Aquarium in Okinawa
Nov01

Aquarium in Okinawa

The Kuroshio Sea Tank features the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, and the world’s first successfully bred-in-captivity manta.

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That elusive Augustine quote
Oct26

That elusive Augustine quote

The Internet is a spawning ground for bogus quotes — often attributed vaguely to figures such as Lincoln, Plato, Lao-Tzu, or Augustine. One that I have seen often of late says: “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but he has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” — Augustine Often this sort of quote is floated in reverse text over a sunset or a landscape, because Facebook readers seem more likely to look at...

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Orcs
Oct26

Orcs

I’ve been thinking today about the Orcs. Tolkien says they were degraded, degenerated beings originally of elvish stock. He doesn’t describe them as having tusks, fangs, horns as in the films… Their disfigurement is not racial, it’s in their culture and character. They delight in crudeness and violence; they mock goodness and defile purity and beauty wherever they encounter it. In other words the Orcs are much like the amoral,...

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Dad turns his 6-year-old son’s drawings into reality
Oct25

Dad turns his 6-year-old son’s drawings into reality

Dom is six and he likes to draw. He even has his own Instagram account where he puts all his favorite pictures. But that’s not the end of the story, because once he’s finished with his mini masterpieces, his dad then recreates their real world counterparts with a dose of digital magic and a little bit of humor… Keep...

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Prayers in time of depression
Sep13

Prayers in time of depression

Orthodox Prayers for Deliverance from Depression, and Various Psychological Afflictions by Fr. Sabbas the Athonite Long Prayer O Greatly-merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician of our souls and bodies, come and heal me, Your worthless servant. I have distanced myself from You, I have wounded Your Goodness and Love. I have sinned against Heaven and before You. I have worked all iniquity. I am utterly bed-bound, barren of...

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Reading with the saints
Sep11

Reading with the saints

I’ve just noticed the beginning of Proverbs 30, where it seems Agur son of Jakeh has been reading Job 38-42. I like when I can see how the authors of later scriptures meditated on the same scriptures we read today. In Jeremiah 17:5-8, we hear Jeremiah’s words after a lifetime of reading or singing Psalm 1. The writer of Psalm 87 (KJV Ps 88) takes up language from Jonah chapter 2 – or else they are both singing an even more...

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