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2022-08-07: God is Ultimate Concern A reference post, to define what I mean by God. As to the ontological status of God, I’m …

2022-08-05: I love the YouTube channel “Living Big in a Tiny House”. Not only are the houses cool, the New …

2022-08-05: Happy 88th birthday, Wendell Berry! No one needs me to recount the greatness of a living legend like Wendell Berry. I’ll limit myself to …

2022-08-05: Remembering Christian CounterCulture I have mentioned previously that I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian church — and I remained …

2022-08-04: Sanity Project is a page I’ve set up detailing our effort to turn our backyard into a healthy …

2022-08-03: Thanks to @crossingthethreshold for mentioning Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chödrön. …

2022-08-02: Backyard project updates: Rachel spotted what we think are dragonfly larvae in the pond. She also …

2022-07-29: This is a damn fine hour of stand-up by Stewart Huff, a really underappreciated comic. It’s at …

2022-07-27: Spicebush swallowtail on orange butterfly weed.

2022-07-27: An update on our worms. (Thanks for asking.) They’re doing well. We’re determining …

2022-07-27: So the frogs are clearly enjoying our pond. As I mentioned before, we found a generation of …

2022-07-26: Monarch butterflies have been put on the endangered list. Folks, plant that milkweed!

2022-07-24: Jug Rock and Hindostan Falls After my visit to the Geode Grotto, I stopped by two other southern Indiana landmarks: Jug Rock and …

2022-07-24: The Geode Grotto in Jasper, Indiana In need of a distraction from work stress this past week, I googled “religious shrines in …

2022-07-20: I got a great bit of mail from @aa recently! The color of the leather coaster is beautiful. Check …

2022-07-19: A few more plants have been added to the pond in Green Man’s Grotto. Tadpoles — both those we put in …

2022-07-17: Last night’s concert, the good and the bad Last night we went to Red Bicycle Hall in Madison to see John Moreland. Not the best experience. The …

2022-07-16: Waiting for John Moreland

2022-07-16: Speaking of Green Lung, I’m too much of a boring middle-aged CPA dad sort of human to have what the …

2022-07-16: Now spinning — though with headphones since my wife and daughter don’t exactly like psychedelic, …

2022-07-12: If you build it, they will come. When we built our pond, we put in six bullfrog tadpoles and several aquatic plants from a pond …

2022-07-12: Think globally, act hyperlocally The amount of land (more or less) under my control right now is 0.14 acres. This amounts to: 1.79 x …

2022-07-10: Chicken of the Woods. Spring Mill State Park.

2022-07-09: We built a pond! Green Man’s Grotto has been extended and now includes a small pond (4’ diameter, 2’ deep with a …

2022-07-07: One of the perks of working remotely for the last couple of years: watching the Tour de France live. …

2022-07-01: Swamp milkweed

2022-06-28: This is worth watching (Netflix). Also good (if a bit less inspirational) is “Living Soil”. Watched: …

2022-06-28: Life within limits Oliver Burkeman: A life fully lived just is painfully bittersweet, the joy inextricably intertwined …

2022-06-27: The next step we’ll be taking to increase relatedness here at our house: vermicomposting. We have a …

2022-06-25: Spotted at a local greenhouse: tiny iridescent frog nestled inside a tiger lily.

2022-06-22: Catching up: Vacation in California Happy belated solstice, everyone. We’re at the turn of the year – days start getting …

2022-06-21: Inspiring, short documentary about Jadav Payeng, who has been planting a forest since 1979 to save …

2022-06-18: Bumblebee on purple coneflower 🌱

2022-06-08: Visiting Tor House and Hawk Tower, home of Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una, was an amazing …

2022-06-06: Nevertheless, I’ll be looking for you tomorrow, Jeffers.

2022-06-06: Day three. What can you say about these god-trees, the redwoods?

2022-06-05: Highlight of day two of our California vacation was the sea lions hanging out, watching the humans …

2022-06-04: California vacation day one: Travel hell. Holy crap what a day – and it’s still not over. The Indianapolis to Dallas flight was delayed …

2022-06-02: If all goes as planned, I am three days away from visiting Muir Woods, so I’m reading this in …

2022-06-01: Butterfly weed in Green Man’s Grotto is starting to bloom. Come on, butterflies!

2022-05-30: Ted Goia on fourteen signs that you are living in a society without a counterculture. This is true. …

2022-05-29: American Columbo is in bloom.

