Monday, February 17, 2014

Wedding Stuff

My daughter has found a wonderful young man and the inevitable is now firmly placed on the calendar.  Being old school, the planning of such things is "woman's work", so I have only been tuning in now and then to the preparations.  The only thing that has grabbed my attention is an attempt to coerce me into dancing during the festivities.  Something about the inviolability of tradition.  My solution to this will probably to be to head out for a trail run at night and sprain my ankle or break a leg a few days before the event.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Snow Pictures

These are from my parents home in Pennsylvania where the snowpocalypse has been making its way through.  My mother now has a newer Canon than me, which is fueling a rivalry of sorts.  Meanwhile, I have a severe stomach flu and am shut in, although not by the weather.  Today is the first day in a few days that I could sit at the computer and focus for more than 2 or 3 minutes.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

California's Drought and Baptism

I keep looking for something from the past to relate to California's impending water crisis.  The following remark from the witty church father Tertullian (160-220AD) stands out in this regard:

"We enter, then, the font once: once are sins washed away, because they ought never to be repeated.  But the Jewish Israel bathes daily, because he is daily being defiled."  - Tertullian, On Baptism

If I understand this correctly, Christians only need to bathe once, but others need to bathe daily.  Clearly this is something the California government should keep in mind as it looks for ways to conserve water.