Friday, February 9

1) Candlelight coffee and devotional. Astonished to find a dirty word in the Bible: "Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall . . . " I Kings 14:10.

2) Speaking of Jeroboam, an amusing example of grace under pressure in Iles Brody's The Colony: Portrait of a Restaurant and Its Famous Recipes when the younger-than-usual sommelier chilled a jeroboam of champagne too quickly and the bottle exploded. The maitre d', or the owner (I forget which) didn't waste time fulminating against the loss of that very expensive bottle, but simply said "So go chill another jeroboam."

3) Everywhere I look, at home or at work, there is clutter. I can't just say "Something must be done" or (a favorite at home) "Oh, the servants'll take care of it." It's on me!