2022-05-29: I made some pawpaw muffins this morning using this recipe. I would have liked them to have a …

2022-05-25: Clive Thompson on the words he has never spelled correctly. Likewise. I’m a good speller but words …

2022-05-24: Trans-species collaboration In the stirring closing lines of Carmel Point, Robinson Jeffers writes: We must uncenter our minds …

2022-05-23: In response to Jean, sharing my favorite picture of the Oregon coastline from our (best) vacation …

2022-05-22: Entwined being of plant and soil In the course of this article on future agricultural possibilities that actually build the soil, …

2022-05-20: I’m a beekeeper now About three weeks ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to help him keep bees–to which, of …

2022-05-20: Hear me out: octopuses are aliens.

2022-05-18: Increasing relatedness on my city lot I’ve emphasized below an essential line from Gordon White’s interview with Tyson Yunkaporta: …

2022-05-16: Waiting for An Evening with Neil Gaiman

2022-05-14: Bee friends (sweat bees?) pollinating our strawberries.

2022-05-14: Pleated inkcap mushroom popped up in the raised beds this morning. The raised beds sit on brick, not …

2022-05-10: Pretty excited to get confirmation of our tour of Tor House, the home of poet Robinson Jeffers, …

2022-05-05: Welcome to Green Man Grotto, a newly established native plant area in our backyard. The only thing …

2022-05-04: I believe the amount of anger in the world could be reduced if everyone had the freedom to take …

2022-05-03: Thanks to Austin Kleon for telling us there was a word for this: tsundoku. I work at my kitchen …

2022-05-02: Rachel and I took a quick walk in Murray Forest at lunch today. We saw a box turtle and both a …

2022-05-02: Harry Marks: And let’s not forget what everyone brings up when they talk about why “return to …

2022-05-01: It’s May 1st and you know what that means, don’t you? Time to watch The Wicker Man!

2022-04-30: It appears we have ourselves a holy fool skating along the boardwalk in San Diego: “Slomo: The man …

2022-04-27: Patrick Rhone: “The first approximation of others is ourselves.” Along these same lines, …

2022-04-27: Robin Sloan: The speed with which Twitter recedes in your mind will shock you. Like a demon from a …

2022-04-26: HOMEBREW 2, the second mailing of what I’m grandiosely calling an analog media project, was dropped …

2022-04-25: I really enjoyed looking through this collection of random pairings of books from Robert van …

2022-04-25: From the weekend: the view from a lookout point at Brown County State Park

2022-04-24: Big news today: the butterfly milkweed is coming back up!

2022-04-23: I picked up The Zombies on picture disc for Record Store Day. Meanwhile, at home, a squirrel is …

2022-04-22: Happy Earth Day. Later today, Rachel and I plan to mulch some open areas in our backyard for more …

2022-04-21: Robin Wall Kimmerer: The mosses remember that this is not the first time the glaciers have melted. …

2022-04-19: Spring wildflowers My recent hikes have been all about the wildflowers. The Indiana woods - even abused places like …

2022-04-19: Something made me think of Lodge 49 today and I want to take this opportunity to recommend that …

2022-04-17: Introductory note: This poem surely lies behind what I’ve written lately about …

2022-04-17: The Gnostic Road When the communities around you are policing their borders and in a state of war with other …

2022-04-15: Plans for our family vacation this summer are starting to come together. I was initially trying to …

2022-04-15: Jon Batiste: What a wonderful world 🎶

2022-04-13: Trust the method One of the mantras of those that believe what public health officials have been telling us about …

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2022-04-10: O happy fault! Blyssid be the tyme that appil take was! Therefore we mown syngyn Deo gratias! – Final stanza …

2022-04-09: New Jack White!

