Morning Links

Good Morning. I’ve been flat on my back all weekend with one wasting disease after another, which made our concert experience with Celtic Woman less than ideal for me. In other news, David has taken to tasting his feely books. On to the links:

  1. Taxes rising.
  2. For fear of Rush Limbaugh” sounds an awful lot like “Because of Winn Dixie“.
  3. Obama’s voice like liquor that makes markets stumble. Reminds me of a Bible verse.
  4. 140 psi sounds a little high.
  5. The Conservative as Traditionalist, rather than Libertarian. I used to think I fell pretty well in both categories, now I’m sure only of the former. Libertarians kind of scare me anymore.
  6. It’s Greek to me! A map.
  7. Double Amputee becomes mermaid. It’s kinda sweet.
  8. Presidential approval ratings
  9. Meta tagging
  10. The top 2% is not enough.
  11. Critiquing Obama’s speech, in a Venn diagram.
  12. Herod’s temple
  13. Personall Branding with Google – which explains a bit of why I had a hard time blogging when I was a teacher. Something about the Christian school felt… political.
  14. More likely to discuss advanced calculus.
  15. So close!
  16. Peculiar story (flash fiction)
  17. I didn’t realize he was born in Tulsa.
  18. A punt. Putting copyright holders in the driver’s seat makes it clear who’s being a jerk about their copyright.
  19. “Having tasted the goods” I think I can say with confidence why economists don’t usually moonlight as musicians.
  20. Iz not pincussion! Or “martyrs who just won’t die!”
  21. Still believing Ron Reagan.
  22. Against unionizing. Or at least, against bullying, which is often the same thing.
  23. How to podcast.


Hi guys. Looks like I’m behind a bit on my links. I’ll probably share some tomorrow. Events have been happening.

Last week was rough for David. Right after his first birthday, he developed a fever that kept him out of day care, so we rotated keeping him home. I stayed with him Tuesday, and Valerie’s mom took off Wednesday. That was the day, giving him some fever medicine, that Valerie’s mom had the joy of watching her grandson have a seizure. So he went to the hospital, where they discovered that he had gotten dehydrated (which can apparently cause seizures). Thursday Valerie stayed home with him, and by Friday, he was fine.

At the same time, David’s illness was also floating around at work – at least 2-3 people were home sick on various days that week, with high fevers. And on Thursday evening, I had a bout myself. So I had to call in sick a second time in a week (and the first time ever that it was actually me who was sick).

Around noon on Friday, I got a call from my temp agency – don’t come in on Monday. Apparently my day off was also my last day at work. Not really unexpected – our office has been closing down for some time, and this is the way of temp jobs. But at the same time, in most books, to let a person go when they’re not even there is plain rude.

Nevertheless, God is gracious and we are not ungrateful. We’ve been watching with familiar admiration all through this. In the years since I moved out on my own, though I’ve never particularly had any steady work, I’ve never been too short-handed to pay a bill that was due. Since we’ve been out of college, we’ve never even missed a paycheck, and this was no exception. I kept my job in a closing department, rather inexplicably, until Valerie had gotten her first paycheck. Now I’m looking again, and I’m confident that he will be faithful to provide – right at the last minute. 🙂

In other news completely, I’ve been thinking about changing our web address. First, It’s finally beginning to dawn on me that there is a certain measure of hubris in naming your site “spiritual,” in Greek no less, as though announcing to the world that this is exactly the embodiment of what you are. Secondly, nobody can spell it.

I’m thinking about changing it to something revolving around God’s grace, and the phrase that keeps coming to mind is from Psalm 18:34 (also 2 Sam 22:35)

“He teaches my hands to make war,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

So I’m thinking BronzeBow dot net or org or something. There’s already a weblog at, but I’m sure there’s plenty of room for all.

The Bronze Bow, of course, is also the title of a delightful children’s book by Elizabeth George Speare, which, oddly, was read to me in fourth grade, but I never owned.