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May 28th, 2019 
It is 9:49 AM Tuesday morning in the death flow. I decided to write so as to keep myself from falling asleep. This morning I got up with Carol at 3:30 AM as she got ready to leave for her trip out West. She was out the door headed for the Grand Rapids Airport by 4 o'clock AM. I went back to bed and got up around 6:30 AM to face my life in the final days of the American Empire (the end of a Liberal democracy experiment).

When I got up this morning I cleaned the kitchen and made a fresh pot of coffee. Next I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my paper diary and read for awhile from a book titled, 'The Beauty of the Lord: Theology As Aesthetics' by Jonathan King Foreword By Kevin VanHoozer. After reading for awhile I decided to doze. After dozing I woke myself up and got another cup of coffee. Now I am sitting here writing in my online diaries waiting for a phone call from Carol assuring me she has landed in Denver safely.

I am not sure what I will do the rest of this day to keep myself awake. After Carol's phone call I need to go grocery shopping, because the ice box is empty. Well the ice box is not completely empty. It is one of my rituals I do when Carol leaves me for a period of time to go to a grocery store and buy a ton of junk food (comfort food). I have carried over from my childhood bad food habits. Also I do not like food. I eat because it is a necessity as a living being.

Last night Carol and I went over to Caleb and Emily's and had dinner. Cora and Josie ran around. We had a nice time. Carol and I were home by 6:15 PM. I laid around feeling wasted and we went to bed early. Now it is another day. Existence keeps zooming by. I will close to wait for Carol's phone call.
10:21 am - Psalm 104
[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
[2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
[3] Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
[4] Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
[5] Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
[6] Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
[7] At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
[8] They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
[9] Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
[10] He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
[11] They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
[12] By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
[13] He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
[14] He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
[15] And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
[16] The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
[17] Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
[18] The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
[19] He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
[20] Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
[21] The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
[22] The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
[23] Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
[24] O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
[25] So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
[26] There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
[27] These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
[28] That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
[29] Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
[30] Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
[31] The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
[32] He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
[33] I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
[34] My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
[35] Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.sam
It is 8:23 PM Tuesday night in the flow of this life given me to glorify God. If we do not give God glory we are in deep trouble. It all comes down to world view. How we determine the structure of everyday reality. For me reality is being under the rule of God the Father-the Lordship of Christ-walking in the Spirit. These realities or truths determine how I experience or perceive my day to day existence in America.

I had a typical day alone with myself. Carol did call me from Denver this morning when her planed landed. She said there was some delay due to rain but she made it to Denver, no plane wreck. I told Carol she sounded tired, she had not recovered from her three days of work. She told she plans to go to bed early tonight. Hopefully Carol will get some rest while she is out West visiting family.

I did leave the house late this morning to get some food items and to visit thrift stores in search of old used books to ADD to our family library.
What I am going to do in listing the used books I got today is place them in the context of our collection-I usually buy used books that go into a collection by either the same writer or the same subject. For example the first used book I bought today was or is titled, 'The Essential Margaret Fuller' Margaret Fuller Edited By Jeffrey Stelle. I added this volume to these books already in our library-

'Woman in the Nineteenth Century' by Margaret Fuller introduction by Bernard Rosenthal

'Margaret Fuller: A New American Life' biography by Megan Marshall

'The Lives Of Margaret Fuller: A Biography' by John Matteson

'Minerva and the Muse: A Life Of Margaret Fuller' by Joan von Mehren

I bought used today a book titled, 'Woman In Sexist Society: Studies in Power and Powerlessness' Edited By Vivian Gornick & Barbara K. Moran. I will add this used book to one of my favorite reads of last year titled, 'The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir by Vivian Gornick.

I bought used today a book titled, 'Onward And Upward In The Garden' essays by Katharine S. White Edited And With An Introduction By E.B. White. I will add this book to this book in our library, 'Onward And Upward: A Biography of Katharine S. White' by Linda H. Davis.

I also bought these used books today at thrift stores-

'The Lost City of the Monkey God' Travel Adventure book by Douglas Preston

'History of Art Criticism' by Lionello Venturi Translated from the Italian by Charles Marriott

'The Pickup' a novel by Nadine Gordimer (I collect the works of Nadine Gordimer.)

'The Glass Palace' a novel by Amitav Ghosh (this is a paperback and I already have a hardback of this novel in our library)

'Barkskins' a novel by Annie Proulx (I have a hardback edition of this novel, the one I bought today is a paperback edition)

'Merry Men' a novel by Carolyn Chute a hardback edition (I have been reading a paperback edition of this novel by Chute recently)

So these are the used books I bought today at thrift stores. I have been looking through these books this evening and plan to go to bed early. I will close to feel wasted.
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