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

Come together

Hey, three things, all mentioned last Sunday in class, but which might’ve eluded your memory due to the high volume of announcements:

and now for something completely different

ist2_189792_union_symbols_vector.jpgso we’re sitting in Panera’s recently–me and the fam, and some friends–and we’re having a nice lunch, and I can’t help overhearing a foursome (three guys and a woman–all in their 20s) talking about, I think, their time over at Cathedral of Hope, which is the de facto mothership of the Metropolitan Church, the largest homosexual church in America.

They spoke of their parents reaction to their orientation, the confusion among friends about who was dating whom, and what improvements they might make to the interior of the Cathedral.  (Since I only heard little phrases here and there, my assumptions about their topics of conversation might be skewed.)

And I couldn’t help wondering on the way home, Read the rest of this entry »

why art is important

as a follow-up to the post from a few days ago on why we read, here’s a transcript of a commencement address at Stanford University this last June given by Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia. (It’s a man with a name I can’t pronounce).

It’s a call to renew one’s interest in the arts, not to be confused with pure entertainment. While he isn’t dismissive of things on the boob-tube, he laments the sheer ignorance of the expressions not given to commercial interruption or season finales.

He also makes a very provocative point regarding the kinds of lives lived by two distinct groups: Read the rest of this entry »

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