Anchored and Holding Fast

Musings and delights of a mountain-dwelling, motorcycle-riding, hopeful Chief-of-sinners; a husband, father, brother, son. worshipper of the Three-In-One. I have been the betrayed, and I have been the betrayer.

"If God sends you down a stony path may He give you strong shoes."
~ Irish Proverb

“Now what is particularly outrageous about the Wal-Mart business model is that the Walton family that owns Wal-Mart is the wealthiest family in this country … The six heirs of Sam Walton are worth about, I believe, over $100 billion. Which is more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people, interestingly. And what is quite amazing is that one of the reasons this family has become so wealthy is that the taxpayers of the United States provide more welfare to the Walton family than any family in America. So that — when you have workers in Wal-Mart who in order to feed their families have got to go on food stamps, have got to go on Medicaid to get their healthcare, have got to live in government-subsidized affordable housing in order to have a roof over their heads — what that dynamic is, essentially, is that the United States, that the taxpayers of this country are in partnership with the Walton family. The Walton family makes all of the money – the wealthiest family in America – while the taxpayers have to subsidize the low-paid employees. And that to me is totally absurd.”

—   Bernie Sanders (via mattpayton)

(via 5window)

Beautiful girl in a 57 Chevy pickup. #prudenceeloise #beautifulgirl #proudpapa  (at Kelly Cottage)
Every day I’m grateful for the gift of this woman.  But today, the day we celebrate the Victory of Christ over Death, the exchange of beauty for ashes and healing for brokenness, I’m particularly grateful.  We’ve weathered the storms, have been broken and rebuilt, and God has been merciful to me, a sinner.  I love you, @pksmum.  (at Palo Verde Meadows)


"Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!”

“What inclines even me to believe in Christ’s Resurrection? It is as though I play with the thought. - If he did not rise from the dead, then he decomposed in the grave like any other man. He is dead and decomposed. In that case he is a teacher like any other and can no longer help; and once more we are orphaned and alone. So we have to content ourselves with wisdom and speculation…But if I am to be REALLY saved, – what I need is…faith. And faith is faith in what is needed by my heart, my soul, and not my speculative intelligence. For it is my soul with its passions, as it were with its flesh and blood, that has to be saved, not my abstract mind. Perhaps we can say: Only love can believe the Resurrection.”

—   Ludwig Wittgenstein, from Culture and Value (via onancientpaths)

Cuimhnichibh air na daoine bho’n d’thainig sibh.

(“Remember the people whom you come from.”)

—   Old Gaelic Proverb (via stonypathsstrongshoes)

Just wanted to repost this.

Missing Ireland deeply today.

I love America, and I’m grateful to live here. But there’s something in me that yearns for Irish soil.

“Hell is angry because it has been thwarted! Hell is angry because it has been mocked! Hell is angry because it has been destroyed! It is angry because it has been abolished! It is angry because it has been taken captive! Hell seized a body but discovered God. It seized earth and it encountered heaven. It seized what it saw and was vanquished by what it did not see. O death, where is thy sting? O hell, where is thy victory?”

—   John Chrysostom (via anachronizomai)

(via contrariansoul)

Finally getting a chance to sit for a bit. I’ve been going non-stop for the last three weeks. It’s been frustrating in several ways, as I’ve wanted to do some leather work and I’ve needed to get to the post office and if it hasn’t been long work days without a break, it’s been our vehicles needing repair.

Just gotta hold fast…