I’m giv­ing bul­let jour­nal­ing an­other try. After one month, I think it’s go­ing to stick. I don’t miss the dig­i­tal ben­e­fits like I did 10 or so years ago.

I’m also go­ing to try shar­ing high­lights for each month here.


  • Started bul­let jour­nal­ing
  • Fourth daugh­ter was born! Susanna Carol Koser, named for her grand­moth­ers.


  • Started a pro­ject re­lated to Lancelot Andrewes’s daily prayers. Step one is to get a tran­script.
  • Started learn­ing to jug­gle. Best to date is 3 balls for 10 sec­onds.


  • Experts have nar­row knowl­edge. Generalists have broad knowl­edge. Leaders should be gen­er­al­ists. (Haywood)
  • Modern man is too ab­stract, al­ways imag­in­ing what they look like on cam­era. (Jason Farley)
  • Be in­car­na­tional (Swait)
  • Cain spilled Abel’s blood on the ground. The blood called to God from the ground. Cain’s pun­ish­ment is ban­ish­ment from the ground.
  • Hidden ed­u­ca­tion as­sump­tions: must meet 5 days a week, must sep­a­rate by age, teach to the mid­dle, dif­fer­ent teach­ers and rooms for dif­fer­ent sub­jects (Rusty Olps, Digressio pod­cast #7)
  • The best things in life are use­less. (Karl Schudt, Online Great Books Podcast #49)
  • Western mu­sic is ten­sion, then re­lease–start­ing from a note, mov­ing away, then re­turn­ing to the start­ing note. Comedy is ten­sion and re­lease–setup and punch­line. (Karl Schudt and Jimmy Carr, dif­fer­ent times and places but serendip­i­tously heard by me the same week.)
  • Shakespeare’s only orig­i­nal play was his last, The Tempest. Originality in story telling is a mod­ern pre­oc­cu­pa­tion. (Literary Life Podcast, Intro to Shakespeare and Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Tragedy arc is shaped like a frown (∩); com­edy arc is shaped like a smile (∪). (Ibid)
  • Wodehouse wrote Roman come­dies. (Ibid)
  • Pagan lit­er­a­ture was mostly tragic. Christian lit­er­a­ture, comic. Deep com­edy is when the end is bet­ter than the be­gin­ning. History is a deep com­edy: from the Garden to the City. (Ibid)
  • Spenser was the first to syn­the­size Greek myth and fairy tales (Shakespeare and Lewis fol­lowed). (Ibid)
  • Original biggest days of the Christian cal­en­dar: Christmas (winter sol­stice) and the Feast of St. John the Baptist (summer sol­stice). (Northrop Frye, Ibid)
  • Puns are the com­edy of words; irony is the tragedy of words. (Harold Goddard, Ibid)
  • Fairy tales start with:
    1. Bride and bride­groom are sep­a­rated, re­united at the end.
    2. Parent and child are sep­a­rated, re­united at the end.
  • Comedy ends in a wed­ding, feast, or dance. (Ibid)
  • Kepler: I was merely think­ing God’s thoughts af­ter him.”
  • Circumcized Israelites were in the covenant, but still needed to be­lieve by faith. Baptized Christians are in the covenant, but still need to be­lieve by faith?