Busy Bear: Bible, Cat Window, String Cheese
Earth Mystic (Carl McColman) and I are planning to read through The New Jerusalem Bible, beginning January 1, 2006. Carl does a great job of outlining our intentions at his blog (click here for his entry about it), so I won’t repeat it all here. We plan to invite others to join us, so we’ll be setting up a Yahoo group so we can discuss the readings and share with each other via email. I've wanted to read The New Jerusalem Bible because of its literary beauty ( J.R.R. Tolkien was a contributing translator and lexicographer of the original English edition) and because it contains the whole Bible, including the books Martin Luther ripped out and which do not appear in Protestant Bibles. The reading plan we’re using is very simple; it will take about 20 minutes a day to read two passages, one from the Hebrew Scriptures (“Old Testament”) and one from the Christian Scriptures (“New Testament”). If you’d like to join us but want to use another translation, please feel free to do so. Diversity is good! I’ll post the link here when we set up the Yahoo group.
[Addendum: The Yahoo group, named Lectio Divina, is now online. Feel free to join us!]
Click to join lectiodivina
On the home front, Kato the Gnostic Cat and I will be moving into our new apartment the weekend of November 4th. It’s in a pet-friendly apartment complex, and the apartment we’ll be living in is on the edge of the complex, next to the woods where Kato can go hunting. There’s a good buffer of woods between the apartment and the main road, so I feel OK about letting Kato go in and out as he pleases. I’ve already splurged on a fancy Window Cat Door for Kato to use at the new place.
The new apartment is on the back side of Little Kennesaw Mountain (pictured above as seen from Big Kennesaw Mountain), very convenient to the hiking trails. It’s also close to Marietta Square. I’ve written here before about how much I love living close to the Square.
My friend Donnie and I are going up to Asheville this weekend, for the organizational meeting of a new interfaith initiative called Universal Awakening. We'll be leaving the meeting a little early, to come back to Atlanta Saturday night to see The String Cheese Incident at the Fox Theatre.