How iPhones and Google Docs Have Streamlined my Research

If you share a passion for study, writing, or teaching, you probably collect countless quotes and materials each month for future reference. The hard part is locating them in your archive when the time comes. Perhaps you think you have a decent system in place for recording and extracting these myriad bits of information, but here are some tricks that have helped me immensely.

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This is one of my favorite hymns, written by Charles Wesley. “Jesus, Lover of my Soul” to the tune of Aberystwyth. The last two stanzas are especially dear to me.

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

Wilt Thou not regard my call? Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall—Lo! on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand! While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand, dying, and behold, I live.

Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.

Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.


The corrupting influence of money makes its way to all positions of power. Do not forget behind the semblance of upstanding authority stands the potential for unjust abuses. Systems of accountability for governments must be maintained vigilantly lest the interests of the public are undermined by those with their hands on the inside.

The Rarified World of Wood Finishing

My best friend, Joshua Klein, is an amazing craftsman obsessed with his trade. He writes,

“Restorers of furniture are an interesting breed. We seem to never tire of discussing the effect of a substrate’s birefringent qualities on inpainting techniques like pointillism or striping. It never grows old to muse on the uniqueness of the French polish’s amorphous interface and how it’s radiance captivates the masses. And the debate will never die on the relation of the molecular weight of proteinaceous adhesives and its relevance for utilization in structural applications. We few, we band of brothers, are a rare breed. Our friends back home will never get it. Our wives just don’t understand. When shellac is the lifeblood running through one’s veins and the universe is believed to be held together by hide glue nothing appears the same ever again.”

Check out his blog, it’s fascinating.

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Franco Corelli remains the archetypal voice of heroism. Here are seven minutes that may broaden your horizons. The transitions, diminutions, and scope of this aria are breathtaking. The finale, superb!