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Blogging Revival

I know it’s been a long time since I blogged, but this is not without good reason. A mixture of many hours and upper-division classes made last semester one of the most challenging yet for me, and while blogging remained on the list of priorities, I rarely got that far down the list. But that is past, and the summer is now upon us!

There is much to blog about, as I have hardly been idle. After finals were done with, I went on a jaunt across middle and east Tennessee with some friends, and had a grand time backpacking, looking at waterfalls, climbing mountains, and not getting campfires lit due to damp wood. Plus, I have recently arrived in my new “home” of Jefferson, Texas. When my father announced he was looking for a full-time preaching job, I was afraid he might leave our beloved state, but he has ended up in this county seat of Marion County, Texas, and I must admit I rather like it here. East Texas has always been one of my favourite regions, and Jefferson is a historic and beautiful town, although a bit touristy. As for the natural side of things, it is situated between Caddo Lake and Lake o’ the Pines, so there will be plenty of places to canoe, and perhaps I can do some hiking as well. The trees here are tall and pines are abundant, and the people are very kind. I certainly miss Parker County, but I cannot complain about Marion County in the least.

So I am resuming my blogging—this will likely involve a lot of photography, since even though I stopped blogging, I did not stop taking pictures, and there are a lot of pictures I need to put up, especially from Europe. This summer will be busy, but busy in a good way, I think—hopefully not overwhelming like last semester. So I hope you will keep reading the blog, or if you are new to this corner of the web, come back often or subscribe to the RSS feed!

Texas, Our Texas!

Today is Independence Day in Texas, and it makes me miss my homeland. It’s been 175 years since we won independence from Mexico, and in honor of this holiday I am posting the lyrics to our state song, along with a very nice video.

Texas, our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, our Texas! so wonderful, so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding every test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.

God bless you, Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.

I'm still alive!

Although I doubt that I have any regular readers, if there are any they will surely have noticed the inactivity here of late. The simple truth is that it takes time to be a full-time university student, and very little time is left for other activities such as blogging. That is not to say that I do not have anything to write about–I have seen and thought about many blogworthy things, and I have only to take time to write them down and share them here at Ziphen Central.

So henceforth I will try to get back into the blogging routine, and I plan to pick up my Hymn of the Week and Ailenroc’s Book series as well. If you are new here, I hope you’ll come back! If you have read this blog in the past, I hope you will continue to do so! My goal is to present things that are interesting and worth thinking about–things that bring one’s mind to greater wisdom and sublimity.

Life and Death United

Ziphen Central – Seeking Wisdom and Sublimity


These morning glories are growing on a trellis on our back porch, where hangs a ram skull. We were delighted this morning to find that one of the blooms had found its way through the skull’s eye, and I thought it humorous and interesting to see how the flowers bring new life to a dead thing.

Thanks to Nione for taking the picture!