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    Archive for April, 2018

    Monday

    Monday, April 30th, 2018

    Miscellaneous Rambling I haven’t weighed in on the Alfie Evans for simple reasons: it’s so sad, I don’t like to think about it; it’s so wrong, it makes me angry to write about it; it’s so obviously something I’d oppose, no TDE reader would be surprised to by my views. The British government’s position was […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, April 28th, 2018

    I measure my stress level by how much this does or doesn’t happen to me: “Work destroys your soul by stealthily invading your brain during the hours not officially spent working.” Nassim Taleb Probably why I’m getting so much tail: “Sexual patterns that have emerged as a result of the decline of monogamy have seen […]

    Friday

    Friday, April 27th, 2018

    Brews You Can Use The Spring Flurry continues. Not much time for blogging this morning. Just a few items: Our President and Pope tweet . . . and gas stations hold wine tastings. Nothing is sacred any more, not even grime. I never really thought of it, but I suppose this guy is right: “The […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, April 26th, 2018

    Ramblings Whew, whatta week. Nonstop obligations . . . all of the non-billable sort, which for a lawyer, is like giving money away. I get a reprieve today and tomorrow. Great podcast at Econtalk: Jonah Goldberg on the Suicide of the West. Lots of interesting analysis of current events. One segment I really liked: Someone […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

    More Notes The increased wealth that started to accumulate after 1000 gave us the most famous saint after the apostles: St. Francis (b. 1182). Also: St. Dominic (b. 1170). Twelfth and Thirteenth centuries: other mendicant orders: Augustinians, Trinitarians, Servites, Carmelites. Perhaps ironically, it also gave us the Crusades. With increase wealth, came the increase ability […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

    Miscellaneous Rambling I ran a quote by George Scott-Moncrieff. Who’s he? He was Russell Kirk’s friend, whom Kirk praised in his autobiography, The Sword of Imagination. “Scomo” was “the worst-dressed gentleman in all Scotland, indifferent to circumstance, endowed with the consolations of philosophy.” In other words, my kind of guy, though I have decent clothes, […]

    Monday

    Monday, April 23rd, 2018

    Miscellaneous Rambling “I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.” Johnny Cash, Sunday Morning Coming Down. It’s one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs, and I was living it yesterday after a fundraiser for Max’s Catholic Heart Work Camp trip this summer. Whew, it was pretty bad, but […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, April 21st, 2018

    Gardening Rambling I don’t know if it’s a testament to Salanova lettuce, a trait of lettuce in general, or a gardening miracle, but it looks like all, or almost all, of my 47 lettuce plugs survived last week’s high winds, freezing temperatures, snow, hail, and freezing rain. Only one looks like it’s going to whither […]

    Friday

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    Brews You Can Use I found a trove of drinking news over here. A few of the better ones: Good to know: “Professor Andrew Jarosz of Mississippi State University and colleagues served vodka-cranberry cocktails to 20 male subjects until their blood alcohol levels neared legal intoxication and then gave each a series of word association […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, April 19th, 2018

    Lecture Notes Every historian recognizes that, by 1000, commerce was increasing and with it, wealth. Technology was advancing. The Dark Ages were over, caput, finished. It was onward and upward pretty much non-stop from there, allowing Europe to, almost literally, conquer the world by the 19th century. There was a monastic renewal. The three c’s: […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    Quick Rambling Wow, what brutal weather these past couple of days. I’m guessing my 50 lettuce plugs didn’t make it, but I won’t get a chance to check them out until tomorrow. If we lost the crop, it’ll probably be a $250 loss (retail value of what the plants would yield at market). Not the […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

    Miscellany: The Trailer One significant inconvenience has dogged me this gardening season: a new car. My old van died on me last November. I bought a 2017 Kia Sorento, which I really, really like. I like it so much, I don’t like to get it dirty by transporting my implements to and from the field. […]

     


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