The Silk Roads


The Silk Roads is an entirely fascinating book. It’s extremely readable and covers a huge amount of time (a few hundred B.C. to today) from the perspective of the region of the world between the Mediterranean and the Pacific (mostly focused in Iran and the -stans). Fun and eye-opening, it makes me far more interested in those regions and in…

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Go West!


Our work mostly takes us to the east side of the country (and beyond) so we haven’t spent much time exploring to the west (though we have been to one spot in the mountains out that direction.) We took a quick vacation a few weeks ago to relax and explore a place we’ve wanted to go, and a few nearby…

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Kisses


Today I ran out to take out the trash and, after getting my shoes out for me, Mira stopped me before I could leave & patted her check. Apparently I had to give her a kiss… and then I tried to leave again & she said “ut-oh” and pointed to Shanna. 💏

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Happy new year!


And Mira slept right through the war zone we call new year’s here again. Huzzah for year round firework sleep training. 🙂 Also watching from the top floor of our building was lots of fun, only had to run inside ten mins after midnight to avoid explosions. 😀

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Snow is ok when you’re just visiting…


Since Ahma was here to visit, we decided to head off to the mountains for a few days between Christmas and New Year’s. (Partly so us parents could get in some skiing while we had a willing babysitter!) It was a wonderful trip… in which we all got terribly sick in the hotel room, and learned that Mira hates snow.…

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A Third Party Worth a Look


Shanna says I’m not allowed to make our blog a political blog, so I’ll try to make this my only one, but there’s a lot of time between now and November. I just want to take a moment to share about a third party I’ve recently discovered that I think is worth serious consideration for my and your vote. I’m…

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Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry


Jayber Crow is excellent and captivating. Don’t read if you live away from friends & family where you grew up, it will make you terribly homesick and long for a simple life in which people had sensible jobs that needed to get done. Sometimes fun, sometimes heart-wrenching story about the life of the Port William barber and lots of the…

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Prosperity: when your animals eat well


And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. Isaiah…

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Psalm 68:32-35


O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the…

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Nope, still Protestant, very Protestant


Since I live in an Orthodox country and have long found myself drawn to high churchy things I visited services here in English and after the service got to chat with some of the westerners who had become Orthodox. They were quite eager to share their conversion to Orthodoxy and recommended Ware’s The Orthodox Church . I was told it was what really…

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