December 19th, 2014

the joy above consists in the full understanding of the Word of God

It is 9:42 AM Friday in the flow of salvation history. It is extremely cold morning, but the sun is shining. I should go out into the dead American world and take some pictures while the sky is blue and smoke is floating up from the ruins.

I got up this morning around 5:58 AM. I did not want to get up so early, but I was having weird dreams that kept me awake so I got up to face it. When I got up I made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I made myself a small pot of oatmeal. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and then read from a book titled, Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church by George E. Demacopoulos.

Carol called me around 8:38 AM to be picked up at the hospital. Carol worked last night and has to work tonight.

Well not much else to report. I am thinking of going out in the world to visit thrift stores and maybe take pictures some place.

Last night after driving Carol to work I basically did nothing till going to bed around 10:30 PM. Last night I read a short story in the book, In A Father's Place: Stories by Christopher Tilghman.

Well I suppose I will close to do my little dance of death.
  • Current Music
    Primordial 'Redemption At The Puritans Hands'

Answer for question 4158.

There's a lot of nostalgia around old franchises coming back right now. Movies, TV shows, even action figures! What's something from your childhood that you wish would come back? Why?

(This question will remain in place for a few days while Writer's Block is re-launched -- we'll have new questions each weekday starting on Monday!)
When I was growing up I would stay up late and watch the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. I always enjoyed watching on TV talk shows as a kid because no one ever talked to me.
  • Current Music
    YOB 'Clearing the Path to Ascend'

The American Transcendentalists

It is now in the Flow 12:19 PM Friday afternoon. The sun is still in the sky and it is 29 degrees. I did leave the house to visit thrift stores and to get a mouse for my newest lap top computer. I found these used books this morning to ADD to our book collection-

"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

Tom Reiss

"The Times of My Life and My Life with The Times" a memoir by Max Frankel

Max Frankel

"The Gentle Barbarian: The Life And Work Of Turgenev" biography by V.S. Pritchett

After doing my running around I came home to make a quiche for something to eat. Existence keeps flowing.
  • Current Music
    Inter Arma 'The Cavern' EP


"Having helped to preserve the army's rectitude, I was a logical candidate for an errand of disloyalty. I was summoned one day in February 1955 by the Office of the Chief of Information and asked the strangest combination of questions. Who were my friends in the West Coast press corps, and in particular, did I know Gladwin Hill of The New York Times and Bill Becker of the AP? The first very well, the second causally. And did I have dressy civilian clothes at hand? Yes, sir. Well then if I could get a Q-clearance-the government's highest test of trust to handle military secrets-I was the right person to be sent to break the rules and give some secrets away.

I was ordered to take a civilian flight to Las Vegas, my first plane ride ever, and driven to Camp Desert Rock, an army tent encampment that was only seventy miles away but had the barren look of a campsite on the moon. I was received by the commanding general, who assigned me to the camp's public information office, pending further orders. He said he was training 3,000 men for maneuvers with tactical nuclear weapons, an innovation in modern warfare worth bragging about in releases and recordings sent to the hometown of every GI. Corporal Jones has been entrusted with an important assignment in this year's Exercise Desert Rock VI, which will give the Army firsthand knowledge of the effects of fighting with atomic weapons. Unfortunately, the general explained, that was all the information the army was authorized to reveal. Everything else about the three nuclear devices to be exploded here in the Nevada desert in the next six weeks had been stamped "top secret."
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

mysteries of contemplation

It is 8:38 PM Friday night in the flow of my life In Christ Jesus the Lord of Glory. "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" Galatians 2:20.

I am writing on my newest lap top which is around two years old. My other lap top computer is going on seven years old. Today I finally got around to getting a mouse for this new lap top computer. I also brought up this lap top computer from the lower level and set it up in my main study. Our main computer is running super slow and we need to get a new computer sometime next year. I had to clear off my desk so I could spread out books near this lap top computer. This evening I went through my stuff and threw out a ton of old clothes and stored away junk. I am a pack rat and it is hard for me to throw anything away. But tonight I decided some stuff had to go since I had not worn the clothes in many years. Some items of clothing for me symbolize stages of my life from youth to old age. I have big old wool army coat I bought at a garage sale when I was in High School 1968 Richmond California. I wore this coat when I was stoned on LSD and did not know where I was at. I could lay down anywhere wearing this coat and stay warm. I remember wandering Richmond Hills all night out of my mind on acid. I was a crazy young man. I was a dreamer.

Carol has gone off to work and I am alone once again with my thoughts. I had a quiet day today. I spent the afternoon wandering the house and reading my books. I mainly read from these books this afternoon-

"The Love Of Learning And The Desire For God: A Study of Monastic Culture" by Jean Leclercq O.S.B.

"Medieval Exegesis" Volume 2 "The Four Senses Of Scripture" by Henri De Lubac

There is nothing on TV worth watching tonight. I will drift till 10 o'clock PM and go to bed early. Tomorrow is a Saturday and I volunteer at the Herrick Public Library used books store tomorrow from 10 AM till 1 PM. My life is zooming by!
  • Current Music
    Andy Stott 'We Stay Together'