Monthly Archives: November 2014



I wasn’t going to post anything this weekend, as I have something scheduled for publishing tomorrow, but I was told about this article in the Virginian-Pilot, this morning, in my Sunday School class. I’ve entitled my page on today’s culture “Going to Hell in a Handbasket”, in keeping with my perspective on our times, and my curmudgeonliness. However, every once in a while, a candle shines in the darkness. Although I am the farthest thing from a Pollyanna, when I read about such candles, I want to acknowledge the light that they give.

Mark Rodriguez was one such candle. Only 17-years-old, Mark was killed in a shooting spree this past May. The article tells how his parents found out that Mark kept a prayer journal, and that it was g-r-e-a-t!. His parents were so moved by what he wrote that they started a blog to publish excerpts from his journal. Please go to the Pilot article and read it, and then go to the blog that they set up.

I promise you, you will be blessed.


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Introducing Matinee Monday

I admit it. I’m a sucker for old movies. Absolutely, 100% pure sucker. A total addict. And so, since our assignment for Blogging 101 today is to start a new feature, I’ve decided that this old curmudgeon is going to write a little something about old movies on Mondays of each week. So today, I am announcing a new feature from the Curmudgeonly Librarian, Matinee Mondays. For at least the immediate and foreseeable future, I will be posting about my old movie addiction on Mondays.


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Marital Idolatry, part 2

(This is the second of a three-part series; here are the links to part 1 and part 3.)

“Holy Estate of Matrimony”

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this congregation, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God in the time of man’s innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church

We’ve heard these words in every church wedding we’ve ever attended, right? But have you ever thought about what they are saying, and whether there might be more to it than just what is on the surface? Continue reading


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Apostle’s Creed, part 1

I know that it is easy to memorize lines for recitation by rote memory. But sometimes, we memorize something because it speaks to our souls and helps us to remain grounded in what and who we are. To me, this is the Apostle’s Creed. On my About Page, I state without apology, “I’m a born-again Christian who truly believes what is written in the Apostles’ Creed.” 

I see the Creed as the defining statement of what makes me, Me. In his song, Creed, Rich Mullins nails it when he writes, “I did not make it. No, it is making me.” This statement defines me, and over a number of posts, I want to explain why it is so important to me. Continue reading

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Marital Idolatry, part 1






(This is the first of a three-part series; here are the links to part 2 and part 3.)

Recently, someone reminded me of Mark 2:27, in which Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” The Jewish religious leaders, the Pharisees, had asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t follow the Sabbath regulations, and Jesus told them that the Sabbath regs that they had instituted were not the Law of God, and that God’s command of the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way around.

One person tried to object, saying that the laws of God were God’s revelation of His character, and that in giving the Sabbath law, He was making requirements for man to follow in order to be in line with God’s righteous character, not doing something for man’s benefit. It seems to me that this man is rather small-minded: why can’t it be both? Continue reading


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“It Is The Very Truth of God…”

To my mind, this was Rich Mullins’ greatest song.

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November 20, 2014 · 4:48 am

Great Minds ……..

You shall not crucify mankind on a cross of gold! ~ William Jennings Bryan, 1896

You shall not crucify your Christian brothers and sisters on the Institution of Marriage ~ Curmudgeonly Librarian, 2014


This is a thought that’s come to me in the past couple of days, and I’ve been turning over in my mind. A blog post or two will follow, I’m certain.

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November 20, 2014 · 4:10 am

Salad Days?

This post is an exercise for WordPress’ Blogging 101, in response to WP’s Daily Prompt, which asks “do you have any Good Old Days?”

In her delightful collection of short stories, The Devil Storybook, Natalie Babbitt tells of a little man being tempted by the devil, who wants to trick him. The devil, seeing this happy, contented old man, says that he will grant the man any wish, anything his heart desires. Continue reading


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“Find Thyself A Teacher”

In the Blogging 101 sphere, we are to write about, flesh out, comments that we might have made in visiting other blogging sites (the visiting was the assignment, yesterday.) One of the sites I came across was of a woman who is a Life Coach, and that triggered some questions and thoughts in me.

I am not clueless when it comes to Life Coaches; I listen to two podcasts, and both of them offer ‘coaching’. One of the podcasts, Sexy Marriage Radio, is hosted by Dr. Corey Allen, who is a licensed counselor, and who does counseling/coaching. His co-host, the popular author Shannon Etheridge, a licensed “Life Coach”, who conducts marriage workshops. Continue reading

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An Explanation

Because I am new to blogging, and to WordPress, I am going through WP’s monthly Blogging 101 boot camp. It’s a series of exercises that are designed to help you get your feet wet in the blogospere, and help you become more familiar with the tools that WP offers.

Today’s assignment was to modify the layout/theme that you had chosen, by personalizing the header. The theme I chose has a picture of books, which makes sense, as I am a librarian. But the theme did not display the ‘tagline’, the “Pithy Sayings” line, above. So I took this assignment as an opportunity to learn to use their tools to create my own image.

And VOILA! The Library Cat is born.

“The Library Cat?”, you ask. “Of course, the Library Cat,” I reply. After all, Mark Twain almost wrote “A library without a cat—and a well-fed, well-petted, and properly revered cat—may be a perfect library, perhaps, but how can it prove title?”  (And, yes, the Curmudgeonly Librarian does love cats.)



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