Moon Day Review – Running up that hill (with a little help from my Dad)

Links from 2019 June 9-15. Challenges and solutions for men, fathers, and managers.

Readership: All
Note: Last full moon before the solstice (June 21).
Length: 1,950 words
Reading Time: 6.5 minutes

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author [originator] and finisher [perfecter] of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~ Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Back in 1985, there was a noteworthy and highly memorable song called Running up that Hill by Kate Bush. Back then, the song received very rare airplay, usually only by special request.


The song was intense, ethereal, and harrowing… and the lyrics included a line which was considered borderline blasphemy at that time,

“And if I only could
I’d make a deal with God
And I’d get him to swap our places…“

Listening to the original version now seems reverently 80’s-ish, and has therefore lost its signature edginess. However, a newer cover was made by a British group, Candy Says.* This version sounds – now – much like the original version did back in 1985 – tense, tragic, and transcendent.

This group is categorized in the Lo-Fi genre, which is similar to Chill Out. As a whole, this genre appeals to me because it contains those elements of inspiration, passion, and non-digital live recording which give the listener the impression that this is “real music” that will “take you there” – a time-honored musical concept that was forgotten sometime during the Grunge movement.

The more I read what we call the news, the more I believe the faithful are assiduously climbing that final summit.

* H/T: The movie, Close, based on the life events of Jacquie Davis, a world class female bodyguard. Critical reviews report ratings ranging between 39-51%, citing “subtle-racism” and “tediously predictable”. In a recent post covering Dark Phoenix, Blair Naso quipped, “If [the critics] hate a movie it’s probably pretty good.” Here, here, I fully concur.

Father’s Day

Yesterday was Father’s Day in the U.S. So on that note, I want to say that I have the greatest Dad ever. He took me on the road when I was an adolescent. We went all over two states in the Midwest, hiking, camping, and doing basic survival stuff. He taught me to fear God and have faith, to relax, to teach people how I want them to treat me, to not let people roll you, and to think twice about everything before I believed it.

While we were off doing Man-stuff together, I discovered that my Dad has the most riotous sense of high-brow humor, cracking off-color jokes funnier than any stand-up comedian I’ve ever heard. My favorites are his “Translations”, in which he rephrases something that someone said in more truthful, authentic words, often times with a revealing twist. It never fails to leave me ROTFLMAO. I’ve picked up on a little of that habit, but not nearly as zany as his.

In giving lessons in masculinity, nobody does it better than your own father. I would even call my Dad my best friend, and I believe he would say the same thing of me.

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” ~ Psalms 103:13 (KJV)


  1. PA Pundits: Dads make THE difference! (2019 June 16)

“The Hebrew word for “father” is “ab.” Abba, meaning “Daddy”, comes from this word. The source of a thing is its “ab” or father. The source of all relationships is at the core of fatherhood. The functions of fatherhood include: Originator, Author, Founder, Source, Sustainer, Protector, Disciplinarian, Leader, Head, Caring One, Creator, or Developer. If these titles sound paramount, it’s because they are. The father’s role is so important and that’s why it’s under attack in our nation.”

“Dads teach their sons fatherhood by the way they mentally, emotionally, and spiritually groom them. Boys pass down what they caught from their dads, not what they were necessarily taught.

The father is the starter.”

“Dads are responsible for imparting confidence, courage, and character in their children. The presence of the father is needed. There is no present that can replace his time, love, and passion.

The relationship to your earthly father is a direct connection and link to your relationship with our Heavenly Father. Your earthly father is the first impression you get of God our Father. Many children in America have an absentee dad, so they believe God is truant as well. The godless youth culture we see is a direct reflection of apathetic, antagonistic, and alcoholic dads.

Dads make THE difference!”

  1. Spawny’s Space: It Is Always “The Herd” (2019 June 14)

“Let’s face it; the world needs intelligent and practical fellas figuring this all out, then imposing some discipline on the herd for its own good.  If only there was a word for that.  Maybe we could invent one here.  We all look up to the Glorious Patriarch; perhaps he could be of help.”

In my writings, I refer to this practice as “wife management”. An extension of this exercise to a larger group would be called “herd management”. In traditional Christianity it’s called “shepherding”, or “pastoral care”. But somehow the true meaning of husbandry has gotten lost and denigrated over the years. “Patriarchy” refers to the social structure, not the practice of “shepherding” the herd.

Brother Earl adds,

“Without the social structure it becomes much harder to shepherd the herd. Or if you will…without giving men their Godly authority (or undermining it at every turn), it’s harder for them to practice their responsibilities.”

Besides Patriarchy, how else can fathers find it easier to practice their Godly authority more responsibly?

  1. Donal Graeme: Selected Sunday Scriptures- #151 (2019 June 16)

One answer: Respectful children who honor their parents can make fatherhood a joy. Here, Donal cites the Sirach, Chapter 3.

