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What's new?

It's February, 2007, and life moves along. I've just added the Clustrmaps chunk to the front page, which is really exciting! Over the years, I haven't been monitoring the stats of visitors to the site, just proceeding on the faith that people are visiting the site and maybe appreciating it. (I don't get much contact from visitors, by the way, if there's any good word you'd care to pass along.)

In the first week, I can see the site has had visitors in the U.S. and Canada, in Mexico and Brasil, a bunch from across Europe and some on the Pacific rim – Japan, the Philippines, and Australia. I guess Clustrmaps shows the cities given for the IP addresses that they send the small map-image to.

(I'm in Philadelphia, which shows a big dot right now, probably from the number of times I checked the front page while I was installing it. My provider is based in Atlanta, so I don't quite understand how they can track me to Philly. Isn't that a little scary? Anyway, I've commented-out (<!-- -->) the image from the front page that I view from my hard-drive, so I won't be adding too many more hits to that counter. Meanwhile I can see I'm not the only person viewing my site!)

Also I've added that little signpost icon, a "favicon," which appears in the slot with the URL. If you do webdesign, by the way, you should know it's not very hard to generate it. Google 'favicon' and you'll find several sites that will do it for free, if you have a source image. (It's a good idea to use Photoshop or other software to work it down to maybe 64x64 pixels with web-safe colors, then let them do the final pass and give it back to you as an .ico file.)

What else? I don't think I've added much to the site itself, but I did start a blog in the fall of 2005, which should count for something. In it I reflect on how the contents of this site pertain to current events, and how my life experience makes sense within the frame that this site represents.

My conception of a blog seems to be different from that of 99.9% of the people who blog and/or read and comment at blogs. Do you realize that blog entries are collected by search engines, and may be visited weeks, months and years later by people who are interested in particular subjects? I try to write for that audience, and not just for those who live in the moment of today's news cycle. But it seems that no-one ever comments on entries that are more than a few days old. Does that strike anyone else as strange?

Right now, in the right column of the blog, there's a plug-in that brings the most recent comments up to the top, even comments on older entries. So commenting on any entry in the blog brings it to the top of that list for whoever next visits the blog. Think about it.

In my notes on the Children's Story Garden book, I reflect on a concept that resonates in Quaker experience – "that which is eternal." The implicit suggestion is that things have truth-value when they are true for a span of time. The longer that things are "true," the more closely they approach capital-T "Truth." Is that deep, or what?

Or what? C'mon, you can say it!

Since this "What's new?" entry is sort of bloggy, I'll put it on the Street Corner Society blog too, and if you want, you can comment on it there.

June 2004. The section below is from 2002, written after a previous overhaul of the site. More recently, the site has been extensively redesigned. I've decided to upload the whole revised site, leaving this page among others that will be updated as I find the time.

New pieces include the Children's Story Garden, Grubb's Quaker Thought & History, and a few of the pre-Quaker pieces – Walwyn's A Still and Soft Voice, and Cromwell's 1654 speech to Parliament. Previous new additions, not mentioned below, are Penn's Primitive Christianity Revived and Amelia Mott Gummere's study of Witchcraft and Quakerism.

July 2002. What's new? The latest is we've added a search function, provided by This service is free for the Street Corner Society site, and the burden of advertising etc. seems light. It's tied into the Open Directory project, which is a good thing. Of course, we've seen other "good things" ( go sour, so we'll tie in with only as long as the benefits of service are not outweighed by the costs, as we've seen with Yahoo -- excessive advertising, impositions on privacy, and heavy-handed shunting of traffic into their proprietary channels.

The site itself has moved from Mindspring to the domain, and we're now in the process of trying to get sites with links to the old location to change their links. The goal was to have done this by the end of the summer of 2001. However, the target date for completing the move is now the end of the year. It's now the summer of 2002, and the pages at Mindspring are gone.

Father and daughter.
A complicating factor, and great pleasure in my life, is my daughter Naomi, born in September 2000. She takes a lot more time than I might have imagined, and I'm happy to give it. As a matter of fact, she's sleeping on my shoulder at this very moment, as I one-handedly type these words. When she's awake, she gets a lot of my attention, and I've happy to report that she's doing very well.

The front/entry page has been reworked, and a bibliography has been spun off from the glossary.

Macaulay's The History of England, Vol. 1, has been added to the site. Volume 1 covers up through the so-called "Monmouth Rebellion" in 1685. There's some fascinating material in it about William Penn, for example. This work is not very sympathetic to the Quakers, but it treats the non-conformist branches and the rise of the Whigs at some length. These groups were part of the larger context for the development of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), making Macaulay's History important background reading for anyone especially interested in Quaker history.

As always, an easy way to get to pages is via the sitemap.

See also my personal web-site (which hasn't been updated for awhile).

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