September 8th, 2017

the exhaustion of the journey

It is in the death flow 11 o'clock AM Friday morning. It is a sunny day and it is 64 degrees outside. I just woke myself up from a doze in our living room. In my old age I find myself sitting in the living room falling asleep often. I am like one of those old people you see in Nursing Homes sleeping in a stuffed chair in the visitor's lounge.

I got up this morning around 6:33 AM. Before I got out of bed I was having a religious dream centered on the faithfulness of God. Sometimes I wonder if I am going to heaven since I am such a unproductive Christian. What is my life when it comes to expressing a vibrant Christian spirituality? I am just an old man who sits in the house dozing time away. Should I not be out in the world doing good deeds? How is my life bringing in the kingdom of heaven?

So I got up this morning made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. While I was messing with our main computer Carol got up so I made for a us a pot of oatmeal for breakfast. As I ate my oatmeal Carol talked to me as she was looking through the morning newspaper.

This morning when not fighting to stay awake I read from these two books, 'The Decameron' by Boccaccio and 'The Book of Disquiet' by Fernando Pessoa. Now I am writing in my online diaries. Existence keeps decaying. I have no plans for the day ahead of me. Carol goes back to work tonight after being off for a couple of days.

Last night I started reading 'About Schmidt' a novel by Louis Begley and watched some professional football. I mainly read yesterday, 'The Decameron' and 'Isaiah Berlin: A Life' by Michael Ignatieff.

I suppose I will close to wait it out. There is nothing.
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    exhausted exhausted

The Travel World Tag

Travel the world from the comfort of your living room!

Part 1: Getting Ready

1. Inspiration - A favorite bookish character from TV or film. The character Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) played by Daniel Day Lewis in the movie 'Last of the Mohicans'/novel 'The Last Of The Mohicans' a novel by James Fenimore Cooper

2. Travel Agent - A favorite author outside your demographics. Anthony Trollope a British writer. I recently got used a biography on Trollope titled, 'Anthony Trollope' by James Pope-Hennessy.

3. Destination - A favorite place to read about. I like reading books about America. I also like reading about Paris, New York City, and London. I am currently reading a book of American history titled, 'What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation Of America, 1815-1848' by Daniel Walker Howe [The Oxford History Of The United States].

4. Take Off - A book you read to 'travel' to a place you've never been. I have no desire to travel anywhere either physically or mentally. I like to read books about London England and Paris, France. I read this book recently and find myself picking up once in awhile 'The Other Paris' by Luc Sante. A couple of years ago I read a book on the city of London, England titled, 'London: A Biography' by Peter Ackroyd.

Part 2: Out and About

5. Sights - A reading spot you want to visit I do not have any reading spot I would want to visit. I like reading books inside our home. There have been times when I have enjoyed reading by Lake Michigan.

6. Tastes - A food or drink you first encountered in a book. William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg, 'The Yage Letters Redux' telepathic-hallucinogenic-mind-expanding drug Yage (Ayahuasca, or Banisteriopsis Caapé) used by Amazon Indian doctors.

7. Locals - A favorite foreign-to-you character in a book. Eugene Eyestone favorite character in the novel 'Laura Warholic of, The Sexual Intellectual' by Alexander Theroux.

8. Sounds - A word or phrase you learned in a book (any language). 'Unfading Light: Contemplation and Speculations' by Sergius Bulgakov Translated, edited, and introduced by Thomas Allan Smith the phrase "the sophianicity of the creature".

9. Souvenir 1 - A favorite bookstore you've been to.
I like to visit Eeerdmans Bookstore in Grand Rapids Michigan when I am in the mood to buy Christian books. These though days I buy most of my Christian books online from Amazon because they are cheaper.

10. Souvenir 2 - A favorite library you've been to.
I do not have a favorite library. I really do not use libraries these days. My favorite library is my own library. I do like theological libraries like Calvin Theological Seminary library in Grand Rapids Mich..

Part 3: Coming Home

11. Reunion - A book you bought or read to learn more about your hometown.
I do not have a hometown. I have lived all over the United States. I do tell folks my hometown is San Francisco, California because I was born in Oakland California. I bought awhile back at a used books sale a book titled, 'Literary San Francisco: A Pictorial History from its Beginnings to the Present Day' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Nancy Peters.

12. Oops! - A book of yours that is on its own adventure (i.e., a book you loaned out that's never returned, or a book you lost/forgot somewhere). I do not loan books out to other people. I might have lost books over the years, but right now I can not remember any. I do have a story though of a book I once loaned to a woman many years ago when I was on staff at the Richmond Rescue Mission. Richmond California. I loaned this girl a third volume of a three volumes commentary on the whole Bible titled, "Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible". I loaned the third volume to this girl because she was sexy and I wanted to impress her. To make a sad story short I never saw volume 3 of that biblical commentary again. Now I had a broken set of the three volume, 'Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible'. This sad event happened around 1974 or 1975 and it taught me never to load out any of my books.

