There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for culture

may you not kowtow to the culture’s feckless attention to its lexicon….er somethin’ like that..

American Heritage Dictionary has published what they think to be essential words for your vocabulary–and this for high-school students!

so…what words would you add?

caption contest…ready? go.


addicted to speed?

blackberry.jpgso, are all your technological helps as problematic as this article suggests?  Be honest.  I post this only because I am all too aware of how the gadgets in my life have a striking capacity to get and keep my attention.  Still, gadgets aren’t addicting; people are addictive–to adapt a sentiment.

weigh in.

a blog with a conscience

for those who may seek too much from the internet, a clever comment–couched in a familar format:

if you feel a finger pointed in your direction, know that four other fingers are pointed back at me


may we curry your favored attention?

Lindsay Stengle’s been to India, and, boy, has she captured some emblematic images.  Have a look!  (Thanks, Lindsay, for permission!)dsc_2367_2.png

And, if you haven’t seen The Namesake, may I offer my humble recommendation.  It is the story of a collision, of sorts, between Indian and Western cultures.  It is of course steeped in Hindu imagery, but I would argue there is a powerful moment (among many) that resonates, subtly but profoundly, with the Cross of our Lord.

the environment is certainly due greater respect than we give it, but…

acc-toilet-paper-holder.jpgThis may be a bit much, don’t you think?


chesterton6.jpgwe assume that we’ve come so far in such a short amount of time; consider our advances in technology alone: breakthroughs in medicine, in crop science, in meterology, in engineering, in space exploration. In all those domains, obstacles to our survival and our ability to thrive have been dealt a serious, if not mortal, blow. And all that in a mere 100 years.

and yet, in another sense, we’ve progressed no further in 100 years. This quote from Chesterton is almost 100 years old. But consider how well it describes our current condition.

What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pursuit of Happyness

If you’re trying to find something to make you happy, then a gander at this when you get a chance.  Someone has written on the history of happiness after researching it for six years.  Seems the idea of happiness being linked to feeling good is newfangled.  Seems like another book mentioned pleasure not panning out.

at least this guy was already dead…

…how many (of us?) are already in said condition?couch-potato.jpg

on the horizon

more to come shortly….for now, have a look at this