Eileen back tomorrow


Eileen is back in town tomorrow evening. I have missed her immensely and will be very glad to have her back home. It looks like Elizabeth and Alex will be arriving on Monday from China. They had originally looked at visiting Sarah and her fam in England, but concerns about having all the children together when apparently both Alice and Lucy are not well outweighed doing that visit. Of course, part of why Elizabeth and Alex are leaving China is the current Coronavirus scare.

I’m sad to see people I love stressed, but it will be fun to have Elizabeth and Alex around.

On the way home from church today I stopped at the library to pick up a couple of holds.

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Essential X-men volume 10 which is a very hefty tome.

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An Anthropology of Marxism by Cedric J. Robinson. I’m not planning on reading this, but I will put it in my personal annotated bibliography.

I have been trying to expand my daily Greek study beyond just translating two lines of Homer daily. I feel like I have more grammar to learn and my retention of vocab is not very good. I am plunging deeper into grammar including reading my copy of The Greek Particles by  J. D. Denniston (second edition).

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I’ve also been reading in Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners by Clyde Pharr, revised by John Wright and going back and doing readings from chapters in my Joint Association of Classical Teachers’ (JACT) Greek course.

Today at staff meeting Greek came up. Jim Steen had a theory that the translations of Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 2: 22-40) had been emended to be more politically correct by changing a singular pronoun to a plural pronoun. He felt that the “Purification” which is sometimes associated with trips to the Temple by women who have recently given birth was what was happening in the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple story. It was fun to pull up the Greek inter linear version online and check. In the Greek, the pronouns are all plural referring to Joseph and Mary as Jesus’s parents so Mary is  not being singled out in anyway. I didn’t bother doing any more checking on this. It was just talk at the staff meeting.

This morning looking for something to exercise to, I stumbled across this. I’m not sure why, but Doniger’s name seemed familiar. Even after learning more about her, I still can’t place if I have heard of her before this lecture. However, she is brilliant and this is a great story of her life as a scholar and teacher.


Eileen misses me! and some book talk


I skyped with Eileen yesterday. I think it raised my spirits to learn that she thought being apart for three weeks was one week too long. I previously suspected that she was in a sort of pig heaven with two grand daughters and that returning home would be a bit of a downer. . For my part, I miss her tremendously, but at the same time I have to work at not withdrawing completely into a comfortable solitary studying and practicing.

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YouTube continues to be a wonderful resource for me. I’m going ahead and embedding a couple of videos despite their length with the idea that there’s no need for you, dear reader, to necessarily watch any of them.

I’m about halfway through Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James. I continue to find his work satisfying and a nice antidote to the anodyne life of living in Holland.

James mentioned Le Guin in this talk and it reminded me that I wanted to read straight through the lovely books my brother gave me a couple Christmas ago.

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So I started Rocannon’s World by her.

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I have been breaking my morning pattern in more than one way. Since reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman recently and doing so in only a few sittings, I am reminded of the satisfaction of prolonged exposure to a story. I often read books a little bit at a time, daily. This affords me a lot of variety in my daily routine. However, I think it’s also fun to engage deeply in a book, especially fiction, so that’s what I’ve been doing with Le Guin and James.

Bacevich has a new book. He’s an author I have learned from.

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Reader’s World, the bookstore in downtown Holland, called to tell me that my Norton 2 Volume Bible has arrived.

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When I pick it up, I plan on purchasing Bacevich’s book or ordering it. Since it’s current, I suspect it will be on the shelf. I will put it next to A Thousand Small Voices: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism by Adam Gopnik and begin reading it right after finishing Gopnik. I over half way through Gopnik at this point and should be done with it soon.

I recommend Bacevich’s Politics and Prose lecture. He is informed and is a practiced public speaker who exhibits intelligence and good humor.