The Geographer’s Library

Been a while since I recommneded a good book. I feel bad about it.

So, let me recommend The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman. Perfect embodiment of the pseudo-acedemic/historical thriller. Great for relieving the mind after hours of tedious, ill-informed rants against Islamo-Marxist-Baby-Murdering Candidates for President of the United States. Also, fortified wine helps. Sherry, anyone? Still a week until the election….

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No Meekness in the Powers of Earth

There is no meekness in the powers of earth;
led by no star, the rulers of the nations
still fail to bring us to the blissful birth;
thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done!

I can’t say how refreshing it is to be in a church where the above hymn was the message today, one week before an election. The contrast with where I was and what I was hearing four years ago is staggering.

Uncle Adlai

I’m going to tag this post as ‘history’ rather than ‘politics’ so as to avoid breaking my vow of silence on matters political until Election Day.

NPR did a wonderful bit tonight on Uncle Adlai. Give it a listen; it’s well worth your time.

Additionally, I would like this t-shirt for Christmas.

Also, I have read the book mentioned in the NPR segment. It’s really good; you should read it too.

Beethoven and Hanna Get Saved

Here are our dogs at the Blessing of the Animals service at Christ Church Cathedral. The Blessing of the Animals is celebrated with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Collect: For those, O Lord, the humble beasts, that bear with us the burden and heat of day, and offer their guileless lives for the well-being of humankind; and for the wild creatures, whom you have made wise, strong, and beautiful, we supplicate for them your great tenderness of heart, for you have promised to save both man and beast, and great is your loving kindness, O Master, Savior of the World. Amen.

To Hell With It

After today, I’m going to try and not say anything about the upcoming election. (Kinda like, “After this piece of cake, I’m starting my diet…..”)  I’m rather finished with politics right now, which is not to say that I’m displeased to be supporting Sen. Obama. I am glad to have him on the ballot this year.

It’s just that recently I’ve been reflecting that perhaps my interest in politics is too great, too close to idolatry, too distracting from the weightier matters of the Kingdom. So, after today…..

The Chocolate Cake: I do want to highlight something said by Gov. Palin a couple days ago.

At a rally in California, the Governor was speaking about shattering glass ceilings and such. She then grossly distorted a quote from Madeleine Albright by saying “There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.”  Here’s the video:

For the record – that is a incredibly nasty thing to say. Let us suppose that Gov. Palin was quoting Madeleine Albright accurately (which, of course, she wasn’t). Such a statement would still be incredibly nasty and absolutely not worthy of repeating.

I bring this up because I am genuinely interested to hear responses from the McCain/Palin supporters who read this blog. What is appealing about a candidate who can say something so wretched and can do it with a laugh and a smile? What does it say about this crowd who cheers enthusiastically to such statements? What does it say about the core of the Republican party today?

Disgraceful rhetoric abounds across the political spectrum. Generally though, it’s isolated to the pundits and hangers-on who yearn for their 15 minutes in the spotlight.  But I’m floored that such a comment was made by a candidate for national office.  And one who wears her faith in Christ like a flashing neon sign, no less.

Lord, have mercy.