50,135 — so one free book!

Thanks to my many visitors and readers for pushing my blog past 50,000 visits since 2007. I am really honored by the attention to my little posts. Of course, 5% of the visitors were simply searching for “feather pen” and they somehow landed here (and looked around, I hope). I can say that taking time to write here helps me better reflect on things above.

In celebration of this milestone — and of the fact that YOU are reading this post — I am giving away a FREE book: FOR THE FAME OF GOD’S NAME (about John Piper & his ministry) by Sam Storms & Justin Taylor.

TO ENTER:  subscribe to this blog (either by email or by RSS) and leave a comment to this post saying you’ve done so. If you subscribe this week (or already subscribe) and comment below you will be entered in the drawing. On Monday, September 10th, I will select someone at random from all those who’ve entered. Please make sure I have some way to reach you (an email address; I will not keep those after the give-away). I hope this works.

Thanks for visiting!
~ pdb

For the love of books…

I liked this poster, and thought to share it with my blog readers. You can click through to the artist’s site. He has a couple more I liked…
~ pdb

Happy New Year 2012 AD

What a blessing to be given a new year. May we each be grateful to God, and intentional in making the most of our time (Psalm 90:12 & Ephesians 5:15-16).

As for “celebrating” — I’m glad we do so! Here is a bit of timely background from Dr George Grant from his blog:

The celebration of the New Year did not occur on the first day of January until after the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582—and even then only in France, the northern Italian city states, Portugal, and in the Spanish nations of Castile and Aragon. The new calendar was not accepted until 1600 in Scotland and 1752 in England and America.

From the earliest days of the Roman imperial calendar the New Year was celebrated on March 25—which is why September, October, November, and December are derived from the Latin words septem (seven), octo (eight), novem (nine), and decem (ten).

Throughout Christendom, January 1 was instead celebrated as a day of renewal midway through the Yuletide season—it was thus a day for vows, vision, and vocation. It was on this day that guild members took their annual pledge, that husbands and wives renewed their marriage promises, and that young believers reasserted their resolution to walk in the grace of the Lord’s great Epiphany.

In Edinburgh beginning in the seventeenth century, revelers would gather at the Tron Church to watch the great clock tower mark the last hours of Christmastide—which was the inspiration behind the much more recent Times Square ceremony in New York. In Edinburgh, of course, the purpose was not merely to have a grand excuse for a public party, but was a way for the whole covenant community to celebrate the grace of Epiphany newness.

Friday fun with a bookcase!

Here is a short video clip of a bookcase as you’ve not seen it before! Great music too. (you may have to click through to the Youtube site to view it; less than two minutes long.)

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Quotes from Ben Franklin…

Thanks to Dr George Grant for
these quotes from Ben Franklin

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.

Friday fun: funny plural words

Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day is a profitable email I receive each day, based on the reference work by Bryan A Garner. Today’s “Tip of the Day” was about the plural form of certain nouns (stay with me, here; fun just ahead).

Garner writes: Some words change in the plural from a final “-f” to “-ves,” but others simply become “-fs.” He then lists a few of the common ones —

“calf/calves,” “elf/elves,” “half/halves,”
“hoof/hooves,” “knife/knives,”
“leaf/leaves,” “life/lives,” “loaf/loaves,”
“scarf/scarves,” “self/selves,”
“thief/thieves,” “wharf/wharves,”
“wife/wives,” and “wolf/wolves.”

BUT ONE I’D NEVER HEARD OF IS WORTH A SMILE:

“Beef/beeves” (fattened cattle)

But do note, that there are some which don’t change:

“Beef/beefs” (types of meat or complaints),
“dwarf/dwarfs,” “handkerchief/handkerchiefs,”
“oaf/oafs,” “proof/proofs,” “roof/roofs,”
and “staff/staffs” (except in music).

And, the plural of “still life” is “still lifes.”

:) pdb