The flesh is swelling, but the spirit … is looking up folk remedies for gout on the internet (with a cherry on top).

Etching after G.M. Woodward, 1801 (Wikimedia Commons). So what's this doing on a spirituality blog? Only this: Yesterday a doctor told me he thinks I have may have gout. At this point it's more of a hunch than a diagnosis, and there are other suspects in the lineup. But I got on the internet and … Continue reading The flesh is swelling, but the spirit … is looking up folk remedies for gout on the internet (with a cherry on top).

Upon this chipotle I will build my church and Covid shall not prevail against it — the Gospel according to St. AutoCorrect

A bit of levity on a grim topic Friday afternoon ... brought to you by one of those automatic spell-checking devices. And a moral to the story -- It's fun to have fun with typos, but we all need to be vaxxed. It started with a notice on the Capitol Fax blog, a portal maintained … Continue reading Upon this chipotle I will build my church and Covid shall not prevail against it — the Gospel according to St. AutoCorrect

Andover’s population, demographics

"Andover, Illinois," Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andover,_Illinois (accessed July 31, 2021) *** Andover is a village in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 578 at the 2010 census, down from 594 in 2000.[3] [Estimate (2019)[2] 572] History Andover is the oldest community in Henry County. Andover was the first area to be settled as a town within the county and the … Continue reading Andover’s population, demographics

Pew Research survey on attitudes towards immigration, inclusiveness in US, Europe

Interesting data cited today in Jennifer Rubin's op ed piece on the Washington Post website. Her headline focuses on the news of the day, "This is why MAGA nativists are in a panic" Well, natch. That's what you do to attract readers to the op ed page. But the data, in a Pew Research Center … Continue reading Pew Research survey on attitudes towards immigration, inclusiveness in US, Europe

Civil war in America? A 2017 think piece in the New Yorker looks at the odds

Editor's (admin's) note: One of two posts today that were prompted by Nate Cohn's op ed piece “Why Political Sectarianism Is a Growing Threat to American Democracy” in the New York Times. Link HERE for my notes & quotes from Cohn's article, and a scholarly article in Science magazine he based it on. Cite: Robin … Continue reading Civil war in America? A 2017 think piece in the New Yorker looks at the odds

German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7dGz6NH5M 'Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen' | ABAKUS Musik | Click on "CC" for English subtitles. Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen / "By gracious pow'rs so wonderfully sheltered ..." (trans. Fred Prett Green, ELW 626 (ELW has a different tune (TELOS) by Robert Buckley Farlee -- video by Resurrection Evangelical … Continue reading German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

How to make some pretty good soup in a global pandemic (with apologies to Simon Ortiz and Nora Dauenhauer)

It's best made in dry-fish camp on a beach by afish stream on sticks over an open fire, or duringfishing, or during cannery season.In this case, we'll make it in the city baked inan electric oven on a black fry pan. [...]-- Nora Dauenhauer, "How to Make Good Baked Salmon from the River" When I … Continue reading How to make some pretty good soup in a global pandemic (with apologies to Simon Ortiz and Nora Dauenhauer)