December 1st, 2014

Songs: Ohia- Blue Chicago Moon

out of the ruins
blood grown heavy from his past
his wings stripped by thunder
but those storms keep coming back
singing birds in sickness
sing the same blues songs
when they fell out of the emptiness
they must have brought along
space's loneliness
space's loneliness
gotten so good at hiding it
even he does not admit it
that glittering flash in his eyes
makes it look like he might be alright
if the blues are you hunter
then you will come face to face
with that darkness and desolation
and the endless depression
but you are not helpless
and you are not helpless
try to beat it
try to beat it
and live through space's loneliness
and live through space's loneliness
you are not helpless
you are not helpless
i'll help you to try to beat it
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spiritualize the whole of Scripture for use by the Christian soul

It is 12:27 PM Monday afternoon in the ice flow. It is 24 degrees outside this afternoon. It is lightly snowing right now. I hope the snow stays away for awhile. Because we live so close to Lake Michigan we get Lake effect snow. As you drive east the snow stops and one can experience blue skies and sunshine.

I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I made myself a pot of coffee when I got up to face union with Christ Jesus. I messed with our main computer and then I made myself a bowl of oatmeal. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and read for devotions from a book titled, "History and Spirit: The Understanding of Scripture According To Origin" by Henri De Lubac.

Carol got home from work around 8:15 AM. One thing I have realized more and more about my wife after being married to her for 35 years is that she loves to talk. When I first met my wife I thought she was a quiet person, but as the years have gone by I have noticed more and more that my wife tends to talk a lot. I am not a talker. I am friendly but I do not talk all the time. I spend a lot of time not talking. I am a writer. I am a man of few words. I do not talk because I do not have much to say that has not already be said. I hate coming off like a broken record. Also the things I like to talk about no one likes to talk about like God or the Bible/spiritual realities/life and death. So when my wife got home from work I put everything aside and listened to my wife talk. I love my wife and enjoy hearing her talk. I love everything about my wife. My wife is my joy. I always tell my wife she is my sunshine in this dark and sad world.

Carol went to bed around 9:10 AM and I left to visit thrift stores around 10:10 AM and got home around 11:45 AM. I found these used books to add to our library-

"Mariette In Ecstasy" a novel by Ron Hansen

"Gilead" a novel by Marilynne Robinson

"Sophie's Choice" a novel by William Styron (I collect the writings of Styron.)

"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" a novel by Dave Eggers

"Small Island" a novel by Andrea Levy

"Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of Human Fascination With Evil" by Bernard McGinn (I have many books by McGinn in our library.)

Bernard McGinn

"Henrik Ibsen : A New Biography" by Robert Ferguson (I have in our library Ferguson's biography on the life of Henry Miller.)

This morning I called my friend/brother in Christ Tim and when he got home there was a telephone message from him. Tomorrow morning Tim and I are planning on having coffee together. I like having spiritual fellowship with Tim. Tim goes to the same church my wife goes to.

Last night I watched a little television and read my books. I went to bed early last night. Lately I seem to be out of it. I can not focus on anything for very long. Sometimes I just sit and do nothing but wait out the day/night.

Last night I read these books before going to bed-

"Second Letter To The Corinthians" [The Pillar New Testament Commentary] by Mark A. Seifrid

"Shark" a novel by Will Self

"Writers On Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times" Introduction by John Darnton

Well I am tired so I will close to drift.

"[1] Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
[2] And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
[3] And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
[4] And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
[5] But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
[6] Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
[7] Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
[8] Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
[9] Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
[10] Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
[11] Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
[12] Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
[13] There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 1 Corinth. 10:1-13
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books bought during the year 2014 continued

