in review

Bloged in random by rod Sunday December 31, 2006

2006. It’s gone. Gone like a year on January 1. Gone like the day when it gets dark. For that matter, gone like the night when the sun comes up. Gone.

It was a year, all right. 365 days, it was. Started at the beginning and finished at the end, it did. Life toiled and spun like so much toiling and spinning. And then it ended. The year, that is. Truth is, tomorrow will feel no different and the toiling and spinning will go on unaffected. Most likely. Barring some miracle or major catastrophe. Either way, life might stop toiling and spinning.

It was a big year for me. I spent a week on a tiny Caribbean island with a beautiful girl. Brought her home with me too. Yeah, that was a good thing. I started a Flickr site too. Had to have someplace to put pictures of the island week.

Back in October, my 3rd blogiversary passed without my notice. Actually I noticed it a few weeks later, but felt kinda silly celebrating online at that point. So I just let it pass. The New Year is harder not to notice though. There is a lot of noise outside what with all the kids blowing stuff up and all. So it occurred to me, must be the New Year or something, I should probably give a 2006 blog retrospective in lieu of my missed blogiversary blog. Thought maybe I could link to my ten most favorite ramblings from the past year.
So I skimmed through this years blogs and I gotta tell ya. Slim pickin’s. Indeed. Not much there folks. Even so, I had a hard time sorting through a year’s worth of mediocrity and coming up with only ten. So I allowed myself a few extra, and came up with these, the best Rod had to offer in 2006. It’s possible that some of these don’t belong on the list. It’s possible that I might have missed some worthy mediocrity. But these are the ones I noticed as I browsed.

I really don’t expect you to click any of these links. Honestly, I don’t expect anyone to come here and find them, but you never know. So I thought I put them out there anyway. You never know what will be of interest to your grandkids.

So here they are – the 2006 cyberdeck dialogue retroblogspective. In no particular order. Read it and weep.

Paul and the Areopagus
Music of the spheres
Expression of What?
Tourist, Pilgrim and Traveler
Creating, Accumulating and Chipping Away
Agnus Dei
Cat Tale
Reaping Songs
Daddy’s Thoughts
14th Night of the Purple Moon
On Being One at Sunset
Space
Warmth
Dag Yo!

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fambly

Bloged in apprenticeship, community, family, life, parenting by rod Friday December 29, 2006

For some reason, Molly and I both woke this morning with the same blog in our heads. I typed mine up to a quasi-near-post-ready form, and came out to the kitchen. Molly said, “hey Dad, did you read my blog?” “You blogged?”, I said. “Yep, made Mom cry.” So I read it. Doggone it, it’s the same thoughts I was having. So now, I’ll never convince anyone that mine were original. Oh well, evidently great minds think alike.
I’ll post mine later this evening, but first you need to read this.

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Emmanuel

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, poems, prayers, seasons, worship by rod Sunday December 24, 2006

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
-Isaiah 7:14

O EMMANUEL, God with us, our King and Judge, the One the people await, and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.

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ero cras

Bloged in worship by rod Sunday December 24, 2006

Sarcore
“I’ll be there tomorrow”

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Rex

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, worship by rod Saturday December 23, 2006

I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.
-Haggai 2: 7-9

O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes us all one: come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth.

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Oriens

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, worship by rod Friday December 22, 2006

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
-Luke 1:78

O RISING SUN, brightness of the light eternal, and Sun of Justice: come, and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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Clavis

Bloged in advent, seasons, worship by rod Thursday December 21, 2006

I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
-Isaiah 22

O KEY OF DAVID, and Sceptre of Israel, who opens and no man shuts; who shuts and no man opens: come, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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in the bleak mid-winter

Bloged in advent, seasons, time by rod Thursday December 21, 2006

Tonight Allison made a wonderful supper of broiled salmon with rice and sugar snap peas. Mmmm. Mmmmm. After we’d eaten, and while we were still around the table, winter arrived. I felt the chill.
As I’ve said many times, I’m always surprised when it actually gets a bit chilly here, because it stays warm through Christmas. The temperature has been in the mid 70s here for over a week. Today it’s been chilly and dreary. Apt.
Above the rainy clouds tonight, there was a spectacular, hidden solstice party. At sunset, (also hidden) the thinnest, slivery, eerie, fingernail of a baby moon set behind the clouds as a newly returned Venus followed suit to kick off the year’s longest night. But it was not to be seen.

Sometimes, I’m bothered by the winter solstice. Those times, I’m pondering the beginning of the long, cold winter. But sometimes I consider that the longest night means that tomorrow night will be shorter. The sun will set just a little later as it begins it trek northward. It’s the beginning of the trek toward spring. In the darkest, coldest, barren times, hope is kept in the surety of re-birth.

So I’ll shut up about it until spring arrives.

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Radix

Bloged in advent, apprenticeship, worship by rod Wednesday December 20, 2006

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
-Isaiah 11:1

O ROOT OF JESSE, who stands as a signal to the people, before whom kings shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come to deliver us, and do not delay.


(Note: I have wanted all week to include a sound file for each day of advent antiphons - alas, no time. But I’m caught up now, so I’ve gone back and added them to Monday and Tuesdays, if you so wish to listen…)

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Adonai

Bloged in advent, worship by rod Tuesday December 19, 2006

O LORD AND RULER of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and save us with Your mighty power.

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