February Flashbacks

I’m ter­ri­ble with blog­ging these days, aren’t I? Actu­al­ly my last few bits of writ­ing have been for Friends Jour­nal. I’m post­ing once a month for the Editor’s Desk series high­light­ing upcom­ing themes and I’m writ­ing every oth­er intro­duc­to­ry col­umn for the print mag­a­zine. For exam­ple, here’s February’s The Roots of Our Lifestyle. I chime in when a vin­tage post of mine hits Red­dit as hap­pens every so often and I often drop “hey, this would make a inter­est­ing arti­cle” com­ments in live­ly Face­book threads, along with a link to the Friends Jour­nal sub­mis­sions page.

Well, one way I’m try­ing to psych myself is to look at my his­to­ry of blog­ging every month.

1 Year Ago: February 2017

A rare juicy post of mine from the last few years and one of the few times any­one has fol­lowed my blog’s Ask Me Any­thing link.

AMA: Con­ser­v­a­tive and Lib­er­al Friends? But even these brief obser­va­tions are impre­cise and can mask sur­pris­ing­ly sim­i­lar tal­ents and stum­bling blocks. We all of us are humans, after all. The Inward Christ is always avail­able to instruct and com­fort, just as we are all bro­ken and prone to act impul­sive­ly against that advice.

5 Years Ago: February 2013

Some fun!

Sec­tar­i­an Symp­toms: Jumpers, Shak­ers, Quak­ers, and… 

10 Years Ago: February 2008

Oh look at that, I was com­ment­ing about a Friends Jour­nal arti­cle!

Look­ing at North Amer­i­can Friends and the­o­log­i­cal hotspots. Over on Friends Jour­nal site, some recent stats on Friends most­ly in the US and Cana­da. Writ­ten by Mar­garet Fras­er, the head of FWCC, a group that tries to unite the dif­fer­ent bod­ies of Friends, it’s a bit of cold water for most of us.

15 Years Ago January 2003

I was writ­ing about U.S. for­eign pol­i­cy seemed to be avoid­ing a grow­ing sit­u­a­tion in North Korea. Oh my, too time­ly still.

Tough Time to Love War(Making). Pres­i­dent Bush and his team of war mon­ger­ers have been so busy look­ing at Iraq that they’ve giv­en North Korea just spo­radic atten­tion. Recently-declassified reports show that the U.S. Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency has known much more about North Korea’s nuclear bomb mak­ing over the last dozen years than anyone’s been admit­ting.

20 Years Ago: Early 1998

This is like one of those Face­book memes where you present a preschool­er with a piece of tech­nol­o­gy that dis­ap­peared decades ago and ask them to guess at the use. Hey kids, gath­er round: have you ever heard of the Polaroid 600 and Spec­tra series? I had them both.

Bur­nished Polaroids. This is a style of pho­tog­ra­phy I got into a few years ago. It’s appeal is sim­ple: it takes lit­tle tech­ni­cal exper­tise and the process itself is lim­it­ed in time. Every­thing boils down to basic form: a suc­cess­ful pho­to depends on set­ting up a good shot and then bring­ing it’s poten­tial out in the bur­nish­ing.