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Tropical Storm Erlich, 2023.

A clear manifestation of God's glory, or just a nuisance? Lord forbid I was ever so disconnected from nature!  I was on the porch before daylight listen to light mist of rainfall.  It was pleasant, and soft wind, in my area, at the halfway point between Myrtle Beach SC and Charlotte NC, and also equally so between Columbia, SC and Fayetteville NC. Such clear manifestations seem, at once, neither good nor evil, seeming to stymie mankind's notions of good and evil, and here, the corn just coming up around the 12 inch mark: in some respects, the storm did our area a world of good.  I've also got potted Marigolds that needed some of that natural moisture. In the War of 1812, as British troops assaulted the capitol and set fire to some of the most important buildings in the land, including the White House, they were met with overnight hurricane force winds, and then they just left, missing so much of their invasion force thanks to the storm. Its almost God whispering, and at His
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word of the day: triptych

triptych , noun. A painting or carving on three adjacent panels, esp, such a representation of a religious subject often used as an altarpeice;\ a writing tablet, used in ancient times, having three hinged or folding leaves. From the Greek, tri + ptyche.  

Kempis on Knowledge and the lack of.

The more a man hath unity and simplicity in himself, the more things and the deeper things he understandeth; and that without labour, because he receiveth the light of understanding from above. The spirit which is pure, sincere, and steadfast, is not distracted though it hath many works to do, because it doth all things to the honour of God, and striveth to be free from all thoughts of self-seeking. Who is so full of hindrance and annoyance to thee as thine own undisciplined heart? A man who is good and devout arrangeth beforehand within his own heart the works which he hath to do abroad; and so is not drawn away by the desires of his evil will, but subjecteth everything to the judgment of right reason. Who hath a harder battle to fight than he who striveth for self-mastery? And this should be our endeavour, even to master self, and thus daily to grow stronger than self, and go on unto perfection.    -Thomas Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

On making a time sheet: The Fut in the Nuckery.

In a bit of a tussle in mind, I began the day, having difficulties selecting my priorities.  I put myself into the hands of my others, always good for a bit of "automation".  I combined my tussle with theirs, and together we had a good tussle of it, and where did well by the combination. They were talking about a "refresh cycle" or "check-in" in the schedule, an evaluation time set aside. I note I had such before I knew what to call it.  Well.  I called it a "look-in" where I go to my scheduling app periodically and decide new adventures, the subsequent habituations and other. A nice little evaluation and recompiling in the schedule, a chance "mid-stream" to check on everything. I had a planned a spreadsheet time log that wasn't laid out in calendar format, but to do list format, with checkmarks for completion and a time-in and time-out set of blocks for staking the time. Where it to track time, I would lay the time out evenly in th

some knowledge can condemn the learner, after all....

  The greater and more complete thy knowledge, the more severely shalt thou be judged, unless thou hast lived holily. Therefore be not lifted up by any skill or knowledge that thou hast; but rather fear concerning the knowledge which is given to thee. If it seemeth to thee that thou knowest many things, and understandest them well, know also that there are many more things which thou knowest not. Be not high-minded, but rather confess thine ignorance. Why desirest thou to lift thyself above another, when there are found many more learned and more skilled in the Scripture than thou? If thou wilt know and learn anything with profit, love to be thyself unknown and to be counted for nothing. - Thomas Kempis , "The Imitation of Christ"

Dazzling collection of phenomena/theory of relativity.

"These are the men who have shook the world..."  - Acts 17(paraphrase) Hit 'em with the ole Razzle Dazzle, this one says, no time to formulate a coherent argument against, no time do anything but bat their pretty little eyelashes, still perhaps half-ensnared of former daydreams of butterflies and lily pads. Life 'tis but a collection of these phenomena, arranged in no particular meaningful sequence; if it set a cogent pattern, we would perhaps then complain of its intention, pick holes in it, and find so many dialectics that befuddle the narrative: such as it is, "it is what it is", and begs not acceptance, for we had already taken it up, prior, and contributed to the random little geode. What just happened? Look what God did to us, man. We're gonna enhance productivity; find something for your hands to do. I woke up from a dream, surprised to find I was in the bathroom.  In my dream, I had my back to the road, peeing in the bushes.  In reality, it was l