Isqua Istari

The Wise Wizards

A Mental Road Trip of Two Tragedies

Posted in Articles,Children by Ziggy Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 14:56

To the people of the United States of America,

Every time I hear outcry over the tragedy of a school shooting, it reminds me about self-driving cars. Yes, the road is a bit long, but I’m prepared to do all the driving for you. As long as you don’t jump out along the way, we’ll end up passing through education, gun control, and abortion as well. So, buckle up or whatever? Really, it doesn’t matter if you wear a seat-belt. This is a purely intellectual journey, and you won’t be badly hurt if my driving ends us in a collision.

Or will you? Perhaps intellectual injuries are worse than physical ones? Certainly they are harder to detect, diagnose, and treat. If the analogy has any merit, the danger of throwing yourself bodily from this mental journey while it is half-finished and hurtling along could be even more deleterious, in the long-run, than the equivalent physical action. On the other hand, if you don’t like where I’m going, perhaps you will feel you have no choice.

So here’s my proposal. I’ll take this article slowly and carefully, making plenty of stops along the way so you can safely leave if you feel like it. In exchange, please strap in, and keep your arms and legs inside the reasoning at all times. Comfy? Good. We’re ready to begin. (more…)

PS Cast, Childrearing

Posted in Articles,Children,Music,PSCast:S1 by Ziggy Thursday June 26, 2014 at 02:43

A few short thoughts about… Hah! Nope. Couldn’t do it.

A huge jumbled ramble (Nearly fourty minutes worth) about training children.


[Strangely Baseline Intro, ends at 3:10]

Welcome back to the Paul Spooner Podcast!

Today I want to talk about something a little more personal. Children! Specifically, my children. (more…)

Paul’s Final Report

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Thursday March 20, 2014 at 09:31

Well, it was fun while it lasted, but here’s the final recording from Everett.


The house is all packed and locked. Hopefully we’ll get some renters in, but I won’t see them. For more info on our travels, visit

Thanks for listening!

Paul Reports Power Problems

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Monday March 17, 2014 at 23:21

Having some trouble with power, as you’ll hear in today’s recording.


Paul Plays Piano

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Saturday March 15, 2014 at 19:14

Singing some old praise songs, plus the Maple Leaf Rag. Not the most polished one this time (is it ever?) but I feel that my voice is improving.

Slipups and Singing

Paul Plays More Piano

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 20:22

It’s not really a report so much as improv at this point.


Paul Reports, improv

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 21:54

Paul Reports, Improv

Got home late today, so this one is… longer than usual? How did that happen?


Paul Reports, common songs

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Saturday March 8, 2014 at 11:59

Paul Reports

Second day with everyone gone. I played a few songs that you might know. Pirates of the Carabean, Maple Leaf Rag, some boogie, Awesome God, and (of course, the most requested song at our house) Jesus Loves Me.

Paul Reports, music

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Friday March 7, 2014 at 18:41

Paul Reports

So, my wife and kids are away for a while, so I’m going to try recording stuff so they can hear my voice. Here’s the first one, where I mostly play the piano (link above).

Love you all! Take care on the long drive!

New Baby!

Posted in Children,Other by Ziggy Saturday June 29, 2013 at 11:15

Name: Theodore Valorous Spooner

Weight: 3.56kg (7lb 13oz)

Length: 51cm (20in)

DOB: 2013-06-28T15:05Z

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Trivia: We had trouble coming up with a good name. I was fascinated with Väinämöinen for a bit, but Anna talked me out of it. Were thinking about Alfred for a while too. The colorful hat and blanket (and booties, but no photos) were made by my very talented mother.

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