July 23, 2014
I’m presently housesitting about twenty some odd tree frogs and two Pomeranians in heat.

I’m presently housesitting about twenty some odd tree frogs and two Pomeranians in heat.

July 22, 2014
"Things fall apart; it’s scientific."

— Talking Heads, “Wild Wild Life”

July 21, 2014
Etymology of ‘Virtue’

< Anglo-Norman verteuvertuevertuwevirtue, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French vertuvirtu(French vertu ) power (end of the 10th cent. as vertud ), the spiritual force or influence of an event (11th cent.), an act of supernatural or divine power, a miracle, a wonder (11th cent.), valour, courage, fortitude (c1100), physical strength (c1100), a specific quality or property (c1145), moral excellence (c1145; the specific sense ‘chastity (especially of a woman)’ is not paralleled in French until later: 1677), (in plural vertus ) one of the orders of angels, also an analogous order of demonic beings (1170), ability, merit, distinction (second half of the 12th cent.), the power of a plant, liquid, or other substance to affect the body in a beneficial manner (13th cent.), magical power (1270, originally with specific reference to a precious stone), a particular form of moral excellence (late 13th cent.; frequently in theological contexts e.g. in vertu cardinale , vertu theologale, etc.), flourishing state or condition (14th cent. or earlier), (in legal contexts, with reference to a law, pledge, etc.) force, power, validity (14th cent. or earlier) < classical Latin virtūt- , virtus manliness, valour, worth, merit, ability, particular excellence of character or ability, moral excellence, goodness, this quality personified as a goddess, any attractive or valuable quality, potency, efficacy, special property, in post-classical Latin also miracle (Vetus Latina), power to perform miracles, heavenly power, angel, armed forces, strength, force, power (Vulgate), (of a document) validity, legality, force (9th cent.; from 13th cent. in British sources), alchemical property (from 13th cent. in British sources) < vir man (see virile adj.) + -tus, suffix forming nouns.

July 21, 2014
"Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors."

— Haggai 1:7-11

July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014
And It Never Shakes Your Faith

I dreamed I was running away frantically on my mountain bike.
I paused at a rocky ridge at twilight, where a rest stop sat at the hinterland of civilization

and I made myself a gourmet sandwich.

July 16, 2014
"Desire is satisfied not by possession, as we always suppose, but by the reputation that follows possession."

— Michael Warner

July 15, 2014
"I have never fixed a regular design in life; by which means it has been a confused variety of different scenes."

— Ben Franklin, 1726

July 10, 2014

July 8, 2014
Print Culture Blues

Upon giving away books that he had authored, Cotton Mather (1663-1728) often remarked, “Remember that I am speaking to you, all the while you have this Book before you."

I don’t always imagine the voice of the sender speaking as I read even text messages.

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