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What is a Permalink?
Periodically, I'm asked "What is a Permalink?" It is a link to something that doesn't become extinct. For example, I you link to something on the main page of my blog, it will looking something like this:
#jul1806 is the specific "address" of a blog entry on my main page. But in a week or so, thispost won't exist on my main page, so the the link will no longer be good. Yet because I save all of my posts in some permanent location, either in a series or in an archive, you can still access the content of this blog entry. To do so, however, you need the permalink:
This works today, and it should work next year, and the year after that, as long as my website is alive. You can access a permalink on my website by clicking on the pink button:
Bloggers like permalinks because their use enables them to link to something without having that link go bad in a few days.
Because I tend to write blog series, rather than individual posts, I also use a series permalink, which connects to the whole series rather than individual entries. You can access the series permalink by clicking on the gray button:
Since I have to put my post-vacation photo sharing on hold for a few days, let me include a couple of vacation shots for my newsletter readers. You'll find them at the bottom of the page.
Last Month's Blogging Review
In July my was focused mainly in two series:
In the first part of August I was on vacation. My blogging in these two series continued, but on my "vacation" website, markdroberts . . . afoot and afield. You can find an index of my vacation blogging in my Year in Review page.
Future Blogging Plans
My tradition following vacation is to post a collection of pictures and reflections. I began putting up some wonderful pictures of natural scenes and will surely continue in the next couple of weeks. Check out:
However, my blissful post-vacation blogging has been interrupted by yet another Presbyterian Church USA crisis. This one concerns a controversial book published by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. I need to take a couple of days, at least, to blog on this latest fiasco. You can find it at the top of my blog, or at:
Reviews and Recommendations
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, by N. T. Wright
This book stands in the tradition of C. S. Lewis's classic Mere Christianity. It is a popular, engaging explanation of why Christianity makes sense in today's world.
N.T. Wright is one of the top New Testament scholars in the world, but he's also a pastor who can communicate well with lay people and with a secular audience. His case for Christianity is theologically sound and culturally relevant.
I highly recommend this book, and expect I'll say more about it in my blog.
Zorro: A Novel, by Isabel Allende
This fascinating novel seeks to tell the back-story of Zorro, the fictional hero of 19th century California. Zorro reads as if it's a biography, setting this story in the context of American and European history. But, alas, it is fiction.
I grew up loving Zorro, with his black mask and swishing sword. Allende's novel is for adults and mature children, I might add. It's a fascinating look at how a person becomes a super-hero.
My family and I went rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho. Even though were
This is a picture of my daughter and her friend dancing on a dock on Swan Lake,