June 30, 2011

Varous & Sundry

The difficulty of computers is avoiding the omnipresent temptation to read news (oh shiny, new!) rather than something of greater depth. Man cannot live on bad news alone. I hereby thirst for more Bible and Kindle and less of the crack-cocaine of the news hit.

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Beautiful incandescent weather today: upper 70s/low 80s, dapply-sunny, full of the green of leaves and lawn and all living things. That sweet revolution of the sun has visited the Western hemisphere again. Am listening to blues station on the back patio, indulging in a malty number known by the unpronounceable, at least by me, Trois Pistoles (I think of it as 'Troy piss-tole-eez').

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For vacation, am suddenly taken by the idea of experiencing art in the form of natural or manmade landscapes, specifically the Grand Canyon & Vegas and/or New Mexico. I could see flying out and renting a car and doing a lot of driving since states out west seem to have positioned themselves inconveniently distant.

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Thinking of getting the book Heather King recommends on St. Therese.

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My mother visited a relative ("Fr. Jim"), who turns 100 this summer. She reports nothing introspective from his lips, no utterance along the lines of elderly's occasional query of wondering why they are still living. Fr. Jim instead seems to say little about himself, likely a sign of optimism and faith in God. No complaints, apparently, despite the right to a bushel load of them. Makes me want to go up and visit him just to ask why he doesn't complain more. :)

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