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.

When I started this blog, I was single. I rented a room in a 2-bedroom condo in the middle of a major southern metropolis. I loved what I did for a living, and even the organization I worked for, but it did not love me back—that was part of the reason for the pseudonym. I had few friends in the area, and hated being outside in the southern heat when I didn’t have to. My only hobby was working out, and I was in great shape. Putting up a 405 bench press was a piece of cake. I would come home from work, workout, and then smoke a pipe or cigar, and either read or write. I had a lot of time to sit quietly with my thoughts, and many of those thoughts found their way to this blog. I ate pretty much nothing but steak and eggs at home.

Now, I am married, with a 1-year old son and a second baby on the way. I live on half an acre just outside of a small town on the outskirts of a small-medium metropolitan area in a northern state. I have 2 dogs and 11 chickens, and a 35’x35’ garden. My wife bakes bread and cooks mostly from scratch. I eat more than I should of her cooking. I am in far worse physical shape, and don’t work out nearly as much as I should. I spend almost all of my free time doing various projects around the house—fixing this, building that, etc. I still enjoy my job, but now I work for an organization that sees me as an asset, not a number.

When I started this blog I was a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Christian, who took exception to certain SDA teachings. During the early years of the blog, I evolved from that to a Non-Denominational Christian who attended SDA churches. Now, I’ve been attending an Orthodox church for well over a year, and am hoping to soon be received into the Church. This has fundamentally altered my thinking about some things. I’m not going to go back through the archives and edit or delete, but I’m sure there I things I wrote in the past that I no longer agree with.

I’ve noticed that some of the blogs I read religiously when I started this blog no longer hold any interest for me. Thankfully, this is my blog, and I can choose to write about what I find interesting. I’ll probably write more about products I find that I like, and about things I learn. I’ll probably write less about religious topics, although I may review religious books that I read. I imagine I’ll write some about small-scale farming.

I haven’t logged into the twitter account in weeks (months? Idk.). For now, I’ll leave it up to auto-tweet new posts, but I may delete it here one of these days. I will not be checking it, or using it for anything other than auto-tweeting posts.

And now, the sun is beginning to rise, so I must leave you as I greet the new day.

4 thoughts on “Changes

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for about 18 months and always enjoy your posts. It’s interesting how our tracks are similar. I recently moved from a large city in the Midwest to a house with a small bit of acreage in a rural small town. I’m re-learning (and more often, learning for the first time) some basic homesteading skills. I look forward to your posts about small-scale farming. Also interesting to note is that I have a strong calling to the Orthodox Church. I attended before I moved and made initial steps towards conversion, but our move put a kink in that plan as the nearest church is an hour away.

  2. @Jack,

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m sorry you have to drive so far to church. Many at our church also drive over an hour. My brother, who has started attending an Orthodox church as well, drives 2 hours each way to church, for a total of 4 hours in the car each Sunday. Hopefully soon many more churches will be planted and people will not have to drive so far.

  3. My track also seems similar. In the past two years, my wife and I (and young one, plus another on the way) moved back to her rural hometown, and began attending the closest Orthodox church an hour away. We joined at Pascha last year. The next closest ones are three hours away in various directions, but even those would be worth the drive if our current small, neglected parish were to disappear. Her relatives cannot fathom why anyone would drive that far to go to a small church of some inscrutable foreign sect, when dozens of others aren’t a tenth the distance. They are all either Protestants (where most of their attendance seems like a social club duty) or a few Roman Catholic (where there’s always a church in every town, if you don’t care what kind of mass you’re getting).

    I have visited only sporadically in the past, but enjoy the writing and appreciate the encouragement every time I remember to check back in. Thank you.

  4. Moose,

    Take care and enjoy that Family life. Take it from an old grandpa. I think you may have pushed my over the edge to find an orthodox congregation.

    God Bless,
    Your Brother in Christ
    Capt. John

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