• I’m all in on Bullet Journaling. Still ex­port­ing from Google Calendar, Trello, and Bear notes.
  • Taught Lydia the rules of chess.
  • First hike with Suzy. All six of us went up and down Rainbow Mountain for a cou­ple hours.
  • Continued jug­gling. Already met 2022 goal by jug­gling 3 balls for 1 min 6 sec.


  • Tom Brady re­tired
  • Washington Commanders lol
  • Simmons, Curry, Drummond for Harden
  • Russia at­tacked Ukraine

Words and Phrases

  • Preposterous: with the hin­der part be­fore (Latin)
  • Much of a much­ness: sim­i­lar (British)
  • Snickersnee: large knife
  • Solemn: marked with re­li­gious rites and pomps


  • Determine which en­vi­ron­ment to de­ploy to with a pachinko ma­chine.
  • SSA: It’s Ass Backwards™
  • How is a key like a thun­der­cloud? They both shoot bolts.


  • The two ma­jor fairy tale plot struc­tures (separation and re­union of hus­band/​wife or par­ent/​child) are pre­sent in the Gospel: the Father is re­united with His chil­dren, the Bride is re­united with Christ. (Literary Life pod­cast)
  • Medievals did­n’t be­come Greek or Roman, they syn­the­sized and ex­panded. (Online Great Books pod­cast #148)
  • Constraints are en­abling: cars, art, mar­riage.
  • Documentaries and text­books are sec­ondary sources. (Scholé Sisters pod­cast)
  • Language has his­tor­i­cally been and should be the cen­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, not his­tory. (Angelina Stanford)
  • History is not beau­ti­ful. Language is beau­ti­ful. (Stanford)
  • Myths, fa­bles, fairy tales, Bible sto­ries are the gate­way to the Great Books. (Stanford)
  • Classics say so­ci­ety is man writ large. Moderns say man is so­ci­ety writ small. (New Humanists pod­cast #8)
  • If we are just cause and ef­fect ma­chines, rea­son is an il­lu­sion. (New Humanists #8)
  • Plutarch and Herodotus made some dis­tinc­tion be­tween myth and re­al­ity (e.g. Plutarch wrote there was no proof Lycurgus ex­isted)
  • Hammurabi’s and Draco’s law codes pre­scribed death for every crime. The Mosaic Law was more le­nient to­ward petty crimes.

Writing, Links, Podcasts

Humanity in the First Dune Trilogy


№ 152 Books 2021

We did­n’t read 100, but we did read some books in 2021. Here are our fa­vorites and least fa­vorites.

January 2022 Summary