Category Archives: The Long Story

Misery and the Absence of Company

A few days before Halloween, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat posted an op-ed that hit at something I’ve been thinking about for a while, particularly as it relates to Christian faith & practice and the seeming inability of Christians … Continue reading

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Leslie Knope and the Tourist

Last weekend I spent some time in my classroom trying to catch up in hopes of getting ahead.  To help with this, I put Parks and Recreation season two in the DVD player.  The show is immensely re-watchable.  I haven’t … Continue reading

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Temporary Vocational Stretch: August Edition

We just wrapped our third week of the school year (not including a week of meetings).  Thanks to a state holiday, this three-day weekend has been something of a “pause” button for me.  Most of my class curriculum is turning … Continue reading

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Every Day Committed

One of my favorite Wendell Berry quotes comes from his “Notes from an Absence and a Return,” which can be found in A Continuous Harmony.   The short journal recounts Berry’s thoughts and experiences of returning to his Kentucky farm … Continue reading

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Temporary Vocational Stretch Update

The 2016-2017 winds down this week.  It doesn’t quite feel like it, though.  Instead, things are kind of heating up.  These last few weeks of the semester have been a blur.  Lots of cool moments: baccalaureate, the yearbook dedication (what?!), … 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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Like Leaving the Piano in Ohio

Douglas Coupland prefaces Bit Rot, his most recent collection of essays and stories, with this: When the pioneers crossed North America from east to west, the first thing to be thrown off the family Conestoga wagon was the piano, somewhere … Continue reading

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