My Top 3 Unusual Book Recommendations From 2020

This morning I’m at a primitive campsite in one of Florida’s state parks. Firewood crackles and hisses in front of me in its ordinary and mesmerizing way. I’m pleased with my fire-making skills. Last night I had managed smoking wood but no flames. Nick watched, unimpressed, as I blew into the kindling, trying to get … Read moreMy Top 3 Unusual Book Recommendations From 2020

To Bible Naysayers: The Gospels are as historically accurate as the history of Herodotus

For some, Christmas is the time of year for observing holiday traditions. For others, it’s a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, it’s a time to do both.  Doing both is difficult. The meaning of Christmas competes for our attention with the Western tradition of the tree, the presents, the … Read moreTo Bible Naysayers: The Gospels are as historically accurate as the history of Herodotus

Why Catherine and Elizabeth Are Great Characters

Emily Brontë invented Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights, and Jane Austen invented Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Both are subject to the same social conventions of late 18th century England: they enjoy no rights to land, title, income, or inheritance on account of their gender. In Catherine Earnshaw, we see one response. Her world … Read moreWhy Catherine and Elizabeth Are Great Characters

Why Your ‘Self-Care’ Might Be Self-Centered

Wikipedia says self-care refers to “the care and cultivation of the self in a comprehensive sense, focusing in particular on the soul and knowledge of the self.” Knowledge of the self is a tall order. It’s hard. Cultivation of the self, even more so. As a result, self-care has become a shorthand for making comfort … Read moreWhy Your ‘Self-Care’ Might Be Self-Centered

Just because you can’t measure it, doesn’t mean it’s not important

John Boyd said that. But they say the opposite in science fields. They say, if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.  Of course, we know this isn’t true. Still, people get in a lot of trouble this way because a heuristic unfolds. It goes something like this: if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t … Read moreJust because you can’t measure it, doesn’t mean it’s not important