the beauty of the collective mind

It is 12:57 PM Thursday afternoon here in West Michigan. It has been raining all day and it is bone cold.

I got up this morning around 5:20 AM. I do not know why I woke up so early. I got up before Carol this morning. I got up warmed up a cup of coffee and wrote in my private diary. Carol got up around 6:35 AM. I went back to bed down in the lower level around 7 o'clock AM. I woke up when I heard Carol leaving to buy meat at Earl's Meat Market. Carol is having Caleb and his family over for dinner tonight. It has become a family ritual now to have Caleb and Emily the girls Josie and Cora and their little dog Ollie over for a meal Thursday nights. Why not have Caleb and Emily over for dinner when they live just down the street from us. Having Caleb, Emily, Josie, Cora and their dog Ollie is a blessing living down the street from Nonie and Papa Keen.

When I got up this morning it was 9:10 AM. I filled up the van with used books to haul off to the Gateway Center. This was the last load till we can determine what to put in our new book cases when they arrive from the builder. After we fill these four book cases we will see what is left over. If there is too many good books I might order another four book cases and pay for them myself. It is cool to SEE my books in book cases lined up with the author and title's visible to me. I do not have to dig through stacks or search all over the giant lower level for it/a certain book.

After I filled the van with book Carol drove in from getting meat for dinner A Meat Loaf and pigs in the blanket for the girls/granddaughters.

I spent the late morning hours staring at my books and dreaming of a perfect library. In the end nothing lives up to ones visions of perfection.

Last night I stayed up late reading a very long prose piece titled, 'Paris Doesn't Belong To Us' in a book of essays titled, 'See What I See' by Greg Gerke.

This morning I basically have messed with my books and written in my paper diary. I am too blown out of the water to read. I have though read off and on from a book titled, 'Melancholy' essays by Laszlo F. Foldeuyi.

Right now Josie and Carol is talking. I am writing in my online diaries and listening to the new Gojira CD "Fortitude" on my portable CD player. I will close to face the rain with courage.

Lower Level
lower level dehaul

lower level dehaul

lower level dehaul

lower level dehaul
  • Current Music
    Gojira 'Fortitude'

thrift store used books haul & reflections on the new library



'Glamorous Powers' A Novel by Susan Howatch

'The Crofter & The Laird' A Memoir by John McPhee

'Cloister Talks: Learning From My Friends The Monks' By Jon M. Sweeney

'Lost Children Archive' A Novel by Valeria Luiselli

'Table Money' A Novel by Jimmy Breslin

'Brecht & Co.: Sex, Politics, And The Making Of The Modern Drama' biography by John Fuegi
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted

they were willing to leave all for the sake of Christ

It is 9:58 AM Wednesday morning here in West Michigan. It is 38 degrees outside and stone gray. Maybe we will see sunlight this afternoon.

Carol and I both got up around 6 o'clock AM. When I got up I made a pot of coffee and wrote in my paper diary. Carol left for a Woman's Bible Study around 9:05 AM. I have spent the morning writing in my paper diary, reading, and I loaded the van up with books to be hauled to the Gateway Center Holland Rescue Mission. I have been reading this morning when not falling asleep, 'The Life Of Jesus Christ' Part One Volume 2, Chapters 41-92 by Ludolph of Saxony Translated By Milton T. Walsh.

This afternoon Carol and I plan to do yard work. I need to mow the front and back yard. Carol plans to weed the yard and the flower beds.

Carol plans to go grocery shopping after the Woman's Bible Study. Carol is teaching the class this morning and tonight maybe. The women of Covenant PCA are coming to the end of the Epistle to the Romans in their weekly Bible Study.

Last night I messed with the books down in the Lower Level and read from a book titled, 'Melancholy' essays by Laszlo F. Foldenyi Translated From the Hungarian By Tim Wilkinson Foreword By Alberto Manguel. Carol went to bed around 9:45 PM and I went to bed around 10:30 PM. Now it is another day to wait for the Coming of Christ Jesus on the Glory Cloud. I will close to make another pot of coffee. Life keeps speeding by.

He Has Promised

Can we read our title clear
To a mansion in the sky?
Could we look without a fear,
If we knew our end was nigh?

Refrain

Hallelujah! bless the Lord!
We shall conquer thro’ His Word;
Those who trust Him to the end
He has promised to defend.

If the Christian race we run,
And the cross we meekly bear,
When at last our work is done
Crowns in glory we shall wear.

Refrain

O the visions of delight,
Breaking from the other shore!
O the morning calm and bright,
That shall dawn and fade no more!

Refrain
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted

madness is a divine gift

It is a Tuesday afternoon on a cold gray damp ugly day. I miss sunshine and warmth during these late days of Spring 2021. This is a Spring that no one will recall on their death bed.

I got up this morning around 6:45 AM. I did not sleep soundly last night due to a sore body. I am sore because of all the bending and lifting this week. Carol and I have been getting rid of a large portion of our private library. I am seeking to give a couple thousand books away to be sold to help the Poor. Basically all I do is go down in the lower level to sort through books to determine what to keep and what to give to Holland Rescue Mission to be sold online.

Carol and I stopped working on the books around 2 o'clock PM today. We are now baby-sitting our granddaughter Josie Joy.

Yesterday I got in the mail three new books-

'The Book of Pastoral Care' by Saint Gregory The Great

'Melancholy' essays by Laszlo F. Foldenyi Translation From The Hungarian By Tim Wilkinson

'Modern Philosophy From Descartes to Kant' by Etienne Gilson & Thomas Langan

Last night I flew and read 'Melancholy' essays by Laszlo F. Foldenyi. The other night I finished finally the novel, 'Wolf' by Jim Harrison. Carol went to bed early last night and I read till 11 o'clock PM and went to bed. So has gone by momentary existence.

