Archive for February, 2007

Onomastical poem

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

How do all things with names combine? Words are but nests, the meanings are the birds, Body the bed through which the spirit-river flows. The surface of this mental watercourse Is not without its chaff of good and bad repute: It flows, but you would say it stagnates; It moves but you would say it stays; From ...

Is there really a controversy regarding “The Higher Power of Lucky”?

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

The blogosphere is abuzz with discussions about the controversy about censorship of the Newbery Medal winning children's book "The Higher Power of Lucky," because it contains the word 'scrotum' on the first page, especially after an article about the controversy appeared on the first page of The New York Times ...

How short the time! How frail the state!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Death, like an overflowing stream, Sweeps us away; our life's a dream, An empty tale, a morning flow'r, Cut down and withered in an hour. Our age to sev'nty years is set; How short the time! How frail the state! And if to eighty we arrive, We'd rather sigh and groan than live. Teach us, Oh Lord, how ...

Happy Valentines Day, Jane!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Kittens! Puppies! Puppies! and Kittens!

Miss Amy’s witness

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

The Rev. Vernon Tyson remembers 'Miss Amy's witness,' during the civil rights era in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1963, when the Rev. Vernon Tyson was pastor of Jonesboro Methodist Church in Sanford, he invited Dr. Samuel Proctor to preach for what was called Race Relations Sunday. Proctor, an African-American and one ...

Powerset in NY Times, Venturebeat

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The company I work for, Powerset, is being written up in the New York Times and Venturebeat, both reporting on a deal between Powerset and PARC. The New York Times article (behind a registration wall, alack) mostly follows the storied arc of the Palo Alto Research Center, where the graphical ...

Fourth century words about words

Friday, February 9th, 2007

St. Basil, who lived from around 330-379 CE, is one of the "three hierarchs" of the Orthodox Church. I've just finished reading (in a translation by RJ Deferrai), an excellent essay On the distinction between ousia and hypostasis. In this letter, he writes very clearly about the Christian view of ...

“rebel without a *” -cause

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Rebel without a pulse, XBox Game Rebel without a pause, Hippity-hop Rebel without a clue , Lawbreaker Bush Rebel without a crew, rags-to-riches in Hollywood Rebel without a buspass, warning: MySpace page Rebel without a shul, NSFW Jewcy Rebel without a gauze, embarrassing one's own child Rebel without a kolkhoze, Best kolkhose lyrics I know ofRebel without ...

Why sing Sacred Harp? redux

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Maggie Leonard, responding to Linda's statement about singing Sacred Harp that I quoted recently: That says it all. I'm not a doctrinal Christian. I tried for years to accept the doctrinal view of Jesus, but couldn't when I searched my soul. However, this music rises beyond doctrine and summons the spirit ...

Useless account!

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

A Google Poem

Monday, February 5th, 2007

This is a kind of found poem Google wrote for me. It's the 'common words' list from, the site for the Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship: mennonite kalamazoo fellowship worship prayer song usa church confession god hymn lectionary opportunties readings songs affiliated community exploring focus forming gather gathered helpful introductions january jesus kmenno life listen love normal opening passages peace revised silence sip soup sundays supper welcome word

RIP, Molly Ivins

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

We'll miss Molly Ivins, who died yesterday of breast cancer. She was brave and witty and important to our nation. There are many Ivins quotes on the web, but this one struck me as typical Ivins when she first announced her cancer diagnosis: Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram. Done.