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countdown begins

Always thought this would be a good communion hymn.

I often think of it when communion begins.

The last Sunday of August (the 29th) will be the Sunday that my church gives me a little reception in honor of my retiring. It looks like I will be playing weekends at least until then. The next weekend is Labor Day and they may very well need me to play that Sunday as well. But that should be it.

So it looks like I only have six Sundays left before I retire. Let the countdown begin!

Yesterday I told Jen that I would not pursue her after retiring. I think I put myself in a bit of a glum mood by doing this. This morning I emailed her and CCed Beth and Eileen. I retracted my comment and asked if we could see each other socially after I retire. I figure my social network is practically nil and could use all the help it can get. Plus I enjoy our chats and would miss them.

Old Wing Mission: Cultural Interchange as Chronicled by George and Arvilla  Smith in their Work with Chief Wakazoo's Ottawa Band on the West Michigan  ... of the Reformed Church in America (HSRCA)):

Steve VanderVeen recently wrote an article in the Sentinel about indigenous people who lived in this area before the Dutch. I linked it yesterday.  He recommended the book above (Old Wing Mission : cultural interchange as chronicled by George and Arvilla Smith in their work edited by Swierenga and Van Appledorn). I just interlibrary loaned it.

The book was only published in 2008. I have read a bit in the local history and did not remember anything referring to indigenous people in this area. This would have been in the late eighties and early nineties so that may be why I couldn’t find anything.

Amazon.com: The Killing Hills (9780802158413): Offutt, Chris: Books

Joyce Carol Oates reviewed Offut’s The Killing Hills  in the New York Times Book Review a week ago. (link) I thought it sounded interesting so I ordered a copy from Readers World. It’s already sitting waiting for me along with The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harries.

Amazon.com: The Other Black Girl: A Novel (9781982160135): Harris, Zakiya  Dalila: Books

Both books look like light reading. I think they might be just the ticket. Since they are both new, it’s not likely I can get them from the library. Okay. I didn’t try. I just ordered them. Ahem.

I also recently discovered that Robert Fagles has done a translation of The Aeneid. I like his work and have always to read The Aeneid but only own pedestrian translations. I ordered this from Readers World as well. it’s coming.

Amazon.com: The Aeneid (Penguin Classics) (9780143106296): Virgil, Fagles,  Robert, Knox, Bernard: Books

Eileen and I planning to try out a new restaurant for lunch today, Seventy Six. We usually avoid downtown on Thursday evenings (there are many street acts and crowds in downtown Holland on Thursday evenings). So, lunch it is. A late lunch with a stop at Readers World to pick up my new books.

Dunning Kruger effect

Ran across this concept recently. Makes sense.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a hypothetical cognitive bias stating that people with low ability at a task overestimate their ability. from the above link

Privacy: A Quick Reality Check

Mary Ann Lipson linked this article on Facebooger. I read it. Not sure I understood all of it, but enough of it to think it was kind of interesting.

It often feels like there are many viewpoints about privacy, and that they cannot be reconciled. In turn, this creates doubt that we can map a path forward towards a healthier digital ecosystem. But not all opinions are equally valid, and concerning ourselves only with those based in fact would lead to a much healthier debate.

first paragraph of linked article

wednesday update

I have fallen in love with these pieces. I especially like the way Gintova plays them. There are more on YouTube. i have been using my Primephonic app to listen to them.

They inspired me so much that I decided to actually schedule some organ music by Telemann for this Sunday. I’m not finding his keyboard fantasies near as cool as the violin ones, but still it’s kind of nice stuff.

Yesterday was “date day.” Eileen and I were a  bit worried that since the county fair was going on that we might have difficulty getting to our usual beach spot. She suggested we go anyway. It was crowded but there was room for us.

When we have “date day,” usually my routine is to make us a picnic lunch. This is what I did yesterday.

Speaking of cooking I have been changing up my breakfast meals. We had several old bananas. I decided to mix in some egg to smashed and pureed banana to make a pancake batter. I found this very sweet by itself and quite good. The charring from the pan gives a nice frisson to this very simply dish.

This morning I decided to add some cooked blueberries to it for a syrup. I put too much water with the berries so it was runny. And it also was not sweet enough. Next time i will use much less water and a bit of maple syrup.

I ran out of fake gin a couple nights ago. More is on its way. I went back to drinking real martinis. I managed to keep it down to one drink a night and no snacks after a light meal. This is good. My weight and blood pressure are coming down.

Amazon.com: Japanese by Spring (9780140255850): Reed, Ishmael: Books

I  finished Reed’s Japanese by Spring. I enjoyed but I thought it didn’t actually work well as a novel. Reed himself invades the narrative to the point that the ending pages are only about him. I’m interested in him so I didn’t mind reading it. I did notice that it made sort of a lame ending to the book.

Eileen noticed that I couldn’t read the signs in the grocery store when we stopped to pick up some stuff at the store yesterday. Today she suggested that I call and make an eye appointment. This is a very good idea since I not only cannot see signs well I sometimes have trouble reading music. They couldn’t get me in until the end of August.

I’m hoping I will be almost retired by then. I am meeting with Rev Jen today at her request. Maybe she’ll have some good news for me like they have hired someone.

Steve VanderVeen: The story of Holland’s first residents

I’ve always been interested in local history. This is the first I have read about Indigenous people who lived here. I’m also curious about people of color in our local history as well as people who were servants. I just emailed VanderVeen and asked him where he got his info.