As far as blog traffic, I want to extend a welcome to those of you who have joined in reading my posts. I noticed that a lot of you are from outside the U.S. A large number of readers have come from Russia. Спасибо и Добро пожаловать! I hope I can continue to provide you with analysis, research and perspective which you will find useful, as well as providing you with yet another window into the United States. If you have any questions or topics you want me to cover, feel free to let me know, and I will try to do my best. If you ask me a question in Russian, have mercy on me; Я знаю немножко русский язык, но мои русский есть плохой. If I survive graduate school, I hope to take time to become more fluent. As for me, I have been enjoying a blog named The Vineyard of the Saker, written by a team that includes a Russian who calls himself the Saker and who is now living in Florida. I like the fact that the Saker brings a spiritual perspective to the present geopolitical situation, and I like his perspective on the United States. Check out the guest post titled, "The Volga flows into Barada" to see the sort of soul to which a people ought to aspire.
I'll end on a spiritual note. Over the last few months, I have stopped going to American churches altogether on Sundays, and am now exclusively visiting immigrant churches. This is the culmination of a process which had been going on for the last few years. (More on that story in the future, if anyone wants to hear it.) Along the way, I have picked up some good music. One day I'll post a link to an Oromo Ethiopian church song. It'll get your feet moving for sure. But for tonight, here is a link to a song which has become a favorite of mine:
I like the fifth verse especially:
Не надейся ты на праведность свою;
Все грехи в смирении принеси к Христу.
Жаждущий иди ко мне и пей,
Так сказал Господь наш в милости своей.