I wrote about going to the canyon and letting go of my plan.
With a pencil in hand, I read Roger Deakin on having a pencil in hand.
I wrote about mercy in the Lord of the Rings.
Sam Bulleit, The Tsushima Cyanotypes
The webpage for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is great.
I don’t know Ethan Mannon, but I really respect anyone who takes cornbread as seriously as he does.
“Give the Drummer Some” – a wonderful essay on percussion, technology, and humanity.
He’s not Ivan the Terrible, he’s Ivan the Enraged.
A scene from Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow, narrated by the titular character, in which a man gets angry about the then-current protests against the Vietnam War:
One Saturday evening, while Troy was waiting his turn in the chair, the subject was started and Troy said — it was about the third thing said — “They ought to round up every one of them sons of bitches and put them right in front of the damned communists, and then whoever killed who, it would be all to the good.” […]
It was hard to do, but I quit cutting hair and looked at Troy. I said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.”
Troy jerked his head up and widened his eyes at me. “Where did you get that crap?”
I said, “Jesus Christ.”
And Troy said, “Oh.”
It would have been a great moment in the history of Christianity, except that I did not love Troy.