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The Big Five

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

I’m reading a new book which explained, in a getting-everyone-up-to-speed way, about the Big Five in the psychology of personality, so I looked it up. In fact, I took a test recommended by the book. Here are my results: Closed-MindedOpen to New Experiences DisorganizedConscientious IntrovertedExtraverted DisagreeableAgreeable Calm / RelaxedNervous / High-Strung I expected to see […]

End of a Long Week

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Advent is a time of watching, waiting, and longing. In our songs this week, we’ve seen the anticipation of the Christ child, the calling to the Babe to come, the yearning for God in our lives, and the powerful yet mysterious images people have used to make this desire for God more concrete and comprehensible. […]

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Your Song of the Day is “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People,” one of my all time favorite Advent songs. The Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultraviolet. I’m surprised. For one thing, it seems like we just had a purple, in Radiant Orchid. Okay, maybe that was 2014, but surely purple should be a […]

Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

“Wake, awake, for night is flying,” the watchmen on the heights are crying; “Awake, Jerusalem, arise!” Midnight hears the welcome voices and at the thrilling cry rejoices: “Where are the virgins pure and wise? The Bridegroom comes: Awake! Your lamps with gladness take! Alleluia! With bridal care and faith’s bold prayer, to meet the Bridegroom, […]

The Bed Socks Story

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

My mother used to tell a story about making bed socks. I assume that these were lightweight slippers that people wore to bed. The story was that my mother had made one bed sock and then another. They didn’t match, so she kept making more until finally she made two that matched. I’m in that […]


Monday, December 4th, 2017

I helped out at the Alternative Market at church yesterday, selling the church history book. I shared a table with Altrusa, and there were tables for a variety of other nonprofits around the room. I finished up my Christmas shopping and most of The Little’ Girl’s Christmas hat, and had desultory conversation with a number […]

The Annual Music Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Every year I do a virtual advent calendar of Advent and Christmas music. This year I want to begin with “This Little Babe” from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. We’re singing this in church choir. I’ve heard this many times and enjoyed it, but have never caught the words. I was surprised by them. This […]

Stepping into December

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

I have spent hours wrapping gifts and decorating. I sent in my saliva to have the Ancestry DNA test. I had a good business meeting with a potentially valuable strategic partner. I went to Hobby Lobby for ornament hangers, gift wrapping bows, paper party goods, and a couple more items for stockings. Apart from groceries, […]

Rethinking Discipline

Friday, December 1st, 2017

I’ve been reading a lot about discipline as I audition it for the 2018 Word of the Year, and I’m beginning to think it’s a bad fit. Not that I’m opposed to discipline. It’s an importaant part of my life, in fact. But the word “Discipline” doesn’t seem like something I can contemplate and learn […]

Let’s Do Cute Winter Things!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

I assume that this exhortation to do cute winter things is the result of the designer’s not being a native speaker of English, but I like it. We’ve already done mulled cider and household decorating at my place, and I don’t know how to ice skate, so my standard for winter cuteness this week is […]

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