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20th-Sep-2014 01:51 pm - Geronimo's bones
It is 1:45 PM Saturday in the flow of existence. It is a rainy gray afternoon. I am home from the Herrick Public Library used books store. It was not busy at the used book store today. I read "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte when not helping people. I brought home these two used books from the used books store-

"A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations Of Fra Mauro Cartographer To The Court Of Venice" a novel by James Cowan

Geronimo's Bones: A Memoir Of My Brother And Me" by Nasdijj

Not much else to report. We will watch college football this afternoon. Existence keeps decaying.

I just remembered while at the book nook this morning my Christian friend Tim came in the store.

Well I will close. I am tired. Existence does not stop.
19th-Sep-2014 07:16 pm - pressing toward the mark
It is in the flow of my typical American life 7:06 PM Eastern Time Zone. I am down here in the basement (lower level) where it is cold and dark. If it was not so early I would go to bed. Tonight I plan to be in bed by 10 o'clock PM. It has been a very long day!

I got up this morning around 6 o'clock AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and messed with our main computer. My wife got up around 7 o'clock AM. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and ate breakfast. After breakfast I wandered the house and read my books.

We left the house around 11:30 AM this morning to do errands and to take a long walk at Hemlock Crossing county park. We were home from our outing around 2:30 PM.

While we were out this afternoon we visited a thrift store and I found two used books to add to our library-

"Pressing Toward The Mark: Essays Commemorating Fifty Years of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church" Edited by Charles G. Dennison & Richard C. Gamble

"Crusader Nation: The United State In Peace And The Great War 1898-1920" by David Traxel

I have been basically sitting doing nothing this evening. I came down here to lay down in the dark. Rest my brain. Wait for the time to call it a day. Tomorrow morning I once again volunteer at the Herrick Public Library used books store from 10 AM till 1 PM. I might watch some college football tomorrow afternoon if I am not dead.

I just remembered late this afternoon Carol skyped Beth and Louisa. This coming Sunday we will skyped Emily, Caleb and baby Josephine Joy.

Well I will close to feel wasted. This is God's world.

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19th-Sep-2014 04:25 pm - Hemlock Crossing
This afternoon Carol and I took a long walk in the woods at Hemlock Crossing county park.

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19th-Sep-2014 08:43 am - Maximus The Confessor

"On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua" Volume 1 & 2 by Maximus The Confessor [Edited and translated by Nicholas Constas] (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library)

Maximos the Confessor (580–662) occupies a unique position in the history of Byzantine philosophy, theology, and spirituality. His profound spiritual experiences and penetrating theological vision found complex and often astonishing expression in his unparalleled command of Greek philosophy, making him one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. So thoroughly did his thought come to influence the Byzantine theological tradition that it is impossible to trace the subsequent history of Orthodox Christianity without knowledge of his work. The Ambigua (or “Book of Difficulties”) is Maximos’s greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which his daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. In the Ambigua, a broad range of theological topics—cosmology, anthropology, the philosophy of mind and language, allegory, asceticism, and metaphysics—are transformed in a synthesis of Aristotelian logic, Platonic metaphysics, Stoic psychology, and the arithmetical philosophy of a revived Pythagoreanism. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind’s journey to God that figured prominently in the Neoplatonic revival of the Komnenian Renaissance and the Hesychast Controversies of the Late Byzantine period.

This remarkable work has never before been available in a critically-based edition or English translation.
18th-Sep-2014 05:36 pm - butterfly
It is now in the flow of energy or life force 5:26 PM Thursday evening. Carol just left to walk Rudy around the neighborhood. I am taking a short visit to Africa this evening.

When I got home from volunteering at the Herrick Public Library used books store I ate lunch and then mowed our lawn.

So the day has gone by. Not much else to report. Nothing came in the mail to set my spirit free.

I brought home from the book nook one used book to add to our library titled, "Venice Lion City: The Religion Of Empire" by Garry Wills. At the book nook when not helping people I read articles in a The New Yorker magazine and read "The Heartsong of Charging Elk" a novel by James Welch.

