Wednesday tidbits

News arrived this morning from David’s youngest son Timothy, who called to let us know he had filed his papers to become an Anglican priest.  David had a somewhat strained relationship with this son in recent years because Timothy  thought David had “lost his faith” and David thought Timothy had gone off the deep end regarding religion.  Now as he enters the Seminary in nearby Alexandria Virginia,  Tim and his dad seem reconciled.

A few years ago, the Episcopal Church split into two parts, one more socially conservative, the other, more liberal in its beliefs. Apparently, Tim has gone the more conservative route which affiliated itself with the Anglicans in England.

David told Tim he would love to hear him preach.  David himself began preaching when he was a young man, but says wistfully he never had a calling.  So, I tell him he had a calling to marry me, a born-again Jezebel.  Well sort of.  At least my Dad thought so, but that’s a subject for another day.  Besides, Jezebel got a bum rap.


When I studied at GMU, I took courses on the history of England in the Twentieth Century.  One course began with the Boer War in South Africa and ended with the Suez crises.  Another covered postwar Europe (1940s through the 1990s). I wrote my research paper for this latter course on Margaret Thatcher.  Other courses covered Europe and East Asia in modern times (since c.1500). All these courses covered politics in Europe, and gave me insight into the struggles between the left and the right (beginning with the French Revolution and ending with the “fall of the wall”) The Economic Union was of special interest.

At present, I am reading Margaret McMillan’s Paris 1919, which covers the creation of the Versailles Treaty. I’ve read other books by McMillan, a professor of history in Canada and specialist on the history of the early twentieth century.  McMillan is the great-granddaughter of Lloyd George, British Prime Minister and participant in the drafting of the Versailles Treaty.

For a course on the history of the corporation, I read Lords of Finance: The Bankers who broke the World, by Liaquat Ahamed which examines the economic aftermath of the Versailles Treaty and suggests England, France, Germany and the US played major roles in the world-wide depression of the 1930s.  I’m not far enough into McMillan’s book to say she has a different perspective from other historians, but I think she might.

My granddaughter Joy took this photo on one of her hikes in the mountains. (I think)

My granddaughter Joy took this photo on one of her hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. (I think)


13 thoughts on “Wednesday tidbits

  1. Reconciliations in families is always a good thing. It’s amazing how rifts appear and then the strength of being a family takes over and things are healed.


  2. I have a son who has gone into one of the many branches of the Christian Church (they can’t even agree among themselves, how can they have anything meaningful to say to non-believers?) and it has made our relationship difficult. He proselytises when he visits, we sit and watch in wonder (silently). Once he’s off the religion we get on well.


    • I believe in a Higher Power, but I also believe each mere mortal has their own human interpretation. No one has all, or many, or perhaps any of the answers. That’s why ‘the God of my understanding’ works for each individual. Heck, people can’t even agree on the boundaries on earth, why presume we know anything about something else.

      I do believe I should respect others beliefs as long as they are civil. Sounds like the best approach in your case is to smile and say little. I hope David can do that with Tim.

      Tim has two boys in service and one or both in Afghanistan or somewhere else, and both alienated from him. One is a Corpsman who deals with the wounded. We haven’t seen them in years owing to the split between David and Tim, as well as the split between them and their Dad. Live and Let Live, I say.


  3. About the photo: Wow! About Timothy the Anglican priest: You should be proud of him, even tho’ as a former Catholic myself I don’t get why those Protestants are always splitting up and starting new churches. B, who is Presbyterian, has tried to explain it to me; but it still doesn’t make sense.


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