Beautiful Day

It seems as though Pippa’s feeling somewhat better after her nasty bout of hives. The sky is clear, a lovely blue. I had a clarifying idea this morning. It would be better if it were about Matthew’s Gospel, the ostensible topic of the book I’m supposed to be working on, but it was such a…

The Whole Schmeer

I’ve added the whole series of performance video clips from the Desperate Measures show last Friday. In case anyone prefers not to navigate over to YouTube to select performance clips one by one, I’ll paste in the embedded frames in the extended part of this post. I have a fair amount to learn about video…

The Destroyer

Micah called my attention to this story on AppleInsider, which notes that the Apple-NBC feud has culminated in the iTunes Music and Video Temporary Licensing Outlet dropping all NBC-produced programming. Good luck to NBC, trying to make money by requiring users to run Internet Explorer, download the NBC proprietary media player, and maintain the latest…

Live — From Vermont!

Josiah elicited permission from all the members of his troupe, so I have begun uploading selections from the November 30 concert by Marlboro College’s Desperate Measures. The title sequence for the first clip — “I Can See Clearly Now,” fortuitously — is protracted to cover the joggling that ensued when a late-arriving audience member plopped…

Clueful in St. Paul

Take a look, if you’re so inclined, at Working Preacher — a site chock full of helpful materials for preachers, all offered free and without intrusive digital restrictions. The site is underwritten by Luther Seminary’s Center for Biblical Preaching, for which all the sermon helps and essays and commentaries serve both as support material and…

My Secret Life

When they scrawled on the walls of the London Underground, “Clapton Is God,” little did anyone imagine. . . . But Krista discovered the occluded connection that unites me with the tremendous blues guitarist who has made a second career of mongering sentimental schlock. Doesn’t matter to me; Layla and Other Love Songs needs no…

Safe Home

I’d make a big point about being here to stay, except Margaret is flying down to Durham to check in with her committee and to support her friend Sarah through the last stage of her prelims. Pippa and I, anyway, are here for a reasonable chunk of time. On our drive to Vermont on Friday,…

Measures Up

Desperate Measures rock Vermont Si estimated that forty people or so would come to the concert last night — that’s already more than ten percent of the student body of Marlboro — but when the Desperate Measures strode confidently onstage to begin their concert, almost every seat in the auditorium was filled, making the attendance…