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    Tuesday
    June 27, 2017

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    Monday
    June 26, 2017

    misc-rambling-picMiscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereAh, summer. I’m taking first “stay-cation” this week. I’ll spend a little while on the road, but for the most part, I’m staying put. A few long days at the produce stand site, keeping my fingers on the pulse of a few files, reading, daily Mass. I’m greatly looking forward to it.

    Ceiling. TrastevereMax and I may have broken the $100 in grossly sales last week. It’s hard to say. We delivered the last ten pounds of produce to a local restaurant before Max left for a vacation with my in-laws and told the manager to pay us whatever he thinks it’s worth. If it’s worth even half the customary price paid by the restaurant, we will break $100.

    Ceiling. TrastevereIt’s been a frustrating effort, I won’t lie, but I suppose few brand new businesses don’t have unexpected hills. Fortunately, things seem to be going more smoothly now and many of our “problems” shouldn’t repeat themselves next year. At this point, our key focuses are (i) developing regular crop production so we can serve large customers better (my job), and (ii) developing a broader individual customer base (Max’s job). I’m optimistic we will make strides in both areas, but either way, this is the year of experimentation and we got a very late start (just harvested my first crop at the produce stand last week). I think this partial year will give us a solid block to build on next year.

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    Sunday
    June 25, 2017

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    Saturday
    June 24, 2017

    Nassim Taleb’s “skin in the game” requirement:

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    June 23, 2017

    The reality show “Bachelor in Paradise” has been cleared of the assault charges and it’s going to resume filming. The news was celebrated today by ABC, the contestants, and the chlamydia virus.

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    Friday

    IMG_3150Brews You Can Use

    Neat blog post by a Cleveland-area priest: Coffee, Front Porches, and Church Whispers. It’s not about drinking, but it’s about the need for parishes to create community and places to meet (“front porches”). For long-time readers of TDE, you know such a call is, for me, code for a need to create more opportunities for social drinking.

    The priest appears to agree with me. The best passage from the post (and the reason I’m linking to it):

    Yesterday we had an example of this which is very popular in many places: we had Theology on Tap, Akron, an event and place for persons (primary in their 20s and 30s) to come and socialize and hear a great Catholic talk (thank you Mr. Brownfield!) I’ve heard some criticism about meeting in a bar but please remember that my parish, in the 40’s, ran its own bar with the preaching from the pulpit, “Remember, if you are going to drink, drink at your parish!”

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    Thursday
    June 22, 2017

    John Zmirak draws on my favorite Dostoyevsky book . . . and asks a question that has to be taken seriously by anyone who believes in the spiritual world:

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    Tuesday
    June 20, 2017

    Miscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereWelcome to the first day of summer. Okay, not really. Summer apparently starts at 12:24 tomorrow morning. But we’re really close.

    Ceiling. TrastevereWow, finally, a sports franchise stands up to the LGBTQIXYZ whatever brown shirt community: St. Louis Cardinals Resist LGBTQ Outcry Over ‘Christian Day.’ I’ve always been a Tigers fan and have long relished the ’68 Tigers’ 3-1 World Series comeback over the Cardinals, but you can color me a Cardinal fan now.

    Ceiling. TrastevereApt observation from Theodore Dalrymple’s latest at Taki: “There is no better or more salutary way of reminding yourself of your own profound and irreparable ignorance than to browse in a well-stocked secondhand bookshop.”

    Ceiling. TrastevereMan, the Thomas Sowell Twitter feed is killing it: 102,000 followers. It’s not unusual for it to garner thousands of retweets. And it’s no wonder, what with quotes like this:

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    Monday
    June 19, 2017

    misc-rambling-picMiscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereI sigh relief. I think the season of busy-ness is over. Although office life promises to stay ramped at difficult levels, the graduation season is over. Michael’s graduation party went well, and I survived the hangover, even getting to confession the next afternoon to “clear the decks” after a very difficult six-week period.

    Ceiling. TrastevereWho knows, the quality of blogging at TDE might even improve.

    Ceiling. TrastevereMy focus is increasingly shifting to my Catholic history lectures that I’m starting in September. I’ve come to realize that I’m “strong” on the first 700 years, but after that, my strengths are “episodic”: the thirteenth century, focusing on Aquinas; parts of the Reformation; the Church and the French Revolution; etc. I have quite a few “holes” (okay, glaring tears in the fabric of knowledge) that I need to address.

    Ceiling. TrastevereFortunately, I think I can fill them quickly because I’ve always tried to improve my historical sense. When I hear a reference to the terrible pope century (the 900s), I know we’re also talking Vikings and Magyars, immediately before Hastings, the darkest period before the light of the Middle Age dawn and its improvement of life. So even though I don’t know a lot about, say, the assassination of Pope John VIII, I have a broad framework in which to place it, which I think helps me fill the gaps relatively quickly.

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    June 18, 2017

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