Christians have apparently been praying for AD 2020 for quite some time…

From The Great Litany, which will open our Advent services tomorrow.

introducing [istherepublicstillintact.com](http://istherepublicstillintact.com)

(This was an oddly theraputic way to spend thirty minutes.)

Someone needs to purchase [istherepublicstillintact.com](http://istherepublicstillintact.com) and update with a simple “Yes” or “No” so that we can all get on with our lives this week.

Is there an indiweb/open alternative to Strava, etc.? I also use Smashrun, but would love a site that visualizes all of my data, not just runs.

Spent most of the past month working through potential return-to-school guidelines. This just about sums up the experience thus far.

From _Aesop’s Fables for Children._

Re-reading _Watership Down_ with a group if incoming high school freshmen this summer has been a real treat. Never thought I would say that about a book about bunnies…

Ready for another season of (mostly) news-free online life.

[Freedom](http://freedom.to) is now setup to perpetually block all news sites other than one [local site](https://www.texastribune.org) and the Economist. A few of my favorite columnist are available via RSS.

It is called _saving_, and, when possible, it is among the most tangible ways you can set yourself up to love your neighbor in times of crisis.

> top education officials detail plans to open public schools for in-person classes this fall.

By [“detail plans”](https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/24/accidental-lesson-health-politics-coronavirus/) they actually mean “force individual Texas schools to become experts in epidemiology _and_ take the fall if what they come up with leads to a massive outbreak.”