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We pretty much walked straight through Boadilla del Camino, heading for our planned stopping point of Frómista, an hour and a half or so further on. My main memory of this village, which you can see behind Francine in the distance, is that it smelled pretty strongly of cattle. Shortly after I... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-boadilla-del-camino/)



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Ad Orientem Training

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:26 pm
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At our parish of Holy Rosary, we sometimes celebrate Mass on the High Altar. This method, where for much of the Eucharistic prayer the Priest and the people are facing the same direction, is known as ad Orientem.
For many years, we have... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/ad-orientem-training/)



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File under: Cardinal Sarah, Francine my love, inside baseball, Moments in Time, Rev. Jacob Maurer, Rev. Michael Wagner, Save the Liturgy, Save the World

Camino Photo of the Day: Daisies

Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:11 pm
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Just before arriving at the village of Boadilla del Camino, the unending flat farmland gave way briefly to a field of wildflowers, including these daisies. Even though today was a slog, it certainly had its moments. (For those keeping track, yes, there really is about two hours between the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-daisies/)



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Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:39 pm
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OMG, the latest xkcd! Yes, I was a huge Anne McCaffrey fan when I was a young and not particularly critical reader. I mean, dragons, FFS!! And no, her work does not age well, nor do her weird brand of homophobia and retrograde sexism endear her to me now. But still, this fills me with an odd glee, being simultaneously stupidly nostalgic and super-current.
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The rain came and went, but the mud and puddles was a near-constant. This is a beautiful stretch of the Camino in the early spring. In the summer, I imagine the heat and the lack of any shade would be a problem for me. Ever since I left Arizona in 1991, I don’t do heat very well.

Date: 15... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-pleasant-if-soggy-walk/)



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The Way stretches long on the Meseta. After Itero de la Vega, the next village is a conservative 8.4km on – more than two hours’ walk. And our destination for the day was another 5.4km beyond that. The terrain, as you will see in the photos of the coming days, is relatively flat.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-long-slog-ahead/)



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Parts of the town of Itero de la Vega are a little run down. As you get toward the edge of town, you will note that graffiti artists have tried to make the best of a bad situation by covering these derelict buildings with a fresh coat of paint. These are nowhere near the quality of the murals in... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-psychedelic-gnomes/)



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as I was walking...

Sep. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Actually, I was settled in one place, come to think.

Anyway, so Cambridge (the College) has moved, and unexpectedly postponed the start of classes for a week due to what seem to have been electrical and networking issues, so classes only just started. (I did various Useful Things at home during the week, but, confronted with an extension of my vacation, I also shrugged and vacated some more. I went to Nut Island one day, and then World's End over the weekend, after which I had the entertaining experience of watching the fog roll in on Nantasket Beach. Rarely does it happen so clearly. Also got to watch the sunset at the endpoint of Hull. Mmm. Waves.)

Getting back to the point, here, it's already become clear from three days' worth of evidence that if I leave campus at a certain point, I will miss my useful bus home. It's not like I'm doing it on purpose, it's just, the way class and the subway and the busses work out, I barely miss the last bus before they transition from every-20-minutes-or-so, and hit the valley of the one bus that's a 40 minute wait. (After that they're every half hour.)

Since my various travels of August and September disrupted my gym routine (and then I was sick for a few days), and I haven't gotten back into it, what I have been doing lately is walking more. Running into this bus valley enables me to mutter and, rather than waiting in irritation, I stop by the grocery store/food co-op, and then am able to walk 3/4 of a mile or so until the next bus comes. (The way to do this is to walk until I see the inbound bus coming, at which point I stop at the next bus stop and wait for the outbound return, because to be caught between bus stops would be *annoying*, yo.)

In this particular instance, I had just stopped at the bus stop and was (I admit) looking at my phone when a guy coming out of a cross street whammed into the woman driving on the main street, right in front of me. (Durnell Ave at Washington St. No one cares but me.)

More detail than one needs on an accident. )

So! Good deed completed, I left and went down to the bus stop with a bench, and hung out reading until the bus came.

Waffling over classes. )

Books: Caliban, Alley, Equilateral

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:47 pm
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Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey

Second in the Expanse series, this volume revolves around the crisis on Ganymede, and the associated blue-eyed beastie. Entertaining adventure SF, recommended.

Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer

A tale of Galileo, if Galileo was a sentient dinosaur living on the moon of a tidally locked gas giant. Interesting world- and myth-building, recommended.

Winter Witch by Elaine Cunningham

Set in the world of the Pathfinder roleplaying game, this is a light fantasy about a Viking woman, an urban mage, and the icy witch who brings them together. Mildly recommended.

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

Loosely similar to the movie, murderer and rapist Hell Tanner is given a chance at a clean slate if he'll ferry a plague cure across a ravaged America. It's clearly supposed to be some sort of redemption tale, but Zelazny missed the memo that some crimes don't get redemption. I honestly prefer the movie.

Venus Equilateral by George O. Smith

Fixup novel of a series of stories published in the 1940s in Astounding, revolving around a communications relay station and the scientific geniuses therein. The science is advanced and accurate for its era, but has not dated terribly well. (The problems they encounter in communicating with, and locating, spaceships were solved in much simpler ways within the author's lifetime.) By the end, the science has advanced so far that it's almost shifted genres from hard SF to morality play. Mildly recommended.
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Castilla y León (and, indeed, all of Spain) is divided into provinces. Here, we are leaving the Province of Burgos and entering the Province of Palencia. Why they felt the need to tell us three times, I’m not certain.

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Border between the Provinces of Burgos and... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-thrice-welcome-to-palencia/)



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Can’t Take It With You

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Mirrored from Suns In Her Branches | Kiya Nicoll.

