April 17th, 2020

the dawn of the new creation

It is 9:12 AM Friday morning here. Outside this morning there is a snow storm. Another bitter cold snowy Spring day. We are in the midst of one of the worst plagues of the 21st century. All around us thousands and thousands are dying all the time. There are mass burials taking place. The dead are piling up.

I got up this morning around 7:02 AM. I got up found my wife in the kitchen. I got a bottle of cold water and roamed into our living room and sat down in my old easy chair. I sat down and closed my eyes and dozed to 7:30 AM. My snoring woke me up, so I got up and wandered into the kitchen. Carol left to babysit the grand-kids down the street. I cleaned the kitchen and then wrote in my paper diary. I am too wasted to read right now anything that would take intellectual effort.

Last night I basically read and messed with our main computer. Carol went to bed early and I stayed up late reading my books. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. The last book I recall reading was titled,'"I've Seen The Best Of It" Memoirs' by Joseph Alsop with Adam Platt. I did get out to look at this morning a book titled, 'The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction To The New Testament' by G.K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd.

I do not know what I will do today to kill time. I have been thinking I might just brush my teeth and sit and doze. Listen to the birds outside in a snow storm. Everything is shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. No one seems to know when things will open up again for business.

Well I will close to drift. There is no way of escape.
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Friday Reads

Friday Reads

'The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction To The New Testament' by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd

'"I've Seen The Best Of It" Memoirs' by Joseph Alsop with Adam Platt

'Screams From The Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970' by Charles Bukowski Edited By Seamus Cooney

Charles Bukowski Analysis

The History Of One Tough Motherfucker

he came to the door one night wet thin beaten and
a white cross-eyed tailless cat
I took him in and fed him and he stayed
grew to trust me until a friend drove up the driveway
and ran him over
I took what was left to a vet who said,"not much
chance…give him these pills…his backbone
is crushed, but is was crushed before and somehow
mended, if he lives he'll never walk, look at
these x-rays, he's been shot, look here, the pellets
are still there…also, he once had a tail, somebody
cut it off…"
I took the cat back, it was a hot summer, one of the
hottest in decades, I put him on the bathroom
floor, gave him water and pills, he wouldn't eat, he
wouldn't touch the water, I dipped my finger into it
and wet his mouth and I talked to him, I didn't go any-
where, I put in a lot of bathroom time and talked to
him and gently touched him and he looked back at
me with those pale blue crossed eyes and as the days went
by he made his first move
dragging himself forward by his front legs
(the rear ones wouldn't work)
he made it to the litter box
crawled over and in,
it was like the trumpet of possible victory
blowing in that bathroom and into the city, I
related to that cat-I'd had it bad, not that
bad but bad enough
one morning he got up, stood up, fell back down and
just looked at me.
"you can make it," I said to him.
he kept trying, getting up falling down, finally
he walked a few steps, he was like a drunk, the
rear legs just didn't want to do it and he fell again, rested,
then got up.
you know the rest: now he's better than ever, cross-eyed
almost toothless, but the grace is back, and that look in
his eyes never left…
and now sometimes I'm interviewed, they want to hear about
life and literature and I get drunk and hold up my cross-eyed,
shot, runover de-tailed cat and I say,"look, look
at this!"
but they don't understand, they say something like,"you
say you've been influenced by Celine?"
"no," I hold the cat up,"by what happens, by
things like this, by this, by this!"
I shake the cat, hold him up in
the smoky and drunken light, he's relaxed he knows…
it's then that the interviews end
although I am proud sometimes when I see the pictures
later and there I am and there is the cat and we are photo-
graphed together.
he too knows it's bullshit but that somehow it all helps.
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The Nonfiction Book Tag

The Non-Fiction Book Tag

1. What subject or area of non-fiction did you begin with? Was it History, Biography, Science, Economics, Archaeology, Anthropology, Math etc, etc? Was there a specific event, person or book that set you on your path? I am a student of the Bible. I became a Christian when I was 18 years old and have studied and read the Bible going on 50 years. The Bible got me on the path of reading nonfiction books like Christian Spirituality, Reformed Theology, New Testament Theology etc. . .

2. Where did you get your first books from to feed your new passion – was it a Library, borrow from friends/family or purchasing? Did you have any guidance from anyone? When I became a Christian I had already a Bible and did not have to borrow one from anyone. In the early days of my Christian life I struggled alone in my new found Christian Faith.

3. Is your first love still the love of your non-fiction reading life or was it a gateway to other subject(s) that took over as number one? After 50 years as a Christian my first love has not changed, I still love reading and studying the Bible.

4. Did you pursue any of your interests with formal education at University level? If so, what level did you finish and was it the experience you had hoped for and expected? Have you made it your profession? In my love for God's Word I attended Bible College ( Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Education and Missions) and then attended Reformed Theological Seminary M.Div. (Masters of Divinity Degree Theology and Church History).

5. If you have maintained that first interest all of your life do you feel you should have pursued other interest or subjects? Yes I have maintained my interest in the Bible. But I also have expanded my interests in other subjects like History, Art, Music, etc. . . I also read fiction.

6. Are you now a specialist and read only within one area of non-fiction or do you branch out? Do you read fiction? If so, what genre do you turn to when you want something lighter/different to read? I consider myself a Teaching Elder in the Body of Christ. I am a trained Soul Doctor. I am a theologian and an evangelist. If want something light to read I might read a novel, an essay, or a biography. I also read literary criticism and books on Modernism etc. . .

7. If you are a specialist or not do you prefer academic studies, general works or scholarly but not overly academic? I prefer academic biblical or theological studies, but also some general Christian works. I do not read overly academic books.

8. Do you collect books in your area of interest(s),or do you read and pass the books on/sell or borrow almost exclusively from a library? If you do collect do you prefer hard cover or paperback? – Do they need to be first editions and in fine condition or are you happy with an ex-library copy and/or underlining in them? I have a very large Christian library along with a large secular library. I built my library to be a teaching library/Bible.

9. Do you read/collect exclusively newer publications or do you enjoy reading what writers had to say on your subject in the past as well? What is the oldest book you have (either original edition or a reprint of an older work)? I collect old and new books. I have collected for example over the years classical 17th century English Puritan works like the works of William Perkins, Thomas Manton, and Thomas Goodwin.

10. What was the most you have ever paid for a book in your main area of interest? Was it new or used? I have spent maybe $60.00 for a book. Recently I have been buying as they are published the Works of William Perkins. Each volume goes for $50.00 dollars a volume and thus far I have nine volumes.

11. Tag away.
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