Saturday, August 23, 2014

North Pond Hermit

Interesting story about a man who lived a quarter of a century alone in the woods on Maine.

Interesting to consider that he hovered so close to civilization always, and was completely dependent on the takings and leavings of the civilization he rejected -- food, books, clothes, radios.  An isolated consumer who even, finally, seems to lose a realistic sense of self or personhood. In total isolation from true intimacy, he loses right notions of personhood and community, both.

When we lack intimacy with others, do we lose intimacy even with our own person?

Discussing the article, my mom and I chuckled at He-of-the-Propane-Tanks-and-Cheetos calling Thoreau a "dilettante."

Aside from all of this, it's interesting to me to think about re-entering the modern world after so long from it. His comments on the blaring lack of "nuance" as he re-enters our culture are interesting. Can you imagine the starkness of a lack of nuance and subtlety faced by this guy as he was driven down a town street or, for goodness sakes, turns on the tv?

And I am also fascinated that every winter he woke himself every morning at 2 am to be sure to stay warm

What a strange 25 years for the folks in that community!

The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Small Cool One


Liquid fur
Flows, crossing concrete and curb
Streaming through green grass

Silky, threading disaster
Needling cars, boys, and falling leaves
Skirting tires and mailboxes
Dashing at trees

To mix with light and shadow
Of brown leaf and log
To ripple in hiding on a branch
And wink at barking dog

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Religion without the Good Bits"

A critique of Richard Dawkins atheist cult of personality in The Spectator:

The bizarre -- and costly -- cult of Richard Dawkins

Dawkins comments on "mild pedophilia" -- a necessary conclusion of a subjective, man-centered morality

Richard Dawkins Under Fire for Mild Pedophilia Remarks

Question and Answer

What are God's deeds like?

God's deeds are great and amazing.

What are God's ways like?

God's ways are just and true.

What has been revealed?

God's righteous acts.

Who, alone, is holy?

God.

Who will come and worship before him?

All nations will come and worship before him

Revelations 15
And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses,the servant[a] of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
    O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
    O King of the nations![b]
Who will not fear, O Lord,
    and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
    All nations will come
    and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Family Worship


First part in a two-part series by Scott Redd, at Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals site, "The Christward Collective."

The Heart of Family Worship


Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Larnin'

Intriguing article in the New Republic for parents of high schoolers by William Deresiewicz. (And even if you are not considering a top-tier school, helpful in considering why you are sending them to college.) 

While I'm not sure I agree with the weighted SAT, I like many of his other suggestions. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Baby, tell me what you think about this..."

Some modern country for your listening pleasure

Love the way these two harmonize together, gorgeous harmony. Beautiful song and video.

Back at Mama's

And another good song by Miranda Lambert.

Automatic

Old stuff:
Nickel Creek 
The Hand Song

Out of the Woods

And of course some Alison Krauss. You didn't think I do even a wee post like this without her?

The Lucky One

Ghost in This House

Stay