Wednesday, July 26, 2006

and then what?

i remember a conversation being recounted to me in which 'and then what?', as the basis of persistent questioning from one party, took the other participant through their entire life forecast from nascent legal career through, marriage and kids to rounds of retirement golf in the algarve. the next question was obivous.

i was lying in bed last night thinking of this blog, and what would might turn out to be in the event of my death. a kind of dislocated memorial? would anyone have the ability to add a closing entry to say that i'd passed on? would blogger still be going 100 years from now? will the interweb still be functioning? will it be stuck on data chip in a basement, never again to illuminate any liquid crystals? even if i gave someone my password and log-in, would that ensure an explanatory entry? say that i handed it over... then what?

at the end of deuteronomy, there is an account of how moses dies and is buried. it still puzzles me in an amused sort of way that the very books moses is supposed to have written contain an account of how he dies and is buried, and mourned for. i mean, who had the guts to write those words in his place? and how did they know God buried him? but what i like is that it's not the end of the story, you can still ask 'and then what?'

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

flickr update

View from the basilica

have now posted some select pics of our trip on flickr.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

on the other hand...

i have just returned from a three week tour of syria and lebanon - thanks to all who supported us in prayer and other ways. whilst it will take a while before the intense experiences of that trip condense into coherent thoughts, i wanted to share some wisdom which was gleaned from the Syria Times on the return flight:

"On the other hand, you have different fingers."

"Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool."

"If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried."