Fearful Pumpkins

It’s almost Halloween.  This time tomorrow at least some people will be gearing up to walk their neighborhoods in search of more treats than tricks.  The scale of things here is still up in the air: many of the local “haunts” aren’t decorated, which makes the passing out of candy more questionable.  So it will be interesting to see how tomorrow night goes.

It’s been a doozy of a second quarter so far.  The first week back was packed in a way I had not anticipated.  Then last Saturday was a virtual open house day for school, so that took up a good chunk of the day.  This week we had a different schedule to accommodate the PSAT.  On top of that, it was a record-three-chapel-talks week.  I can take some blame for that, as I’m the one who has pushed to make sure our students get some of the stuff they can’t get through regular means because of Covid.  We’ll do it like this up until Thanksgiving.  Then the holidays will bring us back together.

One of the unexpected joys of the week has been getting to watch the Gifford Lectures from St. Andrews.  This year’s speaker is Oliver O’Donovan, an ethics professor currently living in Scotland.  He was kind enough to join me for lunch on my first day in Edinburgh a few years ago.  He says some pretty heady stuff, but he also has this strange knack for bringing it back down to earth in a comforting way.  There are about four lectures left, I think.  He’s talking about the disappearance of ethics, which is a nice prep for my spring semester, when I spend a quarter on that topic with seniors.

Saturday really has become a catch-up day for me.  I’m very grateful the people at Zippy’s let me hand out there for a good chunk of time.  I catch up on any lagging Bible reading.  Then I sketch out my Bible reading for the next week.  I write some in my journal.  I work through my personal email account.  I usually get some reading done, either from whatever tome I’m working through or (more recently) reading Esolen’s translation of The Divine Comedy (after reading Kirkpatrick’s throughout the work week).  I’m not sure if “caught up” can ever really happen in this digital age, but it’s nice to think it’s possible.

Here’s today’s WuMo.  It’s holiday-themed and represents a very modern fear quite well.

WuMo No Wifi(image from gocomics.com)

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