Sunday, March 06, 2005

Random Acts of Mindness

Had a wonderful evening stroll with our monst--er, our German Shepherd--at White Rock Lake, the best public amenity Dallas has.

I've written drafts of three articles--on postmodern worship, on whether "youth" or "student" are still meaningful categories for churches, and on a biography of Martin Luther apropos of whether we are really now going into a new reformation. Free blogger seems not to let me post articles for people to read. Waah. If anyone knows different, show me how, please.

I also have not found a way to put links on. My apologies to Andrew, Lauren, Joshua and Kristen, and the many others I would link to right now if I knew how. Being a blog virgin--well, newbie, now--has its embarassments.

I'm reading the Slovenian philosopher (!?) Slavoj Zizek's new book "On Belief," Stuart Sim's "Irony and Crisis: A Critical History of Postmodern Culture," and Lord Norwich's "A Short History of Byzantium." Fun stuff, all that. Although I have to say it does mystify me why Continental Europeans would continue to find Freud intellectually interesting and psychoanalytic theory philosophically respectable. I'm not sure Nietsche doesn't preview most of Freud in one way or another--the suspicious approach, the assumption of subterranean and not very nice agendas hidden from the holders of them by rationalizations and denials of various kinds, etc.

When your kids are traveling more than you are, some threshold has been crossed. Jonathan was in San Antonio for a school convention this weekend, and he goes to Boston this upcoming weekend to look at schools. Wow. Maybe I can make it out to Flower Mound or Forney or something.

Dawn and I are using some Jan Johnson stuff as Lenten couples meditation. It was so hard to carve out the time and get going, but it's well worth it, not least because the material is good.

I always look too many steps ahead. I'm already envisioning landscaping the (not-as-of-yet-finished when it's finished) shed with flower boxes and an English cottage bed with hollyhocks and foxglove and delphinia and...

peace to you

mark

3 Comments:

Blogger kalhoun said...

I'd love to read your book review. We watched the movie "Luther" last night with Julie's father and Andrea. Brianna was totally engrossed. Afterward she said, "so was that a true story? Is that why we have church now, and read the Bible in our own language?"

2:02 PM  
Blogger iMonk said...

I was not able to do very much with free blogger either. It was what led me (after seeing Scotty's blog) to Squarespace. For a long time they were offering incredible free accounts (what Kelly has now at http://tribalicious.squarespace.com), but it seems they have gone the way of the dodo. However, their intro-level account (which should do just fine for us basic-bloggers) is only $7 a month. Not bad, and very flexible.
Roam around at http://tribalicious.squarespace.com and weigh the options. It might be what you're looking for.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Lorenloo said...

marko- i can help with you with links when i'm home (next week! for spring break!). enjoying the blog. about time. not sure how to post articles though, wish i did. maybe we can get joshua help.

12:41 AM  

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