Update for 4/8/2018

Easter

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Sunday morning my brother and I went to our usual Easter church. Jeremy’s family joined us. The service was good, but it didn’t feel quite as celebratory as usual. I think that was mainly a combination of us sitting in the back, out of the middle of things, and the service being more streamlined.

After church we had a lunch of delicious Indian food at the home of some friends from church. Then I took Michael to the airport and watched some Foyle’s War with Tim. A nice Easter.

Life management

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As part of my effort to organize my life, I made a grocery shopping system. Step 1: I made a list of all the things I buy on a regular basis. Step 2: I divided them into separate lists based on how often I buy them. Step 3: I put the lists into my to-do app (Nirvana) as recurring tasks. Step 4: I made plans to find out which things I could pick up cheaply at Aldi. That would happen during my first scheduled shopping trip this week.

I’ve been wanting a system like that for years, so it’s a relief to finally set it up. I picked up the idea from my mom. I’m hoping now I’ll be able to think much less about grocery shopping.

Fiction

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I finished Powersat. 4/5. It wasn’t the most profound story, but it was entertaining and did the job of getting the series off the ground.

A couple of weeks ago, thanks to an ebook I made at work, I found the singer/author Andrew Peterson and his Wingfeather Saga series. His Rabbit Room site intrigued me, so I thought his novels might be worth reading, and I checked out the first book in the series, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. I was pleased to find it’s really good! The British narrator makes it even better.

Beliefs report

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I updated my spirituality report with a bibliography of potential sources. Now I’m taking a break from officially working on both that and the beliefs report. Unofficially, I suspect I’ll still be thinking and reading about them.

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For example, after the Wingfeather book I’m going to listen to a biography that just came out, Becoming Dallas Willard. He’s kind of one of my spiritual heroes, so I’m looking forward to it.

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To balance things out, I’m also reading Trusting Doubt, a critique of evangelicalism by  Valerie Tarico, who’s a fellow Wheaton College alum. I found her when an article she wrote showed up in my feeds. It was about the Ancestral Story that forms the core of the conservative viewpoint. I found it very insightful.

Death

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Wednesday morning the company held a memorial service for an employee who’d died unexpectedly the day after Easter. His sister also works there. I thought it was very kind of them to host it. I didn’t know him, but during the service I felt a certain kinship with him because he was an introvert who cared a lot about his work. He was also a geek who liked board games and Star Wars. Maybe we would’ve gotten along.

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