The service ended on the vehement command: “Spend the afternoon! You can’t take it with you!”

I feel the church year proper has begun at last.

Rank by rank again we stand,
from the four winds gathered hither.
Loud the hallowed walls demand
whence we come and how, and whither.

There are times I feel that if I got nothing from church but the singing, that would be enough. I grew up sort of Methodist, which perhaps gives me a particular perspective on what Church Is About, but there’s also that… the only times that I felt deeply I could belong, in that church where I was, had to do with music. There is a particular feeling of voices joined in song, a particular sanctity, and it is so important to me. And even if I’m up in the balcony space – the drive means I’m often too late to be in the sanctuary proper – I can sing, I can belong, I can stand and feel the music welling up and my hand can mark the beats and this is important, so important.

Of course, I get more from church than the singing. But the singing would be enough.

The readings included The Little Duck and Pry Me Off Dead Center, which was also the sermon, and I found myself contemplating theology, listening. Theology and action and the necessity to move, and the shape and the change needed in the world, all of these things. One part of the sermon quoted Annie Dillard, and that, too, goes into the pot.

Balance, but also motion; not to be lukewarm, and thus spat out.

I came home and wrote a mythological snippet, titled Mercy, which I put up on my revamped Patreon in the appropriate category. We’ll see how that project rolls.

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Just past San Nicolás de Puente Fitero is the Río Pisuerga, which forms the border between the provinces of Burgos and Palencia. This bridge contains construction work from the 12th, 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. It’s a highway bridge, so we leave the muddy path to walk on asphalt among... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-puente-de-itero-del-castillo/)



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We are approaching the Ermita de San Nicolás de Puente Fitero. This little 12th-century church once belonged to the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (a.k.a. the Knights of Malta). For awhile, it was a parish church for the nearby village of Itero del Castillo.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-san-nicolas-de-puente-fitero/)



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Our Lady of Sorrows

Sep. 15th, 2017 04:53 pm
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Whither is thy Beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? Whither is thy Beloved turned aside, and we will seek Him with thee?
We begin with the first antiphon of Lauds for today’s feast of The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Monastic Diurnal.
The Blessed Virgin... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/our-lady-of-sorrows-2017/)



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File under: Annual, Divine Office, Mary, Meditations

Camino Photo of the Day: Mud Closeup

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:04 pm
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This was our afternoon. We descended from Alto de Mostalares into the wet and muddy plains. Then we trudged through mud. And then it rained some more. Huzzah!

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Near Itero del Castillo (Castilla y León, Spain)
Today’s Map:

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A Bit of a Personal Update

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:05 pm
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Tuesday was wacky. It included being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords.
Yesterday, on the other hand, has been a good day. Served Mass, went on a 5k hike with my beautiful bride, ran some errands, had lunch with my smart and funny daughter Raine, filed for... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/a-bit-of-a-personal-update/)



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File under: Family, Francine my love, Moments in Time

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Today is celebrated in the western Church as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Exaltatio Sanctæ Crucis). In the eastern Church, it is known as “the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross”.
The feast commemorates a number of events: the finding of... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/exaltation-of-the-holy-cross-2017/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Descent

Sep. 12th, 2017 03:08 pm
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This is a heck of a view in better weather. What’s not so great is the concrete path down. It’s pretty steep, and in damp conditions seems particularly treacherous. The bikes just fly down, and everybody else takes tiny, tiny steps as slowly as they can. It’s no fun.

Date: 15... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-descent/)



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Writing and Reading Short Fiction

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:13 pm
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Mirrored from Kiya Nicoll.

I never used to be a big short fiction reader. I mean, I read it, a lot of golden age SF compiled into books, but it wasn’t really the thing that grabbed me. The pieces were the wrong shape, I suppose. I would have things that stuck with me – the story I’m working on at the moment owes so much to the normalcy of flight in Heinlein’s “The Menace From Earth”, even though I suspect that nobody I don’t say that to will spot how it circles on that particular story’s thermal.

Something shifted, somewhere. I’ve written a couple of fairy tales – one published in Les Cabinets des Polytheistes, one still being anxiously polished like an Arkenstone while I try to figure out what to do with it – and those are shorts. When I read the call for submissions for The Death of All Things I immediately had what grew into “Delayed Exchange Deferred” right there, at my fingertips, the shape and the kick of it. A few other things exist for me now, as shorts that I can work on, which is… remarkable to me as someone who has mostly lived in half-stewed novels for a very long time.

And, occasionally, I’m venturing into reading short a bit more. Perhaps because that’s something I can fit into my life – between the kids and everything else it is complicated to sit down and do anything long, and a short I can swallow in one gulp.

Which is part of how I read “Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live”. Which – given I saw that it was World Suicide Prevention Day yesterday – I am finally getting my act together to comment on.

I’m not Jewish, or of Jewish heritage, but I’ve long had the traditional fannish appreciation of Jewish minutiae, and there are those there. And there is the quiet endurance of the main character, Avi Cantor, and his ongoing struggle with life and death and identity and…

… it is one hell of a story.

I don’t know what to say about it, honestly. Avi’s struggle, that story, is a piece of why I wrote “Delayed Exchange Deferred”, though, so maybe we can get the stories out there that will make the world whole again. If we just tell enough of them. If people read or hear or see enough of them.

Tikkun olam.

Camino Photo of the Day: Going Down?

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:11 pm
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As you can see, Francine is not thrilled with the upcoming walk down the Alto de Mostalares. Me neither.

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Colina de Mostalares (Castilla y León, Spain)
Today’s Map:

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