Wednesday, August 05, 2015

of blogs and betrayals

I may be either maintaining two blogs with different foci (hoyti-toyti pluralization), or switching over to WordPress completely. I have not yet made up my mind. (Advice would be accepted, and even appreciated, though not necessarily followed.) Either way, I have begun writing over at if you would like to join the fun.

Monday, August 03, 2015

a/c and me

"The U.S. uses more electricity for air conditioning than Africa uses for everything."

The quote comes from a Washington Post article on America's obsession with air conditioning. An interesting read. Pope Francis mentions air conditioning briefly in Laudato Si, linking it with our "harmful habits of consumption."

In North Carolina, I kind of like my A/C, even while understanding that we can become accustomed to the weather around us. I'm not sure that I want to. But perhaps I'll dial the A/C down a few degrees today even so.

life is odd

In recent summers, we have traveled to Michigan for about a month to help my parents with a little pizza/ice cream/grocery on a lake up north. I work alongside my mom and dad. I have very little free time. And then our short summer (usually about a month) ends and we return to North Carolina, my wife to work and me to home. The transitions are difficult each time for me.

I'm often at odds with myself, with my place.

In another, bigger transition this year, all the school-age children are going to be in school, and I will be home with only the two youngest, Asa and Ellie. Life will still be insane, but perhaps with the homeschooling hat hung up for now I will also have more time to be a little more ordered and free to write. This is my hope.