When I got home from the book nook I ate lunch and then mowed the lawn. After killing myself doing yard work I cleaned up and wrote in my paper diary.

I no plans for the evening hours. We might continue watching the PBS documentary on the Roosevelt's.

Tomorrow is a Friday. Carol talked about us taking a long walk Hemlock Crossing county park tomorrow without the dog. I will wait and see what develops. Life is full of mystery.
18th-Sep-2014 03:11 pm - hawk
This afternoon as I was leaving the library to come home a hawk flew by and landed on a fence near me. I took this picture of this hawk from my van window.

It is 8:48 AM Thursday morning in the flow. Life is zooming by. Our lives will soon be over and then the day of judgment. I remember these words of the apostle Paul, "But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth" 2 Thess. 2:13.

I plan to leave for the library book nook around 9:45 AM this morning. I have to keep reminding myself it is a Thursday and not a Saturday. I usually volunteer at the library used books store on Saturdays not Thursdays. This morning I am covering for someone at the book nook. Right now I am not sure what I will take with me to read at the book nook. This morning I have been reading my Reformation commentary on the Gospel of John chapters 1 through 12.

Carol is not home yet from work. She is off the next four nights from work. My wife would love to retire right now, but can't.

Not much else to report. It looks like it is going to be another sunny day. I should mow our lawn soon.
18th-Sep-2014 07:20 am - Ryan Adams
17th-Sep-2014 05:04 pm - wounded by love
It is now in the flow of my life 4:40 PM Wednesday evening. I am down in the lower level reading my books. I wanted to quote something that has been on my mind for awhile. I want to quote something I read in a book titled, "Gregory the Great On the Song of Songs Translated and Introduction by Mark DelCogliano.

"Song 2:5b (LXX). I have been wounded by love.

W15. In two ways Almighty God wounds those whom he is concerned to restore to health. Sometimes he whips them outwardly on the flesh in order to cure the poison of sins. Sometimes, even if the outward blows seem to have stopped, he inflicts wounds inwardly because he strikes the hardness of our mind with desire for him. Yet by striking he heals because, when we have been pierced by the spear of fear for him, he recalls us to an upright frame of mind. For our hearts are sickly when stricken with no love for God, when unmindful of the woefulness of our pilgrimage, when apathetic with hardly any feeling at all toward the weakness of our neighbor. But they are wounded that they may be healed because God strikes unfeeling minds with the darts of love for him and soon makes them full of feeling through the burning heat of charity. Hence here the Bride says: I have been wounded by love. For the soul that is sickly and in the state of this exile lies prostrate in blind security has neither seen God nor sought to see him. But when she is struck by the darts of his love, she is 'wounded' in her innermost recesses with tender devotion, burns with desire for contemplation, and marvelously is restored to life through her wound, though once she lays dead in health. She yearns, she pants, and she desires to see him whom she fled.

She burns with desire for him. At present she yearns for nothing that is in the world, considers the length of the present life as punishment, hastens to depart and to find rest with a loving embrace in the vision of the heavenly Bridegroom. And so, a mind that is already in this state receives no consolation from the present life but in the very depths of her being sighs, burns, is anxious for him who she loves. The very health of her body becomes of little worth because she is pierced by the wound of love. Yet sickly is the heart which does not know the pain of this wound. But when she has already started to long for heavenly desire and to feel the wound of love, the soul which was once sick from health becomes healthier from a wound. Thus by being struck she recovers her health, recalled to the secure state of inward repose by the overturning of her self-love.

Anyone who has been able to reach for the truth burns with this love and desire. For this reason David said: My soul has thirsted for the strong living God; when shall I come and appear before the face of God? [Ps 41:3]. He warns us for the same reason: Always seek his face [Ps 104:4]. For the same reason Isaiah the Prophet said: My soul desired you in the night but in the morning I shall keep watch for you deep within my heart with my spirit [Isa 26:9]. And so, for the same reason the holy Church says to him: I have been wounded by love [Song 2:5]. Bearing in her heart the wound of love caused by the heat of desire for him, she is right to reach for health from the vision of the Physician." pg. 197, 198 Gregory the Great
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