Not much, so more old quotes.

Trying to wrap up some custom orders this week... The weather was gorgeous, yesterday. No mosquitoes, either. We played outside, and then went to the park after supper. Feb. 26, 2011 Rollie likes to load things into his bed in case he needs it during nap or bed time. Yesterday, I found a container of honey and two small bowls. Presumably, he was planning an after bedtime honey-eating party with Kai? Feb. 15, 2011 Marty: "Ahoy there, matey!" Kai, a little bit later: "Dad, what does a whore mean? March 8, 2011 Kai: "Mom, look…
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Sorry, Mel, we got no videos. I was privileged to receive a gum graft, yesterday -- from myself. I didn't do the actual cutting, but I supplied the tissue and all that. They told me the anesthesia would be like the twilight zone, and that was certainly true. Unfortunately for them, I kept going to sleep and snoring. A gentle, sweet snore, I have no doubt. I think I tried to apologize, mid-procedure, and I think they said something like, "yes, it's okay, please stop talking!" So that part was great. On the way out…
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Seeing clearly

Lewis talks, in The Four Loves, about our ability to see people clearly being tied to understanding, appreciation, affection, and an absence of snobbery. When we have disagreements with people, the first thing we think is, "now I can see them clearly." They stand before us, revealed, in all their petty meanness; cunning, unkind, contemptuous, gossiping, and vindictive. We couldn't be more wrong. When we look at people in anger, we aren't seeing them, we are seeing red. In fact, we see what we want to see. It is natural to forget inconvenient information, and…
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Thoughts on Pride extrapolated from a few of Lewis’ works

In Mere Christianity Lewis says one thing we cannot forgive in others but can't see in ourselves is Pride: "Pride is essentially competitive - is competitive by its very nature -- while the other vices are competitive only, so to speak, by accident. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man."... "It is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. Other vices may sometimes bring people together; you may find good fellowship…
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no good pictures, so bad will have to do.

https://instagram.com/p/6Tj3p5yDIx/?taken-by=jacobsonleather The boys got invited to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's. Wow. I haven't been there since we went to a Carden birthday party when I was Kai's age. I remember we saved up enough tickets to buy plastic snakes, which then hung around the house for years and years after we gave up trying to terrorize Mom with them. It would have been more satisfying if she hadn't already lived through several close encounters with much larger black snakes, perched, for example, on her bathroom sink, or wrapped around a door handle.…
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Still More quotes from Lewis’ “The Four Loves”

"Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.” – Francis Bacon There’s a difference between a friend and an acquaintance. There are different civilities required of each. With an acquaintance, there are no mutual expectations. But with friendship comes responsibility. A friendship implies mutual accountability, trust, and an implied commitment to a common project. In a real friendship, a 180 degree about-turn in behavior or belief…
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Lewis’ The Four Loves, continued

More quotes from “The Four Loves”, and some thoughts on them. Sometimes Phil. 4:8 (“Whatsoever things are true…”) is interpreted more like, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” We’re not supposed to become blind, deaf, and dumb. We’re not supposed to become vigilantes, either. Our focus should be on what is lovely, good, and virtuous, but not to the exclusions of truth, honesty, and justice. We can’t loudly boast of the nobility of our pet causes and beliefs while we discard, unmentioned, the inconvenient human frailties attached to them. A half-truth grates…
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Boys will be Boys and a quote flashback to 2011

They were showing me how they would fit into the dinosaur's real-size mouth. Aug. 10, 2011 "Kai's genius idea for the day. Catch a snake and pop it onto the fire, and it will fill with air and become a hot-air-snake-blimp. Then it will expand and collapse like an accordion. Ha ha ha, he said." Aug. 13, 2011 "Kai: This book is about a knight. Only he didn't have a sword, he had a gun. But then the gun didn't work, so he had a light saber. And then the light saber didn't work, so…
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The Four Loves

I admit it. I'm 28, and I've never read C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves. Until now. It's excellent, and if you haven't read it (you probably have), you should. Lewis really has a way of turning things around in your mind. They fit better after he’s through. Here’s what he says about casual courtesy in the privacy of home: “There are proper clothes for a garden party; but the clothes for home must be proper too, in their own different way. Similarly there is a distinction between public and domestic courtesy. The root principle of…
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