2022-04-09: “How do I live a meaningful life?” Is there a state of life that is identifiable as “meaningful?” What does that look like? …

2022-04-08: My favorite Tiny Desk Concert: Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles

2022-04-06: An essential question: Who does this benefit? One of the first questions to ask when you’ve uncovered an ideology is, “who does this …

2022-04-06: Activism is an ideology Whenever you bump into an idea that people seem to accept without knowing why and, in fact, bristle …

2022-04-05: Dark Green Religion Introductory note: The following is an edited transcript of a video I posted in the early days of …

2022-04-04: Looky what I got today. I believe it’s a Royal Empress. Once the ribbon arrives I can start clacking …

2022-04-02: It’s as if people respond better to a welcoming - as opposed to punitive - environment: “New York …

2022-03-31: What counts as success in the climate change crisis? At 20:30 in this video, Charles Eisenstein talks about something that has also nagged me. He says …

2022-03-30: I've kept a very inconsistent journal since 2006, beginning with my first Father's Day. I wish I had …

2022-03-27: Wrapping up Spring Break After a couple of intentionally uneventful days midweek, we hit some of our favorites local spots on …

2022-03-24: Spring Break, thus far This week has been Spring Break, which is why I haven’t posted much. We front-loaded the week with …

2022-03-21: David Cain: One financial lesson they should teach in school is that most of the things we buy have …

2022-03-18: Last night I was walking through Donaldson Woods, one of the few remaining stands of old-growth …

2022-03-17: From David Cain:

2022-03-16: If the ability to tell right from wrong should turn out to have anything to do with the ability to …

2022-03-15: David Cain: Self-imposed rules aren’t constraints, they’re good decisions made in batches. That is …

2022-03-14: After reading this post on canonical address books by @annahavron, it occurred to me that something …

2022-03-11: Oliver Burkeman on the reality distorting effects of the attention economy: As you surface from an …

2022-03-09: This is a great post that I needed to read today. “My point isn’t that we’re not living in a …

2022-03-09: When Rachel gave me a record player for Christmas, she included with it an album of Big Band …

2022-03-08: Started reading Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. 📚 Quoting Seneca, Charles Eisenstein, and …

2022-03-07: Alan Jacobs has recently posted about his news consumption habits in response to a worthwhile piece …

2022-03-06: That there is a fun ride.

2022-03-06: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7) …

2022-03-05: 🎵 “I had a thought about darkness; a thought’s just a passing train.” - John Moreland 🎵

2022-03-04: Craig Mod: Boredom is everything, man. I think our loss of boredom in contemporary society is one …

2022-02-28: “Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke Translated by Joanna Macy Listen God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us …

2022-02-27: Stopped in at the Gus Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill State Park today. He was the second American …

2022-02-26: When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he gave them a command and warning: do not eat …

2022-02-26: It’s Beer and Waffles Day! The first race of the season is one of my high holy days. 🚲

2022-02-23: So when I heard that Third Man Records had a 7” of “A Glorious Dawn” available, the only decision …

2022-02-22: Austin Kleon mentioned Betty Davis on the occasion of her death a few days ago - and what I want is …

2022-02-20: Yesterday a friend and I visited the Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites in Marion, OH - mainly …

2022-02-18: June 25-26, 2014, was a two-day window in which same-sex marriage was legal in Indiana. (More on the …

2022-02-18: Dan Olson’s video “Line Goes Up - The Problem with NFTs” is an excellent critique of crypto …

2022-02-17: The Black Belt was a region in the American South known for its rich, black soil. It was home to …

2022-02-16: Looking for writing app recommendations I’m having a hard time finding something that meets all my needs. I’m looking for a …

2022-02-12: Once (2007) causes me such exquisite emotional pain that I have to put a few years between each …

2022-02-11: 🎵 Sister Rosetta Tharpe - “God Leads Us Along” 🎵

2022-02-10: I’m on a sixteen day streak with Day One. I’ve never been able to maintain a daily journaling habit …

2022-02-09: I’ve finished all of the films in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology and I can’t recommend them …

2022-02-09: This is an excellent video on how Amazon can afford to offer free shipping to Prime members. …

2022-02-06: I’ve now watched the first two films in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology and both have been …

2022-02-05: Now reading: “The dropout: a history” at Aeon. I’ve been in a sort of project of …

2022-02-05: Now spinning: D-Vine Spirituals. It’s a new release of recordings of Black gospel groups from the …

2022-02-04: I’ve been making notes about the influences on my life. I noticed a surface-level …

2022-02-04: Washington Post: “An 8-year-old slid his handwritten book onto a library shelf. It now has a …

2022-02-02: Austin Kleon recommends studying something you love in depth - and it just so happens that I’m …

2022-02-01: From The Revenge of Analog by David Sax, on the story of digital progress: Our world would be …

2022-01-30: Plans for the next issue involve cardboard and spray paint.

