Calming

Far from the World, O Lord I flee,

From strife, and tumult far,

From scenes, where Satan wages still

His most successful war.

The calm retreat, the silent shade,

With prayer, and praise agree;

And seem, by thy sweet bounty made,

For those, who follow Thee.

There, if thy Spirit touch the Soul,

And grace her mean abode;

O with what peace, and joy, and love,

She communes with her God!

There, like the Nightingale she pours

Her solitary lays;

Nor asks a witness of her song,

Nor thirsts, for human praise.

Author, and Guardian of my life,

Sweet fount of light Divine!

And all endearing names, in One,

My Saviour I am thine!

What thanks I owe thee, and what love,

A boundless, endless store;

Shall echo thro’ the realms above,

When time shall be no more.

– William Cowper –

I haven’t read poetry in a while; have always liked Frost.

Some lines repeat during quiet times in the woods. I’ve spent a lot of time alone through the years while pursuing fish and game – Frost seemed to understand.

“Age saw two quiet children
Go loving by at twilight,
He knew not whether homeward,
Or outward from the village,
Or (chimes were ringing) churchward,
He waited, (they were strangers)
Till they were out of hearing
To bid them both be happy.
“Be happy, happy, happy,
And seize the day of pleasure.”
The age-long theme is Age’s.
‘Twas Age imposed on poems
Their gather-roses burden
To warn against the danger
That overtaken lovers
From being overflooded
With happiness should have it.
And yet not know they have it.
But bid life seize the present?
It lives less in the present
Than in the future always,
And less in both together
Than in the past. The present
Is too much for the senses,
Too crowding, too confusing-
Too present to imagine.

Too crowding, too confusing—
Too present to imagine

While not poetry per se, Ruark had a writing style that recapitulates some of my memories of yute.

Deep in the guts of most men is buried the involuntary response to the hunter’s horn, a prickle of the nape hairs, an acceleration of the pulse, an atavistic memory of his fathers, who killed first with stone, and then with club, and then with spear, and then with bow, and then with gun, and finally with formulae.

Hopefully, we can all enjoy more moments of calm than storm.

Peace!

131 Comments

  1. Oy

  2. Things to think about.
    Nice one, Jam. Thanks, man.

  3. Righteous xylophone action

  4. https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/why-does-tucker-carlson-sound-like?s=r

    Guest post at Bari Weiss’ substack

    He’s killed in the comment section

  5. Rain and snow today. Not too much, maybe an inch or so but I’m hoping for more of the “Out like a lamb” soon

  6. Just a cold rain here. Tomorrow supposed to be gorgeous.

  7. wakey wakey

  8. Shhhh. Still looking.

  9. We had a machinist who set up a five-gallon bucket in the right spot by the lathe and 90% of his chips would go into it. He had learned the trade in WW2, so he’d made a thing or two.

  10. Pete has my sympathy.

  11. I think we should really push the democrats to embrace this “don’t say gay thing”. Show that they are the party that wants to discuss transitioning to kindergartners.

  12. The glee with which these teachers go online and brag about how they are talking about their own sexuality with kids, either because they are that self-absorbed, or to influence them, is hideous. And the ones who apparently think they deserve to have intimate bonds with other people’s children, and encourage the keeping of secrets. It makes the skin crawl.

    Every Republican at the local level should be clipping these videos into their campaign ads.

  13. Exactly. many think it is so perfectly normal. I got caught up in a thread yesterday – this liberal chick. I’m just going to have to go copy some of it for you guys.

  14. I think we should really push the democrats to embrace this “don’t say gay thing”. Show that they are the party that wants to discuss transitioning to kindergartners.
    —————————–
    Totally agreed. They see it as totally normal to want to talk to a 5 year old about what gay means, transexuals, etc. There are a lot of people who don’t understand what the law actually states but when they find out, every normal thinking person has a moment of pause.

    Really? You want to discuss sexuality with children? The hesitancy around that is biological, not just logical.

    Its a pedo thing.

  15. the post was a picture of someone holding a sign saying “Trans girls are girls”.

