Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Inestimable Boris Johnson

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, puts a plug in for memorizing poetry. I read much of this article today to my juniors in an attempt to convince them that the time required to memorizing T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" is worthwhile.

My only addition would be to include a commitment to memorizing passages from the Bible as their versatility, beauty, and power cannot be matched.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Back from our hiatus

The wife and I took a trip last week to Boston and DC. It was my spring break and so we dropped the kids off with the grandparents (many thanks to the Chanlattes and the Arbuckles) and headed east. Thus the absence in posting, publishing  comments, and responding to Matt Lee's slanderous attacks on a Mr. Alexander Hamilton . . .

Anyways, here's a few shots:


A shot of the Boston Public gardens. I always love parks in the middle of cities.

Nice shot of us at the harbor.

Kyr's hair attacking me at the harbor.

Working the sass.

Uh, Boston Harbor part 3?


Kyr's showing all of DC that she is indeed pregnant, or at least everyone who was in the lobby area of the National Gallery of Art last Wednesday.

Poor Vincent and poor Trey--his photographer was having a hard time seeing his vision much as Europe failed to appreciate the genius that was Van Gogh.

Beautiful piece by Monet on display at the National Gallery.

Supreme Court--enough said.

Washington Monument at sunset--
would have turned out better had our camera not decided to start being stupid.

Great trip. Some fantastic food (and some mediocre food--we don't recommend Bertucci's, but we do recommend Legal Seafood). Good times.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Trey's Intuition

Finally, four weeks overdue, we have found out what Trey always knew: our third child will be our second DAUGHTER! That's right, there's another pink stink in my tummy! 

Trey has been right EVERY time. He even bet me a trip to Hawaii right before the ultrasound with Meira. If we keep having kids, I am going to skip the ultrasound next time. It's basically useless when it comes to finding out the gender. I never know and Trey always does. 

Here's hoping this girl is brunette! 

Now...what to name her? Eeek!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What do you do

When nine year olds get impregnated by their abusive step-father?

Is there an absolute ruling here or are considerations taken in due to her age, size, and the likelihood of the twins even surviving?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The call has been raised


Easterly on Individualism and Prosperity

The question: Do cultural values have any effect upon the prosperity that can be attained and enjoyed by a geo-political group?

Some of the latest economic research suggests that it does. Here's William Easterly's blog for details, albeit 'oversimplified' (his word, not mine).

Very interesting.

Priorities in Darfur

Justice (called for by Desmond Tutu) or Peace (called for by Franklin Graham)?

Interesting pair of voices. I have to wonder how Graham got selected . . .

Though I can understand the perspective offered by Graham and fully recognize the pragmatism that has to largely define political processes, I believe that accountability in government is essential and that to permit a war criminal to retain his power because he is sometimes willing to listen to and cooperate with some outsiders will set a horrible precedent.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"I don't know anything about happiness"

"Nadia, 17, who has been living in Akrami's long-term shelter since 2007, recounted that to avenge a dispute he had with her father, her husband cut off her nose and an ear while she was sleeping. She has undergone six operations and needs more, Akrami said."

-IHT article on women's rights and traditional culture in Afghanistan

Monday, March 2, 2009

N.T. Wright on Resurrection => Holiness

"It isn't the case that Christian ethics consists of a few odd regulations and restrictions that Christians are supposed to follow while still living in exactly the same world as everyone else, just as it isn't the case that the resurrection of Jesus was simply a very strange miracle within the world of old creation. The resurrection was the full bursting in to this world of the life of God's new creation; Christian ethics is the lifestyle that celebrates and embodies that new creation. Living out a life of Christian holiness makes sense, perfect sense within God's new world, the world into which we are brought at baptism, the world where we are nourished by the Eucharist. Of course, if you try to live a Christian lifestyle outside this framework, you will find it as difficult, indeed nonsensical, as it would be for an orchestral perfomer to play his or her part separated from the rest of the players amid the crashes and metallic screeching of an automobile factory."

Wright, Surprised by Hope, p. 284-5

Can we think of living a holy life in these terms? It is a celebration of that fact that new creation has begun; it is not a question of mustering up our moral fiber or straining towards a strange blend of nirvana and sainthood. Living a holy life is a celebration and an embodiment of the new creation wrought by the resurrection of Jesus. In other words, it is a privilege to live so. But further, it is actually a way to anticipate the coming day when all will be made right and peace, righteousness, love, beauty, and justice will reign. To live in sin is not only a burden and bondage for the Christian. To live in sin is to fail to believe that everything really has changed. Living lives of isolation due to secret lusts, hatred, envy, self-love is nothing short of tragically ridiculous. We have been given the downpayment that God will fix everything. Why live according to the broken system of this world any longer? Why follow the urgings of the flesh for gratification? Why yield to the temptations offered all around us? These things no longer have any power because Jesus is currently reigning and we can participate in that reign by living lifes of holiness.

Somehow, mysteriously (and at times, infinitely frustratingly) these lives of holiness get worked out through the relationships of our heavenly family where immaturity and misunderstanding are too often the norm. But it is there that we celebrate the sacraments. It is there that we remind ourselves of our future hope. It is there that we worship the reigning God together. And it is there that we learn how to love the unlovely.

William Easterly on Free Markets

On his blog: AidWatch.

Preview: he's for them.