The last ten days have been insanely busy at work and at home, but in the best of ways. Lots of visitors, church activities, adventures with children, and good meals. Also, Lent has begun. On Shrove Tuesday we got together with some church friends and kicked off the season with a feast of buttermilk pancakes; and for my devotionals I’ve been reading from a delightful little book called The Art of Lent, by Sister Wendy Beckett. Last Thursday’s entry reminded me of Rembrandt’s moving painting of the parable of the prodigal son, a parable which reflects so many powerful themes of love and mercy.
On the writing front, I finished one of the articles on my to-do list; it is now with the editors of Intercom magazine and should be published soon (I will announce it here when it’s up).
What I’m reading:
- Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
- The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
- Lent for Everyone: Matthew, by NT Wright
- Psalms and Proverbs
What I’m working on at work: Online help design improvements; content strategy for one of our guide types; documentation for a new widget; updates to data transfer specifications; peer reviews.
What I’m working on in my spare time:
- I’ve made headway on my fantasy novel. I’m much more pleased with the final chapters, but still need to fix the pacing, expand on a few scenes, and resolve some outstanding inconsistencies.
- I made good progress on an essay I’ve been drafting about vengeance, social media, and forgiveness. I changed a good deal of the structure based on a sermon on love and forgiveness I found by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (link below)
- I’ve got some book reviews in the works. I hope to share one soon on The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Favorite article of the week: The True Story Behind an Iconic Vietnam War Photo Was Nearly Erased – Until Now
Favorite quote of the week: “Moderation is not an ideology; it is a way of being. It stands for humility of the head and ardor in the heart. When you listen to your neighbor, you see how many perspectives there are and you’re intellectually humble in the face of that pluralism. When you listen to your neighbor, you see that deep down we’re the same and you hunger to deepen that connection.” ~David Brooks
What I’m listening to: Ain’t No Sunshine (Lido Remix)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. on loving your enemies.
- How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of Amazon.com.
- New research on nature’s positive influence on us.
- The radical nature of celibacy.