Category Archives: Teaching

Sunday’s Best: When the Rules Keep Changing

At least three great Sunday strips today over at gocomics.com.  This classic Calvin and Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson takes the win, though, based on two words: booger balls. Beyond those two words, the strip is a nice picture of … Continue reading

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Minding the Messengers

In the section of Antifragile about “skin in the game,” Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines prophets and their task: Prophecy is a pledge of belief, little else.  A prophet is not someone who first had an idea; he is the one … Continue reading

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On Humility

Yesterday I mentioned some interesting connections between stuff and people that I had been reading, how even if one thing didn’t explicitly lead to another, I still kind of ended up at a particular destination with so much in tow. … Continue reading

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Something Beyond Bad Traditionalism?

It’s always amazing to me how one thing you read can inadvertently lead to another.  I spent a good bit of my spring slowly reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s Antifragile.  I read it because it had a praise-worthy mention in an … Continue reading

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How We See, How We Write

I can’t remember how, but George Packer’s “The Enemies of Writing” piece from The Atlantic (January 2020) came across my path last week.  The essay is a re-write of an acceptance speech given upon Packer’s winning of the Hitchens Prize.  … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Nancy’s Changing Mind

Ever since it’s “reboot” a few years ago, Olivia Jaimes’ Nancy has done an admirable job wrestling with the current moment.  And while it seems like technology has been a big part of Nancy’s narrative, there have been a number … Continue reading

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Remembering Places and Times

I have to say, as nice as it has been to find a cafe or restaurant to sit and read some, it’s been the return of background music.  Over the last few months, I haven’t listened to music much accept … Continue reading

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SHIELD on the Island

Last day of June, as crazy as that sounds.  In just a few hours we start the second half of 2020.  Lots of fears (and jokes, for some) about what the next few months might bring.  We are in uncharted … Continue reading

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Quick Note on a Year’s End

What could actually be called our longest school year yet came to an end today.  The Class of 2020 was able to celebrate their graduation on our campus.  Even with all the necessary changes, it was a good and heartfelt … Continue reading

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Espionage in the Days of Disco

Today has been a day!  It started before the crack of dawn with the second Zoom meeting for my summer audit class, Pastoral Ministry in the Modern Novel.  Today we discussed what we had learned from Cry, the Beloved Country … Continue reading

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