3 Those who honor their father atone for sins…
5 Those who honor their father will have joy in their own children, and when they pray they will be heard.
6 Those who respect their father will have long life…
7 they will serve their parents as their masters.
8 Honor your father by word and deed, that his blessing may come upon you.
9 For a father’s blessing strengthens the houses of the children…
10 Do not glorify yourself by dishonoring your father, for your father’s dishonor is no glory to you.
11 The glory of one’s father is one’s own glory…
12 My child, help your father in his old age, and do not grieve him as long as he lives;
13 even if his mind fails, be patient with him; because you have all your faculties do not despise him.
14 For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, and will be credited to you against your sins;
15 in the day of your distress it will be remembered in your favor; like frost in fair weather, your sins will melt away.
16 Whoever forsakes a father is like a blasphemer…”

Call your Dad and give him some joy.

  1. Adam Piggott: Podcast #111 – The Golden Rules Episode (2019 June 10).*

We know rules are for those who lack (1) a well-honed sense of discernment, (2) the good sense of responsible agency, and (3) the presence of mind needed to comprehend the dynamics which necessitate the rules.

Adam gives some sage advice for men and fathers in the practice of business and family management, and he boils it down to some simple Golden Rules.

The Management’s Rules for selecting Administrator Membership:

  1. No fluffs
  2. No wimminz
  3. No exceptions

A single girl’s rules for attracting a husband (which are also good for her father to keep in mind):

  1. Long hair
  2. Stay thin
  3. Debt Free
  4. Virgin
  5. No tattoos

A wife’s rules for maintaining a happy marriage (to be enforced by hubby):

  1. Long hair
  2. Stay thin
  3. Sex on demand
  4. Eliminate Verbiage

Adam’s “Rules” are classic! Print them out and Frame them on the wall.

* Thanks to Adam for commenting on last week’s post in his podcast.

  1. Vox Popoli: The literature we have lost (2019 June 13)

Vox, the one who introduced the Socio-Sexual Hierarchy to the Manosphere, no longer produces any Red Pill theory, and most of his work has degenerated into commentaries about either society or his publishing business. I usually skip over most of his posts, but this particular post contained a significant insight in regard to how education has changed over the last century.

“Whoever has committed to memory in childhood such Bible extracts as Genesis i, the Ten Commandments, Psalm xxiii, Matthew v, 8-12, The Lord’s Prayer, and I Corinthians xiii, such English prose as Lincoln’s Gettysburg speech, Bacon’s “Essay on Truth,” and such poems as Bryant’s “Waterfowl,” Addison’s “Divine Ode,” Milton’s Sonnet on his Blindness, Wotton’s “How happy is he born or taught,” Emerson’s “Rhodora,” Holmes’s “Chambered Nautilus,” and Gray’s Elegy, and has stamped them on his brain by frequent repetition, will have set up in his mind high standards of noble thought and feeling, true patriotism, and pure religion.  He will also have laid in an invaluable store of good English.”

Vox concludes,

“What has happened to the former “Junior Classics” in the last 100 years is both a prelude and a microcosm of what has happened to the West as a whole. It’s something that can be seen in everything from the transition of blasphemy laws to hate speech laws and the musical descent from “The Hallelujah Chorus” to “Christmas in Hollis”. First, the Christian influence was pushed to the side, then it was removed and replaced with a focus on secular aesthetics, then the aesthetics were abandoned and the original purpose of the institution was entirely lost.”

When I was in high school (late 80’s) and college (early 90’s), the required reading included classics such as Louisa May Alcott, Ambrose Bierce, Lewis Carroll, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm), E. A. Poe, William Shakespeare, H. D. Thoreau, Mark Twain…

My Christian mentors advocated authors such as G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Henri Nouwen, J. I. Packer, Derek Prince, A. W. Tozer, Warren Wiersbe (The Strategy of Satan), and as of late, Timothy Keller…

I’ve always felt that these works contributed to my set of beliefs and character immensely. So why do we not see young people reading these same works?

In lieu of a proper education in classic literature, I kindly suggest fathers may consider assigning selected readings to their children.

  1. Dark Brightness: Daybook (2019 June 13)*

This post contains a collection of quotes that, as a whole, inspire us to lift our eyes to see the vision of eternity.

“…those who are of Christ are becoming clear, and they are not all in his church (which is wise enough to know that they [present an] evil to sort out).”

I am haunted by a sense that the End Times are nigh.
It is as if the battle lines are being drawn, and the No Man’s Land between Heaven and Hell is shrinking day by day, hour by hour. There will be no Switzerland in the next world war. Every soul is being forced to take a side.”

I won’t cite any more, so as to not spoil the readers experience. Please click over to Dark Brightness for a Daytrip of his apocalyptic prophecy.

* I haven’t cited (or even read) DB in a while, largely because the extensive reformatting of his blog has made it troublesome to follow until recently.

  1. The Rabbit Hole

I came across this site which appears to be an aggregator of selected Red Pill / Manosphere posts – something which is sorely needed.

Here’s another rabbit hole…


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3 Responses to Moon Day Review – Running up that hill (with a little help from my Dad)

  1. blairnaso says:

    Timothy Keller is the special needs equivalent of a pop-theologian. He’s one of those evangelicals that puts on an air of being uncompromising and anti-secular but is really just as much of a modernist coward as any Democrat. Mark Driscoll is the same way.


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  3. A wishful thought. Children of today’s are born with phones, tablets. And they have murdered all the fine languages of the world, reduced them to some unthinkable abbreviations. Even if we chose to execute this beautiful thought, they will stare back with an amazing expression or maybe they will just print LOL.


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