What I’m Reading Early September

A little political humor from across the pond, sort of stuff Fiona likes.
U.S Immigration - Foil Arms and Hog. Another amusing piece from The Onion: Report: More American Fifth-Graders Taking Gap Year To Unwind Before Middle School. For church humor, there is the report in The Babylon Bee that Episcopalians May Still Exist


August 31st was the Feast of
Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 651
. I started reading about Lindisfarne which led me to eading about Celtic Christianity.

On my commute, I’ve been listening to a recording of the Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila. I just finished that and have been looking for something else to listen to. I tried to find something by our about Hildegard of Bingen on Librivox or Project Gutenberg, but with no luck. I ended up downloading three books by Saint Augustine of Hippo off of Librovox and have been listening to that.

Meta journey

Alan Watts - Why Your Life Is Not A Journey. It seems like Watts is relying a conflating journeys and destinations, thereby creating a false dichotomy. This makes me think of other quotes about journeys:

“Not all those who wander are lost” - JRR Tolkien

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

- TS Eliot

"Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour." – Robert Louis Stevenson

"The journey is the reward." – Taoist saying.

Yet in spite of conflating journey with destination and creating a false dichotomy. The message is right and it makes me think of another quote

“If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution” – Emma Goldman

Doctor’s Notes

It is that time of year when we need to deal with Doctor’s notes again, which is especially problematic when you have a child with a chronic illness. I’ve always been interested in the Canadian response. In Nova Scotia Doctor’s charge employers that require medical notes and the Ontario Medical Association has spoken out against requiring notes from doctors.

On the home front, I’m looking at ways of reducing stress, and have been considering the Spire Stress Tracker. Does The Spire Stress Tracker Actually Work?

At work, I recently wrote a post for the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium, An Invitation to Digital Introverts

Random Other Stuff

Politics: Latinos for Trump founder warns of ‘taco trucks on every corner’
An Oral History of “We Built This City,” the Worst Song of All Time

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