- My day started with a trip to a Pittsburgh Toyota dealer, brought on by a scraping squealing crunching noise in the brake system last night. Nothing major wrong, but all the minors will add up to major bucks. Have to take care of it; don't want to drive the 135 miles home tomorrow night feeling like the car is on the brink of collapse.
- Spent the rest of the morning working on my final very last ever paper on Miroslav Volf's views on memory and forgetting. Personally meaningful due to encounters and dialogue with my Jewish students of years past and my own recent history. I have now reached the happy point where you realize somewhere in the middle of a project that you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. Except that I think I have come around to his theory that we will in the new life ahead forget all the bad stuff and that that will be a good thing. Our loss of memory will not destroy our identities but will create us as new beings. What do you think?
- Brightened up at seeing a friend at lunch but the presence of other not-well-known folks at the table constrained conversation considerably.
- Went to my last Hauerwas class, which I am auditing, so got to listen to other people present their ongoing papers. The professor passed around Hauerwas' new autobiography and noted a couple of hours later that I had become completely absorbed in it. Oops. Well, Hauerwas is an engaging writer and I appreciate very much his ecclesial promiscuity.
- Now I am going for a long walk in what has become a gorgeous day, and then I guess it will be Volf till midnight. Look for me taking FB breaks!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Scattered Wednesday Thoughts
Taking a page from QG: