When the new Pope was announced, I was watching the live feed in a room of interested spectators, including the bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne. I caught the Cardinal’s voice saying, something about Bergoglio qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum (“who has given himself the name of Francis”).
Over the next minute or two, I found myself explaining to others what had been said. It was neat at that moment to have the habit of understanding spoken Latin: I heard the very words and grasped them.
Introducing an all-new category, the Cool Thing of Today. I don’t promise to have one every day, but cool things come almost as fast as funny things around here.
Today’s CTT was this: While in the front yard after dusk I heard an owl hoot. Glancing up, I spotted what could be the owl in the top of a tree across the street, so I grabbed the birding binoculars Jacinta gave me for Christmas. Sure enough, it was the owl. He turned to look right at me and hooted again, right into the binocs!
This morning brought the first snow of the season:
Even though I dread the coming of winter each year, when the first snow actually arrives it is like walking out of a shopping mall into a quiet room–a visually quiet room, if you see what I mean, and one that usually brings with it auditory peace as well. After six months of painted glory, the world is suddenly reduced to a charcoal sketch of itself. It has some of that tender emotional effect that keeps black-and-white photography ever in style.
I am translating a snippet from a medieval commentary on 1Corinthians. At the part where St. Paul advises the Corinthians not to marry because of the many difficulties involved, my commentator notes that Paul says
that marriage should be avoided because there are many pressing difficulties. Hence they are said to be in a millstone, Mt. 24:41. Hence in common speech it is said that marriage has a big mouth.
Excuse me? Odd proverbs making the rounds in the late middle ages. But I love the creative interpretation of Mt. 24:41!
I am experimenting with the possibility of creating Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) stories for the blog. Click here for a CYOA story that I wrote based on a Wilderness First Aid course I took last year.
When I wrote this, I thought that CYOA might be a good format for reviewing or quizzing first aid knowledge.
The hot season has lasted much longer than usual this summer, so we decided to install the old air conditioner we have lugged around unused for the past six or seven years. The challenge was that our windows open side to side instead of up and down. To make it work, I built a figure-eight shaped frame that slides into the window sill; the bottom half of the frame houses the AC unit while the top half has plexiglass.
The plexiglass is 1/8 inch thick, which just so happens to be the width of the groove cut by my table saw. Worked out well.
I covered the screws on the side with wooden plugs that I cut with a special drill bit. They always cut a bit too small for the hole, but I dropped them in water for a minute or so and now they are swollen to fit the hole: