Not the Murchison Mountains near Te Anau, but a takahe nonetheless! (At Orokanui ecosanctuary, Dunedin)
I am trying out Squarespace as a blogging platform. A completely hand coded site is too much work and I am tired of WordPress security issues. What I really want is to focus on writing rather than technical stuff, despite always getting bogged down in the details of that.
At the end of the poetry anthology Sinners Welcome by Mary Karr there is an essay by the author in which she discusses part of her journey of faith and the role of poetry in that journey. From reading it I realised how shallow my own experience of poetry is and that while setting out to read a poem a day is definitely worthwhile, it is just scratching the surface of truly experiencing poetry.
In memorizing the poems I loved, I “ate” them in a way. I breathed as the poet breathed to recite the words: Someone else’s suffering and passion entered my my body to change me, partly by joining me to others in a saving circle.
For the year ahead (i.e., 2018) I will continue reading a poem each day to broaden my experience, but I also would like to latch on to a couple of poems that really speak to me and read them over many times, write them out, speak them out and let them take root in me until I can feel the poem as well as read or recite it.
A partial list of books that I read in 2006
- The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander, January 2006 ISBN 0-525-45415-2
- Golden Deeds by Catherine Chidley, January 2006 ISBN 0-86473-384-4
- Backyard Battlefield by Ruud Kleinpaste, January 2006 ISBN 1-86941-691-0
- Time Management by Harvard Business School, March 2006 ISBN 1-59139-633-6. Mostly common sense really, not much real depth to any of the topics.
- Thriving in 24/7 (Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work), by Sally Helgesen March 2006 ISBN 0-684-87303-6. All this book really told me is that my own intuition is better than what the life coaches have to say!
- Easy Step by Step Guide to Stress and Time Management by Brian Lomas, March 2006 ISBN 0-9532987-3-6
- Time Management for Dummies by Jeffrey J. Meyer, March 2006 ISBN 1-56884-360-7
- FileMaker Pro 8 The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey & Susan Prosser, April 2006 ISBN 0-596-00579-2
- Too busy NOT to Pray by Bill Hybels, May 2006 ISBN 0-85110-896-2
- Brendan Chase by ‘BB’ (with illustrations by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford), June 2006 ISBN 0-416-58830-1
Sitting here with the windows and doors open on a warm evening listening to sheep and lambs in the distance, quite a pleasant sound instead of traffic noise.
Books that I read in 2005
- The Mind Map Book by Tony & Barry BuzanJanuary 2005 ISBN 0-563-48701-1
- Raising Boys (2nd Edition) by Steve BiddulphFebruary 2005 ISBN 1-876451-50-5
- Too Busy NOT to Pray by Bill HybelsFebruary 2005 ISBN 0-85110-896-2
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling February 2005 ISBN 0-7475-3849-2
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. LewisMarch 2005 ISBN 0-330-02172-9
- Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff at Work by Richard CarlsonApril 2005 ISBN 1-86325-184-7. Rather light and fluffy, mildly encouraging but really just common sense and nothing especially enlightening.
- Peacetime by Robert EdricApril 2005 ISBN 0385-602979
- God’s Books, Genetics & Genesis by Graeme FinlayApril 2005 ISBN-0-476-00651-1
- The Problem of Pain by C.S. LewisApril 2005 ISBN 0-00-624567-6
- Evolution From Creation to New Creation by Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlet May 2005 ISBN 0-687-02374-2. A very interesting and balanced discussion of the various viewpoints and what I consider to be a useful and probably fairly correct theory of how evolution and Christian theology can be reconciled
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (illustrated by Nicola Bayley 2005) June 2005 ISBN 0-7445-8643-7
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingJune 2005 ISBN 0-7475-5099-9
- Harry Potter and the Order of The Pheonix by J.K. RowlingJuly 2005 ISBN 0-7475-5100-6
- Habitat of Grace (Biology, Christianity and the global environmental crisis) by Carolyn M. King July 2005 ISBN 0-9586-3998-1. I did not find this an easy book to read, partly due to writing style, but mostly because it challenged some very deeply held ideas and did not give much in the way of useful substitutes for all the Christian beliefs that it tried to demolish. From reading this book I end up wondering if the author would in fact be a Christian if that means believing in an historical Christ who was crucified and raised from the dead in bodily form. Some interesting ideas in this book, but really it has done absolutely nothing for my own faith.
- Perelandra by C.S. LewisJuly 2005 ISBN 0-02-086900-2
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. RowlingJuly 2005 ISBN 0-7475-8108-8
- The Case For Christ by Lee StrobelJuly 2005 ISBN 0-310-22655-4
- Daughter of the Forest by Juliet MarillierAugust 2005 ISBN 0-330-36193-7
- The Haunting of Lara Lawson by Christine Johnston September 2005 ISBN 1-86950-155-1
- Goodbye Molly McGuire by Christine JohnstonSeptember 2005 ISBN 1-86950-135-7
- A Friend of Jack McGuire by Christine Johnston September 2005 ISBN 1-86950-208-6
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling September 2005 ISBN 0-7475-8108-8
- Book Book by Fiona FarrellOctober 2005 ISBN 1-86941-619-8
- The Shark Bell by Christine JohnstonOctober 2005 ISBN 0-14-301824-8
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling October 2005 ISBN 0-7475-4629
- The Secret of Happy Children by Steve BiddulphNovember 2005 ISBN 0-85835-815-8
- In A Fishbone Church by Catherine Chidgey November 2005 ISBN 0-86473-335-6
- I Am David by Anne Holm December 2005 ISBN 0-7497-0136-6
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling December 2005 ISBN 0-7475-5099-9
I think it is always good to ask why, and to keep asking it at decision points along the path (to wherever, the destination is determined by your answer to why).
So, why does this website exist?
- I like to have a ‘home base’ on the internet where people can find out about me and I control what and how information is presented rather than relying on luck, fate or Google.
- I’m choosing to remain independent of closed systems such as Facebook and other social media platforms. I publish all my stuff here, though I may comment and interact on those other platforms occasionally.
What can you expect to find here?
- First off, this is a personal website so will largely reflect me and what I find interesting.
- My interests include: Family, christian faith, poetry, science, toxicology, web development, mental health, and whatever else pricks my curiosity.
- Most often updates will take the form of thoughts, ideas and quotes. Occasionally I will write something longer.
Site Philosophy page inspired by:
This is the notebook I have been carrying around for most of this year. It is by Clairefontaine, made in France. With high quality paper for fountain pen use it has been a really good notebook to use, the paper is smooth and takes ink well without smudging. Initially I was worried that it might take too long for ink to dry for quick notes, but I find that by the time I’ve written something and capped my pen the ink is dry so have had no issues. There are 48 sheets of paper in this book (i.e., 96 pages) so it lasts a long time – hence the beaten up appearance of this notebook. I bought this notebook from the University Bookshop in Dunedin for less than $5.
The pen is a Platinum Preppy extra fine nib. For a cheap plastic fountain pen I think these are fantastic value and really nice to write with. You can buy these in NZ for just under $10 which makes them excellent for carrying around because even if it were to get dropped and broken or lost the loss is not catastrophic. I’ve had this particular pen for two years now and often carry it around in my pocket. There have been no leaks, it always starts well without skipping, and writes nicely. I’m cheap and refill the empty cartridges from a bottle of ink, so it’s economical writing.
Ok, end of my first day as a microblogger
My dog just ran out of the room in a panic, chased by a blowfly!! (She has an odd phobia of buzzing insects)