The Downside of the Pursuit of Happiness

“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth” (Ecclesiastes 7:4). This verse provided the title for Edith Wharton’s first successful novel, The House of Mirth, which is the most recent addition to the literature website. Wharton portrays turn-of-the-century upper-class New York society as a house of fools seeking pleasure and caring nothing about whom they might trample underfoot in the process. The central character in the novel, Lily Bart, longs to be part of that society while at the same time recognizing its essential ugliness. Her inability to turn away from these frauds and poseurs ultimately ruins her life; she winds up in the house of mourning, not by choosing a sober approach to life, but as a result of her inability to reject worthless frivolity. The novel provides a clear example of how “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (I Timothy 6:10).

More Repairs

I should have caught it earlier, but I discovered yesterday that the hacker had wiped out both literature pages. They are now repaired and fully functioning. Sorry for the inconvenience for those of you who were trying to access those pages.

The Russians Are Coming?

What does my tiny website have in common with those of major corporations and powerful political entities?  It was recently hacked!  I’m not blaming the Russians – I don’t know who did it – but it is now back in fully functioning order after being out of commission for a few days.  I want to give credit to the tech who fixed it.  His name is Jim Walker, and he can be reached at  He resolved the problem quickly and efficiently, and I would recommend him should you ever encounter Russian attempts to influence the operation of your website.