It’s Candlemas!

I reserve the right to celebrate holidays in my own way, and today is no exception. Candlemas appears to be another of those holidays that is a mix of traditions. (In my mind, there’s no need for this to be a controversial statement. Blending and adapting traditions is just what humans do. To be clear, this is different from the colonial impulse, which is about force and monocultures.) In the Christian tradition, Candlemas is a remembrance of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple as well as the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary.

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Now playing. It’s a good album, but I love the cover.


Letters with @jsonbecker, week one

A couple of months ago, Jason Becker created the Letters project in which he and a volunteer correspond for a month via email. I volunteered and was given the month of February. We will be cross-posting these between our blogs. Here is the link to his post containing these letters. Dear Jason, I was immediately interested when I saw your post about a letters project for 2023 and grateful that you accepted me when I volunteered.

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Two paths ahead of us with regard to climate change

Early on in At Work in the Ruins, Dougald Hine discusses the overall response to climate change. He says we have entered a new phase of the process in which the dominant institutions have accepted the reality of climate change and are at least talking about acting accordingly. (I take him to mean that the era of climate change denialism is substantially over. I do not take him to mean that our institutions are acting in suitably radical ways.

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I don’t recall what brought it back to mind but today I’m listening to Hem’s album “Eveningland”. I haven’t listened to this one in years. Lovely.


Bookshop.org has zero information about changing your password. How is this possible? I had to send a support request about this most basic of account functions!


Dana O’Driscoll writes about “The Way of Wood”—about humanity’s interaction with wood, the loss of that interaction, and ways to find our way back to it.


The argument against conceptual clarity with regard to Ultimate Things:

The Tao that can be told is not the true Tao;

Names that can be named are not true names.


Sometimes I am so happy with the songs my brain brings up out of memory: “Rough Side of the Mountain” by FC and Janice Barnes.


Celebrating this kid’s 17th birthday today!