A little blog update

Now that I've tidied up around the Qoheleth blog a bit, I thought I would list my various blogs, and what they're all about.

I still have never quite managed to streamline my blogging as much as I probably should, but for right now, this is what I've got...

  • Corybanter.com - This is my "main" blog, a hub from which you will be able to reach all my other blogs. 
  • Baker Street Babble - My Sherlock Holmes blog, where I've been doing reviews of the Granada TV adaptations.
  • Willy Wigglestick - My Shakespeare blog, which I've been working on quite a bit just lately.
  • Bible Bookshelf Blog - A Bible-themed blog, where I review various versions of the Bible, and share other thoughts on Scripture.
  • Bites of Bard - A Shakespeare "mini-blog," a place to share some of my favorite passages from the Bard, with little to no commentary.
  • Bible and Prayer Book - Sharing my quest to read the Bible with help from the Book of Common Prayer's Daily Office Lectionary.
  • A Corybantic Blog - Another Medium blog...not sure exactly what to do with this one.
  • The Great Corythosaurus - I don't even know what this is. It's a blog at postach.io, which I can sync with my Evernote account.
  • Corybantic Musings - A journal at dreamwidth.org, the remains of a blog I used to keep off and on at LiveJournal.
  • Random Musings - The aforementioned LiveJournal blog, which I only just found out still exists!
  • Qoheleth - My Typepad blog, where you are right now.

I may revisit this blog at some point

I often forget about this blog. Looking back through the Archives, it looks like I set it up sometime around the same time as I was using Posterous for most of my blogging. (Boy, do I miss that platform!) I don't exactly remember why I didn't stick with Typepad. For at least a little while, it looks like I was forwarding all my Posterous posts to this blog. As a result, there are a whole bunch of posts in the Archives that were originally on my Posterous blog.

Meanwhile, it looks like Typepad is fairly easy to use. I don't know if it suits my needs quite as well as Weebly. But it seems just as easy as Tumblr.

I will try sharing a video from YouTube, and see how that looks when I finish the post.

I've been watching a lot of Shakespeare lately, particularly Much Ado About Nothing. So, without further "ado" (see what I did there?), here's the Globe Theatre's production of Much Ado About Nothing...

Did not even remember having this blog...

I had completely forgotten I started this blog...I merely stumbled upon it by Googling myself (or is it "googling," with a lower case g?). At the time, I seem to recall thinking that Qoheleth was a pretty bitchin' name for a blog.  After all, "Qoheleth" is the name of the narrator of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. And Ecclesiastes is possibly my favorite book of the Bible, if I had to choose one.  I think it appeals to the skeptical side of my nature.

I mean, how many Biblical books start out this way?

1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 “Absolute futility,” says the Teacher.
“Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”
3 What does a man gain for all his efforts
that he labors at under the sun?
4 A generation goes and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets;
panting, it returns to its place
where it rises.
6 Gusting to the south,
turning to the north,
turning, turning, goes the wind,
and the wind returns in its cycles.
7 All the streams flow to the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
The streams are flowing to the place,
and they flow there again.
8 All things[b] are wearisome;
man is unable to speak.
The eye is not satisfied by seeing
or the ear filled with hearing.
9 What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done;
there is nothing new under the sun.  (Ecclesiastes 1:1-9)

You just gotta love that.  Dark stuff, not at all the "warm fuzzies" a lot of people associate with the Bible.  Then again, there's an awful lot of stuff in the Bible that doesn't make it into the average Sunday School lesson.  Look at Chapter 23 of Ezekiel some time...it'll curl your hair.  ("Their breasts were fondled there, and their virgin nipples caressed." Get the picture?)

That's part of why the contemporary Christian slogan about BIBLE standing for "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" absolutely rubs me the wrong way.  The Bible is NOT a handy little instruction booklet.  I'm reminded of a great moment in The Simpsons Movie, when Homer frantically skims through a pew Bible and says, "This book doesn't have any answers!!!"  Indeed.

If that's my view on the Bible, then why do I keep coming back to it, over and over?  I think part of it is realizing, as Qoheleth did, that everything I think is a new problem is anything but.  All the things I deal with, good and bad, other people have dealt with thousands of years ago.  That connection to human history, religious or otherwise, is very important to me.  One of the things that is most distressing to me, as I continue to work in the church, is that so many modern Christians have not the slightest interest in church history.  They act as if Christianity were simply one more self-help program, and the Bible just a handy little user's manual for their lives.  "The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it."  Seriously?  That's it?  Just read the magic, and everything will be cool?  Nope, I don't think so.

The Bible isn't just a bunch of cutesy Sunday School stories: Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, the Beatitudes. Hell, even those stories aren't just cutesy Sunday School stories, even though the vast majority of Christians seem to treat them that way.  No, the Bible is far more complex than that. Poetry, myth, legend, history, prose, parable, metaphor, apocalypse, genealogies--it's all that, and more.  We do it a grave disservice if we read it in the same way as the owner's manual for our DVD player.  May we always remember that...

Can one say about anything,
“Look, this is new”?
It has already existed in the ages before us.  (Ecclesiastes 1:10, HCSB)

I'm back!

I'm trying to reestablish my presence on the "blogosphere" (whatever that is).  A little while back, I used to blog quite regularly, but several months ago, I kinda ran out of steam.  Anyhoo...

