Said actress Tallulah Bankhead, β€œThere have only been two authentic geniuses in the world, William Shakespeare and Willie Mays.”

I feel kind of sorry for young whippersnappers who never had the joy of watching Willie Mays play baseball. RIP, Willie.

I thought Computers Can’t Do Math was going to talk about abstract mathematics of the sort that I foundered upon (I was great at calculations). But no, he really means they can’t do math.

It’s kind of philosophical and definitely full of surprises.

It has been nearly 30 years since I sold a house.Judging from my son’s new listing, they’ve gotten pretty slick: 6288 Wings Ct, Brownsburg, IN 46112

Oh. Wordpress no longer stores my images. They’re now on blob, and I don’t know how to link them.

I’m going to have to figure out how to share the occasional image.

Joshua 23:14b: Ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. This is not a passage my Evangelical mentors emphasized.

I laughed out loud, then giggled uncontrollably, when I heard R.S. Gwynn’s Shakespearean Sonnet. Glad I found it online to share.

Don’t overlook the epigram.

Finished Les Murray, New Selected Poems. πŸ“š

So much music …

Just discovered (with the help of Ted Gioia, The Honest Broker) Rickie Lee Jones’ 1991 Pop-Pop, a really good set of covers of jazz standards. She’s definitely not derivative of anyone I know.

In our consumption, we are consumed.

L.M. Sacasas, What You Get Is the World

Reading John Strickland, The Age of Nihilism: Christendom from the Great War to the Culture Wars, book 4 in Paradise and Utopia: The Rise and Fall of What the West Once Was. πŸ“š

This book 4 has (unexpectedly) grabbed me more than the first three.

The Dispatch

The Dispatch seems to have a slogan I hadn’t seen before:

Home for fact-based reporting and analysis on Politics, Policy, World Events, Religion, Culture, Economics, and Law informed by conservative principles.

Also a recommendation from a reader:

Quality writing from a center-right perspective and a home where the politically homeless, like me, can congregate. Chris B.

I concur with both β€” an island of sanity in a sea of … uh, less than sanity.

I hadn’t intended to opine about the Trump conviction, but now I’m adding an asterisk: I have run across a heck of a lot of arresting takes on it, and I’ll probably curate them with no commentary or minimal commentary in the next day or two.

Guilty on all 34 counts, FWIW. The Talking Heads are now trying to come up, extemporaneously, with profound statements for the ages.

I would not have predicted that National Rifle Association of America v. Vullo would be unanimous in favor of the NRA, let alone that Justice Sotomayor would write the opinion.

Trying to go back to “No “S” diet plan β€” no snacks, sweets, seconds. Missing the bedtime snack a lot.

Finished Paul Gutacker, The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past. πŸ“š

On the one hand, it’s hard to find a group that professed sola scriptura or even nuda scriptura that didn’t constantly justify itself from tendentious readings of Christian history; OTOH, their historical exegeses were no more persuasive to others than their scriptural exegesis.

The back-and-forth over slavey in Christian history is particularly telling.

I have thoughts about how Orthodoxy stands outside all this, but that’s (maybe) for another day.

The occasional post from Matthew Loftus is among the reasons I keep reading the young Calvinist types at Mere Orthodoxy: The Great Dechurching Will Hurt Poor People

Habemus Procyon lotor!

It seems to me that this may be of interest to some here: Post or New Mainline Protestantism? - Juicy Ecumenism

Are the PCA, ACNA, GMC and such going to supplant their dying “mother churches” as a new American Mainline Protestant (with all that implies for their social role)?

Hard advice: “Speak in time, but out of the moment: rid your speech (and mind) of fashion, fad and jargon.” (Father Jonathan Tobias, Second Terrace, January 29, 2018 - blog now appears to be locked down, inaccessible)

Reading Paul Gutacker, The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past. πŸ“šI wonder if it will call into question anything I’ve internalized from Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity.

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