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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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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Thoughts on Counter.Fund

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you are already aware of Pax Dickinson’s new project, Counter.Fund. If not, do yourself a favor and check out the link.

So how do I, the proprietor of an oft-neglected low-traffic blog view this project? With a little suspicion and a good deal of hope. The idea certainly has great potential. It’s easy to see how a little financial security can help people fighting for the return of order and virtue to be able to concentrate on that fight more. I know I myself would write more if I didn’t have to pick up extra work for financial reasons.

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