Archive for July, 2006

At 50, everyone has the face they deserve

Friday, July 28th, 2006

George Orwell says that at age 50, everyone has the face they deserve; here's mine. I had my first surprise party ever: after dinner, many friends from the Church of the Sojourners came over to the house and secreted them in the house library. "Come, Will, I want to show ...

Several things of note

Friday, July 21st, 2006

I work up so joyful this morning; it is so nice to have Bess and Jane with me here in San Francisco for a while. People at the Church of the Sojourners, and in particular the members who live in the Potrero houses where I live have been so kind: ...

Thank you for contact Mr. Reach

Monday, July 17th, 2006

My life is pretty easy if this is the biggest complaint I feel the need to write about: We purchased a Johnson & Johnson Reach Easyglide Pro Freshmint Floss, and have had the following problems: - there is so much wax on the floss, it is hard to use because it slips ...

Singing at Kalamazoo

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

It was good--make that great--to be singing at home. It's hard to believe that it was just a year ago that I led my first tune at a Kalamazoo singing. It was wonderful to sing with Bess and Idy Kiser in the morning and then between David Ivey and Judy ...

Neighbours online!

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

The Canadian National Film Board has put lots of their short films online, including a childhood favorite: Neighbours. (via bb).

Firbys across America

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Jim Firby is blogging his family's trip from Chicago to California, visiting sights (Carhenge!) and sites (they collect National Park passport stamps) along the way. The trip starts here. Insert obligatory, "my how the girls have grown" here. While humming "California, here I come!"

Singing at Goshen

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

It was a very good singing today in Goshen; as Mark Miller has remarked, it's a bit like singing inside the body of a guitar. Lots of southern singers, a very fierce alto section, excellent food. It was stifling hot--in the high 90's, I think, and humid--but somehow that was ...

editorial-based ‘faith-based’ bashing?

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

A definition from the electronic dictionary program that comes with the Macintosh (based the New Oxford American English Dictionary): faith-based (adjective): affiliated with or based on religion or a religious group : a faith-based plan that bilked investors out of millions. USAGE The preponderance of usage for this term today connects it ...

Singing with Jessica

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Here's how it happened. Jessica Beer, a fierce alto from Portland sent out an email: Hello everyone ... especially my fine friends to the coastal south! 39 I'll be traveling through California over the next couple of weeks, and I wonder if anyone out there would like to meet me for some random ...

Shoo-fly pie and burkhas

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Slacktivist has a very good defense of why it's not enough to be a "very nice person" if one argues for restricting the rights of others. It also includes a good list of Mennonite virtues and the following wonderful mock threat: The proper response to such people is to crush ... redesign

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Chris and Carolyn have redesigned the main website. I think it looks great!

Page duplicates on the web

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

The always interesting Jean Veronis posts about page duplicates in English and French. He investigates how many pages are returned for a search for the new word "s├ęgolisme" (for which he can control at bit for precision numbers), and how many of these are duplicates due to RSS feeds, etc. ...

Two Poems for depressives by Chesterton

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Evening Here dies another day During which I have had eyes, ears, hands And the great world round me; And with tomorrow begins another Why am I allowed two? (quoted in Philip Yancey's book, Soul Survivor; mentioned to me by Bess). A Prayer in Darkness This much, O heaven--if I should brood or rave, ...