Since I am falling asleep I will close to feel dead to the world. All around us the COVID-19 plague rages out of control. All over the world people are being buried in mass graves.
  • Current Music
    Gojira 'Fortitude'

nice buzz now

It is 1:22 PM Monday afternoon here in rainy gray West Michigan. I am thankful for rain. We all need water in this dry times. We need more than anything The Latter Rain.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM. I got up before Carol, which is not normal. I got up made a pot of coffee and sat in our dining room greeting another day during The Last Days. Carol got up and left around 7:20 AM to have a morning meal with a friends/fellowship the saints. We all need fellowship during this COVID-19 plague.

I have mainly been sorting through the books in the lower level. Carol took two van loads of books today to the Gateway Center Holland Rescue Mission. I plan to cool down this afternoon and just drift. I only have a few pages to read in the novel 'Wolf' by Jim Harrison.

Last night Carol and I went to bed around 10 o'clock PM. I slept poorly last night due to a sore and still body/it is all this lifting and hauling that is doing damaged to my body. I am no young buck.

I suppose I will close to float. There is no where to go but here.

lower level dehaul
lower level dehaul

lower level dehaul

lower level dehaul

lower level dehaul
  • Current Music
    Arab Strap 'The Red Thread'

a progress report



a progress report

'Wolf' A Novel by Jim Harrison

'The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play' by Wallace Stevens Edited by Holly Stevens

'The Mirror Of Art: Critical Studies' By Baudelaire

'How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read' by Pierre Bayard

'The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess' by Andrei Codrescu

'1982, Janine' A Novel by Alasdair Gray Introduced by Will Self

'Leg Over Leg' Volumes One And Two by Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq Translated By Humphrey Davis

'Leg Over Leg' Volumes Three And Four by Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq Translated By Humphrey Davis

'True Story of the Kelly Gang' A Novel by Peter Carey

'Libra' A Novel by Don DeLillo

'What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation Of America, 1815-1848' by Daniel Walker Howe

'The Merry Heart: Reflections On Reading, Writing, And The World Of Books' essays by Robertson Davies

"Because every library is autobiographical, its packing up seems to have something of a self-obituary" Alberto Manguel 'Packing My Library' pg. 48
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted

no one sticks his hand in the dark hole of a stump

It is 10:20 AM Sunday morning here is West Michigan. It is a breezy warm cloudy sunny day. A good day to go bear hunting.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. When I got up Carol was reading from a book. I got myself a cup of coffee and messed with our main computer. After messing with our computer I made a pot of oatmeal for breakfast for Carol and I. Carol left for a morning walk while I made oatmeal. When Carol got back from her walk she ate her portion of oatmeal.

Carol and I had morning devotions after breakfast. Carol left for Covenant PCA around 8:50 AM. This morning I have been doing loads of wash and messing with the books. I figure week we will haul a couple thousand books to the Gateway Center Holland Rescue Mission. I have put in the back room most of the books I want to read during the next 30 years (I might live to be a 100 years old?).

Last night Carol went to bed early and read from the novel 'Wolf' by Jim Harrison till 10:30 PM and went to bed. Now it the first day of a new week in the Death Flow. Existence keeps decaying faster and faster. This month Carol and I celebrate 42 years of marriage. Where has the time gone? Here today and gone tomorrow!

I got out to read this morning a book titled, 'God In Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology' by Steven J. Duby.

I will now close to drift. I might film a video today for my Youtube channel. Do a progress report video on de-hauling books from the Book Mountain.
  • Current Music
    Malcolm Middleton 'Sleight Of Heart'

turning language into a spell to repel ghosts

It is 1:08 PM Saturday afternoon. It is cloudy blue sky windy day.

I got up this morning around 5 o'clock AM. I could not sleep so I got up even though it was way too early for me. I figure I can always take a nap if I get too sleepy during the day.

I mainly spent the morning into the afternoon going through the books down in the lower level. Carol took in our old Dodge van two loads of books to the Gateway Center Holland Rescue Mission. I finally had enough and came up here to get a glass of water and write in my online diaries. My body is too sore now to do any more lifting and carrying boxes of books to the van.

I have had no time to read today. These days I mainly work on getting rid of books and reading 'Wolf' A Novel by Jim Harrison.

I will close since I am falling asleep. It is the First Day of May 2021. The history of mankind is coming to a close.
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted

reefer madness

It is 1:40 PM Friday afternoon. It is cold windy cloudy sunny afternoon. At least it is not snowing.

Carol and I were gone all morning doing errands. While out running around we visit thrift stores to look at their used books. Since I am getting rid of thousands of old used books I am more selective now in what I buy/add to our library. I found these used books this morning-

'Glamorous Powers' A Novel by Susan Howatch

'The Crofter & The Laird' A Memoir by John McPhee

'Cloister Talks: Learning From My Friends The Monks' By Jon M. Sweeney

'Lost Children Archive' A Novel by Valeria Luiselli

'Table Money' A Novel by Jimmy Breslin

'Brecht & Co.: Sex, Politics, And The Making Of The Modern Drama' biography by John Fuegi

While we were running around we also stopped for burgers for lunch. Now we are home recovering from the trip out into the dead American world.

This morning Carol and I both got up around 6 o'clock AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and then wrote in my paper diary. I was too wasted this morning to read so I dozed. While I was dozing Carol left to do an errand. I woke up from dozing and went and picked up an order for five pounds of black and tan coffee beans. When I got home from Simpatico Nice Coffee Carol was home.

We left the house soon afterwards to look for plastic bens to put books in for storage.

Well I am tired so I will close. Last night I read late into the night the novel, 'Wolf' by Jim Harrison.

rabbit
rabbit
  • Current Music
    Malcolm Middleton 'Into The Woods'