Monday, June 27, 2016

Another Open Thread

Too much going on. Now the wife needs a new hip, soon to be installed. Afterwards we'll know how much of the pain had been coming from the hip rather than the back.

Aging. Just when you're finally used to your body, it starts changing on you...


Blogger Van Harvey said...

Age - a sign of the times. Sorry to hear that, and of course best wishes and prayers for Leslie and the whole den.

6/27/2016 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger ted said...

Yup. As one famous actress said: getting old is not for sissies. Well wishes to Mrs. Godwin.

6/27/2016 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

So sorry to hear that. I hope and pray that whatever is done, she is healed swiftly and her pain is finally eased.

6/27/2016 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Allena-C said...

Prayers that this helps Leslie and stops the pain.

6/27/2016 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger mushroom said...

We will be praying for Mrs. G.

6/28/2016 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Random thought of the evening: The color pink is the visual equivalent of the sound of one hand clapping.

Unrelated, Insrapundit asks why modern women are angry. Short answer: they got what they thought they wanted.

6/28/2016 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Mrs. G and family are in my prayers.

6/29/2016 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger katzxy said...

Wishing Mrs. G a speedy recovery. You and your family will be in my prayers.

6/29/2016 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

I have a pink polo shirt. Is that bad?

6/29/2016 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

The real question is how pink actually exists, given that it is a mixture of red and violet, which are at opposite sides of the spectrum and thus don't touch each other much less blend.

So your shirt probably exists, but the color may be all in your head.

6/29/2016 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

... makes sense, since we're all living in a string theory hologram anyway, so...go pink tech.

6/29/2016 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Stealth Polo -- I'm in..

6/29/2016 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

We all live in a big pink hologram.

6/29/2016 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George says "♫ ♪ ♫ ...a big pink hologram... ♪ ♫ ♫"

6/29/2016 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

Paul says "♫ ♪ ♫ ...a big pink hologram. ♪ ♫ ♫"

6/29/2016 01:52:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...


6/29/2016 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger JP said...

Hopefully, the surgery and recovery go well.

6/30/2016 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger JP said...


"... makes sense, since we're all living in a string theory hologram anyway, so...go pink tech."

Did you see the new black hole theory?

Black holes are black string theory fuzzballs.

No event horizon. No singularity.

Just a string fuzzball.

7/01/2016 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Speaking of aging, my hard drive -- which wasn't actually that old -- just crashed & I'm encountering some difficulty signing into the blog via the wife's computer. Her surgery is scheduled for July 12. I'm guessing that blogging will be sporadic in July, but you never know.

Meanwhile, the biography of Churchill (found in the sidebar) is the the best biography I've ever read. It is so detailed, and yet never becomes tedious or pedantic. The writing alone is magnificent, worthy of its superhuman subject. Every paragraph is a gem, with nothing just carelessly tossed off. The only downside is that reading about such a soul makes one feel a bit inferior (despite the fact that the author doesn't avoid criticism when warranted: the bigger the man, the bigger the mistakes, you might say).

I'm now going to switch gears and dive into volume 3 of the Spitzer tetralogy.

7/03/2016 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Ugh - that sucks about the hard drive. Seems like they don't last nearly as long as you'd hope given how much information they can theoretically hold.

Still praying for Mrs. G. The 12th is close, though it must seem me like an eternity when you are in pain. I hope and pray everything goes well.

7/03/2016 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger ted said...

I see that the biography is the last part of a trilogy on to itself. Did you read the prior volumes, or do you have plans to? A lot of ground to cover in one great life!

7/03/2016 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Gagdad said...

I haven't read the previous volumes. I finally finished this 1,053 page beast a few seconds ago. From the first to last paragraph, it never slackens. Beautifully written.

7/03/2016 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Joan of Argghh! said...

Prayers up for hipness!

7/04/2016 07:15:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Speaking of Churchill, he once penned a cautionary note on prayers for rain.

7/04/2016 08:01:00 AM  
Blogger ted said...

Darn it, now you've nudged me to embark on a thousand page book when I have so many in the queue :).

7/05/2016 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Gagdad said...

I divide my pile, such that there are "daytime" books that require full concentration and "evening" books that don't. The Churchill bio falls into the latter, in that it is extremely entertaining and educational but without overtaxing the noggin. Reading, say, Schuon, is the opposite, in that he requires the full cooperation of all one's faculties.

Which goes to one of the peculiar things about Churchill. Despite the fact that he literally drank all day and night, his faculties were never diminished. There was no off switch. He would dictate to his secretaries late into the night, until eventually going to bed at 2 or 3 AM. He was truly sui generis, including with regard to his constitution. He didn't metabolize alcohol like the rest of us. As one colleague said, he couldn't have been alcoholic because no alcoholic could drink that much.

7/05/2016 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Gagdad said...

And when I say that his faculties were never diminished, I don't understand how someone could churn out such memorable and beautifully crafted sentences one after the other, all day long and into the night. Had to be a divine gift. He was just the channel.

7/05/2016 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Cousin Dupree said...

The English Channel?

7/05/2016 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Allena-C said...


7/07/2016 03:55:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie Godwin said...

I didn't realize that Bob mentioned my upcoming surgery, or that so many had left such kind notes of prayer and encouragement. I'm so relieved and a little nervous, but expecting everything to go well. Bob has been doing so much to help me and do things with Tristan I normally do, so I apologize once again for setting back the progress of human wisdom at least a few months.

Thank you all sincerely for your prayers. I don't know when on Tuesday I'll be in surgery, but I do feel lifted up in prayer the last month or so. And I'm studying the Book of James, which is amazing timing (selected by my Protestant friend who runs Bible Study, but has been an enlightening experience I have never had before.) James is about enduring and growing closer to God through suffering, which is shocking on the face of it, but makes sense when the Holy Spirit explains it to you (and my study Bible.)

God bless you and I hope to be back to being a regular lurker here again very soon!
Mrs. G

7/09/2016 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger Allena said...

Thank you Mrs. G! God bless you!

7/10/2016 02:25:00 AM  

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