Category Archives: Books

Happy Birthday, Bilbo

It’s that time of year again, when Bilbo Baggins’s birthday comes back around.  It’s always worth revisiting this clip from The Fellowship of the Ring: In line with this Tolkien moment, we’re halfway through the first season of The Rings … Continue reading

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On Tour with Tuor

There was a time where I thought this summer would be the time to reread the Lord of the Rings.  I even  packed my bags in preparation for it.  But to read LOTR is no small task, not something to … Continue reading

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Checking In

These first couple of weeks of summer vacation have been a little twisty.  Good, but twisty. It’s taken some time for me to get used to the sun rising so early and setting so late.  It’s almost like I’ve not … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Smaug Theory

Today’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend hits just the right notes.   (image from

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What We’re Looking For

Today’s been a doozy of a day.  In a good way, mind you, but a doozy nonetheless. I’m going to place this video right here for now.  I’ve not watched it yet because I’m three chapters into the book.  It’s … Continue reading

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Life That Won’t Stream

I’m eagerly awaiting a couple of books in the mail this week.  One is the latest Rivers of London novel by Ben Aaronovich.  The other is The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch.  Crouch was indispensable for me at … Continue reading

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100 Days of Dante Done

This weekend I finished one book twice. A few months ago I committed to reading Dante’s Divine Comedy along with others in a “program” sponsored by the Baylor Honors College.  Three cantos a week, so about 12 a month.  Good … Continue reading

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Today in (Middle Earth) History

I’ll just leave these two clips from The Return of the King here to mark the events of the day in Middle Earth History . . .

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Airplane Reading

My airplane reading for this trip was G. K. Chesterton’s Napoleon of Notting Hill.  The book’s been on may shelf for a couple of years.  I was looking for something on the shorter side, and I wanted it to either … Continue reading

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The third phase of my spring break travel came to a close yesterday.  The final stop was Snoqualmie Pass, a ski resort area east of Seattle.  We drove up Sunday afternoon.  The drive was snowy and wet, which made for … Continue reading

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