So says my editorial today on Forthright Magazine:

Many modern societies like the U.S. are turning toward a philosophy of entitlement, expecting the government to guarantee basic personal needs. Governments encourage such attitudes. The more money they can generate through taxes, tariffs and fees, the more power they accumulate.

God created man as a creature of work. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were given the responsibility of tending the garden of Eden. After the Fall, man’s work became onerous and difficult, and this area of his life, as were all others, was adversely affected. But the inherent goodness of work was not changed.


• Leila left this afternoon by bus to Sao Paulo, to spend a few days with Paula, Jorge and Daniel. They plan on a round of museums, the zoo, and a water park. They’ll bring her back Friday.

• Picked up, again, Nigel Tranter’s MacBeth The King. Will finish it before long. A very different take from Shakespeare’s character.

• Have been eating lunch at a new place right on the praça, run, apparently, by a family of, if their sign is any indication, cariocas, or people from Rio. The food is good, not too expensive, though I thought the drink I got was a bit pricey. I haven’t been getting a drink since that first day. I don’t eat a lot of food at a time, usually, so my plate usually runs about R$5 or about US$2.85.

• Several of our main sites — BNc, TFR and FPress — are needing a boost. Richard Mansel continues to bless FMag with his faithful hand, but even it could use an extra shot. Thinking of how to do all that … Not to mention the smaller ones, which I’ll not bother to list.

• I’ve basically given up on finding someone to do a new database of subscribers for our Portuguese magazine. Without that, I don’t see how we can move forward. Will it fade away into the night?

• Times are I wish I could shut everything down except for writing, and narrow that down to books. Think I could get away with it? That’s every writer’s dream, isn’t it?

• Barbara Ann seems to be having a grand time in Costa Rica. She returns to the US around the 19th, I think. She has been sorely missed on the FPress business end, on the BNc work, and all around. Not to mention not having contact with a friend.

• Watching the mail for four copies of my book that my mom sent last week. I forgot to bring any back with me. They could take up to another week and not be considered late, as the mail goes.


From your friendly Brazilian devotional service, today in English.

But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Haggai 2:4 NLT

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