“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot in 2018
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
"It is time for us, whatever our religious beliefs, to see the Sabbatarian laws of old not as backward and pharisaical, but rather as the liberatory statements they were meant to be." That wise recommendation is taken from the article "Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’" by William R Black, historian … Continue reading How to get guilt-free rest
Did you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? at a recent meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were … Continue reading What did Mr. Rogers think about?
"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
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
"I guess they finally figured out that it only takes one man to do the job of two women.” A rolling pin "is useful for making pie crusts or for keeping wayward wives in line”. “Whatever men do they must do twice as well as women to be thought half as good. Luckily this is … Continue reading Does this achieve gender equality?
Tiny frog unseen until leaping from the bright leaf I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I'm not quite up for the challenge of real Japanese haiku! Still, English haiku has its demands that make it a beautiful process and product. SYLLABLES • That sensational syllabic structure … Continue reading Springtime for haiku