Cherries

July 4th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Today at lunch we had fresh cherries. Cherries are distinguished from other fruit both by their fantastic taste and their long, flexible stems. Though I have eaten cherries many times before, today I tried, for the first time ever, to tie a stem in a knot in my mouth.

This is a feat of unmitigated skill, requiring strategy, spatial awareness, and great tactile sensitivity. I am pleased to announce that I did indeed tie the stem in a knot. It was not easy.

I showed it to my parents. “You know what this means, don’t you?” I asked.

“No.”

“It means I’m a great kisser.”

“Is anyone a bad kisser?”

“Not in my experience.”

A New Experience

June 29th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Today, when I went to get in my car, I found a pad (the feminine care product) stuck to my driver’s side window. This was a new experience for me. Evidently, God thought it was something I needed to experience in my time here on earth.

Freedom of the Will

April 22nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

It may possibly be thought, that there is no great need of going about to define or describe the will; this word being generally as well understood as any other words we can use to explain it: and so, perhaps, it would be, had not philosophers, metaphysicians, and polemic divines brought the matter into obscurity by the things they have said of it. But since it is so, I think it may be of some use, and will tend to the greater clearness in the following discourse, to say a few things concerning it.

So begins Jonathon Edwards’ Freedom of the Will. I recently began re-reading the book to prepare for an essay (and an ensuing sunday school lesson) on human freedom (or the lack thereof). The book, though inconsolably dry, has bits of humor, no doubt unintentional. I stumbled across one such ironic passage in the preface.

It [the tendency to name things] may arise from the disposition there is in mankind (whom God has distinguished with an ability and inclination for speech) to improve the benefit of language, in the proper use and design of names, given to things which they have often occasion to speak of, or to signify their minds about; which is to enable them to express their ideas with ease and expedition, without being encumbered with an obscure and difficult circumlocution.

I find this to be a perfect example of irony. His sentence is not self-exemplifying.

P.S. A second essay on depravity is forthcoming. It’s mostly written.

Random quotes

April 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

I was listening to a TWIT (a tech podcast), and I heard a great quote: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but you get a better return from gold in the long run.”

At a track meet yesterday, one of the kids asked, “If girls are lighter, how come they aren’t faster?” (It’s really quite not that complicated, but I feel that this isn’t the place for an explanation.)

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