Wednesday, February 20, 2008

ONE HUNDRED...and counting

Mercy, how I do run on! This is Post #100, already! I feel like Martha Mitchell...

Yesterday was a good full day: excellent breakfast with a parishioner at her apartment. We manage this four or five times a year--we talk about IDEAS, and wave our arms a certain amount. She is a professor of psychology--our discussions often orbit around her experiences in teaching a course on "self-deception" to undergraduate students! And our own complementary experiences and understandings of what it is, and what it was "aforetime" to be a human person.
Then in the office I cleared a lot of email, later in the morning, and put some processes in motion as follow-up to the Vestry meeting on Monday evening. Then went and made a rather overdue hospital visit...admired my parishioner's "Christmas tree" of IV solutions, including the bright blue chemo. She told me ruefully that her son-in-law was quite disappointed that it didn't turn HER blue...on the analogy of the white-carnation-in-ink experiments that we used to do in grade-school to see plant-circulation. Then a bite of supper near the hospital, because it was shift-change time and no point in even trying to escape the parking garage until the rush cleared away, anyway. So that was peaceful.

Back to the church and preparation for our Lenten book study. It went well; two hours of lively discussion and further arm-waving. The topic, nominally was "Barabbas" -- we went far afield, largely on Sam Wells's discussion of the role of the purity regulations in shaping Jewish response to the Roman occupation...modern analogies... and the thesis that there are NO good guys, but one, in the story of Jesus' passion and death.
Next week, Joseph of Arimathea.

Home eventually, quite late, with a brief stop at the supermarket...son watching Liverpool play Inter Milan...TWO issues of the Times Literary Supplement in the mail. Got most of one of them read between last night and this morning, including Christopher Insole's long review on Charles Taylor's magnum opus A Secular Age.

Cleared the accrued e-mails again this morning; and now for some quiet concentrated reading time in my office rocking-chair.

Not very warm this morning but bright, bright sunshine. It's comforting.


Iris said...

Congratulations on 100 posts! Would you send some of that sunshine my way? I'm wilting.

Crimson Rambler said...

I'll go out and flap my mittens at it, Iris, and see if that helps! Hope you soon see a break in your weather. Here I like the way the willow stems colour up, long before the thermometer says anything about a change of season.

Auntie Knickers said...

We also have sunshine with cold weather -- it does make it much more bearable.
Um...did you mean Martha Mitchell (wife of Nixon's Attorney General) or Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone with the Wind)? Martha was known for talking a lot, I think, so either would be appropriate.

Crimson Rambler said...

HA! Hi auntie, I meant Watergate Martha. Trying to remember her yearbook verse...something like, "I love its gentle burble, I love its endless flow, I love to wind my mouth up, and I love to let it go..."

Auntie Knickers said...

Clever of you to start out by sounding like Scarlett O'Hara though! How many of us remember Martha Mitchell?
By the way I'm impressed by your grandfather, and by anyone who can play harmonica.

more cows than people said...

congrats on your 100th post!

we had sun today too- strange that.