Bits and pieces, remembering blogging

I really should blog here more. I really should. I spend a lot of my time these days shar­ing other people\‘s ideas. \"\"Most recently, on Friends Jour­nal you can see my inter­view with Jon Watts (co-conducted with Megan Kietzman-Nicklin). The three of us talked on and on for quite some time; it was only an inflex­i­ble train sched­ule that ended my par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The favorite part of talk­ing with Jon is his enthu­si­asm and his tal­ent for keep­ing his sights set on the long pic­ture (my favorite ques­tion was ask­ing why he started with a Quaker fig­ure so obscure even I had to look him up). It\‘s easy to get caught up in the bustle of dead­li­nes and to-do lists and to start to for­get why we\‘re doing this work as pro­fes­sional Quak­ers. There is a real­ity behind the word counts. As Friends, we are shar­ing the good news of 350+ years of spir­i­tual adven­tur­ing: obser­va­tions, strug­gles, and imperfect-but-genuine attempts to fol­low Inward Light of the Gospels.

\"TheoMy nine year old son Theo is blog­ging as a class assign­ment. I think they\‘ve been sup­posed to be writ­ing there for awhile but he\‘s really only got­ten the bug in the last few weeks. It\‘s a full-on Word­Press site, but with cer­tain restric­tions (most notably, posts only become pub­lic after the class­room teacher has had a chance to review and vet them). It\‘s cer­tain ironic to see one of my kids blog­ging more than me!

Enough blog­ging for today. Time to put the rest of the awake kids to bed. I\‘m going to try to have more reg­u­lar small posts so as to get back into the blog­ging habit. In the mean­time, I\‘m always active on my Tum­blr site (which shows up as the side­bar to the right). It\‘s the bucket for my inter­net cura­tions – videos and links I find inter­est­ing, and my own pic­tures and mis­cel­lanea.

Cub scouts down 25% in last decade

Cub scouts down 25% in last decade:
One piece of con­text behind pos­si­ble changes is the freefall in mem­ber­ship over the last decade:

Since 2000, the num­ber of young peo­ple involved in scout­ing has fal­len by close to 19 per­cent, accord­ing to the Boy Scouts of America’s most recent fig­ures, from 2011. The num­ber of boys in the youngest cohort of mem­ber­ship, the Cub Scouts, was down more than 25 per­cent, mark­ing an even more alarm­ing por­tent for the future.

Our kids are in cub scouts but it’s been really hard to find a sta­ble den in our area. Locally, I see any evi­dence that the insta­bil­ity has come about because of the LGBTQ ban. The decline seems more the result of dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion and inabil­ity to com­pete effec­tively against other avail­able youth pro­gram­ming like soc­cer and soft­ball leagues.

Bike ride to Pleasant Mills

Bike ride to Pleas­ant Mills — a set on Flickr, orig­i­nally uploaded by martin_kelley.

Fran­cis and I had a nice 22 mi. bike ride on Sat­ur­day. Lots of back
roads through blue­berry fields, and a good off-road jaunt past
car­niv­o­rous plants, orchid-filled bogs and mos­qui­toes galore. Full set of Flickr pic­tures here. (Julie & Theo were busy hang­ing out with the bishop instead),