Pope Francis’s Judith Leaves Me A Little Lost

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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.This week's chapter is only three and a half pages long, and I feel like it sorely needed to be expanded.  As Pope Francis discusses Judith's beheading of Holofernes, he emphasizes the way that her faith is guided by her "memory-soak … [Read more...]

When Should “Effective Altruism Day” Occur?

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Ozy recently asked a fun question -- how can people interested in effective altruism bring up the topic in a natural and inviting way.  Other ethical choices (like vegetarianism) call attention to themselves in the course of an ordinary day, but deliberations over donations happen privately and calling attention to them publicly is usually regarded as gauche at best, jerky at worst.Ozy suggests trying to popularize some kind of holiday that would make it easy to bring up the topic, in the … [Read more...]

Prelude to a (Platonic) Kiss

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Eve Tushnet (whose book is now out, and you don't need to stand on ceremony waiting for me to formally review it next week to buy it for yourself) has a great point to make about the significance of the Kiss of Peace in an essay for On Level Ground: Words are great, don’t get me wrong, I pray words a lot. But we worship with our whole bodies. We kneel, prostrate, open our mouths or lift our hands to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. And so I wonder if one other thing the nascent celibate g … [Read more...]

$615 Raised in our Vaccination/Donation Drive!

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I went and got my own flu shot yesterday, and then came home to do the final tally of how many flu shots you, and your children, and your chief whips all got as part of our donations-for-vaccinations drive.In the final analysis, one hundred twenty three of you went out to get your shot or nasal mist, to foil the spread of the flu virus!Building up herd immunity (and avoiding getting sick yourself) is really its own reward, but since you all logged your shots as part of a donation d … [Read more...]

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...]


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