"How much coffee can I get for 57 cents?" My table was within eavesdropping distance of the cafe's counter. The scene was Coffee Revolution in Vancouver, WA, where The Thinkery meets weekly for God Questions. As I bustled around while my tea was steeping, readying my table for the group that was about to arrive, I overheard … Continue reading Just $1 for all that?!
Your last letter was a beauty as far as its length but it was vilely spelt. I don’t think I have ever seen quite so many mistakes in so few lines. Howe wood you lick it if I rote you a leter al ful of mispeld wurds? I no yu know kwite well howe to … Continue reading Do you KNOW more than you THINCK?
Sunlight becomes momentary diamonds on the water. I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I'm as equipped to write authentic Japanese haiku as I am to write actuarial valuation reports. I don't even know what I just said. Still, English haiku has its demands that make it a … Continue reading Haiku in the summertime
I get asked all the time (not really) about the right way to prepare tea. The main thing is to steep it according to directions. Do not (I implore you) add anything to it or (even worse) drink it while it’s steeping, and (for crying out loud) remove the leaves from the water when the … Continue reading How to prepare tea (for heaven’s sake)
Uproar #1,855 of 2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions invokes the Bible to defend the Trump administration's enforcement of immigration law. What exactly did Sessions say in a speech to law enforcement officers on June 14? I checked four sources and came up with two different versions. (That should remind us to check multiple sources and realize … Continue reading The Sessions Bible
Grace was her name — Her dad liked the sound of it. They meant to explain But never got around to it. They brought her up right, As far as the world will ever know. But did she get the word? Has she ever heard? God sent His Son To die in her place. He sent … Continue reading Grace was her name
Final round of the U. S. Open. Tommy Fleetwood wrapped up his round before the other leaders. In one second, he went from intense effort to zero effort. The tournament isn't over yet, but he is done. He still could win or lose, but he's done all he can. Now he waits. There is nothing … Continue reading Golf lesson: Work hard, let go
“Employers nearly universally agree that to achieve success at their companies, a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex programs is more important than his or her undergraduate major.” Hart Research Associates If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it this one. You will develop the fundamental skills … Continue reading Free online course: Critical Thinking Basics
He bought some poster board, a thick black marker, and a roll of tape. He wrote three words, put the cap back on the marker, and taped the sign to his window for all the world to see. "No gays allowed" From that moment on, it was clear that some of his neighbors were not … Continue reading “No gays allowed”
If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it this one. You will develop the fundamental skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and argument. You'll find that practicing these skills can lead to better communication, healthier relationships, and smoother navigation in all areas of life. Here's what one student has to say ... … Continue reading New online course: Critical Thinking Basics