March 1, 2019

Ah, Friday. We have crawled our way out of February and veritably into the somber arms of Lent. With that in mind (Lent I mean), today, though it is not the most sparkling subject, I would like to talk about blog commenting—particularly on this blog. If you have ever commented, or think you might like to, this post is for you. One I, basically, love all of you who have ever commented. I am delighted you take the trouble and… Read more

February 28, 2019

[This cat disapproves of your penguins.] Mr. Popper’s Penguins is the worst. I’m pretty sure I liked this book the first time the first child read it. I thought it was cute and fun. Who doesn’t want a shipment of penguins! Children’s imaginations are important! Look how cute the…oh never mind. By the third kid my enthusiasm was starting to wane. But now, by the sixth, the party is over. No. More. Penguins. Also, if you’re looking for a study… Read more

February 27, 2019

First up, I wanted to say, very sadly, that the publisher of my book has closed down, and that if you go over to Amazon to try to buy it, you will have to sift through a variety of used copies. I am grieved about this, of course, but am trying to stick my courage to the whatever kind of post that is, and do something about it, rather than taking it a Sign From God, which was my first… Read more

February 26, 2019

I tried really really hard not to get sucked in, but there is something deeply mesmerizing about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cooking in her tiny kitchen, pontificating about politics and the end of the world. This is the best kind of social media experience. There she is—and how does she look so relaxed and amazing, because when I’m chopping sweet potatoes I look Nothing like that—appealing and yet commanding, and you can just click on and watch her, no matter what else… Read more

February 25, 2019

It is a bitterly cold windy day here in Babylon, I mean Binghamton. We attempted to warm ourselves with a rambling podcast about transgenderism, the Methodists, how the West should stop trying to export heresy, disciplining children, and how easy it is to say anything true about Jesus now. I’m not sure, but I would put real money down on our offending at least our listener with this one. Enjoy! Here is the article about boys competing as girls, and… Read more

February 24, 2019

Casting my eye over the lections for this morning, I remembered that I gave a Lenten talk about Joseph a while ago, right after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I cut out the first half of the talk where I complain about trying to throw away all my own stuff. Here is the part that matters—What happened to Joseph when his brother’s Kon Mari’d him. And more importantly, can you let Jesus tidy up your own soul?… Read more

February 22, 2019

Friday, we made it, wow. One It must be a truth universally acknowledged that children get sick more often, but that the parents of those children falling to the plague rises to Level Epic. I am sure I had the same cold as several of the children, but they carried on with life, with the single addition of unstoppable whining, whereas I could not move. Of course, I wasn’t whining. Maybe that was the difference. I should have tried explaining… Read more

February 21, 2019

The First Thought Facebook reinstated Faith McDonnell’s account. Which is Fantastic, and thank heaven, and all the loud complaining on every platform available. Glad to see a moment of sanity catching its breath in all the turgid waters of our new social order. Meanwhile, I need to go find one of those old disk things to put all my pictures on…or maybe I should print them out? Can’t remember how it goes. What do you do with real actual pictures?… Read more

February 20, 2019

Whatever it was I was thinking about yesterday evaporated when I happened on this news, discovered on facebook no less. The tireless, ever cheerful Faith McDonnell has been locked out of her facebook account. Faith, as you probably know, directs the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program. She advocates for the human rights of Christians all over the world but particularly in South Sudan. If you are Anglican you will run into her in the oddest places. She… Read more

February 19, 2019

This is interesting, if vaguely depressing. For the world wanderer, collecting interesting places to stay, various churches in England and Scotland are available for what they’re calling ‘champing,’ that is, camping in a church. Taking a page from the glamping phenomenon—very expensive glamour camping that in no way resembles actual real camping, most especially because of how much you pay for it—camping in a church is a way to experience beautiful architecture and history first hand, beyond the desultory drive… Read more

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