    No they’re not, was my response.

    Teddy Wong
    Carin Rose Okay the, define trans girl.

    Reply
    21h

    Carin Rose
    A biological boy who “feels” like a girl, and thus identifies as such. I personally don’t know what it feels like to be a girl, so I don’t know how such “feelings” have much meaning. they will never be a girl, no matter how many (damaging) hormones they take or surgeries they endure.

    Reply
    21hEdited

    Terry Scott
    Carin Rose: Nobody gets to define a person except that person.
    4

    Reply
    21h

    Carin Rose
    I’m not defining a person. I’m describing their biological makeup.

  16. Leon, go check the GFCIs in the garage.

  17. They then brought up hermaphrodites. @@ . Then the super smart argument that many people need drugs to stay alive, and we don’t deny them that. Comparing gender dysphoria to diabetes.

  18. I think if most normal libs saw the arguments these crazy libs are making, they’d walk away.

  19. libs always define a group by the outliers. Abortion is another one “WHAT ABOUT INCEST?”

    Ok, I’ll give you incest, but what about the 99.9% of the rest of abortion?

  20. There are very few moments in my life when I really got tunnel vision and focused in on something that was being communicated to me.

    One time, a few years ago when MJr was about 2, my FIL asked GND and I when we were going to start talking to him about sex and drugs.

    My mind went perfectly clear.

    I said that he was 2 years old and he responded that it’s never really too early.

    At that moment I decided that he’d never be alone with my child, ever. I briefly considered throwing him from the porch, which is about 10 feet off the ground and wondered if he’d bounce on the sidewalk.

    A year or so later he bought a small 2 bedroom house after finally getting about 50K from a slip and fall lawsuit he filed years before. He mentioned that the second bedroom was for MJr when he’s old enough to sleep over. I let it go, but when GND and I spoke about it later she told me it would never happen. I didn’t have to say a word. It’s instinctual.

    I have no idea if he’s a pedo but I know wanting to talk to a 2 year old about sex is close enough.

  21. -chirp-

  22. Wait. What was that?

  23. Supposedly there are 75000 trans kids in Iowa (BS), and only 4 want to play sports. So we shouldn’t have a law banning trans women (the guys pretending to be girls, right? always get the terminology f’d up) from playing girls sports.

  24. sex and drugs is where the definition of liberal is.

  25. BTW nice comments on substack, jimbro. Crowder crew had it right yesterday, Tucker snuck in on Fox. He was pretty milquetoast before, and when he got his own show he exploded. No way Fox would hire him now, but they can’t get rid of him. Oh they want to.

  26. when GND and I spoke about it later she told me it would never happen

    Good call.

  27. the comments are where the discussion is in that piece Jimbro. This competes with SpongeBrain Shitpants nickname though. : We are not interested in protecting Titular President Asterisk’s and his son’s European money-launderers.

  28. It’s almost time for the sex and drugs talk with Erin. she’s 22, so I think that’s the age mj.

  29. I think you all need to prepare yourself for me being an empty nester sometime in the next year. It’s not going to be immediate, but I’m pretty sure Erin has big plans for her navy boy.

  30. I checked, freezer was running when the power came back.

  31. One of his proudest moments is when he started talking to preteen GND and her friends about sex and drugs while he was driving them somewhere.

    It’s a defining worst moment of her life. The parents of her friends wouldn’t let them hang out anymore and she became a bit of a social outcast.

    Weird how psychopaths see the world. The worst thing is always the best and they are always the hero.

  32. You can stay at my house for a bit if you want. I’m planning a garden after we move in.

  33. laura, check the temperature in your plant freezer

  34. At that moment I decided that he’d never be alone with my child, ever.

    Is there a reason you didn’t tell your FIL that, right in the moment? From everything you’ve said about the guy, this is an intrusive and manipulative person. This individual needs to understand boundaries in a bright-line sort of way, it can’t just be an unspoken thing or an understanding with you and the wife. At some point he is going to try to maneuver himself into a spot where it happens. He needs to know it is not allowed, and the consequences of any future attempts.

