Dave Gullett

Annie Dillard:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.”

How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity www.themarginalian.org/2013/06/0…

“When it comes to technology, my knowledge largely comes from my lack of fear over trying new things and pressing buttons just to see what they do. My consulting clients ask me where I learned how fix that thing that they called me in for – even if I may not have encountered their specific issue before. I explain that the main thing is my lack of fear. That I’m willing to just try things to see if I can figure it out. Push buttons just to see what they do. And, in doing so, I can now fix that problem should I ever encounter it again.”




“For the history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidences that a truth is not hard to kill, and that a lie well told is immortal.”

From Mark Twain’s “Advice to Youth”

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Our year old niece Bethany passed away early on July 12th as a result of injuries from an car accident near Jakarta.

She had just finished her first day of 1st grade.

We’re raising funds to help family in Indonesia with funeral and medical expenses.



Saturday morning vibes.

WWDC 2022

“We were told they wanted to conserve the old time religion. What they wanted was to conquer their enemies and to make stained-glass windows honoring themselves—no matter who was hurt along the way.”

-Russell Moore


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CarPlay. Woot.


Lunch. #schoolsout

Wendell Berry on Marriage

“The meaning of marriage begins in the giving of words. We cannot join ourselves to one another without giving our word. And this must be an unconditional giving, for in joining ourselves to one another we join ourselves to the unknown. We can join one another only by joining the unknown. We must not be misled by the procedures of experimental thought: in life, in the world, we are never given two known results to choose between, but only one result that we choose without knowing what it is.”

“Because the condition of marriage is worldly and its meaning communal, no one party to it can be solely in charge. What you alone think it ought to be, it is not going to be. Where you alone think you want it to go, it is not going to go. It is going where the two of you — and marriage, time, life, history, and the world — will take it. You do not know the road; you have committed your life to a way.”

Form, Faith, and Freedom: Wendell Berry on What Poetry Teaches Us about the Secret to a Happy Marriage


The newish currently reading book cover feature on Kindle is probably making me happier than it should. (Yes, I know paper books have had this feature since they were upgraded from scrolls.)

Think Little by Wendell Berry just arrived from Foggy Pine Books. 📚

If you are an American Christian and fail to condemn the fundamental evil of White Nationalism seen in the sedition and insurrection that happened at the Capital today, you are in every way as complicit as the German Church was in enabling the Nazis to commit genicide and war.

More purgatory.


After one day’s use, I’m really loving the iPhone 12 mini. It’s a nice balance between old and new.

@Patrickrhone it might be worth considering if your supply of SE’s happens to run out.

Relax and review.

“We all participate in the economy of extraction when we practice the belief that our Earth has no dignity, no life, or inherent value apart from what we get out of it for utility and for short-term profit.”

[Your Tired Body. Our Exploited Earth. They’re Connected.]

Finally finished reading: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 📚

“In a society that is growing radically more secular every day, I’d say we have more to fear from political dogmatism than religious dogmatism. We have more to fear from those who let their politics determine their faith practices and who turn their religious communities into political armies. We have more to fear from people who look to politics as a substitute for faith.”

-David Brooks

Opinion | How Faith Shapes My Politics


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Weekend reading.