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This makes me feel sort of odd. I didn't expect that.


Odd in what way?

Well for one thing, every Monday morning some time or other I think, "Let's see what Maclin has to say today." So, it will be like the morning paper not showing up, except that we don't get the morning paper.

And then, any kind of change makes me feel odd.

Even when I quit my last two jobs, I was happy to be quitting, but it felt so weird not to go to work.

It's not that I think it's the wrong thing to do or anything like that.


At first glance I thought you said that it makes you feel old, which would be quite understandable. It makes me feel both old and odd. It's sobering to grasp that I've been doing this for almost a decade and a half.

I hate to give up the SNJ, for a number of reasons. Not liking change is not the biggest reason, but it's in there.

You should give yourself some credit for knowing that it's Monday, by the way. :-)

Sometimes I don't know until you post on Facebook, so there's that, too.


I've been thinking lately about Solzhenitsyn famous essay "Live not by Lies" in relation to the tyranny of relativism we now live under. Our system now seems even more insidious, if possible, than his era. It's so easy to conform.


But like the little boy, maybe repeating that this particular emperor is buck-naked (even, maybe specially with humor) and not backing down is the best response.

"Live not by lies" is an essential admonition for the times. I think it's important to be in touch with other people who recognize the lies for what they are. It *is* very easy to conform. And tempting.

A couple of days ago I got a message requesting a substitute for the 11pm Dec 31st hour at the Adoration chapel nearby. I accepted and am really looking forward to bringing in the new year that way.

That is very nice.


Happy New Years, Mac! Looking forward to whatever you decide to post on your blog. May God continue to bless you and your family in 2019.

Happy New Year. I don't know when I started reading this blog. Maybe 2007 or 2008? Anyhow, all the best

Thanks, Stu and Grumpy, and Happy New Year to both of you.

Happy New Year, everyone, and blessed feastday.

I've been thinking about how the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God comes on the heels of, perhaps, the most bacchanalian night of the year. It's like your mother has to come behind you and clean up your mess. ;-)

Our big evening consisted of assembling puzzles with our 8 & 4 year old grandchildren, listening to the end of Sycamore Row on an audiobook, and going to bed at 10:30 p.m.

It was nice to go to Mass this morning.


". It's like your mother has to come behind you and clean up your mess."


I never have been big on NYE partying, but then I'm not big on any kind of partying.

Happy New Year! And happy feast of the Mother of God. And feast of the Circumcision.

Thank you, and likewise to you.

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