  35. I explained to my niece once that unicorns were really rhinoceros after an ancient game of telephone. That was pretty much the only dark mystery I thought I ought to lay bare for her.

    She just laughed. Not sure she believed me.

  36. (although, my advice above is second-best to excising this cancer from your life entirely. Why even associate with someone you can’t trust with a kid?)

  37. Recessional
    By Rudyard Kipling

    1897

    God of our fathers, known of old,
    Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
    Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
    Dominion over palm and pine—
    Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget—lest we forget!

    The tumult and the shouting dies;
    The Captains and the Kings depart:
    Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
    An humble and a contrite heart.
    Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget—lest we forget!

    Far-called, our navies melt away;
    On dune and headland sinks the fire:
    Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
    Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
    Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
    Lest we forget—lest we forget!

    If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
    Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
    Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
    Or lesser breeds without the Law—
    Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget—lest we forget!

    For heathen heart that puts her trust
    In reeking tube and iron shard,
    All valiant dust that builds on dust,
    And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
    For frantic boast and foolish word—
    Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

  38. I increasingly believe any and all things worth understanding are found in the works of Rudyard Kipling.

  39. The plant freezer is doing great, Jay. Really chillin’ those sprouts down.
    Tomorrow when it’s warmer out I’m going to fill the thing up with a big tub of water, lots of potted plants and bags of soil to help it keep warmer than the outside air at night. I had forgotten how much mass it really needs in order to make it happen. I only have a couple big tubs of soil for planting potatoes in, and a couple flats.

  40. Is there a reason you didn’t tell your FIL that, right in the moment? From everything you’ve said about the guy, this is an intrusive and manipulative person. This individual needs to understand boundaries in a bright-line sort of way, it can’t just be an unspoken thing or an understanding with you and the wife. At some point he is going to try to maneuver himself into a spot where it happens. He needs to know it is not allowed, and the consequences of any future attempts.
    ———————————-
    I talked to him the next morning. I couldn’t sleep because I was so pissed. I told him that I would push him outside of the fence every time he walked up to it. I also told him that I considered throwing him and his bags from the porch, which sort of surprised him. I’m a pretty low key person and he’s a bully so the threat of actual violence seemed to give him pause.

    I also had to tell him no drugs in the house. If you can’t manage sobriety, don’t visit.

    I took care of shit.

    I asked myself what would lumps do? Then I subtracted 25 and put down the circular saw and removed all of the plastic drape from the basement.

  41. the post was a picture of someone holding a sign saying “Trans girls are girls”.
    ————————-
    There’s a real hole in this logic that I don’t see anyone talking about.

    If trans women and trans men are real women and real men then there’s no such thing as trans. Need to remove T from the alphabet people.

  42. aww, you’re no fun, dexter mj

  43. If trans girls are girls, why are trannies still a separate porn category?

  44. um, I don’t think you’re a biologist, Jurassic Park MJ.

  45. They need the term trans to insure they get their victimhood.

  46. are you going to start collecting more dogs, car in, to keep you occupied?

    Or go full cat lady?

  47. I’ve still got kittens that need homes, Car in.

  48. What about crickets?

  49. Happy Birthday, Sean!

  50. Elliot loves eating crickets. Maybe that’s where chirpy went, to “The Farm”.

  51. Kickass, MJ. TCB. *fist bump/ high five/ bro-hug combo*

  52. Dogs. Chickens . Maybe a few goats?

  53. twitter: that’s interesting

    Florida Dem primary voters FAVOR Don’t Say Gay bill, 52 to 36

    not even close. they are digging their own grave

  54. All my crickets have home, MJ.

    I have little machines that turn them into eggs.

  55. I’ve also got two registered Katahdin rams I’ll sell you for cheap, Carin.

    Called the local meat packer yesterday, they are booked for the rest of the year. This has been true every time I’ve called. I should ask for a job application.

  56. Happy birfday Sean!

  57. So I’m probably going to call Sobek – Sobek. Since, you know, that’s the name I know – lol.

    Just like I called Leon that when I met him. I still like to call him that.

