April 7, 2019

I’ve been sleeping my way through I & II Samuel, and I & II Kings, wrenched into consciousness each morning by the various sickening sinful events that mark out the end of King David’s reign, the heaped up idolatry of his son Solomon, and the spiritual devolution and ungodly ugliness of all the kings of Israel and Judah. On Friday I woke up, unhappily, just in time to hear Ahab being rebuked by some unnamed prophet for letting Ben Hadad… Read more

April 5, 2019

It’s another gray Friday in Binghamton. The only antidote must be some takes about a sermon I listened to this week. And don’t worry, today I’ll change my privacy settings so that you can actually see my blog on facebook. And if you want something cheerier than what’s about to happen, here I am on the Persuasion Podcast lyricizing Holy Week. Hannah and Erin are so cool and also patient, letting me go on and on about my favorite week… Read more

April 4, 2019

This is a curious thought—the UN has taken it upon itself to design a sort of floating city, what the designer refers to as “‘utopian pragmatism’ — the idea that we can accomplish grand design feats in concrete, practical ways.” With accommodations for about ten thousand people, and all the self-sustaining amenities, it would be tethered to the bottom of the ocean but could be untethered if you wanted to move it somewhere to escape from a hurricane. Other features… Read more

April 3, 2019

Here’s a level of fashionable body positivity I can get get on board with. I don’t know what this means though, “Some of these posts promote professional or political causes. Witherspoon, for instance, runs a production company and sometimes options books for vehicles she might star in.” I mean, I understand all the words individually, but joined together I am at sea. This is more my speed, “Some bibliophiles take their ink-on-paper fetish a little too far online. ‘Ladies are… Read more

April 2, 2019

I finally finished watching Shtisel on Netflix. Took me forever but persistence and hard work paid off. I loved it. If you ever are sitting around, binging on some fantastic series, and think to yourself, ‘Anne would love this,’ pause and ask yourself three questions. Does it have a suspenseful plot? Do people die? Is it scary and sad? If the answers to those questions are yes, then you’re wrong, Anne would not like to watch whatever you’re watching—or read… Read more

April 1, 2019

Good Moaning. As a sick cosmic April fool joke it is snowing—for real—right outside my window. Moreover, Matt has no voice and cannot croak anything into the phone for a podcast. This must be providence because it’s  kind of a slow news day anyway, and also, for sometime we’ve needed to change the Day of Our Pontification. We are going to podcast this week, but we’re going to wait till his voice isn’t so painful. I know one of the… Read more

March 31, 2019

[Jesus, pictured here, is excited that I’m blogging instead of doing the thing I’m supposed to be doing. ‘But Jesus,’ I say, ‘I blog every day…] I don’t mean to be obsessed with self-care, self-compassion, and self-forgiveness, but I run into them everywhere, especially in this, which I was reading, get this, as a way of procrastinating. That’s right, there is something I have to do that I’ve been avoiding for weeks. I could have done it at the beginning… Read more

March 29, 2019

It is another gray Friday, though not so cold. Maybe some takes will make the sun shine. One Just read this—had to because as soon as I clicked on it I was reminded that I have read half of my allotted articles for the month. That’s what I do now, I skulk around the internet trying not to click on anything accidentally, fearing to use up the allotted number of free articles on ones I don’t care about. This one… Read more

March 28, 2019

[Jesus excited to see how you’re managing to pull yourself out of the mire without any help from him.] You probably need some motivation to get yourself up and going this morning. I know I do. Let’s head over to twitter, that great rushing stream of human wisdom and understanding, and see what we can find. Wait, what’s that? You don’t want to go near twitter for any reason? Oh well, I’ll pick up my cross and do it for… Read more

March 27, 2019

[This cat, like all babies, doesn’t even care if you’re happy.] I think last week the world happiness statistics were released and, of course, the US fell back in the ranking even more behind Scandinavia and the Netherlands. We’re still way ahead of Venezuela though, so there’s that. Around the same time I found this piece—a German study of some kind showing, incontrovertibly, that having children will make you more unhappy than divorce and even losing your spouse to death…. Read more

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