North FromThe DustyBookshelf
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPW-bgiI342jEBQq0XL2H6w

South Orpheus
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQxQD-vpoTIXxBq5JayeKmw

West Mememtomori
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6oWvnoj1O9kq0Mz_DFeIew

East Blatantly Bookish
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcAERLPvMbWKftNDs8wf81w

Books listed in this tag-

'The Last Of The Mohicans' a novel by James Fenimore Cooper

'Anthony Trollope' biography by James Pope-Hennessy

'What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation Of America, 1815-1848' by Daniel Walker Howe [The Oxford History Of The United States]

'The Other Paris' by Luc Sante

'London: A Biography' by Peter Ackroyd

'The Yage Letters Redux' by William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg

'Laura Warholic of, The Sexual Intellectual' a novel by Alexander Theroux

'Unfading Light: Contemplation and Speculations' by Sergius Bulgakov Translated, edited, and introduced by Thomas Allan Smith

'Literary San Francisco: A Pictorial History from its Beginnings to the Present Day' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Nancy Peters

'Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible' Three Volumes
  • Current Music
    Mogwai 'Every Country's Sun'

Travel The World Book Tag & Friday Reads



Travel the world from the comfort of your living room!

Part 1: Getting Ready

1. Inspiration - A favorite bookish character from TV or film. The character Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) played by Daniel Day Lewis in the movie 'Last of the Mohicans'/novel 'The Last Of The Mohicans' a novel by James Fenimore Cooper

2. Travel Agent - A favorite author outside your demographics. Anthony Trollope a British writer. I recently got used a biography on Trollope titled, 'Anthony Trollope' by James Pope-Hennessy.

3. Destination - A favorite place to read about. I like reading books about America. I also like reading about Paris, New York City, and London. I am currently reading a book of American history titled, 'What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation Of America, 1815-1848' by Daniel Walker Howe [The Oxford History Of The United States].

4. Take Off - A book you read to 'travel' to a place you've never been. I have no desire to travel anywhere either physically or mentally. I like to read books about London England and Paris, France. I read this book recently and find myself picking up once in awhile 'The Other Paris' by Luc Sante. A couple of years ago I read a book on the city of London, England titled, 'London: A Biography' by Peter Ackroyd.

Part 2: Out and About

5. Sights - A reading spot you want to visit I do not have any reading spot I would want to visit. I like reading books inside our home. There have been times when I have enjoyed reading by Lake Michigan.

6. Tastes - A food or drink you first encountered in a book. William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg, 'The Yage Letters Redux' telepathic-hallucinogenic-mind-expanding drug Yage (Ayahuasca, or Banisteriopsis Caapé) used by Amazon Indian doctors.

7. Locals - A favorite foreign-to-you character in a book. Eugene Eyestone favorite character in the novel 'Laura Warholic of, The Sexual Intellectual' by Alexander Theroux.

8. Sounds - A word or phrase you learned in a book (any language). 'Unfading Light: Contemplation and Speculations' by Sergius Bulgakov Translated, edited, and introduced by Thomas Allan Smith the phrase "the sophianicity of the creature".

9. Souvenir 1 - A favorite bookstore you've been to.
I like to visit Eeerdmans Bookstore in Grand Rapids Michigan when I am in the mood to buy Christian books. These though days I buy most of my Christian books online from Amazon because they are cheaper.

10. Souvenir 2 - A favorite library you've been to.
I do not have a favorite library. I really do not use libraries these days. My favorite library is my own library. I do like theological libraries like Calvin Theological Seminary library in Grand Rapids Mich..

Part 3: Coming Home

11. Reunion - A book you bought or read to learn more about your hometown.
I do not have a hometown. I have lived all over the United States. I do tell folks my hometown is San Francisco, California because I was born in Oakland California. I bought awhile back at a used books sale a book titled, 'Literary San Francisco: A Pictorial History from its Beginnings to the Present Day' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Nancy Peters.

12. Oops! - A book of yours that is on its own adventure (i.e., a book you loaned out that's never returned, or a book you lost/forgot somewhere). I do not loan books out to other people. I might have lost books over the years, but right now I can not remember any. I do have a story though of a book I once loaned to a woman many years ago when I was on staff at the Richmond Rescue Mission. Richmond California. I loaned this girl a third volume of a three volumes commentary on the whole Bible titled, "Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible". I loaned the third volume to this girl because she was sexy and I wanted to impress her. To make a sad story short I never saw volume 3 of that biblical commentary again. Now I had a broken set of the three volume, 'Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible'. This sad event happened around 1974 or 1975 and it taught me never to load out any of my books.

North FromThe DustyBookshelf
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPW-bgiI342jEBQq0XL2H6w

South Orpheus
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQxQD-vpoTIXxBq5JayeKmw

West Mememtomori
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6oWvnoj1O9kq0Mz_DFeIew

East Blatantly Bookish
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcAERLPvMbWKftNDs8wf81w

Books listed in this tag-

'The Last Of The Mohicans' a novel by James Fenimore Cooper

'Anthony Trollope' biography by James Pope-Hennessy

'What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation Of America, 1815-1848' by Daniel Walker Howe [The Oxford History Of The United States]

'The Other Paris' by Luc Sante

'London: A Biography' by Peter Ackroyd

'The Yage Letters Redux' by William Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg

'Laura Warholic of, The Sexual Intellectual' a novel by Alexander Theroux

'Unfading Light: Contemplation and Speculations' by Sergius Bulgakov Translated, edited, and introduced by Thomas Allan Smith

'Literary San Francisco: A Pictorial History from its Beginnings to the Present Day' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Nancy Peters

'Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible' Three Volumes
  • Current Music
    Mogwai 'Every Country's Sun'