November 28th, 2005



I visited Chicago. It is a metropolis. The city-scape is almost fake, edited, digital. It was beautiful. The snow fell on Michigan Avenue.

We visited Moody: the "almost" of my life.
We visited Columbia: the "almost" of Abby's life.

A good thanksgiving. Hear Hear! I was graced with warmth and hospitality.

Christmas will be here so soon. I am very much looking forward to seeing my family. We'll be in Arizona. Yes, I know that it is warm there.


I understood a parable this weekend. I don't think that I'd quite understood it before.

Christ tells the crowd to give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to give to God what is God's.

The key is in Christ's question: "Whose likeness is this coin in?"
The coin had Caesars image imprinted on it. Thus, it belonged to Caesar and had to be "returned" to him.
We have God's image imprinted on us. Thus, we belong to God and must return to him.

Does this make sense?

"Glory to You, Who send failures and sorrows to us so that we might be
sensitive to the sufferings of others"
-From the Orthodox Thanksgiving Akathist


"All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

-The first line in "Anna Karenina".

Yes, there has been a Russian theme to the fiction I've been reading.