It’s entirely possible (likely) the Bible doesn’t always mean what we THINK it does.
This is a thing I continue to do at the beginning of the year: pick a post for each month of the previous year, using a random number generator. See how well it reflected that year just passed, or did not. Pretty sure I got this from Gordon, who lives in Chicago, who remains the only non-local blogger I ever met.
I think I enjoy this a lot because it’s so…numerical. And random. The graphic was a random graphic from a .gov site
January “The Yardbirds allowed me to improvise a lot in live performance and I started building a textbook of ideas that I eventually used in Zeppelin.” (A Jimmy Page quote, for his 70th birthday)
February There’s a lot that this movie got right, starting with an actor, Oscar Isaac in the title role, who could act, plus sing and play guitar convincingly. (My not-so-positive review of the movie Inside Llewyn Davis.)
March As a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, I was rather interested in this blog post by Chuck Miller: “Don’t cry because you thought he said it.”
April However, I’m going to limit the songs here to those written, or co-written, by Christine, only because it fits the family group motif. (My M for the McVies of Fleetwood Mac)
May Back in October 2001, the Wife and I went to Cherry Valley, NY, about an hour west of Albany. (A tale of our 2014 return to the Limestone Inn)
June The last Sly album I bought, until considerably later, was the druggy There’s A Riot Going On, with two Top 40 singles in the US, Family Affair, #1 for three weeks in 1971, and Runnin’ Away, #23 US in 1972. (U is for Unique)
July “Do public facilities need to be sanitized of all things religious to insure separation of church and state?” (Uthaclena asking Roger anything.)
August This time, though, I was feeling reflective when I awoke. (Musical thoughts after a rare nap.)
September “And today, many go so far as to say that the opposing party’s policies threaten the nation’s well-being…” (Quoting a Pew Research poll re: the political polarization of the American public)
October Before the superhero-movie renaissance, a struggling Marvel sold the FF’s film rights (along with those of the X-Men) to 20th Century Fox at terms very favorable to Fox. (About the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic book)
November Re the Ferguson protests, which I saw described as “mind bogglingly incomprehensible”: “It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did,” as even Antonin Scalia could tell you. (One of my end-of-month summaries.)
December It’s entirely possible (likely) the Bible doesn’t always mean what we THINK it does. (On the Bible and gay-bashing. Interesting that is the very next post after the previous link.)
Hitting two ABC Wednesday posts is about right: 2/12=1/6, close to 1/7.
Yes, my coworker, Amelia had a daughter, Olive, in late November. I got to hold Olive at the work Christmas party a couple of weeks ago.
Did anyone close to you die?
The weird thing about the three gentlemen is that in each case, my own sense of dealing with loss came from something other than a wake or funeral.
Lenny Tucker, former head of the Friends of the Albany Public Library, at least HAD a funeral, though I was unable to attend. We spent time at the Friends meeting in late November talking about him.
My wife’s uncle, my mother-in-law’s oldest brother, Warren Olin, was the patriarch of the Olin clan and the historian who traced the family history back to the 1680s. There was only a small private service, so the family got to grieve somewhat at the Olin family reunion in July.
But the one that seems least settled for me was Irving Smith, a member of our congregation, who died at the age of 76 in October. There was no obituary I could find, and no service, at least that the church knew about. He was a long-time president of FOCUS churches, which does lots of important work, such as the food pantry and breakfast program. He traveled to Guatemala to visit our sister church in Mam. He operated the sound system and was an active participant in the Black History Month celebration.
What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More optimism. Oddly, that’s what I wrote LAST time!
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Despite my complaints about it, becoming President of the Friends of the APL.
What was your biggest failure?
Easily distracted. I’m sorry, what did you ask?
What was the best thing you bought?
The 50th anniversary Hess truck. Makes me happy. What can I say?
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), whose complaints about the budget deal, with all the non-budgetary extras, was at least helpful. Also Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Not only did we torture, but a majority of the American public thought it was an acceptable idea. THAT is depressing.
Where did most of your money go?
The house. Specifically, filling in the pool area in the back yard.
What did you get really excited about?
Jaquandor’s new book. His excitement was infectious.
What song will always remind you of 2014?
There were, surprisingly, a lot of contenders, including much of the new Weird Al album. Ultimately, it has to be the BBC version of God Only Knows. Every time I watch it, a little dust must get into my eye.
Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Sadder. The body politic and the capacity of humans to be quite terrible to each other have worn me down.
Thinner or fatter?
Lost weight in the summer, put in on in the fall. Zero-sum.
Richer or poorer?
Marginally better. I got a raise for the first time in three or four years.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
What do you wish you’d done less of?
How did you spend Christmas?
It still is going on. I bought presents SO late, some have yet to arrive. That said: went to church on Christmas eve. The Daughter got most of HER presents…
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
As usual, “fashion” is silly. Function over form. Still, those people who walk in public in clothes that look like pajamas weird me out.
What kept you sane?
Music: singing, listening; learning new stuff. As previously noted, the question ASSUMES that I AM sane, which may or may not be the case.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
Race relations in America, heaven help me. Or maybe income inequality, which has been an issue for my church the last couple of years. But net neutrality is SO boring to explain.
Who did you miss?
I miss my parents, still.
Who was the best new person you met?
I met my boss’s boss’s boss. Surprisingly pleasant.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
It can always get worse.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
In their sties with all their backing They don’t care what goes on around In their eyes, there’s something lacking What they need’s a damn good whacking -Listen to Piggies (George Harrison), from the Beatles white album.
I should note it’s not just a cynical choice. The Daughter will be among a group singing this and other Beatles songs in March.
A friend of mine wrote: “Watch this video where a casino clamps down hard on a guy who is winning at blackjack by counting cards. I think there’s a very apt correlation between what happens here and what happens in real life any time you actually start to get ahead.”