Yes, the title of this blog and the photo below it are mixing metaphors. Maybe. When one is like a horse that smells the barn, one’s apt to do things like you see in the photo. Fortunately, I avoided mimicking the photo. Just barely. But, I did learn how a horse feels when he smells the barn.
Just about ten hours ago, Barbara and I returned home after traveling 3,382 miles in 17 days. We’re already thinking about a trip about twice that length next fall. Our wee lassie will, Lord willing, be out of high school, established in a university somewhere, and (if we can figure out a way to provide for the two dogs and the cat), we’d very much like to connect with folks in the south-east and along the Eastern seaboard whom we know only via the internet and the use of the curricula we research, write, field-test, and distribute.
After this trip, several projects loom:
The Anglican jurisdiction I belong to will hold its annual synod at the campus of the parish I pastor, St. Athanasius Anglican Church, week after next. So next week is full of preparations.
I’ve ordered a dulcimer from a craftsman I met on this recent trip – a retired missionary to Russia – who teaches music as well as building and/or repairing a variety of stringed instruments (dulcimer, violin, cello). My goal, after learning to play the instrument, is to explore how to deploy it to accompany the singing of English psalm texts to Anglican chants. David’s psalms were written to be chanted, with accompaniment to a stringed instrument – a lute or a lyre – and I’ve never heard this combination before. All the CDs of Anglican chant I’ve ever uncovered accompany the singers with an organ, which amounts to adding one more artificial voice to the human chorus. I don’t know how it will sound to accompany chants to plucked strings; but, I intend to find out. Anyone want to recommend internet resources for this project?
After conferring with the original group of men in our Men at Worship project, I’ve got a few more projects: to compile a collection of collects (no put intended!) for easy reference as the men prepare their prayers before meeting to worship with other men. Also, I’ve almost finished pointing the New King James version of the Psalms of David for the same men for the same purpose. And, they have suggested several topics, issues, and Biblical/theological subjects for short men’s studies (6 to 10 weeks in length).
Meanwhile, I’ve kept tossing things into my blogfodder folder. This fall I plan to post far more here than I have been able to do this past summer. Thanks for all you who keep checking back.