June 5th, 2020

contemplation is a foretaste of the delights of heaven

It is 2:42 PM Friday afternoon. It is another warm humid day. It did rain for a brief span of time today. Right now it is hazy and damp outside.

I got up this morning around 6 o'clock AM. Carol was already up when I got up to face life in a world that will someday come to an End. I often find myself knowing one day when I am in the world to come I will remember my life here on earth. We will never forget our time on earth. We will remember our moment in the history of mankind. We will remember for example that we lived through a world wide Coronavirus Pandemic.

So I got up this morning. I got a glass of cold water to clear my throat of morning slime. Next I got a cup of coffee and then I decided to eat something for breakfast. After a morning meal I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my diary Carol and I talked and then prayed. After morning prayers Carol left to go grocery shopping.

While Carol was gone I read my Reformation Commentary on The Book of Joshua and also from a book titled, 'Soul Recreation: The Contemplative-Mystical Piety of Puritanism' by Tom Schwanda. This afternoon when not falling asleep I have been reading, 'Beatlebone' A Novel by Kevin Barry.

Last night I read late into the night from a book titled, 'And Their Children After Them 1936, 1986, 2019 The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Man" James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South' by Dale Maharidge & Michael S. Williamson.

I did mow our front and back lawn yesterday afternoon. I can't recall right now what else I did. Now I remember my wife and I watched another episode of the old TV show 'Colombo'. We went to bed and read around 10 o'clock PM. I read 'And Their Children After Them' till 11:30 PM.

Carol works the next three nights and she is done working/retired this coming Sunday. Because of my wife's retirement the hospital is putting on a tea and cake time for her. I am also sure her co-workers will give her a big pot-luck this coming Sunday night in light of her retiring from Nursing. It must be a blessing for my wife to look over a lifetime of hard work and know she worked for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. My wife worked in the role of a servant of Christ/expressing the love of God as a profession nurse/caring for the sick and the dying.

Well I will close to face the humidity and the coming night.


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Friday Reads & New Books

Friday Reads & New Books

'Joshua, Judges, Ruth' Old Testament IV Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By N. Scott Amos

'The Wonderful Works Of God' by Herman Bavinck

'And Their Children After Them 1936, 1986, 2019: The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South' by Dale Maharidge & Michael S. Williamson

'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men' Cultural Study by James Agee & Walker Evans

'Beatlebone' A Novel by Kevin Barry

'Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas' biography by Stephen Budiansky

'The House Of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism' biography by Brad Snyder

'The Posthumous Memoirs Of Bras Cubas' a novel by Machado De Assis Translated With An Introduction And Notes By Flora Thomson-DeVeaux

'The Collected Stories Of Machado De Assis' Translated By Margaret Jull Costa & Robin Patterson Foreword By James Wood

'The Origin Of The Brunists' A Novel by Robert Coover

'The Brunist Day of Wrath' A Novel by Robert Coover

'Pinocchio In Venice' A Novel by Robert Coover

'The Public Burning' A Novel by Robert Coover
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Robert Coover Discusses His Early LIfe and Influences

Robert Coover, pioneer of experimental and electronic fiction, is celebrated for work that reinvents and reimagines the art of storytelling. He is the author of more than 25 books including the novels The Origin of Brunists (1966), which received the William Faulkner Award for best first novel; The Public Burning (1977), nominated for a National Book Award; and the story collection A Night at the Movies (1987), winner of the Rea Award.

His novel Huck Out West (2017) picks up where Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn leaves off – the moment when Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape “sivilization” and “light out for the Territory.” Following Huck as he rides shotgun with the Pony Express, mines for gold, and lives with the Lakota, the novel explores a formative period in American history, from the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876. In the West, it’s a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, and huge disparities of wealth.

Robert Coover has taught at Brown University for over 30 years, where he established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to international writers who face harassment, imprisonment, and suppression of their work in their home countries. In 1990-91, he launched the world’s first hypertext fiction workshop, was one of the founders in 1999 of the Electronic Literature Organization, and in 2002 created CaveWriting, the first writing workshop in immersive virtual reality. In Spring 2018, W. W. Norton will publish a collection of Coover’s most recent short stories, several of which have appeared in The New Yorker.
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