Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sunday’s Best: Lucy and Looking Back

Today’s classic Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes strips are perfect examples of what makes each one special.   In the classic Peanuts strip, Charlie Brown starts off as quite the optimist: the new year will be his “year of decision.” … Continue reading

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Unclosed Loops: Life in the Digital Age

Earlier in the year, I had high hopes for “reading along” with Alan Jacobs’s “Living and Thinking in the Digital Age” course at Baylor.  I got through a number of the initial handouts and articles (and even purchased and started … Continue reading

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Caulfield’s “Linguistic Blend”

Well, the slim barrier between work and break has finally slipped, so it’s time to get things back on task here, too.  But that can wait until tomorrow, I think.  In the meantime, here are two recent Frazz comics that … Continue reading

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Closed on Account of Prettiness?

Well, if that happened to be the metric, I wouldn’t be at school much at all, Calvin . . . Speaking of the weather, it’s been a cold few days here in Tennessee.  We’ve had flurries a couple of times: … Continue reading

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Album + Commentary = Amazing

Today’s visit with friends a good ways away allowed for some quality drive time.  Since my phone is weirdly set on “shuffle” mode (and because I am a firm believer in album’s and sequencing), I decided to listen through some … Continue reading

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Christmas Sing-Along with Shirley

I wish I had spent more time recently revisiting some of the “Christmas” episodes of some of my favorite shows.  I did watch the first Christmas episode of The Office before flying out for the holidays.  Early Michael Scott . … Continue reading

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A Poem for Christmas Day

For this special day, “The House of Christmas” by G. K. Chesterton: There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Underneath the Mistletoe

Ah, Lucy.  Don’t you know that plans rarely, if ever, work out as you’d hoped?  As always, there’s a lot to learn from that crazy beagle. (image from

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A Typology of Christmas

There is a sense for many, I believe, that Christmas is a temporal type for the rest of the year, a finite kind of time that can be found elsewhere throughout the calendar even if not by name.  Shop, travel, … Continue reading

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Frazz and the Biblical Story

The first semester of the school year is officially done: grades are in, banquet is over, meetings have come to an end.  Christmas time is almost here.  Which makes today’s Frazz something nice, quaint, and a good reminder of both … Continue reading

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