“But Thanks Be to God”: A Ninth Reflection

Today is the day the United States government designated for public thanksgiving to God, and so it is fitting for me to, as I have done for the past eight years on this day, reflect on the various ways God has blessed me over the course of my life, and in particular in the past year.

The failure of time in which to write and of memory, and my instinct to prefer brevity over repeating myself, ensure that my first reflection on this theme, in 2009, remains the most extensive and detailed; in subsequent years I have mostly more-briefly listed blessings I had forgotten and those I saw as new. Continue reading

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2016 Review, 2017 Goals

A new civil year begins tomorrow, and as in past years I’ll take this opportunity to take stock of the year that was and set goals for the year to come. I’ll focus on the my “magna opera” (the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, and Strategic Primer) in additional posts early next week, but today, a look at “the rest,” starting with a review of the goals I set for myself a year ago. Continue reading

Year-end summary

As tomorrow is the First Sunday of Advent, this is the last day of the year on the Christian liturgical calendar, and so this week’s posts have looked back over what has happened on this blog in the last year. Monday I summarized posts related to the Shine Cycle, and Wednesday I briefly reviewed those relating to Strategic Primer; today we’ll look briefly over all the other posts that have appeared in this space since last year. Continue reading

“But Thanks Be to God”: An Eighth Reflection

Today is the day designated for public thanksgiving to our Creator for gracious gifts which his divine Providence has lavished upon us. Thus, it is fitting for me to, as I have done this day for the past seven years, reflect on the various and manifold blessings God has poured on me over the course of my life, and in particular this past year, and how I have responded to this beneficence (with the inevitable conclusion that I have utterly failed to show appropriate gratitude).

This is the eighth year I have written on this theme; in the first such reflection, in 2009, I explained the blessings I was grateful for at length and in some detail, and in subsequent years I have more briefly listed those blessings I had forgotten and those new in the past year. And so again today. Continue reading

Announcing my utility scripts repository

Like many Linux and Unix users, I’ve been writing and collecting little utility scripts to automate repetitive tasks and otherwise simplify my digital life. In the last couple of months, I’ve put my collection under version control and worked to make the scripts I’ve written more generally applicable and useful. So today I wanted to announce the existence of this repository, and explain some of the scripts that I think others might find most useful. Continue reading

2015 Review, 2016 Goals

This week, as one civil year closes and another opens, I’ve been comparing the year that was to the goals I set last year, and setting new ones for 2016: for the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, on Monday; for Strategic Primer, my strategy game, on Wednesday; and now for the rest. Continue reading

Year-end summary

This is the last day before Advent, and so the last day of the year on the Christian liturgical calendar. This week I have again spent the week looking back over the past year, summarizing what has happened on this blog, and in the areas of my life that this blog covers, in the past year. I’ve already covered posts related to the Shine Cycle and to Strategic Primer; today, a look through other posts (poems and “essays”) that have appeared in this space in the past year since last year’s retrospective. Continue reading