  58. rest of the year? It’s freakin March! wow

  59. You monster.

    You sick fucking monster.

  60. Look, I’ve got quotas to hit, man. It’s just business.

  61. Ew.

  62. Notice one thing: it is almost exclusively women teachers that are broadcasting their grooming behavior. If men were doing it things would be quite different.

    Can you imagine some guy talking to little girls about masturbating?

    Why is it different when women do it?

  63. And BTW, I get to define persons.

    You’re an asshole.

    (Not any of you.)

  64. I wonder if Cricket Sticks could be a thing.

    Deep fried cricket battered goodness.

  65. I bet slaughter and evisceration on crickets is a lot quicker than sheep.

  66. Headline in the WSJ today:

    “Vladimir Putin Wants Europe to Pay for Gas in Rubles”

    He’s got them bent over a barrel. Or pipeline as it were.

    Either way, the EU is fucked.

  67. I’m willing to bet the meat packer would offer you a paid internship for learning their butcher tricks. I call them tricks because “hacks” doesn’t conjure up the image of a professional meat processing man.

  68. If grocery stores are hiring trainee meat cutters at $14/hr, I tend to think a small operation would be interested at something close to that, even if I just work part time.

  69. Those are really cute. I’m going to make them with MJr.

  70. find a refridgerator unit somewhere, and create a walk in cooler. Make your own locker.

  71. did y’all catch the latest Project Veritas? The one about additional warrants and surveillance for the Biden diary? Microsoft (yes, freakin MICROSOFT) got sick of covering up because of gag orders, and told about secret warrants to uncover Cloud communications a year old, and they never had to tell PV? Completely in secret, and it’s going on to this day to untold companies.

    Scary shit.

  72. spam call: Hello, is this Mrs. Jay?

    No, this is her husband

    We are unable to get in contact with her, can you leave a message?

    Have you left a message on her phone, or the home phone? It won’t be very effective calling her husband’s cell phone.

    No, we haven’t

    Don’t you think that would be more effective, if you are trying to call her?

    *click

  73. I admit that I missed ‘petroruble’ my 2022 bingo card. Should have been an easy lay-up.

  74. hahaha, notthebee!

  75. Couldn’t do it today. Forgetting too much simple stuff, decided it best to leave work before I caused an OSHA recordable or something. Got an appointment with my doctor in the morning, hoping to get something for depression to get me over the hump. Saturday is the service for her, going to need something to get through that, I don’t think alcohol would be appropriate.

  76. Don’t drink, Dave. Your instinct here is a good one. Pray, read the bible, go for a walk in the woods with loved ones.

    But don’t drink.

  77. hang out here and poke fun at us.

  78. I sorta love that there were a whole bunch of people talking about the first black supreme court justice.

    Harry Potter rule. Nothing existed before it.

  79. I just reread the Fl bill.

    Its def a pedo thing if you’re against that.

  80. It didn’t go far enough. Should have established rooftop tossing as the penalty for transgressions.

  81. I think back on my early grade school days and I cannot even fathom any situation where a teacher would have discussed sexuality or gender for any reason whatsoever. Completely inappropriate and sinister. They really want to disrupt innocence and normal development, don’t they?

    Every once in a while I get an empathetic insight into the people who believe human beings can be controlled by demons that are trying to deceive and befoul the whole world.

    I get it. This is what that would look like. How would we ever tell the difference?

  82. Lumps, your choices are either reptoids or demons.

    If it’s demons, then there’s hope. To quote the prophet:

    “If there is a Hell and those things are from it, then there is a Heaven, there’s got to be.”

  83. Well lunch with Car in was cool, but we were both speaking death metal the whole time, so I couldn’t understand a word she said.

  84. Reptoid demons, leon, reptoid demons.

  85. I won! Begone demonoid reptons!

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  86. We had a long discussion about why hairbands should never again be featured on the hostages. I’m pretty sure he saw my point of you.

