It’s been three years since I began a formal program of study in theology. The longer I have engaged in it, of course, the deeper and more involved the work has become. It’s not that I’ve written less, rather my concentration and activity have been drawn away from the whimsy and self-expression of this web log to more detailed and directed works. Some of those I posted here early on, however I have been sparing any followers from the fifteen- and twenty-page theological works of the last couple of years. The reading for these alone has stretched my mind to limits I didn’t know I had and coming closer to completion (in May ’17, with some hard work) these limits are being pushed back further and further. All this reading and research precedes that which will accompany an eighty-page thesis.
Sailing ‘Lifeline’ on Alum Creek Lake has also been affected. Classes have been held on Wednesday evenings at the same time the boat club races are held. As I’ve been attending school year ’round it has meant missing race night for the second year running. And this year, I haven’t trailer’d ‘Lifeline’ out of the lake to the larger venue of Lake Erie.
All this to say the experiences that have driven half of my essays on FaithandFlag.Wordpress.com have been siphoned off to other efforts and for the foreseeable future will continue in the same manner.
That’s not to say I haven’t been writing, just posting shorter works on other venues. If you’re interested, you’ll find professional commentary in a series of fifty essays at www.linkedin.com/in/johnzoll where I’ve been sharing both industrial notes and managerial content. Also, By-Dawn’s-Early-Light at www.facebook.com/By is a site dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. The recent posts there include comments on the controversy of whether our National Anthem is a racist poem, with links to CNN stories concerning the same.
(photo credit to the author. 1812 National Ensign is signed by the National Park Ranger who hoisted it over Ft. McHenry in June 2014. Signal flags are Charlie Mike and Bravo Zulu, welcoming grandchildren to our annual summer camp)