I logged onto Xitter for the first time in many months. It took almost no time at all to confirm that it really is a cesspool. (Yeah, I was trying to see the reactions to a political post; it might be better elsewhere.)

Few people want to be saints nowadays, but everybody is trying to lose weight.

René Girard, via Ted Gioia’s 52 Favorite Quotes

Isn’t that just the most Girard quote ever?

Nice problem we've got here

My priest is on a brief vacation, so I agreed to stay and lock up after coffee hour and a Parish Council meeting.

The Council meeting took a long time for the best of reasons: how do we handle all the people coming to the Orthodox faith? We’re running out of parking and space in the Nave.

When we built, we knew we would need more parking some day. We didn’t know that we’d be busting the seams (well, almost) in less than ten years.

My theory when we built was that we’d encourage formation of a second parish in town when we outgrew this space. It’s not really designed for expansion of the worship space (versus fellowship hall and other ancillary space).

Now I’m not so sure, for reasons both “optical” and practical. But diocesan rules bar me (I’m technically clergy) from the Parish Council, so my opinion gets its voice once yearly, at the congregational meeting, along with everyone else.

I’d link to our website except that it can’t keep up either.

Of all passions the passion for the Inner [Circle] is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

I have watched this play out powerfully since 2016.

Reading an interesting transcript that interests me in a book. Pastor/Scholar types: Do any of you have an opinion on Paul Gutacker, The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past?

Word-of-the-day: Vice-signaling.

Surely I’ve heard it before, but Michelle Goldberg brought it back as the overall branding of today’s GOP. (Killing Dogs. Taunting the Homeless. Praising Al Capone. This Is Trump’s Party.)

Sang the last-ever concert of the Lafayette Chamber Singers yesterday afternoon. (I’m not in that photo; I arrived 5-10 years ago). Our artistic muse, Clayton Lein, was made a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest honor.

No choral singing until Fall — if then. My singing voice is aging rapidly.

I’m no longer a paying subscriber to Rod Dreher, but When Is It Time To Schism? was good and sober enough that I plan to re-read it in a few months.

I was pleased that Nikki Haley was still on the Republican primary ballot in Indiana. I’m not (especially) a fan, but it seemed more emphatic a repudiation than merely not voting for what’s-his-name.

Reading Annie Dillard, _Pilgrim at Tinker Creek._📚Where has she been all my life?

Started and, as befits a short story, finished Ursula LeGuin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. 📚What other 4- or 5-page PDF inspires summaries and discussions of the meaning of it all?

Finished Nancy French, Ghosted. 📚If you’re curious how a couple of Kentucky-Tennessee kids grew up to be prominent anti-tribalists politically, this could be worth your while.

Holy Friday, Great and Holy Saturday, Pascha — I always sort of lose track of everything but Church. See y’all in a few days.

It’s Great and Holy Friday in the Orthodox Church. This haunting Antiphon accompanies a particularly solemn moment:

Today is hung upon the tree He Who suspended the earth upon the waters. A crown of thorns crowns Him Who is the King of angels. He is wrapped about with the purple of mockery Who wrapped the heavens in clouds. He was struck Who freed Adam in the Jordan. He was transfixed with nails Who is the Bridegroom of the church. He was pierced with a spear Who is the Son of the virgin. We worship Thy passion O Christ. Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.

Why are they saying this where they’re saying it?

National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke has a question for the pro-Palestinian student protesters continuing their encampment on Columbia University’s campus: “Why, exactly, are these protests happening at all?” he asked. “By this, I don’t mean, ‘What is it that the protesters are saying?’ I know that. By this, I mean, ‘Why is it that they are saying it where they are saying it?’ The faculty at Columbia is not in charge of Israel or the Israeli military; it does not set American foreign policy; and it did not contrive any of the historical or geopolitical questions that underpin the broader fight. I daresay that there are students at Columbia who, for whatever reason, are vexed by the state of the world, but to take this out on their fellow students and the staff at their school makes no more sense than to take it out on the staff at Pedro’s Deli. The two things do not, in any meaningful way, even come close to intersecting. … Sometimes, silence really is golden—even if you’re a discontented college student who has just discovered that life isn’t fair.”

The Morning Dispatch

Reading Nancy French, Ghosted. 📚

Finished Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. 📚

Charlie Sykes, The choice Republicans face is too good for me to just pull excerpts. I didn’t know what kind of low, narcissistic character Aaron Burr was, and how close he came to being President. We need some Alexander Hamiltons in the GOP (but I fear the GOP is too far gone).


NPR has the whitest audience of any mainstream media company at 75 percent, second only to Fox News.

Nellie Bowles

Pardon me: Your patience is wearing thin!?

Maybe she mistook me for someone who cares about the thing that used to be the Republican Party.

Reading Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. 📚Waiting for something to happen other than expats getting drunk and, finally, fishing.

Finished A Canticle for Leibowitz. 📚

This is the second time I’ve read it. If I’m lucky, I’ll read it once more.

My main blog is the Tipsy Teetotaler, http://intellectualoid.com.