Notes on veils

If you walk into our church for liturgy any given Sunday, you will observe that about 1/3 of the women are wearing some form of head covering, which I will refer to as a veil for convenience. If you arrive during matins, the number is probably a bit higher, but likely remains less than 1/2. This is the highest percentage of veiled women at any church that I have personally ever attended, but I am given to understand that there are churches in the US where the percentage is much higher.

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Giving up progress to make progress

There are different ways to consider progress and success.

3 years ago I was debt-free, had enough savings to live comfortably for about 6 months, and was giving away approximately 1/4 of my income to charity. I worked out regularly, could bench press 405 for 2 reps, and could run a mile in 6 minutes 10 seconds (I never was able to break the 6 minute mark). I also wrote regularly, with some of the writing being posted here.

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Changes

Part of the reason I have posted so little over the last two years or so is because so much has changed. I have changed, my life situation has changed, what I see every day has changed, my focus has changed. I intend to start writing again, but my writing and focus will be different. I thought I’d start by sharing some of the changes.

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My Experience With ChipDrop–And a Lesson for All of Us

Yesterday morning, while browsing the free listings on craigslist, I saw an ad for free woodchips. I opened it and saw it was an ad for a website called ChipDrop where you can sign up to receive free woodchips from local tree service companies. As I read more about it, I saw that you can list any and all species you will not accept, choose whether or not you will accept logs in addition to chips, and that you are guaranteed to receive only one delivery per request (rather than coming home to discover 8 deliveries in your absence), and that the woodchips are guaranteed to be no more than 2 days old.

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Monthly Project and Purchase Roundup: August

My first project completed in August was mulching the trees and lilacs I planted earlier in the summer, and putting ashes around the spruces. 2 of the 10 spruces died, but thankfully it was the ones at either end of the line, so they are all still evenly spaced. At St. Vincent’s, I found a well-built older, wooden child-size rocking chair, which I bought for my son at a cost of $12.

On my list of major purchases to make for quite awhile has been some sort of pantry for my wife’s kitchen. I found an old entertainment center on the side of the road, and it has become our new pantry. I spent $7 on a bottle of Old English scratch cover, and $50 on two galvanized steel buckets that each hold 50lbs of flour and fit nicely in the bottom of the pantry. While I was at the hardware store for the buckets, I also bought a flyswatter for $2 and a new dustpan for $8.

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Please don’t Feed the Pornographers

I’ve been following this comment thread on Deep Strength’s blog.

Yesterday, some woman calling herself “pamelaparizo” showed up in the comments, and proceeded to leave a comment longer than the original post, in which it became clear that she was attempting to teach Deep Strength, the blog’s male proprietor, and had no interest in learning. However, her very long and very wrong comment, rather than being dismissed out of hand, received a medium length answer from Earl, and an exhaustive refutation from Deep Strength.

But even though Deep Strength lowered himself to answering her ridiculous arguments,

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Charlottesville And Why I don’t Write

Sunday morning, after Divine Liturgy and coffee hour at church, I drove 2 hours to meet with a couple like-minded men–one that I’d met before, and one that I hadn’t. We smoked our pipes and talked about farming, hunting, St. John Chrysostom, rifles, pipe tobaccos, and how to reach out and help other men. I enjoyed myself immensely.

 

Naturally, one of the topics that came up was the previous days “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. We discussed whether it was overall positive or negative. We discussed why right-wing activism is doomed in our current environment, and why it might have been better to have the unannounced torch-light rally the night before, but then just not show up for the advertised rally. We talked about the priestesses of satan that had showed up to express the devil’s disapproval of the rally. And we talked about what the proper path is for Christians. 

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