December 2014

"Mariette In Ecstasy" a novel by Ron Hansen
"Gilead" a novel by Marilynne Robinson
"Sophie's Choice" a novel by William Styron
"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" a novel by Dave Eggers
"Small Island" a novel by Andrea Levy
"Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of Human Fascination With Evil" by Bernard McGinn
"Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography" by Robert Ferguson
"The Eye of the Storm" a novel by Patrick White
"Anil's Ghost" a novel by Michael Ondaatje
"Consequences" a novel by Penelope Lively
"Fanny: A Fiction" by Edmund White
"What Ever Happened To Modernism?" by Gabriel Josipovici
"Previous Convictions: A Journey Through The 1950's" memoir by Nora Sayre
"Cairo" by Andre Raymond [Translated by Willard Wood]
"Salvation Applied By The Spirit" Union with Christ" by Robert A. Peterson
"Cloud Atlas" a novel by David Mitchell
"The Victorian Underworld" British History by Donald Thomas
"The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial" American History by Moshik Temkin
"A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash" biography by Sylvia Nasar
"The Oxford Companion To The Mind" Edited By Richard L. Gregory
"The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation On Power" by Garry Wills
"Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered The World" biography by Claire Harman
"The Great Wall Of China: From History to Myth" by Arthur Waldron
"The End Of Order: Versailles 1919" European history by Charles L. Mee, Jr.
"Ines Of My Soul" a novel by Isabel Allende [Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden]
"The Passion of Michel Foucault" by James Miller
"Country of Origin" a novel by E. du Perron [Translated by Francis Bulhof and Elizabeth Daverman]
"Revolution And The Word: The Rise of the Novel in America" by Cathy N. Davidson
"Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature" by Erich Auerbach [Translated By Willard R. Trask]
"William Faulkner: Three Decades Of Criticism" Edited With An Introduction By Frederick J. Hoffman & Olga W. Vickery
"Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" a novel by Roddy Doyle
"A Biography Of E. M. Forster" by Nicola Beauman
"The Pine Barrens" by John McPhee
"The Sacred Wood: Essays On Poetry And Criticism" by T. S. Eliot
"A Gate at the Stairs" a novel by Lorrie Moore
"Fire In The Blood" a novel by Irene Nemirovsky
"Smoke" a novel by Turgenev
"Chance" a novel by Joseph Conrad
"Jealousy & In The Labyrinth" two novels by Robbe-Grillet
"Oblomov" a novel by Ivan Goncharov
"S/Z An Essay" by Roland Barthes [Translated by Richard Miller]
"Tolstoy and the Novel" by John Bayley
"Animal Farm" a novel by George Orwell
"1984" a novel by George Orwell
"Man's Hope" a novel by Andre Malraux
"God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology" by Gerald Bray
"The Burgess Boys" a novel by Elizabeth Strout
"Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure" by Tim Jeal
"The Pickwick Papers" a novel by Charles Dickens
"Moral Reflections on the Book of Job" Volume 1 "Preface and Books 1-5" by Gregory the Great [Translated by Brian Kerns, OCSO]
"Hellhound On His Trail: The Stalking Of Martin Luther Jr. And The International Hunt For His Assassin" by Hampton Sides
"In A Father's Place: Stories" by Christopher Tilghman
"The American Transcendentalists: Their Prose and Poetry" Edited by Perry Miller
"Carpenter's Gothic" a novel by William Gaddis
"Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein & Company" biography by James R. Mellow
"Image-Music-Text" essays by Roland Barthes [Translated by Stephen Heath]
"Call It Sleep" A Novel by Henry Roth
"The Master & Margarita" a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov [Translated by Mirra Ginsburg]
"Collected Short Stories" by Graham Greene
"St. Petersburg" a novel by Andrey Biely [Translated by John Cournos]
"Opus Posthumous: Poems, Plays, Prose" by Wallace Stevens Edited, With An Introduction By Samuel French Morse
"Love As Always, Kurt Vonnegut As I Knew Him" a memoir by Loree Rackstraw
"The Orientalist: Solving The Mystery Of A Strange And Dangerous Life" biography by Tom Reiss
"The Times of My Life and My Life with The Times" a memoir by Max Frankel
"The Gentle Barbarian: The Life And Work Of Turgenev" biography by V.S. Pritchett
"Out Stealing Horses" a novel by Per Petterson [Translated By Anne Born]
"John Marshall: Definer Of A Nation" biography by Jean Edward Smith
"De Sade: A Critical Biography" by Ronald Hayman
"Doubt: A History" by Jennifer Michael Hecht
"Report To Creco" a memoir by Nikos Kazantzakis
"Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: A Savage Journey To The Heart Of The American Dream" by Hunter S. Thompson
"Becoming Jane Austin" a biography by Jon Spence
"The Twits" children's book by Roald Dahl Illustrated By Quentin Blake
"Wolf Hall" a novel by Hilary Mantel
"A Dead Hand: A Crime In Calcutta" a novel by Paul Theroux
"The Portable Jung" Edited by Joseph Campbell
"The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: Da Vinci, Machiavelli, And Borgia And The World They Shaped" by Paul Strathern
"The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce Ulysses" by Kevin Birmingham
"Language For God In Patristic Tradition: Wrestling With Biblical Anthropomorphism" by Mark Sheridan
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