Archive for June, 2006

Quarter Days

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

I find the idea of quarter days fascinating. Quarter Days are medieval dates that correspond roughly to our modern divisions of spring, summer, fall, and winter. They served to mark the quarters of the year for legal purposes. They are below (with the corresponding season):

The Annunciation (Spring, March 25)
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Summer, June 24)
Michaelmas / Feast of Michael and All Angels (Fall, September 29)
Christmas (Winter, December 25)

It makes me kind of yearn for the days when a society is so culturally Catholic that we would orient ourselves around the Church Year. We are left to do it ourselves I guess.

What I Found

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Here is what I found this weekend at Half-Price Books, for under 8 dollars each:

Oxford Dictionary of the Bible – Various

Reason Informed by Faith – Richard Gula

A History of Philosophy I-III – Frederick Copleston

As if I needed even more books!

On the Yahoo Music Machine

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Holy, Holy, Holy – Jim Nabors (don’t laugh!)

Lay, Lady, Lay – Duran Duran

Ordinary World – Duran Duran

Immaculate Mary – Grey Foxx

St. John Passion BXV245 – Eckhard Weyand

Chimes of Freedom – Bruce Springsteen

Back Street Girl – Bobby Darin

Cara Mia – Jay and the Americans

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

Love’s Been Good to Me – Kingston Trio

One by One – Wilco

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Fernando Ortega

Dr. Worm – They Might Be Giants

The Crying Game – Dave Berry

Trinity Sunday

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Today is The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, also known as Trinity Sunday. Now is a time to celebrate and commemorate the reality that all creation looks toward: the Holy Trinity, God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Below is the Collect for Trinity Sunday:

Father,
you sent your Word
to bring us truth
and your Spirit to make us holy.
Through them we come to know
the mystery of your life.
Help us to worship you,
one God in three Persons,
by proclaiming and
living our faith in you.
We ask you this,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living,
for ever and ever.

From Prayers to the Trinity and for Trinity Sunday

Recently Seen in Kentucky

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Baptist Church Sign

I Have a Spam Filter?

Monday, June 5th, 2006

I guess so. Sorry if your comments got stuck. They have been set free from their own purgatory.

Open Office

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

I just found out about Open Office, a Microsoft alternative that can save in MS files. From what I can tell they offer alternatives to Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. They also have a “Draw” program which seems to be similar to MS Publisher. I can’t believe I didn’t find this earlier! The other day I was looking for an alternative to Power Point that I could use to make a Power Point presentation.

I just read too that Microsoft is cracking down on pirated copies of its software. I am going to try Open Office. I would love to find a free, quality, alternative to Microsoft Office.

Get legal. Get OpenOffice.org