2022-01-30: This is a great presentation by Doug Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope, on the way people can …

2022-01-30: Fantastic documentary: Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

2022-01-29: I received my order from Half Letter Press, which focuses on booklets and independent publishing. …

2022-01-26: Robinson Jeffers, standing beside Tor House and Hawk Tower, his handmade stone outpost on the …

2022-01-25: The IRS will require you to use ID.me to access your taxes online. Last year, ID.me was locking …

2022-01-22: Chilly hike at Spring Mill State Park today

2022-01-22: Worth watching. I didn’t know anything about her previously. Colette

2022-01-21: Rob Sheffield says the CD revival is here. I’m going to stick with collecting records for now, …

2022-01-21: I’ve set up a page for a zine I recently completed. It’s a collection of some of my …

2022-01-15: In response to a recent post I wrote mentioning zines, @lewism pointed me to an episode of Rolf …

2022-01-14: 🎵 Now spinning. I first heard Robert Finley on the Colbert show a few days ago and fell in love with …

2022-01-11: Austin Kleon’s latest (subscriber-only) newsletter issue is about the creative seasons. Two …

2022-01-11: A Russian farm has given its dairy cows virtual reality headsets in a bid to reduce their anxiety. …

2022-01-09: Sunday cooking: broccoli with garlic sauce, hot and sour soup, and vegetable spring rolls.

2022-01-08: Today I found a copy of Over the Rhine’s “let’s stay together” record. I’m thankful both that I …

2022-01-08: The Dig (streaming on Netflix) is a beautiful movie contemplating death and the past. Ralph Fiennes …

2022-01-07: “Amazon Prime is an economy distorting lie” by Matt Stoller. Really good explanation of …

2022-01-05: This article on the yin-yang role of gorse in the ecological concept of succession reminded me of …

2022-01-04: It’s a new year - and that means well-intentioned people making resolutions and other …

2022-01-04: Great article on the current legal fight over recognizing the legal personhood of Happy, an elephant …

2022-01-04: Austin Kleon: Cultivate a willingness to be bad

2022-01-03: Today’s record store purchases

2021-12-31: I love books and lists - and book lists most of all. This post by Mario Villalobos brought two books …

2021-12-30: Useful distinctions from Erich Fromm’s book On Disobedience

2021-12-30: 📚 What I Read in 2021 📚 While I read fewer books in 2021 than in prior years, those books had a large impact on me. The main …

2021-12-30: From Erich Fromm, On Disobedience (nearly every line of this book so far is worth quoting): In …

2021-12-28: Fascinating piece by Nicholas Carr on GPT-3, an AI tool for generating text. It has been fed …

2021-12-28: When it comes to crypto assets, I lean skeptical but I hold that opinion loosely - since I …

2021-12-28: John Halstead has written an thoughtful post on prayer from a non-theistic perspective. (John …

2021-12-24: The HBO Max documentary “Beanie Mania” is worth watching. Beanie Babies seem to be one of those …

2021-12-23: In process: my first attempt at a zine, which will contain a few of my winter haiku. I was inspired …

2021-12-22: What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wilderness? Let them be left, O let them be left, …

2021-12-21: I noticed my feet this morning….

2021-12-20: One of the things I’m most grateful for this year is the opening of an independent bookstore nearby. …

2021-12-18: I was reminded this week of Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley’s bonkers Evelyn Evelyn project. Webley …

2021-12-17: This hot chocolate recipe is really good - if you use dark cocoa and cut the sugar in half. That …

2021-12-17: I’ve been reading a bit about surveillance capitalism (Privacy is Power and a couple hundred pages …

2021-12-17: Several days ago I watched Bright Star, Jane Campion’s film about the final period of John …

2021-12-13: Look into the trees, gentle your eyes, engage your ancient talent for spotting movement. Listen for …

2021-12-13: I’ve had my eye on this series at my local bookstore. They’re great books, obviously, …

2021-12-12: Went to see Over the Rhine - the best band in the world - at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater last night.

2021-12-12: For the last several months in response to all this, I’ve been reading about solitude and silence - …

2021-12-10: I love documentaries about extreme sports - probably because I am so unlike the people who do such …

2021-12-09: More from the Lilly Library: a 15th century missal and a Gutenberg Bible

2021-12-09: First illustrated edition of Canterbury Tales, 1484, at the Lilly Library

2021-12-09: Yellowwood Lake, September 2021