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Chesterton on Romanticism and Realism

From “On Gargoyles,” the January 1909-penned introduction to Daylight and Nightmare, a collection of short pieces by G. K. Chesterton: Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason.  This is so not merely in the sense of insanity but … Continue reading

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“Libraries in the Kingdom”

Jamie Smith, author of You Are What You Love, started his summer vacation with a brief reflection on the books that have been piling up in his office . . . and life.  The post, which you can read here, … Continue reading

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Ripping Off JRR Tolkien

The folks over at Creator Arts have been posting a number of recent concert clips from Andrew Peterson.  This one got posted earlier today and begins with the song’s inspiration: one of my favorite moments from Tolkien’s Lord of the … Continue reading

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Charlie Brown and Shakespeare

This week’s classic Peanuts serial features the requisite blend of hope and disappointment that makes Charlie Brown’s life so much like our own.  Earlier in the week, Peppermint Patty asked for Chuck’s help with a baseball game . . . … Continue reading

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The Courage to Sing

The third and final section of Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family involves singing and showing up.  It is the shortest section of the book, but it still packs a punch with content.  On some level, the content of this final … Continue reading

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“The Days are Just Packed” No More?

One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strips (and collections) involves a long summer day with Calvin’s final comment of how “the days are just packed.”  I think most of us feel that way . . . and most … Continue reading

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Work and Rest, Toil and Leisure

Once you get past the prolegomena of The Tech-Wise Family (which I mentioned here), Andy Crouch walks readers through ten “commitments” classified in three groups: key decisions, daily life, and what matters most.  The first section, of key decisions, picks … Continue reading

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