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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Anticipating the arrival of the Philocritot.

With great anticipation, Mrs Philocrites and I are looking forward to the birth of our first child in May. Being the oldest of five children, and having grown up in the baby capital of America, I'm no stranger to babies and young children, and in many ways I feel like I'm finally getting around to something I've always meant, and perhaps was meant, to do. But there's also no getting around the fact that my life is changing and is about to change quite dramatically.

Which brings me, dear readers, to what this means for you. On your behalf, I've interviewed myself (I know: how clever!) about what impending parenthood means to the future of this blog:

Yikes! Is Philocrites going to turn into a baby blog?

Nope. I love baby blogs: I'm following twelve baby blog feeds from friends and relatives right now. But this isn't going to turn into a baby blog. Mrs P and I are jealous of our privacy and our personal lives, so our baby-blogging will occur elsewhere.

Are you going to abandon Philocrites?

No. I won't close up shop, and I'll post as I have time and find that I have something I'd really like to say. But it's very likely that tumbleweeds are going to start blowing through as I spend more time getting ready for the baby and then, you know, making googly-eyes at him and helping my wife. As it is now, my job is already taking up most of my mental energy, and frankly, I see long stretches ahead when the kind of reading that has fueled most of my writing here is going to be severely limited. (Time and season for every purpose, etc.)

But, but, but . . .!

I know! Me, too!

But what about the links to UU World stories and all the other exciting Unitarian Universalist-related content Philocrites tells us about?

Good question! I highly recommend subscribing to the magazine's weekly email newsletter or one of its feeds. Shelby Meyerhoff is keeping an eye out for excellent UU blog content for the magazine, so be sure to check our her Interdependent Web blog at And sometime this year, we'll probably launch an editors' blog at where I'll be able to post at least some of the kinds of links Philocrites readers have come to expect.

Wait a minute. Isn't Philocrites part of your job?

No. Philocrites has always been independent from my job. I've used the blog to promote the work of UU World's contributors, and I don't think I could have launched without the experience I picked up by writing and publishing a blog, but the blog has always been my hobby. (Flash back! The website existed as a Geocities page in the late '90s, before I went to work at the UUA, and evolved into a blog in 2003 after I had been at the magazine a few years.)

But I don't read Philocrites for that UU stuff. I keep hoping you'll post more about politics and American religion, the way you did back in 2004 and 2005.

Alas, I just don't have the time. I still read a lot on those topics, but I don't get a chance to write very often about them. If you'd like to keep up with my Web reading at least, check out my links.

Thanks for reading my work. Any other questions?

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 25 March 2008 at 9:35 PM

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March 25, 2008 11:28 PM | Permalink for this comment

Chris, how very exciting! Congratulations to you and Mrs. P. and please do let us know the barest details of Philocritito/a---when, how big, etc., if you have a moment.

Lizard Eater:

March 25, 2008 11:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

This is joyous. Mazel tov, Chris.

And really ... sleep is overrated.


March 25, 2008 11:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations and best of everything with the philocritot.


March 26, 2008 01:44 AM | Permalink for this comment

Yay! I'm so happy for you both.

Peter Bowden:

March 26, 2008 07:58 AM | Permalink for this comment

Fabulous news! We love your blog, but understand how much energy it takes to raise a human being to be obscure and literary....


March 26, 2008 08:44 AM | Permalink for this comment


Shelby Meyerhoff:

March 26, 2008 02:58 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Philocrites! Philocritot will be one lucky baby to have you two as parents.


March 26, 2008 04:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

Such great news! I wish you and your family all the happiness a new baby brings (and sleep ;-)!

Brian D.:

March 26, 2008 05:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

That's exciting news, Chris. Congrats to you and Mrs. P.

h sofia:

March 26, 2008 06:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

Oh, it's going to be such a smart little cutie!!!

Adam Tierney-Eliot:

March 26, 2008 06:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congrats Buddy! If you ever are up in the middle of the night changing diapers and need to call someone, you might want to try us...we stopped sleeping through the night about ten years ago...


March 26, 2008 07:51 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yay! Many congratulations to you both!

Rev Elz:

March 27, 2008 04:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations to you and Mrs. P. For me, this comes as another lesson in not taking the good things in life for granted! Thanks for giving some references and links to keep connected in the web.

Anna Belle:

March 27, 2008 05:51 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! I am so excited for you and Mrs. Philocrites, and must confess to being a little sad this won't become a baby blog. Maybe you can indulge Philocrites' fans like me once or twice?


March 29, 2008 04:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

OK, so no baby blog. I guess I can live with that. But at least one picture, OK? And maybe tell us the baby's name?


March 29, 2008 04:46 PM | Permalink for this comment

Dan and Anna Belle, I promise to post a photo!

Robin Barraza:

March 31, 2008 03:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

I am so happy for you, Chris. If you want to have play dates with a big, scary obscure and literary UU toddler, give me a call.


Stephen Merino:

April 4, 2008 04:09 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! I wish the best for you little family. As hard as it is sometimes, I love being a father of two.


April 14, 2008 05:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yay and congratulations. I just saw the notice of your good news. Shows how often I get around to blogs and I'm not due until early August. My best to the three of you.

(Yep, the spouse and I are welcoming a double PK into the UU world. The kid doesn't have a chance to escape. . .)

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