November 17th, 2017

children are wicked sinners till they are born again

It is 8:21 AM Friday morning here by Lake Michigan. Outside it is a cold gray day. It is suppose to snow today and throughout the coming weekend. I will wear my snow gear today when I travel to our local library to volunteer at their used books store The Book Nook. I have not left the house since last Friday. It will feel weird to step out into the dead American world once again. I am totally aware though I do not exist.

I got up this morning around 6:45 AM. When I got up I found my wife making corn bread. I got a cup of coffee and sat in our dining room relishing the calm. The house was once again free of screaming grandchildren and chaos. It is a blessing to wake up to order and quiet in a world filled with violent insane children.

I messed with our main computer and ate a fresh slice hot corn bread. Carol left for a dentist appointment. She plans to go over to Grand Rapids this morning to pick up Emily and Josiah to meet everyone at a Christmas parade downtown Grand Rapids. It sounds exhausting.

Last night is a blur. Carol went to bed around 7:15 PM. I watched some professional football and went to bed around 9:50 PM. Now it is another day. I need to locate myself once again. I am shell shocked from a week of noise and chaos.

It was nice though visiting with Beth, Andy, Lou, Marn, and baby Jack. I found it interesting observing how a modern professional Christian family lives during these Last Days.

I got out to read this morning a book titled, 'Sanctification' by Michael Allen. Last night I did read an essay on Simone Weil in a book titled, 'The Collected Essays Of Elizabeth Hardwick' Selected By Darryl Pinckney.

I suppose I will close to face the coming winder storm. I will leave for the library Book Nook at 9:45 AM. When I get home this afternoon my wife will be gone.
  • Current Music
    Mogwai 'Every Country's Sun'

white trash

It is 2:32 PM Friday afternoon on a cold gray ugly day. I got home from the library used books store The Book Nook around 1:10 PM. I brought home these used books from the Book Nook to add to our library-

'The Road' autobiography by Jack London

'The Dream Lover'a novel by Elizabeth Berg

'My Autobiography' by Charles Chaplin

'The Era Of Good Feelings' American History by George Dangerfield

'The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family' biography by Laurence Leamer

'Witness' autobiography by Whittaker Chambers

'Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon' biography by Larry Tye

'Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ' Christian Living by J. Todd Billings

'The Outline Of History' Four Volumes by H. G. Wells published in 1922

'The Fifth Heart' a novel by Dan Simmons

'White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America' by Nancy Isenberg

When I came home from the Book Nook the house was empty of human activity. Carol is over in another city here in Michigan. She told me this morning she did not know when she would be home.

I am tired but I am still on my two feet cheering myself on to the finish line. I suppose I will close to wait. At the Book Nook I read 'The Road' autobiography by Jack London.

photo of me at the library Book Nook
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    Bell Witch 'Mirror Reaper'

I Am A Reader Tag

-Choose 1 word that describes being a reader. Discerning
-What’s the very first book you fell in love with? the Bible (I do not know if there was any book I read before I became a Christian that I fell in love with. I became a Christian when I was 18 years old. I read books when I was youngster but do not recall any one book that stands out in my memory. What influenced as a young teenager was music not books. I was also effected by watching television and movies.
-Hardcover or paperback? I will read any book, hardcover or paperback as long it is readable/not torn or underlined.
-How has reading shaped your identity? Reading has changed how I see and experience the world/reading books as made me a dreamer/a Christian misfit.
-What book do you read when you need to be comforted?I read 'The Works of St. John of the Cross' especially his treatise 'Dark Night'.
-Who taught you to be a reader? (Or did you do it all on your own?) I was taught to read when I was in Jr. High School around 1966? 1967?
-Describe your dream reading lounge. A big house filled with thousands and thousands books and comfortable chairs with windows that let in plenty of sunlight.
-What book changed the way you act or see the world? I would have to day the Bible. But also I would have to answer this question by first stating taking LSD Lysergic acid diethylamide changed my view of the world and then afterwards the Bible.
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