Getting Fresh

September 18, 2014 — 8 Comments

freshenIt’s possible for blogs to get stale. That’s no surprise, to regular readers.

Like everything else in life, same old same old (American slang) gets old.

I’ve never been one to desire change for its own sake. C.S. Lewis satirizes such notions in his poem, “Evolutionary Hymn.”

Lead us, Evolution, lead us

     Up the future’s endless stair:

Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us.

     For stagnation is despair:

Groping, guessing, yet progressing

     Lead us nobody knows where.

Still, for some time I have felt like I wanted to freshen up the look of Mere Inkling.

I’ve taken the plunge and purchased the package where I can tailor colors and fonts. I’ve also decided to move some of my old websites here to Mere Inkling.

First of all, I have added The Odes of Solomon. If you’re interested in learning about the most ancient Christian hymnal, check it out. I have included paraphrases of five of the Odes.

Next I will either move my C.S. Lewis Chronicles pages here, or the information that I’ve assembled online for two of our family’s ancestors who served in the American Civil War. I have also added a link to the military chaplaincy journal I edit.

Those will all be static pages, of course. The main feature of Mere Inkling will continue to be the regular columns, or posts.

I hope you enjoy the new format. I think it is an improvement, and enabling me to get all of these efforts under a single digital “roof,” will certainly help me stay better organized.

In expanding the offerings of Mere Inkling, I have maintained the valued past and am importing material that will be of interest to some. My goal has been to have the site “grow,” in the sense used by C.S. Lewis in “Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem.”

Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth.

8 responses to Getting Fresh

  1. 

    Looks very clean and sharp. Good choice. And more stuff under the hood in the new model. Keeps getting more and more interesting.
    Change can be energizing (the brain loves novelty…although has been known in some cases to toss the baby out with the bath water without thinking…happens a lot in education, right?)
    Great closing lines. Enjoyed taking the new model out for a smooth heady spin around the block

    • 

      Always glad not to disappoint. (If we set our goals low enough, not disappointing, they’re a lot easier to meet!)

      • 

        All together now. Sing with spirit
        “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine….”
        (continue…bound to make you smile and be encouraged.) No need for this blog to even think about hiding its’ light under a bushel or barrel or bowl – which ever the current edition wording is these days…(and we can cover the pride before a fall later…time to sing. Always time to sing. Joyful noise, everyone.)

  2. 

    It looks great. Sometimes change can be refreshing, as long as it’s something we choose (as opposed to my email server suddenly changing the appearance of my email and leaving me no choice about it!)

  3. 

    I like it! I’m reading this on a small smartphone and yours is one of the better looking sites.
    Have fun tweaking things to your liking; I find doing things on my site as fun as home decorating without the exhaustion and on a mini budget. :-)

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