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This month to write a poem a day
for thirty days — I’m late! I’m late!
I just now saw it — What can I say?
Gross tardiness — oh, how I hate

arriving last! ‘Tis better not
to try — pretend you didn’t know,
plead ignorance! Other paths are fraught
with pain and shame — you mustn’t go!

You beggar for mental anguish! Write,
then, if you must — erase this blight
of guilt — wash your rhymeless sins.
The man of strictest discipline wins.

Wish we had in Portuguese a really good Bible version that could be reproduced without restrictions. As in for writing a commentary or other uses. The NET Bible and other versions in English are available. There’s one in Portuguese, but it uses the Received Text and sounds ancient. The translator of the NT from the ESV into Portuguese has given me his permission, and I’m grateful for that. I very much like the style he’s adopted. But some grammatical and spelling errors are showing up. Maybe he won’t have a problem if I fix that. Though if and when some translating options may not be to my liking?

Like several other writers I can think of, Wm. Barclay is great in so many ways, but when he is bad, he’s awful. His treatment of 1 Jn 4.1ff is murky and much off base. I’m reading him devotionally these days and was in no way edified this morning. Glad to have just the text of heaven by which to be strengthened.

The WordPress software that runs our Forthright Magazine website says that Stan Mitchell had published no fewer than 715 articles in his Reality Check column. The one we still have for next week will make 716. That is no small feat.

Stan wrote about a wide range of subjects. His work as a college professor often shone through as he addressed issues especially pertinent to young people. He thought much about the next generation of saints. Stan upheld the historicity of the Bible and wrote about archaeology and Christian evidences. He loved to ponder facets of our singing, having written a book about it. He sought to encourage readers to be wholehearted, genuine, and dedicated in faith.

His articles deserve repeated reading.

Friend Stan passed away this morning. This was his day to publish on FMag, and we had one article to go up of his. One more for next week also. Then his column goes quiet.

Family note: DD and her fiancé had started premarital counseling with Stan. They were going to ask him to perform the wedding ceremony.

  1. Ammo Girl wrote, “I wouldn’t go back to high school for a billion trillion dollars.” I agree.

  2. KFC is now in SJC. Never was a favorite place of mine, and even less so for being in a mall. Missus wanted to try it out tonight. Done.

  3. Three good, solid days of work and writing. Can tomorrow be four?

  4. Much rain. Reservoirs ought to be full. I don’t mind the cooler temps that come with it.

  5. Book of a few of this year’s outlines of lessons and studies topped 60 pages today. I started this sometime in the second semester.

  6. An original verse: Addiction binds the body and soul, / The empty eye can never be full.

  7. A Bible verse: “The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy” Prov 28.13.

George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing Clear and Tight Prose
At this link you’ll find the six rules. You can find more on them at the OpenCulture link there, if you’re interested in pursuing it.

Every spare moment, nearly, has been spent in writing in Portuguese, much of that for a book of evangelistic studies, which so far has just over 200 pages. It has required translation of some studies, transcription of material I have on paper by others, and writing my own material, as well as revision and expansion of other of my material.

There’s also another big, big reason, but I’ll get to that one before long.

Americans have their special interests, including Christians. I’ve been gone for so long that the things I write don’t seem to resonate with them. Maybe another reason to turn my efforts more to Portuguese?

A popular political and cultural website that is open to submissions has a rule that two spaces should follow full stops in text. Unbelievable! Unreasonable! One should use one space between sentences. Always. If you’re going to use two spaces, get a manual typewriter.

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