— Thomas Merton
Do you ever see a posting from someone who almost never posts on Facebook and you wonder, why on earth did this person choose this to post about? It will be for instance something silly about their pet, or cheering on their sports team, or an “I love my best friend”-type post. Something so utterly uncontroversial as to make it really truly mystifying that this person has restrained himself or herself from posting on Facebook for so long, only then to have chosen to post something so, so, so banal.
Or perhaps there’s something to be appreciated in a person who appreciates life’s simpler things.
Amazon reviews are way too much fun. Here’s mine on Chemex Filters:
If you own a Chemex, you really don’t have a choice with filters. It’s these guys or nothing. So fine, I’ll go with your filters, Chemex, but I’ll continue to point out that as long as there is only one choice of Chemex filter, we all live in a one-filter state.
It’s actually really fun. Here’s a recent one I wrote about Mad Men, Season 6:
Season 6 is shaping up well. It really got going once Pete Campbell emerged. For some reason he’s such a joy to watch. So far there’s a lot of setup, but I imagine pretty soon we’ll be seeing some of the big events happen.
In the story of the man in the cowboy hat who ran toward the explosion in Boston while others ran away, I couldn’t help but notice this fact [emphasis mine]:
When his 20-year-old son was killed in Iraq in 2004, Arrendondo was inconsolable. In his agony and rage, he set a van on fire and received help through counseling. Seven years later, his other son committed suicide.
It is pretty inspiring that a man who has gone through so much suffering and who once set a van on fire could do what he did at the Boston Marathon. I can’t help but think the counseling had something to do with it and to see this as an example of the importance of counseling, which is still so under-valued in our society.