has … [Read more...]

Luxuriating in Kvetching [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's reading, Pope Francis discusses what we do with untransfigured pain and suffering: Our limitation and our weakness can be transformed by prayer into a cross.... The problem is that when we concentrate only on extern … [Read more...]


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