I really have to organize my Bible collection.  I won't post a picture of our office/library, but suffice it to say that there are stacks of books (including Bibles) all over the place.  I'm not sure how up to date my Bible collection spreadsheet is, as I decided to get rid of a few volumes to make some more space.  I'm pretty sure I still have well over 200 in my collection, but said collection is a MESS.  So, first item on my to-do list: tame the beast!

Meanwhile, some time this year the CEB Study Bible is supposed to be released, so I'll be curious to see how that turns out.  We'll see if they can give the NIV, ESV, NLT and HCSB folks a run for their money.

Just to kick things off again on this blog, I'm including the most recent Bible Bestsellers chart from Christian Booksellers Association below:

Bible_Translations.pdf Download this file

Sadly, I see that the above mentioned CEB has dropped off the list completely!  And they had been doing so well last time I checked (over four months ago...).  I don't think any translation in the near future is going to knock the NIV out of its #1 spot.  And I'll be darned if that KJV doesn't keep on selling like hotcakes!

So if anyone's still reading this blog, thanks. If not...well, there's got to be some way to promote it.  Feel free to comment.

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Wow. It's been a long time.

I see that my last blog post was September 17, 2012, over FOUR MONTHS AGO.  I've been a bad, bad blogger.  For a little while, a long time ago, I was really rolling.  What went wrong?

Anyway, I don't know if anyone is still reading this blog, but I am hoping that I can get back into it.  I think I still have ideas to share, observations to make, etc.

What has happened since my last post?  Barack Obama was reelected, and sworn in for his second term as POTUS.  (I'm really not mentioning that as any sort of political statement; I'm just trying to remember big events as well as I can.)  December 20, 2012, came and went, without any pesky apocalypse, Mayan or otherwise.  My older daughter celebrated her 100th day of kindergarten...awesome!  I'm sure all kinds of other stuff happened, but I don't remember anything huge and earthshaking.

I'm on my fourth Kindle ereader now.  What with one of them getting stepped on, and a replacement Kindle having battery problems, my current device is the fourth one I've owned.  I'm hoping this one will last for a little while longer, because it's kind of a pain re-downloading the books from my Archives.  What have I been reading on my Kindle?  For the past several months, mostly George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I'm taking a little break from that at the moment, as it gets to be a bit much.  I reread Tom Robbins's Still Life With Woodpecker, and enjoyed it almost as much as the first time I read it back in the early 1990s.

For the past week or so, I've been on a bit of a Mormon kick.  Wait, before you think that I've lost my mind and converted, let me explain!  I've long been a bit of a "Mormonophile"; I find the Book of Mormon and LDS culture to be fascinating.  Having read some pretty large chunks of the B of M, though, I can confidently say that I'm not convinced in any way that Joseph Smith was inspired or anything.  In fact, I think he was a con man, albeit a rather brilliant one.  That being said, I have much more respect for Mormons, somehow, than I do for followers of other famous con men (Scientologists, I'm looking in your direction).  They are hard-working, sincerely devout people, at least the ones I've met personally.  And whereas I believe that the LDS movement may have started out as a cult movement, I disagree strongly with those who would call them a cult today.  I would probably label them as a heterodox Christian sect, much like Jehovah's Witnesses and Oneness Pentecostals, and probably quite a few other non-denominational Christian churches.  'Nuff said about Mormons for now, I think...

Hmmm, what else?  I think that's enough for the time being.  As I said above, I shall try to be a bit more regular in my blogging from here on out.  Thanks for reading.

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Does time just keep going faster?

I was looking at some of my past posts on this blog (which have been few and far between these days), and I can't help but marvel at how quickly the time has gone since Su was just a little older than Lucy is now. She seemed like such a big girl back then, and now I look at the old pics and think, "How tiny she was!"  Meanwhile, Lucy is on the brink of walking, her vocalizing continues to get more complex (lots of "dada" and "mama" these days), and I know in another few years, I'll be thinking how tiny she was, and as always, wondering where the time has gone.

I know people used to say, "Enjoy your kids now...they grow up so fast."  (They still do say it from time to time, I guess.)  I think I used to assume they were exaggerating about how fast time went.  But it really does.  I'm not sure exactly where the past six years or so have gone. I can barely keep track of what year it is any more.  I'm sure I will reflect on this over and over again on this blog.  Looking back, I see that the vast majority of posts have been of the "wow, my girls have grown" variety, and I'm sure that will continue to be the case.

Meanwhile, here's another pic of me and my girls that I can look back on in a few years, and say again, "Were they ever really that small?!?"


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I've been remiss, I know...

It turns out, having two children is not simply twice the work; it's more like 4 or 5 times the work!  With Su in school, and Lucy on the verge of walking, it seems like things are always moving.  Su just lost her first tooth, and Lucy just got her first tooth.  My last post on this blog was 6 months ago, and both of my girls are growing faster than ever.  I can barely keep up, even when I'm not blogging.  There just aren't enough hours in the day!

Anyway, I'll try to be a little more conscientious (and hopefully more prolific) in blogging about some of the things my girls do as they grow.  Meanwhile, here is a picture of Su with a new gap in her mouth...


Oh, and just as I was downloading the pic above, Su was looking over my shoulder and reading phrases like "Su in school" and "Create a post."  Her reading ability is accelerating at quite a pace!

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