Top Ten in 2010

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers are listing their top ten most-viewed posts for the year, so I decided to do that too.  Some of what I discovered when I looked into it was unsurprising, but some were unexpected.  These results don’t include hits on the “home page”, but only those that drilled down to a particular post.  So it will be slanted towards those posts found on search engines or linked to other sites, rather than posts viewed by regular readers.  Anyway, for what it’s worth, here are the top ten most-viewed posts on Practicing Resurrection in 2010 (clicking on the titles will take you to the original post).

1.  Danita Estrella

This one didn’t surprise me at all.  It was shortly after the earthquake, on the day Danita entered Port-au-Prince on a rescue mission.  The post ended up on StumbleUpon and got lots of attention.  I’m sure the resultant prayers were helpful.

2.  Haiti in the Balance

I’m a little surprised to see how popular this post was.  As the world’s attention had turned suddenly to Haiti, I listed some facts showing how desperate the situation was in Haiti even before the quake.

3.  This Bird Has Flown

My memories of the night John Lennon was murdered.

4.  Brittany Hilker

A very brief tribute to our friend Brittany, a missionary at Danita’s Children, as she and Danita ventured into the ruins of Port-au-Prince.

5.  Determination

The story of how I got a hen who was determined to hatch unfertilized eggs to accept some chicks she didn’t hatch instead.

6.  Debt

I originally posted this in 2009, back when I ranted about politics and economics a lot.  But, surprisingly to me (since I had much more popular rants at the time) it got enough hits in 2010 to make the top ten for the year.

7.  Conquest and Christianity

This one really surprised me.  It’s my take on the biblical stories of the Caananite genocide.  I didn’t expect many folks to read it.  Of course “viewing” the post doesn’t necessarily mean reading it, but still surprising to me.

8.  Death by Fast Food

This was mostly a cut and paste of a piece I read somewhere else, with some commentary from me.  It is surprising to me how often this is hit from search engines with folks searching the terms “death” and “fast food.”

9.  I Am Him Again

This is a bit embarrasing actually.  My personal reflection during a professional rough spot last year.

10.  Restaveks

My thoughts on Haitian slavery.  I expected this to be higher rated since it seemed to get a lot of attention at the time.

This has been an interesting exercise.  In 2009 I decided to stop posting about politics.  I lost hundreds of regular readers as a result.  I would’ve guessed that the most popular posts on the kinder gentler blog would have been those with photos of farm life, and that clearly isn’t true.  And my now-more-frequent theological ruminations don’t seem to be of much interest either.

Oh well.  I enjoy blogging so I plan to keep plugging away in 2011.  I’m still going to keep my political thoughts off the blog.  I’ll post farm updates from time to time, filling the space between them with quotes and snippets I like, as well as ocassional reflections on sustainable farming, sustainable living and theology (broadly speaking). 

First thing Sunday morning we’re flying to Puerto Plata for a few days of R&R (our first vacation in 6 years), then we’ll cross the border to spend a few days with our awesome friends in Haiti.  Not sure if I’ll be able to blog while gone.

Best wishes to all for a very happy new year.

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The Pleasure of Eating

People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when gardens are at their best. Such a memory involves itself with the food and is one of the pleasures of eating….The thought of the good pasture and of the calf contentedly grazing flavors the steak….A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes.

Wendell Berry

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The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me show love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith ;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

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Us Too

We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture…

Joel Salatin

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Great Robberies

Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, “What do you mean by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you who does it with a great fleet is styled emperor.”

Augustine, Book 4, Chapter 4 of The City of God.

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