QOTD: “Pray for me”

 

I was never a Kanye West fan before his Jesus Is King album. Nothing personal; I don’t listen to much rap or hip-hop at all. However, when I heard that he had professed faith in Christ and put out a Christian album, I was excited and gave it a listen.

I loved it. I’ve listened to it multiple times, and particular songs many times. I’ve added Kanye to my prayer list, and I’m hoping that he will continue to grow in Christ and use his platform to glorify God and further His Kingdom.

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Diana Ross was the first pop star to perform the national anthem at a Super Bowl, and her 1982 performance set a standard not yet surpassed at any professional sports venue. From high school to professional sports events, Americans have long started these secular public rites with our national anthem. The NFL had long leaned […]

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Who Am I and Who Are You?

 

If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But if I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I and you are not you! —Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotzk

The first time I read this quotation, my eyes crossed! In fact, I read it a couple of times to understand what the good rabbi was trying to say. (I must assume that he wrote it with some amusement.)

But the actual meaning that I deduce from his words is powerful and a reminder that no matter how we try to isolate ourselves and our connection with others, deep or superficial, long-term or recent, they touch our hearts, minds, and souls in a way that is impossible to measure.

It’s Time to Fight

 

We now face real subjugation or real resistance to true domestic enemies of our constitutional republic. It is still a cold civil war (see Kesler 2018, Klingenstein 2021) but keeping it cool requires real and effective resistance now. Thankfully, the left and their useful idiots or pilot fish GOPe enablers have lost their inhibitions and started saying the quiet part out loud. The rank hypocrisy of the new American upper class is not hidden away like the old aristocracy’s excesses. We can all see them in the social media public square.

In “Stay Home, Peons!” John Hinderacker quotes the truly fascist left’s proclamations about those who dare resist the lab coat left’s lies about COVID-19 and their vaccine/mask/social control claims.

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[Official videos and post game details added]  The 2021 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament women’s singles semifinals were a pair of Cinderella stories,* but (in Sean Connery’s voice), in the end there can be only one. So, on Saturday evening two teenage girls met in the center court, Arthur Ashe Stadium, seeking not a glass slipper […]

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The Best and Worst of Sports

 

tennis over footballThursday, September 9, 2021, showed both the best and worst of professional sports. The NFL bullied and canceled a Black woman for daring to talk back and assert religious and bodily liberty over the lab-coat left’s lies. At the same time, the U.S. Open tennis tournament counter-programmed the NFL season opener with a double feature Cinderella story. In the end, there was far more entertainment value in the British and Canadian teen women of color on the Arthur Ashe Court than there was on some woke gridiron performance.

The NFL has gone defiantly woke, spitting in the face of American fans with every player’s uniform plastered with anti-American slogans, smearing us all as an irredeemably racist country. Mark Davis, DFW area Salem Radio host and Cowboys fan denounced the NFL’s finger-wagging smear of the fans. He then walked the walk by live-tweeting the wonderful tennis being played by young women who are committed to excellence, not ideology.

The Worst Mother Ever

 

She sat quietly, staring down at her hands in her lap. She’d been sharing her family background, and then she came to her mother:

“By the time I reached middle age, I was still complaining about my mother. I couldn’t help myself. I wanted a better mother, one who was more refined, less neurotic and much less difficult than she was. I judged her harshly, and my lack of maturity and compassion were present for all to see.

Diary of a Walker

 

Sunday, August 29, 7:15 pm Mountain Time:

My second walk in this shimmering, rain-washed day. I’d been reading on the deck and decided I had to see the horses grazing behind fences and breathe in the sprawling pasture a mile and a half down the road.

Quote of the Day: Chesterton’s Virtue Challenge

 

“Charity means pardoning the unpardonable, or it’s no virtue at all. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it’s no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it’s no virtue at all.” — G.K. Chesterton

When Catholics pray the Rosary, it’s common practice to begin by praying for an increase of the theological virtues — faith, hope, and charity — before entering into the mysteries of Christ’s life while praying the decades. Even though I follow this practice, I find Catholic-convert Gilbert Keith Chesterton’s challenge a hard saying, especially in our nation’s current moment.

I’ve never been a fan of either secondhand forgiveness or blanket condemnation. It’s why I don’t subscribe to forgiveness of cold-blooded murder. Crimes of fear or passion, maybe. But, not heinous murder. The only people with standing to forgive a heinous murderer are dead.

American Greatness: Can We Redeem Ourselves?

 

“The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

This quote grabbed my attention because I realized that I may no longer agree with any of it. I know that Tocqueville is admired and celebrated, but I wonder if he could have foreseen what would happen to this country so many years later.

I do think in some ways we are, or at least were, an enlightened country. To me, enlightenment is not a steady state, but a process, and compared to the rest of the world, we were head and shoulders above the rest. We were known for our honoring freedom and opportunity; many who dreamt of coming to this country believed our streets were paved with gold. No other country could offer a life where a person could succeed through hard work and persistence.

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I took the quote I’m presenting here from the book The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell. From the book’s summary on Amazon: “In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to […]

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My Worst Friendship Experience

 

When it comes to building and maintaining friendships, I’ve had a hit-and-miss record. Early on, I used to be pretty forgiving of people’s idiosyncrasies: maybe they talked a lot; maybe they seemed distracted when they were with me; maybe they expected me to carry the burden of scheduling our time together. Regardless, I wanted to be seen as a “nice person.”

But this particular friendship from around 25 years ago caused me frustration that was awkward to deal with, and I couldn’t figure out how to end the friendship without hurting his feelings. (In case you’re wondering, it was a platonic friendship.) After all, he was bright, friendly, passionate about his work, where he was training to be a minister in the Church of Religious Science (also known as Science of Mind). In time, however, I discovered there was only one person he genuinely cared about.

Himself.

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There has been a great deal of good writing over the years, inspired by monthly theme cues. Maybe you missed some, or joined more recently. Instead of searching on tags, just bookmark this post. This index will capture all of them in one post, updated monthly. A big thank-you to past keepers of the themes; […]

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As has become my wont, herein a brief play list, a sound track for your musings and inspiration towards posting on the September group writing theme: “Best and Worst.” You might well take from this the inspiration to post any of a number of other musical posts, in which the best and worst versions of […]

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This September we reflect on the best and worst. The events of 20 years ago, and the events of the past days, weeks, and months invite sober reflection. Ricochet members, founding or first time subscribers, AND especially the reticent or keyboard shy, are heartily encouraged to join in our group writing project this month. Each […]

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Group Writing. A Day in the Life of a Reluctant Retiree, Before and After

 

My original goal in life was to never retire.  I wanted to remain a productive member of society until they carried me out feet-first.  Well, the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic restrictions put paid to that idea, when they decimated the aerospace industry.  I was offered, and took, a generous retirement package from my job as an aerospace electronics buyer, and retired at the end of August of 2020.

Before:

About A Day in the Life

 

I see that Clifford opened up this month’s topic with music for the monthly theme:  a day in the life.  Number one, of course, is the Beatle’s A Day in the Life, the last song on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.  Not one of my favorite songs in the Beatles’ canon.  I had already decided on writing about my recent experience in watching a Monarch butterfly hatch on my deck, when the events of the last week transpired.  All that kept running through my head was “I read the news today, oh boy” because the news just got worse and worse.  The universe spoke in a big way and so my Monarch story will wait for another theme.

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From notes taken on Monday, August 23, 2021 8:30am – Mondays are a jeans day, so that’s fun! I get to school and have about twenty minutes before students arrive for homeroom. I spend a good chunk of this time making two trips to the restroom in the hopes that I won’t have to go […]

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