I haven't been one to use semicolons. I've actually been something of a snob about semicolons, suggesting that only the best craftsmen, for example, writers such a Paul Theroux, should be using them.

There was no good reason for this. I think it goes back to the late 1990's, many managers and a few companies ago. I was a technical writer and my manager gave me a suggested edit that included a semicolon. In that particular instance I thought it was a bad writing choice, and anyway that manager really irked me. I had a rebellious tendency to want to do the opposite of what she suggested.

Recently, though, I have found myself using semicolons upon occasion. A couple of months ago I used a semicolon in a PowerPoint slide, and last week I used one in an email to a former colleague.

That raises the question, of course, will I use semicolons here in my blog?

I don't know; I'm still considering the alternatives.

no passion for the Passion


I skipped church on Palm/Passion Sunday. That's quite unlike me.

Part of it was that I didn't want to try to get acquainted with the procedure for that day at St. John's. Part of it was that I didn't want to hear the passion narrative.

I've heard it said that the Eastern church focuses primarily on the Incarnation, while the Western church, at least the liturgical part of it, focuses primarily on the Passion and Resurrection. I think that that is true. I've come up with this formula, speaking as the Powers that Be of the Western liturgical tradition: "Yes, Advent and Christmas are fine and all that, but what is really important is Lent, Holy Week, and, oh, yes, Easter too."

Now that somewhat unfair, certainly, but I also think that there is a certain amount of truth there. And I guess I'm just feeling it more strongly this year than I have in previous years.

ocean time

If you are a friend on Facebook, you might have seen the photo I uploaded on Saturday from Sunset State Beach. Terry and I are making good on our pledge to spend more time at the ocean this year, and it is wonderful for our well being.

Terry had ordered some napkin rings to go along with our Monterey Bay Aquarium plates from Annie Glass in Watsonville. Those came in, so we drove over to pick them up and then went to Sunset. We love that beach because it was one of the quieter ones in the area. It's wonderful for walking and enjoying the surf. We then went on to the busy and bustling Phil's Fish Market and got fish both for last night's dinner and to seal up and freeze for future dinners.

A good day it was.


the passages that bother me


Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand,
but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

— Mark Twain

Thanks to Fran on Facebook for this. Someone else also posted it there recently (I think it was FB), and I don't remember who. Sorry about that.

resistance is….

For fans of Star Trek: the Next Generation and also for fans of bad puns…


food for thought videos

In looking online for videos of Peter Gomes, I stumbled across a site I hadn't seen before: It rather reminds me of FORA has videos by the likes of Jim Wallis, Karen Armstrong, John Shelby Spong, Stewart Brand, and more. Many of those great Grace Cathedral Forum sessions hosted by Grace's emeritus dean, Alan Jones, are hosted there.

Cool stuff! I look forward to exploring.

always something to learn

I've been baking bread for a while now. I thought I was doing well at it. One habit I had was that if I was in a time crunch I would often give short shrift to the first rising. A few weeks ago, though, I mixed the ingredients and Terry and I went out to have lunch. It ended up, therefore, that the bread had an unusually long first rising. It came out much lighter than anything I'd done in a while.

I'm sure any experienced baker would look at me and say, "Well, duh!"

Just reminds me that there's always something new to be learned.