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A Preface to "Paradise Lost"

A Preface to "Paradise Lost"  by C. S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 1942) When C. S. Lewis writes a preface, it isn"t...

 
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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien  edited by Humphrey Carpenter (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981) It may seem as if I've...

 
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Tough Love

Dost thou ever feel thus toward thy neighbour—“Yes, of course, every man is my brother; but how can I be a brother to...

 
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The Weight of Glory

The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses  by C. S. Lewis (Macmillan Books, 1980; talks originally given from the 1930s through...

 
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My Rocky Relationship with Penzeys Spices

I fell in love with Penzeys Spices the first time I walked into their Pittsburgh store, many years and ten grandchildren ago. What an...

 
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Galaxy S9 Smartlock Not Working?

This blog is my storehouse for a good deal of miscellany, since combined with Google's search capabilities, it's a good way to find...

 
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Sunshine, Vitamin D, and Why I'm Skeptical of the Medical...

I respect doctors, and am grateful for their skills, knowledge, and compassion. But that respect and gratitude are much the same as my...

 
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Four Poems from C. S. Lewis

Here are four poems that struck me in particular from a book of C. S. Lewis' collected poems.   Irresponsible actions have...

 
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It Was Much Colder 33 Years Ago

It's 43 degrees in Central Florida today, a fitting reminder of thirty-three years ago when it was below freezing and we chose to watch...

 
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Strength in an Age of Fear

One key to holding on to our sanity is realizing that it is in the interest of so many others to keep us in a state of fear. Fearful...

 
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Why I Write, the Short Version

I need to read Flannery O'Connor. I've been more than intimidated by the 617-page copy of The Habit of Being that is sitting on...

 
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A Contest No One Really Wants to Win

We did it. We took the title away from Harrison County, Mississippi. Our very own Seminole County was the #1 spot for lightning...

 
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As Go the People, So Go the Leaders

I'd say the President and the Speaker of the House are acting like two-year-olds, but I have more respect for two-year-olds than that....

 
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Go Wild

Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization  by John J. Ratey and Richard manning (Little, Brown and...

 
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How to Write a Book

I laughed, I cried, I groaned, I was on the edge of my seat till the very end! A romance novel? An thriller? Murder mystery?...

 
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Six Quotations from The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain  by C. S. Lewis (Simon & Schuster, 1986; originally published 1940) This is not a review, but a...

 
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The Blogger's Advantage

[The preacher] began to discover one peculiar advantage belonging to the little open chamber of the pulpit—open not only or...

 
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This Is Juice

My brother used to tell me that drinking orange juice was no better than drinking Coke, as it was no better than sweetened water....

 
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Books Read in 2018

The year of 2018 may stand as the one in which I read the most books ever. Records were made to be broken, of course, but this year's...

 
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Refuge

George MacDonald, from a sermon preached at the Christ Church, Addiscombe.  Proving the Unseen , chapter 8: "Growth in Grace...

 
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The Memory of C. S. Lewis

By the title above I do not mean that I am remembering C. S. Lewis. I'm sharing from pp. 42-43 of Walter Hooper's book,  C. S....

 
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A Merry Christmas to All

Rather than spending Christmas Eve writing the same sentiments in a different way, I'm making a few modifications to my Christmas post...

 
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A Christmas Song of Loss

For the last Sunday of Advent, a somber note. Sixteen Christmases ago, while the world was singing blithely of joyous birth, we were...

 
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Will It Be a Hard Winter?

What do the trees know? The acorn harvest has been absolutely spectacular this year. The onslaught began in September and even now...

 
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Don't Just Meekly Comply, Fix the System

As usual, when I make a longish comment on a Facebook meme, I hate to waste it, but use it here as well.  This one struck a nerve....

 
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