I've moved laptop central from the bedroom to the couch. Unfortunately the Internet isn't working right all the time. It is off and on and so frustrating. After I called the cable company, who insisted that their modem and flow rate were not the problem, I reset the router and set up new security. The cable company speculated that the neighbors could be picking up the wireless signal and sapping it, so that we couldn't use it. I spent several hours fixing it securely one way and another and moving the router to new locations ("Don't place it near computers," they say, because that could interfere with the wireless signal. WTF!! How do you not put it or use it near a computer!? How is your computer supposed to pick up the signals when the computer interferes with them?! Sheesh!) I found (once again) that doing anything with the wireless network is very complicated in our Mac/PC house, esp. now that Molly's laptop is Vista. I felt like I almost needed to trilingual to work on the setting: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X. Sometimes the settings would work on Vista, but not on my laptop, and vice versa. I finally got the wireless back on my Mac, but it won't work at all on Molly's, not even at school (wow, we must have messed up those settings!). Even with the security I set up, the network is spotty and hard to reach from time to time, esp. certain hours of the evening. So frustrating! Grrr! At least it is working well right now *knocks on wood*.
So anyway, we are down to the final 2 weeks of the semester. I have a paper due for my weekend class this weekend (plus the reading for that class). I have my Greek final next Monday morning. My Genesis paper is due that week as well. We've got lots to do, but we aren't very motivated. Sigh . . .
So here are a few more poems and quotes from my collection.
In Men Whom Men Condemn As Ill
In men whom men condemn as ill,
I find so much of goodness still.
In men whom men pronounce divine
I see so much of sin and blot
I hesitate to draw a line
Between the two
Where God has not.
- Joaquin Miller, 1837-1913
"Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once Upon a Time lasts forever." Philip Pullman
When you possess light within, you see it externally. Anaïs Nin
Truth and leniency always go together. If you want to separate truth from leniency, separate them for your own self! But then, know it, you will hear the truth without leniency! — Archimandrite Joel Giannakopoulos
The context of the activity determines what is moral, not some absolute standard that is superimposed on a moral discussion from the outset. — St Athanasios the Great, of Alexandria
God not only made us out of nothing, but also gave us freely, by the grace of the Logos, lives in communion with God. — St Athanasios the Great. On the Incarnation.
We Shall Not Cease
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.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always -
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of a thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
(from 'four quartets')
And we are getting lots of rain, which is better than icy stuff for travelers.