    It was a really fun lunch Sobek is a very nice guy and I highly recommend everyone meet him if given the opportunity

  87. I think back on my early grade school days and I cannot even fathom any situation where a teacher would have discussed sexuality or gender for any reason whatsoever.
    ———
    I recall there was one day in 6th grade all the boys went down to the gym for an unscheduled hour of basketball and the girls remained behind in the classroom. The Miracles of Menstruation were almost certainly discussed. I can’t be certain because the day was forgotten about quickly and only remembered years later. That was Catholic school. Next year in public junior high school we had “Health Class” which, by today’s standards, was pretty mundane. For example, no condom on the banana demo, fisting wasn’t even mentioned and there were only 2 genders.

  88. Meh.

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  89. After one game I can tell nerdle’s about pattern recognition and a process of elimination rather than really math.

  90. MJ’s an instigator.

  91. did you have to go to crossfit, or for a run, sobek?

  92. We did kickboxing to see who would get the bill.

  93. DNH, keep posting. We love you. We’re family, here. By choice.

  94. Those coffee spoons are the most ridiculous end product of skilled labor I’ve ever watched.

  95. Dan is making homemade Chex mix again. Smells yummy and very delicious. My Lenten lunch for tomorrow. MJ and Lumps know what is going on. I believe that my mom allowed my grandfather access to my sister and me, because she wasn’t “Chosen”. MJ, I am sorry that GND was ostracized because of her creeper dad. My dad was “That guy”. It was really gross when he started “Dating” girls I went to HS with. Girls I worked with.

  96. Sobek is at least a foot taller than me. How is that fair?

  97. Ratt sucks

  98. Palate cleanser

  99. Sobek is tall?

  100. And I am in the shorter side

  101. Ratt sucks

    Well, at least they’re not Whitesnake, or Poison, or Quiet Riot.

  102. Sobek is on a plane now so Ivan talk shit about him.

    Did you know that he once took up learning Calculus for fun?

  103. I like Quiet Riot. Had the cassettes. Get off my lawn. I always thought Sobek was a Caiman.

  104. Not surprised. He is a Renaissance crocodilian.

  105. I’m as tall as the average Roman phalanx fighter. It’s an issue with some things, and very occasionally an advantage.

  106. I hide well. That’s not nothing.

  107. Taking Dan to his first rodeo. Not really a rodeo. PBR event. Not the beer.

  108. Ratt sucks

    Well, at least they’re not Whitesnake, or Poison, or Quiet Riot.

    This feels like a provocation to begin singing.

  109. Ratt sucks

    This is why your children are all moved out.

  110. Sorta a winning strategy then?

    Kids move out, dogs move in.

  111. “Sobek is at least a foot taller than me.”

    You forgot to mention how good-looking I am, too.

  112. Tucker has me infuriated right now. Cory booker is asshoe.

  113. Biden: “I did not say that in fact sanctions would deter him. Sanctions never deter.”

    So why do them unless the main purpose is another step to screw the serfs for the NWO.

  114. “ You forgot to mention how good-looking I am, too.”

    I said that you read calculus books for fun … Wasn’t that praise enough?

  115. Pork loin is at 1.39/lb. Bought an 11 pounder and will cut it up/foodsaver it tomorrow.

    Re: The kid sniffer nominating a soft on pedo judge. Is anyone surprised?

  116. My method to managing grief is to behave in a manner my loved one would respect and appreciate.

    Hang tuff DNH. Yer still here so you obviously have work to do yet. (that’s the only thing I can figure when it comes to myself)

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  118. “Wasn’t that praise enough?”

    No.

  119. Happy birthday, Sean!

  120. Jam, this is a hug from me to you.

    I loved this poat.

  121. MJ’s FIL is an effing groomer.

    No sleep overs. Ever.

  122. I thought about posting a poem, but I don’t really feel like reposting any of mine, and the only other one I have memorized is “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. There’s bits and pieces of other poems floating around my brain but nothing really worth sharing.

  123. Psalm 4

    Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
    You gave me room when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

    How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
    How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah

    But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

    When you are disturbed, do not sin;
    ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah

    Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.

    There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
    Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

    You have put gladness in my heart
    more than when their grain and wine abound.

    I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

  124. Donnie’s epidermis remained pimply.


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