It's my last week of summer vacation, and I've set aside a bit of time to get some serious writing done today. In keeping with my over-caffeinated, short attention-span, ENFP, Gemini personality, I tend to write in frantic thirty-minute bursts. I then leap up from my chair and pace around, frequently talking to my pencil, before sitting down at the keyboard again.
I'll be back to regular blogging (and Thursday Poems, Friday Random Tens, and the rest of it) starting next week. Until then, I've got a few more "reprints" scheduled. I note that my readership has dropped by half since I went on hiatus; a few hundred of you are still coming by, however, for which I am grateful. Some of you aren't even related to me.
Some links to those who are not on hiatus:
1. My friend and former student, Kristie Vosper, has a blog. She's also in ministry, and preached a sermon at First Pres Newhall on "Martha" this past Sunday. You can listen to the sermon here -- it's good stuff, and I have it on right now. I've always felt for Martha, irked at her sister's counter-cultural (and feminist) refusal to work alongside her.
2. The inimitable Jenell Paris has some excellent advice. She's right in wanting to ban one of the most offensive phrases in the scholarly vocabulary.
3. Jill met Ramesh Ponnoru.
4. A good long post on race, culture, and the children of interracial marriages by Rachel at Alas, A Blog. Someone recently asked me what my wife and I would tell our children (when, deo volente, we have 'em) about their ethnic heritage. The long answer: Indigenous Colombian/Jewish/Nigerian/English/Croatian/German/Austrian/Scotch-Irish/Czech/Welsh/Spanish. Short answer: a beloved child of God and two adoring parents.
It's funny: my wife is only one-quarter African (what would, in a racist era, have been called a "quadroon"), but that's the one-quarter that seems most fascinating to most folks.
6. I am pleased that the legislature and the governor have agreed to raise the California minimum wage to $8.00.
7. David at Sed Contra has a great post on breaking free of magazine subscription addiction. He put up his list of what he and his partner subscribe to. Here's what comes to the Schwyzer household:
New York Review of Books
Women's Review of Books
Marathon and Beyond
California Educator (the union sends it to me, against my will)
Yes, many a copy goes into the bin unread. I am not doing my part to reduce the amount of paper wasted in the world.
Oh, and my wife have fallen in love with a local artist: John August Swanson. We've got some of his stuff on our walls now, and plan on getting more.