Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bishop Kallistos Ware
from The Orthodox Way (SVS Press, 1995), p. 19

Wherever we look, we see not only confusion but beauty. In snowflake, leaf, or insect, we discover structured patterns of a delicacy and balance that nothing manufactured by human skill can equal. We are not to sentimentalize these things, but we cannot ignore them. How and why have these patterns emerged? If I take a pack of cards fresh from the factory, with the four suits neatly arranged in sequence, and I begin to shuffle it, then the more it is shuffled the more the initial pattern disappears and is replaced by a meaningless juxtaposition. But in the case of the universe the opposite has happened. Out of an initial chaos there have emerged patterns of an ever-increasing intricacy and meaning, and among all these patterns the most intricate and meaningful is man himself. Why should the process that happens to the pack of cards be precisely reversed on the level of the universe? What or who is responsible for this cosmic order and design? Such questions are not unreasonable.

Friday, March 14, 2008


My other blog, with a sentence from St Gregory of Nyssa.
Pat Buchanan loses his cool

.. while discussing Ferraro's remarks about Obama with Keli Goff (at whom he directed his impatience) and Rachel Maddow.

Not his most glorious moment, but hardly a hanging offense.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Whatever happened to a cup o' joe?

wonders the blogger at June Cleaver After a Six-Pack.

I'm linking to this, because I don't want to scandalize my few remaining readers by posting the obscenity-laden YouTube featuring an eight-minute Denis Leary rant on the exact same subject.

For the record, I have never patronized a Starbucks.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I'm thinking

that "Client 9" would be a great name for a band.

Of course, this is much graver matter.