New blog title, new photo behind the title; still on holidays and obviously with too much time on my hands (thanks to my parishioners, who've kindly left me undisturbed to enjoy my rest).
I've been ensconced in my study for the last few days, warmed by the fire, reading voraciously and blogging more than I normally do, breaking only to collect firewood, watch the cricket and occasionally eat and sleep. Don't worry, it will all come to an end soon enough when my good wife returns home.
As mentioned in the sidebar profile, the new title is a play on the title of a collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses From An Old Manse (if you like 19th C. Gothic literature, you've probably heard of Hawthorne and read these tales, if not, I recommend them).
Here's the book:
And here's Hawthorne's old manse in New England:
Glosses are simply notes to aid in interpretation scribbled in the margins of books, a practice which became important in medieval times.
Here's a few examples:
So, the idea is that my posts are nothing more than notes or 'glosses' on theology and life, scribbled on the margins of the web (i.e. my blog!) from the study of the old manse where I live, to aid myself and whoever reads my blog to 'interpret' life from a confessional Lutheran viewpoint.
Oh, and no, that is not the view from my front door, it is the view from the front door of the old manse in Gartmore, Scotland. Here's what it looks like from the front lawn:
Any comments on the new title and blog-philosophy are most welcome.
Please adjust the title of your bookmark accordingly (if you can be bothered, that is!).