If Saturday is for the Elizabethans, Sunday is for the Reformers. Modern women, note that AL's gifts were noted and her ability to translate used: she appended this to Calvin's sermons, and in doing so predated Sydney. And yes, it replaces Belloc. I am reformed, and it is a religious text. The only challenge to … Continue reading Sunday Sonnet.
What do you build you foundation on? The land beneath you? This is unwise: the land where I sit this morning is overdue for "the big one" -- the Alpine Fault going, which is usually about eight on the Richter scale. Samoa and Tonga are flooded: Fiji is next, then we will get the end … Continue reading Seek not a god in you. Seek Christ.
I have listened to the pained cry of the readers, and gone from a modern poet (Belloc) to an Elizabethan one (Philip Sydney). Because what remains of the old is good. Because this series is long. And because we all need more sonnets. This will run on Saturday: there is another sequence that is religious … Continue reading Saturday Sonnet.
Ugliness is counterfeit. Ugliness destroys all beauty, because if someone sees beauty they will follow it, and not the approved works. This is why our local schools only get kids to read relevant works. Because, perhap, they will read something beautiful and that will shamed. There are those who write well and it is a … Continue reading Against ugliness.
When I was young I would give and support those who said they needed aid. I was a member, to my shame, of Amnesty International. I supported save the children as well as World Vision. Habitat for Humanity had not made it to NZ. I thought these were good organizations, worthy of support. However, now, … Continue reading Now we are not young.
There are two things about this time which speak to the degeneration of our times. I am not talking about the overt sin, but among those who are within the church, and think that they have salvation if not righteousness. The first is that we are fearful. We worry. We are afraid to speak plainly, … Continue reading For natural law…
It's not merely Oxfam. Medicins sans Frontieres has disclosed that they have sacked workers for sexual impropriety. Medical aid group Doctors without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), reported on Wednesday it had received 146 complaints or alerts in 2017. Of these, 40 concerned harassment or abuse. As a result, it acted on … Continue reading More Charitable Scandals.
For those who have not worked it out, I'm now married just over a year. I don't care that the state has ruined the original contract of marriage. That is an error, and it will end. In the meantime, we are looking forward to a new puppy, new home-stay (boarders) and supporting our grown children … Continue reading Marriage and Puppies.
Robyn is telling me that I need to start stretching. One of my shoulders has been injured (ripped the rotator cuff swimming about a decade ago) and I have aggravated it again. At my age, the question is not am I in pain, but where the pain is. And the need to keep moving must … Continue reading Trolls deserve Hate.
There are things I repeat that are not boring, and things I hear that are a daily pleasure. The murmers of affection from my beloved. Puppies. Sunrise. Sunset. I think I have taken a few hundred pictures of some scenes, for I look again at the light on the water and it is, again, beautiful. … Continue reading The boring, repeated narrative.