Just too well said!

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“So if someone asks, “Do you believe in evolution,” they are framing it wrong. That’s like asking, “Do you believe in blue?”
Evolution is nothing more than a fairly simple way of understanding what is unquestionably happening. You don’t believe in it — you either understand it or you don’t. But pretending evolution is a matter of faith can be a clever way to hijack the conversation, and pit it in a false duality against religion. And that’s how we end up with people decrying evolution, even as they eat their strawberries and pet their dogs, because they’ve been led to believe faith can only be held in one or the other.
‘But there’s no reason for people of faith to reject the mountains of data and the evidence of their own senses. Reconciling is easy: Believe, if you want to, that God set up the rules of evolution among…

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I read most of Berdyaev’s works nearly 20 years ago and am still in love.

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Nikolai Berdyaev

“The meaning of conservatism is not that it impedes movement forward and upward, but that it impedes movement backwards and downwards—to chaotic darkness and the return to a primitive state.”
– Nikolai Berdyaev

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This morning, I woke up after nearly 10 hours of sleep and that’s unusual for this character. I typically sleep between 4 to 7 hours a night and have since, I guess, before I can remember anything.buttons2_01 Mom has told me about her often being worn out by her oldest boy who wouldn’t stay asleep. So a good night’s sleep is exceptional. Well, more often than not, it often means that I’m sick.

This morning, I finally hacked up a classic lugy sneezing / coldon my typical run to one of several favored coffee shops.  I’m not feeling heartened by this, either. Even with the ten or so hours of sleep I can tell, I’m going to feel run down all day.

I’ve gone ahead and emailed Fr. John about my probably not showing up at church. We’ve a few excessively elderly people in this small church and so this young old boy can’t stomach the idea of giving anyone in their 90’s a cold.

Over sleeping, this morning, made my arrival at the coffee shop late. Yes, the baristas noticed and chided me. SueSylvester-Glee


Dover Beach, you continually find great quotes for us to enjoy!n

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Albert Einstein

“It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

- Albert Einstein

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This morning, I’m being the typical Sunday morning, “Bad Boy”, that I am.coffee@nixons Right now, I’m sitting outside one of my favorite coffee shops having this morning’s espresso. A little latter, I will head back home, a trip of five or so miles on my recumbent trike. Yes, I’m sitting outside, because I’m still too warm to go inside. My hanky is on the table since I had to dry sweat in those critical spots so my glasses won’t slide on down my nose. Should I sweat much on the way home, which I’m certain I will, I’ll take a quick shower before trekking off to St. Herman’s, for church.

That “Bad Boy” thing is my chronically choosing to have some coffee before I technically should. Now, before you begin cheering my breaking some religious rule, bear in mind that I support such rules. My support is not because I accept that keeping the rule(s) makes me right or breaking any makes me wrong. Rules, as I have learned them across all my years, are not there to make me right by keeping them but rather what enables me, step-by-step, to become what I am striving to be. Why then do I break this simple and as I understand it elegant rule?

During the hour and a half or so of liturgy I persistently keep the Jesus Prayer rolling over my trivial thought life. I insistence on living this quiet fashion of drawing closer to the “No Thing”, who is beckoning all of us. I strive everyday after a 10-12 mile run on my tricycle to sit for an hour with my chotkiChotki in hand, my eyes closed and typically with my cat in my lap repeating this simple prayer, “Jesus have mercy upon me a sinner.”

This isn’t justification for my sipping coffee every morning. Rather, my sipping is simply a constant wakeup call. My not staying home supports my waking up. By striving to ride a few miles every morning completes the effort to keep myself from vegging out during the hour. None of this is justification, it is only the fashion I have pleasurably learned to keep moving in a direction I aspire to live.


The words of Isaac the Syrian fit well to the struggle I have known on both a personal and professional level. My deepest pains all have to do with the degree to which I refuse to look into myself. Needless to say, I see the same true of every last one of the rest of us.

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Isaac the Syrian

“Love sinners, but hate their deeds, and do not disdain sinners for their failings, so that you yourself do not fall into the temptation in which they abide… Do not be angry at anyone and do not hate anyone, neither for their faith, nor for their shameful deeds… Do not foster hatred for the sinner, for we are all guilty… Hate his sins, and pray for him, so that you may be made like unto Christ, who had no dislike for sinners, but prayed for them.”
– Saint Isaac the Syrian, Homily 57,90

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“A simple blood test may be a reliable way to screen people for suicide risk. The test looks for changes in a gene that helps the brain manage stress and control impulsive behavior.”


A gene known as SKA2 may have a role in bringing about the risk of taking one’s life. Keep the word “may” highlighted in your thought life. By not generating sufficient proteins the gene may either be decreasing your ability to deal with stress or increasing the chance of your hastily doing something wrong.

Should this test prove true we would then become better adept at identifying people with a greater risk. It would be a great benefit but not definitive. It is the fantasy of such a test being conclusive that worries me. So then, don’t hope for an end to suicides, but rather hope that we can become better adept at intervening well in advance.


“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war.”

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Anne Frank

“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.”
– Anne Frank

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…I was a father with a wet shoulder. My shoulder was rained on by Jordan as she surrendered FlynnIMG_0489 to his new family. Before the couple had him in their car, I was already holding my tearing up daughter. Before Flynn’s new owners were in their car, I was gently suggesting that we head back to her apartment. Before we were through the front entrance Flynn was looking at us through the back window of an unfamiliar car.

Then later last evening I received an email embedded with this video:

There he is playing with his new “roommate” in a large backyard. You are missed “little” boy and we’re happy for you!


Yesterday, I undertook the task of finding someone ready willing and truly able to shoulder my daughter’s puppy, Flynn, an 80 plus pound Lab.



Well that not so small 9 month old gained a new home last evening. It took us less than 6 hours after posting the need on Craigslist.com to find a couple with their own 80 plus pound year old dog wanting to take him home. As of this morning all but their taking him home is accomplished.

Last evening, all that stood in the way of Flynn eagerly playing with his new friend was a necessary urge to find that proper place to take a dump. Once he’d accomplished that goal he took up that secondary urgent need to bark, nip at and wrestle with a new friend.

Sometime this afternoon Jordan’s puppy whose appearance puts him much closer to a 2 year old will be leaving. Flynn won’t be much further than 6 or so miles away and open to those occasional meetings.

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