Friday, December 21, 2012

Young Man: Last Day

Today was the last day of school for this year. The lower school had a great Christmas program after our last exam. Seeing as it is a blustery day, I decided to go with a sweater plus a blazer.

Monday, December 17, 2012


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2884"] Botanical Gardens, SC, Clemson[/caption]


In honor of the upcoming Tigers vs. Tigers game, I give the LSU Tigers' colors.

Pink and Green, pt. 2

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC Nature's preppy.[/caption]

Spotlight, pt. 2

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC[/caption]


The sun was pretty low at this point, so I used my flashlight to help focus. I think it worked well. For some anyways. Others look awful, and thus you won't see them here.

Stay Golden

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3087"] Botanical Gardens, Clemson, SC[/caption]

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bird in Flight

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2668"] This was my first attempt to capture a bird in flight. It's more blurry than I'd like, but it doesn't look too bad. Particularly considering I wasn't ready for it.[/caption]

Pink and Green


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3432"] SC Botanical Gardens[/caption]

‎"In firing his...

‎"In firing his gun, John Brown has merely told what time it is.

It is high noon.

Thank God."

William Lloyd Garrison

Enjoying Ken Burns' Civil War special again.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Young Man: Swag

In this case, I'm using swag in the Michael Scott sense, and not the modern sense, i.e. Stuff We All Get.

One of the perks of having an influential blog is all the stuff that people send to you to review or promote.

One of the pitfalls of having this blog is that almost no-one sends me stuff (except for Derek - thanks for sending me that wallet!)

However, the recent Cordies deal I offered subverted that sad tradition. Almost immediately after posting it I got an email from longtime reader Brian, who keeps the YM/OM and strayaway faith strong over on his linked-to Pinterest. He told me that he makes handmade pens, and would trade me some Cordies for a pen. Well, you can imagine how quickly I jumped on that. 

Handmade? Check.

Beautiful? Check.

Related to writing? Check.

He sent one over that had some Celtic knotting in it, in respect of my interest in Irish heritage. That's when you know you've got a pretty good fan.

Anyways, I love it, and can't stop looking at it. Here are some pictures, so you can look at it, too. 

Just beautiful. And he knocked it out of the park with the knotting. As seen in this one.

Here it is with one of my many (many, many) journals. Beautiful combo.

It feels and writes very well, too. It's too pretty to carry it in my pocket every day (I use my stainless steel Embassy pen for that - it's already stood up to lots of drops and abuse), but I clipped it to my bag, for times when a more elegant pen is called for.

Thanks so much Brian. It is more than I had ever hoped for when I set up the deal. 

But if anyone wants to try and top Brian, let me know. I still have plenty of extraneous Cordies to unload for other swag.


Irish SWAG

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3546"] I got a pen, in exchange for some stuff that I make. See this for more.[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3888"] I got a pen, in exchange for some stuff that I make. See this for more. [/caption]

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

I'm depressed by this weather. It's beautiful out, but prohibitive to tweed. And that's prohibitive to happiness.

That doesn't mean I'm not going to wear it, though.

I'm gunning for the "most obnoxious socks ever" award. Actually, when I got these, they had some red and black buffalo check socks, which would be even worse.



[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3872"] SC Botanical Gardens[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="3782"] SC Botanical Gardens[/caption]

Saturday, December 8, 2012


What will happen when

subverting all norms

becomes the norm? How

will deconstruction

be deconstructed?

Inject some structure.

Discipline your mind.

Build around your heart.

Mixed Metaphors

The problem with mixed metaphors is not

primarily that two or more diff'rent

comparisons are being mixed, but that

the two comparisons are expected,

and so, dead. The power inherent in

a metaphor is this: the surprise found

when a song takes up its mat and walks out

of the house and makes its bed in your heart.

A mixed metaphor is better than one

that is dead - at least the surprise shocks you

out of expectancy and into thought:

the very thing that which is dead could not.


We push boundaries    to seek them out.

Not to tear down,    but to build rule

Not for no-rule,    but to find rule.


Free form poems    don't destroy them:

They have shown us    what poems are

and what poems,    truly, are not.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Tradition! As that old song goes; it is

well with me to conserve the old things we

sometimes forget to take along with us.

And thus, mo chara, am I writing in

pen, on a piece of paper, in a book

bound in leather, tied with a string, filled with

the ramblings of an unwillingly

post-modern mind, hopefully ripe for re-

volution and reform, by the Spirit,

and the freedom of His constraining will.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

An Old Man's Wish List

Yeah, I guess I'm doing another one of these this year. I'll go ahead and warn you that there aren't many (any, actually) clothes in this list. I'm sure I could find a bow-tie, pocket square, or full bespoke suit that I'd like to get, but this is the stuff that I would like to get this year.

I will also send the disclaimer that I already have, or will be getting some of this for Christmas or my birthday (next Friday).

Remnant KIN Bracelet - ya'll have already heard my thoughts on this awesome project. Seriously - how do you not have this yet? This is one of those that I already have. Early Christmas presents for the wife and me.

Waskerd Wooden rings - I've written on these before, too. If I had the coin to drop on one I'd do it in a heartbeat.

A JRR Tolkien print - the first few lines from "A Elbereth! Gilthoniel!" I love Lord of the Rings and all Tolkien stuff. I also like prints and fancy writing.

Pull-up leather iPhone case/wallet. This is what my wife bought me for my birthday. I don't have this one yet, though. I've been rethinking my EDC philosophy, and I think this will allow me to carry more stuff (and more useful stuff), but more on that later. I really like pull-up leather - my Chippewa boots are pull-up, and they look awesome.

Natural leather Moleskine (or Field Notes) cover. This is a perfect storm of stuff for me - Moleskine, check; natural leather, check; almost completely unnecessary, check. Man I want one.

Yes, I am obsessed with notebooks generally, and Moleskine notebooks specifically. I've yet to get a red one, and reading Joe Thorn's advice on setting up a Moleskine made me want to get another one.

ESV Journaling Bible. This is another trifecta of interests for me. The Bible, writing notes, and looking like a Moleskine. I've also been wanting to check out single column settings for the Bible (thanks a lot Alan - great blog, by the way).

So there you have it. This is the type of stuff that's been floating around my head lately. Send me an email if you want to buy me a birthday present. No, don't do that.

Oh, OK, you can, if you want to.