That Time of Year

I should have called my basketball-predicting season complete when I correctly forecast the winner of Tueday’s play-in game for the NCAA championship tournament. I easily picked Monmouth over Hampton — on the basis that two of Nate’s godparents went to Monmouth forty years ago. In the first three of today’s basketball games, however, I have…

R-e-l-i-e-f

Alsoft Disk Warrior seems to have saved the day again; really, I can’t imagine a Mac-based household without a copy. I rebuilt my directory, did some uninstalling and reinstalling, and everything seems to be working. That’s especially good since I’m preaching this week at St. Luke’s. The readings include the Ten Commandments (the Exodus version),…

Dee-fense, Dee-fense

A few Mondays ago, I caused a minor convulsion in the Force by serenading the Seabury faculty meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers fight song (which was steeped into my consciousness in my adolescence living with a father who was a lifelong Steelers fan); the students representatives to the meeting then demanded a reprise in my…

Raptor Attention

The other morning, I was walking Beatrice (who has become a presidential candidate in some of Pippa’s latest doodles) north along Orrington Avenue when I saw a bird about the size of a pigeon flying toward me at about shoulder height. As it flashed past me, I realized that it was not only not a…

Wireless Neologism

Margaret — inspired by her experience at a local cafe that offers free, but unreliable, 802.11 wireless access — suggested that we refer to the connectivity at such venues as “wiffy.”

Nostalgia, Politics, Witness

Since I recently denounced nostalgic liberalism, I should confess my own moment of that sentiment from the past week: our Gospel Mission class was discussing the 1960s, and in that context Prof. Wondra and I shared a sense of loss that forty years ago, there was something we could accurately call a “peace movement.” It…

Anglican Calvinists Can Relax

I graded and handed back the “Bible content” final exam for my New Testament II class — based on the Presbyterian Bible Content exam — and the good news is, all my students could become Presbyterian ministers (at least, as far as their knowledge of the NT epistles is concerned).

She’s Home

My terrific daughter arrived home last night from her sojourn in Maine; she had a spectacular time with her aunts, and now I’m delighted that she’s back to help me with the groceries, the dog, the recycling, and all the other complications that I’m liable to lose track of without her. Jeanne posted a great…

Once Bytten

I’ve wondered idly, for a while, whether the correct locution for those snatches of aural information was “sound bites” (which I’d always thought it to be) or “sound bytes” (which I’ve seen increasingly frequently). At first, I was sure it must be “bites,” but I realized that my confidence rested solely on that being to…

Learning and Decoding

I’ve known Carl Conrad a long time online, and I sense that he may have said something like this before — but the remarks that jps reports put the finger exactly at a dangerous soft spot of theological education. The vast preponderance of seminarians and divinity students learn Greek in order to decode the hidden…

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Flight from Hartford to Chicago scheduled to board: 6:00 PM EST Flight from Hartford sto Chicago scheduled to depart: 6:25 PM EST Flight from Hartford sto Chicago scheduled to arrive: 8:00 PM CST Actual boarding time: 9:30 PM EST Actual departure time: 10:20 PM EST Landed in Chicago: 11:46 PM CST Arrived at gate: 12:05…